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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…

Inside Made Nice: The EMP Team’s Foray into Fast Casual Territory

Inside Made Nice: The EMP Team’s Foray into Fast Casual Territory
8 W 28th St
, New York 10001
(212) 887-1677

While it wasn’t much of a stretch for shrewd chefs like David Chang to roll out fried chicken sandwiches, the EMP team letting loose is another matter entirely.  Yet even Daniel Humm and Will Guidara have elected to ride the rising tide from fine dining and into the realm of fast casual, with...

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The “Pescatarian” Gloria is a Catch for Hell’s Kitchen

The “Pescatarian” Gloria is a Catch for Hell’s Kitchen
401 W 53rd St.
, New York 10019
(212) 956-0709
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We're easily wooed by seafood of any sort.  But news that a “pescatarian” eatery recently opened, run by alums of Le Bernardin and Contra?  That’s cause for an all-out crustacean celebration. Add in the fact that its situated in the aptly-named restaurant wasteland of Hell’s Kitchen,...

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KazuNori — The Original Hand Roll Bar — Comes to NYC

KazuNori — The Original Hand Roll Bar — Comes to NYC
15 W 28th St
, New York 10001
(347) 594-5940
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If the lines have lessened at Sugarfish, that can only mean one thing — patrons have transferred allegiance to its little sibling, KazuNori. Also an L.A. import, the wildly popular eatery applies the low cost, high quality sushi theme specifically to hand rolls; cylinders of nori wrapped...

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Inside AbcV: Jean-Georges Rhapsodic Ode to Vegetables

Inside AbcV: Jean-Georges Rhapsodic Ode to Vegetables
38 East 19th St.
, New York 10003
(212) 475-5829
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After multiple such inclusions, it seems Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s AbcV just missed mention on our recent Spring Restaurant Preview list; having finally debuted after three solid years of anticipation. Carving out still another corner of Flatiron’s ABC Carpet & Home, it’s the first...

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Spring Restaurant Preview 2017

Spring Restaurant Preview 2017
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As if glorious weather wasn’t reason enough to adore spring, it happens to be the prime season for high profile restaurant debuts, too.  So turn the promise of longer days into an excuse to pack your schedule with a series of dining trips, at upcoming ventures from Enrique Olvera, April...

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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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