Thursday, March 4th, 2021:
A Running List of New Restaurants That
Opened in New York City.

Sofrito Lovers,

Despite the global pandemic and economic scarcity, some brave and pioneering culinary artists are opening their restaurants, eateries, and cafes with hopeful hearts and admirable confidence.

For the past few months, has been compiling a weekly list of new restaurant openings throughout the City.  So, if you're ready to eat out (I'm still working on it) then make sure to support one of these exciting new eateries.  Review past lists for eateries Uptown and in the Bronx.

I've kept a running list of Bronx and Uptown openings and I'm planning a few takeout visits pretty soon.  I'm planning to write and film some food tasting videos and restaurant reviews based on my impressions of these new eateries.

Go taste for yourself!  Buen Provecho!

A Running List of New Restaurants That Opened in New York City, March 2021

A food truck selling Tuscan-style paninis, a Colombian bakery in Astoria, and more restaurant openings this month

by Luke Fortney and Eater Staff Mar 4, 2021, 2:19pm EST

Nearly a year into the coronavirus pandemic, restaurants across the city continue to move forward with openings, sometimes because their concepts could be adapted for delivery and outdoor dining service, but more often because their owners saw no other choice but to forge ahead. Since mid-March, when the state first temporarily closed indoor dining, hundreds of new restaurants have opened their doors. This list of pandemic-born businesses includes an exciting Indian concept, a tortillería, and a classic, old-school Brooklyn restaurant that’s finally opening.

Here’s a round-up of the restaurants and bars that opened in March. This list will be updated weekly. If there’s an opening in your neighborhood that we’ve missed, let us know at

March 4

Astoria: Colombian bakery Parceros opened a second location in Astoria earlier this year, appropriately named Parceros Bakery II. The cafe makes fried bunuelos, maduros con queso, and almojabanas. Similar to the original, there’s also a rotating list of breakfast specials, including beef rib soup and chicharron. 3015 30th Avenue, between 30th and 31st Streets

Bushwick: Ecuadorian chef-owner Fabiola Maldonada has opened a second location of Paloma’s in the former space of Guadalupe Inn, which closed after nearly four years in September. Similar to her original restaurant, which opened on the border of Bushwick and Ridgewood in 2016, the focus is on Pueblan and Oaxacan fare, like jicama aguachile, octopus tostada, and squash blossom quesadillas. Open for takeout, delivery, and indoor dining. 1 Knickerbocker Avenue, at Johnson Avenue

Bushwick: Following front-of-house stints at now-shuttered top NYC restaurants like Spice Market and Cafe Gray, Iveelt Bayart has opened his first solo project. Za-Ya, where Bayart is also the chef, is a Japanese restaurant with a focus on ramen, sushi rolls, and small plates like karaage. 321 Starr Street, near Cypress Avenue

East Village: It’s another big week of openings for the East Village. Puerto Rican coffee roaster 787 Coffee has opened a third location in the East Village, bringing its total number of New York City locations to eight. The coffee shop moved into the former home of Champion Coffee, which did not reopen after indoor dining was first shutdown last March. 319 East 14th Street, between First and Second Avenues

East Village: Essex Market bagel maker Davidovich Bakery branches out with a third location this week on Avenue A. Still in its soft opening, the bakery replaces neighborhood coffee shop Native Bean, which ended its five-year run at the address — and 20-year run on Avenue A the East Village — last September. 36 Avenue A, at East Third Street

East Village: Hub Thai has moved into at its new home on Avenue A. The neighborhood Thai restaurant was previously located three blocks north, at 105 Avenue A. The building was formerly occupied by Villa Cemita, which closed in June after five years. Open for takeout, delivery, and indoor dining. 50 Avenue A, between Third and Fourth Streets

East Village: Two Momofuku Ssam Bar alums have teamed up on a new, month-long tasting menu pop-up. Nudibranch serves a six- to eight-course meal with dishes like shaoxing mushrooms, soba alla bottarga, and razor clams with grapefruit and chile. 130 First Avenue, at St. Marks Place

Greenwich Village: Taiwan’s popular milk and flavored tea brand Koi Thé — which goes by the brand Fiftylan in the U.S. — has debuted two locations in NYC, one in Greenwich Village, and the other by Union Square. 189 Bleecker Street, near MacDougal Street, and 32 Union Square East, at East 16th Street

Long Island City: There’s a new restaurant serving bubble tea, dumplings, and hot and cold hand-pulled noodles in Long Island City. Noodlecraft comes from the same owner of hand-pulled noodle maker Hana Noodle Station, which operates out of Dekalb Market in Downtown Brooklyn. 10-39 47th Road, between Vernon Boulevard and 11th Street

Lower East Side: Croquetas, maduros, and tostones have a new home at Mi Salsa Kitchen, a Cuban restaurant that opened its doors last month. The restaurant takes the place of the eight-year-old Mezetto, which never reopened after the indoor dining shutdown last March. Open for takeout, delivery, and indoor dining. 205 Allen Street, at East Houston Street

Lower East Side: After close to a six-year tenure on Orchard Street, storied Lower East Side hangout Max Fish has closed its doors. In its place, the Orchard Room has opened, a new bar with late-night dim sum, bottle-service, and monkey-themed wallpaper. The hospitality group behind the bar, 29 Monroe, is slated to open a second, more upscale lounge in the East Village later this month. Open for indoor 120 Orchard Street, at Delancey Street

Lower East Side: Local seafood chain Juicy King Crab Express has a new location just south of Seward Park. There are roughly a dozen restaurants of the same name throughout Brooklyn and Queens, but this East Broadway location appears to be the company’s first Manhattan outpost. 213 East Broadway, near Clinton Street

Lower East Side: Crab Du Jour, a separate chain of seafood restaurants, is opening across Seward Park in the former space of La Flaca, a Mexican restaurant that closed in June after a decade on Grand Street. 384 Grand Street, at Suffolk Street

Soho: Franklin Becker — the chef best known for starting the fast casual chain Little Beet — is now operating four restaurant concepts from the same space in Tribeca. Universal Taco, Galinha, Shai, and Butterfunk Biscuit will serve Mexican, Portuguese, and Mediterranean, Southern-style food, respectively. 30 Vandam Street, between Sixth Avenue and Varick Streets

Williamsburg and Park Slope: The word panini evokes thoughts of buttered bread, melty cheese, and perfectly spaced grill marks, but co-owners Ming Lai and Nik Barricelli want New York to think of housemade focaccia, as well. From a new food truck called Cento Percento, the duo is making Tuscan-style paninis topped with ‘nduja, tomato jam, and balsamic glaze. Catch the truck this weekend at the Canvas in Williamsburg on Saturday and at Cousin John’s Bakery in Park Slope on Sunday. Popping up across New York City

Upper West Side: Beloved dumpling shop Mimi Cheng’s heads uptown this week with a new outpost on Amsterdam Avenue, its third location in New York City. 309 Amsterdam Avenue, between West 74th and 75th Streets