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
Empellon Al Pastor
Photograph: Courtesy Evan Sung
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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 buzzy Mexican restaurant, here are the hottest restaurants trending in NYC.

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Best new restaurants in NYC

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Violet
Photograph: Courtesy Samantha Ullrich
Restaurants, Pizza

Violet

icon-location-pin East Village

'Violet' derives it's name from the state flower of Rhode Island, which is where this grilled pizza is inspired from. Chef Matt Hyland, from the uber popular Emily and Emmy Squared, studied in the Ocean State, where one particular restaurant served the pies grilled on both sides. At this East Village eatery, you'll be cutting the naturally shaped pies using scissors.

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Empellon Al Pastor
Photograph: Courtesy Evan Sung
Restaurants, Mexican

Empellón Al Pastor

icon-location-pin Murray Hill

Alex Stupak adds another kingdom to his empire. He opened his fourth Mexican-style restaurant in the old Salvation Taco space in Pod 39 Hotel. Look out for fusion-y dishes like chihuahua "sticks" with tomato-chipotle sauce, kibbeh with labneh and crunchy corn masa ice cream bars.

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Dear Irving on Hudson
Photograph: Courtesy Noah Fecks
Bars, Cocktail bars

Dear Irving on Hudson

icon-location-pin Hell's Kitchen

The team behind Dear Irving and Raines Law Room opened the second outpost of the former in midtown. Dear Irving on Hudson is a bi-level cocktail bar that takes up the 40th and 41st floors of the Aliz Hotel in Times Square. While the bustling location is worlds away from the quiet block of Irving Place, the founders are sticking to some familiarities. Most noticeably, a handful of cocktails and a "time travel" theme, with one floor akin to 1960s James Bond and another decked out in Art Deco finishes.

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Yara
Photograph: Courtesy Yara
Restaurants, Mediterranean

Yara

icon-location-pin Midtown East

A former VP at Porshe is riding into midtown with this posh Lebanese restaurant. Inspired by Jacob Harb’s upbringing, the menu is made up of Mediterranean-style vegan dishes such as housemade hummus, tabouli and pumpkin-spinach-walnut kibbe, as well as carnivore-friendly entrees.

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Valerie
Photograph: Courtesy Liz Clayman
Bars, Cocktail bars

Valerie

icon-location-pin Midtown West

The Art Deco-styled bar and restaurant evokes a bygone era with touches like antique smoked mirrors, intage murals of burlesque dancers and a ceiling covered in Chesterfield-inspired cushions. Some drinks also skew to theme, with recipes from Prohibiton and an entire menu page focused on European-style gin-and-tonic service. If you're more thoroughly mordern, try the signature cocktails made with ingredients like coffee-pecan bitters and tomatillo-infused mescal.

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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 $125 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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