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Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare
Photograph: Noah Fecks Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare

The most anticipated NYC bar and restaurant openings of 2015

We don’t know about you, but we’re already drooling at the mere thought of 2015’s upcoming NYC bar and restaurant openings

By Christina Izzo

The new year has already brought exciting additions to New York’s foodscape—a Manhattan outpost of Pies ’n’ Thighs, pizza speakeasy SRO, a bricks-and-mortar for Butter & Scotch—and it looks like the rest of the year will happily be more of the same. We’re talking projects from food-world favorites like the Torrisi lads and Mile End’s Noah Bernamoff, the grand return of big-ticket chefs including Gabriel Kreuther and more than a few great new places to booze up. These are the restaurant and bar openings we’re most excited about in 2015.

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Dirt Candy

After a six-year run at its OG location, Amanda Cohen’s inventive, veggie-focused East Village spot will open in new digs on the Lower East Side, with more seats—around 60 to the original’s 18—a chef’s counter, a liquor license and a no-tipping policy. 86 Allen St between Broome and Grand Sts

Estimated opening: January

Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare
Photograph: Noah Fecks

Brooklyn Fare Manhattan

Shopping Grocery stores Hell's Kitchen

Following much critical acclaim—including three Michelin stars—chef César Ramirez is prepped to bring his Chef's Table tasting counter to the Hell’s Kitchen location of Moe Issa’s gourmet grocery. Expect a shorter, seven-course tasting menu for dinner and the hope of a daytime prix fixe for lunch and brunch. 431 W 37th St between Ninth and Tenth Aves.

Estimated opening: January/February

The Pit at Blue Ribbon
Photograph: Dominic Perri

The Ribbon

The Bromberg brothers are set to expand their Blue Ribbon empire with a 200-seat American brasserie in the old Sambuca space on the Upper West Side, a partnership with P.J. Clarke’s owner Ken Sturm. Word has it there will be a rotisserie and a raw bar. 20 W 72nd St between Central Park W and Columbus Ave

Estimated opening: February

Ganso ramen at Ganso
Photograph: Jessica Lin

Ganso Yaki

Downtown Brooklyn’s beloved Ganso will trade its noodles for an izakaya focus at this Boerum Hill follow-up, a collaboration between owner Harris Salat and his frequent cookbook partner Tadashi Ono (La Caravelle, Matsuri), who will be assuming executive chef duties here. The Japanese street-food menu—inspired by the alleyway shops and pushcart vendors of Tokyo’s East Side—will feature yakitori, fried chicken and okonomiyaki pancakes, along with small-batch sake and Japanese and American craft beers. 515 Atlantic Ave at Third Ave, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn

Estimated opening: February

Prime Meats

The Grand Army

Boosting his Boerum Hill domain, Mile End’s Noah Bernamoff will open a neighborhood oyster bar with serious pedigree: Partners include Prime Meats barman Damon Boelte and Rucola co-owner Julian Brizzi. Along with briny Northeast bivalves, the corner spot will serve cocktails and craft beers from an 18-seat bar tended to by Boelte. 336 State St between Bond and Hoyt Sts, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn

Estimated opening: February

Alsatian country soup at the Modern
Photograph: Jessica Lin

Gabriel Kruether's Project

After a decade as its executive chef, Gabriel Kreuther’s departure from The Modern, the restaurant adjacent to the Museum of Modern Art, came as a bit of a shocker to food cognoscenti when it was announced last year. But Kreuther isn’t staying out of the kitchen for long—he’ll be back with a 15,000-square-foot French-American restaurant highlighting his native Alsace, tucked inside the Grace Building overlooking Bryant Park. 1114 Sixth Ave between 42nd and 43rd Sts

Estimated opening: February/March

Hudson Eats


When Battery Park City’s Brookfield Place finally gets its “French Eataly,” Le District, it will also get this 200-seat Gallic dining room from chef Jordi Vallés, rigged with a chef’s counter and a harbor-view patio. This adds to the development’s already opened high-end food court, Hudson Eats. 250 Vesey St at North End Ave

Estimated opening: March

L'Atalier de Joel Robuchon
Photograph: Marielle Solan

L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon

After shuttering his namesake restaurant at the Four Seasons in 2012, celebrated French chef Joël Robuchon—winner of 25 Michelin stars—is bringing L’Atelier back to New York, joining Beauborg at downtown’s new Brookfield Place complex. Along with killer views of the Hudson and Lady Liberty, the 11,000-square-foot space will also feature a casual bar-and-lounge area for pre-dinner cocktails, as well as outdoors eating. 250 Vesey Stat North End Ave

Estimated opening: March ​

Photograph: Jeffrey Gurwin


True to its name—which translates to “hops” in Portuguese—George Mendes’s (Aldea) rustic Chelsea resto will be inspired by Lisbon’s cervejarias (beer halls) and have an emphasis on craft beers, with fire-roasted dishes paired with microbrews from around the globe. It will also sport a coffee bar, a raw bar and a takeout window. 835 Sixth Ave between 29th and 30th Sts

Estimated opening: March

I Tre Merli Bistro


Melissa Weller’s bagel partnership with Dirty French-ers Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi and Jeff Zalaznick is said to finally materialize this spring in the old I Tre Merli space. The full-service American restaurant—named after Zalaznick’s great-grandmother—is inspired by Jewish appetizing stores and will serve stuff like smoked fish and blintzes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.463 West Broadway between Prince and W Houston Sts

Estimated opening: April
New Whitney Museum
Photograph: Nicolas Lemery Nantel for Salokin Inc


Unveiling at the new Meatpacking location of the Whitney Museum, Danny Meyer’s revived, Renzo Piano–designed dining room will see Gramercy Tavern’s Michael Anthony at its helm, offering a vegetable-driven menu—we’re seeing a pattern here, 2015. 99 Gansevoort St between Tenth Ave and Washington St

Estimated opening: May

ABC Kitchen
Photograph: Noah Fecks

ABC Home Grown

Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s very long-awaited vegetarian arm of his ABC empire is tapped to open in the space that was formerly home to Le Pain Quotidien, joining ABC Kitchen and ABC Cocina in the ABC Carpet & Home complex. The lineup of vegetarian and vegan plates will have a global edge. 38 E 19th St between Broadway and Park Ave S

Estimated opening: Spring

Red Rooster Harlem
Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

Streetbird Rotisserie

Celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson keeps the Harlem pride going with yet another neighborhood kitchen. Details are on the down low, but it’s expected to be a more casual—read: more inexpensive—cousin to his popular Red Rooster. 2149 Frederick Douglass Bvd between 115th and 116th Sts

Estimated opening: Spring


Pearl & Ash sommelier Patrick Cappiello, general manager Branden McRill and co-owner Alessandro Zampedri are taking over the former R Bar space next to their wine-sloshed Bowery hot spot, enlisting chef Daniel Eddy (of Paris’s Spring) to run a presumably French small-plates restaurant. And given these guys’ track record, we’re expecting a killer wine list. 218 Bowery between Prince and Spring Sts

Estimated opening: Spring
Maison Premiere
Photograph: Lizz Kuehl

Maison Premiere Project

Joshua Boissy and Krystof Zizka, the team behind Williamsburg’s beloved absinthe-soaked oyster bar, have taken over the 70-seat Greenpoint corner space, formerly occupied by Lokal, for their sophomore effort. We don’t know yet if oysters or absinthe will play a part in the new venture, but sweet heavens, we hope so. 905 Lorimer St between Nassau and Norman Aves, Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Estimated opening: Sometime this year​


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