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.

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Sugarfish

Sugarfish

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

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Wagamama

Wagamama

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

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All Good

Massoni

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

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Paul Wagtouicz

Yves

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

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Liz Barclay

Lalo

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

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Italienne

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

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Chao Chao

Chao Chao

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

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Nick Solares

Leuca

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

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Ahmet Kiranbay

f.o.b.

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

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Noah Fecks

Blake Lane

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

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Melissa Hom

Maui Onion

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

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Tikka Roll House

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

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Oleg March

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

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Liz Clayman

Denizen

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

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Dara Pollak

Delilah

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

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