The 100 best new dishes and drinks in NYC 2017

Dig into the stellar new standouts we tried in 2017, from food-truck finds and killer cocktails to high-end steaks
Photograph: Teddy Wolff The Granddaddy at Cafe Booqoo
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You eat all the time. Your taste buds speak every flavor’s language—even umami—and your stomach is a general assembly meeting of the culinary United Nations. You eat things you can’t pronounce. You’re not even always sure what’s on your plate. But you’re up for it. We get you. So we’ve put together the 100 absolutely best new dishes and drinks we tasted this year—no, we haven’t eaten at Eleven Madison Park yet, either—with a wallet-friendly average price point of just $14. And we’ve divided them into 10 categories: everything from favorites at food trucks and crafty cocktails at the best bars to vegan delights and the latest in dreamy desserts. Gorge responsibly.

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Breakfast

Supermoon Bakery
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Restaurants, Bakeries

NYC (New York croissant) at Supermoon Bakehouse

icon-location-pin Lower East Side

Chef Ry Stephen is in a New York state of mind. The master behind San Francisco’s daring Mr. Holmes Bakehouse goes local with this morning mash-up of a bagel and a croissant, encrusting a flaky, buttery pastry with everything-bagel seasoning and stuffing it with chunks of smoked salmon and thick cream cheese. The heavy flavors—smoky fish, cooling cream, sharp seasoning—have breathing room inside the light pastry. This bright reinvention tastes like a wake-up call. $7

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Coconut rice porridge at Blake Lane
Photograph: Noah Fecks
Restaurants, Californian

Coconut rice porridge at Blake Lane

icon-location-pin Upper East Side

The creamy porridge tastes like Christmas in a bowl, thanks to orange zest, warming spices and four thin slices of roasted pear laid diagonally across the top. $12

Venue says Blake Lane is a fun, casual restaurant serving an all-day menu of seasonal breakfast, lunch, and dinner using the best ingredients.

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Decaf La Voz at Filtered
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Thomas M.
Restaurants, Cafés

Decaf La Voz at Filtered

icon-location-pin The Bronx

This organic brew is both good, with notes of cherry, graham and toffee, and good for the world, with beans from a Guatemalan cooperative of the indigenous Tz’utujil. $3

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Appetizers and tapas

Arctic char tostada at Atla
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Restaurants, Mexican

Arctic char tostada at Atla

icon-location-pin East Village

Chef Enrique Olvera (of Mexico City’s globally renowned Pujol) reinvents the classic lox bagel with a bold twist from his home. A crisp blue-corn tortilla becomes a gallery space for a Serra sculpture of raw char laid atop a pillow of creamy farmer’s cheese and kissed with capers, cilantro and serrano peppers. The playful combination does exactly what a small plate should: signals adventure ahead. $16

General Tso’s chicken wings at Atlantic Social 
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Restaurants, American creative

General Tso’s chicken wings at Atlantic Social 

icon-location-pin Fort Greene

This is one of those cookie dough ice cream combinations you can’t believe hasn’t always existed. It’s a deft finger-food balancing act between stoner grub and high-brow whimsy. Next-generation, next-level, next on your plate. Six wings $11, a dozen $20.

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Photograph: Courtesy Dan Wilby
Restaurants, American

Trinidadian corn and coconut soup at Franklin820

icon-location-pin Crown Heights

The secret to the corn not overwhelming this soup is that its partnered with yellow split peas. The coconut, as well, is in chunks but also dissipates flavor throughout with coconut milk. By that point, the carrots, cilantro, garlic, parsley and thyme are just along for the wild ride. $6

Cuttlefish at Camperdown Elm
Photograph: Teddy Wolf
Restaurants, American creative

Cuttlefish at Camperdown Elm

icon-location-pin Park Slope

Ridiculously tender slices of charred-edged cuttlefish are an achievement. Bathe them in a creamy froth of dashi, smoked butter, and crème fraiche, and they become an addiction. $13

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Nougatine at Jean-Georges
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Restaurants, French

Foie gras terrine at Jean-Georges

icon-location-pin Upper West Side

This is a best-of-both-worlds bonus: the foie gras is seared, giving it a crisp caramelized flavor, but is also rolled to allow the richer, denser, lingering flavor from cold foie dishes. The accompanying garnishes match that dualism: the soft spongy brioche cake paired with crispy crumbled toast and the tart cranberries covered in white chocolate shavings have an internal contrast as well as with the foie itself. $34

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Vegetarian and vegan

Wild mushrooms at ABCV
Photograph: Teddy Wolff
Restaurants, Vegetarian

Wild mushrooms at ABCV

icon-location-pin Flatiron

This umami number is a forager’s wet dream: a seasonal mix of warm mushrooms (chanterelle, cremini, hen of the wood, matsutake) caressed with an airy blast of spicy pine-nut mustard and tarragon. The delight here is that it’s so good—much more mouthwatering than a simple mushroom dish has any right to be. Consider it a chance for gimme-gimme gluttony in the otherwise-refined environs. $18

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Photograph: Courtesy The Cinnamon Snail
Restaurants, Trucks

Tamarind plum glazed lentil burger at the Cinnamon Snail

icon-location-pin Midtown West

By the time you get through the umeboshi plum-marinated cucumbers and the smoked chili roasted peanuts, the wasabi mayo and grilled pretzel bun — smart decisions in their own right — feel like obvious tagalongs to this adventurous wonder. $12

Burrata mandarin salad at the Grey Dog
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Restaurants

Burrata mandarin salad at the Grey Dog

icon-location-pin West Village

It’s only available after 4pm, and only at some locations, but this mix of salty cheese tang with sweet citrus bite is worth the obstacle course of tracking it down. $14.95

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Jajaja
Photograph: Teddy Wolff
Restaurants, Mexican

Dinosaur kale at Jajaja

icon-location-pin Chinatown

Half-art, half-Jenga, this is tower-of-babel veganism done right. The spice of the lime dressing, tang of the mango chunks, creamy avocado, pulpy quinoa, and textured tangle of sprouts and coconut is a taste-bud decathlon. $12

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Brunch

Huevos Suffolk at Suffolk Arms
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Bars, Cocktail bars

Huevos Suffolk at Suffolk Arms

icon-location-pin Lower East Side

Sandy Nuñez, Suffolk Arms’ brunch captain (yes, that’s his actual title), has been known to eat two of these abuela-level plates in a single shift, describing the piquant, poignant Latin take on a casserole as “a tower of delights.” He isn’t wrong. The deceptively deep layers of crispy tortillas, salty black beans, spicy chipotle chicken and gooey cheese—topped with eggs (go for poached) and doused in salsa verde and salsa roja—create a fully loaded breakfast lasagna. $10

Photograph: Teddy Wolff
Restaurants, Japanese

Eggplant shakshuka at Bessou

icon-location-pin East Village

The miso-soaked tofu labneh at the heart of this Japanese take on a Moroccan staple is just the start of its smart appropriation. Ginger and Japanese curry powder combine with cumin, harissa, and garlic for umami that will have anyone saying shukran. $14

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Chicken noodle pho at Bunker in DeKalb Market Hall
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Restaurants, Food court

Chicken noodle pho at Bunker in DeKalb Market Hall

icon-location-pin Downtown Brooklyn

This dish dominates with its elegantly simple one-bowl meal, based on a ginger-infused chicken stock that’s cooked overnight. Dump in those side sprouts, a lime squeeze and a healthy squirt of sriracha—those are doctor’s orders. $15

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Savory bread pudding at Denizen
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Bars, Wine bars

Savory bread pudding at Denizen

icon-location-pin Williamsburg

The “savory” here is not kidding around: oxtail, for starters, is plied sharp chopped pickles, gooey cheese sauce, and a poached farm egg. What seemingly starts out as a hangover cure accidentally cures mediocrity as well. $16

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Food truck finds

Jhol momo at Momo Delight
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Jhol momo at Momo Delight

Growing up in Nepal, chef Fulpa Jangbu, the Best Rookie Vendor at this year’s Vendy Awards, ate this sesame-sauce–slathered dumpling all the time: at a friend’s birthday, at weddings and even while taking tests at school. After immigrating to Queens, he couldn’t find it at any of Jackson Heights’ Nepali restaurants, so he decided to cook his own, adding chili, garlic, onions and tomato to the sauce. (Even he doesn’t know all the ingredients—it’s his dad’s secret recipe.) The result is delightfully tangy, deftly nailing the paradox of being both exotic and comfortingly familiar. $6

Canoa de Platano Maduro at the Empanada Sonata
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Canoa de Platano Maduro at the Empanada Sonata

A banana split meets a sloppy joe as an 8- to-12-inch sweet plantain is sliced open and jammed with beef or pulled pork. $10

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Crispy oyster crepe at Harajuku Sushi and Crepe
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Crispy oyster crepe at Harajuku Sushi and Crepe

This inventive mix of fresh ingredients includes avocado, spicy bamboo shoots, cucumber, black rice, spicy tuna and spring salad. $12

Beef sambusa at Makina Cafe
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Danesh I.

Beef sambusa at Makina Cafe

This Ethiopian-Eritrean fare is so authentic that customers have tried to pay in nakfas for its dirt-cheap puff-pastry triangles full of marinated beef. $1.50

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Meatoss sandwich at Meatoss Street Grill
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Meatoss sandwich at Meatoss Street Grill

Chicken thighs with tangles of caramelized onions, spicy mayo and pickles are held together in a crispy baguette. $12

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Snacks

Salchipapas at Sen Sakana
Photograph: Teddy Wolff
Restaurants, Peruvian

Salchipapas at Sen Sakana

icon-location-pin Midtown West

The Japanese-Peruvian restaurant offers a best-of-both-worlds blend of greasy Latin goodness and zesty Asian flavor. The apex of that form is a happy pile of juice-swelled mini Kurobuta sausages and creamy baby potatoes slicked with aji amarillo butter that dares you not to lick your fingers after. At your disposal are two tiny squeeze bottles of bright salsa verde and punchy miso mustard. It’s playful get-in-my-belly grub that you won’t mind getting all over yourself. $14

Beef fat caramels at Agern
Photograph: Courtesy Agern
Restaurants, Contemporary European

Beef fat caramels at Agern

icon-location-pin Midtown East

When Agern flooded, its steaks in storage got aged for 180 days instead of the usual 90. The special steaks sold out quickly upon the restaurant’s return and, not wanting any of it to go to waste, head pastry chef Isabel Zamora rendered the fat, flavored it with smoky Icelandic Arctic thyme, and added sugar (subbing the fat for traditional butter or cream) to create the caramels, which are part of a larger dessert plate. Silver linings are one thing, but these treats are a golden stroke of genius. $12

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East Wind Snack Shop
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Restaurants, Chinese

Shanghai vegetable dumplings at East Wind Snack Shop

icon-location-pin Windsor Terrace

Handwrapped in housemade dough, these bean paste dumplings are pan seared with a splash of Shaoxing (Chinese wine), then steamed and dressed in a tangy puree of ginger and scallion with crunchy sesame seeds. It began as a special and then locked into the menu, for obvious reasons. $7

Quinoa hush puppies
Photograph: Filip Wolak
Bars, Cocktail bars

Quinoa hush puppies at the Lately

icon-location-pin Chelsea

So they don’t taste any healthier, and you’re not really sure where the quinoa actually is, but the Southern snack is still dang good drunk munchin’, especially once dunked in the charred jalapeno-cheese sauce. $6

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Madre Mezcaleria
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Bars, Mezcalerias

Pupusa at Madre Mezcaleria

icon-location-pin Prospect Heights

Denisse Lina Chavez is famed in New York taco circles for the blue-corn tortillas she used to whip up at El Atoradero bodega in the Bronx. Nowadays, you can find those fresh-made wrap-ups—warm, nutty and nixtamalized in house daily—at this mescal bar, where Chavez stuffs them with cheese and traditional fillings like black beans, crispy chicharrón and loroco blooms. $3

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Dessert

Chocolate Butterfinger cake at the Cake Pusher
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Restaurants, Bakeries

Chocolate Butterfinger cake at the Cake Pusher

icon-location-pin Murray Hill

This is the taste of pure, sweet hustle: Tim Washington, an IT guy at a major bank, bakes these cakes in The Bronx, a block from Yankee Stadium, using ingredients so exact that they’re cut on an electronic scale in the manner of drugs. Then he sells them from only a ninth-floor office in FiDi and a fifth-floor office on East 34th St. They sell out every batch. The crunch of the Butterfinger crumble in the velvety embrace of his cream cheese frosting would be a treat in itself, let alone the flawless — F-L-A-W-L-E-S-S — cake. $6.50/slice, $55/cake

Hanoi House
Photograph: Teddy Wolff
Restaurants, Vietnamese

Chè sundae at Hanoi House

icon-location-pin East Village

It’s a Vietnamese classic that looks like a tall glass of Jupiter. Dark purples (black sesame gelato) and bright oranges (jackfruit chunks) swirl together in cream (condensed milk and coconut milk). Plumb its depths for surprise lychee, and let its crushed peanuts pepper it like earthy pixie dust. Every bite is an act of discovery. When the eatery opened, it made only 12 a day—until a woman ate three in one sitting and the owners realized its popularity. Now the kitchen makes 18 a day. $9

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Daily Provisions, Crullers
Photograph: Liz Clayman
Restaurants, Cafés

Cruller at Daily Provisions

icon-location-pin Gramercy

It’s like a canelé crossed with a Cronut. The hand-piped doughnut from pastry chef Daniel Alvarez, available sugared or glazed, is a pâte à choux rendered erotic, with a velvety, near-custard center enrobed in sugar-spackled crispiness. Glossy and glistening, its decadent combination of tongue-coating sweetness and deep-fryer fat will leave you lightheaded in the best possible way. $3.50

DŌ flavors
Photograph: Dina Joanna Coloma
Restaurants, Patisseries

Nuts for Nuts at DŌ

icon-location-pin Greenwich Village

The savory-sweet, peanut-butter-flavored dough mixes with your childhood guilty pleasures of Reese’s Pieces and Peanut Butter Cups so sweetly, that after a few bites you'll be in a state of nutty nirvana. $4-$9

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Avocado mousse at Empellon
Photograph: Cayla Zahoran
Restaurants, Mexican

Avocado mousse at Empellón

icon-location-pin Midtown East

It may look like a mere halved avocado but through silicone-mold wizardry, Alex Stupak—the former wd~50 pastry wunderkind turned New York taco titan—has constructed the ubiquitous green fruit out of creamy frozen avo parfait. A drizzle of fruity olive oil, a smear of eucalyptus yogurt and a tart lime granita cuts through the fatty sweetness and elevates this avocado from Instagram bait to dessert greatness. $16

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Lunch

Cafe Booqoo
Photograph: Teddy Wolff
Restaurants, Cajun

The Granddaddy at Cafe Booqoo

icon-location-pin Carroll Gardens

This legit albeit unorthodox shrimp po’ boy deploys onion jam as a sweet complement to BBQ smoke. The Granddaddy’s sharp pickled cabbage acts as a foil to the char-kissed shrimp within—and the sandwich illustrates just how far the spot, which used to solely sell sweet beignets, has blossomed. The whole thing is a heaping, bursting grenade of goodness. You don’t just devour it; you survive it. $14

Whiskey burger at Augustine
Photograph: Courtesy Michael Grimm
Restaurants, French

Whiskey burger at Augustine

icon-location-pin Financial District

Come hungry: This seven-ounce Pat LaFrieda brisket blend gives in to an orgy of whiskey-soaked onion tendrils writhing under a blanket of Comté. $27

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Barbacoa de Cabra at Claro
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Restaurants, Mexican

Barbacoa de Cabra at Claro

icon-location-pin Gowanus

Duck-fat–crisped Oaxacan goat meat—served in heirloom corn tortillas—is steamed with avocado leaves, allowing the juices to morph into a consommé for this monster, which up to four people can share. $42

For the Nguyen at Emily
Photograph: Courtesy David Chase
Restaurants, Pizza

For the Nguyen at Emily

icon-location-pin West Village

The white pie is dense enough to stand up to the mess of gochujang-zapped chicken and blue cheese atop it. $22

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Fior di zucca at Martina
Photograph: Liz Clayman
Restaurants, Pizza

Fior di zucca at Martina

icon-location-pin East Village

Chef Nick Anderer tricks out a light, crackly crust with delicate squash blossoms, and the zucchini sweetness offsets the salty tang of anchovies. $12

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Dinner

86’d burger at Chumley’s
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Bars, Lounges

86’d burger at Chumley’s

icon-location-pin West Village

Chilean chef Victoria Blamey created a why-didn’t-we-think-of-that meat lover’s pairing when she topped two four-ounce patties with a heaping pile of fatty bone marrow. The savory compatibility resonates on an almost genetic level. On top of that intelligent design, Blamey included a hint of some fun, too: the simple pleasure of American cheese, the crisp whimsy of shallots, the come-hither curls of fried onions and a barbecue sauce with coffee, jalapeño and mango. The resulting melange of salty, tangy, spicy, savory sharpness leaves no taste bud untouched. $28

Dry-aged rib eye at Cote
Photograph: Courtesy Gary He
Restaurants, Korean

Dry-aged rib eye at Cote

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The slabs of meat in the basement drying room of this Korean barbecue joint are aged for up to six months and well worth the wait. Though the rib eye is only a few bites, it’s part of an ingenious prix-fixe beef sampler. $44

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Smoked chicken sandwich
Photograph: Cayla Zahoran
Bars, Dive bars

Smoked chicken sandwich at the Drift

icon-location-pin Greenpoint

It comes as no surprise that the team behind the Commodore and its mouthwatering fried chicken pulled off yet another poultry feat: sliced strips of tender, smoked meat smothered in tangy Alabama-style white BBQ sauce and coin-size pickles. $11

Prime rib at the Grill
Photograph: Teddy Wolff
Restaurants, American

Prime rib at the Grill

icon-location-pin Midtown East

Pink, achingly juicy and double-rubbed for a heady crust, the hulking slab is a reverential piece of bygone Americana, trotted out by table captains in Tom Ford tuxedos via a $10,000 silver trolley and carved tableside. Extra? Sure. Essential? Absolutely. $62

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Grassfed lamb burger with anchovies at Hart’s
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Restaurants, Mediterranean

Grassfed lamb burger with anchovies at Hart’s

icon-location-pin Bedford-Stuyvesant

The genius surf-and-turf riff here builds flavor by adding caper-garlic-mustard aioli. The creamy sauce counters the salty sting of the broad white anchovies and is then brought to heel nicely with a kick from celery-fennel slaw. $18

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Drinks

Maria Mezcal at Pegu Club
Photograph: Teddy Wolff
Bars, Lounges

Maria Mezcal at Pegu Club

icon-location-pin Soho

In a year that saw a renaissance in high-end cocktail presentation—see the Instagrammable glassware at the Aviary NYC and ROKC—it’s refreshing to see this monument to simplicity. With pellet ice piled into a rocks glass, the drink has a dried-orange garnish that hides a spicy, soothing cauldron of ingredients in plain sight: reposado tequila, lime, lemon, Campari, grapefruit syrup, agave syrup and two types of mescal. Cuban-born bartender Alcibeidis Gonzalez’s drink is currently the best-selling new cocktail on the menu—and we ain’t complaining. $16

Photograph: Courtesy The Aviary NYC
Bars, Cocktail bars

Wake & Bake at the Aviary NYC

icon-location-pin Upper West Side

Beverage director Micah Melton pays homage to New York with this coffee-infused rye cocktail served in a gauchely branded plastic bag filled with the vapor of an everything bagel. $24

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Photograph: Courtesy Bronx Brewery
Bars, Breweries

Rye Fidelity at the Bronx Brewery

icon-location-pin The Bronx

This balanced imperial RIPA—that’s rye IPA—has West Coast hops and spice galore yet still manages a bright finish. $7

Steakhouse Martini at Diamond Reef
Photograph: Filip Wolak
Bars, Cocktail bars

Steakhouse martini at Diamond Reef

icon-location-pin Bedford-Stuyvesant

Beyond a dirty martini—or even a filthy one—is this raucous obscenity with a whopping three brines (cornichon, olive and onion). $12

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Restaurants, Italian

Settepani

icon-location-pin Harlem

Settepani may not serve the “seven breads” that its name recalls, but it does offer up a widely varied menu of Italian flatbreads, salads, pastas and other entrees. Start out with small bites like the spicy jumbo shrimps ($12), assorted bruschetta ($8) or flatbread with prosciutto and arugula ($14) before moving on to larger dishes. Why not follow the Italian tradition and order both a primi and secondi course? The spaghetti di mare with assorted seafood ($20) might lead to the grilled branzino ($27), and the bucatini with sardines, pine nuts, fennel and black currant ($18) would go nicely with the osso bucco with saffron risotto ($32). It’s not just for dinner, either—stop in before 4pm to order off the egg-laden brunch menu. Go for the classics, like quiche with ham and gruyere ($12) or eggs benedict ($14), or order up a freshly made flatbread for breakfast. When in Rome, right? 

Venue says Join us for weekly Happy Hour 4pm-7pm: $5 house wine, $4 house draft lager, $3 off specialty cocktail, $7 well mix drinks

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