Food & Drink

20 new NY restaurants you need to go to IMMEDIATELY

Published On 11/19/2013 Published On 11/19/2013

It's 100% possible you spent the entire Fall so engrossed in football (and sweaters!) that you totally forgot to pay attention to some of the season's most dope openings. Well, no more. Here are TWENTY brand new spots where you can make up for lost time with everything from oyster pairings, to fried alligator, to a really solid taco stand.

Apt 13

Apartment 13
Alphabet City
This seasonally driven, seafood-centric spot from Chef John Keller specializes in Caribbean- and Asian-influenced (Asibbean?) seafood, as well as "intuitive" beverage pairings with each dish, including their afternoon oyster tastings (which, depending on the oyster, they'll pair with everything from sake to tequila), and a Colorado lamb porterhouse that they say goes great with being crushed by you a nice Amontillado.

American Cut
Marc Forgione brings his splashy AC steakhouse to the city and -- along with it -- his signature tomahawk steak, chili lobster, and tons of out-of-the-box options like latkes, candy bar cake (!), and an artichoke sour cocktail.

Crispy, fried alligator is just one of the Nawlins specialties you can grab at this bayou bistro, and fried chicken with chicken gravy, Sazeracs, and pumpkin beignets are... just three other ones.

Cafe Standard
East Village
The Standard East Village is finally starting to roll out its food and drink options in earnest with this East Village addition overseen by Michelin-starred Chef John Fraser. Expect menu bunk-ness like a pork belly sandwich with pineapple and cilantro, The Standard Burger with bacon and cheese, and fries with stout beer mustard.

Yelp/Scrumphsus B.

Lower East Side
Despite the fact that they only do daily tasting menus, and none of those are EVER the same, this place might literally be the best new restaurant in the city. Best way to get there from Seward Park? Just walk up-up-down-down-left-right-left-right-b-a-select-start Essex.

Midtown East
From the owner of Junior's Cheesecake, this decidedly more pinkies-up spot is hooking up modern-American eats like rotisserie chicken, veal meatballs, and pretzel bread at an indoor-outdoor space.


Already a worthy drinking destination, Greenpoint could add "worthy dining destination" to its resume with Glasserie. Set up in an old glass factory, Chef Sarah Kramer's doing hearty dishes like a whole rabbit-for-two with "the works", and a flat iron steak with kabocha squash, almond, and trout roe.

Murray Hill
This classy Irish bar in Murray Hill features a cocktail list designed entirely by big-time lady mixologists like Ivy Mix, Jane Danger (it's her last name), and Lucinda Sterling, and includes the likes of the Clare Island, which's made with aged rum, punt e mes, pear liqueur, and Mission fig bitters. Things you can put in your mouth come courtesy of a Lure Fishbar and River Cafe vet, and include a whole steamed lobster with crab succotash, crispy smoked wings with agave mustard, and sausage-stuffed razor clams.

A collaboration between Chef Marc Murphy (Ditch Plains, Landmarc) and The Gerber Group, this next-level hotelstaurant is serving some seriously stepped-up American bistro fare, including bone marrow slowly topped with roasted snails & garlic butter, and a grilled skirt steak with chimichurri.

La Cenita
King crab crunchy tacos, black salmon ceviche, and duck enchiladas from a La Esquina vet will all be things you order at this glitzy new offering from EMM Group (The General, Catch) that's officially the newest spot for legit, delicious party dinners in the Meatpacking.


Prospect Heights
After conquering 'za, the team from Franny's is now trying out a proper trattoria with this rustic add, featuring wood-fired oysters, spit-roasted pork loin, and tagliatelle with prosciutto di(licious, amirite??) Parma.


Attached to next-door-hot-spot The Cecil, this rebirth of the club that... birthed bebop, has been brought back in all of its glory, along with a next-level house band and lobster and shrimp casseroles w/ Creole crawfish gravy and pimento cheese grits.

Norman's Cay
Lower East Side
From the team behind Northeast fish shack hot-spot The Grey Lady, this venture leans in on Caribbean steez with taxidermied fish, a small plane (?) crashed into blue walls, and tropical cocktails & eats like the mothersexing king of the sea (shut up sharks!): the lion fish.

Melissa Murphy Photography/Facebook

Otto's Tacos
East Village
Aiming to serve up deliciously simple tacos affordably and totally, Otto's let's you grab-and-go carne asada, chicken, carnets, shrimp, or 'shroom tacos. Also: churros!!

West Village
Setting up shop in -- and taking its name from -- the former O. Pagani & Bros music store, this "multi-regional" Italian spot's doing belt-busters like a slow-roasted veal shoulder, drunk chicken liver crostini, and braised rabbit rigatoni -- all from a chef whose resume includes Babbo and Tabla.

Andrew Zimmer

Upper West Side
The popular and consistently mobbed West Village Chinese spot has opened an outpost Uptown. Bring on the Katz's pastrami egg rolls.

Andrew Zimmer

Rotisserie Georgette
Upper East Side
Daniel Boulud's longtime PR maven has teamed up with Chef David Malbequi (who also worked in the Boulud empire) to create this buzzy take on bistro-esque comfort food, which's pretty obviously heavy on the rotisseries, including legs of lamb, Pekin duck breast with huckleberry glaze, and a "Poule De Luxe": a wild mushroom-stuffed, whole-roasted chicken with seared foie gras.

Route 66 Smokehouse
What do you get when you combine allllllll the whiskey with twists on Southern cuisine, like fried quail and waffles with truffle honey, brisket, and fried oyster po' boys from a Blue Smoke veteran chef? A fun ass night. Oh, and this roadhouse steezed Fidi destination.

Yelp/Han C.

Sushi Nakazawa
West Village
Trained by probably the best sushi chef in the world (Jiro Dreams of Sushi), Daisuke Nakazawa holds court (they slice up fish in court, right?) over his small sushi bar and dining room plating up some of the best cuts you can get stateside.

Villard Michel Richard

Villard Michel Richard
This ultra snazzy (ultazzy?) spot from a big deal DC chef brings fancy French fare to an even-fancier dining room, like foie gras brûlée and 72hr short rib. But don't worry, not-rich people, there's also a less-fancy area that's still got next-level French-ness with a little more of a bar-y touch (think lobster burgers and fried chicken).

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1. Apartment 13 115 Avenue C, New York, NY 10009 (Alphabet City)

Apt 13 is a nice little hidden spot on Avenue C and has a quaint little selection of seafood as well as a premium grass-fed ground beef burger.

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2. American Cut 363 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013 (Tribeca)

Marc Forgione's American Cut might not be among the class of old-school New York steakhouses, but the swanky, Atlantic City-based restaurant is one of the best spots for wet- and dry-aged beef in the city. The menu is simple but sophisticated, featuring tableside-chopped caesar salad, tomahawk ribeye and porterhouse for two, and out-of-this-world Cracker Jack sundae for dessert. The interior is dark and sleek with Art Deco touches, exposed brick walls, and leather booths.

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3. Bo's Kitchen & Bar Room 6 W 24th St, New York, NY 10010 (Flatiron)

Bo's Kitchen is serving up some good old down south cooking like fried alligator and spiced Louisiana Redfish that makes you feel right at home.

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4. Café Standard 25 Cooper Sq, New York, NY 10003 (East Village)

Check out Cafe Standard for a lovely brunch atmosphere in the East Village, and afterwards, take a walk around Cooper Square and St. Marks to work the rest of that hangover off.

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5. Contra 138 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

It's not always easy to score reservations at Contra, but if you do, prepare for an inventive, seven-course menu that rotates nightly. The chefs at this narrow LES restaurant create contemporary and whimsical plates, and similar to Contra's bare-bones interior, they keep everything unpretentious and minimalistic. If room is available and your wallet is thin, head to the bar for a more affordable, abbreviated menu.

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6. Enduro E 56th St, New York, NY 10022 (Midtown East)

First things first, order the Red Snapper Ceviche then get the lobster and the burger for your main... because you know you can. Surf and turf.

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7. Glasserie 95 Commercial St, Greenpoint, NY 11222

Glasserie, located in Greenpoint, is a mediterranean joint serving up fresh dishes using local and seasonal goodies. It seems like you can't go wrong ordering anything of their menu.

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8. Grace Bar 365 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016 (Midtown)

Grace's is far from your regular old Irish pub, in fact they have some kick-ass mixologists serving up fresh cocktails alongside Gaelic homecooking, all located in Kips Bay.

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9. Kingside 120 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019 (Midtown)

Start with the Blistered Shishito Peppers /w a dark garlic aioli, then work your way through the rest of the menu... you'll be glad you did.

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10. La Cenita 409 W 14th St, New York, NY 10014 (Chelsea)

Your mouth will start watering as soon as you lay eyes on La Cenita's menu. Tomahawk steak, lobster tacos and charred octopus... yeah there we said it. Want to talk about dessert? Try the fried rice pudding or the apple pie taquitos or the s'mores empanadas or the hazelnut flan. Drooooooool. Martini Week Specials: get a Grey Goose "Last Night I Dreamt of San Pedro" with sparkling wine for $12.

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11. Marco's 295 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Marco's is located in Prospect Heights and is serving up some seriously good Sicilian eats. Try the wood grilled oysters and ask your server for a good wine pairing. Hell yeah.

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12. Minton's 206 W 118th St, New York, NY 10026 (Harlem)

If there are two things that define Harlem culture, it's soul food and jazz, both of which can be found at Minton's. The supper club joined forces with now-closed sister restaurant The Cecil in early 2017 for a revamped concept focusing on Afro-Asian-American fusion cuisine and of course, live jazz. The Cecil's Joseph "JJ" Johnson heads up the kitchen, meaning you can expect his lauded oxtail dumplings and bowls of gumbo with Carolina rice. The neighborhood's musical history lives on in the decor, which features black-and-white portraits of legends like Billie Holiday and vibrant murals of 1940s jazz sessions.

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13. Norman's Cay 74 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

Looking for an oasis in the middle of Manhattan? Look no further than Norman's Cay, who are serving up some great Caribbean delights.

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14. Otto's Tacos 141 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003 (East Village)

Otto's Tacos offers a distilled menu of five taco choices (carne asada, chicken, shrimp, mushroom, and carnitas) in a grab-and-go space. The corn tortillas are housemade, and meals can be had with your choice of Modelo or horchata. And while the options are pared down, masa fries and an off-menu deep-fried soft taco keep things exciting.

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15. Pagani 289 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014 (West Village)

It just feels like you can't go wrong whether you get the rabbit rigatoni or clam linguine. Pagatoni is doing things right.

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16. RedFarm 2170 Broadway, New York, NY 10024 (Upper West Side)

Ed Schoenfeld's Upper West Side outpost of his West Village original serves the same modern takes on family-style Chinese food in a rustic farmhouse-like space. The super-charged dim sum menu features only-in-New-York plates like egg rolls made with Katz's pastrami. Main dishes run the gamut from roasted duck noodles and fried rice to BBQ pork belly and Peking duck. RedFarm is a bit pricey for Chinese food, but the upscale ambience is worth it.

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17. Rotisserie Georgette 14 East 60th Street, New York, NY 10022 (Upper East Side)

Rotisserie Georgette is a brand-new opening on the Upper East Side that has everybody's attention. Come here for a warm meal, delicious wine and excellent service.

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18. Route 66 Smokehouse 79 Pearl Street, New York, NY 10004 (Financial District)

Keep your eyes peeled for one of FiDi's newest additions and this one is packing some heat. BBQ and smoked goodness all rolled up in to one.

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19. Sushi Nakazawa 23 Commerce St, New York, NY 10014 (West Village)

Chef Daisuke Nakazawa’s 20-course omakase features some of the absolute freshest sushi you will ever experience (second to Japan), as well as some of the most interesting (you can expect torches, live shrimp, and lots of rare sakes at this West Village favorite).

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20. Villard Michel Richard 455 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10022 (Midtown East)

Book a table at this upscale mid-town east establishment and prepare to have your taste buds delighted.



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