Eat and Drink New dishes to try at NYC restaurants this spring By Meredith Deliso firstname.lastname@example.org Updated March 29, 2017 3:56 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email Spring has sprung, bringing fresh new dishes along with it. The chefs at Alta Calidad, Little Tong Noodle Shop and other New York City restaurants are whipping up some new eats for the season. Below, five must-try dishes. Alta Calidad's queso Photo Credit: Liz Clayman This month-old restaurant from chef Akhtar Nawab (Craft, La Esquina, Elettaria) serves traditional Mexican fare in a fun atmosphere. Be sure to start your meal off with one -- or both -- of its queso fundidos: the "simple" (acacia honey, pumpkin seeds and chile piquin) or the "complicado" (artichokes, chorizo and poblano peppers), which come with plantain chips and tortillas. $10-$12, now open; 552 Vanderbilt Ave., Prospect Heights, 718-622-1111, altacalidadbk.com KazuNori's hand roll Photo Credit: Danielle Adams Grab a spot at the 24-seat counter for the latest import from Sushi Nozawa Group, behind L.A.'s popular sushi chain Sugarfish. At KazuNori, it's all about temaki, or hand rolls. Not sure where to start? Order from one of four set menus, serving up salmon, crab, yellowtail and more. A la carte hand rolls are also available. Now open; 15 W. 28th St., 347-594-5940, kazunorisushi.com Empellon's avocado dessert Photo Credit: Evan Sung Alex Stupak's empire continues to grow. At his latest restaurant, you can end your meal of falafel and octopus tacos with this playful parfait/mousse dessert. It's not an actual avocado, but lime, olive oil and eucalyptus yogurt cleverly disguised as one. $14, now open; 510 Madison Ave., 212-858-9365, empellon.com Little Tong Noodle Shop's mixian Photo Credit: Afra Lu Chinese rice noodle dishes are the focus of this new noodle shop from wd~50's Simone Tong. Inspired by mixian bowls from Yunnan, the bowls are built with mixian, broth, meat, vegetables, herbs and condiments like chili oil. $14-$17, slated to open March 29; 177 First Ave., littletong.com bb.q Chicken’s golden olive chicken Photo Credit: bb.q Chicken The first location of this Korean fried chicken and beer chain opened in, fittingly, Koreatown earlier this month (the "bb.q" stands not for barbecue, but "best of the best quality"). Its chicken is fried only in olive oil and comes in a variety of seasonings, from its signature golden olive to gang-jeong sauce to spicy options. Get it at the grab-and-go section, or the full-service restaurant downstairs. $11.99-$16.99, now open; 25 W. 32nd St., 212-967-8093, bbqktownnyc.com By Meredith Deliso email@example.com Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More on this topic Brooklyn's avocado café comes to Manhattan, other openingsIt's time to mix up your dining routine. New health-conscious spots to knowFrom salads to cafes, get your health fix at these new eateries. NYC fish markets to reel in your fishy cravings We've reeled in some of New York's best places to buy fresh fish. Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.