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Chicken Finger Chain Raising Cane’s Debuts First NYC Location — And More Openings

A weekly roundup of new restaurants in New York City

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A Raising Cane’s food truck ahead of its NYC debut.
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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 June. 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.


June 29

Carroll Gardens: French bakery La Bicyclette has added a third location in Carroll Gardens in addition to those in Fort Greene and Williamsburg. 305 Court Street, near Degraw Street

Chelsea: A third location of Evelia’s Tamales debuted on the High Line — the tamale shop’s first expansion outside of Queens. The High Line cart, called Antojitos Evelia, will sell tamales with salsa verde, poblano pepper and cheese, and mole for $3 each, double what they cost in Queens. The cart will be in operation in the area until October. Evelia Coyotzi, the shop’s owner, started the business as a sidewalk stand in Corona, Queens, in 2001 — a decade later, it appeared in an episode of Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown. High Line, at West 22nd Street

East Village: Funzi’s is a new St. Marks Place restaurant in space that’s designed to be an “an ode to the East Village in the 1970s and 1980s,” owner Kevin Cox tells the website EV Grieve. The menu lists a couple of thin-crust pies, including a green pizza with chicory, dandelion greens, and pesto. There’s also fried lasagna, Caesar salad, and icebox cakes for dessert. 36 St. Marks Place, near Second Avenue

East Williamsburg: Motorcycle coffee shop Tar Pit has closed its doors and flipped into Larry’s Cà Phê, from a former team member. The new Vietnamese cafe is by Tuan Nguyen, and is an ode to his father Larry Hilton, who adopted him from Vietnam and died in 2019. In addition to coffee, Larry’s serves a small selection of pastries from Balthazar and King David breakfast tacos are on the docket as well. 135 Woodpoint Road, near Withers Street

Flushing: Flushing has welcomed Yaya Tea, a chain of women-owned boba joints, to the community. 135-15 40th Road, near Prince Street

Hell’s Kitchen: Nightlife venue Thirst has pivoted to become the LGBTQIA-friendly Frankie’s Pub. 692 10th Avenue, between West 48th and 49th streets

Long Island City: Vert Frais has opened in Long Island City, a ramen bar with broth that late night fans of midnight ramen from Kanoyama by Sanshiro will remember. In addition to ramen, the menu features European-Japanese yoshoku dishes from Nobuyuki Shikanai, the owner of Michelin-starred Kanoyama in the East Village. 43-10 Crescent Street, at 43rd Avenue

Lower East Side: After staying open just a few months, Bongos (same team as nearby bar Kind Regards) this winter and rebranded as Bar Valentina, now with lamb meatballs, ‘nduja toast, with booze available all day. 85 Orchard Street, at Broome Street

Midtown West: Modern diner Carnegie Diner & Cafe now has a third location in addition to one near Central Park and in Secaucus, New Jersey. 828 Eighth Avenue, near 50th Street

Midtown West: Tucked away on the second floor of a Midtown building, above a deli, is Nasrin’s Kitchen. Owner-chef Nasrin Rejali is an Iranian refugee, by way of Istanbul, before relocating to Queens. Since 2020, she’s become known for her pop-ups and carrot jam. As of this week, she’s opened her first brick-and-mortar with her son, serving traditional dishes that remind her of Iran. 35 W. 57th Street, near Sixth Avenue

Prospect Heights: Gertie opened in 2019, known for its brunch with a Jew-ish spin. With Gertrude’s, the follow-up from owners and couple Nate Adler and Rachel Jackson, they’ve brought on meme lord Eli Sussman, behind the fast-casual Rockefeller Center spot, Samesa as the executive chef. There are relish trays, challah rolls with butter, whitefish croquettes, eggplant schnitzel, and latkes on the menu. 605 Carlton Avenue, at Saint Marks Avenue

Ridgewood: Salty Lunch Lady’s Little Luncheonette is now open in Ridgewood — the latest in a string of modern luncheonettes to debut this year. The menu from chef and owner Dria Atencio includes sandwiches with mortadella, chicken meatballs, and green goddess egg salad, plus sweets like rotating layer cakes. While the luncheonette will remain daytime service only, Atencio says down the line she’s planning to host dinner parties and other events in the space. 565 Woodward Avenue, at Menahan Street

Soho: The Soho hotel that also houses Le Coucou now has a neighboring restaurant at the property called La Rubia. The menu is spearheaded by Lucas Harrell, who worked at Francie and the Musket Room, and looks to his Latin American heritage as a reference, including his grandmother’s recipe for flan, according to the New York Times. 11 Howard Street, at Lafayette Street

Times Square: As long-promised, New York’s first outpost of the fast food chain Raising Cane’s has landed. The Louisiana-based chicken fingers chain also inked a deal for a space at 10 Astor Place, at Lafayette Street, in the East Village. 1501 Broadway, near Seventh Avenue

West Village: The neighborhood has a new wine bar with small plates called West 10 West from first-time hospitality operators. 242 W. 10th Street, near Hudson Street

Williamsburg: Former Eleven Madison Park alum Connie Chung sprung out of the gate with her fast-casual Chinese spot Milu when it opened in 2020 in Gramercy, and subsequently made it to the Eater Awards list for 2021. Now Chung has opened a second location in Brooklyn bringing Sichuan-spiced cauliflower and soy-roasted chicken bowls to the area. 235 Kent Avenue, between Grand and North First streets

Williamsburg: Beck and Call has pivoted to become cafe and wine bar Oh Boy. Merrill Whiston, former chef de cuisine at Llama Inn, is leading the kitchen that serves Peruvian cobb salad, fried chicken sandwiches, smash burgers, and a breakfast sandwich that’s a take on the McDonald’s McGriddle; natural wine will also be available, says partner Kyle Garcia. 84 Havemeyer Street, near Metropolitan Avenue


June 22

Broad Channel: Italian restaurant Adrienne’s has landed by the beach with lobster arancini. The restaurant takes its name from chef Adrienne Guttieri, who passed away in 2022. 25 Van Brunt Road, near Cross Bay Boulevard

Central Park: After nearly a year-closed the cafe at Loeb Boathouse has reopened with hot dogs, lobster rolls, and rice pudding from Legends Hospitality, also behind Yankee Stadium’s food. The main dining room won’t reopen until this fall, according to ABC7 News. Near 72nd Street entrance

Chinatown: Wonton Noodle Garden, a restaurant anchored in Manhattan’s Chinatown for more than 40 years, closed at the start of the month: Its lease on Mott Street had expired and the landlord didn’t want to renew. It moved to a new storefront on June 3 and rebranded as Mei Lai Wah Wonton Noodle, a nod to another restaurant in the neighborhood from the same owners, Mei Lai Wah, which recently celebrated its 60-year anniversary and opened a Greenwich Village offshoot run by the owners’ children. 23 Pell Street, near Bayard Street — Luke Fortney, reporter

Clinton Hill: Ethiopian spot Bati has relocated from its former home in Fort Greene to Clinton HiIl. 1057 Fulton Street, at Irving Place

East Village: Francis Kite Club is an artist collective with a cocktail bar. 40 Avenue C, near East Third Street

East Village: The Pastry Box, a new bakery from Tiara Bennett, an alum of Cafe Boulud, is now open, according to EV Grieve. 515 E. 12th Street, between Avenue A and Avenue B

Fort Greene: Cocktail bar the Fritz, emulating 1920s Berlin, has launched from the team behind neighboring German restaurant Black Forest. It was previously Lily’s Pizza, also from the couple. 737 Fulton Street, near South Elliott Place

Garment District: Restaurateur Connie Zhang has debuted an all-you-can-eat buffet with Raosu Hotpot & Sushi. The sushi and hot spot buffet runs $69.99 for three hours, according to the New York Times. 310 W. 38th Street, near Eighth Avenue

Greenpoint: Lise & Vito is a new natural wine bar from Brittany Myrick and her partners, who are alums of the bar and restaurant at Roberta’s. The Greenpoint wine spot offers wine by the glass and bottle, with a full bar for cocktails, as well as beer and non-alcoholic options. There will be bar snacks for food, and the space will regularly host pop-ups, according to Myrick. 126A Nassau Avenue, near McGuinness Boulevard

Koreatown: Hand Hospitality’s latest venture is Samwoojung, a bulgogi spot that first opened in 1963, in Seoul. 138 W. 32nd Street, between Sixth and Seventh avenues

Lower East Side: Aisa Shelley, owner of nearby Italian restaurant Casino, now has Casetta, a cafe-wine bar under his belt. 61 Hester Street, near Ludlow Street

Lower East Side: The new Scarr’s has opened at its bigger, more modern location across the street from the original. 35 Orchard Street, at Hester Street

Long Island City: Pizzeria Juliet’s has launched in the area, according to the neighborhood blog LICTalk. 27-20 Jackson Avenue

Long Island City: The team behind the Pete Wells-reviewed Hunan Slurp now has SoFun Kitchen in Queens. The restaurant specializes in all types of slurping noodles, as well as wonton soup in claypots, and durian puff pastry. The opening date is slated for June 26, but the restaurant is currently open for takeout and delivery. 43-40 12th Street, near 43rd Road

Midtown East: Department store omakase is increasingly taking over the city: the latest is Hoseki, a $95 omakase experience in an underground vault of Saks Fifth Avenue. 611 Fifth Avenue, at 50th Street

Soho: The artist Sebastian Masuda, behind Kawaii Monster Cafe, a Tokyo tourist destination that closed during COVID. Now, in New York, he’s attempting to resuscitate its spirit with a conveyor-belt sushi spot called Sushidelic. The restaurant’s grand opening is slated for June 28. 177 Lafayette Street, near Broome Street

Tribeca: Eiji Ichimura, a legacy sushi chef, has collaborated with Kuma Hospitality Group, behind the one-Michelin-starred French l’Abeille, for Sushi Ichimura — said to be his swankiest yet. 412 Greenwich Street, near Laight Street

Upper East Side: Brooklyn Dumpling Shop, the automat-style restaurant with BEC dumplings, has opened another location uptown. 453 E. 78th Street, near York Avenue


June 15

Boerum Hill: Chef Michael Brogan is at the helm of a new Asian and French tasting menu-style fine dining restaurant in Boerum Hill called Maison Sun. 200 Schermerhorn Street, near Hoyt Street

East Village: Caffe Corretto, a Roman-style cafe (coffee can be spiked with grappa) and nighttime bar, has launched. 511 E. 12th Street, near Avenue A

East Village: Open until 3 a.m., the new location for the homestyle Japanese cooking at Ichibantei, is a much bigger, three-story location in a former theater and what used to be VNYL. 100 Third Avenue, near 13th Street

East Williamsburg: Café Miguel is a new cafe with sope de tinga and dishes that look to Mexico City for inspiration. 636 Grand Street, near Leonard Street

Flatiron: Casa Carmen has opened a second location, following the original in Tribeca, serving traditional dishes from Veracruz, Puebla, Oaxaca, and Yucatan. It’s named for Mexican chef Carmen “Titita,” founder of half-century-old El Bajio restaurants in Mexico City. The Tribeca location is the family’s first U.S. venture. 5 West 21st Street, near Fifth Avenue

Fort Greene: Fat Rabbit Diner opened in April in the former home of the Mega Bites diner; The space has been home to a diner in some form or another for the past 30 years. Fat Rabbit comes from the team behind Suzume Williamsburg and the nearby bar the Emerson. American-style diner food is the name of the game in a dining room with space for approximately 70, and there’s a private dining room at back. Brooklyn Magazine recently stopped by for a review. 245 DeKalb Avenue, near Vanderbilt Avenue

Greenpoint: Hide and Seek is a colorful new coffee shop, Greenpointers reports. 593 Manhattan Avenue, between Nassau and Driggs avenues

Greenwich Village: Angel’s Share, the acclaimed cocktail bar that closed in the East Village in 2022, reopened in its new home in the West Village last night — an event long in the making. 45 Grove Street, near Bleecker Street

Greenwich Village: A polished bistro-style restaurant, Brasserie Vietnam serves a collection of French-leaning Vietnamese dishes, from a ribeye and oxtail pho and shaking beef to crabmeat fried rice. 282 Bleecker Street, near Seventh Avenue South

Greenwich Village: London’s privately owned St. George Coffee has opened a branch in Manhattan, a coffee roaster with in-house baking that includes bread for mortadella, bresaola, prosciutto, and tuna sandwiches ($16); red velvet and chocolate chip cookies; and more. Take note, there’s no actual milk for coffee drinks, only oat milk. 74 Seventh Avenue South, near Barrow Street

Hudson Yards: Chef Dan Kluger’s sibling cocktail bar to Greywind, Spygold, has opened, focused on less common varietals and local spirits by food and beverage director, Chelsea Carrier, formerly of Zahav and Eleven Madison Park. 451 10th Avenue, near 36th Street

Kips Bay: The jerk chicken chain first started by Gavin Hussey, Peppa’s has added a Manhattan outpost. 493 Second Avenue, near East 28th Street

Long Island City: Sansan Ramen is the latest fast-casual ramen spot to open in Long Island City. 4107 Crescent Street, near 41st Avenue

Long Island City: 929 is the sibling to Gulp, the breakfast and bar snacks Taiwanese-owned spot, where food from Gulp is carried into 929, the cocktail bar where customers can listen to records spun by Haoran Chen, a former designer of Industry City, who’s running the bar. 42-45 27th Street, between 42nd Road and 43rd street

Midtown West: Pastrami Queen opened a location inside the Penn Station’s Moynihan Food Hall. 421 Eighth Avenue, between West 31st and 33rd streets

Midtown West: Sushi Yolo has opened with a focus on a $95, 14-course omakase. 348 W. 57th Street, near Ninth Avenue

Soho: Sartiano’s has opened in what had been Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Mercer Kitchen. The restaurant from Scott Sartiano of the membership club, Zero Bond, includes chef Alfred Portale as the culinary director and includes a menu of less heavy versions of classic Italian American dishes. 99 Prince Street, near Mercer Street

Upper East Side: Sushi W is now open, a fast, reasonably priced omakase spot that costs $53 for basic omakase and $68 for premium omakase per person. It’s also a no-tipping restaurant. 1513 Lexington Avenue, near East 98th Street

Washington Heights: Au Jus from Oklahoma native Patrick Griffin, has opened its third NYC location for Oklahoma-style barbecue, with orders like tulsa pulled pork, dry rubbed with sour orange and spices; smoked beef bologna; and roast leg of lamb served with pan drippings and roasted vegetables. 4232 Broadway, between 179 and 180 streets

West Village: Shingane is a new Korean street food snack spot focused on what they call “goddess buns” filled with cheese, chocolate, or red bean. 480 Sixth Avenue, near West 12th Street

Williamsburg: Mama Lee, a fast-casual Taiwanese spot in Queens, has added a Brooklyn sibling. 66 Grand Street, near Wythe Avenue

Williamsburg: Nan Xiang Express, a quick-service version of Flushing’s runaway hit soup dumpling spot Nan Xiang Xiaolongbao, launched in Williamsburg in early June. 167 Grand Street, near Bedford Avenue


June 8

Bed-Stuy: Brooklyn Public House, the Fort Greene dive bar known for its standout daily happy hour deal, has opened another location in Bed-Stuy. 1048 Bedford Avenue, near Lafayette Avenue

Bushwick: Brooklyn has an impressive new Thai restaurant; unlike Zaab Zaab or Ugly Baby, which specialize in setting customers’ tongues on fire with bird’s eye chiles, the Chiangmai Diner and Bar menu is milder with a focus on the funky, fermented flavors of Chiangmai. 942 Flushing Avenue, at Central Avenue

Coney Island: A massive, multi-floor Mediterranean, with outdoor seating and beachfront views of Coney Island, has made its way to this part of Brooklyn. Zula, is the latest in a dizzying string of openings from Abdul Elenani (behind Palestinian fast-casual spot Ayat and its offshoots), in collaboration with Seyran Say (of the Istanbul Bay restaurants), and Akram Nassir, who launched Yemen Cafe, with whom Elenani also owns the full-service Al Badawi. Located inside of the Coney Island amphitheater, it’s a halal menu in a venue that sometimes hosts live music. 3052 W. 21 Street, at the boardwalk

Elmhurst: Japanese crepe chain T-Swirl Crepe, has opened another location. 8110 Broadway, near 81 Street

Flatiron: Crisp and Green is a fast-casual salad chain that first launched in Minnesota, now with its first NYC location. 1145 Broadway, at 26th Street

Financial District: Smash burger chain 7th Street Burger has launched an outpost in lower Manhattan. 80 Nassau Street, near John Street

Koreatown: A new pastry shop will spotlight Japanese-style fruit sandwiches on soft bread. Elly’s Pastry in Koreatown. In addition to fruit sandwiches with kiwi, oranges, and bananas, there are hojicha and matcha cookies and several specialty drinks. 11 E. 32nd Street, between Madison and Fifth avenues

Long Island City: Casa Lola is a new tapas restaurant and wine bar that blog LICTalk believes could be the neighborhood’s next big restaurant, joining Casa Enrique, Mu Ramen, and M. Wells, to garner citywide acclaim. 47-46 Vernon Boulevard, at 48th Avenue

Rockefeller Center: One of the last names to round-out the offerings at the relaunched Rockefeller Center is 21 Greenpoint, a neighborhood pizzeria in North Brooklyn, owned by Bill Murray’s son, according to the New York Times. 30 Rockefeller Plaza, Rink Level

Washington Heights: Hispanic Society Museum & Library has a new terrace-level cafe, El Cid, from the team behind Five Flies, a coffee shop in Washington Heights, according to the Times. 741 Broadway, at West 155th Street

West Village: Song’ E Napule, a Neapolitan-style pizzeria, with locations in Rutherford, New Jersey, and the Upper West Side, adds a Lower Manhattan option. 132 W. Houston Street, at Sullivan Street

West Village: Pasta tasting menu restaurant Bird Dog has opened a fast-casual cafe called Southern Charm, specializing in various forms of biscuits, both slathered with gravy and not. 523 Hudson Street, near West 10th Street


June 1

Bed-Stuy: Frog, a wine bar from a couple who worked at Cafe Paulette in Fort Greene, has opened its doors with a pool table from music venue Warsaw and backyard seating. 358 Marcus Garvey Boulevard, near Jefferson Avenue

East Village: Foxface, a narrow sandwich shop, known for using camel and elk meat, closed its St. Marks Place location. Originally, the spot said it would be relocating as a relaunched provisions shop. In the end, however, the team went with a higher-end restaurant in the new space: Foxface Natural resembles little of its former roots, now as a wood-fire wine bar, with dishes like crudo with pastrami seasoning and goat shoulder with pistachios. Meanwhile, the team may have plans to relaunch a version of Foxface sandwiches in its original home; they forked over $8.8 million to win the bid for the historic theater building that housed it. 189 Avenue A, near East 12th Street

East Village: Memphis Seoul, a Korean soul food spot, that first opened in Crown Heights, has launched a Manhattan sibling. 123 First Avenue, near St. Marks Place

Central Park: The Migrant Kitchen has opened its latest outpost at the Central Park ballfields, bringing its signature Arab Latin lens on fast casual food to classic baseball treats. Central Park, Heckscher Ballfields

Ridgewood: A new cocktail bar called Peg’s Cavalier is the latest to debut in Ridgewood. 59-02 Norman Sreet, Forest Avenue

Tribeca: Cafe Clementine has been revived; it’s a relocation of the same business in the area, that signed a new space lease back in 2021 following its old building being sold, reports Tribeca Citizen. 325 Greenwich Street, at Duane Street

Union Square: Urbanspace, which opened a food hall in Union Square back in early 2023, has added two new vendors. Mysttik Masaala, which first launched as a Mumbai street food truck, before opening a permanent location at Urbanspace Vanderbilt, now has a sibling spot further downtown. Lou Yau Kee is a Hainanese stand from three vendors of Urban Hawker, who have banded together to open something at this competing food hall. 124 E. 14th Street, at Irving Place