New York City: it never sleeps, and it never stops opening restaurants. Hudson Yardies recently covered the soft opening of Walter’s Cottage, but it is not the only new kid on the block. Each of the restaurants below just opened this month, and the offerings range from ramen to Indian food to tacos to burgers to cakes. Check them out; you may find a new favorite!
Dos Toros (101 Maiden Ln., Financial District). A mini-chain based in San Francisco, Dos Toros serves up tacos, burritos, burrito bowls (platas), salads, and quesadillas. Fast-casual service and responsibly-sourced ingredients, it’s Mexican cuisine with a San Francisco feel. It’s hella bueno.
Dos Toros is about a 15-minute trip from Penn Station; it’s on the Fulton St. stop on the A train. Invite your friends who work in the Wall Street area to join you; it’s just 3 blocks off Wall Street.
Aaheli (71-51 Yellowstone Blvd., Forest Hills). Aaheli, meaning “pure” in Sanskrit, offers a large menu of Northern and Southern Indian dishes. This is the restaurant’s second location; its Midtown location has been serving customers since 2009. Bring your vegetarian friends and your high-metabolism friends here: the menu has over 20 meatless dishes and an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet seven days a week.
Located in Queens, Aaheli is about a 45 minutes away by train from the Hudson Yards station, but make an afternoon (or evening) of it and spend some time exploring why Lonely Planet named Queens the best travel destination in the U.S.
Cemitas El Tigre (45-14 48th Ave., Sunnyside). You may know it from Brooklyn’s Smorgasburg, but now Cemitas El Tigre has a brick-and-mortar location on 48th Avenue, too. Cemitas are 10-layered Mexican sandwiches, and they are the star of the show here. But if that sounds like too big a commitment, Cemitas El Tigre has other options such as tacos and burritos. Top it all off with a milkshake or a Mexican soda.
Cemitas El Tigre is an easy ride straight down the 7 train. If you get off at 46th Street, you’re only a 5 minute walk away from cemitas bliss.
Uma Temakeria (Gotham West Market, 600 11th Ave., Hell’s Kitchen). Sushi burritos? Oh yes. And Chirashi bowls. Uma Temakeria ‘s menu emphasizes fresh, seasonal vegetables and high-quality seafood, so go fill up (yes, really) on the neighborhood’s newest Japanese restaurant.
While you’re there, guess what else is in Gotham West Market? Ample Hills Creamery, Zagat’s #1-rated ice cream shop in the city. How convenient.
Ten-Ichi Ramen (382 7th Ave., Park Slope). Four types of ramen are available here: chicken, miso salmon, tofu, and Ten Ichi, which is pork with bok choy, egg, scallions and mushrooms. The restaurant also serves dumplings, duck buns, kimchi seafood pancakes and wings. Owner Wen Ahuo also owns Ten Asian Bistro on 15th Street.
Ten-Ichi Ramen is just off of Madison Square Garden and about 2 blocks from Penn Station. You have no excuse not to go.
Mr. Purple (180 Orchard St., Lower East Side). Mr. Purple dishes up typical American cuisine (burgers, sandwiches, salads) alongside a healthy dose of community spirit. The restaurant is named for the late David “Mr. Purple” Wilkie, a local community garden activist; it also teams up with local and regional businesses on some of its menu offerings.
Take the 7 train then the F train from Hudson Yards. Mr. Purple is less than a block off of Houston St. East.
Blank Slate Coffee + Kitchen (121 Madison Ave. at 30th Street, Midtown South). Gourmet breakfast, baked goods, coffee, gelato…and we heard something about a roasted mushroom scramble with feta and spinach. Done.
Enjoy with a walk in Madison Square Park, a (short) four blocks away.
Harbs (1374 Third Ave., Upper East Side). A cake, coffee and tea shop from Japanese company Harbs. Signature dishes include melon, grapefruit and cherry cakes, and the Japanese teas are top-notch too. Soon you may be able to come for noodles, too: rumor has it pasta dishes may be on the menu soon.
If you want to feel extra classy and cultured, visit the nearby Metropolitan Museum of Art, too!