Al Pastor Specialist Taco Mix Expands to Queens — and More Openings

Taco Mix

A weekly updated roundup of new restaurants in New York City

October 17

Jackson Heights: East Harlem’s hit taqueria Taco Mix opened in Queens, spreading its popular al pastor tacos all over NYC as it embarks on its ambitious expansion plan that also includes an upcoming location on the Lower East Side. The original Taco Mix location opened in 1991, and there’s a Brooklyn location in Sunset Park’s Industry City that opened in 2015. 90-04 37th Ave., at 90th Street

Midtown: Zai Lai, chef Edward Huang’s all-day Taiwanese stall in Turnstyle — the underground food hall at the 59th Street subway station — has expanded to Midtown food hall Urbanspace at 570 Lex. It serves the winning beef noodle soup popular at its original location as well as rice bowls, other noodles, and pork buns. 570 Lexington Ave., at 51st Street

Upper East Side: Celeb chef David Burke’s Tavern 62, which shuttered in September, has reopened as David Burke Tavern, with a renovated space and revamped menu that includes a wagyu pot roast with lobster, celery root, butternut squash, and spinach. 135 East 62nd St., near Lexington Avenue

Midtown: Beer and burger chain Clinton Hall opened its fifth and largest NYC location. 16 West 36th St., near Fifth Avenue

Sunset Park: Vegan cafe Pickle Shack opened in Industry City, attached to Brooklyn Brine’s production facility. Vegan dishes include a burger, banh mi, and macaroni with vegan “cheese” and coconut “bacon.” Pickles, of course, are also for sale. 67 35th St., at Third Avenue

Tribeca: A Polish bakery chain called Just Baked Nowakowski opened its first U.S. outpost in Tribeca, serving sandwiches, pastries, cakes, breads, and coffee. 88 West Broadway, between Chambers and Warren Streets

East Village: The owners of Greek restaurant Merakia opened a Greek taco spot called Greekito. In addition to the tacos, it serves beer, wine, and coffee. 139 East 12th St., at Third Avenue

Long Island City: Take-out chicken joint Mister Chicken II is now open. 44-64 21st St., near 44th Drive

Chelsea: Japanese restaurant chain Zauo, where diners fish for their own food, opened an NYC outpost, equipped with three pools holding fish such as striped bass, fluke, flounder, and rainbow trout. 152 West 24th St., between Sixth and Seventh avenues

Upper West Side: The owners of hit new Greek restaurant Kyma expanded uptown with a more casual sibling restaurant called Eléa. 217 West 85th St., between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue

Greenwich Village: Nick Morgenstern’s popular LES ice cream shop Morgenstern’s opened a larger location in Greenwich Village, offering 88 flavors — twice the amount available at the original shop. 88 West Houston St., near LaGuardia Place

Flatiron: Korean steakhouse Cote opened its basement bar Undercote. Complimentary snacks accompany the cocktails, which are overseen by principal bartender Sondre Kasin. 16 West 22nd St., near Fifth Avenue

October 10

Harlem: Harlem Ale House recently swung open, and owner Eric Curtis has decorated the space with vintage relics from the original 150-year-old building where the bar now lives. The space previously housed a bowling alley, a speakeasy, and lodges through the decades. It carries more than 100 types of beer and also has a bar menu with dishes like burgers, fajitas, and a caesar salad. 101 West 127th St., near Malcolm X Boulevard

Financial District: FiDi’s new fast-casual pasta shop promises fresh noodles and attractive aesthetics, naming itself after Instagram. The Pastagram serves customizable bowls of pasta with sauces and add-ons. 241 Pearl St., near John Street

Tribeca: Chef Masa Takayama flipped his basement restaurant beneath Tetsu, previously called Basement, into Masa’s Raw Bar, replacing what was once an upscale, meat-centric kaiseki menu with a raw seafood bar. 78 Leonard St., near Church Street

Koreatown: Korean barbecue restaurant Let’s Meat opened this summer and recently flipped into an all-you-can-eat format. It offers more than 30 different choices at $40. 307 Fifth Ave. between East 31st and East 32nd streets

Midtown: A Greek-focused, bilevel restaurant and market called Fournos Theophilos opened and includes an all-day Mediterranean menu, yogurt bar, and bakery. The two floors fits up to 80 diners total, with half downstairs and half upstairs, but the upstairs portion is reserved for table-service only. 45 West 45th St., between Fifth and Sixth avenues

Downtown Brooklyn: WW, formerly known as Weight Watchers, has a new cafe in Barclays run by celeb chef Cat Cora. WW Freestyle Café: BKLYN serves Mediterranean fare. 620 Atlantic Ave.

Columbus Circle: A new location of Juice Press opened in the Whole Foods at Columbus Circle and serves bubble tea and ice cream in addition to the usual products of juices and grab-and-go soups, salads, and snacks. 10 Columbus Circle

East Village: A new coffeeshop by 787 Coffee opened. 131 East Seventh St., near Avenue A

October 3

Soho: A new fast-casual spot inspired by Indian street food called Frankie Goes to Bollywood opened. It specializes in the Indian wraps known as frankies and serves eight different variations, including one made with cauliflower-potato has, chickpeas, and tamarind chutney, and another option with grilled chicken and sweet peppers in a tomato-fenugreek curry. The design of the space is inspired by the 1980s. 204 Spring St. at Sullivan Street

Chelsea: A restaurant serving seafoody American food opened in Chelsea with an all-day menu. Called the Wilson, it’s decorated with portraits of famous Wilsons, including the volleyball from Castaway and actor brothers Luke and Owen Wilson. 132 West 27th St., between Sixth and Seventh avenues

Midtown: Beer bar Treadwell Park added a third location to NYC yesterday. The 200-seat space includes artifacts and images that nod to beer-making history, and there’s a cocktail menu inspired by different beer flavors. 508 West 42nd St., near 10th Avenue

Williamsburg: Coffee company Eleva Coffee opened its first cafe, Eleva Coffee Bar. 178 North Eighth St., between Bedford and Driggs avenues

West Village: After much anticipation from Queer Eye fans, Antoni Porowski’s revamped version of Village Den opened and appears to be a dieter’s paradise: The menu literally uses symbols to identify dishes that fit the Whole30, paleo, and keto diets. 225 West 12th St.

Midtown: A monster of a beer hall called American Hall opened in a three-floor space in Midtown and can fit up to 600 diners at once. It features an Americana menu, including a cocktail with barbecue sauce and peanut butter chicken wings with grape jelly on the side. The massive space includes a beer hall, arcade bar, and restaurant. 29 West 36th St., between Fifth and Sixth avenues

Financial District: An Asian steakhouse called Brooklyn Chop House from seasoned restaurateurs, one behind clubby classic Philippe Chow, opened. It serves standard steakhouse fare such as steaks and burgers, plus the addition of Chinese dumplings and entrees. 150 Nassau St., between Spruce and Beekman streets

Downtown Brooklyn: BigEye Sushi opened, serving grab-and-go sushi that’s partially prepared by “sushi robots,” automated machines that mainly assist with the rolling process in order to churn out sushi quickly. 25 Bond St. at Livingston Street

September 26

Nolita: The Garret, which has two often crowded locations in West Village and East Village, opened a new Nolita location. The drink menu here focuses on ingredients and liquors from Latin America, with tequilas and mezcals a main attraction. There’s also a small menu of tapas from Mexico, Central America and South America, as well as tacos by Borrachito, the operation in the back of the Garret East. 349 Broome St., between Bowery and Elizabeth Street

Randall’s Island: Untamed Sandwiches opened Untamed Sport Cafe in collaboration with Sportime. It has breakfast sandwiches, salads, wraps, and soups as well as smoothies and protein shakes. 1 Randalls Island

Harlem: Italian restaurant Fumo added a slice shop called Uncle Tony’s Pizza. It offers square pizza that comes as a thin-crust pan pie or a thicker crust option made with 48 hour-proofed dough. There’s also a vegan pie option. 1596 Amsterdam Ave., between 138th and 139th streets

Crown Heights: Cocktail bar St Ends opened with a back patio and a rose happy hour. 667 Franklin Ave., near St. Marks Avenue

Prospect Heights: A small coffeeshop called Cafe Eloise opened, serving tea, coffee drinks, and pastries. 417 Prospect Pl., near Grand Avenue

Hell’s Kitchen: Cantina Rooftop and Stage 48 added Mexican fine dining restaurant Cantina 48 to the space’s third floor. Shrimp aguachile and four kinds of tacos are on the menu. 605 West 48th St., near 11th Avenue

Upper West Side: Oath Pizza, serving 11-inch pizzas that come in whole or half pies, opened. One of the pie options at the fast-casual chain is “the luau,” made with mozzarella, pulled pork, pineapple, scallions, and barbecue sauce. 2169 Broadway, between 76th and 77th streets

Harlem: Hawaiian-inspired barbecue and poke restaurant Makana opened its fourth Manhattan location. 1502 Amsterdam Ave., between 134th and 135th streets

Soho: The Woo is a new upscale Korean barbecue restaurant in town. It’s a new iteration of owner Julie Choi’s mother’s former restaurant, Woo Lae Oak. 206 Spring St., between Sixth Avenue and Sullivan Street

Upper West Side: Friedmans, an all-day diner chain, opened on the UWS. It serves breakfast classics, salads, sandwiches, burgers, and entrees like chicken and waffles and fish tacos. This is the sixth location. 130 West 72nd St., near Columbus Avenue

West Village: Chef Einat Admony’s Balaboosta is back, rebooted in the former Bar Bolonat space in West Village, the neighborhood that also houses Admony’s Taim and Kish-Kash. 611 Hudson St., at West 12th Street

Hell’s Kitchen: The UWS’s Turkuaz Restaurant opened a second location. 310 West 53rd St., near Eighth Avenue

Greenpoint: Upscale kaiseki Chiko comes from chef and owner Xiaowei Zheng, who has instilled his menu with touches from his upbringing in China and his decade living and working in New York. It offers a 13-course menu for $138. 954 Manhattan Ave., between Java and India streets

Upper West Side: Bubble tea shop chain Gong Cha opened. 2810 Broadway between 108th and 109th streets

Lower East Side: A specialty health-focused ice cream and sorbet shop called BIVE opened an outpost on the LES. 95 Orchard St., near Delancey Street

Harlem: Break Juicery is now slinging juices and acai bowls near the City College of New York. 132 Edgecombe Ave., between 141st and 142nd streets

Harlem: The new Sushi Sushi has 15 signature rolls to choose from. There is also a location in West Village. 1504 Amsterdam Ave., between 134th and 135th streets

West Village: Bleecker Street Pizza opened a new more formal sit-down restaurant next to its popular slice shop. 71 Seventh Avenue South

Chelsea: Counter-service, California-style cafe Natura Cafe opened in the Dream Downtown hotel. It serves seasonal snacks, salads, toasts, and other casual fare, including a California-style burrito. There will also be draft lattes and cold brew on tap all day long. 355 West 16th St., between Eighth and Ninth avenues

East Village: New counter-service pizza shop Sauce Pizzeria opened. 345 East 12th St., between First and Second avenues

East Village: Indian restaurant Brick Lane Curry House is now open. There is an original location in New Jersey. 79 Second Ave., between East Fourth and Fifth streets

Fidi: San Francisco takeaway restaurant Proper Food opened. 67 Wall St.

Upper West Side: The UWS is now home to the latest Blue Bottle Coffee outpost. 279 Amsterdam Ave., between 73rd and 74th streets

September 19

Ridgewood: A churro cafe called Café Esencia has opened. For now, it serves breakfast and lunch in addition to the churros, but it will soon launch dinner. 68-38 Forest Ave., near Catalpa Avenue

West Village: The new Shake Shack that finally opened in West Village debuted the brand’s first stab at chicken nuggets. They have a so-called “innovation kitchen” here, where potential new dishes will be developed. 225 Varick St. near Seventh Avenue

Kips Bay: Restaurateur Nicola Marzovilla opened a new restaurant called Ristoro del Cinghiale next to his long-running I Trulli. It specializes in Tuscan-style wild boar, and there’s a wood-burning oven in the rustic space. 122 East 27th St., between Park Avenue South and Lexington Avenue

Astoria: Gossip Coffee opened with cocktails in addition to coffee. There are also pastries from local Astoria bakeries. 37-04 30th Ave., near 37th Street

Washington Heights: Gay sports bar Boxers NYC opened, offering karaoke parties and screenings of NFL games and RuPaul’s Drag Race. 3820 Broadway at West 159th Street

Lower East Side: New Malaysian cafe the Perfect Taste went into the original Kopitiam space. 51B Canal St., near Orchard Street

Bushwick: Marshall Thompson and Eric Feldman’s Braven Brewing Company Bar & Kitchen is now open, serving about a dozen beer options for now, including a pilsner, summer ale, saison, and sour ale brewed with passionfruit, pink guava, and pineapple. 52 Harrison Place, between Morgan and Knickerbocker avenues

Carroll Gardens: A chef with experience at Eleven Madison Park opened Sans, a vegan neighborhood restaurant. 329 Smith St., between Carroll and President streets

Columbus Circle: Now open in the Time Warner Center, Bluebird London has its first Manhattan location, hailing from the revered British restaurant group D&D London. 10 Columbus Circle, Third Floor

East Village: Pork-centric bar and restaurant Bar Bacon opened a second location. 127 Fourth Ave., between 12th and 13th streets

Bryant Park: Mediterranean fast-casual chain Cava has a new location in Manhattan. 11 West 42nd St., between Fifth and Sixth avenues

The Bronx: Latin-Asian fusion restaurant Suyo Gastrofusion is a new fine-dining restaurant from chef Sen Sang, whose signature dish is charred octopus, served with a potato crema, chorizo quinoa, and a black olive chimichurri. 5 West 170th St., between Inwood Avenue and Plaza Drive

Midtown: Playboy Club returned to Manhattan, and yes, there really are bunnies. 512 West 42nd St., between 41st and 42nd streets

September 12

Chinatown: Chinatown has a new Asian-influenced steakhouse called Char House. On the menu are starters like wagyu tartare and foie gras and scallop with lychee berry, as well as non-steak entrees like a whole fish and a roasted half chicken. As for steaks, filet mignon, rib eye, NY strip, and wagyu sirloin are all served with a red wine demi and wasabi butter. Dry-aging cases can be seen on-site. 43 Mott St., near Pell Street

Downtown Brooklyn: Harris Salat and chef Rick Horiike opened Taqueria in the former Ganso Ramen space. In addition to tacos, there are entrees like a beef brisket braised in a smoky chile salsa. Eventually, there will also be weekend brunch. 25 Bond St. at Livingston Street

Seaport District: Restaurant-meets-gallery-meets-shop 10 Corso Como is now open, serving a range of Italian and Mediterranean dishes with a focus on seafood. There’s an Italian-driven wine list, too. This is the first U.S. location of the restaurant, which also has locations in Milano, Seoul, Shanghai, and Beijing. 1 Fulton St., near Front Street

Bushwick: New Sicilian restaurant Concrete opened in the former space of DIY venue Palisades. It comes from a team of musicians and artists who are first time restaurateurs. It is open for dinner and weekend brunch, serving a menu of street-food-inspired small plates like a deep fried mozzarella sandwich, as well as bigger entrees, like pastas and burgers. 906 Broadway at Stockton Street

Long Island City: Adda, inspired by canteens found throughout India, is now open, serving regional cuisine from India in a homey setting. It comes from the team behind West Village’s Rahi but is distinctly more simple and traditional in its approach to Indian food. 31-31 Thomson Ave., near Van Dam Street

Williamsburg: Zeb Stewart and Jud Mongell have three restaurants at the Williamsburg location of hotel chain the Hoxton: ground floor all-day restaurant Klein’s, rooftop bar Summerly, and second floor terrace bar Backyard. Klein’s is already open, and Summerly and Backyard will come later. 97 Wythe Ave. between North 9th and North 10th streets

Greenwich Village: After years of working in fine dining, chef-owner Diana Tandia opened Berber Street Food, a counter-service restaurant of her own that serves regional cuisine from throughout Africa. 35 Carmine St., between Bedford and Bleecker streets

Williamsburg: Missy Robbins’ new pasta-centric Domino Park restaurant Misi opened with 10 pastas on hand, all made in-house in a glass-enclosed pasta room off the dining room. 329 Kent Ave., between South Third and Fourth streets

Upper West Side: Seafoody restaurant The Flying Fisherman opened and will later open a takeout spot next door. 269 Columbus Ave., between West 72nd and 73rd streets

East Village: A Rolling Stones-themed bar named after the song Waiting On A Friend recently opened near where the music video for the eponymous single was shot in East Village. 132 First Ave. at St. Mark’s Place

Koreatown: LA-based woodfired restaurant 800 Degrees Woodfired Kitchen opened its first NYC location. 1 East 33rd St., near Fifth Avenue

Financial District: Poke restaurant Sons Of Thunder opened its second location. 225 Pearl St., between Platt and John streets

September 6

East Village: Afandi Grill is now open in the East Village, serving food from Central Asia. Options include hand-pulled noodles, kebabs, “monster”-sized dumplings, and Uzbek rice bowls. 149 First Ave. near Ninth Street

East Village: A third location of Pizza Rollio, with super-thin rectangular pies, has opened. 437 East Ninth St., near Avenue A

Williamsburg: Late-night burger joint Corner Bistro opened a new outpost in Williamsburg’s new food hall North 3rd Street Market. It has the same simple menu as the nearly six-decades-old original. 103 North 3rd St. between Wythe Avenue and Berry Street

East Village: Brooklyn Bagel & Coffee Company opened a new outpost. 63 East Eighth St., near Broadway

Greenwich Village: Chain pizzeria Pieology opened a new outpost. 168 Bleecker St., near Sullivan Street

Source: NYC eater
Al Pastor Specialist Taco Mix Expands to Queens — and More Openings