Spring seems to be coming early this year and so does a budding crop of new restaurants. From new chef-driven concepts to a Scandinavian-inspired food hall, here are 23 openings to keep on your radar.
Top toques Momosan Ramen & Sake Opening: Early April Singing sushi master Masaharu Morimoto will open his first-ever ramen restaurant in Murray Hill this spring. The ramen/sake concept (whose moniker is Morimoto’s nickname in the kitchen) will feature traditional varieties like tonkotsu and chicken as well as side dishes and an extensive sake menu. 342 Lexington Ave.
Union Square Cafe Opening: Spring The legendary restaurant will reopen in a new location (the former City Crab space) under executive chef Carmen Quagliata. Expect menu updates and a revamped space. 10 E. 16th St.
ABCV Opening: Spring Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s long-delayed vegan/vegetarian restaurant, ABCV, a spin-off of ABC Kitchen and ABC Cocina, has been delayed for years now but will open this spring with a menu from chef de cuisine Neal Harden. 38 E. 19th St.
Tom Colicchio at The Beekman Opening: Early June Tom Colicchio and the Crafted Hospitality team will debut their first New York City restaurant since 2010 at the Beekman, the historic, 1883 landmark property in lower Manhattan that is being converted into the Beekman Hotel and will be conjoined with a newly constructed, 51-story luxury condominium tower, the Beekman Residences. 5 Beekman St.
Brooklyn and Queens Olmsted Opening: May Chicago-born chef Greg Baxtrom, whose impressive resume includes Alinea, Per Se, Ateraand Blue Hill, will open this new restaurant alongside friend and former colleague Ian Rothman (Atera’s former horticulturist). The moderately priced eatery will be located in Prospect Heights and will feature a backyard garden. 659 Vanderbilt Ave., Brooklyn
Carla Hall’s Southern Kitchen Opening: Spring The Chew star is opening this Nashville hot chicken restaurant in the former Whiskey Soda Lounge space in Brooklyn’s Columbia Waterfront District this spring. The Kickstarter-funded fast-casual concept will feature 30 seats plus a counter, as well as a to-go window and a small retail shop. Can’t wait? In the mean time, check out a kiosk version of the concept at Barclays Center, which opened this fall. 115 Columbia St., Brooklyn
Rider Opening: Late March James Beard Award–winning chef Patrick Connolly (Radius in Boston, Basso in St. Louis) is returning to NYC to open Rider, a contemporary bistro in Williamsburg. Sharing a space with nonprofit music venue/artist incubator National Sawdust, the vegetable-driven menu will feature pasta, shared plates and seafood items, all complemented by an esoteric beer and wine list. 80 N. 6th St, Brooklyn
Barano Opening: Early April This Southern Italian newcomer from chef-partner Albert Di Meglio (Le Cirque, Rubirosa) was inspired by his grandmother’s Ischian cooking and will feature a wood-fired grill, hand-pulled mozzarella and homemade pastas. 26 Broadway, Brooklyn
Katz’s Deli Brooklyn Opening: Spring One of the few remaining Jewish delis in NYC, Lower East Side fixture Katz’s will expand to Downtown Brooklyn with the opening of the new DeKalb Market Hall, according to the NY Times. This location of Katz’s, more of an outpost than a full-scale restaurant, will be one of 57 expected vendors in the 60,000-sq.-ft. market, which will also house a Trader Joe’s. The lot was previously home to an outdoor market with shipping containers re-purposed as storefronts. 1 DeKalb Ave., Brooklyn
Oro Opening: Spring Father-and-son duo Vlado and Mike Celic and chef Tony Cacace are behind this new casual Italian spot in Long Island City. The 160-seat space will feature pizzas, pastas and other seasonal dishes and cocktails. 41-17 Crescent St, Long Island City; 718-729-1801
Midtown Agern and Great Northern Food Hall Opening: April 2016 and May 2016, respectively Noma co-founder Claus Meyer (pictured) will open this seasonal restaurant and bar with executive chef Gunnar Gíslason in Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall. The restaurant will be adjacent to a new 5,000-sq.-ft. food hall also located in Vanderbilt Hall, accessible via the South West entrance on 42nd Street. For the Great Northern Food Hall, expect a bread and pastry program, smørrebrød, artisanal coffee and a selection of porridges. 89 E. 42nd St.
Sushi Ginza Onodera Opening: April This international sushi chainlet from master chef Akifumi Sakagami is coming to NYC this April. The 32-seat space (including 16 bar seats) will be designed by And-Yo & Co. 461 Fifth Ave.
Turn Style Opening: Late April A 15,000-sq.-ft. underground marketplace is coming to the 59th Street Columbus Circle concourse offering vendors such as Dylan’s Candy Bar, MeltKraft, Ellary’s Greens, Ignazio’s pizza and more. In total, the space will feature 10 restaurants and 24 retail shops. 59th Street subway station
American Cut Opening: Week of March 21 Opening as early as next week, Marc Forgione and LDV Hospitality Group’s TriBeCa steakhouse will expand to The Lombardy hotel in Midtown. The new outpost will act as the LDV flagship and will feature 130 seats and a 40-seat bar and lounge. You can expect signatures like the Chile Lobster Toast and the Tomahawk Ribeye as well as the first-ever lunch service. 109 E. 56th St.
Italienne Opening: Early June Chef Jared Sippel, whose resume includes Boulder’s Frasca Food and Wine and SF’s Quince, will open his first restaurant alongside GM/owner James King. Expect influences from Northern Italy and Southern France in a four-course tasting menu format as well as a separate wine bar in front. 19 W. 24th St. Downtown Le Coucou Opening: May Prolific restaurateur Stephen Starr (Buddakan, Upland) is teaming up with acclaimed Paris chef Daniel Rose (Spring, La Bourse et La Vie) to open a restaurant in May at the 11 Howard Hotel in SoHo. The Roman and Williams–designed space will feature the chef’s take on classic French dishes. 138 Lafayette St.
Black Tap Down Opening: Spring Located underneath the original Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer in SoHo, this new concept will expand upon the burger-and-shake model of the original, offering a slightly different menu that will include new milkshake offerings (sure to go viral as well). 529 Broome St.
Philly imports Dizengoff Opening: Late March The Philly hummusiya from chef Michael Solomonov and partner Steve Cook (the duo behind favorites Zahav and Federal Donuts) will open an 18-seat outpost in Chelsea Market this winter. New offerings will include shakshuka (traditional breakfast stew with eggs), salatim (Israeli-style salads) and Israeli wines by the glass. 75 Ninth Ave.; 646-833-7097
Amada Opening: Spring Philly mega-chef Jose Garces is finally bringing his food to NYC with Amada, an outpost of the already popular tapas restaurant in Philly. Garces began his career in NYC and has been plotting a return ever since leaving in 2000. Set to open at Brookfield Place in Battery Park , Amada is named for his grandmother and will focus on Andalusian-style tapas. Garces is “hoping to turn some New Yorkers into Amada devotees. ” 250 Vesey St.
Expansions Mimi Cheng’s Nolita Opening: Late Spring The trendy sister-run dumpling house will expand to NoLita with a revamped menu, drawing inspiration from Marian and Hannah’s recent trips to Taipei. 380 Broome St.
Chick-fil-A Opening: April 2 The wildly popular Southern chicken sandwich chain will open an additional two-story Midtown location near Rock Center this spring. 46th St. and Sixth Ave.
By CHLOE Opening: Spring The veggie-focused fast-casual chain will open a new location in Flatiron and another in SoHo later this year. 60 W. 22nd St.