Every New NYC Restaurant You Need to Eat at This October
Cooler temps call for soup dumplings
We may be too old to trick-or-treat, but October has plenty of goodies in store. Give your grown-up appetite the wholesome feasts and cult-favorite desserts it deserves at these 12 new spots.
This charming Soho bistro, opened by three women with serious London restaurant cred, focuses on the rustic, hearty fare of southern France and Italy: Think dishes like Provençal fish stew, grilled quail with tapenade and a salad of fennel and parmesan (otherwise known as exactly what you want to eat in the fall).
18 King St. (at Sixth Ave.); 917-825-1618 or kingrestaurant.nyc
The folks behind Her Name Is Han and Atoboy roll out a new ramen shop in the West Village. And the timing couldn’t be more perfect: Rainy fall days were made for slurping up bone-marrow-broth shio paitan or veggie tantan made with three kinds of miso.
7 Cornelia St. (at W. Fourth St.); 212-727-1050 or mewmennyc.com
Umber Ahmad’s beloved baked goods—until now a delivery-only treat—finally get a brick-and-mortar shop. Which means vanilla-cream-filled brioche doughnuts and oatmeal-chocolate-pecan bars anytime we want. (So…always.)
28 Greenwich Ave. (at Tenth St.); 212-498-9810 or mahzedarbakery.com
Xiao long bao (soup dumplings) come to the East Village, courtesy of a mother-son team—and the mom just happens to be the former executive chef of Joe’s Shanghai. We’re already swooning over crabmeat soup dumplings and pork pot stickers.
137 First Ave. (between Eighth and Ninth sts.); 212-982-8882 or drunkendumplingny.com
OK, so this one’s not actually a restaurant: It’s a new app that brings small-batch, homemade dishes to your door from talented home chefs around the city. Think of it as a community-driven alternative to Seamless—one that offers options ranging from kimchi fried rice to Whole30-approved chicken piccata.
Harold’s Meat + Three
Named for the classic four-part Southern combo, this vibrant eatery serves up dishes like beer-can chicken, crab au gratin, twice-baked avocado and strawberry pretzel pie. Can we just get three of everything?
2 Renwick St. (at Canal St.); 212-374-2632
Sweets by CHLOE
The mega-popular vegan-fast-food spot branches out to desserts with a new bakery, and the menu is even more delightful than you’d imagine: You’ll find matcha chocolate babka, mini pies and ice cream in flavors like banana bread caramel. (And yes, it’s all 100 percent plant-based and 100 percent worth the inevitable lines.)
185 Bleecker St. (at MacDougal St.); bychefchloe.com
This cozy spot made waves before it even officially opened—you may recall that Bill Murray popped in as a guest bartender last weekend—but we’ll be back for the thoughtful locavore eats, which include a Neapolitan clam pizza and a focus on “ugly” vegetables.
21 Greenpoint Ave. (at West St.), Brooklyn; 718-383-8833 or 21greenpoint.com
Step into this sprawling dining room and you might wonder how you suddenly ended up in a Greek villa, surrounded by limestone walls and lemon trees. Like its Midtown predecessor, the spot turns out Mediterranean fare like charcoal-grilled octopus and crispy zucchini chips.
14 E. 60th St. (between Fifth and Madison aves.); 212-937-0100 or avrany.com
Flatiron residents (and office-goers), take note: The Midtown healthy-eats mecca has rolled out a second location, with the same focus on elevated, nutrient-dense meals like coconut-red-curry mahi mahi and flat-iron-steak-topped salad with figs and butternut squash. We’re feeling healthier (and hungrier) already.
303 Park Ave. South (at 23rd St.); 646-952-0014 or revivernyc.com
This Florida fast-casual import flips the script on Chinese takeout with made-to-order stir-fry that’s super healthy. Pick a base of noodles or rice, add a sauce like citrus-plum or ginger-sesame and round it out with your choice of protein (including shrimp, beef or tofu). Oh, and save some room for a PB&J dessert bun.
918 Third Ave. (between 55th and 56th sts.); 646-564-2255 or wokchi.com
Ever feel like your day would be greatly improved if you could just have breakfast in a mansion? You’re in luck: This landmarked space inside the Lotte New York Palace hotel just rolled out a new “power breakfast,” so you can start your day with brioche pudding French toast and billionaire’s bacon in a gorgeous, gilded space.
455 Madison Ave. (between 50th and 51st sts.); 212-888-7000 or lottenypalace.com