New York’s 5 Best Openings This Week

If you’ve ever wondered what chefs do when they leave ridiculously amazing spots like L’Artusi, allow us to give you an education. All the details are here, in our Top 5 openings to hit NYC this week:

Be First.

Just Opened. 


fausto, brooklyn, new york

What is it: An Italian restaurant in Park Slope from an ex-L’Artusi chef

Why’s it unmissable: Not only is the chef ex-L’Artusi, so is the sommelier. So you’ve got food and wine seriously covered – what more could you want for?

Everything you need to know: Fausto


Ha’s Chinese Bar & Eatery

has chinese, queens new york

What is it? A vegetarian Chinese restaurant in Queens.

Why’s it unmissable? Ok, so maybe we lost you at Queens. But these guys are the Queen’s Kickshaw guys – aka the MOST popular food cart in Queens. This spot is a huge deal and it will be worth the trip.

Everything you need to know: Ha’s Chinese Bar & Eatery


Gramercy Kitchen

Gramercy Kitchen, East Village, New York

What is it? The reopening of Gramercy Café – now Gramercy Kitchen.

Why’s it unmissable? They’ve revamped the menu with elevated classics like creative Coca-Cola drinks and chicken and waffles with balsamic syrup or disco short ribs topped with cheese curds and gravy.

Everything you need to know: Gramercy Kitchen



Scampi, Flatiron, New York

What is it? A new Southern-Italian in Flatiron dedicated to Scampi.

Why’s it unmissable? Scampi’s not everything that’s on the menu (but there is a monthly rotating menu of it as an ode to the dish). There’s an epic menu of fish varieties that come in many tasty forms as well as house made pasta dishes too.

Everything you need to know: Scampi


Donner and Blitzen’s Reindeer Lounge

donner and blitzen's reindeer lounge new york

What is it? A holiday pop-up bar in the East Village dedicated to all things Christmas to get you into the spirit of things.

Why’s it unmissable? In addition to comfort food faves like grilled cheeses and S’mores, there are ample festive photo-opps to choose from including three fireplaces, endless Christmas decorations and lights, and even a special ‘Reindeer Playing Poker’ mural in the back yard.

Everything you need to know: Donner and Blitzen’s Reindeer Lounge