Food trends to watch this fall

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Empire builders

Daniel Angerer
The chef behind Klee Brasserie widens his holdings with a pair of restaurants: sausagecentric Brats and an unnamed beer and cheese lair. Brats, 362 W 23rd St between Eighth and Ninth Aves (no phone yet). Late September. * Name TBD, 362 W 23rd St between Eighth and Ninth Aves (no phone yet). Early November.

Gabriel Stulman
Two new ventures are in the works for Joseph Leonard owner Gabriel Stulman. First up is Jeffrey's, a market and luncheonette, followed by a French-American makeover of Village landmark Fedora. Jeffrey's, 172 Waverly Pl at Christopher St (646-398-7630). Late September. * Fedora, 239 W 4th St between Charles and W 10th Sts (no phone yet). Late October.

Michael "Bao" Huynh
Ultraprolific restaurateur Michael "Bao" Huynh unveils a pair of newbies this season. Asian-burrito joint Baorito replaces midtown's Baoguette and Thao Noodles in September. In October, LES bar Bia Garden gives way to Chinito—a "Chino-Latino" concept. Baorito, 241 Third Ave between 19th and 20th Sts (212-228-5500). Opens early September. * Chinito, 154 Orchard St between Rivington and Stanton Sts (212-780-0010). Early October.

Michael Psilakis
Psilakis—NYC's master of high-end Mediterranean cooking (enjoyed at Kefi and Anthos)—returns to form at this (presently unnamed) fish-focused replacement for his short-lived Gus & Gabriel's. 222 W 79th St between Amsterdam Ave and Broadway (no phone yet). Late September.

Celeb chefs

The Darby
Munch on classic American food while watching live shows at this dinner theater joint from Butter chef and Food Network star Alexandra Guarnaschelli. 246 W 14th St between Seventh and Eighth Aves (212-255-0423). Early September.

Riverpark
Tom Colicchio lends his face to this contemporary American restaurant with East River views. 450 E 29th St between First Ave and FDR Dr (no phone yet). Mid-October.

Neely's Pig Parlor
Food Network hosts Pat and Gina Neely offer pork-focused barbecue at this UES restaurant. 1125 First Ave at 62nd St (212-832-1551). Mid-November.

The National/The Lambs Club (Geoffrey Zakarian)
Fall brings two new ventures for Chopped judge and Iron Chef competitor Geoffrey Zakarian. At the National, located inside the Benjamin Hotel, expect seasonal American ingredients and classical French techniques. He'll follow that with the Lambs Club at the Chatwal Hotel, a swank spot named for the 150-year-old theater clubhouse of the same name. The National, 557 Lexington Ave at 50th St (no phone yet). Late October. * The Lambs Club, 132 W 44th St between Broadway and Sixth Ave (212-997-5262). Early September.

High-end Indian

Mehtaphor
Chef Jehangir Mehta takes his eclectic revisions of Indian and Southeast Asian flavors to this restaurant in Tribeca's Duane Street Hotel. 130 Duane St at Church St (212-542-9440). Late September.

East India Tea Company
Hot on the heels of his recent success at Tamarind Tribeca, chef Peter Beck opens a second Indian restaurant, highlighting the snack foods of Calcutta. 101 Lexington Ave between 27th and 28th Sts (no phone yet). Late September.

Junoon
Chef Vikas Khanna (Salaam Bombay) prepares food from his native Punjab at this elegant Indian restaurant. 27 W 24th St between Broadway and Sixth Ave (no phone yet). Early October.

Tulsi
After helping to establish Dvi as one of the city's finest (and few) upscale Indian options, chef Hemant Mathur has moved on to open a second fine-dining restaurant, also concentrating on that country's cuisine. Look forward to tandoor-grilled lamb chops and masala-stuffed baby eggplant. 211 E 46th St between Second and Third Aves (212-888-0820). Early October.

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