Jan. 22--Stay in the know on new restaurants to visit in NYC.
Zuma New York
Internationally renowned Izakaya hotspot Zuma has made its way to NYC! Details like an open staircase and even a runway-style hallway to the restrooms give the restaurant a see-and-be-seen vibe. A main kitchen, sushi counter and robata (charcoal grill) offer a variety of menu options from superb sashimi to grilled meats and seafoods. Tempura, salads, and plenty of vegetarian options help round out the shared plates menu. A tropical-esque cocktail menu can also be enjoyed at two bars in the bi-level restaurant. 261 Madison Ave., zumarestaurant.com
The West Village's beloved August has re-opened on the Upper East Side where Josh Eden will continue cooking his seasonal American fare. The menu features both old and new dishes, including Jerusalem artichoke soup with brown butter and sunchoke chips, steamed mussels with Blue Moon Ale, braised short ribs with honey Sriracha Brussels sprouts and cauliflower risotto with caramelized cauliflower, white chocolate and American caviar. The bar menu includes signature and barrel-aged cocktails from mixologist Jonathan Dalin.
791 Lexington Ave., 212-935-1433, augustny.com
Wednesday, Jan 14th brings New York's first rugelach-focused bakery to the Upper East Side. Brooklynite Shmilly Gruenstein is bringing new life to this traditional Jewish delicacy with both sweet and savory flavors in the "petite shells." The bakery will also serve a special coffee blend by Forty Weight Coffee Rosters, a third-wave coffee outfit in Ithaca NY, used in Japanese cold brew and coffee on tap.
1269 Lexington Ave. at E. 85th St., Sun. -- Thurs. 7 a.m. -- 10 p.m. and Fri. -Sat. 7 a.m. -- 11 p.m.
Burger & Lobster
London-based chain Burger & Lobster has opened its first American branch. The menu is simple: burgers and lobster. And each menu item is $20! Yes, a poached one and a half pound lobster is $20 as is a California burger wrapped in lettuce instead of a bun as is a lobster roll. If you're here with a friend, try the $60 combo which includes a whole lobster, two burgers and unlimited fries and salad! 39 W. 19th St., burgerandlobster.com
The Polo Bar by Ralph Lauren
The Polo Bar by Ralph Lauren is the designer's first restaurant in New York City. Open now, it's located next door to the flagship Ralph Lauren store. The bar is gorgeous, with decor that features leather banquettes, wood paneling and oil paintings of horses. The restaurant features classic cocktails and American cuisine, from crab cakes to steaks to yes, a kale salad. 1 E. 55th St., 212-207-8562, ralphlauren.com
After what seemed like a decades-long wait, Sun Noodles (maker of the best ramen noodles ever) has finally opened Ramen Lab downtown with Chef Shigetoshi Nakamura at the helm. To start, they are serving only three ramen bowls -- shoyu, veggie and a seasonal special -- but plan to introduce ramen flights and more in the coming months. It will also be an educational element to the space, so get ready to learn about broth and noodles! 70 Kenmare St., 646-613-7522, sunnoodle.com/ramenlab
Hunt & Fish Club
Hunt & Fish Club, a classic-style steakhouse and seafood restaurant, is now open. Inspired by the "Frank Sinatra era," the space boasts black and white tiled floors and classic decor. Executive Chef Jeff Kreisel, formerly of Porter House New York, will be featuring steaks as well as caviar and a French Onion Soup made with oxtail and bone marrow. RICH. There will also be a tableside dessert cart. 125 W. 44th St., 212-575-4949, hfcnyc.com
Cooper's Craft & Kitchen
The second location of this craft beer focused restaurant and bar opens in Chelsea on Jan. 9, 2015. In addition to lots of local and domestic beer, elevated pub food is also on the menu, which includes: homemade pretzels with beer-infused cheese dip, poutine and more. The Executive Chef is Brendan Neville, formerly of Cafe Luxembourg and The Smith. 168 Eighth Ave., coopersnyc.com
SoHo's beloved red-sauce Italian restaurant Parm has opened a second location on the Upper West Side with an expanded menu. Dishes include made-to-order warm mozzarella and larger plates including pastas (with gluten-free options!) and proteins like short ribs or pork Milanese. 235 Columbus Ave., 212-776-4921, parmnyc.com
A new and exciting restaurant has just opened in Prospect Heights. Cooklyn is helmed by the Executive Chef Anthoney Theocaropoulos (Al Fiori, Eataly) and will celebrate "artisan producers." So Brooklyn. The menu is eclectic, featuring pastas and a lamb bun appetizer, which is a Greek take on an Asian pork bun. A dry aged NY strip will also be on the menu. 659 Vanderbilt Ave., cooklyn-nyc.com
Xi'an Famous Foods
Xi'an Famous Foods opened its second Brooklyn location in Greenpoint this weekend. An online real-time store traffic meter shows how long you can expect to wait in line for the coveted hand pulled noodles and hot and sour lamb dumplings. Cash only.
648 Manhattan Ave., xianfoods.com
Eli Zabar has opened his restaurant Eli's Table, a "market-to-table" eatery, next to Eli's Manhattan. The co-executive chef's are John Carr, formerly the executive chef at Sfoglia and Montezuma Garcia, who has worked with Zabar for more than a decade. Ingredients will be sourced at Eli's and from the rooftop farm. Menu highlights include dry-aged steak for two, Nantucket Bay scallops and wild halibut. A bar menu is also available. Open now. 1413 Third Ave.
Morton's Grille, an offshoot of the popular Morton's The Steakhouse opened its doors to carnivores on Dec. 3. Along with brunch, lunch and dinner menus, a happy hour from 3 p.m. -- 6:30 p.m. and again at 9 p.m. will feature dishes starting at $7. 233 Park Ave. S., (212) 220-9200, mortonsgrille.com
Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong
Korean Barbecue chain Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong opens its first New York outpost on Dec. 2. Momofuku and Jean Georges vet Deuki Hong is running the kitchen, which will serve dishes like stir-fried squid and noodles along with its grand variety of meats to grill tabletop.
319 Fifth Ave., (212) 966-9839
Pete Wells, restaurant critic for The New York Times, said Mu Ramen was the best in the city. After a popular pop-up, owners Joshua and Heidy Smookler opened their brick and mortar restaurant on Dec. 1, to reported wait times of over 45 minutes. Menu highlights include the signature Mu Ramen made with oxtail and bone marrow based soup, bisket, half sour pickle, menma, cabbage and scallions ($18) and uni porridge with spicy maguro, ikura, rice and sesame roasted nori ($15). And yes, Food Baby has been there already...
12-09 Jackson Ave., Long Island City, 917-868-8903
Old Lower East Side 'massage parlor' turned dive bar has become a trendy new restaurant and lounge, keeping the name of the venue's previous businesses. The menu includes European-inspired dishes like cappuccino of mushroom soup ($12) and Steak du Canard with wild rice ($32). Cocktails are $16 and include modern variations of classics like the Hemingway Daquiri and a French 75. 302 Broome St., 646-998-3184, happyending-nyc.com
Cooklyn opened on Nov. 19 under chef Anthony Theocaropoulos, an alum of Michael White, Masaharu Morimoto and Mario Batali restaurants. The menu of the Prospect Heights restaurant includes fusion dishes like venison wontons ($9), sea urchin capellini with jumbo lump crab ($19) and free range chicken pot pie ($19).
659 Vanderbilt Ave., Brooklyn, 347-915-0721
Haru Third Ave.
Haru Third Ave. has reopened after a renovation and a merging with Haru Sake Bar, which has closed. The new and improved Haru Third Ave. is sleek and modern and features sushi, sashimi, salads and Asian-influenced cocktails. 1329 Third Ave., harusushi.com
Chef Galen Zamarra of Mas (farmhouse) opened his new flagship restaurant Almanac on Nov. 18. His nose-to-tail cooking includes dishes like squash stuffed with a butternut and hubbard risotto and braised lamb breast, thinly sliced sea scallops cooked gently over a raw leek fondue and topped with roe and chevril and Piedmontese short ribs grilled and served with carrot puree and roasted pearl onions as well as braised and served over sauteed quark spatzle and chanterelle mushrooms. Tasting menus range from three courses ($75), five courses ($95) and eight courses ($145) but guests can also enjoy any item off the tasting menus as an appetizer ($20) or as an entree ($40) in the restaurant, in the lounge and at the bar. The restaurant will also offer a separate snack menu available in the lounge and bar.
28 Seventh Ave. S., 212-255-1795
David Bouhadana, the sushi chef behind the East Village's acclaimed Sushi Dojo opened his izakaya concept in Alphabet City on Nov. 18. The new menu veers away from raw fish and instead focuses on Japanese small plates, like organic fried chicken ($9) and miso marinated pork neck ($8). Homemade soba noodles are also prominent on the menu, with simple bowls of the thin noodles to be dipped in dashi sauce ($10) or more extravagent versions topped with a piece of wild white shrimp tempura ($16).
38 Avenue B
The popular California steakhouse has made its way to NYC! Inside the elegant new eatery, you can chow down on an extensive list of options from the raw bar, including colossal crab cocktail or even steak sashimi, before settling into a hearty menu of steak, chops and sushi. On the side, you'll see steakhouse classics along with dishes like lobster mashed potatoes and sauteed sugar snap peas. Drooling yet?
1285 Ave. of the Americas, mastrosrestaurants.com
Opened by Bologna-born Chef de Oliveira Florian serves traditional Italian cuisine with creative dishes like the Lasagna Ossobuco served with bone marrow in the center and decadent pizzas including a pie served with an entire lobster, zucchini and peppers. Additionally, Florian serves a vegetable menu with an assortment of locally sourced seasonal vegetables that rotate daily as well as a delicious burrata bar. Yes, a burrata bar.
225 Park Ave. S., 212-689-8800
There's a new cocktail hotspot in Astoria! Sekend Sun is a neighborhood bar serving sophisticated cocktails and bar food with gourmet riffs, including buffalo fried oysters and homemade tater tots in a spicy cheese sauce.
32-11 Broadway, Astoria
Andrew Carmellini has opened yet another restaurant at NYC! Little Bird is a greenmarket focused American restaurant at Tribeca's Smyth, a Thompson Hotel. The seasonal menu includes dishes like black kale ravioli and a dry-aged duck kebab with grapes and turnips. Carmellini has also created a custom home brew for the restaurant, and leftover grains from the beer will be used to bake bread.
85 West Broadway
SISTERS is a multi-functional, open all day restaurant/cafe/venue open now in Clinton Hill. The impressive space features a bar, restaurant, DJ booth and small stage. Formerly the beloved neighborhood store Sister's Community Hardware Store, the new space is an homage to the grand space. Designed by hOmE, there's a gorgeous bar with marble tile and the space is lined with reclaimed beech and walnut. New American fare, including fried artichoke hearts, scotch eggs and oysters will be available along with cocktails and craft beer. During the day the space will be a cafe. And the DJ and stage promise exciting nights, too.
900 Fulton St., SISTERS
Popular SoHo Italian restaurant Galli has opened its second location in the former Inoteca space. The Lower East Side menu includes classic Italian comfort dishes like homemade Chicken Parm and Baby Riceballs stuffed with green peas, chopped meat, mozzarella and pomodoro. New dishes including Pasta Fungi served with a creamy based mushroom sauce coated with truffle oil will also be served. A full liquor license will allow Galli to serve locally sourced craft beers, a wide variety of Italian wines a creative cocktail menu.
98 Rivington St., (212) 466-1888
Popular SoHo sandwich spot, Alidoro, has opened its second location in Midtown. The menu includes a wide variety of sandwiches like the Fellini made with sopressata, fresh mozzarella, hot peppers and arugula ($12) and the vegetarian Mona Lisa with fresh mozzarella, artichokes and eggplant caponata ($11.50). In addition to the massive sandwiches, Alidoro's second outpost also serves salads and $3 breakfast sandwiches.
18 E. 39th St., (646) 692-4330
Chef Justin Smillie and his partner, acclaimed restaurateur Stephen Starr, opened Upland on Tuesday, Oct. 28. Named after the Southern California town where Smillie was born, Upland offers elegant California cuisine. Dishes include Bone Marrow Crostino with smoked salt and horseradish, Farro Spaghetti with Maine sea urchin and sesame and Block Island Swordfish with walnut cream, punterelle and anchovy. Oh, and steak tartar, of course.
345 Park Ave. S., (212) 686-1006
Pok Pok Phat Thai
Andy Ricker has moved the third outpost of his New York Pok Pok restaurants, Pok Pok Phat Thai, to Red Hook/ the Columbia Street Waterfront District, joining Pok Pok Ny and Whiskey Soda Lounge.
127 Columbia St., pokpokphatthai.com
Food aficionados can finally stop holding their breath: Enrique Olvera's Cosme is practically open in NYC. It's currently in unofficial soft opening mode through Saturday, and will officially open for good on Oct. 28. We consider it open now though, because anyone can email email@example.com for same-day reservations. Word on social media is good. Menu items (subject to change) include: octopus cocktail, burrata and weeds, mussel tostada, NY strip with shishitos.
35 E. 21st St., cosmenyc.com
Cow and Clover
Cow and Clover, a seasonal restaurant with a wood-fired kitchen opened in Williamsburg in September. Chef Morgan Schofield (il Buco, North End Grill, Blue Hill) created the dinner and brunch menus, which prominently feature local and organic ingredients.
291 Kent Ave., Williamsburg, (718) 782-8810
The Palm Court at the Plaza Hotel
The luxurious and landmarked Palm Court at the Plaza Hotel has been revamped by restauranteur Geoffrey Zakarian. The restaurant is currently serving breakfast and afternoon tea, complete with tea trays of sandwiches and desserts, and in November will introduce evening cocktails and light bites.
Fifth Avenue at Central Park South, theplazany.com
Vic's has opened in the old Five Points space and is run by Vicki Freeman (who also ran Five Points) and the chef Hillary Sterling. The menu is fresh and focuses on vegetables. Sample dishes: lettuces, anchovy, tarragon, radish and walnuts; pork sausage, plum mostarda and salsa verde; rye rigatoni, lamb shoulder, oregano, lemon and white wine; pancetta, horseradish, poppy seeds and ricotta pizza.
31 Great Jones St., vicsnewyork.com
Korilla BBQ East Village
Korilla BBQ , the Korean-style taco truck is easily identifiable by long lines at their tiger-striped vehicle but have finally opened their first brick-and-mortar location. Burritos stuffed with bacon kimchi fried rice, proteins like ribeye bulgogi or homemade organic tofu, shredded cheese and homemade salsa and various Korean pickles, slaws and sauces create Korilla's the ultimate fusion food.
23 Third Ave., (646) 823-9423
Empellon al Pastor
Housed in the former bright yellow Sushi Lounge space, Alex Stupak's latest project focuses on what many believe to be the best dish in Mexican cuisine: tacos al pastor. The new taqueria called Empellon al Pastor will spit-roast chile-rubbed pork shoulder for tacos made with homemade tortillas and adorned with red and green salsa as well as pineapple. Following a somewhat unexpected announcement at this weekend's New York City Wine and Food Festival, the new Empellon spin-off is officially open for business.
132 St Marks Pl., (646) 833-7039
Following the success of Williamsburg Japanese eatery Samurai Mama, Makoto Suzuki and the team behind the popular homemade udon soup and sushi tacos opened Samurai Papa on Oct. 10. The menu features sushi shots, ramen and their famed cast iron gyoza.
32 Varet St., Williamsburg, (718) 599-7171
Popular Smorgasburg brioche-muffin mash-up has finally anchored itself on the Lower East Side. The Bruffin Cafe serves meals in a muffin, in international varieties ranging from Spanish to Canadian to Greek.
85 Delancey St.
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