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NYC’s New Restaurant Openings

The new restaurant openings you should know about.

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148 Spots
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If you tried to keep track of every brand new restaurant in New York City, you might go a little bit crazy. So just read this list instead. These are the new restaurant openings that seem like they have the most potential - although keep in mind, for the ones we haven’t tried, we make no promises. Go forth and be a pioneer.

We’ll be regularly updating this post. Once we check out each spot, we’ll add a note so you know where to read more about it - in our or Hit List.


Kelli Anderson/Jen Snow, Courtesy of Russ & Daughters

Russ & Daughters

$$$$ 141 Flushing Ave

Russ and Daughters just opened a huge new location in Brooklyn for all your rugelach and whitefish needs. You can see into the bakery, and get baked goods, bagels, fish, etc., at a counter.

North Fork

$$$$ 122 Christopher St

North Fork is a new American restaurant in the West Village, with an emphasis on local ingredients and wine and beer from the NY area. Entrees, like Atlantic sea bass and duck from Long Island, are in the $20 range.


$$$$ 441 E 12th St

Smør is a type of Danish butter, and also the name of a new Nordic all-day cafe in the East Village. This place has a bunch of different toasts topped with things like pickled herring and smashed chickpea, as well as chia bowls and the like.

Hunky Dory

$$$$ 747 Franklin Ave.

Not that you needed an excuse incorporate “hunky dory” into your daily vocabulary, but here’s one anyway: there’s a new all-day cafe called Hunky Dory in Crown Heights, where BKW by Brooklyn Winery used to be. They’re open for brunch, dinner, and late-night service until 2am.

Maison Vivienne

$$$$ 116 E 60th St

Maison Vivienne is an upscale Mediterranean restaurant on the Upper East Side that’s open for lunch, brunch, and dinner. They serve dishes like steak frites and lobster risotto, and have live music every Monday night.


$$$$ 216 3rd Ave

This is a casual restaurant in Gramercy, a few blocks from Union Square. The majority of the menu is Indian, but there’s also a section of Himalayan/Nepalese food like steamed and fried momos, and $11 platters that come with either lamb or chicken.

Kill Bar

$$$$ 82 S 4th St

Kill Bar is a Quentin Tarantino-themed bar in (where else?) Williamsburg. What makes it Quentin Tarantino-themed, you ask? Regularly-scheduled film screenings, punny cocktail names, posters on the walls, and food like “Hateful 8 wings.”


$$$$ 65 Rivington St

In a few decades, we’ll all probably adopt Australian accents when we use words like “coffee,” “cafe,” and “oat milk latte.” Likely because of how many places like Sonnyboy will have opened. This is an all-day cafe on the LES from the people behind Banter, and it’s currently open from 8am-4pm (with dinner service coming soon).


$$$$ 92 Rivington St

About two blocks from Sonnyboy is a new seafood small plates restaurant called Chamusca. They have daily raw bar Happy Hour deals, as well as a menu with fish tacos, fried rice bowls, and a $50 seafood tower.


$$$$ 463 Union Aveue

Hanon is a casual Japanese restaurant in Williamsburg that specializes in homemade udon (both hot and cold). Nothing on the menu here is over $20.

Moo Thai Food

$$$$ 81-20 Broadway

Moo Thai Food is a cash-only Thai restaurant in Elmhurst with about 10 seats and three different meal sets on the menu (all of which involve crispy pork, sauce, and rice).

Pho Bar

$$$$ 43 Mott Street

Pho Bar is a Vietnamese restaurant that just opened in Chinatown. They already have a location in Greenwich Village that we like for something quick.

Dubu Maru

$$$$ 34 W 32nd St

Dubu Maru is a loungey-looking Korean restaurant on the second floor of a building in K-Town that serves dishes like seafood tofu stew, bulgogi vegetable bibimbap, and pineapple pork cutlet.


The Ribbon

$$$$ 220 W 44th St

It’s possible you’ve been to The Ribbon on the UWS more times than you’d like to admit. Good news for you: they just opened a new Midtown location with private dining, brunch, and the same American classics on the menu. And going won’t technically count as eating at the same restaurant again.

Spicy Moon

$$$$ 328 E 6th St

Spicy Moon is a new vegan Szechuan restaurant on 6th Street between 1st and 2nd in the East Village. The menu has dishes like vegetable wontons in chili oil, dan dan noodles with a beef substitute, and mapo tofu.

Noah Fecks

Mint Kitchen

$$$$ 83 University Pl

If you work near Union Square and are looking for new lunch options, you might want to know about Mint Kitchen. This is a new fast-casual Israeli restaurant serving everything from falafel-crusted salmon to cauliflower salads and steak.


$$$$ 600 11th Avenue

After years of serving Italian food in the West Village, Dell’anima just opened in Gotham West Market in Hell’s Kitchen. Yes, that’s a food hall. Yes, there are seats where you can eat panini, pasta, and a few entrees from 10am to 10pm.

Michael Tulipan

St Tropez Soho

$$$$ 194 Spring Street

St Tropez (a French wine bar in the West Village that’s good for dates) has a new location in Soho. In addition to wine, it has a bunch of small plates like beef tartare and a tart with escargot.


$$$$ 319 E 53rd St

Yara is a massive, 200-seat Lebanese restaurant in Midtown East with kibbe, shawarma, lamb chops, and a bunch of vegan options. In terms of price range, small plates are around $15 and the entrees are around $30. But that’s probably what you expected from a loungey two-floor restaurant on 53rd Street.

Le Succulent

$$$$ 291 5th Ave

Not only is Le Succulent a fancy way to talk about your new houseplant, but it’s also a new French bistro and bakery in Park Slope. This restaurant is open all day (except on Mondays, when they only serve dinner), and serves a bunch of brunch options like crepes, gravlax, and opera cake.


$$$$ 22 Wyckoff Ave

Dock is a casual Asian fusion restaurant in Bushwick with dishes like sashimi, curry, and pad thai. The space is right near the Jefferson L Station, and therefore, also close to a lot of bars.

Il Divo

$$$$ 1347 2nd Ave

This is a new upscale Italian restaurant on the Upper East Side that’s open from lunch until 2am every day. The original location of Il Divo is in Milan, but you can save money on flights and just try this place instead (you’ll need to conserve cash for the $51 veal Milanese anyway).


$$$$ 117 Columbia St

Krok is a casual Thai restaurant that just took over the old Pok Pok space in Cobble Hill. They have a pretty long menu, including family-style soups, larb, and fish dishes.

Kanoyama Ramen By Sanshiro

$$$$ 175 2nd Avenue

Kanoyama (one of our favorite casual sushi spots in the East Village) just started a late-night ramen service. Which means that after they stop serving sushi for the night, you can come here for ramen and snacks until 3:30am.

Heidi's Bridge

Sauce Pizzeria

$$$$ 84 Rivington St

A few months ago, an Italian restaurant on the LES (Sauce) opened a slice shop in the East Village where you can order dipping sauce to go with your pizza crust. Now that pizza business has a second location, right next to the original restaurant on Rivington Street. (Just know that the original restaurant is currently closed because of a fire.)

Front Of House

MAV Soho

$$$$ 525 Greenwich Street

In the summer, Hotel Hugo is where you go for rooftop parties at Azul Rooftop. But right now it’s too cold to be outside for longer than you need to be, so you’re better off trying their new Italian restaurant, MAV Soho, which is open from 7am to midnight.

Yunshang Rice Noodle

$$$$ 53 Bayard St

YunShang Rice Noodle is a new 24-hour spot in Chinatown that specializes in rice noodle soup where you choose your own ingredients, then cook them in the pot. The soups cost around $10 each, and come with free noodle refills.

Santa Fe Veracruzano

$$$$ 62 7th Avenue

An old Tex-Mex restaurant in Park Slope (called Sante Fe Grill) just reopened on 7th Avenue with pretty much the same menu, new owners, and a slightly different name.

Boca Tapas Bar

$$$$ 97 Jefferson Street

This is a new tapas spot by the Jefferson L stop in Bushwick that has dishes in the $4 - $18 range. You’ll find things like patatas bravas, octopus, and empanadas.


$$$$ 283 Columbus Ave

Angaar is a casual neighborhood Indian restaurant on the UWS, about a block and a half from the 72nd Street entrance to the park. They have a pretty extensive menu, and a vegetarian and non-vegetarian lunch special every weekday for $13 and $14.

Molly Tavoletti

Upside Pizza

$$$$ 598 8th Ave

Upside Pizza serves massive squares and typical triangle slices, with toppings like those pepperoni cups that look like you could eat miniature cereal out of them. It’s also worth noting that this place stays open until 1am on weekends.

Meg Farrell


PizzaPastaItalian  in  East Village
$$$$ 511 E 5th St

The Emily/Emmy Squared team has a new restaurant in the East Village that specializes in Rhode Island-style grilled pizza. Violet also serves a bunch of different pastas and seafood small plates, like a stuffed clam dish with uni on top called “stuffies.”

Evan Sung

Al Pastor @ Pod39

$$$$ 145 E 39th Street

There’s a new location of Empellon Al Pastor in the Pod 39 Hotel in Murray Hill. This one is full-service and has a long menu of bar snacks (in addition to tacos and drinks). There should also be a rooftop area open this summer.

Screamer's Pizza

Screamer’s Pizzeria

$$$$ 685 Franklin Ave

Screamer’s is a vegan pizza place with a location in Greenpoint, and they just opened a second one in Crown Heights. The new spot has a totally different menu of calzones, slices, full pies, and sandwiches.

Bar Veloce

$$$$ 466 Amsterdam Ave

Bar Veloce, a wine bar mini-chain with five other locations across the city, is opening one more on the Upper West Side, right on the same block of Amsterdam Ave as Peacefood Cafe.

Joe's Pizza FiDi

$$$$ 124 Fulton Street

Good news for Wall Street: Joe’s Pizza has a new location in FiDi. Expect classic slices and (probably) people eating pizza with napkins stuck in their button-downs like makeshift bibs.

George Chinsee

Ruby’s Vintage

$$$$ 2340 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd

Ruby’s Vintage is a new soul food restaurant in Harlem that’s open for dinner and weekend brunch, with Happy Hour every day from 5-7pm.

Massa’s Coal Fired Pizza & Bar is a very self-explanatory name. So we’ll just add that this place is in Long Island City and serves dishes like stromboli, calzones, and chicken parm as well as pizza.


$$$$ 172 Delancey St

Niche is a Japanese restaurant on the Lower East Side that specializes in mazemen (brothless ramen). This place is directly across from the entrance to the Williamsburg Bridge, and it’s owned by the people who run Nakamura Ramen, right next door.

Ken Goodman

La Central

$$$$ 518 W 27th St

This new Latin American restaurant in the Hotel Americano in Chelsea has everything from duck carnitas tacos and savory churros with queso to a raw bar and empanadas.

Marinara Pizza

$$$$ 483 Amsterdam Avenue

There’s now another Marinara Pizza location, this time on the Upper West Side. They already have spots on the UES and in Midtown East, both of which are good slice options.

Sushi By M

$$$$ 75 E 4th St

Sushi By M is a small Japanese restaurant in the East Village with hand rolls, sushi, and a 12-piece omakase. The only catch is that you have to text the number 347-688-8101 for reservations.

The Rockwell Place

$$$$ 31 Rockwell Place

The owners of Long Island Bar in Brooklyn Heights have a new cocktail spot in Fort Greene called The Rockwell Place. In addition to drinks, there’s a short bar food menu.


$$$$ 321 Starr St

Teo is a new izakaya-style spot by the Jefferson L stop in Bushwick where everything on the menu (including the cocktails) costs less than $15. They serve yakitori, ramen, and smaller dishes like okonomiyaki and duck wings, and they’re only open for dinner.

The Factory 380

$$$$ 380 3rd Ave

If you saw the Andy Warhol exhibit at the Whitney and now need to go drink in a dark lounge-y bar inspired by his Pop Art (and plastered with his picture), The Factory 380 is where you can do it. This Murray Hill spot also has a hidden speakeasy room and serves food like barbacoa tacos, dumplings, and a TV dinner with cornish hen.

Dear Irving

$$$$ 310 W 40th Street

For fancy cocktails near Union Square, our shortlist of places usually includes Dear Irving. Now they have a second location on the 40th and 41st floors of the Aliz Hotel in Midtown.

Hudson and Charles Dinette

$$$$ 522 Hudson St

The butcher Hudson and Charles just opened a casual dinner spot in Greenwich Village with, unsurprisingly, a lot of meat and meat-adjacent things on the menu. Including steak, burgers, and beef fat fries.

Fiaschetteria Pistoia

$$$$ 114 Christopher St

The original Avenue C location of Fiaschetteria Pistoia is one of our go-to casual Italian spots (although it’s currently closed due to a fire), and the same team just opened a second location the West Village.


$$$$ 239 5th Ave

Today in “people move to Park Slope,” the owners of a former West Village Korean restaurant now have a seafood-focused spot in Brooklyn. Haenyeo is a walk-in only restaurant with everything from rice cake fundido with chorizo to spicy kimchi stew, and beignets for dessert.

Simon Lewis


$$$$ 104 Avenue C

Joyface is a new neighborhood bar in Alphabet City that has a loungey, 1970s-style space with a disco ball and portraits of tigers on the walls.

Shake Shack

Shake Shack Harlem

$$$$ 1 West 125th Street

Shake Shack now has a location a block from the 125th Street 2 and 3 subway station in Harlem. The menu is like any other you’d find in the city, with the addition of a special custard concrete featuring snickerdoodle cookies from the local bakery Lady Lexis Sweets.


$$$$ 102 Macdougal St

Okamisan is a casual Japanese restaurant in Greenwich Village. They’re open for lunch and dinner every day, and you’ll find comfort food like udon, curry, and donburi bowls.


$$$$ 44 Navy Pier Court

This is a new Mediterranean restaurant in Staten Island with great views of the river and a focus on seafood.

Nacho Macho Taco

$$$$ 591 Knickerbocker Avenue

Nacho Macho Taco is a casual Mexican restaurant in Bushwick off the Myrtle-Wyckoff M train stop. They make their own horchata, and have a whole list of tacos for around $4 each.


Sushi  in  SoHo
$$$$ 28 Grand St

If you’re looking for lunch omakase, your life probably rocks and you should also know about Takeshi, a new sushi place in Soho with lunch and dinner service. They have four omakase options (two at lunch, two at dinner) with prices ranging from $45 to $130, and you can also order a la carte anytime.

Merrion Row Public House

$$$$ 119 W 45th Street

Did you ask for a fancy Irish restaurant in a hotel near Times Square? Probably not. But now the Public House at Merrion Row exists, and you can get drinks or some upscale pub food there before a show.

Fuyu Ramen

$$$$ 4617 Queens Blvd

Fuyu Ramen is a new Japanese restaurant in Sunnyside across the street from the 46th Street 7 train stop. The menu has a lot more than soup and noodles (including buns, octopus balls, and poke bowls), but there are also four different types of ramen to choose from.


Matt Taylor Gross

Madame Vo BBQ

$$$$ 104 Second Avenue

The owners of Madame Vo have a new Vietnamese restaurant in the East Village. This one focuses on Vietnamese BBQ, with grills on the tables, a $59 set menu, and a bunch of other a la carte options.


$$$$ 60 Kenmare Street

At Unagi in Nolita, you can pretty much only order eel (half an eel for $29 and a full one for $49). There are also sides like rice, pickled vegetables, and oh, more eel.

The Seneca

$$$$ 582 Seneca Ave

The Seneca is an American bar/restaurant in Ridgewood with natural wine, breakfast sandwiches, and pool tables. They’re open all day (hence the breakfast sandwiches and natural wine).


$$$$ 17 W 20th St

Odo is a 14-seat Japanese restaurant where you can get a nine-course meal for $200. The menu is seafood-focused, with dishes like snow crab and nigiri, and the space is located behind another Flatiron spot called Hall (which opened in November).

Her Name Was Carmen

$$$$ 527 Broome St

Her Name Was Carmen could be the ominous first line of a noir detective drama. But for our purposes, it’s the name of a new two-story Latin American restaurant in Soho. This place is partially owned by the person behind bars like Kind Regards and Make Believe (both of which we like).

Ramen Danbo

$$$$ 52 7th Ave

There’s a new ramen place from Seattle that your friend who lives there may or may not have told you about during a conversation you weren’t listening to. The NYC version just opened in Park Slope and allows you to customize almost everything about your ramen - from the richness of your broth to the thickness of your noodles.

Dua Kafe

$$$$ 520 E 14th St

If you’re looking for brunch in the East Village, now you have another option. Dua Kafe is a new all-day Albanian cafe right by StuyTown, and they serve everything from bagels and lox to Byrek (an Albanian pastry with meat, cheese, or spinach fillings) and grilled meat platters.

The Longshoreman

$$$$ 215 Columbia Street

This is a new Italian restaurant serving homemade pasta and pizza in the Columbia Street Waterfront District in Brooklyn.

Liuyishou Hotpot 劉一手火鍋

$$$$ 136-76 39th Avenue

A hotpot chain from China just opened its first-ever NYC location in Flushing. Luyishou Hot Pot has 900 locations around the world, and until now, the closest one to NYC was in Princeton, NJ.

Jack’s Wife Freda

$$$$ 116 8th Ave

Jack’s Wife Freda now has a third location. This one’s on 8th Avenue in Chelsea.


$$$$ 3 Clinton Street

Biga Pizza Italiana Contemporanea is a new casual pizza place right across from Clinton Street Baking Co. on the Lower East Side. In addition to pizzas, they have a bunch of sandwiches made with pizza dough instead of bread.

Bow Ramen

$$$$ 212 E 45th St

If you spend time near Grand Central, you can tell everyone in your office that there’s a new casual ramen restaurant in the neighborhood serving soups and small rice bowls. It’s casual-looking in here, and everything on the menu is under $15.


$$$$ 34-05 30th Ave

Kal is a small Korean restaurant in Astoria that’s open every day for lunch and dinner, with food like rice cakes, braised fish stews, and pork buns.

Michael Tulipan


$$$$ 131 Avenue A

TabeTomo is a new ramen shop in the East Village from one of the former chefs at Tsujita (a ramen spot in LA that always has a crazy line). Like Tsujita, this place specializes in a pork broth with noodles for dipping.

The Frankies Spuntino team now has a wine bar in the old Prime Meats spot in Carroll Gardens. It has a pretty long wine list, as well as a mix of Mediterranean small plates.

Victor Garzon


$$$$ 1 Little West 12th St

Encore is a giant new restaurant in Meatpacking from a French chef who already co-owns another restaurant in Miami with Pharrell. If you just stretched a normal French bistro to be a Meatpacking restaurant, it might look like this.

La Rossa

$$$$ 267 Lafayette St

La Rossa is a casual Italian pizza place in Soho that serves traditional Roman pies in different varieties like cacio e pepe and carbonara. You can also get rice balls, salads, and some appetizers.

Molly Tavoletti

Shelsky’s Brooklyn Bagels

$$$$ 453 4th Ave

This is a new bagel place in Park Slope from the same people behind a longtime deli/grocery store in Brooklyn Heights/Cobble Hill. They have classic bagel sandwiches, bialys, and other deli lunch staples, but no seating whatsoever.

Anytime Soju Bar and Eatery

$$$$ 23 W 32nd St Fl 3

Anytime is a Korean small plates restaurant with stews, a bunch of seafood, and soju. Other notable details include: a short rib burger with soy Russian dressing, red velvet lava cake for dessert, and the fact that they’re open until 4am on the weekends.

Xi’an Famous Foods

$$$$ 8 Liberty Pl

There are more Xi’an Famous Foods locations than gas stations below 42nd Street, and the latest one is in FiDi. Attention Wall Street workers, lunchtime just got better.


$$$$ 25 E 20th St

Devocion is a Colombian coffee shop with two locations in Brooklyn that we like a lot for coffee meetings and getting work done. This is their first Manhattan outpost, in Flatiron.

A skateboarding star who loves the 2002 movie Friday After Next (which stars Ice Cube and is where this spot’s name comes from) just opened a Caribbean-American counter-service restaurant in Soundview in the Bronx. The menu has dishes like goat curry, oxtail, and jerk chicken.

Giardino 54

$$$$ 400 1/2 W 54th St

Giardino 54 is an Italian wine bar in Hell’s Kitchen with huge windows in the front and a long bar. It opens at 4pm, in case you get out of work early and want to drink wine and eat some orecchiette or bruschetta.

Stilettos Slice Lounge

$$$$ 63 Clinton Street

The LES Speedy Romeo now has a late night bar/slice shop that’s only open on Friday and Saturday nights from 11pm to 2am. Which conveniently happen to be two of the many times when human beings want pizza.


$$$$ 931 Manhattan Ave

Citroën is a French bistro in Greenpoint with classic entrees in the $20 range. There’s a full bar, and the whole place looks like it dressed up as the year 1925 for Halloween and then decided to stick with the outfit.


$$$$ 791 Washington Ave

Oxalis is a seasonal tasting menu restaurant in Prospect Heights that changes its offerings every day. It also has bar food available a la carte, and takes walk-ins every night. But it seems like making a reservation here is the way to go.

Bar Laika

$$$$ 224 Greene St

Bar Laika is a cocktail bar in Clinton Hill with a full menu of Japanese food, and regular screenings of experimental/indie short films that not even your coolest friends who went to Wesleyan have seen.

The Hive is an American restaurant and bar on the corner of North 7th Street and Kent Avenue in Williamsburg. They’re open for dinner and weekend brunch, and there’s an outside area for when it’s 54 degrees in December.

Fire + Water

$$$$ 111 E 7th St

East Village vegan restaurants are a thing right now, and the first of two more just opened. Water is a 20-person omakase-only vegan spot, and it’s attached to Fire, a dim sum restaurant that won’t be open until January.

Uncle Chop Chop

$$$$ 7 Cornelia Street

Uncle Chop Chop is a new West Village restaurant that serves a mix of Southeast Asian dishes including papaya salad, lettuce wraps, and chopped duck with pancakes and plum sauce.

Lizzie King’s Parlor

$$$$ 75A 5th Ave

This new Park Slope spot focuses on drinks from local New York breweries/distilleries, as well as pastries, sandwiches, and charcuterie.

Dun Huang Grand Central

$$$$ 320 Lexington Avenue

Dun Huang (a casual Chinese noodle place with locations in Flushing and the East Village, among other neighborhoods) now has an outpost by Grand Central that’s open for lunch and dinner every day. Which is good news for you and bad news for your motivation to meal prep on Sunday night.

Hui Restaurant & Bar

$$$$ 314 E 70th St

If you go to the UES, by all the hospitals, you’ll mostly just find more hospitals. But now there’s also a Szechuan restaurant called Hui Restaurant & Bar. It has lunch specials every weekday involving soup, a salad/appetizer, and an entree for around $10.


Shoo Shoo

$$$$ 371 Broome St

Shoo Shoo is a casual new Israeli restaurant in Nolita. It has a nice-looking space and kind-of-healthy Mediterranean food such as hummus, octopus, and some baked eggs with vegetables. (FYI, it’s closed Mondays and Tuesdays.)


$$$$ 25 Bogart Street

For those of you who didn’t study geography or don’t happen to be Dutch, Benelux refers to the union of three European countries (Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg). It’s also the name of a new all-day restaurant in Bushwick that serves sausages, seafood, and burgers.


$$$$ 464 Amsterdam Ave

Mokum is Mediterranean neighborhood spot on the Upper West Side that’s open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They have everything from cafe food (pastries, etc.) to lobster casserole and curried cauliflower.

Hill Country Food Park

$$$$ 345 Adams St

If you’ve ever gone to Disneyland and thought to yourself, “Hmm, this is missing some Texas flair,” Hill Country Food Park will probably make you happy. This is an Austin-themed food hall in Downtown Brooklyn from the person behind the Hill Country restaurants, and they have two floors of Texas-style barbecue and taco trucks as well as Du’s Donuts and Van Leeuwen.

Japan Village

$$$$ 934 3rd Avenu

Another new food hall, this time in the market/tech makerspace/arcade that is Industry City. Japan Village has a grocery store/speciality market, sake store, and izakaya.

Brigitte Bistro Moderne

$$$$ 37 Canal Street

About a year ago, a LES French bistro called Brigitte opened and then closed for a little while. It’s now open again with a different name, a new chef, and similar upscale French dishes. It’s in the area near Kiki’s, Cervo’s, and Forgtmenot (a.k.a. where a lot of people go out), and there’s a cocktail bar underneath the restaurant.

The Water Tower

$$$$ 96 Wythe Ave

Over the summer, the Williamsburg Hotel opened their rooftop pool and bar. It’s too cold to voluntarily swim outside right now, but they also just opened a bar above their pool deck called The Water Tower. It’s open from 10pm-4am Wednesday through Sunday, and yes, it’s in a (nonfunctioning) water tower. This place has a bottle service menu, and snacks including caviar and a $70 grilled cheese sandwich.

Joe's Steam Rice Rolls

$$$$ 261 Canal Street

This famous Flushing rice roll spot just opened a location in Canal Street Market. They have the same rice rolls (with fillings like pork and curry fish balls) as the original location, as well as some new items like Chinese crepes, soy bean milk, and a signature Joe roll with beef, pork, and dried shrimp.

Momofuku Noodle Bar

$$$$ 10 Columbus Circle

Momofuku Noodle Bar now has a second location in the Time Warner Center in Columbus Circle. The menu looks pretty similar to what you’ll find at original restaurant, with some additions like ramen with brisket and a pork belly dish. Oh - and there’s an old train arrival board above the bar.

Ample Hills Creamery

$$$$ 141 8th Ave

The new Ample Hills in Chelsea is the chain’s first standalone spot in Manhattan. So the next time you suddenly decide that you need to eat ooey gooey cake ice cream without the distractions of a food hall or Bubby’s below the High Line, you’ll know where to go.

Sushi Ryusei

$$$$ 216 E 39th St

Sushi Ryusei is a Japanese restaurant in Murray Hill with a chef who used to work at Sushi of Gari. This place is right near Grand Central, and you can do an omakase at their sushi bar.


$$$$ 567 Wilson Ave

This is a new Peruvian restaurant in Bushwick with a big bar, yellow booths, and a menu full of things like ceviche, meats with mashed plantains, and fried seafood. It’s in the part of Bushwick that’s closer to Ridgewood than Williamsburg (the nearest subways are the Halsey Street L or Wilson Avenue M).


$$$$ 861 Broadway

Venchi is a famous chocolatier in Italy, and they just opened their first NYC cafe near Union Square. You can get gelato, coffee, and crepes here - or just sit in front of a 45-foot-wide chocolate waterfall. Yep.


FrenchItalian  in  Nomad
$$$$ 7 E 27th Street

Benno is an upscale new restaurant in the Evelyn Hotel in Flatiron that’s prix-fixe only (three courses for $95, four for $125, and five for $145). The food is a combination of French and Italian, with dishes like agnolotti with duck and foie gras and a skate almondine.


$$$$ 252 Broome St

Eli Zabar’s son (who used to run Eli’s Night Shift, and was probably raised on nothing but smoked fish as a child) just opened his own place on the LES. Devon serves cocktails with fun names, plus upscale versions of American classics like clams casino, disco fries, and a chicken sandwich.


$$$$ 561 Gates Avenue

If you’ve ever wondered what would happen if you left a banh mi and po boy in a room together, the answer is nothing - because they’re sandwiches. Po’Mi is a new casual counter-service place in Bed-Stuy where you can get both of these sandwiches, as well as salads and bowls.


$$$$ 115 E 18th St

Gupshup is a two-floor Indian restaurant in Gramercy with a menu of breads, stews, and chutneys, as well as a few non-Indian dishes like ramen and guacamole. Fun fact: they have a 1.5 ton door that was imported from an Indian mansion.


$$$$ 58 2nd Avenue

Statistically speaking, you can never have too much pizza. Which is why restaurants like Dia keep opening. This is a casual neighborhood pizza place on 2nd Avenue in the East Village (right next door to The Black Ant) that specializes in thin-crust Roman-style pizzas as well as seafood.


$$$$ 523 9th Ave

Back in the second half of the 19th century, Giuseppe De Nittis was an Italian impressionist painter. In only slightly related news, Nittis is a new Italian restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen (near the Port Authority) where you can order classic red-sauce dishes like pasta with clams and chicken parm.


$$$$ 17 W 20th Street

This is an all-day Japanese cafe in Flatiron with everything from breakfast to a wagyu meatball sandwich, and drinks from Brooklyn Kura (the only sake brewery in NYC) on tap. Hall is counter-service during the day and then becomes a full sit-down operation after 5pm.

Reception Bar

$$$$ 45 Orchard Street

The next time someone asks if you want to get bottle service (assuming that’s a thing that happens in your life), one-up them and mention the soju service at Reception on the LES. This is a new Korean cocktail bar that serves soju-based cocktails and bar snacks like fish cakes and rice balls with red bean paste.

Old Xi’an Delicacy

$$$$ 164 Pearl St

Old Xi’an Delicacy is a new counter-service Chinese restaurant in FiDi with hand-ripped noodles, dumplings, and a spicy cumin lamb burger that costs $6.95. There’s seating in the restaurant, but most of the food sold here will probably end up on a desk, since this place is so close to Wall Street.

Pomona NYC

$$$$ 8 W 58th St

Pomona is a new upscale American restaurant with big tan booths, abstract art, and rich dishes like goose fat tater tots and a $90 seafood stew to share. The food is on the expensive side (entrees are all around $40), but it’s Midtown and there’s art on the walls, so what else did you expect?


$$$$ 103 W 77th St

There used to be a restaurant called Dovetail on the UWS. That place is now an Italian restaurant called Leonti that serves things like agnolotto with fennel and grapefruit, lobster panzanella salad, and a veal chop. A pedantic detail we appreciate: they have separate menu sections for pastas and gnocchi/lasagna.

Westville Bakery

$$$$ 433 E 9th St

Westville now has their first stand-alone bakery by Tompkins Square Park in the East Village. They’ll be making their regular desserts, as well as other cookies, brownies, whoopie pies, and full cakes for catering or single-person-on-couch-catering.

Lao Ma Spicy

Chinese  in  NOHO
$$$$ 58 E 8th St

This is a new casual Szechuan restaurant near NYU with set drypot combinations as well as customizable, a la carte options. They have another location in the New World Mall in Flushing.


$$$$ 714 9th Ave

Taladwat is a new Thai restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen where you can choose a mix of two dishes with rice for $14. It’s casual in here, with picnic table seating underneath strings of Thai flags.

Amy's Bread

$$$$ 311 Henry Street

If you like to window shop for cakes or sit in public places with a fortress of novels around you, you’re probably aware of several Amy’s Breads locations around the city. Another one to know about: their first Brooklyn location in Brooklyn Heights.

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Tim Ho Wan

$$$$ 610 9th Ave

This popular dim sum chain from Hong Kong has an East Village location with long lines and really good pork buns. They just opened a second NYC spot in Hell’s Kitchen, a few blocks from the Port Authority.

The Goods Mart

$$$$ 189 Lafayette Street

If a Duane Reade gave up its pharmacy section, went on one of those TLC makeover shows, and ended up in Soho, it would look a little like The Goods Mart. This is a fancy, environmentally-conscious convenience store from LA that serves burritos from LA’s Burrito De Palma, slurpees made without high fructose corn syrup, and Alidoro sandwiches.

E's Bar

$$$$ 2888 Broadway

We like the original E’s Bar for drinks with a group on the UWS, and now there’s a second location in Morningside Heights near Columbia University. In addition to alcohol, you’ll find classic bar food, board games, and a jukebox.

Peaches Hothouse

$$$$ 87 S Elliott Pl

Peaches Hothouse has a new location in Fort Greene, serving things like Nashville hot chicken, fried green tomatoes, a crispy fried chicken sandwich (that you can order extra hot), and stone ground grits.

Bāng Bar

$$$$ 10 Columbus Circle

Momofuku Bāng Bar is David Chang’s new fast-casual breakfast and lunch place in the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle. They serve Korean grilled flatbread wraps filled with everything from Zabar’s smoked salmon and scallion cream cheese to yakitori chicken.

Plant Food And Wine

$$$$ 67 2nd Avenue

If the East Village were a Monopoly Board, 2nd Avenue between 3rd and 4th Streets would be known as Vegan Place. Plant Food And Wine is the latest vegan restaurant from the team that also owns Bar Verde and Double Zero, and they’re serving food inspired by a range of different cuisines (you’ll find dishes like hay-smoked gnocchi and avocado tikka).


$$$$ 26 Ann St

This is a huge bar in the Moxy NYC Downtown hotel in FiDi. During the day, it’s a coworking space (with basketball courts, arcade machines, and crispy chicken and waffle bites so you can be extra productive), and at night it’s a cocktail bar.

Maison Bangkok

$$$$ 355 E 78th St

Maison Bangkok is a casual new Thai restaurant on the Upper East Side with a completely pink room and decorative pillows on every chair. The menu has noodles, curries, and a dish with quail eggs wrapped in wontons.

519 Broome

$$$$ 519 Broome St

519 is an Italian restaurant in Soho with a big, grand-looking bar, some chandeliers, and dishes ranging from ravioli to mussels.

Mission Chinese Food Brooklyn

Chinese  in  Bushwick
$$$$ 599 Johnson Ave

Mission Chinese just opened a second spot in Bushwick, right next to the music venue Elsewhere. The new location serves basically the same menu as the original, and seems like a good place for a fun group dinner - the lighting changes colors during your meal, and there’s footage of people eating the restaurant’s food playing on the walls.


$$$$ 154 Orchard St

This is a new (mostly) small plates restaurant on the LES with a name that’s the restaurant equivalent of when an artwork is called “Untitled.” The menu has a mix of French and Spanish food, and there’s a $98 steak for two (which is why we said mostly small plates).

Taco Mix

$$$$ 90-04 37th Avenue

This Harlem-based Mexican counter spot makes excellent tacos (we especially like their al pastor ones), and they now have a third location in Jackson Heights, Queens. If that’s not convenient for you, we’d encourage you to reassess your priorities and make it work (or just go to the original location, or the one in Industry City).

Nai Tapas Bar

$$$$ 85 2nd Avenue

Nai Tapas Bar used to serve reliably good tapas from a space on 1st Avenue in the East Village. Now they’ve moved to 2nd Avenue, where they’ll have a similar menu, plus exclusively Spanish wine.

Pado Sushi Restaurant

$$$$ 171-53 46th Ave

Pado is a casual Japanese restaurant near the movie theaters in the East Village. They have a la carte sushi as well as rice bowls and a few prix fixe tastings.

Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream

$$$$ 490 Laguardia Pl

Morgenstern’s just opened a giant new location in Greenwich Village. It has 88 flavors of ice cream to choose from (including green tea pistachio and bread), and lots of places to sit and have a private meeting with your soul before you choose which one(s) you want.


$$$$ 16 W 22nd St

Undercote is the new cocktail bar right below Cote, the upscale Korean BBQ spot in Flatiron. You’ll find fancy cocktails (like one with catnip-infused vodka) and some complimentary bar snacks, all in a room with plant walls and a lot of black leather. Also good to know: they’re only open from Thursday to Saturday, and you can make reservations via email.


$$$$ 820 Hart St

This is a completely vegan counter-service restaurant in Bushwick from the same people who run Champs Diner in Williamsburg. They’re open from 11am to 5pm every day, serving the vegan equivalents of a small child’s fast food dreams.


$$$$ 217 W 85th St

There’s a Greek restaurant called Kyma that opened a few months ago in Flatiron, and the people behind that place now have another Greek spot on the Upper West Side that sort of of looks like a big seaside resort dining room. Elea’s menu is seafood-focused, with everything from a crudo tasting to seafood risotto and three different types of whole grilled fish.

Felix Roasting Co.

$$$$ 450 Park Ave S

There isn’t technically a country called Coffee. But if there was, Felix Roasting Company would be its palace. This is a fancy new coffee shop on Park Avenue South with Supermoon Bakehouse pastries and drinks like a gin shrub, a deconstructed espresso tonic, and a hickory smoked s’mores latte.

Frankie Goes To Bollywood

$$$$ 204 Spring St

Frankie Goes To Hollywood is a British band from the 1980s that kept telling everyone to “Relax.” Frankie Goes To Bollywood is a counter-service Indian takeout spot in Soho that specializes in wraps called frankies.

Natura Cafe

$$$$ 355 W 16th St

This is a new all-day cafe from the people who run the nightclub Tao. It’s located close by, in the Dream Downtown hotel in Chelsea, and the menu is California-themed, which basically means salads, toasts, and kind-of-healthy pancakes.

The Wilson NYC

$$$$ 132 W 27th St

Another Chelsea hotel restaurant, but this one’s a seafood-focused American place that’s loosely themed around famous historical and fictional Wilsons (there’s a mural and several menu items like “Jackie Wilson Chicken Club” and “Owen’s Pad Thai”). It’s run by the same restaurant group as places like Refinery Rooftop and Parker and Quinn.

Oath Pizza

$$$$ 2169 Broadway

Oath is a pizza place on the UWS that grows some of its own produce in an on-site hydroponic garden. You can get 11-inch pizzas for $11, or half pies for $7. Come for a casual group hang with all your houseplants.

Fournos Theophilos

$$$$ 45 W 45th Street

This is a new two-story Greek food hall in Midtown with a few different bakery stations, yogurt bars, and grocery sections, as well as a full table-service restaurant on the second floor.

Sauce Pizzeria

$$$$ 345 E 12th St

Sauce Pizzeria is a new counter-service slice shop in the East Village from the people behind Sauce on the LES. In addition to some pies with interesting toppings and dipping sauces - like an al pastor pizza that comes with pineapple sauce - they also have Van Leeuwen soft serve.

The Woo

$$$$ 206 Spring Street

The Woo is a casual Korean BBQ restaurant in Soho that used to have a location on Mercer Street called Woo Lae Oak. At their new spot, you can get BBQ combination platters, stews, and rice dishes.


American  in  SoHo
$$$$ 2 Renwick Street

Harold’s Meat + Three decided to drop the “Meat + Three” and reopen as an all-day cafe called Harold’s in the same spot (the Arlo Hotel in Soho). Now, instead of only Southern food, they’ll be serving lighter options like market bowls, scallops, and a meatless meatball parm. But you can still get fried chicken and their “hot dog du jour.”

Harlem Ale House

$$$$ 101 W 127th Street

Harlem Ale House is a new bar and American restaurant in a historic building in Harlem that’s been everything from a speakeasy (in the 1920s) to a bowling alley. They’re currently in soft open mode, which means they aren’t serving food yet and their hours run from 3pm to 2am every day.

Treadwell Park West

$$$$ 508 West 42nd Street

There are a few other Treadwell Park locations, and they’re all pretty similar - slightly upscale beer halls that are good for groups. The newest one is in Hudson Yards at 42nd and 10th Avenue, and it has pinball machines and free popcorn.

The Village Den

$$$$ 225 W 12th St

Antoni, the cooking coach from Queer Eye, just opened a fast-casual restaurant inside an old West Village diner. It’s counter-service, and serves healthy-sounding things like grain bowls, almond pancakes, and cauliflower rice.

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