New York City Restaurant Openings – More to Savor!

There’s wonderful cuisine to relish in New York City thanks to many of the recent openings. Good news for people who love to dine out. Here are ten go-to new spots all around the town that present a variety of cuisines. Check them out and make some meal plans!

bar56 is located just steps from Brooklyn Bridge Park in Dumbo. This stylish new wine bar and restaurant boasts a menu of 56 wines by the glass. The rotating wine program is collaboratively curated by restaurateur and wine professional James Fantaci, sommelier Aaron Fusco, and general manager Michael Brown. Complementing the wine program, the kitchen is helmed by Executive Chef Vincent Cortese offering an exceptional modern American, seasonally-driven menu that draws from Italian and French influences. 

Sagaponack, the recently opened seafood-centric restaurant in the heart of the Flatiron, offers great dining at an approachable price point. They serve lunch, Happy Hour, dinner, weekend brunch and have a great upstairs space for private events of all sizes. The restaurant’s menu, curated by Executive Chef Phil Choy features an inventive fusion of Asian and Mediterranean flavors. There is a diverse array of dishes that takes you on a wonderful culinary adventure. And their beverage program is outstanding, making food and drink pairings a pleasure.

Anita La Mamma del Gelato (Anita Gelato) opens its third New York City location in Times Square. With 19 branches worldwide, Anita Gelato has become a popular international brand where at times you may find the line wrapping around the block. The family-owned gelateria is celebrated for its rotating 150 flavors of gelato, frozen yogurt, sorbet, and ice cream, including sugar-free and vegan options, all made in-house using Anita’s original recipes. The Times Square location will offer 36 selections of frozen treats daily that rotate seasonally, each handmade in-store. Every scoop of Anita Gelato’s frozen creations contains the freshest, highest-quality ingredients, rich flavors, textures, crunch, and fresh cream to seasonal fruits and premium chocolate as well as a range of 25 different toppings.

Coral, a new intimate 10-seat sushi counter from veteran Sushi Chef Robby Cook, is open in the iconic MetLife Building at 200 Park Avenue with an entrance on Vanderbilt at 44th Street. Chef Cook brings years of experience working in some of New York City’s premier Japanese restaurants. At Coral, Chef Cook showcases classic Japanese techniques with globally inspired touches and flavors, leveraging his deep relationships within the famed Toyosu Fish Market in Tokyo to source the highest quality fish. Desserts come from both famed pastry chef Sam Mason as well as chocolatier Romina Peixoto.  

Kobo is Chef/Restaurateur Ruben Rodriguez’s latest addition to Nai Restaurant Group that includes Amigo, Nai, and Emilia, restaurants that are all located in the East Village. At age 11, Chef Ruben moved from Spain to the U.S. and worked his way up through numerous New York City kitchens before founding his first restaurant, Nai, in 2010. For Ruben’s fourth concept, Kobo, Chef Ruben combined his travels throughout the Mediterranean, leaning into his Spanish roots and his love of Italian and Mediterranean flavors.

Point Seven, the new seafood-centric restaurant from renowned Chef Franklin Becker and restaurant veteran Stephen Loffredo is open in the iconic MetLife Building at 200 Park Avenue with an entrance on Vanderbilt at 44th Street. The latest project from Chef Becker and Loffredo’s Hospitality Department, Point Seven is inspired by coastal cuisines from around the world and the ocean’s bounty, and named after the percentage of earth that is covered in water. Famed pastry chef Sam Mason creates the desserts, while Max Green oversees the seasonal, ingredient-forward cocktail program. The bright, airy, sustainably designed space by Studio Valerius features two spacious levels for dining.

Nar is a modern Turkish restaurant in the Flatiron District. Partners Andy E. Arkun, Erhan Bahceci, and Zeynep Tansung assembled a team of Turkish chefs to execute a menu of reimagined regional Turkish dishes using produce sourced from the Union Square Farmers Market, and proteins from Amish Country in Pennsylvania to serve clean, organic, halal-certified food that tantalizes the tastebuds. The dining experience includes Meze, Cold Appetizers, Mains, and of course, luscious Turkish desserts. 

Libertine, a French bistro from Partner Cody Pruitt and Executive Chef and Partner Max Mackinnon has opened in the West Village at 684 Greenwich Street at Christopher Street. Libertine offers a menu that focuses on cuisine du marché, the greenmarket-guided cooking found in bistros across the French countryside, alongside an entirely all natural French wine list, and cocktails made with small batch French spirits. The 46-seat restaurant, designed by Cody, features traditional bistro tables sourced from the Pays de la Loire, France, burgundy leather banquettes, cream Venetian plaster walls, and chalkboard menus visible throughout the dining room.   

White Olive, in the heart Midtown, brings the delectable, fresh tastes of the Mediterranean alive with excellent food and drink, a sleek beautiful interior, spacious bar, and top-notch service. Whether you’re shopping on 5th Avenue, visiting MOMA, enjoying the Rockefeller Center area, taking in a show at City Center or a performance at Radio City, White Olive is a marvelous destination for a memorable meal.

Butterfield Chicken is the brainchild of four young up and coming restaurateurs from Greece. It is an exciting new fast casual chicken concept that will offer the fresh flavors of Greece, along with the health benefits embodied in the Mediterranean Diet. Located at 18 West 45th Street, within a block of the Theatre District, the restaurant is the first concept to bring Greek traditional butterfly-grilled chicken to New York City and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Everything on the menu will be local, natural, organic, and sustainable. Nothing on the menu will be fried, except of course, the fries.

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Marina Kennedy began her writing career when her four children were grown and she returned to college to study in the humanities. She is delighted to be a contributor for Woman Around Town. The majority of her articles focus on the culinary scene, theatre, and travel. Marina and her husband Chuck enjoy the rich cultural experiences of the New York metro area and beyond. She hopes that readers like reading her articles as much as she enjoys writing them.