15 New NYC Restaurants to Try in May
Like a secret spot in the back of a coffee shop
Story of our lives: By the time we finally get around to visiting that new Italian place that just opened in our neighborhood, there’s a line out the door and reservations are booked for weeks.
Not this time. Here are the 15 hottest new restaurants to visit in May. Book your tables now.
The National Sawdust performance space in Williamsburg has transformed into an industrial-chic eatery by James Beard Award-winning chef Patrick Connolly, serving almost-too-beautiful-to-eat dishes like mackerel crudo with salmoriglio, garlic chips and fresno. (Um, we said almost.)
80 N. Sixth St. (at Wythe Ave.), Brooklyn; 718-210-3152 or riderbklyn.com
Soul food is on the menu at this comfy Windsor Terrace joint that’s so homey, you’ll want to sleep over. While you’re waiting for your main, sample the boiled peanuts and Kool-Aid pickles. Yep, you heard us.
1295 Prospect Ave. (at Greenwood Ave.), Brooklyn; 917-909-0421 or butterfunkkitchen.com
If you haven’t been to Le District, which is basically Battery Park’s French version of Eataly, the time is now. Inside, a new 30-seat restaurant offers multi-course tastings that you can watch the chefs prepare like you’re watching Top Chef. For real, the place is designed to feel like a living room.
225 Liberty St. (at West St.); 212-981-8577 or lappartnyc.com
Go downstairs at the Innside Hotel in NoMad and you’ll be greeted by the sweet smells of celeb chef Scott Conant’s rustic Italian menu. We’ll take the pappardelle with braised rabbit and mint, please.
132 W. 27th St. (at Seventh Ave.); 917-409-5171 or imperorestaurants.com
FAIR WEATHER BUSHWICK
OK, this spot isn’t exactly new. It’s been a coffee shop for the past two years, but now it’s expanding to include brunch, lunch and dinner, including an impressively inexpensive dinner tasting menu that changes weekly. Ten courses for 65 bucks? Finally, a tasting menu you don’t need to take out a second mortgage for.
274 Wyckoff Ave. (at Gates Ave.), Brooklyn; 347-305-3736 or fairweatherbushwick.com
NYC already has its fair share of burger spots (with equally punny names), but we’re really psyched about this one because it features the Lower East Sider, a six-ounce burger piled with pastrami, Gruyère and Brooklyn Brine pickles on a toasted rye roll.
67 Clinton St. (at Rivington St.); 212-529-6999
What do you get when you combine Chopped winner Marcellus Coleman, tasty cocktails and a bunch of insomniacs? A Williamsburg cocktail-bar-slash-restaurant-slash-nightclub, with treats like crab-stuffed beignets served as late as 4 a.m.
149 N. Sixth St. (at Bedford Ave.); 718-384-6961 or midnightsbk.com
Named after an actual mill that existed on the corner of Union and Nevins streets in 1784, this ode to old-school Gowanus features seasonal small plates like charred cauliflower with romesco and mojama. And you know how we feel about cauliflower.
285 Nevins St. (at Sackett St.), Brooklyn; 718-852-3000 or freeksmill.com
This Astoria Mexican hot spot is opening a chic new outpost in Hell’s Kitchen. Three-course ceviche tasting, here we come.
802 Ninth Ave. (at W. 53rd St.); 212-245-4500 or tacubanyc.com
This rustic Italian sandwich spot in Astoria is opening a new shop in the West Village. If you need us, we’ll be sitting in Washington Square Park, munching on prosciutto crostini with basil pesto and Parmesan cheese.
48 W. Eighth St. (at Washington Sq. W.); 212-228-2466 or ilbambinonyc.com
A trendy new delicatessen in the vein of Barney Greengrass and Russ & Daughters is paying tribute to classic Jewish comfort foods. Mmmm, lox and nova...
631 Manhattan Ave. (at Nassau Ave.), Brooklyn; 718-389-2302 or frankelsdelicatessen.com
THE CHINESE CLUB
Owner Stacey Mehta Lo’s great-grandfather ran the original Chinese Club in Darjeeling, India, and now she’s bringing the Chinese dishes with an Indian flare to NYC. First rule of Chinese Club? Sample the beer battered General Tso's chicken.
208 Grand St. (at Driggs Ave.), Brooklyn; 718-487-4576 or pasarmalamny.com