NYC’s New Restaurant Openings

The new restaurant openings you should know about.
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If you tried to keep track of every new restaurant and bar in New York, your head might spin. So just read this list instead. These are the openings that seem like they have the most potential. Although, keep in mind, we make no promises about the places we haven't visited yet. Go forth and be a pioneer—or just keep up with our Hit List to see which new restaurants we checked out and loved.


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Nomad Tea Parlour

From a partner of Blue Willow and Ye's Apothecary, Nomad Tea Parlor on 5th Ave. is a Cantonese American restaurant that’s designed to look like a side street in Hong Kong. You can eat some stuffed squid or lobster spring rolls here underneath an indoor awning.


Massara in Flatiron is from the team behind Rezdôra, a restaurant that looks like an underground pasta factory run by the dwarves from Snow White, and is known for its Emilia-Romagna cooking. This new restaurant looks to southern Italy, with a wood-burning oven churning out pizzette, a wood grill for local produce, and eventually the ability to pre-order a whole goat. Reservations are hard to come by in this first couple weeks of their opening.

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Bánh by Lauren

We’ve been waiting for Bánh By Lauren, a Vietnamese pastry pop-up, to open their brick-and-mortar shop since they began during the pandemic. The time has finally come: starting on June 15, you’ll be able to get their pandan coffee cakes, chiffons, and electric green bánh bò nướng from their storefront in Chinatown.

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a spread of ethiopian vegetables and stews, laid out on injera bread

Ras Plant Based

We love Ras Plant Based, a vegan Ethiopian restaurant in Crown Heights, and they’ve got a second location in the West Village opening on June 15. You’ll be able to enjoy their greatest hits as a mercato platter, with five different vegetable dishes and stews all served on top of spongy injera. They’ll also have some bowl options available at lunch.

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two agua frescas, chips, burritos in a cooler, and guac

Son Del North

This Lower East Side spot only has five things on its menu, and they’re all burritos (plus a couple of add-ons, and chips). The food is Northern Mexico-style, with Sonoran flour tortillas, and fillings like carne asada, shrimp and monterey jack cheese. Don’t expect any rice in your wrap—according to their website, the burritos only include beans, avocado, and various salsas.

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Early Terrible NYC

Early Terrible is a wine bar imported from Upstate, which opened on the Lower East Side in May. Here you can eat some food from the Adriatic coast—the owners are Croatian, and are also behind The Mud Club, which is set to open in the city later this summer. The menu has small plates of things like wood-fired octopus with garlic oil, a bunch of classic cocktails as well as some with seasonal ingredients, and wine.

La Compagnie Flatiron

La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels, a natural wine bar, has a Flatiron location now, where you can drink mostly French and American wines at a gorgeous green marble bar, or sit in a quasi-animal print chair.

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yuzu shio ramen with a slice of chashu and soft egg

Afuri Ramen + Dumpling

This international chain with over a dozen locations worldwide specializes in yuzu shio ramen. Their first East Coast location is right next to The Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg, so you should know about it if you want to pregame a jam band show with some noodle soups and gyoza. You can also get a few different donburi, tsukemen, and some other izakaya-style small plates.

Champagne Problems

In Nolita, this “speakeasy” is hidden behind a wall of potato chips. Champagne Problems is a cocktail bar that also has a champagne vending machine and a “resident giraffe” named Bettina Bubbles. This looks like a spot where people might start dancing on tables—at least according to their Instagram.

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a lineup of 6 hot dogs, each with globally inspired toppings


Glizzy’s, the Soho hotdog spot that puts things like jerk smoked brisket and classic banh mi toppings on hotdogs, has a second location in Pier 57 in Chelsea. Here, you can grab a dog and eat it overlooking the Hudson River.

Kyuubi Omakase

The latest sub $100 omakase spot in the East Village, Kyuubi offers 13 courses for $58, through the end of June. The price will increase to $68 in July. 

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Veselka, the East Village Ukrainian diner that’s famous for its late hourse and pierogi, now has a second full-service location (and third overall) in Williamsburg. For their opening, they’re doing a collab with Katz’s Deli and serving “pastrogi”: pierogi filled with Katz’ legendary pastrami.

Good Guy's

Next door to Attaboy, one of the Lower East Side’s best cocktail bars, Good Guy’s is from the same team. But instead of the boozy cocktails at menuless Attaboy, the focus here is on wine, spritzes, and amari. They'll have tapas-style snacks and espresso, and will be spinning vinyl. The bar is open until 1am most days, and 2am on weekends.

Café Maud

Located in the hallowed ground that once held Dallas BBQ in the East Village, Café Maud (not to be confused with Cafe Mado, which opened last week), is an all day cafe with a brick pizza oven and a walk-up coffee window—it also has an Irish-inspired speakeasy-style bar called the Rhymers Club attached to it.




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If pairing improvisational jazz with a few small plates is up your alley, then Umbra should be on your list. The Bushwick spot boasts both a very fancy Meyer sound system and an open kitchen, so you can have your dinner with two shows. The menu is short but will change often, with a few snacks and one or two larger items.


Park Slope’s 5th Avenue has a new Thai spot. At Prem, you can eat dishes like duck noodle soup, panang curry with salmon, and a fried egg omelet with tamarind sauce, underneath a large crystal chandelier.

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a scallop crudo served in its shell with rhubarb and green strawberries.

Perle Wine and Raw Bar

According to Perle Wine and Raw Bar in the West Village, a seafood tower can solve all of your problems. We don’t necessarily disagree. Their version comes with oysters, clams, shrimp, and lobster tails, and the restaurant also has things like a very delicate looking scallop crudo with rhubarb and green strawberries, and a jamon platter.

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Chicha San Chen

Chicha San Chen in Chinatown is part of a Taiwan-based chain that emphasizes boba made with real tea. They have a tasting on the half-hour, so try and time your visit with one of those. Your order comes in a twine carrier.

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a stack of pancakes with ice cream, strawberries, and cookie dough

Diner 24

Diner24 in Gramercy is from the folks behind Brooklyn Dumpling Shop, the automat dumpling automat chain with things like smashed apple pie dumplings (and no locations in Brooklyn). The restaurant is open 24/7, with electric blue booths and classic diner offerings, as well as a 12oz smash burger. According to their Instagram, many of the cooks are church ladies from West Hempstead, Long Island, near where the owner grew up.

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Bonito 47



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At this massive kosher restaurant in Midtown, the prices are as high as the square footage. From the same owner as Barnea Bistro, Bonito (which used to be in Chelsea), is a fancy steakhouse and sushi bar, with both steakhouse omakase (10 courses for $250) and a sushi omakase (18 courses for $285).

Take Care



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From the people behind Refinery Rooftop (and a bunch of other hotel-related spots), Take Care is a bistro-ish spot in Murray Hill’s Shelburne Sonesta Hotel. You can start your day here with Liège waffles and Turkish eggs, or finish it off with a $16 beet-and-tequila cocktail paired with a wild mushroom flatbread or a shrimp toast.

L'Incontro By Rocco



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We were almost moved to shoot a 21-gun salute over the East River when we heard that Trattoria L’Incontro in Astoria, a classic red-sauce joint, was closing back in May. But not to worry—the group has a new spot on the Upper East Side. L’Incontro by Rocco has all the classics, like chicken and veal parm, handmade pastas, and some crudo.

Gnocchi On 9th

The original Gnocchi on 9th, which opened in April, went viral for its $10 take-out containers of gnocchi. Just two months later, they now have a second location on the Lower East Side, where they’ll have an exclusive pesto offering. The two take-out windows are a 15-minute walk from one another.


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a spread of dishes, with lobster, oysetr, and noodles, from continent


From a former Hell’s Kitchen chef, Continent is in Williamsburg’s Indigo Hotel, and it’s a fusion restaurant drawing from Afro-Caribbean and Asian cuisines. The restaurant has an original branch in Atlanta, and will be serving things like whole fried snapper with Sichuan vegetables, and oxtail fried rice. With a colorful painting by a local artist, it looks warmer than the average hotel restaurant. (Opens June 1.)

Utopia Bagels

Queens’ finest, puffiest bagels are landing in Manhattan. Utopia Bagels, which is one of our favorite bagel shops in the city, has a second location in Murray Hill, opening June 2.

Cafe Massawa

From the people behind Massawa, an Ethiopian staple since 1988, Cafe Massawa is an Eritrean and Ethiopian restaurant in Morningside Heights. You’ll find lunch specials with injera or rice as the base, and vegan and meat options to add in. At dinner you’ll also find some fusion plates, like tibs quesadilla, berbere wings, and berberatta: burrata with spiced evoo.


This trendy bakery in Flatiron has glazed mousse cakes that look like shiny fruit, and a caseful of croissants with different sweet and savory fillings and toppings—as well as pressed flat croissants dipped in chocolate. Through doors fitted with baguette-shaped handles, you’ll find a spare room with white marble counters.

N'Between Bar

A new vinyl listening bar, N'Between Bar is in Chelsea Market, and is from the same team behind hand roll spot Maki A Mano. The izakaya serves some Japanese drinking snacks, like yakitori, karaage, and takowasa.


Beloved West Village bakery Patisserie Claude has been closed lately, but is reopening with new ownership, a renovation, and a new name. The menu still has French classics: croissants, quiches, palmiers, cakes and cream puffs.

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chili lobster with a sesame seed bun


Forgione, the eponymous restaurant from chef Marc Forgione, is now open in a new, larger location around the corner from their old spot in Tribeca. The menu looks like a greatest hits album, with things like chicken under a brick, and chili lobster.

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Glace Truck

If you’re visiting New York in the summer, chances are you’ll visit Rockefeller Center and look for something to solve your overheating problem. You’re in luck: the people from Upper East Side ice cream spot Glace by Noglu now have a truck at 30 Rock, where you can grab some scoops.

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Me Tay Co serves food inside Hart Bar, and it’s from the people at Bushwick Vietnamese spot Falansai. Playing on the chef’s Vietnamese and Mexican heritage, Me Tay Co serves drinking snacks, like an epicly golden-looking shrimp toast.

Mokafé Coffee House

Mokafe, which has locations in Paterson, New Jersey and in Astoria, now has a third spot in Greenpoint. You can get Yemeni coffee here, as well as some sandwiches and pastries. The space looks like it could be useful for the Greenpoint WFH crowd.

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Island Pops

As the summer heats up, so does our craving—no, need—for ice cream. And when we’re craving flavors like soursop, nutmeg, sorrel rum and Ovaltine, we go to Island Pops in Crown Heights, which is now open in a larger location down the block from the original on Nostrand.


Now in the former Arunee Thai space in Jackson Heights, Baht is another Thai spot where you can get noodle dishes for $16. You can also get things like larb-seasoned wings, and a $32 skirt steak crying tiger.

Cafe Le Gaz

If you like your coffee with a side of $120 hoodies, head to Cafe Le Gaz. The new coffee shop is located inside the Lower East Side streetwear store Fugazi.

Casa Salvo

Casa Salvo on the Upper West Side is a market from an Italian private chef, stocked with imported Italian delicacies, coffee, and pastries. Grab an espresso, a croissant, and some Calabrian or Sicilian tomatoes chile paste to put in your pasta for dinner.

Uyghur Lagman House

Open since April, this Rego Park spot is serving up some classic Uyghur dishes, including several different types of hand pulled lagman noodles, pearl noodles, kebabs, salads, and dumplings. It’s owned by the same folks that own Tamir in Flushing.

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Zooba, the Egyptian spot, is getting a facelift, both to its menu and decoration. They reopen as a sit-down spot with things like braised lamb shanks and beets on May 31.


If you’re looking for a spot to party in Jackson Heights, Instinto is a bar with a few Colombian bites—like picada mixta and patacon—on the menu. The bar often has Djs, and does karaoke some nights during the week. Check their Instagram for updates.

Ma Lillit

Ma Lillit, a Caribbean spot in Bed-Stuy with oxtail and trini style wontons, opened earlier this year, then closed for renovations. The restaurant, which has a whole fish fry section on the menu, reopens June 1.

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Il Totano

Il Totano in the West Village is a coastal Italian restaurant with a selection of raw bar items, like diver scallop crudo with ramp aquapazza. It’s from a Top Chef alum and the team behind Hoexter's, and is located in the former Flex Mussels space, in a townhouse basement.

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an aguachile in a molcajete with avocado

Mariscos El Submarino

Mystica, the Greenpoint restaurant from Mariscos El Submarino, is pivoting into a second location of the Mexican seafood restaurant. Starting on the weekends in May—and they say full-time in June, you'll be able to their tangy aguachiles in North Brooklyn. Formerly called Mitica, the restaurant has a nice backyard.

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Cafe Mado

Located in the old Oxalis space in Prospect Heights (and owned by the same team), Café Mado is an all day cafe that they’re hoping caters to the Brooklyn Museum crowd. It's opening Saturday, May 25 and you can grab pastries from their other new spot, Laurel Bakery, in the morning, or a sandwich and a glass of wine as the day goes on.


We were pretty excited when Scarlet Lounge, from White Lotus and Sopranos star Michael Imperioli, opened on the Upper West Side. Imperioli now has a second loungey bar nearby: Dahlia is on Columbus Ave., between 72nd and 73rd, and located in the former party space of the bistro next door (owned by Imperioli’s restaurant partner). The bar is orange and copper to Scarlet’s red and gold.

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Little Banchan Shop

You can now get Little Banchan Shop’s kimchi at Market 57 in Chelsea. Grab a bowl of bibimbap for lunch, and pick up their stellar banchan to add to your dinner later on.

Strange Delight



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At Fort Greene’s Strange Delight, you can’t take your cocktails for a walk like you’d be able to in New Orleans. But you can get some Crescent City “oyster disco” energy by way of several different oyster dishes (including raw and chargrilled ones), a full raw bar, cocktails, and wine. The restaurant opens 5/24.

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bourbon steak's traveling seafood trolley

Bourbon Steak

A Midtown hotel restaurant called Bourbon Steak might not normally ping our openings radar. But this one is from Michael Mina, and it’s the Bay Area chef’s first restaurant in New York (there are six other Bourbon Steaks around the country). The thing that actually caught our attention though is a raw bar cart with fresh shellfish and caviar. Ping!

Somedays Bakery

Astoria has a new bakery from the people behind Chip City, where you can get all sorts of laminated pastries, and smoked salmon croissant sandwiches. Somedays on 30th Ave has been open on weekends for a bit, but is now open from Tuesday to Saturday.

Pierogi Island

On Staten Island, there’s a new Polish restaurant where the pierogi are only boiled, and never fried. Pierogi Island offers traditional fillings like spinach and cheese, and sauerkraut and mushroom, but also BBQ chicken and mac and cheese. If you’re extra hungry, you can get a Polish platter, with three pierogi, a kielbasa, hunter stew, and stuffed cabbage for $18.95.

Rio Bonito Bar & Grill

Nothing gets us as excited around here as a good All You Can Eat deal. So we’re pretty fired up to try Rio Bonito Churrascaria, a $35 all you can eat Brazilian grill in Astoria that comes with a salad bar and sides.

Yeh's Bao

While you patiently wait for Din Tai Fung to open (the lights are already on), you can get your xiao long bao fix at Yeh’s Bao, which is run by an alum of the famous dumpling chain. The restaurant is in FiDi, and has things like Chinese yams with wood ear mushrooms and black vinegar, alongside a flurry of dumplings, wontons, soups, and noodles.

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chicken satay

Makan House

For South Brooklynites with a hankering for Hainanese chicken, Makan House should be on your radar. The Sheepshead Bay restaurant specializes in Malaysian food, but they also serve Thai and Chinese dishes as well.


Kraam—which means indigo in Thai—is in Nomad, and you can get a dish with both grilled and raw razor clams swimming in a green and herby Thai chimichurri. The purple-ish restaurant has light fixtures that look like golden mushrooms, and a sizable wine and cocktail program to pair with your dinner.

Muteki Udon

If you need a noodle-centric meal before a Liberty game, Muteki Udon is a small restaurant near the Barclays Center that specializes in udon—but also has yakitori, and things like karaage and chirashi bowls. Their noodles are handmade, and you can get them with some pretty interesting toppings, like creamy mentaiko, or a $42 option with uni and ikura.


Joining the Pearl Alley multi-bar space on Pier 17 in the South Street Seaport, Kokos is a massive tropical themed spot, with fruity drinks (many involving rum) and wicker chairs.

Not As Bitter

If it’s simply too much to drink your coffee and get your dose of fresh fruit every morning, at Not As Bitter, you can get a combo of the two. The East Village coffee shop specializes in lattes with fresh fruit and coconut milk. They have a durian latte that’s on our summer to-do list.

Oh Mercy

Littleneck Outpost, the Greenpoint location of a Gowanus clam bar, is pivoting into Oh Mercy, an all day cafe and wine bar that looks like a solid spot for fancy breakfast sandwiches. They also have a backyard.

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Unregular Pizza

Unregular Pizza now has a fourth location on the Upper East Side, and this spot will have neighborhood exclusive pies, like a pastrami-laden pizza.

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the interior at chez omar, with a big mural

Chez Omar

From the chef behind Omar’s Kitchen & Rum Bar, Chez Omar is a French-Caribbean bistro in the West Village. They have a full raw bar, and you can also eat things like jerk poulet, steak au poivre with pimento sauce and conch croquettes with lobster bisque—all underneath a ceiling lined with vinyl records.

Rice Thief

Once an extremely popular Korean marinated crab pop-up that operated out of a ghost kitchen, Rice Thief now has a permanent home. You can get their gejang at the Long Island City location, just know that they’re in a soft-opening phase right now, so check their Instagram for details.

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Koi Bā

Koi Bā is a Japanese speakeasy located above Nem’s Japandi in Williamsburg. Grab some fancy-looking cocktails with ingredients like hojicha-infused mezcal, and try not to get distracted by the gigantic wooden koi sculpture above the bar.

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the interior at million goods, with records behind a wine bar

Million Goods

In yet another addition to our ongoing observations on “The Most New Greenpoint Restaurant To Ever Greenpoint,” we have Million Goods. The men’s luxury clothing brand has a wine bar that spins vinyl on a hi-fi soundsystem, joining a fleet of such businesses in the area. But this one has a large backyard, so you can wear out that new fancy polo shirt right after you buy it.

Sunday Dreamin'

A brunch and dinner spot in the East Village, Sunday Dreamin’ is on Second Ave, and has a menu of things like burgers with jalapeños and bacon, a green salad with burrata, and fried calamari, among some more breakfasty items.


Marsanne is a Chelsea restaurant that looks like it could be a good spot for a romantic dinner. It has an unobstructed view of the Empire State Building, and a menu that won’t break the bank (everything is under $56), with things like tuna crudo, seared scallops, and whole branzino.


Before (or after) heading over to Roosevelt Island for a day of East River vistas, you can stop for a bite at Tramway, a 24/7 diner from a restaurateur with a lot of experience owning diners, like the Ritz Diner, right around the corner from Tramway.


Sunset Park has a new omakase spot. At Sora, you’ll get 18 courses of prime fish for $160 and a view of some cool looking collectibles behind the bar. Right now the restaurant only accepts reservations via Instagram DM.

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a terrace overlooking New York Harbor

Bar Tontine

If you find yourself in FiDi, and are in need of a rooftop happy hour, consider Bar Tontine. It’s on the 15th floor of the Wall Street Hotel, and you can drink cocktails like the “Wall Street Barbie,” a pisco sour studded with raspberries.

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a double smash burger with fries


Open since March, Abigail’s on the Upper West Side is a California inspired spot where you can feed your children with $15 chicken tendies, and you can also feed your own inner child with cocktails named after ’80s pop songs.


There’s another legacy bagel business setting up shop on the Upper West Side. Kossar’s, known for their bagels and bialys has a fourth location on 71st and West End.

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two duck egg chawanmushis in duck-leg shaped goblets with caviar on top


After Naks, which opened last year, NYC now has a second Filipino tasting menu. Tadhana is on the Lower East Side, and they're offering a 16-course menu for $185. Chefs do double duty as servers, and the menu includes dishes from across the various culinary traditions of the Philippines, with things like duck egg chawanmushi with caviar, and yellowtail kinilaw.

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Popup Bagels

These blockbuster bagels (originally from Connecticut) now have a second brick-and-mortar operation on the Upper West Side. Now you can rip-and-dip your bagel—or three, which is the minimum order—into one of their cream cheeses right near the Museum of Natural History. You can probably expect a line on weekends.

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CornStar Martini in a bowl of popcorn at Bar Bonobo.

Bar Bonobo

Bar Bonobo is a loungey spot in Chelsea with velvet booths, green walls and, yes, a CornStar martini (it involves popcorn). Several of their cocktails are available for $15 during their “golden hour” which goes every Monday thru Wednesday, 4-6pm.


This wine-and-bites spot on the Upper East Side is owned by a Romanian couple. You’ll find  a meat and cheese plate priced per person on the menu, as well as things like chicken milanese, alongside mostly French and Italian wines.

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Greats of Craft

A Midtown East craft beer spot has a second location in LIC, with a rooftop that looks pretty exciting. At Greats of Craft, you can get all sorts of local brews, including an opening collab with LIC brewery Fifth Hammer called Queensboro Pilz-a. There’s a full coffee program in the mornings, they’ll have bagels on the weekends, and Caffè Panna ice cream in their grab and go.




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Sungold in the Arlo Hotel in Williamsburg is an Italian restaurant with some California flourish. The menu includes things like a ramp pizza, roasted arctic char, and similarly fresh produce-forward dishes.


Ladurée has a fifth location in NYC, this time in the mall at Hudson Yards. You can get coffees, pastry and, of course, the macarons.

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a spread of dishes from nomad diner, including a hot dog with kimchi

NoMad Diner

Located in the Arlo NoMad hotel, NoMad Diner has vintage looking stools, breakfast, and an all-day menu inspired by various New York City cuisines, with things like panisse french toast sticks, a hot dog with kimchi, and spaetzle mac and cheese. They also have a cocktail menu with a few interesting signature drinks.

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The Bronze Owl



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Boozy Italian ice is on the menu at the Bronze Owl, a dark and sultry-looking cocktail bar in Koreatown. It looks like the kind of spot where business people used to smoke indoors, with big leather chairs, and artwork on the walls.

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Piccola Cucina Casa



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From the team behind Piccola Cucina Estiatorio, Piccola Cucina Casa is the group’s newest spot in Boerum Hill. Their dishes are each labeled by the region they come from, so you can be in Puglia for your antipasti, Lazio for your entrée, and Sicily for dessert.

Plant Junkie

If you work around the Seaport, there’s a new quick-serve lunch option, and it’s vegan. At Plant Junkie, you can get bowls, salads, and sandwiches with things like Sri Lankan seitan curry, vegan Italian sausage, and buffalo nuggets.

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Esse Taco

Esse Taco is a casual taqueria from Enrique Olvera—the chef behind Cosme, and Pujol in Mexico City. It’s a red, standing-room only shop in Williamsburg, where you can currently get tacos with ribeye, grilled chicken and oyster mushrooms. Take them to go, or stick around for a cornhusk sundae.

Sammy's Roumanian Steakhouse

When the original Sammy’s Roumanian Steakhouse closed in 2021, the city lost one of its great party restaurants—where else could you find a pitcher of schmaltz and an iced-down bottle of vodka on every single table? They’re now back on the Lower East Side, this time in a larger space. They’ll be open on weekends only through May, but will have regular hours starting in June. Reservations are taken by phone.


Frog Wine Bar in Bed-Stuy has a stellar backyard that's a great setting for drinking natural wine. Now the same people have opened Tadpole, a music venue that shares Frog’s amazing backyard at least once a week. Doors open at 7pm, and they have DJs on Friday and Saturday, as well as live music on Tuesday through Thursday, and Sundays.

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West Village

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Outside of New York, there are places where people who drive can go to fill their cars with a substance called gasoline, which the cars need to run. The gas station in the West Village is the only one in Lower Manhattan, and now, it’s host to Smacking Burger. Single smashburgers start at $5.50. They also have horsey sauce. We visited Smacking Burger and added it to The Hit List.

Maison Barnes

The Daniel Boulud team has another restaurant on the Upper East Side, and it shares an address with Café Boulud. Maison Barnes is a larger space with lots of art deco design details in its various dining rooms and lounges (three in total), and you can expect Daniel Boulud’s seasonal, fancy French food with a focus on seasonality, like an asparagus and prosecco risotto.

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Little Dipper

If your horoscope is the first thing you read every morning, you might want to know about this astrology-themed bar. At Little Dipper, a Midtown spot from a few Tao group alums, you can drink cocktails based on star signs under constellation lights. The drinks have names like Balance (Libra), Devoted (Cancer), and Star Maiden (Virgo).

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We’ve always wanted an option to grab pasta for a walk. Now, at Gnocchi on 9th, we have one. The counter-service spot in the East Village serves takeout containers of gnocchi with either pomodoro or vodka sauce for $10, and you can add burrata.

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Whoopsie Daisy

Whoopsie Daisy is a wine bar in Crown Heights from the team behind Fiasco Wine Shop. You can sip natural wine in a very large backyard, and snack on the expected tinned fish and charcuterie, but you can also get a chocolate chip cookie from L'Imprimerie with locally sourced milk, if that sort of thing matters to you.


There’s a new bánh mì spot in Chinatown. Tènten sells about half a dozen variations on the Vietnamese sandwich, starting at $9.50, and stuffed with things like char siu pork and pâté, tuna, and roasted mushrooms. You can also get some iced Vietnamese coffee and tea drinks.


In many ways, Steight in Chinatown is the mullet of venues. A speakeasy-style spot behind a barbershop, it’s quite literally all business up front, and a party out back. They’ve got wine and sake, including flights, and they spin jazz vinyl. This is the sister bar to Hard to Explain, another Japanese speakeasy.

Pizza Funhouse

The Serafina team has rebranded their Serafina Express location in Greenwich Village as Pizza Funhouse, a bright red and yellow restaurant. You can grab a slice to-go, or sit down for a whole pie and a meatball parm.




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Sushiro is a West Village hand roll spot, where you can order a la carte, choose between set meals (starting at $30 for a vegetarian set), or get an omakase meal with hand rolls, nigiri and more for $98. We’re curious about the eel foie gras roll, as well as the wavy wooden ceiling.


Kisa, from the team behind C as in Charlie, is a Lower East Side spot where you can eat like a Korean cabby. They offer a good deal too: $32 for a platter with your choice of a main: bulgogi, spicy pork, squid, or veggie bibimbap, plus rice, soups, and banchan.

We visited Kisa and added it to the Hit List.

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a bowl of clams with seaweed and toast

Kin Gin



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Another spot on the LES, Kin Gin calls themselves a contemporary izakaya. The executive chef used to work at some very fancy spots like Masa and Morimoto, so expect refined izakaya bites like a scallop crudo, braised pig ears, and grilled house dry-aged mackerel. It looks like a big open room with skylights, and a marble hearth, right in time for summer.

Burmese Bites at Mona Kitchen & Market

You don’t usually go to the mall to find soulful, homemade food—unless your mall is Queens Center, because there you can get food from Burmese Bites. Now you can find their beef curry and Burmese noodle salads in a kiosk inside Mona Kitchen in Midtown East, open Monday to Friday.

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Voodoo wings with onions tomatoes and cilantro

The Onion Tree Pizza Co.

The Onion Tree Pizza Co. in the East Village has Neapolitan and Roman-style pizzas—several with Indian flavors and toppings, like a masala margherita and a saag paneer pizza. They also have mains and appetizers, like chicken wings with tamarind-ginger sauce, a dosa waffle, and tabak maaz—slow-cooked and deep-fried lamb ribs.

Little Uluh

First, there was Uluh, a Chinese restaurant with things like Sichuan dry pot and peking duck. Then, there was Uluhuluh, a boba shop. Now, the same team has opened Little Uluh, and the East Village has gained a spot for Asian-inspired breakfast brunch and dinner. You’ll find things like matcha soufflés, spicy soft shell crab sandwiches, and lattes topped with foam and syrup made to look like a sunny-side up egg.

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Even though it’s in Bed-Stuy, Daphne’s is designed with a bunch of nods to Lincoln Center and the NY Philharmonic. It’s an Italian spot from one of the owners of Decades Pizza, with some fancy looking plates like swordfish milanese, and a grilled calamari salad with yuzu kosho and castelvetrano olives.


First there was Australian-style sushi. Now, we have This Bowl, which is “born in Bondi. Inspired by Tokyo. Mixed in NYC.” The fast casual spot looks like a good lunch option in Noho.


A West Village staple, Rosemary’s has moved north for its third location in Midtown East (they also have a StuyTown spot). The Italian spot has some pastas, pizzas, and focaccia, and larger plates like a $26 roasted half chicken with fennel glazed carrots.

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a selection of pastries and croissants from Laurel Bakery in Brooklyn

Laurel Bakery

From the team behind the closed (for now) Oxalis, Laurel Bakery sells some bread, pastries (croissants, kouign-amanns, a ramp escargot), and sandwiches in Cobble Hill out of a lush green storefront. They’re located right next to the Columbia Street Waterfront, but get there early, because lines have been forming at or before 9am.


Things that New Yorkers have been asking for for a long time: more transparency around subway delays, sunny Saturday afternoons, and a slice shop from Roberta’s. We can’t say much about the first two, but R Slice Pizza now exists, right next door to the original Bushwick pizza haven. You can get classic slices, some with a funky Roberta’s twist, and a porchetta sandwich on focaccia.

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Only Love Strangers

From the team behind the East Village Sichuan spot Málà Project, Only Love Strangers is a lounge and jazz club with live music six nights a week. There are two floors, and you can snack on colorful crudites, or a $95 seafood tower in the elegant blue and white space, while listening to someone croon into a microphone.

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a double smash burger with krapow on it

Zaab Burger

Just like music, burgers have genres. And subgenres. Smashburgers are hot, and we now have a second Thai-influenced option in NYC. You can get a Zaab Burger, which comes from the team behind Elmhurst's Zaab Zaab (with locations in Williamsburg and Market 57 as well), at Essex Market.

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a few pastas and martinis from bar primi

Bar Primi

The under-construction area around Penn Station is slowly emerging from under scaffolding, and the sprawling patio at Bar Primi’s second location looks like a prime spot to grab a drink or a meal in the area. Inside, there’s an oval bar and luxe lighting. Expect pastas, $3 “hot knots” with Italian chili crisp, and burrata pockets.

Island Ribhouse

There’s a new Caribbean spot that’s doing a two-hour bottomless brunch in Crown Heights. Grab some Calypso wings, shrimp or oxtail with grits, and either endless mimosas or bellinis at Island Ribhouse. You can also get a half BBQ chicken for $25.

El Sazón R.D.

El Sazon R.D., which opened in February, is a Dominican restaurant in Chinatown, where you can get things like mofongo with shrimp, fried chicken, and all sorts of pork. They also do a smashburger with both american cheese and a patty queso frito, as well as pickles and chimi sauce.

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a bowl of tom yum with a big prawn


Somtum Der, a Thai restaurant from Bangkok, pivoted their Red Hook location (the East Village location is still kicking) from their high-scoville Esan cooking to Goog, which will serve sweeter dishes inspired by homestyle Bangkok food. They currently also have a $17 entree plus drink lunch special.

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a roasted cauliflower dish

abcV At The Mark

Every spring, there comes a day when it’s time to tuck your sweaters into the back of your closet, and pull your short sleeves up to the front. Around the same time, The Mark Hotel on the UES replaces Chalet, their fondue restaurant, with an uptown outpost of abcV. Expect “high vibrational foods” in the very swanky hotel.


Hopefully, Madison Square Garden has two long post-season runs ahead of it. And if you’re going to a Knicks or Rangers playoff game and don’t want to spend money in the stadium, Avenida could be a good pre-game option. There’s a big rooftop space, and during happy hour you can get $6 beers, $12 margaritas, and some tacos or a quesadilla.


There’s a new Japanese spot in Bushwick. Tora, which has a tiger on its logo and calls itself an izakaya, also looks like it will have some sort of omakase or tasting menu option.

Chica & The Don

If drinking a kiwi-studded pisco sour or an old fashioned made with scotch and tamarind sound like a good way to spend a night, then Chica & The Don should be on your list. The Gramercy restaurant and cocktail bar is takes inspiration from all over Latin America, so you can eat things like chicharron, lomo saltado empanadas, and a short rib and maduro quesadilla underneath a plant-lined ceiling.

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a roasted lamb and tahini dish with a glass of arak and pita


An exciting addition to 5th Ave. in Park Slope, Sawa is a Lebanese spot with food from a chef who worked at Eyval and Gramercy Tavern. It looks like a stylish spot with blue trim and big windows, and you can eat things like house-strained labneh and other mezze, or lamb shank stewed in Seville oranges.


The Breakers was a staple of the Williamsburg late night dance scene, and it really was a bummer when they closed. We’re happy to report Animal is taking its place. It’s a queer bar that promises DJs, a disco ball, classic cocktails, and a wide open dance floor.


Serpentine, a bar in the West Village, comes from the people behind Fiddlesticks—a bar where you could accidentally find your feet super-glued to the floor by way of old beer. Serpentine seems less geared towards a college crowd: alongside a craft cocktail program, they serve things like oysters, lobster BLTs, and a dry-aged burger.

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a mezze spread including bread, humuts, tzatziki, red pepper dip, nuts, and a salad

The Mouth

Located next to the Brooklyn Art Haus in Williamsburg, The Mouth is from the people behind Mediterranean favorite Lighthouse. They offer Happy Hour everyday from 3-6pm with $10 glasses of natural wine, and $6 beers, and you can eat things like chili crunch shrimp or arctic char with green rice, or a $28 steak frites with chimichurri. Also, in case you’re bored at work, they have a very interactive website.

Yokox Omakase

Yokox Omakase joins the steadily increasing ranks of sub $100 Omakase sushi in the East Village. For $89, you’ll get 15 courses over the span of 75 minutes. We’ll do the calculations for any of you would-be mathematicians: that’s one piece of fish every five minutes, for $5.93 per course, before tip and drinks.

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a selection of Taiwanese wheel cakes

Money Cake

There’s a new spot for sweets in Flushing. At Money Cake, you can eat Taiwanese wheel cakes filled with red beans, custard (or savory things like potato and cheese. It’s in the Tangram food hall, and it’s the popular Taiwanese chain’s first location in the US.

Sofreh Cafe

Sofreh fans, listen up: Sofreh Cafe has reopened a block away from the Persian restaurant, and it's where you should go if you can't justify a visit to Sofreh every single evening. Swing by for a chai and a piroshki with braised beef to go, or take a seat for some koukou sabzi and tahini date banana bread. They'll be building out their kitchen and expanding the menu in the coming months.

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a hot pot spread with beef broth and a spread of dippers, including shrimp, chicken feet, meatballs, and some vegetables

Mala Hot Pot

You might be used to seeing hotpots divided into two or three sections, each with their own broth. And you can do that at Mala Hotpot in Midtown, with options like pork broth with jujubes and goji berry, or a chicken broth that’s simmered for 12 hours. Or, you can get their spicy beef tallow broth with Chinese spices and herbs divided into a nine-zone grid, with different temperatures in each little box for optimal meat and seafood cooking.


The latest in a series of recent Filipino-adjacent openings, this Flatiron restaurant is from a Filipino-American chef who grew up in South Carolina and has some serious fine dining bonafides, like Gramercy Tavern. Expect things like a “bento” with pink cabbage pancake and banana squash, and drinks featuring hibiscus and pandan.

Lucia Alimentari

When Lucia Pizza opened their second location in Soho, we were over the moon to have some South Brooklyn charm in Manhattan. They now have a new spot next door, called Lucia Alimentari, that is serving sandwiches, some imported groceries, coffee, and pastries.

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the interior and bar at Frena


We really liked Taboon, a Mediterranean restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen, which sadly closed after a fire in 2022. But they’re back, this time as Frena, with the same chef in the same location. There are large windows looking out, and real tree vines inside the restaurant, and you can pair freshly baked bread and hummus with an extra virgin olive oil martini.

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The first location of this worldwide chain—run by “Beefboy” Riccardo Giraudi—is in Monte Carlo, and now Beefbar has opened in Tribeca, in the original Nobu space. This is the second Monégasque restaurant to reach our shores in recent times (see also Rampoldi), but instead of European continental fare, Beefbar’s menu is split into “Street food” and “Comfort Food” dishes of Beef, Reef and Leaf.

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the interior of Bar Madonna in Williamsburg

Bar Madonna

We’re calling it now: Bar Madonna’s “smashed meatball parm” is going to be the next dish haunting your feed. The Williamsburg cocktail bar has some Italian DNA, so you can pair your sandwich with a Bellini or Negroni, or get a sazerac with gold leaf while sitting in a big green booth underneath a skylight.

We checked out Bar Madonna and added it to the Hit List.

Sky Pavilion

Located in Hell’s Kitchen, near the Port Authority, Sky Pavilion is an ambitious-looking Sichuan restaurant founded by a chef from Chengdu, who once served Bernie Sanders (among other notable people). You can get things like sizzling pig’s brain in spicy sauce, “exquisite” duck heads, and nine kinds of fried rice, as well as “American” items, like General Tso’s and kung pao chicken.


We were sad when Balkan Streat in the West Village closed last year, but it’s now reopened, with the owners throwing their hat into the burger shop ring. We used to love their Balkan-style burger,  and their new motto is “We don’t smash. We cook,” so we’d suggest slipping this into your rotation, especially if you’re tired of thin and crispy burgers.

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Two Fifteen

Need a spot for a hotel drink after walking around Nolita? The Public Hotel has a new bar, called Two Fifteen, where you can order from a menu section called “drinks with bright colors,” and listen to music from the early 2000s.

Tha Phraya

Have you ever wondered what an ice cream hot pot might be? We haven’t, but we’re very curious about this menu item at Tha Phraya, a Thai restaurant on the Upper East Side. The restaurant is named for the Phraya river, which feeds into Bangkok’s canals, and it has food from all over Thailand. They’ve got betel leaf wraps and sai oua spring rolls, and a “crab fried rice lava.” That intriguing dessert consists of three flavors of ice cream with seasonal toppings, served in a hot pot.

Bon Bon

The Lower East Side location of this Swedish candy store has lines around the block. Which is to be expected for a place with endless bins of candy and excellent soft serve in the summer. They’ve opened a fourth location in Red Hook, so consider heading there for dessert the next time you’re in the neighborhood for a Defonte’s sandwich.


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A small loaf of bread and some seafood on a table covered in a white tablecloth.


The folks behind East Village wine bar Claud—consistently tough reservation and noted devil’s food cake destination—have opened Penny in the same building on 10th Street. Seafood is the focus, and most of the seats are reserved for walk-ins. We’ve already eaten a wonderful, pot pie-adjacent oyster roast there.

We visited Penny and added it to the Hit List.

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Chicken in a thick orange curry with a side of naan.


From the Gupshup team and celeb chef Vikas Khanna, Bungalow is an East Village restaurant doing a retro, upscale thing inspired by old-school Indian social clubs. In an opulent space decked out with chandeliers, carpets, and fake flowers, you can enjoy some purple sweet potato chaat, shrimp balchao cones, and Rajasthani pulled lamb with pickled shallots.

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A dark bar with a big stained glass window.

Bitter Monk

Harlem’s Sugar Monk, with its mystical-sounding menu, is one of the best cocktail bars in NYC. Now, the duo behind that place have expanded to Industry City. The new bar is serving drinks made with local spirits, liqueurs produced on site, and ingredients like hibiscus and bergamot. It appears to be just as dark as the original, with the addition of a majestic stained glass window.

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Grilled fish collar on a table with a side salad and a martini.


Another restaurant just opened inside West Village wine bar and market Travelers, Poets, and Friends. It’s serving New Italian cuisine, a category that apparently includes dry-aged fish, mushroom tortellini, and “seacuterie” boards with tuna bresaola. The tableside plating and dessert trolley sound fun.

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A crowded restaurant bar.


Marie’s, located in the old Sally Roots space in Bushwick, does a chopped cheese raviolo, skate piccata, and an eggplant parm for two. The food is Italian, but with New York City influence (hence the chopped cheese). You can mix and match various pasta and sauces, starting at $16, and there should be some cooking classes and wine tasting you can pop into soon. 

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A narrow bar with floral wallpaper and gold light fixtures.

Bar Louise

Bring your kids to Pasta Louise. They’ll have a great time at the Park Slope restaurant, eating spaghetti with meatballs. But if you’re heading over to Bar Louise, a place from the same owners a short walk away, maybe grab a babysitter. The more adult-centric spot serves deviled eggs, a martini with green tea and capers, and a few larger items like a brisket sandwich on baguette.

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Main Street Landing

You can get an up-close view of the Manhattan Bridge at Main Street Landing, a new, coastal-inspired bar and restaurant from the Due West team. A block from the Dumbo waterfront, the place has two floors, TVs for watching sports, and a very beige color scheme. Dishes include a fancy-looking tuna melt and lots of raw bar.

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Two smashburgers with a side of fries.

7th Street Burger

While you were sleeping, 7th Street Burger expanded to 14 locations. Their latest is in Park Slope. Swing by for our favorite smashburger in town.

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A retro bar with a big yellow banquette.

Commodore II

Since 2010, The Commodore has been providing the nocturnal citizens of Williamsburg excellent fried chicken sandwiches and tall frozen drinks with umbrellas perched on top. As of this week, a long-awaited second location has opened in the East Village. Judging by the wood paneling, blue lighting, and fish on the wall, the mood seems to be 1970s yacht party.

La Joie de Vivre

One trend that doesn’t feel apocalyptic: books. Anais and Bibliotheque recently opened selling wine and literature, and now there’s La Joie de Vivre in Nomad. The French/American bookstore has a small café up front where you can drink an espresso while you scan the latest Prix Goncourt recipient.

El Cedro

A new taqueria in Cobble Hill is serving a mashup of Lebanese and Mexican cuisine, with a menu that involves shawarma carne asada, kibbe queso, a fattouche tostada, and more. It looks like a pretty casual spot, with mismatched chairs and cacti painted on the walls.

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A fancy spread of Korean food with a glass of red wine on the side.


A former partner at the now-closed Joomak Banjum has opened a new spot in K-Town. The restaurant’s eight-course tasting ($125) channels the Korean royal court cuisine of the Joseon Dynasty, with some French and Scandinavian influence tossed in. Expect charred abalone, mul hwe inspired by Jeju, and a beverage program from sommelier Jirka Jireh.

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Okiboru house of udon interior

Okiboru House Of Udon

Okiboru House of Tsukemen makes some of our favorite Japanese noodles in the city—they have the top position on our guide to the best ramen in NYC. So forgive us for being a little rabid about their new shop serving double-wide Himokawa udon in the East Village. It's sure to have lines around the block.

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a few tables and red drapes at Tucci in Noho




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If a night of velvet drapes, leather banquettes, and $27 fritto misto sounds up your alley, then you should know about this Italian restaurant in Noho from the owners of Delmonico’s. While you can get a $79 Delmonico ribeye, Tucci also serves a bunch of pastas and antipasti that go beyond the steakhouse hits.

Grandma's Home

Grandma’s Home started in Hangzhou and now has over 200 locations across China. The new Flatiron location is serving $12 cocktails and dishes like a $48 green tea claypot chicken that feeds at least three people—both of which might make this a good candidate for a casual group dinner.


Say hello to another sushi omakase spot in Soho. Mori is a team-up between two chefs who formerly worked at Shuko and Catch, leading us to believe the fish here might dance on the tables before being expertly served. But it looks like Mori couldn’t be further from a club-staurant if it tried, with only 11 seats and a pretty reasonable price at $125 for 16 courses.

Pring NYC

With Summer right around the corner, you need to start making High Line-related plans, especially if you’re going to have anyone visiting you. Pring is a Chelsea Thai spot in the old Maison Kintaro space on 9th Ave., where you can eat things like tom jiw soup or crispy pork jowl with a tamarind dipping sauce. They’re open for lunch and dinner.

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a few vegetable dishes at Sempre Oggi

Sempre Oggi



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Any time a restaurant describes itself as “aggressively seasonal,” we set our BS alarms to code orange. But the UWS’s Sempre Oggi (which means “always today” in Italian) seems pretty promising. Their pastas range from $25-34, and they have a long section of seasonal vegetable dishes accompanied by too many farm names to list.

Montague Diner

Filmmakers have an obsession with diners. (See Diner, Reservoir Dogs, When Harry Met Sally). Montague Diner in Brooklyn Heights continues this tradition, only you can eat your benedict instead of just watching. A couple Brooklyn movie people bought the old Happy Days Diner and designed it to look like a 1940s period piece. Grab a cheeseburger, a milkshake, and maybe a glass of natural wine.

Gurumé Korean Tapas Bar

Lots of new restaurants promise a serene environment, but Gurumé in Hell's Kitchen goes the extra mile, hoping to “offer an escape for visitors on cloudy days to block out the chaos in their lives.” We’re not 100% sure what this means. But we do know they’ll be serving comforting Korean-inflected food, like pork and radish bossam or truffle dduk with a six-cheese mornay sauce.

Blue Collar

Blue Collar Burger, the small Brooklyn burger chain, has a fourth location in Greenpoint. They’re open until midnight, and you can get burgers, tenders, dogs, tots, and fries. Consider it if you need something greasy for lunch.

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The exterior of San Sabino in the West Village

San Sabino

As expected, reservations for the Don Angie team's Italian American seafood spot are harder to come by than 7pm IMAX tickets for Dune: Part Two. You can allegedly walk into this new West Village restaurant if you show up early. Here's to hoping that the octopus carpaccio, styled like capicola, tastes as good as it looks.

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The West Village is apparently the number one neighborhood to open a second branch of New York’s great pizzerias. Mama’s Too now has an outpost on Bleecker Street where they sell square pies, slices, and sandwiches just 260 feet away from L’Industrie West Village. Do we smell a pizza turf war brewing?

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A spread of dishes from Sukh on a white marble table.


At Sukh in Fort Greene, you can eat kang pu crab curry in a space that looks like a train car, complete with railroad benches out front and a menu styled like an old-timey newspaper welcoming you aboard. The restaurant celebrates the tradition of Thai railways, and promises to “take you on a journey of flavor and happiness.” Punch our ticket, we’re interested.

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an assortment of dishes; soup dumplings, scallion pancakes, dumplings, noodles, from Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao

Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao

This XLB institution just landed in the East Village. Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao already has locations in Koreatown and Flushing, and now you can slurp soup dumplings and crunch scallion pancakes (along with other Shanghainese staples) on St. Marks.

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a few dishes and a glass of wine at Sauced Wine Bar

Sauced Wine Bar

Sauced, a sceney Williamsburg wine bar, took a trip over the bridge to open a new (probably equally sceney) East Village location. They have food like lobster bao or wagyu tartare available in their red neon lounge, or you could just come for a glass in their bar up front.

Swell Dive

We loved the original Swell Dive in Bed-Stuy because we could get Spam or pork adobo tacos off of their Filipino/Tex-Mex menu, as well as some solid cocktails. After closing in 2023, they’re back open with a heavier focus on Filipino flavors, including cocktails that use calamansi and ube, and some bar food.


Siete is a vegan spot in Flatiron where you can get plant-based carne asada or pibil. The plating looks dramatic. Picture a copper cactus holding a few doughnut-shaped churro or a quesadilla lying on a spiral staircase. 

With Others

In case you've ever said, "Hmm there aren't enough places in North Brooklyn to get chilled reds and radishes with butter," here's another. With Others serves seasonal snacks and bottles from small producers, so it might be useful if you want to meet up with a friend for a glass of skin-contact something something and crab toast.

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Nobody Told Me

When Nobody Told Me first opened on the Upper West Side, we were excited to have a cocktail bar in a neighborhood not exactly known for cocktail bars. Now, they have a second location in Dumbo. If it's anything like the first, this should work for casual drinks and snacks. Or a cocktail after walking in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

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If you like your bagel hot (who doesn't?), head to Apollo Bagels in the East Village. It’s from the sourdough heroes at Leo pizza in Williamsburg, and you can get  fresh-out-of-the-oven plain, sesame, or everything bagels, and a handful of bagel sandwiches. For now, they’re only open Friday to Sunday, and there was a line by 10am last weekend, but we loved them so much, we added them to our Hit List, and Best Bagels guide.

Pan Pan Vino Vino

From Greenpoint favorite brunch spot Nura, Pan Pan Vino Vino is the latest addition to the bakery-by-day, wine-bar-by-night trend. Poppyseed croissants. Guava cream cheese bun. Small plates. Natural wine. Need we say more?

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the dining room, with a few leather booths and floral wallpaper, at Chelsea Living Room

Chelsea Living Room

For some performative dining, split between a few distinct spaces, head to Chelsea Living Room on 14th Street. A night here might begin next to a fireplace in the living room area, or in a plush leather booth in the dining room, with plates of things like smoked mozzarella sticks with caviar, dirty martini dip, and a gelato board "with all the fixings." There's also a lounge area, which is obviously behind a secret door. Expect jungle wallpaper and leopard-print carpet.

MangoSeed ‘Easy

This isn't just your average hidden bar. From the folks behind the now-closed MangoSeed, MangoSeed ‘Easy is located behind a fully functioning bike shop in Flatbush. Step behind the curtain for Caribbean snacks and cocktails in a room with lime-green walls and red velvet seats. They have Happy Hours from Tuesday to Thursday, before 5:15 and between 8-9pm with $8 rum punch. You'll find things like braised oxtail and a double smashburger on the menu.

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a martini being poured tableside

The Alderman

At The Alderman, a restaurant in the Motto Hotel in Times Square, you can select your cocktail garnishes off a tableside martini cart, then pair your drink with dishes with names like “Crispy Piggy”. They’ve got cocktails inspired by a recipe book from the 1900s and nods to New York’s Gilded Age with steakhouse-adjacent cuisine and lots of leather seating. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Azara Kitchen

Near the 125th Street 2/3 stop in Harlem, Azara Kitchen serves Mediterranean and West African food, as well as cafe fare. In their previous location, a bit further east, they had things like jolly rice, faso omelet, and rotisserie chicken. They also serve coffee and it looks like a good place to spend a couple hours hanging out.

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an overhead shot of dishes at The Lions Bar and Grill, including a burger, mozzarella sticks, a salad, a baked potato, and a pasta

The Lions Bar and Grill

The people behind Madeline’s Martini have another spot in the East Village. But rather than 14 riffs on a martini, The Lions is advertising their frosty beer and juicy burgers. You can also pair a classic cocktail with a late-night loaded jacket potato—the kitchen is open until 1am on the weekends.

See No Evil Pizza

From the team behind the Midtown subway station bar Nothing Really Matters, See No Evil, a pizza spot, is also located in the labyrinthian 50th street stop. Of course, we're immediately thinking about pizza rat and/or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem. They have wine and cocktails, and snacks and antipasti, as well as pies with toppings like caciocavallo cheese and broccoli rabe.

YGF Malatang

The East Village storefront is the first location in New York of YGF Malatang, a hot pot chain with a whopping 6,000 locations across Asia, and a few on the West Coast. You’ll fill up your bowl with dippers, vegetables, and pay by weight, before returning to your seat and swishing away.

The Loeb Boathouse

Just in time for NYC’s second false spring, the Loeb Boathouse—a Central Park landmark since 1954—has reopened after a two-year hiatus. They’re serving lunch and dinner by the lake, as well as a Sunday brunch, so you can eat some oysters Rockefeller and fish and chips, while staring at people in pedal-boats.

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the interior of Wise Guy

Wise Guy

Today in things we’d never thought we’d publish on the internet: there is a speakeasy in a coworking space in Greenpoint. Wise Guy is located inside the Class and Co. office space, and as silly as it sounds, they do offer $10 martinis on Thursdays, and will have DJs on the weekends.

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