New Restaurants in New York

The new year in New York is off to a good start in the restaurant world. Bagatelle gets a makeover and reopens as Beaumarchais Brasserie, while the Cooper Square Hotel goes swank with the Trilby. Meanwhile, the Astor Room is giving New Yorkers a reason to go to Queens (yes, seriously), and the Brooklyn Star is back in action. Get the scoop with our guide to the best new restaurants in New York, along with the latest in local dining news. (Photo: Flickr user chipgriffin

Updated: December 23, 2009

New Restaurants in New York

Maison Premiere

298 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

This just-opened Williamsburg restaurant features a horseshoe-shaped bar and a vintage New Orleans-style theme. Menu offerings include an extensive array of oysters plus muffalettas, gumbo and a high-end cocktail list. Better yet, it's all available `til 4am daily.

The Astor Room

3412 36th St, Astoria, NY 11106

This 3,000 square foot beauty, housed in the old Kaufman Studios in Astoria, has been restored and re-launched as what is being called a destination supper club. Retro dishes include lobster thermidor and beef wellington, and thanks to The Astor Room's menu of finely tuned cocktails, it'll be easy to forget you traveled all the way to Queens.

La Silhouette

362 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019

This Hell's Kitchen French-American restaurant is owned by two Le Bernardin vets; the kitchen is helmed by a chef whose resume includes Daniel and the Standard Hotel; the pastry chef hails from Eleven Madison Park; and the space was designed by the same team behind fancy sushi spot Masa. Unlike those other New York restaurants, La Silhouette is actually affordable. Why are you still sitting there?

Ai Fiori

400 5th Ave, New York, NY 10018

Michael White's latest Italian opus is this midtown restaurant, located on the second floor of the Setai Hotel. A number of seafood dishes are the menu's focus, but, this being a Michael White Italian spot, a variety of pastas are also served. Not in the mood for seafood or pasta? Try the Pat LaFrieda White Label burger.

Beaumarchais Brasserie

409 W 13th St, New York, NY 10014

The new incarnation of MePa District hot spot Bagatelle is not that different from the original. The menu is comprised of surprisingly good (if pricey) French fare, which nevertheless plays second string to the rowdy, Euro-friendly scene. Expect spontaneous 12am dance parties.

Pier 9

802 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

Chef Eric Hera's new seafood spot features tasty delights such as foot-long lobster hot dogs, Berkshire pork belly and oyster buns, plus a full raw bar. We may actually go to midtown for this one.

The Trilby

25 Cooper Sq, New York, NY 10003

First it was Table 8, then it was Faustina--and now it's the Trilby. Will the third time be the charm for the Cooper Square Hotel's new club-staraunt? We'll soon find out.

Social Eatz

232 E 53rd St, New York, NY 10022

If you can overlook the spelling (?Eatz? with a Z? Really?), there just may turn out to be a lot to love about ?Top Chef? Angelo Sosa's new spot, which features a menu of Asian-inflected specialties that includes smoked ribs doused in Korean pepper sauce.

The Brooklyn Star

593 Lorimer St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

After a fire caused the original restaurant to shutter, the Brooklyn Star is back with new digs and the Southern comfort food favorites that made the original a hit.

New York Restaurant News


11 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022

As Michael White welcomes Ai Fiori, he bids adieu to this midtown Italian joint, which is now officially closed.

Il Buco

47 Bond St, New York, NY 10012

Chef Ignacio Mattos, who has helmed the kitchen at Il Buco for the last five years, has announced his departure as of February. A replacement not yet been named.

Ma Peche

15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

East Villagers have four ways to experience David Chang's cooking, from Momofuku Ssam Bar to Momofuku Ko to the Momofuku Noodle Bar and the Milk Bar. But poor midtowners only have one option?Ma Peche?and it doesn't offer any sweets. Until now. Chang has officially added a dessert option (just one for now, but that's better than nothing!) at Ma Peche: an apple tart with pastry cream and caraway. Mmmm.

The Eldridge

247 Eldridge St, New York, NY 10002

Defying expectations, Matt Levine's Lower East Side club managed to stay in business for almost three years. But as of mid-March, the Eldridge is no more.