Every New Restaurant You Need to Try in December
?Tis the season to eat all the things (like purple basil and spicy lamb sliders)
There’s a lot going on in NYC this time of year: Christmas-tree lightings, family in town, Cyber Monday sales to shop. But don’t let that distract you from what’s really important: hitting up these new restaurants, ASAP. We know you can do it.
The beloved L.A. sushi spot with a cult following is finally in NYC, and we are happy to report that it’s more than worth the hype (and the wait for a table). We’ll take a $39 omakase any night of the week, thank you very much.
33 E. 20th St. (between Broadway and Park Ave.); 347-705-8100 or sugarfishsushi.com
Speaking of beloved transplants, we were equally stoked for this London-based Japanese-fusion noodle house to arrive. And just in time: A plate of sizzling teppanyaki is just what we need to get through the next cold spell.
210 Fifth Ave. (at 26th St.); 212-920-6233 or wagamama.us
Chef Dale Talde and partners plant their flag in Manhattan with this “inauthentic Italian” restaurant. Which translates to bacon-clam pizza and, during brunch, polenta pancakes with brown-butter syrup.
11 E. 31st St. (between Fifth and Madison aves.); 212-806-7000 or massoninyc.com
We can’t stop the sun from going down at 4:30 (ugh), but we can tell you where to find cozy vibes and elevated eats—from a former chef at Daniel and Locanda Verde—like grilled octopus with black mission fig and roasted spaghetti squash.
385 Greenwich St. (at N. Moore St.); 212-431-3385 or yves-nyc.com
It may be freezing out, but at least your taste buds can have a vacation with creative Mexican fare like coconut clam chowder with smoked sable and dried chile strawberries.
104 Bayard St. (between Baxter and Mulberry sts.); 646-998-3406 or lalo.nyc
The gorgeous (not to mention huge) space piqued our interest, and the elegant French-Italian menu sealed the deal. We’ll be hunkering down until spring with cauliflower-black-truffle gratin and fettuccine topped with prosciutto, squash and burrata.
19 W. 24th St. (between Broadway and Sixth Ave.); 212-600-5139 or italiennenyc.com
We inherently trust a chef who learned to cook from his mom, so we’re especially excited for Chao Chao’s home-style Vietnamese eats. And we’re baffled as to how we’ve survived this long without breakfast fried rice.
171 Ave. A (between 10th and 11th sts.); 212-475-3171 or chaochaonyc.com
The latest endeavor from pasta wizard Andrew Carmellini is a bright, wood-paneled dining room that serves rib-sticking fare like sea-urchin spaghetti and wood-fired pizza.
111 N. 12th St. (between Wythe Ave. and Berry St.), Brooklyn; 718-581-5900 or leuca.com
The next time we feel the winter blues coming on, we’ll head straight to this Filipino barbecue joint for an instant pick-me-up in the form of overnight chicken adobo, tuna-mango ceviche and an avocado shake.
271 Smith St. (between Degraw and Sackett sts.), Brooklyn; 718-852-8994 or fobbrooklyn.com
Upper East Siders, meet your new healthy breakfast/lunch/anytime spot. The Cali-inspired menu includes this absurdly pretty beet-tahini toast with blackberries and purple basil.
1429 Third Ave. (at 81st St.); 212-988-4700 or blakelanenyc.com
We may have fallen in love with poke over the summer, but this spot makes a great case for keeping the flame alive through the colder months, with bowls, burritos and hand rolls showcasing jewel-toned fish.
35 W. 26th St. (between Sixth Ave. and Broadway); 212-377-5120 or mauionion.org
Tikka Roll House
Attention Astorians: Curry bowls and Kolkata-style wraps (with fillings like scrambled eggs and green chiles or smoked eggplant) await you at this fast-casual BYOB spot.
34-14 30th Ave. (between 34th and 35th sts.), Queens; 718-255-1085 or tikkarollhouse.com
Shay & Ivy
Your after-work meetup with friends could use some roasted-pumpkin toast with chipotle honey and thrice-cooked fries.
39 W. 24th St. (between Sixth Ave. and Broadway); 646-666-8635 or shayandivyny.com
Wine and cheese are two of our favorite things, so when we learned a new place was opening December 2 with a special focus on both, we may or may not have grinned fiendishly and let out a Mr. Burns-style “Exxxxcellent.”
88 Roebling St. (at N. Seventh St.), Brooklyn; 929-337-6412 or denizenbrooklyn.com
Should you find yourself on the LES seeking a cocktail and snacks like lobster flatbread and spicy lamb sliders, plus maybe a velvet couch on which to enjoy said provisions, consider this your answer.
155 Rivington St. (between Clinton and Suffolk sts.); 212-777-2520 or delilahnyc.com