New & Noteworthy (week of Feb. 17)

This week, I wanted to add a shout-out to Golden Diner for the recent review from Grub Street.  Sam Yoo’s east Chinatown/Two Bridges restaurant was on my list when it opened March, and again when dinner service began.  I finally made it there for lunch last week. I sat at the counter and was able to observe the chef in action — quietly making and plating dishes, asking if the bread was getting toasted, and calling for more plates.  The place was full of regulars and the bright clean space has fun (and funky) music filling the air. Highly recommended! 

Speaking of diners, this week’s addition to the New & Noteworthy list is Thai Diner, the new restaurant from Uncle Boons team Ann Redding and Matt Danzer.  The menu features Thai-influenced American diner classics like Thai tea babka french toast served with condensed milk butter and stuffed cabbage with green curry, as well as traditional Thai dishes like phat tai and marinated pork jowl. Fear not diner fans, a ‘classic burger’ is also on the menu!

According to Eater, Thai Diner opens its doors on Tuesday, February 18 and will be open for breakfast and lunch on Tuesdays through Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Saturdays and Sundays, the entire menu will be available all day from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

232 Bleeker Opened mid-December

Da Toscano Opened early-February

Ernesto’s Opened early-January

Kochi Opened early-November

Lekka Burger Opened mid-November

Nami Nori Opened early-October 

Piggyback NYC Opened mid-January

Sampotei Opened late-January

Thai Diner Opened mid-February

Verōnika Opened early-January

This weekly list is not comprehensive of every new place but a short alphabetized list of new places that I think are notable.  Restaurants that have been open for more than four months will not be included.