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NYC’s New Restaurant Openings
The new restaurant openings you should know about.
If you tried to keep track of every brand new restaurant in New York City, your head might spin. 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 flurry of high-profile restaurant openings at Rockefeller Center continues with this Italian spot from the trio behind King. Expect several homemade pastas such as agnoli stuffed with rabbit and egg tagliarini with chicken livers. Jupiter's colorful space, located on the same level as the ice skating rink, has yellow tile columns, orange banquettes, and green seating. Unsurprisingly, the 400-bottle wine list consists of mostly Italian varietals.
Following the success of Laser Wolf at the top of the Hoxton Hotel in Williamsburg, chef Michael Solomonov's team has brought another popular spot from Philly to the ground floor of that same hotel. K'Far is an all-day Israeli bakery and cafe where you'll be able to get Jerusalem bagels, kubaneh patty melts, and chicken schnitzel kataifi. Some of the seating is in a plant-filled glass atrium, so you can (sort of) feel like you're eating outside even when your phone says it's 20 degrees in NYC.
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If you walk down MacDougal Street on a Friday night, you'll see a lot of drunk NYU students looking for something to eat. So the decision from the Mei Lai Wah team to open this takeout-only restaurant on that street seems like a pretty smart idea. Munchiez serves snacks that you can find at 7-Elevens in Hong Kong like fish balls, tea eggs, chicken skewers, and barbecue pork buns—all of which are available until 3am on weekends.
It feels like the people behind Palpal and LittleMad open another restaurant every month. Most of their places are in Nomad, but this new Korean spot of theirs is in the old Oiji space in the East Village. The seafood-focused menu is inspired by the city of Busan (home to Korea's largest seaport). You'll see sliced raw fish lettuce wraps, poached octopus with white kimchi, and steamed monkfish as well as meat dishes like lamb-stuffed fried peppers and bulgogi.
Many of the dishes at this new Italian-leaning American spot in Midwood are prepared on a wood-fired grill. Some of those items include a $110 whole branzino and lamb chops with mint-tomato tapenade. You'll also find several pastas like gnocchi with parmesan cream and hazelnut oil. This restaurant is connected to the soon-to-be-open World Spa, but you don't need to book a treatment there to eat at Ren.
OkDongsik, a Seoul-based restaurant, is making its US debut as a pop-up in Nomad (running now through April 1, 2023). You'll find just one main dish and side: dwaeji-gomtang (sticky, soft rice in a broth made with lean pork) and mandoo filled with kimchi, pork, and glass noodles. This pop-up only has 10 seats at a counter, and you can make reservations.
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The new Grayson Hotel, located just south of Bryant Park, has a restaurant on the ground floor named Harta. In the morning, you can get things like steak and eggs, pastries, and pancakes. Later in the day, the menu leans Mediterranean (shrimp a la plancha and chicken tagine, for example). Bar Cima, a mezcaleria on the roof of the hotel, opens November 25, and Bar Harta, a second-floor wine and tapas bar with a patio, opens next spring.
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This Trinidadian restaurant in Flatbush is named after a street in Port of Spain, and the relatively small 22-seat space turns into a dance floor on Fridays and Saturdays starting at 10pm. For food, you can get crab in a curry paste alongside dumplings, a whole deep-fried fish topped with an okra-tomato sauce, and bhaji.
The name of this place reflects Marcus Samuelsson's Ethiopian and Swedish roots. ("Hav" means ocean in Swedish, while "mar" means honey in Amharic.) The goal of this seafood-focused restaurant in Chelsea is to reflect a "truly contemporary expression of Black cuisine." Expect dishes like berbere-cured salmon, lobster and crab with black rice and peas, and a waffle with rock shrimp and uni butter.
Tsuta is a ramen spot that opened in Tokyo about 10 years ago. There used to be one in San Francisco, but it closed, so this new outpost in Dumbo is the only US location. This place is known for using some nontraditional ingredients like black truffles and Iberico chashu for their noodle bowls. Five different ramens are on the menu, including a vegetarian one.
This seafood spot on Downing Street is from the Saint Theo's and American Bar team, and the beige, pink, and chrome decor is supposed to remind you of the '80s. Entrées include squid pasta with smoked chili flakes and fried porgy with papaya. There's also a full menu of sushi and sashimi. Fittingly, this place will stay open on all holidays.
Bark Barbecue started selling their Dominican-Texas-style BBQ in Ozone Park a couple of years ago, and now they have their first permanent location in the Time Out Market New York food hall in Dumbo. Old favorites like smoked turkey breast and 14-hour brisket are still available, as well as a new item: longaniza with fried cheese. Sides include cornbread and black beans with rice.
Rosevale Kitchen & Cocktail Room
Along with the rooftop bar Starchild (scroll down for more info), this spot has opened in the Civilian hotel in Hell's Kitchen. The food is "American with global flavors," and you'll see dishes like steak tartare with shrimp chips, duck breast with phở-spiced jus, and steelhead trout with schug. Red leather banquettes and brass accents give the dining room a brasserie feel.
The dining room at this Mediterranean restaurant near Union Square (with two associated spots in Toronto) has super high ceilings with lamps covered in giant fluffy ostrich feathers. In addition to lamb manti, grilled octopus, and other tapas, you can get large format items for the table like a $72 paella with chicken and four different types of seafood. This place also has a lounge called Le Louis downstairs.
The Dickens is a large LGBTQ+ cocktail bar in Hell's Kitchen with a rooftop and different themed rooms spread across four floors. One room, with velvet sofas and a fireplace, is supposed to remind you of the inside of a genie's lamp. Another has a wall covered in black-and-white photos of Bowie, Boy George, and other artists. The menu is focused on small plates—think sliders, empanadas, and cauliflower bites.
The fast-casual mini chain Inday has opened its first full-service restaurant in Williamsburg. True to its name, this place is open daily from 10am to 10pm. For breakfast, they have egg-and-cheese dosas and a Mumbai-style scramble with onions and tomatoes. Later in the day, you can get dishes like tamarind-glazed ribs and a tandoori half chicken.
You'll see ingredients like artichoke, banana, and miso in the house cocktails ($19 to $24) at this Midtown lounge. Drinks are the focus here, but you can also order Korean-inspired tapas like langoustine with white kimchi and tilefish in a gochujang broth. The space is filled with large mirrors and greenery, and you'll see exposed brick and reclaimed wood everywhere.
This Greenpoint spot is modeled after aperitivo bars in Spain and Northern Italy, and, unsurprisingly, it offers two versions of an Americano (both of which are on tap). They also have beer, wine, and some classics like a margarita and an appletini. This place has a big U-shaped bar and leather banquettes, and you can order Mediterranean-inspired small plates like brussels sprouts with puffed rice and boudin noir croquettes.
The first Fouquet's opened in Paris over 120 years ago, and now there are 11 locations around the world, including this new one in Tribeca. Situated in the Hotel Barrière Fouquet's, this brasserie has a red and black color scheme, parquet floors, and chandeliers. Chef Pierre Gagnaire oversees the menu, which features dishes like onion soup, lobster fricassée, and lamb chops. Par Ici Café, a vegetarian place, is coming soon to the same hotel.
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You can get "neo-Neapolitan" pies (a hybrid of Neapolitan and New York-style pizzas) at this new spot on 31st Street in Astoria. Eight varieties are available, alongside a selection of antipasti, salads, and pastas like a rigatoni with veal and pork ragu. The smallish dining room seats 25, with additional seating outside.
Another location of 21 Greenpoint is open at Rockefeller Center on the same level as the skating rink. The food is New American, and you can expect a lot of salads in addition to things like crab toast and a focaccia sandwich with mortadella and parmesan. This restaurant is currently only open on weekdays from 11:30am to 5pm.
We'll give you one guess what the address for this semi-private supper club in the West Village is. Carmelo Anthony is an investor, and there's a VIP room in the back with a one-way mirror and a secret entrance (which doesn't seem that secret since we're telling you about it). The space is filled with velvet and gold accents, and the menu is Greek-inspired, with dishes like grilled octopus and saganaki. For $179, you can get a spirit of your choice with mixers and garnishes wheeled to your table so you can mix your own cocktails.
Prepared foods, made-to-order dishes, and pantry items like chili crunch and infused olive oil are all available at this cafe and market on the Upper East Side. Breakfast options include a quiche and a burrito made with chorizo, egg, and hash browns. For lunch and dinner, you can get sandwiches, salads, and grain bowls. This place has an emphasis on sustainability, and it's connected to a wellness studio called Sage + Sound.
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The seasonal menu at this restaurant at the Walker Tribeca Hotel changes daily, but you can expect vegetable-heavy dishes like baked sweet potatoes with zhug and broccolini with miso aioli. The food leans Argentinian with influence from Uruguay and Lebanon. For now, this place is only serving breakfast and lunch, with dinner service starting next month.
Located on the 27th floor of the Civilian Hotel in Hell's Kitchen, this rooftop bar has two terraces and an outdoor space that can be fully enclosed when it gets too cold out. If you feel like spending a stupid amount of money, you can get bottle service, or you can just share some large-format cocktails. Anderson .Paak DJed here recently, so this spot might be kind of a scene.
Kwame Onwuachi, who you may know from various food TV shows, has returned to NYC to open a restaurant in the renovated David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center. Tatiana is named after Onwuachi's sister, and the food is inspired by his upbringing in the Bronx. Dishes here include egusi soup dumplings stuffed with black sea bass and short rib pastrami suya. There's also a three-course pre-theater menu designed for those seeing performances at Lincoln Center.
Naro joins the rapidly growing roster of new spots at Rockefeller Center. From the husband-and-wife team behind Atomix and Atoboy, this Korean restaurant serves vegetarian and non-vegetarian tasting menus, which cost $95 and $195 for lunch and dinner, respectively. Expect dishes like king crab bibimbap and octopus with kohlrabi and Korean mustard. A separate prix-fixe menu will be served in their indoor terrace next year, and the bar has à la carte items.
The two-story space at this American restaurant in Astoria has red leather seats, subway tile walls, and TVs in case you want to catch a game. You can get steaks, burgers, salads, and tacos, and they're offering a large selection of $9 mocktails while they wait for their liquor license.
This food hall is in the Starrett-Lehigh building near the Hudson River in Chelsea, and it's opening with a handful of vendors including a Mexican street food place, a Sicilian-style pizzeria, and the very popular Forsyth Fire Escape, which sells scallion pancake burritos filled with pernil. Every good food hall needs a bar, and Olly Olly Market has two (named Bar Avant & Aprés Bar).
The team behind Pineapple Club has opened this Ukrainian restaurant and cocktail bar in the old Pegu Club space in Soho. It has a long wooden bar, red velvet seating, and tapestries on the walls. If you get hungry while downing one of the house vodka cocktails, you can eat some chicken Kiev, cabbage stuffed with short rib, or steamed trout with pumpkin cream.
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Everything about Artesano—from the food and cocktail program to the stone bowls and plates—is centered around Peru. This fine dining spot is chef Rodrigo Fernadini's first New York City restaurant, and the Tribeca space has an open kitchen and plenty of greenery. Several ceviches are on the menu alongside dishes like duck prepared two ways and short rib marinated for 48 hours. If you can't decide what to order, you can opt for a $165 tasting menu.
If you've been searching all your life for a Mayan pyramid-shaped dish made with steamed pork belly and preserved cabbage, you can finally stop looking. The large menu at this restaurant in Hell's Kitchen also has dim sum, a bunch of Szechuan dishes, and Chinese-American favorites like General Tso's chicken.
This food hall is in the building that used to house the North 3rd Street Market, and a new slate of vendors will occupy the revamped space. You'll be able to get shrimp and grits from Harlem Seafood Soul, Italian sandwiches from Alidoro, and deep-fried Korean hot dogs from Oh-K Dog. The market will eventually have 17 spots.
Sushi Mumi is an upscale omakase restaurant featuring Edomae-style sushi from a former Sushi Ginza Onodera chef. The room has just one L-shaped wooden counter that seats 10. To eat here, you'll have to pay $250 per person (plus tax and tip) in advance. Each seating lasts two hours.
First, Manhatta (a recent add to our Hit List) reopened. Now, Union Square Hospitality Group is bringing back Maialino in a new location at The Redbury New York hotel—which also houses Marta, another USHG spot. The food is still Roman-inspired, so you'll see things like vitello tonnato and tonnarelli caio e pepe. There's also a new wine bar here with a separate menu that includes mortadella and marinated eggplants.
Okiboru, which has a few locations in Georgia, is now open on the Lower East Side. They specialize in tsukemen, with cold noodles that you can dip into a spicy or non-spicy chicken and fish broth. They also have ramen if you don't feel like doing any dipping, and you can add extras such as ajitama and pork chashu to any bowl.
The Leyenda team is rebooting Milady's, a dive bar in Soho that closed in 2014 after being open for more than 70 years. The new bar is in the same space, and they'll be serving throwback cocktails like an apple martini and a Blue Hawaiian. Snacks like crab mac and cheese and loaded potato skins are also available. There's no longer a pool table, but on the bright side, that means more seating.
Located on 5th Street in the former Black Iron Burger space, Le Burger is, you guessed it, a burger spot. The space looks like an old French bistro, and the menu has beer, wine, and eight varieties of burger that come topped with shrimp, guacamole, and a Cognac peppercorn sauce. The burgers are $15-$17, and they all come with fries.
The owners of Tzarevna, a Russian spot on the Lower East Side, have transformed that restaurant into a place serving Western-influenced Japanese food. Omurice with mole negro, a BEC okonomiyaki, and chicken karaage with waffles are just a few of the things on the menu. Yo+Shoku is currently billed as a pop-up, but it will operate for at least nine months.
Crumbl Cookies has more than 500 locations nationwide, but they've somehow managed to avoid opening one in NYC until now (a second outpost is already planned for a November opening on the Upper West Side). This store (opening October 21) is on the Upper East Side, and their cookie offerings include pink velvet cake, raspberry lemonade, and milk chocolate chip.
Khaosan is a Brooklyn Heights restaurant with mostly Thai dishes, but they also serve five kinds of phở like one made with chicken and ginger broth and another with beef bone marrow. House specials include roti stuffed with ground chicken and pumpkin and something called "shrimp donuts." After a meal here, take a stroll in Brooklyn Bridge Park, which is only a few blocks away.
André Hueston Mack is a sommelier and wine producer, but he also has multiple restaurants (including & Sons) in Prospect Lefferts Gardens. His latest spot in the neighborhood is Kingfisher. The seafood-focused menu has razor clams with green apple, cod with hazelnuts and beans, and monkfish with potato and shallot jus. We're guessing that the wine will be decent here.
This colorful cocktail bar in Soho is from the owners of The Tyger, and it's located right next door to that restaurant. You'll find plenty of classic cocktails on the menu, and they all cost $19. Food like chicken nuggets, a steak, and oysters are also available.
After launching Holywater in Tribeca earlier this year, the restaurant group behind Grand Banks is opening another seafood spot (on October 15) right by the water in Brooklyn Heights. You'll be able to get stuff like clam chowder and lobster rolls. High Tide will be open for a month or so, then shut down for the winter and come back in the spring.
The owners of Ayat in Bay Ridge have opened this halal Italian spot right across the street from their original restaurant. You can get pizzas, pastas, and entrées like a whole branzino with fennel and watercress and eggplant parm. The signature flowery decor and lush greenery that you'll see at Ayat and Albadawi (another sister restaurant) is present at Fatta Mano as well.
After closing during the pandemic after 27 years in business on the Upper East Side, this steakhouse is now back in a new three-story townhouse near the flagship Bloomingdale's. The new space has lots of velvet seating and chandeliers, and it looks pretty opulent. The steaks consist of classic cuts (filet, strip, ribeye, and porterhouse), and there are also Italian dishes like chicken milanese and various pastas.
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The team behind Valerie in Midtown has opened another cocktail lounge right downstairs at the same address. The tiled ceilings, crystal chandeliers, and long red tufted couches give the whole space a vintage look. Expect cocktails served in old-school tea cups and a few small bites.
Argo is a small Mediterranean restaurant in Tribeca where you can get dishes like sous vide octopus with mashed fava, sea bass with gnocchi in a lemon butter sauce, and a classic moussaka. Their brunch menu has fried eggs in a filo dough shell and soufflé pancakes with strawberries and chocolate syrup.
This mochi doughnut and bubble tea shop on the Upper West Side has a pink storefront, and that color scheme continues throughout the space. In addition to sweet things, they also sell savory items like Korean hot dogs and fried chicken with waffles. The owners opened this place so that kids in the neighborhood could have a place to hang out. A space in the back will eventually become a speakeasy so that adults have a place to hang out too.
Dame is one of our highest-rated restaurants, and it remains impossible to get into. Now, the owners have another spot just down the street. Lord's is an English bistro in Greenwich Village where you can eat poached skate, duck stuffed with parsnip and cabbage, and a curried lamb scotch egg. It's only open Monday through Friday for dinner—and, so far, tables are predictably hard to come by. But the seats in the bar area are held for walk-ins.
This Filipino spot in Woodside has a fairly meat-heavy menu. Dishes include adobo pork and crispy pata, and you can also order things like chicken sisig and kare kare. For dessert, there's halo-halo and ube ice cream. This place looks like a great option for a casual weekday meal.
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The owners behind a Filipino barbecue spot in Carroll Gardens have opened this Park Slope restaurant serving food from western Turkey. For $39 per person, you can get eight appetizers, four meze, an entrée like roasted chicken or stuffed eggplant, a side, and dessert. An à la carte menu is also available.
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This new Mexican restaurant has taken over the old DBGB space on Bowery, which, up until now, had remained empty since 2017. Ixta's dining room has hand-carved totems and a 12-foot painting of a jaguar. You'll see Oaxacan-style dishes on the menu alongside some mezcal-based cocktails.
The Dagon team is behind this Midtown restaurant serving "upscale Continental cuisine" in a two-floor space with velvet booths and circular banquettes. Expect extravagant things like smoked prime beef tartare, crispy lobster, and veal rollatini, in addition to a full raw bar selection. Certain dishes—like a whole roasted turbot for four—are wheeled out on a cart and served tableside.
A second location of Yubu has set up shop on Grand Street in Soho. (The other one is in the East Village.) This casual spot sells 12 different kinds of Korean-style tofu pockets stuffed with rice and ingredients such as bulgogi, crabmeat, and salmon. They also have a large selection of coffee, tea, and canned juices and flavored milks from Korea.
In a somewhat unexpected move, Jeremy Schaller (of Schaller & Weber butcher shop) has opened a new bar. Cocktails at this Upper East Side lounge start at $17, and there's a small-plates menu with shrimp cocktail, spicy octopus toast, and, of course, charcuterie. On certain nights, you'll hear live jazz.
This cafe on 133rd Street starts serving breakfast at 7am and stays open until 11pm every day. You can stop by for belgian waffles or a croissant in the morning, grab a caesar salad for lunch, or get some roasted salmon or a steak for dinner.
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If that scene with all the street food in Crazy Rich Asians made you hungry (and annoyed because Singapore is a not-cheap 19-hour flight away), you're going to be interested in this new food hall in Midtown. Here, you'll find 17 vendors—including 11 directly from hawker centers in Singapore. Expect grilled satay chicken burgers, beef rendang, nasi lemak, and a lot more.
Classic Jewish deli Eisenberg's closed last year, but now the team behind Court Street Grocers is rebooting the sandwich shop, and the name is reverting back to what it originally was in 1928. Aside from a huge selection of sandwiches—including a tuna melt, an egg salad with bacon on white, and a triple decker turkey club—you can get pastrami and eggs, latkes, and a bunch of desserts.
A place with soup, salads, and sandwiches in Midtown wouldn't normally be notable. In this case, however, one of the partners behind the place is Eric Ripert of Le Bernardin, our highest-rated NYC restaurant. L'Ami Pierre is open for breakfast and lunch, and they offer different kinds of coffee as well as chocolates, jams, and other provisions.
José Andrés' restaurant group apparently wasn't done at the Ritz-Carlton in Nomad when it opened Zaytinya there just a few months ago. Nubeluz is a rooftop cocktail lounge on the 50th floor of the hotel, and it has two outdoor terraces. Cocktails are $20-$26, and a few bar bites like a grilled cheese sandwich and potato chips with labneh and salmon roe are available.
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This Prospect Lefferts Gardens restaurant has the words "Seafood Made With Soul" prominently featured on its awning, and the menu is a celebration of Black food. You can get things like broiled oysters with manchego, shrimp and grits, and a pasta with roasted lobster, grilled shrimp, and bay scallops. A Bronx native is behind this counter-service spot, which has a back patio in case you want to eat outside.
Buka, a Nigerian restaurant that recently moved from Clinton Hill to Bed-Stuy, has a second outpost in the East Village (opening October 1). They also started delivering out of a ghost kitchen on the LES at the beginning of September. Stop by for spicy goat and tripe, grilled lamb suya, jollof rice, tilapia with fufu, and more.
The Lost Draft is a coffee shop in Soho with a space inspired by the filmmaking process. You'll see a counter with director's chairs, a vintage typewriter, and a projector showing black and white movies. They also have a machine that can make on-tap cold brew within minutes. The workspace in the back, called the Table Read Room, should be the perfect place to get back to that screenplay you started but never finished.
The Queens Bully team is behind this spot where you'll find leafy wallpaper and a neon "Concrete Jungle" sign that will remind you that you're in the middle of Long Island City. They describe their food as "flavors from across the globe with an American touch," and that seems accurate. There are Italian items like pinsas and pastas, a paella, Bangkok red snapper, and a $140 porterhouse for two.
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A second location of Ainslie is now open on the LES on Bowery. This Italian restaurant and wine bar has a selection of wood-fired pizzas, classic pastas like spaghetti pomodoro and cacio e pepe, and small plates such as burrata and arancini. The huge space has an underground lounge as well as foosball and shuffleboard tables, and it looks like a great option for hanging out with a big group for as long as you'd like.
After running pop-ups for the last few years, Jae Jung—who just had a stint on Top Chef and has worked at several restaurants in New Orleans like Dooky Chase's—has opened a permanent storefront in Murray Hill. Kjun offers Korean-Cajun food, which is something you won't see anywhere else in NYC. You'll be able to try things like chicken and andouille gumbo with okra kimchi, sausage grillades made with galbi sauce over cheesy grits, and fried oysters with pickled Korean radishes.
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This French spot "with Austrian touches" has taken over the old Breslin space at the Ace Hotel in Nomad. The redesigned two-story dining room has geometric wallpaper, steel chandeliers, and a pewter bar where you can order snacks like fried oxtail "bonbons" and cheese gougères. You'll also see salmon en crôute, a whole roasted chicken, sweet and savory soufflés, and an extensive champagne menu.
After being closed for two years during the pandemic, Manhatta reopened in March with drink service and a small food menu at the bar. Now, they have a new chef and a full dinner menu. Some of their dishes include blue crab with green tomato and caviar, BBQ eel with bone marrow, and beef tartare with hazelnut miso. This restaurant is located on the 60th floor of a building in FiDi, and the views are amazing.
This Park Slope restaurant is a reboot of sorts of a restaurant that Roni Mazumdar opened for his father about a decade ago. (Roni is one of the restauranteurs behind Semma and Rowdy Rooster.) Most of the dishes—some of which are popular in West Bengal—are served in clay pots. Expect tapioca and potato fritters, prawn curry served in a coconut, and lentil dumplings in yogurt and chutney. You can also pick up some groceries while you're here, and they'll have prepared foods available soon.
The group behind Mel's and Al Coro has opened a third concept called Discolo, a "cocktail club" in the basement of Al Coro in Chelsea (in the old Del Posto space). A vet from The Dead Rabbit is in charge of drinks, and you can make reservations, but most of the space is held for walk-ins.
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Chef Orawan Sawangphol started working at her family's restaurant—located about an hour outside Phuket—when she was 13. Now she has her own place in the East Village with a menu featuring Southern Thai dishes. You can order things like deep-fried pickled pork wrapped in bacon and roasted duck curry with pineapple and chili paste. This place has room for about 30, and there are a handful of tables outside.
The Noda team has opened this cocktail lounge in Flatiron with a big horseshoe-shaped granite bar and room for about 18 people. The space has crumpled blue velvet drapes and features a bronze octopus. Every cocktail here has its own unique glassware and coaster, and food items include uni chawanmushi and a wagyu sando.
A former executive pastry chef at Jungsik is behind this bakery and cafe in Midtown. Expect a lot of fresh baked bread like olive ciabatta and chorizo-zucchini focaccia. This place also has a couple salads, pastries like green tea scones made with white chocolate, and classic sandwiches such as a croque monsieur and a jambon beurre. Pavé is only open Tuesday to Friday, 8am-3pm.
Pecking House started as a delivery operation with an incredibly long waitlist in Fresh Meadows and eventually became a pop-up in Clinton Hill. Now, there's finally a brick and mortar location in Park Slope. Expect the same exceptional spicy fried chicken as well as new items like wings with orange pepper sauce and dirty fried rice. For now, this place is dine-in only, and we hear the lines are already long, so bring some headphones and catch up on your podcasts while you wait.
Dishes "inspired by Thailand's royalty and aristocracy" are featured at this new restaurant (opening September 17) in Williamsburg. The chef, who used to cook at Fish Cheeks, is basing some of the food on recipes that are more than a century old, using ingredients like gooseberries, beef tongue, and jamón ibérico. The menu has sections for small plates, relishes and dips, and kaeng.
If you're the type of person who puts an egg on pretty much any leftover food, you might want to check this place out. This Flatiron spot is the first NYC location for Effin Egg. (The other two are in Georgia and Florida.) You'll see "effin" and "eff" used as much as humanly possible throughout their menu, which includes sandwiches, tacos, burritos, and bowls—all made with, well, we don't have to tell you.
Slutty Vegan, which started in Atlanta in 2018 as an Instagram business selling burgers out of an apartment, is setting up shop (opening September 17) in Fort Greene with their plant-based menu. This location is a return to New York for the owner of the mini chain. (She opened her first restaurant in Harlem.) Different varieties of sandwiches made with Impossible meat, Incogmeato chicken, and vegan shrimp will be available alongside fried pickles and banana pudding.
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BBQ, Cajun food, and fish smoked in-house are all featured on the menu at this restaurant in Sugar Hill. You can get baby back ribs, shrimp beignets, and hot-smoked trout, but if you don't eat meat, they also have vegan nuggets and Italian sausage sandwiches. This place has live music (mostly jazz), and there's a large outdoor patio.
Madame Vo BBQ has been rebooted as Monsieur Vo in the East Village. The menu offers creative-sounding Vietnamese dishes like beef shank braised in bún bò huế broth with bone marrow gravy and "dry pho" with chicken thigh, liver, and gizzard. They also have a bánh mì board that lets you build your own mini bánh mì with slices of baguette, pâté, Vietnamese ham, and more.
Daniel Boulud has been busy lately. After opening Le Gratin earlier this year, he's now involved with another new spot below the Midtown building that houses Le Pavillon (another restaurant of his, which opened last year). You might be expecting another French place, but Jōji serves Japanese food. Only one $375 omakase is available, and this restaurant also has a sister takeout sushi concept called Jōji Box.
There's a new halal Chinese spot in Astoria, and it looks like a good option for a casual dinner any night of the week. Like a lot of Chinese restaurants, Mr. Chang has a menu organized by major types of proteins (chicken, beef, shrimp, fish, etc.). You can also get Peking duck, which comes in half ($40) and whole ($75) portions.
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Le Salon Cocktail Bar & Lounge
Chanson Le Salon, which opened in February, has a new sister cocktail bar in the same space in Tribeca. This bar has a full food menu with small bites like lobster roll sliders and fried avocado as well as larger dishes like grilled branzino and short rib with fried polenta.
If you like jukeboxes, check out Diane's, a new bar in Williamsburg. While you're waiting for your songs to play, you can order one of their $13 cocktails, such as the Dirty Irish made with Jameson and blackberries or the frozen Lemon Coco made with vodka and coconut cream. Neon pink lighting permeates the space, which is open until 3am Thursday to Saturday (and 2am every other night).
The two sisters behind this place in Dekalb Market Hall designed their menu to be an "intersection of Thai street food and American fast food." The "buns" are little sandwiches on brioche with things like fried portobello and grilled honey pork, and the "buckets" are rice bowls with mixed greens, vegetables, and the same proteins you can get with the buns.
The owners of Popina are behind this new restaurant in Carroll Gardens. You should obviously expect steaks (prepared with brown butter jus), but the menu isn't all about beef. You'll also find a pork porterhouse and leg of lamb as well as shrimp cocktail and hash browns with trout roe. Like any good chop house, this place also serves a burger, but it's not listed on the menu and has limited availability.
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Pearl Street Supper Club
Despite the "supper club" label, you don't have to have a membership in order to eat here. Although there's only a 10-seat counter, so there is an air of exclusivity. This place is serving "modern New England" cuisine via a $125 seasonal tasting menu with eight to nine courses. Expect dishes made with ingredients like surf clams, scallops, fava beans, and snow leopard melon. A meal here lasts about two hours.
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Musette Wine Bar
Unsurprisingly, you'll find plenty of wine at this new bar in Harlem on 131st Street. But there's also a French food menu that includes cheese and charcuterie boards, a jambon beurre sandwich, and other dishes that will pair well with whatever varietal you choose. The rustic and charming-looking room has wood chairs, tables, and floors, which makes this place feel like a bistro.
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La Mira Gelateria
Inspired by trips to both Italy and Japan, the owner of this gelato shop in Flushing has created flavors like sesame seaweed, grapefruit and jasmine tea, and purple yam and taro. Scoops of gelato are made to look like adorable animals, and menu items have names like Little Piggy and Lonely Panda. You can also get croffles topped with fruit, chocolate syrup, and gelato.
El This pink and orange food truck is parked right near the 82nd Street 7 train station in Jackson Heights. David Mendoza, who is from Guadalajara, is serving Sinaloan-style items like aguachiles, tostadas topped with tuna, and seafood cocktails made with shrimp, octopus, scallops, and oysters. Nothing on the menu costs more than $14.
Just west of Tompkins Square Park, you'll find this new restaurant with nine different kinds of red and white pizzas. A simple margherita is $14, while the Vegetariana with eggplant, broccoli rabe, artichoke, and mushroom is $20. You can also order classic appetizers and pasta like fried calamari, penne all vodka, and spaghetti carbonara.
Plenty of traditional Korean dishes like bibimbap, japchae, and spicy rice cakes are available at this new restaurant in Kips Bay. But you'll also find less common dishes like handrolls made with crab claw, uni, and salmon and cod roe. (We're fans of Korean handrolls.) The somewhat sterile decor give the space a modern vibe.
More than 20 small plates that cost no more than $19 make up most of the menu at this restaurant in Astoria. Some of these dishes include skirt steak bites with chimichurri, mushroom croquettes, baby lamb chops, and a bibb lettuce salad with smoked blue cheese and pears. The colorful dining room looks like a good setting for drinking wine and sampling a variety of small bites.