The changing of the seasons means it’s that time again — yep, the time when we tell you where you’re going to want to make dinner reservations next. In a city like New York, even the Instagram-worthy options can become tiring, which is why we’re always on the hunt for newness. NYC’s latest crop of restaurants run the gamut from pizza to oysters, perfect for no matter what your mood or occasion. Below, peep your next spot that answers the question, “Where should we eat tonight?”
The newly-opened Minnie’s on Clinton offers American comfort food with a twist. Their menu is dotted with bursts of Middle Eastern and Asian flavors — a lot going on, but you won’t be disappointed. We especially love the relaxed neighborhood vibes, and the fact that this is a women-owned business (hello, Boss Babes!). Minnie’s is the place to host your next girls’ night.
Location: 29 Clinton Street
We’ve been fans of Gabe Stulman since the beginning of time, so we had high hopes for his latest venture, Fairfax. Spoiler alert: it doesn’t disappoint. This all-day cafe and wine bar has light bites throughout the day, a killer sweet and savory brunch menu, and various small plates and entrees that make the spot an excellent choice whether it’s date night or dinner with your friends.
Location: 234 W 4th Street
It’s rare that a pizza joint is as famous for their burger as they are for their pizza. Emily (the namesake restaurant of Emily Hyland) recently debuted Emily West Village, the husband-and-wife duo’s first location in Manhattan. The restaurant joins Emily and Emmy Squared, and fuses menu elements from each. Split the burger and a pie with a pal to get the best of both worlds.
Location: 35 Downing Street
Oysters and wine are a positively perfect pairing. Raw bar Cervo’s offers both, fusing flavors inspired by the cuisine of Spain and Portugal into its dinner menu and curated wine selection. The space is intimate and modern, so you won’t mind posting up here for a night once those chilly fall nights kick in.
Location: 43 Canal Street
Although not entirely new, modern Mexican spot Atla took a while to grow on the NYC food scene. Their revamped menu hits the right notes with a range of healthy-ish chicken, seafood, and breakfast options. (Flax seed chilaquiles! Arctic char tostadas!) While you may not think of an occasion to come here, we recommend giving it a shot at least once.
Location: 372 Lafayette Street
Written by Kirby Kelly
Feature image via Gothamist