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Top NYC Restaurant Newcomers of 2020


#Welcome to #Year in #Eater 2020, #Eater’s annual ritual of eulogizing the past 12 months. #In 2020’s final days, #Eater NY will be posting questions about #New #York #City’s restaurant scene in the past year, with answers from food writers, photographers, chefs, restaurateurs, entrepreneurs, and even a few local legislators who helped to support the industry through this enormously difficult year. #Now, we ask: #What newcomer on the scene excited you this year?


#Erika #Chou, co-owner of restaurants including #Wayla and #Chemistry: #Pecking #House. I’m from the #South — raised on fried chicken and my mama’s excellent #Chinese food, so this concept really hits home! #It is also an inspiring message of hope to see a family’s lineage continue and grow, even more so during a year of hardship.

#Nikita #Richardson, senior staff editor, NOW #Food: I was most excited by the arrival of #Boca #Santa, a #Mexican restaurant from #Mexican-American chef #Natalie #Hernandez. #Unfortunately, they closed this month, which is a real shame.

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#Keith #Powers, NYC council member: I have been eating at #Soothr (pronounced “Sood”) in the #East #Village, which opened this year, because of its specialty #Thai dishes and its much-needed backyard garden. #It has good food, a desirable backyard location, and doesn’t break the bank. #All perfect for 2020.

#Chris #Crowley, staff writer, #Grub #Street: #Before #March, I was really excited about #Rule of #Thirds, which seemed like a cool, ambitious place. #Since then, a lot of people in the industry are out of work, a lot of people have seen all the work they put into the restaurant, bars, shops go up in flames. #So it’s been good to see some people make something out of a bad year for the industry. #Andrés #Tonatiuh #Galindo #Maria with #Nene’s #Taqueria, #Doris #Ho-Kane with Bạn Bè, every out-of-work chef who has been doing their own thing and selling it on #Instagram.

#Tae #Yoon, NYC editor, #Thrillist: A recent meal at #Leland #Eating and #Drinking #House in #Prospect #Heights had me pretty excited. The spot just opened last week from industry veteran #Randi #Lee, on a corner of #Underhill #Avenue and a block away from the hubbub of #Vanderbilt #Avenue, which gives it a great neighborhood vibe. The menu consists of plenty of baked goods like focaccia and vegan cinnamon buns to help stay layered throughout the winter, in addition to a great jook and chicken dish. #With a debut like this, I’m excited to see what 2021 holds for the restaurant.

#Mimi #Sheraton, food writer, critic, and cookbook author: #When the pandemic is over, #Portale and #Mark’s #Off #Madison. #Mark #Strausman was original chef at #Coco #Pazzo. #He’s now opened on 26th and #Madison; he’s also selling wonderful baked goods there, including bialys. (#Mimi #Sheraton is the author of The #Bialy #Eaters.)

#Jackie #Wang, project manager of non-profit #Welcome to #Chinatown: #Public #Village, which opened early this year, specializes in #Sichuan snacks and noodles. Their crispy, spicy and snacky dishes were great for park picnics this summer, and flavorful, exciting at-home feasts this winter.

#Brad #Hoylman, #New #York state senator: #Crop #Circle. #Affordable and unique takeout.

#Carlina #Rivera, NYC council member: #Bun #Hut, which has great #Caribbean flavors in their steamed baos and rotis big enough to split.

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JJ #Johnson, chef and founder, #Fieldtrip: The #Renaissance #Pavilion at #Strivers’ #Row.

#Kat #Kinsman, senior editor, #Food & #Wine: I can’t not be biased here. #John #Winterman is a longtime dear friend and watching the opening of #Francie be endlessly delayed just broke my heart because I know how much blood, sweat, tears, heart, and soul (not to mention cash) he and #Chris #Cipollone put into the place, and it broke my heart to see them in limbo. They were able to open for just seven services before dining was shut down again. I’ve had the food and I know #John’s service and the incredible care that the whole team has put into every aspect of the restaurant and I can say with confidence that when they open properly, it’s gonna blow people away.

#Priya #Krishna, food writer and author of the best-selling cookbook #Indian-ish: I loved all of the new #Instagram food businesses that popped up. #One of my favorites was #Bowl #Cut #Table. They did a tea-themed butter mochi box that I bought for my partner, but then I just ate most of the mochi myself.

#Adam #Friedlander, freelance photographer for the #New #York #Times, #Eater, etc.: #For #All #Things #Good! I was blown away by what they are doing with corn. #It is on the top of my list to revisit.

#Kim #Pham, co-founder, #Omsom: #Rangoon in #Crown #Heights was one of the best meals I’ve had in a long time. Their back garden was a dream, even during rainy autumn evenings.

#Eric #Adams, #Brooklyn #Borough #President: #Ras #Plant #Based is a great addition to #Brooklyn’s flourishing plant-based eating scene.

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#Gary #He, food writer and photographer, author of #Astrolabe newsletter: #Thai #Diner, which was exciting at first because it was the next phase of the restaurant group run by #Ann #Redding and #Matt #Danzer — #Uncle #Boons all day! #What’s not to love? — but then it became essential after the closure of the OG during the pandemic. #It served as a place where people could revisit and say goodbye to some of their favorite dishes. #Going forward, #Thai #Diner is how the duo is keeping their core team members employed as they plot their next move… which I am told may or may not include a #Boons reboot.

#Note: #Some answers have been edited for clarity and brevity.





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