This two-table sushi restaurant on the second floor of a nondescript building in midtown is emblematic of why people love eating in New York. Enter what looks like a service entrance, ascend a staircase, step up to the counter and order some of the best sushi in NYC. We were taken aback by the beautiful knife work on a recent visit, before we learned that Sushi 35 West has Masa alums in the kitchen. The salmon roe, sea urchin, Spanish mackerel and striped jack are musts, so add one or all to your sushi and sashimi sets.
While we were busy catching up with all of New York's best restaurants, a whole new slew of excellent dining destinations started popping up to further complicate our reservation schedules and meticulously orchestrated walk-in efforts. While we’re always delighted to revisit those old favorites, everyone knows that sometimes only something shiny and new will do.
How new? This perpetually updated list includes the best new restaurants that have opened over the past six months. That means both Dhamaka and Dagon depart this edition, and September's joiners include excellent sushi from Masa alumni in an astronomically more casual setting, fine dining with a view, and a fun, cool spot that starts with mini-martini flights and ends with complimentary chocolate-covered strawberries.