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The best new restaurants in NYC for November 2019

From a Cajun restaurant to a female-owned Champagne mecca, these are the best new restaurants NYC has to offer

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Canary Club
Photograph: Courtesy Canary Club/Heidi's Bridge

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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Canary Club
Photograph: Courtesy Canary Club/Heidi's Bridge
Restaurants

Canary Club

icon-location-pin Lower East Side

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.

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Būmu
Photograph: Courtesy Būmu/Andrew Bui
Restaurants

Būmu

icon-location-pin Greenwich Village

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.

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Claudia's
Photograph: Courtesy Claudia's/Santiago Heredia
Restaurants

Claudia's

icon-location-pin East Williamsburg

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.

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Kochi
Photograph: Courtesy Kochi /Melissa Hom
Restaurants, Korean

Kochi

icon-location-pin Hell's Kitchen

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.

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Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao
Photograph: Courtesy of Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao
Restaurants, Chinese

Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao

icon-location-pin Flushing

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.

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Cosmico
Photograph: Erick Steinberg / Heidi's Bridge
Bars

Cosmico

icon-location-pin Williamsburg

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.

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Aquavit
Photograph: Courtesy Aquavit
Restaurants, Contemporary European

Aquavit

icon-location-pin Midtown East

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.

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Photograph: Ten Hope
Restaurants, Mediterranean

Ten Hope

icon-location-pin Williamsburg

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.

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Lola Taverna
Photograph: Courtesy Lola Taverna
Restaurants, Greek

Lola Taverna

icon-location-pin Soho

 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.

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Photograph: Dons Bogam Green
Restaurants, Korean

Dons Bogam Green

icon-location-pin Midtown West

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.

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Brasserie Saint Marc
Photograph: Courtesy Brasserie Saint Marc
Restaurants, American

Brasserie Saint Marc

icon-location-pin East Village

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.

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Pierozek
Photograph: Elana Mudd
Restaurants

Pierozek

icon-location-pin Greenpoint

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.

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The Riddler
Photograph: Kassie Borreson
Bars

The Riddler

icon-location-pin West Village

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.

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Photograph: Sasha Maslov
Restaurants, Italian

Lumaca

icon-location-pin Midtown

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.

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Photograph: Simmer Group
Restaurants, Chinese

Three Times

icon-location-pin East Village

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.

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