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The Hottest Restaurants in Manhattan Right Now, March 2020

Pan-regional Indian, elegant Korean, the return of a popular Italian chef, and more hot spots

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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: Da Toscano (acclaimed chef Michael Toscano’s return to NYC), Paisley (a new regional Indian restaurant in Tribeca), Thai Diner (the latest from the Uncle Boons team), and Mokyo (the elegant second outing from Thursday Kitchen’s Kyungmin Kay Hyun).

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. Quality Bistro

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120 W 55th St
New York, NY 10019
(212) 433-3330
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Midtown’s now home to a big, multi-level French restaurant from the Quality team, the same company behind hits like Don Angie and Quality Eats. Like at the other restaurants, Quality Bistro remixes classics, this time dishes from French brasseries. Chef Antonio Mora serves shrimp cocktail with passion fruit hot sauce and saffron aioli, as well as a “Detroit tarte flambée” topped with pepperoni cups. The majestic space, filled with cushy booths and trees, was built with special celebrations in mind, and meals typically cost $85 to $90 per person.

A long bar with a curved mirror behind it. Alex Staniloff/Eater

2. Kochi

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652 10th Ave
New York, NY 10036
(646) 478-7308
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Ex-Per Se and Neta chef Sungchul Shim turns to Korea at his new Hell’s Kitchen restaurant Kochi, where flavors of the cuisine come in an elegant tasting menu primarily presented on skewers. The nine-course, $75 meal features dishes like a saengseon-gui (binchotan-grilled Mackerel) and tteok-galbi, a charcoal grilled beef ribeye patty that’s a specialty of the Gyeonggi Province, where Shim grew up. Cocktails pull from Korean flavors too, like a martini with konbu-infused vodka.

Tarakjuk with pine-nuts, potatoes, and a corn fritter Melissa Hom/Kochi

3. Verōnika

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281 Park Ave S
New York, NY 10010
(646) 993-6993
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There’s a new European cafe on the second floor of Gramercy’s Swedish photography museum, Fotografiska. The grand, 100-seat space, called Verōnika, comes from hit restaurateur Stephen Starr and chef Robert Aikens, with a menu that pulls influence from France, Vienna, and Eastern Europe. The schnitzel, potato pierogies with caviar, and lamb goulash present upscale takes on classics, but the space is an attraction in itself. Designed by luxury firm Roman and Williams, the dining room features mohair chairs and velvet blue banquettes, while 20-foot ceilings and archways loom overhead, part of the church that houses the museum. Eater critic Ryan Sutton found that even the lowest-cost entrees stun — though the meal is a splurge at all levels.

A high ceilinged room with chandeliers, windows along the left side, and mirrors along the right side
The main dining room at Verōnika
Adrian Gaut/Verōnika [Official Photo]

4. Anton's

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570 Hudson St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 924-0818
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The rustic former space of West Village’s Frankies 570 Spuntino has pivoted into Anton’s, a throwback European restaurant from Nick Anderer. The chef — who used to lead the kitchens at Marta and Maialino — goes into his Italian cuisine training with a pasta section labeled “macaroni,” with options like a bucatini amatriciana and linguini with clams. Elsewhere, find raw oysters, salads, and entrees like roast chicken or grilled pork rib chop with apple sauce. Cocktails are variations on classics, including pre-batched martinis that come straight from the freezer. 

A spread of dishes from Anton’s including creamless creamed spinach and bucatini amatriciana Giada Paoloni/Anton’s [Official Photo]

5. The Banty Rooster

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24 Greenwich Ave
New York, NY 10011
(646) 767-9227
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The presence of Southwestern food in NYC has been significantly upped with the opening of the Banty Rooster, a new West Village restaurant from an acclaimed Denver restaurateur. Some dishes here shout Southwest, including roasted delicata squash with pepitas, brown butter, and squash mole and sopapillas (fried dough) with honey and powdered sugar. But the rest of the menu is not straightforward Southwestern, instead pulling in various influences like in a roasted pork collar with hatch chile or grilled short rib steak with ancho barbecue sauce. The 75-seat space, with a dozen spots at the bar, is done up in whitewashed brick walls, pale oak tables, and blue banquettes throughout.

The Banty Rooster’s dining room with light blue banquettes and whitewashed brick walls Noah Fecks/The Banty Rooster [Official Photo]

6. Da Toscano

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24 Minetta Ln
New York, NY 10012
(212) 606-4054
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Michael Toscano, a chef known for his lauded turn at Italian restaurant Perla, made his return to New York this year after a five year absence. Da Toscano, his new Greenwich Village restaurant, focuses on regional Italian cooking with dishes like octopus carpaccio, lamb neck-stuffed agnolotti, and a pork chop wrapped in crispy pork belly. Marble-topped tables, velvet chairs, and green leather banquettes all create a warm ambiance at this restaurant, which seats 62 people.

Three plates of food placed next to each in a triangular shape with multi-colored foods on them including shaved cheese, tomatoes, and thin slices of meat Alex Staniloff/Eater

7. Mokyo

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109 St Marks Pl
New York, NY 10009

At quirky East Village tapas destination Thursday Kitchen, the Instagrammable drinks were more of the focus than the food. In her sophomore effort though, chef Kyungmin Kay Hyun is leaning into food with dishes like corn dumplings with salsa verde, chicken with chile, sesame yogurt, and za’atar, and pork jowl with cauliflower. Mokyo veers a bit more elegant than Thursday Kitchen, but it is still casual with a long bar, industrial accents, and dishes that are mostly priced under $15.

A spread of food on ceramic plates, including tiny lobster rolls, pork jowl, and corn dumplings. Alex Staniloff/Eater

8. Nowon

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507 E 6th St
New York, NY 10009
(646) 692-3867
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Korean-American dishes are on deck at Nowon, a playful East Village restaurant from chef Jae Lee. Expect options like chopped cheese rice cakes or honey butter tater tots alongside mung bean pancakes and cucumber salad. True devotees of Lee will show up for the dry-aged burger with cheese and kimchi mayo — the chef gained a following for it while doing a pop-up in the neighborhood. Note: Nowon is still waiting on its liquor license. 

A cheese burger placed on a white plate with a pattern along the border. The cheese burger is sandwiched in a sesame bun with a giant sliced pickle on top held together by a toothpick Katie Harman/Nowon

9. Paisley

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429 Greenwich St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 274-8003
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The latest restaurant focusing on Indian regional cooking in NYC comes from Peter Beck, a chef who had stints at acclaimed Indian restaurants Chola, Tamarind, and, most recently, Imli. There are items like Konkan fish curry, a popular dish from the western part of India, and laksa, a type of Southeast Asian soup that’s also popular in eastern India, served with shrimp, calamari, and a coconut milk broth. Expect cocktails with ingredients like banana-infused rum and potato vodka in a space that includes a wraparound bar made with reclaimed wood.

A rustic, green pan with different small foods in it including three cups of mashed vegetable and vegetable patties. Jose Solis

10. Thai Diner

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186 Mott St
New York, NY 10012
(646) 559-4140
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All-day restaurant Thai Diner, from the hit team behind Uncle Boons, has opened just a short distance away from the original. Much like their other restaurants, Ann Redding and Matt Danzer have furnished their restaurant with flourishes like portraits of Thai royalty and low bar seats with chrome. The food evokes classic American diners, albeit with a Thai twist. This can be seen in preparations like the Thai tea babka french toast and a steak and eggs combo served up with sticky rice and a spicy dipping sauce. The restaurant is only open for breakfast and lunch now, but dinner will follow in the coming months.

An oval shaped plate with slices of thinly-cut meat, sunny side up eggs, a bowl of steamed white rice, and an orange sauce. Clay Williams/Eater

11. The Market Line

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115 Delancey St
New York, NY 10002

The highly anticipated Market Line is underground at Essex Crossing, the massive LES development that’s been in the works for years. The first 30 vendors are up and running, including a beer hall from big-deal DC company Neighborhood Restaurant Group and a natural wine retail shop from the small plates experts at Wildair. The biggest full-service restaurant is Essex Pearl, a seafood operation from longtime New York fish suppliers, but pick up snacks from pierogi stalwart Veselka or Indonesian dessert stand Moon Man, too. See the full lineup here.

Several food hall vendors, including one with a Kuro-Obi sign to the right and one with a Slice Joint sign to the left. Alex Staniloff/Eater

12. Ernesto's

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259 E Broadway
New York, NY 10002
(646) 692-8300
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Basque cuisine is on full display at this buzzy new Spanish restaurant in Two Bridges, where chef Ryan Bartlow channels his previous work at the three-Michelin-starred Akelarre in San Sebastian, Spain. The menu at Ernesto’s features a variety of Bartlow’s own inventions, like calamari with squid ink, chicken croquettes, and pig’s ear with lentils and fried egg. Keep an eye out for the restaurant’s ever-changing menu of pinxtos, a small, tapas-style snack — and for the adjoining coffee shop that Bartlow is hoping to open in the future. Every table will likely be ordering the $22 chips, dramatically large plates of housemade chips piled with sliced Iberico.

A variety of pinxtos, a tapas-style snack dish popular in Basque country, are placed on a wooden table
A variety of pinxtos, a tapas-style snack dish popular in Basque country, at Ernesto’s
Rachel Vanni/Ernesto’s [Official]

13. Chubby Princess

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200 Water St
New York, NY 10038
(917) 261-7445
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Less than three years after opening her fast-casual Chinese spot Tomorrow, MáLà Project owner Amelie Kang pivoted and rebranded the restaurant as Chubby Princess. This northern Chinese bistro in FiDi now features a new, bigger menu with dishes like braised pork belly and fish with ginger and scallions, plus some table service. Much like at Chinese dry pot restaurant MáLà Project, the goal here is to “lure people in” with familiar options like wavy noodles or northern-style dumplings and encourage them to try something new — which is a whole lot easier when most of the dishes on the menu net out at under $10. A menu of cocktails and wine is also available.

A bowl and a plate are placed on a dark table. The bowl has thick noodles and pieces of beef. The plate has chopsticks.
Spicy beef noodle soup at Chubby Princess
Chubby Princess [Official]

1. Quality Bistro

120 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019
A long bar with a curved mirror behind it. Alex Staniloff/Eater

Midtown’s now home to a big, multi-level French restaurant from the Quality team, the same company behind hits like Don Angie and Quality Eats. Like at the other restaurants, Quality Bistro remixes classics, this time dishes from French brasseries. Chef Antonio Mora serves shrimp cocktail with passion fruit hot sauce and saffron aioli, as well as a “Detroit tarte flambée” topped with pepperoni cups. The majestic space, filled with cushy booths and trees, was built with special celebrations in mind, and meals typically cost $85 to $90 per person.

120 W 55th St
New York, NY 10019

2. Kochi

652 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036
Tarakjuk with pine-nuts, potatoes, and a corn fritter Melissa Hom/Kochi

Ex-Per Se and Neta chef Sungchul Shim turns to Korea at his new Hell’s Kitchen restaurant Kochi, where flavors of the cuisine come in an elegant tasting menu primarily presented on skewers. The nine-course, $75 meal features dishes like a saengseon-gui (binchotan-grilled Mackerel) and tteok-galbi, a charcoal grilled beef ribeye patty that’s a specialty of the Gyeonggi Province, where Shim grew up. Cocktails pull from Korean flavors too, like a martini with konbu-infused vodka.

652 10th Ave
New York, NY 10036

3. Verōnika

281 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10010
A high ceilinged room with chandeliers, windows along the left side, and mirrors along the right side
The main dining room at Verōnika
Adrian Gaut/Verōnika [Official Photo]

There’s a new European cafe on the second floor of Gramercy’s Swedish photography museum, Fotografiska. The grand, 100-seat space, called Verōnika, comes from hit restaurateur Stephen Starr and chef Robert Aikens, with a menu that pulls influence from France, Vienna, and Eastern Europe. The schnitzel, potato pierogies with caviar, and lamb goulash present upscale takes on classics, but the space is an attraction in itself. Designed by luxury firm Roman and Williams, the dining room features mohair chairs and velvet blue banquettes, while 20-foot ceilings and archways loom overhead, part of the church that houses the museum. Eater critic Ryan Sutton found that even the lowest-cost entrees stun — though the meal is a splurge at all levels.

281 Park Ave S
New York, NY 10010

4. Anton's

570 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014
A spread of dishes from Anton’s including creamless creamed spinach and bucatini amatriciana Giada Paoloni/Anton’s [Official Photo]

The rustic former space of West Village’s Frankies 570 Spuntino has pivoted into Anton’s, a throwback European restaurant from Nick Anderer. The chef — who used to lead the kitchens at Marta and Maialino — goes into his Italian cuisine training with a pasta section labeled “macaroni,” with options like a bucatini amatriciana and linguini with clams. Elsewhere, find raw oysters, salads, and entrees like roast chicken or grilled pork rib chop with apple sauce. Cocktails are variations on classics, including pre-batched martinis that come straight from the freezer. 

570 Hudson St
New York, NY 10014

5. The Banty Rooster

24 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10011
The Banty Rooster’s dining room with light blue banquettes and whitewashed brick walls Noah Fecks/The Banty Rooster [Official Photo]

The presence of Southwestern food in NYC has been significantly upped with the opening of the Banty Rooster, a new West Village restaurant from an acclaimed Denver restaurateur. Some dishes here shout Southwest, including roasted delicata squash with pepitas, brown butter, and squash mole and sopapillas (fried dough) with honey and powdered sugar. But the rest of the menu is not straightforward Southwestern, instead pulling in various influences like in a roasted pork collar with hatch chile or grilled short rib steak with ancho barbecue sauce. The 75-seat space, with a dozen spots at the bar, is done up in whitewashed brick walls, pale oak tables, and blue banquettes throughout.

24 Greenwich Ave
New York, NY 10011

6. Da Toscano

24 Minetta Ln, New York, NY 10012
Three plates of food placed next to each in a triangular shape with multi-colored foods on them including shaved cheese, tomatoes, and thin slices of meat Alex Staniloff/Eater

Michael Toscano, a chef known for his lauded turn at Italian restaurant Perla, made his return to New York this year after a five year absence. Da Toscano, his new Greenwich Village restaurant, focuses on regional Italian cooking with dishes like octopus carpaccio, lamb neck-stuffed agnolotti, and a pork chop wrapped in crispy pork belly. Marble-topped tables, velvet chairs, and green leather banquettes all create a warm ambiance at this restaurant, which seats 62 people.

24 Minetta Ln
New York, NY 10012

7. Mokyo

109 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009
A spread of food on ceramic plates, including tiny lobster rolls, pork jowl, and corn dumplings. Alex Staniloff/Eater

At quirky East Village tapas destination Thursday Kitchen, the Instagrammable drinks were more of the focus than the food. In her sophomore effort though, chef Kyungmin Kay Hyun is leaning into food with dishes like corn dumplings with salsa verde, chicken with chile, sesame yogurt, and za’atar, and pork jowl with cauliflower. Mokyo veers a bit more elegant than Thursday Kitchen, but it is still casual with a long bar, industrial accents, and dishes that are mostly priced under $15.

109 St Marks Pl
New York, NY 10009

8. Nowon

507 E 6th St, New York, NY 10009
A cheese burger placed on a white plate with a pattern along the border. The cheese burger is sandwiched in a sesame bun with a giant sliced pickle on top held together by a toothpick Katie Harman/Nowon

Korean-American dishes are on deck at Nowon, a playful East Village restaurant from chef Jae Lee. Expect options like chopped cheese rice cakes or honey butter tater tots alongside mung bean pancakes and cucumber salad. True devotees of Lee will show up for the dry-aged burger with cheese and kimchi mayo — the chef gained a following for it while doing a pop-up in the neighborhood. Note: Nowon is still waiting on its liquor license. 

507 E 6th St
New York, NY 10009

9. Paisley

429 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013
A rustic, green pan with different small foods in it including three cups of mashed vegetable and vegetable patties. Jose Solis

The latest restaurant focusing on Indian regional cooking in NYC comes from Peter Beck, a chef who had stints at acclaimed Indian restaurants Chola, Tamarind, and, most recently, Imli. There are items like Konkan fish curry, a popular dish from the western part of India, and laksa, a type of Southeast Asian soup that’s also popular in eastern India, served with shrimp, calamari, and a coconut milk broth. Expect cocktails with ingredients like banana-infused rum and potato vodka in a space that includes a wraparound bar made with reclaimed wood.

429 Greenwich St
New York, NY 10013

10. Thai Diner

186 Mott St, New York, NY 10012
An oval shaped plate with slices of thinly-cut meat, sunny side up eggs, a bowl of steamed white rice, and an orange sauce. Clay Williams/Eater

All-day restaurant Thai Diner, from the hit team behind Uncle Boons, has opened just a short distance away from the original. Much like their other restaurants, Ann Redding and Matt Danzer have furnished their restaurant with flourishes like portraits of Thai royalty and low bar seats with chrome. The food evokes classic American diners, albeit with a Thai twist. This can be seen in preparations like the Thai tea babka french toast and a steak and eggs combo served up with sticky rice and a spicy dipping sauce. The restaurant is only open for breakfast and lunch now, but dinner will follow in the coming months.

186 Mott St
New York, NY 10012

11. The Market Line

115 Delancey St, New York, NY 10002
Several food hall vendors, including one with a Kuro-Obi sign to the right and one with a Slice Joint sign to the left. Alex Staniloff/Eater

The highly anticipated Market Line is underground at Essex Crossing, the massive LES development that’s been in the works for years. The first 30 vendors are up and running, including a beer hall from big-deal DC company Neighborhood Restaurant Group and a natural wine retail shop from the small plates experts at Wildair. The biggest full-service restaurant is Essex Pearl, a seafood operation from longtime New York fish suppliers, but pick up snacks from pierogi stalwart Veselka or Indonesian dessert stand Moon Man, too. See the full lineup here.

115 Delancey St
New York, NY 10002

12. Ernesto's

259 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002
A variety of pinxtos, a tapas-style snack dish popular in Basque country, are placed on a wooden table
A variety of pinxtos, a tapas-style snack dish popular in Basque country, at Ernesto’s
Rachel Vanni/Ernesto’s [Official]

Basque cuisine is on full display at this buzzy new Spanish restaurant in Two Bridges, where chef Ryan Bartlow channels his previous work at the three-Michelin-starred Akelarre in San Sebastian, Spain. The menu at Ernesto’s features a variety of Bartlow’s own inventions, like calamari with squid ink, chicken croquettes, and pig’s ear with lentils and fried egg. Keep an eye out for the restaurant’s ever-changing menu of pinxtos, a small, tapas-style snack — and for the adjoining coffee shop that Bartlow is hoping to open in the future. Every table will likely be ordering the $22 chips, dramatically large plates of housemade chips piled with sliced Iberico.

259 E Broadway
New York, NY 10002

13. Chubby Princess

200 Water St, New York, NY 10038
A bowl and a plate are placed on a dark table. The bowl has thick noodles and pieces of beef. The plate has chopsticks.
Spicy beef noodle soup at Chubby Princess
Chubby Princess [Official]

Less than three years after opening her fast-casual Chinese spot Tomorrow, MáLà Project owner Amelie Kang pivoted and rebranded the restaurant as Chubby Princess. This northern Chinese bistro in FiDi now features a new, bigger menu with dishes like braised pork belly and fish with ginger and scallions, plus some table service. Much like at Chinese dry pot restaurant MáLà Project, the goal here is to “lure people in” with familiar options like wavy noodles or northern-style dumplings and encourage them to try something new — which is a whole lot easier when most of the dishes on the menu net out at under $10. A menu of cocktails and wine is also available.

200 Water St
New York, NY 10038

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