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The NYC Hit List: The Best New Restaurants In NYC

We checked out these new restaurants—and loved them.

31 Spots
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31 Spots
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Updated January 18th, 2022

The Hit List is where you’ll find our favorite new food and drink experiences in NYC. We track new openings across the city, and then visit as many as we can. While this is by no means an exhaustive list of every good new spot, one thing you can always rely on is that we’ll only include places that we have genuinely checked out.

Our goal is for this list to be as diverse as the city itself - inclusive of a wide range of cuisines, price points, neighborhoods, chefs and owners of all backgrounds, and the multifaceted communities within the industry. If you think we missed a great new place, we want to hear about it. Shoot us an email at nyc@theinfatuation.com.

Whether you’re looking for in-person dining, takeout, or delivery, The Hit List is here to help you find a great new spot to support. Read on to find your new favorites.

THE SPOTS

Teddy Wolff

Edith’s Eatery & Grocery

$$$$
$$$$ 312 Leonard St

Does Williamsburg need a new brunch destination? Not really. But it has one, and we’re glad. Edith’s Eatery is the latest spot from the people behind Edith’s Sandwich Counter (which started as a pop-up at Paulie Gee’s in Greenpoint), and it’s part cafe, part grocery store. You can grab a table up front and eat near a row of shelves stocked with tahini, pickled vegetables, and Sahadi spice blends, or you can walk to the back where there’s a takeout counter with coffee and baked goods. We highly recommend the chicken schnitzel served alongside warm, griddled cornbread, and you should also grab yourself a buttery malawach with a side of bright green zhug. The atmosphere is extremely casual (and 1950s retro), and the tables are first come, first served—so anticipate a wait if you stop by on a weekend. Feel free to peruse the shelves until your table is ready.

Ha’s Đặc Biệt

$$$$ 70 Forsyth St

After a recent stint in Paris and a few big-deal residencies around NYC last year, this Vietnamese pop-up finally has its own storefront on the Lower East Side. For the next few months, Ha’s Đặc Biệt is selling egg-scallion bánh mì on crusty rolls, oysters glossy with green chili nuoc mam, and ginger-heavy rice porridge that’s comforting enough to make you a kinder, more empathetic person. The setup here is better suited for casual scenarios than hot dates, since you order at a counter and there are only a handful of places to sit. But the food is all exciting enough to warrant a visit, even if it’s by yourself on a random Thursday when you want to spend some quality time with a clam and rice salad coated in fermented anchovy sauce.

Joomak Banjum

$$$$
$$$$ 312 5th Ave

Joomak Banjum in Koreatown definitely isn’t cheap. Their six-course tasting menu clocks in at $180 (somewhere in the middle of the NYC fine dining spectrum)—but if you have the cash, this is a great place to eat small, flavor-packed dishes that are executed at a very high level. Your meal here will begin with some custardy butternut squash layered with caviar followed by a range of other impressive dishes inspired by Korean, Chinese, and French cuisine. The squid ink sourdough jajangmyeon with candied Meyer lemon is a highlight, and the cranberry tart topped with homemade Pop Rocks will make you feel like a kid in the FAO Schwarz candy section. Bring a group, do some coordinating, and make sure no one chooses the same dishes from the tasting menu. This’ll be one of the most fun fine dining experiences you’ve had in NYC.

Chocobar Cortés

$$$$
$$$$ 141 Alexander Ave

Themed menus based around specific ingredients often read like Iron Chef challenges. But at Chocobar Cortés—a new Mott Haven outpost from a fourth-generation Puerto Rican chocolate company—the chocolate-centric menu feels fun. There’s a club sandwich on chocolate mallorca bread, a grilled cheese with chocolate butter, and even something called a Chocoburger. Grab a chocolate croissant from the adjoining cafe when you stop by, and be sure to order something from the extensive hot chocolate menu. The Puerto Rican dark hot chocolate (served with cheese) is worth a visit all on its own.

Zou Zou's

$$$$ 385 Ninth Avenue, Suite 85

When you look around Zou Zou’s, a new Eastern Mediterranean restaurant from the Quality Branded team, you might picture the parties in The Great Gatsby. The dining room is glitzy and high-ceilinged, and every meal here should start with a selection of dips. (The green tahini with a citrusy white foam is particularly impressive.) Next, try the tart raw scallops with dehydrated raspberries and the crispy beef manti with garlicky labneh and just the right amount of oven-dried cherry tomatoes. Portions at this Manhattan West restaurant are pretty big, so share all of these things with a group of friends. If you’re planning an important date, this place is great for that too—especially if you’re looking for something close to Penn Station.

Bonnie’s

$$$$
$$$$ 398 Manhattan Ave

Former Win Son chef Calvin Eng just opened Bonnie’s, a Cantonese American spot in Williamsburg. Reservations will be hard to come by for a while, but try to grab a walk-in seat so you can enjoy some of the best new food in the city. The XO cheung fun arrives with an impressive sear on the noodles, but the surprise hit at Bonnie’s is the yeung yu sang choi bao. This deboned whole trout is stuffed with minced shrimp, and it has a meatloaf-like texture with some crunch from water chestnuts to keep you on your toes. The cocktails also rise to the occasion, especially the tequila-based Riptide that manages to incorporate just enough lychee, an ingredient that’s often show-stealing. We’d like to bring a pitcher of it home.

Comodo

Comodo

$$$$
AmericanLatin  in  FlatironGramercy
$$$$ 23 Lexington Ave

Comodo, once thought to be gone forever after its MacDougal Street location shuttered in 2017, is making an admirable comeback in the Freehand Hotel in Flatiron. There’s a lot worth ordering on the menu, but we’re here to save you from indecision: Get the lamb sliders on pão de queijo buns and the wild mushroom al ajillo tacos with Oaxaca cheese. The picanha with farofa also exceeds expectations (perfectly-cooked steak isn’t as common as you think), and the rigatoni with huge pieces of littleneck clams is a must-have if you’re into rich pastas. Despite being an obviously convenient option for hotel guests, Comodo is worth a visit no matter what neighborhood, borough, or city you’re coming from.

Agi's Counter

Agi's Counter

$$$$ 818 Franklin Avenue

If you live Crown Heights, visit Agi’s Counter at least twice a week to pick up pastries and an Alpine cheddar egg sandwich on a buttery Hungarian cheese biscuit. Much of the salad-and-sandwich-dominant menu here is dedicated to luxurious takes on Jewish-American classics (Agi’s tuna sandwich comes with horseradish and parsley salad, for example), while other dishes feel more like distinct odes to Hungarian and Austrian food. Try the cheese-stuffed palacsinta crepes or the towering Leberkase breakfast sandwich with an over-easy egg, thick griddled pork pate, and a sweet pear mostarda. Agi’s certainly feels like a spot for grabbing and going, but there are still plenty of places to sit once you’ve placed your order at the counter. Just make sure to get a couple of pastries before you take a seat, and keep an eye out for special Hungarian doughnuts on Sundays.

Giada Paoloni

Ci Siamo

$$$$
$$$$ 385 9th Ave

You might often find yourself around Penn Station for commuting or sports torture needs. (The Knicks may actually be good when you read this, but chances are they’re not.) If so, the latest opening from Union Square Hospitality Group should be welcome news. Ci Siamo is an Italian restaurant in Manhattan West where the starters and pastas will make you ignore the rest of the menu. We recommend you temporarily suspend any no-carb program that you may have joined and order the pizza bianca with anchovies, peppery gnocco fritto stuffed with goat gouda, or the torta with plenty of caramelized onions and pecorino cheese. (Get this torta as soon as you sit down.) The expansive dining room has a live-fire cooking station with unsubtle flames, and the whole space looks like it could be in a modern Italian hotel, so try this place for a somewhat special night out.

8282

8282

$$$$
$$$$ 84 Stanton St

There are a few other Korean spots on the Lower East Side, but 8282 serves anju and banju that operate in a different, more upscale lane. Yellowfin tuna tartar gets tossed in sesame oil, showered with grated egg, and served alongside puffed nori chips that feel like the equivalents of seaweed Tostitos scoops. The dakgalbi kimchi-bap is one full crock of cheesy rice and tender chicken thighs, and it’s mighty filling for something under $20. Portion sizes run a bit small, so the plates here should be split between two people max—but sometimes things are best shared with just one other person. Scalding hot gossip, for example, and all the exciting dishes from 8282.

Gouie

$$$$
$$$$ 115 Delancey St

There are always new omakase options in NYC, but it’s harder to find sushi openings that focus on high-quality, relatively affordable stuff (read: under $50 per person). Gouie falls into this bucket, and it’s a spot anybody should try if they like raw fish. Stop by for the $30, seven-piece-and-half-roll special that’s just that: special (and not only because of the price point). The fish here is buttery, the rice is seasoned with just a kiss of vinegar, and the roll that accompanies the special comes filled with a crunchy braised gourd that tastes funky and sweet. The service is excellent as well, and you might even get an impromptu sake tasting while you wait for a seat.

Runner Up

$$$$
$$$$ 367 7th Avenue

Is Runner Up a permanent restaurant? Or is it just a bakery’s outdoor-only pop-up that’s serving more impressive food on a Park Slope side street than most indoor restaurants? We don’t know exactly, and that’s part of why we love it—this place could never have existed before the pandemic. The popular bakery Winner is now running this pretty serious restaurant on the street outside its shop, serving things like rotisserie chicken, scallop crudo, little gem salad, and sardine toast (on their highly popular sourdough). There’s a fantastic wine list and helpful sommelier too.

David A. Lee

Semma

$$$$
$$$$ 60 Greenwich Ave

The team behindDhamaka recently opened this exceptional new West Village spot in the narrow space where their restaurant Rahi used to be. Semma focuses on South Indian regional specialties typically found in rural home settings, and the dishes we’re most jazzed about here are the ones no other NYC places offer. Try the soft snails taken out of their shells and mixed with fiery tamarind and ginger, or go for the vat of tender venison drenched in a dark brown sauce that tastes like clove and smoke. If you’re someone who prioritizes seafood, call ahead and secure a $115 whole Dungeness crab for your dinner. Semma only serves three to five of them per night.

Carlo Mantuano

Hawksmoor NYC

$$$$
SteaksBritish  in  FlatironGramercy
$$$$ 109 East 22nd Street

Hawksmoor NYC, a London transplant on Park Avenue and 22nd Street, is poised to become the city’s next great steakhouse. It’s the perfect place to have an ice-cold martini doused in droplets of lemon oil followed by some crispy Yorkshire pudding and a strip steak with a side of creamed spinach. The large dining room here seems like a great place to celebrate, but it’s the bar area that feels like a perfect addition to the neighborhood. It’s somewhere you can walk in with a friend and glare at everybody who comes through the door before waddling home full of beef.

One White Street

One White Street

$$$$
American  in  Tribeca
$$$$ 1 White St

One White Street is very, very good-looking. As far as the eye can see, there’s a luxe surface: marble, suede, fancy wood, glossy ceramic tile. But this two-part restaurant located in a Tribeca townhouse is more than good looks. The food is impressive as well. On the upper floors, One White Street serves a reservations-only, six-course, $148 set menu, while the ground floor and outside are à la carte and mostly left for walk-ins. Most of the produce here comes from a single farm upstate, and outside the restaurant on Thursdays, you’ll find a farmers’ market selling whatever’s in season. The place is run by a former chef de cuisine at Frenchie, the restaurant that has been on every list of Paris restaurants for the past decade, as well as the master sommelier who was in the documentary Somm and now also runs the wine shop Verve. We say all that to convey that this place is run by pros, and it shows. If you’re doing a downstairs walk-in, don’t miss the scallop skewers and the focaccia with onion jam.

David A. Lee

Taqueria Ramirez

$$$$
MexicanTacos  in  Greenpoint
$$$$ 94 Franklin St

Taqueria Ramirez in Greenpoint is serving the city’s best new tacos. This taqueria models itself after Mexico City’s legendary spots, complete with colorful plastic plates as well as a choricera and comal custom made in CDMX. Their tacos—which all cost $4—range from velvety, shredded suadero and al pastor to longaniza with bright orange porky juices. But our favorite taco is the tripa, which has such little chewy toughness it’s almost unidentifiable as a cow’s stomach lining. The restaurant’s space only holds about 10 people, so you’ll probably have to stand outside while you enjoy these exceptional tacos and simultaneously plan your return trip.

Hannah Albertine

Lodi

$$$$
Italian  in  Midtown
$$$$ 1 Rockefeller Plz

Lodi, Ignacio Mattos’ new cafe in Rockefeller Center, is a daytime restaurant that’s perfect for people who freak out over high-quality ricotta or anyone smitten with the excellent but simple-seeming cooking style of Cafe Altro Paradiso or Estela. Lodi works equally well for Midtown citizens who have begged the NYC gods for a place to eat a trio of anchovies, butter, and peppers or some fennel-pollen-sprinkled porchetta on a crusty baguette made with grains milled in-house. You should know, though, that this cafe feels sort of like an Au Bon Pain for the 1%—somewhere that’s billed as a place to retrieve a market salad even though the majority of the menu necessitates a sit-down experience with a napkin splayed across your lap. Come here for the meat platters and bread products, and sit on Lodi’s outdoor “terraza,” which is a nice name for a covered front patio with about a dozen tables and full service.

Hannah Albertine

Sushi On Me

$$$$
$$$$ 71-26 Roosevelt Ave Bsmt

If there were a Venn diagram with sushi omakase restaurants on one side and debaucherous party hubs on the other, Sushi On Me would exist in the tiny middle zone. This is an eight-person sushi spot behind an unmarked basement door in Jackson Heights where you’ll be greeted with statements like “Are you okay with wasabi?” and “I’m Lucas, and it’s my job to get you drunk.” If there’s one thing to know about Lucas and his co-pilot Woody—the two-person Thai-born team with a fondness for the song “Mambo No. 5”—it’s that they don’t kid around. For $89 in cash, you’ll get 15 pieces of nigiri, a couple of appetizers, and unlimited sake. Bring a friend for a night that combines sparklers in eel-toro handrolls, torched white tuna topped with chili garlic crisp, and lots of drunken fun.

David A. Lee

Mariscos El Submarino

$$$$
$$$$ 88-05 Roosevelt Ave

Mariscos El Submarino could serve their aguachile negro in the middle of traffic on the GW Bridge and we’d still implore you to seek it out. Fortunately for you and tri-state area commuters at large, all you need to do is stop by this Mexican seafood spot in Jackson Heights. Served in a molcajete as large as a classroom clock, this place’s aguachile negro gets its color (and name) from a blend of smoky, charred green and red chiles that you’ll see flecked in the loose water-and-lime based sauce. After a couple earth-shattering bites straight from the bowl, build your own tostada with acidic tilapia, shrimp, and octopus. There’s also everything from a sweet shrimp cocktail and a burger with shrimp on top to several different kinds of ceviche. Order at the counter, and seat yourself at a stool next to a relatable sign that reads “el amor puede esperar el hambre no.”

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Nikko Duren

KIT

$$$$ 657 Washington Ave

We first learned about KIT when we stopped by Dacha 46’s Banya Brunch. Now, the mixed-used Prospect Heights restaurant in the former Meme’s Diner space hosts a wide range of queer-run pop-ups every week. On a recent visit, we tried some dishes from the HAGS team that made us want to bombard our group chats with photographic evidence. The tender pork po’boy served on a soft and chewy hero from Partybus Bakeshop is a succulent sandwich masterpiece, and the creamy banana pudding has several sweet layers of wafers that hold their own in their light and fluffy surroundings. These dishes might not be available when you go, but with all of the exciting things happening at KIT you’ll definitely have a great experience of your own. So stop by for coffee and pastries in the morning, a basket of fries and some natural wine curated by Black Cat Wines in the evening, or a sculptural jelly cake from Solid Wiggles on your birthday.

David A. Lee

Rosella

$$$$
$$$$ 137 Avenue A

Much of the sushi-grade fish we eat in NYC has to take a Greek-myth-level journey before making it onto our plates. But Rosella, a sushi spot on Avenue A in the East Village, sources nearly all of their ingredients from within the United States. Here, you’ll have bigeye tuna from North Carolina, miso paste made in Pennsylvania, and a subdued Hudson Valley steelhead trout that’s smoked in-house. Rosella’s focus on sustainable fishing and American agriculture is one reason to get yourself in the door, but the reason to keep coming back is the quality of their fish. Rosella offers a $150 omakase inside, but we’d also recommend coming with a friend or a date for an à la carte dinner that’ll be around $40-$50 per person. Order the spicy avocado roll with a funky fermented cabbage sauce, an arctic char-studded chirashi bowl, and a couple of nigiri that will blow you away.

David A. Lee

Old John's Diner

$$$$
$$$$ 148 W 67th St

The quintessential UWS restaurant Old John’s Luncheonette reopened in the same 67th Street location, but now it has a new name, a spruced-up dining room, and some amazing homemade ice cream. This is a great place to eat a thick, dripping cheeseburger and drink a martini with someone near Lincoln Center, but we’d also recommend bringing any children in your life for grilled cheese and ice cream sundaes. Despite its newness, Old John’s still has jazz playing over the speakers, staff who’ve been working here for years, and egg creams at the ready.

Kyle Nunez

Shukette

$$$$
$$$$ 230 9th Ave

Shukette in Chelsea is one of the many NYC restaurants where it’s impossible to walk in right now. Even three weeks in advance, you might only be able to score a 9pm reservation. But don’t let that discourage you. The breads and dips here are worth messing up your body’s circadian rhythm. Once you make it inside, snack on the slightly crispy frena bread, dunk some deep-fried kibbeh into spicy tahini, and swipe heirloom tomatoes through potent whipped garlic. In other words, try as many of the small plates as you can.

Michael Tulipan

Sarashina Horii

$$$$
$$$$ 45 E 20th St

This high-end soba restaurant is a Tokyo transplant, and it was even featured on Anthony Boudain’s No Reservations. The handmade noodles here are served either chilled or in a hot soup, and you should really try both versions. The cold “mori” soba is made with a mix of buckwheat and wheat flour, and it comes with a lightly salted dipping sauce, whereas the the massive bowl of hot sarashina soba is served with bonito broth and several thick pieces of roasted duck. Every single noodle here is exactly the same size and cooked to the perfect degree of firmness, so if you need to impress someone over dinner, Sarashina Horii will get the job done.

CheLi 浙里

$$$$
$$$$ 19 Saint Marks Pl

CheLi serves decadent Shanghainese food in a second-floor space on the most chaotic block of St. Marks Place in the East Village. But once you’re in, none of that will matter. Your focus will be on sticky pork ribs, lanterns hanging from thatched roofs, and clinking Tsingtao bottles. The dishes here—like a buttery wine-soaked Atlantic blue crab, thick-skinned xiao long bao, and garlic shrimp butterflied over glass noodles—will make any Monday night feel like a special celebratory dinner. Just be aware that this place gets busy and only takes reservations for groups larger than five people.

Hannah Albertine

Porcelain

$$$$
$$$$ 880 Woodward Ave (& Catalpa Ave)

This Ridgewood all-day spot first opened as an Austrian cafe back in 2019. Before that, the director responsible for that snoozefest The Irishman (Martin...something?) used the space as a film set. Now, Chef Kate Telfeyan has taken over the operation with an all-day menu featuring everything from a Korean breakfast set to nori-fried pork chops and wine and cocktails in the evenings. We especially recommend the panko-fried fishcake katsu with biting white kimchi on a milk bun, as well as the sweet tofu pudding with black boba and stone fruit mixed in. There’s also an excellent MEC (mortadella, egg, and kashkaval cheese) made with an egg steamed to perfection. This is the kind of place where you could post up with your laptop for a few hours or meet a date for a casual meal. Whatever you come here for, be sure to admire the funky ’70s wallpaper, the Civil-war era spooky portraits, and the piano in the corner.

Teddy Wolff

Aldama

$$$$
$$$$ 91 South 6th Street

We first went to this new late-night Mexican spot in Williamsburg for several copitas full of sweet-smoky mezcal. That experience was recommendable, albeit hazy, in itself. But now this tiny basement bar is serving a six-item menu of grilled head-on shrimp, crispy tacos filled with smoked tuna, chunky guacamole topped with salsa macha, and other dishes that will make you feel geographically closer to Mexico City. It’s not quite a bar, and it’s not quite a full restaurant, but Aldama is entirely worth your time—especially for a date night or a friend catch-up when you both look hot (and know it).

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Tacos Güey

$$$$
MexicanSeafood  in  Flatiron
$$$$ 37 W 19th St

You’ll find some exciting new raw fish options at Tacos Güey in Flatiron. Stop by for the tuna crudo with dollops of avocado crema, the scallop aguachile that sits in a shallow pool of cucumber and finger lime sauce, and their best mariscos dish: the sea bass ceviche. Served in a clam shell with crunchy chips on the side, the combination of gooseberries, chile oil, and diced sea bass is tingly and sweet and pairs well with a frozen cocktail. Order this spread of raw things and a larger main like the salsa verde-lathered pork ribs that fall off the bone.

David A. Lee

Nat's on Bank

$$$$
$$$$ 51 Bank St

At Nat’s on Bank in the West Village, you’ll see couples on celebratory dates sharing seafood towers, diners getting tipsy and eating burgers at the bar, and a big group celebrating around a baked Alaska in the back. It’s a loud scene, but some sea urchin bucatini and a bottle of herbaceous orange wine will help ease you in. The excellent uni-topped pasta is cooked al dente and topped with breadcrumbs and pickled chilis, which gives the dish a nice crunch and a kick of spice. We’d gladly return to this vibrant seafood restaurant from the people behind The Fat Radish just to eat this pasta all over again.

Kelewele

Kelewele

$$$$ 445 Albee Square Wets

You’ll catch a glimpse of how truly special plantains can be at this new vegan spot inside Brooklyn’s Dekalb Market Hall. Kelewele doesn’t just serve plantains as a simple side dish, but instead uses the starchy fruit as a foundation for every single item on the menu—from a massive black bean burger with a fried plantain bun to an open-faced veggie taco with a soft plantain shell. If you want to join the plantain movement for a quick lunch break or picnic in Fort Greene Park, order the “Placo” with a plantain brownie on the side. The pillowy soft sweet is so moist it’ll stick to the roof of your mouth.

Contento

Contento

$$$$
$$$$ 88 E 111th St

Contento is the newest exciting dinner spot to check out in East Harlem. Beyond the delicious Peruvian dishes like mahi mahi ceviche with a leche de tigre that’ll make you pucker and crispy pork katsu with vinegary slaw, you’ll also get attentive service and maybe even the backstory on the producer of the $35 bottle of rosé you order. It’s also worth mentioning that Contento was built with accessibility in mind, with a lowered bar counter and a bathroom with a wide door, low sink, and angled mirror.

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