The NYC summer is flying by and June has already come and gone. The post-pandemic restaurant resurgence continues, with plenty of ultra-exciting new spots hitting the scene throughout June.
From new concepts from Michelin-starred chefs to classic Italian family-style dishes, NYC’s hospitality industry is burning bright this summer season. We highly recommend you try out these newly bowed restos, and don’t walk, run because reservations are going fast!
Photos by Evan Sung
53 W. 53rd Street
The Altamarea Group, home to NYC staples Marea and Ai Fiori, does it again with new contemporary Asian restaurant 53. The innovative concept creates an immersive dining experience by combining cuisine inspired by traditional Chinese, Japanese, Singaporean and Thai cooking with art scattered throughout the 30,000-square-foot space. The restaurant sits above MoMa’s new extended Midtown wing, and partners with Friedrich Petzel Gallery to display a rotating selection of fine art. Expect to find a colorful and exotic menu categorized by temperature and preparation: cold, hot, steamed, grilled, clay pot and wok.
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85 10th Ave.
The old Del Posto space in Chelsea finally reopens as Al Coro, an Italian fine-dining establishment helmed by chef Melissa Rodriguez and Jeff Katz. Boasting a whopping 24,000 square feet of space, Al Coro is equipped with 150 seats and prepared for celebratory dining. The opening menu consists of five and seven-course offerings, all Italian in origin and daring in execution. The menu will be updated every month, so expect to have a different experience every time you grace Al Coro’s tables.
Photos courtesy of Arthur & Sons
38 8th Ave.
Chef Joe Isidori brings his most personal project to date to life through Arthur & Sons, a West Village Italian eatery. The restaurant pays homage to the three generations of Isidori’s family in the New York hospitality industry through old-school New York Italian American red-sauce classics. The comforting menu consists of dishes such as prosciutto and shaved parmigiano reggiano and mussels fra diavolo. House specialties are labors of love, ranging from dishes such as Joe’s world-famous meatballs sub to a generations-old family recipe for gnocchi Sugo di Carne. Insider tip: Don’t miss the cocktail menu, which boasts one of the best Aperol spritzes in the city.
Photos courtesy of the Avra Group
1271 Avenue of the Americas
The third rendition of beloved Greek restaurant Avra Estiatorio proves to be just as successful as its sister locations on the Upper East Side and Midtown East. Sitting inside the historic Time-Life Building, the restaurant boasts 16,500 square feet of sun-drenched space. The airy Mediterranean courtyard aesthetic combines with the fresh, colorful menu for a refreshing dining experience. All three floors get excellent light, with the alfresco dining area on 6th Avenue’s historic plaza offering fresh air on summer evenings. Menu highlights include freshly caught seafood flown in daily, local and sustainably sourced catches, small plates, caviar, lamb and more.
Photos by Liz Clayman
88 Wall Street
Located on the corner of Wall Street and Water Street inside the newly opened Wall Street Hotel, La Marchande is an ode to French cuisine with a modern and bright neighborhood vibe. Chef John Fraser brought together the hospitality industry’s finest to create the space, as former Soho House head of design Vicky Charles is responsible for the upscale interiors. Executive chef Rick Horiike brings Fraser’s vision to life, embracing vinaigrettes and broths rather than traditional heavier French sauces for a lighter take on the cuisine. Standout dishes include the grilled lobster, an interpretation of Lobster Américaine with coconut milk instead of the traditional sauce with butter and cream, and the lamb prime rib with pickled ginger, carrots and fried rice pilaf.
Photos courtesy of Mezze on the River
375 South End Ave.
Waterfront dining in NYC? Yes, please. Mezze on the River is a Mediterranean-inspired eatery situated alongside the Hudson River. The menu brings a fresh take on traditional Greek cuisine through dishes such as grilled branzino, lamb chops, tuna tartare, saganaki cigars, salmon skewers, miso bass, mezze platters and more. The outdoor terrace offer elevated cabanas for unfettered views of the river, while the indoor space’s floor-to-ceiling windows allow plenty of light and excellent people-watching. Space NY is responsible for the indoor-outdoor design featuring maximalism wallpapers and floral installations.
Photos by Evan Sung
289 Bleecker Street
Former Eleven Madison Park sous-chef and wine director Andrew Quinn and Cedric Nicaise recently bowed new American, seasonally-driven restaurant The Noortwyck. Quinn carefully curated the menu to support local New York farmers, producers and artisans through dishes such as Gemelli, complete with eggplant and pine nuts, and smoked hanger steak, featuring spring onion and tamarind. The space is adorned with desaturated greens, earthy tones and natural finishes for an understated and relaxing ambiance that places emphasis on the cuisine. Custom banquettes are adorned with cognac-tanned Italian leather and golden ochre velvet for ultimate comfort.