Spring in New York is not just about warmer days ahead and daffodils popping up in Central Park. It’s also the time when chefs open their latest restaurants. From seafood-centric concepts to hipper street food, here are new restaurants around NYC to put on your must-visit list.
After opening the popular Scarpetta nearly a decade ago, chef/restaurateur/cookbook author Scott Conant is planning to debut Fusco come April. He’s sticking to Italian food again at this Gramercy Park restaurant named after his grandmother (though nonna’s cooking will get a gourmet touch). 43 E. 20th St.
Michael Chernow’s Little Italy hit Seamore’s gets an uptown location in Chelsea this spring. From sustainable seafood to healthy salads, the menu is full of seasonal dishes served in an unpretentious setting. The new outpost will also feature an underground rum bar and sidewalk seating alfresco. 161 Eighth Ave.
Tucked on an intimate corner of the West Village, chef Galen Zamarra’s popular Mas (farmhouse) is set to open late spring following a devastating kitchen fire that’s kept the restaurant closed since last summer. Zamarra plans to focus on dishes like yellowfin tuna l’occidental flashed with beurre noisette and crispy shallots, Long Island duck breast with beet and coconut puree, and more market-driven dishes. 39 Downing St.
You can get a taste of the Hamptons without leaving NYC when Out East opens in April. Chef Tim Meyers and his partners plan to highlight a menu that focuses on American fare with a spotlight on seafood from around New York. Diners will find everything from scallop crudo to hot smoked trout at this elegant, neighborhood restaurant. 509 E. Sixth St.
For over a century, Katz’s Delicatessen has been a part of New York history on the Lower East Side, with its iconic pastrami and corned beef sandwiches. Now, the Jewish deli is opening its first new location since 1888 in the DeKalb Market Hall in Brooklyn. Don’t expect anything less than the impeccable quality that’s attracted true New Yorkers and tourists alike. 445 Albee Sq. W., Brooklyn
Masa Takayama’s high-end sushi restaurants are not everyday affairs, but when the Japanese chef opens Tetsu in May, the menu is much more casual. The relaxed space in Tribeca will serve the sort of food Takayama enjoys after work: robatayaki dishes, salads, and even his take on a burger. 78 Leonard St.
Chef Jose Garces brings his Spanish cooking to Ortzi, a Basque-inspired restaurant set to open in the new LUMA Hotel Times Square. The food is bound to be as energetic as the surrounding crowds. 120 W. 41st St.
Just in time for the warmer months ahead, Street Taco in Gramercy brings a hip vibe to Mexican street food by executive chef Justin Ottervanger and Mark Fox of Fox Lifestyle Hospitality Group. Expect upscale takes on tacos that you’ll scarf down while seated amongst funky touches like a DJ booth stocked with vinyl records, street art, and a Volkswagen van. 358 Third Ave.
While José Andrés’s Bazaar concept restaurant is still unnamed, it’s bound to be just as edgy as the Philippe Starck-designed hotel SLS New York it resides in. With a late spring opening, this is the Spanish chef’s first New York restaurant where we can expect nods to his homeland and to the city he considered his first home. 444 Park Ave. S.