Fall is a time for restaurant openings. Lots of them. Restaurateurs will make promises, excite us, with their grand plans. Consider this here the intel you need to keep abreast of it all—and start obsessing at just the right moment.
Near the start of September, all of the major news outlets debuted their annual Fall Dining Previews, and while the stars aligned for a select few restaurants, many of the 50-plus slated openings are mired in build-outs and aren't going to make their projections. Now it's time to take a look at which places are open, which will open soon and which are indefinitely delayed:
Opening the First Half of November
The John Dory Oyster Bar, slated for 11/1
Mary Queen of Scots: shooting for next week
The Darby: previews indicate an opening within the next two weeks
Graffit: PR says it's about three weeks out
Porsena: ready to go, waiting on beer and wine license.
Theater Bar: seems pretty good to go, still hosting private parties
Lotus of Siam: The restaurant is already in previews, and it should open next week
Later This Fall:
Niko: latest report has it at "November"
Essbar: latest projections have it opening sometime in mid-November
The Dutch: Last we heard, early December
Beauty and Essex: Renos underway but doesn't look too far along. Late Nov. is an ambitious estimate.
Red Farm: unclear
Ai Fiori: Menus are coming together, no word on construction.
Neely's Pig Parlor: unclear
Fedora: construction is underway, but there's a long ways to go
The National Bar & Dining Rooms, originally projected for October, but November looks more likely.
Tribeca Canvas, no word for awhile now
Red Rooster: Chef Marcus Samuelsson is very busy, but it's unclear how far along his monster restaurant is
Giuseppina's: construction is moving at a snail's pace.
The Highliner: indefinitely delayed.
J&S Food Hall: delayed due to building construction.
Fish Tag: possible Ryan Skeen-related delays
—With help from Zachary Feldman