Eat and Drink NYC's best new restaurants 2014 By MEREDITH DELISO & GEORGIA KRAL firstname.lastname@example.org Updated December 17, 2014 10:56 AM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email It's that time again -- time to revisit all that the past year has brought us and single out some of the best New York City has to offer. It's a tradition that never gets old. With that, here are our favorite new dining options. Best new (and most anticipated) noodle shop: Ivan Ramen Photo Credit: GEORGIA KRAL Ivan Ramen's LES noodle shop had been years in the making when it finally opened last summer. And boy does this ramen house deliver. Springy noodles, inventive appetizers (fried whole prawns with Kewpie mayo!), rich and flavorful broth and a certain inspired vegetarian ramen rule at Ivan Ramen. (The vegetarian Shoyu ramen, pictured, is the real deal, bursting with as much if not more umami flavor as the triple garlic Mazeman, if you can believe it.) 25 Clinton St., ivanramen.com Best new pizza: Emily Photo Credit: GEORGIA KRAL Clinton Hill's dining scene has blown up over the past year, and the shining star is Emily. The owners call their pizzas "New Brooklyn"-style: The toppings are pushed all the way out to the edges, and the crust is thin, bubbly and delicious. They are cooked in a wood-fired oven. Try everything, but don't skip the homemade ricotta and the namesake "Emily" pie, with mozzarella, pistachios, truffle sottocenere and honey. 919 Fulton St., pizzalovesemily.com Best fried chicken: Wilma Jean Photo Credit: Linda Rosier This year could easily be considered the year of fried chicken, what with Root & Bone’s sweet tea-brined fried chicken, Birds & Bubbles’ champagne concept and Seoul Chicken's Asian twist, to name a few. But for no-fuss fried chicken, the folks behind Seersucker make some of the best around with this new outfit. Get the juicy, crispy buttermilk-marinated bird on a stick, in a salad, by the bucketful or part of its fried chicken dinner with a potato roll and coleslaw — at $14, it’s one of the best deals in town, too. 345 Smith St., Carroll Gardens, 718-422-0444, wilmajean345.com Best food gimmick: Chocolate Chip Cookie Milk Shot Photo Credit: Dominique Ansel Bakery Dominique Ansel managed to follow up his Cronut with an equally ingenious, buzz-worthy creation — the chocolate chip cookie milk shot. Reaction to the new treat was immediate and synonymous: wonderful. Makes sense; the treats are made from Valrhona chocolate and filled with milk infused with Tahitian vanilla. $4, available daily after 3 p.m.; 189 Spring St., 212-219-2273, dominiqueansel.com Best food court: Gotham West Market Photo Credit: Daniel Krieger Massive food halls have popped up all over the city this year, from Hudson Eats in the Financial District to Gansevoort Market in Meatpacking, but this is one of the pioneers. In the Hells Kitchen market, you can start your day with Blue Bottle Coffee, hit up Court Street Grocers Sandwich Shop for lunch, get a bowl from Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop for dinner and end the day with Jenis Splendid Ice Creams for dessert, and much more. To celebrate its anniversary, the market is holding specials all this week. 600 11th Ave., 212-582-7940, gothamwestmarket.com Best bagel shop for non-New York-style bagels: Black Seed Bagels Photo Credit: Black Seed Bagels When Noah Bernamoff of Mile End Deli and Matt Kliegman of The Smile’s new spot first opened, people would line up for an hour or more wanting to taste what all the fuss was about. It turns out the hand-rolled, wood-fired Montreal-style bagels and fancy toppings like tobiko caviar and smoked bluefish have found a fervent following. A second outpost has since opened in Hudson Eats. 170 Elizabeth St., 212-730-1950, blackseedbagels.com Best health food destination that actually tastes good: The Little Beet Photo Credit: The Little Beet Lunch is a feel-good affair at Chef Franklin Becker’s midtown quick-service restaurant. The menu is entirely gluten-free, with seasonal, local ingredients that are packed with protein, fiber and antioxidants. The concept has been so popular, it’s spawned a full-service restaurant, The Little Beet Table, on Park Avenue, that opened this month. 135 W. 50th St., 212-459-2338, thelittlebeet.com Best (affordable) tasting menu: Delaware and Hudson Photo Credit: Delaware and Hudson For just $48, you can enjoy a four-course meal from this newly Michelin-starred restaurant, helmed by NYC restaurant veteran Patti Jackson. The farm-to-table spot’s seasonal menu changes weekly, churning out such dishes as cured pork belly with Swiss chard and pickled walnuts, ricotta dumplings and roasted hen-of-the-woods mushrooms. 135 N. Fifth St., Williamsburg, 718-218-8191, delawareandhudson.com Best new restaurant you’ll have a tough time getting into (but you should try, anyway): Cosme Photo Credit: Cosme Enrique Olvera’s new Flatiron restaurant has been a blockbuster out of the gate, reportedly booking reservations through the end of the year once it opened in late October. If you can get in, you can enjoy creative Mexican eats from the all-star chef, including his knockout husk meringue on the dessert menu that’s been clogging up Instagram feeds. 35 E. 21st St., 212-913-9659, cosmenyc.com Best cheap eats: Landhaus at The Woods Photo Credit: Liz Clayman Smorgasburg fixture Landhaus developed a following for its grilled maple bacon sticks and “farm to sandwich” concept that pulls from American, Mexican, Korean and Filipino foods. Over the summer, it found a permanent home at The Woods, building a full kitchen to make those bacon sticks, as well as other satisfying eats such as fried wontons, patty melts and poutine. With everything priced between $3-$14, including a burger for under $10, you just got more money for drinks. 48 S. Fourth St., Williamsburg, 718-710-5020, thewoodsbk.com Best spinoff: Russ & Daughters Cafe Photo Credit: Kelli Anderson/Jen Snow The original Russ & Daughters is by no means new. The family business has been going strong for, no exaggeration, 100 years. But in May, the iconic shop expanded to a 65-seat café, where you can sit down and enjoy such noshes as knishes, smoked fish on rye, matzo ball soup and lox, eggs and onion, all at reasonable prices. Let’s just hope the next concept doesn’t take another 100 years. 127 Orchard St., 212-475-4881, russanddaughterscafe.com Best homage: The Writing Room Photo Credit: The Writing Room Elaine’s was a cherished New York institution, drawing locals and celebrities alike for nearly 50 years and many a folktale about its legendary, eponymous proprietress. When it closed in 2011, it felt as if a chapter of the city closed, too. But a part of that history lives on in the Writing Room, which reopened in the old Elaine’s space in at the beginning of this year, thanks to its vintage, old-school vibe, literary feel and lively atmosphere, while still bringing something new to the table that will keep you coming back. 1703 Second Ave., 212-335-0075, thewritingroomnyc.com By MEREDITH DELISO & GEORGIA KRAL email@example.com Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More on this topic Our favorite new NYC bars of 2014Throw back a drink at our favorite new bars. Our 10 new favorite places to shop in NYCSpend that dollar wisely. Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.