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It's possible that you've spent this month totally sticking to your resolutions, which is great, but now it's time to put down the green juice or whatever, and focus your attention on the hot new bars and restaurants you missed while you were out jogging six miles every day. After all, if you don’t refocus on what’s important, what the hell are you going to resolve to do next year?



This scene-y, big deal import from our friends in London expanded to Madison Ave and brought with it Izakaya-style Japanese from Chef Rainer Becker and sushi chef Katzutoshi Endo (who, like Daisuke Nakazawa, trained under famed Jiro Ono in Japan). Dish hotness counts elaborate rolls, king crab with ponzu lime butter from the robata grill, and signatures like spicy beef tenderloin with sesame, red chili, and sweet soy.

Hook & Cleaver

Inspired by underground beefsteak clubs, this spot comes from the unlikely pairing of 1) a chef who’s appeared on Chopped and The Taste, and 2) the Brooklyn Meat Club. Together they're bringing daily grilled chops to Greenpoint (ranging from T-bone to ribeye), as well as other non-steak offerings like baby back ribs, and fried chicken skin. That’s right: somebody finally went and did what we’ve all been thinking this whole time.


Morris Sandwich Shop

Crown Heights
Formerly a food truck slinging bomb grilled cheese sandos, it's now settled into a brick and mortar where it's doing stuff like the Pollos Hermanos with roasted chicken, blue cheese, hot sauce mayo, and pickled celery on Rustica, and The Bubie, loaded with pastrami rubbed corned beef, charred onion mustard, and raclette.


Yet another impressive opening from the team behind Dirty French, Torrisi, Carbone, Parm, and ZZ’s Clam Bar, the latest is situated beneath the Highline and is done up to feel like your at some restaurant on the Italian coast. The food fits the vibe as well -- it’s almost entirely made up of seafood and veggies, like octopus spiedini, spaghetti with blue crab, and lobster Catalan.



It’s a pizza speakeasy from Giulio Adriani. That’s right, a pizza speakeasy. Enter through a “hidden” door in Espoleta Tapas & Wine Bar that reads vacancy or “no vacancy”, depending on how packed the room is, and order a three-course $38 menu that gives you an app, a pizza, and a dessert. Except for the Margherita and the deep-fried montanara, the pizzas all change daily and have included creations like the Uptown, topped with lardo, burrata, truffle, and leeks.


Ramen Lab

You should be very excited for this one. Sun Noodle, which provides noodles to a lot of thebest ramen spots in NYC, has finally opened its own operation and it’s got two top types of ramen, some of the best gyoza around, and a healthy dose of ramen education thrown in for good measure. This is a must-hit.


Donatella Arpaia has taken over the space here (which formerly held her namesake restaurant), teaming up with the pizza maker from Ribalta to open Prova, where you can get both classic pizzas and new, inventive pies like the Urcina with Pecorino Sardo and sea urchin, or the Capricciosa with fior di latte, roasted ham, baby artichokes, olives di Gaeta, and Pecorino Romano.


Cooper's Craft Beer & Kitchen

Expanding beyond its original home on 2nd Ave, this pub brings the same strong beer and bar food game, from soft pretzels with beer cheese, to poutine with cheddar curds and bacon.


Cafe Clover

West Village
Focused on health and ALSO being delicious, this corner joint worked with a nutritionist to create dishes like cauliflower “steak” with romesco and veggie chutney, roasted oyster with truffle and pickled shallot, and actual, no-air-quotes-necessary steak, with Brussels sprouts and olive oil potato puree.


Hunt & Fish Club

Hoping to give off an old-school glamour vibe, this steakhouse combines a beautifully glitzy setting with eats like 2 1/2lb lobster with garlic herb butter, cavatelli w/ wild boar ragu, and of course, STEAKS, including a dry-aged, bone-in sirloin and a kosher cut boneless ribeye.

Death Ave

With a 3.5-seasons-of-the-year garden (we’re in that .5 off season right now; frowny face) and food like mac & saganaki, eight-hour octopus, and a feta burger, this spot probably didn’t even need its 1,500sqft brewery to entice you to come, but there it is, enticing the crap out of you.



Lower East Side
If you’re one of those types who “doesn’t do Brooklyn,” first of all, stop that, stop it now, and second of all, you’re in luck, because now you don’t have to leave Manhattan to get some of the best fried chicken in the city -- the Williamsburg favorite has opened a new spot on Canal St.


West Village
Located in the space that used to be home to SNAP, this sports bar has top-notch chefs from Saul offering up pub favorites like baked cheddar dip, short rib and oxtail chili, and a prime beef burger, plus it's equipped with everything you need to get down with whatever games are on.

Andrew Zimmer is Thrillist’s NYC Editor and his New Year’s resolution was to eat more fried chicken and steaks, soooo... nailed it. Folllow him on Instagram and Twitter.

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