As you get back into the swing of thing after a summer away, we’re here to catch you up to speed on all the new restaurants popping up in the city. There’s 53, an elevated take on Asian cuisines, One Fifth, simple dishes with a twist, and the French favorite, Maison Close. All three are already generating a lot of buzz, so what better time to make a reservation than while you need a good breather during Fashion Week? Check out each space, below.


The latest launch from the owners of Marea, Ai Fiori and Osteria Morini, comes 53, a new fine dining experience from Michelin-Star chef Akmal Anuar. The shareable menu, categorized by temperature and preparation, features an elevated blend of Asian cuisines inspired by traditional Chinese, Japanese, Singaporean and Thai cooking.

Given its proximity to MoMA, the space fittingly boasts a rotating selection of fine art in partnership with the Friedrich Petzel Gallery.

Visit: 53 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019

One Fifth

The latest from chef Marc Forgione in partnership with Apres Cru Hospitality, the menu at One Fifth features inventive yet simple dishes including Smashed Burrata; Squash Blossom Zeppole with Hot Maple Syrup; and Pinsa, an oval-shaped Roman-style pizza along with homemade pasta and a selection of meat and fish. The cocktails are Italian classics — with a creative twist.

Visit: One Fifth Avenue, NY

Maison Close

Crêpes Suzette, Île flottante, Crème Caramel à la vanille

Recently opened in Soho, Maison Close brings the joie de vivre of France to downtown. Offering a respite from the Fashion Week rush, Maison Close is serving up approachable French cuisine — think Escargot, Ahi Tuna Tartare, Sole Meuniere and classic Coq Au Vin — by Executive Chef Geoffrey Lechantoux and creatively crafted cocktails in a buzzy atmosphere.

Cocotte de Foie Gras Poele

Visit: 15 Watts St, New York, NY 10013