5 Cool and New Restaurants
From beer and bacon to matzo-ball-and-marrow soup, these are places you'll want to check out.

It always seems like there's a million restaurants opening in NYC all the time. But that's definitely not a bad thing. This is a list of five restaurants with unusual food twists and trendy decors that opened recently.


The opening of this Hell's Kitchen restaurant was much anticipated. It has pretty much exactly what you think it does: alcohol and bacon (two things that go very well together, we might add). With a full-service bar, each dish here has bacon as the main ingredient. You've got to experience it to believe it.

A good old-fashioned country place attached to a barbecue joint, Hill Country Chicken has southern comforts like chicken-and-biscuits or fried chicken by-the-piece. Move over KFC, a more authentic spot has come to town.

1123 Broadway New York, NY 10010

The Shakespeare

 Serving up classic pub food like bangers-and-mash and Welsh rarebit, this cozy bar is modeled to look like an old English tavern. It was opened by Jason Hicks of Jones Wood Foundry, who grew up in the same town and went to the same school as William Shakespeare. 

24 East 39th Street New York, NY 10016




The Peacock

 Just upstairs from The Shakespeare, and also ran by Jason Hicks and Yves Jadot, The Peacock is a classy complement to the British tavern. It's decor includes crystal chandeliers and wingback chairs, and its food is a bit higher scale, including roast chicken and braised short rib with kidney-suet pudding. However, we can't guarantee that going there won't get this stuck in your head for the rest of the night. 

24 East 39th Street, New York, NY 10016



Empire Diner

A Chelsea staple, this eatery closed in 2010 after being open since the 70s. The good news is that it's back. It's improved too—the revamped menu including matzo-ball-and-marrow soup and charred octopus Greek salad made it's first appearance just a few days ago

210 10th Avenue New York, NY 10011