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Calabrian salt baked baby beet salad at Gran Tivoli
Alex Staniloff

The Hottest Restaurants in Manhattan Right Now, March 2019

These places are burning up the borough

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Calabrian salt baked baby beet salad at Gran Tivoli
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Eater editors get asked one question more than any other: Where should I eat right now? NYC dining obsessives want to know what’s new, what’s hot, and what is going to be the next big hit in the greatest dining city on earth. So here it is, a guide to the hottest restaurants in Manhattan this month.

March adds include: Wayan, Niche Niche, Au Cheval, Gran Tivoli

For more New York dining recommendations, check out the new hotspots in Brooklyn and Queens; the Eater 38 lists the essential long-standing restaurants in town.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Leonti

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103 W 77th St
New York, NY 10024
(212) 362-3800
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Michelin-starred Dovetail is reborn as Leonti, a grand Italian restaurant on the Upper West Side inspired by bistros in Northern Italy. Chef Adam Leonti’s arrival in an NYC kitchen has been long-awaited, coming now with pastas such as cinnamon fettuccine with a wild boar ragu and meaty entrees like milk-braised lamb with tarbais beans and rosemary. The room has been redone with warm wood and white tablecloths, positioned at farther-spaced tables to seat fewer people.

Carla Vianna

2. Momofuku Noodle Bar

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10 Columbus Cir
New York, NY 10019

Momofuku Noodle Bar is all grown up: The once-subversive David Chang ramen parlor now has a second location. The bad news is that it’s on the third floor of the staid Time Warner Center shopping mall. But the good news is that there are more — and more comfortable — seats and, most importantly, the food is better than ever, with expanded appetizers and barley ramen instead of the wheat variety used downtown. There’s also Chang’s spit-fired meat stall Bāng Bar next door, slinging Korean flatbreads stuffed with meats such as spicy gochujang-marinated pork shoulder for breakfast and lunch.

3. Il Divo

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1347, 2nd Av at, E 71st St
New York, NY 10021
(212) 380-8164
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This posh addition to the Upper East Side comes from Milan restaurateurs known for catering to the fashion set. A former Il Mulino chef is making Italian dishes such as traditional spaghetti pomodoro to the more creative ravioli with ricotta, lemon zest, and branzino in a seafood sauce. The intimate, 50-seat room is full of antique wooden pieces, curtains and striped wallpaper courtesy of Ralph Lauren, plus countless framed photos of Rudolph Valentino, the restaurant’s inspiration.

Raoul Beltrame for Il Divo [Official Photo]

4. Intersect

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412 W 14th St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 230-5832
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Is Intersect a future model for restaurateurs? The Meatpacking District restaurant is run by hospitality titan Danny Meyer but owned by carmaker Lexus. Every six months, a big-name chef creates a new menu that Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group executes, and first up is Gregory Marchand, the guy behind acclaimed neo-bistros Frenchie in Paris and London. Dishes right now include foie gras terrine, gnocchi with sweetbreads and mushrooms, and monkfish with celery root, coffee sabayon, and black garlic. There’s a counter-service cafe, too. Despite being backed by a major brand, the restaurant has been packed.

Intersect by Lexus [Official Photo]

5. GupShup

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115 E 18th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 518-7313
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Modern Indian food in an opulent space encapsulates Gupshup, a new Gramercy restaurant from relocated Indian chef Gurpreet Singh. Fusion dishes — such as an Indian take on ramen with a tomato rasam broth and mushrooms or roasted bone marrow with five-spice naan — are set alongside colorful murals, gold accents, and several chandeliers. Owner Jimmy Rizvi’s goal is to create a highly stylish and happening atmosphere, with live music, DJ’s, and other performances.

6. Niche Niche

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43 Macdougal St
New York, NY 10012

The team behind Greenwich Village hit Tokyo Record Bar has expanded with another experiential restaurant, this one in Soho and modeled after a dinner party. Owner Ariel Arce has recruited all her sommelier and winemaker friends — from places like Frenchette, Eleven Madison Park, and Charlie Bird — to come up with different themes and wines each night for $40 per person. Food is made to match for another $40 in the homey, 25-seat space. Just like at a dinner party, diners are encouraged to mingle and make friends. Don’t miss the dog wallpaper-lined bathroom.

7. Madame Vo BBQ

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Corner, 104 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10003
(917) 675-7570
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Yen Vo and Jimmy Ly, the pho specialists at Madame Vo, have added barbecue to their repertoire at this colorful new addition to the East Village. Tabletop grills, like the kind found in Korean barbecue, get utilized for Vietnamese-flavored meats and dishes. The idea is to wrap meats such as meatballs and beef tongue in rice paper with a mix of veggies, fruits, and sweet and savory sauces. Other dishes include an oxtail congee or uni with fish sauce butter, accompanied by beer, wine, and sake cocktails. It’s a festive, rowdy place for groups.

8. TabeTomo

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131 Avenue A
New York, NY 10009
(646) 850-6414
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Ramen-obsessed New York for some reason hasn’t quite yet caught onto the virtues of tsukemen, the style where room-temperature noodles are dipped into ultra-rich broth. But chef Tomotsugu Kubo — an alum of LA noodle sensation Tsujita — makes it the star at his solo venture TabeTomo, a petite East Village restaurant now open. Expect a rich tonkotsu broth, plus thick noodles to dunk into the pork-based soup. Rice bowls and appetizers like kaarage round out the menu.

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9. Violet

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511 E 5th St
New York, NY 10009
(646) 850-5900
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The Emily and Emmy Squared chef’s next spin on pizza is to grill it. At Violet in Alphabet City, Matt Hyland focuses on the Rhode Island style of grilling dough, and then topping it with fontina cheese and various ingredients, ranging from classic tomato sauce to one with winter squash and Sichuan peppercorn. Seafood and pasta rounds out the menu at this place that’s already proving to be extremely popular, especially as a date-night destination.

10. Wayan

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20 Spring St
New York, NY 10012
(917) 261-4388
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Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s son Cedric Vongerichten has struck out with his wife Ochi at Wayan, a promising Indonesian-French restaurant in Nolita. The food is inspired by the couple’s connection to Indonesia, where Ochi is from, with dishes served family-style, pulling flavors from the Asian country while using French cooking techniques. Recommended dishes in the Vong-like space include satays, sambal-laced shrimp, and pandan custard for dessert.

11. Gran Tivoli

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406 Broome St
New York, NY 10013

A very pedigreed team of Australian restaurateurs makes its U.S. debut with the coastal Italian Gran Tivoli. The menu is expansive to appeal to repeat visitors, with 42 dishes running from handmade pastas and risottos to seafood, meats, and vegetables. The large, wood-filled space feels like a modern brasserie, while downstairs is a bar called Peppi’s Cellar, full of romantic wine cellar vibes and accompanying snacks.

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12. Au Cheval

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33 Cortlandt Alley
New York, NY 10013
(917) 710-6039
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One of Chicago’s most renowned restaurants — and its hugely popular burger — has touched down in Tribeca, drawing long lines of burger obsessives. Au Cheval is known for its simple, classic American-style patty, served alongside a menu of other modern diner dishes such as duck heart hash and chilaquiles. The place is already slammed, though it’s a bit easier to slip into during the day, especially when the coffee shop up front, Sawada, is open. Soon, a downstairs bar will open to accommodate overspill.

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13. Niche

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172 Delancey St
New York, NY 10002

Celebrated ramen chef Shigetoshi Nakamura has been making customary ramen at his eponymous Lower East Side restaurant now for three years, but at Niche he’s breaking the rules. Brothless ramen, or mazemen, pulls flavors from local traditions, like one with smoked salmon inspired by Russ & Daughters. Another features fire-grilled steak as an ode to New Yorkers’ love for steakhouses and barbecue. There are just 14 seats at this small restaurant.

Steak mazemen
Carla Vianna

1. Leonti

103 W 77th St, New York, NY 10024
Carla Vianna

Michelin-starred Dovetail is reborn as Leonti, a grand Italian restaurant on the Upper West Side inspired by bistros in Northern Italy. Chef Adam Leonti’s arrival in an NYC kitchen has been long-awaited, coming now with pastas such as cinnamon fettuccine with a wild boar ragu and meaty entrees like milk-braised lamb with tarbais beans and rosemary. The room has been redone with warm wood and white tablecloths, positioned at farther-spaced tables to seat fewer people.

103 W 77th St
New York, NY 10024

2. Momofuku Noodle Bar

10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

Momofuku Noodle Bar is all grown up: The once-subversive David Chang ramen parlor now has a second location. The bad news is that it’s on the third floor of the staid Time Warner Center shopping mall. But the good news is that there are more — and more comfortable — seats and, most importantly, the food is better than ever, with expanded appetizers and barley ramen instead of the wheat variety used downtown. There’s also Chang’s spit-fired meat stall Bāng Bar next door, slinging Korean flatbreads stuffed with meats such as spicy gochujang-marinated pork shoulder for breakfast and lunch.

10 Columbus Cir
New York, NY 10019

3. Il Divo

1347, 2nd Av at, E 71st St, New York, NY 10021
Raoul Beltrame for Il Divo [Official Photo]

This posh addition to the Upper East Side comes from Milan restaurateurs known for catering to the fashion set. A former Il Mulino chef is making Italian dishes such as traditional spaghetti pomodoro to the more creative ravioli with ricotta, lemon zest, and branzino in a seafood sauce. The intimate, 50-seat room is full of antique wooden pieces, curtains and striped wallpaper courtesy of Ralph Lauren, plus countless framed photos of Rudolph Valentino, the restaurant’s inspiration.

1347, 2nd Av at, E 71st St
New York, NY 10021

4. Intersect

412 W 14th St, New York, NY 10014
Intersect by Lexus [Official Photo]

Is Intersect a future model for restaurateurs? The Meatpacking District restaurant is run by hospitality titan Danny Meyer but owned by carmaker Lexus. Every six months, a big-name chef creates a new menu that Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group executes, and first up is Gregory Marchand, the guy behind acclaimed neo-bistros Frenchie in Paris and London. Dishes right now include foie gras terrine, gnocchi with sweetbreads and mushrooms, and monkfish with celery root, coffee sabayon, and black garlic. There’s a counter-service cafe, too. Despite being backed by a major brand, the restaurant has been packed.

412 W 14th St
New York, NY 10014

5. GupShup

115 E 18th St, New York, NY 10003
Read Review |

Modern Indian food in an opulent space encapsulates Gupshup, a new Gramercy restaurant from relocated Indian chef Gurpreet Singh. Fusion dishes — such as an Indian take on ramen with a tomato rasam broth and mushrooms or roasted bone marrow with five-spice naan — are set alongside colorful murals, gold accents, and several chandeliers. Owner Jimmy Rizvi’s goal is to create a highly stylish and happening atmosphere, with live music, DJ’s, and other performances.

115 E 18th St
New York, NY 10003

6. Niche Niche

43 Macdougal St, New York, NY 10012

The team behind Greenwich Village hit Tokyo Record Bar has expanded with another experiential restaurant, this one in Soho and modeled after a dinner party. Owner Ariel Arce has recruited all her sommelier and winemaker friends — from places like Frenchette, Eleven Madison Park, and Charlie Bird — to come up with different themes and wines each night for $40 per person. Food is made to match for another $40 in the homey, 25-seat space. Just like at a dinner party, diners are encouraged to mingle and make friends. Don’t miss the dog wallpaper-lined bathroom.

43 Macdougal St
New York, NY 10012

7. Madame Vo BBQ

Corner, 104 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

Yen Vo and Jimmy Ly, the pho specialists at Madame Vo, have added barbecue to their repertoire at this colorful new addition to the East Village. Tabletop grills, like the kind found in Korean barbecue, get utilized for Vietnamese-flavored meats and dishes. The idea is to wrap meats such as meatballs and beef tongue in rice paper with a mix of veggies, fruits, and sweet and savory sauces. Other dishes include an oxtail congee or uni with fish sauce butter, accompanied by beer, wine, and sake cocktails. It’s a festive, rowdy place for groups.

Corner, 104 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10003

8. TabeTomo

131 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009
Photo by Louise Palmberg

Ramen-obsessed New York for some reason hasn’t quite yet caught onto the virtues of tsukemen, the style where room-temperature noodles are dipped into ultra-rich broth. But chef Tomotsugu Kubo — an alum of LA noodle sensation Tsujita — makes it the star at his solo venture TabeTomo, a petite East Village restaurant now open. Expect a rich tonkotsu broth, plus thick noodles to dunk into the pork-based soup. Rice bowls and appetizers like kaarage round out the menu.

131 Avenue A
New York, NY 10009

9. Violet

511 E 5th St, New York, NY 10009

The Emily and Emmy Squared chef’s next spin on pizza is to grill it. At Violet in Alphabet City, Matt Hyland focuses on the Rhode Island style of grilling dough, and then topping it with fontina cheese and various ingredients, ranging from classic tomato sauce to one with winter squash and Sichuan peppercorn. Seafood and pasta rounds out the menu at this place that’s already proving to be extremely popular, especially as a date-night destination.

511 E 5th St
New York, NY 10009

10. Wayan

20 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s son Cedric Vongerichten has struck out with his wife Ochi at Wayan, a promising Indonesian-French restaurant in Nolita. The food is inspired by the couple’s connection to Indonesia, where Ochi is from, with dishes served family-style, pulling flavors from the Asian country while using French cooking techniques. Recommended dishes in the Vong-like space include satays, sambal-laced shrimp, and pandan custard for dessert.

20 Spring St
New York, NY 10012

11. Gran Tivoli

406 Broome St, New York, NY 10013
Alex Staniloff

A very pedigreed team of Australian restaurateurs makes its U.S. debut with the coastal Italian Gran Tivoli. The menu is expansive to appeal to repeat visitors, with 42 dishes running from handmade pastas and risottos to seafood, meats, and vegetables. The large, wood-filled space feels like a modern brasserie, while downstairs is a bar called Peppi’s Cellar, full of romantic wine cellar vibes and accompanying snacks.

406 Broome St
New York, NY 10013

12. Au Cheval

33 Cortlandt Alley, New York, NY 10013
Au Cheval [Official Photo]

One of Chicago’s most renowned restaurants — and its hugely popular burger — has touched down in Tribeca, drawing long lines of burger obsessives. Au Cheval is known for its simple, classic American-style patty, served alongside a menu of other modern diner dishes such as duck heart hash and chilaquiles. The place is already slammed, though it’s a bit easier to slip into during the day, especially when the coffee shop up front, Sawada, is open. Soon, a downstairs bar will open to accommodate overspill.

33 Cortlandt Alley
New York, NY 10013

13. Niche

172 Delancey St, New York, NY 10002
Steak mazemen
Carla Vianna

Celebrated ramen chef Shigetoshi Nakamura has been making customary ramen at his eponymous Lower East Side restaurant now for three years, but at Niche he’s breaking the rules. Brothless ramen, or mazemen, pulls flavors from local traditions, like one with smoked salmon inspired by Russ & Daughters. Another features fire-grilled steak as an ode to New Yorkers’ love for steakhouses and barbecue. There are just 14 seats at this small restaurant.

172 Delancey St
New York, NY 10002

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