Bonnies received a New York Times Critics’ Pick when it debuted in February 2022. Critic Pete Wells praised the restaurant for its inspired fusion of Chinese and American cuisine, even poetic about the restaurant’s version of the McRib.
CheLi’s also draws its culinary inspiration from China, but according to Grub Street, its cuisine is authentic to the Shanghai region. Eater praised its wine-soaked offerings like blue crab (cooked in Shaoxing wine) and rice wine-braised fish head.
Dame started as a pandemic pop-up with its fish and chips that earned the restaurant a cult following. Opened by chef and former Londoner Ed Szymanski, the restaurant embraces its inner Brit with a whimsical twist, like a wine list that divides its offerings by James Bond or Austin Powers (via New York Times).
Former Del Posto executive chef Melissa Rodriguez runs Mel’s, which reinvents the former fine dining space into an elevated pizzeria. With Mel’s, she shatters disgraced former owner Mario Batali’s restaurant legacy with pies the New York Times has deemed praiseworthy.
Chef Eric Sze and his business partner Andy Chuang — of rowdy East Village restaurant 886 (per BK Mag) — are bringing the good times to Greenpoint with Wenwen. The restaurant’s Taiwanese comfort food includes BDSM fried chicken, which sells out before 6 p.m. daily, according to The New York Times.
According to Michelin, the stars and the Bib Gourmands will be announced in the fall.