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New and Noteworthy November 2013 (Photo: Courtesy of Butter Midtown)

Top 10 New and Noteworthy New York City Restaurants: November 2013

November has some hot new restaurant surprises up its sleeve

This month, diners have a lot to be thankful for, with a Mission Chinese spin-off, biscuits any way you can imagine them, and a rotisserie concept from a publicist-turned-restaurateur. In fact there’s so much going on, blink and you’ll miss a restaurant opening in New York City; eateries debut and shutter at a fast clip in the Big Apple. To keep yourself up-to-date on NYC’s hottest restaurant openings, check out our top 10 newbies for November 2013.


Lobster tail at Butter Midtown

Lobster tail at Butter Midtown (Photo: Butter Midtown)

Butter Midtown
Chopped judge and Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli expands to midtown in a Theater District venue that’s even more vast than her downtown original. The subterranean dining room has a supper-club feel, with leather banquettes, playhouse-worthy lighting and towering columns, while the menu veers on simply-prepared crowd-pleasers such as Berkshire pork chop with roasted shiitake mushrooms. 70 W. 45th St., 212-253-2828,


Dining room and bar at Cafe Standard

Dining room and bar at Cafe Standard (Photo: Standard Hotels)

Café Standard
Until the adjacent restaurant opens from Michelin-starred chef John Fraser of Dovetail, guests at the newly opened hotel Standard in the East Village have only one delicious option for dining: this casual, indoor/outdoor American cafe open morning, noon and night. The Bowery-based restaurant features a lively decor, with greenery spilling down from the ceilings,  mosaic-tiled floors, wood wainscoting and lots of natural light in the daytime. The menu, like the name suggests, is straightforward, with dishes like salmon tartare and a pork belly sandwich. Fraser’s part two arrives in January. 25 Cooper Sq., 212-475-5700,


Summer fried chicken sandwich from Empire Biscuit

Summer fried chicken sandwich from Empire Biscuit (Photo: Empire Biscuit)

Empire Biscuit
It’s all biscuits all the time at this new 24-hour East Villager, and apparently, New Yorkers are already eating the concept up, even depleting the supply on some days. In addition to the namesake, served with various butters, spreads, jams, jellies and marmalades, biscuit-buffs can create their own combos; indulge in pre-determined mash-ups such as “The Fancy Pants,” with foie gras butter, preserved lemon and cabbage jam; or enjoy sandwiches, such as a muffaletta, with — guess what? — serving as the bun. 198 Avenue A., 646-682-9529,

Gotham West Market
This new Hell’s Kitchen food hall holds all manner of yummies, with eight vendors including El Colmado, a tapas bar from Seamus Mullen; Ivan Orkin’s long-awaited Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop; sandwiches from Little Chef; and retro burger joint Genuine Roadside from AvroKo, the only eatery in the space with a full-on dining room. 600 11th Ave., 212-582-7940,

Louie and Chan
The worlds of Little Italy and Chinatown collide at this multi-faceted space in the Lower East Side. Upstairs at Louie, Neapolitan-inspired pizza from the wood-burning oven is the order of the day. In a few weeks tipplers can belly up to the bar at opium den-inspired Chan’s downstairs, and 303, a hidden music den, will also join the party soon with its own entrance around the corner. 303 Broome St., 212-837-2816,

M Wells Steakhouse
Hugue Dufour and Sarah Obraitis, the duo that put Queens on the map as a fine dining destination, unveiled their much-anticipated sequel to Long Island City’s M. Wells Diner, which closed due to a rent dispute in 2011. After opening M. Wells Dinette within MoMA PS 1, Dufour and Obraitis set their sights on a something more upscale. In this reboot, there’s a trout tank in the open kitchen; a French-accented steakhouse menu, with cuts such as a Chateaubriand for two; and a dessert trolley. And if you’re a homesick Quebecois in search of poutine, this is the place to get it — Dufour and Obraitis are Montreal natives. 43-15 Crescent St., Long Island City, Queens, 718-696-7863,

Mission Cantina
Rene Redzepi and Alice Waters were among the first to try James Beard Award winner Danny Bowien’s new eatery in previews; now the Mission Chinese sibling is fully open for the rest of us. The space is colorful, fun and a little more polished than its kin, and the food, this time with a Latin spin, packs just as much power, with dishes such as beef heart ceviche and a litany of tacos, from beef tongue with charred onions, tomato pickle and peanuts along with an entire section devoted to vegetable varieties. 172 Orchard St., 212-254-2233,

Pink Tea Cup
First opened nearly 60 years ago in the West Village, the Pink Tea Cup sealed its reputation as a go-to spot for soul food until it closed in 2010. Chef, entrepreneur and independent filmmaker Lawrence Page made reviving it his personal rescue mission, reopening nearby in the Village before moving to Chelsea. When Page discovered that most of his clientele were borough-dwellers, the restaurant moved once again to Fort Greene. According to fans such as Kanye West and Lenny Kravitz, specialties such as chicken and waffles, fried green tomatoes and fish and grits are well worth crossing the river for. 120 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn, 347-227-7472,

Red Farm
After rolling out with lunch, the second branch of Eddie Schoenfeld and Joe Ng’s dumpling palace finally launched dinner this month in the new Upper West Side location. Fans are grateful for a much larger space than the downtown version, with much of the same feel: a communal table at the centerpiece, red-and-white checked booth seats, and hanging plants. Like the downtown branch, however, the no-reservations policy creates epic waits, which locals are willing to brave for Ng’s signatures such as Pac Man dumplings and Shanghai soup buns. 2170 Broadway, 212-724-9700,

Rotisserie Georgette
Georgette Farkas learned a thing or two about the restaurant world during her tenure as Daniel Boulud’s publicist. In her new career as restaurateur, she teams up with chef David Malbequi for a concept that hails all things roasted on a spit. There are two rotisserie chicken dishes, a Peking duck breast, and large format feasts, featuring a suckling pig or a leg of lamb, that can feed six. The private dining room for 10 features a window overlooking the kitchen.  14 East 60th St., 212-390-8060,

For more new and notable restaurants:
Top 10 New and Noteworthy Restaurants March 2014
Top 10 New and Noteworthy Restaurants February 2014

Top 10 New and Noteworthy Restaurants January 2014
The Keepers: The Most Promising Restaurant Openings of 2013
Top 10 New and Noteworthy Restaurants November 2013
Top 10 New and Noteworthy Restaurants October 2013
Top 10 New and Noteworthy Restaurants September 2013
Top 10 New and Noteworthy Restaurants August 2013
Top 10 New and Noteworthy Restaurants July 2013
Top 10 New and Noteworthy Restaurants June 2013
Top 10 New and Noteworthy Restaurants May 2013
Top 10 New and Noteworthy Restaurants April 2013

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