17 Buzzy, Brand-New NYC Restaurants To Try In 2019

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With a new year comes at least 365 new opportunities to eat out, and unsurprisingly, New York City has plenty of fresh spots to fill the calendar. The end of 2018 saw many buzzed-about openings of restaurants across the city and the start of 2019 has brought even more. To help you take full advantage of all your upcoming dining-out opportunities, we've compiled a list of new eateries to try.
On said list, you'll find totally novel concepts from well-respected chefs as well as new locations of already-popular establishments. With these new restaurants, keeping your schedule booked and your stomach full in 2019 should be simple. The only thing left to do is start gunning for those particularly hard-to-get reservations.
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The classic New York City Jewish deli got a Southern California-inspired makeover with an added millennial twist, and the result is Gertie. Opened in February, this Williamsburg café offers both old-school dishes like smoked whitefish salad on sourdough as well as more modern, healthful options like its greens and grains bowl. Gertie's is now a popular brunch spot, but it also has a dinner menu, which includes "Poppy's Duck," a whole smoked duck that serves four to six guests and comes with scallion pancakes, fried rice, lettuce cups, and sweet and sour sauce. While the food will bring you in, the restaurant's interior design, including the entranceway mural by Lea Carey, and atmosphere will keep you coming back again and again.

357 Grand Street; (718) 636-0902
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Opened in February by the chef Cedric Vongerichten, son of chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and his wife Ochi, Wayan brings French Indonesian flavors to Nolita. The menu offers satay skewers, small and large plates, and large format specialties all served with dipping sauces and sides to encourage sharing. Diners come for the modern French twist on classic Indonesian dishes but stay for the space's transportive design filled with lush greenery and teak.

20 Spring Street; (917) 261-4388
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La Central

Located inside Chelsea's Hôtel Americano, La Central is new Latin American restaurant that opened its doors on January 10, 2019. Chef and partner Franklin Becker — formerly of The Little Beet — collaborated with executive chef Joseph Abbruzzese and all levels of the restaurant's kitchen staff to create a menu of dishes inspired by the cuisine of Central and South America, with a special focus on dishes from Mexico City. The concept is made particularly special by the many members of staff who actually contributed dishes from their home countries.

518 W 27th Street; (212) 216-0000
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10 Corso Como Restaurant & Café

The first U.S. outpost of a Milan-based concept, 10 Corso Como specializes in authentic Italian cuisine, drawing inspiration from Northern Italian traditions. Some of the most popular dishes include the Rigatoni Cacio e Pepe, Risotto Corso Como, and Spaghetti al Pomodoro. Of course, delicious, authentic Italian food isn't hard to come by in New York City, but this restaurant stands out thanks to its interior. Located in the Seaport District, 10 Corso Como is designed to serve as a beautifully bold and eye-catching backdrop to your dining experience. Guests can expect to see details like hand-painted tiles and one-of-a-kind glass light fixtures that make for many Instagrammable moments.

1 Fulton Street; (212) 265-9500
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The Woodlot

Since opening in Hell’s Kitchen in mid-October, the Woodlot has been bringing international comfort food to guests. Chef Jason Neroni, of Rose Café in Los Angeles, designs the menu to encompass a wide variety of cuisines. Deep dish pizzas with miso and parmesan and burgers dripping with taleggio cheese are the spot's claim to fame, but there are plenty of other, more complex dishes to choose from, including the Ahi Tuna Poke Bowl. In addition to exciting food, guests of the Woodlot will be treated to craft cocktails and a cozy atmosphere. The Woodlot is open now for happy hour and dinner.

756 9th Avenue; (212) 974-2003
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This cocktail lounge and restaurant has now officially opened its doors on the rooftop at Pier 17 in the Seaport District. R17 invites guests to "indulge their senses" with finely crafted cocktails from mixologist Mark Murphy and inventive Modern American small plates from executive chef Cassidy Hallman. Guests can try one of the most gorgeous beet salads they've likely ever laid eyes on and short rib that can only be described as candy-like.

89 South Street; (917) 512-7540
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Opened in mid-2018 by husband and wife team Junghyun and Jeungeun Park, Atomix earned a Michelin Star in November. Because of this, reservations are hard to come by and a seat at the impeccably-designed chef's table will run you over $175. However, the Murray Hill space is also home to the Atomix bar, which does not require a reservation. Here, guests can enjoy both alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails influenced by modern Korean flavors and awe-inspiring snacks. The beef tartare cacio e pepe and the fried rice-stuffed chicken wings are among the innovative highlights.

104 E 30th Street
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Junzi Kitchen Bryant Park

This winter, Junzi Kitchen is bringing its Northern Chinese fast-casual food to Bryant Park. The chain's new location will be serving both of executive chef Lucas Sin's two specialties: noodle bowls and bings, a northern Chinese street food made with thin flour-pressed dough, braised meats, flavorful sauce, and stir-fried and pickled vegetables. In addition to bings and noodles, Junzi Kitchen offers more experiential menus in the format Junzi After Hours and Chef’s Table, a monthly themed five-course seated dinner.

135 W 41st Street
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Opening early 2019, Rezdôra will be a rustic Italian restaurant serving traditional Emilia Romangna cuisine from chef and partner Stefano Secchi and co-owner David Switzer. Secchi has dedicated his career to the craft of Italian cooking and even spent several years honing his skills under Mossimo Bottura of Osteria Francescana, Nonna Laura Morandi at Hosteria Giust, and Michelin-starred chef Davide Palluda at All’Enoteca. Rezdôra will offer a menu centered around freshly-made pasta with a strong focus on vegetables. Secchi and his team will be using local ingredients from the nearby greenmarket along with specialty products imported from Italy.

27 E 20th Street
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Belcampo Meat Co.

Belcampo Meat Co. is expanding for the first time outside of California. Helmed by co-founder and CEO Anya Fernald, Belcampo is redefining the meat industry by offering delicious and compassionately raised meat, with every step of the process done in-house. Visitors to the new Hudson Yards locations can look forward to trying Belcampo's Classic Beef Tartare with shallot, coronation, egg yolk custard, grilled bread, and petit citrus salad; Half Chicken Salad with mixed baby greens, mango calamansi vinaigrette, and crispy chicken skin; Koji Aged Steak with grilled foraged mushrooms and chimichurri, and other menu highlights.

10 Hudson Yards
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Mercado Little Spain

In Spring 2019, Chef José Andrés’ ThinkFoodGroup will open Mercado Little Spain at the new Hudson Yards. The all-day dining and market destination will be an immersive culinary experience that celebrates all things España. Spanning 35,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor space, Mercado Little Spain will feature three full-service restaurants, several bars, more than a dozen individual stalls serving a wide selection of tapas, and retail kiosks selling a variety of Spanish products and gift baskets.

10 Hudson Yards
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Bluebird London

This new spot overlooking Central Park is part café, part wine bar, part cocktail lounge, and part international brasserie. The restaurant is an expansion of the beloved Chelsea namesake, helmed by Executive Chef Nicholas Houlbert. Whether you're dining before heading to the theater or stopping in for a quick brunch on your way to walk in the park, with 12 different delicious menus, Bluebird London has a fitting dish for any occasion.

10 Columbus Circle; (347) 682-2100
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Momofuku Noodle Bar

As the second location of David Chang's celebrated Noodle Bar, the new Columbus Circle spot offers a constantly-changing roster of noodles, steamed bread, soft serve, and daily dishes. The new location at The Shops is primarily a walk-in lunch restaurant, but it is also accepting dinner reservations.

10 Columbus Circle; (646) 918-8752
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As the second restaurant opened by renowned chef Missy Robbins, Misi's focus is simple Italian cooking with handmade pasta and vegetable antipasti as the stars of the menu. According to Resy, reservations to Misi have become some of the most coveted in New York City since it opened its doors in September. With highlights like the charred marinated peppers with whipped ricotta crostini and chickpea pappardelle, that trend is sure to continue into 2019.

329 Kent Avenue; (347) 566-3262
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Located inside the new Moxy NYC Downtown, Recreation is the latest installment from restaurateur and nightlife operator Jon Neidich of Golden Age Hospitality. The new hotspot is unique in that it serves as a communal co-working space by day and a bar by night. The cocktail menu from beverage director Jim Kearns plays with a retro theme, while the space itself is inspired by the rec room you may have hung out in growing up. Only at Recreation can you sip on elevated Screwdrivers while playing Ms. Pacman on old-school arcade machines.

26 Ann Street; (212) 257-8886
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Hill Country Food Park

Back in November, this 10,000-square-foot food park opened in Downtown Brooklyn. The concept is an indoor version of the type of food truck park Austin, Texas is famous for. Hill Country Food Park features six stalls with unique offerings including pizza, tacos, burgers, salads, sandwiches, and outposts of both Hill Country Barbecue and Hill Country Chicken. In addition to the food stalls, the park has a mezzanine level with lots of seating, a private event space, and games. Hill Country Food Park is perfect for a weekend gathering with friends and family, but it also opens at 7 a.m. on weekdays, offering coffee, breakfast tacos, and doughnuts.

345 Adams Street; (718) 885-4608
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From Danny Meyer's Union Square Hospitality Group, Mahatta combines iconic New York City views with the down-to-earth spirit of a neighborhood spot. Chef Jason Pfeifer offers seasonal food inspired by French flavors, which is complemented by a wine menu curated by beverage director Matt Whitney.

28 Liberty Street; (212) 230-5788

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