9 Exciting Restaurant Openings to Try in NYC This Week
Major Food Group debuts in the Puck Building, Rockefeller Center welcomes the team behind King, and Fogo de Chão lands in Elmhurst.
The holiday eating season has officially arrived. And between working up an appetite at ice skating rinks, whimsical winter wonderlands, and dazzling holiday light displays, you know we’ll be celebrating this joyous time of year at the city’s newest restaurants.
Alongside debuts like Down & Out in the East Village for oysters and cocktails, and the vegetable-forward sibling to Fouquet’s in Tribeca called Par Ici Café, there are plenty more newcomers to consider for your next outing. From the team behind King’s expansive sophomore concept at Rockefeller Center, to the Elmhurst location (and 69th in total) of the global Brazilian steakhouse, Fogo de Chão, here are 9 exciting restaurant openings in NYC to try this week.
Adding to the blossoming dining scene at Rockefeller Center, the team behind the popular downtown Italian restaurant, King, debuts a spacious 140-seat sibling counterpart dubbed Jupiter. Helmed by the partner trio of Clare de Boer, Jess Shadbolt, and Annie Shi, as well as executive chef Gaz Herbert (River Cafe in London), the food program features a large all-day menu of regional Italian classics like Beef Sott’olio (chargrilled beef filet, horseradish) and Risotto Di Mare (saffron, whole langoustine, squid), as well as pasta signatures such as Tagliarini al Pomodoro (tomato, marjoram, ricotta). Led by Shi, pair it all with an extensive list of predominantly Italian wines and house cocktails like the Jupiter Vesper (gin, vodka, fig leaf). Guests can sit within the dining room or opt for a more casual experience at the 12-seat red marble bar.
How to book: Resy
Expanding the portfolio of 50 Norman—a multi-concept, Tokyo-influenced retail and culinary experience which opened in September—is HOUSE Brooklyn, a Japanese- and French-inspired eatery from Kyoto-native, chef Yuji Tani (House Nishiazabu in Tokyo). At this open kitchen concept featuring an eight-seat counter, guests can experience a seasonal tasting menu of seven-to-nine courses consisting of signature dishes like Apple & Beet Crudité (served with pie crust) and Foie-Gras Pilaf (with shibazuke cucumber pickles). Beverage-wise, there’s a selection of sake, wine, and tea.
How to book: Resy
Torrisi Bar and Restaurant
On the first floor of the more than a century-old Puck Building in Nolita, Major Food Group co-founder and chef Rich Torrisi (Carbone, Sadelle’s) welcomes his namesake Italian American eatery, Torrisi Bar and Restaurant. Boasting an expansive dining room, outdoor seating, an open kitchen, and private dining room, chefs Torrisi and Charlie England (Carbone) serve up dishes ranging from Hand-Pulled Mozzarella (prepared tableside) and Stuffed Peppers to Linguine with Manhattan Clams and Whole Turbot. The desserts program by pastry chef Stephanie Prida (The Grill) includes standouts like Almond Cheesecake and Sicilian Date Cake, along with a selection of Italian ices. For drinks, classic cocktails are served alongside an Italian- and French-centric wine list.
How to book: Resy
After debuting in 2020 as a much sought-after roving pop-up throughout Queens before a successful run as a vendor at Smorgasburg, the Central Texas-style barbecue spot, Bark Barbecue, lands its first permanent brick-and-mortar locale at the Time Out Market New York food hall in DUMBO. Founded and operated by Queens native Ruben Santana, feast on a menu showcasing white oak-smoked meats such as Chicharrons and Longaniza Sausage (blended with fried cheese) plus Dominican-influenced sides like Dominican Congri Rice and Dominican Cornbread.
After two years, Black Seed Bagels welcomes back their busy kiosk on the main floor of Chelsea Market. Led by founders Noah Bernamoff, Matt Kliegman, and chef Dianna Daoheung, the popular bagel shop is known for its melding of NYC and Montreal-style baking techniques and a menu featuring a range of sweet and savory wood-fired bagels. Alongside faves like the classic Everything lathered with Upstate New York-sourced cream cheese, gluten-free selections, and sandwiches, order seasonal specials like Truffle Cream Cheese, which was created in collaboration with the local small-batch producer, The Truffleist.
Breathing new life into the historic Vanderbilt Hall of Grand Central Terminal comes the 14th nationwide locale of City Winery. A NYC-born wine bar and entertainment venue created by entrepreneur Michael Dorf in 2008, within the 15,900-square-foot space, the recent debut features two tasting counters, food service, a performance stage, and a grab-and-go counter dubbed CityJams. Pair glasses of house wine alongside shareable plates like the Artisanal Cheese Board, Whipped Feta, and Truffle Fries, while catching regular live music sets. Additionally, an adjacent farm-to-table eatery called Cornelius is slated to open in December.
The new Queens location of Fogo de Chão marks the world-renowned Brazilian steakhouse’s 69th globale locale, and its second in New York City (in addition to Midtown) alongside nearby branches in Long Island and White Plains. Founded in 1979 by brothers Arri and Jai Coser in the Brazilian countryside of Porto Alegre, here in Elmhurst, the expansive dining room is surrounded by a churrasco grill where chefs hand carve and grill a variety of meats over an open flame. Menu highlights include protein-centric offerings like the Full Churrasco Experience (a signature prix-fixe menu of classic cuts like Picanha and Bone-in Beef Ancho) and entrees like the Chilean Sea Bass (papaya vinaigrette, grilled asparagus). Drop by for weekend brunch and all-day happy hours as well.
How to book: OpenTable
After establishing herself in Toronto with cocktail spots like Reyna on King and Bar Reyna, owner Nicki Laborie brings her talents stateside with the debut of Reyna in Union Square. At the 6,000-square-foot, bi-level eatery and bar, enjoy a full-service Mediterranean dining experience on the first floor, as well as soon-to-open subterranean speakeasy dubbed Le Louis, which is slated to debut early 2023. On the tapas-centric menu, highlights include Housemade Dips (labneh, beet tzatziki, muhammara) and Lamb Baklava (burnt honey saffron aioli, pistachio). An extensive cocktail list includes Eleanor’s Mistress (fig and white mustard seed-infused gin) and Please Sir, Some Meaux (brie cheese-washed bourbon, scorched pear bitters).
How to book: OpenTable
The team behind the celebrated hyper-seasonal eatery, One White Street embarks on a new venture with the opening of a marketplace and cafe named Rigor Hill Market. Sourced from the small-scale, organic Rigor Hill Farm in the Hudson Valley—which also supplies ingredients for One White Street’s dishes—the cafe menu includes a rotating selection of specialty soups, salads, sandwiches, quiches, and baked goods. Within the adjacent market, guests can also peruse shelves and tables stocked with daily deliveries of fresh produce, seasonings, breads, and more.