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The best new restaurants in NYC for August 2019

From a BBQ hit opening a classic tavern to a Singaporean standout, these are the best new restaurants NYC this month

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While the summer concerts and Shakespeare in the Park performances wind down for the season, the hottest new restaurants in NYC keep opening. Some are already contenders for our best restaurants of the year and others bring an international flare to the Big Apple’s dining scene, from Babs’ French-inspired menu to the upscale Chinese fare at Hutong. These latest openings ensure we’ll be eating well all summer long.

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Best new restaurants NYC

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Red Hook Tavern
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Red Hook Tavern

icon-location-pin Red Hook

The team behind the meat lover’s paradise Hometown Bar-B-Que will no doubt lure more fans to the Brooklyn waterfront with this highly anticipated opening. Here, old meets new: Classic burgers and McSorley’s-inspired beers conjure up a bygone era, but the trendy natural wines keep the vibe au courant.

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Photograph: Courtesy of Hutong
Restaurants, Chinese

Hutong

icon-location-pin Midtown East

Northern Chinese fare takes an upscale and, at times, spicy turn in the former home of Le Cirque. A glammed-up Art Deco room serves as the backdrop for signature dishes (the Peking duck is a must), seafood and dumplings at this popular restaurant, with locations in Hong Kong and London.

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Luthun
Photograph: Kathryn Suellentrop
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Luthun

icon-location-pin East Village

In Bengali, this restaurant’s name translates to “new and unexpected.” Here, you’ll find two promising tasting menus—one is vegetarian, and the other changes daily. Chef Nahid Ahmed modernizes his family recipes, serving crispy porridge, monkfish with green curry and other delights.

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Red Paper Clip
Photograph: Courtesy of Red Paper Clip
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Red Paper Clip

icon-location-pin West Village

Kevin Chen and Tashi Gyamtso’s many pop-ups have culminated in their first-ever permanent location. Offering Szechuan carpaccio with Chinese celery, ginger-scallion lobster and other bites, the menu is influenced by the duo’s collective experience cooking for the likes of Alinea, the Dutch and Blue Hill at Stone Barns, with nods to Gyamtso’s Tibetan roots.

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Bar Wayo
Photograph: Andrew Bezek
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Bar Wayō

icon-location-pin Financial District

The Momofuku empire’s latest bar personifies wayo secchu, a Japanese word that describes the melding of Eastern and Western concepts. The result? Craft cocktails with witty names (try the South Street Sling) are served with whimsical takes on classic bar snacks.

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Photograph: Courtesy of BABS
Restaurants, French

BABS

icon-location-pin Greenwich Village

From the team behind the tiny West Village spot, Mimi and chef Efrén Hernández, Babs opens in all-caps excitement. The 55-seat restaurant focuses on charcoal-grilled French seafood and meat dishes such as a lobster wrapped in cedar wood. The name of the restaurant is an ode to co-owner Louis Levy’s grandmother, sadly not affiliated with Barbra Streisand.

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Photograph: Courtesy of Ayada
Shopping, Shopping centers

Ayada at Chelsea Market

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Duangjai “Kitty” Thammasat’s Thai spot quickly became a Queens staple in 2008 with dishes like fried fish topped with green mango salad and fragrant massaman curry. Now, she’s expanded to Chelsea Market with comfort dishes from her native Southeast Asian home.

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The Ryerson
Photograph: Courtesy of The Ryerson
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The Ryerson

icon-location-pin Crown Heights

With a team that pulls collective experience from Jean-Georges, Olmsted and Gramercy Tavern, The Ryerson offers a Southern-inspired menu to Crown Heights, with inventive dishes such as deviled eggs with blue crab and okra, “pork candy” with skillet cornbread and marinated hake with fennel.

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Photograph: Chip Klose
Comedy

The Stand

icon-location-pin Gramercy

The new location of The Stand achieves a pretty impressive feat: It’s a comedy club with food that’s no joke. Executive chef Harold Villarosa (Rayuela, NOMA) has created an expansive New American menu with plenty of crowd-pleasers like brick oven pizzas, rotisserie lamb leg, mushroom lumpia and smoked mussel tartine. The food is good enough that it’s worth a visit to the plush and inviting first floor restaurant even if you’re not catching a show on the basement stage below (which offers a smaller version of the upstairs menu.) 

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Baodega
Photograph: Courtesy Baodega
Restaurants, Chinese

Baodega

icon-location-pin Flatiron

This all-day restaurant allows you to combine two favorite weekend rituals: eating dim sum and lounging in a coffee shop. Order the Shanghainese soup dumplings or scallion pancakes with bacon, and then nab a spot on the patio outside. The coffee program sources beans from Southeast Asia and roasts them in Brooklyn.

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Laut Singapura
Photograph: Laut Singapura/Noah Fecks
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Laut Singapura

icon-location-pin Flatiron

A follow up to the Michelin-starred Laut, Laut Singapura homes in on the nuanced cuisine of Singapore. The menu includes dishes like jumbo prawns prepared with curry leaves and “egg floss,” as well as Hainan chicken, a national favorite.

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Sullivan Street Bakery
Restaurants, Bakeries

Sullivan Street Pizza

icon-location-pin Chelsea

Jim Lahey, the talented bread baker, gained legions of fans for his pizzas when he opened Co., which closed last year after nearly a decade. Now he’s brought back his pies—including the Popeye with spinach and gruyère—at his Chelsea bakery from 5-10 p.m. during the week.

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