Best new restaurants in NYC
'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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