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New York's 15 best bar and restaurant openings this summer

Will Gleason
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Will Gleason

Sidewalks, boardwalks and subway platforms haven’t been the only things heating up in New York this summer. The city’s restaurant scene has been white-hot as well with buzzy openings from the High Line to Brooklyn and everywhere in between. Add these recently opened bars and restaurants to your summer bucket list and see how many you can hit up before Labor Day.

J G Melon (89 MacDougal St, West Village)
Fans of this New York institution don’t have to travel all the way to the Upper East Side anymore for a tasty bite of the restaurant's famous burger.
Order: The Hamburger; $10.75

Alta Linea (High Line Hotel Courtyard, Chelsea)
The High Line Hotel got a killer outdoor dining spot when this rustic Italian restaurant opened in the Chelsea Hotel’s courtyard.
Order: The Frozen Negroni; $14

Superiority Burger (430 E 9th St, East Village)
Vegetarians and meat eaters alike have flocked to this new East Village spot serving up meatless (but extremely tasty) food.
Order: The Superiority Burger; $6

Bill Baker’s (364 Grand St, Williamsburg)
A chill, new hangout for seasonal American fare including inventive takes on classics like deviled eggs and chili dogs. The bar also boasts 20 microbrew taps.
Order: Baby Beef Wellington; $9

Kings County Imperial (20 Skillman Ave, Williamsburg)
This modern Chinese outlet focuses on local ingredients, including some from the restaurant’s own garden.
Order: Steel-pot beef; $22


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Sessanta (60 Thompson St, Soho)
Sicilian-inspired food inspired the SIXTY Soho Hotel that will make you feel like you’re relaxing along the Italian coast.
Order: Fritto Misto; $14

Mother of Pearl (95 Avenue A, East Village)
A dreamy, brightly decorated space serving up refined tiki drinks and Hawaiian-inspired small plates.
Order: Kalua Pork Belly; $26

Fuku (163 First Ave, East Village)
The first location of David Chang’s tentative fried-chicken empire offers irresistible sandwiches guaranteeing a line around the block.
Order: Fried chicken sandwich; $8

Okiway (1006 Flushing Ave, Bushwick)
A Japanese izakaya slinging bar bites, tasty Japanese snacks and rare beers and sakes.
Order: Okonomiyaki pancakes (grilled savory pancakes) $12-$15.50

El Cortez (17 Ingraham St., Bushwick)
From the team behind Williamsburg’s Commodore, comes this 70’s-influenced spot serving up Tex-Mex dishes and fun Tiki drinks.
Order: Taco Salad; $11


#tikithursday with @groundscorecarl at @elcortezbushwick #zombie

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Loosie’s Kitchen (91 South 6th St, Williamsburg)
You'll want to spend the rest of your summer at this killer outdoor patio, noshing on fried chicken, biscuits and more Southern food.
Order: Oysters Bloomberg; $12

Babu Ji (175 Avenue B, East Village)
This relaxed, Colonial-influenced Indian corner restaurant is the first New York location of the Melbourne restaurant of the same name.
Order: Scallop Curry; $25

Seamore’s (390 Broome St, Little Italy)
This Little Italy newcomer from the Meatball Shop’s Michael Chernow is dedicated to offering sustainable seafood in a bright, airy setting.
Order: The Oh-Boy Sandwich; $16

The Four Horsemen (295 Grand St, Williamsburg)
This new wine bar from LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy is Scandinavian-inspired with a focused small-plates menu.
Order: Beef tartare $15

Goodnight Sonny (134 First Ave, East Village)
From the Wayland team, comes this new tiled space with cocktails and seafood in a neighborhood setting.
Order: Pork Sandwich; $10


We are open. @ the corner of St. Marks and 1st Ave #GoodnightSonny

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