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Vote Now for NYC’s Best New Neighborhood Restaurant

Which restaurant has best embedded itself into the fabric of a neighborhood?

It’s day four of the 2018 edition of the Eater Awards, the ninth annual year in which Eater honors the most talented restaurants, chefs, and other hospitality world experts in cities around the world. For Thursday in New York City, Eater is looking at this year’s Best New Neighborhood Restaurant — an award where readers can vote on which restaurant truly embodies that warm and inviting you-can-eat-here-every-day feeling.

All 24 Eater cities grant prizes in different categories, including Restaurant of the Year, Chef of the Year, and Design of the Year. Both an editor’s choice winner and a reader’s choice winner will be selected in each category, and both will be announced on Wednesday, December 5th.

Take a look at the nominees, and then vote in the poll below. It closes in 24 hours.

MeMe’s Diner

This queer-owned restaurant opened in Prospect Heights late last year with specific policies in place to make it a welcoming place for LGBTQ diners. American comfort food reigns here, where meatballs are doused in hoisin sauce and a chips and dip snack is literally just Ruffles and French onion dip. It’s also an excellent brunch option. Read Eater’s full review here.

Diners sit in tables in a row with portraits hanging on a wall above them Gary He/Eater

Chez Ma Tante

This name of this Greenpoint French-Canadian meat-filled bistro translates to “my aunt’s house.” The translation suits it nicely, as the restaurant with small, wooden tables on a leafy corner of Calyer Street is cozy enough for drizzly winter evenings, and when the weather’s warmer, it makes for a lovely outdoor meal. Since it opened in 2017, the rich pancakes have become the brunch menu’s breakout star. Read the review here.

Chez Ma Tante Stephen Yang/Eater


The Park Slope Italian restaurant opened late last year, becoming the type of place to slide into for a standout glass of wine and a small bite at the bar just as well as settle in for a full meal. Regional Italian dishes range from pastas to seafood, while the ambitious and exciting wine menu is just as much of a draw. The space itself is warm and wood-filled, with a 12-seat bar offering a casual way to stop by for a drink. Read the review here.

A straight-on view of tables set with wine glasses and wicker chairs Amber-Lynn Taber/Eater NY

South of the Clouds

This beautifully decorated noodle parlor in Greenwich Village dishes out steaming bowls of Chinese rice noodles. The new Yunnan restaurant opened nearly a year ago with a straightforward menu offering a few selections of rice noodles ranging from $12 to $18, some sides, and desserts — on a street more known for NYU quick-serve spots than a place for locals to flock. Read a first look review here.

Rice noodles at South of the Clouds Gary He/Eater


The all-day cafe and wine bar from prolific restaurateur Gabriel Stulman replaced West Village Italian restaurant Perla last year, catering to virtually every type of diner: Both sit-down and takeaway breakfast is available, and a well-curated wine selection arrives later in the day. Couches and communal tables make it easy to work, catch up with friends, or meet a date, making it one of the most useful all-day cafes in the area.

A living room-like restaurant interior with couches Fairfax [Official Photo]


348 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11238 (917) 909-1427 Visit Website


657 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11238 (718) 636-2900 Visit Website


234 West 4th Street, Manhattan, NY 10014 Visit Website

Chez Ma Tante

90 Calyer Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222 (718) 389-3606 Visit Website

South of the Clouds

16 West 8th St. , New York, NY 10011