5 new restaurants to try in New Westminster

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New Westminster is home to plenty of great restaurants. While places like El Santo, Wild Thyme, and the River Market’s many restaurants (like Re-Up BBQ, Longtail, Freebird) have quickly become contemporary go-to spots, the options continue to grow as new restaurants give it a go in New West.

Here are five recently-opened spots in the Royal City you may want to check out.

Piva

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This modern Italian showcase restaurant has been greatly anticipated in New West. With its doors recently opened at the Anvil Centre in the heart of the city, Piva is all about contemporary Italian cuisine made with care. Look for boar meatballs, salumi boards, fresh pizzas and pastas, and an array of vegetarian (and vegan) options for lunch and dinner.

Address: 787 Columbia Street, New Westminster

Pizzeria Ludica

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The Vancouver pizza parlour known for its social vibe (board games!) has opened up in New West. Their menu has all sorts of starters, pastas, salads, and nearly 30 kinds of pizza. Plus you can sub-in vegan cheese on any vegetarian pizza.

Address: 601 Carnarvon Street, New Westminster

Ramen Hachi

You’ll find this new noodle spot on the street level of the New West SkyTrain station. Boasting a modern interior and menu of ramen staples, Ramen Hachi has been up and running since December. They’re making Shoyu Ramen, Tonkotsu Shoyu Ramen, Vegan Ramen, and a house ramen, along with sides like gyoza and chicken karaage.

Address: 888 Carnarvon Street, New Westminster

Hyack Sushi

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Opened this fall, Hyack Sushi has become a new highlight for sushi lovers in the area. They’ve got a menu of sashimi, sushi, rolls, and aburi (flame-seared) sushi, along with other staples like tempura and lots of starters. As a nice local touch, they also serve New West’s own Steel & Oak beer.

Address: 55 8th Street, New Westminster

Kelly O’Bryan’s/Carlos O’Bryan’s

Now, this isn’t exactly a destination based on culinary delights, but rather one that gives diners and drinkers the chance to get inside a historic location that’s been closed up for years. The 1898 Canadian Pacific Railway building on Columbia Street had been a Keg from 1973 to 2013, and this fall it became an outpost of the pub Carlos O’Bryan’s and restaurant Kelly O’Bryan’s. As a cool bonus, KOB’s founder, Reg Henry, used to work in the building in the 70s when it was a Keg.

Address: 800 Columbia Street, New Westminster

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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome. A fifth generation Vancouverite, she was previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of LAist.com. Lindsay grew up in Vancouver and Toronto, then spent over 20 years in Los Angeles, where SHE (look no typo!) earned her Masters in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: lindsay@vancouverisawesome.com