It’s been a big week for New York, with two mega-hitters opening their doors (and reservations) for hungry diners. Loring Place and Union Square Cafe are now serving their long-awaited bites, and those are only two of the places you’ll need to visit before the end of the year. Finish off 2016 on a strong note: your top ten restaurant hits are ready for booking. And trust– your guests are going to be impressed with your choices. You are where you eat, so grab some seats here:
Because Chef Dan Kluger, previously of Tabla and ABC Kitchen, has opened his first restaurant. Loring Place serves up local and seasonal cuisine, like slow-roasted duck with pasta and monkey bread with five-spice toffee & house-made yogurt. // Greenwich Village. Book now at Loring Place.
2/Union Square Cafe
Because Danny Meyer’s first – and monumental – restaurant is back in action. After moving to a new location, it’s still serving seasonal, New American fare in a casually refined setting. Hello, candele pasta with carrots and pancetta and pumpkin bread pudding with a scoop of white chocolate ice cream. You’ve all been missed. // Union Square. Book now at Union Square Cafe.
Because Keith McNally just gets it. The Financial District has been craving this restaurant, and so has the rest of NYC, for that matter. Oh, and protip: the cheese soufflé slays. // Financial District. (212) 375-0010.
Because à la carte dining in the front (Taverna) and party in the back. Just kidding. Chef Jared Sippel and co-owner James King serve up a four-course tasting menu in the back dining room for $95. Italienne celebrates the cuisines and wines of Northern Italy and Southern France, with a spotlight on Provence. You can’t go wrong with the Paris Brest with cocoa nib and hazelnut. // Flatiron. Book now at Italienne.
Because this spot is the comfortable neighborhood restaurant Greenwich Street deserves. Think simple dishes, like roasted chicken. Grab a seat and enjoy a healthy dose of comfort food. // Tribeca. Book now a Yves.
Because it’s all about communal dining. No, Bill Murray is no longer bartending, but yes, you will experience a daily changing menu including oysters on the half-shell, pizzas inspired by the season, and a mean steak tartare on roasted marrow. // Greenpoint. (718) 383-8833.
7/Sunday in Brooklyn
Because “The Elvis” is now being served during brunch service. Whole wheat bread topped with charred bananas, house fluff, sunflower butter, and sour apple does The King justice. And that’s not the only reason to visit Sunday in Brooklyn– there are so many delectable items to enjoy. // Williamsburg. Book now at Sunday in Brooklyn.
8/White Gold Butchers
Because it’s a butcher shop and restaurant by Chef April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman. The sausage, egg, and cheese is calling your name… and the house made hot dogs… and the brodo. // UWS. Walk-ins only.
Because Chef Floyd Cardoz’s modern Indian restaurant is still killing the Indian bread game. But that’s not all– the kulfi is truly something to write home (or gram!) about. // SoHo. Book now at Paowalla.
Because “Thai Food Strikes Out in a Fresh Direction,” says the NYTimes. The recommendations? Shrimp in three crabs sauce, hat yai fried chicken, and crab fried rice. It’s definitely time to visit. // Bowery. Book now at Fish Cheeks.
Because this place has got history. Once a Chinese opera house, then the speakeasy Mahjong Den, and now, Chinese Tuxedo. This two-floor restaurant in the heart of Chinatown serves spicy pork-filled dumplings, crispy eggplant, and house-made egg noodles with konbu butter, XO sauce, and something special called pork floss. // Chinatown. Book now at Chinese Tuxedo.