In New York City, favorite restaurants are ephemeral. Your former go-to Chinese takeout joint is now a bespoke shoelace boutique. Your tried-and-true dive bar was swallowed by a Williamsburg high-rise. And your local bodega will close when the L train shuts down. But beyond all the venue obits, there’s a silver lining: with each closure comes something new.
For all the goodbyes we’ve said, we’ve also welcomed a host of excellent new restaurants. This year has already brought us street food from Tel Aviv, North African-inspired lamb, bread by way of Bombay, noodles à la provincial China, and tea from Japan. Before these kitchens merit week-long wait lists of their own (or before they, too, shutter), try out some of our picks for this year’s best new restaurants, so far.