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    Phoebe's sandwich at basik

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    Roasted beet and tarragon salad at basik

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    basik dog at basik

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    Hippy roll at basik

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    Wisconsin dog at basik

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Phoebe's sandwich at basik


Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
The popular Los Angeles java chain brings its signature Ice Blended drinks to Times Square. Slurp on flavors like mocha, black forest or caramel, which are whirred with a base of ice, nonfat milk, the shop's "secret" coffee extract, and chocolate or vanilla syrup. Traditionalists can stick with brewed coffee, espresso or loose-leaf tea made the old-fashioned way. 1412 Broadway at 39th St (212-575-3854). Late August.

Baking maven Sarabeth Levine will open her seventh New York City venue, an airy 233-seat restaurant in Tribeca. You'll find her signature sweets, like muffins, linzer tortes and crumb pies, plus a menu of savory plates, including cream-of-tomato soup and free-range-chicken potpie. New to this location: a wood-fired pizza oven. 339 Greenwich St at Jay St (212-966-0421). Late August.


Chef Ryan Jordan (the Breslin, the John Dory) consulted on a simple menu of seasonal dishes at this 40-seat New American restaurant. 323 Graham Ave between Devoe St and Metropolitan Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (no phone yet). Early September.

Brasilina Restaurant & Cafe
Sip caipirinhas and dig into kooky Brazilian plates, like fried tapioca sticks with a spicy soy dipping sauce and duck magret with a sweet-and-sour cupuacu fruit relish—at this family-owned restaurant. The French-inspired space is outfitted with a copper-topped bar, wood-plank ceiling and hand-painted tiles. 836 Ninth Ave at 55th St (no phone yet). Early September.

Family Recipe
Nobu alum Akiko Thurnauer will make Japanese-influenced small plates at this modern Lower East Side restaurant. 231 Eldridge St between E Houston and Stanton Sts (212-529-3133). Early September.

Lexington Brass
The team behind Abe & Arthur's will debut this locavore American bistro—featuring a white marble floor, tufted banquettes and brass accents—with seven taps pouring small-production beers and wines. 517 Lexington Ave at 48th St (212-392-5976). Early September.

Brooklyn Heights diners can munch on pizzas and handmade pastas at this handsome Italian restaurant, from the owners of Park Slope's Bar Toto. 60 Henry St between Cranberry and Orange Sts, Brooklyn Heights (718-624-1444). Mid-September.

The Fulton
Owner Alex Rodriguez (BLT) oversees a menu of gussied-up American classics, like burgers and mac and cheese, at this sleek, mahogany-clad restaurant in downtown Manhattan. 121 Fulton St between Dutch and Nassau Sts (no phone yet). Mid-September.

Jung Sik
Chef Jung Sik Yim (Bouley, Aquavit) opens the first outpost of his Seoul restaurant in the former Chanterelle space. The focus is modern Korean cuisine, including dishes like a coddled egg in kimchi sauce with a Parmesan foam and shaved asparagus. 2 Harrison St at Hudson St (212-219-0900). Mid-September.

This partially Kickstarter-funded clam shack will bring New England--style seafood (lobster rolls, Ipswich clam rolls) to Gowanus. Eight tap lines will dispense seasonal brews at the zinc-topped bar. 288 Third Ave between Carroll and President Sts, Gowanus, Brooklyn (no phone yet). Mid-September.

Pillar & Plough
The Hotel Williamsburg brought in serious talent for this New American restaurant—L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon alum Andres Grundy runs the kitchen, and Toby Maloney's Alchemy Consulting crew is behind the cocktail program. The toque will dispatch composed small plates (vegetable tarts with crme frache and basil) and whole-animal feasts (suckling pig with caramelized spring onions and smashed potatoes) from an open kitchen. The 110-seat space features polished concrete floors, a burnt-cedar-paneled wall and a slate chef's counter. 160 North 12th St between Bedford Ave and Berry St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-218-7500). Mid-September.

Prima Strada
The team behind the Summit Bar will open this Italian caf-bar with Ninth Street Espresso coffee and coastal Mediterranean plates by Eataly's Kyle Herrman. Sip on house-made limoncello or amaro- and cordial-based cocktails created by head bartender Greg Seider. 58 E 1st St between First and Second Aves (no phone yet). Mid-September.

Bar de la Mer at Casimir
The owners of French bistro Casimir transform the Moroccan lounge attached to the restaurant into a 35-seat seafood spot. 103 Ave B between 6th and 7th Sts (212-358-9683). Late September.

Chef Simpson Wong (Caf Asean) will turn out Pan-Asian plates drawing on local, seasonal ingredients at this 40-seat restaurant in the West Village. 7 Cornelia St between Bleecker and W 4th Sts (212-989-3399). Late September.


Al Mayass
Sample Lebanese and Armenian specialties, like the open-faced dumplings manti and the layered pasta dish suberek, at this family-run restaurant, an outpost of the Beirut original. 24 E 21st St between Broadway and Park Ave (212-473-3100). Early October.

Borough Fare
Students and profs can snag sandwiches, seasonal soups and pastries at this locavore food truck, parked by the Columbia University gates. 116th St at Broadway (no phone). Early October.

Casa Enrique
The cuisine of the Cintalapa, Chiapas, region in Mexico is the inspiration for this artsy Queens restaurant, from the owners of Bar Henry. Chow down on plates like chipotle meatballs, posole and chiles rellenos. 5-48 49th Ave between Vernon Blvd and 5th St, Long Island City, Queens (no phone yet). Early October.

Get open-faced sandwiches (smrrebrd) from this Danish-style caf. 13 Laight St between Varick St and Sixth Ave (no phone yet). Late October.

Gastronomie 491
Upper West Siders can snag artisanal goodies at this European-style market and caf. 491 Columbus Ave between 83rd and 84th Sts (no phone yet). Late October.

Kutsher's Tribeca
Prolific restaurateur Jeffrey Chodorow partnered with Zach Kutsher of historic Catskills resort hotel Kutsher's Country Club to open this Jewish-influenced eatery. Look for trendy takes on Sephardic dishes and flavors, such as BBQ-brisket knishes, Reuben sliders and schmaltz-rubbed steak frites. 186 Franklin St between Greenwich and Hudson Sts (no phone yet). Late October.

Speedy Romeo
Chef Justin Bazdarich, ten-year vet of Jean-Georges Vongerichten's empire, turns to Italian-influenced seasonal fare with this rustic 60-seat Clinton Hill joint. A wood-fired grill and oven are the focal points of the restaurant and menu—pizzas, steaks and seafood will all be cooked over smoldering wood. To drink, find a wide selection of beer cans, including Schaffer and Sixpoint. 376 Classon Ave at Greene Ave, Clinton Hill, Brooklyn (no phone yet). Late October.


Cafe Comptoir Royere
A custom-made wood-burning rotisserie is the pride of this Carroll Gardens bistro, decorated with white subway tiles and globe lights. Choose from among spit-roasted meats (chicken, lamb, beef, pork), local wines and beers on tap. 481 Court St between Huntington and Nelson Sts, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn (no phone yet). Early November.

Agata & Valentina
The posh Upper East Side market takes its imported Sicilian specialty goods downtown with this Greenwich Village shop. Find a wider range of prepared foods, including polpettine, eggplant croquettes and stuffed calamari. 64 University Pl between 10th and 11th Sts (212-452-0690). Late November.

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