The 13 best new NYC restaurants of 2023

A crab split in the middle with pasta and basil leaves at NYC restaurant Bad Roman
Bad Roman is riding NYC’s maximalism train as one of the hottest restaurant debuts of 2023. | Credit: Christian Harder

Maximalism reigned supreme on NYC’s new restaurant scene in 2023. Translation: half-pound, $29 hot dogs, oysters flambéed tableside, and ravioli oozing cheesy sauce on steak. This is the first full year with the pandemic squarely behind us, and that’s reason enough for New Yorkers to go out—and go big. These are the 13 restaurant openings New Yorkers couldn’t get enough of in 2023.

Bad Roman (Columbus Circle)

The interior of NYC restaurant Bad Roman featuring orange banquettes, pendant lights, and hanging plants
The latest from the Quality Branded team hits it out of the park with one viral dish after another. | Credit: Christian Harder

Quality Branded’s (Zou Zou’s, Quality Italian) latest kicked off a glorious new era of maximalist dining with its opening in February, and the city hasn’t looked back since. A giant, oozing raviolo crowning a filet mignon, garlicky babka, and other viral dishes have made this an especially tough reservation to score. When you do get in, soak in the bright-orange banquettes, floor-to-ceiling windows with Central Park views, and plants hanging from the ceiling while sipping a briny pepperoncini martini. Yes, the food’s a runaway hit, but this larger-than-life hotspot is the kind of place you’ll want to bring a group of friends you can party with. 

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Mischa (Midtown East)

A chopped steak and potatoes dish on a white oval plate at NYC restaurant Mischa
Alex Stupak draws on his Ukrainian and Italian heritage for the menu at Mischa. | Credit: Evan Sung

The half-pound, $29 hot dog at Mischa earned indisputable bragging rights for dish of the summer. If that wasn’t reason enough to grab a reservation, The New York Times critic Pete Wells piled on the praise with a two-star review calling Mischa “one of the year’s most inventive restaurants.” That’s no shocker, given Empellón legend Alex Stupak is steering the restaurant, which opened in April. Here’s a surprise, though: Mischa isn’t doing the Mexican food Stupak built his career on. This one’s more personal as the chef draws on his Ukrainian and Italian heritage in dishes like kasha varnishkes (buckwheat with egg noodles) and Calabrian chile hot wings.

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Carlotto (Gramercy)

Thinly sliced prosciutto and truffles on a round white plate at NYC restaurant Carlotto
Carlotto is all about Italy. | Credit: Carlotto

NYC has no shortage of standout Italian restaurants, but Carlotto has been doing the most with its massive, one-of-a-kind amari collection since it opened in April. The food is on point, too, because chef Andy Kitko of sibling restaurant Oceans leads the kitchen here as well. While the popular seafood restaurant has hints of Italy sprinkled in, Carlotto goes all in on regional Italian cooking. Start with aged ham and cheese from the north, then move on to Roman-style flatbread before going big with tagliatelle and wild boar ragù. Remember the amaro? You’ll want to end your meal with a shot of it in the affogato

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Le B. (West Village)

An off-white soup with edible flowers at NYC restaurant Le B
Angie Mar’s newest restaurant is an ode to Continental cuisine. | Credit: William Hereford

When Angie Mar of Les Trois Chevaux fame opens a restaurant, New Yorkers notice. That was definitely the case for the famous chef’s Le B., a September opening that’s an ode to the food she grew up eating in the ’80s and ’90s. That means nostalgic dishes like roast duck smoked in jasmine tea and Chinese chicken salad with bitter greens and mandarin, all served in a velvety, dimly lit space that whispers luxury. Don’t be surprised if a meal here includes a celeb sighting—Christian Siriano, Patina Miller, and Stephanie March have all dined here since it opened.

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Alligator Pear (Chelsea) 

Fried and breaded pieces of alligator with a chimichurri-like sauce on top at NYC restaurant Alligator Pear
Alligator Pear shines a rare spotlight on modern Creole cooking in NYC. | Credit: Hannah Zimmerman with bitesizedstudios

Dominick Lee dreamed of making modern Creole food on a big stage, and there’s no splashier platform than New York. Since Alligator’s Pear’s July opening, diners can’t seem to get enough of the grilled alligator sausage, creamy artichoke-stuffed beignets, and New Orleans-inspired cocktails, to name just a few exciting items on the menu. Plus, the restaurant’s location is a huge boon for the Penn Station crowd, which usually has to make do with fast-casual spots. Take in the Southern hospitality, get comfortable in the three-story Art Deco space, and get a taste of NOLA in NYC.

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Trust Bae (NoMad)

A caviar dish plated in a hand sculpture at NYC Filipino omakase restaurant Trust Bae
NYC has plenty of world-class omakase options, but Trust Bae is the only Filipino one. | Credit: Hassan Mokkaddam:HMPhotoshoots

Omakase is a bonafide New York tradition at this point, but Top Chef star Frances Tariga managed to bring something new to this town. Her Filipino-accented omakase is an intimate, 16-course party of show-stopping small bites like shrimp tartare with caviar, smoked Spanish mackerel with wasabi, and fatty tuna tacos with gold dust. If you really want to do it up, book one of the later seatings for karaoke night at the stylish NoMad restaurant following the meal. 

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The Press Club Grill (Midtown)

Syrup is poured on to a chocolate and ice cream dish at NYC restaurant Press Club Grill
Old-fashioned hits like this chocolate-and-ice-cream take on Mallomars star on the menu at The Press Club Grill. | Credit: The Press Club Grill

Live out your Mad Men fantasies at The Press Club Grill, singled out by Town & Country as one of the hottest restaurants of the year. Prolific chef Franklin Becker leans hard into ’50s and ’60s dishes at the restaurant, which is part of the revamped Martinique hotel. The space is decked for the era, too, with curvy banquettes and checkerboard floors. Choose from a reimagined Waldorf salad, oysters Rockefeller, chicken schnitzel with Kyiv sauce, and other time-honored classics. The nostalgic feels are just as strong in cocktails like the gin-based Page Turner and the Pimm’s-forward Hush Money—more proof of how a meal here is a trip to a totally different era. 

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Ueki Sushi (West Village)

An artfully plated piece of white fish on a blue-green round plate at NYC restaurant Ueki Sushi
The Blue Ribbon team’s Ueki Sushi pays homage to their late founder Toshi Ueki. | Credit: Steve Hill

When sushi joints in NYC were limited to super casual or extremely high-end destinations, Blue Ribbon Sushi changed the game in 1994 with its accessible offerings—and sushi wizard Toshi Ueki at the helm. So it’s only natural that brothers and Blue Ribbon founders Eric and Bruce Bromberg paid tribute to the late Ueki when they opened this tiny, 12-seat spot in February. Ueki’s precise vision lives on in a two-and-a-half-hour omakase extravaganza by executive chef Kazutaka Iimori, full of edomae-style nigiri, Maine lobster with caviar, and 80 types of sake, wine, and beer. This is a feast fit to celebrate a legend.

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Nasrin’s Kitchen (Midtown)

A dark brown chicken curry with pomegranate seeds on top at NYC restaurant Nasrin’s Kitchen
Chef Nasrin Rejali specializes in homestyle Persian food like this chicken fesenjan at her Midtown restaurant. | Credit: Tanay Warerkar

New Yorkers love a good pop-up-turned-permanent story—and that’s exactly the path followed by caterer and Iranian chef Nasrin Rejali, who opened this love letter to Persian homestyle cooking in July. Nasrin’s Kitchen sits on the second floor of a nondescript Midtown building and is easy to miss. But you should go for the rich chicken fesenjan (walnut stew), zereshk polo ba morgh (tart chicken-and-saffron rice), and berry-and-herb-based Persian drinks that are hard to come by anywhere else in the city. Plus, the restaurant is entirely family run: Rejali leads the kitchen and her son and daughter run the show out front, which means a meal at Nasrin’s Kitchen is truly like having dinner in her home.

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Metropolis by Marcus Samuelsson (Financial District)

A fruit-and-vegetable salad on ice placed on a black table at NYC restaurant Metropolis by Marcus Samuelsson
Marcus Samuelsson’s newest restaurant is part of the long-awaited performing arts building at the World Trade Center. Photo credit: Andrew Thomas Lee

Marcus Samuelsson may be known to most Americans as a huge Food Network star, but here in NYC, his cooking is what stands out. Overseeing the fine Nordic dining at Aquavit and then opening Harlem legend Red Rooster gave him top NYC chef status. Now, Samuelsson, alongside executive chef Ed Tinoco, is capturing the spirit of NYC at his newest opening Metropolis. Dishes like oysters with XO sauce are nods to the Chinese community in Flushing, while hamachi tacos take cues from Rockaway Beach street food. The grand space pays homage to New York, too—it’s a massive, 135-seat restaurant designed by David Rockwell that echoes the dramatic marble building it’s in. 

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I Sodi (West Village)

For more than a decade, no one has cranked out Tuscan food quite like Rita Sodi has in NYC. So, despite opening in a larger space in the West Village in July, I Sodi is almost as hard to get into as the original. What’s also unchanged is the food, which won glowing reviews from critics including Eater’s Robert Sietsema. Regulars can be reunited with all the Italian staples like the epic meat and cheese platter, rabbit porchetta, and pappardelle with lemon. Rest assured I Sodi is still the minimalist Tuscan temple it always was, just with more room to stretch out after an unforgettable meal.

Bangkok Supper Club (West Village)

When Fish Cheeks landed in NoHo in 2016, its top-notch Thai seafood immediately made it one of the hottest spots in the city. The team’s latest project, Bangkok Supper Club, takes things up another notch. The restaurant has been booked solid for a month out since its September debut and earned raves for chef Max Wittawat’s inventive twists on Bangkok street food-style cooking. Your feast here might be made up of herby salad with fried duck egg, scallop ceviche with a chile watermelon granita, and an umami gin-based pandan cocktail. It adds up to a spread that could be straight from a night market in the Thai capital—with a bustling vibe to match. 

Superiority Burger (East Village)

New Yorkers waited with bated breath as Brooks Headley geared up to open Superiority Burger in a new location this year. When the restaurant opened in April, not only did the beloved burger still rule—NYT critic Pete Wells called it “better now than it was in 2015”—but the space is massive compared to the original. Which means you don’t have to wait as long for one of the city’s best burgers and other faithfuls like burnt broccoli salad. Soak in the retro, diner-like space, and don’t let your excitement to order the OGs stop you from getting some of Headley’s newer must-try creations like sweet-and-sharp pink beets with cream cheese and fried pretzels.

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Tanay Warerkar is OpenTable’s New York writer and a content marketing manager at OpenTable

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