NYC’s Best New Restaurants: March 2016
Ricotta hotcakes with pear, anyone?
Fact: While you’ve been hibernating on your couch, approximately 3 billion new restaurants have opened in NYC.
Yep, there’s a new panini shop direct from Florence, a French spot that makes poultry the star of the show and a speakeasy that serves a killer lasagna, because why not?
Here are the ten new restaurants you need to check out.
Can’t swing that trip to Japan this year? Entrepreneur Takuro Hirabayashi is bringing the vibes of the Teisui Hotel, his ryokan in the remote mountains of the Akita province, to NYC. Sample the ten-course tasting menu, which includes a miso soup that’s heated with rocks from Mount Fuji.
246 Fifth Ave. (at 28th St.); 917-388-3596 or teisui.nyc
Hidden bars are a dime a dozen in NYC, but we’re swooning over this new twist on a speakeasy--it’s a tiny hidden restaurant that’s tucked away behind the super-cool cocktail bar The Garret East. Don’t miss the lasagna bolo (you know, Bolognese) for two. But go now: This teeny gem won’t stay a secret for long.
206 Ave. A (at 13th St.); dinnertable.nyc
Tasty veggie-forward cuisine is all the rage right now (oh hey, By Chloe and Mother of Pearl), and Dovetail chef John Fraser is joining the fun with his new Union Square veggie haven. Try hot bread fresh out of the tandoori oven, then get adventurous with cacio e pepe made using shiitake mushrooms instead of pasta and cheese.
72 University Pl. (at 11th St.); 212-498-9393 or nixny.com
FREDS AT BARNEYS DOWNTOWN
Barneys has officially opened its new flagship location back in its old Chelsea neighborhood--luckily, there’s also a Freds restaurant inside for hungry shoppers to make a pit stop. We suggest you shop first, and then go to town on the orecchiette a la Contadina with baby brussels sprouts, squash, mushrooms and Hudson Valley Harvest Italian sausage.
101 Seventh Ave. (at 16th St.); 646-264-6400 or barneys.com
Italian and Japanese flavors combine at this new Gramercy spot--yep, it might be the only place in the city you can get green-tea-ricotta flatbread and shrimp fettuccine topped with tobiko (flying fish roe).
323 Third Ave. (at 24th St.); 212-889-2182 or natsumitapas.com
SAN CARLO OSTERIA PIEMONTE
Sorry, but you’re not getting spaghetti and meatballs at this new Italian spot. We’re talking Piedmontese cuisine, so you’ve gotta try the fritto misto (sweetbreads, frog legs and asparagus—come on, guys, live a little).
90 Thompson St. (at Spring St.); 212-625-1212 or sancarlonyc.com
Now that you’ve gotten a taste of authentic Italian food, legendary Florence panini shop Antico Noè has opened a new lunch spot in the Big Apple. We’ll have the marinated eggplant with artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes, olive spread and pesto sauce.
220 E. 53rd St. (at Third Ave.); 212-750-0802 or anticonoe.com
LE COQ RICO
Chef Antoine Westermann’s new restaurant means “The Bistro of Beautiful Birds” in French, and its name doesn’t disappoint--it’s all about the poultry (and the eggs) here. Even the macaroni au gratin has chicken morsels inside.
30 E. 20th St. (at Park Ave. S.); 212-267-7426 or lecoqriconyc.com
THE CYNICAL SCHNAUZER
What do you get when you combine seasonal, organic ingredients, hormone-free meats, lots of veggies and Weimar-era Berlin decor? This quirky new Clinton Hill hot spot, featuring tasty goodies like snails and sunchokes, carrot carbonara and mackerel with kohlrabi broth.
884 Fulton St. (at Waverly Ave.), Brooklyn; 718-789-1868 or thecynicalschnauzer.com
TWO HANDS RESTAURANT AND BAR
After opening up a super-successful (and oh-so-Instagrammable) coffee shop two years ago, Aussies Giles Russell and Henry Roberts have opened a full-service restaurant of the same name. If you’ll excuse us, we have a date with the ricotta hotcake with pears.
251 Church St. (at Leonard St.); twohandsnyc.com