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Xiaolongbao dumplings at Din Tai Fung’s London Taiwanese dumpling restaurant now open in Covent Garden
Xiao long bao from Din Tai Fung. The Taiwanese restaurant chain is opening in Midtown this year.
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NYC’s Most Anticipated Restaurant Openings of 2024

From a relaunched Contra to the first East Coast location of Din Tai Fung

2023 seemed to be the year of maximalist Italian restaurants and patties with pizzazz. What will define 2024? Looking ahead, there’s a serious line-up of new openings to keep on the radar over the next 12 months: They include Contra’s relaunch as a bar; a popular Vietnamese pastry pop-up opening a bakery; and a seafood spot from heavyweight restaurateur, James Kent. As always, these openings are a moving target — a truncated version of the many we’re keeping an eye on — but they give a little something to look forward to as we dot our calendars and dream of warmer weather.


Bar Contra

Targeted opening: Early 2024
Address: 138 Orchard Street, near Rivington Street, Lower East Side

The highly acclaimed Contra closed after a decade in operation late last year, with Fabián von Hauske-Valtierra and Jeremiah Stone hinting at the time that they were keeping the space to flip it into something new. As it turns out, they’re calling it Bar Contra, keeping its spirit, but doing away with the tasting menu and turning it into more of a casual format with bar snacks and designed cocktails. In the meantime, von Hauske-Valtierra and Stone are working on opening Matilda, a new restaurant inside of the Henson, a new Catskills hotel, and Brass, a brasserie in Nomad’s Evelyn Hotel.

Blanca

Targeted opening: Early 2024
Address: 261 Moore Street, near Bogart Street, Bushwick

Though technically not new, Blanca — the formerly Michelin-starred tasting menu restaurant from the team behind Roberta’s, attached to its Bushwick pizzeria — should be treated as such when it reopens after being closed since the start of the pandemic. It’s now under the culinary direction of chef Victoria Blamey, who previously ran the kitchens of Mena, Gotham Bar & Grill, and Chumley’s.

Kellogg’s Diner

Targeted opening: Early 2024
Address: 518 Metropolitan Avenue, at Union Avenue, Williamsburg

When Kellogg’s Diner went bankrupt last year, it wasn’t clear who would inherit the decades-old Brooklyn diner. Would it be a developer, interested in the prominent corner space, or another restaurant operator? In November, the new owner was revealed to be Louis Skibar, a restaurateur who’s earning a reputation for saving diners on the brink. He’s renovating the diner’s interior and adding a full bar. When it reopens, Jackie Carnesi, an alum of the Brooklyn restaurants Nura and Roberta’s, will be in the kitchen serving a new menu with Tex-Mex and classic diner foods. Rest assured: It’s staying open 24-7.

Phoenix Palace

Targeted opening: Early 2024
Address: 85 Bowery, near Hester Street, Chinatown

When it opened in 2022, Lower Manhattan’s Potluck Club became one of several new restaurants remixing Cantonese classics for the next generation. Now the team has a new, more upscale spot in the works with Phoenix Palace, which co-owner Cory Ng, has described as the kind of place where Cantonese tapas and Chinese charcuterie might commingle with natural wine.

Cocina Consuelo

Targeted opening: Spring 2024
Address: 130 Hamilton Place, at West 143rd Street, Harlem

Supper club Cocina Consuelo was born during the pandemic, from Eleven Madison Park alum Karina Garcia, and her husband, Lalo Rodriguez, formerly of Cosme. The duo found success with their recurring dinner series, eventually leading to pop-ups beyond their home as well as a stand at Smorgasburg. Now, Garcia and Rodriguez are gearing up to open their first spot, a Mexican cafe by day, and a restaurant by night, near where Garcia grew up in Harlem.

Penny

Targeted opening: Spring 2024
Address: 90 E. 10th Street, near Third Avenue, East Village

When Claud first opened in 2022, it easily could’ve been just another wine bar restaurant from Momofuku alums. But Joshua Pinsky and Chase Sinzer wowed diners with their unfussy spins on classic dishes and some especially delicious chicken liver agnolotti. Now the team is leveling up... literally with Penny, an upstairs seafood bar (raw and cooked items) with a wine list that will emphasize champagne.

An overhead photograph of an al pastor taco from Aldama, a taqueria in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Taqueria El Chato opens this spring.
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Taqueria El Chato

Targeted opening: Spring 2024
Address: 620 Manhattan Avenue, near Nassau Avenue, Greenpoint

When Aldama opened in 2021, the Mexican restaurant was a late-night party. It’s settled down, and refined its menu, but now and again there are glimmers of the early days, like when it hosts chefs from Mexico City or turns its backyard into a seafood bar in the summer. This spring, Chris Reyes and Gerardo are taking whatever has been bottled up and throwing it at this new taqueria in Greenpoint. Taqueria El Chato will have tacos, volcanes (with a crunchy, fried tortilla), and quesadillas filled with al pastor, tripe, and tongue, or several mixed together for the preparation known as campechano. There was another location in the Market Line that’s on hold for now.

Xiao long bao dumplings on the menu at Din Tai Fung’s first London restaurant opening
Din Tai Fung is coming to town.
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Din Tai Fung

Targeted opening: Spring 2024
Address: 1633 Broadway, between west 51st and 50th streets, Midtown

The most “anticipated” opening of not just 2024, but also 2022 and 2023, is undoubtedly the New York location of Din Tai Fung. The Michelin-starred restaurant, known for its long lines and undeterred fans, announced two years ago that it had signed a 15-year lease on a massive (26,000-square-feet) restaurant in Midtown. The Taiwanese chain has more than 170 locations worldwide, including in states like California, Oregon, and Nevada, but this will be its first on the East Coast. If publicists are to be believed, it opens this spring.

Le Veau d’Or
Lee Hanson and Riad Nasr will reopen Le Veau d’Or this year.
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Le Veau d’Or

Targeted opening: Spring 2024
Address: 129 E. 60th Street, near Lexington Avenue, Upper East Side

In 2019, Riad Nasr and Lee Hanson of Frenchette and Le Rock bought the Upper East Side Le Veau d’Or, open since 1937, making it the oldest French bistro in New York City. The storied restaurant, at one point landing a four-star review from the New York Times, will finally reopen in late winter, according to a spokesperson. The menu will change seasonally, the Times reported, though some French mainstays — frogs’ legs, snails, and tripe casserole — will stay on the menu.

Strange Delight

Targeted opening: Spring 2024
Address: 63 Lafayette Avenue, near Fulton Street, Fort Greene

Originally slated for last fall, Strange Delight is a taste of New Orleans for Brooklyn. Momofuku alum Anoop Pillarisetti has put together a team that includes Michael Tuiach, formerly of Shake Shack, and the chef Ham El-Waylly. Expect several types of oysters, as well as inventive sandwiches such as shrimp, oyster, and peach Creole cream cheese.

Lola’s

Targeted opening: Spring 2024
Address: 2 West 28th Street, near Fifth Avenue, Nomad

Suzanne Cupps — chef who ran the kitchen at 232 Bleecker and Untitled — draws inspiration from her Filipino heritage and a South Carolina upbringing for the menu of her first solo project. Designed by Gradient Architecture (behind Estela), the 2,500-square-foot space features an open kitchen and seating for 70 diners.

Zoë Kanan of Freehand Hotel
Zoë Kanan is opening a bakery this spring.
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Elbow Bread

Targeted opening: Spring 2024
Address: 1 Ludlow Street, at Canal Street, Lower East Side

The team behind Court Street Grocers has a new bakery on the way. Eric Finkelstein and Matt Ross, who started the sandwich chain in 2010, are opening a small bakery in April with Zoë Kanan, a former Eater Young Gun known for her pastries at Simon and the Whale. On the Lower East Side, her pastry case will have breads and baked goods with a Jewish bent, like knishes, pletzel flatbreads, and more. Savory items, like sausages and sandwiches, are also part of the plan. The small shop was previously home to Mel, a popular bakery with irregular hours before it skipped town.

A close-up photo looking into a brown box that is filled with pastries, including a slice of white-frosted cake and four macarons.
Banh by Lauren is opening in Chinatown.
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Bánh by Lauren

Targeted opening: Spring 2024
Address: 42 Market Street, at Madison Street, Chinatown

Lauren Tran started her Vietnamese American bakery pop-ups when she was furloughed from the pastry department at Gramercy Tavern during the pandemic. Her online pastry drops quickly became some of the most sought-after in the city. This year, Tran and her husband Garland Wong plan to open a bakery of their own in Chinatown.

360 Park Avenue South

Targeted opening: Fall 2024
Address: 360 Park Avenue South, at East 26th Street, Nomad

This new seafood restaurant, as yet still unnamed, is an ambitious undertaking from Crown Shy and Saga’s James Kent, his first solo launch since splitting ways with Jeff Katz. Filling the shoes of the grand dining room that was Park Avenue Autumn/Winter/Spring/Summer, a seasonal restaurant and pandemic casualty, Kent’s new spot is all about seafood. In an interview last summer Kent said aquatic inclination is a nod to a summer houseboat Kent and his family grew up staying on. The team also plans to add an attached bakery with a distinct menu, with grab-and-go items and daytime service, that will be a stage for Renata Ameni, who has received accolades for her desserts over at the team’s Financial District Saga Hospitality ventures.

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