Strip steak at All'onda
Branzino at All'onda
A trio of food-world bigwigs will make their much-anticipated returns to the dining scene with these new restaurants in NYC. This fall, gear up for an Italian trattoria from Chris Cannon (L’Impero), all-American diner fare from TV toque Amanda Freitag and a roast-focused spot from Boulud vet Georgette Farkas.
RECOMMENDED: Full list of NYC restaurants opening this fall
When the restaurant mogul (L’Impero, Alto) split with Altamarea partner Michael White in 2011, Bennifer-scale tremors rocked the Gotham food scene. But Cannon gets his groove back with the hotly anticipated Italian trattoria All’onda, a reunion with Ai Fiori alum Chris Jaeckle. Named after a soupy style of risotto—all’onda translates to “of the waves”—the 80-seat spot will feature crudos, cicchetti (bar snacks), house-made pastas and shareable northern specialties (like the suckling pig dish maialino). No phone yet.
A free agent since leaving the Harrison in 2010, the Food Network celebutoque has spent the past few years juggling Chopped judging duties with competing in the all-female finale of The Next Iron Chef (Alex Guarnaschelli was the victor). Freitag will don the chef whites again at this solo venture, taking over Chelsea’s iconic Empire Diner for an as-yet untitled American restaurant. Honoring the historic landmark, Freitag will serve inventive riffs on regional diner classics around the clock—like its predecessor, the 75-seat greasy spoon will be open 24 hours a day. No phone yet.
After 17 years as Daniel Boulud’s publicist, Georgette Farkas—who left the fold last August—comes into her own with Rôtisserie Georgette, a 90-seat restaurant outfitted with steel columns and caramel-colored banquettes. Two other Boulud vets join her: David Malbequi tends to the spit-fired roasts (chicken, lamb, pork) and seasonal sides (pancetta-studded brussels sprouts); sommelier extraordinaire Jean-Luc Le Dû, now a wineshop owner, will curate a list showcasing lesser-known French producers. 212-390-8060, rotisserieg.com
Mama Mia 44 SW
When the Schiattarella family first purchased their Hell’s Kitchen restaurant in 1971, the neighborhood was still a barricade-the-door-at-night kind of place. The surroundings have changed quite a bit since then, but the homestyle cooking at Mama Mia 44 SW has not. Start off the night with an order of freshly baked focaccia bread ($11) and perhaps some baked clams ($15). For your main course, choose from a whole host of Southern Italian classics such as chicken marsala ($21), spaghetti and homemade meatballs “mama’s way” ($19), gnocchi with fresh mozzarella ($19) and calamari fra diavolo with penne ($21). This is New York, so there are also several house pizzas, ranging from the classic margherita ($17) to customized pies ($16, plus $2 per topping). Wash it all down with one of their signature, Italian-themed cocktails like the Sophia Loren with dragonberry rum, cranberry juice and seltzer or a pitcher of sangria.
Venue says: “Bring in your theatre ticket and get a house wine for free. Happy hour from 5p-7p Mon-Thurs. Live Music on Tuesdays 8p”