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Restaurant openings in NYC: Brasserie Seoul, Rouge Tomate Cafe and more

Chef Sung Park's new restaurant fuses Korean flavors and French technique.

New restaurants to try in NYC this month

New restaurants to try in NYC this month include Brasserie Seoul, an Asian fusion spot serving kimchi-topped roasted bone marrow (pictured). Photo Credit: Brasserie Seoul

Craving something new? We've got you covered.

Whether you're bored with all your favorite dining spots, looking for a new neighborhood standby, or plotting to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to the next big dining trend, the city is always delivering with new restaurants.

Here's a look at some recent openings that will mix up your diet and expand your palate.


Rouge Tomate Cafe

The Michelin-starred Chelsea restaurant is going fast-casual, serving a new menu at a lower price point in its barroom all day long. In addition to healthy breakfast items and pastries for breakfast, there are soups, salads and sandwiches for lunch and lighter appetizers like roasted olives ($7) and black bass ceviche ($15) alongside burgers (like a bison patty topped with salsa verde, avocado and charred red onion ($15) for dinner. Opt for counter-service inside the Chelsea Rouge Tomate’s refurbished carriage house, or takeout.

126 W. 18th St.; opened Mar. 14;


Vegan (or “plant-based,” as he prefers) chef and entrepreneur Matthew Kenney’s fourth restaurant in the city is an East Village cafe serving artisanal coffee, vegan pastries and casual savory eats all day long. A trio of house-made bagels includes a black one, colored with activated charcoal, smeared with cashew cream cheese and topped with pickled cucumbers. Also on the menu: paninis, quinoa bowls and beverages like a “pine pollen cappuccino.” If that sounds too intimidating, stick to the baked goods, like berry “cheese” cake and walnut scones.

152 Second Ave.; opened March 1;


This 20-seat, all-day cafe on the Lower East Side takes its cue from kissaten, traditional Japanese tea and coffee shops dating back to the 1800s. Like that model, it's serving an eclectic mix of foods, from spaghetti in a pepper-ketchup sauce ($17 with salad and soup at lunch time) to curry with rice ($20 at dinner time) to fruit sandwiches. If you've never tried Japanese street food, or oden, this is the place to do it; vegetables such as whole tomatoes, okra and mini onions are served in a dashi broth, ranging in price from $3 to $5 a dish. The décor here is soothingly chill, with vintage furniture and a cream-colored ceiling and walls.

102 Suffolk St.; opened in March

Daa! Dumplings

The purveyor of pelmeni, or Russian dumplings, has set up its first brick-and-mortar shop in Columbus Circle's underground Turnstyle market. Owners Ksenia Kolesova and Raphael Nieto prepare their pelmeni steamed or boiled and brushed with butter, a dash of vinegar and herbs. You can order a plate of 10 or 14 with savory fillings such as pork and beef, or sweet ones, such as cherry. Dip yours into sauces such as plain-old sour cream, Georgian chili and mustard mayo. If you're looking for an authentically Russian way to cap off your meal, get the Kvass, a soda fermented with dark bread. 

Turnstyle Underground Market, Columbus Circle; opened Feb. 27;



Astoria welcomes yet another Greek restaurant with Akrotiri, named after an ancient Greek city on Santorini that was buried beneath volcanic ash and is believed to be the inspiration for Plato’s Atlantis. An alum of Le Cordon Bleu and Kellari Tavern in midtown, chef Nicholas Poulmentis is cooking up seafood-heavy dishes like htapodokeftede (octopus balls with lemon dill aioli, $12), a black caviar spread colored with squid ink and elevated with truffles ($10), and htenia, a splurge-y scallop linguine pasta in a saffron emulsion ($38) and all kinds of whole fish (ranging in price from $14 to $22). Diners will have a list of 20 Greek wines to choose from, many of them natural. The dining space itself feels airy with mostly white walls and one brick facade by the bar. In nice weather, you’ll be able to grab a seat outdoors.

29-20 30th Ave., Queens; opened Mar. 15;

The Bombay Bread Bar

Chef Floyd Cardoz, with the help of film set designer Kris Moran (a frequent collaborator with director Wes Anderson), has transformed the space that once housed Paowalla into a playful setting for a new, more casual restaurant. The culinary emphasis here is "soulful, authentic Indian cuisine," rather than Cardoz's more modern takes on his native fare, and that includes wood-fired flatbreads with tangy chutneys; small plates such as black pepper shrimp ($15) and saag paneer "pizza" (16); and entrees such as pork vindaloo ($27) and monk fish curry with coconut, chilies and basmati rice ($26). To drink, there's wine, beer and cocktails, and for dessert, try the pistachio cream-stuffed gulab doughnut. You could spend your whole dinner in silence here, with all the things to look at: the brightly patterned oilcloth table coverings, the mural by Desi pop artist Maria Qamar and the decorative wallpapers.

195 Spring St.; opened Feb. 27;

Porterhouse Brew Co. Bar

A taste of Ireland comes to FiDi in the form of this bar and restaurant from the Dublin-based craft brewery, Porterhouse Brew Co. At the main bar, an extensive beer list offers international selections and 10 of the company's own brews, shipped across the Atlantic. Walk through the dining rooms and you'll enter the more romantic Lovelace Bar, where the specialty is craft cocktails using old-world liquors and ingredients. Anywhere you land, you'll have your pick of fancy small bites to pair with your booze: oyster on the half shell served with stout mignonette; brined pork blade topped with a pepperoni buttermilk sauce, pickled mustard seed and fried mushrooms; and for brunch, options such as buttermilk-strawberry pancakes with bourbon-maple butter. In the warmer months, take your drink and meal outside, on a patio looking onto the Coenties Slip.

66 Pearl St.; opened Feb. 22;


Sam Won Garden

South Korea’s first and oldest Korean barbecue chain has landed in the U.S. Established in 1976, Sam Won Garden takes credit for popularizing bibimbap, bulgogi and galbi worldwide. Its new Koreatown location is flying in its signature beef from an organic cattle farm in Arizona and butchering it in house for short rib, prime rib eye and striploin platters ranging in price from $38.95 to $42.95. Specialties like a spicy intestine casserole ($20.95) and a veggie and beef tartare bibimbap ($21.95), and New York City exclusives like kimchi cheese fries ($12.95) are also on the menu. Wash all the red meat down with soju, wine or beer. As for the atmosphere, the three-story restaurant seating 180 features exposed brick and slate gray walls with some natural wood accents.

37 W. 32nd St.; opened Mar. 16;

Brasserie Seoul

Executive chef Sung Park’s menu at this new Boerum Hill restaurant fuses the Korean flavors of his childhood with his travels to Marseille and classic French culinary training. You’ll find Park’s house-made kimchi all over the menu, in bouillabaisse, on roasted bone marrow and with oysters and pork belly. The signature Korean condiment, a spicy red chili paste called gochujang, also makes plenty of appearances, in an aioli served alongside fried anchovy ($13), in a fettuccine seafood pasta ($23) and in a carrot-reduction on a plate with cod and roasted sunchoke ($29). For libations, there’s an extensive wine with four Korean selections among the typical European and West Coast array. Brunch is also an option at Brasserie Seoul, which sports a brass bar in its main dining room and a separate greenhouse. 300 Schermerhorn St., Brooklyn; opened March 20;

The Dining Room at Gem

Teen chef Flynn McGarry, a prodigy who's been called the "Justin Bieber of food," has graduated from tasting menu pop-ups in New York and Los Angeles to a bipartite restaurant on the Lower East Side with more staying power. One half is the Living Room, a neighborhood café erving coffee, tea and pastries like blueberry violet muffin and sweet potato bread until 5 p.m. The second is the Dining Room, which offers $155 multicourse dinners to two seatings of 16 people in an intimate space with '70s vibes. Expect a menu of mostly small dishes, followed by a few larger family-style portions. You can order wine, beer, sake and cider by the glass and bottle.

116 Forsyth St.; opened Feb. 12;


Israeli Chef Raz Shabtai's new kosher restaurant in Midtown East pays homage to the woman who raised him. At Basta — which in Hebrew refers to the long produce tables found at the open-air markets where Shabtai's grandmother took him shopping before they cooked Shabbat dinner together — Shabtai is serving elevated takes on Mediterranean street and comfort food in a space channeling the bazaars' energy with upbeat music and design accents like colorful tiles and hanging garlic garlands. On the menu: "Bread from Baghdad," spiced with za'atar and accompanied by dips like paprika aioli ($20); "The Tunisian Dish," two fish-stuffed Moroccan cigars accompanied by a burik filled with potatoes, sunchoke and egg ($19); and "The Wizard of Marrakesh," wizard hat-shaped pasta in a sage butter bouillabaisse ($28). For dessert, try the Israeli milk pudding with pistachio cream, rose water, cardamom, cinnamon, coconut and raw tahini.

62 E. 34th St.; opened in February; 917-261-7352

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