The upcoming feasts and activities surrounding Thanksgiving is not stopping us from checking out the latest fall restaurant openings (or a buzzy San Francisco import that’s one surely one of the best bars in NYC serving exciting food to boot). The number of restaurant openings won’t slow down for the holidays because it’s the most lucrative time of year for business. But for hungry New Yorkers, it’s a chance for us to check out a diversity of cuisines that make the dining scene here like no other.
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This bi-level eatery and club offers French-Creole–inspired bites, including fish boudin on toast, French onion cloumage and escargot. The energy continues downstairs, where you can catch a jazz concert or dance to disco after dinner.
Chef Joaquin Baca helped launch David Chang’s Momofuku empire into the mainstream before decamping to Brooklyn to open his own restaurants. Now he’s back in Manhattan with a 53-seater—named after the Japanese word for “boom”—focusing on small plates, from yakitori skewers to a cast-iron okonomiyaki.
Claudia Lopez has transformed C.Lo Café to highlight the Guatemalan cuisine of her heritage, a style of cooking rarely given its due. Working with the Midnights team and executive chef (and her husband) Mario Lopez, Claudia’s offers hilachas, a hearty shredded brisket stew with roasted-tomato sauce, among other dishes.
Inspired by plates presented to the Korean royal court, chef Sung Shim (Le Bernardin, Per Se) debuts a fine-dining spot with a nine-course tasting menu. The $75 meal will include items like baby-blowfish tempura, rice cakes with pear and black-sesame ice cream pops.
The famed soup dumpling restaurant is back in Flushing’s Fulton Square. Colorful juicy dumplings can be eaten in its elegant, newly-updated dining room. Six dumplings come with each order, with ingredients such as squash, crab meat, pork, black truffle, among others.
From the team behind Fort Greene restaurant Colonia Verde comes this wine bar at the music venue National Sawdust. The husband-wife team of chef Felipe Donnelly and wine director Tamy Rofe are hoping to channel the live music energy with late-night bites like tortilla Española, sardine-fennel toast and homemade chicharrón.
This respected restaurant has reopened after an overhaul of its interior design and a refreshed menu. Chef Emma Bengtsson has cooked up more options on the new tasting menus, and the expanded bar area serves dishes such as crab fritters and a fried cod sandwich.
Fans of Harold Dieterle can get a taste of the chef’s food here, where he has begun consulting. The Mediterranean-infused menu of small plates includes seared Halloumi salad and crispy lamb ribs, all of which can be enjoyed in the sleek dining room or the ivy-cloaked backyard.
This restaurant’s menu of fresh seafood and mezze platters feels like what you’d find on a Greek island. The dishes have surprising global touches, as in the sepia risotto topped with Japanese furikake seasoning. The Clumsies, an award-winning bar in Athens, is behind the cocktail program.
You may expect restaurants in Koreatown to focus on hearty barbecue, fiery kimchi stew and crowd-pleasing bibimbap. But, here, executive chef Taegoo Kang surprises us with his unique blend of French and Japanese techniques in dishes such as black cod braised in anchovy broth and yellowtail ceviche topped with seaweed crumbles.
Boho chic is upgraded here with a handsome Carrara marble bar and vintage Babar the Elephant murals, plus a champagne room in the back. Frederick Piccarello’s French-inspired fare is a hit list of favorites such as trout almondine and coq au vin.
Greenpoint, often referred to as Little Poland, has gained a new pierogi spot offering the moon-like pillowy dumplings. The restaurant inspired by PierozeQ (a restaurant in Central Poland) and will stay true to its roots with ingredients like sauerkraut and flour sourced directly from Poland. The atmosphere is pleasant with with Polish ceramics and embroidered fabrics abound.
Jen Pelka’s The Riddler has been turning any pretense surrounding wine, specifically Champagne, on its head since opening in San Francisco two years ago. Now with a second location in the West Village, you’ll find the Champagne bar features Chambongs, tater tot waffles and even iced buckets of Miller High Life.
John DeLucie’s seafood-focused restaurant anchors the HGU New York, the latest hotel to open in the trendy Nomad neighborhood. The restaurant’s name, which is Italian for snail, is an homage to the chef’s Italian heritage with fresh crudo and pasta dishes like linguine bottarga and nero di seppia with nduja and braised octopus.
Three Times, which opened in Union Square and the Lower East Side, introduces New Yorkers to shi bing ton, a popular snack which features a wrap teeming with pork, squid, celery, rice noodles and sweet potato noodles (you can also order a vegan version of the dish). Besides the signature dish at this fast-casual spot, there are buns and dumplings to complement the other rice and noodle dishes.