Yes, it’s already so cold out we want to die, but it’s not quite winter yet! So save all your nonstop Seamlessing for November and December (and January and February, which inevitably feel like a quarter of a century) and get out to the best new bars and restaurants that opened this October. Chili-honey pork ribs await.
The 13 Best NYC Bar and Restaurant Openings in October
Lower East Side
A take-away shop from Jewish soul-food eatery Kitty’s Canteen (helmed by The Box co-founder Richard Kimmel), Kitty’s a-Go-Go has less boudoir vibes and dim lighting than the original, but the same famous matzo-meal fried chicken (in to-go form!), in addition to new items like a pastrami Reuben, catfish po-boy, and a daily selection of hand pies.
Ravi DeRossi literally cannot stop opening new places (and no one is complaining). The man behind two of the summer’s best openings, Mother of Pearl and Avant Garden -- and of course, Death & Co., Amor y Amargo, Mayahuel, and more -- just opened a new underground bar focusing on sparkling wine and Champagne. Bubble-friendly foods like oysters and cheese are also on offer. Now you just need a good excuse to celebrate, like... it’s a Wednesday, Champagne for all!
Lower East Side
This technically opened at the tail end of September, but it’s so good we couldn’t leave it out. Yunnan Kitchen is now Yunnan BBQ, and it’s got a brand-new menu featuring things like chili-honey pork ribs, tea-smoked duck, and shao kao shangri la: a combo platter featuring different skewers (the beef short rib skewer is the best). Dishes are served family style, but you can opt for half-portions so you can try everything.
The Williamsburg outpost of the LES’ Black Tree is larger than the original, and features an eight-person communal chef’s table with a unique tasting menu. Black Tree BK will keep the original restaurant's theme of featuring a new animal each week; for beef, you’ll have options like beef butter (beef stock & fat on toasted ciabatta), as well as tacos, shoyu ramen, a burger, and steaks. If cow’s not your thing, head there when there’s goat or pork on the menu. There’s also a solid fall pig sandwich made with braised pork belly and Grafton cheddar on offer now.
Philly’s deep-fried Twinkie burger purveyor has set up shop on Bowery, and is doling out the same insane burger concoctions it always has, in a Saved by the Bell-themed space. We’re partial to the Pickleback -- fried pickles, bacon, and pepper Jack on a burger made with a Jameson whiskey glaze (probably your first pickleback that WON’T lead to a hangover the next day).
Downtown Brooklynites can skip the trip into Chinatown -- traditional Shanghainese xiao long bao (soup dumplings) are now available near the Fulton Mall. Of course you're ordering several rounds of dumplings, but the mapo tofu and fried egg over rice should also not be missed.
Because the area around MSG needed some good drinks and eats for Knicks fans to drown their sorrows in, this gastropub has 18 taps that are constantly in rotation, wines by the glass, and classic American fare like mac & cheese with pancetta and a NOLA Caesar with andouille lardons and cornbread croutons.
Lower East Side
A takeout spot/market from the always cool Dimes team, located at the main restaurant's original spot on Division. Get one of our favorite breakfast sandwiches (made with scrambled eggs, cheddar, avocado, jalapeño, and Dimes hot sauce) or opt for a salad or bowl. There's also a dreamy new Figgy Piggy sandwich made with salami, Piave cheese, arugula, and fig jam on a sourdough pullman.
Everyone’s favorite Montreal-style bagels are now available in the old De Robertis space (RIP). While we’re still mourning our cannoli loss, Black Seed’s new East Village-exclusive sandwich options -- like a smoked ham and Gruyère sandwich with onion jam and sour pickles, and a sandwich made with Mile End smoked bacon -- are certainly easing the pain.
Located on the ground level of Sushi Seki’s new 46th St location, this Japanese cocktail spot features a beverage menu from Angel’s Share’s Shingo Gokan (think matcha and yuzu cocktails) alongside several crudo and tapas options and entrees like sake-braised short rib. The sakura cocktail with junmai sake, umeshu, peach Champagne vinegar, and sakura brine is seriously beautiful just to look at (but also, definitely something you’re going to want to be drinking).
The guys behind the West Village cocktail bar on top of a Five Guys have brought their magic across town. The new spot -- while not so secret -- is a pleasant upscale addition to a neighborhood dominated by dives and bro-y bars (and nothing against those, it's just nice to have more diversity). Get one of the carefully crafted drinks and take a seat in the area that looks like the cozy-but-cool living room you always wanted your apartment to have.
Because sometimes you need to put down the greasy lo mein -- totally kidding, this never needs to happen... but for a new spin on your Sunday go-to meal, upscale yet authentic Chinese cuisine can now be found in the Waldorf Astoria. Expect modern dishes like Berkshire pork collar with liquid nitrogen crust (!) and a Chinese raw bar from the coastal region of Zhejiang.
New York’s latest speakeasy is located in the back of a counter-style gluten-free pizza joint, because of course it is. Grab a white truffle and portobello mushroom pizza (available ‘til 4am!) and then retreat to the back for an Eastside Rose (gin, rose syrup, lime, cucumber, and mint).
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Lucy Meilus is Thrillist’s New York editor and actually lives in a speakeasy in the back of a Papaya Dog. It's suuuuper hard to get into because she keeps losing her keys. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.
1. Kitty's Canteen & Kitty's a-Go-Go9-11 Stanton St, New York
2. Riddling Widow127 Macdougal St, New York
3. Yunnan BBQ79 Clinton Street, New York
4. Black Tree BK261 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn
5. PYT334 Bowery, New York
6. Yaso Tangbao148 Lawrence St, Brooklyn
7. Haymaker Bar and Kitchen252 W 29th St, New York
8. Dimes Deli143 Division St, New York
9. Black Seed Bagels176 1st Ave, New York
10. Bar Seki365 W 46th St, New York
11. The Garret East206 Avenue A, New York
12. La Chine540 Lexington Avenue, New York
13. Visana and Pisa Pizza321 1st Ave, New York
Jewish soul-food at its finest. Be sure to try the matzo-meal fried chicken, pastrami reuben, catfish po' boy, and ask about the daily selection of hand pies.
Ravi DeRossi's underground bar focuses on sparkling wine and champagne. Oysters and various cheeses are also on offer.
Formerly known as Yunnan Kitchen, this Lower East Side spot is one of the coolest Chinese restaurants in New York. The menu centers around family-style servings of barbecued pork, chicken and fish, and features better-than-standard sides like duck egg fried rice and noodles cooked in clam broth. Punch bowls and Asian-inspired cocktails, like Chinese Micheladas and chrysanthemum mint juleps, are refreshing complements to the spicy food.
The Brooklyn extension of LES's Black Tree is larger than the original and features and eight-person communal chef's table with a unique tasting menu. Like the original, Black Tree Brooklyn's menu offers up a different animal each week.
Creating some of the most unique burgers you've ever heard of —like their Doh! Nut with a beef patty and chocolate covered bacon on a glazed donut bun, they are carving there own space into the NYC burger scene. Also, make sure to top off your meal with one of their adult milkshakes where they use vodka whipped cream.
Downtown Brooklynites can skip the trip into Chinatown and get traditional Shanghai street food in the heart of Downtown Brooklyn. Right near Fulton Mall, Yaso Tangbao is a fast-casual counter-serve that specializes in xiao long bao (soup dumplings), plus noodle soups and rice dishes. The clean and minimalist space includes an open kitchen and communal wooden tables, making it a great spot for a workday lunch or a quick dinner.
Located right by Madison Square Garden, the Haymaker Bar and Grill has 18 taps on constant rotation, wines by the glass, and classic American fare like mac & cheese with pancetta and a NOLA Caesar with Andouille lardons and cornbread croutons.
A takeout spot/market. Grab a breakfast sandwich or opt for a salad or bowl. There's also a dreamy new Figgy Piggy sandwich made with salami, Piave cheese, arugula, and fig jam on a sourdough pullman.
Black Seed subscribes to the Montreal school of bagel-making, meaning its bagels, which are smaller than the quintessential New York ones, are rolled by hand, boiled in honey water, then baked in a wood-fired oven. Sandwiches made with a variety of smoked fishes and speciality spreads -- like the house-cured beet lox number with horseradish cream cheese -- continuously draw weekend crowds in search of their morning bagel fix.
This Japanese cocktail spot features a beverage menu from Angel’s Share’s Shingo Gokan (think matcha and yuzu cocktails) alongside several crudo and tapas options and entrees like sake-braised short rib.
An upscale East Village cocktail bar. Get one of the carefully crafted cocktails and camp out in the seating area that looks like a cozy-but-cool living room.
Upscale and authentic Chinese cuisine. Expect modern dishes like Berkshire pork collar with liquid nitrogen crust and a Chinese raw bar from the coastal region of Zhejiang.
This speakeasy is located in the back of a counter-style gluten-free pizza joint. Grab a white truffle and Portobello mushroom pizza in the front and then retreat to the back for an Eastside Rose (gin, rose syrup, lime, cucumber, and mint).