You can’t stay on top of the New York City dining scene without knowing what’s new — which is why we offer this indispensable list of the most notable restaurant openings around town. We’ll update the guide every week, keeping the latest openings at the top of the page.
In Williamsburg’s Vale Park at the William Vale hotel, this Airstream trailer kitchen by Andrew Carmellini offers a simple menu of griddled burgers (including a veggie option), waffle fries and soft-serve cones. The ice cream comes in a trio of unusual flavors, such as Jacker-Crax, made with buttered-caramel popcorn and salted peanuts.
Relocated from Uptown, this Chelsea American emphasizes local produce to steer the upscale menu. It's set in a refurbished carriage house outfitted with a living wall, reclaimed wood and bronze touches, and stocks a deep wine selection featuring mostly organic and biodynamic bottles.
This sib to Los Tacos No. 1 in Chelsea Market focuses on Mexican seafood, including fish and shrimp tacos, ceviche (and its spicier cousin, aguachile) and a raw bar. Cocktails are another plus, along with live music on the weekends.
An expansive, below-ground space inside Chelsea's Dream Downtown hotel holds this reincarnated Japanese restaurant/lounge (part of a global chain), full of rich fabrics, patterns and 3D lighting effects. Along with a sushi bar, expect attractive, contemporary plates and cocktails.
This pastry juggernaut with a West Village storefront by banker-turned-baker Umber Ahmad, in partnership with Tom Colicchio, sells upscale treats like dark chocolate brownies, cheesecake and scones, along with sweet and savory hand pies. Seating includes a silver velvet sofa with cafe tables up front, plus a communal table in the back.
From the Atoboy team, this Japanese West Villager offers five types of noodle bowls (with chicken broth, veggie or no broth) plus small plates like fried chicken for dinner, and set lunches instead of ramen during the day. The cash-only spot has a DJ booth too, and also serves sake and beer.
A staple of Southern dining – centering on meat or seafood with a choice of three sides – gets an update at this American in the Arlo Hudson Square by Harold Moore (of the closed Commerce), equipped with a wood-burning oven and grill. Tiled floors and vintage fixtures lend a retro feel to the space, which also has a bar area, a salad bar and outdoor seating.
Spun off from a vintage Chinatown favorite, this fast-casual NoLita branch offers a pared-down selection of dim sum, noodles and rice boxes, served on Chinese tableware in a space with group tables, white tiles and comic-style graphics. Beer is also available, and self-service by placing your order on a screen is an option.
Panoramic skyline views from the terrace and glassed-in lounge are the big draw at this hot rooftop bar in Williamsburg’s William Vale Hotel, also offering a menu of crafty nibbles conceived by chef Andrew Carmellini (The Dutch, Locanda Verde). As expected, a well-curated cocktail list comes with the territory.
Locally farmed meats and veggies go into the potstickers, pork buns and soup dumplings – an oversized “XL XLB” is available in limited quantities – at this order-at-the-register Chinese spot. Tables fill up quickly, and there’s counter seating too.
A daily-changing American menu offers a brief roster of seafood, meat and wood-fired pizzas, plus a nod to ’ugly’ veggies, at this seasonally minded Greenpoint hangout. Woods, light tones and greenery complement the plates in the softly lit interior.
Chefs from Thailand who made their chops in Bangkok and NYC, the brothers behind this NoHo spot go back to their roots for authentic, spicy preparations of Thai seafood served family-style. Colorful chairs brighten the simple space, while cocktails get a boost from Southeast Asian herbs.
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Nashville drives the Southern cooking (including hot chicken), the decor (complete with vintage glassware, posters and a stage-ready Nudie suit) and the casual vibe at this double-decker Midtown joint. Live music and a daily happy hour add to the party feel.
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A former jewelry designer who grew up in Northern Thailand—helping her grandmother cook at her restaurant—has opened this Fort Greene Thai with a bold look in a former warehouse space. Many of the dishes are prepared in lighter-than-typical style, while plates that draw from elsewhere in Asia and Europe round out the contemporary menu.
A splash of drama comes to Astoria with this speakeasy-style bar hidden behind a hardware-store shop front. Refined, rotating cocktails with names like the Montgomery Mule and the Smoking Jacket are joined by craft beers and elevated bar snacks.
A chef hailing from Italy’s Veneto region leads the kitchen at this upscale Southern Italian inside the FiDi branch of Eataly, preparing housemade pastas, meats and large plates for the table to share, complemented by a brief but lively selection of wines and cocktails. The space is stylish with leather banquettes, marble tables and tile floors, as well as decorative ceramic plates.
A “high temple of la dolce vita”, these marketplace and dining “wonderlands” from the Batali-Bastianich team trade in “Italian bliss” via an “overwhelming” variety of gourmet food stalls, take-out counters and “innovative” sit-down restaurants, including a “delightful” rooftop beer garden at the Flatiron locale; those who can stomach the “crowds”, “chaos” and “tourist prices” consider it foodie “paradiso.”
In a space decked out with black marble floors and oversized velvet chairs, this lounge on the fourth floor of the Time Warner Center offers an extensive whiskey selection, along with cocktails, wines and bubbly, with bottle service available. There are also party-friendly bites such as sliders and skewers to go with the views over Columbus Circle and Central Park.
The sibling owners of Lighthouse in Williamsburg are behind this casual NoLita spin-off providing vibrant plates (including a burger) that show attention to detail in the ingredients (such as housemade sourdough and smoked vegetables). Designed with brick, tile, marble counters and dashes of color, the space also pulls in a crowd for wine and cocktails.
“Addictive”, “legit” tacos for “cheap” sums keep folks coming to these “casual” Mexicans; “no-frills” settings and “don't-hold-your-breath” service mean most rely on them as “stop-by-on-your-way-home” kinds of places.
Mexico City–style tacos, salads and other small plates complement over 100 tequilas and mezcals at this late-night Flatiron spot with a downstairs lounge called the Sugar Skull Room. Colorful murals and Day of the Dead graphics decorate the space.
A veteran of Vinegar Hill House helms the kitchen at this Prospect Heights locale with an Italian-American menu emphasizing locally sourced ingredients. Whitewashed brick walls and a wood bar lend a comfortable feel, and service is included in the bill.
On the water in TriBeCa’s Hudson River Park, this spin-off of City Winery offers its own house wines (some on tap) as well as imports to go with a simple American menu. Grape vines and ivy adorn the glassed-in dining room, while the roof deck expands the river and skyline views.
An LA import, this Upper West Sider distinguishes itself with a fast-casual kosher Mexican menu of build-your-own tacos, burritos and bowls (geared toward carnivores). The space is simple with red and black accents, and also offers a few appetizers and daily specials, plus Mexican Coke.
Inside a lofty Village townhouse, this Italian specializes in seasonal plates, pastas and fresh mozzarella, with tasting-menu options for both meat eaters and vegetarians. Starburst chandeliers, leather banquettes and sleek velvet chairs set the tone, while aperitifs encourage lingering at the marble bar.