New York's newest and coolest
Every once in a while even New York needs an upgrade and these newly opened spots serve just that. We’re talking delicious food, craft cocktails, instagrammable vibes and much more – refer to the spots on this list for the best of what New York has to offer like rn rn
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the work dinner
A brand new edition to New York’s restaurant scene, l’abeille, by Michelin starred chef, Mitsunobu Nagae, is a French restaurant located on classic cobblestone Tribeca street corner. The restaurant is centered on a six-course prix-fixe menu but also provides a rotating selection of seasonal a-la-carte options with a strong wine and cocktail menu. L’abeille has a very classy and elevated vibe to it – similar to One White Street if you’ve been. The interiors are chic and modern, but with a luxe flair which we of course love. The pre fixe menu is definitely the highlight here but if you’d prefer to go a la carte w love the scallop crude, grilled maitake and roasted veal. The cocktail menu is stellar and our favorites are the Sleeping Bee with chamomile infused fin, honey vanilla beans and pear and lime and the Fraise Royal with strawberry and pink peppercorn infused blanco, peach raspberry champagne jam, thyme and champagne. They also offer delicious non alcoholic drink options. We love this spot for an early/late dinner meeting/ work dinner/ din with colleagues.
Tribeca, 412 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013
the "it" speakeasy
In true speakeasy fashion, Keys & Heels is disguised by a key-cutter and shoe repair shop facade, the charade complete with their IG and website also featuring photos of keys and shoe repair. But, once you step through and enter, it’s clear that what lies inside is the newest UES speakeasy that you don’t want to skip out on. From the beautiful bar to the story-worthy disco ball, the vibes here are fun and exciting, perfect for a friends night out or a sultry date. We love the drinks and bites here, especially with all the fun names like the “Barefoot & topless” and “Late Night Lover” cocktails. Even better, the spot isn’t just a cocktail lounge – sometimes they host magic shows, live music and other events, so you’re bound to have a memorable night here every time. We think this would be the coolest spot for a birthday this summer, especially complete with bottle service, and you can even book out the space for a private event if you want. How cool is that? Whether you host a private event and have the whole speakeasy to yourself or just turn this into your new weekly spot, Keys & Heels is definitely worth the trip uptown.
UES: 1488 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10075
the beloved rooftop
After an becoming a quick favorite a few years ago and then shutting down during the pandemic, Manhatta is finally back and reopened with a bar menu and limited plates and we couldn’t be more excited! Once they have a chef finalized for the kitchen, they’ll be expanding their food offerings later this spring and into the summer, but for now, we’re just happy to have the spot up and running. With the dazzling views from downtown, you’re guaranteed a memorable night amongst the gorgeous skyline. We love the creativity the team brought to the menu through the neighborhood-inspired drinks and others like Look to the Cookie, emulating a black-and-white cookie, an NYC classic. From the decor, to the views, to the menu options, you can tell that Manatta is truly a love letter to New York City as they like to say. For now the food menu is limited, but if the dinner menu coming soon is anything like the current offerings, including out favorites like the oysters and lobster rolls along with the chips with creme fraiche, we know you’ll be impressed. Not only is the space a tribute to NYC, but it really embodies the spirit of New Yorkers and is inspired by the people that visit and dine there. We have a feeling this will become one of your new favorites!
FiDi: 28 Liberty St 60th floor, New York, NY 10005
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the low key din
By this point of the list we believe you’re ready for that one, easy to get a res at, but also delicious and also cute, spot – and we bring you just that with Thaimee Love – New York’s newest Thai wonder. We love a female owned and operated restaurant as well and Thaimee is brought to you by celebrated Chef Hong. Tucked away in a Soho/West Village corner, Thaimee has a quaint and chic vibe to it. The drinks and food are quite literally made for the gram. We do love the chef’s tasting menu that takes all the work out of ordering but if you’re going a la carte we love the lobster and corn fritters, the baby back ribs, the mushroom pad cha and of course the mango and sticky rice sundae.They also serve a delicious afternoon high tea but in Thai style with desserts and savory dishes – this can be made vegan too. For drinks we love the Thaimee Love Tea Tini – which is basically a boozy thai iced tea and and the My Chiang Mai Sangria – which throws in a lovely lychee, mandarin and strawberry flavor to a classic sangria.
West Village, 116 W Houston St, New York, NY 10012