14 New(ish) Restaurants to Put on Your List This March
You survived Whole30 January and binged on heart-shaped chocolates in February. Now it’s time to get back to your regularly scheduled program: checking out NYC’s best new restaurants as often as possible. Here are 14 to get you started.
Nickel & Diner
We love the city’s greasy spoons, but sometimes we want the old-school vibe without, well, the grease. This Chinatown eatery offers the best of both worlds with both diner classics (lox bagel, BEC) and inventive options like tuna tartare and a kale cashew bowl.
1 Howard St. (at Centre St.); 646-870-6100 or nickelanddiner.com
The city’s newest obsession? A specialty shop dedicated solely to ready-to-eat cookie dough (that’s totally safe to consume, BTW). And the offerings go way beyond basic chocolate-chip: Think s’mores, fluffernutter and oatmeal M&M. Eat it with a spoon, in a cone or—gasp—baked into an actual cookie.
550 Laguardia Pl. (at W. Third St.); cookiedonyc.com
This Clinton Hill watering hole has everything you want in a neighborhood bar: creative tropical-tinged cocktails (like brûlée banana-topped Donkey Kong), fancy corn dogs and all-around good vibes.
507 Myrtle Ave. (at Ryerson St.), Brooklyn; 347-987-4181 or untiltomorrowbk.com
This Italian-tinged charmer knows the way to our heart: really, really good pasta, like candy-wrapper-shaped caramelle filled with La Tur cheese and topped with pomegranate molasses and toasted walnuts.
606 Vanderbilt Ave. (at St. Marks Ave.), Brooklyn; 718-576-6120 or faun.nyc
Chef Dale Talde is on a roll: After introducing “inauthentic Italian” spot Massoni in November, he’s opened this lively tavern in Brooklyn, complete with a fireplace, a game parlor and chicken-pot-pie ramen.
673 Atlantic Ave. (at S. Portland Ave.); 718-623-2852 or atlanticsocialbk.com
Two of our great loves—coffee and wine—together at last. You’ll find serious espresso drinks from local roaster Nobletree Coffee, 16 wines on tap (from New York, California and Italy) and accompanying snacks like doughnuts and cheese boards. Good luck ever wanting to leave.
121 Ludlow St. (at Delancey St.); rivercoyoteles.com
We’ll never be mad at a new destination for burgers and shakes (and all-day breakfast), especially one that sources all its ingredients locally. Psst: You’re gonna want to get a side of fried Oreos. Trust us.
180 Seventh Ave. (between 20th and 21st sts.); 646-410-2040 or creamlinenyc.com
Longtime West Village gem Pinto gets reborn as Pinto Garden, turning out the same seasonally driven Thai food like crab fried rice and green curry short ribs, with the added bonus of the prettiest year-round back garden ever.
117 W. Tenth St. (at Greenwich Ave.); 212-366-5455 or pintogarden.com
Nothing piques our interest like a colorful meze spread, and this new Greek-Mediterranean spot delivers with dips like cannellini-beet and red pepper-feta, plus heartier fare including salmon souvlaki and lamb roulade. Pass the pita.
629 W. 57th St. (at 11th Ave.); 212-333-2000 or ousianyc.com
Hà Nội House
East Villagers have a new spot to get their pho fix. Along with soul-warming soup, the family-style menu also includes an uni bánh mi and pomelo and shrimp salad.
119 St Mark’s Pl. (between First Ave. and Ave. A); 212-995-5010 or hanoihousenyc.com
If your office is near Bryant Park, we just found your new favorite lunch spot. The specialty of the house is slow-cooked meats (like chicken with harissa buffalo sauce) and crunchy veggies (like Brussels sprouts and kimchi), served either on a bun or in a bowl.
119 W. 40th St. (at Sixth Ave.); 646-755-8191 or twoforksnyc.com
This spin-off of summer-only spot Pig Beach branches out beyond barbecue, with rib-sticking eats like smoked-duck lasagna, brisket ravioli and Mason jar Oreo cheesecake. (But yes, there are beef ribs, too.)
155 Bleecker St. (at Thompson St.); 646-756-5115 or pigbleeckernyc.com
Upgrade your next date night with creative dishes as this intimate chef’s counter. Order dishes à la carte (like oyster mushroom with egg and white truffle or striped bass poké with miso), or better yet, spring for the chef’s spontaneous tasting.
306 W. 13th St. (at W. Fourth St.); 646-896-1404 or coarsenyc.com
Rue La Rue
If your formative years were spent watching Golden Girls reruns, you’re gonna want to head to Washington Heights, stat. Owned by the son and a good friend of Rue McClanahan, the space has loads of her personal memorabilia, plus the requisite baked goods (cheesecake!)—perfect for a snack with your best gal pals.
4394 Broadway (at 188th St.); ruelaruecafe.com