Where to Eat in New York City Right Now

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From new restaurants to visiting chefs, these New York City restaurants are where you should be eating right now.

In a city like New York, where a new restaurant debuts seemingly every hour, the challenge is not finding somewhere to eat––it's finding just the right place. Fortunately, from upscale eateries in Nomad or the West Village to hubs of international cuisine in Jackson Heights or Sunset Park and delicious pop-ups all over the city, there is no shortage of “just right” places to satisfy a local or visitor’s culinary cravings.

To help cut through the noise, Departures dedicates one week each month to exploring the best and brightest new restaurants, chef collaborations and projects, pop-ups, new menus, and other food events and opportunities across New York City. The lists are far from exhaustive but offer a carefully-curated insiders’ peek into where to focus one’s dining energy in the Big Apple right now. We hope each month’s roundup surprises, delights, and leads to some decidedly excellent meals.


From left: Tanya Blum/Courtesy Hutong; Courtesy Hutong

Hutong

Earlier this month, New York City welcomed an outpost of Hong Kong’s upscale Northern Chinese restaurant, set in the former home of Le Cirque. The 140-seat Art Deco dining room plays up the retro glamour, invoking New York and Shanghai in the roaring 1920s.

The menu follows suit with roasted Peking duck carved tableside, salted fish fried dumplings, fried soft shell crab, and a bao-shaped confection made of sesame and caramel mousse covered in white chocolate. The cocktail menu includes a variety of “spirit forward” and “spirit subtle” cocktails as well as an enticing non-alcoholic option - mango lemonade with oolong ice. 731 Lexington Ave; 212-758-4800.


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Ayada Thai at the Chelsea Market

Queens’ beloved Thai restaurant recently opened a second location in Manhattan’s iconic Chelsea Market. Like the original location, the dishes are crafted from founder Duangjai Thammasat’s family recipes and are distinct from most Thai restaurants around the city.

Stand out dishes include fried fish with green mango salad, crispy ground catfish salad, and duck panang curry. Favorites like pad se ew, larb salad, coconut milk green curry, and basil fried rice are also available. Ayada’s new digs are 1,300 square feet and seat 45—an ample expansion for those seeking some of the city’s best Thai. 75 9th Ave; 718-424-0844.


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Bluebird London NYC / Whispering Angel Pop-Up

Columbus Circle’s modern British Brasserie is partnering with France’s Chateau d’Esclans Whispering Angel for a rose-focused pop-up from through September 1. Guests can sample chilled Scottish langoustines with citrus mayo, hamachi crudo with avocado wasabi, and maya shrimp with crushed avocado and cilantro, among other dishes. Meanwhile, Whispering Angel and two other vintages will be available by the bottle and glass. On the weekends, Bluebird will also offer a special Pink Brunch that features avocado toast, eggs benedict, or French toast served with Whispering Angel rose. 10 Columbus Circle; 347-682-2100.


Courtesy Côte Médi

 


Courtesy Côte Médi

Terrance Brennan at Chefs Club

Through the end of September, legendary chef Terrance Brennan (Picholine, Artisanal) will present a seafood-inspired dining experience at New York City’s prestigious Chefs Club. The three-month residency, which serves as a preview of Brennan’s forthcoming project, is called Cote Medi and taps into the coastal cuisine of France, Spain, and Italy.

Cote Medi’s menu is offered as a three- or seven-course experience and features dishes like sea urchin fondue with plankton tapioca, skate wing antiboise with olives and capers, and grilled lamb chops with bagna cauda and fig-fennel salad. The dessert menu offers Mediterranean sweets like olive oil ice cream with candied fennel, olives, and pine nut sable. Once a week, Cote Medi offers a special “dinner party” experience—a larger Mediterranean feast set at a communal table. 275 Mulberry St; 917-287-2588.


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Carissa’s The Bakery

This summer, Hamptons favorite Carissa’s opened a new 3,500-square-foot bakery and restaurant. The bakery turns out juniper baguettes, honey oat loaves, pickled rye bread, and a variety of pastries from apricot-almond snails and raspberry-rosewater croissants to polenta cakes. A variety of sandwiches, soups, coffee, desserts (think: cherry meringue pie and vanilla bean layer cake) and house made gelato round out the menu.

The breezy, sunlit space includes a communal table and a sizable outdoor patio. Meanwhile, as day turns to night, the cafe shifts to a full-service restaurant with a menu by Chez Panisse alum Molly Levine. 221 Pantigo Road; 631-527-5996.