10 Most Exciting New Restaurants in Manhattan

Kathryn Maier | June 26, 2017 | Feature Features

Feast your eyes on New York's most innovative menus, top toques and buzziest restaurants to book now.
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4 Charles Prime Rib
More than a mere steakhouse, 4 Charles functions as a time machine to the middle of the last century—all leather banquettes, tuxedo-clad servers and sensually dimmed lights. Many diners come for the burger, a near-replica of Au Cheval’s famed rendition, but the roast the restaurant is named for is truly the star dish here. PRO TIP You may or may not be offered the prime rib French dip sandwich as a special. Ask for it regardless. 4 Charles St., 212.561.5992

Celeb chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten has finally opened his first entirely vegetarian spot. He’s serving up light, healthy fare here—think dosas with avocado and yogurt, or wild mushroom burdock noodles. PRO TIP The bright space makes for a buzzing power-breakfast spot. Visit in the morning to fuel up with smoothies, breakfast dosas and gluten-free pancakes. 38 E. 19th St., 212.475.5829

At Keith McNally’s latest brasserie, everything the restaurateur has become known for—atmosphere, vintage Parisian decor, flattering golden lighting—is executed even better than before. Get any of the richly flavorful steaks, or the burger, served with ComtĂ© cheese and cooked onions plus a shot of bourbon on the side. PRO TIP The cocktail list was created by Dale DeGroff, who pioneered the modern cocktail movement at the Rainbow Room in the 1980s. 5 Beekman St., 212.375.0010

Chinese Tuxedo
This lively bilevel space oozes cool while elevating Chinese food to fine-dining levels. Standouts include duck salad and chicken liver mousse. PRO TIP It’s a festive place for a small celebration. Ask for banquette 8 (a lucky number in China), which seats six and provides great people-watching. 5 Doyers St., 646.895.9301

The city’s quintessential speak-easy has been resurrected. It retains its hideaway tavern vibe, but its upscale fare (go for the burger with bone marrow) speaks to a more modern era. PRO TIP Try an Old-Fashioned. The bar manager brought a unique drink-mixing technique back from a visit to Prague that accentuates the flavors. 86 Bedford St., 212.675.2081


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