We’ve been hearing so much about favorite restaurants and other small businesses which have closed these difficult last months, so here is a shout-out to more than a dozen new restaurants, coffee shops, and other eateries which have opened recently around NYC, including inside popular food halls – even a combo axe throwing and craft beer destination.
These restaurants and pop-ups represent the different cuisines that make NYC the culinary capital of the world, and prove the resilience of New York even during a pandemic.
NYC on the Cheap wishes these newcomers great success. You can help by having a meal at one – or more – of these new outposts.
New Restaurants in Manhattan
East Village: One of Los Angeles’s most popular taco joints has opened in NYC. Amigo by Nai is a collaboration between chef Ruben Rodriguez of Spanish fine dining spot Nai Tapas and Carnitas El Momo co-owner Juan “Billy” Acosta. The NYC outpost will serve Acosta’s wildly popular carnitas tacos, which rank among the best in Los Angeles.
- 29 Second Avenue, between East First and Second Streets
East Village: The popular Sullivan Street Bakery has opened a third outpost. Like its sibling in Hell’s Kitchen, the new East Village outpost will offer a house-made pastries, bread, and sandwiches. There also are three types of focaccia on the new menu, including a sfincione slice adorned with rosemary, onion, potato, and zucchini.
According to NY Eater, in the more than 25 years since Lahey opened Sullivan Street Bakery, the baker has been a trailblazer in NYC’s booming sourdough bread and artisan pizza scenes. He opened the first outpost of Sullivan Street Bakery in Soho in 1994, which has since relocated to Hell’s Kitchen, then a second location of the hit bakery in Chelsea in 2012. Lahey, a James Beard award-winning baker, is known in part for his popular no-knead overnight bread recipe in the New York Times, one of the publication’s most-read recipes.
He is calling the new location a “pop-up” for now, but it could become permanent according to local blog EV Grieve.The new location is open Tuesday to Sunday, Noon to 7pm.
- 437 East Ninth Street, between Avenue A and First Avenue.
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New Restaurants in Brooklyn
Bensonhurst: Taiwan’s wildly popular chain of bubble tea stores Tiger Sugar opened its fourth location. The mini-chain claims to have originated its signature caramelized brown sugar milk tea with cream mousse.
- 2132 86th Street, near Bay 28th Street
Crown Heights: Eric See, the popular pastry chef behind Brooklyn’s now-shuttered Awkward Scone, has opened a new restaurant, Ursula, where he’s leaning into the standout New Mexican food that turned his first Bushwick bakery into a hit.
- 724 Sterling Place, at the corner of Bedford Avenue
South Slope: Everything is for sale at the new Yardsale Cafe. As the name implies, the new coffee shop and cafe doubles as an antiques store. In addition to what’s on the menu, you can buy the restaurant’s light fixtures, the art on its walls, even the vintage Norman Rockwell mugs its coffee is served in. The walls are lined with art, dishware, and antiques that owner Shawn Peled has collected over years of scrounging flea markets and estate sales. Some customers have likened Yardsale’s interior to a “museum,” but Peled says he prefers the term “organized mess.” In addition to his collection of antiques, Peled sells housemade babka, burnt Spanish-style cheesecake, and Mediterranean-American menu items.
- 620 5th Avenue, near 17th Street
Dekalb Market: Miznon, the popular sandwich maker, has branched out with its first Brooklyn location at Dekalb Market. The international fast-casual chain opened its first United States location in Chelsea market in January 2018 and was an immediate hit. A week after opening, Eater critic Robert Sietsema found that people were still waiting more than a half-hour to try the restaurant’s pita sandwiches.
- 445 Albee Square West, between Dekalb Avenue and Willoughby Street
Greenpoint: Named for founder Reuben Villagomez’s daughter, Paloma Espresso serves coffee, bags of beans, and sourdough toasts from Brooklyn’s popular She Wolf bakery. The new corner coffeeshop is the latest from Villagomez, a coffee roaster who has worked in the industry for more than a decade, previously selling coffee beans from South America and Africa to various coffeeshops.
- 117 Meserole Avenue, at Manhattan Avenue
Williamsburg: The team behind Williamsburg’s new outdoor beer garden N11 Street Cookout has opened this new indoor spot called Hatchets and Hops. As the name suggests, the focus here is on axe throwing and craft beer, a combination that begs the question — “What could possibly go wrong?” — but one that’s also apparently quite successful. The new indoor bar, which has two additional locations in Buffalo, New York, serves a selection of local craft beers, paninis, and pizzas. Reservations recommended.
- 98 North 11th Street, between Wythe and Berry Street
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New Restaurants in Queens
Astoria: Bar Dalia is from the same team which opened neighborhood cocktail bar Mosaic earlier in the pandemic. The food and drinks menu borrows from South America, with more than a dozen cocktails on deck, including mezcal-infused riffs on a margarita, Moscow mule, and Negroni. Bar snacks like elote, tostones, chicharron, and chorizo round out the bar’s menu.
- 33-17 31st Avenue, between 33rd and 34th Street
Rockaway Beach: Located within a luxury seaside apartment complex, Bar Marseille isn’t the just-walked-in-from-the-beach kind of restaurant often found in the Rockaways. This newly opened spot with ground floor and rooftop dining rooms nods to the south of France with a menu of moules frites, bouillabaisse, nicoise salad, and lots of rosés.
- 190 Beach 69th Street, near Rockaway Beach Boulevard
Thanks to NY Eater for keeping a running list of new NYC eateries, which NYC on the Cheap has edited and adapted for our followers.