Everyday a new restaurant pops up on some corner and with our busy lives and hectic schedules it makes it almost impossible to keep track of them all. Instead of going to your usual go-to spots, indulge yourself in a new experience. Here are the places you should be heading to this weekend.
Written by Gabriela Martinez-Campos
A new addition to Jean-Georges’ ABC family has now opened in NY after 4 years since it was announced. AbcV by Chef Neal Harden is a plant based restaurant that is bound to be a treat for your taste buds. The sustainable, organic, and artisanal interior meshes beautifully with the two other already existing restaurants in the Abc empire. The chefs managed to create a delightful balance between wellness and nutrition that is a vegetarian paradise.
38 East 19th Street, New York, NY
+1 (212) 475-5829
Empowering women served as the inspiration for the all-day cafe, De Maria. The welcoming interior that takes inspiration from palazzo-facing cafes of Italy, is colorful and charming for the NoLIta location. The contemporary restaurant’s menu focuses on creating fresh meals that are healthy yet comforting. Executive chef, Camille Becerra, thoughtful cooking combined with creative director, Grace Lee’s perspective of design transformed the all day breakfast spot into a culture filled NYC hotspot.
19 Kenmare Street, New York, NY 10012
+1 (212) 966-3058
What you once thought was a traditional New York deli has a whole world behind the freezer door. Enter the hidden room for music, mezcal, and ceviche. Felipe Mendez, chef and owner of La Superior and Cerveceria Havemeyer, decided to expand his speakeasy collection with a cocktail-centric spot called La Milagrosa. Tables are limited and reservations are required to gain freezer door access. Once inside, you are presented with a well thought out cocktail list, offering mezcal and tequila, as well as a menu with small plates that include Mendez’s famous ceviche.
149 Havemeyer St, Brooklyn, NY
+1 (718) 599-1499
The perfect marriage between barbecue and high-end dining. Focusing on “smoked-centric comfort food”, Chef Matt Aidoo wanted to combine the styles of his Brooklyn restaurant Pig Beach with a more modern and luxury flare. The menu has dishes that range from lasagne layered with smoked duck confit and BBQ market root vegetable with toasted almonds.
155 Bleecker St, New York, NY
+1 (646) 756-5115
The former chef of Jean-George’s ABC Kitchen and ABC Cocina, Dan Kluger has established his solo debut with a Farm-to-table hotspot in Greenwich Village. The restaurant gives a warm and effusive feeling which is directly aligned with the chef’s vision of life. The menu is comprised with small and large sharable plates that are locally produced and sourced.
21 W 8th St, New York, NY
+1 (212) 388-1831
Tim Ho Wan
Hong Kong most famous hole-in-the-wall Dim Sum spot, that was awarded a Michelin Star, is now available in NYC. Replicating original recipes from the HK location the world’s cheapest Michelin star restaurant opened its doors to a small and casual restaurant in NOHO. The menu features the famous baked barbecue pork buns, steam and fried dumplings, and some new exclusive plates created for the New York Market. The restaurant closes daily from 3-5pm and lines can be expected.
85 4th Ave, New York, NY
+1 (212) 228-2800
The New Age 70s Mexican diner in Chinatown offers a Mexican American base with Japanese, Middle East, and Jewish flavors. By mix-and-matching spices and combining cultures the Chef was able to create a style of cooking that is far from ordinary. A large portion of the menu is dedicated to vegetable-based dishes, and Chef Gerardo Gonzalez, designed everything to be shared. The accessible price point and laid back atmosphere is unique and welcoming to those visiting and local New Yorkers.
104 Bayard St, New York, NY
+1 (646) 998-3408
The Flower Shop
Newcomer to the Lower East Side, The Flower Shop, is a mid-Century rec room that is filled with wooden paneled walls, a pool table, jukebox and fireplace. Chef Michael Hamilton has designed an elevated gastropub menu that has created lots of chatter within the neighborhood. The interior sparks flashbacks to a “grandma’s basement.” The core focus in the decor was the nostalgia factor with the upscale feel.
107 Eldridge St, New York, NY
+1 (212) 257-4072
Reimagined traditional Chinese banquet is what Chef Paul Donelly and Eddy Buckingham designed. Located in an old opera house, the space is great for groups looking for an upscale “party-time dinner”. The menu pulls inspiration from different regions of China which caters to a crowd outside of it’s chinatown location.