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West Coast Burgers From the Contra Team Find a Home at the Market Line — and More Openings

A weekly updated roundup of new restaurants in New York City

A burger with lettuce, tomato, and oozing cheese rests on brown parchment paper
“It’s lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles, hamburger,” says Jeremiah Stone, a partner at Mighties.
Fabián von Hauske Valtierra/Mighties

A year and a half into the coronavirus pandemic, restaurants across the city continue to open their doors, sometimes because their concepts could be adapted for takeout and delivery, but more often because their owners saw no other choice but to forge ahead. Since March 16, 2020, when the state first temporarily closed indoor dining, hundreds of new restaurants have opened, including those that serve dinner party essentials, dressed-up pad Thai, two-for-one drink specials, and housemade English muffins.

Here’s a round-up of the restaurants and bars that opened in September. This list will be updated weekly. If there’s an opening in your neighborhood that we’ve missed, let us know at

The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Please be aware of changing local rules, and check individual restaurant websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local vaccination site here.

September 16

Boerum Hill: Former Breslin chef Ryan Jordan and Eater Young Gun Danny Alvarez are teaming up at this Ace Hotel restaurant that bills itself as “a celebration of Brooklyn culture and cuisine.” As You Are, which also houses an all-day bakery, opened on September 10. 252 Schermerhorn Street, within the Ace Hotel

Financial District: The team behind Crown Shy and the recently opened Saga are going for a hat trick with Overstory, a 64th floor cocktail bar perched above the latter restaurant. The indoor-outdoor bar boasts a cocktail list from beverage director Harrison Ginsberg, also of Saga and Crown Shy, with drinks priced at $24 each. 70 Pine Street, near Pearl Street

Greenpoint: After popping up two days each week in August, Taqueria Ramirez has opened its doors with extended hours and a full lineup of meats. The restaurant’s bite-sized corn tortillas can be ordered with suadero, longaniza, and tripa from a bubbling choricera or slightly sweet al pastor cut straight from the trompo. 94 Franklin Street, at Oak Street

Hell’s Kitchen: After a decade of distributing its beans wholesale, New Jersey-based coffee company Afficionado Coffee Roaster is opening a storefront of its own. The coffee shop offers most standard cafe drinks, along with a lineup of canned beverages made from the leaves, flowers, and other lesser-used parts of coffee plants. 750 11th Avenue, at West 53rd Street

Hell’s Kitchen: Chai, a Chinese restaurant focused on regional Beijing cuisine, is the latest addition to Manhattan’s Restaurant Row. The wide-reaching menu of 80 dishes includes Peking duck, a variety of dim sum, and zha jiang noodles that are mixed tableside. 353 West 46th Street, between Eighth and Ninth avenues

Little Italy: Brooklyn brunch destination Butler has tapped former Per Se sous chef Christian Ramos for the opening of its fourth location in New York City and first in Manhattan. 177 Lafayette, at Grand Street

Lower East Side: Lower Manhattan is swarming with excellent, pandemic-born burger spots (see also: Smashed, 7th Street Burger), but the teams behind Contra and Ends Meat think they can bring something new to the neighborhood, by turning to a West Coast classic. “It’s similar to a roadside burger,” says chef Jeremiah Stone, calling to mind the thin — but not smash burger-thin patties served at restaurants like In-N-Out. He opened Mighties at the Market Line earlier this month with partners Fabián von Hauske Valtierra and John Ratliff, founder of Ends Meat butcher shop, which also has a location in the food hall. Stone and Valtierra are better known for their elaborate cooking at their Orchard Street restaurants Contra and Wildair, but here they’re keeping things relatively straightforward with a menu of fries, hot dogs, and burgers. “It’s lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles, hamburger,” Stone says. “People might expect Wildair or Contra to have some sort of twist to it, but it’s nothing different.” The team’s five-ounce burgers come in four variations ($11 to $18) and are made using beef from Duell Hollow Farm in Buskirk, New York. 115 Delancey Street, within the Market Line

Midtown: A decade after Beppe Trattoria closed in the Flatiron District, the Tuscan establishment has reopened at this new location uptown. Marc Taxiera, a former chef at Beppe, helms the restaurant’s menu, which includes wild boar pappardelle and lemony brick chicken.. 234 West 56th Street, between Broadway and Eighth Avenue

Midtown: Parched Hospitality, the group behind the Hole in the Wall chain of Australian cafes, has opened this cocktail bar and lounge atop Hotel Hendricks in Manhattan. Located on the hotel’s 29th floor, Daintree has 180 seats indoors and space for 70 more people on an outdoor terrace. 25 West 38th Street, between Fifth and Sixth avenues

Midtown: French bakery chain Maman opens its ninth location in the city today, a cafe at Rockefeller Center. 12 West 48th Street, between Fifth and Sixth avenues

Soho: In a tarot deck, the Three of Cups symbolizes revelry, fellowship, and feasting. In Soho, this newly opened restaurant is going for a similar vibe with a daytime menu that includes “slamming sausage” and “fresh AF baked goods” from Balthazar, according to its Instagram. The Sullivan Street newcomer is open until 8 p.m. daily, with plans to bring on wine, beer, and extended hours in October. 150 Sullivan Street, near West Houston Street

Williamsburg: No Strings Attached, a self-described “modern noodle bar,” opened earlier this month with a menu that includes both tonkotsu ramen and angel hair pasta with uni. The restaurant’s Japanese, Italian, and Japanese-Italian — sometimes called itameshi — noodle dishes range from $18 to $26. 135B North Fifth Street, near Bedford Avenue

September 9

Astoria: Renis Fusha wanted to open a coffee shop where his customers would hang out and not simply order another oat milk iced latte to go. Café Renis has three distinct sitting areas: A few mint green tables under a pink awning out front, a main room with balloon art and Art Deco-inspired furniture, and lastly, a sunroom filled with flowers and a trickling water fountain. A selection of pastries, including macarons from Rudy’s Pastry Shop in Ridgewood, are available to enjoy with coffee. 47-14 30th Avenue, between 43rd and 44th streets

Bushwick: After years of designing logos for New York restaurants, local illustrator Cerise Zelenetz will finally debut her own this evening, a misshapen cherry she used to sign her name as a child. The logo appears on the front doors and elsewhere at Cherry On Top, a natural wine bar with a sprawling rooftop. 379 Suydam Street, near Wyckoff Avenue

Crown Heights: Arturo Leonar, the chef and owner behind Crown Heights mainstay Chavela’s, has opened a next-door cocktail bar called Altar, where he’s turning his attention away from Mexican spirits to focus on a cocktail list that leans savory. “We had originally planned to focus on rum but ended up getting a little carried away,” says manager Fabiola Juarez, a former Claro bartender who also runs a tamale stand in Fort Greene. There’s a cacio e pepe martini, made with truffle oil and pecorino-flavored aquavit, and a riff on horchata made with black sesame oil. 645 Sterling Place, near Franklin Avenue

East Village: Marbled wagyu beef, not sushi, is the focus at this newly opened omakase counter on East Fifth Street. Esora Omakase, located next door to wagyu beef restaurant J-Spec and from the same team, seats seven customers each evening in a single seating priced at $185 per person. 239 East Fifth Street, near Second Avenue

East Village: Restaurateur Ravi DeRossi has opened a second location of Lady Bird, the vegan tapas and wine bar he opened in 2016. Curiously, the restaurant is located directly next door and across from the future site of Cadence, another of DeRossi’s restaurants set to open this fall. 111 East Seventh Street, between Avenue A and First Avenue

Gramercy: Le Coq Rico, a well-executed study in rotisserie chicken, closed its doors during the pandemic, and in its place Francis Staub has opened La Rotisserie. The restaurateur and cookware company founder is widening his scope at the rebranded restaurant, which roasts not just chickens, but short rib ($39), salmon ($34), and a whole duck whose beak is removed table side ($140). The changeup was already in the works before the pandemic, says general manager Mouhamadou Diop, but it’s also an acknowledgment of larger shifts taking place in New York City, where restaurants that formerly prided themselves on lavish cuts of meat are increasingly undergoing identity crises. Eating at Le Coq Rico “was hard for people who had vegetarian friends, for example,” says Diop, who formerly worked at the restaurant. “We got to a point where we thought, why not open the doors to everyone?” In addition to spit-roasted meats, the restaurant serves salads, seafood, and lump crab cakes. 30 East 20th Street, between Park Avenue South and Broadway

Midtown: The three young entrepreneurs behind Mr. Sun — with combined experiences working at China Xiang, Hunan Cafe, and Chairman Sun — have opened what they consider a fine-dining take on an authentic Chinese restaurant. Dim sum (think: egg custard buns and edamame dumplings with black truffle sauce) and Peking duck are the specialties here. 48 West 48th Street, between Fifth and Sixth avenues

Noho: Joining the list of affordable Manhattan sushi counters this week is Shiki Omakase, a just-opened restaurant whose 12-course set runs at $65. The restaurant’s owners are En Lin and Jacky Zhen, two Chinese sushi chefs who are now serving a seasonal omakase from this 12-seat location on Houston Street. 71 West Houston Street, near Wooster Street

Prospect Lefferts Gardens: There’s always room for more pizza in NYC. Since opening in June, Swiss Slice in Brooklyn has been serving up New York-style and Sicilian square pies. 1290 Nostrand Avenue, between Parkside and Clarkson avenues

Ridgewood: Jonathan Swet, the owner of Greenpoint’s Grand Republic Cocktail Club and Jimmy in Soho, heads to this neighborhood in Queens for his latest bar opening. At Fresh Pond Cocktail Club, the restaurateur is serving classic and tropical cocktails from a dining room outfitted with hardwood floors and green booths. 64-18 Fresh Pond Road, near Linden Street

Upper East Side: Since opening last month, Ella’s Cafe has been offering up coffee drinks and chai lattes with babka in the morning, as well as sandwiches, soups, salads, and an Israeli brunch on weekends. The new spot also claims to be a wine bar, but it appears that part of the business has not started yet. 1465 Second Avenue, at East 76th Street

Upper West Side: Salil Mehta helped showcase Southeast Asian cuisine to a wider audience in New York when his Malaysian restaurant Laut garnered a Michelin star back in 2011. Now he’s opened his first uptown establishment called Wau, where Upper West Siders can find Malaysian and Indonesian comfort food, including classics like nasi lemak and expanded vegan and vegetarian options such as a calamari-style dish prepared using fried young coconut. 434 Amsterdam Avenue, at West 81st Street

September 2

Chelsea: Ecuadorian chef Byron Peñafiel is turning to Mexico, Central America, and South America for the opening of HOWM Cocina and Cocktails. At this restaurant within the Selina Hotel, an order of patacones (deep-fried plantains) comes free to every table. 518 West 27th Street, near 10th Avenue

East Village: Dermont Lynch and Jarek Krukow, two alums of Sel Rrose on the Lower East Side, have opened a two-story bar and restaurant called Little Rebel. The team tapped James Akins, a chef at Le Bernardin Privé, a private dining space attached to the three-Michelin-star restaurant, and Brooke Smith of the Dead Rabbit to create the food and drink menus. 219 Second Avenue, between East 13th and 14th streets

Greenpoint: Katherine Lewin, a former editorial director at the Infatuation, has opened Big Night, a Franklin Street storefront selling “dinner and party essentials.” Here, that all encompassing term includes a tasteful selection of flatware, spices, and other ingredients. 152 Franklin Street, between Greenpoint Avenue and Kent Street

Greenwich Village: Following the closure of her West Village pop-up Thaimee Love, celebrated Thai chef Hong Thaimee has returned with a takeout and delivery business a few blocks over. Pad Thaimee specializes in dressed-up versions of pad thai, anchovy fried rice, and pad kee mao, which is commonly referred to as drunken noodles. 116 West Houston Street, between Thompson and Sullivan streets

Greenwich Village: Simone Falco, the Naples-born pizzaiolo behind the Rossopomodoro restaurants at Eataly, has opened a second location of Simo Pizza on University Place. 75 University Place, at 11th Street

Nomad: Leonelli Restaurant and Bar, chef Jonathan Benno’s tavern in the Evelyn Hotel, has been reinvented as this French bar and restaurant. Bar Benno offers bistro fare — mussels with French fries and a fried pig’s trotter available during happy hour — from a space with a U-shaped counter and sizable back bar. 7 East 27th Street, near Third Avenue

Red Hook: St. John Frizell appears to be in the business of comebacks. The Brooklyn restaurateur, one of three owners behind the recent revival of the historic Gage and Tollner restaurant, has reopened Fort Defiance at a new corner spot in the neighborhood. The Red Hook mainstay, previously located at 365 Van Brunt Street, ended its run as a cafe and cocktail bar in March of last year and continued to operate as a general store until it closed this spring. It was during that time that Frizell realized something: “It turns out I like the grocery business a lot more,” he says. The corner store he’s opened serves bagels, baguettes, and a lineup of sandwiches before 3 p.m. A small sit-down bar is on the way, he promises, but not until October or November at the earliest. 347 Van Brunt Street, at Wolcott Street

South Slope: Sandy Jack’s has landed in Brooklyn with a pool table, a fresh paint job, and a Game of Thrones-themed pinball machine. Partake in one of the borough’s best happy hours — two-for-one drinks, from 3 to 7 p.m. daily — at an L-shaped bar inside or at a table in the bar’s backyard. 683 Fifth Avenue, between 20th and 21st streets

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