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Recently Opened

Essex Street Market
Lower East Side, Manhattan

This May the historic Essex Street Market tripled in size when it moved across the street to the new urban renewal development Essex Crossing. Twenty-five vendors remain part of the market while 14 new vendors and two full-service restaurants joined the fold. The market continues to serve fresh, affordable and quality food items while also educating patrons at the brand-new demonstration and teaching kitchen, where cooking classes are offered and market vendors’ unique food offerings highlighted (essexstreetmarket.com).

Paris Cafè
TWA Hotel

Located in the heart of the TWA Hotel, Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten oversees the all-day restaurant encompassing the terminal’s original Paris Café and Lisbon Lounge, spaces originally outfitted by famed Parisian industrial designer Raymond Loewy. (twahotel.com)

Mercado Little Spain
Hudson Yards, Far West Manhattan

Chef José Andrés’ ThinkFoodGroup’s Mercado Little Spain is an indoor/outdoor 35,000-square-foot concept, located underneath the High Line at the base of 10 Hudson Yards, the project opened with the rest of Hudson Yards this March and is Andrés’ first in New York. Leña, Mar, and The Spanish Diner are among the restaurants featured here. (hudsonyardsnewyork.com).

Meatpacking District, Manhattan

The famed French restaurant that helped transform the Meatpacking District in the early 2000s reopened a block from its original location on Gansevoort Street this May. The eater is helmed by James Beard Award–winning restaurateurs Keith McNally and Stephen Starr (pastisny.com).

The Fulton
Seaport District NYC

On May 14 Jean-Georges Vongerichten opened The Fulton on Pier 17 in the revitalized Seaport District NYC. Named after the Fulton Fish Market, an iconic former staple of the waterfront neighborhood, Jean-Georges serves up a seafood-forward menu in a scenic waterfront setting (thefulton.nyc).

Webster Hall Renovation
East Village, Manhattan

Following a year and a half of renovations the iconic East Village music venue and night club Webster Hall reopened on April 26 with a sold-out concert by JAY-Z. The renovation of the 1886 historic building includes revamped entryway areas, bathrooms, upgraded acoustics and an elevator. Upcoming performances include Empire of the Sun (June 6-8), Sigrid (September 19-20), Julia Michaels (October 30), and more. (websterhall.com).

Pilot, Island Oyster, Grand Banks & Marine Co. 7
New York City Waterfront (Various Locations)

Beloved waterfront dining and drinking establishments Grand Banks, Island Oyster and Pilot have officially reopened for the spring/summer season (through October). This month, owners Alex and Miles Pincus, will also open Marine Co. 7, a bar aboard a restored 1962 fireboat docked at Fulton Ferry Landing, overlooking the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan skyline.

Cipriani Food Hall
Upper West Side, Manhattan

In summer 2019 Italian hospitality legend Cipriani is expected to open a new Upper West Side food hall between 59th and 61st Streets along the Hudson River. It will include retail offerings, produce stands, a coffee bar, pizza counter, and gelato and pastry shops, as well as a full-service restaurant (cipriani.com).

Dean & DeLuca STAGE
Meatpacking District, Manhattan

Dean & DeLuca STAGE, a new cafeteria-style restaurant by gourmet food purveyor Dean & DeLuca, opened in April 2019 on the street level of the former Spice Market building in the Meatpacking District. The eatery serves pastries, coffee, sandwiches, and dinner entrees in a space designed by renowned German architect Ole Scheeren (deandeluca.com).

SoHo, Manhattan

This beautifully designed restaurant by Cédric Vongerichten (son of Jean-Georges) opened this February with a menu offering Indonesian cuisine with a modern French flair. The space is cozy and warm, with lush plants and an amber-lit dining room. (wayan-nyc.com)

Gran Tivoli
Nolita, Manhattan

Jason Scott and Robert Marchetti, the restaurateurs behind some of Australia’s most well pedigreed restaurants, opened their first U.S. restaurant in Nolita in February. The Coastal Italian establishment serves an expansive menu with robust seafood, meat and vegetarian options in a space with art deco touches. Fran Tivoli also features an underground wine cellar and cocktail bar called Peppi’s Cellar. (grantivoli.com)

Crown Shy
Financial District, Manhattan

In mid-March James Kent, the former chef de cuisine of Eleven Madison Park and executive chef of The Nomad, and his partner Jeff Katz opened their first restaurant in Lower Manhattan. Serving an A la carte menu of upscale yet relaxed contemporary cuisine, the restaurant is located at in a landmarked Art Deco building. (Crownshy.nyc)

Da Long Yi
Chinatown, Manhattan

A renowned Chengdu-style eatery opened its first U.S. outpost in NYC this May after enjoying success in China, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Chinese hot pots filled with fresh ingredients from China’s Sichuan, Henan, and Shandong provinces are the main attraction, while the restaurant décor sets the scene with traditional Chinese wood and bamboo architecture.

Bar Pisellino
West Village, Manhattan

In May, West Village dining icons Rita Sodi and Jody Williams expanded their community presence with their 4th restaurant in the area in May, Bar Pisellino. Inspired by standing coffee bars in Rome, visitors can stop by the casual spot right outside Christopher St. Park for espresso and pastry in the morning starting at 7 am. In the evenings, wine and cocktails are served with Italian bites through midnight. (barpisellino.com)

Bourke Street Bakery
NoMad, Manhattan

The Australian culinary invasion of New York City continues with this bakery and café that debuted in Nomad this spring. At Bourke Street Bakery, travelers will find Sydney classics like sausage rolls and honeycombs, first-rate breads and pastries, and savory lunch bites at an affordable price with everything on the menu under $10. (bourkestreetbakery.com.au)

Bowery, Manhattan

In addition to the trendy rooftop bar Last Light, the Sister City hotel debuted Floret in May, an all-day restaurant focused on vegetables and seasonal fare in its Bowery hotel. Andrew Whitcomb and Joe Ogrodnek, two Brooklyn restaurant veterans, are behind the eatery at his recently debuted, high-profile hotel. (sistercitynyc.com/info/food)

East Village, Manhattan

This spring, a bourbon and rye bar serving strictly Vegan BBQ bites joined the East Village on the corner of Avenue A and 6th. The plant-based menu serves the flavors, textures and aromas you would expect from a western barbeque joint while working exclusively with vegan-friendly ingredients (honeybeesnyc.com)

Midtown Manhattan

Retail icon Saks Fifth Avenue’s opened up Paris celebrity hot spot L’Avenue in January 2019 as part of its $250 million renovations, which has been known to host notable guests like Kanye West, Justin Bieber, Rihanna and Mariah Carey. Taking up two stories and overlooking St. Patrick’s Cathedral and 30 Rock, the interior is put together by prolific designer Philippe Starck. The menu is similar to the Paris location with items such as spicy beef tenderloin. (saksfifthavenue.com)

Dear Irving on Hudson
Midtown Manhattan

The popular downtown cocktail bar expanded to a Midtown Penthouse with full view of Times Square in January. Spread across two floors atop the Aliz Hotel, the new location has a James Bond theme and serves up an expanded cocktail menu from its Union Square predecessor (dearirving.com).

East Village, Manhattan

Opened January 10, Violet is the sixth restaurant by the Pizza Loves Emily Group, known for their beloved pizzas and acclaimed Emily burger. Named after the state flower of Rhode Island, Violet focuses on grilled cuisine ,including pizza, paying homage to New England flavors (violeteastvillage.com).

Chelsea, Manhattan

Culinary legend Emeril Lagasse, known for his television work on shows such as Top Chef and dozens of restaurants throughout the US, finally entered the NYC culinary scene on January 7 with his restaurant Rodos in Chelsea’s Hotel Henri. A collaborative effort with restaurateurs Yiannis Chatiris and Eleni Vareli, the restaurant is named after Chatiris’ home island in the Mediterranean and offers cajun spin on Greek cuisine. (rodosnyc.com)

The Factory 380
NoMad, Manhattan

Timed perfectly with the exhibit currently on display at the Whitney and the WorldPride celebrations coming later in 2019, this dynamic bar, opened in January 2019, pays homage to Andy Warhol with a design that is modeled after his Union Square studio. With two bars and a speakeasy, it offers an array of different vibes that are littered with references to the legendary artist’s work. (thefactory380.com)

Flushing, Queens

One of mainland China’s largest hot pot chains, Liuyishou, opened in Flushing in December 2018. The restaurant specializes in spicy Chongqing-style hot pot, and also includes an extensive buffet (liuyishouna.com).

Stapleton, Staten Island

In December 2018 Barca debuted, complete with views of Staten Island's waterfront and the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge. Barca serves up the finest seafood and handmade pastas (barcany.com).

Murray Hill, Manhattan

The brand-new Park Avenue South eatery, opened in December 2018, introduces diners to South Korean culture with an experience specifically curated from the tasting menu to restaurant architecture, uniforms, menu artwork and everything in between to display the modernization of Korean traditions. Chef Junghyun Park’s menu serves elaborate dishes that, at times, include more than 20 ingredients and use a wide array of the most common Korean ingredients (atomixnyc.com).

NoMad, Manhattan

The new (December 2018) high-end dining addition to the Evelyn Hotel serves up a prix-fixe menu featuring items like foie gras, crab mousse, pig’s feet and cubed short rib, courtesy of chef Jonathan Benno, chef de cuisine Justin Skribner, Leonelli’s pastry chef Lindsey Bittner and baker Lisa Kalemkiarian. Benno describes his food as the crossroads between Italy and France and the decor matches, with custom woodwork and marble fixtures completing the restaurant. (bennorestaurant.com)

Starbucks Reserve Roastery
Chelsea, Manhattan

With five bars (two for coffee and one each for cocktails, takeaway beans and pastries), a working coffee roaster, dozens of coffee brews and tons of space, the new Starbucks Roastery is the most experiential way to grab a cup of joe in New York City. Opened in December of 2018, this is the first reserve roastery location in the US outside of the company’s headquarters in Seattle (starbucksreserve.com).

Japan Village (moved from upcoming)
Sunset Park, Brooklyn

Japan Village, a new Japanese-themed experiential food destination with a food hall, izakaya restaurant, sake store, specialty grocery store and more, opened in Sunset Park’s Industry City in November 2018. Said to be the Japanese version of Eataly, the 20,000-square-foot space make visitors feel as if they’ve stepped foot in Japan without having to fly 7,000 miles across the Pacific (industrycity.com).

Flatiron District, Manhattan

This upscale dining spot debuted in the Flatiron District in November 2018, serving modern Indian cuisine by an alumni of the renowned restaurant Indian Accent. GupShup, whose name means "to gossip" in Hindi, is intended to bring people together in an opulent convivial setting (gupshupnyc.com).

Atlas Kitchen
Upper West Side, Manhattan

Artfully decorated with traditional Chinese watercolor, this Chinese restaurant opened on the border of Columbia University’s campus in November 2018 and offers popular dishes like dumplings and dan dan noodles, but also more exotic selections like Xiang-style stinky tofu and deep-fried pork intestine that chef Kaiyuan Li has continuously perfected during his more than 20 years of experience cooking in New York City (atlaskitchennyc.com).

Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn

Po’Mi, which opened in October 2018, brings together the classic flavors of Louisiana po’boy and Vietnamese banh mi baguettes, serving various sandwiches and bowls (po-mi.com).

Bluebird London
Columbus Circle, Manhattan

In September 2018 revered British restaurant group D&D debuted Manhattan’s first Bluebird London location in the former A Voce space at The Shops at Columbus Circle. Overlooking Central Park and Columbus Circle, the restaurant serves up Modern British cuisine (bluebirdlondon.nyc).

Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Opened at the new boutique hotel The Hoxton, Williamsburg, in September 2018, Klein’s serves up American classics and local favorites with a stylish open kitchen, wraparound rooftop bar and bleacher-style outdoor courtyard (thehoxton.com).

Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Missy Robbins, the chef and owner of the wildly successful Lilia, opened nearby restaurant Misi in September 2018. Robbins was named the 2018 “Best New York City Chef” by the James Beard Foundation and is serving up an all pasta and vegetable menu, sticking to the primi section of your typical Italian menu (misinewyork.com).

Lower East Side, Manhattan

In fall 2018, Devon opened on the Lower East Side, by the well-known Zabar hospitality family. The craft cocktail bar and restaurant offers an eclectic menu featuring new takes on classic dishes and the space will also include an adjacent retail bakery that will supply the restaurant with breads and pastries. (devonnyc.com).

Long Island City, Queens
In the heart of one of the hottest neighborhoods in New York City, Addã opened in fall 2018 and has created a buzz in step with the area. After a successful tenure as executive chef of Junoon, the only Michelin-starred Indian restaurant in NYC, owner Chintan Pandya started his own restaurant that serves an authentic Indian menu in a casual, home-like venue (addanyc.com).

Four Seasons Restaurant
Midtown Manhattan

In August the iconic Four Seasons Restaurant reopened in a new location on Park Avenue, with new owners, chefs and an updated menu featuring modern classics including crab cakes, tableside Caesar salad, truffle-roasted chicken and seasonal desserts (fourseasonsrestaurant.com).

Henry at Life Hotel
Midtown Manhattan

Stephen Hanson, the founder of BR Guest, which operates restaurants all over the United States, is back in the restaurant business after selling his ownership in the group with this new venture inside the Life Hotel. Hanson, considered one of the most influential figures in NYC dining, opened Henry in partnership with chef JJ Johnson in August 2018 with the intention of it being an affordable experience with an authentic local vibe. Guests can enjoy an Italian menu including seafood, pizza, pasta and various meat dishes for a price below what surrounding dining options offer (henrynomad.com).

Lower Manhattan

Located 60 stories above the Financial District, Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group opened a new restaurant in July 2018, offering 360-degree views with an intimate, neighborhood restaurant feel. The project also includes a new event space, the Bay Room. (manhattarestaurant.com).


MRKTPL Empire Outlets
St. George, Staten Island

MRKTPL will be Staten Island’s first artisanal food hall when it opens at Empire outlets this summer. The nearly 13,000 square foot dining destination will offer the best local and international food purveyors in a relaxed environment. Manny Del Castillo and Jamie Hinojos—the creative director and director of operations at the Gansevoort Market—will run the venue. The MRKTPL team is also responsible for the newly opened North 3rd Street Market in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (empireoutletsnyc.com).

Time Out Market New York
Dumbo, Brooklyn

This Spring, the 21,000-square-foot Time Out Market New York will debut within Dumbo’s Empire Stores, bringing 21 distinct dining, beverage and cultural experiences curated by editors of Time Out magazines together under one roof. The new market will pair cuisine with views of the Brooklyn Bridge and Lower Manhattan skyline (timeoutmarket.com/newyork).

Gage & Tollner
Downtown Brooklyn

After closing 15 years ago, the 125-year staple of Brooklyn dining is poised for a comeback. St. John Frizell, owner of Red Hook’s Fort Defiance, and Good Fork owners Ben Schneider and Sohui Kim signed a lease in January to revive Brooklyn’s first fine dining restaurant, formally frequented by stars such as Mae West and Truman Capote. Future guests can expect the historic dining room to be fully restored with original décor, while a modernized chop house menu will be served (gageandtollner.com).

Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Famed Bushwick wood-fired pizza restaurant Roberta’s is slated to open a new full-service location in Williamsburg’s major Domino Park development in fall 2019, joining Danny Meyer’s Tacocina