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A warm-lit room features a bar tables and a long counter top. The room is filled with a giant swordfish wall decal and other nautical elements.
Inside Tribeca’s new bar Holywater.
Holywater

More than two years into the coronavirus pandemic, restaurants across the city continue to open their doors, sometimes because their concepts could be adapted to the new normal, 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 a Champagne bar tucked inside of a party store, an Elmhurst Thai spot, and a new spot from the Wayla and Kimika team.

Here’s a roundup of the restaurants and bars that opened in May. This list will be updated weekly. If there’s an opening in your neighborhood that we’ve missed, let us know at tips@eater.com.

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission.


May 12

Bed-Stuy: Two hospitality industry veterans are teaming up at Secret Pour, a new bar with a juke box, pool table, and arcade games. The bar — located on the border of Bed-Stuy and Bushwick — comes from owners Roberto De Jesus and Jaime Koons, who confirmed the opening with Eater and most recently worked at Chelsea brunch spot Cookshop and Dominique Ansel Bakery. 1114 DeKalb Avenue, at Broadway

Downtown Brooklyn: Arcade and restaurant chain Dave & Buster’s now has a location in Downtown Brooklyn, according to a representative. 625 Atlantic Avenue, at Fort Greene Place

East Village: Taiwan-based bakery chain Bake Culture has opened its fourth NYC location on St. Mark’s Place, according to EV Grieve. 22 St. Mark’s Place, between Second and Third Avenues

East Village: EV Grieve reports that Luz Market + Restaurant, a new plant-based restaurant with zucchini noodle lasagna, has arrived. 97 St. Mark’s Place, between Avenue A and First Avenue.

Edgemere: Not far from Far Rockaway, a cafe and market called Beach Dunes Eats & Arts Cafe has opened at a new affordable housing complex called Beach Dunes, the New York Times reports. The farm-to-table restaurant aims to provide affordably priced food for dining in, delivery, and takeout. Produce from a local farm will also be sold on site, and a cooking classes will also be offered. 45-15 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, at Beach 45th Street

Flatiron: The duo behind Oiji, one of the city’s best modern Korean restaurants, heads to Flatiron this week with Oiji Mi, a larger, more upscale restaurant. The focus at this 80-seat restaurant is a tasting menu (five courses for $125), with plans to offer a la carte service from its lounge and bar in the future. 17 West 19th Street, near Sixth Avenue

Flatiron: According to the New York Times, the owner of Shorty’s, a Philly cheesesteak chain, now operates Olde City Cheesesteaks & Beer, a new venture with locations in Hell’s Kitchen and Chelsea already in the works. 66 Madison Avenue, at 27th Street

Greenpoint: Neighborhood blog Greenpointers has the scoop on the latest location of Hungry Burrito, a Mexican and Tex-Mex restaurant with another location already in the neighborhood and a third in Ridgewood. 1079 Manhattan Avenue, at Dupont Street

Hudson Yards: The owner behind several NYC food halls, including Dekalb Market in Brooklyn and the Hugh in Midtown, has opened a prepared foods shop inside the glitzy, sprawling mall at Hudson Yards, according to the New York Times. Ana Bar and Eatery has a hot and cold buffet, a coffee bar, and a weekend brunch menu with smoked salmon and eggs available by the pound. 20 Hudson Yards, at 10th Avenue and West 31st Street

Lower East Side: A hip new restaurant, called Bongos, has popped on the Lower East Side. According a representative, the spot has charbroiled oysters, chicken with chiles and relish, and chamomile martinis. Bongos comes from the team behind downtown Manhattan party bars Kind Regards and Dingaling. 85 Orchard Street, near Broome Street

Lower East Side: The city gained another Parisian-style natural wine bar and cafe this week with the opening of Le Dive, from veteran restaurateur Jon Neidich. Wines start at $13 per glass and $42 per bottle, and the team has paired the drinks with a light menu that includes grilled artichokes, tinned sardines, and burrata. 37 Canal Street, at Ludlow Street

Midtown West: Patrons enter through a faux sex shop to get to speakeasy the Woo Woo. The bar’s theme nods to the Deuce and Times Square’s plethora of sex shops in the 1980’s, according to a representative. 266 West 47th Street, at Eighth Avenue

Nomad: Plant Bar, a vegan restaurant that’s operated by the hospitality group which runs Sushi by Bou, is now also home to a sushi counter called Omakaseed, the New York Times reports. A 15-course omakase ($85) is completely meat free. 1204 Broadway, between East 29th and 30th streets

Park Slope: Pasta Louise, a family friendly Italian restaurant known for serving one pasta shape each night, opens tonight at its new address, an expanded 70-seat restaurant in the former space of neighborhood bar and grill Johnny Mack’s. The menu has grown to include morning pastries served until 11 a.m. and cocktails, mixed by bar manager Tim Miner, formerly of cocktail bars Death & Company and Long Island Bar. 1114 Eighth Avenue, at 12th Street

Riverdale: Sheza Coffee, a new cafe focusing on Pakistani-style whipped coffee, has debuted in the Bronx, according to the Bronx Times. 6050 Riverdale Avenue, near West 261st Street

St. George: The sixth location of beer bars, Clinton Hall, has opened on Staten Island. 55 Richmond Terrace, at Empire Outlets

Tribeca: After running several bars in New York City attached to bodies of water, or, in the case of Grand Banks, on an anchored schooner, the New York Times reports that Alex and Miles Pincus have set sail with their first bar on land. Holywater, now open, has a nautical menu that features blue fish dip, surf and turf, and lobster frites. There’s also hush puppies and a cocktail made with Kool-Aid. The kitchen is led by Carbone alum Sam Gasner. 112 Reade Street, at West Broadway

West Village: The seafood-focused Mermaid Inn team has branched out with Mermaid Mexicana, a new Mexican spot, according to the New York Times. 79 MacDougal Street, at West Houston Street

West Village: Israeli chef Eyal Shani is expanding his empire of restaurants with a new spot called Shmone. According to the New York Times, Shmone will seat 50 in an open kitchen format serving white asparagus and bourkas, as well as other Middle Eastern-leaning dishes. The opening comes on the heels of restaurateur Gadi Peleg closing his modern Israeli restaurant Nur after four years in operation. 61 West Eighth Street, near Seventh Avenue


May 5

Carroll Gardens: The red sauce joints that used to dot this section of Brooklyn have dwindled over the years, but Bensonhurst native Sal Lamboglia (who was also a 15-year veteran of Andrew Carmellini’s restaurants) is putting forth his version of a classic Italian restaurant with Cafe Spaghetti, according to a representative. A bevy of family recipes appear on Lamboglia’s menu, including his mother’s eggplant parm and his father’s tiramisu. 126 Union Street, between Columbia and Hicks streets

Chinatown: In addition to its Hell’s Kitchen original, fast casual Thai restaurant Three Roosters has opened a second outpost, according to its team. Eater critic Ryan Sutton stopped by the original in summer 2021 to declare its Thai-style fried chicken rice platters “damn fine.” 23 Pell Street, at Doyers Street

Downtown Brooklyn: Food delivery app DoorDash is getting into the food hall game with a splashy new Downtown Brooklyn space. Partners include Chinese favorite Kings County Imperial and Southern comfort spot Pies ‘n’ Thighs. 383 Bridge Street, near Willoughby Street

Dumbo: Grub Street has the scoop on Randolph Beer’s new Dumbo location (the original one is in Williamsburg), that, in addition to functioning as a bar, has something called Belgian “feather bowling” as one of its activities. 82 Prospect Street, at Sands Street

East Village: Vegan-focused restaurateur Ravi Derossi has relocated his James Beard-nominated Southern restaurant, Cadence, a few doors down. The larger space — that will be able to seat nearly five times the amount of customers — is still led by the decorated chef Shenarri Freeman. 111 East Seventh Street, between First Avenue and Avenue A

Elmhurst: New York City’s growing cadre of restaurants focused on Isaan, the northeast region of Thailand, now includes Zaab Zaab. Eater critic Robert Sietsema gave this Queens establishment an early visit and praised chef Aniwat Khotsopa’s menu with lesser-seen dishes that incorporate offal, roast duck, plenty of herbs, and a generous dose of fish sauce. 76-04 Woodside Avenue, at 76th Street

Midtown: Brazilian and Portuguese restaurant Ipanema is making a comeback in Midtown’s Little Brazil after initially shutting down during the pandemic. The main dining room is still under construction, but in the meantime, an all-day cafe called Bica has opened in the front of the shop, according to a representative. The cafe, run by Per Se alum Alejandra Nicolon, showcases Brazilian and Portuguese baked goods including cheesy pão de queijo and the egg custard tarts pastel de nata. 3 West 36th Street, near Sixth Avenue

Nolita: Daisuke Nakazawa’s new sake bar, Saito, won’t be as difficult to get into as his high-end omakase restaurant Sushi Nakazawa in the West Village. For one, there are more seats with room for 18 people in the dining room and a forthcoming bar with 10 seats, according to a representative. The head chef here is Daniel Tun Win, whose seafood-centric menu includes a sashimi of the day, an uni tasting, and toro tartare with caviar to complement a selection of 60 sakes available by the glass and bottle. 72 Kenmare Street, between Mulberry and Mott streets

Nolita: The hitmaking group behind Kimika and Wayla have added Wan Wan, a stylish Thai and Chinese restaurant, to the fold. Bangkok-born chef Tom Naumsuwan has put together a menu of regional Thai dishes — including moo tod nam pla, or fried pork belly glazed in fish sauce; and yum hoi, or crispy scallop tempura — influenced by Chinese immigration in the country, according to a representative. 209 Mulberry Street, near Spring Street

Penn Station: A trio of high-tech coffee shops called About Time Coffee debuted across the city in recent weeks. Customers can order all the expected coffee drinks, which are prepared by a machine in about 60 seconds. Hot drinks are served in paper cups and iced drinks are dispensed into recyclable aluminum cans. The chain also runs shops in Gramercy and Midtown, and more locations are forthcoming, according to a spokesperson. 355 Seventh Avenue, at West 30th Street

Soho: A new Champagne bar, Champers Social Club, has opened inside of a party store called Feste, according to a representative. The New York Times reports that in addition to bubbles, a snack menu — collaborated on with Milu’s Connie Chung — includes deviled eggs, chicken liver mousse, and more bites. 39½ Crosby Street, at Broome Street

Williamsburg: After closing down its original Bed-Stuy location during the pandemic, it appears Fan Fried Rice Bar, a casual spot serving, as the name suggests, fried rice, has reopened in Williamsburg. 740 Driggs Avenue, at South Second Street

Williamsburg: Famed Philly chef Michael Solomonov has returned to New York City with rooftop hangout Laser Wolf at the top of the Hoxton hotel. The skewer shop — a more casual offshoot to Solomonov’s acclaimed, upscale Israeli restaurant Zahav — is an expansion of an existing restaurant in Philadelphia. 97 Wythe Avenue, between North Ninth and 10th streets

Williamsburg: Time Out New York reports that a new sandwich shop, Mission Sandwich Social, has launched. The new spot serves twelve sandwiches, made using Dutch crunch bread, a crunchy style of bread popular in San Francisco. Mission Sandwich Social is owned by Brian Tsao, an alum of clubstaurant Beauty & Essex. 326 Bedford Avenue, at South Second Street

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