The best new restaurants in NYC

From white-clothed fine dining to hole-in-the-wall cheap eats, find the best new restaurants NYC has to offer
Boogie Woogie Room
Photograph: Courtesy Oleg March
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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 a bagel spot in Brooklyn to a Japanese restaurant specializing in eel, here are the hottest restaurants trending in NYC.

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Best new restaurants in NYC

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Shelsky's Brooklyn Bagels
Photograph: Courtesy Molly Tavoletti
Restaurants, Delis

Shelsky’s Brooklyn Bagels

icon-location-pin Park Slope

The team behind Shelsky’s of Brooklyn is opening a bagel spot. The small, dense varieties include cracked pepper and pretzel salt; Sichuan pepper; and everything, poppy seed, egg and other classic flavors. Load them up with lots of shmear, fresh deli meat or smoked fish.

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Callejon
Photograph: Courtesy Oleg March
Restaurants, Spanish

Callejón + The Boogie Woogie Room

icon-location-pin Midtown

A Spanish restaurant and a funky speakeasy bar are moving into a Nomad hotel. The double concept comprises Callejón, a tapas eatery that’s accessible through an alleyway, and Boogie Woogie Room, a subterranean cocktail bar that’s decked out in ’70s decor.

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Unagi
Photograph: Courtesy Unagi
Restaurants, Japanese

Unagi

icon-location-pin Nolita

On the heels of an eel-only midtown restaurant and a catch-what-you-eat Flatiron spot, this newcomer boasts a 1,000-gallon, 500-eel tank in the middle of its dining room. As you watch, the chefs catch and grill the snakelike fish, serving them with eel liver, nori (seaweed), sansho pepper, fermented pickle and other fixins.  

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The Starbucks Reserve Roastery in New York City
Photograph: Courtesy Matt Glac, Starbucks
Restaurants, Cafés

Starbucks Reserve Roastery

icon-location-pin Chelsea

The 23,000-square-foot multi-level space from Starbucks has the largest working coffee roasting plant in Manhattan. There is also the Arriviamo Bar, a 60-foot bar on the mezzanine, where bartenders will serve cocktails made with coffee and tea. The layout includes a 10-foot, 2,000-pound copper siren sculpture, subway-inspired "symphony pipes" along the ceiling funneling freshly roasted beans, a take-home scoop bar with 14 rotating beans from around the world and a fireplace.

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Sushi by Bou Suite 1001
Photograph: Courtesy Iryna Zahn
Restaurants, Japanese

Sushi By Bou - Suite 1001

icon-location-pin Midtown

For this Sushi by Bou, you will "check in" at the reception desk at Hotel 3232 and get a key to a suite on the 10th floor. Inside is a Prohibition-style room with a four-seat sushi bar where chef David Bouhadana creates and serves a 17-piece omakase. The 60-minute meal costs $100 per person, and, beforehand, you can enjoy the suite's year-round terrace, which will be outfitted with a full bar and lounge chairs with views of the Empire State Building.

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Fire & Water
Photograph: Courtesy Melissa Hom
Restaurants, Pan-Asian

Fire & Water

icon-location-pin East Village

The 'Water' concept of this totally vegan, dually themed restaraunt is now open for business. The Japanese restaurant is the other half of what will be 'Fire,' a Chinese dim sum locale. Water is an eight-course omakase meal with courses including chilled tofu and brussels sprouts; celery root with yuba and black garlic; and mushroom chirashi with leeks.

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Arlo Arctica
Photograph: Courtesy Arlo hotels
Hotels

Arlo NoMad

icon-location-pin Midtown

This winter, the Nomad hotel includes two heated ice huts planted on the 31-story rooftop bar, The Heights. Inside will be heaters, "cozy winter accents" and bottle service (access starts at $300 for two hours). On the second floor, there will also be artifacts from Shackleton, ice sculptures, a fireplace and camp-like furnishings. For food, a South Pole pizza with Bechamel sauce, onions, Fontina and pancetta will be served, along with customized whiskey cocktails.

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The Water Tower
Photograph: Courtesy Ethan Covey
Bars, Cocktail bars

The Water Tower

icon-location-pin Williamsburg

This Williamsburg Hotel cocktail bar is set in the venue's sky-high water tower. The cylindrical structure sits above the hotel's outdoor pool, with view of Williamsburg, the East River and Manhattan from the steel-encased, floor-to-ceiling windows. The inside is decked out with velvet couches and chaises and the back wall is covered in murals painted by local artists.

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Bang Bar
Photograph: Courtesy Andrew Bezek
Restaurants, Korean

Bāng Bar

icon-location-pin Upper West Side

Alongside Chang’s latest Noodle Bar outpost in the Time Warner Center lies a petit counter where New Yorkers are lining up for an array of handheld bāngs, or griddled Korean flatbreads. In his typical fashion, Chang adds his distinctive Momofuku style to these bāngs, offering proteins like gochujang-marinated pork or yakitori-glazed chicken roasted shawarma-style. 

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Benno
Photograph: Courtesy Alex Staniloff
Restaurants, French

Benno

icon-location-pin Flatiron

Chef Jonathon Benno’s third and final restaurant in the Evelyn hotel moves closer to the shore than his Roman Leonelli Taberna and Leonelli Focacceria e Pasticceria. Enjoy upscale Mediterranean meals inspired by Italy’s seaside Liguria region and the south of France.

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