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A Guide to NYC Restaurants That Have Opened During the Pandemic

78 new cafes, sandwich counters, cocktail bars, neighborhood bakeries, and plenty more.
  1. recovery efforts
    Chef Rawlston Williams Starts St. Vincent Volcano Relief InitiativeThe Caribbean native is building an on-island community kitchen to help feed his compatriots.
  2. underground gourmet quick bite
    Cafedelia Brings a Georgian Feast to Greenwich VillageThe khinkali have landed on 8th Street.
  3. openings
    Inside Stretch, Wylie Dufresne’s Sold-out Pizza Pop-up“I was like, You know what, this pizza oven’s here. Why don’t I make pizza?
  4. sustainability
    Spare Tonic Is Taking the Waste Out of WheyBy finding commercial value in a by-product of yogurt-making, a new canned beverage tackles food waste.
  5. shopping
    The Gloriously Filthy Allure of Horny Groceries“It’s hot — and it’s nothing like going to Whole Foods.”
  6. encounter
    Meet America’s Only Producer of Korean MakgeolliAlice Jun can’t wait to have you in her taproom.
  7. the grub street diet
    Jason Concepcion Is Still Working Through His Early-Pandemic Pasta Purchase“I’ve always had an affinity for the cuisine of the Italians.”
  8. chinatown conversations
    What It’s Like to Work in Chinatown Right Now“I get looked at a little differently. I feel the stares on me.”
  9. summer of hedonism
    Confirmed: It Will Now Be the Summer of the Cosmopolitan“It’s such a democratic drink.”
  10. the job market
    Jobs Are Returning to New York’s Restaurants. Will Workers?“Everyone was saying, ‘Good luck. It’s been hell.’”
  11. encounter
    Talking Papaya Salad and Scalloped Potatoes With Pepper TeigenA quick cooking lesson with Chrissy’s spice-loving mom.
  12. first taste
    Oxomoco’s Stylish, Plant-Based Offshoot in GreenpointAt Xilonen, you’ll find a stately parade of vegan tacos, tamales, and quesadillas.
  13. closings
    Del Posto Is a GonerIt was once the crown jewel of the Batali-Bastianich restaurant group. Now, chef Melissa J. Rodriguez and GM Jeff Katz will transform it.
  14. chefs to watch
    Ha’s Dac Biet Is a Pop-up With PanacheAnthony Ha and Sadie Mae Burns are making a name for themselves and their brand of “Vietnamese bistro” cooking.
  15. destination dining
    Vaxx, Then SnacksWhat to eat near five major vaccine sites, including Javits Center, Yankee Stadium, and Citi Field.
  16. the grub street diet
    Silvia Killingsworth Respects a Pittsburgh Salad“… pickled banana peppers, shredded cheese, and, yes, French fries.”
  17. features
    A Hot New Restaurant Moved In. That Made Its Neighbors Nervous.A gentrification battle erupts in Ridgewood.
  18. field notes
    What Will NYC Restaurants Look Like After the Pandemic? Miami Offers a Preview.Our restaurant critic takes in the scene on South Beach.
  19. small-business stories
    The Bronx Bodega Founded by a Former Music Executive“You have to support the people who support you.”
  20. produce section
    The Ramps Are Here, and This Year, That’s Actually ExcitingPeople will tell you ramps taste like stronger leeks or garlicky scallions, but what ramps actually taste like is anticipation.
  21. closings
    Brooklyn’s Popular Diamond Reef Won’t ReopenThe owners said they got the boot from a new landlord.
  22. reopening
    Restaurants Confront a New Pandemic Problem: Customers Who Don’t Want to Leave“People used to be busy. Now they like to hang out.”
  23. announcements
    Introducing the Cookie Edit by New YorkYou get cookies; the city’s restaurants get some much-needed help.
  24. the grub street diet
    Pies ’n’ Thighs’ Carolyn Bane Loves the Idea of Blood Oranges“I buy them, and I don’t eat them.”
  25. everything you need to know
    How to (Legally) Smoke Marijuana in New York CityWhat you can do now and what will happen over time.
  26. closings
    Goodbye to Lhasa Fast Food’s Perfectly Hidden Dining RoomMissing the parts of the city that exist below the surface.
  27. smoke alarm
    Recreational Weed Is Immediately Legal in New YorkThe city’s summer of hedonism gets an early start.
  28. essays
    What Is Shiva Now?Why the new movie Shiva Baby makes one writer miss a very specific kind of eating.
  29. reopening
    How New York’s Open Streets Program Will Work in 2021Neighborhoods are gearing up for season two.
  30. reopening
    Who Is Really Dining Indoors in New York City?“At some point, we’re gonna have to take that step.”
  31. the group portrait
    Setting the Table for Balthazar’s Reopening Night“I came up the stairs, saw the team, and almost cried.”
  32. the grub street diet
    Cartoonist Emily Flake Bakes Pie to Show Off“This is literally the only thing I will ever brag about.”
  33. reopenings
    Persistent Brooklyn Chophouse Gage & Tollner Will Open April 15The circa-1879 restaurant is now taking reservations for indoor dining.
  34. chains
    My Texas Roadhouse PandemicA Lone Star State native on the restaurant chain that takes her home — even if she’s really in New Jersey.
  35. encounter
    Spreading the Gospel of Masa at For All Things GoodMatt Diaz and Carlos Macías have opened a destination for fresh tortillas and beautiful Mexican cooking.
  36. chains
    Krispy Kreme Vaccine Doughnut Deal Also Available to Anti-VaxxersFree doughnuts for everyone, basically.
  37. pressing questions
    What on Earth Is in This Man’s Cinnamon Toast Crunch?He says it’s … shrimp.
  38. working conditions
    Inside the Fight to Unionize Tate’sA labor dispute has taken hold at the cookie company’s Long Island bakery.
  39. interviews
    What It’s Like to Be a Landlord in Chinatown Right Now“It’s been heartbreaking.”
  40. the future
    After the Pandemic, Where Will Delivery Go?It is supposedly the future of restaurants, but is it the future we still want?
  41. the grub street diet
    Chef Kia Damon Will Eat the Same Thing All Day“Making multiple meals right now? That doesn’t make any sense to me.”
  42. good causes
    A Brooklyn Bakery and Artist Are Raffling Art to Feed the HungryProceeds from the art sales will pay for bread to be distributed to soup kitchens and other organizations, helping those in need.
  43. interviews
    Why New York City Can’t Afford to Let Local Law 1932-A ExpireCouncilmember Carlina Rivera says the protection must be extended.
  44. scoops
    Ample Hills’ Founders Return With a New Shop and a New Focus“We’re humbled that we’re able to get this chance — but we can’t mess it up.”
  45. luxury fruit
    Why Do These Strawberries Cost $5 Each?Everything you need to know about the “Tesla of strawberries.”
  46. first taste
    Two Hanoi House Vets Are Bringing Vietnamese Classics to the Upper West SideBánh Vietnamese Shop House makes destination bánh mìs and more.
  47. closings
    Good-bye to Eisenberg’s and Its Resolutely Retro SandwichesManhattan’s fabled sandwich counter has gone cold — for now.
  48. expansions
    Fried-Chicken Maven Charles Gabriel Plans a Citywide ChainHis investors include an operating partner of Daniel Boulud’s restaurant group.
  49. the grub street diet
    Author Mateo Askaripour Has a Waffle Routine“I’d eaten three Van’s waffles almost every single day for about two years”
  50. closings
    Eisenberg’s, a New York Institution, Is a GonerThe business has closed, but the landlord reportedly wants to bring it back.
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