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Mari’s hand rolls.
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The 15 Hottest New Restaurants in Manhattan, January 2022

The Via Carota team’s latest West Village restaurant and Korean hand roll spot Mari join the list this month

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Mari’s hand rolls.
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Eater editors get asked one question more than any other: Where should I eat right now? Here, we’ve put together a map of the latest Manhattan debuts drawing NYC’s dining obsessives.

New to the list in January: Commerce Inn (Jody Williams and Rita Sodi’s latest addition to their growing West Village empire), Mari (a Korean hand roll spot from the Michelin-starred Kochi team), and Random Access (a casual Thai restaurant near Penn Station).

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission.

For more New York dining recommendations, check out the new hotspots in Brooklyn, Queens, and the Hamptons.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Contento

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88 E 111th St
New York, NY 10029
(646) 410-0111
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Wine industry veteran Yannick Benjamin partnered with George Gallego, Oscar Lorenzzi, Mara Rudzinski, and Lorenz Skeeter to open Contento, a welcoming wine bar with a Peruvian-rooted food menu and an eye toward inclusive hospitality and space accessibility. Contento boasts an ambitious range of wines — at varying price points — paired with a menu led by Lorenzzi that has included dishes like octopus with black chimichurri and duck liver mousse with purple corn focaccia. Benjamin and Gallego, who both use wheelchairs, helped design every inch of the dining room with consideration for wheelchair users, including wide aisles, higher tabletops, and lowered bar seating.

A curled leg of grilled octopus laid over a white sauce on a white plate.
Contento’s octopus dish.
Lily Brown/Contento
434 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10024
(917) 261-5926
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Wau — from veteran Laut restaurateur Salil Mehta — debuted on the Upper West Side with a bounty of Southeast Asian comfort food, including claypot golden braised tofu, pineapple fried rice, and murtabak, a Malaysian-Indian savory pancake stuffed with minced chicken and laced with jalapeños. The accompanying bar is stocked with Old Fashioned cocktails touched with banana leaf smoke, and wau-lahs, “a Singaporean version of a piña colada,” as Mehta puts it.

Yellowish, breaded pieces of fried young coconut meat on a white plate with chiles.
Coconut calamari.
Protechnyc/Wau

3. Mari

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679 9th Ave
New York, NY 10036
(646) 649-3545
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At Kochi, chef Sungchul Shim won over customers with a tasting menu of Korean-style skewers that earned a Michelin star last year. Now, he’s focusing on Korean hand rolls — similar in shape to Japanese temaki; and anchored with some familiar kimbap ingredients — at Mari, a new restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen that opened in the final weeks of 2021. Like Kochi, Mari is also a tasting menu spot. The lineup includes 11 courses for $125 and features hand rolls packed with ingredients like pork belly, snow crab, mackerel, and shrimp.

A selection of handrolls topped with different cuts of fish, laid out on a marble background.
Mari’s hand rolls.
Erik Bernstein/Eater NY

4. All'antico Vinaio

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729 8th Ave
New York, NY 10036
(917) 970-0033
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Crowds of customers swarmed Italian import All’antico Vinaio from the minute it opened its doors near Times Square, and for good reason: The famed Florentine shop’s square, stuffed sandwiches are creamy, cheesy, meaty delights. Follow Eater critic Robert Sietsema’s recommendation and order the messy triumph known as la favolosa, featuring pungent Tuscan salami, spicy eggplant, and both pecorino and artichoke creams.

Three figures on the sidewalk dressed in autumn clothes eat sandwiches.
Customers digging into their sandwiches outside of All’antico Vinaio.
Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

5. Ci Siamo

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385 9th Ave Suite #100
New York, NY 10001
(212) 219-6559
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Chef Hillary Sterling is playing with fire at Ci Siamo, the latest debut from Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group. Sterling launched the Italian restaurant, located inside Hudson Yards-adjacent development Manhattan West, with housemade pastas, wood-fired trout, dry-aged ribeye steak, and a blistered, caramelized onion torta that has already been turning heads. The dessert program, featuring housemade gelati and sorbettis and a chocolate amaro-filled bomboloni, is overseen by lauded pastry chef Claudia Fleming.

A lineup of three gelatos scooped into stemmed glassware and resting on white saucers.
Ci Siamo’s gelati.
Alex Staniloff/Eater NY

6. Random Access

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138 W 32nd St
New York, NY 10001
(646) 692-4180
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The city’s stage for Thai-inflected diner food expanded last November with the debut of Random Access, a casual new spot from the hit restaurateurs at Hand Hospitality. Crab curry mac and cheese, mussel chowder, and fried chicken with coconut milk waffles share space on the menu with tom yum ramen, beef noodle soup, stir-fried noodles and rice, and a pick-your-own-ingredients somtum salad bar.

A colorful bowl filled with white broth, green herbs, and mussels.
Mussel chowder from Random Access.
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7. Onjium at Genesis House

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40A 10th Ave
New York, NY 10014
(855) 444-0836
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Michelin-starred Seoul fine dining restaurant Onjium, known for its modern interpretations of Korean Royal Cuisine, partnered with luxury car company Genesis to open an NYC outpost this fall. The stunning space includes not only a dining room with an ambitious tasting and a la carte menu, but also a teahouse, a library, and an outdoor patio that puts diners eye-level with the nearby High Line. The new location marks the first time that the restaurant has expanded outside of Korea.

The dining room inside of Onjium at Genesis House has a wood paneled ceiling with tables that face a window view of Little Island on the West Side Highway.
The dining room at Onjium.
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8. Comodo

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23 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10010
(212) 475-1924
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Restaurateurs Tamy Rofe and Felipe Donnelly, who also run Latin American spot Colonia Verde in Fort Greene, have extended their reach into Manhattan with Comodo inside Gramercy’s Freehand Hotel. The restaurant is actually a revival of sorts for the pair, who opened a former restaurant also named Comodo in downtown Manhattan in 2012. In this new iteration, the menu includes some old favorites like sliders on pao de queijo mixed with brand new additions including wild mushroom al ajillo tacos, made with tortillas sourced from Sobre Masa.

The beef tartare with chicharrón at Comodo.
The beef tartare with chicharron at Comodo.
Comodo

9. Semma

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60 Greenwich Ave
New York, NY 10011
(212) 373-8900
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It was quite a year for restaurateur Roni Mazumdar and chef Chintan Pandya, the hitmaking duo behind runaway success Dhamaka on the Lower East Side — which debuted in early 2021 — and acclaimed Queens restaurant Adda. Last fall, they turned their focus to Semma, a South Indian restaurant taking over the old location of four-year-old spot Rahi in Greenwich Village. Mazumdar and Pandya tapped chef Vijay Kumar, formerly of Michelin-starred Rasa in Burlingame, California, to lead the kitchen at Semma, where he’s drawing on intimate childhood memories to spotlight regional South Indian fare that is less ubiquitous in NYC.

A serving of lamb set on a circular cut of banana leaf and plated on a round wooden dish.
Attu kari sukka, a lamb dish with black cardamom and tellicherry peppers.
Molly Tavoletti/Eater NY

10. The Commerce Inn

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50 Commerce St
New York, NY 10014

One of the West Village’s most prominent dining duos, Jody Williams and Rita Sodi, have unexpectedly torn a page from the playbook of the Shakers — a religious group rooted in Christianity and founded in upstate New York in the 1770s — for their follow-up act to neighborhood favorites Via Carota and Bar Pisellino. At the Commerce Inn, the menu takes its cues from century-old rural American recipes, honing in on simple plates like beans and pork belly, spoon bread, and smoked cod cakes. The restaurant includes both a tavern and a dining room, although only the former is open for service as of early January.

The Commerce Inn front facade with white bricks and black windows.
The Commerce Inn.
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11. Sixty Three Clinton

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63 Clinton St
New York, NY 10002
917-663-6223

Samuel Clonts and Raymond Trinh have years of experience between the two of them at fine-dining establishments such as Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare and Bar Uchū. At the duo’s first joint restaurant opening, they’ve kept the tasting-menu format but lowered the price tags from that of their former workplaces — a seven-course meal here costs under $100, before tip. In the adjoining bar area, where Trinh oversees the beverage side of the restaurant, the menu can be ordered a la carte at the U-shaped marble bar or others seats overlooking the open kitchen, which is anchored by a wood-fired oven left over from when Speedy Romeo occupied the Lower East Side space.

A tall plate with a single breakfast taco sits at a bar with two glasses of wine in the background.
The breakfast taco with ajitama, salsa verde, and trout roe at Sixty Three Clinton.
Giada Paoloni/Sixty Three Clinton

12. Mott Street Eatery

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98 Mott St
New York, NY 10013

Manhattan’s Chinatown recently gained an exciting new dining destination in Mott Street Eatery, a bustling 10-stall food court similar to those found in Flushing, Sunset Park, and Elmhurst. During an early visit, Eater critic Robert Sietsema found an impressive array of roasted meats, well-executed hand rolls from a sushi chef known as Jiro, and duck and lobster pizza, among other offerings.

A food court filled with white tables, about half occupied.
Mott Street Eatery’s food court.
Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

13. Cha Kee

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43 Mott St
New York, NY 10013

“Something new in Chinatown,” was co-owner Jimmy Fong’s vision behind Cha Kee, a Japanese-inflected Chinese diner that opened in the neighborhood in mid-September. In the kitchen, executive chef Akiko Thurnauer is overseeing a lively dinner menu that includes sake-steamed mussels and a sweet-and-sour pork marinated in koji and dehydrated pineapple; while a daytime spread of Hong Kong comfort foods is sold from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ramen noodles in a blue and white ceramic bowl with a person lifting the noodles with chopsticks.
Cha Kee’s dan dan noodles.
An Rong Xu/Eater NY

14. Tagmo

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226 Front St
New York, NY 10038

Chef Surbhi Sahni is aiming to create an environment akin to her home kitchen at Tagmo, her jewel-toned restaurant in the Seaport District. Sahni started the business as an online sweets shop, gained a following for her high-end takes on mithai, small Indian confections, and then launched a savory meal delivery service during the pandemic. That work has culminated in a 28-seat restaurant of the same name, where she runs a dinner menu of regional Indian favorites and sells sweets, cookbooks, spices, and sauces in the front of the shop.

A light green round plate with three brown fritters stacked on top of each other with a spoonful of green chutney placed between each fritter.
Tagmo’s sabudana vada, fritters made with tapioca balls and paired with a mint and peanut chutney.
Molly Tavoletti/Eater NY

15. Saga

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70 Pine St
New York, NY 10005

Perched on the top of a Financial District skyscraper, Saga is a fine dining experience where customers can wine and dine while waving at passing helicopters. Chef James Kent and general manager Jeff Katz — industry veterans who built up a following with their neighborhood hit Crown Shy located on the ground floor of the same building — are now putting their own, slightly more relaxed spin on the rarified world of NYC fine dining with an intimate restaurant that spills out onto jaw-dropping outdoor terraces. But the views aren’t the only selling point at Saga and its upper-level cocktail bar Overstory. The restaurant offers a $245-per-person tasting menu that nods to “the things that are really important to me, and that I’ve learned over my life,” chef Kent tells Eater, with dishes taking cues from his Moroccan background and his childhood days spent fishing off of a Long Island houseboat.

A white dining terrace with tables, chairs, and green plants, with a background of NYC skyscrapers, buildings, and the waterfront.
One of Saga’s 12 outdoor terraces.
Alex Staniloff/Eater NY

1. Contento

88 E 111th St, New York, NY 10029
A curled leg of grilled octopus laid over a white sauce on a white plate.
Contento’s octopus dish.
Lily Brown/Contento

Wine industry veteran Yannick Benjamin partnered with George Gallego, Oscar Lorenzzi, Mara Rudzinski, and Lorenz Skeeter to open Contento, a welcoming wine bar with a Peruvian-rooted food menu and an eye toward inclusive hospitality and space accessibility. Contento boasts an ambitious range of wines — at varying price points — paired with a menu led by Lorenzzi that has included dishes like octopus with black chimichurri and duck liver mousse with purple corn focaccia. Benjamin and Gallego, who both use wheelchairs, helped design every inch of the dining room with consideration for wheelchair users, including wide aisles, higher tabletops, and lowered bar seating.

88 E 111th St
New York, NY 10029

2. Wau

434 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024
Yellowish, breaded pieces of fried young coconut meat on a white plate with chiles.
Coconut calamari.
Protechnyc/Wau

Wau — from veteran Laut restaurateur Salil Mehta — debuted on the Upper West Side with a bounty of Southeast Asian comfort food, including claypot golden braised tofu, pineapple fried rice, and murtabak, a Malaysian-Indian savory pancake stuffed with minced chicken and laced with jalapeños. The accompanying bar is stocked with Old Fashioned cocktails touched with banana leaf smoke, and wau-lahs, “a Singaporean version of a piña colada,” as Mehta puts it.

434 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10024

3. Mari

679 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036
A selection of handrolls topped with different cuts of fish, laid out on a marble background.
Mari’s hand rolls.
Erik Bernstein/Eater NY

At Kochi, chef Sungchul Shim won over customers with a tasting menu of Korean-style skewers that earned a Michelin star last year. Now, he’s focusing on Korean hand rolls — similar in shape to Japanese temaki; and anchored with some familiar kimbap ingredients — at Mari, a new restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen that opened in the final weeks of 2021. Like Kochi, Mari is also a tasting menu spot. The lineup includes 11 courses for $125 and features hand rolls packed with ingredients like pork belly, snow crab, mackerel, and shrimp.

679 9th Ave
New York, NY 10036

4. All'antico Vinaio

729 8th Ave, New York, NY 10036
Three figures on the sidewalk dressed in autumn clothes eat sandwiches.
Customers digging into their sandwiches outside of All’antico Vinaio.
Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

Crowds of customers swarmed Italian import All’antico Vinaio from the minute it opened its doors near Times Square, and for good reason: The famed Florentine shop’s square, stuffed sandwiches are creamy, cheesy, meaty delights. Follow Eater critic Robert Sietsema’s recommendation and order the messy triumph known as la favolosa, featuring pungent Tuscan salami, spicy eggplant, and both pecorino and artichoke creams.

729 8th Ave
New York, NY 10036

5. Ci Siamo

385 9th Ave Suite #100, New York, NY 10001
A lineup of three gelatos scooped into stemmed glassware and resting on white saucers.
Ci Siamo’s gelati.
Alex Staniloff/Eater NY

Chef Hillary Sterling is playing with fire at Ci Siamo, the latest debut from Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group. Sterling launched the Italian restaurant, located inside Hudson Yards-adjacent development Manhattan West, with housemade pastas, wood-fired trout, dry-aged ribeye steak, and a blistered, caramelized onion torta that has already been turning heads. The dessert program, featuring housemade gelati and sorbettis and a chocolate amaro-filled bomboloni, is overseen by lauded pastry chef Claudia Fleming.

385 9th Ave Suite #100
New York, NY 10001

6. Random Access

138 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001
A colorful bowl filled with white broth, green herbs, and mussels.
Mussel chowder from Random Access.
Clay Williams/Eater NY

The city’s stage for Thai-inflected diner food expanded last November with the debut of Random Access, a casual new spot from the hit restaurateurs at Hand Hospitality. Crab curry mac and cheese, mussel chowder, and fried chicken with coconut milk waffles share space on the menu with tom yum ramen, beef noodle soup, stir-fried noodles and rice, and a pick-your-own-ingredients somtum salad bar.

138 W 32nd St
New York, NY 10001

7. Onjium at Genesis House

40A 10th Ave, New York, NY 10014
The dining room inside of Onjium at Genesis House has a wood paneled ceiling with tables that face a window view of Little Island on the West Side Highway.
The dining room at Onjium.
Alex Staniloff/Eater NY

Michelin-starred Seoul fine dining restaurant Onjium, known for its modern interpretations of Korean Royal Cuisine, partnered with luxury car company Genesis to open an NYC outpost this fall. The stunning space includes not only a dining room with an ambitious tasting and a la carte menu, but also a teahouse, a library, and an outdoor patio that puts diners eye-level with the nearby High Line. The new location marks the first time that the restaurant has expanded outside of Korea.

40A 10th Ave
New York, NY 10014

8. Comodo

23 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10010
The beef tartare with chicharrón at Comodo.
The beef tartare with chicharron at Comodo.
Comodo

Restaurateurs Tamy Rofe and Felipe Donnelly, who also run Latin American spot Colonia Verde in Fort Greene, have extended their reach into Manhattan with Comodo inside Gramercy’s Freehand Hotel. The restaurant is actually a revival of sorts for the pair, who opened a former restaurant also named Comodo in downtown Manhattan in 2012. In this new iteration, the menu includes some old favorites like sliders on pao de queijo mixed with brand new additions including wild mushroom al ajillo tacos, made with tortillas sourced from Sobre Masa.

23 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10010

9. Semma

60 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10011
A serving of lamb set on a circular cut of banana leaf and plated on a round wooden dish.
Attu kari sukka, a lamb dish with black cardamom and tellicherry peppers.
Molly Tavoletti/Eater NY

It was quite a year for restaurateur Roni Mazumdar and chef Chintan Pandya, the hitmaking duo behind runaway success Dhamaka on the Lower East Side — which debuted in early 2021 — and acclaimed Queens restaurant Adda. Last fall, they turned their focus to Semma, a South Indian restaurant taking over the old location of four-year-old spot Rahi in Greenwich Village. Mazumdar and Pandya tapped chef Vijay Kumar, formerly of Michelin-starred Rasa in Burlingame, California, to lead the kitchen at Semma, where he’s drawing on intimate childhood memories to spotlight regional South Indian fare that is less ubiquitous in NYC.

60 Greenwich Ave
New York, NY 10011

10. The Commerce Inn

50 Commerce St, New York, NY 10014
The Commerce Inn front facade with white bricks and black windows.
The Commerce Inn.
Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

One of the West Village’s most prominent dining duos, Jody Williams and Rita Sodi, have unexpectedly torn a page from the playbook of the Shakers — a religious group rooted in Christianity and founded in upstate New York in the 1770s — for their follow-up act to neighborhood favorites Via Carota and Bar Pisellino. At the Commerce Inn, the menu takes its cues from century-old rural American recipes, honing in on simple plates like beans and pork belly, spoon bread, and smoked cod cakes. The restaurant includes both a tavern and a dining room, although only the former is open for service as of early January.

50 Commerce St
New York, NY 10014

11. Sixty Three Clinton

63 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002
A tall plate with a single breakfast taco sits at a bar with two glasses of wine in the background.
The breakfast taco with ajitama, salsa verde, and trout roe at Sixty Three Clinton.
Giada Paoloni/Sixty Three Clinton

Samuel Clonts and Raymond Trinh have years of experience between the two of them at fine-dining establishments such as Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare and Bar Uchū. At the duo’s first joint restaurant opening, they’ve kept the tasting-menu format but lowered the price tags from that of their former workplaces — a seven-course meal here costs under $100, before tip. In the adjoining bar area, where Trinh oversees the beverage side of the restaurant, the menu can be ordered a la carte at the U-shaped marble bar or others seats overlooking the open kitchen, which is anchored by a wood-fired oven left over from when Speedy Romeo occupied the Lower East Side space.

63 Clinton St
New York, NY 10002

12. Mott Street Eatery

98 Mott St, New York, NY 10013
A food court filled with white tables, about half occupied.
Mott Street Eatery’s food court.
Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

Manhattan’s Chinatown recently gained an exciting new dining destination in Mott Street Eatery, a bustling 10-stall food court similar to those found in Flushing, Sunset Park, and Elmhurst. During an early visit, Eater critic Robert Sietsema found an impressive array of roasted meats, well-executed hand rolls from a sushi chef known as Jiro, and duck and lobster pizza, among other offerings.

98 Mott St
New York, NY 10013

13. Cha Kee

43 Mott St, New York, NY 10013
Ramen noodles in a blue and white ceramic bowl with a person lifting the noodles with chopsticks.
Cha Kee’s dan dan noodles.
An Rong Xu/Eater NY

“Something new in Chinatown,” was co-owner Jimmy Fong’s vision behind Cha Kee, a Japanese-inflected Chinese diner that opened in the neighborhood in mid-September. In the kitchen, executive chef Akiko Thurnauer is overseeing a lively dinner menu that includes sake-steamed mussels and a sweet-and-sour pork marinated in koji and dehydrated pineapple; while a daytime spread of Hong Kong comfort foods is sold from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

43 Mott St
New York, NY 10013

14. Tagmo

226 Front St, New York, NY 10038
A light green round plate with three brown fritters stacked on top of each other with a spoonful of green chutney placed between each fritter.
Tagmo’s sabudana vada, fritters made with tapioca balls and paired with a mint and peanut chutney.
Molly Tavoletti/Eater NY

Chef Surbhi Sahni is aiming to create an environment akin to her home kitchen at Tagmo, her jewel-toned restaurant in the Seaport District. Sahni started the business as an online sweets shop, gained a following for her high-end takes on mithai, small Indian confections, and then launched a savory meal delivery service during the pandemic. That work has culminated in a 28-seat restaurant of the same name, where she runs a dinner menu of regional Indian favorites and sells sweets, cookbooks, spices, and sauces in the front of the shop.

226 Front St
New York, NY 10038

15. Saga

70 Pine St, New York, NY 10005
A white dining terrace with tables, chairs, and green plants, with a background of NYC skyscrapers, buildings, and the waterfront.
One of Saga’s 12 outdoor terraces.
Alex Staniloff/Eater NY

Perched on the top of a Financial District skyscraper, Saga is a fine dining experience where customers can wine and dine while waving at passing helicopters. Chef James Kent and general manager Jeff Katz — industry veterans who built up a following with their neighborhood hit Crown Shy located on the ground floor of the same building — are now putting their own, slightly more relaxed spin on the rarified world of NYC fine dining with an intimate restaurant that spills out onto jaw-dropping outdoor terraces. But the views aren’t the only selling point at Saga and its upper-level cocktail bar Overstory. The restaurant offers a $245-per-person tasting menu that nods to “the things that are really important to me, and that I’ve learned over my life,” chef Kent tells Eater, with dishes taking cues from his Moroccan background and his childhood days spent fishing off of a Long Island houseboat.

70 Pine St
New York, NY 10005

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