We're bringing you the top openings from around the boroughs so you can find the newest spots to eat & drink.
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Eldridge St & East Houston St
The man behind the popular Pegu club opened his very own spot in the Lower East Side. Inspired by Japan, the dimly-lit Bar Goto offers a humble menu of Japanese snack foods like miso wings, blanched octopus sashimi with seaweed chilli etc. Furthermore, the details in the decor are astounding. The bar has a distinct glow and in multiple frames pieces of Goto's grandmother's 100 year-old kimono adorn the walls.
Broadway & Duke Ellington Blvd
Making their way from Williamsburg to the Upper West Side, the team of Daddo Bogich & Sean Rowlinson have opened Macchina, a wood fire pizza spot centered around "pizza rosso." Referring to red sauce pizzas with assorted toppings that include pepperoni, sausage and veal, the "pizza rosso" menu also includes pasta, chicken and steak dishes. paying homage to the restaurants name "Macchina," (machine) the interior has a rustic and industrial feel.
MacDonough St & Saratoga Ave
Providing fresh food alternatives to the Bed Stuy area is newcomer MacDonough Cafe. The menu is composed of 90% organic food - all menu items are entirely made from scratch. With signature dishes like "figs in a blanket" gaining popularity, MacDonough Cafe aims to be a family spot and encourages bringing children. Soon, on several nights following closing time, the team hopes to set up a "bedtime stories" series of events for parents and kids.
Franklin Ave & Sterling Pl
Building upon the success of their Domo Taco Food Truck, the team decided to open up its first brick and mortar location in Crown Heights. The menu is an extension of the truck's offerings but with an Asian twist - you can go in for items such as lemongrass chicken and fish tempura. At this time a liquor license is still in development, so be sure to stop back in to pair your tacos with frozen margs!
Smith St & Dean St
Boreum Hill is now flush with homemade goods with the addition of Mia's Bakery to the neighborhood. At Mia's, cakes, cookies, cheesecakes savory pies and other treats are all made on site. Have an idea in mind for a cake? Great! You can have your own made to order. You can choose to sit outdoors in the front yard or the backyard - with al fresco seating galore it is no surprise that you can also enjoy some delicious gelato.
Mott St & Worth St
Situated at the tail end of Mott Street, 10 Below is bringing swelling crowds to the block. With ice cream as the center, 10 Below's Thai influence gives it distinction. Ice cream creations are made right in front of you - smashed, folded and eventually rolled into cylinders placed vertically in each serving cup. Each creation has the same base ice cream flavor, adding the additional flavor elements, fruit, chocolate, oreos etc, and rolling them up ensures that every order is unique.
Broadway & West 26th St
This bright and vibrant restaurant is the latest from restauranteur Mark Barak. Affirming that all pastas will be made in house, and that meats will be pasture-raised, the overall goal is to create an Italian farm-to-table atmosphere. The space has a good deal of seating, and retains some of the original fixtures from the former tobacco shop that used to occupy it. Breakfast and lunch menus are in the works, but for now you can pop in for dinner and several negroni variations.
Meserole St & Waterbury St
This Bushwick brew house might be the latest from a company that already has locations in Hoboken & the East Village, but this is where all of the coffee roasting will take place. Naturally, more brew options are avaialble, but never fear, the same pastries from Doughnut Plant & Gluten Free Bakery Clementine are offered. Ever wonder how to make a cold brew at home? Take the class here and you'll reinvent at-home coffee brewing!
30th Ave & Steinway St
Fishtales Pirate Bar is serving up a whole lot of whimsy in Astoria. Although it is a sports bar, the nautical theme is extends throughout. With monthly and weekly summer specials, you can enjoy $1 oysters for the opening month. The menu consists of bar favorites, albeit heavier on the seafood options which include fried clam strips and mermaid burgers. Childhood imagination definitely meshes well with your adult fixation with rum and cocktails.
Macdougal St & Bleecker St
J G Melon has long since been one of Manhattan's most famed burger joints. The legendary burger-slinging restaurant recently announced its plans for expansion; the latest outpost just opened downtown. The new spot is a bit bigger, but has the same ambiance. Additionally, the menu will be nearly identical save for a few minor tweaks. Having perfected the art of serving quality burgers, the guys at J G Melon aim to replicate the uptown experience downtown.
Bushwick Ave & Montrose Ave
The Topaz doesn't aim to be a play on the word "tapas" although it does offer little plates. It is a cocktail and beer oasis in a barren strip of Williamsburg. Its seclusion ties in with the bar's dessert theme very well - skulls and blemished wood make up much of the decor, with a handful of isolated lillies throughout to mix and hard and soft features. In the coming months the "small plates" menu is due to expand beyond its humble selection of 5 items, but for now you should definitely try the steamed buns!
39th St & Park Ave
The experience of eating sushi just got a whole lot more vibrant and theatrical now that Sushi Roxx has opened its doors. Enter into a celebration of culture and color where the waiters are professionally trained dancers that break out into sporadic performances. Inspired by Tokyo's nightlife scene, Sushi Roxx offers a gourmet menu with seasonally fresh ingredients and creative cocktails. If you are looking to blend your dinner with a night on the town, this is a good place to start.
5th Ave & West 32nd St
A sibiling of the Flushing restaurant Mad For Chicken, Turntable Retro Bar & Restaurant opens its second Manhattan location in the East Village's Alphabet City community. This location is limited to beer and wine, but patrons can also enjoy Korean drinks like Bokbunja (which is similar to wine). Like its predecessor, the star of the show is chicken wings plate - twice fried in mild soy garlic or spicy sauce. In the coming weeks are a full dinner menu and Friday, Saturday and Sunday brunch!