By Dana Perkiss
There are so many restaurants constantly popping up in New York City that it’s impossible to keep up with, and even if you tried, there’d be a new one open tomorrow. But rest assured, we’ve got you covered for some of the best new restaurants that have opened in 2021.
From Tex-Mex donuts, to elegant Indian cuisine, to a Haitian and Caribbean night lounge, these are our top recommendations for some of the best new restaurants in NYC.
2129 Amsterdam Ave, New York
This Singaporean restaurant made its debut in April of 2019 as a food stall at Queens Night Market and is now a brick-and-mortar restaurant in Washington Heights. Chef Amy Pryke brings the authentic flavors of her childhood to create contemporary Singaporean cuisine, like her iconic version of the spicy Southeast Asian noodle soup, laksa. Other modern Singaporean dishes include chili crab dip, roti john sandwich, and fried wontons.
36 E 20th St, New York
Created by the star-studded team of creative collaborator David Rabin, entrepreneur Maneesh Goyal, and world-renowned star Priyanka Chopra Jonas, this restaurant offers a sophisticated menu of Indian cuisine unlike any other in New York. Blending flavors of India’s many different regions, the menu features dishes like crab puri and caviar, turmeric edamame mash, and Floyd’s Goan fish curry, created in honor of the trailblazing Indian chef Floyd Cardoz who passed away from Covid. SONA also offers a large private dining room and features authentic Indian art pieces that are available for acquisition.
618 Amsterdam Ave (90th St), New York
True to its name, Chick Chick boasts a chicken-centered menu that chef-owner Jun Park combines with Korean flavors. You’ll find an array of fried chicken wings and sandwiches to enjoy, like the Korean sweet gochujang crispy chicken sandwich. There are also delicious ramen and fried rice options, and to top it all off, you can end the crispy meal with some refreshing green tea cheesecake.
102 3rd Ave, New York
Yellow Rose is a Tex-Mex restaurant and doughnut shop in the East Village which is best known for its delicious tacos. Ranging from slow simmered beef to fried potato and salsa tacos, there are options for both meat-lovers and vegetarians here. You’ll love filling up on the sides as well, like the vegan cashew queso and chips or the sweet Texas sheet cake. To top it all off, be sure to order (at least) one of their delectable brioche donuts with flavors like hominy sugar and buttermilk glazed.
29 Clinton St, New York
Boasting authentic Haitian and Caribbean cuisine, the Rebel Restaurant and Bar is an ideal spot for delicious dining and a fun night out. Their signature entrée is the sauteed barbancourt kreyol (Haitian spelling of Creole) shrimp, but you could also try one of their mouthwatering slow-braised meat dishes like the rebel griot with perfectly fried pork, or try the legume d'ayiti for a traditional vegetable Haitian stew. Rebel also features a lounge bar and often has live performances, making this the perfect destination for a night out.
257 6th Ave, New York
For a classic all-American bistro, head over to Greenwich Village for Hancock St. The dining room is quaint and dimly-lit inside, while the outdoor patio is beautifully decorated with tangled branches garnishing leaves and twinkling lights. Start off with one of the plates from the raw bar like the savory jumbo shrimp cocktail or go for the meat with the steak tartare accompanied with spicy tofu sauce. There are multiple different types of pasta and main entrees, like the braised lamb shank and roasted dover sole.
For the best and most diverse dining in the United States, head to the city that never sleeps and indulge yourself in deliciously flavorful food.