Nickel & Diner  


Overview:

Nickel & Diner is not your momma's diner. Opened in 2016 by a young couple from Hong Kong, the restaurant is a modern, upscale version of the traditional diner concept. The space is like a lifestyle Instagram dream with modern, sharp design elements everywhere. Patrons may grab a drink from their to-go coffee stand or sit at one of the many counter seats and booths. They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with the menu changing slightly throughout the day. Breakfast ranges from classics like eggs benedict to more adventurous offerings like a kale cashew bowl with  sweet potato, avocado, asparagus, green beans & farro. Dinner is more upscale with items like steak tartare, crab fettuccine, and roasted branzino. The burger with griddled onions & American cheese is worth the trip alone. Full bar coming soon. 

Information:

Address1 Howard St, New York, NY 10013

Phone: (646) 870-6100

Neighborhood: Chinatown

Price: $$ -$$$


 

Fish Cheeks

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Overview

Fish Cheeks is a great Bond St eatery from two chef-brothers out of Thailand. The space is modern and casual with beautifully vibrant colors all around and tons of natural light coming in from the floor to ceiling window out front. The menu is Thai comfort food served mainly family style and meant for sharing. Dishes are contemporary versions of this fiery cuisine with bright presentations. Small plates here are excellent; try the calamari with tamarind & fish sauce glaze, raw shrimp with bird’s eye chili & mint or the super juicy dark meat fried chicken. There are 12 family style entrees so there is a lot to choose from in the way of whole fish and other seafood swimming in complex sauces. I found myself walking away truly excited for having had this meal and anxious to return. 

Information:

Address55 Bond St, New York, NY 10012

Phone (212) 677-2223

Neighborhood: Noho

Price: $$ -$$$


 

Martina Pizzeria

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Overview:

Martina is the newest restaurant concept from the Union Square Hospitality Group team. The venue is supposed to be a paired down version of their upscale pizza place, Marta. The space is casual and you order food at the counter, which comes to you quickly (pizzas cook in under 3 minutes). The menu is inexpensive and manageable with all items costing under $12. There is a small menu of antipasti and salad plus 8 pizza options including margherita, salame, and capricciosa with artichokes, ham, mushrooms, black olives, mozzarella & egg. Pizza crust here is super thin so if you're expecting traditional NYC pizza, you'll be disappointed. Although the food is quick and inexpensive, the team is hoping that people will think of the concept as “fine-casual” as opposed to “fast-casual” because of the elevated service touches and alcohol service. 

Information:

Address198 East 11th Street , New York, 10003

Phone (646) -747-6635

Neighborhood: East Village

Price: $$


 

Rosemary's


Overview:

Rosemary's has been a West Village staple for years and it shows zero sign of slowing down. The large, sun drenched corner restaurant is consistently packed with beautiful diners and bar goers for 3 meals/day. The bleached wood and white Christmas lights above are a lifestyle Instagram account dream. The Italian menu was built for sharing; full of the the best little bites. Graze on a selection of focaccia, samuli, cheeses and verdure (little antipasti) like chickpeas and eggplant caponata. You can select from 5 house made pastas including cavatelli and orecchiette and they even offer a gluten free option. Beer & wine only, good vibes all around. 

Information:

Address 18 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10011

Phone:  (212) 647-1818

Neighborhood: West Village

Price: $$ -$$$


 

Old Monk


Overview:

Old Monk, new restaurant. The proprietors of this new venture have taken over the space that once housed Babu Ji, so the neighborhood will not be lacking a great Indian restaurant. The corner space is polished and slightly dark, with some great artwork hanging above patrons. The chef has taken a cuisine that is generally reserved for sitting on your couch and made is not only modern but beautiful to behold. Dishes aren't just pretty, they are inventive and full of flavor. Everything is good to share, like contemporary takes on naan bread with goat cheese and honey chili chicken. There is a large variety in entrees; I'd suggest the grilled lamb chops or coconut curry prawns. Beer & wine coming soon. 

Information:

Address: 175 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009

Phone: (646) 559-2922

Neighborhood: East Village

Price: $$-$$$


 

Hanoi House

photo: Eater

photo: Eater


Overview

Adding to what is easily one of NYC's greatest food blocks is the fantastic Hanoi House. Opened in late 2016, the space fits in perfectly on St Mark's. The design is casual and laid back with an open kitchen. The vibe is bustling and loud, but not uncomfortably so. If you've read a single story about the food here, I don't need to tell you it's great. They have taken Vietnamese food and make it modern, interesting & fun. Dishes are super shareable; I'd recommend a spread of papaya with crispy pigs ears, clam congee, or crab & pork spring rolls. A great treat is the bun cha - lemongrass pork, pork meatballs, green papaya, crab spring rolls, rice vermicelli, chili & garlic. You will undoubtedly walk out satisfied. 

Information:

Address 119 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009

Phone:  (212) 995-5010

Neighborhood: East Village

Price: $$ -$$$


 

Mew Men


Overview

Mew Men is tucked away on quiet Cornelia street, just out of the chaos of the bustling West Village. The small no-frills space is simple - long communal tables, an open kitchen and a towering stereo system. The Japanese menu is short but it has the essentials. For small plates you'll find fried chicken, pork buns, and an excellent "spring tofu" with mushrooms in a sesame shoyu. The main focus is ramen and they offer 7 varieties with an arsenal of toppings. Dishes range from traditional noodles to something more interesting like the Tori Tantan noodles in a house made chili oil &  sesame paste broth. A menu of beer, sake and wine is available as well. 

Information:

Address: 7 Cornelia St, New York, NY 10014

Phone:     (212) 727-1050

Neighborhood: West Village

Price: $$


 

Jing Fong

Overview:

Not all Chinese food is created equal. Some, like Jing Fong, are better. The expansive Chinatown dim sum palace can serve up to 3k people per day, with 100's of menu items being pushes around on dim sum carts. They recently opened a second, smaller location in the Upper West Side that commands a crows as well. They offer every type of steamed, fried, baked and broiled options that your heart could ever desire. Their dumplings, turnip cakes and shrimp noodles are beyond excellent. Both locations are a fun place to take a big group and eat massive amounts of food extremely inexpensively. 

Information:

Address: 20 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

380 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

Phone:    (212) 964-5256

Neighborhood: Chinatown, Upper West Side

Price: $$


 

Sushi By Bou


Overview:

What does a young Jewish guy from Boca Raton know about sushi? Apparently a whole lot. (Also $20 says every article about this guy starts with that sentence). David Boudhana trained in Japan and worked at Morimoto and Sushi Dojo before striking out on his own. He popularized the concept of a 30 minute omakase at Sushi on Jones before leaving to open Sushi by Bou. At both locations of his restaurant he offers an affordable12-piece, $50 omakase in under 30 minutes. The spaces are small (just 4 seats in Gansevoort market and 7 in midtown) and intimate. The chef chooses the menu which includes toro, uni, scallop, unagi, and wagu. The experience is unique and quick; definitely a nice way to treat yourself. 

Information:

Address: 353 W 14th St, New York, NY 10014

Sanctuary Hotel 132 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036

Phone:   (917) 870-1587

Neighborhood: Chelsea, Midtown West

Price: $$$


 

Casa Apicii  


Overview:

Tucked inside a townhouse on residential 9th street lays a pretty magnificent surprise. You'd never guess that inside is a glamorous, chic restaurant with 2 story high ceilings, velvet gold chairs and towering chandeliers. The menu is seasonal, regional Italian cooking. The vegetable heavy antipasti section offers a lot to choose from like cauliflower with sicilian pesto, snap peas, and burrata. The star is the pasta and there are 7 options like fresh tagliatelle, bucatini, and strozzapreti. The surroundings are opulent but the food feels comforting. The second floor houses a hip speakeasy featuring aperitivo-based and classic cocktail recipes. I highly recommend you go to immediately.

Information:

Address: 62 W 9th St, New York, NY 10011

Phone:  (212) 353-8400

Neighborhood: Greenwich Village

Price: $$$


 

Ortzi


Overview:

Ortzi is a new(ish) all day restaurant in the LUMA Hotel from Chef Jose Garces. The space is sleek and sparsely decorated with a large bar and an open kitchen. The menu is inspired by the cuisine of the Basque Country. You will find many options in the way of tapas and also cazuelas, Spain’s traditional clay cooking vessels. The crudos & conservas section offers 9 varieties including tuna belly, cockles, mussels, and sea trout. If you're hankering for something a la plancha check out the blood sausage or Spanish prawns. As with all tapas places, the food is great for sharing and the space can accommodate a group.

 Information:

Address: 120 W 41st St, New York, NY 10036

Phone:   (212) 730-8900

Neighborhood: Midtown West

Price: $$$


 

Yves


Overview:

Yves was opened in late 2016 from the proprietors of both Navy and Smith & Mills. It is a casual, comfortable neighborhood restaurant. The space isn't trying too hard - simple decor, nice for a relaxed date spot. The food isn't going to change your life but it is approachable and easy to like. Crowd pleasers include chicken meatballs, potato gnocchi, roast chicken, and veal schnitzel. For lunch & brunch they serve a good mix of filling options like a frittata, cajun chicken sandwich, and gem lettuce salad. 

Information:

Address: 385 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

Phone: (212) 431-3385

Neighborhood: Tribeca

Price: $$-$$$


 

The Tang


Overview:

I really love Asian stuff and I really love The Tang. This hole in the wall East Village restaurant is great for a quick meal or delivery. The noodle bar serves noodles, wraps, and appetizers from various regions in China. Small plates include garlic pork dumplings, fried turnip cakes, chilled beef shanks and Sesame Tofu with salted mustard. The noodles are where it's at though - super chewy, huge portions, and in a slew of varieties. There are 8 variations including drunk noodles, dan dan, and sizzling noodles topped with a variety of proteins. 

Information:

Address: 120 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10009

Phone:  (646) 678-3092

Neighborhood: East Village

Price: $$


 

Faun


Overview:

Faun is a neighborhood restaurant in Prospect Heights bringing some elevated cuisine to the Vanderbilt Ave. area. The stylish, cozy eatery has a rustic interior with whitewashed brick walls, a wood  bar & tranquil back patio with ample seating. The semi-open kitchen produces an American menu with Italian roots emphasizing locally sourced ingredients. Starters include fresh sardines on toast, watermelon salad, and octopus with jerusalem artichoke. The focus is on pasta, offering 6 varieties like tagliatelle with chanterelles and spaghetti squash or pappardelle with braised lamb & eggplant. Great place to sit outside with a bottle of wine and some fresh pastas. 

Information:

Address: 606 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Phone: (718) 576-6120

Neighborhood: Prospect Heights

Price: $$-$$$


 

Ms. Yoo


Overview:

Ms. Yoo is a new club/restaurant from the owner of the always delicious Mok Bar, Esther Choi. Choi named the place after her grandmother and the sleek space features a dining room, beautifully decorated bar, and large club space on the second level. The food is contemporary Korean gastropub fare. The snacks are addictive like nori popcorn, honey butter chips and squid fries. Choi makes an insanely gluttonous 10oz. burger smothered in kimchi bacon onion jam & american cheese. Finally, her take on mac & cheese is brilliant subbing out Korean rice cakes for noodles.  Portions are large and the food is heavy, so it's best to share as you make your way through their list of craft cocktails. 

Information:

Address: 163 Allen St, New York, NY 10002

Phone: (917) 261-2490

Neighborhood: Lower East Side   

Price: $$-$$$


 

Minnie's


Overview:

Minnie's is a new venture from first time restauranteur Millie Stallings. The corner space perfectly embodies the area - cool & casual with lots of variety on the menu. The quirky interior leaves much to see like paintings of naked women adorning the cushions, coasters, and menus. The food is mainly American with Middle East & Mediterranean accents. You'll see items like smoked cauliflower fritto with harissa yogurt, lamb neck flatbread, and fluke ceviche. If you're just in the mood for a burger, theirs is simple and delicious with fontina & caramelized onion on toasted brioche. Dishes are very sharable and affordable so its nice to go with a group and try your way through the menu. 

Information:

Address: 29 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

Phone: (646) 726-4245

Neighborhood: Lower East Side   

Price: $$-$$$


 

Zadie's Oyster Room


Overview:

The space at 413 E 12th has been a bit cursed for restaurants but Zadie's may be the one to finally stick. The tiny tin ceilinged, rustic space features just a hand full of tables and a bar. The menu is also small but offers a lot in the way of creativity. Oysters are served 7 different ways including poached, broiled, fried, pickled, and of course raw. The baked version is particularly delicious with seaweed butter, egg, prosciutto and leeks. Other bites include a tuna melt and caesar salad. It's a cute neighborhood spot with an extremely affordable wine list. 

Information:

Address:   413 E 12th St, New York, NY 10009

Phone: (646) 602-1300

Neighborhood: East Village  

Price: $$-$$$


 

Esther & Carol


Overview:

Esther & Carol takes its name from the owners' mothers and it is a stylish new venue in the Lower East Side. It is a split level concept- a neighborhood restaurant upstairs and a neon club/recording studio in the basement. It's like business in the front, party in the back. The menu is an approachable list of things your average human wants on a menu - caesar salad, crab cake, burger, a pork chop. There is a nod to making "dishes for all dietary needs" including many vegetarian and gluten free options. The best dish is the super satisfying buttermilk fried chicken which comes in a generous portion accompanied by jalapeno aleppo syrup, bourbon watermelon salad, & mac and cheese.                

Information:

Address:   341 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

Phone: (646) 355-1840

Neighborhood: Lower East Side  

Price: $$-$$$


 

Timna


Overview:

Timna opened in 2016 on one of the best food blocks NYC has to offer- St Marks btw 1st & avenue A. The space is cozy and rustic with an intimate feel. Here chef Nir Mesika creates modern interpretations of Mediterranean and Israeli dishes. No, it's not a bunch of hummus and falafel. It is thoughtfully crafted, beautifully plated Israeli food. Every single dish has a complex array of ingredients, sauces and accents that uplift the plate. You can select a chefs tasting or go it on your own and share dishes like kubaneh bread, roasted cauliflower with curry yogurt, Bedouin octopus or Morrocan duck. Whatever you order it will be familiar flavors, recreated in an interesting way. This is really an experience worth having in a city over saturated with dining options. 

Information:

Address:   109 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009

Phone: (646) 964-5181

Neighborhood: East Village  

Price: $$-$$$


 

MP Taverna


Overview 

MP Taverna is part of the Michael Psilakis group which also includes Fishtag & Kefi. Open for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, the restaurant is a staple in the Astoria dining scene (with additional locations in Irvington & Roslyn). The interior is large; a modern interpretation of a traditional Greek tavern. The menu offers a wide range of variety in Greek dishes, with many options for vegetables, fish and grilled meats. The mezzes are perfect for sharing like different dips, crispy calamari, meatballs and charred octopus. The space is perfect for groups or casual weekday dinners.

Information:

Address31-29 Ditmars Blvd, Queens, NY 11105

Phone:   (718) 777-2187

Neighborhood: Astoria

Price: $$-$$$