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The best new restaurants in NYC

From white-clothed fine dining to hole-in-the-wall cheap eats, find the best new places to eat and drink in NYC

Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz
Two Hands Tribeca

Looking for the best new restaurants in NYC? As much as we love our long-time establishments and neighborhood standbys for a New York pizza slice, New Yorkers are a fast-moving bunch fixated on what's new and happening around them. Luckily, the city's food-and-drink scene provides ample activity to satiate short attention spans. From fine-dining Midtown restaurants to cheap eats joints in Brooklyn, ready your bellies for the hottest and best new restaurants NYC has to offer.

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Best new restaurants in NYC

Dizengoff NYC

Philadelphia chefs have been flocking north to New York in droves, from the folks behind bread-focused High Street on Market (see review) to the Spanish tapas-slinging Amada, set to open later this spring. Now, Philly dining titans Michael Solomonov and Steve Cook make a splashy entrance to the scene with an expanded, 18-seat outpost of their house-made–hummus stall Dizengoff in Chelsea Market. As with the original, hummus and salads are offered for takeout by the pint, and fresh pita breads are boxed by the half and full dozen. New York exclusives include larger composed offerings such as a North African shakshuka (eggs poached in a spicy stew of tomatoes and peppers) and salatim, or Israel-style salads (Moroccan carrots with saffron, raw kohlrabi marinated in Yemen's hot-sauce-like schug). Beverages include a selection of Israeli wines and frozen limonana (Israeli mint lemonade) spiked with bourbon.

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With the continued popularity of modern speakeasies, it’s no longer rare to find bars clandestinely tucked behind telephone booths or hidden above a burger joint, like the Garret. When the team expanded to Avenue A with the Garret East, it seemingly shed its original speakeasy conceit—until a further look, that is. A doorbell installed inside the bar leads to a “reverse speakeasy” restaurant helmed by husband-and-wife chefs Scott Tacinelli and Angie Rito (Quality Italian). Situated with marble tabletops, linen place mats and framed food photos, the 20-seat eatery centers on family-style dishes: smoked short-rib tartare served with marble rye, dumplings with potato and pecorino, and a cappellacci nestling braised veal, guanciale and black garlic. The Garret barman Grant Wheeler moonlights here, complementing the fare with Italian beers, bottled cocktails poured tableside (Moscow mule, negroni) and a rotating list of biodynamic wines.

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East Village

Two Hands Restaurant & Bar

Following the success of their heavily Instagrammed Australian coffeeshop of the same name, Giles Russell and Henry Roberts launch this Tribeca-set sophomore project, a 50-seat, full-service restaurant and bar overseen by Melbourne-bred chef Frankie Cox (Montmartre, Navy). Doubling down on the original's relaxed, beach-inspired aesthetic, the space is decorated with blue concrete floors, lobster-pot light fixtures and a wooden bar flanked by a steel-arched back bar. Diners can squeeze into cushioned banquettes for flat whites and Cox's health-forward plates, including all-day breakfast dishes (beet-cured salmon on rye caraway with poached eggs; coconut porridge with raspberry-chia jam) and sandwiches (poached-chicken ciabatta, mushroom foccacia).

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Capri Ristorante

With it’s rich, red-sauced Italian heritage, New York is one of the only cities that can boast representation of Italy's many diverse regions, from Roman fare at Maialino to Sicilian specialties at Sessanta Ristorante. Now the team behind Chelsea's Eolo brings you a 130-seat shrine to the paradisiacal Isle of Capri, trimmed with blue-and-white accents, ceramic tiles and photos of 1960s icons Jackie Onassis and Valentino strolling the island's cobbled streets. At the helm of the kitchen is Italian young gun Franco Aliberti, formerly of the Michelin-starred Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, who offers seafood-heavy fare such as a grilled whole Mediterranean branzino and a grigliata di pesce, with grilled shrimp, calamari and a half lobster over pasta. Along with the pesce, the menu features brick-oven pizzas, large-meat offerings like a grilled veal chop with rosemary potatoes and traditional Italian cocktails spiked with Campari and limoncello.

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Little Italy

Natsumi Tapas

in the past year, a new wave of culture-crossing cooking has launched restaurants both successful (Korean-Italian at Nishi) and less so (Chinese-Spanish at Tasca Chino). This 90-seat Italy-meets-Japan outfit from prolific restaurateur Barbara Matsumura (Joe’s Shanghai, Haru) hopes to be in the former category. Expanding on a concept first introduced at the Theater District’s Natsumi, Matsumura enlists Italian-born chef Andrea Tiberi (Via del Mare) and sushi chef Hiroyuki Nagao (Nobu) to collaborate on dishes such as spicy sunomono with shrimp and surf clams in sake-konbu vinaigrette; a seared salmon toro don with caviar and avocado; and shiitake penne in a truffle cream sauce. Drinks rep both cuisines, like the Rising Sun-gria (sparkling Lambrusco, blackberry brandy) and the Whiskey Hunny (Japanese whiskey, yuzu honey), but decor skews more toward the Japanese side, with washi-papered walls and a bar fitted with a traditional Kumiko panel.

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