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Shepherd’s Pie and Bangers and Mash in South Brooklyn — And More Openings

New restaurant and bar openings in December 2023

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New Irish tavern the Lonesome Club is now open in Windsor Terrace with shepherd’s pie and bangers and mash.
New Irish tavern the Lonesome Club is now open in Windsor Terrace with shepherd’s pie and bangers and mash.
The Lonesome Club

There’s a mad dash for restaurant openings in New York City right now. Hundreds of new restaurants have opened over the past year and this month, the race is especially on to open them before the New 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 December 2023. This list will be updated weekly. If there’s an opening in your neighborhood that we’ve missed, let us know at ny@eater.com.


December 21

Astoria: Ayy Chihuahua, a casual sit-down Mexican restaurant with cocktails, opened in Astoria last month. 36-16 Ditmars Boulevard, at 37th Street

Astoria: New fast-casual Greek spot Taste of Gyro also opened earlier this season with some sit-down tables. 20-48 42nd Street, at 20th Road

Bay Ridge: The Ocky Way Chocolate Factory opened this fall, a dessert shop specializing in knafeh, waffles, crepes, and shakes. The name references Rahim Mohamed’s first business, a Red Hook bodega, where he catapulted to fame on TikTok, making supped-up sandwiches “the Ocky Way.” 6740 Fifth Avenue, at Senator Street

Bushwick: A cocktail bar hidden behind a doughnut shop? That’s Bushwick, baby. Dromedary Doughnuts opened in October with flavors like coquito and passion fruit with toasted meringue. Now, the team has opened Ra Ra Rhino at the back. An online menu lists a martini made with Vegemite (yes, really), a cocktail made with 34 types of rum, with snacks like Spam fries and tartare. Doughnuts are available until midnight. 1329 Willoughby Avenue, near Wyckoff Avenue

Bryant Park: Talea, the women-owned brewery that first opened in Williamsburg in 2021, has added another location that opened on December 19. Located at Bryant Park, the new 1,650-square-foot taproom has 74 seats. It will be the company’s fourth outpost, including locations in Cobble Hill and the West Village. 22 W. 40th Street, near Fifth Avenue

Chelsea: The new egg-themed restaurant, Scramble, opened earlier this season. 150 Eighth Avenue, at West 17th Street

Chinatown: Shhh Omakase opened on Division Street in December. A 14-course experience is $98 per person, and there’s also an option for 18-courses at $158. Reservations can be made online. 113 Divison Street, at Orchard Street

Clinton Hill: Matt Diaz, the owner of For All Things Good, has something new in the works: Bar Birba, an Italian aperitivi bar, opened last week. It’s located across the street from the original For All Things Good at the Bed-Stuy and Clinton Hill border. 340 Franklin Avenue, near Greene Avenue

Downtown Brooklyn: Another location of Alidoro, an Italian sandwich shop with locations throughout the city, has opened at the basement-level Dekalb Market food hall. It’s joined by Tea Makers, a new bubble tea spot, also new to the food hall. 445 Albee Square West, near Fulton Street

East Village: Booze-free speakeasy Fat Tiger originally opened in the back of Korean coffee shop Cafe Joah in the spring. Now, that bar serves liquor, and the name has changed to the Hidden Tiger. It opened in December and still serves a selection of non-alcoholic options. 212 Avenue A, at East 13th Street

Financial District: The new bakery Poom, is hosting treats from several bakers Amy Bramshall of Copperspoon Bakery, and Tabitha Glista, of Wise Cookie Treats, offering cake, baking mixes, and more. One World Trade, at the Occulus

Flushing: A new summer camp-themed bar with Chinese skewers has landed in Flushing called Camp Camp. 142-26 Roosevelt Avenue, near Bowne Street

Forest Hills: This Queens neighborhood now has a new Korean steakhouse called Iron Age. 61-35 Junction Boulevard, near Long Island Expressway

Greenpoint: Campbell & Co., a provisions shop selling cheese and sandwiches, was founded in 2013 by sisters Alana and Erin Campbell. An additional location has opened in Greenpoint, not too far away from the Williamsburg original, off of McGolrick Park. Currently, the new location is only open for groceries and gifts, but coffee and an extended food menu are to follow. 209 Nassau Avenue, near Russell Street

Greenwich Village: The owners of Osteria57 and Alice in the Village, opened a meatless restaurant and Italian market called Travelers, Poets, and Friends on Friday, December 15. 457 Sixth Avenue near West 11th Street

Long Island City: Finback, a brewery with locations in Glendale, Queens, and Gowanus, Brooklyn, opened a new brewery and taproom this week in Long Island City. The brewery has hazy IPAs, barrel-aged stouts brewed on the premises, and coffee. Cocktails are made using spirits from its distillery Halftone Spirits. Dumplings served are prepared by one of the founder’s mothers. 29-37 41st Avenue, and Northern Boulevard

Lower East Side: The Leave Rochelle Out of It space has been replaced by a new spot, Bar Louis. The owners operate 205 Club, below the street level space. Bar Louis opened on Friday, December 15. 205 Chrystie Street, near Stanton Street

Lower East Side: Jade and Clover is a new cocktail bar now open in Chinatown. The cocktail list uses Asian ingredients with Irish spirits, a nod to the owners’ heritages. 139 Chrystie Street, near Delancey Street

Midtown East: Charoen Krung, a new Thai restaurant with drunken noodles and crispy pork belly, opened in Midtown, earlier this season. 955 Second Avenue, near East 51st Street

Midtown East: Lunar opened in December serving Chinese dishes like dan dan noodles, lo mein, dry pot dishes, eel, and sour fish soup. 12 E. 37th Street, near Madison Avenue

Midtown West: Berimbau Brazilian Kitchen, a Brazilian restaurant that first opened in the West Village back in 2009, has expanded further uptown. 3 W. 36th Street, between Fifth and Sixth avenues

Midtown West: Hey Tea, a Chinese cheese tea chain, opened its first U.S. shop in Midtown. 1407 Broadway, between West 38th and 39th streets

Midwood: Chashni Bubble Tea is a new desi-run bubble tea shop in South Brooklyn. 1061 Coney Island Avenue, at Glenwood Road

Murray Hill: The Koreatown of Queens, Murray Hill, now has a new coffee shop, Beans and Malt, serving “Kyoto-style cold brew” as well as several espresso drinks. It opened in December. 41-02 162nd Street, at Station Road

Noho: Rasheeda Purdie, the pop-up chef behind Ramen by Ra, making New Yorkified interpretations of ramen like its BEC version, has opened a food stand at the open-air Bowery Market. Purdie is a former fashion stylist whose client list included Beyoncé and Michelle Obama, before she went to culinary school, and worked at restaurants like Cecil’s and Untitled at the Whitney Museum. She launched Ramen by Ra in 2021, originally as meal kits, before hosting pop-ups at the Lower East Side events space Sommwhere. 348 Bowery, at East Third Street

Nolita: Eater critic Robert Sietsema stopped by Cantiere Hambirreria, serving stunt burgers with peanut butter and a $100 price tag. It opened last week in Manhattan. 41 Kenmare Street near Mott Street

Nomad: Nick Hatsatouris, a Hamptons hospitality guy, has debuted the Tusk Bar, in the former space of Jonathan Benno’s old spots inside the Evelyn Hotel. A menu comprised of seafood dishes has been developed by Jeremiah Stone and Fabian Von Hauske-Valtierra, of Wildair fame, the latest in a string of what they describe as “creative culinary” partnerships this year alone. Tusk Bar, which opened on December 16, is the first of three openings Hatsatouris has in the works for the hotel in Nomad: Brass, a brasserie, and Ninepin Café are to follow in 2024. 7 E. 27th Street, near Fifth Avenue

Ocean Hill: This neighborhood at the Bed-Stuy-Ocean Hill border is now home to AUX Karaoke Box, a karaoke bar operated by Martin Glenn, a former CBS media executive. Rates for room rentals range from $55 to $100 an hour, according to Bushwick Daily. There are 80,000 songs to pick from. 2142 Fulton Street, near Rockaway Avenue

Ridgewood: Another location of Abracadabra Magic Diner, a vegan fast-casual restaurant, with other locations in Brooklyn, has debuted in Queens. 566 Onderdonk Avenue, at Menahan Street

Rockefeller Center: % Arabica, the hit Kyoto-based Japanese coffee shop, has opened another location. The first U.S. location opened in Dumbo in 2021 and there’s now a second cafe in Nolita. It has 169 locations worldwide, according to its website. 1250 Sixth Avenue, near West 50th Street

Soho: French pastry chef Grégory Doyen has opened Mod, a dessert spot in Soho. The name stands for “multilayered original dessert,” which a publicist describes as “something of a brownie/cookie hybrid.” 199 Prince Street, at MacDougal Street

Upper East Side: T-Time Boba, a new boba shop, has landed uptown, according to neighborhood blog East Side Feed. 100 E. 96th Street, between Park and Lexington avenues

Williamsburg: For years, Kinfolk represented a certain kind of Williamsburg nightlife, that centered around music-listening parties, and functioned as a cafe and retail store by day. It closed after 12 years, during summer 2020. Now, the storefront is home to Gabriela, what has been described as a new DJ-first bar and dance spot. It opened on Friday, December 15. 90 Wythe Avenue, at North 11th Street

Williamsburg: Bar Beau closed in August after a five-year run; at the time, owner Claire Chan announced that she was keeping the space to flip it into a bar. Called Mr. Melo, the bar advertises a state-of-the-art sound system, and a menu featuring bites described as “new Greek,” including a feta brine martini. For her new venture, Chan is joined by co-owners Nikolas Vagenas and Nate Ulsh, who worked at Bar Meridian in Prospect Heights, among other cocktail bars across the city. The bar opened on Friday, December 15. 61 Withers Street, at Lorimer Street

Windsor Terrace: The Lonesome Club is an Irish pub serving bangers and mash, fisherman’s pie (with ham hock), shepherd's pie, ricotta and squash cannelloni with hazelnuts, French onion soup with Irish soda bread croutons, plus Guinness chocolate cake. The owners have also operated Steeplechase Coffee on Fort Hamilton Parkway since 2011. 1674 10th Avenue, at Prospect Avenue


December 14

Bed-Stuy: Che made its debut on December 10. Adam Keita and Kai Avent-deLeon, behind coffee shops Daughter and Sincerely, Tommy, are two of the owners (there’s an outpost of Daughter inside ST). Their cafe serves breakfast sandwiches, hummus toast, and millet porridge with toasted coconut. Soon, there will be wine and small plates at night. Che was first announced in 2019, but the project has since changed and Avent-deLeon added new partners following the pandemic. 302 Malcolm X Boulevard, near MacDonough Street

Bushwick: Ornithology Jazz Club, which first opened in 2021, has added Cafe Ornithology with “Mediterranean fare.” 1037 Broadway, at Suydamn Street

Bushwick: Brooklyn has a new Creole cocktail bar. Owners Tara Gruszkiewicz and Samuel Lebreton opened Maloya on December 8. Their bar serves fried lima bean fritters, pork sausage ragu, and baba au rhum, a rum-soaked pineapple cake. Rum cocktails aplenty. 983 Flushing Avenue, near Central Avenue

Chinatown: Vietnamese pop-up Mắm is staying permanently on Forsyth Street after signing a lease. This month the team also took over a storefront next door for expanded seating. 70A Forysth Street, near Hester Street

Financial District: Hide Rooftop, is the latest enclosed rooftop bar to open in a Manhattan hotel, this time at Artezen. 24 John Street, 20th Floor

Greenpoint: Cecily, a new bi-level restaurant in a former art gallery, opened this week. The menu lists porcini “chicharrones” with egg yolk, mackerel toast, porchetta, and citrus granita with fennel pollen for dessert. The new restaurant comes from Kristin Ma, a former sommelier at the Michelin-starred restaurant Estela, and Tara Noble, who helped open the Prospect Heights wine bar LaLou. There’s a profit-sharing model in place for employees. 80 Franklin Street, near Oak Street

Greenpoint: 123 Dough, a former sourdough bakery pop-up that took up residence inside of Greenpoint coffee shop Blank Coffee (not to be confused with Blank Street), has taken over the lease, according to Greenpointers. 192 Nassau Avenue, at Humboldt Street

Greenpoint: As previously reported by Eater, Greenpoint bistro Le Fond closed in October after a nine-year run. The keys were handed over to Allyx Seemann, an early-days waiter at Le Fond, who more recently worked in the kitchens of Jean-Georges and Nura. On December 13, Seemann opened the door of her first restaurant, Gator. An opening menu lists a cheeseburger with miso tempura mushrooms, crispy chicken paillard, sticky short ribs with coconut grits, and bruleed bread pudding. There is currently no liquor served as Gator’s license has yet to kick in. 105 Norman Avenue, at Leonard Street

Greenpoint: Himalayas Newa Cafe is serving Nepali items like momos, as well as other items like ramen, according to Greenpointers. 211 McGuinness Boulevard, near Greenpoint Avenue

Greenpoint: Knowhere is a new cocktail bar calling itself a speakeasy. Eater has reached out for more information regarding what makes it one. 746 Manhattan Avenue, near Meserole Avenue

Gowanus: Sixteen Mill is an Instagram bakery known for “delicious” vegan and gluten-free baked goods made without refined sugar, soy, or gums. Now, Natalia (Talia) Tutak has opened the doors on her first standalone bakery in Gowanus— a short walk from another new bakery in the area called ByClio. 552 Union Street, near Third Avenue

Koreatown: The owners of New Wonjo, one of the oldest Korean barbecue restaurants in Manhattan, have opened Octo, billed as a Korean and Chinese restaurant. Chef Segun Song, who was previously the sous chef at Palais de Chine at L’Escape Hotel, in South Korea, is leading the kitchen. The menu lists dishes like pork with blueberry and dragon fruit, Beijing duck, jajangmyeon, and gochugaru margaritas. 1 E. 33rd Street, at Fifth Avenue

Midtown West: Acadia has opened, a brasserie from chef partner Ari Bokovza and the restaurant group behind Dagon, Monterey, and 15 spots in all from Chef Driven Hospitality. Acadia features Levantine cuisine — on a menu arranged by breads, mezze, appetizers, salads, pasta, fish, and meats — in a handsome blonde-wood dining room with an open-air market vibe. 101 W. 57th Street, near Sixth Avenue

Midtown West: Los Tacos No. 1, widely considered to serve some of the city’s best tacos, has expanded again. The latest outpost of the chain opened on December 8, near Madison Square Garden and Penn Station. It’s the fifth location of Los Tacos No. 1 in New York, joining locations in Times Square, Tribeca, Noho, and more. 201 W. 33rd Street, between Seventh and Eighth avenues

Midtown West: Sushi By Mr. Lim, a new sushi counter, has opened inside the Singaporean-style hawker food hall, Urban Hawker. 135 W. 50th Street, near Seventh Avenue

New Dorp: Sea Bar is a new seafood restaurant in Staten Island. It opened this month in the same shopping complex as the Alamo Drafthouse. 2636 Hylan Boulevard, near Beach Avenue

Nomad: Lupetto, the wood-fired Italian restaurant, has added a subterranean Negroni bar called Sotto. 1123 Broadway, at West 25th Street

Rockefeller Center: Smith and Mills, which originally opened in Tribeca, is the latest restaurant to join the pack at Rockefeller Center. The electric-only kitchen is serving up dishes like a pastrami short rib Reuben, cavatelli, and rock shrimp. Co-owner Matthew Abramcyk is also behind the Golden Swan, which he launched recently at the former home of the Spotted Pig. 10 W. 50th Street, Concourse Level

Sunnyside: Saucy is a new pizzeria with pizza-making classes. 36-21 Review Avenue, at 27th Street

Upper East Side: Daniel Boulud’s famed Upper East Side restaurant Cafe Boulud is back open at a new location. The popular cafe closed two years ago after the management company at the Surrey hotel, where it had operated since 1998, entered bankruptcy proceedings. 100 E. 63rd Street, near Park Avenue


December 7

Bay Ridge: Shohsaroy Brooklyn, a halal Uzbek spot, opened in Brooklyn in late summer. 7316 Third Avenue, at 74th Street

Bushwick: Antojitos Marineros opened this summer but has remained largely off-the-radar. This December, it surfaced on Grub Street. The Mexican restaurant, specializing in mariscos (seafood dishes), comes from the same team behind locally beloved Taqueria al Pastor, which has a location nearby in Bushwick, as well as in Boerum Hill. 1625 Dekalb Avenue, at Wyckoff Avenue

Bushwick: Habibi, the restaurant and hookah lounge that opened in Bushwick, and quickly became one of the area’s “most fun” establishments, has opened something new. The operators (who also run the uber-trendy Palm Heights hotel in the Grand Cayman Islands) debuted Chalet, an alpine-themed restaurant staying put until December 24 with a $75 per person prix fixe menu that includes fondue and caviar. It’s next door to Studio Skate, a skating rink that’s open until January 15. 99 Scott Avenue, near Randolph Street

Bushwick: Formosa, a new Taiwanese dumpling shop, is now open. It comes from Chuya Lee and her father, Hsin Chang Lee, who launched a dumpling chain with locations in China and Taiwan and is one of several founders of Sanmiwago, a dumpling spot with several locations in Manhattan. 144 Evergreen Avenue, at Jefferson Street

Castleton Corners: Cafe Juliet opened in October in this Staten Island neighborhood with standard brunch fare with a halal twist. 1883 Victory Boulevard, at Westcott Boulevard

Chelsea: A new Japanese izakaya Konban has debuted on the same block as the newly unveiled outpost of Electric Burrito. The menu lists katsu, noodles, and corn ice cream. 311 W. 17th Street, at Eighth Avenue

Clinton Hill: A new Japanese market, Hakata, has opened on Fulton Street in Brooklyn. 1017 Fulton Street, at Grand Avenue

Downtown Brooklyn: Harlem Seafood Soul, a food truck on West 125th Street, has opened a food stall at the Dekalb Market, in its basement-level food court. 445 Albee Square West, near Fulton Street

East Village: Hay Hay Roasted, which opened on Mott Street in 2021, has opened a follow-up in the East Village this week. It debuted on December 2, according to an Instagram announcement. It continues to specialize in roast pork. 167 First Avenue, at East 10th Street

East Village: Naks is the first Filipino restaurant from Unapologetic Foods, which had up until now only opened Indian restaurants (Dhamaka and Semma). The kitchen is run by former Dhamaka chef de cuisine, Eric Valdez, who is Filipino. Currently, the restaurant is operating with its 18-course kamayan feast, but a front area for walk-ins will soon serve an a la carte menu (fried chicken with fish sauce and garlic, pork jowl with banana ketchup). Naks carries on the spirit of its predecessor; Jeepney, a Filipino restaurant was the former tenant. 201 First Avenue, near East 12th Street

East Village: Romeo’s, a new cocktail bar, opened this week from Evan Hawkins (alum of Mother’s Ruin, Loverboy, and Broken Shaker) and Wilson Tang (former co-owner of Nom Wah), alongside other partners. 118 St. Marks Place, near Avenue A

Flushing: Y Space BBQ is the latest all-you-can-eat Korean barbecue restaurant to open in Queens. 138-35 39 Avenue, near Union Street

Hell’s Kitchen: Yingtao, a Chinese fine dining spot, has made its debut. The restaurant features elevated dishes from Xi’an, Shanghai, Chengdu, and Guangzhou. The tasting menu is $165 per person. 805 Ninth Avenue, between West 53rd and 54th streets

Meatpacking District: Frenchette Bakery, from the team behind Tribeca restaurant Frenchette, has opened in the lobby of the Whitney Museum. It replaces Danny Meyer’s Untitled, which operated in the space before closing in 2021. This is the second bakery for the Frenchette team; the first opened in the former home of Arcade Bakery in 2020. 99 Gansevoort Street, near Washington Street

Midtown: Four Twenty Five is the latest operation from Jean-Georges Vongerichten. The sleek restaurant offers a la carte and a tasting menu for the Midtown office worker set. 425 Park Avenue, at East 56th Street

Midtown: Park Ave Kitchen by David Burke has opened from the celebrity chef near Grand Central. 514 Lexington Avenue, at East 48th Street

Upper West Side: La Caridad, a bastion of uptown Manhattan’s fading Chino Latino restaurants, has been resurrected. The restaurant, serving Cuban mixed with Chinese American dishes, closed in 2020, a pandemic casualty; it was first opened in 1968 by Rafael Lee, a Chinese immigrant who came to New York by way of Cuba. Now the restaurant has returned to a new home, just a few blocks from the original. According to a report by ILovetheUpperWestSide.com, the new iteration carries on its spirit with many of the same dishes under different owners. 130 W. 72nd between Amsterdam and Columbus avenues

Upper West Side: Scarlet is a new cocktail bar from actor Michael Imperioli of Sopranos and White Lotus fame. 468 Amsterdam Avenue, at West 83rd Street

Williamsburg: The Republic Cantina, an ongoing, permanent takeout restaurant located outside of the team’s Republic Latin Fusion opened this week. The concept serves Mexican, Peruvian, Venezuelan, and Colombian bites. 181 N. 10th Street, at Driggs Avenue