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Scott Conant's new restaurant, Fusco | image courtesy of Fusco
Scott Conant's new restaurant, Fusco | image courtesy of Fusco

New York City Restaurant and Bar Openings April 2017

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Kathryn Maier
NYC Food & Drink Editor
Updated: 17 May 2017

Here’s our roundup of the restaurants and bars opening this month in New York City that we’re most excited about. Check back often as we’re constantly updating this page.

Suzuki

The chef of the beloved decades-old Sushi Zen, which closed about a year ago, is now back at Suzuki, a multi-concept Japanese restaurant owned by his son. The space includes a small cocktail lounge called Three Pillars, a 10-seat omekase-only sushi bar, called Satsuki, where chef Suzuki wields his knife, and the main space, a 56-seat restaurant serving Kaiseki-style meals.
Where: 114 W. 47th St., New York City
When: April 5, 2017

Coup

From nightlife guru Ravi DeRossi and two bartenders from Amor y Amargo comes Coup, a cocktail bar where 100 percent of the profits will go toward nonprofit organizations in danger of being defunded by the Trump administration. A rotating cast of guest bartenders from top bars around the country will visit, each making his or her own specialty cocktails.
Where: 64 Cooper Square, New York City
When: April 14, 2017
Social: @coupnyc

Bar Moga

Bar Moga serves up Japan-inflected cocktails (think a lot of shochu) created by Becky McFalls-Schwartz, who worked at Milk & Honey under the late Sasha Petraske, one of the most influential bartenders of modern times. Bar bites include salmon pastrami and ketchup-filled fingerling potatoes.
Where: 128 W. Houston St., New York City
When: April 17, 2017
Social: @barmoga

Made Nice

From the folks whose flagship was just named the world’s best restaurant comes Made Nice, a fast-casual spot where dishes—many inspired by EMP favorites—will cost just $11 to $15 apiece. The opening menu includes plates like curry cauliflower, quinoa falafel, and cod Provencal.
Where: 8 W. 28th St., New York City
When: April 24, 2017
Social: @made_nice

Fusco

The first solo NYC venture in nearly a decade from prolific chef Scott Conant, Fusco is a bright space serving up modern Italian dishes like garganelli with lamb’s neck ragu and lobster gnudi with bagna cauda…and even a variation on his famed tomato basil spaghetti.
Where: 43 E. 20th St., New York City
When: April 24, 2017
Social: @fusconewyork

Empire Diner

Chef John DeLucie, formerly of hotspots The Lion and Waverly Inn, has partnered with Cafeteria Group (of Cafeteria and Delicatessen) to revive the Empire Diner, the iconic freestanding diner in West Chelsea. Don’t expect typical diner fare here, though—plates include the likes of yellowtail crudo with crispy quinoa and cucumber jalapeno broth and sourdough pretzel fried chicken.
Where: 210 10th Ave., New York City
When: April 24, 2017
Social: @empire-diner