New York

6 New Restaurant Openings in NYC You Need to Know

Korean corn dogs, regional plant-based Mexican fare, wood-fire cooking, and more.

Photo courtesy of Bánh Vietnamese Shop House
Photo courtesy of Bánh Vietnamese Shop House
Photo courtesy of Bánh Vietnamese Shop House

With the inauguration of the country’s new administration (finally!) taking place this week, it’s out with the old and in with the new. So it’s a perfect time to introduce some new spots into your local takeout regimen as well. Because, as restaurant closures during the pandemic continue to alter the landscape of the NYC culinary world, against all odds, a new class of eateries are helping to make the start of 2021 brighter and a lot more flavorful, offering fresh takeout and delivery options to help keep our palates excited through any news cycle.

From Korean corn dogs with a crunch and plant-based regional Mexican fare from a Michelin-starred team, to local Chinese noodles dishes inspired by road trips across China, here are some of NYC’s newest restaurant openings you need to know about. And as always, please tip generously, wear a mask, and social distance responsibly.

Photo courtesy of Noodle Edition
Photo courtesy of Noodle Edition
Photo courtesy of Noodle Edition

Noodle Edition

Times Square
Noodle Edition marks the second collaboration between owner Yishu He (Little Alley, MáLà Project, Ghost Bar) and chef Yuchun Cheng after opening the Shanghainese restaurant, Little Alley, in Murray Hill. Their newest venture debuts this week and offers regional Chinese fare inspired by road trips between culinary cities like Chongqing, Chengdu, and Wuhan. The opening menu consists of six regional noodle items such as scallion and shrimp noodles from Shanghai, beef offal noodles from Xinjiang, and tingly pork noodles from Chengdu; in addition to side dishes like marinated cucumbers, pork cutlet, and pork potstickers. In the future, expect more regional noodle dishes like soybean paste noodles from Beijing and hot oil noodles from Xi’an. 
How to order: Order takeout and delivery via website, Grubhub.

Photo by Adam Friedlander
Photo by Adam Friedlander
Photo by Adam Friedlander

Rolo’s

Ridgewood
This new neighborhood spot in Ridgewood features a family-style menu focused on wood-fire cooking. Currently open for takeout and delivery during lunch and dinner, Rolo’s is also a cafe and grocery shop offering prepared items, frozen foods, meats butchered in-house, and alcohol available for order as well. Opened by four Gramercy Tavern alums-chefs Howard Kalachnikoff, Rafiq Salim, and Paul Wetzel run the kitchen while Ben Howell oversees the beverage program. Choose from focaccia, baked goods, and more, with an expanded menu and both indoor dining and outdoor dining expected to launch later this year.
How to order: Order takeout, delivery, and grocery store provisions via website.

Photo courtesy of Oh K! Hot Dog
Photo courtesy of Oh K! Hot Dog
Photo courtesy of Oh K! Hot Dog

Oh K-Dog

Lower East Side
Oh K-Dog brings not one (but two!) popular Korean street foods to the Lower East Side: Korean corn dogs and egg toast. Unlike its American cousin, this spot’s Korean corn dog’s golden brown exterior comes with a crunch, in thanks to its signature rice batter. There’s also the popular option to get any frank wrapped in mozzarella, cheddar, or even a cheese combo, resulting in a gooey string of magic in each bite. Go the extra mile by adding toppings such as potato or sweet potato to the outside, along with a variety of sauces like cheese mustard or gochu hot sauce. Rounding out the menu are Korean style egg toasts (breakfast-inspired sandwiches) good at any time of the day, and made with grilled brioche and fluffy scrambled eggs in selections such as Eggs Travagant, the Ok Classic, and Ok Avocado.
How to order: Storefront

Photo courtesy of Xilonen
Photo courtesy of Xilonen
Photo courtesy of Xilonen

Xilonen

Greenpoint
Xilonen is the latest project from the team behind lauded Oxomoco in Greenpoint. With plant-based offerings focusing on regional Mexican fare, the restaurant is named after the Aztec Goddess of Young Corn, with a design aesthetic to match as deep purples, yellows, and oranges pay homage to heirloom corn varieties. Working with chef/owner Justin Bazdarich, chef de cuisine Alan Delgado’s menu is 75% vegan and 25% vegetarian, with items such masa pancakes with deep mountain maple syrup and salted butter; carrot tostada with navy beans and carrot top salsa verde; and green chorizo quesadilla with hoja santa, black bean salsa, and avocado. Finish it all off with their new cinnamon roll made with Mexican cinnamon and a vanilla oat milk glaze.
How to order: Storefront, tables for outdoor seating are available. Order takeout and delivery via Caviar beginning 1/20.

Photo courtesy of Bahn Vietnamese Shop House
Photo courtesy of Bahn Vietnamese Shop House
Photo courtesy of Bahn Vietnamese Shop House

Bánh Vietnamese Shop House

Upper West Side
Since taking over Com Tam Ninh Kieu in the Bronx three years ago, owners Nhu Ton and John Nguyen (both formerly of Hanoi House) have earned their popular Vietnamese eatery Michelin recognition. And now with the debut of Bánh Vietnamese Shop House in the Upper West Side, they’re bringing their Vietnamese cooking and flavors further downtown and to a new borough. Opened just last week, the spot offers limited weekly specials (this week includes chao long, a congee with stuffed sausage and pork intestines), in addition to bánh mì, rice and noodle salad bowls, and regional favorites like bún bò hue (spicy beef noodle soup), thit kho (claypot braised pork belly), and bò kho (beef stew).
How to order: Order takeout via website.

Photo courtesy of Willow
Photo courtesy of Willow
Photo courtesy of Willow

Willow

Chelsea
The owners of Beyond Sushi debuted their new vegan bistro, Willow, in Chelsea just last week. Here, executive chef Guy Vaknin and wife Tali Vaknin, offer a menu of globally inspired plant-based American comfort foods. Choose from the Willow flatbread with “ricotta,” aged balsamic, pistachios, artichokes, and dried mission figs; cheeseburger sliders on a brioche bun; porcini chick’n marsala with creamy polenta, sautéed broccolini, oyster mushrooms, and red wine au jus; and “scallop” cacio e pepe with organic semolina linguine, oyster mushroom “scallops,” and creamy “parmesan” sauce. Finish it all off with vanilla bean cashew cheesecake or bananas foster cake.
How to order: Order takeout and delivery via website.Sign up here for our daily NYC email and be the first to get all the food/drink/fun New York has to offer.

Tae Yoon was born and raised in Queens, and is the Editor of Thrillist New York.

New York

Scavenge for Peeps Cookies and More Fun Treats in NYC This Easter

The best Easter desserts in NYC this spring include Easter Bunny Churros and Carrot Cake Macarons.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

As spring makes its way through New York City, not only do we get to enjoy beautiful weather, stunning cherry blossoms, and cool activities priced at $Free.99, but it’s also the perfect time for some limited-edition desserts.

With Easter fast approaching, bakeries are filling their shops with tons of chocolate eggs, carrot cake-flavoured everything and all types of flavours that offer both nostalgia and innovation within the city’s dessert landscape. After you’ve picked up a cake from the city’s best new bakeries, from Easter Bunny Churros to Carrot Cake Macarons, here are 8 Easter desserts to try in NYC right now.

Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery

Magnolia Bakery

Throughout April
Various locations
There’s great news for devotees of Magnolia Bakery’s Classic Banana Pudding: For Easter, the spot is mixing up the iconic dessert’s vanilla pudding with some carrot cake. The Carrot Cake Pudding is filled with freshly grated carrots, coconuts, pineapples, raisins, and walnuts. And if both bananas and carrots aren’t your thing, they’ll be offering their Classic Vanilla Cupcakes in pastel colours with a Cadbury chocolate egg hidden inside.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

Funny Face Bakery

Through Easter Sunday
NoHo and Seaport
Known for their celebrity face and meme-worthy decorated cookies, fans of Funny Face Bakery know that a new fun design is always just around the corner. For Easter, they’ve created the adorable Hoppy Easter decorated cookie that resembles a classic box of marshmallow Peeps. Along with that, they also have the return of their fan-favourite Caramel Pretzel Chip cookie flavour, plus a set of three mini-decorated cookies perfect for gifting.

The Doughnut Project

Friday, April 7 through Easter Sunday
West Village
With the ever-changing flavours at The Doughnut Project, it’s super easy to miss out on trying out a new debut. But this Easter weekend, there will be two new flavours available. One is of course, a carrot cake doughnut topped with a cream cheese glaze, and the other is known as the Doughnut Nest-a French cruller “nest” with a cream-filled doughnut hole “egg” in the centre.

Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour

The Fragile Flour

Wednesday, April 5 through Easter Sunday
East Village
For stellar vegan desserts this holiday, head to The Fragile Flour, a plant-based bakery and dessert wine bar. They’re known for going all out for each holiday with a variety of new pastry options that you can pair perfectly with a glass of wine. This Easter, they’ll have a whole dessert menu that’s both delicious and gorgeous for posting on IG. The menu includes Stuffed Carrot Cake Cookies, a Lemon Cake (whole or by the slice), some festive cupcakes, and specialty macarons.

Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Through mid April
Midtown
For a luxurious take on Easter chocolates, browse the selections available at Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate. You can even pick the Easter Signature Chef’s Selection for a special box curated by award-winning chefs. For something other than chocolate, choose between the Carrot Cake Macarons or the cake flavored Easter Marshmallow Trio, both of which are almost too cute to eat.

La Churreria

Throughout April
Nolita
This churro-centric spot is putting the cutest Easter spin on their crispy cinnamon churros by twisting them up into bunnies and bunny ears. At Churreria, choose from a Bunny Churro Lollipop topped with your choice of chocolate or dulce de leche and sprinkles, or the bunny ear churros in the Ube and Matcha ice cream sundae or the Ube Milkshake, both of which are made with ice cream from il laboratorio del gelato.

Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci

Lafayette

Throughout April
NoHo
You’ve surely seen this croissant tons of times while scrolling through IG or TikTok, whether it’s the Pain au Chocolat one or the latest of the month. Known as Supr√™mes, these filled croissants went viral and continue to live up to the hype each time a new flavour comes out. April’s flavour-sour cherry amaretto with a Luxardo custard and toasted almonds. While you’ll have to be super early and wait in line during one of their three drops of the day to get a taste, we promise you it’ll be worth it.

Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain

Levain

Seasonal
Various locations
We all know the iconic cookies from Levain-they’re gigantic, perfectly crispy and chewy, and well worth the long lines. For spring, the shop is launching a new flavour: Caramel Coconut Chocolate Chip. Filled with gooey caramel chips, fresh shredded coconut, and melty dark chocolate, it’s one you’ve got to try while it’s still around. To further celebrate the new season, all of Levain’s storefronts will be decked out in spring floral displays, serving as the perfect backdrop for pictures.

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Alaina Cintron is an Editorial Assistant at Thrillist. Her work can also be found in Westchester Magazine, Girls’ Life, and Spoon University. When she’s not at her desk typing away, you can find her exploring a local coffee shop or baking a new recipe.

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