Want to be seen, preen (congrats on that series order!) or just hide your mien (at a hot new canteen)? This guide to NYC's new restaurants is print-out ready to go.
Only 3 months old, the hotspot next to Le Parker Meridien already is a star. "Like the original in New Delhi, it's a haunt of media personalities from Bollywood and Hollywood," says founder Rohit Khattar. "Music legend A.R. Rahman dined here, as did Mira Nair." Exec chef Manish Mehrotra offers inventive high-end Indian cuisine, from sweet pickle ribs to tamarind sea bass.
ALSO TRY "Nothing says New York City more than the iconic 57th Street corridor, and Kingside fits right into the area," says acclaimed chef Marc Murphy about his slick and glossy restaurant in the Viceroy Hotel. "The feeling is classic New York with an incredible design by Roman & Williams and a menu that brings New American cuisine to new levels." Murphy personally recommends for new devotees (neighborhood locals and high-profile diners like Tina Fey and Jon Hamm are fans) the roast chicken for two with roasted vegetables and potatoes, shaved kale salad with goat cheese, and the signature Kingside burger (with giardiniera relish). 124 W. 57th St.
This Tokyo-style market inside the 59th & Columbus subway station offers a perfect opportunity to quickly grab food and coffee. Drawing long lines: Yong Kang sushi, Doughnuttery, Bolivian Llama Party and Melt Kraft. "We've brought diverse, creative and original offerings to create a quintessentially New York City Main Street," says developer Susan Fine.
ALSO TRY Despite the name-brand chef attached, Marcus Samuelsson’s American Table is casually referred to as "the cafe at Alice Tully Hall," with snappy versions of traditional comfort dishes (like spiced tomato soup with coriander and a pulled pork sandwich) for those on a time budget. "It's been a pleasure partnering with Restaurant Associates and having a restaurant right in the heart of the culture of Lincoln Center," says Samuelsson. 1941 Broadway
Speak freely, for though this courtyard tavern opened in September to applause among those in the know, it continues to stay relatively under the radar. Gayle King, Jerry Seinfeld, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman and Trevor Noah have recently enjoyed "seasonal American cooking by chef Scott Bryan," says owner Luis Gonzalez, including Puglian rabbit pappardelle with porcini mushrooms and grilled octopus with charred eggplant.
Veteran chef Laurent Tourondel opened this 90-person eatery with wood-burning pizza ovens and outside seating in September, and while the occasional notable mug passes through ("Hall of Fame NBA player Spencer Haywood recently happened to enjoy lunch," she says), high-profile diners can enjoy their meal in peace and anonymity. Try the wood-fired pizzas with soppressata picante and sausage.
With white truffle caviar deviled eggs and 10-layer carrot cake, indulgence is on the menu at this new Cameron Mitchell eatery. Chelsea Clinton, Forest Whitaker (with the Hughie Broadway cast) and Derek Jeter (being toasted after proposing) have dined there. "Our philosophy is, 'The answer is yes,' " says GM Zach Montgomery.
ALSO TRY Taylor Swift, Tony Bennett, Kendall Jenner, Kristen Wiig, Jennifer Lawrence, Aziz Ansari: Just a few of the fans of classic American grille The Wayfarer "The Wayfarer has always been a comfortable sophisticated oasis in the middle of midtown that has fostered a relaxed atmosphere for thought leaders in the industries of finance, television, fashion and arts to dine alongside each other," says Lisle Richards, who helms the restaurant with his partner Eric Marx of The Metric (along with Jimmy Haber of ESquared Hospitality). While mingling may be more important than the menu to this crowd, the steak tartare with black truffle, crisp chicken dumplings, and seared scallops saltimbocca are not to be missed. 101 W. 57th St.
The steakhouse's March remodel means that execs and other big spenders who always have been fans of the $52 rib-eye can now also enjoy Dover sole and Niman Ranch pork chops. "Our bar area now has beautiful mosaic floor tile, Italian marble bar top and an impressive floor-to-ceiling wine cabinet," enthuses chef and owner Michael Lomonaco.
ALSO TRY The Palm Court (768 Fifth Ave.), a favorite of Tommy Hilfiger, Leonardo DiCaprio, Hoda Kotb, Kathie Lee Gifford and Neil Patrick Harris, recently underwent a huge renovation, with a brand-new design and stunning center bar in the dining room. Says famed chef Geoffrey Zakarian: "It is such a powerhouse icon that it draws titans of the media industry all year long. There is no such place in New York that has as much staying power, as much history and as bold of a space all in one, and with the new bar and cocktail program it is unparalleled in the neighborhood."