Where you'll be eating this fall
The restaurants and bars you need to know about.
Mon Aug 23 2010
Red Rooster Harlem
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Red Rooster Harlem
In recent years we've spotted Marcus Samuelsson mugging for the cameras more frequently than toiling behind a stove. But it looks like the celebutoque is finally getting back to work: This October he opens a 90-seat canteen in Harlem, and word is he'll be back in whites, offering international twists on American comfort food. Look for dishes like grilled shrimp over tomato-laced grits, plus extensive beer and bourbon offerings to wash it all down. 310 Malcolm X Blvd (Lenox Ave) between 125th and 126th Sts (no phone yet). Mid-October.
The tiki trend will get some food-world cred when this AvroKO-designed Polynesian spot blows into town. Chef Craig Koketsu (Quality Meats) is in the kitchen, turning out highbrow luau eats like suckling pig and a take on a Samoa (the coconut-and-chocolate Girl Scout cookie). Bringing the booze is Richard Leach, who makes the leap from the pastry kitchen at Park Avenue Summer. 360 Park Ave South at 26th St (no phone yet). Mid-September.
The John Dory Oyster Bar
Cool-kid clubhouse the Ace Hotel already houses one smash hit in Ken Friedman and April Bloomfield's pubby Breslin. So when the pair opens this white-tiled oyster bar (a redux of their short-lived Tenth Avenue seafood restaurant, the John Dory), prepare for mobs. On the menu: a vast selection of East and West Coast half-shells, and seafood-oriented small plates. 1196 Broadway at W 29th St (212-792-9000). Late October.
Hill Country Chicken
Massively successful Flatiron barbecue joint Hill Country will apply its rollicking Texas-roadhouse formula to fried chicken this fall. The marquee dish is a Bell & Evans bird—served with crackling skin on or, for ascetic foodies, skin off—plus a wide variety of house-baked pies, such as apple-cheddar and bourbon-buttermilk. 1123 Broadway at 25th St (212-257-6446). Mid-September.
Mixology matriarch Julie Reiner's signature balance of classic and original cocktails has made nightlife staples of her two old-timey bars, Flatiron Lounge and Clover Club. But her third project, with partner Susan Fedroff, will depart from the vintage posturing. At Lani Kai, which takes over the bi-level Soho space that was once Tailor, Reiner focuses on tropical drinks, incorporating the fruits, teas and spices of her native Hawaii. In place of sazeracs and corpse revivers, you'll find concoctions like the Leilani's Fizz (lemongrass syrup, muddled lychee, fresh lime juice, gin and soda), and a Polynesian-themed food menu (pupu platters!). 525 Broome St between Sullivan and Thompson Sts (no phone yet). Late September.
Haute Italian chef Michael White takes a casual turn at this downtown project. Here he'll concentrate on the cuisine of the Emilia-Romagna region of Northern Italy, offering handmade pastas, cured pork and cocktails that spotlight Italian amari. 218 Lafayette St between Broome and Spring Sts (no phone yet). Late September.
After six years as Thomas Keller's right-hand man at Per Se, chef Jonathan Benno is going solo. At this extravagant Lincoln Center eatery, he'll showcase contemporary Italian food, available la carte or as part of a seven-course chef's tasting. 142 W 65th St between Amsterdam Ave and Broadway (212-359-6500). Late September.
Mario Batali brings Italy's legendary restaurant and retail-shop hybrid to New York via this massive, 50,000-square-foot gastro-playground. Eataly will contain seven separate eateries, multiple food stores, a rooftop beer garden, a culinary bookstore and an educational center. 200 Fifth Ave between 23rd and 24th Sts (no phone yet). Late August.
Pizza nerds have spent months in hot anticipation of this Sunset Park offshoot of Carroll Gardens' cult-favorite pie shop Lucali (pictured). House rules are a little different here: Unlike BYOB Lucali, Giuseppina will be offering wine and beer. 691 Sixth Ave between 20th and 21st Sts, Sunset Park, Brooklyn (718-499-5052). Early September.
Pastry chef Franois Payard keeps it casual at this 20-seat bakery, outfitted with chrome fixtures, wooden chairs and an open kitchen. On the menu: sandwiches, salads and, of course, pastries, including macarons in flavors like Coca-Cola and s'mores. 116 W Houston St between Sullivan and Thompson Sts (212-995-0888). Mid-September.