There are enough restaurants in NYC to eat every night out for at least three years straight — luckily, though, you don’t need to kiss a lot of frogs to find the best spot. Below are eight of our favorite new places you need to get your grub on — not just for the food, but for the atmosphere, too.
Mangia! Mangia! Your new favorite authentic Italian spot is just over the bridge in Park Slope. Fausto is created from the same people who opened L’Artusi in the West Village. Sleek leather booths centered between two wood-burning ovens to warm winter evenings. This spot will make you want to cozy up with a few glasses of wine and their specialty orecchiette which is made with pork and greens.
Location: 348 Flatbush Ave.
The Lobster Club is located in the Seagram Building and despite the name, this place is a Japanese restaurant with ’70s chic decor. Seems like something out of a Mad Men set, with hues of pinks and greens on the chairs and booths. The food on the other hand is split up between raw (sushi, of course) and grilled. One dish we recommend is the Waygu skirt from the teppanyaki grill.
Location: 98 E 53rd St.
The latest Mexican spot is not in Manhattan, but Brooklyn (Gowanus to be specific). Although they are known for their food, the back patio area is just as equally great — too bad we have to wait until summer for late night drinks and tacos. Claro makes freshly made tortillas right in front of you and if you haven’t tried one, better run on over now (they are bomb). The menu is small and changes seasonally, but it’s totally great to check out even in the cold.
Location: 284 3rd Ave.
Now, this spot is a bit different from the rest. It’s an Eastern Mediterranean restaurant located right on Dumbo’s waterfront. The cuisines that draw inspiration from North Africa to the Middle East are led by Executive Chef Garett McMahan. The wine list, which is only produced by coastal Mediterranean companies, is curated by Joe Campanale from L’Artusi. Now grab a glass of wine and the lamb plate for two while staring off into the Manhattan skyline.
Location: 1 John St.
The Loyal or should we say “The Royal.” This place is not an average dinner spot to go to after work. From the people that brought you the Nix, this is the spot you will definitely want to take your parents to when they’re in town or take your bae for their birthday. The food itself has a lot of options, from a lobster cocktail to “drunken” eggs. While this place is for everyone, some items can get pretty pricey. But if there’s one item that you should get (no matter what the price) it’s their DIY sundae platter. Trust.
Location: 289 Bleecker St.
Are you tired of trying to find a decent spot to eat nearby? Well, if you live in the UES, then Blake Lane will answer all of your prayers. This relaxed spot is your next go-to where you can catch up with a friend or have a lunch meeting with a few of your coworkers. They serve breakfast from 8-5 pm (yes, you heard that right) and they have salad and poke bowls for a fast, healthy meal.
Location: 1429 3rd Ave.
This place is the land of the “hangry” mainly because they offer large plates and even a $64 plate of lasagna for two. The small menu might be on the $$$ side, but the plates are truly shareable and are a delight to share with a group of friends. We recommend the stuffed garlic flatbread and gnocchi for sure.
Location: 103 Greenwich Ave.
Located inside Made Hotel, Le Turtle‘s Greg Proechel opened Ferris, a new American restaurant. Ferris has a lot of fish options for those pescetarians out there. You can order their cod with clams, celtuce, hazelnut or their octopus with egg custard and confit potato.
Location: 44 W 29th St.
Written by Reza Moreno
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