Fall restaurant openings
Tue Aug 25 2009
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Accademia di Vino
2427 Broadway between 89th and 90th Sts (212-787-3070)
Anthony Mazzola's cavernous East Side resto is expanding into this 110-seat outpost across the park, formerly home to Dock's Oyster Bar. The menu will be a scaled-down version of the original, with similar Tuscan-style small plates and thin-crust grilled pizzas to go with the extensive wine collection.
122 W 26th St between Sixth and Seventh Aves (212-741-0646)
Prior to collaborating with Matt Shendell (the Hill) on this forthcoming Chelsea Pan-Asian--American spot, chef Dave Feimster spent five years heading a Japanese-Latin restaurant in Hawaii.
510 W 52nd St between Tenth and Eleventh Aves (212-247-9191)
The old guard and up-and-comers get equal treatment at this wine bar, where bottles from well-known producers share list space with less familiar selections from around the world. Among the food options: homemade charcuterie.
9 Maiden Ln between Broadway and Nassau St (no phone yet)
Michael "Bao" Huynh's banh m chain gets a FiDi home, where the cult sandwich will become available to i-bankers on their lunch breaks. Huynh is also adding breakfast (think scallion-omelette banh m) and a soft-serve machine.
104 South 4th St between Bedford Ave and Berry St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-237-7828)
First-time restaurant owner Cynthia Diaz knows her trends. The former fashion consultant's hip Billyburg project is a 95-seater featuring Spanish tapas, a mod black-and-gold palette and cocktails from mixology consultants the Tippling Brothers.
90 W Houston St between La Guardia and Thompson Sts (no phone yet)
Ten years ago, co-owners Winston Kulok and Carole Bergman gave us Caf Henri, a classic French bistro in the West Village. Now they're opening Bar Henry, an American bistro in the West Village. Hopefully the food will translate as well as the name does.
Black Horse Pub
568 Fifth Ave at 16th St, Park Slope, Brooklyn (718-788-1975)
You won't find any portraits of the queen at this casual, nontraditional English pub—but you will find a 33-foot bar with 16 taps, plenty of wood and exposed brick, and a "Berkley's Clothes and Dresses" sign over the entrance (a relic from the former owners).
406 Broome St at Lafayette St (no phone yet)
The Martignetti brothers convert the former Bar Martignetti space into an English-style pub, featuring two flat-screen TVs broadcasting soccer and rugby, and traditional food from executive chef Ben Towill (Kingswood).
243 E 14th St between Second and Third Aves (212-253-5708)
The many planned projects of Lesly Bernard (Tillman's) hit some snags this past year, but now he's back to rolling them out. Permanent Brunch opened recently, and next comes this restaurant, which will offer cheerful spins on Latin comfort food, fun mojito flavors and the occasional mood-lightening Jell-O shot.
390 Park Ave at 53rd St (212-888-2700)
The owners of Sant Ambroeus open their latest Italian restaurant, this time in the landmarked Lever House building.
Dickson's Farmstand Meats
Chelsea Market, 75 Ninth Ave between 15th and 16th Sts (no phone yet)
Jacob Dickson has already carved out a niche in the Greenmarket scene, and now he's bringing his naturally aged meats and charcuterie to the Chelsea Market. House-made bacon and a 600-pound-capacity smoker rank among the attractions.
Ed's Chowder House
The Empire Hotel, 44 W 63rd St at Broadway (212-956-1288)
This seafood spot in the shuttered Center Cut space sounds a lot like another NYC fish destination, run by another guy named Ed. But don't confuse the two: Only this one has both a raw bar and a chowder bar, a pimped-out 150-seat dining room designed by Jeffrey Beers, and the combined skills of chef Ed Brown (Eighty One) and restaurateur Jeffrey Chodorow.
350 Fifth Ave between 33rd and 34th Sts (no phone yet)
The Empire State Building's swanky Art Deco cocktail lounge sits on the ground floor, far from the observation deck. This will probably confuse the tourists for about ten minutes, which is just enough time for an upscale drink from Jonathan Pogash's cocktail menu.
69 Gansevoort St between Greenwich and Washington Sts (no phone yet)
Legendary diner Florent shuttered last year, but the space's latest inhabitants—David Graziano (Pink Elephant) and Corey Lane—want to lure back the regulars with an imitation. Famous Florent dishes like its mac and cheese will be reincarnated.
91 Christopher St at Bleecker St (no phone yet)
Florentine bakery Il Cantuccio, known for its almond and chocolate biscotti, opens its first U.S. location. A spacious backyard garden will make for a pleasant place to enjoy the pastries and pizza along with coffees, teas and lemonades, at least until temperatures drop.
Knitting Factory Brooklyn
361 Metropolitan Ave at Havemeyer St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (347-529-6696)
Tribeca's famed music institution makes its move to Williamsburg, bringing with it all the beer that's fit to drink.
Le Souk Harem
510 La Guardia Pl between Bleecker and W Houston Sts (212-677-1120)
Le Souk's new sister spot is more like a fraternal twin: similar bi-level interior, overstuffed pillows, half-naked belly dancers and Moroccan flavors.
54 Prince St between Lafayette and Mulberry Sts (212-226-8877)
The folks behind Delicatessen unveil this extension offering 12 gourmet flavors of macaroni, served in containers that look like macaroni, in a room shaped like a piece of giant futuristic macaroni. Attention, NYU students: This is what meta means.
65 Grand St between Kent and Wythe Aves, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (no phone yet)
Mercat branches out to Brooklyn with this tapas restaurant. Chef Oriol Sala Colomer will create inventive, seasonal tapas that reflect his native Catalonia.
Mermaid Oyster Bar
79 MacDougal St between Bleecker and W Houston Sts (212-260-0100)
Smith's may have sunk, but Danny Abrams still has his sea legs: He and partner Cindy Smith will replace their defunct restaurant with a Mermaid Inn spin-off, serving 16 types of oysters and unfussy fish-shack fare.
349 E 12th St between First and Second Aves (no phone yet)
Goodbye, exacting Neapolitan pizza joint. Hello, exacting Neapolitan pizza joint. The closing of Una Pizza Napoletana had us weeping into our mozzarella, but Motorino's expansion into the vacated space—with seven pie varieties, Italian snacks and soft-serve ice cream—is a good reason to dry those tears.
OBAO Noodles and Grill
222 E 53rd St between Second and Third Aves (no phone yet)
Call him inspired or call him insane, but there's no denying that Michael "Bao" Huynh has been busy. The first of his multiple fall ventures—a Republic-style budget noodle house with 85 seats and a garden—is set to open in midtown.
601 Vanderbilt Ave at Bergen St, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn (718-230-5170)
The name is Spanish for "little," but Fort Greene's colorful Mexican watering hole ain't so little anymore: Its second location, in the former Barrette space, has more square footage and a bar, which means new food specials, a cocktail menu and extra-late hours.
Piccola Cucina Focacceria
120 MacDougal St between Bleecker and W 3rd Sts (no phone yet)
Having recently opened his Soho restaurant, Piccola Cucina, chef Philip Guardione launches this focaccia-focused offshoot. The specialty is a Ligurian variety that's stuffed with melted Crescenza cheese.
259 Flatbush Ave between Bergen St and St. Marks Ave, Park Slope, Brooklyn (718-484-4114)
After 20 years of slinging sammies, the owners of Mitchell's Bar and Grill are turning their beloved Flatbush landmark into a trendy Southwestern joint. Hopefully the Mitchell's fan club will continue to come for duck nachos and mahi-mahi tacos.
1314 Cortelyou Rd between Argyle and Rugby Sts, Ditmas Park, Brooklyn (718-940-8188)
Fans of Pan-Asian fare with a Filipino focus can soon get their fix in Ditmas Park, where husband-and-wife team Romy Dorotan and Amy Besa are reviving their erstwhile Soho eatery Cendrillon.
34 E 23rd St between Madison and Park Aves (212 679-4699)The panino meets the wrap at these two newcomers, appropriately located in the Flatiron District. Fresh dough is pressed between two hot irons to create a flatbread, which is then used to swaddle fillings like steak and eggplant.
The Wyndham Garden Hotel, 39 W 24th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-255-4655)
Milanese owner Rocco Arena claims his eatery—with its authentic aperitivo bar and neorustic decor—will "save New York" from subpar trattorias. We'll forgive the jabs at Grandma's meatballs if the chef can make us say ancora.
300 E 64th St at Second Ave (no phone yet)
Finally, a dairy joint that could bring Pinkberry to its knees. The American version of Israel's Aldo already has two gelato bars churning out boozy flavors like tequila-and-fig, but its new 40-seat location will offer waiter service and a lengthier menu of rotating flavors.
The Standard Hotel
848 Washington St at Little W 12th St (no phone yet)
The Standard Grill, which opened in June, has already become a destination for scenesters and food lovers alike, but the Standard Hotel's eating and drinking plans don't end there. A beer garden, which is already in soft-opening mode and located directly under the High Line, will soon have brews on tap and furniture, along with a menu featuring grilled foods. A lounge and bar on the hotel's 18th floor—along with the 19th floor's rooftop space—will serve cocktails, beers, wines and a light food menu.
7523 Third Ave at 76th St, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn (718-748-5600)
Chef Rawia Bishara and her daughter are moving their Middle Eastern bistro one block away, where they'll keep take-out and gain a bar and double the seating capacity.
19 Kenmare St between Bowery and Elizabeth St (212-966-1810)
Top Chef alum and former Babbo sous chef Manuel "Memo" Trevio steps into the exec-chef role at this Italian-inflected Mediterranean eatery.
570 Vanderbilt Ave at Bergen St, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn (718-623-0570)
Saul Bolton's creative American eats earned him a Michelin star at Saul, and—despite a partnership with Num Pang's Ben Daitz—he doesn't plan on straying far from that culinary path in this casual small-plates project, which sports reclaimed barn wood and a marble bar.
86 Kenmare St at Mulberry St (212-226-4980)
Lesly Bernard is putting nails in dinner's coffin: first with Permanent Brunch, and now with this long-anticipated sweets caf and restaurant. Sure, the place will serve supper, and there's a savory snack menu with soups, salads and pizzette—but who wants a square meal when you've got Pacojets cranking out fro-yo, and daily-changing desserts by Pichet Ong?
SEPTEMBER | OCTOBER | NOVEMBER | DECEMBER/TBD