End 2021 on a full stomach. From an innovative Thai-American kitchen to a buzzworthy Italian sandwich shop and a quick-bite vegan joint, here are the new and noteworthy Manhattan restaurant openings we’re most excited about this fall.
Chef Pornnipa Nilpugsri gives classic Thai cuisine a New York twist at this new Koreatown kitchen. Random Access features several open kitchen areas, including a Som Tum and Noodles Bar, as well as a main kitchen producing flavor bombs of Thai-American comfort dishes. Customers have been raving about the delicious eats, affordable prices, house cocktails, fun atmosphere, and friendly service since Random Access opened its doors in late November. Try the Cauliflower Steak Red Curry, Crab Curry Mac & Cheese, or the Tom Yum Ramen in a spicy and sour seafood broth. 138 West 32nd St.
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After a nearly two year hiatus, Gotham makes its triumphant return to Greenwich Village with a new chef, new menu, and new look. The makeover on the decades-old NYC institution includes an energetic new menu with dishes like yellowfin tuna tartare, veal sweetbreads, Atlantic halibut, and Berkshire pork belly. 12 E 12th St.
The imported Italian sandwich shop just west of Times Square has been attracting quite the customer base, with lines of patrons often stretching out the door! All’antico Vinaio (which translates to “ancient wine merchant”) serves up square Tuscan flatbread sandwiches that are stuffed to the brim with large portions of creamy, cheesy, and meaty fillings like luscious porchettas, aged cheeses, balls of fior di latte, and imported salamis. The best part of the sandwiches are undoubtedly the condiments, of which All’antico Vinaio offers truffle cream, artichoke cream, pistachio cream, pecorino cream, and nduja, a soft, spreadable fermented pork salume with chilies. 729 8th Ave.
After finding success in both Queens and Tampa, the quick service restaurant is now bringing their tasty plant-based foods to the streets of Midtown. Vegan On The Fly slings street food faves like gyro and hero chopped ‘cheez’ sandwiches, falafel and seitan platters, burgers, mac n’ cheese bowls, and loaded fries. Find their quick bites just north of Bryant Park. 24 W 45th St.
NYC excels at many things, but one of its finest achievements is Italian food. So it’s no wonder why two Italian eateries made our list! Opening this past October, Ci Siamo marries the traditional with the contemporary, while centering its Italian-inflected dinner menu around live-fire cooking and seasonal ingredients. Standout dishes include the cast iron focaccia, caramelized onion torta, housemade pastas, and wood-fired trout. The eatery is located in the heart of Manhattan West, and features floor-to-ceiling windows with Empire State Building views. 385 9th Ave Suite #100
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