Ignore the fact that temps are going to be dipping soon, and instead focus on the fact that you can soon be dipping... things in drawn butter! But only if you read this round up of the best new bars and restaurants to open in NYC this August, which includes a spot with foie gras dumplings & a restaurant completely dedicated to egg sandwiches.
Opened by Eleven Madison Park alum Thomas Chen, this American eatery's doing refined takes on casual eats, like the Pig Out for Two (Berkshire pork cooked in duck fat!!!), oxtail Spring rolls with bone marrow, and soft-shell crab with burrata, heirloom tomato, and herb/lime sauce.
This bright, semi-beachy spot up in North Brooklyn is offering some of the freshest sea-eats around, from stupid-fresh lobster rolls, to tacos made with seasonal excellence, to an oyster bar that allows you to pick up a dozen, take them to the nearby park, and shuck the crap out of them.
The sister spot to the resto at Dream Downtown, this Japanese drinking/food joint is hitting you with shochu cocktails, crazy dumplings filled with things like foie gras, and of course, brown butter miso ramen.
From the team behind craft brew stalwarts NY Beer Co and The House of Brews, TJM is taking on the Belgian beer bar in a serious way with waffle sliders, Chimay poutine (wut), six kinds of mussels, Belgian frites with about one billion dipping sauces, and pours like La Chouffe, Tripel Karmeliet, Delirium Tremens, and Weyerbacher Merry Monks Tripel.
Once a neighborhood spot on Cleveland Place in Soho, Le Jardin's been looking for a home since its closure in 2010, and it finally found one on Ave C, with this bi-level beauty that’s got an outdoor patio, oyster bar, and is basically the charming, French spot you think it is. The food keeps the theme tight with dishes like escargot, steak frites, a short rib/brisket blend burger topped with Gruyere, and duck leg confit.
It’s a burger place, but all the buns are made out of rice patties. And sure, they’ve got beef patties, but doesn't a BBQ eel burger sound just a little bit better right now?
A nod to Havana’s Chinatown in its 1870s heyday, this Chinese-Cuban fusion spot from Chef Humberto Guallpa and owner Marco Britti hits the mark on its weirdly specific historical target with duck empanadas, fluke ceviche with habanero/passion fruit vinaigrette, Peking-style roasted chicken, a goat burger, and whole-roasted fish with Jinhua ham and chili bean sauce.
"Man, why doesn't someone just open a restaurant entirely dedicated to egg sandwiches?" said everyone, ever. "Fine, we'll do it", said the pair behind this bright, welcoming cafe, which features a deep menu of eggy options anchored by sandwiches like the standout Beast with pulled pork, sunny-side-up eggs, cilantro, pickled onion, and chipotle/bourbon ketchup.
This Cantonese spot (opened by a native of Hong Kong who -- yawwwwwwn -- trained at the French Culinary Institute) offers a roast duck feast that requires 24hrs notice, serves four/five people, and includes silken tofu, wilted seasonal greens, sour plum compote, and saffron rice, in addition to several versions of char siu, spicy pulled chicken salad with Sichuan peppercorn dressing, and imperial sweet & sour with fried pork chunks and pineapple.
This stationary po’boy truck has set up on a corner in Bushwick -- so head there for New Orleans-y sandos stuffed with fried oysters, fried catfish, or roast beef.
In addition to the traditional focus on lots and lots of meat (skirt steak, strip loin, bone-in rib eye, etc.), this Argentine spot is making moves to please the veggie lovers out there with a focus on meatless dishes as well, including burrata with grilled peaches and ricotta cavatelli with tomato confit, lava beans, spinach, and fiore sardo cheese.
If you’re not familiar with H.P. Lovecraft, we can’t really help you with the space we have here (try this). But if you are, then you should get very excited for this horror-themed bar modeled mostly after his writings, with drinks that include The Green God (absinthe w/ lemon twist) and Dropsey (tequila, vermouth, and orange), plus bar eats like calamari with diablo sauce. Hail Cthulhu!
1. Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co.114 Nassau Ave, Brooklyn
2. Cherry Izakaya138 N 8th St, Brooklyn
3. Calle Dão38 W 39th St, New York
4. Egg Shop151 Elizabeth St, New York
5. Balvanera152 Stanton St., New York
6. tuome536 E 5th St, New York
7. The Jolly Monk701 9th Ave, New York
8. Le Jardin Bistro115 Avenue C, New York
9. Yonekichi238A E 9 Street, New York
10. Lovecraft50 Avenue B, New York
11. 2 Duck Goose400 4th Ave, Brooklyn
12. Mighty Quinn's Barbeque75 Greenwich Ave, New York
At Greenpoint Fish and Lobster Co., you can expect to find only the highest quality of sustainably sourced seafood. This narrow spot -- awash in white tile and blonde wood with a seating area surrounding a marble bar and open kitchen -- is nothing short of a seafood haven. Head to the market in the front and do some grocery shopping of your own, where you'll find plenty of options on the ice.
Cherry Izakaya is a dual-level contemporary Japanese eatery near the Bedford L stop in Williamsburg with tempting eats like Suntory-glazed short ribs, chorizo-stuffed calamari, and traditional and unusual sushi dishes.
A nod to Havana’s Chinatown in its 1870s heyday, this Chinese-Cuban fusion spot from Chef Humberto Guallpa and owner Marco Britti hits the mark on its weirdly specific historical target with duck empanadas, Peking-style roasted chicken, a goat burger, and whole roasted fish with Jinjua ham and chili bean sauce.
This small NoLita shop reimagines the simple egg in a variety of sandwich, meat, and salad combinations, breaking the humble ingredient out of its breakfast-only role. The menu is seriously creative -- with dishes like "The Beast," which pairs sunny side-up eggs with pulled pork, pickled onion, chipotle bourbon ketchup, and cilantro -- and is well-balanced with rich sides like deep-fried hash browns. Though the shop is open all day, we recommend stopping by during daylight hours, when the open-front facade lets you enjoy your sunny side-up in sunny peace.
In addition to the traditional Argentine focus on lots and lots of meat (skirt steak, strip loin, bone-in rib eye), this spot is making moves to please the veggie lovers out there with a focus on meatless dishes as well, including burrata with grilled peaches and ricotta cavatelli with tomato confit, lava beans, spinach, and fiore sardo cheese.
Asian-influenced contemporary American fare from Thomas Chen, formerly of Eleven Madison Park and Commerce. The menu is concise, and broken down into categories like "cold small," "hot small," and "big;" it also features a pork "Pig Out" for two.
This Hell's Kitchen Belgian pub offers Belgian imports and American craft brews alongside dishes like mussels and frites. It also features TVs airing games, as well as a solid happy hour.
This bi-level French bistro (from the owners of the old Le Jardin in NoLita) has an oyster bar, dining room, and small patio on the first floor, and an open kitchen dining room on the second. The menu features sophisticated classics like Steak Tartare, Coq au Vin, and Pâte de Campagne.
This East Village rice burger stand churns out rice buns with "patty" options like Unagi (BBQ eel, avocado, tempura, and shredded egg crepe) and Ginger Mugi-Fuji (pork shoulder, ginger soy sauce, and lettuce). They also offer a pickle on a stick and a number of seasoned fry varieties.
This spooky Alphabet City cocktail den is home to a sultry/freaky vibe, strong drinks, and an eclectic crowd.
This Cantonese spot (opened by a native of Hong Kong who trained at the French Culinary Institute) offers a roast duck feast that requires 24 hours notice, serves four/five people, and includes silken tofu, wilted seasonal greens, sour plum compote, and saffron rice, in addition to several versions of char siu, spicy pulled chicken salad with Sichuan peppercorn dressing, and imperial sweet & sour with fried pork chunks and pineapple.