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The “innovative” vegan grub (“delish” veggie burgers, “supremely satisfying” avocado toast) draws “crazy long lines” to these “hip” counter serves from cookbook author Chloe Coscarelli; once inside you’ll also have to “fight hoards” of “well-to-do millennials” for a seat, but given the “addictive” fare, the effort is considered “well worth it.”
A spin-off of LA’s Sugarfish (which has also landed on these shores), this NoMad spot focuses on its own style of sushi – hand rolls made with thoughtfully sourced seafood, nori and warm rice, lightly embellished with housemade sauces. Customers line up to order from a check-off menu – which offers single-ingredient and combo rolls, as well as green tea, beer and sake – and can dine along the wooden counter in a cool, minimally done space.
“If you’re a pie lover”, you “won’t regret” seeking out the “sublime” renditions – think decadent fillings and a “divine” crust – offered by the slice at these Brooklyn bakeries; the Gowanus flagship has cafe tables “if you can snag a seat”, and there’s a basic “snack” counter at the Brooklyn Public Library.
“When you’re hankering” for a “fast and filling” Mexican fix, these “simple” taquerias “get the job done” slinging “muy bueno” Bay Area–style tacos and burritos “for a bargain price”; given “bare-bones” digs with a “shortage of seating”, they may be “better for takeout.”
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Sunshine-yellow booths, vivid blue barstools and splashes of greenery (in both potted plants and garlands), plus a wraparound floral banquette, adorn this retro haunt that nods to the ’70s with its wood paneling and bric-a-brac decor. The food is contemporary American (including house-smoked items), and there’s a rec room of a downstairs bar with a pool table and free-standing pink fireplace.
Chef-owner Akhtar Nawab (ex La Esquina and his own venture, Elettaria) brings his Mexican cooking to Prospect Heights at this energetic spot serving tacos and botanas (small plates) as well as shareable mains with housemade tortillas. Turquoise accents lend a breezy feel to the room, which has a black-and-white mural, light-wood tables and a mix of banquette and communal seating.
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Ingredients from the nearby Union Square Greenmarket fuel the menu by chef/co-owner Nick Licata (ex Degustation, Jack’s Luxury Oyster Bar) at this New American in the Village, while cocktails draw on international spirits and flavors. The space has a subdued, earthy look with pine beams running along the bar area (across the ceiling too), and white brick walls and gray banquettes in the dining room.
Spun off from Attaboy, this Bed-Stuy bar serves tropical cocktails and slushies in a lofty, wood-paneled space dotted with bright turquoise seating. A backyard with a parked food truck is in the works.
“Meatballs rule” at these sandwich shops slinging “reliable” “mix-and-match” balls (meat, chicken, veggie) paired with “lots” of sauces, plus “snappy cocktails”, “nice beers on tap” and “sinful” ice cream sandwiches; “millennials” and the stroller set keep things “boisterous”, but at least tabs are “gentle.”
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When “in need of a pick-me-up”, fans turn to these “hipster”-friendly cafes, links in an Australian chain providing “smooth” coffee made from single-origin, house-roasted beans plus light bites; they’re “zoos” at prime hours, but the “people-watching” is solid.
Fans of “banging” hand-pulled noodles discover “fiery” “nirvana” at this “burgeoning” Western Chinese chain also famed for cumin-lamb burgers so “insanely good” that they have their own “cult following”; “zero decor” and “cramped” seating are offset by ultra-“cheap” tabs.
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“Cool down” at this counter-serve chainlet dispensing “light and flavorful” frozen cream cups (including Asian-inspired varieties like black sesame) “customized” with a host of toppings and drizzles; the concept is both “interesting” and “addicting”, so expect to find fans “waiting in line.”
This Gotham West spinoff inside an upscale Fort Greene residential building hosts vendors like Apizza, Boqueria, Flip Bird and Bar Granger, plus the bi-level Mason Jar for Southern fare (with the option of full-service dining) and rotating neighborhood businesses as part of an incubator program. Breakfast spot Egg @ The Bird will be there too, and the airy communal atmosphere, with big windows, brick accents and white subway tile, extends out to sidewalk seating.
Inside the VIA 57 West building, this Midtown Greek from the Molyvos team serves an all-day menu of spreads, salads and flatbreads, as well as grilled seafood and meats plus lots of veggie sides. Mediterranean wines and cocktails complement the food, served in a comfortable space with group-friendly booths and blue, gold and rich wood accents.
NewNew AmericanClinton Hill
The former chef of Tilda All Day, Claire Welle, returns to the same Clinton Hill locale to prepare American bistro dishes incorporating in-house butchery and baking. A crisp space with attractive wood and tilework, it’s now open for dinner and drinks rather than daytime fare.
From the folks behind Pig Beach in Gowanus, including chef and Del Posto alum Matt Abdoo, this Greenwich Village spot puts its own twist on barbecue with upscale smoked meats and Italian accents. Airy yet cozy, with tall whitewashed brick walls, a rustic communal table (as well as banquettes) and an antique marble bar top, it’s also big on seasonal cocktails and punches, global wines and local beers.
On the Upper West Side, this American eatery in the former Ouest space focuses on French dip sandwiches, along with steaks, duck-fat fries and other embellished bites. Nifty cocktails and midcentury digs add to the lively atmosphere.
Pho that’s simmered for 24 hours leads a Vietnamese menu with lots of rice and noodle stir-fries, and a few veggie options, at this East Village spot. The narrow space, with a red cyclo (three-wheel bicycle taxi) upfront, has both table and wall-counter seating.
Giving a swanky-looking redo to the former home of Greenpoint’s Boulevard Tavern, complete with tufted leather banquettes and barstools, this cozy hangout from the Commodore and El Cortez team keeps the menu simple, with Southern-accented food like boiled peanuts, a smoked chicken sandwich and banana pudding. The lighthearted cocktails (including frozen choices) are nicely suited to the patio when the weather warms up.
Elevated sandwiches are the thing at this spot near Union Square by alums of Melt Shop and the erstwhile Bark Hot Dogs, offering a classic Italian sub, an all-day breakfast sammy bolstered by pimento cheese and chile ketchup, and a number of other meaty combos (plus a couple veg). You can also build your own, plus there are cookies and ice cream sandwiches, and both counter and communal seating.
House-infused syrups, tinctures and spirits go into the lively cocktails at this homey Clinton Hill bar outfitted with exposed-brick walls and deeply grained wooden fixtures. A Blue Hill alum crafts the bill of fare, including sloppy joes and a sausage corn dog.
These “real-deal” delis from the family behind Murray’s Bagels supply “high-quality” bagels with a “nice, chewy texture” alongside “delicious spreads” including “incredible” smoked fish; service is “no-nonsense” and the decor “nonexistent”, but they’re “busy for a reason.”
From the team behind Ofrenda, The Black Ant and Temerario, this Chelsea spot focuses on attractively presented Spanish tapas, plus a few sandwiches and tinned-seafood choices, along with wines (on their own and in cocktails). Design motifs alluding to palmistry and fortune telling add a mystical touch.
Chef Marc Forgione goes fast-casual with these food-hall counters offering pressed lobster sandwiches (with spicy dipping sauce), plus other items incorporating the Maine crustacean (like a BLT and mac ’n’ cheese), as well as nonseafood choices like a house-cured pastrami Reuben. Nautical nets and lobster art are in keeping with the theme.