Piccola Cucina Estiatorio, 75 Thompson St., SoHo
Open Since: March 8
Type of Cuisine: Sicilian/Mediterranean Seafood
Sicilian-born chef and restaurateur Philip Guardione's latest venture specializes in seafood flown in daily from Sicily.
Metta, 197 Adelphi Street, Fort Greene
Open Since: March 16
Type of Cuisine: Open-flame South American cooking
New Fort Greene eatery Metta is playing with fire — literally. Chef Norberto Piattoni brings asado techniques to his new restaurant, using an open flame to cook all his dishes. The menu features plates that will please both meat-eating and vegetarian palates, with items like charred beets with sour cream and rye berries, beef heart carpaccio with cubanelle pepper escabeche, pork steak with charred cabbage and crabapple sauce, and smashed potatoes with roe and scallion. Desserts include ash-roasted sweet potato with whipped cream and parsnip cake with ice cream.
Atla Calidad, 552 Vanderbilt Ave., Prospect Heights
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Open Since: March 20
Type of Cuisine: Tacos
Seasoned New York chef Akhtar Nawab tries out a new Mexican eatery on Vanderbilt Avenue serving tacos, platos and snacks with fanciful ingredients like Coca Cola ribs, smoked hen with cashew horchata and tacos with fried shrimp and chorizo.
East Coast Burgers, 53-21 Metropolitan Ave., Ridgewood
Open Since: February 2017
Type of Cuisine: Burgers
This new eatery serves up American fast-food classics, like burgers, sandwiches, hot dogs, fries, salads and shakes. Try their signature ECB burger, served with Gruyere & Cheddar, ECB sauce, mushrooms, caramelized onions, and arugula, topped with applewood smoked bacon ($10.99) and cheese fries ($4.99).
Maison Kayser, 1377 Sixth Ave., at West 56th Street, Midtown
Open Since: March 15
Type of Cuisine: Bakery
French bakery and cafe Maison Kayser has opened a new outpost on Sixth Avenue in Midtown. The eatery serves freshly baked bread, pastries, desserts, sandwiches and salads, as well as savory options like “French-style,” grass-fed beef hot dogs and quiches.
AOC East, 1590 First Ave., Upper East Side
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Open Since: February
Type of Cuisine: French wine bar and bistro
AOC East serves small plates, like fried oysters on the half shell, escargot, cheese platters, as well as bigger entrees like a grilled North Atlantic salmon and a Black Angus hanger steak. After dinner, AOC East offers a full dessert menu with a mini chocolate bar, macarons, creme brulee, chocolate lava cake and other treats. The restaurant also sells wine by the glass on a rotating weekly menu.
Mr. Crispy, 221 E. 23rd St. between Second and Third avenues, Kips Bay
Open Since: January
Type of Cuisine: Polish
You don’t have to go to Greenpoint to get Polish food (although that’s recommended, for sure). This new spot from a chef with a culinary tradition stretching back to his ancestors in Poland brings Polish classics like pierogi, borscht and more to the East Side.
Little Myanmar, 37-50 74th St., Jackson Heights
Open Since: March 1
Type of Cuisine: Burmese
It's not technically a restaurant, but this tiny stall is one of the only places in the city to find the imported groceries needed to cook the spicy dishes in Burmese food. There are jars of spicy fried fish curry, black tea and dehydrated bananas, as well as imported bags and clothing from Myanmar.
Marlow Bistro, 1018 Amsterdam Ave., Upper West Side
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Open Since: Winter 2016
Type of Cuisine: Farm-to-table Mediterranean
The folks behind Cibo e Vino, Dragan Ristovski and Marjanne Motamedi, hope they can recreate the same magic at their new bistro, according to the New York Post. The restaurant's executive chef, Belgrade-born Zivko Radojcic, is an alumnus of Picholine, which closed in 2015. Its indoor decor features exposed brick, a ceiling with wooden beams and lots of plants, but diners will also have the option of eating on an outdoor patio this spring. Yelp users' favorite dishes so far include the burrata toast and the goulash soup.