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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
4.5 (1352)
$31 to $50
Italian
Upper West Side

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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
Chelovip
Dined 3 days ago
Always delicious; fabulous service and great ambiance.
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4.7
4.7 (30)
$30 and under
Vegan
Williamsburg

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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.


Top review
ShawnC
Dined on Feb 3, 2024
Absolutely delicious, great service, food came out quickly
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4.7
4.7 (63)
$31 to $50
Italian
Gramercy Park

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About the restaurant

Regional Italian masterpieces are the name of the game at Carlotto, a sibling to swanky Gramercy Park seafood staple Oceans. Since April, New Yorkers have returned for Carlotto’s housemade pastas, such as mafaldine limon with Dungeness crab, and heartier mains including branzino with braised fennel, mussels, cherry tomatoes, and breadcrumb salsa. The vintage amaro program is also a highlight. Those who can’t decide between ending with a dessert or a drink should get the best of both worlds: Carlotto’s amaro affogato tops a scoop of gelato with the herbal Italian liqueur. The boozy confection is a memorable way to conclude one of the city’s best Italian feasts, while sitting in the 70-seat dining room centered around an open kitchen.


Top review
ChelsGvip
Dined on Feb 8, 2024
Perfect date night spot. The food was great, the atmosphere was great, the service was great. Will go back again!
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4.6
4.6 (9)
$31 to $50
Indian
Chelsea

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About the restaurant

Southeast Asian food is hard to find in NYC, and prolific chef and restaurateur Salil Mehta has made it his mission to change that over the past decade. His latest, Kebaya, is an ode to Peranakan food, which blends Chinese, Malaysian, and Indian traditions. The restaurant opened in Chelsea in February with dishes such as spicy laksa fried rice and oysters topped with zesty citrus sambal. Beyond crowd favorites, there are dishes that are hard to find elsewhere in the city: fried quail over caramelized soy mango salad and turmeric-seasoned, charred whole baby squid cooked in a sour tamarind paste are just two of the highlights. Mehta’s kaleidoscopic plates are a striking contrast to the chic dining room, decked with black furniture and crystal chandeliers.


Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Dec 30, 2023
Incredible food and drinks. The ambience was perfect to catch up with friends. I’ll definitely be back!
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