In town for the holidays? Whether you’re staying home, heading home, or on vacation, these new restaurants will take your taste buds on the trip of a lifetime.
41 Wilson Ave, Bushwick
Bushwick welcomes La Lonchería this month, a first-of-its-kind restaurant modeled after the authentic Mexican luncheonette dining experience. From Danny Mena and Oscar León Bernal (of Hecho en Dumbo), the 40-seat restaurant is an homage to Mexico City’s rustic food culture – basic ingredients and bread are all made in house and the bar carries an assortment of local Mexican liquors and wines. The menu boasts five different exotic tortas (flatbread sandwiches), like the La Niña Popov with lamb-belly barbacoa and black-bean hummus and La Nueva Yorkina with porchetta and avocado beans. Tacos are also a menu highlight with pastor rubbed tuna, grilled ribeye, or roasted purple yam options. And for those lucky ones in town who want to get ahead of the curve, La Lonchería is open for dinner until January 2nd.
For reservations, please call 212.729.4235 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’ve been to Naples, you’re no stranger to the Sorbillo family name being synonymous with pizza. Since 1935, the Sorbillo family has been at the epicenter of Neapolitan pizza, widely known as the best pizzeria in the region. At the helm is Gino Sorbillo (grandson to founders Luigi and Carolina Sobrillo), who has three restaurants under his belt, multiple appearances on MasterChef, and now, a namesake pizzeria in NYC. Gino Sorbillo Pizzeria spares no detail to the authentic Neapolitan pizza experience. If you’re a person who does “The New York fold” (folding the pizza in half), be prepared to have the ingredients spilled all over your lap. The pizzas are light and almost wet at the center, with a charred, thin crust meant to focus attention on unique and flavorful toppings. Pizzas are named after Italian regions with close to 20 options – Palermo, Sicilian, and Alba featuring black truffles. The Naples-import, which opened just last month, has already gained a reputation for a two-hour line outside, serving close to 1200 pizzas a day. You definitely want to be one (or five) of them.
For reservations, please call 646.476.8049.
127 Macdougal Street
Like most hidden gems, the Macdougal Street entrance to Tokyo Record Bar is unassuming. Down the stairs and under a cherry-blossom lined ceiling, the 16-seat restaurant is owner Ariel Arce’s take on the Japanese vinyl bar. These bars have grown in popularity in Japan, serving traditional Japanese fare in an intimate setting while a DJ plays records on vinyl (no suggestions, no talking). However, Arce’s interpretation is more inclusive and a guaranteed fun time. For $50 a head, guests are treated to an Izakaya menu and listening party of their choice. Once seated, song indexes are handed out alongside the cocktail menu. Each guest is allowed to request a song, which is then passed directly to Arce, the DJ herself. Enjoy bites like caviar sushi, braised pork belly, and yuzu ice pops while listening to the sounds of Curtis Mayfield, Steely Dan, and Johnny Cash. The restaurant hosts two seatings nightly at 6:30pm and 8:30pm, and then opens up to the public for drinks until 2am. If you do the math, that’s only 32 seats a day. Make those reservations ASAP.
For reservations, please call 212-420-4777.