Food & Drink

7 New Restaurant Openings in NYC You Need to Know

Coffee-juice hybrids, lush tropical gardens, lobster BLTs, and more.

Strangeways table setting
Strangeways | Ghazalle Badiozamani
Strangeways | Ghazalle Badiozamani

With all of the doomscrolling we seem to be doing nowadays, flicking through enticing photos of food in our feeds is a much needed respite. And if the pics are from restaurants that have just recently opened (bless them), pressing harder on that like button as if our screen is going to crack feels especially good right now.

But beyond showing new restaurants social media love (and also existing restaurants that are open for takeout and delivery and outdoor dining as well), we can also extend our support by placing an order in any way possible. From coffee-juice hybrids and Italian ices to gorgeous garden settings perfect for summer, here are some of NYC’s newest additions to the culinary scene. And, as always, please wear a mask and social distance responsibly.

Outerspace at 99 Scott
Outerspace | Teddy Wolff

Outerspace at 99 Scott

The 6,500-square-foot backyard of the cultural arts and event space, 99 Scott, has transformed into an outdoor restaurant lush with tropical plants and private booths for easy social distancing. Chefs Conner Updegrave (formerly of Blanca) and Luis Herrera’s (formerly of Cosme) New American menu with Latin American influences features dishes like summer melon with mixed chiles and lime, corn with charred scallion, basil, cashew, and chiles, and roasted chicken with pasilla chili, market herbs, and mole verde. Nightly programming includes curated playlists and film screenings.
How to book: Outdoor dining available for up to parties of six, via Resy

MENO drinks
Courtesy of MENO


West Village
MENO’s is a modern tea house where “coffee meets juice” in the West Village. The menu’s specialties include eclectic drink hybrids like coffee and lemon juice or coffee and pineapple juice -- both of which are made with freshly-squeezed juices. Dark teas with whipped cream or purple yam, cheese foam fruit teas, fresh milk teas, and coffees round out the beverage selections. Food items include a beef bologna sandwich or smoked chicken breast salad.
How to order: Outdoor seating available or via Grubhub and Seamless starting 8/8

Serra Fiorita by Birreria
Serra Fiorita by Birreria | Courtesy of Eataly

Serra Fiorita by Birreria

An “Italian countryside restaurant” blooms atop the rooftop of Eataly Flatiron with Serra Fiorita, a rebrand of the previous space, Birreria. A colorful dining area made vibrant with flowers inspired from a 3D paper book, the al fresco seating makes for easy social distancing. The menu features seasonal plates like the Fior Fiore, a crudite plate of sorts stocked with greenmarket produce and fava bean puree for dipping, and a trout dish prepared with fennel pollen. Pair it with floral-infused drinks made with Italian gin along with spritzes, frozen cocktails, and wine.
How to book: Opening 8/7, outdoor dining available via OpenTable

Drift In Lobster BLT
Courtesy of Drift In

Drift In

West Village
This waterfront hangout from the team behind Grand Banks serves all of your summer seafood favorites: oysters, tomato and watermelon salad, caviar hash brown, lobster mac & cheese, shark sandwiches, and lobster BLTs. While they secure their liquor license, sip on watermelon swizzles and strawberry lemonade or go extra hard on dessert with coconut & pineapple ice cream or a key lime mousse.
How to book: Outdoor dining available, or order via website

Strangeways | Ghazalle Badiozamani


Strangeways is a 1,700-square-foot garden restaurant from chef Ken Addington (formerly of Five Leaves and Picholine). With 90 seats available, the menu is inspired by Addington’s travels abroad and includes items like monkfish katsu and pork cheek vindaloo. Shannon Trebay (formerly of Death & Co. and Pouring Ribbons) is behind the cocktail menu with frozen drinks and signature cocktails like Burning Down the House with rum, mango, and habanero, and the Emotional Rescue with tequila, brandy, aloe, and lime.
How to book: Opening 8/7, check website for updates

Original Hot Dog Factory food
Courtesy of Original Hot Dog Factory

Original Hot Dog Factory

Park Slope
Originating in Atlanta, the Park Slope opening of the Original Hot Dog Factory marks the chain’s 15th location within the U.S. Alongside wings, burgers, milkshakes, and corn dog nuggets, specialty franks are served steamed, grilled, or fried with toppings. A taco dog, Jamaican jerk chicken dog, surf & turf dog, Martha’s Vineyard jumbo dog, or BLT dog are just a few of the unique menu items to choose from.
How to order: Storefront

Bronx Ice

Greenpoint and Upper West Side
Craft Italian ice from Bronx Ice is now available at expanded outposts in both Greenpoint and the Upper West Side. Made with natural ingredients and fruit from Hunts Point Market, fun flavors include a pink grapefruit, orange carrot, and cherry lime named after the legendary Bronx rapper, Slick Rick.
How to order: Storefront

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Tae Yoon was born and raised in Queens, and is the Editor of Thrillist New York.