The best new restaurants in NY

From white-clothed fine dining to hole-in-the-wall cheap eats, find the best new restaurants NYC has to offer
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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. Anything from a sumptuous dessert shop to a fancy French restaurant could pop up as the hottest and best new restaurant in NYC.

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Best new restaurants in NYC

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Restaurants, Indian


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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. 

Paulie Gee's Slice Shop
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Restaurants, Pizza

Paulie Gee’s Slice Shop

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With its charred-wood–fired pies, Paulie Gee’s quickly became a cult favorite in Greenpoint. So when they announced a spin-off slice shop a few blocks away, it naturally got the neighborhood’s attention. Inside, the decor mimics the old-school New York dollar-slice shop, from the faux-wood Formica tables and letter-board menu to the red plastic trays and the paper plates on which each slice is served.

Henry NoMad
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Restaurants, Pan-African

Henry Nomad

icon-location-pin Midtown West

The James Beard–nominated Joseph “JJ” Johnson (the Cecil, Minton’s) headed just south of Harlem for his first solo venture, which takes its inspiration from the pan-African dishes of his childhood. Look out for house-made roti with eggplant-date puree and the “Afropot,” which is stuffed with king crab, shrimp, clams and Chinese pork sausage. 

Hunan Slurp Shop
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Restaurants, Chinese

Hunan Slurp Shop

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Artist and Hunan native Chao Wang opened this slurp shop to bring a taste of his home to NYC. The space is like the opposite of a mullet: party in the front and business in the back. You can order traditional cold plates of sweet-and-sour spare ribs and spicy braised chicken feet tossed in chili oil. 

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