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A Queens Mall Adds a Fried Chicken Spot — And More New Openings

New restaurant and bar openings in February

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The latest outpost of Bonchon has opened inside of the Queens Center Mall’s food court, also home to spots like Burmese Bites.
Alex Staniloff/Eater NY

The new year means a flurry of openings. 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 February 2024. This list will be updated weekly. If there’s an opening in your neighborhood that we’ve missed, let us know at

February 22

Chelsea: Extravert, a new food stand inside of food hall Olly Olly Market, has debuted, serving salads, grain bowls, wraps, juices, and smoothies. It replaces Boy Blue Coffee. 601 W. 26th Street, at 11th Avenue

Chinatown: Dahon, a vegan sushi stand, has opened at the Canal Street Market. 261-263 Canal Street, near Lafayette Street

Clinton Hill: It’s third time’s the charm for the team behind this breakfast spot: First it was Rosalu, then Lulu & Po a year later, it has relaunched as Bittersweet Breakfast. The name references Bittersweet, a Fort Greene coffee shop the team also owns. 274 Hall Street, near Dekalb Avenue

Elmhurst: Bonchon, a Korean fried chicken chain, opened at the food court of the Queens Center Mall, also home to stands like Burmese Bites. The brand first opened in Busan, South Korea in 2022, before making land in the United States in 2006. To date, the company has more than 400 locations worldwide. 90-15 Queens Boulevard, at 90th Street

Flatbush: The Little Caribbean area of Flatbush is now home to a cocktail bar called MangoSeed ‘Easy, a rebranded spot from the team behind MangoSeed and Zurilee. 755 Flatbush Avenue, at Clarkson Avenue

Greenpoint: Paloma, a coffee shop that makes its own scones and muffins, has expanded with a third location, with a space more focused on bakery production. 163 Nassau Avenue, at Diamond Street

Greenpoint: Owners of Greenpoint dive bars, The Mallard Drake and Brooklyn Safehouse, have added the Less Dead in North Brooklyn. There’s free pool and a pinball machine. 949 Grand Street, near Catherine Street

Greenpoint: Red Rover, a cafe by day, a cocktail bar by night, serves small bites like empanadas, according to Greenpointers. 928 Manhattan Avenue, at Kent Avenue

Hell’s Kitchen: Mazzy’s Chopped Cheese offers variations on the sandwich as well as a few Moroccan-leaning dishes, writes Eater critic, Robert Sietsema. 617 Ninth Avenue, near 44th Street

Hudson Square: By day, Miomio is a Japanese bakery and cafe, by night it becomes Bar Mutsumi, a Japanese whiskey spot serving small plates. It comes from chef Hirohisa Hayashi of the Michelin-starred restaurant Hirohisa. 61 Vandam Street, near Hudson Street

Lower East Side: Gather is the latest coffee shop to open in Lower Manhattan. 54 Orchard Street, near Grand Street

Lower East Side: New to the Essex Market this week is an outpost of Joey Bats Café, specializing in pastéis de natas, Portuguese custard tarts, according to EV Grieve. 88 Essex Market, at Delancey Street

Lower East Side: Vegan cheese shop Riverdel closed within the Essex Market, only to be replaced by another vegan cheese shop called Rebel, hailing from Austin, Texas. 88 Essex Street, at Delancey Street

Midtown: Brian Owens and chef Todd Mitgang have taken over the next-door spot to its Upper East Side location of Crave Fishbar, to open a sustainable sushi restaurant stocked with domestic fish. The menu includes appetizers, nigiri, sashimi, maki, and hot entrees, with sake by the glass, cocktail pairings, Japanese whiskey, and tequila. There are six seats at the sushi bar and another 60 seats in the dining room. The restaurant opened February 20. 947 Second Avenue, at East 50th Street

Midtown: The Rutherford opened on February 5 near Madison Square Garden and Penn Station, from a team that also owns bars like Jackdaw, Odd Sister, Dear Maud, and Printer’s Alley. West 33rd and Eighth Avenue

Midtown: Simo Pizza has opened its third location, for a quick, on-the-go Midtown lunch. 1290 Sixth Avenue, at West 52nd Street

Midtown: PMacs Hospitality Group, a team with 13 bars, has opened their latest in Times Square called Sir Henry’s. 795 Eighth Avenue, at West 48th Street

Soho: The Mercer Hotel, now home to sceney Sartiano’s, has debuted a subterranean cocktail bar called (Sub)Mercer. 147 1/2, Mercer Street, at the Mercer Hotel

Upper East Side: Alex Pfaffenbach, who was involved in the opening of Chez Zou, has debuted “cocktail dive” Lucille’s. 1415 Second Avenue, at East 74th Street

Upper East Side: The owner of the Mediterranean restaurant Sea Salt has opened Shaken Not Stirred. The cocktail bar’s name references a James Bond movie, and the team reportedly had to request the film’s permission to call itself the catchphrase. 1113 First Avenue, at East 61st Street

February 15

Astoria: The Chocolate House, a dessert shop known for its crepes and waffles, has a new location in Queens. Owners Hazem Asad and Rashad Alawi opened their first chocolate shop in Paterson, New Jersey. In addition to this shop, they have three more locations in the Garden State and a takeout counter in the Bronx. 25-88 Steinway Street, near 28th Avenue

Columbus Circle: Silencio, a Paris nightclub, has attracted celebrities in the art and fashion worlds since opening in 2011. It now has two clubs in Paris and one in Ibiza. Columbus Circle is up next. Silencio, owned by Arnaud Frisch and designed by the filmmaker David Lynch, has a new 300-person club with velvet wallpaper and gold furniture. The venue opened earlier this month with an invite-only party involving Swizz Beats and Alicia Keyes. 303 W. 57th Street, near Eighth Avenue

Downtown Brooklyn: Bad Cholesterol, a promising-looking pizzeria, is now selling pizzas from a Nimbus kitchen in Downtown Brooklyn. The specialty is Neapolitan pies with all sorts of toppings, like Calabrian chile, pistachio, and bechamel sauce. Owner Chris Milazzo offers takeout and delivery through delivery apps, or his pies can be ordered from the Cobble Hill location of Talea Beer Co. 383 Bridge Street, near Willoughby Street

Financial District: The sushi chain Mikado has opened in lower Manhattan. The restaurant has locations in Chelsea, Brooklyn Heights, and Kew Gardens. 164 Pearl Street, at Pine Street

Flatiron: Kernel, the fast-casual vegan restaurant with a robot arm cooking food has opened, the next big thing from Chipotle founder, Steve Ells. It’s only open for lunch for now. 315 Park Avenue South, near East 24th Street

Fort Greene: Tomer Blechman, the owner of Miss Ada, has a new restaurant. Part cocktail bar, part seafood restaurant, Theodora is more ambitious and expensive than Miss Ada. The 20-item menu has raw seafood ($20 to $30), cooked seafood ($25 to $30), bread ($15), vegetables ($15 to $20), and more. Almost everything involves fish. And almost all of the fish is cooked over a charcoal fire in the open kitchen. 7 Greene Avenue, near Fulton Street

Midtown: The Sanctuary Hotel near Times Square is now home to a 10-seat counter that serves Japanese sushi without fish. Omakaseed, a “vegan omakase,” is run by the owners of the Sushi by Bou chain. They tried to open Omakaseed before, in Plant Bar in Nomad, but it closed. The new location serves an 11-course tasting menu for $60, or a longer version for $100. The opening menu has watermelon tartare, banana three ways, and lentil caviar. 132 W 47th Street, between Sixth and Seventh avenues

Long Island City: Queens cocktail bar Dutch Kills has a new upstairs music venue called Debbie’s. The space, which shares an entrance with the bar downstairs, has a full cocktail bar. For a list of upcoming events, check here. 27-24 Jackson Avenue, at Dutch Kills Street

Ridgewood: In 2016, the Brooklyn cocktail bar Daddy’s stunned its fans when it announced that it would be closing after 15 years. “We decided to close the old Daddy’s when our family was getting priced out of the neighborhood,” Laura Rogers, one of the original owners says. Seven years later, she and her sibling, Jennifer Rogers, have resurrected the bar in Ridgewood, Queens, with a new partner, Jenny McWilliams. The new bar is different than before — there’s more neon, plus a pool table — but several fixtures of the original will remain, from food pop-ups to weekend flea markets. Cocktails, like a key lime margarita and a rum Negroni, cost around $12 each. 464 Onderdonk Avenue, near Harman Street

Red Hook: Brooklyn’s Grindhaus restaurant made a dramatic exit at the end of the year: “Grindhaus has gone dark,” owner Erin Norris wrote on Instagram in December. “No further questions at this time.” But instead of closing, the restaurant changed lanes: It reopened on Valentine’s Day with a new menu and name. Ourhaus serves Asian fusion dishes like lamb bao with yogurt and “Chicken Cordon Wu” with Velveeta cheese and tonkatsu slaw. To make a reservation, you have to text the restaurant at (347) 597-3063. 275 Van Brunt Street, near Pioneer Street

Upper West Side: Fast-casual Lebanese chain Naya has opened its first location on the Upper West Side. 2339 Broadway, at West 85th Street

West Village: Frog Club, the controversial restaurant taking over the historic Chumley’s space in Manhattan, opened on Wednesday. The Bedford Street restaurant, once a collaboration between chefs Liz Johnson and Will Aghajanian, behind Horses in Los Angeles, is now run by Johnson alone. She announced the opening on Tuesday in a 12-minute video that spoofs Great Chefs, a PBS cooking show that started in the ’80s. 86 Bedford Street, near Grove Street

West Village: Since opening in 2019, Manhattan’s Nami Nori has expanded with a small chain of hand-roll restaurants. Now, there’s a Japanese bakery, too. Postcard serves sweet and savory baked goods, like miso shortbread, mochi doughnuts, and fruit sandwiches. 31-33 Carmine Street, at Bleecker Street

Williamsburg: Second City, a Chicago comedy club Second City that launched the careers of Bill Murray, Tina Fey, and others, opened this week in Brooklyn. The two-floor venue has two theaters, a training center for upcoming comedians, and a restaurant called the Bentwood. On the menu: burgers with a range of toppings, like brie and potato chips, plus Chicago dogs and Italian beef. 64 N. Ninth Street, near Wythe Avenue

February 8

Downtown Brooklyn: Raising Cane’s, a Southern chicken tender chain that opened in Times Square and Astor Place, now has a Downtown Brooklyn location, according to Brooklyn Paper. 447 Fulton Street, at Jay Street

Greenpoint: Banhmigos, a takeout Vietnamese spot with a location in Crown Heights, replaced the longtime home of CUP coffee. 79 Norman Avenue, near Manhattan Avenue

Lower East Side: BBF, a cafe with onigiri by day, turns into izakaya serving sake. It first opened in 2021 and then closed, and as of February 3 is back and relaunched. It appears to be from the same team behind Brooklyn Ball Factory, a Japanese coffee shop in East Williamsburg, and Samurai Papa, a ramen joint in Bed-Stuy. 177 Ludlow Street, near East Houston Street

Midtown East: Tensai, a new udon spot, landed in Midtown on February 3. 222 E. 51 Street, Third Avenue

Midtown West: John McDonald’s Bash Burger has opened a second location, this time at Urbanspace on West 52nd Street. 52 W. 52nd Street, at Seventh Avenue

Park Slope: Little Honey, a new bakery led by an alum of Blue Hill at Stone Barns, opened in Park Slope. There are buttermilk biscuit egg sandwiches, carrot bread, croissants, salads, and more. Roman-style pizzas are served by the slice and the patisserie is open all day. It is not yet open for dinner. 487 Seventh Avenue, near Windsor Place

Union Square: Mark Connell, who previously was a partner in Estela, has teamed up with Timothy Jenkins, a bartender and DJ to open something new. Another Country is a cocktail den that also serves light bites —like a sardine sandwich — and positions itself as a listening bar of sorts with a vinyl collection. 10 E. 16th Street, near Fifth Avenue

Upper East Side: Hot off of opening Soledad, an Upper East Side Mexican restaurant, Julian Medina has partnered up again with Louis Skibar (with whom he owns El Fish Marisqueria). This time, the duo is focused on Italian food. At Amarena, the menu lists suppli, grilled octopus with mortadella and salsa verde, and coffee-braised beef cheeks. 151 E. 82nd Street, at Lexington Avenue

Upper East Side: Another location of food hall Wonder has debuted in Manhattan. It comes off the heels of bringing on José Andrés to open a takeout restaurant, Jota, and join as a member of Wonder’s board of directors. 120 E. 86th Street, near Lexington Avenue

Washington Heights: Blenlly Mena and Javier Saba opened Next Stop Vegan in Washington Heights in 2021, before adding on a now-closed Bronx location and an outpost in Downtown Brooklyn. Now the duo has pivoted their original upper Manhattan storefront to be called Vegan Quick Bites, a more fast-casual set-up, which opened last week in Washington Heights. In 2023, Hell Gate reviewed the Downtown Brooklyn location, calling it a “counter-service charmer,” serving vegan interpretations of a Dominican sandwich. 1636 St. Nicholas Avenue, at West 192nd Street

West Village: A duo that first met at Wildair and worked side-by-side at Cool World have ambitions to buck some of the homogeneity of wine bar menus in Manhattan. That’s the point of Demo, which opened for dinner on February 6 from chef Quang “Q” Nguyen and beverage director Jacob Nass. At night, the menu remixes bistro dishes like lobster au poivre, by day the space operates as a cafe with espresso drinks and miso chocolate chip cookies. 34 Carmine Street, near Bleecker Street

February 1

Bed-Stuy: Thai American pop-up-turned restaurant Little Grenjai briefly opened last fall, but then had to close while awaiting gas to be turned on. As of January 26, the lights are back on and owners Trevor Lombaer and Sutathip Aiemsaard are cooking their full menu, which includes Thai smash burgers. 477 Gates Avenue, near Marcy Avenue

East Village: The new cocktail bar the Last Resort is now open in the East Village. 432 E. 13th Street, near Avenue A

East Village: Fungi has been the focus at &Beer, a small, 14-seat vegan restaurant known for serving mushrooms every which way. It started as a pop-up but owner Ravi Derossi has decided to rename it Third Kingdom, and move the business next door. The new restaurant will have 50 seats, a large list of craft beers, and more mushrooms on the menu. It opened on February 1. 23 E. Seventh Street, between Second and Third avenues

East Village: Sub-concepts inside restaurants have increasingly become a thing in New York. The latest is at Nudibranch, an East Village restaurant from Momofuku alums. The 14-seat back area, which debuted on January 26, is now called Tin Parlour, keeping en vogue with its menu of tinned fish, cured meats, and vermouth. 125 First Avenue, near St. Mark’s Place

Flushing: Mushroom Hotpot, specializing in — you guessed it — fungi opened just before the new year. Grub Street recommends the “killer stir-fry of deer horn mushrooms and biting green chile.” 36-35 Main Street, near Northern Boulevard

Financial District: A new cafe, Simpl Coffee, opened in Lower Manhattan, according to the Downtown Alliance. 59 Nassau Street, near Maiden Lane

Midtown West: Bar Mexicana, a new Mexican restaurant from the Mermaid Inn team, opened in January. It features a seafood-heavy Mexican menu filled with shrimp cocktails, tuna tostada, and shrimp fajitas. Chicken and beef also make an appearance. 127A W. 43rd Street, near Sixth Avenue

Midtown West: Class on 38th opened in January, serving a Japanese menu with dishes like monkfish with matcha and mayo, egg custard and snow crab, plus pork belly and shiitake. 55 W. 38th Street, near Sixth Avenue

Midtown West: Upside Pizza’s owner has opened a fast-casual pita spot called Gal-Gal. 270 W. 39th Street, at Eighth Avenue

Murray Hill: Banter, an all-day cafe with two locations and a worker-owner model, has expanded with a third outpost opening in Murray Hill. 201 E. 31st Street, at Third Avenue

Noho: Angelina Jolie has opened a Noho cafe inside her new arts space Atelier Jolie. It’s a collaboration with EatOffBeat, a food organization with a Chelsea Market outpost, that hires refugees. It features a menu specific to this location, that serves Turkish coffee and Moroccan tea, as well “as light bites and freshly baked goods by our Chefs who currently hail from Syria, Sri Lanka, Venezuela, and Senegal,” says a spokesperson. 57 Great Jones Street, near the Bowery

Nolita: Cloudy Donut Co., a Black-owned vegan donut shop, has opened its second New York location serving 44 flavors. The brand first began in Baltimore in 2020, where it has two locations, before opening in Brooklyn Heights in 2022. 209 Mott Street, at Spring Street

Park Slope: A sports bar serving Ecuadorian specialties opened in Brooklyn just before the start of 2024 called Chuzo Culture. 412 Fifth Avenue, at Seventh Street

West Village: Sanuki Udon, a build-your-own udon spot, landed by NYU in January. Eater critic Robert Sietsema recently stopped by for a first look. 31 W. Fourth Street, at Greene Street