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A Rooftop Bar With Indonesian-Style Chicken Wings and Jelly Shots Joins the Skyline — And More Openings

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LilliStar, a rooftop bar at the Moxy Williamsburg Hotel, is now open.
LilliStar, a rooftop bar at the Moxy Williamsburg Hotel, is now open.
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Pandemic be damned: Restaurant openings have been picking up in New York City. Hundreds of new restaurants have opened over the past year — so many in fact, it can feel like whiplash. 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 April. This list will be updated weekly. If there’s an opening in your neighborhood that we’ve missed, let us know at

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.

April 27

Aberdeen: Heirloom Kitchen owner and Top Chef season 16 chef David Viana is opening a restaurant true to his Portuguese roots: Lita, named for his mother, features a menu of updates on traditional Iberian dishes, many of which are cooked via open hearth that anchors the dining room. Look for dishes like piri piri chicken, bitoque, and paellas along with drinks from Ricardo Rodriguez, formerly of Broken Shaker in Miami. La Otra, the cocktail bar next door, is coming soon. 1055 NJ-34, near South Atlantic Avenue, Aberdeen Township, New Jersey

Bushwick: A nightlife venue calling itself a “dyke bar for the queers” has opened in Buswhick, fittingly called the Bush. It serves cocktails, mocktails, and Caribbean patties sourced from Tower Isles Cafe, in Ocean Hill. 333 Troutman Street, at Irving Avenue

East Village: Another location of Poetica Coffee is now open in Manhattan. This one replaces New York icon Gem Spa, which closed in 2020. 131 Second Avenue, at St. Mark’s Place

East Village: The New York Times has the scoop on Superbueno, a new bar from Ignacio Jimenez. An alum of shuttered restaurant and mezcaleria Saxon & Parole and Ghost Donkey, Jimenez has partnered with Greg Boehm, an owner of top cocktail destinations Katana Kitten and Mace. Expect drinks that play off of Mexican dishes like chile en nogada and esquites, as well as cocktails with green mango. Birria will also be served. 13 First Avenue, at East First Street

Greenpoint: After leaving Japanese brunch spot Bessou, Lingo is chef Emily Yuen’s highly-anticipated follow-up. Expect the eclectic Japanese fare Yuen came to be known for remixed with New American dishes like Arctic char in sake beurre blanc and a whole fried Cornish hen with chile gremolata. Greenpoint Avenue, between West Street and Transmitter Park

Harlem: The citywide expansion foretold by Charles Pan-Fried Chicken is starting to come to fruition. The small chain of fried chicken shops, backed by the famed chef Charles Gabriel, opens its newest location this week on West 125th Street, which joins three others already operating in the city. A grand opening celebration is planned for Saturday, April 29. 439 W. 125th Street, between Morningside and Amsterdam avenues

Nolita: Cedric and Ochi Vongerichten, the owners of Nolita’s Wayan, debuted Ma-Dé down the street. The menu features seafood and vegetable in dishes like fava bean dumplings with ginger and pea shoots; a white asparagus salad; fluke crudo; lobster dumplings; and an assorted seafood special with lemongrass-makrut lime rice. Wayan, which launched three years ago, was Cedric Vongerichten’s first solo project separate from his father Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s restaurant empire. 22 Spring Street, between Elizabeth and Mott streets

Prospect Heights: Egg, a breakfast favorite in Williamsburg for 15 years, closed during the pandemic. Now it’s being revived by Evan Hanczor, its longtime chef. In its relaunch, the spot is called Little Egg; there’s pancakes, eggs Rothko, and other hits from the original, now joined by newer inventions, like katsu sandwiches and tahini salads. Pastries are led by baker Tanya Bush, who co-founded the independent magazine Cake Zine. 657 Washington Avenue, at St. Marks Avenue

Ridgewood: Ridgewood now has its boba spot, Iddy’s Bubble Tea, according to 451 Grandview Avenue, at Himrod Street

Williamsburg: The Moxy Williamsburg hotel, which already rolled out its restaurant, Mesiba, now has added an Indonesian and Australian-themed rooftop bar, LilliStar. The cocktail program is a collaboration between the Bar Lab Hospitality (of Broken Shaker fame)’s Christine Wiseman, alongside Channing Centeno, who will be the property’s bar lead and is known for creating Cantonese American hot spot Bonnie’s famous MSG martinis. The bar also has adult Jello shots, courtesy of Solid Wiggles. Eli Buli, who also runs Mesiba’s kitchen, is offering snacks like guacamole with papadam chips, buckwheat noodles with a peanut-miso sauce, porgy lumpia, and Indonesian-style chicken wings for LilliStar. 353 Bedford Avenue, at South Fourth Street

Williamsburg: Italian sandwich shop Regina’s Grocery opened its first location in Brooklyn, and its third in the city, according to Greenpointers. 45 S. Third Street, near Wythe Avenue

April 20

East Village: Honey Crepes, a crepe shop with gluten-free and vegan options, opened last month, according to the neighborhood blog EV Grieve. 400 E. 13th Street, at First Avenue

East Village: From the team behind cocktail bars the Wayland and Goodnight Sonny, comes Madeline’s Martini. As the name suggests, martinis are the focus and come with stuffed olive garnishes and black olive juice brines. 191 Avenue C, at 11th Street

Flushing: Old Luo Yang, which began its life as a tiny stall inside Landmark Quest Mall, now has a standalone space of its own. The restaurant specializes in liang pi, cold savory noodles, with variations like carrots, purple yam, or spinach, among other items. 13621 Roosevelt Avenue, near Main Street

Gramercy Park: From the team behind Oceans, a seafood restaurant by a Vancouver restaurant group, Manhattan gets a new Italian restaurant this week. Carlotto has the same chef as Oceans, Andy Kitko, with a menu of burrata, bucatini, and branzino, among other items, according to the New York Times. 100 E. 19th Street, near Park Avenue South

Greenpoint: After opening locations in Cobble Hill and Fort Greene, Oh! Dumplings now has an outpost with indoor seating in Greenpoint. A dim sum menu will be added to the restaurant in the coming weeks, according to its Instagram. 159 Franklin Street, at India Street

Hell’s Kitchen: Founded in 1978, Big Wong has been expanding its reach this year. First up was an outpost in Williamsburg, and now there’s a third location in Hell’s Kitchen. 683 Ninth Avenue, at West 47th Street

Hell’s Kitchen: The team behind several Manhattan spots, including the closed Vynl bar and the neighborhood’s B Side Pizza, have opened a new cocktail bar called Gilda. The drinks menu, created by an alum of Maison Premiere, lists a Gilda martini. For food, there are Mediterranean skewers. 410 W. 47th Street, between Ninth and 10th avenues

Long Island City: Nai Brother, a Chinese restaurant specializing in fish stew with pickled cabbage, has a new location in Long Island City. 27-17 42nd Road, near Hunter Street

Lower East Side: Thief, a cocktail bar that opened in Williamsburg two years ago, has a new outpost in Manhattan, according to a spokesperson. 161 Ludlow Street, near Stanton Street

Midtown East: Chunky Boss, a fried chicken spot that first opened in Taiwan in 2021, where it became popular for its “double-thick” cutlets, has opened its fifth outpost, and first outside of Asia. Expect fried chicken cutlets, plum sweet potato fries, and taro balls that can be ordered with various seasoning powders, including pepper and plum. Cheese, mango, and honey mustard dipping sauces complete a meal here. 129 E. 45th Street, near Lexington Avenue

Midtown East: Mischa, chef Alex Stupak’s first new restaurant in years, opened this week in Manhattan. Instead of another Mexican restaurant, with Mischa, Stupak is cooking up what he calls, vaguely, “American” food — basically, global riffs on New York classics. Look out for mega-long tater tots, relish platters, hot dogs, sticky bun pies, chopped salads with Russian dressing, martinis with carrot garnishes, and other dishes. 157 E. 53rd Street, near Third Avenue

Midtown West: Heritage Grand Bakery opened in December of last year, and now the Midtown space, across from Bryant Park, has added an adjoining pizzeria. Pies are prepared with heirloom grains, milled in-house, that go alongside a menu of largely Meditteranean dishes like deviled eggs, salads, roasted cauliflower, and lamb chops, per the Times. The spot is from the founder of bakery Maison Kayser and restaurant Fig & Olive, according to a representative. 8 West 40th Street, near Fifth Avenue

Midtown West: A new hot pot joint has joined the city’s growing scene, although this one is unlike anything on Earth. Three Hot Pot & BBQ, a sibling to ER Hot Pot, two blocks south, offers a wide spread of meats and seafood in a dining room that seems to be inspired by the lunar landing. 8 W. 38th Street, near Fifth Avenue

Soho: Neat Burger has opened in Manhattan, backed by celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio. In addition to burgers, there are shakes and hot dogs, all of which are vegan, according to the Times. 25 Cleveland Place, at Spring Street

Southstreet Seaport: Pearl Alley, a new cocktail destination with the tagline “one space, three bars, unlimited opportunities” arrived in January, replacing a long-term Dante’s Negroni Bar pop-up at Pier 17 in South Street Seaport. 89 South Street, at Pier 17

Tribeca: A Danish bakery, Ole & Steen, known for its cinnamon-flavored soft pastry, has expanded its reach with another Manhattan location, this time in Tribeca. 100 Church Street, between Barclay Street and Park Street

West Village: Moustache Pitza, a Middle Eastern restaurant known for its pita pizzas, has relocated in the neighborhood. In June 2022, the model Bella Hadid posted that the decades-old restaurant would be forced to leave its home in Greenwich Village because its landlord would not renew its lease. Restaurant manager Rakan Droubi confirmed the plans to relocate at the time. 29 Seventh Avenue South, between Leroy and Morton streets

April 13

Bed-Stuy: New Mexican breakfast burrito favorite Ursula has relocated from its two-year-old home in Crown Heights, now with booze and dine-in service in Bed-Stuy. 387A Nostrand Avenue, near Madison Street

Chelsea: Amadou Ly, an alum of the legendary Arcade Bakery, has opened a spot of his own. ALF Bakery is now up and running in the basement of the Chelsea Market. 75 Ninth Avenue, near West 15th Street

Long Island City: A first-time collaboration for this husband-wife team, Andrew Yuan and Seven Gu, has resulted in Knock Knock. It serves Korean barbecue wings, chicken truffle dumplings, and wagyu beef dumplings in the kitchen led by Mike Mulcahy, by way of several Miami restaurants. For brunch, expect dishes like chicken and ube waffles. Cocktails by Sunny Ng, an alum of Fushimi in Brooklyn, includes drinks like a lychee martini; a daytime coffee program is in collaboration with Coffee Project NY, which opened last year in the space. The bi-level dining area also includes a private events room. 42-44 Crescent Street, near 42nd Road

Flatiron: Soho Italian restaurant Mareluna has opened a sibling location further uptown, under the same name. There’s burrata with caramelized figs, branzino, fried artichokes, and a selection of pastas. 46 W. 22nd Street, between Fifth and Sixth avenues

Flatiron: Odo Lounge, a speakeasy cocktail bar is now open inside of kaiseki restaurant, Odo, from chef Hiroki Odo that gained three stars from the New York Times. Here, Japanese spirits are the focus. 17 W. 20th Street, between Fifth and Sixth avenues

Greenwich Village: Cuban and Chinese restaurant Calle Dão, a combination once more common in NYC, has opened its third location in Manhattan. 543 LaGuardia Place, between Bleecker and West Third streets

Midtown East: Flatiron Room, which has been in its namesake neighborhood for a decade, now has a sibling location further uptown. Both are under the direction of Tommy Tardie, behind Goodnight Group Hospitality, which also lists cocktail bar Fine & Rare in its umbrella. 9 E. 37th Street, between Fifth and Madison avenues

Midtown West: Dan Kluger has a new restaurant near Hudson Yards called Greywind. In addition to the dining room with around 60 seats, there’s an attached bakery that turns into a chef’s counter at night, and a cocktail bar. Caitlin Giamario is the executive chef, an alum of Kluger’s Loring Place, with dishes like Parker House rolls with ramp pesto and butter, Cheez-Its with pimento cheese, tilefish, and pasta with duck ragu coming out of the kitchen. 451 10th Avenue, near West 36th Street

Upper East Side: Marcus Antebi, founder of Juice Press, has a new venture under his belt. The fast-casual Goodsugar will also serve juice, but mainly focus on vegan fast-casual bowls. No plastic is used in packaging. 1186 Third Avenue, near East 69th Street

Sunnyside: On March 31, Ziggle, a restaurant focused on the Korean soft tofu stew, sundubu, added a Sunnyside sibling to its Flushing original. 37-04 Queens Boulevard, near 37th Street

April 6

Astoria: A ninth location of growing chain Everytable opened on March 31; the mission of this fast-casual lunch spot is to tier prices based on the income levels of the neighborhood. In Astoria, read-to-eat meals hover around $8. 29-38 30th Avenue, at 30th Street

Chelsea: The James Beard Foundation’s food hall, Market 57, opened at Pier 57 on April 1 (Market 57 is operated by Jamestown, also behind the Chelsea Market). Eater critic Robert Sietsema recommends oysters from Mother Shuckers, duck larb from Zaab Zaab, and masala dosas from Ammi, a new concept from the team behind GupShup. In addition to the regular vendors, JBF has “Good to Go” which will function as a chef residency, rotating in new menus. Pier 57 South Entrance, between West and 15th streets

Cobble Hill: Dumpling shop Mimi Cheng’s has opened its third location, and its first in Brooklyn, according to a representative. 224 Atlantic Avenue, near Court Street

East Village: Cafe Joah, a Korean cafe that opened in the East Village last summer, is running a “sober speakeasy” while the team awaits its liquor license. The bar, called Fat Tiger, has been pouring booze-free spirits and riffs on the Negroni and Old Fashioned made without alcohol since March 24. 212 Avenue A, near East 13th Street

East Village: After more than a year closed, Superiority Burger has relocated from its former digs to a much bigger, full-service restaurant that’s the former home of East Village diner institution Odessa. Superiority Burger opened on April 1, and for now is serving dinner only, as well as its late-night menu. Expect yuba verde sandwiches, the namesake burger, and plenty of desserts, cocktails, and a date milkshake. Eater critic Robert Sietsema has the run-down about the 13 things you should know before heading over. 119 Avenue A, near St. Marks Place

Fort Greene: Saint Felix Pizza, which bills itself as a slice shop with a bar at back, is now open in Fort Greene. 63 Lafayette, near Fulton Street

Gowanus: Trad Room, a Japanese restaurant in Bed-Stuy, has opened a wood-fired izakaya, Cotra, in Gowanus. The restaurant appears to be only doing takeout and delivery for now. 451 Carroll Street, near Third Avenue

Harlem: Charles Pan-Fried Chicken is now open at its new location in Harlem, the Curious Uptowner reports. The restaurant from Charles Gabriel, which started as a sidewalk barbecue stand in the neighborhood, and is known for its pan-fried chicken, has turned into several locations around upper Manhattan. Another one is planned for Morningside Heights. 1325 Fifth Avenue, between East 111th and 112th streets

Kensington: On the border of Kensington and Flatbush, Cross Road is serving up Caribbean American food. The chefs hail from Cream, a Latin American restaurant in Ridgewood. 752 Coney Island Avenue, near Cortelyou Road

Midtown East: OkDongsik landed in NYC as a longterm pop-up last fall, and now has made the move permanent. The spot comes from the ever-prolific Hand Hospitality (Her Name is Han, Cho Dang Gol, Atoboy) and serves one singular dish: pork bone broth, known as dwaeji-gomtang. 13 E. 30th Street, near Madison Avenue

Park Slope: After a trial run at Smorgasburg and food halls, Kotti Berliner Doner Kebab is open near Barclays Center, serving doner kebab served in tacos or bowls, according to the New York Times. 446C Dean Street, at Fifth Avenue

Soho: Revelie Luncheonette, a new spot from the team behind Raoul’s, conveniently located across the street, debuted on April 3. Currently, the restaurant is only operating in the day, with items like its acclaimed burger, egg creams, root beer floats, and a fried chicken sandwich. Dinner is to follow. 179 Prince Street, between Thompson and Sullivan streets

Tribeca: Ol’Days, a cafe from Argentinian sisters now has a second location in NYC, joining the Flatiron one. Expect select South American flourishes to the menu, as well as sandwiches and toasts, per the New York Times. 73 Warren Street, at West Broadway

Upper West Side: Afternoon, a new Upper West Side cafe, with locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, serves Korean egg sandwiches from Egglab as well as coffee, according to WestSideRag. 2785 Broadway, near West 107th Street

Upper West Side: What began as a rotisserie chicken pop-up out of the West Village restaurant Left Bank, Poulet Sans Tête has flown the coop to its own brick-and-mortar, according to a representative. 590 Amsterdam, between 88th and 89th streets

Weehawken: Blu on the Hudson is now open, an enormous 30,000 square-foot restaurant with views of Manhattan from Blu Hospitality Group. Look for a seafood menu with crudo and a raw bar; pastas, and steaks. The space includes Blu Sushi Bar off the main dining room as well as a soon-to-open rooftop event space. 1200 Harbor Boulevard, near 19th Street

West Village: Jordan Andino, an alum of Spago and the French Laundry, has opened Carriage House, a restaurant where butter candles melt into a dipping spread, per the New York Times. 142 W. 10th Street, near Waverly Place

West Village: Justine’s on Hudson is a new bistro from Justine Rosenthal, the kin of wine importer Neal Rosenthal, according to the New York Times. Produce is often sourced from her family’s farm, with dishes that include a Filipino spin on carpaccio, roast chicken with truffles and potatoes, and beef tartare. 518 Hudson Street, West 10th Street

Williamsburg: On March 31 Bondi Sushi debuted its sixth location in the city featuring a $70 per person omakase. Bondi is a sibling to the experimental cocktail bar Shinji’s. 156 N. Fourth Street, near Bedford Avenue

Williamsburg: Italian sandwich shop Regina’s Grocery has opened the doors on its third location — it’s first in Brooklyn, inside of the Freehold cafe, per a spokesperson. 45 S. Third Street, near Wythe Avenue

Williamsburg: Super Burrito, a burrito shop that opened a second location in Brooklyn this year, has officially opened the doors on its attached bar 320 Club with a full-bar and late-night menu offerings. 320 Bedford Avenue, near South Second Street