It’s not out of the realm of possibility that you spent 100% of February buried under a pile of Snuggies, breakfast sandwich crumbs, and all your now-totally-useless selfie sticks. So, to catch you up on what went down in Awesome NYC Restaurant-and-Bar-dom, we've rounded up all of February’s best new spots.

Braving the exploding manhole covers and frozen tundra to get to them, though, is totally on you.

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Pizza Beach

Upper East Side
Sadly, this isn't a beach made of pizza (one day Dream Journal, one day). What it IS though, is a breezy, bright, seaside-themed pie shop from the guys behind Brinkley’s. They’ll be serving classic pizza buttressed by more inventive takes on everyone’s favorite thing, like a purple kale & butternut squash option, a lamb merguez and Oaxaca cheese with shishito peppers joint, or the Thai coconut curry & rock shrimp with ginger, and fresh cilantro option.
 

Belle Reve

Tribeca
Opened by one of the founders of Employees Only, this lively Downtown bar and restaurant is rocking live music and eats from Chef Paul Gerard, including badly cut pasta with clams, shaved fennel, and parsley; chopped raw steak with fixins and worcestershire chips; and a Big Bucks steak -- a grass-fed, dry-aged, bone-in, bad-ass NY strip served with herb puree and whiskey peppercorn sauce.
 

Kiin Thai

East Village
Opened by the team behind Somtum Der, Kiin's focusing on Central and Northern Thai cuisine and promising that there will be no “watered down Americanized recipes” here. Dishes will include sai oua (grilled spicy pork sausage), kua kling (sautéed pork shoulder with spicy lemongrass-chili paste), and gaeng hung lay curry with pork belly, pork shoulder, and galangal, all slow cooked together.

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Seamstress

Upper East Side
Along with Pizza Beach, this place is adding more awesome to the UES's ever-improving eating and drinking game. Created by the team behind nearby bar The Gilroy (Josh Mazza and Steve Laycock), Pamela Wiznitzer of the Dead Rabbit, and Will Horowitz of Ducks Eatery, Seamstress is focusing on all-American food and drink, including a bar menu split into six distinct sections -- fresh, spirit-forward, low-proof, elaborate, nonalcoholic (?), and large format (!) -- as well as a section on the back dedicated to 50 cocktail classics from the 50 states. Food is pub eats taken to the next level, so a smoked mutton burger with triple cream cheese on brioche, and a braised pork shank with dry tomato, fermented black bean, and spruce.
 

Dirt Candy

Lower East Side
This renowned spot that exclusively reps vegetables has moved into a new, larger spot. It’s excellent, just try it.
 

Up & Up

Greenwich Village
This subterranean drinkery from acclaimed bartenders Matthew Piacentini and Chaim Dauermann sports an 1800s vibe and a tight list of house cocktails like The Strunk Text -- with silver tequila, lime juice, pink peppercorn chanterelle mushroom syrup (?!?!?!?!?!?), Amaro, and celery shrub -- bottled cocktails, “craft shots”, and two cocktails on tap.

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La Contenta

Lower East Side
Wanna be plied with all types of Mexican dishes/cocktails? In particular, if those Mexican dishes/cocktails include stuff like poached lobster in chile morita butter sauce, a tostada loaded with plenty of blue crab meat, crispy kale, and celery root puree, and the El Easy Rider cocktail loaded with reposed tequila, Ancho Reyes, star anise, grapefruit juice, and Mexican mole bitters? Thought so. Head here.
 

The Camlin

Williamsburg
With a bomb wine selection, tons of killer cheese, and plates like bourbon-braised quail lasagna, grilled jerk wings, and pretzel nuggets, this new spot from the team behind Ardesia is checking all your boxes in a sleek new neighborhood spot on Kent.

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Lazy Point

Hudson Square
More beachiness to tide (HA!) you over, this Downtown option rocks top-notch cocktails along with creative food to pair it with. Down a Beaten Gypsy with gin, fresh beet juice, and rosemary, then also-down the Buffalo pork belly and a grilled cheese with white truffle honey mustard, kimchi, aged cheddar, and gruyere.
 

Papa Poule

Soho
On the opposite side of the building from its sister spot Maman, this tiny takeaway joint is turning out some impressive rotisserie chicken along with sides like deviled eggs with shaved ham, tossed potatoes, and desserts in a jar (get the salted caramel brownie).

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Early

Greenpoint
You’ve probably never had a Zappy. Hell, you may've never even heard of a Zappy, but it’s a polish sandwich that’s basically a hollowed out baguette filled with mushrooms and cheese. You can get one at this new Greenpoint coffee and sandwich shop that’s doing it up classically (with the ‘shrooms, garlic, caramelized onions, and Fontina cheese), as a B.E.C. (with scrambled eggs, chives, caramelized bacon, and sharp cheddar on a brioche bun), or as a 12 Hour, loaded with pulled pork and Louisiana Gold BBQ sauce, red cabbage slaw, and picked jalapeños.
 

Bricolage

Park Slope
Two vets from big-deal SF Vietnamese spot Slanted Door have come East and opened this spot that’s serving Viet cuisine like Sriracha butter wings, Niman Ranch Pork ribs in tamarind-hoisin sauce, and Unshaking Beef, which is flank steak, caramelized pearl onions, and grilled scallion done in a lime-pepper sauce.

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1. Pizza Beach 1426 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10028 (Upper East Side)

Sadly, this isn't a beach made of pizza. What it IS though, is a breezy, bright, seaside-themed pie shop serving up classic pizza buttressed by more inventive takes on everyone’s favorite thing, like a purple kale & butternut squash option, and more.

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2. Belle Reve 305 Church St, New York, NY 10013 (Tribeca)

Opened by one of the founders of Employees Only, this lively Downtown bar and restaurant is rocking live music and eats from Chef Paul Gerard.

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3. Kiin Thai Eatery 36 E 8th St, New York, NY 10003 (West Village)

The sibling restaurant to Alphabet City's Somtum Der, Kiin serves northern and central Thai food in a sleek, modern space in Greenwich Village. The menu is varied in its selection of appetizers, curries, salads, and meat dishes, but the real superstar is the pad thai. The slightly sweet yet savory noodle dish comes wrapped in an omelet-like egg crepe, and is served with a topping of shrimp and a requisite side of crushed peanuts and pickled turnips. Available in chicken, beef, and pork variations, the signature is a prime example of how Kiin stands out for plating Southeast Asian flavors in an approachable but exciting way.

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4. Seamstress 339 East 75th Street, New York, NY 10021 (Upper East Side)

Created by the team behind nearby bar The Girloy (Josh Mazza and Steve Laycock), Pamela Wiznitzer of the Dead Rabbit, and Will Horowitz of Ducks Eatery, Seamstress focuses on All-American food and drink, including a bar menu split into six distinct sections -- fresh, spirit forward, low proof, elaborate, nonalcoholic (?), and large format (!) -- as well as a section on the back dedicated to 50 cocktail classics from the 50 states. Food is pub-grub taken to the next level, so a smoked mutton burger with triple cream cheese on brioche, and a braised pork shank with dry tomato, fermented black bean, and spruce.

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5. Dirt Candy 86 Allen St, New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

Amanda Cohen was one of the first downtown chefs to prove that vegetarian food can be cool. Dirt Candy, her five-time Michelin star restaurant on the Lower East Side, serves an outstanding vegetable-only menu that will make you ditch any and all of your carnivorous cravings. Expect some of the most creative plant-based dishes you'll ever taste, like Korean fried broccoli, jalapeño hush puppies, and Brussels sprouts tacos. Know before you go: there's no tipping, but menu prices are inflated about 20%.

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6. The Up & Up 116 Macdougal St, New York, NY 10012 (Greenwich Village)

This sexy, wallpapered spot in Greenwich Village is cranking out well-made tipples (the best of which is the Foster Avenue with Glenmorangie Scotch, Perucchi vermouth, pear eau de vie, honeydew melon, orange bitters). If you're going with a group, get one of the jacked-up bottles of Messier Manhattans. If you're not... probably still get one of those. Snacks like pork rillettes with chimichurri aioli ensure you won’t be leaving any time soon.

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7. La Contenta 102 Norfolk St, New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

Wanna be plied with all types of Mexican dishes/cocktails? In particular if those Mexican dishes/cocktails include stuff like poached lobster in chile morita butter sauce, a tostada loaded with plenty of blue crab meant, crispy kale, and celery root purée -- and the El Easy Rider cocktail loaded with reposed tequila, Ancho Reyes, star anise, grapefruit juice, and Mexican mole bitters? Thought so. Head here.

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8. The Camlin 175 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211 (New York)

Named after the river in Ireland where one of the owner’s husbands grew up fishing, this sleek Kent Ave spot is perfect for when you're not sure what exactly you want to drink (or eat). There's an impressive selection of 100+ bottles from all over the globe to choose from, plus a number of great by-the-glass options, and the menu offers plenty of small, interesting bites (there are lots cheese and charcuterie options, and oysters are just $1 all day every day). The Camlin also does brunch, serving up the classics like eggs Benedict and some of the city's best Bloody Marys.

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9. Lazy Point 310 Spring St, New York, NY 10013 (Greenwich Village)

This Downtown option rocks top-notch cocktails along with creative food to pair it with. Down a Beaten Gypsy with gin, fresh beet juice, and rosemary, then also-down the Buffalo pork belly and a grilled cheese with white truffle honey mustard, kimchi, aged cheddar, and gruyere.

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10. Early 967 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222 (Greenpoint)

Unlike most coffee shops, the major draw of this Greenpoint joint isn’t just the strong brews, but insanely tasty specialty sandwiches. You may've never even heard of a Zappy, but it’s a polish sandwich that’s basically a hollowed out baguette filled with mushrooms and cheese. You can get one at Early, where it's done up in several different ways. Most importantly, you can enjoy your laid-back fare in the cozy rear garden accented by poppy-red chairs and lattice wood fencing.

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11. Papa Poule 189 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10013 (Soho)

On the opposite side of the building from its sister spot Maman, this tiny takeaway joint is turning out some impressive rotisserie chicken along with sides like deviled eggs with shaved ham, tossed potatoes, and desserts in a jar (get the salted caramel brownie).

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12. Bricolage 162 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217 (Park Slope)

Bricolage exudes the intimate feeling that you're eating dinner at a Park Slope brownstone, albeit one decked out in princess chandeliers and dishing plates of modern, Vietnamese fare. The chefs and owners worked at The Slanted Door in San Francisco before setting up shop in Brooklyn, and you'll be pleasantly surprised at the inventive creations coming from Bricolage's open kitchen, like Sriracha butter wings, pork ribs in tamarind-hoisin sauce, and savory crepes with mushrooms and bean sprouts. While the dimly lit, exposed brick space has an irresistibly cozy vibe, we can't think of a better place to bite into summer rolls than on the gorgeous back patio.

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