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New restaurants and bars are opening in New York all the time. This is our choice of the best of the latest.

NEW YORK NOW (MARCH-APRIL)


THE GILROY
1561 Second Avenue, NY 10028 T: 212 734 8800
Classic American cuisine and craft cocktails are featured at this 40-seat, late-night Upper East Side den, outfitted with a copper-topped bar and raw-wood communal tables. Chef Joseph D'Angelo is behind the casual dining concept offering dishes such as East Coast oysters, 'The Gilroy' Wellington and chicken potpie. However the main attraction is undoubtedly the impressive Negroni selection, including seasonal, barrel-aged and bottled varieties.

NAVY
137 Sullivan Street, NY 10012 T: 212 533 1137
This quaint little stunner of a SoHo seafood spot is the latest culinary venture from Smith & Mills partners Matt Abramcyk and Akiva Elstein. A raw bar features uni toast, sardines with seed crackers, and blini topped with house-cured fish, while the kitchen delivers plates such as trout en croûte from a menu that changes daily. The interior design encapsulates 1940's maritime chic, with linen and canvas-lined walls, Japanese indigo curtains, and vintage-inspired uniforms.

 

 



 

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CHÂTEAU CHERBULIEZ
47 West 20th Street, NY 10011 T: 212-203-7088
Located in the corner of the iconic Limelight Marketplace, this Parisian-style brasserie is the latest project from renowned chef Todd English. A traditional French menu featuring such classics as moules frites and langouste grillée is accompanied by an impressive wine collection. The decadent and somewhat quirky interiors (one of the private dining areas can only be accessed through a trap door) are perfectly balanced by the lush Provençal courtyard.

TORO
85 Tenth Avenue, NY 10011 T: 212-691-2360
Located in Chelsea, this is the celebrated Boston-based chef Ken Oringer's first foray into the New York restaurant scene. The menu features innovative tapas-style fare including dishes such as pig's ear terrine with king crab and yuzu and rabbit paella. Housed in the old Nabisco factory building on the edge of the river, the interiors are a lesson in industrial chic but with unexpected details such as the mounted fighting bull's head from Mexico.

MISSION CANTINA
172 Orchard Street, NY 10002 T: 212 254 2233
Hot on the heels of his overwhelming success with Mission Chinese Food, Danny Bowien has set his sights on revolutionizing the Mexican food scene in New York with his latest culinary venture. The menu benefits from Bowien's extensive research trips to Mexico and feature dishes such as steamed lamb ribs on a bed of masa with pecan-coffee mole. The vibrant interior design has also benefitted from his research trips and features mosaic tiled flooring and rustic furnishings.

CONTRA
138 Orchard Street, NY 10002 T: 212 466 4633
Acclaimed young chefs Fabian von Hauske and Jeremiah Stone have teamed up to create this intimate restaurant on the Lower East Side. Stone and von Hauske devise a different five-course tasting menu every day; previous menus have included sweetbreads with almond milk and pickled cherries, and beets with hazelnut and yogurt. The 44-seat space is fitted with curved wooden banquettes, linear wood wall paneling and a block bar topped with a live-edge slab of oak.


HESTER STREET CAFÉ
235 Bowery, NY 10002 T: 212 219 1222
This is a culinary collaboration between the New Museum and the venerated Lower East Side community market, Hester Street Fair, known as a launching pad for small, independent businesses and artists. The café features an ever-changing selection of artisan vendors, alongside permanent fixtures Intelligentsia Coffee and Café Grumpy baked goods. The interiors are bright and airy with furniture designed by Brooklyn-based studio Uhuru. 



MALT N MASH
55 Gansevoort Street, NY 10014 T: 646 561 3931
Located in the heart of Meatpacking, this experimental gastro-pub is headed up by executive chef Nahed Ahmed, formerly of El Bulli and The Fat Duck. The dishes are divided into four categories: Raw, Share, Land and Sea, and are a triumph of technical prowess and sublime presentation. Menu highlights include foie gras with chipotle peanut butter and short ribs with tamarind soy and scallion ash. The red-hued interiors feature mosaic floors, exposed brick walls, and a rustic wooden bar.

THE EAST POLE
133 East 65th Street, NY 10065 T: 212 249 2222
In partnership with Tom and Anthony Martignetti of Brinkley's, Ben Towill and Phil Winser, the British duo behind Chinatown's Fat Radish restaurant, have housed their latest venture in a historic brownstone on the Upper East Side. The menu is refreshingly simple with a focus on local, organic produce and sustainably sourced meat and fish; with dishes such as New Jersey cucumbers tossed with fried oysters. The interior design has been inspired by the great 19th century expedition vessels, with materials such as American walnut, marble, black iron and canvas used throughout the bar and restaurant.

COLE'S GREENWICH VILLAGE
118 Greenwich Avenue, NY 10011 T: 212 242 5966
Chic American restaurant in the heart of Greenwich Village overseen by chef Daniel Eardley, formerly of Brooklyn's Chestnut. The menu offers a fresh take on American classics with dishes such as Hudson Valley apple crostini and double cut pork chop with white polenta and fig jus agridolce. Interiors by Steven Gambriel are inspired by the neighborhood's creative scene during the late 20th century and boast a diverse collection of art ranging from 1950s sketches to 1990s street art.

ZZ'S CLAM BAR
169 Thompson Street, NY 10012 T: 212 254 3000
Located just a few doors away from their wildly successful restaurant Carbone, Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi, and Jeff Zalaznick's latest culinary venture is a seafood and raw bar. The menu is awash with Italian-American fusion dishes such as trout crudo with fried leeks, prawn ceviche with fried shrimp heads, cured sardines with oranges, and tuna carpaccio with foie gras and bone marrow. The intimate space boasts exposed brick walls and vintage 1950s wallpaper and is dominated by a vintage crystalline chandelier.

LAFAYETTE
380 Lafayette Street, NY 10003 T: 212-533-3000
The latest culinary venture from Andrew Carmellini, Josh Pickard and Luke Ostrom is very much reminiscent of a European grand café. Chef Damon Wise has wisely created a menu that is remarkable for its pretension-free approach to traditional Gallic cuisine, with dishes such as black fettuccine with seafood and chorizo, duck au poivre, and a bouillabaisse and rotisserie chicken for two. The brightly mirrored and tiled interior features toffee colored banquettes and brass light fittings.

CARBONE
181 Thompson Street, NY 10012 T: 212-254-3000
Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi, and Jeff Zalaznick's eagerly anticipated Italian restaurant has recently opened in the heart of Greenwich Village. The menu is reassuringly familiar, with American-Italian classics such as linguine with clams, lobster fra diavolo, and Caesar salad. The design concept offers a contemporary homage to the 1950s, the tiled dining room features art curated by Vito Schnabel, and the staff wear vintage-style vests and tuxedos designed by Zac Posen.

MANZANILLA
345 Park Avenue, NY 10010 T: 212-255-4086
This is the eagerly awaited restaurant to spring up from the collaboration between restaurateur extraordinaire Yann de Rochefort and Michelin-starred chef Dani García. Although the new venture shares its name with another García restaurant in Málaga, its menu takes a far more New York-centric approach, featuring the likes of pâté buñuelos, and cod tartare with molecular-gastronomical "nitro-tomato," alongside simply grilled steaks. The interior design is a refreshingly simple affair, with wooden accents and stunning herringbone-patterned concrete tiles.

THE GENERAL
199 Bowery, NY 10002 T:
212-271-7101
The latest offering from the 'kings of New York nightlife', Eugene Remm and Mark Birnbaum, is this über-cool Asian restaurant in the heart of the Lower East Side. Chef Hung Huynh's menu is based around sushi rolls and small plates such as miso-glazed sea bass, Reuben spring rolls, and Philly pepper steak sticky buns. The interiors make for a unique sensory experience, as exposed beam ceilings and garage-door windows sit alongside reflective crimson and gold wallpaper.

THE MARROW
99 Bank Street, NY 10014 T: 212-428-6000
In a refreshing departure from the Asian flavors of their last project, Kin Shop, partners Alicia Nosenzo and chef Harold Dieterle's latest project takes its inspiration from Dieterle's Italian-German heritage. The menu features dishes such as wine-braised cuttlefish with garlic bread and guanciale and duck schnitzel with quark spaetzle. However, the culinary highlight is undoubtedly the restaurant's namesake dish, marrow with sea urchin, fried potatoes, and Meyer-lemon aïoli. The extensive wine list is diplomatic to the tee, with a strong focus on German whites and Italian reds.

LOURO
142 West 10th Street, NY 10014 T: 212-206-0606
Following on from the overwhelming success of the intimate Um Segredo supper club, held at his own Roosevelt Island apartment, David Santos has created his first full scale restaurant. The menu is deliciously eclectic with dishes such Chatham cod with peppers and onion vinaigrette, and chicken-fried sweetbreads with collard greens, gravy, and spiced honey. The restaurant itself is a mirror-paneled den of white brick and burgundy leather and its weekly Nossa Mesa Supper Club is set to become the stuff of legends.

L'APICIO
13 East 1st Street, NY 10003 T: 212-533-7400
Fresh from the overwhelming success of Dell'Anima and L'Artusi, Gabe Thompson and Joe Campanale have unveiled their latest gastronomic creation in the East Village. Named after the celebrated 18th Century cookbook, the cuisine at L'Apicio is unsurprisingly Italian, featuring small spuntini and piattino sharing plates and Thompson's piece de la resistance, polenta alla spianatora, delectably studded with the likes of rock shrimp, oxtail and roasted mushroom. Unlike their earlier restaurants, there is a dedicated bar area and an extensive wine and cocktail list.

AAMANNS-COPENHAGEN
13 Laight Street, NY 10013 T: 212-925-1313
Danish chefs are currently the darlings of the international culinary scene, which goes some way to explaining the excitement surrounding Adam Aamann's first venture stateside. The carefully conceptualized menu centers around Aamann's modern interpretation of the classic smørrebrød, with a strong focus on seasonal, locally sourced ingredients. The restaurant's interiors are a veritable showcase of Scandinavian design, complete with white minimalist fittings and floor to ceiling windows to maximize light.

ROSEMARY'S
18 Greenwich Avenue NY 10011 T: 212-647-1818
The craze for humble, earthy cuisine shows no sign of abetting and this simple trattoria does nothing to buck the trend. Owned by Carlos Suarez, formerly of Bobo, and named after his mother, Rosemary's offers fresh, simple Italian dishes such as their renowned homemade mozzarella. A rooftop garden provides the kitchen with fresh herbs and vegetables, and the wooden beamed interiors exude rustic charm.

KEN & COOK
19 Kenmare Street, NY 10012 T: 212 966 3058
Open throughout the day Ken & Cook serves up a varied classic American menu with modern European influences and lots of seafood. There's a separate brunch, lunch and dinner menu and a raw bar menu too which features oysters, clams and lobster. The interior is casual and spacious, and there are large sheets of mirror that cover parts of the white brick work making it light and airy. There are also cosy leather booths for larger tables, and it's a big restaurant seating 65 at one time.

BACK FORTY WEST
70 Prince Street, NY 10012 T: 212 219 8570
This is the recent SoHo outpost of East Village favorite, Back Forty. It's a casual dining space with a communal table on the second floor and bar to one side. The menu is split up into how you might eat a dish, so spoon and ladle is for the soups and curries and fork and knife are for the main dishes. There are a lot of big meats, pork shoulder, cassoulet and some small plates to be eaten by hand, acorn squash tempura and pulled pork Sammy. There's also an emphasis on interesting home-baked breads.

SUPER LINDA
109 West Broadway, NY 10013 T: 212 227 8998
Sister restaurant to hip La Esquina and Miss Lily's, Super Linda is a Latin American inspired restaurant set over two floors. There's a cool and airy dining room upstairs and a sultry lounge downstairs. The bar makes an array of frozen drinks and the food, inspired by the tastes of Argentina and Uruguay include ceviches, tacos and steaks. Some dishes, the ricotta, walnut and spinach ravioli are to die for.

PERLA
24 Minetta Lane, NY 10014 T: 212 933 1824
Perla's menu is a contemporary take on traditional Italian and the interior is charming and rustic, with varnished oak tables, ox blood leather studded banquettes and open brickwork. There's a wood burning oven so expect excellent pizzas on the late night menu, a cocktail bar and a charcuterie counter.

ATERA
77 Worth Street, NY 10013 T: 212 226 1444
Newly opened Atera offers one tasting menu for all and the chef, who is an expert forager, is there in the room as you eat. It's a dining experience for the foodie and especially those that are fans of the Nordic trend. Many of the dishes have been expertly put together with unusual combinations. It is more like chemistry than cooking and there is a strong emphasis on herbs and seasonality.

HAKKASAN
311 West 43rd Street, NY 10036 T: 212 776 1818
This is the first New York location for celebrated Cantonese restaurant Hakkasan. The original two locations, the first is Michelin starred, are in London and the brand has proved to be extremely popular with the international crowd. The menu offers the very best of fine Cantonese cuisine and some dishes reflect that in the price. Hakkasan is not only about the quality and intricacy of the food, it is also about the atmosphere and the low level lighting likens it to an exclusive nightclub, and there is a space for a DJ.

IL BUCO ALIMENTARI & VINERIA

53 Great Jones Street, NY 10012 T: 212 837 2622
Il Buco is all about simple authentic food made to be enjoyed by friends and family. Many of the staple items on the menu are home-made and Il Buco favorites: salami, pasta, bread, olive oil and can be eaten inside or taken home. There's a good wine list and the grocer incorporates goods from hand-picked local suppliers. It's an extension of the immensely popular Il Buco around the corner.

ACME
9 Great Jones Street, NY 10012 T: 212 203 2121
Acme, formerly a New Orlean's inspired casual eatery has been reopened by Danish chef Mads Refslund from world-renowned Noma. The new and destined-to-be-popular Nordic menu is divided into four sections: raw, cooked, soil and sea or land and a hot favorite among foodies already is the clam dish with pearl barley. The drinks menu is exciting too and the graffiti green cocktail in particular has a Nordic kick.

TERTULIA
359 6th Avenue, NY10014 T: 646 559 9909
Celebrated chef Seamus Mullen opened his first restaurant, Tertulia last year. The menu is inspired by the ingredients, flavors and simplicity of Northern Spanish cooking. The menu is varied, there are tostas, sartenes, tapas and platos familiares and in all areas the ingredients are the real stars. It's laid back and casual and ultimately great fun.

PULQUERIA

11 Doyers St, NY 10013 T: 212 227 3099
Although Mexican cuisine has always been popular in the city Pulqueria is the first to serve the traditional Aztec spirit 'pulque'. This bar is lively and energetic and the potent drinks are deceptive but a good time is guaranteed. There's a DJ to keep the atmosphere alive and the authentic Mexican food goes really well with the creative cocktails.

SONS OF ESSEX
133 Essex St, NY 10002 T: 212 674 7100
This new deli come dining room has been designed so well it looks like it has been there for years. There are chandeliers, leather armchairs, old portraits on the walls, book shelves and brass. It's warm and inviting and there is lots of comfort food on both the deli and restaurant menus, sandwiches, steaks, mac 'n' cheese, waffles and eggplant parmesan.

PARM
248 Mulberry Street, NY 10012 T: 212 993 7189
Parm is a great new sandwich shop with Italian-American staples in the heart of NoLita. They serve sandwiches and platters for lunch and have nightly specials for dinner that include friend chicken cacciatore, veal and chopped steak.

FRANKIES SPUNTINO

17 Clinton St, NY 10002 T: 212 253 2303
Frankies Spuntino is the latest opening from childhood friends and neighbors, Frank Castronovo and Frank Falcinelli. The menu is made up of seasonal Italian favorites that they themselves picked because it is what they frequently enjoy. The restaurant is a casual eatery that offers fresh ingredients, a great value wine list and unpretentious service.

TERTULIA
359 Sixth Avenue, NY 10014 T: 646 559 9909
In modern day Spanish the name 'Tertulia' describes a gathering of friends where they enjoy great conversation, food and drink together and that is exactly what happens at this restaurant. The menu is a tribute to key Spanish flavors and ways of preparing food. There are tapas and platos familiars, tostas and sartenes, which are oven-grilled dishes in cast-iron skillets. The quality of the ingredients allows them to stand on their own and everything is matched with the perfect glass of wine.

SAXON AND PAROLE
316 Bowery at Bleecker T: 212 254 0350
This is a new American restaurant that takes its influences from the Midwest. There are pork chops, burgers, steaks and lobster favorites on the menu, and they all deliver big and hearty flavors. For lighter dishes there are beet salads, a seafood tower and salmon tartare. The space is made up of dark curving leather and long banquettes. Horse and bourbon lovers will feel at home here.

THE DUTCH

131 Sullivan Street, NY 10012 T: 212 677 6200
The opening of this brand new American restaurant has been eagerly anticipated by the New York restaurant scene. Located on a prime corner in SoHo, The Dutch's menu has multiethnic influences and regional traditions that Chef Carnmellini (A Voce, Locanda Verde) believes are just as "American" as a burger and cherry pie. There are dishes such as smoked ricotta ravioli, hot fried chicken and sloppy duck sandwich. The restaurant itself is bright and airy but with a working fireplace for the winter. Carmellini calls it "American cooking with New York soul."

BEAUTY & ESSEX
146 Essex Street, NY 10002 T: 212 614 0146
Secretly located behind a trap door in a pawn shop is the 280 seat speakeasy restaurant, Beauty & Essex. It is spread across two floors and is filled with rooms and booths ideal for lounging and dining. The atmosphere is seductive, both grand and intimate and each room is adorned with heavy bejeweled decorations. The menu is contemporary and elegant and many of the dishes are tapas in style and designed for sharing.

BRUSHSTROKE
30 Hudson Street, NY 10013 T: 212 791 3771
Helmed by Head Chef, David Bouley, Brushstroke is a fantastic new Japanese restaurant that has added to the fantastic culinary offering that can be found in TriBeCa. There's a seasonal tasting menu and an a la carte menu made up of the freshest ingredients to be found and guests can sit in the lounge, the bar or the heart of the restaurant - the open kitchen surrounded by counter and tables.

THE FAT RADISH
17 Orchard Street, NY 10002 T: 212 300 4053
This is a British inspired establishment with a very fashionable following. The menu is creative with new twists on farm-to-table dishes and lots of vegetarian options such as a beet crumble and celery-root pot pie. There are some wonderfully indulgent puddings and there are some great wines by the glass too. It is open for dinner on weekdays and lunch and dinner at weekends.

PORSENA
21-23 East 7th Street, NY 10003 T: 212 228 4923
Porsena is a grown up Italian East Village spot serving exceptional pasta! There are the usual favorites for antipasti, great crostini topped with mozzarella and an anchovy wilted escarole salad, and big secondi, a roasted chicken, parchment-wrapped hake and a beef shin braised in red wine but the array of pasta dishes take center stage. It is rustic but refined and this is reflected in the décor. It is comfortable enough with a farm table by the open kitchen. They also take reservations.

RUBIROSA
235 Mulberry Street, NY 10012 T: 212 965 0500
There are reclaimed wood tables, tin panelling, old country photos hanging from the walls and barrel-vaulted wood ceilings at this restaurant. A revolving shelf oven cooks the pizzas that are made from a secret family recipe and the non-pizza menu includes local classics such as baked clams, stuffed artichokes and hand-rolled manicotti. Well worth a visit for any pizza fan.

SOCARRAT NOLITA
284 Mulberry St., New York T: 212 219 0101
This is the new sister restaurant of Chelsea's Socarrat and La Nacional on 14th Street. Its menu takes Spanish tapas influences from its siblings but owner Lolo Manso has also added more paellas, working with lobster, calamari, cod, lamb and a selection of montaditos for the smaller appetite. Great for dining in groups or alone on its long communal table and you can book. Daily from 6 to 11.30pm.

LYON BOUCHON MODERNE
118 Greenwich Ave., New York T: 212 242 5966
The New York Times gave Lyon a commendable one star in a recent review. It serves great onion soup, charcuterie and salads that can be eaten over red-checked tablecloths in a warm and welcoming room. It is classic Lyonnais food from a city often overlooked by the traveler.

COMPOSE
77 Worth Street, between Church St. and Broadway, New York T: 212 2261444
An elegant TriBeCa restaurant that mixes the diner with flamboyant taste buds with the cocktail enthusiasts. You can experience a gourmet 10 course tasting menu from Executive Chef, Nick Curtin or sip cocktails blended with laser cut ice. Sit at the horseshoe bar and interact with the barman