More than a year and a half into the coronavirus pandemic, restaurants across the city continue to open their doors, sometimes because their concepts could be adapted to the new normal, but more often because their owners saw no other choice but to forge ahead. Since March 16, 2020, when the state first temporarily closed indoor dining, hundreds of new restaurants have opened, including those that serve Hong Kong-style macaroni soup, West African fufu, and Baja-style tacos.
Here’s a round-up of the restaurants and bars that opened in October. This list will be updated weekly. If there’s an opening in your neighborhood that we’ve missed, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Bushwick: A new DIY venue with a focus on rock music has opened in the neighborhood. In addition to being a place to catch a concert, Brooklyn Made also has an in-house, horseshoe-shaped cocktail bar named Connie’s, complete with a pool table to keep the fun going. A separate tapas bar at the site is to follow. 428 Troutman Street, between Wyckoff and St. Nicholas avenues
Chinatown: A new, Hong Kong-style comfort food spot called 喺呢度 has opened on bustling Bayard Street. The owners previously ran a similar venture at 388 Cafe and Deli (then located on Eldridge Street), which closed during the pandemic. The team’s new spot features dishes such as Spam and egg macaroni soup, with a breakfast special available from 7:30 to 11:00 a.m for $5.25. 43 Bayard Street, near Bowery
East Village: The ever-prolific Ravi DeRossi of Overthrow Hospitality (behind hotspots like Lady Bird and Cadence) has opened a bar with an extensive absinthe and champagne menu. Located above cocktail bar Amor y Amargo, also from DeRossi, Cafe de L’Enfer looks to Victorian-era Paris for its inspiration. (Yes, there’s even a gargoyle statue inside). Cocktails come served with kitschy glasses such as a skull goblet, while others are presented in perfume bottles. 95 Avenue A, at East Sixth Street
East Village: Manhattan has a new after-hours party spot contender. Ding-a-ling, from the team behind the popular downtown bar Kind Regards, quietly opened its doors in March for private parties. Now, the bar is fully open to the public. The menu offers some unusual drinks, such as a daiquiri made with blended banana bread, and another with a mixture of chocolate, mint, and oat milk. On the snacks side of the menu, there are hot dogs with toppings like pineapple, kimchi, Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, and more, as well as vegan nachos. 116 Avenue C, at Eighth Street
East Village: Danish coffee roasters are considered among the world’s best by coffee devotees, and New York City is home to the United States’ first. In addition to its stellar brews, La Cabra has a bakery run by a Bien Cuit alum, replete with cardamom buns and other pastries. 152 Second Avenue, near East 10th Street
East Williamsburg: A new coffee shop and events space from first-time business owners Emily Shum and Eva Zhou has arrived. At Land to Sea — a name that pays homage to the generational knowledge imparted to the owners from growing up in their respective parents’ restaurants — standard espresso drinks are available alongside specialty drinks like Hong Kong milk tea, a black sesame or ginger latte, and a salted plum soda. The cafe menu features kaya toast, as well as ham and cheese bolo baos (with buns sourced from Chinatown’s Double Crispy Bakery). The owners intend to highlight makers of color through a retail area where Chili Cheeks chili crisp and Jamie’s Farm granola — among other pantry selections — are sold. 402 Graham Avenue, near Jackson Street
Lower East Side: The Market Line, the subterranean food hall below the Essex Street Market, has gained a new vendor. Salon Sucré is a French patisserie from pastry chef Simon Herfray. The dessert spot will have seasonally-changing options, but currently on the menu are macarons, bonbons, croissants, a pumpkin tart, and apple cheesecake. 115 Delancey Street, at Essex Street
Midtown East: A sprawling, new food hall stretching the entire block of East 53rd Street joins the ever-growing lunch scene in Midtown East. The Hugh, named after the building’s architect Hugh Stubbins, will highlight 17 different kiosks, several with some serious weight to them. Outposts include crowd favorites like Mah-Ze-Dahr Bakery, Greenpoint Fish and Lobster, Mokbar, and Teranga. 157 East 53rd Street, between Lexington and Third avenues
Midtown East: A second location for the Baja-style Mexican spot Summer Salt has risen in Manhattan. The first location opened its doors in 2019, not too far from the new Madison Avenue spot. The outposts both stem from Danny Lyu, the founder of Cemitas El Tigre, a popular Queens taco and burritos spot. 275 Madison Avenue, between 39th and 40th streets
Park Slope: Harlem Shake is expanding beyond its namesake neighborhood. A follow-up to the popular burgers and shake spot, named after the viral dance, has opened in Park Slope. Particular to this location, you’ll find some Brooklyn-focused collaborations that make an appearance, such as frosé from Island Pops, a Crown Heights dessert spot that highlights Caribbean flavors, as well as the the Kings County-based hot sauce brand, Spank ‘N Hot. 119 Fifth Avenue, at Sterling Place
West Village: Hot off the success of her pandemic pop-up, chef Hong Thaimee has gone full brick-and-mortar. Thaimee Love gives the chef the platform to show off her signature Thai cooking, with family-style a la carte dishes such as Chiang Mai fries. There’s also a $180 tasting menu for two available. 116 West Houston Street, near Sullivan Street
Williamsburg: A coffee shop with prior locations in Buenos Aires and Miami has landed in Brooklyn. Taking over the space from a former seafood shack Rosarito, Alex Coffee Roasters retains the nautical theme as well as a cozy fireplace. The cafe is dog-friendly, so feel free to bring your pooch along for your caffeine kick. 168 Wythe Avenue, near North 7th Street
Williamsburg: Nami Nori, the critically-acclaimed hand roll spot that first opened in the West Village, is expanding its reach near McCarren Park. The Williamsburg follow-up has two temaki counters and a few new dishes distinct from its Manhattan sibling, including a temaki with cauliflower and one with cream cheese, smoked salmon, and caviar. 236 North 12th Street, between Driggs Avenue and Roebling Street