NYC constantly has new restaurants opening, so many that my head keeps spinning. I decided to start a separate post for just this category.  As I try them, I will either move them into my favorites or to the bottom category of “stay away”.  So many restaurants…so little time… 

  • ABCV – 38 E. 19th Street – Jean-George’s new vegetarian restaurant.  Thank goodness he is saying he doesn’t plan on serving food that mimics meat (if I wanted meat I would eat it!) but will serve innovative vegetables and grains in their own right.
  • Atla – 372 Lafayette St / Great Jones – Chef Enrique Olvera from Cosme (yumm, I can taste that duck carnitas) opened a more casual, creative Mexican restaurant.  Open all day so enjoy a cafe con leche and a concha pastry for breakfast…and return at 10PM for margaritas and guac (with mint!) with great music playing in the background.
  • Alta Linea – Courtyard Garden of The Highline Hotel, 180 10th Ave  – Italian restaurant by the team behind dell’anima, L’Artusi, Anfora, and L’Apicio.
  • Baar Baar – 13 E First Street (Second Avenue), 212-228-1200 – modern Indian cuisine from Chef Sujan Sarkar, creates “far-out Indian molecular gastronomy” at his first outpost in NYC.
  • Bessou – (5 Bleecker St, 212-228-8502) – Chef Emily Yuen offers comforting Japanese food at her new NoHo restaurant.  With training at Bar Boulud, La Gavroche (London), and Vue de Monde (Australia) she is highly skilled in fine dining, but can really create a delicious family meal.  Be sure to order the beef short-rib kakuni, bone-in short rib braised in a sweet soy sake.
  • Biang – 157 Second Avenue (10th Street) – Chef Jason Wang moved his highly regarded Chinese restaurant in Flushing to open in Manhattan.  Biang is supposed to be more experimental.
  • Bombay Bread Bar – SoHo – unfortunately chef Floyd Cadoz’s wonderful restaurant Paowalla didn’t quite make it in NYC,  so he is closing and reopening (in the same space) with this new, more casual restaurant.  Serving food from his childhood.
  • Bouley at Home – 31 W 21 Street, no phone, davidbouley.com – David Bouley is back and opening a center showcasing his approach to delicious food can have health benefits with the right ingredients.  The center includes a bakery, cooking school, food lab, and restaurant.  The restaurant has 24 seats around three counters, serving a eight -ten course tasting menu for $225.  All chefs double as servers, communicating directly with the guests.  Lunch will start in Nov or Dec and will be $75.  No reservations are taken, they have a ticketing system on his website for prepaid seats.
  • Casa Apicii – 62 West 9th Street, (212-353-8499) – new Greenwich Village Italian restaurant in a lovely townhouse.  Specialty is seasonal menus featuring pastas, fresh mozzarella and tasting-menus for meat eaters and vegetarians.  P.S.  there is a secret bar upstairs.
  • Cervo’s – 43 Canal Street (Orchard Street), 212-226-2545 – Spanish and Portuguese seafood restaurant with dishes like monkfish liver on toast and Spanish mackerel crudo.
  • Chefs Club Counter – Nolita restaurant that offers takeout and features a rotating roster of signature dishes from cult restaurants and big name chefs.

  • Cote – 16 West 22nd Street, 212-401-7986 – sleek, high-style Korean barbecue steakhouse from Simon Kim (Piora in West Village).  Special item is the butcher’s feast with multiple cuts of beef, condiments, salads, stews, and dessert.  But they also have a a la carte menu.  The smokeless grills sure help you not having to shower and put your clothes in hamper as soon as you return home!
  • Dinnertable – 206 Avenue A (www.dinnertable.nyc) – Hidden inside The Garret East bar behind a doorbell entrance, this new East Village Italian/American restaurant is serving straight forward good food.  Try the steak tartare, lasagna, & burger.
  • Don Angie – 103 Greenwich Ave – Alums of Quality Italian, married chef-owners Angie Rito and Scott Tacinelli are the team behind this Italian-American in the West Village, serving classics with locally sourced ingredients.  Several elements of the signature dishes that Angie developed came directly from techniques and recipes she learned from her grandmother.
  • Empellon – 510 Madison Ave (entrance on 53rd), 212-858-9365 – newest of Alex Stupak’s three restaurants and rave reviews have been coming out for his modern Mexican food, especially for his desserts.  One dessert is a frozen parfait that you would swear was an avocado on a bed of ice.  The parfait is creamy and smooth, the ice crystals melt on your tough into limeade and under the ice is yogurt infused with eucalyptus.  Recommended dishes;  oyster shooters, dticky rice tamales, lettuce leaves, crab nachos, yellow beets, cucumbers with lobster and papalo, king salmon with gooseberries, pork belly, sea bream, short ribs.  But stay away from the taco section!  Quote from the NYT,  “he seems to have the idea that because people love tacos, he can fill them with weird things…yes, anything can be turned into a taco, but perhaps not everything should”.
  • Fine & Rare – 9 East 37th St. 212-725-3866 – bar / restaurant specializing in high-quality spirits will also have a raw bar, cheeses & charcuterie.  With a couple of fireplaces and Jazz playing in the dining room it should be quite cozy in the cold days of winter.
  • Fish Cheeks – 55 Bond Street (Bowery), 1212-677-2223, fishcheeksnyc.com -Reasonably authentic Thai food, opened by two brothers. Ohm (from Bangkok) and Chat Suansilphong (worked for Tom Colicchio).  Family style dishes focused on seafood.
  • Fowler & Wells – 5 Beekman St / Nassau St. in the Beekman Thompson Hotel – Tom Colicchio’s new opening, featuring old classics, such as Beef Wellington, Lobster Thermidor, and Sole Veronique.
  • Frenchette – 241 West Broadway (White Street),  Chef’s Lee Hanson and Riad Nasr, alums of Daniel and Kieth McNally, are opening their own place in TriBeCa.  The menu will be seasonable with takes on old classics like duck-frites and rotisserie lobster!
  • Freud – 506 La Guardia Place (Bleecker St.) – an Austrian restaurant in a brasserie setting evoking Vienna (updated of course) by Eduard Fraunder.

  • Guenter Seeger – 641 Hudson Street (Horatio St) – this star chef (creative German-born, and known for his precision on the plate) from Atlanta closed his Atlanta restaurant and moved to NYC.  Offering a single tasting menu, changing daily with a chef’s table.
  • Hao Noodle & Tea by Madam Zhu’s Kitchen – 401 6th Avenue, 212-633-8900) – Chef Jun Chen, Shanghai native with a real talent for noodles.  Everything is produced fresh daily including the dumpling skins.  Got two stars from NYT.

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  • Hirohisa – 73 Thompson St, 212.925.1613 – small, cosy SoHo restaurant where the chef, Hirohisa Hayashi, focuses on traditional Japanese cooking sources with local ingredients.
  • Holy Ground – 109 W. Broadway – Called a “meat speakeasy”, this seasonal barbecue place with feature slow-cooked ribs, brisket, pork shoulder, and high-end sides.
  • Jo Jo – 160 E 64th St, 212. 223.5656 – Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s first restaurant in NY just returned with a new look and menu after a yearlong rennovation.
  • King – 18 King St, 917-825-1619 – run by three young women, this casual Italian.  The short menu changes daily seems like the ideal version of what you thought it would be.  The co-chefs, Jess Shadbolt & Clare de Boer, cooked together at the River Cafe in London (loved that restaurant).  The third, Annie Shi, manages the front of the house.  They fly fresh ingredients in from Italy and you won’t be disappointed with anything you order.
  • Kingsley – 190 Avenue B (12th St.) – Chef Roxanne Spruance (Blackbird in Chicago & Blue Hill) opened in her own French-American place with dishes like pheasant with kabocha squash & black sesame, and heritage pork with blistered cherries and compressed carrots.  Signature dish, Celeriac Agnolotti made with celery root, homemade mesquite cake, sunflower, black pepper gastrique & seared foie gras!
  • Kish-Kash – 455 Hudson Street – (opening in May 2018) – Balaboosta owner / Chef, Einat Admony, is opening a restaurant specializing in rolled couscous.  Served of course with braided meats, spicy fish, and/or vegetables.  If anything like her other places, should be delicious!
  • Le French Diner – (188 Orchard St, 212-777-1577) – Chef Burcu Aydeniz, trained at Michelin-starred restaurants in Paris, and  produces “hip” French food with accents of her Turkish heritage. Don’t miss the grilled octopus served with aioli, piment d’espelette, and lemon.
  • Little Park – 85 W. Broadway (Tribeca in the Smythe Hotel) – Andrew Carmellini’s latest place with chef de cuisine, Min Kong (from Carbone).  “Contemporary” food focus, with dishes all around the same size.  We get the “small plate sharing” pitch so for some of these you need to order more than one to ensure you get enough of these delicious dishes.  Vegetable are amazing, the cocktails very interesting, and the desserts more creative than most places.  (littlepark.com)

  • Lucky Bee – 252 Broome St. (Ludlow St.) – Southeastern Asian farm-to-table restaurant with an emphasis on street food.  Chef Matty Benett (Fat Radish) and Rupert Noffs (Australian partner) also plan on installing beehives on their roof and using local honey in cocktails.

  • Merakia – 5 W 21 Street, 212-380-1950 – new Flatiron Greek restaurant with a lovely space and great looking bar.  Food is excellent but whimsical such as “Dancing with the Lamb” entree.  Try the lamb stew, rib-eye, dancing with the lamb, and the keftedes (meatballs).  Great cocktails also.
  • Momosan Ramen & Sake – 342 Lexington Avenue (39th St., 646-201-5529) – Masaharu Morimoto is getting into the ramen craze, though a little late, but if he’s into it we should just eat and enjoy.
  • N’eat – 58 2nd Ave, 917-892-6350 – Chef Gabriel Hedlund, who trained at Noma, is one of the leading chefs bringing New Nordic cuisine to NYC.  He serves casual, everyday food in a relaxed atmosphere.  Try the braised short ribs with pickled huckleberries and smoked marrow slow cooked for 24 hours.
  • Oiji – 119 1st Avenue – chefs from Bouley and Gramercy Tavern have opened  taken a contemporary approach to Korean cuisine.  Space is sleek with tables for two and communal seating.
  • One Vanderbilt – Daniel Boulud will be opening a new restaurant (this name is just a place holder) in an office tower just being built just west of Grand Central.   It will be a 100 seat, second floor dining room, and not as classic as his uptown restaurant.  Downstairs Daniel will have Epicerie Boulud shops for takeout (lucky me as I live in walking distance!).
  • Pig Blecker – 155 Bleecker (Thompson) 646-758-5115 – Chef Matt Abdoo (Del Posto, and part owner in Brooklyn’s Pig Beach) – High-end BBQ such as ravioli with smoked brisket in red wine sauce and truffle butter, cod cheeks with crispy ham, and pigs in a blanket.   Also serving other seafood and veggies.

  • Pasquale Jones – 187 Mulberry Street – Charlie Birds new Italian restaurant in NoLita is moderately priced, casual, with hip-hop soundtrack playing in the background.  Featuring wood-fired pizzas, meats and fish.  Favorites are little neck clam pizza, charred cauliflower salad, and pork shank.
  • Pisellino – 100 Seventh Ave S (opening in May 2018) – Jody Williams and Rita Sodi are opening another small, charming place to eat and drink based on a classic Italian bar.  Open all day for early coffee to late night cocktails.
  • Public Kitchen – 215 Chrystie St – Jean-Georges latest in the newly opened Public Hotel.  150 seat restaurant with a lovely, inviting patio.  Try the truffle pizza, rigatoni with basil-pistachio pesto, and the smoked short ribs.
  • Rebelle – 218 Bowery (Prince St) 1917-639-3880 – Chef Daniel Eddy is from Spring in Paris. French bistro serving interesting, creative food (just like Spring!).  And it starts with shaved cheese table-side from a giant wheel as finger food when you sit down.
  • St. Tropez –  304 West Fourth Street (Bank Street), 917-388-3893 – Chef Gerald Barthelemy, from the Michelin-starred restaurant in the Hotel Vernet in Paris, opened this Cote d’Azur restaurant to the village.  Southern french cooking in a rustic setting.
  • Scampi – 30 West 18th Atreet, opening Oct 2017 – Chef PJ Calapa, Michael White alum,  opened a Flatiron place featuring Southern Italian cooking.  With a focus on, you guessed it, scampi.
  • Shuko – 47 E 12th Street – Jimmy Lau & Nick Kim were Masa’s chefs in NYC and Vegas.  Japanese food at another level where their takes on the “ordinary” will knock your socks off.  Fun, relaxed atmosphere, somewhat like your favorite hidden bar.  Two Tasting menus only.    (shukonyc.com)
  • Sorbillo NYC – 334 Bowery (Bond Street), 646-476-8049 – Neapolitan pies by Gino Sorbillo whose family owns pizzerias in Naples.

  • Te Company – 163 W. 10th Street – Taiwanese tearoom, that you could easily walk by without noticing.  But glad I found this review in The New Yorker as they believe it is “one of the most exiting restaurants in New York”.  The service is the first hint that this is no regular tearoom as they guide you through the leather-bound menu.  Tea is expertly prepared, and there are not many places in New York where you can eat better!
  • Tijuana Picnic – 151 Essex Street – Mexican / Asian fare serving large plates of pork neck with Thai-spiced chimichurri, skewers of grilled mako shark or short ribs in an Asian style bulgogi kimchi sauce, and tuna belly tacos.   Restaurant has a retro vibe serving creative cocktails (spicy margaritas with your guacamole!).
  • Tim Ho Wan  – 85 Fourth Ave, 212-228-2800 – Tim Ho Wan holds the honor for having the world’s cheapest Michelin-star restaurants (goodness for us foodies).  Known for premiere dim sum, has forty-five restaurant in a global chain all over Asia.  No reservations taken and lines have been seen multiple blocks long.  His success is not built on creative takes but the care with which he makes the basics.  No corners cut here on ingredients or preparation … nothing is pre-made, and the freshness shows in every bite.  Try the classics; steamed pork spare ribs with black beans, rice roll with shrimp (whole shrimp) and chives, pork dumplings, bun with barbecued port (his claim to fame).

New Power Lunch – casual destinations by NYC’s gastro heavyweights

  • Alta – Cosme alum Hugo Vera turns out Mexican fare that’s not your usual fare, like chiles relienos stuffed with steak tartare, blue-corn tostadas topped with Archic char, torta-like sandwich of ground chorizo, queso fresco and postatoes stuffed into a bun that’s soaked with guajillo chilli.
  • Made Nice – Daniel Humm and Will Guidara from the NoMad and Eleven Madison Park have gone casual.    Enjoy the composed salads like seared cod with chickpea puree and braised fennel, a frisee salad with smoked salmon and dill, and curried cauliflower with tofu and couscous.
  • Daily Provisions – Danny Meyer launched this quick-service place right next door to the new Union Square Cafe.  Order one of the sandwiches like the broccoli melt blanketed with Manchego cheese and chilies, or the club sandwich of rotisserie chicken.

  • Norman – Fredrik Berselius of two-Michelin-starred Aska, and Claus Meyer, of Agern (and the mighty Noma!).  New nordic bent of rye breads, smoked fish, and pickled eggs.  Also seasonal dishes – slow-roasted pork sandwich, crab toast with winter radish, and grain bowls with charred vegetables.

Tried and not sure yet.

La Pecora Bianca – 1133 Broadway / 26th Street  – Tried again, and recommend only eating at one of the outside tables as the acoustics makes the noise level way too loud to enjoy your meal and company.  Chef Mark Barak (Claudette) cooks seasonal Italian food locally sourced and simply made (all home made pastas).  Casual restaurant with a main dining room, bar, and six at the chef’s counter in front of the open kitchen.  The food was very good, and services was friendly, but the noise level was deafening so don’t head there with a hangover.

The Grill – Seagram Building, 99 E. 52nd Street, 212-375-9001 – Not my kind of place.  Good for a business dinner.  Another opening from Major Food Group (Rich Torrise, Mario Carbone, Jeff Zalaznick) in the old Four Seasons supper club.   They left the landmark interior in place and service is as serious as it ever was.  They have reconstructed all the continental classics of the by gone days with slabs of prime ribs, brandy soaked cherries jubilee and Dover sole three ways.

O Ya – 122 E 28th Street (adjacent to Park South Hotel)-  Excellent but very expensive.  Boston chef Tim Cushman, 2012 James Beard Foundation Award winner,  opens a NYC high‑end omakase restaurant with yield inventive, artfully plated sushi, sashimi and other small bites with first rate sake. Modern, minimalist setting has carved wooden booths and a long sushi bar.  Very expensive as only offers Omakase of 18 – 24 courses for $185 and $245 (and that is without any libations).

Tried and suggest you stay away!

Black Barn – 19 E 26th St., 1212-265-5959 – a major overhaul of SD26 (which was much needed), with new owners but same chef.  They changed the Italian menu for a new-American one of grilled items, slow-cooked specials, and plates for sharing.  Food was good but the front is a very noisy bar area and even the back room has a din that is annoying.  Stay clear of it if you value conversation. (http://blackbarnrestaurant.com)

Cafe Altro Paradiso – 235 Spring Street (Avenue of the Americas) – Food mediocre.  Bad reviews.  Chef Ignacio Mattos (Estela) opened this Italian restaurant.

Cherche Midi – 282 Bowery – Keith McNally’s latest restaurant, but not my favorite McNally restaurant  (prefer Minetta Tavern).  Tried three times and still disappointed. Best to skip this one, too many great restaurants in the city.

Cut by Wolfgang Puck – 99 Church St / Barclay St. in the Four Seasons Hotel – Wolfgang Puck’s NYC restaurant with his signature Steak House.  A friend has eaten in his other Cut restaurant and said stay away.  Much better places in NYC to get a good steak.

Kat & Theo – 5 W. 21st St., at Fifth Ave. –  Queens-born chef Paras Shah did time at Momofuku Noodle Bar and cooked around Spain for a year. 70-seat Flatiron restaurant was lovely, warm, and welcoming.  New American, Mediterranean-accented menu had great food but the service was beyond spotty. Couldn’t get drink or food order correct, had run out of the bottle and glass of wine on the very limited wine list (though they had only been open a couple of weeks – maybe they should buy by the case!).

La Sirena – Maritime Hotel, 88 Ninth Avenue (16 St.) – Big, cavernous, so don’t eat in the restaurant.  But they just opened a Tapas Bar that is quite good.  Bad reviews for restaurant.  Mario Batali & Joe Bastianich’s indoor-outdoor restaurant opening in November.  Italian of course.

Loyal – 289 Bleecker St (Seventh Ave) – Chef, John Fraser (Nix and Dovetail) opened an American brasserie in the West Village.  Loved Dovetail, but afraid I can’t recommend his new addition.  I loved the bartender, Matthew, and the atmosphere is inviting, if you arrive very early, but gets packed and very noisy quickly.  And the food…boring is the first word that comes to mind.  And we tried quite a few items, each more disappointing than the next.  The only thing that looked interesting was the burger with duck fat fried tater totters…we gave up at this point and didn’t try it.  Skip this place. 

Narcissa – 25 Cooper Square (5th St. & Bowery), 1212-228-3344 – Andre Balazs & Chef John  Fraser restaurant features seasonal, local & organic produce from Balazs’ farm.  New American menu offers new techniques of roasting, rotisserie, and slow cooking.   At first glace seems like an interesting menu, but the food was not memorable.  Ate there three times, just to make sure, but each experience was the same.  Too many great restaurants in NYC to waste money and calories on mediocre food. (narcissanyc.com)

Piora – 430 Hudson Street – Simon Kim and Chef Christopher Cipollone create some delicious dishes BUT the service left a lot to be desired.  We ordered cocktails and the waiter pushed us to order our meal very soon after.  We specifically told him we wanted to enjoy our cocktails prior to our dinner coming out and would order a bottle of wine with our meal (we arrived 1/2 hour early so they weren’t rushed to turn our table).  But the appetizer came out at almost the same time they delivered our cocktails.  And they seems very put out when we reminded them that we had asked to delay dinner till we finished out drinks. Service didn’t improve any…too many wonderful restaurants in this city to have to put up with sub-par service.  And I think many probably agree as it was not crowded and heard the same complaint from another friend.

The Clocktower – No. 5 Madison Avenue (on the 2nd floor of Ian Schrager’s Met Life Building’s which has been transformed into the EDITION Hotel) – Pretentious, expensive English grub.  Not my style, too stiff and stuffy (also no bar to eat at).  Chef is Jason Atherton, Michelin-starred chef from London,  and partner is restaurateur Stephen Starr. Has three intimate dining rooms overlooking Madison Square park, a billiards room and bar.

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