The Hottest New NYC Restaurants We’re Dying to Try
The one constant of New York City's ever-evolving food scene is the endless supply of new and noteworthy restaurants. This summer saw the opening of another all-star batch, from veggie-inspired fast food to a slew of rustic Italian spots. It’s a collection of newcomers that is sure to please any palate.
La Pecora Bianca features rustic Italian in a light and airy farmhouse-inspired space. Mint-green chairs pair with long wooden communal tables, while brass fixtures and rattan baskets decorate walls. Many ingredients are locally sourced, including grains from New York and Pennsylvania, and an Italian-style coffee roasted by Toby’s Estate in Brooklyn. Pastas are made in-house, and the bar serves four negroni variations alongside a list of 125 Italian wines.
Indulge in favorite comfort foods without sacrificing nutritional value or style. By Chloe is vegan cookbook author Chloe Coscarelli’s first foray into the restaurant world. The casual, boho-chic café has a veggie-focused menu with reinterpreted classics, like grain-and–nut patty burgers, air-baked French fries, and spicy quinoa tacos.
Neighborhood: Greenwich Village
Aussie import Babu Ji is making waves with its modern spin on traditional Indian dishes like butter chicken and goat curry. Bollywood movies play on the wall alongside the striking portrait of a turbaned man in aviators and a crazy white mustache. Order the chef’s table for a sampling of Babu Ji’s best, and finish up with cardamom, honey, pistachio kulfi.
Neighborhood: East Village
For an elevated beach-shack feast, try Seamore’s. The Montauk-inspired restaurant serves less-utilized local fish and even has a selection of vegetarian dishes and a burger for non–seafood lovers. The real-deal plate comes with your choice of fish, greens, house-made sauce, and three sides.
Quite possibly the most difficult reservation this summer, Santina has a funky seaside vibe and is conveniently located under the High Line and next to the new Whitney Museum. Ditch dinnertime crowds in favor of an easier-to-get brunch reservation. The coastal Italian-inspired menu is made for sharing. Try the eye-catching cecina (chickpea crêpe) with avocado trapanese and the decadent sheep’s milk cheese tortellini sorrentina.
Neighborhood: Meatpacking District
Alfresco dining at its best, Alta Linea is The High Line Hotel’s seasonal restaurant inspired by the Italian tradition of aperitivo. The tree-lined courtyard is decorated with old-fashioned string lights and paper lanterns. Menu highlights include the frozen negroni and small bites like crispy artichokes, grilled flatbread with house-made ricotta, and pork meatballs served with polenta.
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