We’re seeing a number of healthy restaurants open in this town this season, and the trend continues this week with a new Gotham West Market stall serving broth and juice. Balance your dietary regime with some natural wine or vodka on tap, and head to Jersey City for Dale Talde’s first restaurant on the other side of the Hudson. Here are eight brand-new restaurants now open in NYC.
Masseria dei Vini, 887 Ninth Avenue, 212-315-2888
La Masseria owners Pino Coladonato, Peppe Iuele, Enzo Ruggiero, and Edward Ricci officially debuted this southern Italian restaurant on Ninth Avenue and 58th Street this week after an extended soft opening. Dishes pay homage to Chef Coladonato’s native Puglia, where masserias anchor farms and turn out fare from the land and sea, and include items like crispy fried zucchini, grilled baby octopus and cuttlefish on fava bean purée, veal-stuffed agnolotti, and a bone-in ribeye. Oh, and Neapolitan-style pizzas from a wood-burning oven built by famed Neapolitan oven-builder Stefano Ferrara. While the wine list skews Italian, it offers bottles from all over the world; twenty labels are available by the glass.
Zuma New York, 261 Madison Avenue, 212-544-9862
Chef Rainer Becker brings us an offshoot of his London-based restaurant group Zuma, a Japanese concept with locations in cities like Istanbul, Dubai, and Bangkok. As with his other restaurants, Zuma New York has three kitchens: a sushi counter, a main kitchen, and a robata grill. Look for dishes like seabass sashimi with yuzu and salmon roe, sake-glazed chicken wings, a jumbo tiger prawn with yuzu pepper, and a 24-ounce bone-in ribeye. The Madison Avenue space features a wall lined with massive stone bricks, dark wood tables, leather furniture, and metal fixtures.
Sushi Shop, 2191 Broadway
Paris-based Sushi Shop opened another New York City location on the Upper West Side last week, and it has plans to launch six more this year (the second, in the Flatiron District, is coming in February). The chain specializes in to-go and packaged sushi, including lunch specials packed with spicy tuna maki rolls, shrimp tempura rolls, or salmon sushi and sashimi. The chain already has one location on West 52nd Street.
Indie Fresh, Gotham West Market, 600 Eleventh Avenue
Choza Taqueria’s Akhtar Nawab is cashing in on the broth trend with this Gotham West Market stall, where he’s serving soups, salads, juices, smoothies, and, of course, broth. Dishes include bison borscht with Tuscan kale and black chia seeds; broccoli, coconut, and hemp curry soup; pho beef broth; and turkey sausage, egg, and gluten-free pancakes. And allergic types, take note: Everything on the menu is gluten- and dairy-free.
Carrino Provisions, 8 Erie Street, Jersey City
It’s been a year since Dale Talde outlined his plans for an empire for us, detailing forthcoming Jersey City projects that included another location of Talde. That restaurant is still in the works, but the Talde team has officially landed across the Hudson with this Italian restaurant and market. Pick up food from the butcher and pasta counter, or dig into black caesar salad and rigatoni with rapini pesto.
Xi’an Famous Foods, 14 East 34th Street
One of New York City’s most beloved homegrown chains now has a location that’s bigger than a broom closet. The group secured a large space on 34th Street between Fifth and Madison avenues, where it’s serving its usual menu of lamb burgers and spicy noodles. Eater reports that, as a bonus, this location takes credit cards.
June, 231 Court Street, Brooklyn, 917-909-0434
The owner of Ditmas Park staple The Farm on Adderley teamed up with the owner of Boerum Hill neighborhood joint Rucola to open this natural wine bar this week, offering wines made with minimal chemicals, additives, or manipulation. The list skews European, and is especially long on selections from the Loire Valley, which is where the natural wine movement started. You’ll also spy bottles from local New York wineries. Pair your pour to dishes like smoked trout mousseline, beef tongue pastrami, pork meatballs, and shirred egg with gigante beans.
Masha and the Bear, 771 Grand Street, Brooklyn
This Williamsburg Russian restaurant is named for a popular children’s story, but its beverage program is adult-only: The spot serves six different types of vodka on tap, including kegs infused with hops and honey, and horseradish. Russian fare on the menu includes borscht, pelmeni (Russian dumplings), potato pancakes, blinis, and stroganoff. Also on tap? Beer. Bedford + Bowery reports that it’s in soft-opening mode but should be operating officially in a couple of weeks.