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A New Korean Fried Chicken Spot Takes Flight in Queens — and More Openings

A weekly updated roundup of new restaurants in New York City

by Emma Orlow and Eater Staff Updated Dec 22, 2021, 5:05pm EST

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Nearly two years into the coronavirus pandemic, restaurants across the city continue to open their doors, sometimes because their concepts could be adapted to the new normal, but more often because their owners saw no other choice but to forge ahead. Since March 16, 2020, when the state first temporarily closed indoor dining, hundreds of new restaurants have opened

Here’s a round-up of the restaurants and bars that opened in December. This list will be updated weekly. If there’s an opening in your neighborhood that we’ve missed, let us know at

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission.

December 16

East Village: The seemingly expanding food hall, specializing in viral food hits like Korean corndogs and croffles, is opening its latest venture on St. Mark’s Place. The chain Afternoon, first launched in New York back in April of this year and is already onto its fifth location. 34 St. Mark’ s Place, near Second Avenue


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