The NYC dining scene is forever changing, and although that means losing some classic favorites, it also means gaining some new must-visit spots. This year has been ripe with brand new restaurants and bars, especially offering some truly incredible menus and atmospheres.
Here are some of the best new restaurants in NYC that have opened within the past few months (with a few that are opening up in the coming months) that really stand out.
1. Nōksu, Koreatown
Opening early October on the 16th, Nōksu is a 12-seat tasting counter located in a former barbershop and newsstand in the NYC subway. Once you walk through the 32nd street entrance of Herald Square, you’ll be delighted to Chef Dae Kim’s tasting menu, consisting of 15 courses starting at $225 with two seatings each night. Learn more here.
Where: 49 W 32nd St
2. Bangkok Supper Club, West Village
From the team behind Fish Cheeks comes another NYC Thai restaurant where Chef Max Wittawat will be the one curating everything, from massaman curry with beef cheeks to marinated chicken and rice. Learn more here.
Where: 641 Hudson St
3. Roscioli, SoHo
One of Rome’s hottest destinations has touched down in SoHo, and resides in the dinner party venue that used to be Niche Niche. This viral Italian institution serves a four course tasting menu of classics cured meats and cheeses, breads, pasta, and a whole lot more. The multi-floor situation sees the restaurant downstairs with an a la carte alimentari upstairs where you can order products made with love for the Roscioli family. Learn more here.
Where: 43 MacDougal St
4. Gotham Burger Social Club, Lower East Side
One of NY’s favorite pop-ups is opening its first brick-and-mortar with smash burgers this October! After serving up hundreds of thousands of burgers over the years, the Gotham Burger Social Club is excited to expand its menu with offerings of homemade onion rings, frickles, fries, tots, and hot dogs. At the new location in the Lower East Side, everyone will be welcome to join the club.
Where: 131 Essex St
5. Twenty Three Grand, SoHo
Twenty Three Grand is SoHo’s newest hotspot, thanks to their garden-like atmosphere and sprawling second-floor outdoor deck. They’re serving up global flavors and elevated classics with a Mediterranean flair…under the watchful eye of Executive Chef Ashley Rath of course
. While you bask in the glass-enclosed enclosure which sometimes turns into al fresco dining, try out menu highlights like their Caviar Service or Agnolotti pasta. See full menu here.
Where: 23 Grand St
6. Lulla, Chelsea
Inspired by the flavors of Italy, with a bit of New York zest peppered in, Lulla will offer mouthwatering Italian-American cuisine with reimagined classics in a sophisticated atmosphere. They’ll make their home in the bustling heart of Chelsea.
Where: 113 W 24th St
7. MISIPASTA, Williamsburg
Calling all pasta lovers! MISIPASTA in Brooklyn is a brand new pasta shop, boutique, and aperitivo bar from the team behind Lilia and Misi. Whether you want to eat their viral spaghetti with bottarga and lemon dish in their dining room, or just stop by to shop for some Italian specialities, you can do it all. Learn more here.
Where: 46 Grand St, Brooklyn
8. Gulaabo, Midtown West
Located right near NYC’s Theater District, Gulaabo is a brand new Indian restaurant that serves all sorts of kebabs, curries, cocktails, and more! Lead by Head Chef Paramjeet Bombra and Pastry Chef Barinder Singh, the cuisine here is deeply rooted from the Punjab region of Northern India, with options of street food staples and homestyle plates. Check out their menu and learn more here.
Where: 250 W 47th St
9. Sailor, Fort Greene
Get ready to step into an upscale nautical restaurant helmed by chef April Bloomfield. In partnership with restaurateur Gabe Stulman, you can expect dishes like herb-roasted chicken, mussels, vinegar pork shoulder, and pâté en croûte. It’s set to open sometime in September. Learn more here.
Where: 228 Dekalb Ave, Brooklyn
10. Dudley Deli, Lower East Side
Popular Australian spot Dudley’s recently opened a soft-serve counter, which is perfect for getting your last scoops of ice cream! Don’t forget to ask them about their off-menu Truffle Fry Sundae which is making the rounds on social media!
Where: 85 Orchard St
11. ILIS, Greenpoint
We couldn’t be any more excited about ILIS, a brand new wood-fired kitchen coming to Greenpoint this September. Their menu, which is focused on plants, seafood, and game of North America, will either be served raw or over their wood-fired ovens. Learn more and keep your eyes peeled on info here.
Where: 150 Green St, Brooklyn
12. Neeloo, Wiliamsburg
Neeloo is a new family-owned-and-run restaurant joining the Williamsburg food scene this fall! Set to open mid-September, this New American-meets-Mediterranean menu will impress guests with the likes of smalls plates that are perfect for sharing! It comes with a French influence that’s curated with care. See menu and learn more here.
Where: 284 Grand St, Brooklyn
13. Nowon, Bushwick
This popular Korean gastropub is known for their East Village flagship, and now they’ve open a brand new spot in Bushwick! Named after chef & owner Jae Lee’s hometown in Seoul, South Korea, this spot serves incredible food, cocktails, local beers, and soju.
The playful environment (which includes lots of hip-hop music and Korean drinking games) makes every visit an experience, and their food like the Jae’s Chicken Bun Sandwich (Double-Fried Chicken Thigh, Soy Pickled Jalapeno, Parmesan, Peanut, Cabbage Slaw) or Banban Burrata Pizza (Roasted Kimchi, Burrata, Basil, Scallion Oil) is delicious. See full menu here.
Where: 436 Jefferson St, Brooklyn
14. Rua Thai, Cobble Hill
This brand new Brooklyn dining experience is inspired by the floating markets of Thailand! Rua Thai in Cobble Hill is the brainchild of chef and co-owner Kornpon Theeraumpornkul, who grew up in the province of Ratchaburi in central Thailand. With the culture’s floating markets as inspiration, visitors can indulge on tasty menu highlights like Fish Curry Custard, Mama Tom Yum Grilled River Prawns, and Kai Tod Had Yai (Thai fried chicken). Learn more here.
Where: 204 Smith St, Brooklyn
15. Sushidelic, SoHo
Get ready to enjoy this brand new conveyor-belt sushi spot, which brings Japanese kawaii vibes right here to New York City. At Sushidelic, the world of kawaii and food collide, thanks to a prix-fixe menu of cute pieces of sushi inspired by the bright colors around you. With their $85, six-course “Pure Imagination” omakase special, you’ll embark on a journey of delicious and adorable flavors like never before. See full menu here.
Where: 177 Lafayette St
16. Café Mars, Gowanus
Say hello to Brooklyn’s newest Italian restaurant that’s a little…unusual. Café Mars is doing their best to honor their Italian roots, while also challenging the notion of what an Italian restaurant can be. They aim to look at the style of cuisine from a broader lens (and even beyond the borders of Italy), rather than hyper-focusing on one area or speciality.
Their dishes like the Triangle Penne (pasta) and Pancake Primavera (their take on okonomiyaki “seen through an Italian lens”) are examples of their diversity, and their neon lighting with royal blue bar shows that they like shaking things up. See full menu here.
Where: 272 3rd Ave, Brooklyn
17. UNLISTED, Lower East Side
UNLISTED is more of a rooftop bar than traditional restaurant opening, but we still suggest you check it out. The 2,300 square-foot indoor/outdoor space offers gorgeous skyline views and lovely food and drink. It’s located at the re-launched UNTITLED Hotel, which is through the iconic Freeman’s Alley. Curated cocktails and elevated bar snacks are what you’ll find here…like the Rosenwach (chamomile, honey, and pisco) cocktail served in a 3D-printed water tower vessel as well as the Wagyu Glizzy and General Tsao Chicken Pâté for food.
Where: 3 Freeman Alley
18. Sake No Hana, Bowery
This new buzzing Japanese restaurant serves “free-spirited izakaya dishes invigorated with New York attitude.” From the Tao Hospitality Group comes a new elevated dining destination that combines Japanese cuisine with Western techniques and tastes. Their sharable menu consists of grilled teppanyaki dishes, yakitori skewers, Wagyu beef, creative sushi rolls, and more. We suggest trying their temaki though, which is their playful combination of tacos and hand rolls. See full menu here.
Where: 145 Bowery
19. Oxkale, Williamsburg
From the team behind Caribbean staple Kokomo comes their new venture, Oxkale, which is the casual take-out equivalent that specializes in innovative Caribbean cuisine. Their simple menu consists of select salads, bowls and gyrotis (gyro+roti) that are all build your own (B.Y.O.) and customizable. Inspired by the islands, you’re sure to be amazed by their greens, grains, proteins and signature sauces. See full menu here.
Where: 52 N 11th St, Brooklyn
20. bōm, Flatiron
Recently added to the New York Michelin Guide for May 2023, bōm is Flatiron’s newest immersive dining experience you must try. Featuring a progressive Korean tasting menu at an intimate chef’s counter, you’re greeted to a chic omakase format blending Korean ingredients with contemporary culinary techniques. Menu highlights include the Abalone (served with bhutanese red rice, tot, and miyeok), Wagyu Galbi (perigord truffle, smoked trout roe, and mukeunji), and the 45 Day Dry-Aged Ribeye (celeriac and chive muchim). See full menu here.
Where: 17 W 19th St
21. Ichibantei, East Village
The return of East Village outpost Ichibantei is back, and they’re serving up Japanese comfort food until 3 am. Menu highlights include signatures like Ichibantei Steak topped with garlic chips, Tonteki Pork Steak, and Donburi Rice Bowls topped with chicken or a fluffy tamago Japanese omelet. See full menu here.
Where: 100 3rd Ave
22. Appas Pizza, East Village
Appas Pizza is a new Korean pizza parlor by Chef Yong Seo that incorporates Korean flavors into traditional pizzas. After making his first pie in a Pizza Hut in 1994 Japan, he’s since mastered the art…creation his own concoctions like the Kimchi Bacon, Bulgogi, and Sausage + Shrimp variations. See full menu here.
Where: 210 1st Ave
23. Málà Project, Greenpoint
Highly popular Chinese dry pot restaurant Málà Project recently opened their first Brooklyn location in Greenpoint. In a collaboration with LOVEISENOUGH (designed Rule of Thirds, Bar Bête, and Le Crocodile), the 70 seat eatery features eye-catching neon signage, checkerboard floors, an aqua-tiled fountain, a metallic gold, peach and red cloudscape on the ceiling and a vintage photo booth.
Be sure to try their exclusive cocktail menu, with options like the 10,000 Years of Love (Baiju, Vodka, Sesame, Pineapple and Red Wine Float) and Happy Together (Gin, Lemongrass, Coconut Water, and Banana). See full menu here.
Where: 603 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn
24. Chama Mama, Brooklyn Heights
Grab a taste of Georgia’s finest where cuisine from the region is masterfully churned out at Chama Mama’s new location in Brooklyn. Of course their cheese-filled bread khachapuri is the center of the show here, but their menu of cold and hot plates are divine as well. Be sure to pair it with one of their natural and organic Georgian wines, you won’t regret it. See full menu here.
Where: 121 Montague St, Brooklyn
25. OL’DAYS, Tribeca
Stop by the inviting, all-day farm-to-table cafe, OL’DAYS, who just opened up their second NYC outpost. Their brand new Tribeca location includes a variety of fresh new toasts and sandwiches like The Orchard (brie cheese, roasted rainbow carrots & pistachios with a touch of honey on sourdough toast), and the Chipotle Chicken Sandwich (grilled chicken, roasted red peppers, homemade chipotle sauce & arugula on ciabatta). Don’t forget about their incredible happy hour with great cocktails (like the Lychee Rose [lychee, rosewater and sparkling rosé])
Where: 73 Warren St
Written by Claire Leaden, Justine Golata, & Corey Fuller