NYC's newest restaurant openings
Here’s the best of what New York has to offer rn- we love these new openings for their vibes, food, drinks, instagrammable moments and much more
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dinner with friends
Casa Carmen by chef Carmen Ramírez Degollado, who is also behind the popular “El Bajío” in Cuitláhuac, Mexico City, is the next step in her dream to bring Mexican flavors in her own unique way to different parts of the world. This spacious and beautiful restaurant will transport you to the Mexican vibes we crave living in the concrete jungle. And ofc – the drinks menu certainly helps. Our favorites being the El Cantarito – Tequila, orange, grapefruit, pineapple, lemon & salt and the Blood Orange Mezcalita, with 400 Conejos mezcal and lime juice. Casa Carmen is open for din daily and for brunch on Sat & Sun. From the dinner menu we love pretty much everything but what stands out is the guac (ofc), the empanads, the quesadillas and the ceviche. We love how veggie friendly this place is as well. Great for din with friends!
Tribeca: 114 Franklin St, New York, NY 10013
To learn more, click here
If you’re feeling this vibe, make a res on OpenTable here
dessert date spot
Lysée is an upscale pastry boutique and gallery which brings together pastry chef Eunji Lee’s culinary heritages blending her native Korean roots with traditional French training and a fascination with NYC’s food culture. Previously, she was the resident pastry chef at two Michellin-starred Jungsik but has finally opened her own dessert spot which has been a lifetime dream of hers. The two-story space is beautiful and airy, with space to sit down and enjoy the minimalist ambience on the 1st floor and a “gallery” of all the available desserts and a take-out counter, serving coffee as well, on the second floor. The hospitality is incredible and everyone who works here is so incredibly friendly. For the pastries, we highly recommend the iconic Lysée, the Strawberry Tart, the very realistic looking Corn, and the VIC (Very Important Chocolate Cake, because duh..) as well as the Teddy Bear Duo which are Madeleines. The coffees and teas here are great as well, especially the Lysée signature latte made with their own brown rice milk. Lysee makes for a great and refreshing date spot (but only if you’re open to a short wait to be seated during peak hours).
Flatiron: 44 E 21st St, New York, NY 10010
Click here to see their pastry and drinks menu
They don’t take reservations, so if you’re feeling this spot just walk in! (Sometimes there’s a short wait to sit down)
the rooftop drinks spot
If you find yourself out and about in Hudson Yards, just had dinner nearby or even had dinner at Zou Zou’s, take a venture a couple floors up to Chez Zou, an elegant art-deco style cocktail lounge that serves Miami-style cocktails and sophisticated bar bites in an expansive indoor and outdoor space. The interior features potted plants, green velvet armchairs, mood lighting and luxury fixtures making the space feel equal parts speakeasy and lavish cocktail lounge while the outdoor patio is fit with oversized umbrellas, plenty of greenery and sweeping views, making it perfect for a round of drinks in the summer. The vibrant yet elevated atmosphere lends itself well to the playful, inventive cocktails like their signature, The Dirty Zou, along with twists on other classics, like the Spicy French Martini, all served alongside delicious crudites (some with apricot whipped ricotta – yum!!) and other small plates. Whether date night is coming up or you just have a spontaneous night out with your boo, bring them here and you’re sure to impress them and have a great night!
Hudson Yards: 385 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001. Located on the 4th Floor of the Pendry Manhattan West or you can enter via Zou Zou’s.
To learn more, click here for their instagram profile
If you’re feeling this vibe, make a res here (or you can just walk in)
the fun din
We love an iconic NYC restaurant and this first-generation Portugese and Brazilian family owned restaurant that closed in 2021 after 40+ years has reopened in a new home in Midtown last month. Originally located in Little Brazil, Ipanema was a go-to for Portugese and Brazilian fare. The brother duo who have headed the opening in honor of their father’s original restaurant have created an amazing space that pays homage not only to the original location but also to the Ipanema neighborhood in Brazil, which is known for each beach and leafy streets filled with restaurants, shopping and socialization. With a gorgeous attention to detail and the presence of greenery inside, this is going to be the perfect spot for an upscale, delicious meal this summer.
The menu is heavily influenced by both cultures and when you eat here, you’re welcomed like you’re family. In both Portugese and Brazilian culture, a meal is more than just the food, and the time spent with family and friends at the table making memories and conversation is all part of the experience, complete at Ipanema with a welcoming atmosphere and friendly staff. While the menu is on the smaller side, everything is delicious and we definitely recommend the Cavalinha and Bitoque, along with the Daikrina, Upperhand, and Queen of the Sea cocktails. Not only are the food and drinks incredible, but the presentation is amazing so your phone and your IG story will definitely be eating first. If you’re looking for something yummy and fun this summer, definitely make a res at Ipanema – you won’t regret it!
Midtown: 3 W 36th St, New York, NY 10018
If you’re feeling this vibe, make a res here
the instagrammable din
We all know the Lower East Side has some of the best spots to go out at night, and Double Chicken should be next on your list. This spot opened during the pandemic in November 2020 and has been gaining popularity and the recognition it deserves since then from the unique experience it provides. The food and cocktails channel an experimental nature and are deconstructed, redefined, and rebuilt, taking traditional drinks and dishes to a whole new level. They started with a cocktail pop-up mobile bar in a vintage 1977 VW minibus served across the country before finally opening up their LES space which offers two different experience: The Front Room and The Back Room. In the Front Room you can find innovative cocktails on tap, called “taptails” and their famous chicken sandwiches (we recommend the Hot Honey!) in a more casual environment with modern, industrial decor. If you want a more elevated experience, The Back Room is perfect for you with beautiful mid-century modern decor featuring a seasonally-inspired fine-dining menu and a rotating list of signature and classic cocktails. For the cocktails, there’s so many good options but we recommend the Japanese Cold Noodle, the French Toast, and the Cold Pizza (…we know, but just give it a shot). As for the food, the Shiitake Mushroom Poppers and Blue Prawn Ceviche are favorites.
Both spaces serve cocktails that embrace the space with whimsical and unique flavors that will have you ordering several different drinks just to try them all! We love the quirky and cozy yet elevated vibe of Double Chicken Please and definitely recommend it for an outing with friends, before or after dinner or even to pre-game a fun night ahead.
Lower East Side: 115 Allen St, New York, NY 10002
If you’re feeling this vibe, make a res on Resy for The Back Room. The Front Room is first come, first serve so just walk in!