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Sep 15, 2022 | Food & Drink

What's New in Manhattan: 5 Restaurants that Opened this Summer 2022

Summer is almost over and it's brought a varied crop of new Manhattan restaurants along with it. Whether you’re looking for in-person dining, takeout, or delivery, our short list is here to help you find a trendy new spot to support. Here are just a few of the best new restaurants to open this summer in NYC.

1. Le Rock

Rockefeller Center’s newest eatery is here, and it's an upscale interpretation of a French brasserie. Le Rock features French bistro fare amid beautiful furnishings like terrazzo floors, wooden tables, and green leather banquettes that give the space a cozy and welcoming vibe. The menu includes classic bistro fare like leeks vinaigrette, escargots bourguignons, duck bolognaise, pâté maison cherries, and bison au poivre, as well as a fun coquillages (shellfish) menu with seasonal seafood like oysters, dressed crab, poached prawn, surf and razor clams, live scallops, and periwinkles. Walk to the Rockefeller Center in only minutes when you stay at The Manhattan Club. 45 Rockefeller Plaza

2. Belse

The 11,000 sq. ft space in Nolita became NYC’s largest fully plant-based restaurant after its opening in June, attracting big-name guests like Mayor Eric Adams, Gayle King, Russell Simmons, and Senator Cory Booker. Belse’s high ceilings and spacious family-style dining area give the space an open, friendly feel. The menu is stacked with pizzas and flatbreads, and their innovative dishes are what make this vegan eatery truly shine. Try the beet carpaccio (with salt-cured and pickled red beets, wild baby arugula, in a balsamic dressing with toasted almonds and almond ricotta) and the apple sandwich (with gala apples, organic peanut butter, prosciutto, smoked provolone, roma tomato, avocado, and caper lemon aioli on toasted sourdough). 265 Bowery

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3. One Fifth

The iconic address overlooking Washington Square Park is home to the celebrity-studded apartment building and now, Greenwich Village’s newest Italian eatery. One Fifth’s menu was inspired by Chef Marc Forgione’s Italian-American family and steeped in both Italian tradition and New York surroundings. Indulge in house made pastas, seasonal Union Square Greenmarket vegetables, Roman-inspired pinsa (pizza), and a bounty of Italian small plates, plus, over 350 wine selections, cocktails, and amari from Italy’s 20 regions. 1 Fifth Ave.

4. 11 Tigers

NYC’s “first speakeasy with a Thai heart and Japanese soul” opened earlier this summer in the East Village, fusing Thai sum yadong and Japanese izakaya with a healthy dash of American craft cocktails and tiger-themed decor. Can’t-miss dishes include the Black Panther Curry with squid ink fettuccine and seared ribeye steak, Crying Tiger Gyoza with a house ginger ponzu sauce, and 11 Tigers Tom Yum Ramen topped with a jumbo prawn. For drinks, try one of their cocktails made with yadong, a traditional Thai liqueur infused with herbs and used as a health tonic and social lubricant for generations. 225 Avenue B 2nd Floor

5. Hakata TonTon

This Midtown Japanese soul food restaurant deserves special consideration, in that it focuses on regional cuisine from Hakata, Fukuoka Prefecture. The “gateway to Asia” is located in the southern part of Japan and is known for its international trade hub, giving way to cuisine with strong Korean and Chinese influences. Head Chef Koji Hagihara’s authentic eatery has been a staple in NYC for over 13 years, but their newly opened space comes with new additions to the menu. 35 W. 35th Street

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