Coming soon to your neighborhood: A branch restaurant of some of the city's most beloved spots, including the Meatball Shop, the Smith and more. Find standout Indian, grilled cheese, coffee and more at these branch restaurants.
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Brick Lane Curry House
Get curries, dal and samosas at this Upper East Side restaurant, the fifth branch of the solid Indian chainlet. 1664 Third Ave at 93rd St (646-998-4440). Mid-September.
The gussied-up grilled-cheese spot will branch out to Chelsea. Find classic (American cheese, white pullman bread) and creative (Muenster, caramelized onions, cranberry jam) renditions of the comfort-food favorite. 55 W 26th St between Broadway and Sixth Ave (212-447-6358). Early October.
Restaurateurs Glenn Harris and Jeffrey Lefcourt will debut the third location of their popular American brasserie—serving steaks, burgers and pastas—with sidewalk seating across from Lincoln Center. 1900 Broadway at 63rd St (212-496-5700). Early October.
LIC coffee-geek favorite Sweetleaf expands with this espresso bar, featuring beans from Ritual, Stumptown and Sightglass. An in-house baking program will produce pastries such as pepper-pear-and-goat-cheese scones and peanut butter cookies, while 16-foot–high ceilings, a bar counter made from refurbished doors, and walls lined with old wallpaper make for a shabby-chic atmosphere. 46-15 Center Blvd between 46th Ave and 5th St, Long Island City, Queens (no phone yet). Mid-October.
The Meatball Shop
The meatball craze will arrive in Chelsea this November when ball boosters Michael Chernow and Daniel Holzman churn out their fourth location, with the signature mix-and-match menu of meatballs and sauces, plus a full liquor license. 200 Ninth Ave between 22nd and 23rd Sts (no phone yet). Mid-November.
Plates both Mexican (carnitas tacos) and barbecue (baby back ribs) will share menu space at this Upper East Side outpost of the Astoria original. 1633 Second Ave at 85th St (mexibbq.com). Late November.
The very name of this restaurant reflects its commitment to fresh fish: the word “dayboat” means seafood that is caught and brought to shore on the very same day. It’s no surprise, then, that the menu centers around raw fish. Diners can select from five varieties of ceviche featuring fluke, squid and octopus ($16–$19), as well as tiradito, a Peruvian dish similar to sashimi, served with flavorful or spicy sauces ($14–$16). Dayboat also offers some anticuchos, or skewered meats like heart ($12) and octopus ($14), as well as entrees like seafood paella with shrimp, mussels and squid ($26) and purple pasta with the catch of the day ($25). Not a huge fan of seafood? Try one of the salads, like miso-maple glazed winter squash with beets ($13), or a fish-free entree like the Cornish game hen served with turnips and cabbage ($19).
Venue says: “Experience ceviche at its best. Now open for brunch, post a picture of your meal with #AllAboardDayboat for a Mimosa, Bellini or Champagne.”