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NEW RESTAURANTS IN NEW YORK

Greek food, wine and spirits are featured at cozy West Village restaurant Voula. The menu offers mezedes (shareable appetizers) and paradosiaka (traditional plates), like a trio of taramosalata, melitzanosalata and tzatziki, and pork loin cooked in parchment paper with tomatoes and feta. Dinner nightly. Voula, 9 Jones St., New York, NY 10014, 212-989-6500.
 
Kevin Chun, who is from Hawaii, oversees the kitchen at Harvey, an American restaurant with some Italian touches in The Williamsburg Hotel. His menu includes spaghetti squash cacio e pepe and pizza with harissa and roasted tomatoes. There’s also an afternoon tea and treats from Brooklyn Bread Lab. Harvey, The Williamsburg Hotel, 96 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11249, 718-362-8100.
 
La Mercerie restaurant in the furniture and design store Roman and Williams Guild in SoHo serves French food prepared by chef Marie-Aude Rose. The menu includes heart of rib-eye with mushroom butter and buckwheat crêpes. Furniture, kitchenware and dishes are also for sale. Open daily. La Mercerie, 53 Howard St., New York, NY 10013, 212-852-9097.
 
The La Contenta group's new West Village location, La Contenta Oeste, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner until 4 a.m. The Mexican menu features dishes like queso fundido, ceviche, and chicken in mole sauce with plantains. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. La Contenta Oeste, 78 W. 11th St., New York, NY 10011, 212-533-2233.
 
Gramercy Kitchen on Third Avenue serves American classics for breakfast, lunch and dinner at no-frills tables and a counter. The menu ranges from steak and eggs and banana nut pancakes to a burger topped with avocado and a Cuban Reuben, and selections under the heading “Diner Roots” like chicken and waffle and a tuna melt. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. Gramercy Kitchen, 184 3rd Ave., New York, NY 10003, 917-265-8884.
 
Pheasant on Graham Avenue in Brooklyn offers Mediterranean cuisine in an airy room full of succulents. Chef Vincent Fraissange’s menu features dishes like whole grains with wilted greens, baby beets and a panko-covered egg, and a hanger steak with Parmesan jus and brown butter pomme purée. Pheasant, 445 Graham Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11211, 718-675-5588.
 
Som Bo, from owners Robert Chan, Russell Yam and Kitty Tsang, specializes in Asian-inspired grain bowls. In Cantonese, som bo means "three treasures," here referencing grains, proteins and vegetables. Lunch & Dinner daily. Som Bo, 143 8th Ave., New York, NY 10011, 917-261-7947.
 
Sal Basille and Francis Garcia, the team behind Artichoke Basille’s pizzeria, have opened Frankie Portugal, a Meatpacking District café serving Portuguese coffee, rolls, pastries and flan. Breakfast & Lunch daily. Frankie Portugal, 457 W. 17th St., New York, NY 10011, 212-792-9200.
 
Shinka Ramen & Sake Bar in the 18-story Wyndham Garden Chinatown serves bone marrow bao, dim sum and yuzu-infused saké. Ramen, however, is the star of the show. Dinner nightly. Shinka Ramen & Sake Bar, Wyndham Garden Chinatown, 93 Bowery, New York, NY 10002, 212-343-8111.
 
St Tropez Wine Bar in the West Village takes its inspiration from the south of France. Choose from menu selections such as cheese and charcuterie plates, mushroom risotto and tomatoes stuffed with ground beef, a Provençal specialty. Lunch & Dinner daily. St Tropez Wine Bar, 304 W. 4th St., New York, NY 10014, 917-388-3893.
 
After a pop-up in Times Square, Kellogg's has opened a permanent café on Union Square. Kellogg's NYC is a social-media friendly spot featuring an open kitchen and an area for kids, plus 10 self-service cereal varieties, milkshakes and pop-tarts. Breakfast & Lunch daily. Kellogg's NYC, 31 E. 17th St., New York, NY 10003, no phone.
 
Negril BK is a 200-seat restaurant serving Caribbean food by chef Kingsley John, a native of St. Lucia. The menu includes jerk lamb meatballs and seafood stew with grits. A Rum Shop mixes cocktails late into the night. Negril BK, 256 5th Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11215, 347-721-3801.
 
From the owners of Hecho en Dumbo, La Loncheria serves Mexican fare like tortas and tacos, plus salads, grilled octopus and a burger. Cocktails feature agave-based spirits and rum. La Loncheria, 41 Wilson Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11237, 212-729-4235.
 
Peter Yi, the man behind PJ Wine in Inwood, has launched Brooklyn Cider House, a cider house, bar and restaurant in Bushwick that will showcase the ciders he crafts from his Hudson Valley orchard. The ciders and menu are inspired by Yi's travels through Basque Spain. Brooklyn Cider House, 1100 Flushing Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11237, 347-295-0308.
 
Il Laboratorio del Gelato, the Lower East Side gelato lab, has a new location in Greenwich Village, which offers gelato sandwiches and ice cream cakes plus 48 rotating flavors of gelato. Open daily. Il Laboratorio del Gelato, 56 University Place, New York, NY 10003, 212-343-9922.
 
Henry at Life Hotel, the restaurant from Stephen Hanson (BR Guest) at the midtown boutique Life Hotel, serves the cuisine by chef Michael Vignola. The menu includes dishes like cauliflower and grapefruit salad and dry-aged beef tartare with malt chips. Dinner nightly. Henry at Life Hotel, Life Hotel, 19 W. 31st St., New York, NY 10001, 212-615-9910.
 
Chef PJ Calapa, an Altamarea Group alum, has opened Scampi, a Flatiron restaurant where scampi takes center stage, such as a version with grilled head-on Scottish langoustines. The menu includes plenty of other seafood, too, from razor clams to swordfish. The wine list focuses on southern Italian options priced under $60. Scampi, 30 W. 18th St., New York, NY 10011, 212-888-2171.
 
Fausto serves Italian dishes such as braised pork shank with white beans and gremolata and whole-wheat bigoli with duck ragù. Italian wine is a focus. Sommelier Joe Campanale and chef Erin Shambura revamped the former Franny's space with a marble bar and Venetian-plastered walls. Dinner nightly. Fausto, 348 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11238, 917-909-1427.
 
SPK Hospitality and Ryman Hospitality Properties, the group behind the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, have opened Opry City Stage, a NYC spinoff of the historic Tennessee country music spot Grand Ole Opry. The four-story venue near Times Square includes a retail shop, a bar, multiple stages and a 260-seat restaurant, which serves Southern-inspired eats like hot chicken with waffles. Dinner nightly. Opry City Stage, 1604 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, 212-388-5565.
 
Beloved Queens Thai restaurant Sripraphai now has an outpost in Williamsburg. Chef Sripraphai Tipmanee presides over the 100-seat venue, which serves larb, noodles, soups and curries along with Isan sour sausage and mango sticky rice. Lunch & Dinner daily. Sripraphai, 176 N. 9th St., Brooklyn, NY 11211, no phone.
 
Gino Sorbillo's family has been making and selling pizza in Naples since 1935. Sorbillo, their pizzeria on the Bowery, turns out big pies with light, chewy crusts. Gnocchi with fresh mozzarella and tomatoes and meatballs with garlic and parsley are also on the menu. Lunch & Dinner daily. Sorbillo, 334 Bowery, New York, NY 10012, 646-476-8049.
 
Juku in Chinatown offers izakaya-like fare on its ground floor: tonkatsu and chicken teriyaki along with cocktails. Upstairs, chef Kazuo Yoshida (Williamsburg's 1 OR 8) runs a 12-seat sushi bar that specializes in omakase. Juku, 32 Mulberry St., New York, NY 10013, 646-590-2111.
 
Baar Baar, chef Sujan Sarkar’s Indian gastro bar, serves classic dishes and those prepared with avant-garde flavors and techniques. The menu features Kashmiri-style lamb ribs as well as potato and bone marrow kulcha. Creative cocktails are available, too. Baar Baar, 13 E. 1st St., New York, NY 10003, 212-228-1200.
 
The Rag Trader pays homage to the old garment factory and office that it now occupies. Raw bar selections, wood-oven pizzas and small plates, along with craft cocktails and local beers, are on offer at this Midtown West spot. Dinner nightly. The Rag Trader, 70 W. 36th St., New York, NY 10018, 917-261-5495.
 
Bouley at Home, David Bouley's new Flatiron restaurant, offers a "multi-sensory Nine Course Tasting Menu" for $225. Diners can purchase tickets online. There's also a food lab, cooking school and bakery in a space designed by German kitchen design company Bulthaup. Dinner Tues.-Sat. Bouley at Home, 31 W. 21st St., New York, NY 10010, 917-237-3205.
 
Aurora Restaurant Group, the team behind Emporio, Aurora SoHo and Aurora Brooklyn, has a new, modern trattoria called Evelina in Brooklyn's Fort Greene neighborhood. The menu includes dishes like ricotta gnudi with heritage pork sauce, and wood-fired bavette steak. Dinner nightly. Evelina, 211 DeKalb Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11205, 929-298-0209.
 
Chef Tasuku Murakami (Sushi Azabu) helms The Lobster Club, the Japanese-inspired restaurant from Major Food Group, its third in The Seagram Building after The Grill and The Pool. Designer Peter Marino has created a lounge vibe with vibrant colors and a Jackson Pollock-esque splattered tile floor. Lobster will be featured in many dishes, and the menu will also include sashimi, sushi and creative cocktails. The Lobster Club, The Seagram Building, 98 E. 53rd St., New York, NY 10022, 212-375-9001.
 
Chef-restaurateur Danny Brown has transformed his cozy Upper East Side X Bar Bistro into Charc, a wine bar. The new spot serves charcuterie, cheeses and sandwiches, along with wines and cocktails. Charc, 316 E. 84th St., New York, NY 10028, 646-719-1398.
 
Harold Moore (Harold’s Meat + Three) has a new 80-seat restaurant in the West Village called Greenwich Grille, decorated with American flags and other patriotic décor. Expect dishes like chicken potpie and beef stroganoff, plus breakfast burritos and french toast casserole for brunch. Dinner Tues.-Sat., Brunch Sat.-Sun.. Greenwich Grille, 33 Greenwich Ave., New York, NY 10014, 646-609-3615.
 
L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon has opened in NYC After five years away from New York City, chef Joël Robuchon has opened tasting restaurant L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, which has an open kitchen and a focus on small plates. Le Bar de Joël Robuchon with its own menu shares the former Colicchio & Sons space in the Meatpacking District. Dinner nightly. L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon, 85 10th Ave., New York, NY 10011, 212-488-8885.
 
The Osprey is located on the main floor of 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge and boasts striking Manhattan views. The executive chef is Michael Oliver and the chef de cuisine is Michael Poiarkoff. In addition to craft cocktails, the restaurant serves dishes cooked in a Rotisol rotisserie, like branzino with new potatoes, olive tapenade and artichokes, and roast chicken with savoy cabbage and parsnips. Dinner nightly. The Osprey, 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, 60 Furman St., Brooklyn, NY 11201, 347-696-2505.
 
Right on the Brooklyn waterfront’s ferry dock, Grand Republic Cocktail Club mixes up creative drinks like a Chicken & Waffle Sazerac and the Smoke Over Brooklyn, a concoction of mezcal and Mast Brothers smoked chocolate. Open nightly. Grand Republic Cocktail Club, 19 Greenpoint Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11222, 347-689-3860.
 
Wokuni from Tokyo Ichiban Foods, a Japanese restaurant group, features izakaya fare like baby sardines with grated daikon and miso-glazed eggplant with seafood, plus sushi, sashimi and cocktails. Look for a small retail shop up front. Dinner nightly. Wokuni, 325 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10016, 212-447-1212.
 
P.S. Kitchen is a plant-based restaurant that has a charitable mission, donating all profits to local and international charities. Chef Gary Barawidan serves dishes like crispy artichokes, Southern grits and orzo Alfredo. Lunch & Dinner daily. P.S. Kitchen, 246 W. 48th St., New York, NY 10036, 212-651-7247.
 
Imli is an Indian restaurant featuring shareable small plates inspired by the cafés of Mumbai. Executive chef Manuel Butler cooks Argentinean shrimp with turmeric, curry leaves and green apple, and achari mushrooms with garam masala. Look for creative cocktails as well. Brunch is available on Saturday and Sunday. Lunch & Dinner daily. Imli, 1136 1st Ave., New York, NY 10065, 212-256-0073.
 
Celestine, a Mediterranean restaurant in Dumbo, boasts striking views of the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges and the Manhattan skyline. Executive chef Garett McMahan (formerly of Perilla, The Harrison and Bouley) serves dishes including handmade Turkish dumplings filled with braised short rib flavored with fenugreek and pomegranate molasses, and lamb saddle and kibbeh with bulgar, Swiss chard, mint and labneh. Dinner nightly. Celestine, 1 John St., Brooklyn, NY 11201, 718-522-5356.
 
An outpost of Miami-based small-plates restaurant Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill is now open in a 150-year-old Empire Stores landmark building in Dumbo. Chef-partner Timon Balloo's menu features dishes like Korean-style grilled beef short ribs and roasted chicken with truffled fingerling potatoes. Look for a selection of sushi rolls, too. Lunch & Dinner daily. Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill, 55 Water St., Brooklyn, NY 11201, 718-473-9555.
 

Find more recent openings with our list of the Top 10 New & Notable NY Restaurants and round-up of all the NEW Restaurants in New York

NOTEWORTHY ANNOUNCEMENTS

Winter Restaurant Week Announces Dates
New York City's Winter Restaurant Week returns January 22-February 9, 2018. Participating restaurants will offer a three-course lunch for $29 and dinner for $42. To find out more, visit the official website.
 

UPDATES ON NEW YORK CHEFS

Joe Carroll (St. Anselm) shuttered Semilla to open Casino Clam Bar, which reimagines a seaside clam shack in Brooklyn. The spot serves littlenecks on the half shell, uni with house-made tagliatelle and white clam pizza with stracciatella. Dinner nightly. Casino Clam Bar, 160 Havemeyer St., Brooklyn, NY 11211, 718-782-3474.
 

NEW YORK RESTAURANT CLOSINGS

Le Cirque has closed Restaurateur Sirio Maccioni's legendary Le Cirque has closed, but it's slated to open in a different New York location later in 2018. Le Cirque, One Beacon Court, 151 E. 58th St., New York, NY 10022, No phone.
 
The Maccioni family has closed Circo after more than 20 years. They are looking for nearby locations to potentially open a new incarnation of the restaurant. Circo, 120 W. 55th St., New York, NY 10019, 212-265-3636.
 

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