20) Indian Accent
Location: 123 West 56th St., Midtown
Major Player: Manish Mehrotra
What to Expect: Contemporary Indian fare from chef Manish Mehrotra, served in an elegant space in Le Parker Meridien hotel. The original location of this restaurant in New Delhi landed at number 77 on the S. Pellegrino list last year.
Projected Opening: Late November
19) Black Seed Bagels East Village
Location: 176 First Avenue, East Village
Major Players: Noah Bernamoff and Matt Kliegman
What to Expect: A bakery and full service cafe serving bagels, sandwiches, salads, and Stumptown coffee. This new space will allow the Black Seed team to increase production of those delectable Montreal-NYC-style wood-fired bagels, and the team eventually plans to offer them wholesale. Black Seed proprietors Noah Bernamoff and Matt Kliegman are incorporating details from the 100-year-old De Robertis Pasticceria space into the design of the new restaurant.
Projected Opening: Mid-September
18) Bedford & Co.
Location: 118 East 40th St., Midtown
Major Player: John DeLucie
What to Expect: Following a much-publicized spat with partner Sean Largotta, John DeLucie (The Lion, Bill's Food & Drink) will open a restaurant on his own in the new Renwick Hotel on 40th Street. At Bedford & Co., the chef will serve a menu consisting of small plates plus a few regular-sized crowd pleasers like chicken pot pie and truffle mac and cheese. DeLucie establishments are generally more about the scene than the food, but the chef recently told the WSJ that Bedford & Co. "will be more representative of me and the person and chef that I am."
Projected Opening: Early November
17) Tastings Social Presents Mountain Bird
Location: 251 East 110th Street, East Harlem
Major Player: Kenichi Tajima
What to Expect: Foie gras dumpling consommé, ostrich crostini, duck & chicken cassoulet, and other hearty poultry dishes from chef Kenichi Tajima, This is a reboot of Tajima's popular Harlem restaurant, which closed due to landlord issues right as it was starting to garner acclaim from the big critics of this city. The restaurant now inhabits a space inside the headquarters of Tastings Social, a dining event company.
Location: 849 Avenue of the Americas, Chelsea
Major Player: Laurent Tourondel
What to Expect: Italian-influenced American fare from former BLT empire chef/restaurateur Laurent Tourondel. The chef and his crew will use wood-burning ovens to cook many of the dishes. The restaurant's Instagram feed includes pics of a puffy pizza with significant char, and a monster bone-in steak garnished with rosemary. L'Amico sits a few doors down from Lupulo at the base of the Eventi hotel.
Projected Opening: Late September
Location: 326 Douglass St., Gowanus
Major Players: Sohui Kim and Ben Schneider
What to Expect: A Korean barbecue parlor/karaoke den with 18 tables for grilling and five rooms for singing. The new restaurant from The Good Fork's Sohui Kim and Ben Schneider will seat approximately 165 people.
Projected Opening: Late November
14) Russ & Daughters in the Jewish Museum
Location: 1109 Fifth Ave., Upper East Side
Major Players: Niki Russ Federman and Josh Russ Tupper
What to Expect: An uptown iteration of the wildly popular Orchard Street cafe with a a mix of new and old dishes, and items for take-away dining. The restaurant will be entirely kosher. To prepare for this expansion, proprietors Niki Russ Federman and Josh Russ Tupper recently started baking their own bagels and babka at a new facility in Bushwick.
Projected Opening: Mid-November
13) PYT NYC
Location: 334 Bowery, Noho
Major Player: Tommy Up
What to Expect: Buns crammed with meaty madness from Philadelphia's stunt burger champions. The menu at this comfort food extravaganza might possibly include doughnut cheesesteak burgers and spaghetti buns.
Projected Opening: Hopefully, New Yorkers will be enjoying these kooky creations by the beginning of October. PYT NYC was originally slated to open in July.
12) Quality Eats
Location: 19 Greenwich Ave, Greenwich Village
Major Players: Michael Stillman, Craig Koketsu, Bryan Schneider
What to Expect: Restaurateur Michael Stillman's casual spinoff of Quality Meats in the old Whitehall space with cocktails by Clover Club veteran Bryan Schneider. Craig Koketsu is working on a menu of moderately-priced meat dishes like short rib with mini corn creme brûlée, and a cap steak with charred lemon au poivre butter.
Projected Opening: November
11) UrbanSpace Vanderbilt Market
Location: 230 Park Avenue, Midtown
Major Players: Daniel Delaney, James Mallios, Erin Patinkin, Agatha Kulaga, Susan Povich, NIalls Fallon.
What to Expect: A food hall near Grand Central Terminal with stalls from Amali, Dough, Ovenly, Maiden Lane, Red Hook Lobster Pound, and No. 7. Daniel Delaney will debut his new fried chicken project, Delaney Chicken, and word on the street is that the Roberta's team will also operate one of the stalls.
Projected Opening: Mid September
10) Carla Hall's Southern Kitchen
Location: 115 Columbia St., Columbia Street Waterfront District
Major Player: Carla Hall
What to Expect: Nashville-style hot chicken and Southern-style side dishes from The Chew's Carla Hall in the old Whiskey Soda Lounge space. The chef/TV personality will preview some dishes from the menu at a pop-up at Root & Bone next month. Hall has extensive kitchen and catering experience, but this will be her first time opening a restaurant as chef/operator.
Projected Opening: November
Location: 567 Union Avenue, Williamsburg
Major Players: Missy Robbins and Matt Kliegman
What to Expect: Seasonal Italian fare from former A Voce chef Missy Robbins in a Williamsburg space that was formerly home to an auto body shop. The Smile's Matt Kliegman is on board as a partner. The restaurant will serve fresh pastas and dishes cooked in a wood-fired oven, and the space will have a take-out cafe.
Projected Opening: Late September
Location: 200 Vesey Street, Battery Park City
Major Players: Jose Garces
What to Expect: Tapas from Philadelphia superstar Jose Garces in Brookfield Place. The restaurant will offer a tapas tasting at night as well as an a la carte menu, plus sandwiches and more conventional lunch items during the day. If it's anything like the Philly original, this will be a big addition to the NYC tapas scene.
7) Untitled Frederik Berselius Restaurant
Location: 47 South 5th St., Williamsburg
Major Players: Frederik Berselius
What to Expect: A modern Nordic restaurant from the chef behind short-lived critical darling Aska, with an a la carte menu offered in a basement space and patio, and tasting menus served in the main dining room. This new restaurant will inhabit an old factory space near the Williamsburg Bridge.
Projected Opening: First week in December
Location: 100 East 63rd Street, Upper East Side
Major Players: Michael White, Ahmass Fakahany, Jared Gadbaw
What to Expect: A French brasserie in the former Park Avenue Winter/Spring/Etc. space from chef/restaurateur Michael White and Marea veteran Jared Gadbaw. The name references a region in Provence, but the menu will feature dishes from all over France. This is White and Fakahany's eighth New York restaurant together.
Projected Opening: Next week
5) High Street on Hudson
Location: 637 Hudson Street, West Village
Major Players: Eli Kulp and Alex Bois
What to Expect: The West Village outpost of Philadelphia's acclaimed New American cafe, which serves some of the country's finest breakfast sandwiches along with superb pastries and rustic vegetable dishes. Chef Eli Kulp is still recovering from severe injuries sustained in that horrible Amtrak crash in May, but the restaurant is still on track for a mid-fall opening. Sullivan Street Bakery alum Alex Bois is in charge of the bread.
Projected Opening: October
4) Untitled Charlie Bird Spinoff
Location: 86 Kenmare St., Little Italy
Major Players: Robert Bohr, Ryan Hardy, Grant Reynolds, Tim Caspare
What to Expect: Wood-fired pizzas, roasted meat dishes, fritti, crudo, and one helluva wine list. Ryan Hardy will be running the kitchen here along with Tim Caspare, formerly of Quince and Cotogna in San Francisco. Robert Bohr and Grant Reynolds will be serving their favorite French and Italian wines of the moment. The space will have approximately 50 seats, some of which will be located at the lip of the kitchen.
Projected Opening: Late November.
3) Salvation Burger
Location: 230 E 51st St, Midtown East
Major Players: April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman
What to Expect: The Spotted Pig Team's burger-centric restaurant in the Pod 51 hotel with fried pies and wines poured from bottles, boxes, and taps. Word on the street is that Bloomfield has been devoting in A LOT of time to R & D for Salvation Burger. She's working with some amazing purveyors here, and those burgers will be cooked over wood fire. In addition to single and double beef burgers, the menu will also include veggie options and a filet o' fish.
Projected Opening: Mid-October
2) La Sirena
Location: 363 W 16th St., Chelsea
Major Players: Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich, Jeff Katz, Josh Laurano, Luca Vesnaver
What to Expect: A modern trattoria in the Maritime Hotel with two dining rooms connected by a 40-foot marble bar.This is Batali and Bastianich's first NYC project since Eataly, and their first standalone restaurant since Del Posto. Laurano will serve a menu of rustic pasta, fish, and meat dishes. In terms of cuisine, this restaurant will be akin to B & B's Greenwich Village hit Lupa. Babbo veteran Luca Vesnaver is running the dining room as general manager, and Del Posto's Jeff Katz is overseeing the new restaurant.
Projected Opening: Late October/early November
Location: 463 W. Broadway, Soho
Major Players: Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi, Jeff Zalaznick, Melissa Weller
What to Expect: A Jewish appetizing wonderland, with bagels and babka from former Roberta's baker Melissa Weller, plus a bistro/cafe serving triple-decker sandwiches, toss-your-own salads, salami-wrapped pigs in a blanket, large-format latkes cut like pizza pies, and a gargantuan smoked fish platter resembling Balthazar's fruits de mer tower. Mario, Rich, Jeff, and Melissa have been taking their sweet time with Sadelle's, and word on the street is that this place will be gorgeous.
Projected Opening: Early September
Also tracking: Crave Fishbar, Chuko Bushwick, Ganso Sushi, Court Street Grocers, La Cornelia, Ichiran. David Chang and Dan Kluger are currently working on major projects, but they probably won't open till winter 2016.