Juku

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Overview:

Juku is a rather unique new venue that recently popped up in the heart of Chinatown. The multi level venue is actually three concepts in one. Art plays a big role in the design with commissioned works from New York-based artists as well as others around the world. You'll find a street-level izakaya for cocktails and casual bites and a not-yet-open vibey bar downstairs. A la carte options include traditional dishes like tonkatsu and karaage, as well as more modern interpretations like uni rice, fried chicken and egg custard. On the second floor there is a 12-seat omakase sushi bar headed up by Chef Kazuo Yoshida, former sushi chef at Williamsburg’s 1 or 8. The space is reservation-only and offers two menus, $80 for 12 pieces of sushi and $120 for 15 pieces and a hand roll.

Information:

Address:   32 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10013

Phone:  (646) 590-2111

Neighborhood: Chinatown

https://jukunyc.com

Price: $$$


 

Evelina

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Overview:

The team behind Emporio and Aurora have created the centrally located Fort Greene locale, Evelina. The bustling space is designed with deep blue banquettes, rustic wood, a sprawling bar and mosaic tiles. The Mediterranean-Italian menu focuses on seasonal ingredients in pastas and shareable plates, with a number of items prepared on a wood-fired grill. The pasta is notably tasty, like squid ink malloreddus with crab meat, sea urchin & chili or the strangozzi carbonara with porcini mushrooms & shaved Perigord trufflles. The restaurant is particularly great for a casual weeknight dinner or weekend brunch. 

Information:

Address:  211 Dekalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205

Phone: (929) 298-0209

Neighborhood: Fort Greene

http://www.evelinabk.com/

Price: $$-$$$


 

Tavern 62 by David Burke

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Overview:

Tavern 62 by David Burke is the first new concept from ESquared Hospitality in partnership with Chef David Burke. The space is a regal, modern American tavern including an oak bar, solarium in the back, and a main dining room situated upstairs. They offer an all-day menu plus several private dining spaces. The menu features American plates as a reflection of Chef Burke’s contemporary approach to cooking, with a nod to elevated New York classics. In true creative Burke fashion the apps feature angry lobster dumplings, pretzel-crusted crab cakes, and octopus & chorizo kebabs. He brings his out-of-the-box thinking to entrees like peking pork shank, bison short rib with bbq prawns, and black rigatoni with seafood. 

Information:

Address: 135 E 62nd St, New York, NY 10065

Phone: (212) 988-9021

Neighborhood: Upper Easy Side

Price: $$$


 

Nisi Estiatorio

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Overview:

This relaxed, intimate spot is a Greek gem in the West Village. The façade is done in fresh white and blue colors, leading to a raftered bar and front dining room complete with an enchanting outdoor patio with Edison bulbs.  The menu is filled with seafood, vegetables, olive oil, yogurt and much else that falls under the Mediterranean diet. You are brought an assorment of mezzes with toasty country bread like creamy taramosalata, spanakopita,  tzatziki and saganaki. To try a sampling, get the mixed grill for two option with lamb chops, sliders, kebabs and chicken grilled served with fries, tzattziki and toasted pita. 

Information:

Address: 302 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

Phone:  (212) 727-7463

Neighborhood: West Village

Price: $$$


 

Tang Hotpot

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Overview:

Tang Hotpot is a new Sichuan destination from Yu Li, owner of the casual East Village noodle spot, The Tang. The decor is rather striking, with elegant 2-story high ceilings and a long narrow dining area with banquette seating and inset burners.  The space is devoted to group-friendly hot pots holding different types of broths with accompanying meats and vegetables for dipping. The menu is extremely affordable considering the massive spread that befalls you. Broths range in flavor and spice level. Opt for one of the platters like the Tang Deluxe with prime rib eye, goat leg, sea bass, quail egg, rice cakes, and much more. Cooking your own dinner here is a great interactive dining experience for a date or group event. 

Information:

Address:  135 Bowery, New York, NY 10002

Phone:  (917) 421-9330

Neighborhood: Chinatown

Price: $$$


 

Opry City Stage

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Overview:

An avenue away from Times Square you will find the new, massive Opry City Stage.  Inspired by the Grand Ole Opry, City Stage presents a broad range of great country music. Come for live shows and enjoy food provided by Blue Ribbon. The menu features southern classics and barbecue including Nashville hot chicken, pulled pork, gumbo, fried chicken and catfish. Great for a night out with a group. 

Information:

Address1604 Broadway, New York, NY 10019

Phone: (212) 388-5565

Neighborhood: Midtown West

Price: $$-$$$


 

west~bourne

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Overview:

West-Bourne is the newest all day cafe to grace Soho. The venue was opened by total girl boss Camilla Marcus who is an LA transplant with a serious resume of going to the French Culinary Institute and working for Union Square Hospitality Group. Her mission is rooted in wholistic hospitality: to take care of her neighborhood. The interior has a definitive casual, laid back Cali feel. Menu items are mainly vegan or vegetarian but done with so much mindfulness & creativity that you don't miss the meat. You'll find bowls, salads and sandwiches like an insanely satisfying "mushreuben" made with roasted maitake mushrooms, sauerkraut, peppadew peppers, swiss & special sauce on toasted caraway rye bread. Another stunner is "the bounty" which arrives overflowing with raw and cooked vegetables, house made beet chips, shallot labneh & walnut bagna cauda. The place is a perfect neighborhood addition. 

Information:

Address137 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

Phone:   (347) 534-3050

Neighborhood: Soho

Price: $$


 

2nd Floor at 2nd Ave Deli

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Overview:

I have always wondered why no one has bothered to do something modern and fun with traditional Jewish food. The team at their new space above 2nd Ave Deli has given me that gift. The multi-room venue has a speakeasy vibe with a pressed tin tile ceiling, reclaimed wood, and vintage theater posters. For the menu, chef David Teyf has taken ingredients that are ingrained in Jewish culture and spun them into modern dishes. There are duck confit blintzes, pastrami deviled eggs, tongue sliders and everything seed pigs-in-a-blanket. They put together quite possibly the most beautiful meat board you'll ever lay eyes on complete with beef jerky, pickled tongue, hard salami, chopped liver and smoked pastrami. In addition to the food being exciting and innovative, you can round out your experience with a huge craft cocktail menu. 

Information:

Address1442 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10021

Phone: (212) 737-1700

Neighborhood: Upper East Side   

Price: $$-$$$


 

Selamat Pagi  

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Overview:

This Balinese spot comes from the owners of Van Leeuwen. The small casual space is lined with palm leaf wallpaper, natural wood & paper lantern lights. The menu here is vegetable-heavy and packed with unexpected and exciting flavors that are unlike anywhere you typically eat (unless you go to Bali often, which I don't). The menu starts with deviled eggs and prawn crackers with three sambals (papaya-chili-shallot-lime, tomato-chili-shallot, and shallot-kaffir-lemongrass-chili). Entrees range from the classic egg-topped fried rice (nasi goreng) and tasty, tender beef curry (rendang), to a market fish curry and tamarind-glazed tempeh. Weekend brunch is also super satisfying with additions like an ayam goreng fried chicken sandwich topped with pickled slaw & kaffir aioli.

Information:

Address152 Driggs Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Phone: (718) 701-4333

Neighborhood: Greenpoint  

Price: $$


 

The Lambs Club

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Overview:

The Lambs Club is Geoffrey Zakarian’s art deco New American restaurant in the Theater District. The swanky decor comes complete with huge red leather couches and a looming fireplace for an elevated throwback feel. Although the food is not cheap, it is brought to you with exceptionally polished service. You will find elegantly plated foie gras in pear bourbon reduction, tagliolini nero with jumbo lump crab and Colorado lamb with caramelized cauliflower. Upstairs you can enjoy a large lounge with a bar. 

Information:

Address: 132 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036

Phone:  (212) 997-5262

Neighborhood: Midtown West

Price: $$$


 

The Flower Shop

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Overview:

You'll find The Flower Shop on Eldridge Street, wedged between bodywork parlors, dumpling shops and beauty salons. The venue is mostly known for it's downstairs bar which has turned into a scene on weekends but the upstairs also provides dining options and an additional bar. The 70's decor is fantastic, with a cool grandma's house/old time parlor vibe complete with wood paneled walls and vintage wallpaper. The crowd varies by time and day but it's a great place to grab a drink or have weekend brunch. 

Information:

Address: 107 Eldridge St, New York, NY 10002

Phone: (212) 257-4072

Neighborhood: Lower East Side

Price: $$$


 

Momofuku Nishi

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Overview:

Since opening in 2015 Momofuku Nishi has received mixed reviews and even briefly closed to revamp their concept recently. The decor in the space is exceptionally minimal, comfortable & sparsely decorated.  Food here is Asian & Italian fusion, heavily leaning on the Italian side. The menu is reasonably priced (by only NY standards) and they have adopted the trend of no tipping. You'll find imaginative starters like fried head on shrimp, Spanish mackerel toast with piquillo pepper & salsa verde, and beef carpaccio alla tonnato. The real star are the pastas, of which you will have lots to choose from, the best being spaghetti alla chitarra with maine uni & calabrian chili. 
A solid dining option that I trust it will only improve. 

Information:

Address:  232 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY 10011

Phone: (646) 518-1919

Neighborhood: Chelsea

Price: $$$


 

Ellary's Greens

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Overview:

Ellary's Greens is an all day eco-friendly cafe in the West Village. Outfitted with exposed brick and communal tables, the rustic space looks and feels like a health-focused restaurant. The wide-reaching menu focuses on vegetarian food—with limited meat and fish options woven into soups, salads, sandwiches and composed plates. They offer an array of healthy, gourmet options of affordably-priced, natural and organic foods for all. Dishes include Moroccan lentil salad, bison burger, green Thai tofu curry, and bacon mac & cheese with quinoa pasta. The food is extremely satisfying whether you are looking to eat heathy or just need some variety. They also offer beer & biodynamic wine. 

 

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Information:

Address: 33 Carmine St, New York, NY 10014

Phone:  (212) 920-5072

Neighborhood: West Village

Price: $$-$$$


 

Spring & Varick

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Overview:

Spring & Varick is a morning-to-night restaurant on the edge of Soho serving modern American cooking. The interior is polished and walls are adorned with a rotating mix of local artwork. The menu features contemporary American fare by chef John Creger. Breakfast kicks off early and there are 3 menus throughout the day. The food is pretty straight forward - lots of crowd pleasers but nothing too out of the ordinary. Dishes include squid ink linguine, black garlic salmon, ricotta gnudi with mushrooms and a 12 oz bone-in pork chop. The burger which arrives with tempura comte on a pretzel bun has gained popularity. 

Information:

Address: 246 Spring St, New York, NY 10013

Phone(212) 842-4500

Neighborhood: Soho

Price: $$$


 

Seven Point Espresso

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Overview:

The Aussie cafe movement has now happily reached Crown Heights. Seven Point Espresso is a joint venture between Phil Gijsbers, a Melbourne-based café owner, and Lee Tryhorn, a local expat. The space is a modern, casual venue for grab-n-go coffee or to stay & work on a computer throughout the day. Unlike other coffee shops, SPE has a fantastic menu of assorted breakfast and lunch dishes that are thoughtfully composed, creative and substantial in size. The all day cafe menu offers riffs on classic dishes like smashed avocado toast with hazelnut dukkah & feta, an acai bowl and breakfast pasta made with bacon, parmesan & smokey yolk. Highly recommend this for a weekday workspace or weekend brunch spot. 

Information:

Address: 637 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Phone:  (718) 230-0178

Neighborhood: Prospect Heights, Crown Heights

Price: $$


 

Otway

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Overview:

The Clinton Hill space that once housed the short-lived Tilda All Day has reopened as Otway under new ownership but the same chef. The corner restaurant is bright & stylish, resembling a modern bistro. Here, chef/owner Claire Welle butchers whole animals and makes her own crème fraîche, butter, lardo, charcuterie, and bread.  The all-female kitchen produces a small, ever changing menu of American bistro dishes. You'll find offerings such as duck breast with toasted barley & truffle, dorade with oyster cream, and ricotta gnudi with ricotta with cauliflower and brown butter. Great cocktails, killer bread - which is really all one needs in life. 

Information:

Address: 930 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Phone:  (917) 909-1889

Neighborhood: Clinton Hill

Price: $$$


 

Celestine

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Overview:

Celestine is an Eastern Mediterranean restaurant located on the Dumbo waterfront. The space is situated just under the Manhattan Bridge and MY GOD what a view! You can see the entire Manhattan skyline and straight passed the Brooklyn Bridge. Patrons will come just for the view but luckily the food is worth staying for. The space is modern and sleek with floor to ceiling windows that flood the dining room with light. . The kitchen, led by Executive Chef Garett McMahan, serves seasonal, soulful fare that draws inspiration from Northern Africa, the Mediterranean coastline, and the Middle East. Graze on mezzes like taramasalata, baba ghannouj and fingerling skordalia. For an entrees check out the "for two" section featuring whole grilled fish with artichoke & couscous or the duo of lamb with kibbeh & saddle.

Information:

Address: 1 John St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Phone:  (718) 522-5356

Neighborhood: Dumbo

Price: $$$


 

Au Za'atar

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Overview:

You'll find Au Za'atar in a cozy corner spot of the East Village. Divided into three dining areas plus a handful of outdoor tables that run along Avenue A they offer plenty of seating. The décor is rustic with bare brick and wood-paneled walls. Named after Lebanon's signature spice mixture, the restaurant attempts to encompass the full range of typical food found in the region, calling itself an "Arabian French bistro." The food is fantastic and there is a seemingly endless list of hot & cold mezzes, dips, and grilled meats & fish to order. A range of spices and fresh vegetables go into satisfying plates perfect to share like familiar dishes of falafel and hummus or more adventurous offerings like fattet al-betenjane and mujadara. Mixed grill platters of grilled meats and sauces is fun & tasty to share. Comfortable neighborhood spot that is good for groups, vegetarians and meat lovers alike. 

Information:

Address: 188 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009

Phone: (212) 254-5660

Neighborhood: East Village

Price: $$$


 

Villanelle

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Overview:

Villanelle was opened in February by novice restaurateur Catherine Manning. The relatively small space (44 seats plus a bar) is modern with a laid-back elegance that comes from natural materials like bare wood and white washed brick. Due to the restaurant's close proximity to the Union Square Green Market the food can focus on seasonality and local ingredients. The menu is concise with both a la carte and prix fix options. This is elevated cuisine with delicate plating, unlike some of the restaurants that dot the NYU campus area. Sample dishes include chicken liver mousse with chicharron, risotto with chanterelles and Colorado lamb with eggplant. You'll find a carefully curated wine list and imaginative cocktails to pair with the meal. 

Information:

Address:  15 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

Phone: (212) 989-2474

Neighborhood: Union Square

Price: $$$


 

The Osprey

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Overview:

The Osprey is a stunning restaurant in the swanky new 1 Hotel near Brooklyn Bridge Park. The hotel itself is incredibly chic and commands a restaurant to match. The venue features multiple dining rooms with waterfront views for all day dining and outdoor seating when weather permits. Floor-to-ceiling windows let in tons of natural light and you're surrounded by reclaimed wood and elegant string lights above. The kitchen offers a seasonal American menu with a local focus. Small plates include head-on prawns, squid with fregola, and steak tartare "caesar style." A major feature of the kitchen will be the Rotisol rotisserie where dishes like branzino, roast chicken & prime rib with horseradish cream and crushed potatoes will be spit roasted. A fantastic meal in a gorgeous space is what can be expected. 

Information:

Address: 60 Furman St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Phone:  (212) 869-4400

Neighborhood: Dumbo

Price: $$$