Spring is the time of rebirth, and that is definitely the case in the NYC restaurant community. A flurry of new restaurants in Manhattan offer plenty of options to choose from, including reimagined bar food in Greenwich Village, Indian in Gramercy Park, and vegan Italian in the East Village. There's no shortage of fantastic food in this city, but these Manhattan restaurants make our short list of top eats.
The hip bar-restaurant in Greenwich Village has a cozy 70s vibe and specializes in mixed drinks of all kinds. Try one of Bandits’ signature shots or cocktails like the Smokey Coley (white rum, cocoa cola reduction, and Fernet Lola) or a dressed-up beer like the Halal Cart (Bandits hot sauce, white pepper herbed yoghurt swirl, dill, celery salt, and Shiner Bock). Wash it down with Bandits’ contemporary take on bar snacks like everything bagel shishito peppers, fried cauliflower, a chickpea “tuna” melt, and a variety of loaded tater tots. 44 Bedford St.
The vegan Italian spot features a natural wine bar, with more than 200 natural and organic wines from around the globe, and a plethora of fresh pastas to pair. Tasty dishes include the gigli pasta with truffle cream sauce and crispy leeks, lasagna with bolognese and parmesan, and a savory date cake with toffee sauce. For more new vegan grub, check out Cadence, a new chic East Village eatery that spotlights southern foodways and soul food through the lens of health and sustainability. 155 Avenue B
The Cali-style joint in the East Village channels west coast vibes with flour tortilla-wrapped, french fry-stuffed burritos. Try the California, breakfast, or signature burrito like the Johnny Utah with carne asada, ranchero shrimp, beans, rice, pico de gallo, and cream. Although burritos are where they shine, Electric Burrito also features items like tacos, nachos, quesadillas, burrito bowls, and loaded carne asada fries with their signature orange sauce. 81 St Marks Pl.
SONA reimagines the wonders of Indian fare in a space that evokes a bygone era of a boisterous yet elegant India - all within the heart of New York City. Indian singer-actress, Priyanka Chopra-Jonas is the creative collaborator behind the Gramercy restaurant that presents dishes like fish curry, black pepper short rib, and Kofta Korma, a savory ricotta dumpling with cashew sauce and chili cheese naan. Best of all, proceeds from select dishes support COVID-19 relief in India. 36 E 20th St.
The popular New York Brasserie isn’t new by any means (Redeye Grill has been a dining staple in midtown Manhattan for over 25 years!) but its recent reopening is cause for celebration. Redeye Grill’s varied menu includes classics like their famous coconut battered “dancing shrimp,” spicy yellowfin tuna sushi burger, and lobster mac & cheese. Their colorful art collection is as eclectic as the menu, with floor-to-ceiling columns painted by celebrated artists, an 88-foot mural by world-renowned artist Red Grooms, a sculptural duo of colorful illuminated candy women, and two massive bronze sculptures, which tower over the dining room at over twelve feet tall. Redeye Grill is only steps from The Manhattan Club and features live music in their indoor lounge every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night from 7 to 10 p.m. Guests of The Manhattan Club receive one free glass of Prosecco and one dessert for the table. Just show them your key! 890 7th Ave.
Visit Redeye Grill’s sister restaurant Brooklyn Diner 57th Street for live music on their outdoor patio every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 3 p.m.
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