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Hottest Newcomers

We know it’s hard to keep up with the newest restaurants on New York’s dining scene and even harder to figure out which spots are worthwhile, so we  scouted out the best of the bunch.  We at Restaurant Girl volunteer our tastebuds so you dont have to waste a meal (or your money, for that matter!) on a mediocre restaurant that’s hot simply because it’s new.  Here’s our favorite Hottest Newcomers in NYC right now…

Ichimura Outdoes Itself at its Ultra-High End Iteration

Ichimura Outdoes Itself at its Ultra-High End Iteration
69 Leonard Street
, New York 10013
(212) 404-4600
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There isn’t much of a middle ground when it comes to sushi.  Options tend towards the suspiciously low end (i.e., $20 all-you-can-eat buffets) and prohibitively high — think $100-500 a head omakases. And with its long-standing, two-star Michelin designation, it’s easy to guess where...

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Restaurant Spotting: Italienne

Restaurant Spotting: Italienne
19 W 24th St
, New York 10010
(212) 600-5139
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A name like Italienne (French for Italian) doesn’t exactly portend a red sauce menu of spaghetti and parmigiana.  And indeed, the hot Flatiron newcomer represents a culinary meeting of the minds, between Northern Italy and Southern France — melding the former’s heart and soul with the...

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Inside Hao Noodle & Tea: The Biggest Sleeper Hit of 2016

Inside Hao Noodle & Tea: The Biggest Sleeper Hit of 2016
401 6th Ave
, New York 10014
(212) 633-8900
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A number of new prestige projects reliably made critics “best of” lists this past year, from Daniel Rose’s sumptuous, classically French Le Coucou, to Aska, Fredrik Berselius’ austere Scandinavian tasting room.  Yet an (at the time) under-the-radar Chinese restaurant ended up garnering an...

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How Sweet It Is: L.A.’s Sugarfish Has Landed in NYC

How Sweet It Is: L.A.’s Sugarfish Has Landed in NYC
(347) 705-8100
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As much New Yorkers would like to believe that we’re the epicenter of the food world (and let’s be honest, we largely are), we’ve admittedly borrowed a lot from Los Angeles; from tacos to quinoa bowls to the farm-to-table movement. And this year, we’ve even appropriated a number of...

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The Best NYC Restaurants of 2016

The Best NYC Restaurants of 2016
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From Keith McNally and Tom Colicchio, to April Bloomfield and Jose Andres, there’s no question that the New York City restaurant scene was dominated by heavy hitters this year (who else could be expected to afford such massively exorbitant rents?).  And yet, a duo of perennially in-the-wings...

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April Bloomfield is Spinning White Gold on the Upper West Side

April Bloomfield is Spinning White Gold on the Upper West Side
375 Amsterdam Ave
, New York 10024
(212) 362-8731
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April Bloomfield may have released a pro-vegetable cookbook, but who’s she kidding, really?  The guiding force in her career has always been meat.  And she’s doubled down on her flesh obsession big time with her newest project with Ken Friedman, White Gold; a whole animal butcher shop and...

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The Beekman Opens with a Bang with Augustine and Fowler & Wells

The Beekman Opens with a Bang with Augustine and Fowler & Wells
(212) 233-2300

Forget about rooftop pools and in-house spas; destination restaurants are NYC’s hottest hotel amenity.  Which means the recently opened The Beekman — located in a restored, landmarked, 1890’s-era building in FiDi, and furnished with a glass, domed ceiling and glittering nine-story atrium...

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Chumley’s Returns to the West Village

Chumley’s Returns to the West Village
86 Bedford Street
, New York 10014
(646) 895-9813
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It’s rare for a restaurant to get a new lease on life.  And in today’s exceedingly fickle (not to mention prohibitively expensive) industry, even decades of accrued customer sentimentality isn’t enough to keep the doors open.  Which makes the story of Chumley’s especially unusual, as —...

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Hail to the King, a Brit-Run SoHo Bistro

Hail to the King, a Brit-Run SoHo Bistro
18 King Street
, New York 10014
(917) 825-1618
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The name may be King, but there’s three women running the show at the new, well-received bistro. Formerly of London’s revered River Café, chefs Clare de Boer and Jess Shadbolt teamed up with Clove Club’s general manager Annie Shi, before promptly hopping the pond to New York, and settling...

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With Flora Bar at the Met Breuer, The Estela Team Hastens the Rise of the Museum Restaurant

With Flora Bar at the Met Breuer, The Estela Team Hastens the Rise of the Museum Restaurant
945 Madison Avenue
, New York 10021
(646) 558-5383

In the same way that transit hubs are finally being transformed into dining destinations, museums are sprucing up their food offerings as well — taking savvy advantage of constant foot traffic and hungry, captive patrons, to offer menus that far exceed frozen burgers and fries.  Danny Meyer took...

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