Best New NYC Restaurants

Julie Besonen
Updated 10/25/2017
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October 2017

A Chinatown legend from the 1970s is back, complete with the original cold sesame noodle recipe everyone went bonkers for back in the day. The other new spots we’re highlighting this month include a high-end lounge from Chicago’s great Grant Achatz, amazing Thai and Middle Eastern restaurants and a late-night den for french fry fiends.

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The Aviary NYC

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The Aviary NYC

Chicago’s Grant Achatz performs wizardry with cocktails and small bites.

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Byggyz

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Byggyz

Taste new twists on hoagies from Dewey Dufresne.

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FryGuys

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FryGuys

This late-night nook specializes in spuds and dipping sauces.

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Hwa Yuan Szechuan

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Hwa Yuan Szechuan

Enjoy vibrant Chinese food in a palatial series of dining rooms.

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Lil’ Gem

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Lil’ Gem

Check out a cozy Lebanese restaurant and cocktails on the Lower East Side.

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Raviolo

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Raviolo

This West Village trattoria riffs on Italian with dim sum style.

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Shuka

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Shuka

Visit this Mediterranean jewel in Soho for lunch, brunch and dinner.

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Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill

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Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill

This Brooklyn warehouse has been reimagined as a giant fusion restaurant and bar.

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Ugly Baby

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Ugly Baby

Try complex, fiery Thai food in Carroll Gardens.

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Uncle Boons Sister

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Uncle Boons Sister

Taste Thai comfort food from Michelin-starred chefs in NoLIta.

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September 2017

The fall season of restaurant openings is underway. Highlights so far include a polished Uzbek hangout, a Japanese izakaya with inventive snacks and a Danny Meyer pizzeria. And speaking of pizza, we’ve discovered an amazing new slice joint in Hell’s Kitchen that specializes in squares. 

Claro

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Claro

Dig in to heavenly Oaxacan fare and mezcal in Gowanus.

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Corner Slice

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Corner Slice

This great Hell’s Kitchen slice joint is all about the squares.

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DeKalb Market Hall

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DeKalb Market Hall

Located in the City Point development at 445 Albee Square West, DeKalb Market Hall is home to a collection of more than 40 local and regional food outposts.

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Golda

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Golda

This Bed-Stuy bakery and café is bursting with creativity.

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Jing Fong

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Jing Fong

Try an upscale, modern Chinese restaurant on the Upper West Side.

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Martina

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Martina

Danny Meyer brings a fast-casual pizzeria to the East Village.

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Nargis Bar & Grill

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Nargis Bar & Grill

Park Slope gets a comfy, welcoming Uzbek restaurant and bar.

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Oka

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Oka

This dark, attractive Japanese bar has high-caliber food.

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Popina

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Popina

Italian fare meets the American South in Cobble Hill.

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The Sosta

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The Sosta

This stylish, fast-casual Italian concept has wine on tap.

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August 2017

The latest, greatest restaurants to check out this month serve up killer pizza, Japanese-Peruvian cuisine and feature bacon every which way on a tasting menu. We’ve also got details on new all-day cafés in Manhattan and Brooklyn that naturally metamorphose into wine bars when it’s time for a drink. And if Asian noodle joints are your siren call, we’ve got you covered, too.

Belly

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Belly

All-bacon, Korean-style prix fixe in Williamsburg.

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Cervo’s

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Cervo’s

Pristine seafood inspired by the flavors of Spain and Portugal.

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Chez Ma Tante

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Chez Ma Tante

Greenpoint bistro with diverse, imaginative dishes.

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Emily West Village

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Emily West Village

Dreamy pizza and double-stack burgers in the West Village.

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Fairfax

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Fairfax

West Village all-day café with mid-century modern décor.

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Hudson Jane

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Hudson Jane

Endearing, attractive all-day café with American comfort food.

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Mifune New York

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Mifune New York

Contemporary, artistic Japanese food in Midtown East.

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One Bedford

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One Bedford

All-day and late-night bistro on the Greenpoint-Williamsburg border.

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Sen Sakana

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Sen Sakana

Upscale Japanese-Peruvian fusion cuisine near the Theatre District.

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Yuan Noodle

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Yuan Noodle

Contemporary Chinese noodle specialist in the East Village.

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July 2017

Worlds collide this month in NYC dining. New openings include a Korean-American steakhouse, an Indian bistro with Mexican accents and a hot new hotel restaurant whose menu spans at least three continents. Among the other highlights are a summery Rockaway Beach bakery with scrumptious pastries and a handsome Italian ristorante facing the Brooklyn waterfront.

aRoqa

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aRoqa

Try Indian cuisine with global accents at a chic Chelsea venue.

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Casa Pública

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Casa Pública

Vibrant Mexico City-style fare comes to Williamsburg.

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Cecconi’s Dumbo

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Cecconi’s Dumbo

Enjoy a posh Italian restaurant on the Brooklyn waterfront.

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Cote

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Cote

Korean barbecue meets American steakhouse in the Flatiron District.

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Fatbird Southern Kitchen and Bar

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Fatbird Southern Kitchen and Bar

Cat Cora brings Mississippi-style goodness to the Meatpacking District.

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Hemlock

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Hemlock

This intimate Lower East Side spot serves creative New American dishes.

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Phil & Anne’s Good Time Lounge

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Phil & Anne’s Good Time Lounge

This Cobble Hill lounge serves food dreamed up by Anne Burrell.

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Public Kitchen

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Public Kitchen

Jean-Georges Vongerichten brings his food to a stylish Lower East Side hotel.

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Rockaway Beach Bakery

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Rockaway Beach Bakery

Try rockin’ pastries in Rockaway Beach.

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VHH Foods

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VHH Foods

This all-day café has water views and first-rate New American food.

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June 2017

This month you’ll find world-class chefs in unexpected places. Daniel Humm, of Eleven Madison Park, has thrown his toque into the grab-and-go field. Meanwhile, innovator Wylie Dufresne has turned his attention to elevating the humble doughnut. We’ve got the details on their new enterprises as well as the latest, greatest places to find Nordic, Middle Eastern and Mexican food, plus sushi and steak. 

Alta Calidad

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Alta Calidad

Try innovative Mexican fare in Prospect Heights.

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Du’s Donuts and Coffee

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Du’s Donuts and Coffee

Wylie Dufresne is the wizard behind these doughnuts with fanciful flavors.

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Esther & Carol Bistro

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Esther & Carol Bistro

This American bistro has a hip music club in its basement.

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Greenwich Steakhouse

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Greenwich Steakhouse

This romantic, opulent steakhouse comes from a Smith & Wollensky chef.

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The Grill

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The Grill

The Grill celebrates modern splendor in old-school style.

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Made Nice

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Made Nice

An Eleven Madison Park team nails it with this fast-casual concept.

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Miss Ada

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Miss Ada

Taste Mediterranean specialties with Middle Eastern accents from an Israeli-born chef.

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Norman

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Norman

A fashionable Nordic cafe and bakery comes to Greenpoint.

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Nur

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Nur

A famous Tel Aviv chef prepares upscale Middle Eastern cuisine.

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Sushi Katsuei

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Sushi Katsuei

There’s serious but not expensive sushi in the West Village.

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May 2017

A few famous chefs have recently resurfaced with new projects in the City. Global superstar Enrique Olvera has opened a cool Mexican spot, Scott Conant has unveiled an Italian gem and Jean-Georges Vongerichten has contributed a cheeseburger to a venue serving chefs’ greatest hits. We’ve also got the details on two stimulating seafood restaurants and—perfect for spring—a café blooming at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

Atla

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Atla

Mexican celebrity chef Enrique Olvera opens an all-day eatery in Noho.

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Bevy

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Bevy

Enjoy lavish New American fare in Midtown’s Park Hyatt.

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Birds of a Feather

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Birds of a Feather

Try healthy Chinese food in a stylish Williamsburg setting.

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Chefs Club Counter

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Chefs Club Counter

This all-day cafeteria showcases the greatest hits from famous chefs.

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Fusco

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Fusco

Celebrity chef Scott Conant channels inspiration from his Italian grandmother.

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Gloria

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Gloria

Sink your teeth into creative seafood in Hell’s Kitchen.

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Majorelle

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Majorelle

Find French-Mediterranean fare and courtly service on the Upper East Side.

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Motel Morris

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Motel Morris

Indulge in nostalgic comfort food and cocktails in Chelsea.

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Simply Hooked

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Simply Hooked

Hook sustainable fish and chips shop on the Lower East Side.

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Yellow Magnolia Café

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Yellow Magnolia Café

There’s a sunny greenhouse café at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

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April 2017

“Wellness restaurants” are a growing lifestyle trend. These eateries serve plant-based cuisine presented fetchingly enough for the Instagram crowd—but with ingredients to nourish what’s on the inside, too. Sustainably sourced meat and cocktails also often have a place on the menu alongside the greens, but it’s vegetables-only at Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s latest venue. See below for a selection of wholesome new spots—plus where to go for Northern Vietnamese pho, Japanese hand rolls and, for the adventurous, food cooked over an open flame. 

ABCV

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ABCV

Jean-Georges Vongerichten performs magic with vegetables.

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De Maria

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De Maria

Wellness and fashion converge at an all-day Nolita café.

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Hanoi House

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Hanoi House

Try Northern Vietnamese cooking and craft beer in the East Village.

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KazuNori

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KazuNori

This restaurant serves value-priced hand rolls from a Los Angeles-based Japanese chef.

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L’Estudio Ocafe

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L’Estudio Ocafe

This stylish, all-day cafe serves healthful eats on the Lower East Side.

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Mettā

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Mettā

Flame-licked meat, fish and vegetables come to Brooklyn courtesy of a Francis Mallmann-trained chef.

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49 Monroe

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49 Monroe

This clubby Mediterranean hideout is located under the Manhattan Bridge.

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Ousia

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Ousia

Taste sophisticated, Greek-accented fare on the Hudson waterfront.

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Pinch Chinese

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Pinch Chinese

This hip Soho bistro serves pan-regional Chinese food.

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Trapizzino

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Trapizzino

Sink your teeth into Italian-style stuffed sandwich pockets on the Lower East Side.

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March 2017

Classics like prime rib and French dip sandwiches are making a comeback, and they’re better than ever at two new Manhattan venues. The recently opened restaurants below also include Danny Meyer’s sweet bakery and sandwich nook in Gramercy as well as the latest dynamic spots in Brooklyn.

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All Hands

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All Hands

There’s fresh seafood and industrial chic decor at this Williamsburg restaurant.

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Daily Provisions

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Daily Provisions

Danny Meyer’s sweet little bakery and café meets everyday desires.

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The Drift

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The Drift

This fun bar in Greenpoint has eats that hit the spot.

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4 Charles Prime Rib

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4 Charles Prime Rib

This restaurant serves choice prime rib and glorious cheeseburgers in a cozy townhouse.

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Maison Pickle

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Maison Pickle

Enjoy classic French dips and cocktails in a swanky setting.

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Massoni

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Massoni

Try Italian food with multicultural touches in a stylish hotel.

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Pig Bleecker

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Pig Bleecker

This West Village bistro takes an Italian approach to barbecue.

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Sunday in Brooklyn

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Sunday in Brooklyn

Enjoy brunch and dinner any day of the week in a woodsy Williamsburg setting.

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X Bar/Bistro

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X Bar/Bistro

A Parisian-style wine bar and bistro comes to the Upper East Side.

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January 2017

Foodwise, 2017 is off to a good start in the City. Union Square Cafe is back. Dan Kluger, beloved from ABC Kitchen, is at the stove in a new downtown venture. The other fine eateries we’re featuring are mostly healthy and don’t require you to be wealthy to enjoy them.

Black Walnut

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Black Walnut

Chic, relaxing hotel restaurant in Downtown Brooklyn,

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Gordo’s Cantina

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Gordo’s Cantina

Fantastic Mexican joint in Long Island City.

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Italienne

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Italienne

Lovely Italian-French fare in the Flatiron.

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Loring Place

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Loring Place

Dan Kluger’s bright, innovative food shines in a downtown boîte.

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Nickel & Diner

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Nickel & Diner

Stylish art deco diner on the edge of Chinatown.

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Samesa

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Samesa

Shawarma worth discovering in Williamsburg

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Seabird

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Seabird

Cozy maritime spot in the West Village

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Tavo

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Tavo

Creative Latin cuisine and cocktails in a quiet, inviting setting

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Tim Ho Wan

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Tim Ho Wan

Killer dim sum in the East Village

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Union Square Cafe

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Union Square Cafe

Enjoy warm hospitality at a Danny Meyer classic.

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December 2016

New restaurants from heavy hitters like Keith McNally, Tom Colicchio, Andrew Carmellini and April Bloomfield prove that those big names are still at the top of their games. Our roundup also includes details on a sushi smash hit in the Flatiron, a hip Mexican hideaway in Chinatown and a healthy Mediterranean gem from a Parisian restaurateur. 

Augustine

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Augustine

Keith McNally’s bistro delivers joie de vivre to Wall Street

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Gristmill

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Gristmill

Wood-fired pizza and local, seasonal ingredients in Park Slope

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Lalo

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Lalo

Stylish Mexican hideaway in Chinatown

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Miss Paradis

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Miss Paradis

A modern paradise in Nolita for vegans, vegetarians and pescatarians.

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N’eat

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N’eat

Nordic eatery in the East Village steered by a Noma vet.

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Pondicheri

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Pondicheri

Creative Indian fare in the Flatiron District.

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Sugarfish

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Sugarfish

Disciples of an LA sushi master bring his magic to NYC.

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White Gold Butchers

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White Gold Butchers

April Bloomfield’s meaty venue on the Upper West Side.

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