If you tried to keep track of every brand new restaurant in New York City, you might go a little bit crazy. So just read this list instead. These are the new restaurant openings that seem like they have the most potential - although keep in mind, for the ones we haven’t tried, we make no promises. Go forth and be a pioneer.
We’ll be regularly updating this post. Once we check out each spot, we’ll add a note so you know where to read more about it - in our or Hit List.
Benno is an upscale new restaurant in the Evelyn Hotel in Flatiron that’s prix-fixe only (three courses for $95, four for $125, and five for $145). The food is a combination of French and Italian, with dishes like agnolotti with duck and foie gras and a skate almondine.
Eli Zabar’s son (who used to run Eli’s Night Shift, and was probably raised on nothing but smoked fish as a child) just opened his own place on the LES. Devon serves cocktails with fun names, plus upscale versions of American classics like clams casino, disco fries, and a chicken sandwich.
If you’ve ever wondered what would happen if you left a banh mi and po boy in a room together, the answer is nothing - because they’re sandwiches. Po’Mi is a new casual counter-service place in Bed-Stuy where you can get both of these sandwiches, as well as salads and bowls.
Gupshup is a two-floor Indian restaurant in Gramercy with a menu of breads, stews, and chutneys, as well as a few non-Indian dishes like ramen and guacamole. Fun fact: they have a 1.5 ton door that was imported from an Indian mansion.
Statistically speaking, you can never have too much pizza. Which is why restaurants like Dia keep opening. This is a casual neighborhood pizza place on 2nd Avenue in the East Village (right next door to The Black Ant) that specializes in thin-crust Roman-style pizzas as well as seafood.
Back in the second half of the 19th century, Giuseppe De Nittis was an Italian impressionist painter. In only slightly related news, Nittis is a new Italian restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen (near the Port Authority) where you can order classic red-sauce dishes like pasta with clams and chicken parm.
This is an all-day Japanese cafe in Flatiron with everything from breakfast to a wagyu meatball sandwich, and drinks from Brooklyn Kura (the only sake brewery in NYC) on tap. Hall is counter-service during the day and then becomes a full sit-down operation after 5pm.
The next time someone asks if you want to get bottle service (assuming that’s a thing that happens in your life), one-up them and mention the soju service at Reception on the LES. This is a new Korean cocktail bar that serves soju-based cocktails and bar snacks like fish cakes and rice balls with red bean paste.
Old Xi’an Delicacy is a new counter-service Chinese restaurant in FiDi with hand-ripped noodles, dumplings, and a spicy cumin lamb burger that costs $6.95. There’s seating in the restaurant, but most of the food sold here will probably end up on a desk, since this place is so close to Wall Street.
Pomona is a new upscale American restaurant with big tan booths, abstract art, and rich dishes like goose fat tater tots and a $90 seafood stew to share. The food is on the expensive side (entrees are all around $40), but it’s Midtown and there’s art on the walls, so what else did you expect?
There used to be a restaurant called Dovetail on the UWS. That place is now an Italian restaurant called Leonti that serves things like agnolotto with fennel and grapefruit, lobster panzanella salad, and a veal chop. A pedantic detail we appreciate: they have separate menu sections for pastas and gnocchi/lasagna.
Westville now has their first stand-alone bakery by Tompkins Square Park in the East Village. They’ll be making their regular desserts, as well as other cookies, brownies, whoopie pies, and full cakes for catering or single-person-on-couch-catering.
This is a new casual Szechuan restaurant near NYU with set drypot combinations as well as customizable, a la carte options. They have another location in the New World Mall in Flushing.
Taladwat is a new Thai restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen where you can choose a mix of two dishes with rice for $14. It’s casual in here, with picnic table seating underneath strings of Thai flags.
If you like to window shop for cakes or sit in public places with a fortress of novels around you, you’re probably aware of several Amy’s Breads locations around the city. Another one to know about: their first Brooklyn location in Brooklyn Heights.
This popular dim sum chain from Hong Kong has an East Village location with long lines and really good pork buns. They just opened a second NYC spot in Hell’s Kitchen, a few blocks from the Port Authority.
If a Duane Reade gave up its pharmacy section, went on one of those TLC makeover shows, and ended up in Soho, it would look a little like The Goods Mart. This is a fancy, environmentally-conscious convenience store from LA that serves burritos from LA’s Burrito De Palma, slurpees made without high fructose corn syrup, and Alidoro sandwiches.
We like the original E’s Bar for drinks with a group on the UWS, and now there’s a second location in Morningside Heights near Columbia University. In addition to alcohol, you’ll find classic bar food, board games, and a jukebox.
Peaches Hothouse has a new location in Fort Greene, serving things like Nashville hot chicken, fried green tomatoes, a crispy fried chicken sandwich (that you can order extra hot), and stone ground grits.
Momofuku Bāng Bar is David Chang’s new fast-casual breakfast and lunch place in the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle. They serve Korean grilled flatbread wraps filled with everything from Zabar’s smoked salmon and scallion cream cheese to yakitori chicken.
If the East Village were a Monopoly Board, 2nd Avenue between 3rd and 4th Streets would be known as Vegan Place. Plant Food And Wine is the latest vegan restaurant from the team that also owns Bar Verde and Double Zero, and they’re serving food inspired by a range of different cuisines (you’ll find dishes like hay-smoked gnocchi and avocado tikka).
This is a huge bar in the Moxy NYC Downtown hotel in FiDi. During the day, it’s a coworking space (with basketball courts, arcade machines, and crispy chicken and waffle bites so you can be extra productive), and at night it’s a cocktail bar.
Maison Bangkok is a casual new Thai restaurant on the Upper East Side with a completely pink room and decorative pillows on every chair. The menu has noodles, curries, and a dish with quail eggs wrapped in wontons.
519 is an Italian restaurant in Soho with a big, grand-looking bar, some chandeliers, and dishes ranging from ravioli to mussels.
Mission Chinese just opened a second spot in Bushwick, right next to the music venue Elsewhere. The new location serves basically the same menu as the original, and seems like a good place for a fun group dinner - the lighting changes colors during your meal, and there’s footage of people eating the restaurant’s food playing on the walls.
This is a new (mostly) small plates restaurant on the LES with a name that’s the restaurant equivalent of when an artwork is called “Untitled.” The menu has a mix of French and Spanish food, and there’s a $98 steak for two (which is why we said mostly small plates).
This Harlem-based Mexican counter spot makes excellent tacos (we especially like their al pastor ones), and they now have a third location in Jackson Heights, Queens. If that’s not convenient for you, we’d encourage you to reassess your priorities and make it work (or just go to the original location, or the one in Industry City).
Nai Tapas Bar used to serve reliably good tapas from a space on 1st Avenue in the East Village. Now they’ve moved to 2nd Avenue, where they’ll have a similar menu, plus exclusively Spanish wine.
Pado is a casual Japanese restaurant near the movie theaters in the East Village. They have a la carte sushi as well as rice bowls and a few prix fixe tastings.
Morgenstern’s just opened a giant new location in Greenwich Village. It has 88 flavors of ice cream to choose from (including green tea pistachio and bread), and lots of places to sit and have a private meeting with your soul before you choose which one(s) you want.
Undercote is the new cocktail bar right below Cote, the upscale Korean BBQ spot in Flatiron. You’ll find fancy cocktails (like one with catnip-infused vodka) and some complimentary bar snacks, all in a room with plant walls and a lot of black leather. Also good to know: they’re only open from Thursday to Saturday, and you can make reservations via email.
This is a completely vegan counter-service restaurant in Bushwick from the same people who run Champs Diner in Williamsburg. They’re open from 11am to 5pm every day, serving the vegan equivalents of a small child’s fast food dreams.
There’s a Greek restaurant called Kyma that opened a few months ago in Flatiron, and the people behind that place now have another Greek spot on the Upper West Side that sort of of looks like a big seaside resort dining room. Elea’s menu is seafood-focused, with everything from a crudo tasting to seafood risotto and three different types of whole grilled fish.
There isn’t technically a country called Coffee. But if there was, Felix Roasting Company would be its palace. This is a fancy new coffee shop on Park Avenue South with Supermoon Bakehouse pastries and drinks like a gin shrub, a deconstructed espresso tonic, and a hickory smoked s’mores latte.
Frankie Goes To Hollywood is a British band from the 1980s that kept telling everyone to “Relax.” Frankie Goes To Bollywood is a counter-service Indian takeout spot in Soho that specializes in wraps called frankies.
This is a new all-day cafe from the people who run the nightclub Tao. It’s located close by, in the Dream Downtown hotel in Chelsea, and the menu is California-themed, which basically means salads, toasts, and kind-of-healthy pancakes.
Another Chelsea hotel restaurant, but this one’s a seafood-focused American place that’s loosely themed around famous historical and fictional Wilsons (there’s a mural and several menu items like “Jackie Wilson Chicken Club” and “Owen’s Pad Thai”). It’s run by the same restaurant group as places like Refinery Rooftop and Parker and Quinn.
Oath is a pizza place on the UWS that grows some of its own produce in an on-site hydroponic garden. You can get 11-inch pizzas for $11, or half pies for $7. Come for a casual group hang with all your houseplants.
This is a new two-story Greek food hall in Midtown with a few different bakery stations, yogurt bars, and grocery sections, as well as a full table-service restaurant on the second floor.
Sauce Pizzeria is a new counter-service slice shop in the East Village from the people behind Sauce on the LES. In addition to some pies with interesting toppings and dipping sauces - like an al pastor pizza that comes with pineapple sauce - they also have Van Leeuwen soft serve.
The Woo is a casual Korean BBQ restaurant in Soho that used to have a location on Mercer Street called Woo Lae Oak. At their new spot, you can get BBQ combination platters, stews, and rice dishes.
Harold’s Meat + Three decided to drop the “Meat + Three” and reopen as an all-day cafe called Harold’s in the same spot (the Arlo Hotel in Soho). Now, instead of only Southern food, they’ll be serving lighter options like market bowls, scallops, and a meatless meatball parm. But you can still get fried chicken and their “hot dog du jour.”
Harlem Ale House is a new bar and American restaurant in a historic building in Harlem that’s been everything from a speakeasy (in the 1920s) to a bowling alley. They’re currently in soft open mode, which means they aren’t serving food yet and their hours run from 3pm to 2am every day.
There are a few other Treadwell Park locations, and they’re all pretty similar - slightly upscale beer halls that are good for groups. The newest one is in Hudson Yards at 42nd and 10th Avenue, and it has pinball machines and free popcorn.
Antoni, the cooking coach from Queer Eye, just opened a fast-casual restaurant inside an old West Village diner. It’s counter-service, and serves healthy-sounding things like grain bowls, almond pancakes, and cauliflower rice.
The people behind one of our favorite Spanish restaurants (La Vara) just opened a small plates seafood spot in Cobble Hill. It’s a little space with mainly counter seating and a few tables, and you’ll find things like Mediterranean wine, mini raw scallop tacos, and a fancy tuna casserole.
There are now officially enough Garret locations to qualify for their very own bar crawl. The newest one is in Nolita, and it looks a little like someone with an old-school trunk could show up, demand a strong drink, tell some stories, and fit right in.
After being closed for a few years, Gazala’s on the Upper West Side is open again. They serve Middle Eastern food such as labneh, kebabs, and crispy-thin pita that might make you question your past pita experiences.
The owner of Taim (one of our go-to spots for Middle Eastern food) just re-opened her original, more upscale Israeli restaurant called Balaboosta. It used to be in Nolita, but now it’s in the old Bar Bolonat space in the West Village.
10 Corso Como is originally from Milan, and just opened a location in the Seaport. In addition to a gallery and a store selling things like expensive jewelry and special-edition Birkenstocks, there’s an Italian restaurant and cafe that’s open for lunch and dinner every day.
This is a fast-casual restaurant in the East Village serving Central Asian food with Chinese influences. The menu has hand-pulled noodle dishes, dumplings, kebabs, rice bowls, and more.
Grand Seoul is a new Korean BBQ place on the Lower East Side with a neon sign that looks like a picture of a cow and a pig who got their tails stuck together and just continued to live like that. You can’t buy the sign (as far as we know), but you can get some BBQ combination platters and stews.
Your dreams of having dinner on top of a fancy furniture store (you have those, right?) are about to come true: the Restoration Hardware in Meatpacking now has a formal-feeling restaurant and rooftop terrace that’s full of chandeliers, trees, and truffle pasta.
Sans is an upscale vegan restaurant in the Carroll Gardens space where Nightingale Nine used to be. The menu has a la carte dishes like plum terrine, vegan lasagna, and a vegan “TV Dinner,” as well as a five-course tasting option for $65.
Adda is an Indian restaurant that recently opened in Long Island City. The owners have another Indian restaurant in the West Village called Rahi, but at this new spot, things are more casual. Everything on the menu here - from the prawn curry to a goat biryani - is under $20.
The West Village has a Shake Shack now, and this one is a little different from all the others - in the basement Innovation Kitchen, they’ll be developing new menu items, like their first ever chicken nuggets (which you can only get here).
The original Sakagura is a great Japanese izakaya hidden in the basement of a Midtown office building. They recently opened a location in the East Village that’s technically in soft open mode - but there’s still a decently-sized menu full of soups, grilled meat, and rice dishes.
When you’re at a bar and you don’t want to make anyone recite the full list of everything on tap, Braven is one of those reliable beers you’ve tried and (probably) liked. The company that makes it just opened their first taproom and restaurant, with food ranging from a burger with beer cheese on a pretzel bun to fried seitan.
There’s now a second Mekelburg’s across from Domino Park in Williamsburg, and the bar here is bigger than the one in their original Clinton Hill location. They have a grocery section as well as a full menu of things like tartines, sandwiches, and baked potatoes topped with caviar.
This is the first US location of an all-day restaurant from London, and it just opened in the Time Warner Center in Columbus Circle. The menu has everything from a full English breakfast to afternoon tea and (at dinnertime) beef wellington for two.
The Buren is a new cafe and bar in Bushwick that opens at 7am every day and has regularly scheduled DJ dance events at night. They also have flatbread pizzas, cocktails, and a swing you can sit on.
The team behind Lilia just opened a new restaurant in the bottom of an apartment complex across from Domino Park in Brooklyn. The main focus here is housemade pasta, which you can watch the chefs cook if you’re sitting at the long counter overlooking the open kitchen.
St Ends is a new cocktail bar in Crown Heights with a logo that looks like one half of a “best friends” heart necklace. They have a nice little backyard, comfortable couches, and Happy Hour from 3pm-8pm every day.
If you think of Williamsburg as a Monopoly board, Wythe Avenue is the corner that just got all the hotels. The Hoxton is the latest addition, and they’re planning a bunch of restaurants and bars inside. For now, only one is open - Klein’s, an American spot with dishes like caesar salad, a fried chicken sandwich, and steak tartare.
Zhen Wei Fang is a new hot pot place on the LES. They have everything from hot stone beef to lobsters you can pick from the seafood display when you walk in. There also appears to be a talking robot who will greet you when you arrive.
This is a fancy Japanese omakase place in Greenpoint. Reservations are required, and there’s a 13-course, $138 tasting menu that includes dishes like the “Coney Island,” with uni and scallop, and a “Summer Carnival” dessert course with ice cream and crispy corn on top.
This new counter-service place in Greenwich Village serves a range of African food, from Senegalese empanadas to vegetable tagine and a burger with piri piri ketchup. There are a few places to sit down here, and most things cost under $20.
Peppercorn Kitchen is a fast-casual restaurant in the West Village that’s open for lunch and dinner. The menu includes dumplings in chili oil, spicy crinkle-cut fries, and malatang (a Chinese hot pot dish with noodles).
The original Corner Bistro makes one of our all-time favorite burgers, and now there’s a new location in the North 3rd Street Market in Williamsburg. In addition to the burger, you’ll find things like tater tots and egg creams. What you won’t find are big booths and 4am crowds.
Bricia is a neighborhood Italian cafe on Clinton Street that’s open from 10am to 10pm every day. Dishes here range from omelettes to pastas, and they also serve beer and wine. Right now, it’s cash-only.
This is a small, casual restaurant in Midtown West serving a combination of Uzbek, Kazakh, and Tajik food, including skewered meat, samsas, and manti (dumplings).
Botte Bar is a new Italian wine bar in Astoria with pasta, crostini, and small plates to share. During their Happy Hour (which goes from 4-7pm), you can get half a dozen oysters for $10, and beer, house wine, and cocktails for $5 each.
Henry, the restaurant in the Life Hotel in Nomad, has reopened with a different concept and a new chef (the former chef at The Cecil). The food at the new Henry has African, Asian, and Caribbean influences, and dishes include tamarind jerk BBQ chicken, roti, and an “afropot” with seafood and Chinese pork sausage in it.
Hortus NYC is an Asian restaurant in Nomad serving everything from pork belly to soy bean paste hummus, as well as some good-looking cocktails. It seems after-work-nice, like the kind of place people who spend eight hours a day in Nomad would fit right into.
This spot on the LES looks a little like a dive bar, with Budweiser signs and TVs on the walls. The menu has all kinds of traditional BBQ (brisket, ribs, cornbread), plus not-so-traditional additions like New England clam cakes, Indian spiced lamb shank, and s’mores.
One of our top 20 favorite pizza places in the city now has another Greenpoint location, and this one sells slices (of the square and non-square varieties) in addition to full pies. There are traditional and vegan classics on the menu, plus a few new additions like a square pizza with sesame seeds on the bottom called the Freddy Prince.
We really like Up Thai on the UES, and now the same owners have opened Sala Thai on the UWS. The dining room here looks giant, with murals on the walls and more chandeliers than Sia’s music video (which, fun fact, doesn’t actually have any in it).
The people (nay, the citizens) behind a pleasant Australian cafe in Chelsea just opened a new location in Gramercy. This place serves breakfast all day as well as lunch bowls and sandwiches they call “afternoon delights.” Soon they’ll also have cocktails, beer, and wine.
Phobar is a casual new Vietnamese place in Greenwich Village, a block from Washington Square Park. NYU people, your back-to-school shopping might need to include the $15 spicy brisket pho here.
At Ume in Williamsburg, you can get something called a “deconstructed omakase” - i.e. a tray with 12 pieces of fish, plus rice, sauce, nori, and garnishes that you combine yourself. The set will change seasonally and the whole thing costs $45.
Toriko is a Japanese restaurant specializing in yakitori, and they just opened their first US spot in Greenwich Village (they have several locations in Japan). In addition to the yakitori, they have options like ramen and rice bowls, and there are three omakase options, one of which is vegan.
We believe in medicine and science. But we also believe in the restorative power of the sundae at Van Leeuwen. And now you can be healed at their new location in Soho on West Houston St. between Greene and Wooster.
A new upscale Korean restaurant in Flatiron with dishes like sweet shrimp crudo and beef short ribs. You can order a la carte, but there’s also a set menu for $75, and a ginseng chicken soup you need to order two days in advance.
This is a casual Taiwanese counter-service spot in the East Village where you pick a bunch of braised proteins and vegetables to combine into one customized rice or noodle dish. They’re still in soft-open mode with limited hours, so you might want to try calling ahead.
Wanderlust might sound like a trendy pilates studio, but it’s actually a restaurant in Midtown East that’s open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day. The menu has everything from pad thai to poutine and ham cordon bleu.
We live in a city that has boiled circular bread in its very foundation. Figuratively, we think. Which is why it’s worth mentioning that there’s a new location of this Montreal-style bagel place in the Ace Hotel in Nomad.
This is a casual new Japanese place in Bushwick that serves small plates (ranging from dumplings to king crab pot pie), entrees, and sushi. There are also desserts like homemade ice cream and green tea tiramisu.
The menu at this new Park Slope spot has a mix of Japanese and Korean dishes, with options like yellowtail sashimi, Korean fried chicken, and an $89 wagyu steak. Most of the entrees are in the $20 range, and they’re also open for lunch.
The name here is pretty straightforward: this is a small, mostly-takeout BBQ spot in Williamsburg that doesn’t want your credit cards. They make slow-roasted beef, pork, and chicken wings, as well as smoked jackfruit for vegans and vegetarians.
Voltaire is a Southern-themed spot in Cobble Hill that does Happy Hour until 8pm and has a backyard area that looks like a platform tent. You’ll find bar snacks as well as larger plates like pork with collard greens and a grilled cheese that comes with gumbo.
There are more Bluestone Lane locations than operational lighthouses in New York City. Which is OK because lighthouses probably don’t play a huge role in your everyday life, and Bluestone Lane has good coffee and pastries. This latest location is on the Upper West Side.
De Mole is a casual Mexican restaurant in Williamsburg serving everything from salmon with mole to beef brisket stew, plus a bunch of vegan options.
Santiago’s Beer Garden is a new Dominican restaurant in East Harlem with a nice-looking back patio and a bunch of colorful murals. They serve dishes like roast chicken, stewed beef, and oxtail that you can pick up at the counter or eat in their outdoor space. They don’t have a liquor license yet, but should be getting it soon.
A new casual spot in Astoria making Neapolitan-style pizzas with interesting toppings like lamb sausage and fontina or harissa and cauliflower.
There are a few Vin Sur Vingts across the city now, and the latest location is on the UWS. It should come in handy if you need a spot for a nice drink and some snacks in the neighborhood.
This is a new indoor/outdoor rooftop bar near Bryant Park that looks like the physical manifestation of the glowing cursive Instagram font, with lots of gold and velvet art deco furniture. Elsie has cocktails, bar food, and bottle service.
There’s a neighborhood sushi spot in Bushwick called MoMo Sushi Shack, and the same people just opened another casual restaurant nearby. This one specializes in fried chicken and vegetable sides.
If you spend time in Tribeca while the sun hangs out in the middle of the sky, Vietspot is a new place you might want to add to your list of lunch options. It’s a fast-casual Vietnamese restaurant with banh mi, pho, and vermicelli rice noodles.
This is a rum bar in Williamsburg on the corner of Bedford and Grand with a name that is both terrifying and great for SEO. They serve a bunch of colorful cocktails, and there’s a machine that makes customized ice cubes with devil tails on them.
Llama Inn, a great Peruvian restaurant in Williamsburg, just opened a new place in the West Village called Llamita. It’s open from 11am (10am on weekends) until 8pm, and it’s counter-service only, with roughly 15 seats where you can eat rotisserie chicken, sandwiches, and beef heart skewers.
We checked out Llamita and wrote about it on our Ride-Along Report.
Ample Hills now has a giant factory, museum, and store in a neighborhood with enough room for that sort of thing - Red Hook. It looks like less like a place created specifically for social media, and more like something designed at least in part with kids in mind. In case you needed to convince your kids to like ice cream more.
This is a new American restaurant in Bed-Stuy where the dining room resembles an air-conditioned greenhouse, with glass walls and hanging plants. They serve burgers, scallop ceviche, and little salami sandwich sliders.
The front of Bar Beau is just a coffee counter, but there’s a full cocktail bar and small plates restaurant in the back. The menu has a wide range of dishes, from udon and shishito peppers to a burger.
We checked out Bar Beau and wrote about it on our Ride-Along Report.
We recently went to Leonelli in Nomad and liked everything we ate. Now they have a bakery attached where you can get housemade breads, pastries, and focaccia pizzas from 7am to 8pm every day.
Noted is a new all-day Korean cafe where you can order savory waffles with pork belly, pasta with cod roe, and portobello rice balls. The space looks a little bit like a dorm at a very expensive college, with mismatched leather couches and plants that might be sculptures.
At the current rate, this city might have more Australian-inspired all-day cafes than subway stations by the year 2020. At this latest one on the LES you can eat mushroom toast and chicken caesar salad while you sit at a little marble table.
This is a new Tribeca cocktail bar with geometric art, colorful velvet chairs, and snack options like a muffuletta, Morgenstern’s ice cream, and something called “midnight pasta” - which you should steal as your new meme account name.
We checked out Primo’s and put it on our Bar Hit List.
Katana Kitten is a two-floor Japanese cocktail bar in the West Village with fancy beer-and-shot deals. The basement is table-service only while the upstairs is more of a classic bar setup.
We checked out Katana Kitten and put it on our Bar Hit List.
If you’re looking to swim in Williamsburg without causing significant damage to a fire hydrant, the Williamsburg Hotel now has a rooftop pool and bar you should know about. You’ll need a day pass to get in if you’re not a hotel guest (pricing varies, but the cost is $100 on weekends).
The people behind Aria have a new wine bar in Tribeca that looks almost identical to all the other places they own. Which is to say, $16 pasta, library shelves full of wine bottles, and a reliable setup for drinks with someone you like a lot already or someone you’re not sure you like at all.
The Pod Hotel in Williamsburg already had a beer hall on the ground floor (called Clinton Hall), and now there’s a rooftop bar too. You can come here and play a fun game called “How many $14 cocktails will it take my friends to order the vegetable plate that comes with ‘edible soil?’”
This is a new casual Italian restaurant on the border of Bed-Stuy and Bushwick with a bunch of pastas, small plates, and Sicilian-inspired sandwiches. They also serve brunch on the weekends and have a rotating installation of work from local artists.
If you’re keeping track of all the places where you can drink lattes and order food that comes in a bowl, Charley St. is one to add to the list. This is a new coffee shop in Nolita with curated coffee cup designs and an almost entirely white space.
Danny Meyer (who’s behind Union Square Cafe, Shake Shack, and a lot of other spots you’ve heard of) has a new restaurant on the 60th floor of a building in FiDi. There’s a French-inspired prix-fixe that costs $78 (for three courses), but you can also order a la carte at the bar.
We checked out Manhatta and put it on our Hit List.
The team behind Eggslut (a famous breakfast sandwich spot in LA) just opened a new restaurant in the Nolitan Hotel. This place seems nothing like Eggslut, mostly because it’s a sit-down spot with things like pastas, fried chicken, and a long wine list.
886 is a casual Taiwanese place on St. Mark’s where you can get oyster omelettes, a spicy fried chicken sandwich, and a sausage and sticky rice dish called “Sausage Party.” The space looks a little like a club, with a bunch of purple neon lights and colorful murals.
We checked out 886 and put it on our Hit List.
This is the first full-time location of Holy Ground, a barbecue place that’s done a few seasonal pop-ups before (like at Elsewhere in Bushwick this summer). The space looks fancy, with red booths like the ones you’d sit in if you were a businessperson in an old movie.
We checked out Holy Ground and put it on our Hit List.
A Summer Day Cafe is an Italian spot in the same Tribeca building as Holy Ground - like a fraternal twin in restaurant form. It has a menu full of seafood like bass crudo, branzino, and lobster salad.
We checked out A Summer Day Cafe and wrote about it on our Ride-Along Report.
Ikinari Steak is a chain of Japanese restaurants where you get steaks cut to-order and eat them standing up. There are a bunch of other locations around the city, and the newest one is on the UWS. (It has some seats, too, if you’d prefer to eat your $16 ribeye sitting down.)
Junzi is a new fast-casual Northern Chinese restaurant in Greenwich Village serving things like bings (Chinese crepes), noodle bowls, and different types of tea. They also have locations near Columbia University and Yale, and they serve food until 1:30am on weekends, so we’re sensing a target demographic here.
This new LES Japanese restaurant is currently omakase-only, but will eventually have a la carte options. In addition to two tasting menus (both of which are around $100, and one of which is completely vegan), they have a special omakase for $58 during their soft open.
After being closed for a few years, this Korean restaurant just reopened in its old spot in the East Village with a new menu. Now it’s a flower and coffee shop by day and a cocktail bar and small plates restaurant at night.
If you want great Detroit-style pizza, you have a few options. One of them is to buy a plane ticket and go to Detroit. Another is to eat at Emmy Squared - a pizza and burger spot (the sister restaurant of Emily) that started out in Williamsburg, and now has another location on 1st Avenue in the East Village.
We checked out Emmy Squared and put it on our Hit List.
The Breakers is a new indoor/outdoor bar in Williamsburg from the team behind The Woods, one of the neighborhood’s go-to places to drink and dance. It has frozen cocktails and tacos, enough room for dancing, and more neon signs than an ’80s bowling alley.
We checked out The Breakers and put it on our Bar Hit List.
Speaking of Williamsburg, there’s now a Shake Shack on Berry Street. In addition to the usual menu, this location also has custard flavors from Du’s Donuts and other Brooklyn-based bakeries.
Existing Conditions is a new cocktail bar in Greenwich Village from some of the people behind famous spots like Booker & Dax and Please Don’t Tell. This place has drinks made from liquified waffles, a vending machine where you can use tokens to get bottled cocktails, and a non-alcoholic drink with honey from a rare Mexican bee. So you know, just your average neighborhood bar.
We checked out Existing Conditions and wrote about it on our Ride-Along Report.
Hao Noodle (a Chinese restaurant we like in the West Village) just opened a second location in Chelsea with a slightly different menu that has more of a focus on skewers and small plates. Eventually they’ll have drinks, but for now they’re still waiting on a liquor license.
We checked out Hao Noodle and put it on our Hit List.
Stay Gold is a new cocktail bar on 3rd Avenue in Kips Bay with drinks that sound like chapters from a coming-of-age road trip novel (“Long Look Back” and “The Passing Afternoon”). There’s also a pretty sizable back garden and some bar snacks like Triscuits with caviar.
We checked out Stay Gold and put it on our Bar Hit List.
To get to this new Japanese cocktail bar, you have to walk through a recently-opened ramen restaurant in Greenpoint called Wanpaku. Then you knock on the door and whisper “hungry hungry hippo” three times until someone greets you. OK, you don’t have to do the second part, but they’ll probably still let you in if you do.
We checked out The Hidden Pearl and wrote about it on our Ride-Along Report.
The West Village now has a Xi’an Famous Foods that’s bigger than most of their other locations. This one is right by the West 4th St subway station, and serves the same classic spicy cumin lamb noodles you know (or should know) and love.
Millie’s used to be a tiny Cuban spot, and now it’s a bigger Cuban spot in a central Bushwick location on Wilson Avenue. They serve ropa vieja, yuca fries, Cubano sandwiches, and other Cuban dishes in a casual sit-down space.
This newest location of Court Street Grocers recently took over the old Saltie space in Williamsburg. They’re serving some of their classic sandwiches as well as a few you can only get here, like a Muffuletta and something called a Jersey Sloppy Joe - which happens to be a nickname we really don’t want.
Kopitiam is a Malaysian restaurant that just reopened in a new location on East Broadway on the LES. The food at this new all-day cafe is a bit different than the old version (which mostly served snacks and desserts), with things like Malaysian style-breakfast, spicy sesame noodles, and honeycomb cake.
We checked out Hao Noodle and put it on our Hit List.
A very good Chinese restaurant in Williamsburg just opened a second location on Delancey Street on the LES. Their new spot has a takeout window, late-night hours on the weekends, and a few additions to the original menu like a crispy whole fish.
We checked out Kings County Imperial and put it on our Hit List.
There are enough tropical plants at Gitano Tulum to almost fool you into thinking you’re at the original restaurant in Tulum (instead of across the street from the Holland Tunnel). This is a giant outdoor Mexican bar and restaurant off of 6th Avenue that’ll be open for the rest of the summer season.
We checked out Gitano and wrote about it on our Ride-Along Report.
This is a casual little spot in the East Village serving less-casual French food, like asparagus with verbena-watercress coulis and guinea hen with carrot-bergamot puree. They’re serving both dinner and brunch, and if you get there before 6:30pm, you can try their three-course tasting menu (and a glass of wine) for $49.
Ukiyo is a French-Japanese restaurant in the East Village next door to a sushi place we like called Jewel Bako (they’re owned by the same people). Here you can choose between tasting menu options (five-courses for $75 or eight-courses for $125) or a la carte dishes like crispy rice with foie gras or halibut with dashi hollandaise.
Rosemary’s in the West Village (yes, that Rosemary’s) just opened a casual pizza place a few blocks away on Perry Street. It’s walk-in-only, and has some big glass doors that open onto the street so you can be outside-adjacent while you eat broccoli rabe pizza and drink wine.
We checked out Rosemary’s Pizza and wrote about it on our Ride-Along Report.
This is an upscale new Italian restaurant in the Evelyn hotel on 27th Street in Nomad. The menu is Roman-inspired, with crowd-pleasing dishes like flatbreads, pastas, a pork chop, and a non-Roman-inspired burger.
We checked out Leonelli and wrote about it on our Ride-Along Report.
Sofreh is a new Persian restaurant right off of Flatbush Avenue in Prospect Heights, serving dishes like smoked eggplant and plum chicken. The narrow space has brick walls and the kind of exposed black beams you’ve always wanted in your apartment.
We checked out Sofreh and wrote about it on our Ride-Along Report.
This is a casual new North African restaurant in the West Village, from a chef who’s worked at some other great Middle Eastern places like Taim. During lunch, you order at the counter, but at dinner it’s full-service, with a menu focused on homemade couscous, plus mains like branzino, and hummus with challah.
We checked out Kish-Kash and wrote about it on our Ride-Along Report.
It was a sad day at The Infatuation when the Williamsburg bar and pork-focused restaurant called Post Office closed. This new vegan restaurant in the old Post Office space (on Havemeyer) couldn’t be more different - with things like pineapple tartare, corn toast, and a list of natural wines.
We checked out Avant Garden and put it on our Hit List.
The second New York location of an udon spot we like called TsuruTonTan just opened on 48th street in Midtown. So far they’re only serving lunch, with options like donburi bowls, sashimi, and their signature (and massive) bowls of both hot and cold udon noodles.
Aside from having the name of a memoir of a jockey, this new bar on Bedford Avenue in South Williamsburg has $10 cocktails, a pool table, and the same owners as Skinny Dennis (another bar in the neighborhood).
Trad Room is a new restaurant on the corner of Malcolm X Blvd and Halsey Street in Bed-Stuy with a huge open kitchen, tall ceilings, and soda fountain stools. In terms of food, the menu has everything from miso butter grilled oysters to pork tongue to a roast chicken.
If you’ve headed to Brooklyn over the Williamsburg Bridge recently, you’ve probably seen the giant sign for Tacocina that makes it look like an amusement park entrance. This is a new taco spot (from the people behind Shake Shack) in the also-new Domino Park on the Williamsburg waterfront.
We checked out Tacocina and wrote about it on our Ride-Along Report.
Bocce is a new Italian restaurant in that open-air structure with Greek columns in the middle of Union Square Park (across from the Barnes & Noble). Seating here is primarily outside, and you can order things like pizzas, negroni slushies, and crudos while you watch someone confuse the restaurant’s bocce courts for the site of the Summer Olympic Games.
We checked out Bocce Union Square and put it on our Hit List.
There’s a new Tacombi location in Fort Greene with a big outdoor seating area. If you like to watch movies at BAM because of all the restaurants nearby, here’s another to add to your list - it’s right across the street.
We checked out Tacombi Fort Greene and wrote about it on our Ride-Along Report.
If you’ve been reading this Openings Guide lately, you might have noticed that it looks a little like a Greenpoint neighborhood blog - there are a lot of new spots opening in the neighborhood. Here’s another. It’s a casual Japanese ramen and curry place right on top of the Nassau G stop and a block from McCarren Park.
We checked out Wanpaku and wrote about it on our Ride-Along Report.
Harlem Hops specializes in hard-to-find local craft beer from small-batch breweries. Their spot by the 135th 2 and 3 stop also has a bar menu with things like bratwurst and spicy meat pies.
We’re longtime fans of the tacos at Otto’s in the East Village, and they just opened a new location on 88th Street on the Upper East Side. This one has their usual affordable prices, simple menu, and homemade tortillas.
This is a new fast-casual Neapolitan pizza place in Meatpacking where nothing costs more than $11. It looks kind of like stopping by a slice joint, except they only take credit cards and you get a whole Neopolitan pizza. They plan to open more locations in Chelsea and Brooklyn soon.
If you spend time on Long Island, you might know about Kyma - a Greek restaurant in Roslyn that someone has probably referred to as their “little Santorini.” They just opened their first (giant) Manhattan location in Flatiron, with a long menu of seafood, familiar Greek dishes, and familiar Greek seafood dishes.
Harwood on Hudson is a new American restaurant serving things like mussels, ribs, and pastas in a space that looks like a barn, a speakeasy, and the West Village had a lovechild. They’re open for dinner (and currently taking reservations) with some sidewalk seating and a marble bar up front.
We checked out Harwood on Hudson and wrote about it on our Ride-Along Report.