Get out of your old haunts and get ahead of the game with the hottest new spots open right now.
155 Bleecker Street
You’ll no longer have to wait for better weather to enjoy the succulent meats of seasonal Brooklyn joint Pig Beach. In February, Chef Matt Abdoo opened a permanent Greenwich Village semi-BBQ restaurant that’s catching a lot of hype.
Pig Bleecker marries smoky barbeque with homestyle comfort food, and elevates the result into a fine dining setting. With a menu featuring dishes like brisket ravioli with black truffle butter, smoked fried chicken with cheesy grits, and cavatelli with sausage, chili and clams, it’s the perfect spot to warm up a late winter evening.
210 W 55th Street
Billed as a “retro adult playground,” this new weekends-only lounge at the Dream Midtown hotel is like a high-end version of Dave and Buster’s (meaning, you wouldn’t be embarrassed to suggest it to your cool date). Grab a low-key cocktail and challenge a friend to a round of skee ball, retro bowling, or a vintage arcade game.
Not into getting competitive? With its 1970s-style basement-rec-room vibes (including a huge saltwater fish tank), it’s a great atmosphere for hanging out and looking hip AF.
212 Flatbush Avenue
Esther Choi is expanding past her Chelsea Market outpost into Brooklyn with more space and a more ambitious menu.
Along with ramen and dumplings, the focus is on jip-bap, or home-style Korean meals; choose a protein like caramelized kimchi pork belly or garlic chive soy tofu steak, and it will arrive with greens, kimchi, rice, soup, and three seasonal side dishes.
DŌ, Cookie Dough Confections
550 LaGuardia Place
OK, you already know about this place, but you’re lying to yourself if you don’t think it’s the best idea ever. A literal cookie dough cafe, where you can eat scoops of pasteurized cookie dough on cones, in cups, and made into milkshakes and ice cream sandwiches? Yes, please.
You can thank the internet for 3+ hour wait times, lines around the block, and a bouncer (no joke), but you should still check it out while your friends will still get jealous. Maybe on a weekday at 11 AM?
Ikinari steak is a new Japanese steak restaurant with a unique dining experience where you have to stand up to eat. To go with our steak, we ordered a side of garlic fried rice that was fragrant and tasty, but the steak bits were very dry. * * Ikinari Steak | #Japanese stand up #steak restaurant | Snapped: Garlic #friedrice | Nom factor: 7/10
90 East 10th Street
New York steakhouses, while delicious, can feel a little… stodgy. Enter Ikinari, a beloved Japanese chain with no chairs.
You’re “seated” like at any steakhouse, except your table has no chairs and you order at a counter. Place your order, watch the butcher cut the meat right in front of you, then go back to your “standing station”, where your steak will be served rare on a hot cast-iron skillet.
Diners are typically in and out in 30 minutes, and lunch is only $20 including tip; check it out and see for yourself how it stands up to good old Peter Luger. The founder plans to open up an incredible 20 locations in New York in the next five years.