The best new restaurants in NYC

From white-clothed fine dining to hole-in-the-wall cheap eats, find the best new restaurants NYC has to offer
Empellon Al Pastor
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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 bagel spot in Brooklyn to a buzzy Mexican restaurant, here are the hottest restaurants trending in NYC.

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Best new restaurants in NYC

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Fire & Water
Photograph: Courtesy Melissa Hom
Restaurants, Pan-Asian

Fire & Water

icon-location-pin East Village

The 'Water' concept of this totally vegan, dually themed restaraunt is now open for business. The Japanese restaurant is the other half of what will be 'Fire,' a Chinese dim sum locale. Water is an eight-course omakase meal with courses including chilled tofu and brussels sprouts; celery root with yuba and black garlic; and mushroom chirashi with leeks.

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The Water Tower
Photograph: Courtesy Ethan Covey
Bars, Cocktail bars

The Water Tower

icon-location-pin Williamsburg

This Williamsburg Hotel cocktail bar is set in the venue's sky-high water tower. The cylindrical structure sits above the hotel's outdoor pool, with view of Williamsburg, the East River and Manhattan from the steel-encased, floor-to-ceiling windows. The inside is decked out with velvet couches and chaises and the back wall is covered in murals painted by local artists.

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Bang Bar
Photograph: Courtesy Andrew Bezek
Restaurants, Korean

Bāng Bar

icon-location-pin Upper West Side

Alongside Chang’s latest Noodle Bar outpost in the Time Warner Center lies a petit counter where New Yorkers are lining up for an array of handheld bāngs, or griddled Korean flatbreads. In his typical fashion, Chang adds his distinctive Momofuku style to these bāngs, offering proteins like gochujang-marinated pork or yakitori-glazed chicken roasted shawarma-style. 

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Benno
Photograph: Courtesy Alex Staniloff
Restaurants, French

Benno

icon-location-pin Flatiron

Chef Jonathon Benno’s third and final restaurant in the Evelyn hotel moves closer to the shore than his Roman Leonelli Taberna and Leonelli Focacceria e Pasticceria. Enjoy upscale Mediterranean meals inspired by Italy’s seaside Liguria region and the south of France.

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Shoo Shoo
Photograph: Courtesy Shoo Shoo
Restaurants, Mediterranean

Shoo Shoo

icon-location-pin Little Italy

Nosh on Israeli staples from a 12 Chairs alum in a space that feels like a breezy Tel Aviv café, with floor-to-ceiling windows, light-blue paneling and potted trees. This elevated take on comfort food includes baked eggs in broiled tahini with challah, roasted squash with spiced-butter lentils and fried branzino balls.

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Misi
Photograph: Courtesy Evan Sung
Restaurants, Italian

Misi

icon-location-pin Williamsburg

Lilia’s James Beard Award–winning chef Missy Robbins is serving her famous pasta and vegetable dishes in a brand-new space, which has a pasta-making room that’s visible to diners and passersby alike. Witness the chefs prepare 10 starchy specials, including fettuccine bathed in buffalo butter, corzetti peppered with Sun Gold cherry tomatoes and summer herbs, and Sardinian gnocchi packed with clams, sea beans and saffron.

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Gupshup
Photograph: Courtesy Gupshup
Restaurants, Indian

Gupshup

icon-location-pin Gramercy

A Punjab Grill and Indian Accent vet is running the kitchen at this bi-level Gramercy restaurant that’s fashioned after an old-world Bombay mansion. But the dishes, such as burrata with rum-soaked raisins or tandoori lobster tail dunked in moilee (coconut curry) sauce, are thoroughly modern.

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RH Rooftop
Photograph: Courtesy RH
Restaurants, American

RH Rooftop Restaurant

icon-location-pin Meatpacking District

The relocated Restoration Hardware gallery now has a full-on restaurant atop its roof. Dine on seasonal comfort food among crystal chandeliers and pleached London plane trees. The outdoor space, inspired by European gardens, is decked out in verdant canopies, evergreen trees and fountains.

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Adda
Photograph: Courtesy Adda
Restaurants, Indian

Adda

icon-location-pin Long Island City

The restaurant’s name means, “a place where people hang out,” which is the desire of the team behind this Queens spot. Indulge in traditional dishes—buttered chicken on the bone, say, or Lucknowi biryani—in the eclectic space lined with collages of Indian newspapers. 

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