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NYC’s New Restaurant Openings

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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 - either in our Ride-Along Report or Hit List.

april 2018

Devoción Café

300 Livingston St
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The original location of Devoción is the best-looking cafe in Williamsburg to get work done and drink some strong Colombian coffee. We assume that this one will somehow be even more attractive, because that’s what generally happens near the Brooklyn Bridge.

Photo: Brooke Holm

Maman and Mimi

20 Prince St
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Maman and Mimi is a new French and Algerian restaurant on Prince Street in Nolita. The space looks like a bistro where you could bring a date and sit in a big booth while trying not to look at yourself in the mirrors on the wall.

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This is a casual new West Village restaurant serving Middle Eastern comfort food like sandwiches, a leg of lamb, and salmon farro bowls for lunch and dinner, and breakfast all day. It seems slightly diner-y, and also the kind of place to bring a friend for a catch-up meal.

Sergimmo Salumeria

462 Avenue of the Americas
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One of the better places to get a big Italian sandwich with house-made mozzarella in Hell’s Kitchen has a new location in Greenwich Village on 6th Avenue. This is a good one to know about for lunch in the area, or in case mozzarella seems to be the quickest answer to your problems (hint: it is).

Pelican

382 Marcus Garvey Blvd
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Pelican is a new cocktail bar in Bed-Stuy from the people behind Hot Bird, one of our favorite places to come with a big group in the summer.

Upnorth

17 Wyckoff Ave
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UpNorth is a new Canadian-themed bar near the Jefferson Avenue L in Bushwick with craft beer and spirits from Canada and ram taxidermy on the walls. They have typical bar food (plus an entire poutine menu), and they’ll also be serving brunch and coffee/pastries soon.

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The Woodstock

446 W 14th St
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A ’60s-themed bar in Meatpacking serving affordable cocktails (all of them are $10) and pizza (from the people behind Williamsburg Pizza). If the set designers from Mad Men (the later seasons) opened up a bar with pink pool tables, this would be it.

This thin-crust pizza place in LIC looks like it could also be a big Summer Guide contender this year - they have a great-looking outdoor space. They also have pastas, negronis on tap, and a large bar.

We checked out Beebe’s and put it on our Hit List.

Photo: Liz Clayman

Uotora

1075 Bergen St
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Uotora is a new Japanese restaurant in Crown Heights with a $65 omakase. It’s a small space with a little bar, so you’ll probably want to try this place solo or with one other person.

Straylight

Chinatown
32 Mulberry St
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Straylight is a new cocktail bar below a multi-floor Japanese restaurant in Chinatown (Juku) with $15-$27 molecular gastronomy cocktails and Japanese bar snacks. It’s only open from Thursday-Sunday and, to get here, you have to walk down a completely-pink stairwell that looks like it belongs in the contemporary art version of the Wonka factory.

We checked out Straylight and put it on our Bar Hit List.

Sweet Chick

46-42 Vernon Blvd
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Sweet Chick just opened their fourth NYC location in Long Island City on Vernon Blvd. You probably already know the drill here, but if not: chicken and waffles, brunch every day, and a fun cocktail list.

Frenchette

Tribeca
241 W Broadway

Chefs behind Balthazar and Minetta Tavern have opened a French brasserie in Tribeca. It looks like it’ll be slightly more casual than either of those two restaurants, with big red booths and a bar, but still a place where you could impress a date by ordering the ribeye for two.

We checked out Frenchette and put it on our Hit List.

The Garret is a cocktail bar in the East Village, and it used to have a speakeasy-style restaurant inside of it called Dinnertable. That space is now Borrachito, a speakeasy-style taco spot.

We checked out Borrachito and put it on our Hit List.

Urbanspace at 570 Lex

570 Lexington Ave
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There’s a new Urbanspace food hall location in Midtown East with options like Roberta’s, Taim, and La Pecora Bianca. The vendors and overall design seem pretty similar to other Urbanspace markets, which means it’ll be good for lunch or waiting around for your friend who wears suits to work to leave the office.

Sushi Noz

181 E 78th St
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Sushi Noz is a new UES Japanese restaurant that specializes in fish preservation and aging. Their omakase is $300 per person.

An Italian-American counter in Bushwick with affordable sandwiches and homemade pasta. It seems pretty small, so take-out might be your move here, but there are a few seats for a casual lunch or dinner.

We checked out Carmenta’s and wrote about on our Ride-Along Report.

march 2018

Ichiran

132 W 31st St
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You no longer have to go to Bushwick to eat ramen by yourself in a sit-down voting booth. The Midtown Ichiran is on 32st street between 6th and 7th Avenues, and is a spot for people desperately seeking noodles and alone time in Midtown.

Coco Pazzo

SoHo
160 Prince St

Coco Pazzo is the new Soho version of an UES Italian restaurant that was popular in the ’90s. They do daily lunch and dinner service in a bright space, and have a takeout counter in the back for things like ciabatta sandwiches and quinoa salads.

We checked out Coco Pazzo and wrote about on our Ride-Along Report.

Mikkeller Brewing NYC

123-01 Roosevelt Ave
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A big-deal brewery from Copenhagen just opened a location attached to Citi Field in Queens (they already have one in LA that we like a lot). This new spot has its own separate entrance from the stadium, 60 weekly-rotating beers on tap, and the kind of food you’d expect to find next to a baseball stadium - pork sandwiches, bulgogi fries, and hot dogs.

Photo: Danielle Adams

Akrotiri

29-20 30th Avenue
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A new Greek seafood spot just opened in the neighborhood with more good Greek food than anywhere else in the city - Astoria. This place has a huge list of Greek wines that should go nicely with a whole fish on your plate.

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A Trinidadian cocktail bar in Williamsburg on North 8th St. with some good-looking drinks, rum flights, and DJs playing Caribbean music every night. The owner also happens to be a member of Major Lazer.

PQR

Upper East Side
1631 2nd Ave

This is a counter-service pizza spot on the Upper East Side from a famous Roman pizza maker. Alert your friend who insists on trying all of the newest pizza in the city that they have square-shaped slices with potatoes on top. And know that it’s still waiting on a liquor license.

We checked out PQR and wrote about on our Ride-Along Report.

Seamore's

66 Water St
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Seamore’s just opened up its first Brooklyn location in Dumbo and it’s bigger than the others in the city, with a 40-seat private dining room. Dumbo already has an “attractive-body-of-water” theme, so this bright seafood spot should be a good addition to the neighborhood.

Photo: Alexander Stein

Grain House

929 Amsterdam Ave
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A Szechuan restaurant from Littleneck Queens just opened a new location on the Upper West Side. This place has affordable prices and a huge menu with lots of hot pepper icons and something called “burning noodles.” If you’re a fan of Szechuan food or you live and/or learn near 106th and Amsterdam Avenue, take note.

Lowerline

794 Washington Ave
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Lowerline is a casual new New Orleans-inspired restaurant in Prospect Heights on Washington Avenue near Tom’s. It looks pretty small, with just a few tables and a bar, but seems like a nice addition to the neighborhood for drinks, oysters, and a $15 half-po boy and gumbo deal.

This is a huge Korean BBQ restaurant in Midtown, with three floors dedicated to different types of occasions - one for casual walk-ins and two for larger private parties. They serve traditional barbecue options and a few unique dishes like kimchi poutine with bulgogi and cheese curds.

We checked out Sam Won Garden and wrote about on our Ride-Along Report.

Grünhaus

101 Rivington St
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Grunhaus is a German beer bar where Spitzer’s Corner used to be on the LES. Most of the food here includes some sort of meat and toppings on a pretzel bun. Come here with friends and fight about whether sour beer deserves a place in our current society.

Sugar Momma

15 Cliff Street
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A new cocktail bar in FiDi where you can get an on-fire martini in what looks like a coworking space that plays ’90s hip hop, but also happens to be an Australian coffee shop during the day. Their cocktail list looks like the reason you’d want to check this place out for a drink after work, but they also serve food like smoked mackerel toast and a burger.

This is a new Greek wine bar in the East Village from the same people behind one of the more low-key bars in the neighborhood (The Immigrant). This seems like a useful option for a glass of wine and some small plates of grilled octopus and spanakopita when you want to catch up with a friend.

We checked out The Athenian and wrote about on our Ride-Along Report.

Mama Fox

327 Stuyvesant Ave
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Mama Fox is a new restaurant in Bed-Stuy that serves comfort food from around the world, like yucca croquettes, pork belly banh mi, polenta and parsnip pasta, and cocktails like an Old Fashioned with mole bitters. It could be a good date night spot for the neighborhood.

Legacy Records is a new Italian/Mediterranean restaurant in Hudson Yards from the people behind two of our favorite spots, Charlie Bird and Pasquale Jones. You could theoretically hang out here all day: there’s a cafe, a cocktail bar space, and restaurant serving things like seafood crudos, pasta, and a duck for two.

We checked out Legacy Records and put it on our Hit List.

Davelle

Lower East Side
102 Suffolk St

An all-day Japanese cafe in the part of the Lower East Side that’s essentially the Williamsburg Bridge, this place is a coffee shop that serves breakfast sets during the day and small plates and curries for dinner. It could be good for a casual weeknight meal, though they’re still waiting on a liquor license.

We checked out Davelle and put it on our Hit List.

Basement

78 Leonard St
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Basement is a very fancy 10-person omakase restaurant in the space under a Tribeca restaurant called Tetsu. By very fancy, we mean the omakase is $350/person.

Photo: Dacia Pierson

Brooklyn Kura

68 34th St
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NYC’s only sake brewery now has a tap room in Industry City that’s open on Fridays and Saturdays. Brooklyn Kura is right off of the N, R, and D trains and, other than the sake, has a few snacks like toasted nori and charcuterie.

Bar Freud

506 LaGuardia Pl
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Bar Freud used to be an Austrian restaurant (from the same people behind Edi and the Wolf), but they just turned it into a bar with a bit less schnitzel and spatzle (although there’s still some of that) and more experimental cocktails. The whole place is supposed to mimic the feeling of “Sigmund Freud’s Therapy Room.” Maybe don’t bring your mom.

February 2018

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The owners of a popular brunch spot in Bushwick (Montana’s Trail House) recently changed the space into a bar with inexpensive but interesting food like mapo nachos and tempura fried avocado. On Mondays they do a $10 burger-and-beer deal and on Tuesdays you can flip a coin to see if your next drink is free.

We checked out Hard Times Christmas Liquors at the Sunset Bar and wrote about it on our Ride-Along Report.

Ophelia

3 Mitchell Pl
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A big fancy rooftop bar and lounge in the Beekman Tower in Midtown East (which we just found out was originally built as a sorority clubhouse). They have caviar service and drinks with ingredients you might find while walking in the woods and say “cool, it’s cedar” not “let’s smoke it and put it in a cocktail.”

Photo: Liz Clayman

Boru Boru

774 Amsterdam Ave
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Boru Boru is a restaurant on 98th and Amsterdam Avenue serving a menu of Chinese and Korean food that’s completely kosher. It’s a little expensive ($17 pulled pastrami bao buns and $24 oxtail fried rice) but could be worth trying if you keep kosher or want to go somewhere uptown that feels a little like you could find it on the LES.

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There’s now a second location of Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken on 51st and 9th Avenue in Hell’s Kitchen. Think of this as very fancy KFC - there’s chicken-by-the-piece, a bunch of meat sandwiches, and a $50 family-style meal called “The Royal Tenders” that comes with 12 chicken tenders and sides. And they deliver, for when you need fried-chicken-on-the-couch time.

The people behind the Soho Indian restaurant called Paowalla just turned that space into a small plates spot. This spot is more casual than the original, and serves modern takes on traditional Indian food like dal burrata and a lamb sandwich “naanini.” It looks like it could be a fun place to try for a casual group dinner.

We checked out The Bombay Bread Bar and put it on our Hit List.

Photo: Teddy Wolff

Bar Belly just reopened on the Lower East Side with a pretty solid Happy Hour deal (half priced drinks and dollar oysters every day). This is a good one to know about for a drink and some snacks in the neighborhood.

*We checked out Bar Belly and put it on our Bar Hit List.

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The second location of a huge French restaurant in the West Village. This one is in Gramercy and has a charcuterie bar - but otherwise seems to be a lot like the first. Come with people who want to eat escargot and steak.

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Originally an East Village spot, Mala Project just added a second Midtown location where you can eat Chinese dry pot (think hot pot without the boiling broth). There’s a $13 lunch special, so it’s a potentially useful option for a weekday lunch that isn’t a sandwich.

Quality Eats

Nomad
3 E 28th St

The newest Quality Eats just opened on 28th between 5th and Madison. The menu here is pretty much the same as the other two locations (affordable steaks, salads, and birthday cake ice cream). If it’s anything like the other spots, it will be crowded.

Photo: Liz Clayman

Taqueria Diana

367 Metropolitan Ave
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One of our go-to burrito spots just opened a new location on Metropolitan Ave in Williamsburg. In addition to tacos, burritos, and “Super Fries” (like nachos, but with fries), this location has a mezcal bar with draft cocktails and many (over 40) different types of mezcal.

The Harrow New York

720 10th Ave
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The Harrow is a new American restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen serving things like strip steak, lobster pierogi, mushroom tarts, and lots of cocktails. The prices are reasonable (nothing is over $30) for a place that kind of looks like it could be a hotel restaurant, so it could be good for a date or dinner with your parents who swear they’re fine with anything, but actually want something nice.

Photo: Michael Radassao

Gem

116 Forsyth St
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A 19-year-old just opened a new all-day cafe on the Lower East Side. Soon “The Living Room” (the cafe) will have a “Dining Room” next door with a $155 prix fixe that you can already book reservations for. Until then, you can continue to reflect on what you were doing when you were 19 years old.

Karakatta is a new ramen restaurant in Greenwich Village that specializes in spicy ramen. They also have some rice bowls, appetizers, and a full drinks menu, but if you want ramen, the only options involve fire emojis next to their menu listings. The space looks pretty small and stays open late-night.

We checked out Karakatta and put it on our Hit List.

Exciting news for Bushwick people: the chef and owner behind one of the more grown-up spots in the area (Faro) just opened up a Chinese restaurant. It’s walk-in-only and seems like it could be a great addition to the otherwise Sichuan-less neighborhood.

We checked out General Deb’s and put it on our Hit List.

Photo: Michael Tulipan

Luke's Lobster

261-267 Canal St
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Luke’s Lobster just opened up a stand in Canal Street Market with its usual seafood rolls, chowders, and lobster mac & cheese. Good to know about if you work in the Soho/Chinatown area and are feeling bold enough to eat a lobster roll at your desk (if not, there are also some places to sit down here).

Noda

6 W 28th St
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Noda is a very expensive, eight-seat sushi restaurant in Nomad that serves a $285 omakase tasting. They have two dinner seatings per night (6 and 9pm), as well as a sake and whiskey lounge in the front.

Scarpetta

88 Madison Ave
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After 10 years of serving Italian food in their Meatpacking location (which is now closed), Scarpetta just reopened in a new Nomad hotel called The James New York. This place looks like it’s going for a similar feel as the original - a trendy-people-eating-pasta feel.

Mr White

East Village
123 Saint Marks Pl

A fancy bar and restaurant in the East Village that’s supposed to look like a Southern mansion. Mr. White serves upscale versions of New Orleans-inspired food like grilled oysters, prawns and grits, and pork cheek, but as of now they’re still waiting for a full liquor license (it’s beer and wine only).

We checked out Mr. White and wrote about it on our Ride-Along Report.

Rita

293 Van Brunt St
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An all-day cafe in Red Hook filled with natural light, oatmeal bowls, and egg sandwiches looks like nothing else we’ve seen recently. That’s a joke, but to be fair, Rita does seem like it’ll be good to know about for casual breakfast, brunch, and lunch in the area.

Basta

62 E 34th St
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This a Kosher Mediterranean spot with interesting-looking (albeit pricey) dishes like “Northern African fish and chips.” Hopefully it’ll be a good new addition to Murray Hill.

Tender Greens

900 Broadway
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Tender Greens in Union Square is NYC’s first location of a popular California fast-casual restaurant, and seems like it could be a good alternative for when you’re sick of Sweetgreen and Made Nice. They serve healthy-ish plates (pick a protein, vegetable, and side), salads, and sandwiches all within the $12-16 range, and have a beer and wine list.

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Banzarbar is a new bar above Freemans on the Lower East Side. They serve fancy cocktails and seafood small plates, and a $95 tasting menu involving five courses with low-ABV cocktail pairings (so that you can actually drink all five of them). Also, there’s a $60 tempura-fried whole octopus to share. Just in case you’re in the mood to eat a whole fried octopus tonight.

We checked out Banzarbar and added it to our Bar Hit List.

Annicka

Greenpoint
544 Manhattan Ave

The people behind Greenpoint Beer and Ale (a brewery) and North Brooklyn Farms (an urban farm underneath the Williamsburg Bridge) opened a restaurant in Greenpoint with stuff like little gem salads, steak, and housemade sausages. They’ll also be serving exclusively New York-made beer, cider, wine, and cocktails. Right now, it’s only open Wednesday through Sunday.

We checked out Annicka and put it on our Hit List.

Patent Coffee

49 W 27th St
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This is a new Flatiron coffee shop in a building where Nikola Tesla first experimented with radio waves. That part is irrelevant to the coffee shop itself, which seems like a simple coffee/pastry place to know about in the neighborhood. The Nikola Tesla-related part comes next...

Photo: Simmer Group

Patent Pending

Nomad
49 W 27th St
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Once 5pm hits, Patent Coffee becomes an entrance to an electricity-themed underground cocktail bar that can only be accessed by ringing a buzzer on the street. Patent Pending has a few snacks (grilled cheese, pulled pork sandwich) and a cocktail menu that comes with an appendix explaining electromagnetic frequency. It could be worth stopping by for a drink in the area with someone who likes speakeasies and/or bragging about how much they remember from physics.

We checked out Patent Pending and added it to our Bar Hit List.

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Seamore’s Up Top

230 Park Ave
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A new Seamore’s location is making Urbanspace Vanderbilt an even better place to get lunch or a quick dinner near Grand Central (the food market already has Roberta’s, Red Hook Lobster Pound, and Kuro-Obi by Ippudo). They’re serving cocktails, beer, wine, and seafood like poke bowls and fried fish sandwiches.

Maman

22 W 25th St
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Maman’s newest location for coffee meetings and solo journaling sessions is open in Nomad. The space looks like it has enough tables to actually sit down, and the sandwiches and salads have the kinds of names you’d find in a 20th century novel (Lise, Charline, Olivia).

Photo: Camia Gutierrez

The last of the Freehand hotel spots is now open for dinner (they already have Studio and The George Washington Bar). Simon & the Whale is from the same people behind West Village places like Joseph Leonard and Fedora, and might be good for your friend who insists on trying the most interesting things on every menu (in this case: cauliflower with veal tongue pastrami or arctic char toast).

We checked out Simon & The Whale and put it on our Hit List.

Photo: Adrian Gaut

January 2018

Meme's Diner

Prospect Heights
657 Washington Avenue

Meme’s in Prospect Heights looks like a modern Brooklyn version of a diner that could have been in Grease. They’re open for brunch and dinner, when they serve takes on American classics (buffalo chicken goddess salad, patty melts on rye bread, and a peanut butter pie) and a big menu of cocktails.

We checked out Meme’s Diner and put it on our Hit List.

Photo: Noah Fecks

Dumonet

315 Smith Street
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Carroll Gardens has a new French place open for dinner and brunch near the Carroll Street F and G stop. The menu is a little pricey (the mains are mostly in the $40 range), and includes classic-sounding stuff like beef bourguignon and roasted duck two ways.

8.0
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This is a Bushwick bar/restaurant (by the Jefferson L) that specializes in Basque-style cider and food. The restaurant does a two-and-half hour, five-course tasting for $37 where you can try chorizo that’s braised in their own cider. If you’re not quite ready to make that commitment, come to the bar for housemade cider and snacks.

We checked out Brooklyn Cider House and put it on our Hit List.

Photo: Michael Tulipan

The Dancer

202 Clinton St
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The team behind the LES spot Eastwood (a beer and wine bar with Israeli-influenced food) has a new place a few doors down that serves cocktails and snacks like housemade popcorn and smoked whitefish salad. Starting in February they’ll be open all week, but until then you can check out The Dancer from Wednesday to Sunday.

Boticarios

58 E 1st Street
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There’s a new Latin restaurant on 1st Street in the East Village serving stuff like seafood mole, skirt steak with chilaquiles, and a drink called the Mexican Zombie. Everything on the menu is sub-$30, but individual dishes like the guacamole (which is $13) seem a little pricey.

Greca

Tribeca
452 Washington St

Greca is an all-day Greek cafe in the part of Tribeca that’s practically the Holland Tunnel. This place is counter-service only, and open from 8am to 5pm every day, if you need a place to kill time before you bring your niece to a birthday party at the New York City Fire Museum or whatever else you do in this area.

We checked out Greca and wrote about it on our Ride-Along Report.

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A new Flatiron hotel (called Freehand) opened, which is just another way to say that a new Flatiron spot opened. Actually, there are several places in the Freehand. One is Studio, another is the George Washington Bar where you can get some bar snacks and expensive cocktails with things like prosciutto in them. If you’ve been looking for a new place to drink under the supervision of a George Washington portrait, this could be the one.

La Goulue

Upper East Side
29 East 61st Street

Successful NYC restaurant comebacks are about as common as Spice Girls reunion tours, but they’re both set to happen in 2018. This old-school French bistro was open for 36 years, then closed for eight, and has just reopened. The new space is bigger than their last, and the menu has things like duck foie gras terrine and steak tartare.

We checked out La Goulue and wrote about it on our Ride-Along Report.

The people behind a famous noodle place in Sunset Park (called Yun Nan Flavor Garden) just opened a restaurant in Greenwich Village that serves rice noodles from southern China (they’re called Mixian noodles and come stir fried or in broth). This place looks like it could be a good casual lunch or dinner if you spend time near Washington Square Park.

We checked out South Of The Clouds and put it on our Hit List.

A Taiwanese comfort food place just opened for dinner in a really small space (there are around 10 seats) between Avenue A and First Ave in the East Village. Their menu is pretty much only beef noodle soup, and things you can add to your beef noodle soup.

We checked out Ho Foods and wrote about it on our Ride-Along Report.

Bluestone Lane

35 Spring St
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If you work in Soho (and have a regular need for coffee), you should know that there’s now a new location of the coffee shop known for Australians and kind-of-healthy food. Like the other Bluestones, this cafe has juices, toasts, and all of the espresso drinks you’d want.

Indoors at Nowadays

56-06 Cooper Avenue
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This outdoor day-drinking spot in Ridgewood has a new indoor bar and dancefloor that was designed for people who take music very seriously. In addition to music, dancing, and board games every day of the week, Indoors has an affordable menu of Lebanese-inspired food.

Studio

Gramercy
23 Lexington Ave

An all-day restaurant in the new Freehand hotel in Flatiron. The menu is a mix of American, Middle Eastern, and Mediterranean food, and the space is highly attractive.

We checked out Studio and put it on our Hit List.

West-Bourne

SoHo
137 Sullivan Street

This all-day vegetarian cafe has a heavy West Coast theme, which translates to a bunch of salads and chia seeds on the menu. West-Bourne also donates a portion of their profits to provide hospitality job training to people in the community, which is another reason to eat something called a Malibu Waffle at 8pm on a weekday.

We checked out West-Bourne and put it on our Hit List.

The East Village offshoot of Turntable Chicken Jazz (Turntable 5060) just reopened as a casual, Korean-inspired small plates place. There’s still a lot of Turntable chicken to be eaten here, but also seafood paella, something called miso mac and cheese, and a $30 “sangria tower.”

We checked out Tapanju Turntable and wrote about it on our Ride-Along Report.

Rose Gold

Bushwick
2 Knickerbocker Avenue
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A new cocktail bar just opened underneath Bushwick’s Cape House (a clam shack and summer day-drinking spot). Rose Gold seems pretty clubby, with black-and-white striped floors and a Tuesday night DJ “residency” program.

We checked out Rose Gold and added it to our Bar Hit List.

Due West

West Village
189 W 10th St
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This cocktail bar is right near some of our favorite restaurants on West 10th and West 4th (L’Artusi, Fedora, Empellón Taqueria), so it could be half of your next one-two punch dinner-then-drinks night. Plus they have a make-your-own-old-fashioned, which is basically adult Build-a-Bear.

We checked out Due West and added it to our Bar Hit List.

Tacombi Empire State Building

23 West 33rd Street
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In case you’ve ever dreamt of eating tortillas that were freshly made in the Empire State Building, the wait is finally over. The fifth Tacombi location is open in yes, the Empire State Building.

Soogil

East Village
108 E 4th St
7.1
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Soogil is a new Korean restaurant in the East Village from a chef that used to work at Daniel. This place feels like it has potential to be a date spot, but they’re still waiting for a liquor license, so for now you’ll have to stick with the French-influenced Korean food on the menu.

We checked out Soogil and put it on our Hit List.

Yaso Tangbao

220 E 42nd St
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Yaso Tangbao’s original Brooklyn Heights spot is a great fast-casual lunch option for soup dumplings and Shanghai street foods. Now they’re opening another location at 42nd and 2nd in Midtown East for all of the people who work near the UN Headquarters and need some good news.

Caribbean Social

847 Flatbush Ave
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One of the former chefs from Miss Lily’s is now at a new Caribbean restaurant in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens. This place looks a little more grown-up than Miss Lily’s, which might make it worth trying for a group dinner.

Xyst

44 W 17th St
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This is a new vegan restaurant in Flatiron that’s only open for dinner and serves Mediterranean food like garbanzo falafel and spiced squash. They have a full bar where you might interact with a self-identifying vegan Mixologist.

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St Tropez is a new French wine bar in Greenwich Village with an affordable menu of things like branzino or truffle mac and cheese (nothing is over $17). It has a decent amount of seating and a big communal table in the middle for big parties or drinking with strangers.

We checked out St Tropez and wrote a review.

Ozi Dumplings

19 Bogart Street
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Ozi is a new spot in the bottom of a Bushwick hotel that looks like a nondescript apartment building by the Morgan Avenue L. They do traditional and creative dumplings, and stay open late during the hours when you’re more likely to be craving a cheeseburger potsticker.

December 2017

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A restaurant on Bowery from the most famous pizza man in the most famous pizza city, Naples. De Blasio has already been. Expect really long waits.

We checked out Sorbillo and put it on our Hit List.

J.G. Melon

Upper West Side
480 Amsterdam Ave

Opening a third location brings J.G. Melon close to being an NYC burger empire. The second spot downtown was impressively as good as the original, so it’s likely that the Upper West Side place will be good for a cheeseburger and their cottage fries as well.

Fausto

Park Slope
348 Flatbush Ave
8.2
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The founder and former owner of L’Artusi and dell’anima has taken over the Franny’s space in Park Slope. There’s lots of pasta and wine, but no pizza (which Franny’s was known for).

We checked out Fausto and put it on our Hit List.

A new Williamsburg location of a legendary Queens restaurant that’s one of our favorite places to eat Thai food in NYC.

We checked out SriPraPhai and wrote about it on our Ride-Along Report.

7.3
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A tiny seafood spot in the Williamsburg space where the tasting-menu restaurant Semilla used to be.

We checked out Casino Clam Bar and wrote a review.

Juku

32 Mulberry Street
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A new Japanese spot in Chinatown, from the chef behind Williamsburg’s 1 or 8. There’s an izakaya-style setup on one floor and a 12-seat, $80 omakase counter situation on the second floor. There’s also supposed to be a bar and lounge in the basement, but that won’t be open until the end of the year.

Tomorrow

200 Pearl Street
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A Chinese takeout place in FiDi with a small, rotating menu of things like fried pancakes, spicy chicken with cucumber, or pig ear in chili oil. They have a pick-three for $10 deal at lunch, which seems worth trying if you work in the area and want to venture beyond your sad Chipotle burrito bowl.

Dadong

3 Bryant Park
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A famous restaurant in Beijing that’s known for roast duck just opened its first American location next to Whole Foods in Bryant Park and they’re charging $58 for half of their signature roast duck that feeds groups of two. It looks like it’s going to be hard to get a table here, despite being a massive space.

Pheasant

Williamsburg
445 Graham Ave
7.5
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A neighborhood Mediterranean restaurant on the border of Greenpoint and East Williamsburg that looks like it’s full of potted plants and might be a nice spot for a date. The menu includes things like mussels, a burger with smoked kielbasa, and a greens and grains option that likely comes in a bowl.

We checked out Pheasant and wrote a review.

7.4
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A new Sichuan hot pot place on Bowery and Grand that seems to be aiming for a more formal and modern hot pot experience without being too expensive. Alert your group text of people who like to dip meats into boiling liquid.

We checked out Tang Hotpot and wrote about it on our Ride-Along Report.

2nd Floor 2nd Ave Deli

1442 1st Avenue
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The Upper East Side’s location of the 2nd Avenue Deli now has an upstairs bar area where you can sip $14 cocktails and share pastrami meat boards and herring three ways. It’s called “The 2nd Floor,” but the name “we’re hip, we promise!” works just as well.

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