Craving something new? We've got you covered.
Whether you're just in need of a change, looking for your new neighborhood spot or want to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to the next big restaurant trend, the city is always delivering with new food destinations.
Here's a look at some upcoming and recent openings that offer a little variety for your dining life.
YO! opening March 16: The U.K.-based chain that brought conveyor-belt sushi to London will be heading to the Flatiron District at 23 W. 23rd St., with a long-awaited opening in mid-March. For more info, visit yosushiusa.com.
Majorelle at The Lowell Hote: Charles Masson's new hotel restaurant, at 28 E. 63rd St., is named for French painter Jacques Majorelle. The kitchen features a brassiere devoted to preparing broths, sauces and soups and an oven reserved for soufflés. In addition to French food, the restaurant also features an all-season garden, with fountains and a fireplace.
abcV: The new plant-focused restaurant from Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Paulette Cole is open at long last, the latest Vongerichten to grace the inside of the ABC Carpet + Home department store at 38 E. 19th St. in Flatiron. The menu offers dishes like vanilla chia bowls with dates, cacao, Brazil nuts, hemp and fruit and millet congee for breakfast, and avocado lettuce cups and ancient grain pilaf with baby turnip, hazelnut, avocado, lemon and crunchy sorghum for lunch. The spot — open now just for breakfast, lunch and to-go orders with dinner soon to come — also serves teas, juices and organic wines.
The Fat Monk: If plant-based isn’t your style, head to Rob McCue’s new gastropub at 949 Columbus Ave., part of a meat-centric moment on the Upper West Side, as Eater recently noted. The menu includes starters like Dungeness crab Tater Tots and a Scotch egg surrounded by wild boar and mains like a shepherd’s pie with lamb shank and a braised lamb neck.
Chou Chou: Tagine – a stew named for the ceramic pot it’s cooked in – is at the center of the Moroccan menu, with options from land (lamb, chicken) and sea (lobster) available. You can also nosh on lamb chops, kefta (lamb meatballs) and merguez (sausage) with couscous at the East Village spot, 215 E. Fourth St. Info: chouchounyc.com.
Alta Calidad: This Mexican restaurant at 552 Vanderbilt Ave. in Propsect Heights will be helmed by chef Akhtar Nawab -- previously of notable spots like Craft, Craftbar and La Esquina -- will offer a menu with "snacks" like tacos, larger format "platos" of whole bass or grilled rib-eye to serve two to three people, and starters like a selection of two queso funditos. For more info, visit altacalidadbk.com.
Ikinari Steak: Opened Feb. 23 at 90 E. 10th St. in the East Village, Ikinari is the latest Japanese chain to hit New York City with an interesting gimmick. (See also: Ichiran, the Ramen spot that allows you to sit in a booth alone without human contact to savor your soup). The chain specializes in quick steak meals that aim above, say, Tad's Steakhouse, with higher quality meat. The gimmick? There are no chairs, so you eat standing up. You order the steak, which Ikinari recommends you have cooked to rare, by weight and it's delivered on a sizzling plate, garnished with garlic chips. A house sauce (and a bib!) is also provided. For more info -- including a guide to ordering and eating -- visit ikinaristeakusa.com.
Atlantic Social: The new spot from Three Kings Restaurant Group -- that's David Massoni, John Bush and chef Dale Talde -- occupies 673 Atlantic Ave. in Brooklyn, the former Tony Roma's space across from the Barclays Center. The restaurant boasts a 50-seat bar, 130-seat dining room and wide-ranging menu spanning from new American to house-made seasonal pasta to pan-style pizza (also found at their Manhattan spot, Massoni). There are also some Talde classics, including General Tso's chicken wings. Befitting its arena adjacent location, there are 16 flat-screen televisions and video games including Buckhunter, NBA Jam and Golden Tee Golf. For more info, visit www.atlanticsocialbk.com.
Pokèworks Union Square and Grand Central, opening late March: Pokè -- Hawaiian raw fish salad -- continues its march across New York City with new locations of this growing chain at 23 E. 15th St. and 122 E. 42nd St. Current plans call for an opening of the outpost late this month or early next, offering menu items like spicy ahi or shisho sushi bowls. For more info, visit www.pokeworks.com.
The Horny Ram, opening March 30: Comfort food and accessible cocktails are key at this upcoming restaurant, brother to The Flying Cock. The Horny Ram, which will be located at 951 Second Ave., in midtown, will offer savory dishes like a crispy chicken sandwich and a Philly cheese steak, as well as sweet brunch options from M&M pancakes to a breakfast waffle sandwich. The 2,800-square-foot space will also include an outdoor terrace.
Motel Morris, opening first week in April: From the team that brought you The Commons Chelsea, Motel Morris will also open shop in the Manhattan neighborhood. Located at 132 Seventh Ave., Motel Morris will pair New American cuisine with a curated list of cocktails and craft beers. 60 guests -- with 20 at the bar -- will fill the dining space.
Ben & Jack’s Steak House, opening April 27: The steakhouse from the Sinanaj family started on East 44th Street, but the location was closed in 2012 when the building was razed. Another location has been open on Fifth Avenue, but now the restaurant is returning to its roots with a new location inside the EVEN Hotel at 221 E. 44th St., with room for 190 diners in a 4,800-square-foot location. For more info, visit benandjackssteakhouse.com.
Panda Bubble Tea, opening this spring: This bubble tea shop will be coming to Turnstyle, the underground shopping and dining compound in Columbus Circle at 1000 S. Eighth Ave., bringing bubble teas, milk teas, juices, smoothies and its "FizzTea," a sparkling version of the beverage.