20 Exciting New Restaurants and Bars to Try in NYC Right Now

April 10, 2022, 9:10.12 am ET  

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As NYC pulls out of the pandemic, there is an abundance of exciting new places to try.  Here are twenty of them.


If pimped out South Beach style sushi and “magic pizza” is your thing, head to Bubusan which just opened at Time Out Market in DUMBO.

Bar Tulix

Bar Tulix by Michelin-starred chef Justin Bazdarich is bringing the flavors of coastal Mexico to SoHo with dishes like Masa Encrusted Red Branzino and Octopus with fried potatoes.

Brooklyn Chop House Times Square

This over-the-top steakhouse from the team behind Brooklyn Dumpling Shop spans four floors including a sub-cellar that will host a private NFT “members only” club.

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Chez Zou

This chic new cocktail lounge from the team behind Zou Zou’s, has opened at Manhattan West offering playful cocktails in a sultry setting complete with expansive outdoor terrace.


Fasano, a sharp new spot from Brazilian restaurateur Gero Fasano, has taken up residence in the former Four Seasons space serving elevated Northern Italian dishes and cocktails.


The flavors of northern India can be found at Jaz in the heart of Hell’s Kitchen serving up tandoori specialties like Chicken Tikka Masala and Sheikh Kebab.

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Katsuya at Manhattan West is helmed by Chef Katsuya Uechi known for his sushi, sashimi and unique rolls served in a sexy Rockwell Group designed space.


KazuNori - The Original Hand Roll Bar - has emerged inside The Hugh food hall in Midtown. From cult favorite, Sugarfish, expect luscious hand rolls served individually filled with crab, yellowtail and lobster, among others. 

Keys and Heels

The speakeasy trend continues at Keys and Heels, a sexy new lair hidden behind a faux locksmith shop in Midtown East serving sexy cocktails and bites.

King’s Café

King’s Café, from the team behind Ainsworth, is a new cocktail bar on the Lower East Side with gastropub-style food, including the ginormous King’s Smashburger.

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La Brasserie

Francis Staub has reinvented Anthony Bourdain’s Les Halls with La Brasserie, an elevated space serving oysters, soufflé with caviar, côte de boeuf and Bourdain’s favorite, steak with frites.


Lullaby, a subterranean bar on the Lower East Side, is promising sexy drinks without all the fuss. To achieve that goal, it’s brought in Boston bartending legend, Brother Cleve.

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What’s old is new again at Manero’s reinventing the “red sauce” spot in Little Italy where you can expect a hearty Italian meal and disco-inspired drinks.

Momoya SoHo

Fans of upscale Japanese fare will rejoice at the opening of Momoya Soho, a gleaming space serving a 15-piece parade of Edomae-style Nigiri and inventive cocktails.


Spice things up at Namkeen, a Pakistani fried chicken spot where the “hot chicken” lives up to its name with several iterations, including Chicken & Waffles.

Nonna Dora

Now in her mid-80s, Addolorata Marzovilla aka “Nonna Dora” decided to open her own restaurant in Kip’s Bay serving wonderful signature pastas that she creates herself.

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Patti Ann’s

At Patti Ann’s in Prospect Heights you can expect all of the comforts of home in Chef Greg Baxtrom’s (Olmstead, Maison Yaki) ode to his mom. Think blooming onions, pigs in a blanket, pot roast and cobblers.

Ramen Misoya

To find Ramen Misoya you will have to follow a small sign into the basement of a landmarked West Village building serving miso-inspired ramen dishes specialty sakes.

Sushi Blossoms

Staying with the Japanese theme, Sushi Blossoms has arrived in Chelsea where a chefs “omakase” meal is offered two ways at the chef’s counter surrounded by cherry blossoms.

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Towa, from the folks behind Her Name is Han, is celebrating Japanese kaiseki cooking with foods that are fried, grilled, raw and boiled.

Happy Eating!

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