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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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Chez Omar

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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

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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

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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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Million Goods

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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.

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

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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.

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

Tadhanà

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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

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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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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.

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

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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).

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

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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.

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.

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.

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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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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

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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.

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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.

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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Daphne's

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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

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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

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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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Zaab Burger

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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

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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.

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 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

Goog

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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

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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.

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

Sawa

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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

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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 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

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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 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

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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.

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

Frena

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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 beefbar interior

Beefbar

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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

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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.

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

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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.

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.

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.

Penny

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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.

Bungalow

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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

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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.

Alaluna

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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.

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.

Beut

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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

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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

Tucci

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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 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.

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.

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.

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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 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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San Sabino

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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.

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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Sukh

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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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Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao

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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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Sauced Wine Bar

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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.

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. 

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

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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.

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.

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

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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.

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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The Alderman

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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.

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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The Lions Bar and Grill

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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.

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.

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.

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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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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There are just a handful of Uyghur restaurants in Manhattan, but one of our favorites (which closed in 2022) is back. At Caravan Uyghur Cuisine in FiDi, you can get Uyghur classics like chewy, stir-fried hand pulled noodles. Or, you could ball out and order a $600 lamb cooked in their tandoor oven. The choice is yours (but we'll be trying both).

When the people from Rolo’s open a new spot, we get excited. First, there was Radio Bakery, which has some of our favorite pastries and croissants in the city. Now, they’re back with a new spot in Ridgewood called Hellbender, which they’re calling a night-time cafe. You can eat bites like fried Oaxacan cheese with tomatillo salsa, or a fried tilefish sandwich.

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The team behind Martiny’s—a Japanese cocktail bar we love in Gramercy—now has an Italian bar and restaurant next door. It’s called L’Americana, and will be serving things like pickled mussels with ‘nduja and lemon, and what we can only assume will be a killer lineup of negronis.

Our colleagues in Los Angeles tell us that Ahgassi Gopchang is a rowdy, smoky spot with “the finest cuts of meat.” So even while we’re sad that Baekjeong closed last month in Koreatown, we’re excited about the new Ahgassi outpost in its place. (Baekjeong will be reopening in a bigger spot.) This spot is particularly known for their beef intestines, and it sounds like our kind of party—though if it’s anything like Baekjeong, expect long lines.

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Sen Saigon

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Plant-based people know the struggle of finding a good bánh mì. At Sen Saigon on the Lower East Side, you can get a mushroom tofu version of the sandwich, as well as more vegan Vietnamese options like veggie spring rolls and even a bún bò huế with a vegan version of chả ốc. This is a small, casual spot, and they’re in a soft opening right now, so check Instagram for hours.

For anyone who religiously tracks our “See and Be Seen” tag, keep an eye on (Sub)Mercer. This underground cocktail bar in the same Soho hotel as Sartiano's has closed and reopened a couple of times since the late 1990s, and at one point, you used to have to email to get on the guest list. This time around, you can (try to) reserve a spot online as well as send an email to be admitted.

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Savta

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In the West Village, Savta calls itself California-inspired “with a French twist.” The menu mashes together even more influences—you’ll find a full pizza section and some pastas, things like Japanese eggplant and chimichurri, as well as a $120 porterhouse for two with fries and béarnaise sauce. At brunch, you can also get a $55 mimosa carafe to go with your avocado toast.

Lots of new cafes claim to be open “all day.” But they pale in comparison to Greenpoint’s Red Rover, which is open from 8am-2am on the weekends, and until midnight during the week. Start with an espresso, take a call, send a couple emails from their comfy-looking red velvet couch, and before you know it, you’ll be ready for a glass of wine underneath a red door on their ceiling, which looks suspiciously like a British phone booth.

For Upper East Side residents who’ve been to The Penrose just one too many times, there’s a new drinking option for you a few blocks south on 2nd Ave. Lucille’s has cocktails for $14-16, and they say they’re trying to bring the feel of a downtown dive bar to the neighborhood.

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Debbie's

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In Long Island City, Debbie’s is located above Dutch Kills, which is one of our favorite cocktail bars. It’s a venue for live music, open from Thursday to Sunday, and their $10 cover goes straight to the band. They’ll have jazz on Sundays and a mix of other styles on other days—check out the calendar on their website for details.

At a time when new bars are consistently upping the ante on how much they choose to charge for drinks, The Less Dead in Williamsburg goes hard in the opposite direction. They have $4 beers, $5 beer-and-a-shot combos, free pool, and a large backyard with a bocce court for when it warms up. It’s from the same people as The Mallard Drake, another casual spot in Greenpoint.

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Silencio

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It’s not everyday we see a swanky, cinematic nightclub opening in Manhattan—and Silencio in Hell’s Kitchen looks more cinematic than most. The original Paris location was inspired by director David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive, and this one is replete with mysterious nooks, red neon lighting, and techno DJs. You can email them for a table reservation, or to put your name on the list.

Paloma Coffee & Bakery

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At this red and white Williamsburg bakery, you can get laminated pastries and some very juicy-looking chocolate babka muffins, as well as a bag of freshly roasted single-origin coffee. It’s the second location of Paloma Coffee, which has been roasting coffee in Greenpoint since 2020.

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If you’re an enjoyer of agave spirits, Lolita in Midtown should be on your radar. The two-level bar has a serious collection of tequilas and mezcals (as well as a pretty big rum list), so you can sip on your beverage of choice while eating a short rib sope or a baja fish taco before catching a show.

What is French rockabilly chic? We don’t quite have the answer yet, but the bartenders at Le Pistol in Prospect Heights should, because it’s how they describe Le Pistol on Instagram. This new cocktail bar has comfy-looking leather booths, and some bar bites to keep you sipping and jiving all night long.

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Crave Sushi Bar

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Located next door to the original Crave Fishbar in Midtown East, Crave Sushi Bar jumps aboard the sustainable sushi boat. Here, you can eat locally caught scallops next to a painting of a diver stabbing a giant squid. For those who don’t like any background noise, there’s a “naked sushi” option for nigiri served straight up, without garnishes.

From the people behind Bar Goyana and Mojo in East Harlem, Cafe d’Anvers is a fire engine red Belgian restaurant on 100th and Lexington. Pop in for an endive gratin dish with ham, or carbonnade flamande, which is a beef stew that’s braised in Belgian beer and comes with french fries (famously, a Belgian invention).

Taking over the old Lulu & Po space in Clinton Hill, Bittersweet Breakfast is the second location of Bittersweet Coffee, a beloved spot for caffeine in the neighborhood. The space looks a bit like an ad for a wallpaper store, with a bright green storefront, leafy wallpaper, and blue gingham tablecloths.

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the food and drink spread at the Bentwood. A burger, a chicken sandwich, several plates of fries, and a few colorful cocktails.

The Bentwood

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Chicago improv legend The Second City has a new venue in Williamsburg, and The Bentwood is the food operation within it. You can eat a fancy burger with fancy beef-fat cottage fries before shouting at improv players and suggesting they act out things like “one-legged aunt” or “crabs playing ice hockey while reading Dune.”

Javitri on the Upper East Side is a North Indian restaurant where you can start your meal with a chutney sampler and samosa cigars before moving on to dishes like ghost chili chicken tikki and green mango shrimp . It’s an eight-minute walk from the Central Park Zoo, so keep it in mind if you’ve just seen some pygmy goats, and are in the mood for biryani.

La Panineria, the Greenwich Village Italian Sandwich shop, has a younger sister on the Upper East Side. Check it out if you’re craving a $20 sandwich with burrata and prosciutto, and check here for our favorite sandwich shops in NYC.

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Theodora

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From the Miss Ada team, Theodora is also a Fort Greene Mediterranean spot that hits a lot of recently-hot buzzwords like seasonal, open fire, natural wine, and dry-aged fish. The 76-seat restaurant has a menu of flatbreads, crudo and vegetable/seafood dishes that are mostly powered by a blazing Josper oven behind their counter seating area.

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Jade and Clover

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Jade & Clover picked a very on-the-nose name for an Irish/Chinese speakeasy-style bar. You enter through what looks like a Chinese apothecary on the Lower East Side, and once you’ve made your way to the golden-lit space with a giant clover sculpture on the wall, you can wash down some dim sum with a chrysanthemum collins.

We would try to describe Frog Club, a West Village tavern from the people behind LA’s Horses (whatever you do, don’t look up this restaurant and its association with cats unless you have an afternoon to waste), in the old Chumley's space. But they cover your phone camera with stickers when you go in, and reservations (for Monday-Thursday nights) are currently only available via email. There's a 12-minute launch video hinting at a heavy pinch of bistro-ish nostalgia, but that’s about all we know until we get inside ourselves.

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Omakaseed, from the Sushi by Bou team, was a small counter in Nomad that served a plant-based omakase menu. It closed last year, but now they’re back in a larger space in the Sanctuary Hotel in Times Square. You can get either 11 courses for $60, or 15 for $100, with things like charred sweet potatoes with vegan miso mayo, or king oyster mushroom nigiri.

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There’s a new spot in Rego Park for Indonesian and Malaysian food. At Batik Restaurant, you can eat things like nasi lemak with curry chicken, Hainanese chicken, and beef rendang. It’s open all day for lunch and dinner, and has a bar.

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Once you run out of tokens at the Dave & Busters in Times Square and are in need of a nightcap, you can head to Sir Henry’s, a three-story bar on the corner of 48th Street and 8th Ave. With vinyl floors, frosted glass partitions and screens playing movies like Pretty In Pink, it’s leaning hard into ’80s nostalgia.

Tired of your r/GYM inspired double-steak double-rice bowl from Chipotle? Kernel is a new venture from the founder of the fast-casual Mexican chain, and this Gramercy location is the first of 15 more that are planned for New York. It’s an automat-style vegan spot with mostly robotic workers, where you can get a “kernel burger” with a side of marinated beets and cucumber salad.

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Tacos El Porky

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What was once Tacos el Primo has now rebranded itself as Tacos el Porky in the East Village. It’s a taqueria from Miami that our colleagues down south called “basically a fast food taco spot—in the best possible way.” You can get al pastor, chicharron, and gringa tacos, as well as tortas and a few other snacks in the counter-service space.

If you’re the person in your friend group who looks out for rooftop bars before they get tapped, this one is for you. Aliya in Williamsburg’s Hotel Indigo has a menu with Caribbean and Asian flavors, and once the weather gets warmer, they’ll open up their pool terrace. You can say you’ve known about this place forever while sipping on your Enter the Dragon cocktail.

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At Amarena on the Upper East Side, you can eat truffled suppli and a $72 lobster dish with ‘nduja risotto. The two-floored, 60-seat Italian restaurant on the Upper East Side comes from the people behind Toloache and El Fish Marisqueria. It’s the group’s first Italian spot and could be a good post-museum dinner option.

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Specializing in all things handheld, the Nami Nori team now has a Japanese teahouse and bakery right next door to their original West Village location. Pop into the bright, colorful space for some chiffon cake and fruit salad sandwiches, and specialty bubble teas.

Craving kimbap? At Lim’s Kitchen in Astoria, they offer 10 different versions of the dish, filled with everything from ham to spicy squid. They also have other Korean comfort foods, like tteokbokki, bibimbap, and kimchi stew.

Gowanus has a new space for adding fizzy pet-nats to your growing wine collection. Black Cat Wines, a queer- and black-owned wine shop, focuses on highlighting selections from minority and natural wine makers and producers.

This city truly is global. In Bushwick, Niteglow (a Chicago brewery) is opening inside of Dayglow (an LA coffee shop), where you can get beer, coffee, mocktails, and pastries from La Cabra (a Danish pastry shop).

There’s a new take-out lunch option in Greenpoint. Fans of Banhmigos Vietnamese staples, like cold vermicelli noodles or their braised short rib banh mi, can now get them at the restaurant’s second location.

Washington Heights has a new quick-service vegan restaurant. Vegan Quick Bites is a pivot from Next Stop Vegan, which opened in 2021. They’ll serve riffs on Dominican classics, with options like vegan sandwiches, empanadas, and mac and cheese.

Even though an extremely high-end clothing store from Angelina Jolie is about the last place we’d want to trust ourselves with an uncapped cup of coffee, there’s now a new cafe in the Noho store. They've got Turkish coffee and some small bites, and have partnered with Eat Offbeat, which hires refugees into food businesses.

The people behind August Gatherings now have a sprawling 168-seat Cantonese restaurant in FiDi. There are three private dining spaces, as well as a main dining area with bright orange banquettes and glitzy chandeliers, where you can eat Cantonese classics like chilled jellyfish, and choose from an entire section of abalone dishes. For a minimum of two people, there’s also a six-course tasting menu for $138 per person.

Nudibranch, one of our favorite places to eat creative food while pretending we live in a West Elm catalog, has now opened a small walk-in wine bar within its East Village space. Inside, there are a handful of stools, where you can sit and sip vermouth, and eat conservas (otherwise known as tinned fish), and other snacks from the Iberian peninsula. 

Class on 38th is the latest restaurant from the people behind Antidote and Nemesis. But while those restaurants focus on Chinese and Southeast Asian food respectively, this place near Bryant Park serves Japanese food. Like the group’s other spots, you can order a selection of small plates, as well as a few larger ones, and there’s an emphasis on seafood dishes, like Hokkaido scallop crudo with uni and shiso aguachile.

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Another Country

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Looking for another place to drink with someone who insists that vinyl just sounds better? Another Country, from the owner of Botanica Bar, is a Union Square spot that promises “cocktails, food, records, and joy.” You can sip a cocktail called The Plural of Vinyl is Vinyl in a floral wallpaper-lined room, while listening to a DJ spin records.

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Third Kingdom

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Once a temporary restaurant called &Beer, Third Kingdom is a permanent version of the vegan concept from the same people behind Avant Garden and Cadence. It's in a larger space, but mushrooms still take center stage in dishes like couscous with colorful yellow enoki and orange balsamic vinaigrette, and king royal trumpets with green sauce. You’ll even find mushrooms in the dessert.

There’s a new cafe in South Slope, where you can get polenta bread baked in-house or breakfast pastries from Balthazar, pizza al taglio, and two different smoked trout salads. Right now, Little Honey is only open during the day, but they’ll add dinner service in the next few weeks.

Sanuki is a “build-your-own” udon spot in the West Village, where you craft your bowl fast-casual style. Bowls start at $7, and you can eat your noodles made with Japanese wheat and boiled in special soft water underneath a mural depicting an udon bowl in the empty fountain in Washington Square Park.

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Cloudy Donut Co.

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Cloudy Donut Co., known for their airy and colorful donuts, has a second NYC location in Nolita. At the donut shop, which started in Baltimore, they have 44 rotating flavors, like Strawberry Lemonade or Blackberry Mint Mojito, with around 10 available at any given time. If the long lines at their Brooklyn Heights location are any indication, head over early.

Listen up, East Villagers: if Motel No Tell is too crowded, you now have a back up to the fake Florida. In the old Keybar space, this is the latest bar in the area with some beachy branding (see also Paradise Lost), but it looks more like a dive that got a glow-up with some neon lighting and disco balls.

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