Your Newly Opened Restaurant Roundup
The New York City restaurant scene is constantly expanding with brand new dining establishments opening every week. From unique spins on traditional ethnic cuisines to celebrated chef’s taking the pizzeria to new heights, there is always a new eatery that New Yorkers are dying to try and the critics are praising. Nobody is more tapped in to the restaurant scene than our local expert agents. They’re constantly keeping up with their respective neighborhoods and filling us in on the great things that are happening.
Here are a few of the notable new restaurants our agents have spotted over the past week. Try one out and let us know what you think!
Mission Chinese Food, located on the Lower East Side, serves up flavorful and intense Chinese cuisine that will have your taste buds soaring. This restaurant has an extremely popular flagship in San Francisco and the location on the LES is the owner’s first venture outside of California. The location is small and colorfully decorated, chairs and inflated dragons are suspended from the ceiling, creating a lively hangout where loud conversation with friends or family is encouraged. The dishes are interesting as well, the kung pao pastrami is deliciously spicy, the thrice-cooked bacon is crunchy and smoky, and the Westlake rice porridge has sweet shrimp and ribeye for a perfect balance. The owner also supplies free beer while you wait for a table.
Nicoletta, the brand new pizzeria in the East Village, is the brainchild of celebrated chef Michael White. This summer blockbuster serves up artisan pizza offerings that are varied and innovative. The sauces are outrageous and the crust is firm, a result of the state-of-the-art ovens and White’s craftsmanship. There are 10 expertly designed specialty pizzas that all make our mouths water. Three standouts are the zucchini blossoms, fior di latte, grated yellow squash, pomodorini, and basil pesto, the tartufata, which has mozzarella, crema di tartufo, prosciutto cotto, and roasted wild mushrooms, and the carbonara, which boasts porchetta, crushed tomatoes, wild arugala, and rosemary-salted pork cracklings.
Potlikker, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, takes it name from the Southern term that describes the broth left over from cooking collard greens. The restaurant lives up to its name, serving dishes with Southern accents, such as green tomatoes in tempura batter, a special “mock BBQ” flank steak with hoecakes and seasonal vegetables in a buttermilk dressing, diver scallops in a lobster broth, St. Louis-style pork ribs, cornbread upside down cake, and the chef’s acclaimed Dutch pancakes. The menu changes daily and reflects the outstanding creative mind in the kitchen.