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Five New Eateries To Visit On Your Next NYC Trip

When it comes to dining experiences, few destinations rival New York. Home to one of the world’s most multicultural culinary scenes, the city promises an ever-growing list of venues that will more than satisfy hungry travellers.

But being the hive of activity that it is, NYC can sometimes feel like a revolving door of restaurants and bars. It’s no simple task staying on top of the hottest brunch location, or the fresh new Brooklyn dinner spot, especially as a visitor from abroad.

We’ve selected five of New York’s very best restaurants in 2019 to assist you with the curation of a particularly enviable dining list.

Llama San

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Image: Llama San / supplied

Peruvian cuisine meets Japanese at Erik Ramirez and Juan Correa’s new Nikkei (Peruvian and Japanese fusion) restaurant, Llama San. The West Village eatery opened its doors in September 2019, after much anticipation from the New York food scene.

The restaurant serves an elevated blend of flavours with a heavy focus on seafood plates which have mostly been designed for sharing. Dishes include the likes of Tuna Ceviche served with black trumpet mushrooms, ponzu and peanuts and Arroz Con pata: a rice and duck nigiri. The cocktail menu is equally as inventive, including tipples like a matcha pisco sour.

This is the third venue for Ramirez and Correa, who brought Llama Inn (named one of the best New York restaurants of 2016) to Williamsburg and Llamita to the West Village.

359 Sixth Avenue, New York


Brought to you by the team behind millennial-favourite café, Banter (which welcomed a second location in the West Village this October), Sonnyboy opened in early 2019 and offers an open and casual dining experience that has locals returning on the regular.

Owner Joshua Evans tells us that the concept behind the venue was “an all-day eatery – kind of like a modern diner where everyone feels welcome.” Sonnyboy focuses on serving high-quality, healthy dishes at a reasonable price point, and stands out as a more “grown-up” alternative to its sister venue, Evans explains.

The Australian-owned restaurant (helmed by Evans, Nick Duckworth and Stefano D’Orsogna) boasts a menu that blends Asian and Italian influences with “that Australian fresh fruit, fresh produce, made-to-order” experience.

Start your morning with a coffee and a house-made banana bread or kick off your evening with a cocktail and a serve of Beef Tartare with cashew, parsley, horseradish, lemon and aioli – this is the venue that will satisfy at any hour.

65 Rivington Street, New York


“Simple yet sophisticated” is the philosophy behind the second Italian restaurant and bar for Missy Robbins and Sean Feeney.

Misi, which opened in September 2019, follows the massive success of the restaurant Lilia, and sets out to offer a dining experience centred on the “signature pastas and vegetables” of James Beard Award-winning chef, Robbins.

The Williamsburg restaurant’s menu starts with ten antipasti options including Whole Roasted Eggplant with Calabrian chilli, lemon and olive oil, and Grilled Baby Artichokes with mint salsa verde. Ten hand-made pasta dishes follow. These include: Fettucine with buffalo butter, parmigianino and black pepper, and Strangozzi served with pork sugo, nutmeg and parmigianino. Every one of the pasta options is produced in the restaurant’s dedicated pasta-making room.

Italian influences continue through the drinks menu which boats predominantly Italian wines and cocktails, along with a substantial selection of aperitivi.

A warm atmosphere, coupled with an authentic menu, makes for an ideal evening of Italian fare in a high-end Brooklyn setting.

329 Kent Ave, Brooklyn

Canal Street Oysters

There are few things more satisfying than an afternoon spent sipping on wine and snacking on fresh oysters. Canal Street Oysters is the latest in the list of New York venues that have this coupling down to an art form.

The sprawling Tribeca bar is the most recent project for brothers Anthony and Tom Martignetti, opening in September 2019.

Perch yourself at the limestone bar, or cosy up in a retro-feeling booth, and tuck into local; New England; Maritime Province and West Coast oysters. For a more substantial meal, options include Squid Ink Paella for two and Tempura Cod Bahn Mi served with carrots, daikon, cucumber and chili mayo.

When it comes to wine, the list is primarily European with selections perfect for seafood pairings – naturally.

380 Canal St, New York

Red Paper Clip

Experimental fusion is at the heart of the menu at Red Paper Clip, with dishes combining French cooking with Chinese flavours.

The fine-dining restaurant, which opened in July 2019, offers an intimate experience for patrons. The dining room seats just 20 people, and the bar accommodates eight. A la carte dining is only available at the bar. Outside of this, the menu is a five-course tasting experience for US 95 (AUD 140).

Dishes include Sichuan beef carpaccio served with puffed tendon, coriander and Chinese celery; Xiao Long Bao Agnolotti made with ginger, black vinegar, and shaved Burgundy truffles.

The West Village eatery is fronted by Tashi Gyamtso and Kevin Chen, who act as co-owners and executive chefs.

120 Christopher St, New York

(Lead image: Llama San / supplied) 

Published 18 October, 2019