We’re only a little bit over halfway through the year, but already it feels like there have been enough openings and closings to last a decade in most cities. Welcome to New York.

Just when you feel like you’re catching up on the best of 2014, the newcomers start piling up: uber-specialized Japanese joints like Goemon Curry and Ramen Lab; paradigm-shifters like Superiority Burger and David Chang’s Fuku; and places that fill your Instagram feed until you’re forced to see what all the fuss is about. Meanwhile, there are still those late December openings that missed the year-end accolades, but need to be on your radar if you like a party-centric feast (namely, Mission Chinese 2.0 and the K-Town powerhouse Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong).

Quietly, it’s been a strong year for drinking too, with a number of worthy cocktail bars entering the rotation, and one in particular delivering the best new burger this town has seen in a long time (keep reading).

To help you sort through the noise and prioritize your culinary adventures, we polled our team to pinpoint the restaurants and bars that have made the strongest first impressions so far in 2015. From a reinvented East Village dive to a best-in-class museum restaurant, these are the 13 best new places for eating and drinking in NYC. 

Written by Chris Schonberger (@cschonberger), Justin Bolois (@JustinBolois), Alia Akkam (@aliaakkam), Regan Hofmann (@regan_hofmann), and Foster Kamer (@weareyourfek)