Curious where New York City's in-the-know crowd is eating and drinking? It's easy to spot lines out the door, but some underlying trends are harder to see.
We took a data-driven look at the question, using Yelp to analyze which eateries have been getting outsized attention this month.
To find out who made the list, we looked at New York City businesses on Yelp by category and counted how many reviews each received. Rather than compare them based on number of reviews alone, we calculated a percentage increase in reviews over the past month, and tracked businesses that consistently increased their volume of reviews to identify statistically significant outliers compared to past performance.
Read on to see which spots are extra cool this autumn.
Open since September, this Japanese brunch and dessert spot is trending compared to other businesses categorized as "Japanese" on Yelp.
Citywide, Japanese spots saw a median 1.6% increase in new reviews over the past month, but Flipper’s saw a significant 821.4% increase, with a slight downward trend from a four-star rating a month ago to 3.5 stars today.
Located at 337 W. Broadway (at the corner of West Broadway and Grand Street) in SoHo, this spot is the first U.S. location of the Tokyo-based chain, which specializes in Japanese-style soufflé pancakes. Stop in for sweet and savory breakfast renditions, such as the blueberry cream cheese pancakes and the eggs Benedict pancakes, or for more dessert-ready versions like the Flipper's Strawberry Pancake.
Flipper’s is open from 10 a.m.–10 p.m. daily.
Whether or not you've been hearing buzz about Flushing's Kyuramen, the ramen shop is a hot topic, according to Yelp review data.
While businesses categorized as "Ramen" on Yelp saw a median 2.3% increase in new reviews over the past month, Kyuramen bagged a significant 600% increase in new reviews within that time frame, with a downward trend from a five-star rating a month ago to its current four stars. It significantly outperformed the previous month by gaining 5.3 times more reviews than expected based on its past performance.
Open at 133-42 37th Ave. since September, the business serves up nine varieties of the classic noodle soup, with traditional toppings like chashu pork, bamboo shoots and marinated eggs. Sides include edamame, gyoza and pork buns. This is the first U.S. outpost of the ramen chain, which has more than 120 locations in Taiwan, according to its website.
Kyuramen is open from 11 a.m.–11 p.m. daily.
Da Yu Hot Pot
Chinatown's Da Yu Hot Pot is also making waves. Open since September at 81 Bowery (between Canal and Hester streets), the hot pot restaurant has seen a substantial 566.7% bump in new reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 3% for all businesses tagged "Hot Pot" on Yelp. Moreover, on a month-to-month basis, Da Yu Hot Pot's review count increased by more than 510%.
This is the first U.S. location of the restaurant, which has more than 300 spots in China and is planning expansions in Boston and Washington, D.C. Da Yu Hot Pot offers traditional hot pot, with choice of broth and dozens of proteins, from chicken and beef to seafood and bean curd. Over the past month, it's seen its Yelp rating improve from four stars to 4.5 stars.
Da Yu Hot Pot is open from noon–midnight daily.
The East Village's Cathédrale Restaurant is the city's buzziest French spot by the numbers.
The French Mediterranean restaurant, which opened in the Moxy NYC East Village hotel at 112 E. 11th St. (between Third and Fourth avenues) in September, increased its new review count by a formidable 287.5% over the past month, an outlier when compared to the median new review count of 1.2% for the Yelp category "French."
Cathédrale Restaurant's menu features dishes inspired by the coastal cuisine of Southern France, such as tuna crudo, grilled artichokes, roasted calamari, steak frites and bouillabaisse, and its drink list includes 10 cocktails and a selection of wines by the glass.
The eatery is open from 5 p.m.–midnight daily.
Chelsea's Catch Steak is currently on the upswing in the steakhouse category on Yelp.
While businesses categorized as "Steakhouses" on Yelp saw a median 1.4% increase in new reviews over the past month, this steakhouse increased its new reviews by a striking 250% — with its Yelp rating declining slightly from 4.5 stars to four stars.
Open for business at 88 Ninth Ave. since September, this new addition to Chelsea's Meatpacking District restaurant scene comes from Catch Hospitality Group, whose flagship seafood restaurant can be found further down on Ninth Avenue. Catch Steak offers nearly 20 cuts of steak, including five cuts of tableside-cooked Japanese wagyu, as well as other classic steakhouse selections, like oysters, shrimp cocktail, Caesar salad and sides of charred broccoli and duck fat fries. There are seafood options and veggie-friendly options, too.
Catch Steak is open from 5:30 p.m.–12:30 a.m. Sunday-Wednesday and 5:30 p.m.–1 a.m. Thursday-Saturday.