If you visit New York City, you, of course, want to know what’s new, what’s hot, and what is going to be the next big hit in the greatest dining city on earth. High-quality sushi, classical French cuisine, to the best Italian food or grilled meats, here you have our 9 favorite dining spots.
1. Loring Place, Greenwich Village
Chef Dan Kluger, previously leading the ABC Kitchen, has opened this upscale Greenwich Village restaurant serving handmade pasta, wood-grilled veggies, and pizzas made with house-milled flour and seasonal toppings. The setting has a peaceful feel with gray-stained oak, whitewashed brick walls, and tables constructed from original pine beams.
2. Le Coucou, Soho
Mega-restaurateur Stephen Starr and star chef Daniel Rose, an American chef who started one of the most popular restaurants in Paris (Spring and La Bourse et La Vie) have created this high-end SoHo French restaurant. Le Coucou offers classically French dishes, served in a very non-pretentious environment, decorated with wood and brick together with white tablecloths and specially designed chandeliers. Apart from the excellent food it also offers a well thought-out wine list. Le Coucou is a perfect location for a special occasion dinner.
3. Union Square Cafe, Union Square
A table at Union Square Cafe is not easy to get. As a pioneer of farm-to-table in New York, Danny Meyer reopened in December 2016 The Union Square Cafe in a new location, with a similar new American menu, which includes old favorites including gnocchi, and pan-roasted chicken alongside new choices like marinated sardines with grilled avocado. This spacious restaurant, in a casual, refined setting has a two-level dining room that looks out over Park Avenue and 19th Street, right at Union Square
4. Lalo, Chinatown
Cuisine: Latin American
Chef/co-owner Gerardo Gonzalez (the chef behind El Rey) serves creative Californian-Mexican-inspired food at this Chinatown spot. From funky vegan dishes to straightforward homemade flour tortillas with carnitas. Mango-colored booths, unique agua fresca (a light fruit drink) flavours, and wines from Spain and California add to Lalo’s lively atmosphere of Lalo.
5. Sugar fish, Manhattan
Cuisine: Japanese (Sushi)
Sugarfish, lead by Sushi chef Kazunori Nozawa, offers a simple menu showcasing high-quality fish, both à la carte and omakase (upon the choice of the chef) and is incredibly popular for its straightforward sushi. This popular restaurant is built with exposed-brick walls and finished with grained woods.
6. Leuca, Brooklyn/Williamsburg
Cuisine: Southern Italian
Leuca is in the bottom of the upscale William Vale hotel. It’s big, fancy yet casual. Chef Andrew Carmellini offers in this all-day Southern Italian restaurant a mid-priced menu of wood-fired pizza, hand-made pasta, and grilled specialties. Leuca brings the best mix of a reasonable price, 100% Manhattan vibes and good quality. All that in a rustic-chic space boasting eye-catching accents from a white-marble bar to industrial lamps fixed above the dining room.
7. Augustine, Financial District
Augustine is the Financial District’s new restaurant in the Beekman Hotel. Lead by Keith McNally, Augustine is a refined brasserie offering a menu of high-end French classics, including rotisserie meats and steaks.
8. Lighthouse, Williamsburg
In the outskirts of Williamsburg, Lighthouse makes super fresh, healthy, and excellent food.
By day, this tiny place has a great vibe and is already the neighborhood’s best new lunch option. The seasonal and sustainable menu – served by its laid-back staff – goes from meat, responsibly caught fish to local flavorful veggies. The Lighthouse Post just serves the food that you want to eat right now.
9. Tavo, West Village
Chef Julieta Ballesteros and Francisco Decrescenzo, both from Mexico origin, forms the team of this West Village restaurant that melds Latin cooking with Asian and other international flavors. You find chow fun noodles with corn and shrimp, calamari in a blue cornmeal crust, and much more delicacies. The dining area is sleek with white brick walls, earthy tones, finished in copper and oak.
10. Flora Bar
Flora Bar sits inside the Met Breuer Metropolitan Museum of Art. This easy-going newly designed space is ideal for a formal dinner, a cocktail and a casual meal. The highlight on the menu is the fresh (and sometimes raw) seafood with European influences. From raw scallop with plum and nori to sea urchin and lobster ravioli in broth. The inventive culinary Flora Bar is the perfect complement to The Met Breuer’s unique architectural setting.