Top New NYC Restaurants to Try in 2016


New York City never fails to disappoint when it comes to delicious and culturally inspired food. The concrete jungle's most recent offering of irresistible fares proved just that. Here are three of the top new NYC restaurants you have to try in 2016.

Jams
1414 Avenue of the Americas


Because history. And roasted chicken. And mid-day pancakes.

A remake of his 1980s eatery, chef Jonathan Waxman parked his kitchen in 1 Hotel Central Park and is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and brunch. Using fresh and local ingredients, Jams remixes its classic menu in an open concept kitchen with a bustling bar area and highly praised service. Bring your appetite and Central Park-friendly wallet, this one is costly but worth it.

El Cortez
17 Ingraham St, Brooklyn, NY


Warm up with tiki vibes and enjoy cocktails and well portioned tex-mex at El Cortez. The menu keeps it simple and enticing offering burritos, tortas, chimichangas, and other bundles of heavenly goodness. Promising free-range chicken and organic meats, this Bushwick joint just might give Chipotle a run for its money (if it were in the same market, but you get what I mean). The menu items are pretty much the same price as Chipotle except El Cortez holds it down with a dance floor and Tuesday karaoke, so... yeah.

Streetbird Rotisserie
2149 Frederick Douglass Blvd, Harlem, NY


If you love Red Rooster and Ginny's Supper Club, you'll be happy to know that Harlem chef and owner, Marcus Samuelsson has done it again. Streetbird Rotisserie offers rotisserie dine-in, take-out, and delivery with hip-hop, reclaimed, and vintage diner décor and an all-day, everyday brunch menu. Indulge in Samuelsson's multicultural inspired menu featuring fried and rotisserie chicken, rice noodles and wok, and catfish and grits.

What new restaurants will you discover in 2016?

Stop by these establishments and have a taste. Then go out and explore the culinary kingdom that is New York City. Be sure to share the wealth and let your friends know about these gems too.

Olivia Christine is a Travel Writer and native New Yorker from the South Bronx. No, she doesn't know J.Lo personally. Yes, she has her driver license.