Between going to the beach, drinking on every rooftop that’s ever existed, and hitting alllllllll the festivals, you kinda didn't have time to keep track of the hottest restaurants and bars opening in NYC last month. Luckily, your Michelbrogelos at Thrillist totally did. Here are the 17 hottest of the hot, from a mezcal speakeasy to a new Asian spot doing the "Korean version of mac 'n' cheese."
 

MAMO Restaurant

Soho
Chances are you aren’t a famous movie star, and you can’t whisk away to the French Riviera (we’ve never “whisked” anywhere), but you can still get some French Riviera vibes courtesy of this spot that’s been serving the real-life French Riviera for 23 years and is just now landing in Soho with staples like linguine frutti di mare and osso buco.

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Oiji

East Village
Created by two vets of the Seoul restaurant scene, this small spot for Korean shared plates hooks you up with goods like slow-cooked pork belly with kimchi and “the Korean version of mac 'n' cheese” (because of its status as comfort food, not its ingredients), Jang-jo-rim, which is really buttery rice, braised beef shank, pickled daikon, mushrooms, and shishito peppers.
 

Abajo

Tribeca
Oh, you want to go to a mezcal speakeasy underneath a Mexican spot opened by a former Top Chef constestant? Well Angelo Sosa’s latest is exactly that -- offering eats like gyro tacos and fried guacamole and drinks like barrel-aged mezcal or the S6X Train, a concoction of reposado, bitters, Citron Sauvage, fresh grapefruit, spice, and atomized mezcal.

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Faro

Bushwick
With hopes to keep things as local as possible, all the pasta at this Brooklyn spot is made using wheat flour from upstate NY, and then weaved into a seasonal American menu that currently includes wood-fired scallops, beef tartare with pickled mustard seed, pork cheek lasagna, and bucatini with chicken confit, alpine cheese, chili, and basil.
 

Shorty

Nolita
Located beneath neighborhood staple Jacques on Prince St, this underground cocktail haven is doubling up the awesome with eats from the restaurant above like tart flambé (thin-crust pizza basically) with bacon, Gruyere & onion, truffle fries, and unique libations including the Smoke & Fire (tequila, mezcal, lemon, honey, red chili, and smoked salt) and Spring South Side (gin, St. Germain, cucumber, muddled mint, and yuzu bitters).

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Gardenia

West Village
The group behind Black Ant and Ofrenda just dropped this Mediterranean-leaning Latin spot with dishes like yerba mate-braised short rib empanadas, grilled octopus with romesco, and cocktails like the Le Mexicain with mezcal, peach liquor, lavender bitters, and crystallized lavender sugar.
 

Grand Army

Boerum Hill
This is one of the buzziest bars openings of the spring. The team includes heavy hitters from Prime Meats, Rucola, Mile End, Alder, plus photographer Daniel Krieger, they’ve got cocktails like the Arrowhead LTD with mezcal, Campari, Carpano Antica, and IPA, and eats like oysters, pizza (w/ ricotta, tomato jam, and artichokes), and smoked octopus.

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Virginia’s

Alphabet City
Chefs from heavy hitters Locanda Verde and Per Se have joined forces to create this 38-seat American spot that’s busting with great dishes like the stuffed suckling pig with fennel, strawberries, and sherry, the crispy sweetbreads with apricot, pea leaves, and charred lemon, and the duck breast with plum, cilantro, and plum vinaigrette.
 

The Clocktower

Flatiron
This hotel restaurant boasts some serious food-making chops in the form of Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton and big-deal restaurateur Stephen Starr, who together have put together a gorgeous setting where you’ll bang out plates of spiced Colorado lamb, 40-day dry-aged cote de boeuf, and cocktails like the American Serial Killer made with rye, cereal milk (???), bourbon vanilla syrup, and Angostura bitters.

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Cantina Rooftop

Hell’s Kitchen
Tacos, margaritas, rooftop. Not much else you really need to know here.

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BEC

Hell’s Kitchen
It stands for bacon, egg, and cheese, and it’s all breakfast sandwiches, all the time.
 

Sid Gold’s Request Room

Chelsea
Pigs in a blanket, clams casino, lemon bars, and cocktails will be on hand at this retro piano bar/cocktail lounge.

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Tico’s Tequila Bar

Lower East Side
’Tis the season of underground (or rooftop) tequila; get on board with this one underneath Tijuana Picnic where they're slinging flights of tequila and mezcal, tacos, and cocktails.

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Leyenda

Carroll Gardens
From big-deal cocktailers Ivy Mix and Julie Reiner, this Brooklyn “pan-Latin” cocktail spot highlights mezcal (just do it, people), rum, pisco, cachaca, sotol, raicilla, and maybe some other under-the-radar liquors you don’t know about yet in all kinds of cocktail deliciousness. Go for the Stir Key (a bunch of different rums, macadamia nut orgeat, and bitters) and the Palo Negro, with reposado tequila, Palo Cortado sherry, black strap rum, Grand Marnier, and demerara syrup.
 

Wild Horse Tavern

Upper East Side
Disco fries topped with crispy pork belly, Cincinnati chili, a Vietnamese dip (like a French dip but with bánh mì fixin's and a cup of beef pho on the side), and steamed clams with smoked pig tail and toasted garlic are all on hand at this 2nd Ave winner.

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Slowly Shirley

West Village
Below the already-excellent Happiest Hour, this bar within a bar throws it back to the more black-and-white days of Hollywood, with classic cocktails and food from upstairs.
 

The Black Rose

East Village
Taking over the former Odessa space, The Black Rose is aiming to be a rock 'n roll spot for the neighborhood (what neighborhood doesn't need that?), with top-notch drinks from a former Nomad bartender that include the Comfortably Numb (gin, Cointreau, lemon juice, and marmalade) and the Light My Fire with bourbon, apricot preserve, and lemon.

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1. MAMO Restaurant 323 W Broadway, New York, NY 10013 (Soho)

Chances are you aren’t a famous movie star, and you can’t whisk away to the French Riviera (we’ve never “whisked” anywhere), but you can still get some French Riviera vibes courtesy of this spot that’s been serving the real-life French Riviera for 23 years and is just now landing in Soho with staples like linguine frutti di mare and ossobucco.

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2. Oiji 119 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003 (East Village)

From two Seoul restaurant scene vets, this intimate East Village spot serves seriously impressive Korean fare. The small plates formats means you can try a little bit of everything, like warm honey butter chips and slow-cooked oxtail and pork belly. You won't really know what you're eating but you won't care because it's so good.

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3. Abajo 301 Church St, New York, NY 10013 (Tribeca)

This mezcal speakeasy underneath a Mexican spot opened by a former top chef serves up eats like gyro tacos and fried guacamole.

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4. Faro 436 Jefferson St, Brooklyn, NY 11237 (Bushwick)

Bushwick’s rising status as a grown-up culinary neighborhood is reaffirmed by Faro, a 50-seat Italian restaurant that blends the contemporary and rustic in a converted warehouse (can you get more rustic than a wall of firewood stacked to the ceiling?). It's not surprising that it received a Michelin Bib Gourmand just six months after opening: Chef Kevin Adey, formerly of nearby dining leader Northeast Kingdom, works with farmers in upstate New York to source grains, and subsequently mills flour and makes pasta in-house. His pasta-heavy menu, featuring dishes like gnocchetti with braised quail, consistently exceeds the expectations of local loft-dwellers and those hungry after a neighborhood graffiti tour.

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5. Shorty 20 Prince St, New York, NY (Nolita)

Located beneath neighborhood staple Jacques on Prince St, this underground cocktail haven is doubling up the awesome with eats from the restaurant above in addition to their amazing craft cocktails.

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6. Gardenia 64 Downing St, New York City, NY 10014 (West Village)

The group behind Black Ant and Ofrenda just dropped this Mediterranean-leaning Latin spot with dishes like yerba mate-braised short rib empanadas, grilled octopus with romesco, and cocktails like the Le Mexicain with mezcal, peach liquor, lavender bitters, and crystallized lavender sugar.

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7. Virginia’s 647 East 11th St, New York City, NY 10009 (Alphabet City)

Chefs from heavy hitters Locanda Verde and Per Se have joined forces to create this 38-seat American spot that’s busting with great dishes like the stuffed suckling pig with fennel, strawberries, and sherry, the crispy sweetbreads with apricot, pea leaves, and charred lemon, and the duck breast with plum, cilantro, and plum vinaigrette.

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8. The Clocktower 5 Madison Ave, New York City, NY 10010 (Flatiron)

Located within the EDITION hotel, this restaurant from Chef Jason Atherton and restaurateur Stephen Starr plates high-end British-American fare in a classically designed space. Diners can schmooze in one of three dining rooms decked with golden-framed vintage photos, with the opportunity for a pre- or post-meal game of pool at a purple-felt pool table. And about that meal: you'll be choosing from entrees as decadent as bone-in strip steaks and côte de boeuf.

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9. Cantina Rooftop 605 W 48th St, New York, NY 10036 (Hells Kitchen)

A great spot for a low-key date, Cantina showcases the Manhattan skyline as it's meant to be seen, from a bright and lively rooftop restaurant. The view is excellent at sunset, but we’d definitely recommend this spot for brunch -- the house margarita is tasty, and the food is genuinely excellent, especially the tacos.

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10. BEC 148 8th Ave, New York, NY 10011 (Chelsea)

Here, you can get your hands on all kinds of breakfast sandwiches, including a "fresh take" on the classic bacon, egg, and cheese.

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11. Sid Gold’s Request Room 165 W 26th St, New York, NY 10001 (Chelsea)

Pigs in a blanket, clams casino, lemon bars, and cocktails will be on hand at this retro piano bar/cocktail lounge.

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12. Tico's Tequila Bar 151 Essex St, New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

’Tis the season of underground (or rooftop) tequila; get on board with this one underneath Tijuana Picnic where they're slinging flights of tequila and mezcal, tacos, and cocktails.

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13. Leyenda 221 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201 (Carroll Gardens)

Julie Reiner -- the mastermind behind Clover Club and Flatiron Lounge -- and her protégé Ivy Mix, bring you Leyenda, a “pan-Latin” cocktail spot that specializes in spirits from Central and South America: mezcal, rum, tequila, pisco, cachaca, sotol, and raicilla. The menu offers both traditional cocktails and creative concoctions that are legendary -- which is what Leyenda translates to in Spanish. Alongside the cocktails, they have standard Latin food on the menu, cooked up by the acclaimed Chef Sue Torres. With its gold tin ceiling adorned with crosses and cathedral-pew booth seating, the decor matches the overall authentic vibe.

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14. Wild Horse Tavern 1629 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028 (Upper East Side)

Disco fries topped with crispy pork belly, Cincinnati chili, a Vietnamese dip (like a French dip but with bánh mì fixin's and a cup of beef pho on the side), and steamed clams with smoked pig tail and toasted garlic are all on hand at this 2nd Ave winner.

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15. The Black Rose 117 Ave A, New York, NY 10009 (East Village)

Taking over the former Odessa space, The Black Rose is aiming to be a rock 'n roll spot for the neighborhood (what neighborhood doesn't need that?), with top-notch drinks from a former Nomad bartender that include the Comfortably Numb (gin, Cointreau, lemon juice, and marmalade) and the Light My Fire with bourbon, apricot preserve, and lemon.

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16. Slowly Shirley 121 W 10th St, New York, NY 10011 (West Village)

Hidden below the equally-as-great Happiest Hour, Slowly Shirley is a sexy throwback to Old Hollywood, with red leather banquettes, jazz music, and both classic & signature cocktails. After enjoying one of the city's best burgers from the lounge upstairs (a serious In-N-Out contemporary), we recommend ordering the Plum Tuckered (crafted with gin, whiskey, and plum sake).

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17. Grand Army 336 State St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Take the unpretentious attitude of a neighborhood bar, New York food and drink veterans, a cocktail-and-seafood focused menu, and the result is Grand Army in Boerum Hill. The team, which includes heavy hitters from Prime Meats, Rucola, Mile End, and Alder, delivers a reliable roster of oysters and out-of-this-world cocktails that, unsurprisingly, taste best at happy hour.

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