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Top Chef vets, taco titans and hit-making restaurateurs are on the move this fall.



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  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson


    Lemongrass chicken with pickled shallots, romaine lettuce and spicy peanuts at Talde

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson


    Soup with Chinese ham, pork wontons and broccoli at Talde

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson


    Crispy oyster pad thai with Benton's bacon at Talde

Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson


Lemongrass chicken with pickled shallots, romaine lettuce and spicy peanuts at Talde

Top Chef season-three winner Hung Huynh will dispatch seafood plates from an open kitchen at this gargantuan three-story restaurant. The Asian-inflected New American menu includes dishes like crispy whole snapper with oyster mushrooms and a chili-garlic sauce. 21 Ninth Ave at 13th St (212-392-5978). Mid-September.

Corkbuzz Wine Studio
Laura Maniec, the youngest master sommelier in the world, will operate this oenocentric restaurant, wine bar and educational center. 13 E 13th St between Fifth Ave and Broadway (no phone yet). Mid-October.

For this Continental restaurant in an Upper East Side townhouse, John DeLucie (the Lion, the Waverly Inn) recruited an all-star team, including executive chef Jason Hall (Gotham Bar & Grill), pastry chef Heather Bertinetti (Convivio, Alto) and sommelier Jordan Salcito (Eleven Madison Park). 24 E 81st St between Fifth and Madison Aves (no phone yet). Early September.

Empellon Cocina
Chef Alex Stupak—who traded pastry duties at wd~50 for his own upscale taqueria, Empellon, last spring—will debut a new cantina in the East Village. Unlike its sister restaurant in the West Village, this spot won't offer tacos, but diners can delve into the regional cuisines of Mexico via the tasting and la carte menus. 105 First Ave between 6th and 7th Sts (no phone yet). Late November.

French pastry master Franois Payard opens the second branch of his casual bakery and caf. 210 Murray St between North End Ave and West St (no phone yet). Late September.

Downtown hit-maker Taavo Somer (Freemans, Peels) sets his sights on Williamsburg. The indie restaurateur teamed up with Il Buco's former executive chef Ignacio Mattos to open this 40-seat Brooklyn tavern, which features a wall of logs for the wood-burning oven. They describe Isa's rustic fare as "modern primitive": Expect sardine fillets served with their fried skeletons and a treviso salad with a vegan nut dressing. 348 Wythe Ave at South 2nd St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (347-689-3594). Late August.

La Promenade des Anglais
Acclaimed toque Alain Allegretti (La Petite Maison) looks to the French Riviera for his next project, a 100-seat restaurant in Chelsea. 461 W 23rd St between Ninth and Tenth Aves (no phone yet). Mid-September.

Old Delhi
Chefs Peter Beck (Tamarind) and Gaurav Anand (Bhatti Indian Grill) will collaborate on street eats at this 25-seat Indian joint. The menu will include Northern and Southern savory bites, like samosa chaat (pastry stuffed with potato and topped with yogurt and tamarind), a lamb Madras roll and a Delhi six-meat curry. 101 Lexington Ave between 27th and 28th Sts (212-683-2293). Early September.

Top Chef alum Dale Talde (Buddakan) takes to a smaller stage with this 70-seat Brooklyn restaurant, a partnership with the owners of South Slope's Thistle Hill Tavern. He'll execute Asian-inflected plates, like crispy oyster pad thai with Benton's bacon, in an open kitchen. 369 Seventh Ave at 11th St, Park Slope, Brooklyn (no phone yet). Early October.

Name TBD
Chef Peter Hoffman reopens the space that once housed locavore pioneer Savoy—which shuttered last spring after a 20-year run—as a casual restaurant. On the menu: whole suckling pigs, large steaks and Greenmarket accompaniments (natch). 70 Prince St at Crosby St (no phone yet). Late October.

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