If you tried to keep track of every brand new restaurant in New York City, you might go a little wild. So just read this list instead. These are the new restaurant openings that seem like they have the most potential - although keep in mind, for the ones we haven’t tried, we make no promises. Go forth and be a pioneer.
The Ready Rooftop Bar
At the very end of April, The Moxy East Village opened a brand new year-round rooftop bar with retractable glass walls and ceilings. The Ready is operated by the Tao Group - the team behind notorious party spots where it’s not uncommon to eat lobster pad thai in what feels like a Vegas nightclub. Expect darty energy fueled by locally-produced beer and frozen cocktails, with beer pong tables, a taco stand, and tiered amphitheater seating.
Last week the team behind Morgan’s BBQ opened a central Mexican restaurant in Prospect Heights where they serve tlayudas and cemitas, as well as a bunch of mezcal- and tequila-based cocktails. This new restaurant is about a 10-minute bike ride away from the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, so keep it in mind on a sunny spring day.
Sometimes, you just want to eat some crudo, burrata, and gnocchi under a bright red awning with some friends. The next time you’re in the mood for this kind of get-together in Chelsea, check out Puttanesca. The new Italian place has a bunch of patio seating along 8th Avenue and opens at 4pm Wednesday-Sunday for dinner.
Dough used to be our favorite spot to grab a doughnut in Bed-Stuy before it closed last year. But now that the popular pastry shop is back with a new location in Prospect Heights, we’ve got a new spot to pick up glazed, cafe au lait, lemon poppy, or vegan doughnuts whenever the craving strikes.
After closing its UES sushi restaurant last year, Oita has reopened in a new Park Slope location. And if you like temaki handrolls, you’ll appreciate the wide variety of build-your-own and pre-set options here, including things like spicy tuna, stir-fried kimchi, eel, and eggplant. Each set comes with five rolls for around $28, and for now, the restaurant is only doing takeout and delivery service.
Tom Colicchio now runs a new Italian pop-up inside of the former Craft space near Union Square. The menu has dishes like lamb sausage with broccoli rabe, a steak sandwich, and several different kinds of pasta, which for now, you can only try by reserving a table inside.
This Szechuan seafood mini-chain just opened a new Greenpoint restaurant where you can sport a bib while cracking open giant lobster tails, devouring cajun shrimp skewers, and gnawing on cayenne-covered corn. The new location on Manhattan Avenue is open for indoor dining, as well as takeout and delivery, from 12-9pm daily.
Ninety Nine Franklin
Espresso, cold brew, and loaded sandwiches seem to be the three focal points at this new cafe in Greenpoint. Just one block away from the waterfront park on Franklin Street, this spot seems like a great takeout option for when you want to eat a burrata B.L.T. or cutlet vodka parm sandwich on a bench while taking in excellent views of Manhattan. But you can also stop by the narrow shop with checkered floors anytime between 9am and 5pm daily for some caffeine.
Peri Peri Grill House
While we patiently wait for Nando’s to open an NYC location, we’ll be checking out Peri Peri Grill House’s new location in Gowanus. They already have one location in Bed-Stuy, but this new place looks like a promising option for juicy chicken marinated in peri peri sauce, lamb chops, and other halal options in South Brooklyn.
Momofuku Ssam Bar
After closing the original Ssäm Bar location in the East Village, the Momofuku team has officially reopened the restaurant in the former Bar Wayō space at the South Street Seaport. The wood-covered waterfront spot looks like a great place to take a date this summer that will involve spicy margaritas and fancy bar snacks like wagyu beef tartare and chili jam popcorn shrimp.
After operating as a weekend coffee and pastry pop-up for months, Daughter has officially opened a permanent spot in Crown Heights. This all-day cafe and natural wine bar looks like the kind of place you’d want to bring someone who makes pottery for a living to snack on pastries and sip a matcha latte. It’s got high ceilings, white brick walls, globe lights, and built-in banquettes that look like molded clay. Daughter also donates 10% of their monthly profits to different non-profits like Ancient Song Doula Services, The Water Project, and In It Together. Stop by between 8am-4pm on weekdays, and 9am-5pm on weekends.
Chef Wylie Dufresne, the former owner of wd~50, Alder, and Du’s Doughnut, is making New York-style pizzas at a weekly pop-up out of Breads Bakery near Union Square. His project, Stretch Pizza, involves modestly-sauced, thin-crust pies that are available in four different varieties, including a classic cheese pizza with salty mozzarella and homemade tomato sauce, along with one non-pizza option: a breakfast calzone. They’re already selling out, but you can join the waitlist here.
When you’re in the mood for Thai food in Brooklyn, but don’t feel like eating at your dining room table for the forty-second time this month, try The Nuaa Table. This new spot in Prospect Heights serves dishes like Jasmine tea-smoked ribs, chicken sea salt fried rice, and crunchy papaya salad on a turf-covered sidewalk patio right on Vanderbilt Avenue.
The team behind Amor y Amargo just opened a new cocktail bar and restaurant that’s serious about tequila and mezcal. They’ve got over 30 different kinds of both spirits, plus an even longer list of cocktail options, and plant-based Mexican dishes like mushroom tostadas and zucchini tacos. The East Village spot has red velvet banquettes and thousands of hanging flowers hanging above its entrance, which you sniff as you walk inside Wednesday-Sunday (and once again when you leave at midnight).
Uva Next Door
Uva on the Upper East Side has one of the best outdoor patios for drinking wine in Manhattan. Right next door, the same team has opened a new cocktail bar that might just become another one of the borough’s patio greats. In addition to pizza and lamb meatballs, this new place has a huge Negroni and spritz selection you can choose from every night during dinner service.
Since March, this new Uyghur restaurant in Midtown has been serving halal dishes like handmade noodles with lamb, plov, and stuffed pastries on 37th Street. This narrow restaurant has a bunch of booths inside where you can enjoy some meaty soups and fresh dumplings, but you could also order takeout online from 11am to 9pm, every day except Friday.
From tacos and tostadas to mulitas and quesadillas, this counter-service Mexican spot serves fried and dipped tortillas in various forms filled with the popular stewed meat dish. This looks like a solid option we could add to our guide to great birria around NYC.
This new upscale Mediterranean restaurant in Midtown looks like the kind of sit-down place where spies meet up with world leaders for a round of $17 specialty Negronis. But even if you don’t own a cufflink voice recorder, you can still enjoy brunch or dinner inside Iris’ elegant dining room. Expect to eat Aegean/Turkish food dishes like quail kebabs, marinated lamb chops, and baked fluke with ramp butter in a leather booth or wingback chair. So if your boss asks you to “book someplace new” for a dinner in Midtown, try this spot on the bottom floor at 1740 Broadway.
This pizza shop and sandwich spot from Bayside has brought its tater tot-topped slices and loaded cheesesteaks to a new location in Astoria. Krave It is the kind of place you should go when you want a meal involving sunny-side-up egg on your pizza, a vodka pie with garlic knot crust, or a chicken cutlet sandwich smothered in honey sriracha. Yes, it all sounds mildly shocking, but if you want proof that everything looks incredibly good, check out the restaurant’s Instagram.
Chama Mama, an excellent Georgian restaurant in Chelsea, just opened a second spot on the Upper West Side between 77th and 78th Streets. From meat skewers and mushroom-stuffed khinkali to freshly baked adjaruli khachapuri filled with gooey cheese, the new uptown location looks like a great new spot to bring a few friends (and a Lactaid). Chama Mama will also serve weekend brunch options like shakshuka and Georgian-style French toast at their new location, which is only open for indoor dining at the moment.
As NYC’s rooftops, dive bars, and cocktail spots return, it’s only natural that underground speakeasies do the same. Coby Club is the newest one in Chelsea, and it looks like a great place to check out if you want to sit in a dark room with a date and watch some live music. The bar encourages walk-ins, but they’re also taking reservations through their website.
Spit-roasted chicken and BBQ pork belly should be nominated for Best Meat Dish In A Leading Role at some kind of comfort food award ceremony. So there’s a good chance we’ll become fairly well acquainted with Chick’n Rotonda, a new Filipino rotisserie and coffee shop in Middle Village. In addition to juicy-looking slabs of meat, this casual takeout spot also offers individual rice box meals, noodle soups, and sides like lumpia you can eat on your lunch break.
Two Hands - Seoul Fresh Corn Dogs
Corn dog shops are popping up all over Manhattan this year, and Two Hands has recently joined the roster with a new East Village spot right across the street from Tompkins Square Park. Completely unrelated to the Australian cafe with the same name, this Korean spot specializes in corn dogs filled with things like sausage, mozzarella, and cheddar cheese. You can choose between options like a spicy dog, potato dog, or crispy rice dog for takeout from this restaurant that’s painted orange, or place a to-go order online.
The team behind Patent Pending has just opened a new Mexican restaurant and cocktail bar right above 27th Street in Nomad. Seeyamañana offers vegan and vegetarian options for walk-ins including beet tacos, birria quesadillas, and ceviche, but they also serve a three-course prix fixe menu (including three cocktails) offered by reservation only. The dinner costs $97 per person for an indoor reservation and $90 per person for an outdoor one - read more about the experience here.
A new takeout- and delivery-only Portuguese BBQ restaurant from the team behind Little Beet and a bunch of other ghost kitchens just opened on Vandam Street in Hudson Square. Galinha offers huge portions of chicken, pork ribs, and linguiça, so whether you’re heading to a backyard get-together soon, or just want to throw yourself a party involving copious amounts of Portuguese sausage, check out all of the meaty combo platters, sides dishes, and desserts on Galinha’s website.
We know this list is all about brand new places, by Ugly Baby kind of feels like a completely new restaurant with all of its new protocols. They just reopened for dine-in service by reservation only, reservations are taken via Instagram DMs, you must book your table during the same week you plan to visit, and all of the dishes you want must be preordered beforehand. For more information, and the full menu, check out Ugly Baby’s Instagram post.
This new Italian restaurant just opened on the ground floor of a luxury building in Fort Greene, right around the corner from Barclay’s Center and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Loreto looks like a great date spot when you’re in the mood for housemade pastas and Neapolitan pizza for dinner or berry French toast and eggs benedict for weekend brunch. To get the full dine-in experience, choose between their heated outdoor patio and their huge dining room with hanging art made of dried flowers and forest green banquettes.
Gage and Tollner had planned a big reopening back in March 2020. Now, more than a whole year later, the Downtown Brooklyn spot is officially opening for indoor service. They will still offer at-home meal kits and cocktails from their new bar, The Sunken Harbor Club, including the kinds of dishes you’d probably want for a big night in. But now, you can also try their grass-fed rib-eye steak, broccoli gratin, and onion soup while sitting in a red velvet booth surrounded by refurbished wood finishes from the 19th century.
The Sentry in Flatiron is a swanky lounge on the 18th floor of the Hotel Henri where you can drink a negroni on a couch and take in views of Manhattan. During the day, the upscale cocktail bar is only available to paying members, but everything opens up to the public from 5-12am, Thursday-Saturday.
Woori Korean Restaurant
For Korean dishes like homemade sundubu jjigae, dolsot bibimbap, and spicy pork with kimchi near Fort Greene Park, consider trying Woori. The new counter-service spot on Myrtle Avenue is open for indoor dining, delivery, and takeout (which could come in handy for a stew-dominant night in).
Jordan Pie Cafe
Harlem has a casual new spot serving mostly vegan and vegetarian dishes like falafel, spinach, potato and za’atar pies, and tiny cups of Jordanian tea. This counter-service spot is open from 6am-6pm daily on 116th Street between Madison & Fifth Avenue, and if you can’t spot it, just look for a big red sign above a restaurant with green turf on its sidewalk patio.
A new Korean restaurant has already opened in the former Mu Ramen space in Long Island City. And if you’re in need of copious amounts of Korean fried chicken tenders, sweet and sticky wings, crunchy popcorn bites, or a thick and crispy sandwich, Kuku Chicken serves them all. Not in the mood for chicken? Stop in for other dishes like beef bulgogi, pajeon, and kimchi fried rice between 11am and 10pm daily.
Himalayan Curry House Restaurant and Bar
Himalayan Curry House Restaurant and Bar might be the newest and best reason to spend more time in Midtown East, since you can order dishes like slow-cooked curried lamb, vegetable jalfrezi, steamed momos, and creamy-looking mango lassi. All of their Indian and Nepalese dishes are available for takeout, delivery, and limited indoor dining from 10am-10pm daily.
The Upper West Side has a whole lot of French bakeries, but the neighborhood’s newest one offers a wide range of both sweet and savory things that look promising. From strawberry tarts and homemade plum jam to a puff pastry filled with bechamel, tomato, and pesto, Epices Bakery is serving all their treats from 8am-7pm, Tuesday through Saturday, and 8am-3pm on Sunday.
Spring might have brought NYC into full bloom, but there will still be rainy days when you’ll go back to wearing sweats and slurping hot bowls of noodle soup. If you live on the LES, try 5ive Spice the next time this mood hits - it’s the second location of one of our favorite spots for meat-heavy pho, classic bánh mì and lemongrass pork chop tacos in Brooklyn. They’re open in Mulberry Street from 12-10pm daily.
Most of the Georgian spots in Manhattan are sit-down spots, but Cafedalia is now serving fast-casual Georgian food in Greenwich Village. The next time you’ve craving adjaruli khachapuri, spinach and cheese pies, or khinkali near Washington Square Park, grab them all from this brick-covered takeout spot on East 8th Street.
If chopped cheese tacos with ground beef and quesillo or shrimp tacos with tomatoes and onions sound like dishes you’d like, head to Planet Taco in the East Village. It’s a new Mexican restaurant from the people behind places like Sticky’s Finger Joint that serves all of the above, plus a few non-taco options like burrito bowls and fajitas.
The UWS now has a casual spot serving various kinds of Japanese curry and katsu sandwiches in Curry Mania. From pork to shrimp katsu curry to egg salad and potato croquette sandos, this place does it all without anything on the menu costing more than $20. This serious takeout operation is open from 11am-9pm daily.
A Korean-Cajun takeout-only spot has just opened in Manhattan, which means you can order kimchi jambalaya, pork ribs with gochujang BBQ sauce, galbi with grits, or seafood gumbo with okra kimchi for pick-up or delivery this week. If you pick up your order from Kjun’s kitchen on E 62nd Street, you’ll get a 10% discount.
Formerly a bagel pop-up inside Paulie Gee’s, Edith’s has officially opened a permanent location in Williamsburg. The new sandwich counter serves everything from smoked brisket pastrami on rye and a bagel BEC with latkes, to raspberry-rosewater croissants and to chicken schnitzel pitas. Stop by their counter-service shop on Lorimer Street between 9am and 3pm, Thursday through Sunday to try some of their new dishes before they sell out.
Four Four South Village
A Flushing-based Taiwanese noodle shop just opened its second location in the East Village, which means that the chances of you enjoying a life-changing bowl of spicy beef noodle soup in the neighborhood are even better. Outside of noodle soups, Four Four South Village also serves everything from pork bao buns and meat-heavy spreads for a solo hot pot to homemade soy milk over the counter inside from 11am to 10pm daily.
Priyanka Chopra Jonas has opened a fancy new Indian restaurant in Flatiron that looks like a chic hotel lounge where people in tailored blazers might drink martinis for breakfast. In reality, Sona serves dishes like spinach & goat cheese samosas, kofta korma, and crab puri with caviar in a long, narrow dining room filled with tables covered in white tablecloth sporadically placed under huge lantern pendant lights. The restaurant also offers outdoor dining on its blacked out sidewalk patio between 5-10pm, Tuesday through Sunday. And if you actually would like a martini, just order one from the full bar inside.
Cadence is a new vegan restaurant in the East Village that specializes in Southern soul food. It’s from the team behind a bunch of other upscale vegan spots like Ladybird, Avant Garden, and Proletariat, but it’s the only place in the city where you’ll find purple yams with blackberry coulis and toasted marshmallow, collard greens stuffed with rice, and southern fried lasagna with pine nut ricotta. Open for both indoor and outdoor dining, Cadence looks like a great option for a special occasion meal with any of the people in your life who don’t eat meat.
Little House Malaysian Kitchen
Little House Malaysian is a new takeout spot in Bensonhurst that serves a new form of nasi lemak, the national dish of Malaysia, that we haven’t seen anywhere else in the city. Their lemak burger is stacked high with fried egg, crispy chicken, anchovies, peanuts, cucumbers, and tomato. Stop by any day of the week between 11am and 8pm to give it a try.
Prime Meat Rokko
Hell’s Kitchen has a new meat-focused Japanese restaurant that serves beef, duck, chicken, and pork cutlet in sandwiches, bao buns, and alongside sushi. Prime Meat Rokko has a bunch of outdoor seating and offers limited indoor service for lunch and dinner every day.
Brooklyn Heights has a new Indian restaurant that offers weekday lunch specials, a prix-fixe dinner option, and several different kinds of tandoori meats on Henry Street. Mint Heights has a casual sidewalk patio and several spaced-out booths inside where you can eat fish tikka and chicken malai kebabs while catching up with someone you haven’t seen in a year.
The team behind spots like Buttermilk Channel and French Louie just opened a brand new Mediterranean restaurant in Gowanus called Victor. The casual neighborhood spot is open for dinner from 5-10pm, Wednesday through Sunday in the space formerly occupied by Freek’s Mill. So whenever you find yourself craving a bistro burger, natural wine, or Mediterranean small plates in the area, you know where to go.
Since January, this Guatemalan coffee shop and cafe has been making vegan and vegetarian breakfast burritos, pancakes with strawberry butter, and squash soup every weekday morning in Bushwick. But now Tikal is also open on weekends - offering brunch options like homemade waffles and avocado toast benedict.
Fiasco! Wine and Spirits
Fiasco is a new wine and spirits shop in Crown Heights that’s focused on spotlighting women, BIPOC, and LBGTQ+ producers in the beverage industry. The shop is run by three friends who currently run wine and cocktail programs at places like Leyenda and Oxalis, so if you’re looking for a place to get a last-minute bottle of riesling or some really good gin for your bar cart, this is it. Head to their website to place an order for local delivery, or stop by in-person to check out the shop on Union Street.
Just in time for spring, Blue Marble Ice Cream has opened a new UWS location on Broadway just one block from the 96th Street subway station. In addition to scoops of flavors like matcha green tea and banana cream pie, you can also pick up a coffee, home goods, and pints of sorbet from their new shop every day between 8am-9pm.
Twins Lounge is a new, two-floor bar that just opened on Manhattan Avenue in Williamsburg. You can stop by for a cocktail or mocktail at the bar inside, or order a few rounds at the mostly enclosed greenhouse-style patio on the bar’s second floor. Twins Lounge is open everyday from 5 to 11pm.
The Barbalu team, which has served simple pastas, salads, and sandwiches at their original location in South Street Seaport for years, has opened a second restaurant location in Cobble Hill. At the new Brooklyn spot, you’ll find bubbly Neapolitan pizzas, fresh loaves of focaccia, and profiteroles topped with chocolate ganache.
For Turkish dishes like crispy lahmacun topped with minced meat and vegetables, flaky pide made in a brick oven, and homemade baklava near Sheepshead Bay, check out Burchak Pide. It’s a new counter-service Turkish restaurant in the neighborhood that’s been baking virtually everything on its menu from scratch since March.
Talea Beer Co.
Regardless of whether you love going to new breweries, occasionally appreciate a tallboy at a Mets game, or have never found a beer you actually enjoy, Talea deserves your attention. Partly because their opening in Williamsburg represents a milestone in the male-dominated NYC brewery scene, but mostly because this woman-owned distillery makes a range of fruit-forward beer with delightful packaging. Read all about their opening here.
One of our favorite Middle Eastern spots, which closed its Williamsburg location due to the pandemic, has reopened at a new location inside Rockefeller Center. It now joins spots like Fieldtrip and Alidoro inside the Midtown food court, but according to their Instagram the restaurant has plans to open another Brooklyn restaurant in the future.
Pig & Butter
At Pig & Butter on the LES, you can get brunch options like a waffle topped with bacon and bananas, fried chicken on cornbread, and a goat cheese omelette with Colombian aji. In other words, this new all-day breakfast spot could be your new go-to for a meal that’ll put you to sleep. In addition to daily brunch service, Pig & Butter has lunch options like a jerk chicken burger and chorizo fries available starting at 10am.
Soy Bean Chen
As you might know from reading our guide to the best mapo tofu, Flushing restaurants serve some of the silkiest tofu in the city. A flower shop in the neighborhood known for its silken tofu has opened a second location at a corner store in Elmhurst. For just under $5, you’ll get tofu pudding served with toppings like boba in ginger syrup.
Joes Home Of Soup Dumplings
This new Chinese soup dumpling spot from the team behind Joe’s Shanghai just opened on the bottom floor of a giant office building in Midtown. While hot liquid-filled dumplings are definitely the focus here, Joe’s also serves everything from spare ribs to peking duck for takeout, delivery, indoor, and outdoor dining.
If you’re finally feeling like you can meet a friend for drinks now that the city isn’t covered in snow, you might want to try Fancy Free. It’s a new bar in Fort Greene from the team behind Endswell right around the corner, and it’s where you’ll find $10 beer and shot specials, chilaquiles, breakfast tacos and mole chicken wings in the neighborhood. Fancy Free is open weekdays from 3-11pm, and weekends from 12-11pm.
Every neighborhood has a local bar, but few neighborhoods have a local bar like Fiona’s. This new Prospect Lefferts Gardens spot has a giant tree trunk in the middle of its seating area, beer on tap from places like Alewife Brewing, and a cocktail special that’s served in peacock-shaped ceramic vase. Stop by between 2-11pm to try and make sense of it all for yourself.
Hay Hay Roasted 囍燒臘
This new Chinese restaurant on Mott Street is serving crispy-looking peking duck, BBQ pork, and roasted chicken from a 9am to 7pm daily. Like tons of spots in Chinatown, this one has roast ducks hanging in its window, plus a long dining room full of bar seating, and to-go boxes that look like you pulled them out of the microwave.
A Novel Kitchen
This new Brooklyn Heights bookstore is also a full service restaurant serving breakfast and lunch dishes like croissants, gouda grilled cheese sandwiches, and parmesan truffle fries. You can place your order at their cafe counter inside, browse around the bargain books section, and then grab a table on their huge covered and heated outdoor patio right on Atlantic Avenue when your order is ready.
The second location of Two Wheels just opened on the Upper East Side. Which means you can now grab Vietnamese chicken wings, jumbo shrimp bánh xèo, and marinated steak bánh mì from this uptown mini-chain on both the east and west sides of Central Park. For now, Two Wheels is only open for takeout and delivery, and you can place your order directly through their website.
Taikun Sushi is a roving omakase speakeasy that’s currently popping up inside a nondescript building on Delancey Street. You can book their 8-seat sushi counter for you and all of the people in your group chat the next time you want to have dinner in a private room behind a freezer door. It’s reservation-only, indoor-only, and you can make it all happen directly on their website.
The next time you’re looking for tonkotsu or shoyu ramen in Forest Hills, consider Keika Ramen. It’s the first US location of a global chain behind a bunch of ramen shops all over in Japan and Singapore. The restaurant is in a small alley just off of Austin Street, with both indoor and outdoor dining.
Since January, this Oaxacan spot in Astoria has been serving dishes like beef short ribs covered in mole, shredded pork tortas, and shrimp flautas from a brick building with a bright pink awning. And now, they’ve got a big pink covered patio area right out front to match.
For Peruvian dishes like ceviche aguacate, lomo saltado, and pollo a la brasa, check out Kausa in Hell’s Kitchen. As far as covered sidewalk patios go, Kausa’s structure on 9th Avenue is exceptionally pleasant, with its colorful tablecloths, hanging plants, and fresh flowers on every table. Plus, it’s one of the few restaurants in Manhattan serving Peruvian dishes you can eat on a casual night in.
Chef Katsu Brooklyn
Katsu burgers, Japanese rice bowls, and yuzu-flavored desserts are the focus at this new restaurant in Clinton Hill. Chef Katsu Club is run by a husband and wife team who decided to open their own place in the neighborhood, funded by a huge Kickstarter. The restaurant officially opens Wednesday, March 17th, and will offer limited indoor and outdoor dining from 11am-8pm.
If you’ve ever stopped off at a deli for lunch on a road trip, General Irving will likely feel familiar to you. This new cafe and general store from the team behind Gertie is made to feel like a place in the Hudson Valley where you can pick up a great sandwich and stock up on everything from beer and almonds to soap and olive oil. The new spot is in Bushwick right across the street from Irving Square Park, and is open daily from 9am-6pm for takeout and delivery.
John Brown BBQ
One of our favorite BBQ spots in the city, John Brown Smokehouse, has relocated due to the pandemic. They’re now open in the old Mothership Meat Company space in Long Island City, serving the same gloriously crunchy burnt ends, smoky brisket, and rich pork belly we regularly dream about. And now in their new space, they’ve got a whole courtyard available for socially-distant outdoor seating.
Stacked Sandwich Shop
Stacked is a new sandwich shop in Forest Hills serving a bunch of different meaty heroes for around $14 each, plus a bunch of vegan and vegetarian options. In addition to casual lunch dishes, this overachieving deli isn’t afraid to sell you a six-foot hero that can feed up to 20 people or a charcuterie board including cold cuts, cheese, olives, and bread.
There’s a new smashburger place that just opened in the old Oola’s Kitchen space on the LES, and it’s got a sleek black exterior with neon lights and a dimly-lit dining area inside. They’ve got six different promise-looking burgers that can be ordered with up to three patties, including an option with Impossible beef. All of the photos on their Instagram involve cascading patties that appear to be grilled to perfection, layered with cheese, and topped with onion, pickles, and gooey special sauce. If you want to try one yourself, stop by this new spot on Orchard Street between 12-3pm or 5-11pm, Wednesday through Sunday.
Greenwich Village has a new two-level Mexican restaurant serving birra tacos, spicy mole de caderas with steamed lamb shank, pipian rojo, and more Pueblan dishes in the old Toloache space on Thompson Street. Kuxé is now limited to indoor dining and has seven heated cabanas outside that you can reserve for dinner 5-10pm, Sunday through Thursday and 5-11pm, on Friday and Saturday.
If you’re like us, you probably miss sitting on other people’s couches with a drink in your hand. If you want to do something about that, La Noxe is serving cocktails, wine by the glass, and Japanese beer in an underground lair that looks like a film set from the Austin Powers franchise. They’ve got a few thumb-shaped velvet couches and a bunch of other space age furniture you’ll either hate or love. The only catch is that you’ll have to DM the bar on Instagram to book a table inside.
Following the opening of its Jersey City location in 2018, Chinah has opened a second fast-casual Chinese spot in Fidi. Chinah seems like a good place to go when you want to build your own bowl with options like kung pao chicken, Sichuan shredded pork, eggplant, or mushrooms. Just plan ahead where you’ll eat, since it’s only open for takeout and delivery right now.
Two friends who love baking and brewing coffee just opened this East Williamsburg cafe on Grand Street. For now, Alita Cafe is just serving high-quality caffeinated drinks and fluffy homemade biscuits behind a shiny wood counter every day from 8am-4pm. Soon, they’ll also offer a full lunch menu.
The team behind Za-Ya Ramen in Carroll Gardens just opened a new and aptly named restaurant on Starr Street in Bushwick. The menu at Za-Ya has the restaurant’s signature gyukotsu ramen, plus a bunch of Japanese small plates and four different sushi rolls. This new spot is open from 5-10pm,Tuesday through Sunday.
If you’re looking for a special (indoor-only) date-night idea that’s never existed before, get to know Nudibranch - an upscale tasting menu pop-up at Nightmarket in the East Village started by two former Momofuku Ssäm Bar staffers (Jeff Kim and Victor Xia). Nudibranch’s rotating menu incorporates a variety of cuisine inspirations, like whole snapper with oyster mushrooms, soba noodles with bottarga, and a tostada with pineapple-cured hamachi. You can make an indoor dining reservation for Nudibranch’s six-course $65 tasting menu here. For now, they’re open Thursday through Sunday with two seatings per night until the end of March.
787 Coffee, the Puerto Rican coffee shop known for its infused and imported beans, has opened a third East Village location - that brings the mini-chain to a total of eight coffee shops in NYC. The new spot is on East 14th Street in the old Champion Coffee space.
It’s a good day for bagel lovers in the East Village because Davidovich Bakery has opened its third NYC location on Avenue A. You can stop by and choose from a limited menu of fresh bagels, coffee, and muffins till 6pm daily, but they’ll be having a grand opening event on Saturday, March 13th where they’ll be raffling off free food and a three-months supply of free coffee.
A new Cuban restaurant just popped up on the LES, and in addition to free local delivery, they’re offering a $30 meal kit that includes a one-protein option like ropa vieja or lechon asado and three sides like yellow rice, black beans, or maduros. For breakfast, stop by their takeout window as early as 7am for coffee, fresh fruit juice, and Cuban pastries.
This new LES bar has opened in the old Max Fish space on Orchard Street, and brought a new monkey-print wallpaper and dim sum-style bar snacks with it. You can book a table at the Orchard Room for both indoor and outdoor seating right now, but keep in mind there’s a time limit of 90 minutes per table. The bar is open from 6-11pm, Wednesday through Sunday.
The team behind Jun-Men Ramen Bar in Chelsea just opened this new chicken shop on the UWS. There isn’t much information available yet, but according to West Side Rag, the restaurant will likely also serve ramen.
Wrapping yourself like a burrito when you’re craving one is no substitute for eating the real thing. So next time, consider Jackass Burrito instead - it’s a new takeout spot in Battery Park City serving five different kinds of burritos inside the El Vez space. You’ll find options like a giant breakfast burrito with bacon and tater tots, a Frito pie-inspired beef burrito, and a shrimp burrito stuffed with pickled jalapeno. They’re all available for takeout and local delivery from 11:30am-9pm Sunday through Wednesday and 11:30am-10pm Thursday through Saturday.
We’re still sad that Guadalupe Inn permanently closed in September, but we’re happy to know that another Mexican restaurant has opened a second location in the same space. Paloma’s is now serving Oaxacan dishes like mole coloradito, pork belly tacos, and aguachile in the familiar Knickerbocker Avenue dining room on the border of Bushwick and Ridgewood. The new spot is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery from 3-10pm daily.
I Like It Black
The owner of Make My Cake, a Manhattan bakery with two locations in Harlem, just opened a new coffee shop on West 125th Street. I Like It Black is a casual neighborhood spot serving everything from classic hot chocolate to nitro brew made with coffee beans from Ethiopia every day from 7am to 3pm daily.
Mimi Cheng’s has opened its third NYC location on the UWS. So the next time you’re strolling down Amsterdam Avenue and feel the sudden urge to consume a scallion pancake, some pork and chive dumplings, or a bowl of dan dan noodles, just search for the bright yellow awning out front at their new shop. It’s open from 1-9pm everyday except Monday.
Long Island City has a new Italian restaurant with over 20 different kinds of pizza on its menu, plus a chicken eggplant calzone and a few housemade pastas. Geena’s Cucina opened just a few steps from the Greenpoint Avenue bridge last month, and is open for takeout, delivery, and limited indoor dining right now.
Impasto is a pizza place in Clinton Hill from the team behind Aita, one of our favorite Italian restaurants in the neighborhood. Since last summer, this slice shop has been quietly serving square slices and whole pies topped with things like stracciatella, sausage, mushrooms, and burrata right across the street from their original spot on Waverly Avenue. Stop by from 12-9pm Tuesday through Sunday, or 4-9:30pm on a Monday to try it out.
For Colombian pastries like maduro con queso, arepas de choclo, and homemade chicken empanadas in Astoria, check out Parceros Bakery. It’s the second location of another counter-service spot in Rego Park, and just like at the original, there’s a chalkboard menu here with rotating specials like beef rib soup and bandeja paisa with grilled steak, pork skin, chorizo, and fried eggs.
Black Seed Pizza
The love story between bagels and pizza might have started with America’s favorite freezer aisle snack, but Black Seed Bagels in the East Village is taking the doughy duo to a whole new level with Black Seed Pizza. Their new takeout operation offers Sicilian-style pan pizzas from inside the popular Manhattan bagel spot during dinner hours. Expect sourdough pies topped with things like pepperoni cups and anchovies starting at 4pm, Wednesday through Sunday.
Whether you’re kosher or not, the new UWS location of this kosher BBQ spot should be at the top of your Manhattan takeout priority list. We have fever dreams about the lean and tender brisket from their original location in Crown Heights, which gets smoked for 15 hours before it’s served. If the brisket at the new Manhattan location tastes anything like that, we may have a new favorite BBQ place on our hands. You can also order things like a smoked pastrami sandwich or a rack of peppery ribs for dine-in, takeout, or delivery service here from 12-9:30pm daily.
A new Chinese spot serving crispy-looking jian bing opened for takeout in Flushing last December. The scallion and sesame seed-covered crepes can be seen on the restaurant’s Instagram topped with things like peking duck, crawfish, and pork floss.
This new pizza project from some of the people behind Il Buco is doing takeout and delivery every day. You can get topping options like kale and anchovy, green chorizo, and cacio e pepe with four different kinds of cheese delivered straight to your door from Il Buco Alimentari’s Noho kitchen between 12 and 10pm every day.
The historic Gage and Tollner had planned a big reopening back in March 2020. Now, almost a whole year later, the Downtown Brooklyn spot is back again with at-home meal kits and cocktails from the new bar on its second floor, The Sunken Harbor Club. Dinner packages from the restaurant come with the kinds of dishes you’d probably want for a big night in, like grass-fed rib-eye steak, broccoli gratin, and onion soup. You can also order to-go cocktails and snacks like spam sliders or some homemade shrimp chips from the bar. For now, Gage and Tollner is only open for takeout and delivery.
For Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes like duck matzah ball soup or harissa BBQ chicken head to Dagon on the Upper West Side. They’ve got an outdoor patio open, plus they’ve opened their dining room for a maximum of 25 diners at a time, every day from 5pm-10pm.
Bacchus in Boerum Hill, which has been temporarily closed for months, has been revived by its kitchen staff as El Zason - a takeout spot specializing in Oaxacan and Pueblan food. You can stop by for dishes like chiles en nogada and enchiladas de mole weekdays from 11am-10pm, and weekends from 12pm-9pm.
While we’re sad that Bed-Stuy’s Calaca has closed, we’re comforted by the fact that the same team almost immediately opened a new spot on Franklin Avenue. Right now, they’re offering coffee and empanadas on weekdays from 7am-2pm and on weekends from 8am-2pm. And starting February 27th, they’ll begin serving brunch.
Meat & Bread
The LES has a new takeout spot serving burgers topped with onion rings, fried chicken sandwiches, chicken wings, and more on Allen Street. And if you ever get the unshakable desire to admire a mural on a snow day, Meat & Bread has a huge, colorful, wall piece inside its restaurant. They’re open for takeout and delivery from 12-9pm daily.
Put down the dry baloney sandwich ingredients, and try out Cento Percento this weekend. It’s a new food truck bringing panini sandwiches on homemade focaccia to locations across NYC. The truck will be parked outside of Alewife Brewing in Sunnyside from 12pm-10pm on Saturday 2/20 and Sunday 2/21. Expect things like a prosciutto panini with fig spread and whipped parmigiano or a ham panini truffle cream and arugula.
Tortilleria La Malinche
Sunset Park has a new Mexican spot that’s serving fresh tortillas by the pound. And on the Saturday it opened, the line reportedly wrapped around the block. Tortilleria La Malinche is painted bright blue with yellow and red trimmings, so it’s hard to miss this wholesale tortilla spot on 5th Avenue.
Native Noodles is a Singaporean restaurant that just opened on Amsterdam Avenue at West 166th Street in Washington Heights. It first opened as a food stall at Queens Night Market, and in the new location serves dishes like laksa, satay noodles, and toasted baguette sandwiches for takeout and delivery.
The fifth NYC location of this French mini-chain just opened on the third floor of the huge mall at Columbus Circle. If you want to spot for a quick ham and cheese croissant, a matcha latte, or a cup of butternut squash soup, you can stop by from 10am-7pm every day.
This new Upper West Side sushi and ramen restaurant might have something to help distract you from the inclement weather conditions in the city. From open-faced temaki rolls and furikake waffle fries to kimchi ramen and uni ice cream, this two-story spot is like a whole Japanese food court under one roof on Columbus Avenue.
Given that Adda is one of the best Indian restaurants in NYC, it’s likely that this new LES Indian spot from the same team will be at the top of your new restaurant bucket list in 2021. Dhamaka officially opens on Sunday, February 14th at Essex Market, and you can expect to eat things like eggplant bites, goat neck biryani, and chicken kofta stuffed with an entire soft-cooked egg on their outdoor patio, or in their limited capacity indoor dining room very soon.
Vanessa’s Dumpling House
You probably already know about Vanessa’s in Chinatown, but you might now know that their Madonna-level-famous dumplings and soups are now being sold at a fifth NYC location on the Upper West Side. For now, the Amsterdam Avenue shop is offering a limited menu of dumplings while in its soft opening phase, but you can still stop by between 12pm to 10pm daily.
If you spend any time near Times Square and need a spot to pick up Japanese food for less than $20, stop by Ootoya’s new Midtown pop-up for an onigiri set. The global sushi chain is selling these triangular rice balls filled with things like pork tonkatsu, tuna with mayonnaise, and fried chicken with spicy black vinegar sauce out of a takeout window on West 41st Street, from 11:30am to 2pm daily, through March 7th.
At J-Spec, a East Village Japanese restaurant that opened in November, wagyu beef is both the opening act and the featured headliner. But at Marezzata in Midtown, a new restaurant from the same owners, wagyu is the backup vocalist to a wide range of Italian and Japanese mashup dishes taking center stage. For now, dishes like mentaiko spaghetti, eggplant dengaku fritters, and American Wagyu Pound Steak are only available for takeout and delivery.
There’s an old-school poker machine inside this new Williamsburg restaurant on Driggs Avenue. And according to its website, the Detroit-style pizza place is open from 12pm to 12am, and sometimes even later. So if you want to try Brooklyn’s newest rectangular pie with thick crust and crispy edges, or pretend you’re at a slice shop on the Las Vegas strip, try Ace’s Perfect Pizza.
This is the third NYC location of this counter-service rice bowl spot, which also has storefronts in Harlem and Long Island City. If this new one in Rockefeller Center is anything like their other spots, it’s an excellent place to build your own lunch or dinner with comforting options like brown rice, beef, and turmeric yogurt, or crispy breaded chicken over long-grain rice with edamame and barbecue sauce. They’re open weekdays from 11am to 5pm for takeout and delivery only.
Brooklyn Hero Shop
Clinton Hill has a new deli that’s serving things like Nashville hot chicken, porchetta, and Philly cheesesteak sandwiches just up the street from the Brooklyn Navy Yard on Vanderbilt Avenue. And if you’ve been barricaded inside your apartment all week like us, your kitchen could probably use more fresh bread, cheese, and olives from Brooklyn Hero Shop’s retail market. This Brooklyn spot sells all of its sandwiches and groceries online and in person, for takeout and delivery every day.
Blank Street Coffee
After months of running an outdoor coffee pop-up on Wythe Avenue, Black Street Coffee has opened a brick-and-mortar shop in Williamsburg on Bedford Avenue. Their goal is to keep things sustainable by sourcing beans from Brooklyn-based Parlor Coffee Roasters. In addition to caffeinated beverages, this new cafe serves breakfast tacos from King David’s Tacos, cider bundts from King Street Baking Co., and kouign amann from Pain D’Avignon.
Aunts et Uncles is a vegan cafe and shop in Flatbush that has the soothing pastel color scheme of an upscale yarn studio. They sell everything from veggie burgers and mofongo to books and magazines, so if you’re looking for a gift to send to your cousin who hosts virtual ceramic coating classes in LA, stop by their store on Nostrand Avenue between 10am and 10pm.
Up In Smoke at Estela
Attending a BBQ in the middle of winter might sound like a dream you once had about retiring in Daytona Beach. But you can actually make it happen at Estela starting January 30th. This Nolita spot is hosting a weekend pop-up on Houston Street with a menu of yakitori options like grilled chicken wings, head-on shrimp, and steak. Everything will be available for takeout and delivery, but outdoor seating will also be available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you can’t make it on opening day, you can also try Up In Smoke every weekend in February from 12 to 4pm.
For years, Peppa’s has been one of our absolute favorite jerk chicken spots in Brooklyn. And now that they’ve opened their first Manhattan location on the Lower East Side, this chicken spot might just become our favorite place to pick up smoky grilled meat in all of NYC.
Debajo is a new outdoor tapas spot at the Made Hotel in Nomad. If you’d like to sit at a covered patio table and pretend you’ve moved to Sevilla for the year, stop by their heated garden area just behind the old Ferris space. Order the patatas bravas, gambas al ajillo, and a crispy chicken sandwich with romesco sauce, and let the fantasy play out.
Falansai Vietnamese Kitchen
Since November, an ex-Blue Hill at Stone Barns chef has been making Vietnamese dishes like grilled pork belly hand rolls, red curry seafood soup, and confit duck necks at this Bushwick spot. You can stop by Falansai from 5 to 10pm, Wednesday through Sunday to try them all for takeout or heated outdoor dining around the koi pond in the restaurant’s backyard. But if you’d rather not risk the potentially disturbing consequences of seeing your reflection in a calm pool of water, you can also just order delivery online.
A new Vietnamese spot just opened on Church Avenue in Flatbush, and if you live in the neighborhood or plan to take a gloomy stroll around the south side of Prospect Park anytime soon, try one of their five different bánh mì options. Saison Spice offers their sandwiches filled with everything from lemongrass pork chop to beer-battered fish, plus dishes like phở and vermicelli noodles for takeout, delivery, and limited outdoor dining every day. Call (347) 972-2714 to place your order.
For falafel platters, cauliflower pita, and eggplant salad in the East Village, order takeout from this new vegan spot. This is the second location of Tamam Falafel, and like the Upper West Side original, this fast-casual place will probably serve you best when you need a salad or shawarma for lunch or dinner. It’s open for takeout and delivery from 11am to 8pm, everyday except Sunday.
Pie Shop at The Beatrice Inn
After closing its popular West Village restaurant space earlier this month, The Beatrice Inn has launched a new pie delivery service. The team releases a weekly-rotating pie menu every Thursday via Instagram, which has ready-to-bake flavor options like steak and Guinness or chicken and vegetable. If you want one, call the restaurant at (212) 675-2808 between 10am and 5pm and place an order while supplies last.
The bio on Seven Elephant’s Instagram says “Less worry more curry.” And that’s just one of the things we appreciate about this new Thai spot on the Lower East Side. Others include their build-your-own rice boxes involving options like salmon and stewed beef for less than $15 and the availability of extra massaman curry sauce which we’d like to store in our fridge with the rest of our favorite condiments. Chances are, we’ll be craving all of the above very soon, so catch us picking up our takeout order here between 11am and 8:30pm, Tuesday-Sunday.
Coco Pazzeria is a new Italian spot in Soho from the team behind Coco Pazzo that should make you happy if you’re interested in eating mini calzones filled with ’nduja, panozzi meatball sandwiches, or personal pizzas topped with things like sausage and broccolini on your couch at home. The restaurant is only open for takeout and delivery right now, but has plans to open an outdoor patio area in the spring.
Bánh Vietnamese Shop House
After almost three months of running a Manhattan pop-up, the team behind Cơm Tấm Ninh Kiều - one of the best Vietnamese spots in the Bronx - has officially opened a restaurant on the Upper West Side. The menu at Bánh Vietnamese Shop House includes three different kinds of bánh cuốn, six different kinds of bánh mì (including one vegan option with pesto), plus a bunch of the other dishes that consistently sold out during the restaurant’s pop-up era. Everything’s available for takeout, delivery, and limited outdoor dining from 4 to 9pm, Tuesday through Thursday, and 12 to 9pm, Friday through Saturday.
The team that runs vegan mini-chain Beyond Sushi has opened this new vegan spot in Chelsea where you can get plant-based versions of steak frites, cacio e pepe, or tuna melt without having to scour the aisles of a gourmet market. For now, the restaurant is only doing takeout and delivery from 11:30am to 10pm daily, but they plan to set up outdoor seating in the spring.
Noi Due Café
We’re told breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And yet, many restaurants reserve their sunny side up eggs for the weekend. But that’s not the case at Noi Due Cafe on the Upper West Side. This new kosher, vegetarian spot serves brunch dishes like shakshuka and challah french toast from 11am to 4pm, plus lunch and dinner options like arancini, margherita pizza, and baked ziti until 10pm. You can try their Italian and Mediterannean dishes everyday on their outdoor patio, or for takeout and delivery.
Remember JACX, the food hall that opened on the first floor of a skyscraper in Long Island City last November? Well, a new spot from the team behind Loring Place opens there on January 22nd. Penny Bridge will serve a bunch of dishes that riff on American diner classics, like delicata squash rings, a tuna crudo melt with lardo, and chicken wings with Tabasco-butter.
Fandi Mata is a two-story Mediterranean restaurant on Bayard Street in Williamsburg, right across the way from the south entrance of McCarren Park. Its heated outdoor patio will open on January 23rd, but in the meantime, they’ve got everything from grilled octopus and croquetas to roasted lamb flatbreads and lobster tortellini available for takeout and delivery every day except Monday.