2017 is winding down and you know what that means – it's time for best new restaurants of the year! This year was full of unbelievable new restaurants in NYC, serving up foods from any cuisine you can imagine. I was able to narrow down my list to my ultimate favorites, so I hope you enjoy – and don’t get too hungry!!
By: Cami Rubach
Opened in June, Cote definitely wins my award for most fun new restaurant of 2017. With a theme of Korean Barbeque, guests can grill their own meets on a tabletop grill! When you go, order the USDA Prime Beef Feast with an additional Farmer’s Basket. While it might be pricey, it’s worth it! And hey – you’ll get a cool Instagram in the process :)
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#2: The Loyal
As if this picture isn’t enough to make you hit up The Loyal TONIGHT, I’ll tell you a little bit more. The Loyal is a neighborhood brasserie that opened in October. The chef comes from numerous other famous restaurants, such as Narcissa, Narcbar, Dovetail, and Nix. Ever since its opening, people have been piling in to try their show stopping dishes like the Cauliflower au Poivre, Truffle Polenta, and of course the Piedmontese Burger (pictured here).
#3: Old Rose
Located right when you walk into the Jane Hotel, Old Rose opened up its doors in September. Its menu features delicious Italian staples, and includes dishes made with all local produce. While it is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, AND late night, my favorite menu is dinner. I couldn’t get enough of the Octopus a la Plancha and the Vodka Pizza!
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Tetsu has definitely become my new go to Japanese restaurant since its opening in November. But this isn’t just any regular Japanese restaurant; chef Masa is cooking up some outstanding modern Japanese recipes that you have to try. Everything I have tasted so far is fantastic, but my absolute favorites would have to be the Tuna Butsu Guacamole and the Holy Basil Pork Fried Rice. Make a reservation fast – they’re filling up like crazy!
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Recently opened in Soho in September, Shuka has some amazing Mediterranean fair and is a must try. Chef Ayesha is putting a modern spin on Mediterranean classics for lunch, dinner, and brunch on the weekends. The menu is made up of entirely fresh and local ingredients, which makes each dish that much better! Some of my favorite dishes are the Whipped Feta and Pistachio Dip (pictured below) and the Spicy Carrots with Turmeric and Ginger.
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#6: Emily West Village
Originating in Brooklyn, Emily is owned by husband and wife team Matt and Emily. The first meal the two ever shared was pizza, which is fitting as their pizza is the highlight of their menu! They finally opened their new location in the West Village in July, and it is a must try! While most of the menu is made up of pizza, don’t miss out on their killer appetizers and sandwiches, like the Gem Caesar Salad or the Duck Confit Burger.
#7: DON ANGIE
Opened this fall by husband and wife pair Scott and Angie, Don Angie has to be some of the best Italian food I’ve had in NYC. It is located in the heart of the West Village, and has a menu full of fun spins on Italian classics. My personal favorite is their Sopressini and Smoked Mussels with Peroni, Pimenton and Cilantro. I’ve also been told I HAVE to try the Barbeque Calamari and Chrysanthemum Salad.
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#8: The Grill, The Pool, and The Lobster Club
The Grill, The Pool, and The Lobster Club are three completely unique restaurants, but all located in the Seagram Building in Midtown and owned by Major Food Group. The Grill is a classic elevated New York steakhouse. Yes, all of the steaks are amazing, but if I were you I would try the Amish Ham Steak, served with Pickled Pineapple.
Not in the mood for steak? The Pool has some out of this world seafood. The chef makes a point to make all of the dishes simple, fun, and a “celebratory experience for all of the senses.” When you’re there, make sure to get an order of the Santa Barbara Sea Urchin Toast, made with apple and spicy mustard.
The last restaurant to open in the Seagram building was The Lobster Club. Not only is the food at this restaurant delicious, but the design of the restaurant itself is spectacular as well! It was designed by world renowned architect Peter Marino, and full of bright colors and out-of-the-box furniture. You really can’t go wrong with any item on the menu, but if I had to choose I would say to try the Surf and Turf House Hand Roll.
Atla opened up in March and is serving up some killer Mexican cuisine. They have brunch and dinner every day of the week, along with lots of authentic Mexican beverages and sweets. I’ve only been there for brunch so far, but it is absolutely delicious. When you go, make sure to get the Guacamole Goat Cheese Toast or the Flax Seed Chilaquiles!
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Located on East 20th Street, Nur offers some of the best Middle Eastern creations. Chef Adoni enjoys putting playful twists on the classics, even taking street food and turning it into fine dining. The menu is designed to share, so gather up all your friends and head on over! Once your there, make sure to order the Date Doughnuts and the Smoked Eggplant Carpaccio with Roasted Feta.
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#11: Loring Place
Loring Place is definitely way up there on my list of favorite new restaurants of 2017. Chef Dan Kluger, coming from ABC Kitchen and ABC Cocina, has created an amazing menu full of market-driven dishes. When asked about his inspiration, he says, “I became enamored by the seasons of New York City, and the bounty of the market. Walking from stand to stand and putting my hands on three or four great ingredients, using that as the inspiration for a dish, it quickly became the way I liked to cook.” When you head over there (if you can get a reservation!), make sure to try the Spicy Meatball Pasta, with Fennel, mozzarella, and Shepherd’s Basket Cheese.