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The Team Behind Manhattan Hot Spot Saint Theo’s Does It Again — And More Openings

A weekly roundup of new restaurants in New York City

Holiday Bar is the latest from the team behind Manhattan restaurants American Bar and Saint Theo’s.

Since March 16, 2020, when the state first temporarily closed indoor dining, hundreds of new restaurants have opened, including a new restaurant from the Saint Theo’s team, an outpost of the world’s first Michelin-starred ramen shop, and another heavy-hitting Rockefeller Center restaurant. Here’s a roundup of the restaurants and bars that opened in November. This list will be updated weekly. If there’s an opening in your neighborhood that we’ve missed, let us know at [email protected].

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission.

November 23

Bayside: Fresh pastas and wood-fired pizzas are the draws at this new Italian restaurant with a menu that changes seasonally. For its opening, Valdari is offering poached pear ravioli, orecchiette with bone marrow and octopus, and a handful of entrees focused on meat and seafood, most priced between $20 to $40. 214-26 41st Avenue, near Bell Boulevard

Boerum Hill: The Little Pig is a colorful new cocktail bar with wine, beer, and small bites. 497 Atlantic Avenue, near Third Avenue

Bryant Park: All-day Mediterranean spot, Harta, is now open on the ground floor of the Grayson Hotel. Chef Jonathan Benno and the executive chef of the properties, Mark Zuckerman, have put together a Spanish, French, and Italian menu for what the company is calling a Mediterranean brasserie. 30 W. 39th Street near Fifth Avenue

Dumbo: Tsuta, a Tokyo-based chain that became the first ramen restaurant to receive a Michelin star in 2015, opened its first New York City location on November 18. The Brooklyn outpost sells five types of ramen, including its original shoyu soba with a soy base and black truffle sauce. 22 Old Fulton Street, near Elizabeth Place

East Village: Jesse Malin and Johnny T, the owners of East Village bars Niagara, Bowery Electric, and 2A, have brought another bar to the neighborhood, EV Grieve reports. 96 Tears, an homage to the song by rock group Question Mark and the Mysterians, sells wine, beer, cocktails, and standard bar snacks. 110 Avenue A, near Seventh Street

East Village: Ariari has opened in the former home of modern Korean restaurant Oiji. From Hand Hospitality (Her Name Is Han, Hakata Tonton) this seafood-centric Korean spot is inspired by the port city of Busan. Look for dishes like the Ariari salad, with seaweed noodles, pecans, and an apple mustard dressing; lamb-stuffed fried peppers; and dolsot al-bap with fish roe, poached egg, and sea urchin. 119 First Avenue, near East Eighth Street

East Village: EV Grieve stopped into Butterdose this week, a new shop that specializes in Portuguese egg tarts and Japanese cream puffs in a variety of flavors, including orange wasabi and banana chocolate. 236 E. 13th Street, between Second and Third avenues

East Village: HiLot, the new cocktail bar from the team behind Joyface, a 1970s-themed bar with a waterbed located next door, is now open. Some reservations are available on Tock, although walk-ins are encouraged. 102 Loisaida Avenue, near East 7th Street

Flatbush: Chef Osei Blackett makes homestyle meals from his native Trinidad and Tobago at Ariapita with dishes that reflect the West African, Indian, and indigenous influences on the cuisine. 197 Flatbush Avenue, near Avenue D

Floral Park: Meena has rolled out a second food truck location serving halal Afghan mantu and kebabs. 260-04 Hillside Avenue, near 260th Street

Grand Central: City Winery, the popular national chain that got its start in New York City, opens its 14th wine bar and music venue in Manhattan’s Grand Central station this week. The 15,888-square-foot space includes a full-service restaurant, two tasting counters, and a grab-and-go spot. 89 E. 42nd Street, between Lexington and Vanderbilt avenues

Greenwich Village: The team behind buzzing Manhattan restaurants Saint Theo’s and American Bar has added another see-or-be-seen drinking spot to its arsenal. Holiday Bar opened last week with a futuristic dining room — chrome finish, tubular beige banquettes — that’s already drawing a celebrity crowd. Martinis appear on the menu in various forms: mixed with lychee, sake, and in miniature portions as part of a trio of drinks known as the Saturday Mass that also comes with a beer and a glass of sake. 10 Downing Street, at Sixth Avenue

Long Island City: Hand-pulled noodle chain Xi’an Famous Foods has opened a second shop in Long Island City. It opened to a crowd on November 19. 12-15 Jackson Avenue, between 47th Road and 48th Avenue

Midwood: Shuan Hergatt, the Michelin-starred chef behind Soho restaurant Vestry, heads to south Brooklyn this week with Ren. The American restaurant with Italian flavors — tortellini with corn, tiramisu, focaccia that’s baked at 5 p.m. — is located next to World Spa, a 50,000-square-foot bathhouse scheduled to open next month. 1571 McDonald Avenue, between avenues M and N

Midtown: A “pasta palace” from the team behind Soho’s King restaurant is the latest addition to Rockefeller Center. In contrast to King’s smaller menu, the 140-seat Jupiter features primarily dressed-up carbs, where “there’s something for everyone,” according to co-owner Clare de Boer. 30 Rockefeller Center, between West 49th and 50th streets

Soho: La Rubia has opened at the 11 Howard hotel in Soho, the same property that houses the Michelin-starred Le Coucou. Chef Lucas Harrell, an alum of Brooklyn’s Francie and the Musket Room in Manhattan, steers the kitchen. The restaurant, which seats around 30 people, will operate as an all-day cafe — open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday — until the spot gets its liquor license, at which point it will open for dinner. Walk-ins only. 11 Howard Street, near Lafayette Street

Tribeca: Upscale American restaurant One White Street, newly Michelin-starred this year, is now selling coffee, produce, and more from a next-door cafe called Rigor Hill MarketTribeca Citizen reports. The shop sells soups, salads, sandwiches, coffee, and baked goods. 227 West Broadway, near White Street

Williamsburg: Michael Solomonov, the restaurateur behind Philadelphia hot spots Zahav and Laser Wolf, opened an outpost of his K’Far bakery at the Hoxton hotel this week. The space includes a 190-seat restaurant, a bar for Israeli wines, and a cafe with coffee and breakfast sandwiches. 97 Wythe Avenue, between North Ninth and 10th streets

November 17

Astoria: Figlia is cooking up Neapolitan pies out of this new pizzeria. Pies come with toppings like maitake mushroom, mortadella, or ‘nduja with burrata. 23-02 31st Street, at 23rd Avenue

Chelsea: Chef Marcus Samuelsson has opened the doors on Hav & Mar, his first new restaurant in New York City in roughly a decade. The 125-seat space nods to the celebrity chef’s roots in Sweden and Ethiopia with dishes like berbere-cured salmon and the Ethiopian stew doro wat. 245 11th Avenue, at West 26th Street

Dumbo: A barbecue business that started as a pop-up near John F. Kennedy Airport finds a permanent home at Dumbo’s Time Out Market. Bark Barbecue, from pitmaster Ruben Santana, brings a Dominican twist on the city’s barbecue scene with chicharron, longaniza, and other meats sold from the new space, located on the fifth-floor rooftop of the food hall. 55 Water Street, at Main Street

Greenpoint: Rhythm Zero is a new coffee shop that almost looks too fancy for sitting: The room is filled with vintage furniture, marble pedestals, and oil paintings from the late 1800s, according to Greenpointers32 Kent Street, at West Street

Greenwich Village: Said to be influenced by Britain’s social clubs, 9 Jones has brought an exclusive supper club to the West Village. The restaurant comes from a team of “gatekeepers” and “atmosphere curators,” according to a spokesperson, including the NBA’s Carmelo Anthony and nightlife vets connected to 1Oak, Somewhere Nowhere, and other clubs. A food menu lists a $76 lobster pasta and tuna tartare served with caviar and gold leaf. 9 Jones Street, near West Fourth Street

Greenwich Village: Munchiez, a late-night food counter from Chinatown’s decades-old bakery Mei Lai Wah, is the latest to open on MacDougal Street. The small shop sells grilled skewers, cheung fun, fried chicken wings, and other foods. 126 MacDougal Street, near West Third Street

Hell’s Kitchen: The Dickens is a new queer venue with six bars spread across four floors and a a rooftop. 783 Eighth Avenue, near West 48th Street

Lower East Side: Morochas is a new bakery with pies, cakes, and savory bites that opened this week in downtown Manhattan. 153 Ludlow Street, near Stanton Street

Lower East Side: A new cocktail bar called Tenement Bar opened its doors on the Lower East Side back in October with oysters, chicken live mousse, and rabbit pie. 161 Ludlow Street, near Stanton Street

Midtown: The western reaches of Rockefeller Center are now home to a location of Breads Bakery. Unique to the location, the company’s fifth in Manhattan, is a pretzel made from rye sourdough starter. 1230 Sixth Avenue, between West 48th and 49th streets

Midtown: The restauranteur behind Koreatown’s Korean-style Antoya BBQ and Angelina Bakery now has a cocktail bar called Katherine. Cocktails are created by Shigefumi “Shige” Kabashima, an alum of Angel’s Share who also owns the Japanese cocktail bar NR uptown. 41 W. 35th Street, near Sixth Avenue

Midtown: Rosevale Kitchen and Cocktail Room, a new restaurant and bar within Manhattan’s Civilian Hotel, is taking a global approach to its menu with matzoh ball soup, shrimp chips, and steak tartare made with larb seasoning, according to the New York Times. The bar with two outdoor terraces is perched up a spiral staircase. 305 W. 48th Street, near Eighth Avenue

Union Square: A team hailing from Toronto brings the Mediterranean flavors to New York with Reyna. The menu here highlights Lebanese tacos, Manchego and cauliflower croquettes, falafel, and lamb baklava, according to owner Nicki Laborie. Laborie also runs Toronto online magazine, View the Vibe11 East 13th Street, between Fifth Avenue and University Place

Upper East Side: Isle of Us, a corner market that seems too cool for the Upper East Side, is now open. The corner space’s shelves are lined with a supply of pantry items with cute labels, while a cafe space offers coffee, “green eggs and jam” sandwiches and hash brown breakfast burritos. 1481 Third Avenue, at East 84th Street

Upper East Side: Brooklyn-based ice cream chain Van Leeuwen heads uptown with its 21st scoop shop in the city. 1270 Third Avenue, at East 73rd Street

Upper West Side: Butter Cup Bake Shop is now open at its fifth Manhattan location, West Side Rag reports. The bakery known for its buttercream cupcakes was started by Magnolia Bakery co-founder Jennifer Appel. 166 W. 72nd Street, between Amsterdam and Columbus avenues

Williamsburg: Fast-casual chain Inday is mixing things up at its first Brooklyn location. The company will serve food around the clock at this new cafe, that’s not quite table service, but is a step up from the assembly line format at its other locations. (Customers order at a counter and food is brought to tables.) Coffee and chai are listed on morning menus, with cocktails at night. 658 Driggs Avenue, between North First Street and Metropolitan Avenue

November 10

Battery Park: Acclaimed West Village sweets shop Mah-Ze-Dahr now has a Brookfield Place operation that opened on October 20, according to a representative. 225 Liberty Street, at West Street

Chelsea: Burmese restaurant Rangoon debuted in Crown Heights back in February 2020, followed by a short-lived ghost kitchen restaurant called Mandalay Club, which opened last December. Now chef Myo Moe has opened another location of Rangoon in Chelsea. 158 Eighth Avenue, near West 18th Street

Clinton Hill: The team behind Brooklyn coffee chain Hungry Ghost opens the doors on Bar Francis this week. The cocktail bar with speakeasy vibes is found behind a wooden door in the company’s newest coffee shop, at the base of a Fulton Street apartment complex. 810 Fulton Street, at Clermont Avenue

Downtown Brooklyn: Hana House is a new pan-Asian food hall, primarily focused on Korean vendors, that opened with several stalls last month. Included in the mix is food stall Bokki Seoul Food, Bindi for gelato, and No Strings Attached, a ramen joint recently relocated from Williamsburg11 Willoughby Plaza, at Brooklyn Bridge Boulevard

East Village: Downtown Manhattan is now swimming in coffee shop-bookstores, and the latest is Thayer, according to EV Grieve99 Avenue B, between East Sixth and Seventh streets

East Village: Quick-service joint Wild Mirrors is now cooking up burgers, fries, and wings, according to EV Grieve95 Second Avenue, between East Fifth and Sixth streets

East Williamsburg: Baby Blues Luncheonette opened last week with modern Greek diner food and charming interior design, dotted with vintage pepper shakers, and a wall of VHS tapes. 97 Montrose, between Leonard Street and Manhattan Avenue

Financial District: Farida, a halal-friendly central Asian Midtown restaurant focusing on Uzbek and Kazakh food, now has a downtown location. It appears to have opened in October, according to its Instagram32 Cedar Street, near William Street

Flatiron: Lost Spirits is a new cocktail bar that hopes to evoke feelings of the Prohibition era. In addition to beer and cocktails, find charcuterie boards. 11 W. 17th Street, near Fifth Avenue

Greenpoint: A new aperitivo bar opened at the street level of a landmarked Greenpoint residential building. As the name suggests, the star cocktail at Bar Americano is the Americano and the bar comes from a team with collective experience at Manhattan bars like the tropical Jungle Bird and tavern-style the Gray Mare. The kitchen is operated by Vicent Iborra, from Sauced, and features burrata with lavender, whole artichokes, beans with cockles, and a burger. 180 Franklin Street, at Java Street

Greenwich Village: ChickenHawk, the latest arrival in New York’s hot chicken boom, opened at the end of October. The no-frills spot named after the Looney Tunes character partners with chefs and restaurants across the city to offer different takes on the Nashville favorite. 319 Sixth Avenue, at West Third Street

Hunters Point: Da Yong Li Hot Pot, an international chain that first started in China, now has a second location in NYC for its hot pot, reports. 42-22 Crescent Street, at 42nd Street

Lower East Side: Manhattan is the latest borough to get a food truck from Birria-Landia, joining the acclaimed taco maker credited with kicking off this city’s birria boom. The truck also has locations in Jackson Heights, Williamsburg, and Fordham Manor. The Lower East Side location stays open daily, from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Corner of Houston Street and First Avenue

Midtown East: The Scandinavia House has relaunched its cafe, now called Bjork, the New York Times reports. The new chef is an alum of the Upper East Side’s Ulrika’s, and will highlight Nordic dishes like gravlax, meatballs, and baked artic char. 58 Park Avenue, at East 38th Street

Park Slope: Electric Beets, a vegan general store with provision items, prepared foods, sandwiches, and salads, opened last week. 58 Seventh Avenue, between Garfield Place and First Street

Tribeca: New York now has its own Fouquet’s, a brasserie inside of the new Art Deco Hotel Barrière Fouquet’s, according to the New York Times. The kitchen is helmed by a disciple of Alain Ducasse. 28 Desbrosses Street, at Washington Street

Upper East Side: Coconut cold brew pop-up the SisterYard launched its first standalone coffee shop inside of the Frick Museum. A museum ticket isn’t required to enter. 1 East 70th Street, at Fifth Avenue

West Village: A new restaurant the Wesley opened its doors this week, in a kitchen led by a Daniel and Le Bernardin alum. The restaurant has chicken with white corn, shitake, and swiss chard; cauliflower gnocchi with fava beans; and stuffed honeynut squash with lentils. 310 W. Fourth Street, at 12th Street

Williamsburg: The food hall space that was once home to North 3rd Street Market gets new life this week with Williamsburg Market. The marketplace opens with 10 vendors today, including a location of Brooklyn’s legendary Di Fara pizza, Italian sandwich shop Alidoro, and Korean corn dog spot Oh-K Dog. The space is anchored by a central cocktail bar with dining room seating. 103 North Third Street, near Berry Street

November 3

Chelsea: Brooklyn-based ice cream chain Van Leeuwen opened its 20th scoop shop in the city in Chelsea on October 28. 258 W. 16th Street, near Eighth Avenue

Clinton Hill: Bed-Stuy general store Maya Congee Cafe now has a second location in Clinton Hill. Currently operating with a slimmer menu, each congee bowl (there’s chicken, pork, or a vegan version with peanuts) features a base of brown rice and quinoa in addition to the traditional white rice. Add-ons include preserved duck eggs, avocado, or white fish. The new spot is owner Layla Chen’s first sit-down establishment that will sell alcohol at night. 1013 Fulton Street, at Grand Avenue

Flatbush: Flatbush Central Caribbean Marketplace opened this summer but new vendors keep pouring in. The latest is Petisco Brazuca, a Brazilian snack shop with a location in Bed-Stuy. 2123 Caton Avenue, at Flatbush Avenue

Flatiron: Tino’s Artisan Pizza Co., a small chain of Italian restaurants with five locations in New Jersey, now opened its first outpost in Manhattan, the New York Times reports. 12 W. 18th Street, near Fifth Avenue

Hell’s Kitchen: After closing earlier this year after 25 years in operation, Greek restaurant Molyvos has resurfaced in Hell’s Kitchen. The restaurant is serving much of the same menu, with some new raw and chilled dishes, from this new 60-seat space. West 43rd Street, at Ninth Avenue

Lower East Side: Taking over the former home of a French bistro from Daniel Boulud, Ixta is now open on Bowery, according to What Now NY. An online menu lists lesser-seen Mexican dishes in this stretch of Manhattan, including enfrijoladas stuffed with duck confit, goat birria, and a vegan version of ceviche made with beet and avocado. 299 Bowery, between East Houston and East First streets

Meatpacking District: New Orleans eyewear brand Krewe has a new “semi-hidden” wine bar called &Holiday in its Manhattan store, according to the New York Times67 Gansevoort Street, at Washington Street

Midtown: The team behind Atomix, one of the 13 two-Michelin-starred restaurants in New York City, opened the doors on Naro this week. The new restaurant on the rink level of Rockefeller Center digs into varied aspects of life in Korea: annual ancestral ceremonies, home-cooked dinners, bar snacks, and royal-court cuisine. 610 Fifth Avenue, between West 49th and 50th streets

Midtown East: Lekka Burger, a vegan burger restaurant from the owner of Lower East Side restaurant Dirt Candy, gets a second location at Midtown’s Urbanspace food hall. 570 Lexington Avenue, at East 51st Street

Midtown West: Davey’s, an ice cream maker with locations in the East Village and Greenpoint, has opened a new scoop shop in Penn Station’s Moynihan Train Hall. 350 W. 33rd Street, between Eighth and Ninth avenues

Midtown West: Restaurant Row gained a new post-Broadway contender: Lady Blue. The bar opened in September with 70’s-inspired interiors, according to a spokesperson. Find oysters Rockefeller, stuffed dates, and shrimp cocktails for bites. 363 W. 46th Street, near Ninth Avenue

Park Slope: Honeycomb, a new listening bar fashioned in the style of those in Japan, is now open for business, according to Grub Street74 Fifth Avenue, at St. Marks Place

Prospect Lefferts Gardens: A former production space for the decades-old Allan’s Bakery in Flatbush has been repurposed as a late-night restaurant and bar for the neighborhood. Allan’s Bar and Cafe opened in late August serving beef moon pies, Hennessy-flavored hot wings, jerk chicken mac and cheese, and its famed currant rolls, which draw lines at the bakery next door. 1107 Nostrand Avenue, near Maple Street

Soho: A new Ukrainian-owned bar and restaurant with borscht cocktails and bacon, egg, and cheese pierogi opens today. Slava takes over the former home of Pegu Club and comes from the team behind the tropical bar Pineapple Club in the East Village. 77 West Houston Street, near West Broadway

Theater District: Starchild Rooftop Bar and Lounge has opened, the buzzy spot under the stars with bottle service and light bites — including pizza, charcuterie, and caviar, of course. There’s a 100-person capacity and the year-round space with a retractable roof. It is one of three restaurants in the Civilian Hotel from Sean Christie’s Carver Hospitality group out of Las Vegas and its first NYC project. Rosevale Kitchen + Cocktail Room, a restaurant on the ground floor and a “cocktail parlor” on the second floor, will open later this month. A spokesperson confirms DJs and other musical guests Thursday through Saturday nights. With sightings like Leonardo DiCaprio, expect there will be excellent people watching. 305 W. 48th Street, near Eighth Avenue

Upper West Side: Chef Kwame Onwuachi, a Bronx native who made a name for himself as a 25-year-old contestant on Top Chef, has opened Tatiana at Lincoln Center. The restaurant is the chef’s first in New York City, a 70-seat space that comes amid a $550 million overhaul of the center’s David Geffen Hall. 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, near Columbus Avenue