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4 new restaurants making a splash in New York City right now

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by Melissa Kravitz Hoeffner
Updated December 15, 2023

A Barbie and Oppenheimer double-feature might be on everyone’s summer wish list right now, but these epic 2023 restaurant openings in NYC are making the case for a blockbuster summer of eating out.

The Don Angie team’s latest, a maximalist love letter to Italian American cooking, is already a social media darling. A beloved Williamsburg vegan diner is back in a new avatar.

Read on for a guide to four sizzling 2023 NYC debuts.

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4.5 (1643)
$31 to $50
Upper West Side
About the restaurant

Quality Branded’s latest was already a social media star before it opened in February—and it’s only exploded since. The team behind NYC staple Quality Italian is dazzling diners with over-the-top Italian American fare that’s peak New York. Think roasted garlic babka and steak topped with a cacio e pepe raviolo that oozes cheese sauce. The decor is just as decadent: A she-wolf statue presides over the dining area and Roman fountains deck the restrooms. Consider toasting your larger-than-life meal with a round of shots served on toy race cars—a zany tribute to Italy’s classic car obsession. It all adds up to an unapologetically maximalist experience you won’t soon forget.

Top review
Dined 4 days ago
This is our fourth time back to Bad Roman. I must say it never disappoints! The restaurant is in the beautiful and perfectly located Columbus Circle Mall. The food is delicious, the ambience, fun and inviting, and the service, outstanding! The Black Truffle Honey Whipped Ricotta is a MUST to start with! We look forward to our return!
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4.4 (36)
$30 and under
About the restaurant

The loss of 12-year-old vegan “junk food” mainstay Champs Diner rocked the Williamsburg community in late 2022. But in March, that sacred space became Ro’s, an inventive plant-based diner co-owned by former Champs chef Ro Seaward (many of the diner’s former employees returned as well). The restaurant’s impressive comfort food lineup includes vegan riffs on American classics such as mozzarella sticks, wings, a seitan gyro, housemade meatloaf, and gluten-free mac and cheese. Pull up a round stool at the counter, or slide into the long row of booth seats in the mirrored space to dial up the nostalgia. Ro’s has already managed to fill Champs’s big shoes.

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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Apr 14, 2024
The food is incredible — even if you aren’t vegan, you’ll enjoy the creative dishes! The staff is extremely friendly and the vibes are great — the whole time we were there, I was jamming out to Paramore.
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