The New York food scene is a constant revolving door of openings and closings, Instagram-worthy dishes, and must-try experiences that make up one of the most exciting culinary hubs in the world. With a plethora of options, consider this your definitive guide to the best new dining destinations in town to try this fall.
Any restaurant with the hashtag #ChoosePasta is a restaurant we can get behind. From Missy Robbins (also of famed restaurant Lilia), Misi is a pasta-lovers dream come true. The sun-drenched, modern Williamsburg location, which is just a mile away from its sister restaurant, features 98 seats with 35 facing into a glassed-in kitchen where diners watch their pasta being handmade. The menu features two sections: 10 vegetable antipasti and 10 different kinds of house-made pasta, from a sheep’s milk ricotta filled occhi, chickpea pappardelle and a mezze rigatoni 30 clove Pomodoro with basil.
Felix Roasting Co. is serving more than just your average cup of Joe. The upscale coffee shop and bar by Matt Moinian and Al Ansari boasts an eclectic menu in an equally as eclectic space. Designed by Ken Fulk, Felix is glamorous yet cozy, boasting rich teals and golds and a wood coffee bar at the center of the space. Go in for a usual coffee with a selection of milks from almond to oat, or try one of their specialty drinks like a Hickory-Smoked S’mores Latte or a Deconstructed Espresso Tonic. There’s also a full bar for those looking for a place to unwind after 5pm in Midtown.
If there’s anyone we trust with what’s on our plate, it’s Queer Eyes food and wine expert Antoni Porowski. The reality star’s latest venture is the revamped Village Den, a fast-casual, heath-conscious restaurant in place of the West Village institution by the same name. Porowski partnered with restauranteurs Eric Marx and Lisle Richards on the space which serves a menu free of gluten, soy, and red meat, with smoothies, bowls, salads and “TV dinners” that include a protein with two vegetable sides.
Just across the corner from the Village Den is Don Angie, an Italian concept that serves the quintessential New York Italian dining experience. Owned by star culinary couple Angie Rito and Scott Tacinelli, the corner restaurant feels like having dinner at a friend’s house on Sunday night – inviting in ambiance and a family-style menu with comfort food dishes like stuffed garlic bread, meatball ragu Garganelli, and a prime rib. But the star of the restaurant is their lasagne for two, an Instagram-loved dish served beautifully in a tray oozing with cheese and tomato sauce.
Middle East meets the East Coast. Located on Hudson Street, Kishkash is a first-ever couscous bar specializing in hand-rolled, hand-sieved Moroccan and North African Jewish cuisine. The fast-casual concept comes from Middle Eastern chef and restauranteur Einat Admony, boasting a kosher menu of authentic flavors from braised meats, to fish and wines from Israel and North Africa. Start with a plate of hummus with fresh challah and end with a chicken tagine in a tangy lemon sauce.
**This article was originally published for Forbes.com.