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New York City's 20 Hottest New Restaurants

Don't know where to eat tonight? Here's a place to start: our monthly hottest restaurants update. Check out 20 of the most important restaurants in NYC right now, from a hip NoLita breakfast spot to a meaty West Village joint.

Sugarfish

NewSushiFlatiron
From LA sushi chef Kazunori Nozawa comes this Flatiron instant hit offering a simple menu showcasing high-quality fish, including both à la carte and omakase options. Packed from day one, the elongated space is designed with exposed-brick walls and deeply grained woods.

Must-order: Trust Me omakase, Trust Me Nozawa

Insider tip: Lines have been intense but go at lunch or around 5 PM to put your name down.

Le Coucou

FrenchSoHo
Stephen Starr and star-chef Daniel Rose of the Paris hits Spring and La Bourse et La Vie have created this high-end SoHo French in the 11 Howard hotel offering contemporary takes on classic dishes. Designed with softly toned wood and brick with white tablecloths and specially designed chandeliers, it also offers a pared-down selection of cocktails and a well thought-out wine list.

Must-order: Pike quenelle with lobster sauce, oeuf Norvégien

​Insider tip: Request a table by the open kitchen for prime views.

Ichimura

NewJapaneseTriBeCa
Independent from his former home at Brushstroke, sushi chef Eiji Ichimura exclusively focuses on omakase dinners, including cured fish and cooked dishes, at this TriBeCa locale. The space is austere, with a 10-seat bar and light woods throughout, placing attention squarely on the many courses and their preparation, all of which comes at a premium. (Tip is included.)

Must-order: Omakase only

Insider tip: Book a table using Resy. 

Chinese Tuxedo

NewChineseChinatown
Contemporary Chinese cooking is celebrated at this two-story locale set inside a former Chinatown opera house, offering both large and small plates including charcuterie, housemade noodles, bone-in steak and both spicy pork and vegan dumplings. Rustic walls, cozy booths and marble tables enhance the lofty environs.

Must-order: Honey-glazed char siu, mapo lo mein, sea bass, fried rice

Insider tip: Use the Resy app to book a table.

4 Charles Prime Rib

NewSteakhouseWest Village
Brendan Sodikoff (of Chicago’s Au Cheval, famed for its burger) steers this West Village steakhouse focusing on its cuts of beef, richly topped patties and elaborate sundaes. Wood-beamed walls are covered with framed prints and mirrors, lending a warm, old-time feel to the space.

Must-order: American cheeseburger, English cut prime rib

Insider tip: Reservations can be made using the Resy app.

Flora Bar

NewAmericanEast 70s
Estela’s Ignacio Mattos and Thomas Carter are behind this Upper East Side eatery in the Met Breuer (with a street entrance as well), serving a seafood-focused eclectic menu matched with boutique wines. Furnished with black banquettes, a marble bar and modernist accents, such as rows of circular ceiling lights, the lofty space is adjoined by Flora Coffee for daytime drinks and snacks.

Must-order: Lobster dumplings, tuna tartare

Insider tip: Stop by for lunch or dinner after visiting Central Park or the Met Breuer museum.

Leuca

NewSouthern ItalianWilliamsburg
Chef Andrew Carmellini (Locanda Verde, Bar Primi) brings this all-day Southern Italian to Williamsburg’s tony William Vale hotel, offering a midpriced lineup of wood-fired pizza, earthy pastas and grilled specialties. The rustic-chic space boasts eye-catching accents from a white-marble bar to industrial mobiles hung above the dining room.

Must-order: The Goomah pizza, malfadini pasta, Sophia Loren sundae

Insider tip: Book the private dining room for your next event.

Tim Ho Wan

NewDim SumGreenwich Village
The first U.S. branch of an acclaimed Hong Kong–based chain, this East Village spot attracts long lines with dim sum cooked day and night. Expect a check-off menu of dumplings, rice rolls and various steamed and fried items, served in a simple space designed with light woods.

Must-order: Siu mai, har gow, congee

Insider tip: Get there when they open for your best shot at a table.

Lilia

ItalianWilliamsburg
Missy Robbins’ “mind-blowing” housemade pastas and wood-fired entrees are declared “exactly what Italian food should be” at this “outstanding” arrival to the Williamsburg dining scene; the “spare-but-warm” space – complete with “lovely open kitchen”, “sweeping bar” and plenty of “buzz” – is overseen by an “excellent” staff, so the only real problem is “getting a reservation.”

Must-order: Sea bass with salsa verde, cacio e pepe fritelle, homemade mozzarella, soft serve gelato

Insider tip: Ask about the private dining room for your next party.

De Maria

NewNoLita
Chef Camille Becerra and a team in the design and music fields are behind this chic NoLita cafe offering colorful salads, grain bowls and other New American plates. A sunny interior with softly earthy, colorblocked tones sets the all-day scene.

Must-order: Banana bread, endive and chicken salad

Insider tip: Check out the cool neon bathroom art.

Pig Bleecker

NewGreenwich Village
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.

Must-order: Bleecker burger, brisket ravioli

Insider tip: Stay tuned for a late-night menu.

Loring Place

NewAmericanGreenwich Village
Chef Dan Kluger, who previously led the charge of local, veggie-forward fare at ABC Kitchen, has opened this Greenwich Village American serving handmade pastas, wood-grilled dishes and pizzas made with house-milled flour and seasonal toppings. The setting has a serene feel with gray-stained oak, whitewashed brick walls and tables constructed from the 19th-century building’s original pine beams.

Must-order: Baked ricotta and roasted kabocha; ricotta agnolotti

Insider tip: There are several private dining spaces for large groups.

Daily Provisions

NewCafeGramercy Park
The bakery/cafe gets the Danny Meyer treatment at this Gramercy spot serving coffee, pastries and breakfast sandwiches and gougères in the morning, leading into lunchtime sandwiches and salads, and then rotisserie chicken starting at 3 PM. The compact space, accented with deep blue inside and out, also offers a few beers and wines, plus kombucha on tap, while loaves of bread are an all-day draw.

Must-order: Breakfast gougeres, chicken Milanese

Insider tip: The spot is cashless so make sure you bring plastic.

Augustine - New York

NewFinancial District
In the Financial District’s Beekman hotel, Keith McNally’s latest is a decorous brasserie offering a menu of high-end French classics, including rotisserie meats and steaks, as well as a cocktail list co-created by Dale DeGroff. Mosaic tiles, globe lighting and painted moldings complete the picture.

Must-order: Sea urchin spaghettini, whiskey burger, beef tartare, roasted bone marrow

Insider tip: Ask about the rotating daily special.

Lalito

NewLatin AmericanChinatown
Chef/co-owner Gerardo Gonzalez (ex El Rey) dreams up casual, creative, Cali-Mex-inspired food at this Chinatown spot in the former Winnie’s. Mango-colored booths, unique agua fresca flavors and wines from Spain and California add to the upbeat vibe.

Must-order: Chicken with green pineapple sauce, "black bean" dip

Insider tip: Stop by for brunch on weekends.

Union Square Cafe

AmericanGramercy Park
After relocating from its original digs of 30 years, this Danny Meyer groundbreaker (his first restaurant) is back with a similar New American menu, which includes old favorites alongside new choices; the Park Avenue South space is bigger but retains a familiar warmth, and gratuity is built into menu prices.

Must-order: Burger, any of the pastas, dry-aged rib-eye for two

Insider tip: Just opened, Daily Provisions next door will provide coffee and pastries by day.

Chumley's

NewAmericanWest Village
Though its entrance remains unmarked, this revival of a legendary West Village speakeasy (which closed in 2007) is decked out in swankier style under new owner Alessandro Borgognone (Sushi Nakazawa). The densely arranged photos and book jackets on the walls recreate the look of the original, honoring its history as a literary haunt, while sweeping, glossy leather banquettes and American fare by an Atera alum update the experience.

Must-order: 86'd burger, beef tartare, pretzel

Insider tip: Take a close look at the walls to scope out restored literary treasures.

White Gold Butchers

NewWest 70s
From chef April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman comes this whole-animal butcher shop and American restaurant on the Upper West Side, offering decisively meaty courses and seasonal plates, as well as an afternoon hot-dog happy hour. There’s table service at night, but counter space and black banquettes provide seating options all day.

Must-order: Chopped cheese sandwich (lunch), hacked chicken, beef tartare

Insider tip: Grab some choice cuts of meat from the retail counter if you're not staying for dinner.

Olmsted

AmericanProspect Heights
A chef with an all-star history (Per Se, Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Chicago’s Alinea) has teamed up with a farmer to open this Prospect Heights American drawing from super-local sources, including its own backyard garden. The woodsy interior brings nature inside with the beginnings of a live green wall, and has a chef’s counter for watching the action.

Must-order: Carrot crêpe, oysters yam yam

Insider tip: Grab drinks and appetizers in the garden before dinner, which is winter-ready with blankets and hot drinks.

Aska

EuropeanWilliamsburg
At this modern Scandinavian in Williamsburg, chef-owner Fredrik Berselius' cuisine draws from local farms and touches on the unfamiliar; tasting menu–format dinners in the petite dining room are by reservation only and can last for hours, but there’s also a more casual garden and below-ground bar offering small plates, wines and cocktails.

Must-order: Tasting menu only

Insider tip: Tasting menu rezzies are available via the Tock ticketing system.

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