7 Restaurant Openings in NYC You Need to Know

Exciting newcomers along with the return of a familiar favorite.

Sole veronique
Sole veronique | Photo courtesy of Le Coucou
Sole veronique | Photo courtesy of Le Coucou

NYC restaurants have faced a series of hurdles since March of 2020, disrupting what is usually a robust slate of new openings throughout the year, usually peaking in September and October. But with COVID numbers way down, and vaccination rates high, the fall opening schedule is looking more normal than ever as of early November.

From exciting debuts to the welcome return of a familiar favorite, in addition to Indian eateries for Diwali and the hottest new restaurants in NYC, put these exciting newcomers on your list for weekend dining plans. In between those inevitable holiday trips back home, find a reason to dress up by checking out these can’t-miss restaurant openings.

Tout le lapin
Tout le lapin | Photo courtesy of Le Coucou

After a year-long hiatus, starting this Sunday, the city welcomes back a favorite as the lauded French restaurant Le Coucou reopens its doors. Now offering a choice between a la carte ordering or a four-course dining experience at $185 per guest, chef Daniel Rose’s menu stays true to classic French fare and heralds the beloved return of customer favorites like the tout le lapin and sole veronique. Along with the gilded redesign of the interior featuring dark wood accents, crystal chandeliers, and exposed brick walls, pastry chef Mark Henning will showcase a reimagined dessert menu. In true Parisian style, the beverage program is a grand display of French-focused wine sourced from a wide range of regions and new inclusions of natural varietals and small-owned vineyards.
How to book: OpenTable

Grilled lamb chops
Grilled lamb chops | Photo courtesy of Marathi

Located in the former Tribeca’s Kitchen space and channeling culinary influences of the Greek coastline, this week marks the debut of Greek bistro, Marathi. Here, executive chef Nicholas Poulmentis (Akrotiri, Kellari Taverna) and owner Andreas Koutsoudakis centered the menu on their shared appreciation for homestyle Crete cuisine. For a casual breakfast or weekend brunch, try a green yogurt parfait or the eggs benedict with loukaniko, potato feta hash, and avocado hollandaise. The lunch menu caters to a range of appetites with a selection of salads and sandwiches or more filling entrees like the chicken kebab and grilled salmon. For dinner, the menu expands further with options like the black truffle tamara; goat cheese and crab gnocchi; plancha-seared branzino; and Cretan-style smoked pork. Pair everything with a signature cocktail like the Philoxenia (tequila, mastica, cucumber, matcha) or peruse the extensive wine list.
How to book: Resy

Abalone at icca
Abalone | Photo courtesy of icca

Indulge in an intimate omakase experience at Tribeca’s new icca. Helmed by chef Kazushige Suzuki (formerly of Sushi Ginza Onodera), the counter offers a luxurious 20-course omakase dinner at $400 per guest. For a more lowkey alternative, reservations are also available in the bar section of the restaurant which features a six-course Italian kappo (Japanese and Italian-melded) prix fixe meal at $153 per guest and a la carte bar snacks. Accompanying the carefully-curated bites is an impressive selection of sake, Japanese whisky, and specialty cocktails.
How to book: Tock

Oysters Tartare
Oysters Tartare | Photo courtesy of Comodo

As Freehand New York’s newest hotel restaurant, Comodo focuses on Latin-American cuisine and is run by husband-wife duo, Felipe Donnelly and Tamy Rofe, currently of Disco Tacos in Williamsburg and Fort Greene’s Colonia Verde. This 2.0 version of the original West Village Comodo location (which closed in 2017) explores flavors from Mexico, Brazil, and Latin America through dishes like lamb sliders, trout ceviche, wild mushroom tacos, and cacao overnight oats. Pair it with signature cocktails like the Party Upstairs espresso martini or a glass from the bespoke wine list.
How to book: Resy

Photo courtesy of Gouie

Lower East Side
Opened last week, The Market Line food hall’s latest newcomer combines a love of sake and sushi. At Gouie, teaming up with chef Usuke (formerly of Hirohisa), Keisuke Kasagi and Yudai Kanamaya of The Izakaya NYC created a succinct menu of sashimi and seasonal small plates ideal for an after-dinner drink and snack ambiance. Sidle up to the 15-seat counter to munch on offerings like ume edamame or the prosciutto or salmon caviar specialty sushi while sipping on cups of hot sake.

Oggies NYC
Oggies NYC

Downtown Brooklyn
At Oggies in the Dekalb Market Hall, founder Jerry Brimeyer recreates hand-held versions of the pies his mom baked during his childhood on a dairy farm in the Iowa countryside. Start off the day with morning pasties like the croque madame (black forest ham, eggs, gruyere, maple syrup) or a bacon and mushroom gluten-free frittata pie. Additional savory section options include the chicken pot pasty (roasted chicken, sweet potatoes, brussel sprouts); and the pulled pork pasty (Kansas City barbecue sauce, pickled slaw, aged cheddar). If you’re leaning towards something sweet, the menu features classics like a tart cherry, green apple, and Texas pecan pie. Seasonal specials like the eggplant parmigiano or Mexican Chocolatte are also available.

Runner Up
Runner Up

Park Slope
From the team behind popular Brooklyn bakery Winner, comes the sister restaurant Runner Up. Located next door to its predecessor, chef Daniel Eddy’s new spot aims to provide the neighborhood with a laidback, walk-in only gathering spot. The menu centers around small plates and one-bite appetizers like the uni toast, charred squash, and scallop crudo. Split a few dishes between your table paired with a can of Modelo or a bottle from the mostly French-focused wine list. For parties of seven or greater, a prix-fixe menu and extended dining time is available as well. Keep in mind, the restaurant only offers outdoor seating so make sure to dress according to the fall weather.

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Izzy Baskette is an editorial assistant at Thrillist.