Best new restaurants in NYC
The team behind the popular Glady's has opened a Japanese-Caribbean ramen joint in the Prospect-Lefferts Gardens neighborhood of Brooklyn that we can't wait to slurp noodles at all summer long. Classic bowls of Japanese ramen are riffed upon on in five ways on the menu: from a classic chicken broth laced with black garlic to a spicy chili version doused in soy dashi that's brothless. Expect a similar laid back, fun vibe that's made Glady's a neighborhood favorite.
Public Records is a gorgeous new Gowanus music venue with a restaurant, bar and magazine shop. An all-vegan menu conceptualized by Mariela Alvarez pays homage to the building’s history at the site of a former ASPCA headquarters. Hospitality is overseen by partner Erik Vanderwal who formerly worked with Think Food Group.
For all of us who can't squeeze into Jody Williams and Rita Sodi's megahit Via Carota, there are a few more seats across the street in the couple's new all-day spot Bar Pisellino. The Italian jewel box sells coffee, pastries and sanwiches during the day and cocktails for an aperitif or late-night drinking.
Inspired by a Kuala Lumpur Hilton from the ‘70s (where the bar’s namesake cocktail was invented), drinks at Krissy Harris' Jungle Bird are complemented by Southeast Asian bites such as lotus chips and an excellent yam banh mi. The interior design looks to mid-century modern for cues, but it's made to feel modern without romanticizing tiki aesthetics. The bright, colorful space also has an upstairs for events.
Alain Verzeroli—a protégé of Joël Robuchon—takes the lead at a new fine-dining destination that is the first of two projects opening in a Sir Norman Foster–designed glass tower. Here, vegetables get their decadent due with a pedestal for artistic plating.
At this new Bushwick cocktail spot by hospitality veterans Melissa Manning and Alie Moya, all meals are vegetarian (and can be made vegan upon request). After 11pm the menu turns to bar bites like seitan buffalo wings, jalapeño poppers and fried pickles.
The Seaport District was once the hub for all things seafood at the Fulton Fish Market in business. With the opening of Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s The Fulton on Pier 17, seafood once again takes center stage. Much of the oysters, fish and other seafood featured on the modern menu comes from the East Coast. This is also one of the best waterfront dining destinations to open this year.
Floret is an all-day cafe inside Sister City, an off-shoot boutique-hotel concept from the hip Ace Hotel team, located on the Bowery. Culinary partner, Joe Ogrodnek brings his expertise from Brooklyn’s Battersby with a menu that spans sunchokes with green apple to a peekytoe crab bowl. There’s a sprawling outdoor patio.
If all you did was sample the dizzying array of dips and spreads—think hummus, pickled red onions, creamy labneh—to start your meal, you’d be more than satisfied to keep scooping up all the mezze with the fluffy Jerusalem laffa bread. But don’t stop there because this casual Middle Eastern restaurant from the beloved Breads Bakery offers much more. The grilled whole fish or slow-roasted short ribs are just as impressive and satisfying. Enjoy all of it in the dining room or head to the rooftop lounge for bar snacks that are just as enticing.
Forget the sad hotel restaurant breakfast buffet at The Williamsburg Hotel. Chef Melissa O’Donnell recently opened an Eastern Mediterranean restaurant with influences from Greece, Lebanon, Israel, Morocco, Spain and Italy. The 60-seat eatery offers a strong plant-based and gluten-free menu that doesn’t take shortcuts with flavor with dishes like the herbed labneh and fried cauliflower with a lemon and tahini sauce.
Stefano Secchi knows Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region like few NYC chefs: He cooked at Osteria Francescana, rated the world’s top restaurant last year. At Rezdôra, he offers up an impressive array of pastas, using quality cheeses and seasonal ingredients from farmers’ markets.
Rosemary’s, the scene-y Italian restaurant in the West Village, reconceptualized it's second location, Rosemary's Pizza, flipping it into Roey's. In place of pizza, the new concept offers an all-day menu of savory miso oatmeal, Dutch boy pancakes and cacio e pepe egg sandwiches, both in their pleasing sit-down area and their to-go counter, which also serves coffee. At night, the coffee area converts into a bar.
Filipino fare under excecutive chef-owner Jappy Afzelius takes on Spanish, French and American influences with surprising touches. At this Lower East Side eatery, which boasts a tropical vibe, you can start a meal with Pinsit Fritos (crispy fried pork dumplings) and Kale Laing (instead of traditional taro leaves, Afzelius usses klate to sautee with shrimp paste and coconut milk) before moving on to dishes like the crowd-favorite adobo or the Pincit Bihon.
Nonna’s cooking gets a refresh with Settepani’s recent renovation into an all-day café. The Harlem favorite will still offer its signature Italian dishes (order the Pizza Romana and gelato) in addition to sandwiches and salads to-go. Or hang out with a cup of Ethiopian coffee in the sunny room filled with artwork by local artists and live music on Thursdays with Harlem Jazz.
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