Ascent Lounge, Midtown, New York

The Best Openings in NYC This Summer

This summer, New York has had its fair share of tasty openings to keep us fed. From an oyster restaurant serving the aphrodisiac in every which way possible to a supermodel-come-chef opening his own Peruvian spot on the Lower East Side – it’s all here and we’ve very kindly compiled it into one handy little list for you.

The Last Word

The Last Word, New York

What is it? A hardware store in Queens. No, wait, it’s a speakeasy

Why’s it unmissable? Because when there’s a button to call your server over when you need another amazing craft cocktail

Everything you need to know: The Last Word

Blacktail

Blacktail, New York

What is it? A new Cuban-themed prohibition bar in Battery Park

Why’s it unmissable? Because the team from Dead Rabbit are behind it

Everything you need to know: Blacktail

The Bowery Market

The Bowery Market, Bowery, New York

What is it? An outdoor and all-year-round market set inside a former auto body shop

Why’s it unmissable? Because it has all your favorites in one spot, including The Butcher’s Daughter and Pulqueria

Everything you need to know: The Bowery Market

City Vineyard

CityVineyard, New York

What is it? A 1,150-square-foot venue rooftop bar and restaurant set atop a glass-encased indoor restaurant

Why’s it unmissable? The location, at Pier 26, offers some of the best and un-obstructed views of the city

Everything you need to know: City Vineyard

King

King, Soho, New York

What is it? A brand new restaurant in Soho run by three Londoners

Why’s it unmissable? Because their collective resumes span a host of serious London institutions including The River Café and The Clove Club

Everything you need to know: King

Sauvage

Sauvage, Williamsburg, New York

What is it? A French bistro from the team behind Maison Premiere

Why’s it unmissable? Given the reputation of Maison Premiere, do we really need to explain?

Everything you need to know: Sauvage

Ascent Lounge

Ascent Lounge, Midtown, New York

What is it? An elegant and sexy lounge atop the Time Warner Center

Why’s it unmissable? There’s an extensive cocktail menu plus, a food menu made in partnership with Blue Ribbon

Everything you need to know: Ascent Lounge

Zadie’s Oyster Room

Zadie's Oyster Room, New York

What is it? An oyster restaurant and bar

Why’s it unmissable? They serve oysters in pretty much any style imaginable

Everything you need to know: Zadie’s Oyster Room

Le Coucou

Le Coucou, SoHo, New York

What is it? A French restaurant from the team behind Upland and Budakkan

Why’s it unmissable? It’s a great date spot to impress and oozes fancy French vibes from every corner of the menu

Everything you need to know: Le Coucou

Baby Brasa

Baby Brasa, New York

What is it? A Peruvian restaurant run by a male model

Why’s it unmissable? Because it’s run by a male model

Everything you need to know: Baby Brasa 

Tsuru Ton Tan

TsuruTonTan, New York

What is it? An udon noodle restaurant

Why’s it unmissable? If the lines out the door and hour long waits are anything to go by, we’d say it’s unmissable

Everything you need to know: Tsuru Ton Tan

Avra Madison

Avra Madison, New York

What is it? A brand new Greek restaurant just off Central Park

Why’s it unmissable? It’s run by the Tao Group. They’re very good at doing restaurants and clubs

Everything you need to know: Avra Madison

Ladybird

Ladybird, New York

What is it? A veggie-focused winner from restauranteur Ravi de Rossi (Death & Company and Mother & Pearl) and chef Daphne Cheng

Why’s it unmissable? Because you can fight animal cruelty with every bite thanks to a percentage of the proceeds going towards the protection of animals

Everything you need to know: Ladybird

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