NYC’s Best New Restaurants: July 2015
From Polynesian plates to low-country fare
Ah, summer. The time of year when all of New York seems to dine out every night during the 15 weeks between Memorial Day and Labor Day. But where, oh, where to go that's good...and decent...and has unbelievable salt-cold croquettes?
Herewith your cheat sheet to the best dining in New York right now. We'll see you at Lupolo's.
This buzzy low-country eatery recently opened in South Williamsburg behind the NOLA-inspired cocktail bar Loosie Rouge. Walk through the flower-lined entrance and dine al fresco on Southern staples like fried chicken, shrimp po’boys and homemade corn bread.
91 S. Sixth St. (at Wythe Ave.), Brooklyn; 718-384-2904 or loosieskitchen.com
The newest venture from the guy behind the Meatball Shop is this Montauk-inspired seafood spot. Seamore’s menu constantly changes with the catch of the day, but the general idea revolves around fresh seafood at pretty affordable prices (including some of the best fish tacos in town). No reservations are accepted, so expect to put your name down and wait at the bar while you sip on a fresh watermelon juice with tequila.
390 Broome St. (at Mulberry St.); 212-730-6005 or seamores.com
King’s Country Imperial
Introducing another addition to Williamsburg’s exploding food scene. King’s County Imperial is cooking up central Chinese cuisine, using heirloom vegetables from its acre-sized backyard garden. Expect dishes like prawn fries, crispy garlic chicken and clay-pot noodles served family-style--not to mention, homemade soy sauce on tap.
20 Skillman Ave. (between Meeker Ave. and Lorimer St.), Brooklyn; 718-610-2000 or kingscoimperial.com
Aldea’s Michelin-starred chef George Mendes finally opened his much-anticipated Portuguese eatery just south of Herald Square, and it’s already gaining a reputation as New York’s sexiest new restaurant. The seafood-centric menu boasts rustic small plates, like salt-cod croquettes, razor clams with cucumber and oven-baked octopus rice.
835 Ave. of the Americas (at 29th St.); 212-290-7600 or lupulonyc.com
Venture to Bushwick for colorful south-of-the-border bites, brought to you by the team behind Williamsburg’s The Commodore. The restaurant has a ’70s-style, tiki-bar feel and serves up classic comfort foods like tortas, burritos and nachos loaded with the works.
17 Ingraham St. (between Bogart St. and Morgan Ave.), Brooklyn; 347-599-2976 or elcortezbushwick.com
Ex-Del Posto pastry chef Brooks Headley recently opened Superiority Burger, a new East Village spot boasting a $6 quinoa-veggie burger, which has already amassed quite the cult following. Also on the very limited, all-vegetarian menu is a vegan sloppy joe, a tofu “hippy wrap” and burned-broccoli salad.
430 E. Ninth St. (at First Ave.); 212-256-1192 or superiorityburger.com
Mother of Pearl
Yet another tiki-style spot to hit the scene this summer is Mother of Pearl, an Alphabet City newcomer with a Polynesian menu and a serious cocktail list designed by Jane Danger of the NoMad bar. Keep an eye out for inventive seafood dishes like the sea scallops in chili water with dragon fruit and avocado.
95 Ave. A (at Sixth St.); 212-614-6818 or motherofpearlnyc.com