Before The Crowds Arrive: Check Out These Five New Restaurants In New York

Whether it’s a fresh lunch option or a place you've seen getting ready to open in your neighborhood, great new restaurants have been popping up all over the city. We took a closer look at five of the up-and-coming spots. 

Public Kitchen
Lower East Side

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Located inside the new Public Hotel in the Lower East Side, Public Kitchen is the latest eatery to open in the restaurant-heavy neighborhood. The trendy American cuisine, led by Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, is served in an expansive dining area with plush sofas and marble table tops, escalators with changing neon lights that have been featured on many Instagram accounts, and a beautiful outdoor patio that's decorated with tons of greenery and strung lights. Public Kitchen offers breakfast, lunch and dinner during week as well as brunch hours on the weekend. Menu offerings include salmon latkes, soy-garlic marinated NY strip, black truffle and farm egg pizza, grilled salmon and much more. Since it's located in one of the hottest new hotels in the city, we suggest leaving the sweatpants and hoodies at home. 


Photo: Chunwoo K./Yelp

Some Koreans may say that the best Korean BBQ spots in the city are all located on 34th Street, known to many as K-Town, but Cote ("flower"), a new bbq joint in Flatiron, may give some older establishments a run for their money. The new Asian restaurant is the latest project for Simon Kim, who also owns and operates Piora, a Michelin-starred New American restaurant that's temporarily closed for the season. Diners can choose the "Butchers Feast," an option that comes with four types of meats, banchan (side dishes), scallion salad, stews, lettuce and pepper paste and more, for $45 per person. Meat options, which include ribeye, filet mignon, sirloin and much more, can also be ordered a la carte, along with individual options like Kimchi Wagyu, Dol-sot Bibimbap and more. 

Pro tip: The best way to eat Korean BBQ is by wrapping it with condiments like pictured above. If this is your first time, feel free to ask the servers for some advice!

Old Monk
Alphabet City/East Village

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Old Monk describes itself as "contemporary Indian soul food," and is named after a popular type of dark rum from the subcontinent. Check out the goat cheese naan ($9), lamb nilgiri korma ($23), salmon goat curry ($23), tikki trio ($12) and more, in addition to dessert options like Indian style bread pudding ($9), honey dumplings ($8) and others. 

Emily West Village
West Village

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The Manhattan expansion the classy Brooklyn comfort food joint, the new location gives off a fun, warm vibe, thanks to the artwork from employees and loyal customers from the Clinton Hill location that are displayed in the restaurant. The menu offerings include Detroit-Grandma Pies, which come in tomato sauce, vodka sauce, tomatillo+mozzarella or no sauce at all, in addition to salads, sandwiches, and heavy-duty burgers. 

General Debs (coming soon)

Fans of Chef Kevin Adey and Faro, his Michelin-starred restaurant also located in Bushwick, will finally be able to eat at General Debs in the coming weeks. But unlike his Italian offerings at Faro, the new eatery will focus on noodle based dishes from Sichuan, a southwestern province in China. Diners can expect to find seven noodle dishes, including zhajiangmian, noodles that come with black soybean paste, in addition to dumplings, mapo tofu, wontons and other traditional Chinese dishes.