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A New Filipino Restaurant Lands on the Lower East Side — And More Openings

New restaurant and bar openings in October 2023

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87 Ludlow comes from the chef of Gugu Room.
87 Ludlow comes from the chef of Gugu Room.
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Restaurant openings have picked up in New York City. Hundreds of new restaurants have opened over the past year. Consider this your guide to all the new restaurants, bars, and cafes, that have opened recently. Here’s a roundup of the restaurants and bars that opened in October 2023. This list will be updated weekly. If there’s an opening in your neighborhood that we’ve missed, let us know at

October 26

East Village: Thai For Thought is the latest East Village Thai restaurant; it’s located across from McSorley’s Ale House. 32 East Seventh Street, near Second Avenue

East Village: Uluh is a sleeper-hit restaurant with an expansive tea menu in the East Village that’s been open since 2019. The team has expanded with a boba shop Uluhuluh, down the street, most known so far for its sunnyside-up egg drinks. At the same East 14th Street address, Little Uluh will soon debut with an expanded food menu. 218 E. 14th Street, near Third Avenue

Clinton Hill: Pho You, a new Vietnamese takeout restaurant with milk teas, has opened on Fulton Street. 920 Fulton Street, near St. James Place

Greenpoint: Two Brooklyn businesses, the cocktail bar, Eavesdrop, and the pizza chain, Upside, have a new spot. Ask for Janice, a cocktail bar, is located behind a glass wall in the back of Upside’s Greenpoint location. There are cocktails like a “campfire martini” with toasted marshmallows, with bites like meatballs, calzones, and stracciatella with sourdough — no pizza. 640 Manhattan Avenue, near Bedford Avenue

Inwood: The Bonnefont, located in Fort Tryon Park, is by chef Nicole O’Brien. It’s located in a cobblestone cottage, originally designed for John D. Rockefeller in the 1930s. The restaurant opened earlier this October, with a menu described as both French and Nor-Cal-leaning. 1 Margaret Corbin Drive, at Fort Tryon Park

Long Island City: Kkodle is a new Korean noodle delivery service and takeout spot that launched in August. The kitchen is led by Ju Ahn Kang, who has worked in the kitchens of Ippudo and Momofuku. Kkodle operates out of the same ghost kitchen, Sunnyside Eats, as Rice Thief, Queens’ secret crab delivery service (the two are unrelated). 40-05 Skillman Avenue, near 40th Street

Lower East Side: Aris Tuazon, the chef-owner of Filipino-Japanese izakaya Gugu Room, has new restaurant called 87 Ludlow. Here, the menu is focused on Spanish influence in Filipino cuisine, with a menu that includes oyster sisig, sardines with ikura, pig ear skewers a la plancha, and more. 87 Ludlow, near Delancey Street

Midtown: Altair, is a “modern American” restaurant that has opened inside of the Arlo Midtown hotel, it joins the Renwick Hospitality Group’s other restaurants, including Lulla, Lindens, and Foxtail. 351 W. 38th Street, near Ninth Avenue

Midtown: Coral has in Point Seven, a new seafood restaurant in the MetLife building. The small counter serves a 21-course menu that costs $350 per person with fish that’s imported from Tokyo’s Toyosu Fish Market and desserts from pastry chef Sam Mason, an owner of Oddfellows Ice Cream. 200 Park Avenue and 44th Street

Midtown East: Kawabun has been in Nagoya, Japan, since the 17th century, the New York Times reports. Taking over the two floors of the former Kajitsu, the restaurant, led by chef Yoshitaka Ito, serves Japanese food “with a modern feel” spread over two floors in its first NYC outpost, according to the publication. 125 E. 39th Street, near Lexington Avenue

Times Square: Anita Gelato has opened its third NYC location. 207 W. 45th Street, near Seventh Avenue

Upper East Side: Caroline’s Donuts from Caroline Lameda has opened in Yorkville, with 19 doughnut options including the tall, fluffy DoughCro. The first location started in Bed-Stuy. 1631 Second Avenue, between East 84th and 85th Streets

Upper East Side: Crumbly Cafe & Bakery, a bakery specializing in custom cakes and cake pops, has opened its latest location. 1729 Second Avenue, at East 89th Street

Upper West Side: The Oberon Group, behind Brooklyn bars June, Rhodora, Rucola, and Anaïs, have signed on as the new food and beverage operator at the New York Historical Society, the city’s oldest museum. Clara, an 80-seat restaurant with lunch and dinner is now open; Cafe 77, a coffee shop with pastries and snacks, also from the team is to follow. 170 Central Park West, at West 77th Street

West Village: L’Industrie, the Brooklyn slice shop considered one of the city’s best, opened this week. The Manhattan restaurant is the first expansion for owner Massimo Laveglia, who opened L’Industrie in Williamsburg in 2017. 104 Christopher Street, near Bleecker Street

West Village: Talea, the women-owned brewery that first opened in Williamsburg in 2021, before debuting in Cobble Hill, has opened its first Manhattan location. 102 Christopher Street, near Bleecker Street

Williamsburg: Dee Best Zeppoles and Calzones, comes from the owner nearby DeStefano’s Steakhouse, a venture that had been in the works for some five years, according to Greenpointers. It’s the permanent spot for the stand that’s been a favorite of the annual Our Lady of Mt. Carmel festival. 361 Graham Avenue, near Conselyea Street

Williamsburg: Shipwreck Seafood Boutique, a seafood shop in Bed-Stuy that expanded last year with a fish fry in the neighborhood, has opened in Williamsburg. 271 Grand Street, near Roebling Street

October 19

Bed-Stuy: The Taco Bar, a Mexican restaurant serving several preparations of tacos, including a jerk chicken one, opened last week. 312 Tompkins Avenue, near Gates Avenue

Bushwick: Sweet Anaelle, opened this spring, but we missed it: It serves Latin American and Japanese food, some in the style of Nikkei cuisine: there’s plantain chips with guacamole, shrimp ceviche, and panko chicken with a Peruvian sauce. 97 Jefferson Street, at Evergreen Avenue

Clinton Hill: Wei’s, a Williamsburg Chinese restaurant that’s a late-night favorite in the hospitality industry, has expanded with a second location now in Clinton Hill. 884 Fulton Street, at Waverly Place

East Village: Palestinian restaurant Ayat has opened its latest location — its first in Manhattan. Last weekend pulled in crowds, despite targeted online harassment. 107 Avenue C, at East Seventh Street

East Village: Paradise Lost, an “immersive bar” with tiki decor and tropical cocktails is led by Kavé Pourzanjani (Dear Irving and Nitecap) and Ray Sakover (The Happiest Hour and Slowly Shirley), plus Josh Vera. The space goes heavy on decor, using the same interior designer as Turk’s Inn. There’s an “8-foot tall altar” and “a giant taxidermy bat head,” according to a spokesperson. 100 Second Avenue, at East Sixth Street

Lower East Side: When Scarr’s Pizza turned into a sushi counter earlier this year, we wondered: What would happen to the area at the front, where the pizzeria used to sell its popular slices? The answer may change, but right now it’s sandwiches. Clubhouse Sandos and Suds comes from Robert Sieber, who used to work in the kitchen at Montauk’s Surf Lodge resort. 22 Orchard Street, near Canal Street

Park Slope: Earlier this season, Foca Foca, a foccacia-centric Italian bakery, opened its doors in South Brooklyn. 349 Fifth Avenue, near Fourth Street

Red Hook: Mozzlab, a cheese manufacturer known for its bagels made from mozzarella, opened an Italian restaurant earlier this season. It’s called Farina, helmed by Antonio Pisaniello, who oversaw Locanda di Bu in Nusco, in Italy, when it was awarded a Michelin star. He’s now making wood-fired pizzas from a small kitchen. The address was most recently home to Pizza Moto, a popular pizzeria that closed after a decade in February. 338 Hamilton Avenue, under the Gowanus Expressway

Tribeca: Eulalie is now open in the former Bâtard space that closed in May. It’s an evolution of Chip Smith and Tina Vaughn’s uptown restaurant Simone, which also shuttered in 2022. The menu, still in the works, has been described by the couple as: “Terrines are shining as a bit of a snack to whet the appetite, Savory tart (thank you!), Soupe au Poisson with quenelles of fish mousse and caviar is a serious spoonful of love, Cheese Souffles, duck of course, his Flounder, Saddle of Lamb, Lemon Tart, Plum Tart, Marjolaine, and finally, an appearance of the Coconut Cake.” 239 West Broadway, at White Street

Tribeca: Mitsuki, a Japanese market with a location in Greenpoint serving onigiri, is now open in the Potter Building. The business gave a tour of the new location on its Instagram. Shelves are lined with stationery, anime toys, and snacks aplenty. There are hot bento boxes as well. 38 Park Row, at Beekman Street

Tribeca: Replacing the former Keith McNally institution Lucky Strike, a pandemic casualty, is the Ruby. The menu centers on cacio e pepe, prepared in a cocktail shaker, in a kitchen led by Roberto Saverio Rattà, hailing from Calabria, Italy. 59 Grand Street, at Wooster Street

West Village: Australian all-day cafe and celebrity magnet Little Ruby’s, has expanded with a West Village location, taking over the old home of the Riviera Cafe, which closed after nearly 50 years, in 2017. 225 W. Fourth Street, near Seventh Avenue South

West Village: Sushi Counter, a sushi spot claiming to tout “Aussie-style” handrolls, is now open despite drawing controversy on TikTok. 119 Christopher Street, near Bedford Street

Williamsburg: NYC’s favorite smash burger chain, 7th Street Burger, keeps going with a new North Brooklyn outpost. It replaced the Vietnamese restaurant Bolero, which closed in February 2023. 177 Bedford Avenue, near North Seventh Street

Williamsburg: Please Tell Me, a bar with DJS, serving small plate snacks, has opened in North Brooklyn. On the weekends, the business will host brunch. 749 Metropolitan Avenue, at Graham Avenue

October 12

Brooklyn Heights: L’Apero is now open, a nighttime addition to L’Appartement 4F Bakery which shook up sleepy Brooklyn Heights when it opened on Montague Street, with its social media-famous croissant cereal that has continued to draw lines. Find wine and small plates that call to French bistro classics. 115 Montague Street, near Henry Street

Chelsea: Supernice, a coffee shop and bakery with two uptown locations, East Harlem and Upper West Side, has added a third further south in Chelsea. It’s located inside and is attached to the flower shop Bosqe. 232 Seventh Avenue, near West 23rd Street

Downtown Brooklyn: Cuban Shack is a fast-casual Cuban restaurant to open near the courthouses. 75 Hoyt Street, near State Street

East Village: Hello, Yam! is a new spot serving Japanese sweet potato-based desserts. It opened last week in the East Village. A menu lists Japanese sweet potatoes in several forms including as parfaits and baked with ice cream. 443 E. Ninth Street, near Avenue A

Flushing: Kura Sushi, a conveyor belt sushi chain, that started with locations in Fort Lee and Jersey City, New Jersey, has made its debut in Flushing. 133-36 37th Avenue, at Tangram Mall

Forest Hills: Bombay Grill House, with a location in Greenpoint and Hell’s Kitchen, has added another Indian restaurant over in Forest Hills. 7151 Yellowstone Boulevard, at Dartmouth Street

Gramercy: Mick O’Sullivan, the owner of Bell Book & Candle in the West Village, and Peter O’Connell, the owner of both pubs Molly’s and Malones in the area, now have Wild Ivy. It opened this week with crispy deviled eggs, wings, and meatballs with chimichurri. 293 Third Avenue, near East 23rd Street

Greenpoint: Ilis is a restaurant from Mads Refslund, who co-founded Noma. His new restaurant is attached to Faurschou, a private art gallery. The wood-fire kitchen has an unusual policy in place: while not a tasting menu, customers are required to spend a minimum of $150 (equivalent to five dishes), in the dining room. (The bar area offers a la carte). 150 Green Street, near Manhattan Avenue

Hell’s Kitchen: Charles Guenancia and Leila Colbert grew up working in their family’s restaurant Cafe Un Deux Trois, now they have a spot of their own with Cubby’s. The menu keeps to comforts: burgers, onion rings, and milkshakes. 630 10th Avenue, near West 45th Street

Hudson Yards: Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare, a three-Michelin-starred restaurant located in the back of a grocery store, abruptly closed in July after firing its head chef, César Ramirez and a resulting lawsuit followed. The new iteration is ostensibly a new venture, now with Max Natmessnig and Marco Prins, who both worked at the restaurant previously, as co-leads. 431 W. 37th Street, near Tenth Avenue

Long Island City: Side Hustle is a new pub serving bar staples like wings and tater tots that come from Stella Hospitality Group, which operates Italian spots in the city. 43-01 Dutch Kills Street, at Jackson Avenue

Long Island City: A cocktail bar, the Waterfront Club, with shrimp cocktails and espresso martinis, has landed on this Queens waterfront. 4720 Center Boulevard, at 47th Avenue

Lower East Side: Ray Zhou, an alum of Double Chicken Please, and Zhaojin Dai, the sous chef at the Michelin-starred restaurant Jungsik, are behind the menus at a new bar, Chinato. Cocktails mixed with corn, bell pepper, clarified yogurt, and other unusual ingredients are named after songs by artists like Snoop Dogg and Brad Paisley. On the food menu: fries with seaweed, scallops with fava beans, and a black rice pudding for dessert. 108 Stanton Street, at Ludlow Street

Lower East Side: Chomps-Élysées is a new food stand inside of the Essex Market, serving soups and sandwiches with a “vegetable heavy” focus. This is owner Tiffany Iung’s first storefront and the name is a reference to when she lived near the Champs-Élysées in Paris. Lung’s space replaces Peasant Stock, a longtime stall at the new Essex Market as well as the original, which closed this summer after a decade in business. 88 Essex Street, at Delancey Street

Midtown: Head down the stairs on the northeast corner of Broadway and 32nd Street into the subway station and find an unmarked door. Though a Metrocard is not needed, customers use a pin code received on the day of their reservation to enter the marble-clad dining room, the city’s next Korean fine dining restaurant: Nōksu. The 12-course tasting menu is $225 per person. 49 W. 32nd Street, near Broadway

Noho: Jean’s opened last week to the public, after a year of throwing parties for those in industry. It comes from Max Chodorow, the son of restaurant mogul Jeffrey Chodorow, and Ashwin Deshmukh, a managing partner at Superiority Burger. The menu riffs on bistro fare with produce sourced from a farm Chodorow owns in New Hope, Pennsylvania. There’s a burger with “fondue” cheese, miniature lobster rolls served with a shot of bisque, and a tuna steak au poivre. 415 Lafayette Street, near East Fourth Street

Nolita: The Wooly has opened in Nolita — a relaunch of David Tobias and Eric Adolfsen’s bar, once called the Wooly Public, one of several “cool-kid hangouts” the team once had in the Woolworth Building. Ken Addington, the chef of Casino, consults on the food menu. 390 Broome Street, at Mulberry Street

Prospect Heights: Carib Soul BK is a new Caribbean fast casual spot in Prospect Heights. It opened in early October with curry chicken and lots of vegetarian-friendly items. 662 Washington Avenue, at Bergen Street

Soho: Glamorous Midtown coffee bar Felix Roasting Co. has added a downtown location in Soho. There’s an espresso tonic and hickory smoked s’mores latte, in a space that seats 30 or so. 145 Greene Street, at Houston Street

Soho: Kintsugi Omakase is the latest omakase spot to join Manhattan’s ever-crowded scene. There are only 10 seats and dinner ranges from $95 to $195, depending on the number of courses. 28 Grand Street, at Avenue of the Americas

Soho: Odd Sister is a new cocktail bar that comes from the team behind Scarpetta. 45 Mercer Street, near Grand Street

Soho: Sorate Japanese teas and Italian snacks combine at this new teahouse. 103 Sullivan Street, at Prince Street

Sunnyside: Spicy Nepal is a Nepalese buffet that’s new in Queens. 39-35 47th Avenue, at 39th Place

Willamsburg: Cafe Canary has opened with omelets and croissants. 171 South Fourth Street, near Driggs Avenue

October 5

Chelsea: Kinn is a new Thai food stand at the Manhattan food hall Olly Olly Market. It opened on September 29. 601 W. 26th Street, near 11th Avenue

Crown Heights: Canela Cafe Bar, a coffee shop with a “community bookshelf,” landed in Brooklyn in September. 800 Franklin Avenue, near Eastern Parkway

Bryant Park: Sungchul Shim, the chef at Korean fine dining restaurants Kochi and Mari, both with Michelin stars, opened Mari Ne, a hand roll restaurant last month. The team also has opened KBBQ spot, Don Don, a mostly dry-aged pork affair, in Bryant Park, that stays open til 2 a.m. on select days of the week. 37 W. 42nd Street, at Byrant Park

East Village: From the team behind Beetle House, a Beetlejuice-themed bar, comes Bread and Stone. The menu here is Italian, but unlike its sibling, the decorations are not the core of the vibe, according to a spokesperson. 308 East Sixth Street, near Third Avenue

East Village: The team behind Junoon, a fine dining institution and one of the country’s first Indian restaurants to earn a Michelin star, opened a more casual restaurant focused on street foods this week. Its owner Rajesh Bhardwaj and his son, Akshay Bhardwaj, the chef at Junoon since 2016, opened Jazba on October 3. 207 Second Avenue, at East 13th Street, in the East Village.

Flatiron: For U is a new Sichuan restaurant that serves chicken feet with pickled peppers, beef tripe in chile sauce, and beef jerky. 155 Third Avenue, near East 16th Street

Financial District: In September, a new club opened under the Beekman Hotel in Fidi. Laissez Faire has a neon purple sign hanging above an unmarked door. Downstairs, the 180-person space has pink banquettes, a dance floor, and a full bar. The new venue comes from the founders of the Manhattan nightclub Outer Heaven, which opened on the Lower East Side earlier this year; the food menu comes from celebrity chef Tom Colicchio. 10 Theater Alley, between Ann and Beekman streets

Flushing: In recent months, conveyor belt sushi restaurants like Kura Sushi, Kaiten Zushi, and others have opened or announced new locations in New York City. The latest is in Flushing. Salute, which opened at the end of September, sells sushi and sashimi on a revolving counter. Most plates range from $3 to $5 each, and the menu also has poke bowls and ramen. 39-16 College Point Boulevard, near Roosevelt Avenue

Greenpoint: A new Sichuan restaurant has landed in North Brooklyn called Breeze. It opened on September 25 and has a full bar. 595 Manhattan Avenue, near Nassau Avenue

Kips Bay: Midtown lunch spot Koba Korean BBQ opens a third location in addition to two others in the area with its build-your-own bowls, traditional bibimbap, and lettuce wrap sets. It opened at the end of September. 460 Park Ave South, at East 31st Street

Lower East Side: Two Doors Down is a “discreet hangout spot for all dance-floor comrades, where old school NYC finds a new sound,” according to a spokesperson. It comes from the team behind Cafe Balearica, a clubby bar in Williamsburg. It opened earlier this season. 159 E. Houston Street, at Allen Street

Midtown East: Veselka has a new location in Manhattan. The popular East Village Ukrainian restaurant, open since 1954 and known for its pierogies and borscht, now operates a stand open at Grand Central Terminal. East 42nd Street, at Park Avenue South

Ocean Hill: During the pandemic, Autumn Moultrie, an alum of Major Food Group (The Grill and Carbone Las Vegas), and co-owner Brian Villanueva, an alum of Blue Hill launched Back Alley Bread, a pop-up that became known for its “angel doughnuts,” a play on the beignet, savory pastries, patties, and Frito pies. The business is now called Bread & Butter. As of this week, it has a new home in Ocean Hill. It replaces Butter & Scotch Luncheonette, a short-lived pivot from the team behind empanada spot, Love, Nelly, which operated out of the same space. Moultrie says Bread and Butter will be more than a bakery, with programming that centers aid for local food insecurity. Pre-ordering for baked goods is available online. 53 Rockaway Avenue, between Marion and Sumpter streets

Park Slope: Koi Omakase serves a 14-course sushi experience near Barclays for $68 per person, making it one of the more affordable options in town. 55 Fifth Avenue, near St. Marks Place

Tribeca: Top Chef contestant and former head chef at Kyma in Hudson Yards, George Pagonis, and his brother Nicholas Pagonis have opened Paros, a Greek fine dining restaurant. The brothers were in the inner circle of former Top Chef contestant and Washington, D.C., restaurateur, Mike Isabella, who was sued for “extraordinary” sexual harassment in 2018, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and closed all of his restaurants. George Pagonis was the corporate chef and Nicholas Pagonis was the director of operations for those restaurants. 211 W. Broadway, at Franklin Street

Upper East Side: As the name Water and Wheat might suggest, this uptown establishment specializes in bowls of pasta. 1379 Third Avenue, near East 79th Street

West Village: John DeLucie is back in the kitchen almost a decade after his restaurant empire went up in smoke. The chef and partner, who cooked at the Waverly Inn and the Lion, has opened Ambra in the West Village. The Italian menu is straightforward: clam linguine, short rib ragu, and Margherita pizza. 569 Hudson Street, at West 11th Street

West Village: One of the biggest names in Rome’s food scene opened a restaurant in Manhattan this summer. Roscioli, a restaurant and wine bar, took over a townhouse in Soho that used to be home to the tasting menu spot Niche Niche — it’s the restaurant group’s first location outside of Rome. Downstairs, the wine cellar serves a $130 per person tasting menu, while a newly unveiled upstairs deli with a sit-down restaurant offers a la carte snacking options. 43 Macdougal Street, at King Street

Williamsburg: Mexi is a new Mexican restaurant in North Brooklyn serving pork shoulder al pastor tacos, chicken tinga nacho quesadillas, and a cauliflower steak with a cumin-lime puree. 149 N. Ninth Street, near Bedford Avenue

Williamsburg: Steamers is a seafood spot with lobster, prime rib, and linguine from the team behind Kistby. The new restaurant replaces their Williamsburg dessert bar. 186 Grand Street, near Bedford Avenue