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West 8th St & Macdougal St
Il Bambino was originally conceived in Astoria Queens about 8 years ago, at a time when the panino wasn't very well represented in local offerings. With the aim of making the panino more commonplace, specialty sandwich shop Il Bambino is giving people every reason to stop on. Their approach to flavors, pairings of flavors and and overall quality shine through in the quality of the ingredients.
Prospect Ave & Greenwood Ave
This new Windsor Terrace spot will speaks to your soul more so than your stomach. Untangling the very roots of soul food, Butterfunk serves a range of BBQ chicken and African plates with a little stateside treatment. The atmosphere is warm & welcoming, blending the fraternity of summertime bbqs with the wholesome satisfaction of Sunday family dinners.
Grand St & Manhattan Ave
Pie Smith has arrived in Williamsburg by way of Bensonhurst - the owners of the local Italian favorite Europa are at large in this all new pizzeria. At Pie Smith, the focus is on building your own pie. Using Pie Smith's tried & true artisanal dough (the product of 30+ years of trial & error) and a list of fresh toppings, patrons can construct their own pies, and rejoice in the full-flavored deliciousness fresh out of the wood-burning oven.
31st St & 30th Ave
Inspired by the Viking Threads in the town of Waterford, Ireland, Passage is an Irish Whiskey oasis through and through. The sister bar, Banter, lays claim to the highest number of whiskeys stocked in NYC - a title that Passage intends to rival. Whiskeys both common & rare make up the whiskey list - pair a whiskey cocktail with modern Irish food!
3rd Ave & Atlantic Ave
Sushi Ganso is situated just at the top of Park Slope, a seafood destination specializing in sushi and sashimi, all Tokyo-style. The inside of the dining room was created from a minimalist perspective, reminiscent of Japanese decor, but with a bit of whimsy. A mural of a sea bream, or gyo-taku, opposite the sushi bar will definitely make you feel like you are in the right place for a plate of fish.
Delancey St & Chrystie St
Since 1992, Ceci Cela has been serving cakes, pastries & croissants being hailed the best in NYC on Spring St. The opening of the Delancey street location marks the beginning of expansion efforts. Though wholesale & made to order options are available, you can still stop in to get a complete, authentic French cafe experience.
West 27th St & 7th Ave
Chef Scott Conant opened up an all-day Italian spot within the INNSIDE NoMad hotel that demonstrates culinary skill and provides some much-needed reprieve from the day. As a resort restaurant, the menu switches up in a New York minute, keeping with the city's pace. Lunch and dinner feature a diverse array of antipasti plates and a plethora of house made pastas that will no doubt please a crowd. High ceilings and plush furnishings create an upscale atmosphere, but you'll definitely find it warm & inviting in equal measure.
Lincoln Pl & Franklin Ave
Chisai Sushi Bar offers a whole new sushi experience for the neighborhood of Crown Heights. It is set up as a New England-Style Sushi Bar - full service right up at the bar. The entire menu is made up sustainable maki rolls and chirashi bowls, all locally sourced. Compact, yet inviting, the dining room is open to walk-ins only at this time.
Manhattan Ave & Nassau Ave
Frankel's is a newly opened delicatessen in the heart of Greenpoint. Replacing neighborhood favorite Canteen Polonia with a nostalgic, counter service restaurant and appetizing shop, Frankel's is packing a menu consisting mostly of sandwiches and bagels, but noteworthy outliers include smoked fish & hot pastrami. While the brother team of Alex and Zach have brought their A Game, they've also enlisted Ashley Berman, a Food Network Kitchen alum as the executive chef.
1st Ave & East 81st St
Grunauer Bistro is a transplant from Kansas City - it arrives in the Upper East Side in an effort to bring back the culture and traditions of Eastern Europe that were once ever-present in the neighborhood. The bistro offers classic Viennese plates, with modern injections as well, more refined and nouveau items.
Nevins St & Sackett St
The original Freek's Mill in Gowanus served the entire Gowanus, Park Slope, & Boerum Hill neighborhoods. Using sustainable food practices, the new incarnation intends to pay tribute to the original farm and canal. The restaurant interior gives you that industrial vibe, with wood furnishings, rustic touches, and its position relative to the original farm at the corner of Nevins St & Union St.
West 53rd St & 9th Ave
Tacuba is the culinary vision of chef Julian Medina - it is a laid back Latin/Mexican cantina in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood that serves traditional Latin food from a gourmet approach. Also, the list of tequilas and mezcals is nothing short of impressive. Plates and libations are twice the fun in this dining room, bursting with authentic cultural decor - creating an experience that comes full circle.
Lexington Ave & East 39th St
Momosan Ramen & Sake offers midtown east with a couple different dining experiences in one location. Traditional, communal, whatever your poison you can be sure that noodles are a part of it. Have you ever had a bowl of ramen prepared by an Iron Chef? Probably not! The menu includes a variety of ramen, and some whimsical bites as well - peking duck tacos, crispy mimiga (pig ear).
Bushwick Ave & Dodworth St
Brooklyn Whiskers serves the ever-expanding market of pastry-loving vegans. The bakery has just opened in Bushwick, providing the area with retail and wholesale options, and an array of custom confections as well. Everything is baked from scratch in the locale - they serve Caffe Vita Coffee, too!
Spring St & Ave of The Americas
Another taste of Italy has arrived at that sweet spot adjoining Soho to the West Village. This all-new Italian cafe & bar has been conceived from the team that lays claim to Hudson Street favorite, Estela. Cafe Altro Paradiso, or 'another paradise,' is comparatively more ritzy (delivering on its promise of paradise), with an opulent, open dining room. The menu rotates, and offers varying combinations of shareable plates.
1st Ave & East 5th St
Hayashi is bringing ample experience to this new, cozy East Village sushi destination - experience in the form of expert sushi roll craftsmanship. The dining room is very small, but the extensive menu offers a range of lunch specials, Japanese dinner entrees and a whole lot of sushi rolls. Not sure what to order? Hayashi can take care of you omakase style.
Grand St & Bedford Ave
An all new cocktail lounge makes a splash in a sea of hip dives. At the corner of Bedford and Grand Fresh Kills is situated - polished off with a sleek interior injected with doses of contemporary cool, beneath rounded ceilings. The cocktail list demonstrates the range one can expect from a pupil of the late Sasha Petraske. Mixologist Richard Boccato is the man in charge, taking all he has learned in his Long Island City venture, Dutch Kills.
3rd Ave & 1st St
This new spot on 3rd Ave is bringing something new to the neighborhood - a casual cocktail lounge, with no frills and maximum ease and comfort. The ladies that developed this bar designed it with the community in mind, aiming to please all appetites - even if you want to finish off a drink then chug a beer and do a shot.
Lenox Ave & West 121st St
Sottacasa Pizzeria has perfected their pizza-making chops at both of its Brooklyn locations. Making the leap over the East River, you can now find Sottocasa in Harlem, in a charming, fully restored brownstone. The same traditional neopolitan-style pizzas make up the offerings in a wide variety - always with the freshest ingredients to create the most authentic flavors.
Adam Clayton Powell Blvd & West 134th St
This charming neighborhood coffee shop pays homage to the block on which it's situated. You don't need to be a major coffee lover - with a variety of coffee choices and brewing methods, there is something for everyone, and space for you stretch out for either productivity or leisure.
St Marks Pl & 3rd Ave
Nohohon heats up the East Village with fresh & delicious Matcha teas. Originally based in Toronto, the NYC location marks the beginning of a US expansion. In addition to its signature matcha teas, Nohohon also offers a good deal of powder-free and white-sugar-free bubble teas.
West 36th St & Avenue of the Americas
Trademark Taste & Grind is fittingly named, as the name alludes to its dual concept. Enter Trademark & you stand in a coffee house, complete with bakery-style pastries aromatic blends. Walk further in and your in an American bistro. The menu takes you through a number of staple items, hearty burgers, hanger steak & fried chicken sandwiches - all made with personal touches & creative liberties.
North 6th St & Bedford Ave
A single Brooklyn destination for delicious eats, crafted cocktails & a bit of nightlife revelry as well. Imagined by two friends with different but complimentary experience in hospitality, Midnights is a the result of a thorough collaboration. Experience the place as you see fit; with cocktails, dinner or a fun night out - either way you'll want to check out this backyard.
Avenue B & East 11th St
Desi Galli began serving Indian soul food on Lexington Ave and has since opened this all new East Village location. The menu is dominated by owner PriaVanda Chouhan's mother's recipes, and she herself learned to cook in order to bring these to life in the restaurant. She has put her personal touch on these, and has expanded the menu to include lighter, healthier, vegan & gluten free options.
East 27th St & Lexington Ave
Nice & Dora's recently opened in Gramercy, sewing itself into the neighborhood's business industry by providing quick & delicious sandwiches. It is only open for lunch, Monday-Friday, but you can expect to find a good deal of the business crowd in the space. Wine selections will make this a popular spot for afternoon meetings and mid-day libations on Summer Fridays.