Evan Sung

Agern

Midtown East

Noma co-founder Claus Meyer will soon bring New Nordic to Grand Central in a big way with the terminal's new Great Northern Food Hall, but before that, he's opened this 85-seat adjacent restaurant, along with Executive Chef (and Reykjavik food scene star) Gunnar Gíslason. Agern’s seasonally driven dinner menu is heavy on Scandinavian ingredients, offering two tasting menus: Land + Sea, or the all-veggie Field + Forest, as well as some a la carte dishes (snacks like cod with fennel and nasturtium, and mains like lamb and roasted duck breast). Prices are high, but it should be noted that Agern has hopped on the no-tipping trend.

Evan Sung

Hail Mary

Greenpoint

Because there can only be so many modern takes on old-school delicatessens, there's now a new Greenpoint spot aiming to revolutionize the classic American diner. Hail Mary, from husband and wife duo, Ham and Sohla El-Waylly (who have collectively worked at places like Momofuku, Del Posto, and EmpellĂłn Cocina) uses the idea of the traditionally far-reaching diner menu to play with several different kinds of cuisines at once. That translates to things like Bolivian-style hot dogs, deviled egg dip (with trout roe, smoked maple, and homemade ritz crackers), and fancier mains like grilled half duck & Egyptian-style dirty rice -- plus lots of sundaes and ice cream floats. Sure, there are plenty of upscale diners in the city, but how many of them serve chicken fried beef tongue?

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Amada

Battery Park

No, Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes' newborn daughter didn't already open her own upscale Spanish restaurant, and wow, weird that you would think that! The newest addition to Brookfield Place is an outpost of celebrity chef Jose Garces’ popular Philly restaurant, Amada, named after his grandmother. The restaurant -- Garces’ first in New York -- focuses on Spanish-style tapas in an airy space with high ceilings and an open kitchen. Carried over from the original restaurant are favorites like Amada's Empanada with Manchego and artichoke escabeche, in addition to new dishes like Calamares con Apio (grilled squid), Picado (lamb tartare with romesco verde and Idiazábal), and Butifarra Coca (flatbread with sausage, piquillo pepper confit, and spinach). Larger, family-style dishes like lobster paella and suckling pig are also offered, in addition to lots of great Spanish wines. There's also an adjacent cafe, called Amadita, offering coffee and breakfast and lunch bites.

Eric Medsker

Barano

Williamsburg

Just about every hot new restaurant in New York is doing upscale Italian, but that doesn’t mean Barano, which opened at the tail end of April, should be lumped in with the rest. Things are decidedly less chichi at this Williamsburg Bridge-adjacent spot, with the main focus set on the food and drink. Chef/partner Albert Di Meglio (formerly of Rubirosa and Le Cirque) has crafted a Southern Italian menu full of comforting food like meatballs with sheep's milk ricotta; three different kinds of hand-pulled, made-to-order mozzarella; wood-fired thin-crust pizzas (which you cut yourself at the table with a large pair of scissors); and some pretty excellent pastas. Also expect lots of good Italian wines and beers from both Italy and Brooklyn. It sort of feels like your Italian grandma's kitchen, if your Italian grandma lived in South Williamsburg.

Katie Burton

2nd City

West Village

This menu at this fast-casual Filipino spot is full of stupid names like “Bi-Curious Tacos” (one fish, one short rib), “Poke Me” (poke bowl), and the Plan B-Rito (breakfast burrito with longanisa, egg, cheese, ham, hash browns, and bacon), but don't let that deter you, because the food is actually really good -- and affordable! Don't miss the mini crispy chicken sandwiches and the crispy fried pork belly bao buns. Also: ube ice cream. The city could always use more Filipino food.

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Dizengoff

Chelsea

Hummus lovers, rejoice. Philly favorite Dizengoff has landed in New York at Chelsea Market, offering its sought-after, freshly made hummus and pita. In addition to some new NY-only options -- like hummus with braised lamb neck; black lime; rhubarb; and new Israeli salads. The offshoot is also doing shakshuka (poached eggs with tomatoes, chili peppers, and onions) for breakfast every morning (it's only offered on Sundays at Dizengoff in Philly!). You can also look out for a number of Israeli wines by the glass.

Heidi Solander

Don Muang Airport

Williamsburg

Get ready to enjoy some samoas along with your St. Lucia. This new Thai restaurant inside Williamsburg live music favorite Baby's All Right offers traditional Thai classics like tamarind ribs and pork skewers alongside new twists like a Thai-style fried chicken sandwich and spicy wings. The drinks here are serious, too. Inspired by Thai beach parties, the cocktail menu features a “Bucket List” section full of drinks served in buckets, like the Thai Island Classic with rum, coke, Red Bull, and lime; and the Under The Armchairs with tequila, almond, chili, lime, and Pacifico.

Jason Burke

The Brooklyn Barge

Greenpoint

After opening for a brief two weeks last summer, Greenpoint's floating barge restaurant/bar is now officially in business at the Greenpoint Terminal Market at the end of Milton St. There's nothing fussy about it, though there is a lot that is Brooklyn about it (the tables are made from recycled wire rolls, for example). You can expect casual eats like grilled fish tacos and crispy chicken sandwiches in addition to 10 beers on tap (plus buckets) and spiced rum punch. But the best part about the barge is its planned local programming with neighborhood partners, such as free kayaking, sailing lessons, and fishing lessons -- as well as tours on some classic NYC vessels.

Jen Senn

Baker's Pizza

East Village

If New York's pizza scene was starting to feel oversaturated with upscale pie-only joints, you're in luck: Baker's on Avenue A is a proper slice joint, offering huge slices and pies with crispy crust that won't set you back on your credit card payments. The 18” classic pies can be topped with anything from kale to BBQ chicken, but you should opt for one of the speciality pies -- particularly the namesake pie with herbed ricotta, homemade pork sausage, and caramelized onions.

Evan Sung

Olmsted

Prospect Heights

Named after Frederick Law Olmsted, this charming new Vanderbilt Ave restaurant -- located just two blocks from Prospect Park, which Olmsted designed -- looks straight out of Upstate New York, with an airy dining room full of white brick, plants, and repurposed wood, and a spacious outdoor garden lined with more greenery (for growing produce), string lights, and plenty of tables. Olmsted comes from Chef Greg Baxtrom and Ian Rothman, who both previously worked at Atera (Baxtrom's background also includes Per Se and Aliena), and the seasonal menu features light and colorful fare like fried fiddlehead ferns, radish top gazpacho, and grilled hake. The cocktail menu is also seasonal and ingredient-forward, featuring fresh drinks like the Rhubarb with tequila, rhubarb cordial, tonic, and lime.

Tapestry

West Village

Indian chef Suvir Saran (of the now-closed Flatiron fave, Devi, and Top Chef Masters) is back in New York after a stint in San Francisco, with a sleek new restaurant offering a global menu inspired by a bevy of cuisines -- Indian, French, Mexican, and Italian among them. There's a large focus on locally sourced ingredients, and you can expect the likes of rabbit terrine, sea bass ceviche, and masala fried chicken.

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Sushi Ginza Onodera

Midtown East

After months of anticipation, this famed omakase mini-chain (with locations in Tokyo, Honolulu, London, Paris, Shanghai, and soon LA) has finally arrived on Fifth Ave, offering some of the city’s freshest fish, almost all of which is caught wild and imported from Japan. While counter dinners aren't cheap -- you're looking at $300-400 per person -- tip is included, and it's worth it to experience the work of the master sushi chef team, led by Chef Masaki Saito, who comes from the chain's Tokyo outpost and crafts each piece of sushi with the utmost care, and with the individual diner in mind.

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Cherry Point

Greenpoint

From Spotted Pig vet Julian Calcott, this new Greenpoint spot (with exposed brick aplenty) focuses on sharables like house-made charcuterie, steak tartare, and burrata, alongside meaty mains like a double patty burger, butcher's cut steak fries, and seared skate wing. There's also a large emphasis on wine here, with a program led by Garret Smith and Vinegar Hill House wine director Bill Fitch that concentrates on smaller producers, with most bottles under $50. You can also expect a solid cocktail list, with twits on the classics, like the Cherry Point Sour with smoked scotch, lemon, and red wine.

Katie Burton

Sauvage

Greenpoint

From the team behind Maison Premiere comes Sauvage: a seasonal American/French-ish restaurant in a Paris-meets-the-tropics setting in Greenpoint. On the menu you'll find elegant yet unfussy dishes like leek terrine with clams and pink peppercorn, Plymouth Rock pot-au-feu, and pig head confit for two. Like its award-winning predecessor, Sauvage will also offer raw bar options, as well as an impressive cocktail menu focusing on low-ABV spirits, like the Sloe Moon's Rise with Reisetbauer Sloe, Framboise, lime, gin, and bitters.

L'Appart

Battery Park

The latest addition to Brookfield Place’s French Food Hall, Le District, arrived at the end of April with a look and menu inspired by a home-cooked meal in someone's (very fancy, non-New York) apartment (the name is French for “apartment”). In addition to an open view of the chef in the kitchen, there's a very French outdoor terrace on which diners are given an aperitif before their meal. Chef Nicolas Abello (formerly of Daniel) has crafted a very personal menu, subject to change at the drop of a hat based on the season, guest preferences, or his own particular interests. The current tasting menu features upscale French dishes like veal, guinea hen, rabbit, and of course, cheese and chocolate.

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1. Agern 89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017

Noma co-founder Claus Meyer and Icelandic chef Gunnan GĂ­slason are behind this 85-seat fine dining Nordic restaurant in Grand Central Terminal. The seasonally-driven menu, available in two tasting formats (Land + Sea or the all-veggie Field + Forest) draws on key Scandinavian techniques like foraging, smoking, and fermenting. Prices are high, but there's no tipping.

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2. Hail Mary 68 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

From husband and wife culinary duo Hisham and Sohla Wel-Waylly, this Greenpoint restaurant is reimagining the classic American diner in an upscale but laid-back way. Aside from classics like bacon and eggs, an American cheese-topped burger, and a turkey club, the menu features more experimental dishes like duck hearts and spaghetti with uni butter. The 74-seat space includes an old-school soda fountain area up front. You'll know you're in the right place when you see the painting of two Virgin Marys wearing diner hats at the entrance.

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3. Amada 200 Vesey Street, New York, NY 10281

This Brookfield Place restaurant is an outpost of celebrity chef Jose Garces’ popular Philly spot of the same name. The restaurant -- Garces' first in New York -- serves Spanish-style tapas in an airy space with high ceilings and an open kitchen. The menu features à la carte dishes like empanadas with manchego and artichoke escabeche, and a multi-course chef's tasting option that's available with Spanish wine pairings. The space also includes an adjacent cafe, Amadita, that serves coffee, pastries, and lunch items.

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4. Barano 26 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY (Williamsburg)

Chef Albert Di Meglio's (formerly of Rubirosa and Le Cirque) sleek Italian restaurant near the Williamsburg bridge focuses on the cuisine of his family's roots. Named after his grandmother's Southern Italian birthplace, Barano serves an unfussy menu of comforting plates like meatballs with sheep's milk ricotta, wood-fired pizzas, and house-made pastas. The large space features a mozzarella station and has a modern rustic aesthetic with concrete tabletops, a marble bar, and antique tiles.

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5. 2nd City 525 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

This counter-serve Filipino joint in the West Village serves a small menu of Mexican-meets-Asian fusion food -- think burritos, tacos, steamed buns, and poke bowls. The drink selection is limited to a few beers and wine, plus margaritas, house punch, and sangria. There are a few counter seats, so the spot is perfect for a quick solo dinner or a grab-and-go lunch. Don't miss the brilliantly purple ube ice cream for dessert.

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6. Dizengoff 75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Modeled after the hummusiya stalls in Israel, Dizengoff specializes in hummus and pita. An outpost of the Philly original, the Chelsea Market counter-serve spot also serves Israeli salads, shakshuka for breakfast every morning, and Israeli wines by the glass. The space includes a few counter stools, and if you can't snag a seat, the High Line is less than a block away.

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7. Don Muang Airport 146 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Named after Bangkok's airport, this restaurant inside Williamsburg music venue Baby's All Right serves classic Thai dishes like tamarind ribs and green curry fried rice alongside fusion bar-food bites, like spicy wings and a burger. The drinks are trendy and serious, especially the "Bucket List" section of the cocktail menu full of drinks served in buckets. Long Thaisland Iced Tea, anyone?

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8. The Brooklyn Barge 3 Milton St, Brooklyn, NY 11222

There are a few floating restaurants in New York, but most are in Manhattan and are swanky, fratty, or both. The Brooklyn Barge in Greenpoint is neither swanky nor fratty. The floating barge restaurant serves casual eats like grilled fish tacos and crispy chicken sandwiches in addition to 10 beers on tap and spiced rum punch. It's more than an all-day drinking and eating spot though -- the barge has partnered with neighborhood partners to offer kayaking, sailing, and fishing lessons.

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9. Baker's Pizza 201 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009

Baker's on Avenue A is a proper slice joint, offering huge slices and pies with crispy crust that won't set you back on your credit card payments. The 18” classic pies can be topped with anything from kale to BBQ chicken, but you should opt for one of the speciality pies -- particularly the namesake pie with herbed ricotta, homemade pork sausage, and caramelized onions. Larger than the average hole-in-the-wall slice joint, Baker's has a few high-top tables and an upright piano because, why not?

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10. Olmsted 659 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Named for Frederick Law Olmsted, this Vanderbilt Ave restaurant -- located just two blocks from the Olmsted-designed Prospect Park -- is reminiscent of a garden of its own, with an airy dining room full of white brick, spreads of greenery, and repurposed wood. Both the food and cocktail menus are seasonal, ingredient-driven, and inventive, and most of the restaurant's produce is grown in wood-framed boxes in its stone-laid, spacious back patio.

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11. Tapestry 60 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10011

Indian chef Suvir Saran (of the now-closed Flatiron fave, Devi, and Top Chef Masters) backs this sleek West Village restaurant. The menu is Indian but inspired by a bevy of cuisines, including French, Italian, and Mexican. Many of the ingredients are sourced from local farms, including Saran's own in upstate New York. House faves include the masala fried chicken, rabbit terrine, and sea bass ceviche.

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12. Sushi Ginza Onodera 461 5th Ave, New York, NY 10017

This famed omakase mini-chain on Fifth Ave (it also has locations in Tokyo, Honolulu, London, Paris, and Shanghai) serves some of New York's finest raw fish, almost all of which is imported from Japan. Dinner at the 16-seat sushi counter isn't cheap -- we're looking at $300-400 per person -- but it's worth the splurge to experience the work of the masterful team, led by sushi chef Masaki Saito, who relocated from Tokyo to head up this outpost.

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13. Cherry Point 664 Manhattan Ave, Greenpoint, NY 11222

From Spotted Pig vet Julian Calcott, Greenpoint's Cherry Point focuses on shareables like house-made charcuterie, steak tartare, and burrata, plus meaty mains like a double patty burger. There's also a large emphasis on wine from small producers, and most bottles are under $50. The spot is bright and homey with a long wooden bar and bistro tables that scream date night.

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14. Sauvage 905 Lorimer Street, New York, NY 11222 (Greenpoint)

From the team behind Maison Premiere, Sauvage is a French-leaning restaurant in Greenpoint with a Paris-meets-the tropics decor. The food menu is elegant but unfussy, and like Maison Premiere, it has raw bar options and an impressive cocktail menu. Drinks focus on low-ABV and rare spirits, and there are few different styles of hand-chiseled ice available for classic cocktails.

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15. L'Appart 225 Liberty St, New York, NY

Short for the French word for apartment, this 28-seat restaurant in Le District, Brookfield Place's French food hall, is meant to mimic a dinner party at someone's (very fancy) home. Upon entering, guests are given an aperitif or glass of Champagne to hold them over until chef Nicolas Abello's (formerly of Daniel) very personal six-course tasting begins. The space features an open kitchen and an outdoor terrace. Dining at L'Appart is kind of like dining at a friend's house, if your friend is a French chef whose trained in Michelin-starred restaurants.

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