Food & Drink

7 New Restaurant Openings in NYC You Need to Know

Outdoor gardens, a hand roll joint, plus Levain Bakery heads to BK.

Dante West Village food
Dante West Village | Kathryn Sheldon
Dante West Village | Kathryn Sheldon

Soaring summer temps are here, and suddenly cooking at home has even less appeal than it did during the height of quarantine: It’s too hot to turn on the stove in a windowless kitchen, and desperately trying to placate a fire alarm with the end of a Swiffer can ruin the appetite.

The good news is, plenty of places are open for takeout and delivery, and, against all odds, new restaurants are still opening around the city. From a hand roll spin-off of a high-end omakase spot, to delightful new outdoor gardens, check out these newcomers for your next meal. And if you choose to enjoy outdoor dining, please wear a mask and social distance responsibly.

The Beer Garage
Courtesy of The Beer Garage

The Beer Garage

Park Slope
A former auto garage that was initially planned to be an event space for its nearby sister restaurant, WILD, is now open as The Beer Garden. This Park Slope spot features a skylight and an old-school aesthetic inspired by the structure’s original garage-style doors, and they offer 13 craft beer selections on tap along with clams, oysters, pizza, and small plates like smoked ribs and fried pickles.
How to order: Takeout window and outdoor seating available

black seed bagel sandwiches
Courtesy of Black Seed Bagels

Black Seed Bagels

Bushwick
This popular New York-born bagel shop that cooks up the city’s most symbolic carb -- with Montreal-inspired techniques -- has opened up their seventh NYC location in Bushwick. Black Seed’s new Brooklyn space houses an extensive production facility in the back and the front of the shop is where you can order signature items like the classic B.E.C. (bacon, egg & cheese) or AB&J (almond butter and raspberry jam).
How to order: Fri-Sun via walk-up window or website

blume nyc
Courtesy of Blume

Blume

Upper East Side
Blume is a new backyard restaurant located behind Schaller and Weber, an Upper East Side butcher shop that’s been offering German-style sausages and smoked meats for more than 80 years. Modeled after an Austrian-style wine bar and created by third-generation owner, Jeremy Schaller, order up charcuterie boards, sandwiches, housemade pickles, wine, beer, seasonal sorbets, and more.
How to order: Call 646-726-4355, reservations and walk-ins welcome

Dante West Village food
Dante West Village | Kathryn Sheldon

Dante West Village

West Village
The beloved Negroni spot and Greenwich Village bar, Dante, opened a second location further west on Hudson Street dubbed Dante West Village just last week. Feast on dishes that invoke Northern Spain and Southern Italy from the Mediterranian-inspired menu and sip on drinks inspired by some classic summer thirst quenchers: the martini and the spritz.
How to order: Outdoor seating available for up to parties of 10 or order via website

New Levain Bakery interior in Williamsburg
Levain Bakery | Kate Previte

Levain Bakery

Williamsburg
A simple chocolate chip cookie can sometimes launch a whole empire -- even one that was originally created to fuel its founders’ triathlete training. Head over to Levain Bakery’s new Williamsburg location for the classic Chocolate Chip Walnut cookie, but stay for the loaf cakes, breads, pastries, and more.
How to order: Call 917-464-3785 or via Caviar

kokomo oxtail flatbread
Courtesy of Kokomo

Kokomo

Williamsburg
Opened by husband-and-wife duo Ria and Kevol Graham, Kokomo offers Caribbean flavors and tropical vibes near the Williamsburg waterfront. Braised oxtail atop wood-fired flatbread, whole roasted cauliflower with jerk cashew sauce, and vegan jackfruit tacos are just some of the menu items to enjoy with a signature cocktail or housemade elixir designed by drink expert Rael Petit.
How to order: Takeout window and outdoor seating available or via DoorDash

Maki Kosaka food
Courtesy of Maki Kosaka

Maki Kosaka

Flatiron
Key Kim and Mihyun Han, the team behind the Michelin-starred, West Village omakase spot, Kosaka, are bringing their talents farther north with the debut of Maki Kosaka. This casual new restaurant helmed by chef Sho Boo, an Osaka native, is only accessible by walking through a flower shop and offers handrolls à la carte or through a special omakase, in addition to sushi and other refined Japanese-inspired dishes.
How to order: Outdoor seating available or call 917-261-5538 for takeout/delivery

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