Best new restaurants in NYC
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.
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.
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.
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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