February may be the shortest month of the year, but it’s already shaping up to be a busy one for diners interested (and hungry) to check out contenders for best New York restaurants. And if some of your standbys are packed for Valentine’s Day (or among one of our most romantic restaurants in NYC), it’ll be worth checking out these new restaurants—including one of our favorite East Village eateries—offering a diverse choice of menus.
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The new restaurant from the team behind the East Village favorite is just as intriguing (save room for a Pop Rock dessert) as its original outpost. Here, tapas are influenced by chef Kyungmin Kay Hyun’s travels to Spain and South America as well as her Korean heritage.
Michael Toscano was Perla’s head chef before decamping, in 2015, to Charleston, South Carolina. But now he’s back in the same space with his own restaurant, Da Toscano, where he showcases Italian cuisine with plates like veal-head parmigiana and oysters roasted in crab fat.
It’s nearly impossible to secure a reservation at Torishiki, Yoshiteru Ikegawa’s 16-seat restaurant in Tokyo. But New Yorkers can now get a taste of the famed yakitori menu at Torien. Here, the omakase experience is focused on using every part of the chicken—cooked on charcoal grills and served on skewers, of course.
Executive chef Ho Young Kim, formerly of Jungsik, focuses on wood-fired grilling at this fine-dining spot. The nine-course tasting menu ($95) features a selection of Korean dishes, such as truffle jjajangmen, that are ideal for a splurge.
New York is full of French-style bistros, but this restaurant from the hospitality group Quality Branded is putting a modern spin on the classic menu with items like crabcake paillard, Moroccan fried chicken and hasselback butternut squash.
Just like at the team’s other concepts, Loosie Rogue and Etiquette, you can order wine alongside snacks—in this case, chips with creme fraiche, caramelized onions, and caviar—as well as dance under a disco ball at this bar. In the summer, the backyard will host table tennis.
Nestled in Lower East Side Manhattan, Kissaki is a recent addition to New York’s food scene. With a minimalistic sushi bar, the restaurant is home to traditional Japanese cuisine, particularly with its omakase dining experience which means guests pretty much leave themselves, and their meal, in the hands of the chef who artistically pulls it together in front of them. Alongside omakase, the restaurant also uses the kaiseki cooking method which is dedicated to harmony between the seasons and the food we eat. As a result, the menu focuses on all things fresh, local and seasonal and has featured the likes of fried eggplant and squash soup.The chefs also accommodate dietary restrictions, but fyi: the menus here do contain food allergens found in raw fish, shellfish, wheat, soy, diary, peanuts, tree nuts and eggs.
Venue says A unique & intimate dining experience that honors Japanese tradition & the art of the knife.
Unlike many Indian restaurants in town focused on one region, chef Peter Beck (formerly of Tamarind) explores the subcontinent’s diverse culinary offerings. The result is a menu showcasing flavor-packed dishes, including Konkan fish curry and a lamb soup known as Kashmiri yakhni.
The menu here is like a scrapbook of the travels chefs Leah Cohen and her husband, co-owner Ben Byruch, have taken throughout Asia: crisp shrimp-toast okonomiyaki (a nod to Japan), turmeric fish with noodles (a Vietnamese specialty), a pho French dip and other inventive takes.
The team behind the Flower Shop, the popular LES bar known for its '70s basement party vibe, has debuted a more upscale sister restaurant. The kitchen is led by chef Michael Hamilton and features dishes such as chicken schnitzel and tiramisu.
Chef-owner Don Pham’s second location of his sushi restaurant offers an intimate 12-seat counter where diners can feast on an inventive omakase menu. The personalized menu from the charismatic Pham often features slightly warm rice topped with toro caviar, grilled Maine lobster with shiso leaf tempura and other creative bites as part of a 15-course ($125) or 16-course ($155) tasting.
The couple Jimmy and Sonia Arouche, who were homesick for Paris, have opened a fast casual rotisserie chicken spot focused on traditional Gallic recipes. Each roasted bird can be accompanied by homemade fries, haricot verts and ratatouille.
When you seek the comforts of Italian fare with a homey feel, beeline to Tavolino, a no-frills red-sauce joint. On chef-restaurateur Nick Accardi’s menu, you’ll find standbys such as Roman-style pizzas and meatballs.
If you’re still going strong with your 2020 resolution to eat more healthfully, The Well Kitchen & Table is the type of restaurant to help you stay on track. Open from breakfast to dinner, the sleek space looks like it could serve as a test kitchen for Goop. Here, Executive Chef Sherry Cardoso’s vegetable-forward menu is full of seasonal and organic ingredients. A maki bowl of hamachi or coconut cauliflower fried rice makes it easy to keep those wellness goals for the new year.
We completed a major overhaul of our crown-jewel guide to dining out in NYC over the fall and introduced 65 exciting restaurants to our top-100 list. Our hunt for best is ongoing, however, and we’ve added places that we believe reflect the way you like to eat out in the best city on earth through 2020. We’re talking fresh, inventive, memorable and, clearly, the tastiest establishments in town. These are the 100 restaurants we can’t quit—even when there’s a constant revolving door of new restaurants and bar openings in NYC.