Indoor dining has returned to New York City as the city welcomes the cold that comes with winter. While this year has been a hard one for the restaurant industry, the local dining scene continues to shine. A flurry of new restaurants in Manhattan offer plenty of options to choose from, including tasty Vietnamese on the Upper West Side, Malaysian in the East VIllage and vegan Chinese on the Lower East Side. Here’s a round-up of a few Manhattan restaurants that opened this winter that we have our eye on.
1. Bánh Vietnamese Shop House
The highly anticipated Vietnamese restaurant opened in mid-January on the Upper West Side. Created by critically acclaimed Cơm Tấm Ninh Kiều owners Nhu Ton and John Nguyen, Bánh Vietnamese Shop House showcases Vietnamese dishes like crispy sticky rice cakes, an impressive Banh Mi sandwich assortment, and innovative pho and noodle soups. 942 Amsterdam Ave.
2. Fat Choy
Named one of Time Out magazine’s ‘Best New Restaurants in 2020’, Fat Choy technically opened in the fall, but we love this Lower East Side takeout-only spot so much that we had to include it on the list. The vegan Chinese-American menu has plenty of shareable plates like charred scallion rice rolls, fried salt and pepper cauliflower bites, and the Mushroom Sloppy: a sesame pancake sandwich filled with mushroom ragu and Chinese slaw. 250 Broome St.
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3. Medan Pasar
Chef Chuan Tan’s authentic Malaysian eatery debuted in the East Village back in December. Medan Pasar presents a well-executed menu of Malaysian staples, like the fragrant coconut rice dish Nasi lemak, crispy tofu Rojak salad, and a sweet Bubur Cha Cha coconut milk dessert with purple potato and pearled sago. 102 E. Seventh St.
4. Min Sushi
Chopsticks at the ready! When sushi cravings hit, try the new sushi spot from Chef Kelly Cho of the Japanese curry shop Suki. Min Sushi presents a palatable menu where everything is $15 or less. The East Village restaurant serves up light, fresh, and flavorful Udon soups, Donburi, rice bowls, and sushi dishes. 32 St. Marks Pl.
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5. The Migrant Kitchen
The popular Arab-Latin pop-up moved from Brooklyn to Manhattan in December, where it settled into a permanent home in the Financial District. Although delicious dishes like ‘fawaffles’ (falafel waffles), shawarma, and smoked street corn slathered in sumac and labneh is where the restaurant shines, it’s The Migrant Kitchen's philanthropic mission that makes this eatery one of the most beloved in the city. The immigrant-run kitchen with a team of queer and indigenous chefs helps the city’s growing food insecurity crisis by donating meals to locals in need. 45 Stone St.
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