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10 Hot New Restaurants to Try in 2020

Secure your reservations (we can help!) at these tasty newcomers.

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New year, new you…and 10 excellent new restaurants to try over the next 12 months! As usual, New Yorkers can expect a high-low mix of fully realized concepts and casual mom-and-pop affairs in 2020. Keep your eyes peeled for the latest on these brand-new and opening-soon eateries.

For Adventurous Families, Try…
Dhamaka on the Lower East Side

Plotting out your next project after critical success can be daunting, but not for Chintan Pandya and Roni Mazumdar. The duo behind LIC’s Adda is set to open their next restaurant inside the newish Essex Market, which will specialize in regional home cooking from all over India. (We can only assume the food will be bangin’ because dhamaka translates to “bang.”) 88 Essex Street (at Delancey Street); opens March

To Impress Your Parents, Try…
Gage & Tollner in Downtown Brooklyn

Brooklyn’s grand dame of dining is ready to make its comeback. The historic steakhouse, which first operated from the late Gilded Age until 2004, will be revived and modernized by a trio of Brooklyn restaurateurs (Sohui Kim and Ben Schneider of the Good Fork and St. John Frizell of Fort Defiance). Their goal? Bring the aristocratic dining hall back to the days when chef Edna Lewis simmered her she-crab soup and neighborhood regulars intermingled with icons like Mae West and Truman Capote. 372 Fulton Street; opens February

Photo courtesy of Gage & Tollner/Facebook
For a Casual Date Night, Try…
Magdalene in Williamsburg

The NYC dining scene is always welcoming to abstract concepts, and owner-artist Magdalene Sayeg truly landed on a genius one with her upcoming Lebanese oyster bar. Along with the exotic eats, Sayeg’s craftsmanship is also represented in the vibrant dining space (rainbows of yarn snake up and down Magdalene’s columns) and bathroom (black and white tiles are paired with splashes of neon yellow-green). 524 Lorimer Street; opening TBD

For a Good Hangover Cure, Try…
Foxface Provisions in the East Village

Despite their micro-size lunch haunt on St. Mark’s Place, the sandwich mongers behind Foxface have developed a fierce following since opening in 2019. This year they’re expanding to a bigger space a few blocks south with enough room to experiment with smoke, fermentation, and more off-kilter ingredients. (Although how can one top making a sandwich with escargot and kangaroo loin?) 189 Avenue A (between East 11th and 12th Streets); opening spring

Photo courtesy of Foxface via Yelp
For a Worth-the-Babysitter Date Night, Try…
La Veau d’Or on the Upper East Side

Uptowners tired of trekking downtown for a long wait at Frenchette, you’re in luck! The duo behind one of Manhattan’s hottest dining gems, chefs Lee Hanson and Riad Nasr, have purchased the city’s oldest bistro in hopes of preserving the restaurant’s classic identity while sprinkling in touches from the 21st century. In other words, we expect escargot and natural wine to be 2020’s hottest pairing. 129 East 60th Street (between Lexington and Park Avenues); opening TBD

For Foodies Who Don’t Mind Traveling, Try…
Chocobar in Mott Haven

One of Puerto Rico’s most celebrated restaurants, Chocobar Cortés, is expanding to one of the coolest nabes in the Bronx. Inspired by the Cortés family’s deep history in the cacao industry and their rich Caribbean background, you’ll find the namesake ingredient in savory bites like grilled cheese, burgers, and croquettes. TBD location, Alexander Avenue; opening summer

Photo courtesy of Chocobar Cortés/Facebook
For Large Group Hangs, Try…
Thai Diner in Nolita

Ann Redding and Matt Danzer are the minds behind two of Nolita’s spiciest spots, Uncle Boons and Uncle Boons Sister. Now they’ve added a third to their repertoire, a playful all-day concept bringing Thai touches to American diner classics—like disco fries blanketed in massaman curry and wok-fried omelets. 186 Mott Street (at Kenmare Street); opening TBD

For a Client Dinner, Try…
Ella Brasileira in Chelsea

Another transplant to New York’s dining scene, Manoella Buffara, has moved almost 5,000 miles, from Brazil to her new Chelsea home. Best known for her critically acclaimed tasting menus, the chef is expanding her culinary scope to feature hyper-local produce, wood-fired seafood, and traditional Brazilian recipes with a high-end twist. 436 West 15th Street (between Ninth and Tenth Avenues); opening TBD

To Catch Up With Old Friends, Try…
Silver Apricot in the West Village

You probably know Simone Tong from her signature mixian rice noodles, but she’s ready to exhibit a new side of herself with a fine-ish dining concept exploring her Chinese-American identity. What that specifically means remains to be seen, but some of her vision involves charcuterie, bread, and cheeses made in-house. 20 Cornelia Street (between Bleecker and West 4th Streets); opening winter

Photo courtesy of Little Tong Noodle Shop/Facebook
For Solo Dining Before Catching a Train, Try…
Toko in Koreatown

Underground and sushi should rarely appear in the same sentence, but when you’ve got alums from Shuko and Bouley working behind the scenes, you can breathe a sigh of relief. Tucked inside the Herald Square subway station, the 18-seater promises to be more glam than gritty—we’re talking leather walls, a glass-enclosed wine room, and a high-end omakase tasting menu starting at $150. 49 West 32nd Street (at Broadway); opens March

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