Best new spring restaurants in NYC
Welcome to the fabulous world of La Mercerie, a tidy all-day French restaurant and (be warned, as this is a thing now) immersive retail experience. An outgrowth of a husband-and-wife interior-design firm, the restaurant is located in the happy couple’s Roman and Williams Guild, a greed-inducing furniture and design store in Soho. Here’s the deal: everything on your table is for sale, and, thanks to acclaimed French chef Marie-Aude Rose, the food at La Mercerie is also a draw: not only uniformly Insta-worthy but pretty tasty, too.
Chow down on wasabi-dusted lamb and foie gras fried rice at this French-Chinese hybrid that also specializes in the baijiu spirit (China's vodka equivalent) with more than 30 varities in the bar. The original Lumos Bar on Houston St closed down so the owners could expand and focus more on food.
Hell’s Kitchen is a bit less harrowing now thanks to the lobster pierogis dipped in tarragon sour cream on the menu at this new American spot in Hell's Kitchen. The intimate space includes exposed brick walls, brown banquettes and flower-shaped chandeliers.
A Naples-born chef spends 96 hours making each square pizza at this East Village spot for the perfect dough. The Roman-style 'za comes in various flavors like Mani in Pasta with truffle cream, porcini, mozzarella, and prosciutto and the patate with over-roasted potatoes, rosemary and mozzarella.
NOLA cuisine is served on the Bourbon Street of Manhattan in a space that mimics a Southern mansion. Order New Orleans and southern favorites like blackened catfish with tartar sauce, shrimp jambalya with crawfish tails and two types of fried chicken.
Named after its location, the new food hall will have 19 vendors. Lookout for standbys like Taim, Roberta's and Bobwhite Counter, as well as completely new concepts of Go Fish, a sushi place from the chef and owner behind NoHo's BondST, and Rockaway Clam Bar, a seafood spot from the owner of Red Hook Lobster Pound. Beverage stands include the not-so-good-for-you Top Hops Beer Shop and the very-good-for-you Liquiteria.
Take your pick of Russian dumplings (yes, it's a thing) peddled in Columbus Circle’s underground market. The steamed pelmeni are stuffed with Siberian-style pork, chicken, beef or veggie options like potato or cabbage, and topped with dill. Add some soupy chicken broth or get sides of sour cream or mustard mayo.
Best new restaurants in NYC
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