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Fast 10: Ten New Places to Try in NYC Right Now
April 20, 2024, 3:51.33 pm ET


Grandma’s Home

This is the first Manhattan location of Grandma’s Home, a restaurant founded in Hangzhou, China. Traditional dim sum, soups and rice dishes are offered. Highlights include soy glazed crispy fish, pork belly stir fry, and green tea claypot chicken, among others. 56 W 22nd St, NYC


Beefbar, high end spot in former Nobu space, describes itself as a symphony of exceptional meats. Look for things like Ribeye Ham, Bao Buns with smoked Kobe Beef, Applewood Smoked Veal Belly, 45 Day Dry-Aged Porterhouse, and American Wagyu served three ways. Fish & veggy options available. 105 Hudson St, NYC


Marie’s, in Bushwick is a neighborhood Italian spot offering playful interpretations of the classics, like Skillet Focaccia with chili butter, Fried Olives with fennel and pork sausage, Duck Cappelletti with duck jus, Porchetta with polenta espuma, and Strawberry Gelato for dessert. 195 Wyckoff Ave, Brooklyn

Sammy’s Romanian

Sammy’s Romanian, which closed during the pandemic, is returning at a new location on the Lower East Side. The Romanian steakhouse is known for things like kishka and karnatzlack (types of Romanian grilled sausages), oversized steaks and potato latkes served in a party atmosphere. 112 Stanton Street, NYC


Goog has opened in the former Somtum Der space in Red Hook. The restaurant serves Thai food that you might find in a neighborhood restaurant in Thailand. Think BBQ Pork Skewers with coconut cream glaze, crispy quail egg wontons, crispy chicken with “Nam Pla” fish sauce and more. 360 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn

Lucia Alimentari

Lucia Alimentari in SoHo is a spin-off of Lucia Pizza of Sheepshead Bay. This spot is quickly getting a reputation for its focaccia sandwiches, pastries and specialty items. The restaurant is now open for dinner service with wine and small bites. 301 West Broadway, NYC

Sky Pavilion

Spice things up with Szechuan cuisine at Sky Pavilion in Times Square. Look for dishes like Chengdu Roast Duck, a whole duck served in broth, Stir Fried Chicken in “numbing” sauce, Emperor Pork Knuckles, and Spicy Pig’s Trotter with green peppercorn sauce just to name a few. 325 W 42nd St, NYC

Yokox Omakase

Yokox Omakase is offering a 15-course omakase experience for $89 served in just over an hour. With fish imported from Japan when possible, guests can expect an intimate dining experience whether it’s a salmon roll with hints of green apple and a drizzle of yuzu or sea scallops mingling with urchin. 41 Ave B, NYC

Zaab Burger

Find true Thai Isaan flavors wrapped up in a burger at Zaab Burger inside Essex Market on the Lower East Side. The burger counter is brought to you by Zaab Zaab, a popular Thai spot in the city. Aside from a burger, cheese and bun, look for additions like sticky rice, Thai chiles and basil. 88 Essex St, NYC


Sawa is a new Lebanese spot in Park Slope offering comforting dishes in a light and airy space. On the menu, find traditional mezze dips, kibbeh nayeh (a raw lamb dish), lamb chops, kafta and more. For dessert, there is semolina pudding with whipped cream and pistachios. 75 5th Ave, Brooklyn