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Fall Tracking: The Top 9 Neighborhood Game Changers

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Now that the Changs, Meyers, McNallys, et al., have been dispensed with, it's time to take a closer look at the neighborhood spots that will be opening up around town this fall. These are the places that don't get as much attention as, say, a new Friedman/Bloomfield venture, but deserve some serious consideration. Some will experience heavy traffic and buzz right off the bat, while others will drift into obscurity pretty darn quickly. More than the destination restaurants, these are the places that the residents are looking forward to.

2009_09_motorino.jpgEast Village
1. Motorino, 349 E. 12th St.)
The Situation: When we heard that pizzaiolo Anthony Mangieri was closing UPN to move west, our panic was sufficiently relieved by the news that the Motorino team would be taking over the space and opening up their first Manhattan outpost within a few months of the former tenant's departure. What's more, they hope to extend the old UPN hours and open daily.
Projected Opening: By the end of the month.
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2009_09_lucalism.jpgSouth Slope
2. Lucali Park Slope, 691 Sixth Ave.
The Situation: Motorino isn't the only acclaimed pizzeria making big moves. The brother of Lucali pizzaiolo Mark Iacono is opening a Park Slope branch of the Carroll Gardens powerhouse. Expect big lines and an old school take out window.
Projected Opening: Unclear but construction is moving along nicely.
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3. Pies 'n' Thighs, 166 South 4th St.
The Situation: After myriad delays brought on by DOB violations and landlord issues, it finally looks like Pies 'n' Thighs will be reopening on South 4th Street and Driggs. It's the opening Williamsburg residents have been waiting two years for.
Projected Opening: October
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2009_09_fattycue.jpg4. Fatty 'Cue, 91 South 6th St.
The Situation: That's right. The long-delayed barbeque spot from inveterate dabbler Zak Pelaccio, former Hill Country pitmaster Robbie Richter, and Rick Camac will finally be opening on South Sixth Street around the same time as Pies 'n' Thighs. The space boasts three levels, an outdoor patio, and views of the bridge. The menu will feature straight up BBQ with Southeast Asian touches.
Projected Opening: October
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5. Mermaid Oyster Bar, 79 Macdougal St.
The Situation: What was Smith's will now be a more laid back version of the Mermaid Inn, offering up raw bar specialties and other fishy items in a "shacky" environment.
Projected Opening: September
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2009_09_cherrystone.jpgWest Village
6. Cherrystone, 308 Bleecker St.
The Situation: From Bobby Werhane, the principle owner of L'Artusi, Johnny Utah's, and Dell'Anima, comes the replacement for Bar Q at 308 Bleecker. No details yet, but it'll be a seafood restaurant.
Projected Opening: Unclear but they've already gone through CB2 proceedings.
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7. The Tipsy Parson, 159 9th Ave.
The Situation: Refined comfort food in a space that formerly housed a laundromat, from the folks that brought you Little Giant. Chelsea has a few good spots to dine but this is what they've always needed.
Projected Opening: Late September
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2009_09_purpleyam.jpgDitmas Park
8. Purple Yam, 1314 Cortelyou Road
The Situation: Cendrillon reappears, this time in Brooklyn, "with a broader Asian palate." It's a neighborhood with few excellent restaurants and restaurateurs that really deserve some attention.
Projected Opening: Late September
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Union Square
9. TGI Friday's, 32 Union Square East
The Situation: The big bad national chain is joining Sephora, Barnes & Noble, and Pet Co. in Union Square. Cheese nachos, and Jack Daniel's ribs for all!
Projected Opening: October
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With help from Gabe Ulla


510 Columbus Avenue, Manhattan, NY 10024 (917) 675-7581 Visit Website


575 Henry Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231 (718) 858-4086 Visit Website

Fatty 'Cue

91 South 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211 Visit Website

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