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.
Soho recently welcomed a new Greek restaurant by Cobi Levy (Little Prince, Black Seed Bagels) with executive chef Dionisis Liakopoulos. The space evokes the laid back magic of the Greek Isles with an infusion of downtown New York flair—there are handmade ceramic pots by local potter Helen Levi, floor to ceiling windows that flood the space with cheery light, and statement floral arrangements throughout.
Liakopoulos’ menu offers contemporary takes on classic Greek dishes. The mezze selection includes grilled octopus with capers, saganaki fondue with spicy roasted pepper jam, and chicken gyro bao buns with pickled onions and tzatziki. Veal cheek and eggplant moussaka, by the pound grilled market fish, and a standout lobster linguine with tomato ouzo sauce complete the menu. 210 6th Avenue; 212-994-9821
Through December, the Michelin-starred Faro is offering a new 12-course tasting menu at the chef’s counter. Chef Kevin Adey’s menu focuses on seasonality, housemade ingredients, and innovative flavors. It features dishes like tempura fried oysters served over chicken schmaltz bread pudding with potato-cream foam and elderflower-glazed diver scallops with black locust flower shoyu, charred cabbage, and carrot granita.
Other menu highlights: scrippelle—crepe-like pancakes folded around an aged Parmigiano-Reggiano filling and served with a chanterelle butter sauce, and hazelnut-crusted venison served with celery root puree and cranberry gel. 436 Jefferson St., Brooklyn; 718-381-8201
Herald Square has a new cocktail lounge at Hotel Kixby by husband and wife team Chris Barish and Julie Mulligan (The Lookup, Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer). The vibe evokes old-world New York (dim lighting, pops of gold, lush banquettes) with decidedly new world-inspired cuisine and drinks by executive chef Stephen Parker and head bartender Cameron Shaw.
Dishes include skillet truffle mac & cheese with truffle and bread crumbs mixed tableside, rosé shrimp cocktail, and a kale Caesar with serrano chilies and lime. The drink offerings include, among other cocktails, a vegan whiskey sour (made with aquafaba), and a lemon drop martini with citron vodka and dry orange curacao. 45 W. 35t St
In October, husband and wife team Jeppe and Maria Jarnit-Bjergso opened their long-awaited brewery and taproom in Queens, rooting their previously wandering company in New York City. Since 2010, the company has made a name for itself as a nomadic craft brewer, receiving widespread acclaim for its innovative, small-batch brews.
Now guests can visit their 1,450-square-foot urban greenhouse fit with a 76-seat taproom, and their ample outdoor courtyard and beer garden—and drink a rotating selection of 20 draft beers right at the source. Their brews, with names like Let’s Get Dinner in Time Square (DIPA), Root Beer Beer (Soda Sour), and Absolutely, Completely, Totally, Extremely, and Utterly Nuts (Imperial Stout) remain as whimsical and delicious as ever. 1616 George St; Queens