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NYC’s New Restaurant Openings

The new restaurant openings you should know about.

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If you tried to keep track of every 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.


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.

Franks Wine Bar

$$$$ 465 Court St

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 Restaurant

$$$$ 119 Kent Ave

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

$$$$ 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.

october 2018

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 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.

september 2018

The people behind one of our favorite Spanish restaurants (La Vara) just opened a small plates seafood spot in Cobble Hill. It’s a little space with mainly counter seating and a few tables, and you’ll find things like Mediterranean wine, mini raw scallop tacos, and a fancy tuna casserole.

The Garret Nolita

$$$$ 349 Broome Street

There are now officially enough Garret locations to qualify for their very own bar crawl. The newest one is in Nolita, and it looks a little like someone with an old-school trunk could show up, demand a strong drink, tell some stories, and fit right in.


$$$$ 447 Amsterdam Avenue

After being closed for a few years, Gazala’s on the Upper West Side is open again. They serve Middle Eastern food such as labneh, kebabs, and crispy-thin pita that might make you question your past pita experiences.


$$$$ 611 Hudson St

The owner of Taim (one of our go-to spots for Middle Eastern food) just re-opened her original, more upscale Israeli restaurant called Balaboosta. It used to be in Nolita, but now it’s in the old Bar Bolonat space in the West Village.

10 Corso Como

$$$$ 1 Fulton Street

10 Corso Como is originally from Milan, and just opened a location in the Seaport. In addition to a gallery and a store selling things like expensive jewelry and special-edition Birkenstocks, there’s an Italian restaurant and cafe that’s open for lunch and dinner every day.

Afandi Grill

$$$$ 149 1st Ave

This is a fast-casual restaurant in the East Village serving Central Asian food with Chinese influences. The menu has hand-pulled noodle dishes, dumplings, kebabs, rice bowls, and more.

Grand Seoul

$$$$ 85 Chrystie St

Grand Seoul is a new Korean BBQ place on the Lower East Side with a neon sign that looks like a picture of a cow and a pig who got their tails stuck together and just continued to live like that. You can’t buy the sign (as far as we know), but you can get some BBQ combination platters and stews.

RH Rooftop Restaurant

$$$$ 19 9th Ave, 5th Floor

Your dreams of having dinner on top of a fancy furniture store (you have those, right?) are about to come true: the Restoration Hardware in Meatpacking now has a formal-feeling restaurant and rooftop terrace that’s full of chandeliers, trees, and truffle pasta.


$$$$ 329 Smith St

Sans is an upscale vegan restaurant in the Carroll Gardens space where Nightingale Nine used to be. The menu has a la carte dishes like plum terrine, vegan lasagna, and a vegan “TV Dinner,” as well as a five-course tasting option for $65.


$$$$ 31-31 Thomson Ave

Adda is an Indian restaurant that recently opened in Long Island City. The owners have another Indian restaurant in the West Village called Rahi, but at this new spot, things are more casual. Everything on the menu here - from the prawn curry to a goat biryani - is under $20.

Shake Shack

$$$$ 225 Varick Street

The West Village has a Shake Shack now, and this one is a little different from all the others - in the basement Innovation Kitchen, they’ll be developing new menu items, like their first ever chicken nuggets (which you can only get here).

The original Sakagura is a great Japanese izakaya hidden in the basement of a Midtown office building. They recently opened a location in the East Village that’s technically in soft open mode - but there’s still a decently-sized menu full of soups, grilled meat, and rice dishes.

Braven Brewing Company

$$$$ 52 Harrison Pl

When you’re at a bar and you don’t want to make anyone recite the full list of everything on tap, Braven is one of those reliable beers you’ve tried and (probably) liked. The company that makes it just opened their first taproom and restaurant, with food ranging from a burger with beer cheese on a pretzel bun to fried seitan.


$$$$ 325 Kent Ave

There’s now a second Mekelburg’s across from Domino Park in Williamsburg, and the bar here is bigger than the one in their original Clinton Hill location. They have a grocery section as well as a full menu of things like tartines, sandwiches, and baked potatoes topped with caviar.

Bluebird London

$$$$ 10 Columbus Circle

This is the first US location of an all-day restaurant from London, and it just opened in the Time Warner Center in Columbus Circle. The menu has everything from a full English breakfast to afternoon tea and (at dinnertime) beef wellington for two.

The Buren Cafe + Bar

$$$$ 1223 Broadway

The Buren is a new cafe and bar in Bushwick that opens at 7am every day and has regularly scheduled DJ dance events at night. They also have flatbread pizzas, cocktails, and a swing you can sit on.


$$$$ 329 Kent Ave

The team behind Lilia just opened a new restaurant in the bottom of an apartment complex across from Domino Park in Brooklyn. The main focus here is housemade pasta, which you can watch the chefs cook if you’re sitting at the long counter overlooking the open kitchen.

St Ends

$$$$ 667 Franklin Ave

St Ends is a new cocktail bar in Crown Heights with a logo that looks like one half of a “best friends” heart necklace. They have a nice little backyard, comfortable couches, and Happy Hour from 3pm-8pm every day.


$$$$ 97 Wythe Avenue

If you think of Williamsburg as a Monopoly board, Wythe Avenue is the corner that just got all the hotels. The Hoxton is the latest addition, and they’re planning a bunch of restaurants and bars inside. For now, only one is open - Klein’s, an American spot with dishes like caesar salad, a fried chicken sandwich, and steak tartare.

Zhen Wei Fang

$$$$ 207 Bowery

Zhen Wei Fang is a new hot pot place on the LES. They have everything from hot stone beef to lobsters you can pick from the seafood display when you walk in. There also appears to be a talking robot who will greet you when you arrive.


$$$$ 954 Manhattan Ave

This is a fancy Japanese omakase place in Greenpoint. Reservations are required, and there’s a 13-course, $138 tasting menu that includes dishes like the “Coney Island,” with uni and scallop, and a “Summer Carnival” dessert course with ice cream and crispy corn on top.

Berber Street Food

$$$$ 35 Carmine St

This new counter-service place in Greenwich Village serves a range of African food, from Senegalese empanadas to vegetable tagine and a burger with piri piri ketchup. There are a few places to sit down here, and most things cost under $20.

Peppercorn Kitchen

$$$$ 289 Mercer St

Peppercorn Kitchen is a fast-casual restaurant in the West Village that’s open for lunch and dinner. The menu includes dumplings in chili oil, spicy crinkle-cut fries, and malatang (a Chinese hot pot dish with noodles).

Corner Bistro

$$$$ 103 N 3rd Street

The original Corner Bistro makes one of our all-time favorite burgers, and now there’s a new location in the North 3rd Street Market in Williamsburg. In addition to the burger, you’ll find things like tater tots and egg creams. What you won’t find are big booths and 4am crowds.


$$$$ 163 Rivington Street

Bricia is a neighborhood Italian cafe on Clinton Street that’s open from 10am to 10pm every day. Dishes here range from omelettes to pastas, and they also serve beer and wine. Right now, it’s cash-only.

This is a small, casual restaurant in Midtown West serving a combination of Uzbek, Kazakh, and Tajik food, including skewered meat, samsas, and manti (dumplings).

Botte Bar

$$$$ 25-07 Broadway

Botte Bar is a new Italian wine bar in Astoria with pasta, crostini, and small plates to share. During their Happy Hour (which goes from 4-7pm), you can get half a dozen oysters for $10, and beer, house wine, and cocktails for $5 each.

August 2018


$$$$ 19 W 31st Street

Henry, the restaurant in the Life Hotel in Nomad, has reopened with a different concept and a new chef (the former chef at The Cecil). The food at the new Henry has African, Asian, and Caribbean influences, and dishes include tamarind jerk BBQ chicken, roti, and an “afropot” with seafood and Chinese pork sausage in it.

Hortus NYC

$$$$ 271 5th Avenue

Hortus NYC is an Asian restaurant in Nomad serving everything from pork belly to soy bean paste hummus, as well as some good-looking cocktails. It seems after-work-nice, like the kind of place people who spend eight hours a day in Nomad would fit right into.

This spot on the LES looks a little like a dive bar, with Budweiser signs and TVs on the walls. The menu has all kinds of traditional BBQ (brisket, ribs, cornbread), plus not-so-traditional additions like New England clam cakes, Indian spiced lamb shank, and s’mores.

Paulie Gee's Slice Shop

Pizza  in  Greenpoint
$$$$ 110 Franklin St

One of our top 20 favorite pizza places in the city now has another Greenpoint location, and this one sells slices (of the square and non-square varieties) in addition to full pies. There are traditional and vegan classics on the menu, plus a few new additions like a square pizza with sesame seeds on the bottom called the Freddy Prince.

Sala Thai

$$$$ 307 Amsterdam Ave

We really like Up Thai on the UES, and now the same owners have opened Sala Thai on the UWS. The dining room here looks giant, with murals on the walls and more chandeliers than Sia’s music video (which, fun fact, doesn’t actually have any in it).

The people (nay, the citizens) behind a pleasant Australian cafe in Chelsea just opened a new location in Gramercy. This place serves breakfast all day as well as lunch bowls and sandwiches they call “afternoon delights.” Soon they’ll also have cocktails, beer, and wine.


$$$$ 82 W 3rd Street

Phobar is a casual new Vietnamese place in Greenwich Village, a block from Washington Square Park. NYU people, your back-to-school shopping might need to include the $15 spicy brisket pho here.


$$$$ 237 Kent

At Ume in Williamsburg, you can get something called a “deconstructed omakase” - i.e. a tray with 12 pieces of fish, plus rice, sauce, nori, and garnishes that you combine yourself. The set will change seasonally and the whole thing costs $45.

Toriko NY

$$$$ 76 Carmine St

Toriko is a Japanese restaurant specializing in yakitori, and they just opened their first US spot in Greenwich Village (they have several locations in Japan). In addition to the yakitori, they have options like ramen and rice bowls, and there are three omakase options, one of which is vegan.

Van Leeuwen Soho

$$$$ 61 W Houston Street

We believe in medicine and science. But we also believe in the restorative power of the sundae at Van Leeuwen. And now you can be healed at their new location in Soho on West Houston St. between Greene and Wooster.


Korean  in  Flatiron
$$$$ 55 W 19th St

A new upscale Korean restaurant in Flatiron with dishes like sweet shrimp crudo and beef short ribs. You can order a la carte, but there’s also a set menu for $75, and a ginseng chicken soup you need to order two days in advance.

The Braised Shop

$$$$ 241 E 10th St

This is a casual Taiwanese counter-service spot in the East Village where you pick a bunch of braised proteins and vegetables to combine into one customized rice or noodle dish. They’re still in soft-open mode with limited hours, so you might want to try calling ahead.


$$$$ 1004 2nd Ave

Wanderlust might sound like a trendy pilates studio, but it’s actually a restaurant in Midtown East that’s open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day. The menu has everything from pad thai to poutine and ham cordon bleu.

Black Seed Bagels

$$$$ 1188 Broadway

We live in a city that has boiled circular bread in its very foundation. Figuratively, we think. Which is why it’s worth mentioning that there’s a new location of this Montreal-style bagel place in the Ace Hotel in Nomad.


$$$$ 250 Varet St

This is a casual new Japanese place in Bushwick that serves small plates (ranging from dumplings to king crab pot pie), entrees, and sushi. There are also desserts like homemade ice cream and green tea tiramisu.


$$$$ 351 5th St

The menu at this new Park Slope spot has a mix of Japanese and Korean dishes, with options like yellowtail sashimi, Korean fried chicken, and an $89 wagyu steak. Most of the entrees are in the $20 range, and they’re also open for lunch.

Cash Only BBQ

$$$$ 774 Driggs Ave

The name here is pretty straightforward: this is a small, mostly-takeout BBQ spot in Williamsburg that doesn’t want your credit cards. They make slow-roasted beef, pork, and chicken wings, as well as smoked jackfruit for vegans and vegetarians.


$$$$ 138 Smith St

Voltaire is a Southern-themed spot in Cobble Hill that does Happy Hour until 8pm and has a backyard area that looks like a platform tent. You’ll find bar snacks as well as larger plates like pork with collard greens and a grilled cheese that comes with gumbo.

Bluestone Lane

$$$$ 417 Amsterdam Avenue

There are more Bluestone Lane locations than operational lighthouses in New York City. Which is OK because lighthouses probably don’t play a huge role in your everyday life, and Bluestone Lane has good coffee and pastries. This latest location is on the Upper West Side.

De Mole

$$$$ 2 Hope Street

De Mole is a casual Mexican restaurant in Williamsburg serving everything from salmon with mole to beef brisket stew, plus a bunch of vegan options.


$$$$ 43 Clinton Street

One of our favorite casual French places, Le French Diner, just opened a new bar on Clinton Street. In addition to drinks, they have a short menu of dishes like seared foie gras, skewers, and panna cotta.

Santiago’s Beer Garden

$$$$ 2337 1st Ave

Santiago’s Beer Garden is a new Dominican restaurant in East Harlem with a nice-looking back patio and a bunch of colorful murals. They serve dishes like roast chicken, stewed beef, and oxtail that you can pick up at the counter or eat in their outdoor space. They don’t have a liquor license yet, but should be getting it soon.


$$$$ 2815 24th Ave

A new casual spot in Astoria making Neapolitan-style pizzas with interesting toppings like lamb sausage and fontina or harissa and cauliflower.

Vin Sur Vingt

$$$$ 66 W 84th St

There are a few Vin Sur Vingts across the city now, and the latest location is on the UWS. It should come in handy if you need a spot for a nice drink and some snacks in the neighborhood.

Elsie Rooftop

$$$$ 1412 Broadway

This is a new indoor/outdoor rooftop bar near Bryant Park that looks like the physical manifestation of the glowing cursive Instagram font, with lots of gold and velvet art deco furniture. Elsie has cocktails, bar food, and bottle service.

Momo Chicken Shack

$$$$ 247 Starr St

There’s a neighborhood sushi spot in Bushwick called MoMo Sushi Shack, and the same people just opened another casual restaurant nearby. This one specializes in fried chicken and vegetable sides.


$$$$ 200 Church St

If you spend time in Tribeca while the sun hangs out in the middle of the sky, Vietspot is a new place you might want to add to your list of lunch options. It’s a fast-casual Vietnamese restaurant with banh mi, pho, and vermicelli rice noodles.

Kill Devil House Of Dark Spirits

$$$$ 292 Bedford Ave, Ground Floor

This is a rum bar in Williamsburg on the corner of Bedford and Grand with a name that is both terrifying and great for SEO. They serve a bunch of colorful cocktails, and there’s a machine that makes customized ice cubes with devil tails on them.


$$$$ 80 Carmine St

Llama Inn, a great Peruvian restaurant in Williamsburg, just opened a new place in the West Village called Llamita. It’s open from 11am (10am on weekends) until 8pm, and it’s counter-service only, with roughly 15 seats where you can eat rotisserie chicken, sandwiches, and beef heart skewers.

Ample Hills Creamery

$$$$ 421 Van Brunt St

Ample Hills now has a giant factory, museum, and store in a neighborhood with enough room for that sort of thing - Red Hook. It looks like less like a place created specifically for social media, and more like something designed at least in part with kids in mind. In case you needed to convince your kids to like ice cream more.


$$$$ 165 Tompkins St.

This is a new American restaurant in Bed-Stuy where the dining room resembles an air-conditioned greenhouse, with glass walls and hanging plants. They serve burgers, scallop ceviche, and little salami sandwich sliders.

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