RECOMMENDED: Full list of NYC restaurants opening this fall
It’s official: Ramen mania has crossed the bridge to Brooklyn, with new-wave joints like Chuko dishing out heady bowls. In September, noted Japanese food expert Harris Salat (coauthor of Takashi’s Noodles and Japanese Hot Pots) and chef Ryuji Irie (Matsuri) will join the noodle-slinging pack with this ramen-ya. Find classic soy and miso broths, along with a chili-sesame vegetarian version. 25 Bond St between Fulton and Livingston Sts, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn (no phone yet). Early September.
This trendy L.A. import—a favorite among well-heeled Californians—will open its second New York spot, serving upscale Japanese fusion in the Trump SoHo. 246 Spring St at Varick St (212-842-4550). Early September.
Niu Noodle House
Cantonese-style noodles will be the focus of this 60-seat Chinese eatery. Choose from six types of homemade varieties (traditional, rice, egg, udon, wheat and buckwheat), paired with local ingredients, from noodle whiz Fang Wei Zehang. Also on the menu: dim sum, including pork-and-crab soup dumplings. 15 Greenwich Ave between Christopher and W 10th Sts (212-488-9888). Early September.
Pig & Khao
Top Chef alum Leah Cohen teams up with Fatty Crew partner Rick Camac to open a porkcentric Southeast Asian spot. Look for Filipino and Thai influences in shareable small plates like crispy pata (a pork shank flavored with soy sauce and seasoned with coriander and crispy garlic). 68 Clinton St between Rivington and Stanton Sts (no phone yet). Mid-September.
Sushi of Gari
Sushi restaurant maestro Masatoshi “Gari” Sugio will expand his raw-fish domain with a fourth location, showcasing his signature creations (tuna with tofu sauce, salmon with sautéed tomato and onion), plus traditional items, in Tribeca. 130 West Broadway between Duane and Reade Sts (sushiofgari.com). Mid-September.
The Port Authority–area noodle joint will open a smaller outpost, serving traditional and creative ramen bowls, a few blocks from the original. 557 Eighth Ave between 37th and 38th Sts (no phone yet). Mid-September.
The young guns behind behind TONY Food & Drink Award–winning Maharlika will put a Pinoy twist on the gastropub this fall. To eat, find Southeast Asian-inflected plates, including a meat loaf with ground chorizo, duck-egg yolks and an heirloom-tomato gravy. Styled after the ubiquitous colorfully decorated WWII jeeps in the old country, called “jeepneys,” the 70-seat spot will be kitted out with hand-painted signs. 201 First Ave between 12th and 13th Sts (no phone yet). Late September.
This Hamptons sushi spot will follow its tony summertime clientele back to the city, opening a 125-seat offshoot in Chelsea, with a focus on Japanese small plates. 12 W 21st St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (no phone yet). Early October.
Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto offers East-meets-West comfort food at this 80-seat joint. The grub, available until 4am, includes French-onion-soup dumplings and a grilled cheese made with Gruyère and mascarpone. Nine 65-foot-long canvases—which give the restaurant its name—are hand-painted in black, white and gray tones and draped throughout the room. 313 Church St between Lispenard and Walker Sts (917-720-2845). Early October.
The Greenmarket-obsessed Asian destination RedFarm opens an 80-seat dining room on the UWS, offering the same seasonally-sourced spins on Chinese classics as at the original West Village location, plus a daytime dim sum menu. 2170 Broadway between 76th and 77th Sts (no phone yet). Mid-October.
Japanophiles can soon slurp up überrich tonkotsu at this uptown outpost of Shigemi “Ramen King” Kawahara’s wildly popular East Village ramen house. 321 51st St between Eighth and Ninth Aves (no phone yet). Early November.
Gabriel Stulman project (name TBD)
Having successfully established “Little Wisco”—the affectionate nickname for Wisconsin native Gabriel Stulman’s empire of West Village spots like Perla, Fedora and Joseph Leonard—the hit-making restaurateur switches gears with this Far East–inspired izakaya. Stulman will re-create the boisterous atmosphere of a Japanese pub, while bringing his Midwestern background to bear on raw and lightly cured fish dishes. Spirits director Brian Bartels will design a limited cocktail program, bolstering a beer, wine and
sake list. 183 W 10th St at 4th St (no phone yet). Late November.
After a trip through Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Seersucker owner Robert Newton and his business partner Kerry Diamond will open a Vietnamese-inspired spot in Carroll Gardens. 345 Smith St between Carroll and 2nd Sts, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn (no phone yet). Late November.
This Prospect Heights pizza and pasta joint has a dedicated following among the neighborhood’s residents. The menu reads like any typical old-school Italian restaurant, but the focus on seasonal ingredients sets Amorina apart. The special “Will to Live” pizza changes nightly—one day, it could be made with fresh ramp pesto and mozzarella, and the next, it could be a meaty sausage pie. Classics like the margherita ($12) and tricolore ($15) pizzas make an appearance, as do more inventive options like the gorgonzola e frutta, with wine-soaked figs, caramelized pears and a drizzle of honey. If you want something other than a slice, there’s plenty of pasta to choose from—think rigatoni with cremini and porcini mushrooms ($15.50), baked ziti with smoked mozzarella, stewed tomatoes and bechamel sauce ($15) and eggplant parmigiana ($15). The restaurant serves up all kinds of traditional sweets for dessert, like ricotta cheesecake with orange and a flourless chocolate cake with caramel (both $7).
Venue says: “Will To Live Pizza: Ricotta, Roasted Winter Squash, Caramelized Onion, Speck”