Best New NYC Restaurants

Julie Besonen

(Updated 06/17/2019)

July 2019

Just in time for summer, Long Island City has a great new barbecue joint with a massive outdoor beer garden. This month also brings exciting destinations for Vietnamese, Middle Eastern, Greek, Georgian and French cuisine, plus a wildly designed seafood restaurant that has to be seen to be believed.

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Amylos Taverna

Taste modern twists on traditional Greek food in Astoria.

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Apollonia

Enjoy seasonal Mediterranean fare in a mellow Williamsburg bistro.

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Chama Mama

This modern Chelsea café serves Georgian cheese breads and wine.

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Floret

This relaxed hotel restaurant on the Bowery has outdoor seating.

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Lamalo

Sample Middle Eastern spreads and fresh-baked bread in a modern Nomad restaurant.

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Lamia’s Fish Market

Visit a playfully designed multilevel seafood restaurant in the East Village.

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Le Jardinier

This chic French restaurant in Midtown has a vegetable-forward menu.

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Mothership Meat Company

This Texas-style barbecue joint has a big beer garden.

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Tsismis

Spend time at this casual Filipino-style hangout on the Lower East Side.

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Van Da

Have a meal at this exquisite little Vietnamese restaurant in the East Village.

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June 2019

This month offers many culinary riches, from Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s take on seafood in the Seaport to a chef (who trained with the famed Massimo Bottura) crafting handmade pasta in the Flatiron. What's more, Jody Williams and Rita Sodi have finally opened Bar Pisellino in the West Village, the long-awaited follow-up to their mobbed Via Carota. Read on for more, including details on the best new Turkish spot in Astoria and a wine bar in Greenpoint devoted to California vintages.

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Bar Pisellino

Hang out in an all-day casual Italian café from the Via Carota team.

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Casa Bocado

Try top-notch Mexican fare and tequila in a hip cantina on the Bowery.

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Coast and Valley

A contemporary California wine bar offers small plates and vintages by the glass in Greenpoint.

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The Fulton

Jean-Georges Vongerichten celebrates fresh seafood in the Seaport District.

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Lokanta

Fantastic Turkish food is on the menu at this inviting Astoria café.

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Maison Yaki

French-Japanese fare and cocktails come from a celebrated chef.

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Michaeli Bakery

Fabulous Israeli-style rugelach, babka and bourekas come with a modern touch.

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Wayla

This Lower East Side spot is worth seeking out for backyard bites and drinks.

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Rezdôra

A refined osteria in the Flatiron features the cuisine of Emilia-Romagna.

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Zusik

Modern Korean fusion cuisine is the game at this sleek downtown bistro.

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May 2019

This month we’ve got news on where to find perhaps the best roast beef sandwich—plus excellent macaroni and cheese, Korean hot pot and Cuban meat pies—in NYC. And if you’re curious about the world of natural wines and a wide spectrum of rosés, your search is over; we’ve got news on that too. Read on for more.

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The Fly

A cool Bed-Stuy joint serves rotisserie chicken, cocktails and natural wine.

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Golden Diner

The classic American diner is reimagined by a fine dining chef.

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HaSalon

Enjoy luxury Mediterranean fare from a renowned Tel Aviv chef.

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Leyla

Try a Turkish-flavored Mediterranean brasserie on the Upper West Side.

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Murray’s Mac & Cheese

A comfort food spin-off of Murray’s Cheese lands in the West Village.

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On

This chic Nomad spot puts twists on Korean cuisine cooked at the table.

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Paper Daisy

This East Village bar offers cocktails and sidewalk seating.

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Pilar Cuban Bakery

Eat Cuban baked goods and killer sandwiches in Bed-Stuy.

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The Poni Room

A rosé oasis hides under Noho bistro Saxon + Parole.

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Windrose

A classy Korean fusion bistro is tucked on a West Village side street.

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April 2019

Times Square is not traditionally synonymous with fine dining, but an enterprise between chef-restaurateur John Fraser and hotelier Ian Schrager has changed the game. Fraser is often ahead of the curve, his innovative takes on plant-based cuisine embraced by carnivores and vegetarians alike. This month we’ve also got news on a Chicago-based gem hidden in a Chinatown alleyway, where to get the best breakfast sandwich in Brooklyn and a Danish café near Union Square with amazing breads and desserts. Read on for more.

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701West

Fine dining from John Fraser is offered high above the fray of Times Square.

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Ardyn

Visit an alluring New American restaurant and lounge in Greenwich Village.

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Au Cheval Diner

A handsome saloon serves hearty American fare near Chinatown.

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Bagock Fried Chicken & Doughnuts

Eat classic American fried chicken and fresh-made doughnuts in Williamsburg.

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Crown Shy

Find creative fine dining in a stunning art deco tower.

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Gertie

This sunny Williamsburg luncheonette brings twists on retro sandwiches.

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Ole & Steen

A Danish café near Union Square serves healthy grains, pastries and sandwiches.

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San Pedro Inn

Hit this Red Hook roadhouse for a good beer selection and cheap tacos.

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Savida

Exceptional seafood is served in an intimate Tribeca spot.

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Spicy Moon Vegetarian Szechuan

A small, friendly vegetarian paradise calls the East Village home.

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March 2019

Nolita’s slender streets are lined with independent retail shops, cozy cafés and bars, and now three exciting new restaurants. Read on for details about them as well as info on seven other outstanding arrivals across the City.

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Gran Tivoli

A handsome Italian restaurant has a seductive lounge in its basement.

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Hudson & Charles Dinette

A couple of new-wave butchers have opened a next-door West Village café.

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Hunky Dory

Innovative American food and cocktails in an all-day Crown Heights café

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Il Divo

Divine Italian restaurant and bar for Upper East Siders

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Krok

Find northeastern Thai street food on the Columbia Street Waterfront.

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MAV Soho

Chic Italian restaurant on the ground floor of SoHo’s Hotel Hugo

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Mint Kitchen

Dine on healthy, fast-casual Middle Eastern food near Union Square.

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Niche Mazémen

No-broth ramen with innovative toppings on the Lower East Side

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Shoo Shoo Nolita

Healthy, stylish Middle Eastern bistro in Nolita

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Wayan

Intoxicating Indonesian food from a talented chef in Nolita

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February 2019

A waterfront seafood restaurant on Staten Island and new-wave Korean food in Brooklyn are just two of the reasons to check out this month’s roundup of recently opened restaurants. We’ve also got details on novel pizza specialists, a stimulating Vietnamese barbecue spot in the East Village and where to find the best cocktails and high-caliber bar food near Brooklyn Academy of Music.

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Barca

Visit a modern, waterfront seafood restaurant on Staten Island.

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Haenyeo

Settle in for Korean home cooking with modern flair in Park Slope.

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La Central

Try bold, Pan-American food in a cool boutique hotel near the High Line.

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La Rossa

Thin-crust pizza with innovative toppings take center stage in a contemporary Nolita café.

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Madame Vo BBQ

Vietnamese barbecue is a hit at this clubby East Village space.

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Mission Chinese Brooklyn

Find spicy, inventive Chinese food in a neon-lit setting in Bushwick.

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The Rockwell Place

A top-notch cocktail bar and restaurant operates near BAM.

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Rodos

Emeril Lagasse kicks up Greek cuisine a notch with Cajun-Creole flavors.

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Teo

Find spectacular Japanese cooking with Southern twists from a Momofuku alum.

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Violet

Innovative pasta and grilled pizza share space in an East Village kitchen.

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January 2019

This month’s roundup has details on Thai curries and Cantonese steamed rice rolls that are sure to thrill your palate. A corner deli in Brooklyn might be cooking up the best bagels and bialys in the City. And if you’re into ramen, read on; there’s a sensational new joint in the East Village you need to know about.

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Franks Wine Bar

A snug, ambitious bar in Brooklyn serves hundreds of natural and classic wines.

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GupShup

A modern Indian fusion restaurant brings colorful dishes and decor to Gramercy.

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Hall

Find daytime coffee and nighttime cocktails and Japanese fare in Flatiron.

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The Hive

This Williamsburg gathering place excels at burgers, fish tacos and beer.

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Joe’s Steam Rice Roll

Enjoy delicate Cantonese-style rice rolls made to order in a Chinatown food hall.

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Oxalis

A gifted chef brings excellent seasonal fare to Prospect Heights.

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Shelsky’s Brooklyn Bagels

Find old-school bagels, bialys, schmears and classic deli sandwiches.

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TabeTomo

Try sensational ramen and a highly curated selection of sakes in the East Village.

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Taladwat

Complex Thai curries stand out in an attractive, rustic Hell’s Kitchen space.

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December 2018

The Upper West Side has seen an influx of exciting dining destinations. Head to the neighborhood for contemporary spicy Hunan dishes, luxurious Italian from a rising-star chef and modern, healthy Greek fare. Over at the Time Warner Center, David Chang has two new ventures. And those who love sandwiches—especially of the po’boy and banh mi varieties—have a new reason to make a beeline for Brooklyn.

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Atlas Kitchen

This contemporary Chinese restaurant offers both familiar and unexpected specialties.

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Bāng Bar

David Chang stuffs his inventive griddled flatbreads with spit-roasted meats.

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Benno

Try Jonathan Benno’s flagship Mediterranean restaurant in the Evelyn Hotel.

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Devon

This stylish neighborhood bar on the Lower East Side serves shareable snacks.

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Eléa

The Upper West Side welcomes a modern split-level Greek restaurant.

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Fava Mediterranean Bistro

This charming West Village duplex features Mediterranean fare and a daily happy hour.

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Leonti

A rising-star chef creates classic Italian fare in an elegant setting.

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Nai Tapas

Head to the East Village for modern and traditional tapas, Spanish wine and flamenco.

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Po'Mi

Serious chefs are behind this sandwich shop honoring the po’boy and banh mi.

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Pomona

Try inventive New American cuisine and cocktails in an underground space.

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November 2018

This month we’re giving you the lowdown on exciting new Taiwanese, Indian, Korean, Italian and Greek restaurants. And even though it’s cold out, ice-cream impresario Nick Morgenstern is on fire with his second location. The larger Greenwich Village spot has 88 flavors to try, as well as sundaes and cakes. Read on for more, including places in Williamsburg, Cobble Hill and Jackson Heights that are breaking new ground.

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10 Corso Como Café

Traditional Italian food is served at this café in a high-design lifestyle boutique.

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886

Enjoy playful, hearty Taiwanese cooking at this clubby East Village space.

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Addã

This casual Long Island City spot is a go-to for first-class Indian fare.

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Fournos Theophilos

This all-day Greek café, bakery and gourmet market is a great spot for a quick meal in Midtown.

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Klein’s

This stylish, airy cafe is located in Williamsburg’s Hoxton hotel.

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Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream

Morgenstern’s second location has both classic and crazy ice cream flavors dreamed up by an inventive pastry chef.

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The Queensboro

This modern, spacious New American restaurant also has a great cocktail list.

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Saint Julivert Fisherie

This global seafood counter with a smart wine list is found in Brooklyn’s Cobble Hill.

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Shake Shack Innovation Kitchen

Try (and rate) new menu items at Shake Shack’s test kitchen in the West Village.

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The Woo

The elegant Korean restaurant with do-it-yourself table grills is an interactive experience.

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October 2018

New Yorkers share a passion for pizza, willing to stand in line for the very best even with perfectly good slices on nearly every corner. In our latest roundup, get the details on a retro Brooklyn joint catching buzz, plus where to find the lustiest chicken sandwich and most exciting North African street food. There’s also good news about Missy Robbins’ follow-up to Lilia, the Williamsburg restaurant that won her Best Chef: NYC from the James Beard Foundation in 2018.

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Berber Street Food

Taste Afro-fusion specialties in a sweet West Village nook

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Bluebird London

Visit a beautiful modern British restaurant in the Time Warner Center

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Brine Chicken

This fast-casual cashless eatery excels at juicy brined chicken

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The Flying Fisherman

This modern seafood brasserie is on the Upper West Side near Lincoln Center.

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Holy Ground

This underground retro supper club combines barbecue and steakhouse favorites

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Hortus NYC

Enjoy Asian fine dining in a beautiful bilevel establishment

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Hwaban

The Flatiron District gets a stellar, modern Korean restaurant.

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Misi

Eat singular, creative pasta dishes and antipasti in Williamsburg

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Paulie Gee’s Slice Shop

Paulie brings retro decor and great pizza to Greenpoint.

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Randall’s Barbecue

Stop by the Lower East Side for innovative barbecue.

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September 2018

At a sleek spot in Brooklyn, chef Nasim Alikhani offers a fresh take on Persian cuisine. Elegantly prepared Hunan rice noodles are all the rage in the East Village. Meanwhile, in the Financial District, after-work crowds are whooshing up 60 stories to visit Danny Meyer’s latest tony establishment. See the details in our September roundup, which includes the City’s most exciting new cocktail bar and the long-awaited reopening of the Four Seasons.

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Bar Beau

This coffeehouse by day is a stylish bar with small plates at night.

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Cardoncello diVino

Southern Italian mushrooms are the cornerstone of this hospitable osteria.

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Charley St

Enjoy healthy grain bowls, toast and eggs from a charismatic Australian chef.

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Existing Conditions

This spacious cocktail den features great bar food in Greenwich Village.

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The Four Seasons Restaurant

The mid-century modern gem offers New American cuisine and a powerhouse clientele.

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Hunan Slurp

A stylish East Village favorite serves Hunan rice noodles.

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Manhatta

Feast on stunning views of the City and a compelling New American menu.

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Noted Tribeca

This all-day café and cocktail lounge serves Korean-accented bites.

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Sofreh

Dine on beautifully prepared Persian food in a sleek Prospect Heights spot.

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The Usual

A contemporary canteen in the Nolitan Hotel serves foods diners crave.

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August 2018

Jonathan Benno’s brilliant cooking has thrilled patrons at Lincoln Ristorante and Per Se for years, and now he’s landed at a modern new Italian restaurant in the Flatiron District. Our August roundup has the details, plus where to go for the most amazing couscous, grilled Japanese yakitori, wood-fired Mexican and modern Chinese in a stylish setting.

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The Athenian NYC

Greek wines and small plates in an intimate setting

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Bernie’s Restaurant

Excellent retro American food in a nostalgic setting

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Kings County Imperial

Gourmet Chinese food and great drinks served in a stylish hangout

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Kish-Kash

Couscous made from scratch in a sweet West Village spot

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Kopitiam

Bold and affordable Malaysian food at an all-day café

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Leonelli Taberna

A bonanza of antipasti and pasta from acclaimed chef Jonathan Benno.

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Mani in Pasta

Roman-style pies from a champion Italian pizzaiolo

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Nonono

Yakitori galore plus a host of inventive Japanese specialties

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Oxomoco

Upscale wood-fired Mexican fare in a lovely Greenpoint restaurant

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Simò Pizza

Simone Falco fires up pizzas inspired by his Neapolitan roots

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