New restaurants are always popping up in New York City, and while it's still winter and there's hardly a risk of looking bad in a bathing suit any time soon, you might as well get out and try some of the delicious new places that just made their debut!
Some of the newest restaurants in NYC are just another location for a local favorite, in a (hopefully) more convenient neighborhood, but others include completely new restaurants and menus by some of our favorites chefs and promising new places that some new New Yorkers are testing the waters with.
Which will you go to first?
This new addition to Herald Square looks promosing enough. They advertise daily specials that range from Korean Friend Chicken to Whole Main Lobster, and the rest of the menu seems like good quality American cuisine with a unique twist. PEnnsylvania 6-5000 is the oldest continuing phone number in New York City, if that means anything to you. They've got about 20 beers beers on tap, an LED TV Wall behind the bar that will probably always have the game on. They've got an upscale air to it, but at the same time the bright colors and welcoming atmosphere makes you pretty okay with spending your money here.
Just opened in Williamsburg, and this is the newest spot to go for chicken and waffles at dinner. They may eventually open for lunch too, but that's not the case yet. The signature dish according to the Local EV, and owner John Seymour, is "fried chicken and your choice of bacon and cheddar, or rasemary and mushroom waffles." They've got a menu with plenty to choose from if your'e not a chicken enthusiast, and there are also some delicious looking cocktails that will be tempting us in the next few months.
Now open on the Upper West Side, this cocktail bar/restaurant can hook you up with "fresh, seasonal" cocktails, salads, sandwiches, pastas, small plates or hors d'oeuvres. This is another creation by Jennifer Klein, who has been in the food industry for 20 years and has received plenty of titles that will make you want to visit her newest creation, like "Restaurateur of the Year" in 2007. The website claims the spot will be "whimsical, chic and romantic decor with upbeat music and unpretentious Upper West Side spirit and cheer." We're not saying that if you describe yourself as unpretentious you usually are, but we're planning on checking it our for ourselves before we take their word on it.
The Meatball Shop
Daniel Holzman and Michael Chernow have a Meatball Shop on the Lower East Side and West Village, but they also just opened a new location to get some balls when you need them in Chelsea. Unlike the other locations, this Meatball Shop also has a liquor license. There's a dining room on the ground floor, and a downstairs bar-area that seats about 20. When you want some cheap but good meatballs, this is the spot to come.
This is the third location in Manhattan for the Australian pie makers who have become pretty popular in the big city. Some of the favorites from their other location are the chicken and mushroom pie, and everyone seems to really enjoy the chunky steak too. (I'm not huge on red meat, but I'll take their word for it) Don't leave without a mini dessert pie either, chocolate, cherry, pecan, apple (etc) - yeah, it's probably a good thing they're opening a third location.
The Malaysian Winter Market
Temporarily Open on February 20th and 21st
Lunch: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Dinner: 5:30pm - 9pm
Head to Bryant Park and check out some Malaysian cuisine. Restaurants are coming together to give you a taste of some signature Malaysian dishes from restaurants like Fatty Crab, New Malaysia Restaurant, Nyonya, Penang and 'wichcraft. The restaurants are all setting up tents, so you can grab some grub and sit down to enjoy performances by an authentic Malaysian dance troupe.