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NYC’s Most Exciting New Restaurant Openings

11 spots we’ll probably try on opening night.

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Updated October 5th, 2020

We write about brand new restaurant openings every week. But ever since Governor Cuomo announced the return of indoor dining starting September 30th, we’ve heard of more spots worth setting a calendar reminder for than ever. So if all you’ve got to look forward to for the next month is finding a Cher costume for your cat to wear on Halloween, the places on this list should help change that. From a new Austrian spot on the UES to a Mexican Cafe in Bushwick, these are the places we’ll probably be dining in or ordering from very soon.



$$$$ 1090 St. John's Place

Opening: December 2020

Daughter is a new mission-driven coffee shop and natural wine bar coming to Crown Heights by the end of the year. It’s owned by a few friends who have spent years working at places like Sey Coffee, Partners, and Variety. Every month they plan to donate 10% of their profits to a non-profit organization doing good for the Black community, and at the end of every year, 20% of their savings will go to an individual in the Crown Heights community who needs funding to start a charitable project of their own. For more information and to support Daughter, check out their ongoing Kickstarter campaign here.


$$$$ 220 Church Street

Opening: October 2020

The Frenchette team is quietly preparing to open a new bakery and test kitchen in the lobby of the Tribeca office building where Arcade Bakery once made incredible croissants. They haven’t shared much about what will be on the menu, but you probably won’t casually stumble upon their new location on 220 Church Street when it opens, so we’re bringing it to your attention. For now, Frenchette is still doing its outdoor dining pop-up in Rockefeller Center, which you can read more about here.

Leland Eating & Drinking House

$$$$ 755 Dean Street

Opening: Late 2020

Everything from the wooden banquettes to the tile-covered bar at Leland Eating & Drinking House has been built by the restaurant’s owner. After calling off a construction crew in March due to the pandemic, he decided to make this Prospect Heights spot his personal DIY project. The story of Leland Eating & Drinking House is documented well via the restaurant’s Instagram, but if you want to help the owner finish fixing up the place, check out the GoFundMe Page here.



$$$$ 853 Onderdonk Ave

Opening: Mid-October

Queens is getting a new American spot on a quiet corner from a few people who used to work at Gramercy Tavern. To start, Rolo’s will run a grocery store up front where you can pick up things like pasta, wine, charcuterie, and homemade ice cream on your way home. There will also be a restaurant that serves a changing, pre-set menu of shareable dishes like meatballs that you could probably finish all by yourself if you set your mind to it. The restaurant will likely open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery, sometime in mid-October.

Ursula Brooklyn

$$$$ 724 Sterling Place

Opened: September 30th

If you never got the chance to try one of those New Mexican-style breakfast burritos from Bushwick’s Awkward Scone before it closed in May, here’s your second chance. Ursula is a New Mexican cafe from one of the owners of Awkward Scone where you’ll find green chile and cheese stuffed-sopapillas, a distant cousin of the popular breakfast burritos, plus dishes like chile relleno and and arroz con leche. For now, it sounds like this Crown Heights spot will only have an outdoor patio where you can talk about the newest episode of Lovecraft Country with your housemate, but takeout and delivery will also be available Wednesday through Sunday.



$$$$ 445 Albee Square W

Opened: October 1st

This popular counter-service Israeli spot with a location in Chelsea Market has made its way to Brooklyn in Dekalb Market Hall. If you’ve ever had a falafel craving in Downtown Brooklyn, you know that this is a big deal. Miznon will deliver its steak-stuffed pitas and rotisserie chicken plates straight to your apartment if you live nearby, or you can pick it up from their new spot and present it to your housemates as a just-because gift on a random weeknight.

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$$$$ 445 Albee Square W

Opening: October 2020

Another Chelsea Market spot opening a new location in Dekalb Market Hall, Pulkies will be serving Jewish-style BBQ for the first time in Brooklyn this fall. Its first Manhattan location opened back in June, and they’ve been doing a mashup of Jewish and American BBQ dishes like brisket and pulled turkey, plus sides and desserts like beet gazpacho and cinnamon babka bread pudding. You’ll be able to get all of these things for takeout or delivery, and you can even choose to order them ready-to-heat just in case you want to see what that new toaster oven can really do.

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$$$$ 88 Essex St

Opening: October 2020

The people behind two of our favorite Indian spots in the city, Adda and Rahi, are opening a brand new Indian restaurant inside Essex Market on the Lower East Side. It was initially supposed to open over the summer, but we think it’ll be worth the wait. If the food at this new counter-service spot is anything like the goat biryani from Adda or the fried chicken sandwich at Rahi, it’ll be embarrassing to admit how often you’ll find us here.



$$$$ 137 Avenue A

Opening: October 2020

The East Village is getting a new omakase sushi spot that, like a good sports blazer, can be a casual or upscale option for the fall. While the pre-set menu is an option, you’ll also be able to order a la carte rolls and other raw plates like crudo, sashimi, and ceviche at Rosella. And based on the fact that someone from Rooftop Reds is working here now, the wine list will probably be worth paying attention to. While there aren’t many details just yet about whether this restaurant will open for indoor or outdoor dining, it is clear that this will be a “sustainable sushi restaurant.” Find out what exactly that means and more by following their Instagram.

Operation: Falafel

$$$$ 230 7th Avenue

Opening: October 2020

Operation: Falafel is a global restaurant chain that’s bringing its Middle Eastern dishes like sujuk, kofta meatballs, shakshuka, and baklava to NYC for the very first time. The new Chelsea location will be a counter-service spot serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner indoors, as well as for takeout and delivery. So if you’re looking for a place to default when you don’t feel like warming up another bean burrito in your microwave, Operation: Falafel sounds like a quick option to keep in mind.


$$$$ 1652 Second Avenue

Opening: Late October 2020

Going to the Alps and yodeling your ABCs might still be in the cards for you sometime in the future. But if you’re curious about what to eat when you’re done, let a server at this new Austrian spot on the Upper East Side give you a few pointers. Hütte will serve game meats, charcuterie, and fondue that you can eat while wrapped in a blanket on their backyard patio. Thankfully, the restaurant will also have electric heaters to keep you from feeling like you’ve been locked out of a ski lounge. No word on whether the restaurant will have an official policy on yodeling or some kind of yodeling-focused playlist, but you will find drinks like mulled wine and beer on the menu.

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