The Best New Restaurants in NYC to Check Out in October
It seems like every time you blink, a hundred more restaurants have popped up in New York. But with limited time, money and stomach space, where should you go? We’ve rounded up our favorite new spots, including a Taiwanese bakery, a massive food hall and a zero-waste wine bar. Here, the best new restaurants in NYC to add to your list.
1. Llama San
This new spot from Llama Inn chef Erik Ramirez and company highlights Nikkei, the Japanese-Peruvian cuisine that was born in Peru from Japanese immigrants (Ramirez himself is Peruvian with a Japanese grandmother). The kitchen, which features a Japanese konro grill, turns out dishes like scallop ceviche (chirimoya, avocado and sesame), arroz con pata (rice and duck) shaped into the form of nigiri, and pork-shoulder tonkatsu with udon in Peruvian pesto. Grab a seat at the bar to sip Japanese–Latin American–inspired cocktails by mixology pioneer Lynnette Marrero, such as the Nikkei Martini (Japanese gin, sake, vermouth, nori-pisco rinse) and Quizas, Quizas, Quizas (pisco, coconut, matcha, yuzu and egg white).
359 Sixth Ave.; llamasannyc.com
2. Win Son Bakery
The team behind Taiwanese-American hit Win Son has opened a bakery kitty-corner to the original in East Williamsburg. Chef/partner Trigg Brown and pastry chef/baker Danielle Spencer rolled out a breakfast menu featuring dishes such as egg-and-cheese milk buns and sweet and savory doujiang (a hot soymilk soup that defies easy description). Don’t sleep on the pastries, like black sesame mochi doughnuts, Kavalan canelés and black sugar egg custard tarts. There’s dinner too, in the form of milk-bread sandwiches, big chicken boxes (imperial-glazed Taiwanese fried chicken with scallion pancakes) and small vegetable bites aka xiǎochī.
164 Graham Ave., Brooklyn; winsonbrooklyn.com
3. Malibu Farm
Pier 17 in the Seaport District just got a little slice of SoCal with the opening of this West Coast import. The focus here is a farm-to-table menu featuring organic produce, grass-fed beef and fresh fish sourced from small, local purveyors. Soak up Brooklyn Bridge views in the luxe, minimalist dining room while digging into cauliflower-crust pizza, balsamic-ginger skirt steak, açai bowls, multigrain pancakes and healthful salads and tacos. The beverage menu offers simple, handcrafted cocktails featuring infused organic agaves, fresh squeezed juices and local produce.
89 South St.; malibufarm.nyc
4. Norm’s Pizza
We love our classic slice establishments, but we’ll happily welcome a newcomer. Norm’s, from the team behind Upside Pizza, tries its hand at the best possible version of the New York slice. All the pies are naturally leavened with sourdough starter, cooked in a triple-decker Pizza Master 932 (for a thinner and crispier result) and topped with carefully sourced ingredients. The slice shop draws inspo from the ’60s and ’70s, with old-school Formica counters, mustard-yellow hues, pegboards and a fluorescent-lit menu board.
354 Adams St., Brooklyn; normspizza.com
Remember those impossibly fluffy soufflé pancakes? Now you can get them from a mega-popular Japanese chain at its first stateside outpost (though, fair warning, lines are already around the block). You’re here for the famous Miracle Pancakes, which are baked without a mold, resulting in a soft edge and wobbly texture. Get yours topped with the classic sweet cream, drizzles like maple butter or matcha, or even in savory combos like eggs Benedict.
337 W. Broadway; flippersus.com
6. Daily Provisions UWS
The beloved neighborhood coffee shop and bakery from Union Square Hospitality has a new location on the Upper West Side. With a female-led culinary team, the new outpost features all the downtown favorites (like everything croissants, rotisserie chicken and a killer BEC), plus, coming soon for the UWS location, blue plate specials that will change each day of the week, diner-style. Oh, and let’s not forget the famous crullers, including a seasonal salted caramel apple flavor exclusive to the UWS.
375 Amsterdam Ave.; dailyprovisionsnyc.com
7. Catch Steak
The folks behind seafood-centric Catch shift gears with a new 15,000-square-foot restaurant that combines classic steakhouse sensibilities with modern (read: not dark and stuffy) design. As for the kitchen, executive chef Michael Vignola and director of culinary John Beatty go all out with a 1700°F infrared charbroiler. Dishes include a truffle butter filet, bone-in cowgirl rib eye (dry-aged for 32 days) and steaks served by the ounce cooked at your table on a hot Japanese stone. Bonus: It’s one of only two restaurants in New York City to carry an official Kobe license from Japan.
88 Ninth Ave.; catchrestaurants.com
8. Devoción Cascara + Coffee
NYC (and the world) gets its first cascara bar, which highlights the flavors of the coffee cherry (as opposed to the bean, which is really the seed of the fruit). Here, you can sip cold-pressed cascara drinks that taste nothing like coffee—think fresh and fruity—but are still caffeinated and loaded with antioxidants, on tap and in flavors like ginger-lemon, cassia-lime and, of course, straight up. There are also traditional coffee drinks, along with a selection of baked goods to pair with your beverage of choice.
121 E. 27th St.; devocion.com
9. Rhodora Wine Bar
This Fort Greene spot from the team behind the sustainable Brooklyn concepts Rucola, June and Purslane strives to be the first zero-waste wine bar of its kind in the country, committed to using only products that can be recycled, upcycled or composted. (Seriously: There are no trash cans in the place.) The food program is inspired by the conservas tapas bars popular in Portugal and Barcelona. To that end, the menu celebrates natural, low-intervention wines alongside conservas (tinned fish), cheese and vegetable offerings.
197 Adelphi St., Brooklyn; rhodorabk.com
10. Electric Lemon
The latest restaurant to hit Hudson Yards debuts on the 24th floor of the Equinox Hotel, courtesy of restaurant hit maker Stephen Starr. The kitchen, led by executive chef Kyle Knall, puts an emphasis on light and balanced offerings—true to Equinox form—like chickpea pasta with Sungold tomatoes, blistered shishito peppers and basil, and a “Somewhat Simple Salad” with seven different vegetables, sunflower seeds and lemon vinaigrette. Go before it gets too cold to enjoy the outdoor terrace overlooking the Hudson.
33 Hudson Yards, 24th fl.; electriclemonnyc.com
11. Il Fiorista
This NoMad newcomer (Italian for “the florist”) is a restaurant/flower shop hybrid with a sustainable mission: It sources its food, flowers and herbs both locally and regionally, employs water-use reduction and composting methods to reduce its environmental impact, and uses recyclable and compostable packaging. Executive chef Garrison Price oversees a seasonal menu that highlights—what else?—edible flowers and herbs. The boutique features home goods and floral-arranging services, while the Flower Room hosts a variety of educational classes (like DIY bouquet making and edible flowers 101), as well as private events.
17 W. 26th St.; ilfioristanyc.com
Get all of your noodle, sushi and bubble tea cravings satisfied in one place at this new midtown hub for Asian street food. Vendors include Yaso Noodle Bar (Shanghainese street food), Debutea (Taiwanese teahouse), Rice-On! (a craft sushi restaurant), Bee Pattern (a high-end bubble waffle shop) and Curry42 (Malaysian curry).
220 E. 42nd St.; eat8sia.com
13. Lola Taverna
Take a (gastronomic) trip to Greece by way of this new Soho spot from restaurateur Cobi Levy (Black Seed Bagels, Babu Ji). Executive chef Dionisis Liakopoulos puts a modern spin on Greek Island fare in shareable dishes like saganaki fondue and fresh market fish. The breezy interior features handmade ceramic pots and tall floor lanterns bathed in off-white and beige colors, and there’s outdoor seating for warm evenings.
210 Sixth Ave.; lolataverna.com
At this new midtown spot from the Crave Fishbar team, the ingredients are carefully sourced, the tortillas are made in house and the salsas are homemade. Grab a quick bite from the counter-service station downstairs, or settle in for a meal and a choice of more than a hundred agave-based spirits at the restaurant upstairs.
244 E. 53rd St.; tacovisionnyc.com
15. Caffè Panna
Hallie Meyer (daughter of Danny) is behind the newest scoop in town, specializing in Roman-style ice cream. Each morning, the shop churns ten flavors fresh on-site—five classic flavors and five that will change daily based on what’s inspiring the team (think combinations such as Caffè Bianco Stracciatella, Olive Oil Apricot and PB Cornberry). Along with optional mix-ins like nuts, olive oil and nocciola (hazelnut cocoa spread), each scoop will get a complimentary dollop of panna (whipped cream made with the high-fat cream that comes from Piedmontese cows), the addictive topping for which the shop is named.
77 Irving Pl.; caffepanna.com
16. Feroce Pizza & Bocce Bar
The Moxy Chelsea hotel gets a new pizzeria with some help from a famed Roman restaurant, Roscioli. The specialty here is pizza romana tonda, thin and crispy round pies made with a fermented dough. We’re eyeing the Fiore (topped with fior de latte mozz, zucchini blossoms and imported anchovies) and the Potato & Co. (mozz, potatoes, Italian sausage and rosemary). Along with pizza, you’ll find apps like cacio e pepe chips and a selection of crostini, an all-Italian wine list and an indoor bocce table.
105 W. 28th St.; moxy-hotels.marriott.com
This Korean barbecue restaurant has a luxe specialty: Wagyu beef that’s flown in from Japan. Diners are assigned a personal server who provides one-on-one service for the duration of your meal. The menu begins with shareable dishes like galbi mandoo (kimchi dumplings wrapped in Wagyu short rib) and soft tofu (made fresh in-house daily). The tabletop barbecue is the main event, though: It begins with your server placing a cube of Wagyu fat, rosemary and garlic in the cast-iron pan before searing your choice of more than 30 different cuts (including rib eye, tenderloin and marinated short rib).
10 E. 33rd St.; hyun-nyc.com
Take us to church, or rather, this impressive new dining destination inside the new Moxy East Village hotel. The interior alone is worth a visit, with soaring triple-height ceilings and an ethereal 19-foot wire mesh sculpture. The menu, meanwhile, takes inspiration from Southern France with traces of Italy, Spain and Greece as seen in tomato Provençal, burrata with a chickpea pancake and bouillabaisse “Tetou” for the table.
112 E. 11th St.; moxy-hotels.marriott.com
19. The Elgin
Named after the Elgin Botanic Garden, said to be the first public botanical garden in the U.S. which once sat in the same spot, this bilevel midtown gastropub is a strong contender for your next after-work drinks spot. Nosh on elevated bar fare (like wings, crab and artichoke dip, and a French onion soup burger) alongside creative cocktails like the Beet Knick (Scotch, beet, ginger and lemon) and Riina’s Cure-All (make sure to ask your bartender for the story behind this one).
64 W. 48th St.; elginnyc.com
20. JaJaja West Village
The popular plant-based Mexican eatery has opened a West Side outpost of the LES original. The new location features new menu items, Mexican beers, tequila and mezcal—it’s also triple the size and takes reservations. Indulge in Mexican grain bowls, Barbacoa tacos, avo sopa (avocado soup) and fresh squeezed juice cocktails made from ingredients like celery and snap peas. The WV location also boasts a private patio and a takeout window connected directly to the kitchen.
63 Carmine St.; jajajamexicana.com
21. Canal Street Oysters
This isn’t your typical out-of-reach (read: expensive) oyster bar: Canal Street Oysters is all about oysters for the people. Enjoy an extensive oyster selection along with other raw bar items like scallops, whelks and Jonah crab. Chef Charlene Santiago (the John Dory Oyster Bar, Reynard) turns out a fish-forward assortment of fresh and cooked dishes such as Spanish mackerel tartare, cod bahn mi and bacalao fish sticks. The cheery interior is all nautical charm, and the mission is sustainable—the restaurant works with the Billion Oyster Project, which works to restore the New York Harbor.
380 Canal St.; canalstreetoysters.com
22. The Riddler
Cali restaurateur Jen Pelka brings her San Francisco–based champagne bar to the West Village. Part neighborhood hangout, part wine lover’s dream, the Riddler serves more than a hundred champagnes by the bottle along with a selection of sparkling and non-sparkling wines and just one beer: Miller High Life. (Get it? The Champagne of Beers.) The food menu plays on high-low champagne and food pairings, with dishes like caviar with Lay’s potato chips and the signature tater tot waffles. As with the San Francisco location, the NYC location is 100% funded by women.
51 Bank St.; theriddlerbar.com
23. Ciao, Gloria
Renato Poliafito, a cofounder of Red Hook’s beloved treat shop Baked, takes inspiration from his Sicilian heritage and international coffee culture for this new Prospect Heights bakery. No surprise, the sweets are top-notch, with options like pumpkin-cinnamon buns with cream cheese mascarpone frosting, oatmeal cream pie and all manner of cakes. On the savory side, there’s both a BEC and PEC (prosciutto, egg and cheese) on a house-made brioche bun, and an homage to the classic Italian hero, along with toasts, fresh baked focaccia and hearty salads. The sunny space features blonde maple paneling, ocean-blue tabletops and a tile wall inspired by Sicily’s famous 142-step Staircase of Santa Maria del Monte.
550 Vanderbilt Ave., Brooklyn; ciaogloria.com
The Upper West Side gets a chic new hangout in the form of this modern American restaurant from the owners of nearby hot spot Tessa. (Psst: That’s “asset” backwards.) The menu features dishes like lamb and Manchego empanadas, lemon arancini, homemade pastas, steak frites with black garlic aioli, and sea scallops with whipped celery root and saffron.
329 Columbus Ave.; assetrestaurant.com
New York is chock-full of bubble tea spots, but this might be the first time we’ve ever seen boozy bubble tea. This London import serves bubble waffles filled with gelato and toppings, signature tea flavors like matcha and rose milk, and yes, adult versions of the drink, like the Majestic Butterfly (jasmine tea with butterfly pea, gin and tonic, and lychee boba).
120 1/2 First Ave.; bubbleologyusa.com
Executive chef Roberto Deiaco expands his Northern Italian operation to the Upper East Side (the first location is in Greenwich Village). Feast on fresh pastas like ravioli filled with creamy ricotta and quail egg yolk, the signature Avena Lasagnetta (individually made lasagna with veal ragù on a parmigiano fondue) and carnivorous dishes like Colorado lamb loin with Castelvetrano olive crust.
22 E. 66th St.; avenadowntown.com