We know, we know, you’re at the beach and tooootally trying to keep it tight. And it’s the summer, so most of your efforts are revolving around drinking. But you’ve gotta eat at some point (all points?), so why not make it somewhere that’s brand new/The Best? Well, here's a good place to start: NYC's 16 best bars and restaurants that opened this July.
 

J.G. Melon

West Village
You no longer have to go to the old ‘n’ crusty Upper East Side for the excellent and storied offerings of this NYC burger powerhouse: head over to the new location on MacDougal and burger yourself to your heart’s content.

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Babbalucci Italian Kitchen & Wood Burning Oven

Harlem
All manner of things are being churned out of the wood-burning oven here, and of course you’ve got fresh pizzas with toppings like babbalucci (which means snails) or burrata, but also fresh-baked breads stuffed with homemade porchetta, and entrees like scallops and shrimp with polenta.
 

Tempura Matsui

Murray Hill
NYC’s first tempura omakase is here. Put yourself in the very capable hands of “Tempura Master” Masao Matsui as he crafts your multi-course dinner of fried things, not-fried things, and more incredibly delicately fried things.

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Bill Baker’s

Williamsburg
Designed to resemble a Prohibition-era bank, minus the Prohibition-era dickishness about booze, this Americana-style pub serves up bites like a crock of mac ‘n’ cheese or bacon puffs and then washes them down with flows of craft beer including four "Baker's Brews," which are its own recipes brewed just for it. It's also got a crap ton of rare bottles, and if you’d like to step up to some harder stuff (you do): 40+ small-batch American whiskeys.
 

Black Flamingo

Williamsburg
It’s a vegetarian restaurant with options like feta- and pecan-stuffed Peppadews or guava jelly grilled cheese with Emmenthal and Gruyere on a baguette. But it’s also a serious dance spot come the later hours. Obviously.

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King’s County Imperial

Williamsburg
Focusing on the cuisine of Central China and the use of farm-fresh ingredients, this North Williamsburg spot is bringing it with dishes like Prawn Fries (actually toast with minced shrimp, scallion, ginger, and Shaoxing wine) served with fermented Chinese ketchup, and whole wheat lo mein with vinegar, radish, cucumber, and sesame oil; there's also a solid Tiki-heavy cocktail program with options like the Imperial Mai-Tai with aged rum, rye whiskey, lime, orgeat syrup, orange curacao, syrup, and mint.

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The Ribbon

Upper West Side
This 200-seat spot works your stomach with “chicken fried” short ribs, Buffalo-style cauliflower, an open-faced Ox Burger with oxtail marmalade and a poached egg, and, of course, fried chicken on Sundays.
 

West End Hall

Upper West Side
International sausages, a Chicago dog, a truffle burger, and loads of craft beers (both on tap and in the bottle) keep the chandelier lit and the communal tables filled and lively at this indoor/outdoor hall-slash-garden with Germanic stylings.

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Croque Monsieur

Midtown
It's all melted cheese all the time at this French-ish spot that slings fancy grilled cheeses like the Mr. Rupert with sausage, bacon, egg, and cheddar; or the Mr. Henry with bechamel jamon de Paris on Amy’s sourdough bread.
 

Mother of Pearl

East Village
The latest beacon for Velvet Falernum-heads, rum enthusiasts, and Tiki culture in the city is this spot in the former home of Gin Palace. Run by Jane Danger and Ravi DeRossi, this “post-modern Polynesian” spot has some serious booziness on hand like the Platino Dominicano with banana, ristretto, rum, and absinthe cream; or the passion fruit-, lemon-, maraschino-, curacao-, bourbon-, and Tiki bitters-loaded Shark Eye, which is certainly not shark weak.

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U.P. at Dominique Ansel Kitchen

West Village
U.P. is doing ticketed all-dessert prix fixe tasting menus on the second floor of Dominique Ansel's brand-new location. Tickets go on sale every Monday at noon for seatings seven weeks from now -- do not hit the snooze button on this.
 

Zabb Sake Bar

Jackson Heights
Below the Michelin-starred Thai spot Zab Elee, this sushi and sake joint is doing izakaya-style grilled meats, sake, and beer, along with creative sushi.

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Okiway

Bushwick
This Bushwick nom-ery offers a bunch of different versions of okonomiyaki -- a Japanese pancake with different toppings and fillings -- including barbecue okonomiyaki with pulled pork & BBQ sauce or Mexican okonomiyaki with avocado, chorizo, chipotle & crema, as well as small plates like cactus sashimi and larger options like squid ink fried rice.
 

El Cortez

Bushwick
Tiki drinks (is there anyone who didn't start doing Tiki drinks in July????), nachos, cheeseburgers, and tacos are all in the mix at the lowbrow-meets-highbrow Mexican spot from the guy behind The Commodore.

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Good Night Sonny

East Village
From the team behind much beloved Ave C bar The Wayland, this bright spot is a stylish, vintage-feeling pub where the bar team is whipping up inventive cocktails (there's one made with Cocchi Americano, egg whites, and green bean juice) to accompany top-notch bar eats including oysters (they're the only ones in NY with the Wild Sewanhaka, which is excellent); a roast beef sandwich with fresh mozz, strong cheese, and horseradish creme fraiche; and maybe the best fish sandwich in the city right now, grilled with pastrami spices and topped with caraway slaw and paprika aioli on butter toasted Moishe's rye.

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Loosie’s Kitchen

Williamsburg
Located behind the bar Loosie Rouge, this bright, airy patio has got your fried chicken, biscuits, and chill vibes needs covered.

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1. J.G. Melon 89 Macdougal St, New York, NY 10012 (West Village)

The second location of JG Melon brings the storied and excellent offerings of the Upper East Side original down to MacDougal so we can all finally stop going to that McDonald's down the street for a burger fix.

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2. Babbalucci 331 Lenox Ave, New York, NY 10027 (Harlem)

At this wood-burning pizzeria you’ve got fresh pizzas with toppings like babbalucci (snails) or burrata, but also fresh baked breads stuffed with homemade porchetta, and entrees like scallops and shrimp with polenta.

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3. Tempura Matsui 222 E 39th St, New York, NY 10016 (Murray Hill)

This Japanese spot is NYC's first Tempura Omakase helmed by “Tempura Master” Masao Matsui. A meal here is comprised of fried things, not-fried things, and more incredibly delicately fried things.

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4. Bill Baker's Restaurant and Bar 364 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11221

Looking like a prohibition-era bank, this American style pub has bar snacks like a crock of Mac ‘n’ cheese and bacon puffs, all to be washed down with craft beer (including four specially made "Baker's Brews") and hard to find small-batch whiskeys.

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5. Black Flamingo 168 Borinquen Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Black Flamingo: a vegetarian restaurant with options like feta- and pecan-stuffed peppadew or guava jelly grilled cheese with emmenthal and gruyere on a baguette. Also: a serious dance spot so come back during the later hours. Obviously.

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6. Kings County Imperial 20 Skillman Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211 (Williamsburg)

With a factory in China barrel-aging and sun-fermenting its house soy sauce and a garden on the back patio growing Central Chinese herbs, spices, and vegetables (like tatsoi and Sichuan peppercorns), BQE-adjacent Kings County Imperial is Williamsburg’s localized vision of Sichuan food. The menu boasts a modernized version of the flavor-packed regional cuisine, and is divided into categories for dumplings, buns, dim sum, vegetables, and “Big Wok Traditional” items (get the Mapo Dofu, thank us later). The beverage program is tiki-centric, with cocktails that complement the spices found on the menu. Kings County is great for groups (it is dim sum, after all), and the Lazy Susan booths are proof.

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7. The Ribbon 20 W 72nd St, New York, NY 10023 (Upper West Side)

This American eatery has menu full of hits like “chicken fried” short ribs, Buffalo style cauliflower, an open-faced Ox Burger with oxtail marmalade and a poached egg. Bonus: fried chicken on Sundays.

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8. West End Hall 2756 Broadway, New York, NY 10025 (Upper West Side)

At this indoor/outdoor beer-hall-slash-garden there are international sausages, a Chicago dog, a truffle burger and loads of craft beer.

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9. Croque Monsieur 459 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10017 (Midtown)

This fancy French-ish spot slings fancy melted cheese all day everyday, like the Mr. Henry with bechamel jamon de Paris on Amy’s sourdough bread.

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10. Mother of Pearl 95 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009 (Alphabet City)

Located in the former Gin Palace spot, Mother of Pearl is an upscale cocktail bar with a hit-you-over-the-head Tiki theme that is, amazingly, equal parts elegance and kitsch. Run by Jane Danger and Ravi DeRossi, this “post-modern Polynesian” spot has plenty of Hawaiian-inspired eats, like Kalua pork belly and a tuna poke bowl, plus some serious booziness, like the Tiki bitters-loaded Shark Eye that actually comes in a shark shaped glass dripping with "blood." Also, it has no walls on its front -- just curtains. Go check it out.

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11. U.P. 137 7th Ave S, New York, NY 10014 (West Village)

U.P., short for "unlimited possibilities," offers an all-dessert prix-fixe above its downstairs parent restaurant, Dominique Ansel. Tickets go on sale every Monday for seatings seven weeks later -- if you want to get in (trust us, you want in) you will get one of these tickets.

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12. Sake Bar by Zabb 7128 Roosevelt Ave, Jackson Heights, NY 11372 (Astoria)

This spot sits below Zab Elee, the Michelin-starred Thai restaurant that it borrows part of a name from. It's serving up sushi, izakaya-grilled meats, and lots of sake.

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13. Okiway 1006 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237 (Bushwick)

This Bushwick spot specializes in okonomiyaki, which are japanese pancakes that come with a variety of toppings. The Classic Osaka Okonomiyaki comes with pork belly & otafuku sauce, plus your choice of extra toppings like jalapeno, shiitake, or kimchi.

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14. El Cortez 17 Ingraham St, Brooklyn, NY 11206 (Bushwick)

Tex-mex & tiki drinks merge at this Bushwick spot. The setting is definitely retro, with some serious '70s vibes -- plus DJs and a deck upstairs.

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15. Good Night Sonny 134 1st Ave, New York, NY 10009 (East Village)

The Wayland team is behind this homey cocktail/seafood bar in the East Village, filled with lots of exposed brick and charming family photos. The cocktails are seasonal and highly experimental while still affordable, and there are nightly deals to indulge in while saddled up to the reclaimed wood bar sourced from one of the founder's ancestral homes in Connecticut.

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16. Loosie's Kitchen 91 S 6th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249 (Williamsburg)

Tucked behind Loosie Rouge, the mid-century style bar, this dining spot offers a pleasant patio and plenty of Southern comfort food, beginning at 7pm daily.

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