New York City is no stranger to great food. Each and every month a new trendsetting restaurant, fan-favorite cafe or buzzworthy food truck manages to open its doors to residents and visitors alike. As a city renowned for its diversity of cuisines and celebration of finger-licking and authentic foods, it’s no secret that a trip to NYC is bound to include a memorable meal. Here are the restaurants and cafes we’re most excited about right now.
The Jones, NoHo
We’re proud to admit that we’re suckers for a nostalgic and historic restaurant opening. Gabriel Stulman’s new restaurant, The Jones, fits the bill. Paying homage to the Great Jones Cafe, the iconic Cajun joint that occupied the space until its closing in 2018, Stulman’s new venture focuses on fresh veggies and seafood while keeping the same exterior colors that once outfitted Great Jones (bright orange with blue trim). Currently serving breakfast and lunch (with plans to eventually expand to dinner), favorite dishes include the filet o’fish sandwich, the classic muffuletta and frutti di mare.
Brand new Wayan offers an eclectic menu of Indonesian classics with a modern French flare. Though the chef’s family is a NYC culinary dynasty, Wayan is chef Cedric Vongerichten’s first solo venture. His father, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, is the brilliant man behind some of New York’s best and most beloved restaurants, such as ABC Cocina, ABC Kitchen and Michelin-starred Jean-Georges. Chef Cedric brings a youthful, vibrant perspective to Wayan with one-of-a-kind South Asian inspired cocktails and flavor-forward, satisfying dishes like the lobster noodles with thai basil and Javanese oxtail soup.