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.
The people behind East Pole opened a spacious new oyster bar in Tribeca that is now serving dinner and drinks. In addition to expected oysters and seafood towers, they also have bigger dishes like fish tacos and squid ink paella.
A huge warehouse in Williamsburg has been taken over by a new Italian spot called Ainslie. It has a nice outdoor patio that might be a fun place to eat pizza and pasta while listening to whatever the DJ feels like playing. (Keep in mind there’s only live music Wednesday through Saturday nights.)
Otaku Katsu is a new Japanese spot on the Lower East Side that has katsu and Japanese sandwich bento boxes, in addition to onigiris, fries topped with cod roe mayo, and miso chocolate soft serve.
Qanoon is a casual new Palestinian restaurant in Chelsea with bar-seating and a few small tables, all of which have good views of the indoor lemon tree. The menu at this dinner spot has dishes like tabbouleh, tahini meatballs, and a baked branzino.
The people behind Tao Downtown have opened Cathédrale, a new French-Mediterranean restaurant at the Moxy Hotel East Village. The next time you want to celebrate something in a huge dining room with vaulted ceilings, stage curtains, and spotlights, this might be a good option, especially because there’s an adjacent bar called Little Sister.
East Village cocktail bar Amor Y Amargo, has opened a second location in Williamsburg. Unlike the original, there’s enough room at the Brooklyn location to sit down.
This cafe in the East Village specializes in masala chai drinks. There are also small plates like avocado toast made with mango chutney that you can eat at one of the two-tops inside.
The people behind Crave Fishbar have opened this Mexican spot in Midtown East that has a counter-service operation downstairs and a sit-down restaurant and bar upstairs. There’s a daily Happy Hour from 3-7pm, and dishes like the short rib tacos, al pastor quesadillas, and a $32 whole rotisserie chicken are available starting at 11am.
The team behind Win Son has opened a Taiwanese cafe in East Williamsburg that’s right around the corner from the sit-down restaurant. They’re now open for breakfast every day and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. The fried chicken box, chicken parm sandwich, and fried pork knuckle sandwich all look very promising.
Sauce has reopened on the Lower East Side with sidewalk seating and a dining room that looks like a cottage on the Italian countryside. Expect red sauce classics like beef bolognese, pizza, and chicken parm.
Italian seafood spot Esca has reopened in its original Midtown location, with brunch and dinner service. Both the formal dining room and the outdoor patio look like they could work for the kind of special occasion that you’d want to eat steak or seafood.
Legendary upscale American restaurant Gotham Bar & Grill has reopened in Greenwich Village with a new seafood-focused menu. Lunch service won’t start until September 23rd, but the dinner menu has dishes like yellowtail crudo, foie gras, and whole grilled fish.
The people behind Llama Inn have opened a new spot in the West Village. The menu at this upscale dinner spot has Japanese and Peruvian dishes like scallop ceviche, duck breast with rice, and pork tonkatsu with udon.
Legendary Middle Eastern grocery store Sahadi’s has opened its second Brooklyn location at Industry City, with a casual counter-service restaurant and bar inside. It looks like there’s plenty of space here to eat Lebanese dishes like falafel wrapped in saj and drink beer or wine with a group.
This Malibu tourist magnet has opened an NYC location on Pier 17 in the Seaport District. As you might expect, the menu here has kale salad, cauliflower pizza, and a fried egg sandwich.
Los Tacos, which makes some of the best tacos in NYC, has opened its third NYC location in Tribeca. Like other outposts in the city, this Tribeca spot has no seating. It is, however, one block from City Hall Park, where you can eat your carne asada tacos on a bench outside.
Norm’s Pizza is a new slice shop in Downtown Brooklyn from the people behind Upside Pizza in Midtown. The space looks like a ’60s pizza parlor with a small counter where you can stand and eat your margherita, mozzarella, pepperoni, or vodka slice.
The Jones is a new cafe in Noho from the people behind Fedora and Jeffrey’s Grocery. For now, they are only open on weekdays till 3pm, serving breakfast and lunch options like tuna carpaccio, clams, and a sandwich that looks like a fancy Filet-O-Fish.
We checked out The Jones and added it to our Hit List.
There is a new counter-service spot in Chinatown where you can get soy-based snacks like tofu pudding, green tea rice cake, and fresh soy milk. With only a few seats inside of Fong On, it looks like a serious takeout situation.
First Lamb Shabu, a hot pot chain with locations in China and in Flushing, has opened its first Manhattan restaurant in the East Village. Not only does the menu here have lamb, beef, ox, and seafood options for your hot pot, but there are also kitschy add-ons. We’re specifically intrigued by the block of congealed beef oil in the form of a 3D Hello Kitty doll. It reminds us of the spice packets and pastes you put in ramen.
Go Nonna is a casual new Italian/Argentinian spot in Long Island City with a small takeout window for coffee, open weekdays at 11am. The lunch and dinner menus here have starters like eggplant parm and fried shrimp, plus a long list of pastas, like cacio e pepe and spaghetti with meatballs.
Khiladi is a new Indian spot in the East Village where you can eat dosas and watch South Indian films from the ’80s. There are some classic dishes like tikka masala and sag paneer on the menu, plus curry poutine and pudding with vermicelli noodles.
Manero’s is a new slice shop in Little Italy from some of the people behind JaJaJa. There’s a small counter inside where you can order a square or thin slice, and a disco ball hanging from the ceiling to set the mood.
Xu’s Public House is a new upscale Chinese spot that’s half-a-block from Union Square. It’s open for dinner every day and the menu has a lot of seafood dishes like squid ink dumplings, lobster risotto, and crab noodles.
If you’re a french fry person, then you’ll probably want to know Spudz, a fry spot in Bed-Stuy. You can get your fries loaded with anything from jerk chicken and sweet plantains to cinnamon and caramel sauce. Keep in mind that Spudz is currently only open Thursday-Sunday.
Renegades Of Sunset is a new vegan fast-food spot at Industry City Food Hall in Sunset Park. The philly cheesesteak, bacon mac and cheese, and cinnamon rolls all look promising.
This neighborhood Italian spot in Carroll Gardens looks like a good spot for a casual breakfast, lunch, or dinner in the area. It looks like fried custard balls are the specialty here, but the menu here also has a meat and cheese platter, stuffed olives, and a burger on a good-looking pretzel bun.
Carneval is a new Latin spot in Williamsburg that looks perfect for a party that ends with you swinging by the next day to pick up your credit card. There are carnival masks on the walls, daily drink specials, and food options like tacos, ceviche, and skirt steak.
Laut Singapura is a new Singaporean restaurant in Gramercy. It’s from the team behind Laut, a casual Southeast Asian spot near Union Square, but this place is more upscale - with velvet chairs, marble tables, and colorful murals.
This Red Hook restaurant and bar looks like a huge loft, with brick walls, large windows, tufted sofas. You’ll find small plates, sandwiches, and salads on the menu here, but what this place specializes in are Roman-style pizzas (which you can watch as they cook in the pizza oven).
Danish bakery Ole & Steen has opened a third location on 40th Street near Bryant Park. Like the Union Square and Midtown East spots, the breads and pastries are the reasons to come here, plus there’s plenty of space for lunch meetings.
This new Chinese spot in Long Island City is from the people behind Hunan House, a popular Flushing restaurant. Chairman Sun serves a huge menu, ranging from dim sum to dry pot to a whole fish.
Mama Capri is here to make you feel like you’re much closer to an Italian beach than the Gowanus canal. There’s a lot of blue tile, lemon wallpaper, string lights on the back patio, and a seafood menu with dishes like stuffed calamari, shrimp risotto, and an octopus salad.
This American restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the 24th floor of the new Equinox Hotel in Hudson Yards. The grilled meats, salads, and raw options on the menu make this spot seem great for a very healthy meal with a view, especially if you prefer eucalyptus towels to regular ones.
This counter-service pizza place, with locations in the East Village and on the LES, has opened a third spot in Koreatown between 31st and 32nd Street. If you’re feeling adventurous, go for the al pastor pie with pineapple sauce.
Reverence is a new East Asian, French, and Latin American-inspired tasting menu spot in Harlem. Before you eat here, you’ll have to make a reservation and pay $98 per person for five-courses in advance, but the uni empanadas, escargot, and honey cake make it all seem worth it.
Plado Tasting Bar is a new Mediterranean-inspired tapas spot in the East Village that serves dishes like lamb meatballs and paella for dinner. They also have brunch until 4pm on weekends.
This new sit-down pizza spot in Williamsburg has sourdough personal pies for $6 and larger ones from $12 to $16, with toppings like walnut and pesto. There are also dollar oysters here on weeknights.
There’s a new omakase sushi spot in the West Village where you can eat 12 pieces for $75 or 17 pieces for $115.
We checked out Omakase Room by Maaser and wrote about it here.
This new Central and South American restaurant at Hotel Hendricks in Midtown serves dishes like beef carpaccio with chimichurri, grilled chicken, and short ribs. It looks like another upscale breakfast or dinner option near Bryant Park.
Bar Wayō is a cocktail spot from the Momofuku people. It’s in the Pier 17 development in the Seaport, and if the weather is nice, you should try to grab a picnic table out front. You could have a full meal here, but it’s probably best used for a snack along with a couple of rounds of drinks before dinner at one of the places in our FiDi guide.
This experimental new tasting menu restaurant in the East Village serves French, Austrian, Indian, and Spanish-inspired dishes. If a meaty entree like veal with anchovy milk doesn’t sound good to you, they also have a vegetarian menu option.
The comedy club The Stand near Union Square has opened a full restaurant upstairs, also called The Stand. The food is mostly American, with raw bar options, pizza, rotisserie chicken, and a whole fish.
Pepper Lunch, a casual Japanese steakhouse for DIY meat-grilling, has opened its second NYC location in Chelsea. It’s open from 11am-11pm, so it could be a good spot for lunch or dinner.
If you’ve been looking to have a tea party, this new French spot in Greenwich Village has a daily tea service where you can try over 100 different blends along with homemade scones, eclairs, and tarts. They also do lunch on weekdays till 4pm and dinner starting at 5pm every day except Monday.
This French wine bar in Greenwich Village has a set menu with either a $38 two-course option or a $45 three-course option. They serve appetizers like cheese and charcuterie, small plates like fluke crudo, and entrees like duck with almonds and grapefruit.
Ray’s is a new Western-themed bar on Chrystie Street on the LES. Justin Theroux opened it with some of the people behind The Happiest Hour and The Smile. It seems like they were going for something divey, but it looks more polished and kitschy than anything else.
We checked out Ray’s and added it to our Bar Hit List.
Gaudir is a new tapas spot in East Harlem, where you can have Spanish dishes like squid ink paella with cuttlefish shrimp for dinner or chorizo and eggs for brunch on Sundays.
This casual beer garden in Prospect Lefferts Gardens has a menu of German dishes like chicken wiener schnitzel and spaetzle with chicken confit. Gruit serves beer by the glass or by the pitcher, both of which you can drink indoors or on the outdoor patio.
Estuary, a casual new American spot on the Brooklyn Bridge Park waterfront, is now open for dinner. This place is huge and has everything from scallops to vegan burgers on the menu. It might be good for big group dinners on the water.
Jintana Thai Farmhouse is a neighborhood Thai restaurant in Park Slope that looks like a backyard barn party. Many of the dishes here are notably colorful, like the salad with blue jasmine rice and green vegetable dumplings.
This new spot in the West Village serves Himalayan and French-inspired entrees, like carpaccio made with sichuan pepper, baked oyster with lemongrass aioli, and a salad with dried apricot and tofu miso. It’s from two chefs who met working at Blue Hill At Stone Barns, so it seems worth checking out.
New-ish Lower East Side Thai spot Wayla has opened a counter-service lunch spot upstairs. Little Wayla serves five lunchboxes which involve things like green curry, larb, or poached chicken. They also have some imported snacks, like Thai sweet basil potato chips.
Floret is an American restaurant in the Sister City hotel on Bowery (which also has a nice rooftop called Last Light). They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner (starting July 22) with lots of veggie-forward entrees like Japanese eggplant and a salad with cauliflower and pistachio, but they have meat too.
EAK Ramen, a iekei-style ramen spot with locations in the West Village and Los Angeles, opened another one in Hell’s Kitchen, where they’re serving new menu items like poke and bao buns. The ramen here has thick noodles and creamy broth.
A build-your-own Neapolitan pizza spot from Los Angeles has opened in Williamsburg. None of the pizzas on the menu are over $20 and there are a bunch of small plates like burrata with melon and prosciutto as well.
This new dim sum spot in Flatiron serves Shanghai-style dishes like shrimp and pork shu mai, crab soup dumplings, and beef noodle soup. Baodega also serves coffee from a Brooklyn-based company that sources its beans from all over Asia.
Izzy Rose is a new bar in Clinton Hill from the people behind Clementine Bakery. The menu has vegan bar food, like tacos made with chickpeas, nachos, and guacamole.
Hutong, an upscale Chinese spot from Hong Kong, has opened its first US location in Midtown. Best known for Northern Chinese dishes like Peking duck and seafood dumplings, Hutong is in a huge 1920s-inspired space that looks like it could be good for an extravagant dim sum lunch or fun group dinner.
The Ryerson is a new Southern restaurant and cocktail bar in Crown Heights that looks like it has a nice backyard patio. On the menu, you’ll find entrees like a double patty burger with cheddar cheese, fried chicken, and a vegan scallop dish made with eggplant.
This ramen spot in Murray Hill specializes in tonkotsu broth and looks like a good weeknight dinner option. Besides ramen, the menu here has share plates like grilled meat skewers and potato salad.
Gentle Perch is a casual Korean-ish spot in East Williamsburg that’s open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday and brunch until 3pm on weekends. The menu has entrees like kimchi bacon fried rice, soy garlic shrimp and seaweed rice rolls made with fish, eggs, and vegetables.
This neighborhood American spot in Prospect Lefferts Gardens will begin food service on July 22, but until then they’re serving cocktails like mezcal margaritas and cucumber mint gimlets, wine, and beer.
If you like natural wine, you’ll probably be excited about Lalou, a new spot in Prospect Heights with a nice patio and a fully stocked bar. They also have a small Italian-ish menu with things like zucchini escabeche, spaghetti, and a chicken for two.
We checked out LaLou and added it to our Hit List.
Mission Ceviche, a Peruvian spot that has a few downtown locations opened a sit-down restaurant on the Upper East Side. It still looks like it belongs downtown though, with a living wall and neon sign. The menu has different kinds of ceviche, skewers with grilled meat or seafood, and a few Peruvian small plates.
There is a new food court in Elmhurst with over 20 different vendors, serving dishes from Southern and Eastern Asia, including Chinese, Thai, Tibetan, Vietnamese, and Japanese cuisine. It’s close to the M/R Elmhurst Ave stop and many of the spots here are cash-only.
You can now get artisanal pizza at Sullivan Street Bakery in Chelsea, which officially becomes Sullivan Street Pizza after 6pm Wednesday through Sunday. For now, they only serve two kinds of pizza, margherita or spinach and gruyere, that you can customize with a bunch add-ons like capers, burrata, and prosciutto.
After closing its old space and popping up around Brooklyn, Kichin is back with a sit-down spot on Myrtle Avenue in Bushwick. You can still have fried chicken at their new multi-room restaurant and bar, but their menu also has other options like whole crispy fish, mussels, and japchae.
We checked out Kichin and added it to our Hit List.
Turk’s Inn is a kitschy-looking new restaurant and music venue in Bushwick that’s made to look like a supper club from the 1930s. The menu has dishes like lamb kebabs and eggplant with tahini that you can enjoy in a tchotchke-filled dining room or at the rooftop bar.
We checked out The Turk’s Inn and added it to our Hit List.
This counter-service Turkish spot in Bushwick serves meat or vegan protein as a kebab, salad, or over a box of fries for around $11. It’s run by the people from Turk’s Inn and stays open until midnight on weekends.
A popular Roman-style flatbread spot from San Francisco has opened in Williamsburg. Montesacaro Pinseria serves their fluffy-looking pinsas alongside meats, cheeses, beer, and wine for lunch and dinner in a space that includes a big, covered patio.
We checked out Montesacro Pinseria and added it to our Hit List.
Tsukimi is a new Japanese kaiseki tasting menu restaurant in the East Village. A meal here will cost you $195 per person for 11 courses or $320 if you go for the drink pairing. There’s only one seating per night and it’s at 7pm, but if you can get one of the 14 seats, expect dishes like caviar, bluefin tuna, and washu beef.
This Elmhurst Thai spot just opened its first Manhattan location in Chelsea Market, serving dishes like duck curry and ground catfish salad. It could be a good lunch option next time you’re touring someone around Chelsea.
Shun is a new, serious-looking Japanese French spot in Midtown that’s one floor above Le Jardinier, a slightly less formal French spot that opened last month from the same people. Whether you go with the prix fixe menu or the eight-course tasting menu, expect dishes like raw scallops, roasted duck, and lobster.
Counter-service dumpling spot East Wind Snack Shop opened its third location in Carroll Gardens with an expanded menu from the Williamsburg and Windsor Terrace locations that includes Chinese cotton candy. If you’re looking for something other than dumplings and cotton candy, East Wind also has snack-sized rice plates that come with shrimp or broccoli beef.
Le Jardinier is a new tasting menu restaurant in Midtown East that looks like it was designed with power lunches in mind. There are lots of meat and seafood dishes on the menu, but it looks like vegetables are also very important here.
This is a new Mediterranean spot in Williamsburg that looks like it might be good for a weeknight dinner. The menu involves dishes like veal sweetbread, lamb meatballs, and bone marrow.
La Ventura is an all-day spot inspired by places by the water. So you can expect to eat things like sturgeon tartare and fettuccini with clam sauce in a space that looks like it belongs in a beach town instead of the West Village.
This new all-day Mediterranean spot at the Williamsburg Hotel might be good for a casual dinner before a show at Brooklyn Bowl. Expect entrees like a merguez sausage burger, branzino, and a rack of lamb made with Egyptian spices.
La Cubana is a new Cuban spot in Meatpacking across the street from Chelsea Market. They play live latin music, so it might be useful for a fun date. The menu has entrees like roasted pork shoulder, skirt steak, and a seasonal seafood stew.
After being closed for five years, Pastis (a well-known Meatpacking French bistro where famous people used to pretend they didn’t like being recognized even though they actually did) is open again in Meatpacking. The menu has entrees that are mostly in the $25 range, like steak frites and trout amandine.
We checked out Pastis and added it to our Hit List.
Sugar Monk is a new cocktail bar in Central Harlem where your infused drink may or may not come with smoke coming out of it. You’ll find plenty of seating, a tropical mural on the wall, and lamps shaped like birds.
This is a casual Filipino restaurant on Orchard Street on the Lower East Side. There’s a special chef’s tasting menu available by reservation only, but otherwise, the menu has a la carte dishes like crispy spring rolls, tamarind soup with salmon, and steak topped with onions, garlic, and potatoes.
If you haven’t yet experienced food-hall fatigue (or Brooklyn Bridge-tourist fatigue), you should know about this multi-floor market in DUMBO with outdoor patio seating and some outposts of a few restaurants we really like. Highlights include: all-day pancakes from Clinton Street Baking Company, and stalls from Miss Ada, Nur, and Juliana’s Pizza.
The people behind Niche Niche and Tokyo Record Bar opened a jazz club in Soho, and it looks like a social club from the 1920s. For $40 a head, you get live jazz, a cup of sake and some bar snacks.
Depanneur is a new sandwich spot and grocery store in Downtown Brooklyn with its own wine shop and art gallery. Everything from the deli and espresso bar comes from local vendors, and there’s already a location in Williamsburg.
The people behind Dovetail (a former UWS neighborhood spot) have a new casual cocktail bar on the corner of 107th Street and Amsterdam Avenue. Nobody Told Me stays open until 2am every night, and serves bar snacks as well as larger dishes like a burger and a fried chicken sandwich.
Lamalo is a new all-day Middle Eastern restaurant from the owner of Breads Bakery. It’s located in the Arlo Nomad Hotel on 31st Street, and serves dishes like skewers, mezze dips, and salads.
The first storefront for the popular Japanese shaved ice shop is now open on the LES (they also have popups at Canal Street Market and Smorgasborg). In addition to shaved ice, the menu here also has toasts, matcha drinks, and katsu sandwiches.
This is a multi-level Mediterranean Italian spot in Bushwick that has an all-day pasta restaurant on the ground floor, a cocktail bar with a deck on the second floor.
Lamia’s Fish Market is a fancy Mediterranean spot in the East Village that looks a little like a submarine. The menu here has steak, pasta, and lots of raw-bar options.
Apollonia is an all-day Mediterranean spot in East Williamsburg from the people behind Walter’s. The menu has a long list of wines, and features entrees like lamb ribs and spaghetti with clams.
GoodLife BK is a new neighborhood bar with a lot of nicely rounded edges in Prospect Heights. It’s from the people behind Ode to Babel (another bar in the area) and they serve cocktails, wine, and beer that you can drink inside or on the patio out back.
The chef that opened Fish Cheeks in Noho has a new counter-service restaurant in Midtown East that specializes in Hainanese chicken rice. The menu here has a few different chicken varieties, including fried and steamed with ginger chili sauce.
Frevo is a fancy French tasting menu restaurant hidden behind a painting in a gallery in Greenwich Village. There are 18 chef’s counter seats and the five-course meal costs $124.
This is a new Neapolitan pizza place in Williamsburg near the bridge. The pies are all in the $15 range, and there are also a few salads, pastas, and charcuterie options on the menu. It’s currently BYOB.
From the name alone, it’s possible you already know this restaurant is in Bushwick. The Gradient is an all-day spot that serves vegetarian and vegan breakfast and lunch until 5pm, and then things like nachos, seitan wings, and kale caesar until 11pm. After that, it becomes strictly a bar - and stays open until 4am on the weekends.
This is a tapas restaurant in Crown Heights that serves mostly Latin American-inspired dishes like arepas, lechon wontons, and a bunch of different tacos. Nothing on the menu costs more than $20, and they’re open for lunch and dinner every day (except Mondays).
Nykkei is a new Japanese restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen that has a menu full of skewers, udon bowls with uni and roe, and fried chicken. This place is pretty close to Columbus Circle, in case your life requires you to spend time there.
D’Antan is an Italian restaurant in Crown Heights with a menu that focuses mostly on natural wine and homemade pasta, like tagliatelle with a white venison ragu. It looks pretty casual here, and the most expensive thing on the menu is a $26 steak.
In case you’re looking for new tropical-themed bars, Jungle Bird in Chelsea definitely counts. It has two floors, taps shaped like big golden peacocks, big leather booths, and some snacks like lotus chips (in addition to their cocktails).
We checked out Jungle Bird and added it to our Bar Hit List.
Located in the Tuscany hotel in Midtown, Atto is a steakhouse with a chef who used to work at Peter Luger. It looks pretty fancy, and there’s an outside penthouse space that you can reserve for private events.
Bund On Broadway is a new Shanghainese restaurant in Astoria near the Broadway N and W subway station. It looks like the thing to order here is soup dumplings, which they make completely from scratch. There’s also a peking duck dish and spicy pork noodle soup.
If you ever went to the Glady’s location in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, you should know that it closed, and now there’s a casual Japanese restaurant in its place called Mo’s Original. Here you can order things like sake and ramen, as well as a bunch of different meat listed under the “From The Smoker” section of the menu.
This is a cocktail bar and French restaurant in Fort Greene with a list of classic French dishes like coq au vin, steak frites, and cheese boards. It’s pretty close to BAM, so keep it in mind if you’re in the area for a show and want to check out a new spot.
Samudra is an Indian restaurant with an original spot in Jackson Heights that’s completely vegetarian. This second location in Hell’s Kitchen serves meat, but no alcohol (it’s BYOB though).
The team behind one of our favorite soba spots in the city (Cocoron) has a new shabu shabu tasting menu restaurant on the Lower East Side. A meal at Shabu Shabu Mayumon will cost you $128, and will probably give you an even greater appreciation for beef than you already have if you’re the kind of person who decides to eat here.
We checked out Shabushabu Mayumon and added it to our Hit List.
Summerly is a big outdoor rooftop restaurant and bar on top of the Hoxton hotel in Williamsburg. This place has a full menu of seafood-focused food, cocktails, and a campari cupcake that both confuses and intrigues us.
We checked out Summerly and added it to our Best NYC Rooftops For Eating & Drinking Guide.
Backyard is also on top of the Hoxton, but it’s a more of classic rooftop bar, with ping pong tables, nachos, and some nice views of the Manhattan skyline.
Sushinao is a new sushi place on 17th Street in Chelsea that specifically makes a big deal about how they pair different sauces - like ponzu, onion ginger, and yuzu lemon - with each piece of fish. The space used to be Naoki, and the chef here actually hasn’t changed, but the format has. Sushinao serves four different set menus that cost $24, $34, $44, and $54.
If you’ve ever been to Yopparai or Azasu (two Japanese restaurants on the Lower East Side), you should know that the owners of those places have a new izakaya spot in the neighborhood that specializes in yakitori.
There’s a new hotel in JFK Airport that’s approximately 200 times nicer than the La Quinta Inn you’re imagining. This is where you can find Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s new all-day spot called Paris Cafe, among other luxurious things.
The JFK hotel also has a bar where you can drink outside and watch planes take off. If you’re in the mood, you can also swim in an infinity pool with a spritz in hand. You don’t need to be staying at the hotel to come here (they have online reservations if you want to just hang out for the afternoon).
Or, if you like the feeling of drinking on planes, you can go to Connie at the TWA Hotel. This is a bar inside an old plane from the ’50’s that’s sitting on a tarmac.
This is the first NYC location of a famous hot pot chain from China. It’s in Chinatown and has three different broth options per hot pot (as opposed to two, which is what you usually find in other spots in the city).
This is a new Italian cafe and bar from the team behind Via Carota (it’s located across the street on Seventh Avenue). Most of the seating is outside, and the menu has everything from tiny sandwiches to on-tap spritzes and bottled cocktails.
We checked out Bar Pisellino and added it to our Summer Hit List.
Jean-Georges Vongerichten has a new restaurant called The Fulton, and it’s located on Pier 17 in the South Street Seaport. The menu is seafood-focused, and there are both indoor and outdoor dining areas right next to the water.
Rezdôra is a semi-casual restaurant in Flatiron with food inspired by the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. The chef used to work at Osteria Francescana in Modena, and the menu has a la carte options as well as a $75 regional pasta tasting menu option with a $45 wine pairing.
We checked out Rezdôra and added it to our Hit List.
The Brooklyn Navy Yard is slowly getting more places to eat and drink aside from Russ & Daughters. OK, there’s just one more so far. The newest addition is Transmitter Brewing, a beer company that used to have a tap room in LIC. So now you can drink a bunch of beer at a picnic table, then go eat bagel sandwiches.
Essex Market is a new food hall right next to the Williamsburg Bridge on the LES. There are different grocery vendors and counter-service spots (including a second location of the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory, and a shawarma place that used to be in Williamsburg called Samesa). Eventually, they’ll have a few full-service restaurants, but they’re not open yet.
There’s also a new Israeli bakery on the LES. Michaeli is open from 7am to 7pm, and specializes in babka, rugelach, and other pastries.
The owner of Avant Garden now has a cocktail bar in a second-floor space on Avenue A (where Cienfuegos used to be). Drink-wise, Honeybee’s focuses specifically on bourbon and rye, and there’s also vegan BBQ bar food like seitan ribs and smoked mushrooms.
Coast And Valley is a new wine bar by McCarren Park in Greenpoint. It serves wines from California as well as California-inspired food, and you can try any of the bottles on the menu in 2oz or 5oz pours.
We checked out Coast And Valley and added it to our Bar Hit List.
This is the first NYC location of a famous Australian bakery and cafe that specializes in pastries and sourdough bread (this place even mills its own flour). Bourke Street Bakery is in Nomad, and stays open all day.
Bluestone Lane has a new cafe in Nolita where De Maria used to be. This location has a full bar, table service, and a menu with breakfast and lunch options like bowls, sandwiches, and toasts.
This is a Mexican restaurant on the corner of Bowery and Broome Streets with tempura squash blossom tacos, a churro sundae, and more tequila options than any human realistically needs (80). There’s a ton of space in here, plus sidewalk seating for when it’s warm outside.
Lena is a new spot on 8th Street near Washington Square Park with a lot of French wine, small plates, and different flatbreads they call “French pizzas.” (The original location is on the LES.)
Hole In The Wall is an Australian dinner spot in Murray Hill (the same team already runs an all-day cafe in FiDi with the same name). It’s close to the East River ferry at 34th Street, and the menu has dishes like a burger, branzino with kale, and vegan bolognese with mushrooms.
This new Bushwick spot serves Peruvian dishes in the $10-20 range like grilled meats, ceviche, and fried rice. There’s a big dining room, and it’s only a few blocks from the DeKalb L stop.
The owners of Hanoi House have a new counter-service pho place down the block from their original restaurant on St. Marks. There are only 10 seats, and it’s primarily designed for takeout. For now, they’re open from 11:30am to 4pm every day except Sunday.
This is an all-day cafe in Windsor Terrace, right by Prospect Park. It looks like the kind of place where people can bring their laptops and hang out for a few hours while intermittently ordering sandwiches and lattes.
27 Morton is a new European restaurant on 7th Avenue in the West Village that’s open for breakfast and dinner every day (they also have weekend brunch). Most things on the menu are in the $20 range, including dishes like spaetzle, goulash, and blintzes with caviar.
This is the fifth Sushi By Bou location in the city - and if you’re not familiar, the gist is that you can get a 30-minute, 12-piece sushi omakase for $50.
After running an omakase pop-up at the Sushi By Bou in Flatiron for a while, Sushi By Bae now has a permanent location near Union Square (right next to the new location of Sushi By Bou). There are only six seats at the sushi counter here, and the 15-course tasting menu costs $110.
Wayla is a Thai restaurant on the LES with a back patio and dishes like tamarind pork jowl, lobster stir fried noodles, and a daily-changing curry.
Hearth (the Italian restaurant in the East Village) just opened a second location on the High Line in Chelsea between 15th and 16th Streets. It’s open every day from noon to 9pm, serving a short menu of things like sandwiches, snacks, and salads.
This is a new restaurant from the chef behind Olmsted, located right across the street in Prospect Heights. The food is mostly Japanese and French-inspired skewers (like duck a l’orange and ribeye with bordelaise sauce), and the most expensive thing (including drinks) is $9.
We checked out Maison Yaki and added it to our Hit List.
Three Owls Market is a new counter-service spot in the West Village where you can get prepared foods like rotisserie chicken, breakfast sandwiches, and vegetable sides. There’s some seating, but you can also take your food and upscale groceries to-go.
Last Light is a new rooftop bar on the 11th floor of a new hotel on Bowery (called Sister City) with $14 cocktails, plus bar snacks like black bass ceviche, a soft pretzel, and ricotta toast.
Zusik is a casual Korean restaurant on 14th Street in the West Village that’s open for lunch and dinner. There’s a full bar, as well as dishes like a seafood stew, braised pork belly in a soy bean sauce, and a rice bowl with kimchi, spam, and anchovies.
This is a new BBQ spot in Long Island City from the same owner as John Brown Smokehouse (another BBQ place in the neighborhood). In addition to a menu of Texas-style barbecue, Mothership Meat Company has a big outdoor beer garden.
Danny Meyer (who’s behind restaurants like Union Square Cafe and Gramercy Tavern) just opened a bar in the lobby of a new gallery and performance space in Hudson Yards called The Shed. It’s open from 11am to midnight every day except for Mondays, and in addition to drinks, it serves salads, sandwiches, and bar snacks.
Two announcements for anyone who’s ever looked in their fridge and thought “oh darn, we’re fresh out of fish eggs”: 1) there’s a new caviar store on Madison Avenue on the UES called Marky’s on Madison, and 2) it has its own cafe. During the day, Huso serves a la carte dishes mostly in the $20-$40 range (and caviar flights that cost hundreds of dollars). But starting in a few weeks, this place will also have a dinner service where the only option is a $200 tasting menu that we’re going to guess will feature lots of caviar.
There’s now a Westville in Hell’s Kitchen, not too far from Columbus Circle. So alert your friends who work in the area and carry on with your day.
The chef who opened Miznon has a new reservation-only Mediterranean place in Hell’s Kitchen called HaSalon (the original version is a big party restaurant in Tel Aviv). It’s open on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, with a DJ playing music on the later end of the night.
We checked out HaSalon and added it to our Hit List.
Cafe Phin is a coffee shop inside of An Choi (a Vietnamese restaurant on the LES) that serves drinks like coconut Vietnamese coffee and ube iced lattes. They’re open from 7am-4pm on weekdays, and 9am-noon on Saturdays.
If you’re concerned that you’ll run out of uniquely-named cocktail bars to go to in Williamsburg, we’re here to assure you that there will always be more. This one is on Metropolitan Avenue and has a weekday Happy Hour that goes until 8pm, with options like an $8 Old Fashioned and a $10 margarita.
Another new Williamsburg spot. Gran Torino is an all-day cafe on Berry Street that serves drinks, pizzas, and Italian snacks until midnight. They have a big outdoor space and greenhouse area, as well as a Happy Hour during the week from noon to 7pm.
This full-service spot on 3rd Avenue in Gramercy serves ramen, as well as housemade gelato in flavors like matcha and chocolate hazelnut.
Is a cocktail bar without alcohol called a mocktail bar? Maybe? While we try to figure that out, you should know that Greenpoint now has its first ever alcohol-free bar with 10 different drinks and some bar snacks like a smoked fish plate and cookies.
This is a new Italian restaurant in Greenwich Village that’s owned by the same people who run Avena Downtown next door. Their new spot has outdoor seating and a menu full of things like carbonara, veal cheeks with polenta, and a whole roast duck.
Some bars have dance floors with disco balls, and some bars have outdoor patios where you can talk to strangers. Magazine, in Greenpoint, has both.
We checked out Magazine and added it to our Bar Hit List.
This is a new restaurant in the East Village specializing in food from the northwestern region of China. They’re currently in soft-opening hours (5-10 pm from Tuesday to Sunday).
We checked out Jiang Diner and added it to our Hit List.
Gold Room is an American/Caribbean cocktail bar and restaurant in Prospect Lefferts Gardens that’s open for dinner and weekend brunch. At brunch they serve things like a Caribbean style bake with salt fish, and they also have jerk wings and shrimp tacos for dinner.
Cheech & Peppe’s is a new sit-down pizza place on 2nd Avenue on the Upper East Side. Aside from thin-crust pies, they have salads, pastas, and Italian entrees.
If you spend time in Bushwick, you’ve probably hung out in or near Maria Hernandez Park, and you should know about Hills Kitchen, a new African restaurant that just opened right there. Also good to know: they have a Happy Hour deal with discounted drinks on Thursdays before 7pm.
This new counter-service Thai restaurant in East Harlem only has a few bar seats, and serves dishes like khao soi, drunken noodles, and curries.
Leña is a full-service restaurant inside of Mercado Little Spain in Hudson Yards. Most of the Spanish food on the menu is cooked directly over a fire (including paella with chicken and rabbit, and a chorizo dish they cut tableside).
Mar is another restaurant in Mercado Little Spain, specializing in Spanish seafood.
This is a new neighborhood French/Mediterreanan bistro in Park Slope. The menu has dishes like cornish hen and ratatouille with lamb, and they also serve brunch on the weekends.
Sama Street is a new cocktail bar on Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint with creative drink names (Tiger’s Milk and Comfortably Numb, for example), plus Asian-inspired snacks like green papaya salad and bao. The space has colorful couches and plants, and looks like it’ll be good for dates.
After closing its location in Gramercy last year, BLT Prime is back - but in a two-floor space in the East 70s. It’s open for lunch and dinner every day, plus brunch on the weekends.
Ichiran has a few locations around the city, and they’re known for serving ramen to solo diners in little stalls (so a meal here requires no human interaction whatsoever). This new Times Square restaurant has two floors, and actually has tables for both individuals and groups - although it might be nice to get some alone time this close to 42nd Street.
This is a casual Georgian restaurant right across from the 14th Street 1/2/3 station in Chelsea. The menu has a bunch of khachapuri (made in their own clay oven), shared meat platters, and wine by the glass and bottle.
This new spot on Smith Street in Cobble Hill serves Japanese and Korean food like spicy pork bibimbap, tonkatsu, and ramen.
TAK Room is the new restaurant in Hudson Yards from the chef behind places like The French Laundry and Per Se. The food here is old-school American - with dishes like oysters rockefeller, filet mignon, and roast chicken carved tableside - and very expensive. You can also expect live music, champagne carts being pushed around, and a view of that thing with all the stairs everyone is currently obsessed with.
Kiki’s now has a second, casual counter-service spot across the street from their main restaurant (in the space where Sherman’s - which they also owned - used to be). This place has about 12 seats and a little bar, but it’s mostly for takeout, and the menu is pretty much the same as the original spot’s, with the addition of souvlaki sandwiches.
A chef who used to work at Momofuku Ko has a new restaurant in Chinatown right under the Manhattan Bridge, where you’ll find diner classics like matzo ball soup and breakfast plates with eggs and home fries, but also a chicken katsu club sandwich and a mushroom reuben quesadilla. It’s only open from 8am to 3pm, and you can’t make reservations.
We checked out Golden Diner and added it to our Hit List.
Mercado Little Spain is a new Spanish food hall and market inside of Hudson Yards, with a tapas bar, a bunch of stands serving things like churros and charcuterie, and a wine bar with Happy Hour starting at 5pm every day. The space is run by Jose Andres, and there will be three full-service restaurants opening there soon, too.
Black Seed Bagels just opened their first Brooklyn spot in Brooklyn Heights, across from Trader Joe’s and the movie theater. This particular location has a counter and a few seats, as well as gluten-free bagels.
After years of serving big deli sandwiches on the UES, Pastrami Queen now has a second Midtown location inside the Pearl Hotel on 49th Street. It’s open from 8am to 11pm every day.
This is a new Greek restaurant on the Lower East Side with mixed grill plates that come to your table on an actual grill, plus seafood dishes and pizza boats that look like open-face calzones. There’s also a Medusa mural on the wall to make sure you fully get the theme.
Forma is a counter-service Italian restaurant in Greenpoint where you can watch as your pasta is made, then boiled to-order. The menu is pretty much only pasta, salads, and sides like eggplant parm and roasted cauliflower.
Yi Ji Shi Mo Noodle Corp. is a cash-only counter-service spot in Chinatown that specializes in steamed rice rolls. The rice rolls are all under $5, and come in varieties like curry fish ball and dried shrimp.
Crown Shy is a cute thing to say about an embarrassed prince, and it’s also the name of a new restaurant in FiDi. The chef used to work at Eleven Madison Park, and the menu ranges from white bean hummus and beef tartare to charred octopus and roasted short ribs. The bar area (where you can order from the full menu) is reserved for walk-ins only.
We checked out Crown Shy and added it to our Hit List.
San Pedro Inn is a bar in Red Hook with Mexican dishes like carnitas tacos, fluke ceviche tostadas, and salsa with fermented tomatoes. It also has an area for live music, and stays open until 4am on weekend nights.
If you go up to the fifth floor of the new mall building in Hudson Yards, you’ll find this Asian-inspired restaurant with raw bar options, dim sum, and entrees like a roasted chicken with fried rice for two. There’s also a bar that’s open until 11pm every night.
This Hudson Yards restaurant is the newest of the Momofuku spots, and serves upscale Korean dishes like wagyu ragu rice cakes, a stew with cornish hen, and a few set meals that come with soup and crispy vegetables. Right now, Kawi is only open for lunch, but they’ll start their dinner service on April 15th.
Another Momofuku spot in Hudson Yards. Peach Mart is a counter-service place where you can pick up lunch and snacks (like potato salad sandwiches and kimbap) during the day.
One more for good measure: there’s also a new location of Fuku (Momofuku’s fast-casual fried chicken chain) in Hudson Yards that’s open for lunch and dinner.
This is the second location of a fancy Midtown Greek restaurant, also in Hudson Yards, and it’s open for lunch and dinner. As with the original place, there’s a focus on seafood.
Milos Wine Bar is from the same people as Estiatorio Milos, and it’s one floor below the new Hudson Yards restaurant. They serve Greek wines as well as snacks, and have a Greek yogurt bar during the day.
As you might be able to tell from the name, this is an American restaurant with big booths. And it’s in Hudson Yards. The menu ranges from burgers, pizza, and roast chicken to sushi.
Belcampo already has butcher stores and restaurants on the West Coast, and this Hudson Yards spot is their first in NYC. They raise all of the meat they serve on their own farm, and this location has a full-service restaurant area as well a fast-casual take-out section. Also, you can buy bone broth on-tap.
Have you heard of Hudson Yards? No? Then you must have missed the previous eight entries in this guide, and you’ve probably been on a break from Instagram. Queensyard is yet another Hudson Yards spot, and it’s a British place from a big restaurant group in London (the same group is also behind Bluebird on the UWS). It’s open for lunch and dinner, with dishes like scotch eggs and fish and chips, and there’s also a cafe area that turns into a wine bar with small plates at night.
Maybe you’re the kind of person who goes shopping at Neiman Marcus, or maybe you’re currently asking yourself who Neiman is and what he wants from you. Either way, there’s an upscale restaurant inside the Neiman Marcus in Hudson Yards called The Zodiac Room, and it has caviar, champagne, and other casual things you’d want to snack on after buying a cashmere sweater.
We’re not mad that there’s another Shake Shack in the city. So if you find yourself near all of these Hudson Yards places but really just want a quick burger, know that this is an option, too.