March is something of a awakening month. As NYC battles through the last few weeks of winter, the bitter cold eventually subsides and the city as a whole starts coming back to life as spring draws closer. And as the weather slowly gets better, that means more nights out! Here are a few restaurants around the city that will be opening for business throughout the month of March.
Located in the West Village (189 W 10th St, New York, NY 10014 ), Due West will soon become your new favorite brunch, lunch & even dinner spot to eat out. With an eclectic design and an menu to out match any other comfort restaurant, Due West is the perfect place to catch a game, or indulge in their famous dry aged burger. Besides a great meal you can also find creative and fun cocktails that will quench the thirst of even your pickiest friends, while showing the actual glass on the menu so you won’t be surprised about the size of your drink. What may surprise you is how much of a punch it’ll have without be overpowering, plan to order a few. From its fluffy butter maple toffee pancakes to their soft boil egg & avocado toast made with truffle butter, the brunch menu has a plethora of mouthwatering options to choose from.
Mercado Little Spain
One of the biggest new additions in recent years is the massive Hudson Yards development project in Chelsea. When the first part of the complex opens on March 15, visitors will have several dining options to choose from. One of which is a 35,000 square foot indoor/outdoor food hall dedicated to cuisine from Spain. Conceptually, it’s not too different from another NYC mainstay dedicated to cuisine from a Mediterranean country, Eataly. What makes this one stick out is the involvement of three of Spain’s most acclaimed chefs: José Andrés and brothers Ferran and Albert Adrià. And since none of them have had any restaurants in NYC before, this new project in the Hudson Yards is shaping up to be quite a monumental debut for all three in the Big Apple.
Momofuku Restaurant in Hudson Yards
Last year, famed Korean chef David Chang’s Majordomo restaurant opened to rapturous praise in Los Angeles. After conquering LA, he now has his sights set on making lighting strike twice with a similar location as part of the Hudson Yards. Among its features is a bar with Korean spirits and sushi counter that looks into an open kitchen. This new 5,000 square foot space will definitely have its fair share of competition. Not just in the Hudson Yards, but with the influx of Korean restaurants like Atomix, Oiji, and Soogil among others. But with Chang’s name and reputation attached to this new eatery, it certainly has a lot going for it compared to those places.
Red Hook Tavern and Hometown Deli
Billy Durney, of Hometown Bar-B-Que fame, is about to open not one, but two follow up restaurants in Brooklyn. The first is a tavern that puts fried chicken at the center of its menu, with wines, classic Southern side dishes, and a Corner Bistro inspired burger to round things out. His other new eatery is his take on a classic NYC deli that will be located as part of the Industry City Food Court. Unlike Red Hook Tavern, this is more of a simple counter service spot, offering Durney’s versions of mainstays like pastrami, corned beef, and egg salad sandwiches. Following up a success like Hometown Bar-B-Que with a single new restaurant is one thing, but two in a single month is something entirely different all together. But for those looking for a more traditional NYC lunch are about to have two new choices at their disposal.
While every entry here has largely been a new establishment, this last restaurant is actually the return of a long time NYC institution. Originally opened in 1999 by restaurateur Keith McNally, this French restaurant played a key role in turning the Meatpacking District into the food and drink neighborhood that it is known as today. But after only 15 years, it suddenly closed when the building it occupied was purchased and subsequently demolished. But McNally never gave up on his promise to return to the neighborhood, and five years later, he - alongside fellow restaurateur Stephen Starr - finally made good on his word. Even though its new location will be slightly far from its original spot, both restaurateurs promise that the same Parisian menu and atmosphere will remain intact when Pastis returns. And considering the retail and dining boom that it inadvertently kicked off back in 1999, it will be a return that won’t go unnoticed.