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.
The chef who opened Miznon has a new reservation-only Mediterranean place in Hell’s Kitchen called HaSalon (the original version is a big party restaurant in Tel Aviv). It’s open on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, with a DJ playing music on the later end of the night.
Cafe Phin is a coffee shop inside of An Choi (a Vietnamese restaurant on the LES) that serves drinks like coconut Vietnamese coffee and ube iced lattes. They’re open from 7am-4pm on weekdays, and 9am-noon on Saturdays.
If you’re concerned that you’ll run out of uniquely-named cocktail bars to go to in Williamsburg, we’re here to assure you that there will always be more. This one is on Metropolitan Avenue and has a weekday Happy Hour that goes until 8pm, with options like an $8 Old Fashioned and a $10 margarita.
Another new Williamsburg bar. Gran Torino is an all-day cafe on Berry Street that serves drinks, pizzas, and Italian snacks until midnight. They have a big outdoor space and greenhouse area, as well as a Happy Hour during the week from noon to 7pm.
This full-service spot on 3rd Avenue in Gramercy serves ramen, as well as housemade gelato in flavors like matcha and chocolate hazelnut.
Is a cocktail bar without alcohol called a mocktail bar? Maybe? While we try to figure that out, you should know that Greenpoint now has its first ever alcohol-free bar with 10 different drinks and some bar snacks like a smoked fish plate and cookies.
This is a new Italian restaurant in Greenwich Village that’s owned by the same people who run Avena Downtown next door. Their new spot has outdoor seating and a menu full of things like carbonara, veal cheeks with polenta, and a whole roast duck.
Some bars have dance floors with disco balls, and some bars have outdoor patios where you can talk to strangers. Magazine, in Greenpoint, has both.
We checked out Magazine and added it to our Bar Hit List.
This is a new restaurant in the East Village specializing in food from the northwestern region of China. They’re currently in soft-opening hours (5-10 pm from Tuesday to Sunday).
Gold Room is an American/Caribbean cocktail bar and restaurant in Prospect Lefferts Gardens that’s open for dinner and weekend brunch. At brunch they serve things like a Caribbean style bake with salt fish, and they also have jerk wings and shrimp tacos for dinner.
Cheech & Peppe’s is a new sit-down pizza place on 2nd Avenue on the Upper East Side. Aside from thin-crust pies, they have salads, pastas, and Italian entrees.
If you spend time in Bushwick, you’ve probably hung out in or near Maria Hernandez Park, and you should know about Hills Kitchen, a new African restaurant that just opened right there. Also good to know: they have a Happy Hour deal with discounted drinks on Thursdays before 7pm.
This new counter-service Thai restaurant in East Harlem only has a few bar seats, and serves dishes like khao soi, drunken noodles, and curries.
Leña is a full-service restaurant inside of Mercado Little Spain in Hudson Yards. Most of the Spanish food on the menu is cooked directly over a fire (including paella with chicken and rabbit, and a chorizo dish they cut tableside).
Mar is another restaurant in Mercado Little Spain, specializing in Spanish seafood.
This is a new neighborhood French/Mediterreanan bistro in Park Slope. The menu has dishes like cornish hen and ratatouille with lamb, and they also serve brunch on the weekends.
Sama Street is a new cocktail bar on Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint with creative drink names (Tiger’s Milk and Comfortably Numb, for example), plus Asian-inspired snacks like green papaya salad and bao. The space has colorful couches and plants, and looks like it’ll be good for dates.
After closing its location in Gramercy last year, BLT Prime is back - but in a two-floor space in the East 70s. It’s open for lunch and dinner every day, plus brunch on the weekends.
Ichiran has a few locations around the city, and they’re known for serving ramen to solo diners in little stalls (so a meal here requires no human interaction whatsoever). This new Times Square restaurant has two floors, and actually has tables for both individuals and groups - although it might be nice to get some alone time this close to 42nd Street.
This is a casual Georgian restaurant right across from the 14th Street 1/2/3 station in Chelsea. The menu has a bunch of khachapuri (made in their own clay oven), shared meat platters, and wine by the glass and bottle.
This new spot on Smith Street in Cobble Hill serves Japanese and Korean food like spicy pork bibimbap, tonkatsu, and ramen.
TAK Room is the new restaurant in Hudson Yards from the chef behind places like The French Laundry and Per Se. The food here is old-school American - with dishes like oysters rockefeller, filet mignon, and roast chicken carved tableside - and very expensive. You can also expect live music, champagne carts being pushed around, and a view of that thing with all the stairs everyone is currently obsessed with.
Kiki’s now has a second, casual counter-service spot across the street from their main restaurant (in the space where Sherman’s - which they also owned - used to be). This place has about 12 seats and a little bar, but it’s mostly for takeout, and the menu is pretty much the same as the original spot’s, with the addition of souvlaki sandwiches.
A chef who used to work at Momofuku Ko has a new restaurant in Chinatown right under the Manhattan Bridge, where you’ll find diner classics like matzo ball soup and breakfast plates with eggs and home fries, but also a chicken katsu club sandwich and a mushroom reuben quesadilla. It’s only open from 8am to 3pm, and you can’t make reservations.
Mercado Little Spain is a new Spanish food hall and market inside of Hudson Yards, with a tapas bar, a bunch of stands serving things like churros and charcuterie, and a wine bar with Happy Hour starting at 5pm every day. The space is run by Jose Andres, and there will be three full-service restaurants opening there soon, too.
Black Seed Bagels just opened their first Brooklyn spot in Brooklyn Heights, across from Trader Joe’s and the movie theater. This particular location has a counter and a few seats, as well as gluten-free bagels.
After years of serving big deli sandwiches on the UES, Pastrami Queen now has a second Midtown location inside the Pearl Hotel on 49th Street. It’s open from 8am to 11pm every day.
This is a new Greek restaurant on the Lower East Side with mixed grill plates that come to your table on an actual grill, plus seafood dishes and pizza boats that look like open-face calzones. There’s also a Medusa mural on the wall to make sure you fully get the theme.
Forma is a counter-service Italian restaurant in Greenpoint where you can watch as your pasta is made, then boiled to-order. The menu is pretty much only pasta, salads, and sides like eggplant parm and roasted cauliflower.
Yi Ji Shi Mo Noodle Corp. is a cash-only counter-service spot in Chinatown that specializes in steamed rice rolls. The rice rolls are all under $5, and come in varieties like curry fish ball and dried shrimp.
Crown Shy is a cute thing to say about an embarrassed prince, and it’s also the name of a new restaurant in FiDi. The chef used to work at Eleven Madison Park, and the menu ranges from white bean hummus and beef tartare to charred octopus and roasted short ribs. The bar area (where you can order from the full menu) is reserved for walk-ins only.
We checked out Crown Shy and added it to our Hit List.
San Pedro Inn is a bar in Red Hook with Mexican dishes like carnitas tacos, fluke ceviche tostadas, and salsa with fermented tomatoes. It also has an area for live music, and stays open until 4am on weekend nights.
If you go up to the fifth floor of the new mall building in Hudson Yards, you’ll find this Asian-inspired restaurant with raw bar options, dim sum, and entrees like a roasted chicken with fried rice for two. There’s also a bar that’s open until 11pm every night.
This Hudson Yards restaurant is the newest of the Momofuku spots, and serves upscale Korean dishes like wagyu ragu rice cakes, a stew with cornish hen, and a few set meals that come with soup and crispy vegetables. Right now, Kawi is only open for lunch, but they’ll start their dinner service on April 15th.
Another Momofuku spot in Hudson Yards. Peach Mart is a counter-service place where you can pick up lunch and snacks (like potato salad sandwiches and kimbap) during the day.
One more for good measure: there’s also a new location of Fuku (Momofuku’s fast-casual fried chicken chain) in Hudson Yards that’s open for lunch and dinner.
This is the second location of a fancy Midtown Greek restaurant, also in Hudson Yards, and it’s open for lunch and dinner. As with the original place, there’s a focus on seafood.
Milos Wine Bar is from the same people as Estiatorio Milos, and it’s one floor below the new Hudson Yards restaurant. They serve Greek wines as well as snacks, and have a Greek yogurt bar during the day.
As you might be able to tell from the name, this is an American restaurant with big booths. And it’s in Hudson Yards. The menu ranges from burgers, pizza, and roast chicken to sushi.
Belcampo already has butcher stores and restaurants on the West Coast, and this Hudson Yards spot is their first in NYC. They raise all of the meat they serve on their own farm, and this location has a full-service restaurant area as well a fast-casual take-out section. Also, you can buy bone broth on-tap.
Have you heard of Hudson Yards? No? Then you must have missed the previous eight entries in this guide, and you’ve probably been on a break from Instagram. Queensyard is yet another Hudson Yards spot, and it’s a British place from a big restaurant group in London (the same group is also behind Bluebird on the UWS). It’s open for lunch and dinner, with dishes like scotch eggs and fish and chips, and there’s also a cafe area that turns into a wine bar with small plates at night.
Maybe you’re the kind of person who goes shopping at Neiman Marcus, or maybe you’re currently asking yourself who Neiman is and what he wants from you. Either way, there’s an upscale restaurant inside the Neiman Marcus in Hudson Yards called The Zodiac Room, and it has caviar, champagne, and other casual things you’d want to snack on after buying a cashmere sweater.
We’re not mad that there’s another Shake Shack in the city. So if you find yourself near all of these Hudson Yards places but really just want a quick burger, know that this is an option, too.
The second NYC location of Miznon is now open on the UWS (on 72nd Street between Amsterdam and Columbus). Their first NYC spot is in Chelsea Market, and they’re known for Israeli pitas and a roasted cauliflower you’ve probably seen on social media.
Van Da is a casual new restaurant in the East Village with a menu focused on dishes from different regions of Vietnam, ranging from grilled squid with Chinese sausage and rice cakes to stir-fried pho noodles. This place takes reservations online, but is closed Mondays.
Another counter-service location of Williamsburg Pizza is now open on the UES. This one has a few tables and stools, and serves both slices and full pies.
The space next to Westville’s East Village location is now a casual restaurant called Chinese Graffiti. The menu is broad, with a few different types of dumplings as well as sweet potato fries, lobster pasta, and octopus.
Arba is a new Mediterranean restaurant on the UWS with a completely gluten-free menu. They have a four-course tasting menu as well as a la carte dishes like shakshuka, branzino, and an “Israeli ceviche” made with lime-cured halibut.
Another Upper West Side addition, Leyla is an upscale Turkish restaurant serving things like flatbreads, lamb shank with mushroom risotto, and eggplant caviar. It’s open for dinner every day.
The people behind Antica Pesa and Tao have a new Italian restaurant called Feroce. It’s located in the Moxy Hotel in Chelsea, and it serves pastas and entrees in the $25-35 range.
This is a new Vietnamese restaurant in South Williamsburg with dishes like chicken pho, bun bo, and summer rolls. The space looks pretty small and casual, and there are string lights outside to fool you into thinking it’s spring.
If you’ve been to Drexler’s or Mister Paradise in the East Village (the second of which is currently on our Bar Hit List), Paper Daisy is the newest cocktail bar from the same people, in the same neighborhood. During the day, the space is also the second location of C&B Cafe, where they serve coffee and food (including a duck hot dog and a fried oyster sandwich).
We checked out Paper Daisy and added it to our Bar Hit List.
Short Stories is a cocktail bar in the East Village from the owner of Millie’s Cuban Cafe in Bushwick. It’s in the old Wise Men space on Bowery, and has both $13 cocktails and a full menu of bar food.
This new spot in Boerum Hill serves family-style portions of Thai food like khao soi, massaman curry, and pad thai. They also have a brick wall that’s decorated completely with blue bowls, and Thai iced tea served in mason jars.
In the same Tribeca space (and from the same owners) is a Japanese-influenced cafe called Sawada Coffee. They have one of these in Chicago, too.
Niche Niche is a wine bar in the West Village from the owner of Tokyo Record Bar. This new place has two nightly seatings (with different wine experts hosting each day), and you can get a $40 wine tasting with the option of a $40 food pairing.
We checked out Niche Niche and added it to our Hit List.
Next to Murray’s and Murray’s Cheese Bar is a new counter-service place where you can build your own bowl of macaroni and cheese (basically pasta with different meats, vegetables, five kinds of sauces, and of course, cheese from Murray’s). They’re open from 11am-8pm every day, and have a BEC-themed brunch pasta on the weekends.
There’s a new location of The Ribbon in Times Square, and in the basement of that is a just-opened lounge called Blue. In addition to cocktails and a DJ booth, Blue has things like seafood towers, fried chicken, and caviar.
The next time you see a movie at Nitehawk in Williamsburg, you can think back to this Openings Guide and remember reading about a new casual restaurant that opened right next door. The pan-Asian menu at Monarch Theater has everything from cod in a coconut sauce to dumplings and onion roti.
Savida is a casual Mediterranean restaurant by the Chambers Street subway station in Tribeca that serves things like a grilled whole fish, pastas, and mezze.
This is a new all-day cafe in Williamsburg from one of the owners of Huertas in the East Village. It’s currently open for breakfast and lunch, with everything from breakfast sandwiches to patty melts and a whole rotisserie chicken. They’re waiting on a liquor license and will eventually have dinner service as well.
The owners of Her Name Is Han, Nonono, and Take 31 have a new Korean restaurant in Nomad that specializes in broth-based cooking. You’ll find a bunch of stews and steamed dishes that feed two people, with main ingredients like snapper and oxtail. There’s also a pretty long list of appetizers like octopus terrine and yukgaejang noodles with brisket and mushrooms.
There’s a new Sugarfish in Soho, and it has everything you’d expect if you’ve ever been to the LA locations or the one in Flatiron several reasonably-priced “trust me” sushi sets, and a lot of people with nostalgia/envy for the West Coast. It’s open for lunch and dinner every day.
We checked out Sugarfish and added it to our Hit List.
Understudy is a big cocktail bar/venue in the same Downtown Brooklyn complex as the Alamo Drafthouse and DeKalb Market. Which means you could definitely spend a day in here without seeing the sun and (overall) be fine.
No Bar is a new gay bar where Narcbar used to be in the Standard East Village. There are no cover fees, and you can expect events like art shows, screenings of Drag Race, and dance parties (plus cocktails and bar snacks).
There are a few Sushi By Bou locations around the city, including one inside a suite at the Hotel 3232 in Nomad. That same hotel now has a second Sushi By Bou, where you can get a $50, 30-minute omakase in an actual restaurant space.
This is a new Italian restaurant in Nolita that has a cellar bar downstairs (Peppi’s Cellar, currently on our Bar Hit List). The restaurant serves everything from a daily burrata salad to squid ink risotto and a $34 fish stew pot pie. It looks casual, and entrees are mostly in the $30 range.
If you want to go to New Orleans but can’t take the time off, Parish might work as a temporary substitute - seeing as the food at this restaurant is all NOLA-inspired (oysters, po’ boys, a muffaletta, gumbo, etc). They also do a daily Happy Hour until 8pm.
Terrace Restaurant is a new all-day American restaurant in the Edition Hotel in Times Square. Which means, yes, there’s a lot of steak and pasta on the menu.
Mister Paradise is a new cocktail bar in the East Village with drinks like rum coffee shooters and an umami dirty martini. Also - they make their own version of fancy hot pockets, and have a VIP area behind a big red door.
Teranga is a fast-casual restaurant that just opened in The Africa Center in Central Park. The menu here is pan-African, and all of the dishes are completely gluten-and dairy-free (there are a bunch of vegetarian options as well).
This new spot in Nolita, from a team including the chef at Perry Street (who also happens to be Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s son), is currently only open for dinner, and serves a mix of French and Indonesian food.
The original location of Fumo is in Harlem, and it’s a good spot for a simple Italian meal. They just opened a new location a little further south, on Broadway between 107th and 108th Streets, with the same menu of pastas, pizzas, and $12 cocktails.
If you’ve ever been to Death & Co, the cocktail bar in the East Village, you’ve probably told everyone you know about it to prove that you’re cool. Now you can talk about their new bar in Midtown, which is hidden behind a door in the lobby of Hotel 3232.
Based on the name, you might think this is a classic rock cover band, but it’s actually a spacious bar in Astoria with French food and a binder full of whiskey options. It’s open for brunch on weekends, too.
While we desperately wish there were a superhero duo named Archer & Goat, Marvel hasn’t approved the idea (that we know of). So for the purposes of this guide, we’re referring to a new bar in Harlem with cocktails and American food like a burger and crispy brussels sprouts.
Russ and Daughters just opened a huge new location in Brooklyn for all your rugelach and whitefish needs. You can see into the bakery, and get baked goods, bagels, fish, etc., at a counter.
North Fork is a new American restaurant in the West Village, with an emphasis on local ingredients and wine and beer from the NY area. Entrees, like Atlantic sea bass and duck from Long Island, are in the $20 range.
Smør is a type of Danish butter, and also the name of a new Nordic all-day cafe in the East Village. This place has a bunch of different toasts topped with things like pickled herring and smashed chickpea, as well as chia bowls and the like.
Not that you needed an excuse incorporate “hunky dory” into your daily vocabulary, but here’s one anyway: there’s a new all-day cafe called Hunky Dory in Crown Heights, where BKW by Brooklyn Winery used to be. They’re open for brunch, dinner, and late-night service until 2am.
Maison Vivienne is an upscale Mediterranean restaurant on the Upper East Side that’s open for lunch, brunch, and dinner. They serve dishes like steak frites and lobster risotto, and have live music every Monday night.
This is a casual restaurant in Gramercy, a few blocks from Union Square. The majority of the menu is Indian, but there’s also a section of Himalayan/Nepali food like steamed and fried momos, and $11 platters that come with either lamb or chicken.
Kill Bar is a Quentin Tarantino-themed bar in (where else?) Williamsburg. What makes it Quentin Tarantino-themed, you ask? Regularly-scheduled film screenings, punny cocktail names, posters on the walls, and food like “Hateful 8 wings.”
In a few decades, we’ll all probably adopt Australian accents when we use words like “coffee,” “cafe,” and “oat milk latte.” Likely because of how many places like Sonnyboy will have opened. This is an all-day cafe on the LES from the people behind Banter, and it’s currently open from 8am-4pm (with dinner service coming soon).
About two blocks from Sonnyboy is a new seafood small plates restaurant called Chamusca. They have daily raw bar Happy Hour deals, as well as a menu with fish tacos, fried rice bowls, and a $50 seafood tower.
Hanon is a casual Japanese restaurant in Williamsburg that specializes in homemade udon (both hot and cold). Nothing on the menu here is over $20.
We checked out Hanon and added it to our Hit List.
Moo Thai Food is a cash-only Thai restaurant in Elmhurst with about 10 seats and three different meal sets on the menu (all of which involve crispy pork, sauce, and rice).
Pho Bar is a Vietnamese restaurant that just opened in Chinatown. They already have a location in Greenwich Village that we like for something quick.
Dubu Maru is a loungey-looking Korean restaurant on the second floor of a building in K-Town that serves dishes like seafood tofu stew, bulgogi vegetable bibimbap, and pineapple pork cutlet.
It’s possible you’ve been to The Ribbon on the UWS more times than you’d like to admit. Good news for you: they just opened a new Midtown location with private dining, brunch, and the same American classics on the menu. And going won’t technically count as eating at the same restaurant again.
Spicy Moon is a new vegan Szechuan restaurant on 6th Street between 1st and 2nd in the East Village. The menu has dishes like vegetable wontons in chili oil, dan dan noodles with a beef substitute, and mapo tofu.
If you work near Union Square and are looking for new lunch options, you might want to know about Mint Kitchen. This is a new fast-casual Israeli restaurant serving everything from falafel-crusted salmon to cauliflower salads and steak.
After years of serving Italian food in the West Village, Dell’anima just opened in Gotham West Market in Hell’s Kitchen. Yes, that’s a food hall. Yes, there are seats where you can eat panini, pasta, and a few entrees from 10am to 10pm.
St Tropez (a French wine bar in the West Village that’s good for dates) has a new location in Soho. In addition to wine, it has a bunch of small plates like beef tartare and a tart with escargot.
Yara is a massive, 200-seat Lebanese restaurant in Midtown East with kibbe, shawarma, lamb chops, and a bunch of vegan options. In terms of price range, small plates are around $15 and the entrees are around $30. But that’s probably what you expected from a loungey two-floor restaurant on 53rd Street.
Not only is Le Succulent a fancy way to talk about your new houseplant, but it’s also a new French bistro and bakery in Park Slope. This restaurant is open all day (except on Mondays, when they only serve dinner), and serves a bunch of brunch options like crepes, gravlax, and opera cake.
Dock is a casual Asian fusion restaurant in Bushwick with dishes like sashimi, curry, and pad thai. The space is right near the Jefferson L Station, and therefore, also close to a lot of bars.
This is a new upscale Italian restaurant on the Upper East Side that’s open from lunch until 2am every day. The original location of Il Divo is in Milan, but you can save money on flights and just try this place instead (you’ll need to conserve cash for the $51 veal Milanese anyway).
Krok is a casual Thai restaurant that just took over the old Pok Pok space in Cobble Hill. They have a pretty long menu, including family-style soups, larb, and fish dishes.
Kanoyama (one of our favorite casual sushi spots in the East Village) just started a late-night ramen service. Which means that after they stop serving sushi for the night, you can come here for ramen and snacks until 3:30am.
A few months ago, an Italian restaurant on the LES (Sauce) opened a slice shop in the East Village where you can order dipping sauce to go with your pizza crust. Now that pizza business has a second location, right next to the original restaurant on Rivington Street. (Just know that the original restaurant is currently closed because of a fire.)
In the summer, Hotel Hugo is where you go for rooftop parties at Azul Rooftop. But right now it’s too cold to be outside for longer than you need to be, so you’re better off trying their new Italian restaurant, MAV Soho, which is open from 7am to midnight.
YunShang Rice Noodle is a new 24-hour spot in Chinatown that specializes in rice noodle soup where you choose your own ingredients, then cook them in the pot. The soups cost around $10 each, and come with free noodle refills.
An old Tex-Mex restaurant in Park Slope (called Sante Fe Grill) just reopened on 7th Avenue with pretty much the same menu, new owners, and a slightly different name.
This is a new tapas spot by the Jefferson L stop in Bushwick that has dishes in the $4 - $18 range. You’ll find things like patatas bravas, octopus, and empanadas.
Angaar is a casual neighborhood Indian restaurant on the UWS, about a block and a half from the 72nd Street entrance to the park. They have a pretty extensive menu, and a vegetarian and non-vegetarian lunch special every weekday for $13 and $14.
Upside Pizza serves massive squares and typical triangle slices, with toppings like those pepperoni cups that look like you could eat miniature cereal out of them. It’s also worth noting that this place stays open until 1am on weekends.
The Emily/Emmy Squared team has a new restaurant in the East Village that specializes in Rhode Island-style grilled pizza. Violet also serves a bunch of different pastas and seafood small plates, like a stuffed clam dish with uni on top called “stuffies.”
There’s a new location of Empellon Al Pastor in the Pod 39 Hotel in Murray Hill. This one is full-service and has a long menu of bar snacks (in addition to tacos and drinks). There should also be a rooftop area open this summer.
Screamer’s is a vegan pizza place with a location in Greenpoint, and they just opened a second one in Crown Heights. The new spot has a totally different menu of calzones, slices, full pies, and sandwiches.
Bar Veloce, a wine bar mini-chain with five other locations across the city, is opening one more on the Upper West Side, right on the same block of Amsterdam Ave as Peacefood Cafe.
Good news for Wall Street: Joe’s Pizza has a new location in FiDi. Expect classic slices and (probably) people eating pizza with napkins stuck in their button-downs like makeshift bibs.
Ruby’s Vintage is a new soul food restaurant in Harlem that’s open for dinner and weekend brunch, with Happy Hour every day from 5-7pm.
Massa’s Coal Fired Pizza & Bar is a very self-explanatory name. So we’ll just add that this place is in Long Island City and serves dishes like stromboli, calzones, and chicken parm as well as pizza.
This new Latin American restaurant in the Hotel Americano in Chelsea has everything from duck carnitas tacos and savory churros with queso to a raw bar and empanadas.
There’s now another Marinara Pizza location, this time on the Upper West Side. They already have spots on the UES and in Midtown East, both of which are good slice options.
Sushi By M is a small Japanese restaurant in the East Village with hand rolls, sushi, and a 12-piece omakase. The only catch is that you have to text the number 347-688-8101 for reservations.
We checked out Sushi By M and added it to our Hit List.
The owners of Long Island Bar in Brooklyn Heights have a new cocktail spot in Fort Greene called The Rockwell Place. In addition to drinks, there’s a short bar food menu.
Teo is a new izakaya-style spot by the Jefferson L stop in Bushwick where everything on the menu (including the cocktails) costs less than $15. They serve yakitori, ramen, and smaller dishes like okonomiyaki and duck wings, and they’re only open for dinner.
If you saw the Andy Warhol exhibit at the Whitney and now need to go drink in a dark lounge-y bar inspired by his Pop Art (and plastered with his picture), The Factory 380 is where you can do it. This Murray Hill spot also has a hidden speakeasy room and serves food like barbacoa tacos, dumplings, and a TV dinner with cornish hen.
For fancy cocktails near Union Square, our shortlist of places usually includes Dear Irving. Now they have a second location on the 40th and 41st floors of the Aliz Hotel in Midtown.
The butcher Hudson and Charles just opened a casual dinner spot in Greenwich Village with, unsurprisingly, a lot of meat and meat-adjacent things on the menu. Including steak, burgers, and beef fat fries.
The original Avenue C location of Fiaschetteria Pistoia is one of our go-to casual Italian spots (although it’s currently closed due to a fire), and the same team just opened a second location the West Village.
Today in “people move to Park Slope,” the owners of a former West Village Korean restaurant now have a seafood-focused spot in Brooklyn. Haenyeo is a walk-in only restaurant with everything from rice cake fundido with chorizo to spicy kimchi stew, and beignets for dessert.
We checked out Haenyeo and added it to our Hit List.
Joyface is a new neighborhood bar in Alphabet City that has a loungey, 1970s-style space with a disco ball and portraits of tigers on the walls.
We checked out Joyface and added it to our Bar Hit List.
Shake Shack now has a location a block from the 125th Street 2 and 3 subway station in Harlem. The menu is like any other you’d find in the city, with the addition of a special custard concrete featuring snickerdoodle cookies from the local bakery Lady Lexis Sweets.
This is a new Mediterranean restaurant in Staten Island with great views of the river and a focus on seafood.
Nacho Macho Taco is a casual Mexican restaurant in Bushwick off the Myrtle-Wyckoff M train stop. They make their own horchata, and have a whole list of tacos for around $4 each.
If you’re looking for lunch omakase, your life probably rocks and you should also know about Takeshi, a new sushi place in Soho with lunch and dinner service. They have four omakase options (two at lunch, two at dinner) with prices ranging from $45 to $130, and you can also order a la carte anytime.
We checked out Takeshi and added it to our Hit List.
Did you ask for a fancy Irish restaurant in a hotel near Times Square? Probably not. But now the Public House at Merrion Row exists, and you can get drinks or some upscale pub food there before a show.
Fuyu Ramen is a new Japanese restaurant in Sunnyside across the street from the 46th Street 7 train stop. The menu has a lot more than soup and noodles (including buns, octopus balls, and poke bowls), but there are also four different types of ramen to choose from.
The owners of Madame Vo have a new Vietnamese restaurant in the East Village. This one focuses on Vietnamese BBQ, with grills on the tables, a $59 set menu, and a bunch of other a la carte options.
At Unagi in Nolita, you can pretty much only order eel (half an eel for $29 and a full one for $49). There are also sides like rice, pickled vegetables, and oh, more eel.
The Seneca is an American bar/restaurant in Ridgewood with natural wine, breakfast sandwiches, and pool tables. They’re open all day (hence the breakfast sandwiches and natural wine).
Odo is a 14-seat Japanese restaurant where you can get a nine-course meal for $200. The menu is seafood-focused, with dishes like snow crab and nigiri, and the space is located behind another Flatiron spot called Hall (which opened in November).
Her Name Was Carmen could be the ominous first line of a noir detective drama. But for our purposes, it’s the name of a new two-story Latin American restaurant in Soho. This place is partially owned by the person behind bars like Kind Regards and Make Believe (both of which we like).
There’s a new ramen place from Seattle that your friend who lives there may or may not have told you about during a conversation you weren’t listening to. The NYC version just opened in Park Slope and allows you to customize almost everything about your ramen - from the richness of your broth to the thickness of your noodles.
If you’re looking for brunch in the East Village, now you have another option. Dua Kafe is a new all-day Albanian cafe right by StuyTown, and they serve everything from bagels and lox to Byrek (an Albanian pastry with meat, cheese, or spinach fillings) and grilled meat platters.
This is a new Italian restaurant serving homemade pasta and pizza in the Columbia Street Waterfront District in Brooklyn.
A hotpot chain from China just opened its first-ever NYC location in Flushing. Luyishou Hot Pot has 900 locations around the world, and until now, the closest one to NYC was in Princeton, NJ.
Jack’s Wife Freda now has a third location. This one’s on 8th Avenue in Chelsea.
Biga Pizza Italiana Contemporanea is a new casual pizza place right across from Clinton Street Baking Co. on the Lower East Side. In addition to pizzas, they have a bunch of sandwiches made with pizza dough instead of bread.
If you spend time near Grand Central, you can tell everyone in your office that there’s a new casual ramen restaurant in the neighborhood serving soups and small rice bowls. It’s casual-looking in here, and everything on the menu is under $15.
Kal is a small Korean restaurant in Astoria that’s open every day for lunch and dinner, with food like rice cakes, braised fish stews, and pork buns.
TabeTomo is a new ramen shop in the East Village from one of the former chefs at Tsujita (a ramen spot in LA that always has a crazy line). Like Tsujita, this place specializes in a pork broth with noodles for dipping.
The Frankies Spuntino team now has a wine bar in the old Prime Meats spot in Carroll Gardens. It has a pretty long wine list, as well as a mix of Mediterranean small plates.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 is a cocktail bar in Clinton Hill with a full menu of Japanese food, and regular screenings of experimental/indie short films that not even your coolest friends who went to Wesleyan have seen.
The Hive is an American restaurant and bar on the corner of North 7th Street and Kent Avenue in Williamsburg. They’re open for dinner and weekend brunch, and there’s an outside area for when it’s 54 degrees in December.
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 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.
This new Park Slope spot focuses on drinks from local New York breweries/distilleries, as well as pastries, sandwiches, and charcuterie.
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.
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 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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
We checked out Momofuku Noodle Bar and added it to our Hit List.
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 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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
We checked out Devon and added it to our [Bar Hit List] (https://www.theinfatuation.com/new-york/guides/the-nyc-bar-hit-list).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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?
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 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.
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.
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.
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.