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The Best New Dishes and Drinks To Try in NYC This April

With so many chefs and restaurant owners joining forces and adding new items to the menu, there’s always something new to try in this city. In the food and drink world, a new month marks new dishes – this is our guide to the best to try this month…


Manzo at Eataly

In the final edition of their guest chef series, Manzo teams up with chef Janine Booth from Root & Bone – the Southern restaurant where you’ll find amazing buttery biscuits. Sticking to what Booth does best, her special dish is a crispy fried chicken biscuit with pepper jelly and pickled cabbage slaw – sourced from Invincible Summer Farms in Long Island. Don’t worry about your diet: a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Citymeals on Wheels, so you’re eating for a good cause.

Eataly Flatiron, 200 5th Ave, NY 10010

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The Sosta 

The pretty pasta spot in Little Italy invites yet another female guest chef: cookbook author and food writer Alison Roman. Available all April long, Alison’s Campanelle pasta features roasted broccoli, lemon, parmigiano-reggiano and garlicky bread crumbs.

The Sosta, 186 Mott Street, NY 10012

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Black Seed Bagels

This month, Black Seed partners with Executive Chef John Nguyen from Hanoi House, offering a different spin on a Vietnamese classic – the bánh mì sandwich. The Breakfast Bánh Mì includes a spread of pate, pickled carrots, daikon, cucumber, and spice mayo, while a Black Seed sesame bagel replaces the traditional French roll. And of course, the final touch is a perfect fried egg.

Black Seed Bagels, 170 Elizabeth Street, NY 10012; 20 Vesey Street, NY 10080; 167 First Avenue, NY 10009
Hanoi House, 119 St Marks Place, New York, NY 10009 – available during brunch (12am-3pm)

Narcbar at The Standard

This month, the Standard’s Narcbar has launched a new guest bartender series, welcoming a different bartender every Monday from 8-11pm. Bartenders will mix cocktails of their choice and curate the music for the evening, and a portion of the proceeds goes to The ACLU.

Narcbar, The Standard, 25 Cooper Square, NY 10003

pinch chinese sampler platter

Pinch Chinese

Pinch Chinese kicks off their new monthly guest chef collaboration series, starting with Chef Matt Hyland – of pizza restaurants Emily and Emmy Squared. Featuring classic dim sum offerings with ingredients from Hyland’s beloved pizzas, the special platter includes egg rolls filled with pepperoni, pickled chili, and honey; pan-fried dumplings with bacon, kimchi, sesame, and miso queso; and Clam Rangoons (fried and stuffed with fresh clams and Calabrian chili). Oh, and all the proceeds will be donated to City Harvest.

Pinch Chinese, 177 Prince Street, NY 10012

mimi cheng's dumplings

Mimi Cheng’s Dumplings

To get you excited for barbeque dinners in the summer – hang on in there New Yorkers – Mimi Cheng’s serves a special lamb kefte dumpling topped with tzatziki. Inside the soft dough, you’ll find ground lamb from Pat Lafrieda, pine nuts, fresh green herbs, and milk-soaked bulgar, making it a juicy Middle Eastern dumpling.

Mimi Cheng’s Dumplings, 179 2nd Avenue, NY 10003

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