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Felix Roasting Co.
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Time Out’s Hot Spots in NYC

The newest restaurant and bar openings, menu changes and happenings around NYC

By Alyson Penn

New York City might be the city that never sleeps, but it's also the city that never sits still. Our culinary scene is so dynamic precisely because our finnicky taste buds are constantly changing, evolving and demanding more from our cheap eatsiconic restaurants and even Michelin-starred spots. Throughout the city, we get the best bar and restaurants openings, revolving chefs and spruced-up menus on a daily basis. We're here to update you on all the lastest changes in the food and drink world in NYC.


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New openings in NYC

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1. Misi

Restaurants Italian 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. 

Playboy Club New York
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2. Playboy Club New York

Restaurants American Hell's Kitchen

Hold on to your bunny ears, New York City. The divisive magazine and brand has reopened its East Coast club with several concepts, including a bar, four lounges and a private speakeasy. Oh, and of course plenty of Playboy Bunnies hopping around.

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3. Forlini's Restaurant

Restaurants Italian Chinatown

There's been a lot of buzz around this old-school Italian spot that has recently been thrust into the Instagram spotlight. Whether you're going for the "scene" or spaghetti, you can't go wrong visiting this Chinatown institution. 

Bluebird London
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4. Bluebird London

Restaurants British Upper West Side

London’s Chelsea institution has flown across the pond to Columbus Circle’s third-floor perch. The brasserie serves modern European fare and classic English dishes, such as beef Wellington, Cornish chicken pie and afternoon tea—all with a bird’s-eye view of Central Park.

Felix Roasting Co.
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5. Felix Roasting Co.

Restaurants Cafés Midtown

Don't call it a coffee shop. This ultra-elevated coffee bar and café makes everything from scratch, including its own milk (almond, cashew, pepita and oat). Order cocktail-style espresso drinks like the hickory-smoked s'mores latte or the deconstructed espresso tonic in a lush space designed by Ken Fulk (Legacy Records). Treats are provided by LES wunderkind Supermoon Bakehouse.

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6. Adda

Restaurants Indian 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. 

Hunan Slurp Shop
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7. Hunan Slurp Shop

Restaurants Chinese East Village

From the steaming rice-noodle bowls of the Yunnan province to the tear-jerking orders of spicy Szechuan dry pot, dining out in the East Village is a celebration of regional Chinese cuisine, and we’re here for it. Enter artist and Hunan native Chao Wang, who 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. 

Hortus NYC
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8. Hortus NYC

Restaurants Contemporary Asian Flatiron

A Per Se and Daniel alum is teaming up with a chef from Blanca and Marea for this modern Asian restaurant in Nomad. The elevated dishes churned out at this New American-Asian spot are fixed with local and seasonal ingredients served in sun-lit space with an outdoor garden ("hortus" in Latin).


9. Seaport Food Lab

Restaurants Global Financial District

The Seaport District kicks into culinary overdrive this summer with several food- and drink-focused programs popping up for the season. The headliner is the Seaport Food Lab, a bi-level restaurant hosting chefs from all over the country for one-week residencies, this year, the line-up is all-female with James Beard Award winner Nancy Silverton, Angie Mar of the Beatrice Inn and Noma alum Rosio Sanchez. Opens September 11th.

Paulie Gee's Slice Shop
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10. Paulie Gee’s Slice Shop

Restaurants Pizza Greenpoint

The cheese-and-pepperoni classics are joined by the Hellboy (pepperoni with Mike’s Hot Honey) and Freddy Prince (an upside-down Sicilian with a sesame-seed bottom) slices at the Greenpoint darling’s casual spin-off. True to Brooklyn form, the 1970s-diner space’s menu has four vegan pies.

Henry NoMad
Photograph: Courtesy Henry Nomad

11. Henry Nomad

Restaurants Pan-African 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. 

Toriko NY
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12. Toriko NY

Restaurants Japanese West Village

The first U.S. location of this elevated Japanese chain specializes in yakitori (grilled chicken skewers) seasoned with Japanese sea salt, soy sauce and fresh wasabi. You can even eat the whole bird, thanks to the chicken necks, hearts, gizzards and tails impaled on rows of sticks.

Randall's Barbecue
Photograph: Courtesy Randall's Barbecue

13. Randall’s Barbecue

Restaurants Barbecue Lower East Side

Hill Country Barbecue and Dinosaur Bar-B-Que veteran Jared Male fires up his own community-minded restaurant, serving classic American plates like brisket and spare ribs alongside traditional ’hood dishes, such as smoked chopped chicken liver and house-cured pastrami. 

The Four Seasons Restaurant
Photograph: Courtesy The Four Seasons Restaurant

14. The Four Seasons Restaurant

Restaurants American creative Midtown East

The Grill moved into the old Four Seasons space in the Seagram Building to buzzy fanfare and fawning reviews, so the Four Seasons is hoping the luck continues by staging a comeback itself. Stationed a few blocks south of the original space, the power-lunch behemoth now has Le Bernardin alum Diego Garcia helming the kitchen using seasonal ingreidents for updated spins on classic dishes in the two-story, mid-century-modern space. 


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