NYC - The Official Guide

Best New NYC Restaurants

Julie Besonen
Updated 02/11/2020

February 2020

It’s early 2020 and yet these restaurants could make it onto some best-of-the-year lists (OK, a few opened in 2019 but they’re still new to us). What sets them apart are the amazing chefs behind them, striking out on their own after gaining experience at top-flight places elsewhere. The spots are ostensibly Japanese, Korean, Basque and New American but they reflect global influences, making them quintessential representatives of New York City.


January 2020

Your route to happiness this month lies in visiting these five diverse restaurants. One boasts a killer cheeseburger (with Korean accents, no less) while another honors a chef’s Palestinian heritage. Alfred Portale, famed for decades at the seminal Gotham Bar & Grill, has opened his own spot in Chelsea, cooking heartfelt Italian food. Read on for that and much more, including details on a new European gem in the West Village.

December 2019

Add these five new restaurants to your December want-to-eat list. Exciting chefs around the City explore the frontiers of dim sum, temaki, biryani and okonomiyaki, plus there’s a friendly natural wine bar you should know about. Read on for details.

November 2019

From a cool new Brooklyn pizza joint to a luxury Korean restaurant in Midtown, we’ve got details on some of the City’s most happening fall food spots. November is ideal for oysters so, fittingly, there’s a smart new shellfish palace in Tribeca you need to know about. Read on for details, including news on a Harlem restaurant with global flavors and a former warehouse in Williamsburg big enough to host boozy Italian-style gatherings over the holidays.

October 2019

Llama San, a thrilling fusion of Japanese-Peruvian flavors, is the latest hot spot in the always impressive West Village. Read on for details, as well as where to find great California-style cuisine in the Seaport District and amazing Taiwanese-American fare in Brooklyn. We also have the scoop on a crowd-pleasing Chinese restaurant in Midtown that won’t break the bank.

September 2019

The boundless ingenuity of Momofuku’s David Chang is on display at his latest venture, Bar Wayō, in the South Street Seaport, where he and his team do fun takes on seafood. Innovative chefs are also hard at work in the East Village, West Village, Flatiron District and Brooklyn’s Crown Heights. See what they’re up to in this month’s roundup.

August 2019

This month we’ve got the details on surprisingly tasty food at a comedy club, an old-fashioned tavern in Brooklyn and a small bistro in the West Village that has all the hallmarks of earning Michelin stars. If you’re into natural wines, heirloom grains or elegant Northern Chinese food, we’ve got that covered too.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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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