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20 Great NYC Restaurants That Are Actually Open On Mondays

Lots of restaurants are closed on Mondays. But you can always rely on these spots.

Sure, those plans to meal prep over the weekend didn’t pan out—but at least now you have an excuse to go to your favorite Indian restaurant again. Except it’s not open. Mondays are the restaurant industry’s weekend, which means a lot of places tend to be closed. Since you don’t need to start the week working overtime, we’ve done some digging for you and found a bunch of our favorite spots for casual dinners, date nights, and special occasions where you can actually eat on a Monday.

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Hawksmoor on Park Avenue and 22nd Street is poised to become NYC’s next great steakhouse. The bar at this London transplant is first come, first served, and, on Mondays, their corkage fee is only $10. Yes, crispy Yorkshire pudding with potted beef and a strip steak with a side of creamed spinach is a rich lineup for a casual weeknight dinner—but just pretend it's a Saturday. A martini will help with that.

Every week, Niche Niche serves a different four-course menu with accompanying wine pairings, and they often have guest hosts—typically sommeliers, winemakers, or importers—who curate the wine selection for the evening. In other words, Niche Niche is a different restaurant from week to week, and you have absolutely no way of knowing what kind of restaurant that is until you arrive. This could also be said of your friend’s apartment, but we can guarantee the chicken here won’t be dry.

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This spot in Ridgewood is part Italian bakery and part restaurant. You can stop by during the day for a cup of coffee and some olive-topped focaccia and gougères—but, at night, Rolo’s feels like a scene out of Bushwick fan fiction. It’s a cool, casual spot where you’ll run into neighborhood regulars, such as those friends you made at Mood Ring last week. Expect to eat a bunch of simple wood-fired breads, meats, and vegetables as you take in the scene.

El Quijote originally opened in 1930 in the bottom of Hotel Chelsea. Over the years, it functioned as a clubhouse where people like Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, and Andy Warhol drank sangria and talked sh*t. After reopening in 2022, the restaurant looks and feels pretty unchanged. More importantly, the Spanish food is all better than what’s typically found at NYC’s legendary landmarks. Order the boquerones and pan con tomate.

Unlike other hotel restaurants that seem like they only exist to serve out-of-town guests who can’t be bothered to step outside, this restaurant is a must-visit no matter what neighborhood, borough, or city you’re coming from. Here, you’ll find items that are on a bunch of other menus like salad, roasted chicken, and fish—but most dishes incorporate at least one Latin component as well. The portion sizes at Comodo are perfect for two people, but, for a group meal, you’ll probably end up ordering most of the items on the menu. That’s a good thing.

When you walk inside of Ci Siamo, you'll feel like you're checking into a nice hotel, about to start a vacation in Milan (but in reality, you'll still have that 8:15am meeting to discuss "team dynamics" in the morning). The menu centers around live-fire cooking, although your focus should be on the breads and pastas. Despite the massive space, it can still be tough to get a table. So make a reservation at this Manhattan West spot in advance.

This quintessential UWS restaurant is a great place to eat a thick, satisfying burger and drink a martini with someone near Lincoln Center, but we’d also recommend bringing any children in your life for grilled cheese and ice cream sundaes. Despite being revamped, Old John’s still has old school charm—jazz playing over the speakers, staff who have been working there for years, and egg creams at the ready.

You could have a meal consisting solely of Shukette’s garlic-embedded frena bread, za’atar-showered laffa bread, and gozleme bread stuffed with potato, provolone, and cilantro. And yet, the entrees here are worth prioritizing—especially if you come with a group. A few worth seeking out are the “Fish In A Cage” and the joojeh chicken. The former consists of a whole porgy that gets sandwiched between two wire racks before being grilled and topped with herb pistou.

This high-end soba restaurant is a Tokyo transplant, and it was even featured on Anthony Boudain’s No Reservations. The handmade noodles here are served either chilled or in a hot noodle soup, and you should order both. The massive bowl of hot sarashina soba in bonito broth topped with several thick pieces of roasted duck is essential. Every single noodle in this dish is exactly the same size and cooked to the perfect degree of firmness, and each slice of duck is just crispy and salty enough to let the soba shine.

At Dame, two chefs stand behind a sleek white bar and cook some of the highest-quality seafood you'll find in the city. Reservations for this Greenwich Village spot get booked three weeks in advance as soon as they’re released at noon every day, but at least you can take solace in knowing that everyone around you worked just as hard as you did to get a reservation. Once you finally land a table here, get the fish and chips, and don't forget to order the cucumber salad with smoked mussels.

San Matteo is one of the few places in NYC where you can get the type of pizza-dough sandwich known as the panuozzo. This Upper West Side neighborhood spot also does about 25 different kinds of pizza (and we tend prefer those), and they have pasta, calzones, and small plates as well. The space is large, with brick walls and plenty of windows, and it’s perfect for a casual dinner with some friends or a few children that you’re responsible for feeding.

Even on a Monday, there will likely be a wait at Fish Cheeks—but the coconut crab curry alone is worth an hour-and-a-half layover at a nearby bar. If you don’t want to wind up eating around the time your loved ones are going to bed, either make a reservation at this Noho Thai restaurant a few weeks in advance, or stop by and put your name in for a table around 6pm.

Sugar Freak is a Cajun/Creole restaurant a block off the stretch in Astoria known as Little Egypt, but the big, packed space feels like a New Orleans-themed party no matter what day of the week you come. Beads hang from the light fixtures, and the space is usually full of groups sharing things like crawfish boils and jambalaya.

If you need a kind of sceney, semi-upscale spot for a last-minute dinner around Union Square, Kyma will work well. Reservations aren’t tough, and you can have some great food when you order correctly. This Greek restaurant specializes in seafood, so that’s mostly what you should order here. There are oysters, crab cakes, and a couple of good crudos, but for an appetizer, we especially like the grilled octopus.

Rangoon serves some of the best Burmese food in NYC, and this Crown Heights spot is ideal for when you need a new dish to daydream about during your next meaningless conversation. You could stop by for lunch or dinner wearing leggings and a T-shirt, but this place also works for an outdoor date night on a patio surrounded by string lights.

Katsuei has locations in both Park Slope and the West Village, and it's well-known for its relatively affordable omakase options. For $65, you get nine incredibly good pieces of sushi and a handroll. In terms of quality, price, and variety, this is some of the best sushi you’ll find in New York City—so come here the next time you want to feel mildly fancy on a Monday.

Fridays and Saturdays are slammed at the casual East Village sushi spot Kanoyama, so a weekday dinner is the way to go. The bar here also happens to be an excellent place for dining solo, and if you live in the area, this should be your choice for sushi delivery.

When Jing Fong’s 800-seat banquet hall on Elizabeth Street shuttered during the pandemic, we thought we were losing an NYC institution forever. The new, single-floor space on Centre Street is much smaller, but the dim sum is better than ever. There are still roving carts with chicken feet, fried turnip cakes (our favorite), and egg tarts, but none of these dishes ever seem like they've been sitting around for more than a few minutes. And if you don’t see a dish you want rolling by, just mention this to the accommodating staff, and someone will bring it to you straight from the kitchen.

Blue Ribbon Brasserie is an undisputed NYC classic and one of the first places we want to go at 11pm when we need a meal that doesn’t involve something between two buns. The menu hasn’t changed much since this place opened, and some of the go-to items are still the beef bone marrow with oxtail marmalade, the rack of lamb, and anything from the extensive cold seafood section of the menu.

Tokyo Record Bar is in a basement in Greenwich Village, and it has either two or three seatings per night, depending on the day. Each involves a seven-course tasting menu (which costs $65 per person), served in a little space that looks like something you’d find down an alley in Tokyo. Once you get seated, the first thing you do is help make the soundtrack. A server hands you a brochure with around 100 different records, you pick a song or two, then the DJ takes everyone’s selections and turns them into an all-vinyl playlist. This restaurant is perfect for a more-creative date night, and it's an ideal way to forget about the fact that you're currently only one day into your work week.

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