The 19 best new restaurants in NYC this spring

From white-clothed fine dining to hole-in-the-wall cheap eats, find the best new restaurants NYC has to offer
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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 sumptuous dessert shop in West Village to a fancy French restaurant in Tribeca, ready your bellies for the hottest and best new restaurants in NYC this spring.

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Best new spring restaurants in NYC

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Frenchette
Photograph: Courtesy Melanie Dunea
Restaurants, French

Frenchette

icon-location-pin Tribeca

Lee Hanson and Riad Nasr, the dynamic duo from Balthazar and Minetta Tavern, open their own modern French spot in Tribeca to much fanfare. Elevated menu items include duck frites, rotisserie lobster with curry fondue and veal sweetbreads with crayfish.

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Davelle
Photograph: Courtesy Davelle
Restaurants, Japanese

Davelle

icon-location-pin Lower East Side

Order Napolitan spaghetti, karaage fried chicken and a fruit sandwich at this pint-sized Japanese café that specializes in comfort food. Unlike most other Japanese spots in NYC, this one is outfitted in homey touches, like an exposed brick wall and potted flowers. 

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Legacy Records
Photograph: Courtesy Robyn Lehr
Restaurants, Italian

Legacy Records

icon-location-pin Hell's Kitchen

Charlie Bird and Pasquale Jones vets open an uber swanky restaurant, café and bar inside a former recording studio in Hudson Yards. The menu veers Italian with beet-and-ricotta caramelle, hand-pulled mozzarella with celery and apple and risotto for two.

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The Bombay Bread Bar
Photograph: Teddy Wolff
Restaurants, Indian

The Bombay Bread Bar

icon-location-pin Soho

Designed by the film-set decorator and Wes Anderson collaborator Kris Moran, the space is a circus for the senses, with a massive Pop Art murals and a wood-fired oven as the mouth of a growling Bengal tiger. A Monday night feels like a Saturday, buzzing with the din of voracious crowds chasing crunchy, chickpea-battered onion rings or stir-fried chicken and chilies. 

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Bellwether
Photograph: Courtesy Molly Tavoletti
Restaurants, Contemporary American

Bellwether

icon-location-pin Long Island City

Gaze at the Empire State Building while chowing down on new American plates with Mediterranean and Asian-inspired twists from a Barbuto alum in Long Island City. The airy space has white tables and chairs, a garden wall and (what looks like) a white picket fence ceiling sculpture. 

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Simon & the Whale
Photograph: Teddy Wolff
Restaurants, Mediterranean

Simon & the Whale

icon-location-pin Kips Bay

Restaurateur Gabriel Stulman's Simon & the Whale on the first-floor flagship at the Freehand Hotel is an impressive reckoning of what a neighborhood restaurant can be when your fellow diners—the tight-sweatered Spaniards haggling for a table, the paleo hipsters fresh off the Acela—aren’t neighbors at all but a revolving door of hotel guests. The ample space is segmented enough to still feel intimate, awash in a warm glow of wood, brass and soft light. Matt Griffin's eclectic American menu of unwaveringly tasty dishes that feel more timeless than “on trend.”

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Gem
Photograph: Joshua Aronson
Restaurants, Contemporary American

Gem

icon-location-pin Lower East Side

The chef Flynn McGarry might still be in his teens, but his prix-fixe menu at his first permanant brick-and-morter in the Lower East Side is completely grown up, serving nearly a dozen courses in hip, living-room-style digs. 

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Una Pizza Napoletana
Photograph: Courtesy Dylan + Jeni
Restaurants, Pizza

Una Pizza Napoletana

icon-location-pin Lower East Side

Venerated pizza master Anthony Mangieri brings back his famous, Naples-style pies after a nine-year hiatus from NYC. And as if that wasn't enough, chef Mangieri teams up with the guys behind Wildair and Contra for small plates and drinks.

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General Deb's
Photograph: Teddy Wolff
Restaurants, Chinese

General Deb’s

icon-location-pin Bushwick

At General Deb’s, chef Kevin Adey and his wife Debbie's Szechuan shoebox down the street from their place Faro, vintage-frocked ladies and thick-bearded dudes spend their date night over slices of twice-cooked pork belly in fermented bean sauce (aggressively salty) or, say, silky slips of black bass bobbing blissfully in mala sauce (numbing oil—spot on!). It offers the food of Flushing, Queens, in a prototypical Brooklyn setting: cozy and sparse, with exposed brick, a tidy bar and walls painted chili-pepper red. Similar to their pasta-centric Faro, the Adeys give major airtime to noodles.

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Sam Won Garden
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Sam Won Garden
Restaurants, Barbecue

Sam Won Garden

icon-location-pin Midtown West

Now, you can order traditional Korean BBQ straight from the long-time Seoul restaurant that opened an outpost right here in K-town. The stalwart has been open in Korea since 1976 and uses old-school family recipes for its freshly-seasoned meat.

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