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New York City's 25 Most Anticipated Winter/Spring Restaurants

These are the restaurants to watch out for during the first half of 2016

Some of New York’s biggest chefs and restaurateurs have projects that are set to debut over the next six months. Here’s a guide to the major restaurants opening between now and the beginning of summer. Restaurants are listed in alphabetical order.


abcV

Address: 38 East 19th St., Union Square

Major Players: Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Neal Harden

What to Expect: A vegetarian spinoff of ABC Kitchen. The kitchen will not be serving any veggie burgers or fake meat products, but expect a lot of grains and slow-cooked vegetables. Neal Harden, formerly of Maimonide and Pure Food & Wine, is running the kitchen.

Projected Opening: Late February/early March


Beekman photo via Curbed NY; McNally Photo via Krieger

Augustine

Address: 5 Beekman Street, Financial District

Major Players: Keith McNally, Daniel Parilla, and Shane McBride

What to Expect: A new French restaurant from legendary restaurateur Keith McNally in the Beekman Hotel. Daniel Parilla and Shane McBride — the executive chefs at Cherche Midi — will serve a menu that will include dishes like escargot, a mushroom tart, and a "petite aioli" plate with seafood and vegetables.

Projected Opening: Late spring


Amada

Address: 200 Vesey Street, Battery Park City

Major Player: Jose Garces

What to Expect: Tapas from one of Philadelphia's most acclaimed chefs. In addition to small plates, the menu at the original Amada includes lamb chops cooked on a plancha, lobster paella, and a whole suckling pig. Garces started staffing up last month.

Projected Opening: Late January/early February


Barano

Address: 26 Broadway, South Williamsburg

Major Player: Al Di Meglio

What to Expect: A seasonal Italian restaurant with a wood-fired grill and rotisserie. Chef/partner Al Di Meglio recently left Rubirosa on Mulberry Street to focus on this new project. The menu will include homemade pastas, hand-pulled mozzarella, and a few dishes inspired by Ischia, an island off the coast of Naples where Di Meglio's grandma grew up.

Projected Opening: March


Bedford & Co.

Major Player: John DeLucie

What to Expect: An American restaurant in the Renwick Hotel in Midtown from the former chef/owner of The Lion. This is Delucie's first restaurant without his partners at the troubled Crown Group. Much of the food at Bedford & Co. will be cooked on a wood-fired grill.

Projected Opening: Late January


Thomas Carter and Ignacio Mattos by Krieger

Cafe Altro Paradiso

Address: 234 Spring Street, Hudson Square

Major Players: Thomas Carter and Ignacio Mattos

What to Expect: An Italian restaurant from the Estela duo. Ignacio Mattos is working on dishes like bollito misto, zitti with broccoli & anchovies, and lardo lasagnette. The dining room has an impressive marble bar.

Projected Opening: Late January/early February


Carla Hall's Southern Kitchen

Address: 115 Columbia St., Columbia Street Waterfront District

Major Player: Carla Hall

What to Expect: Nashville-style hot chicken in the former Whiskey Soda lounge space from TV chef Carla Hall. In addition to fried chicken, a sample menu from last summer included Southern-style sides like pimento cheese fries, homemade pickles, deviled eggs, and mac and cheese.

Projected Opening: February


Steve Cook and Michael Solomonov by Nick Solares

Dizengoff

Address: 75 9th Ave, Chelsea

Major Players: Michael Solomonov and Steve Cook

What to Expect: A version of Philadelphia's hit Israeli humisaya inside Chelsea Market. The original Diznegoff offers set meals of hummus with salads, pickles, and fresh-baked pita bread for $9 to $11. Solomonov and Cook also operate the critically acclaimed Philly establishments Zahav, Abe Fisher, and Percy Street, as well as the wildly popular Federal Donuts restaurants. This is their first New York restaurant.

Projected Opening: End of February


Emmmy Squared

Address: 919 Fulton St, Clinton Hill

Major Players: Matt Hyland, Emily Hyland, and Lou Tomczak

What to Expect: Detroit-style square pizzas cooked in a pan, plus Italian sandwiches. Matt and Emily Hyland currently operate Emily across the street, and co-chef/partner Lou Tomczak previously worked at Paulie Gee's.

Projected Opening: Late winter/early spring


Guenter Seeger NY

Address: 641 Hudson Street, West Village

Major Player: Guenter Seeger

What to Expect: A fine dining restaurant with European influences from acclaimed German-born chef/restaurateur Guenter Seeger. Prior to moving to New York, Seeger operated two acclaimed restaurants in Atlanta. On Twitter, the chef recently shared images of poached bone marrow with saffron rice, and monkfish draped with pork skin.

Projected Opening: Early February


Indian Accent

Address: 123 West 56th St., Midtown

Major Players: Rohit Khattar, Manish Mehrotra, and Paul Downie

What to Expect: The New York outpost of New Delhi's acclaimed white tablecloth restaurant with food from chef Manish Mehrotra. Proprietor Rohit Khattar hired Eleven Madison Park veteran Paul Downie to work as the the director of operations. The original Indian Accent in New Delhi landed at number 77 on the S. Pellegrino list last year. Indian Accent NYC will be located inside Le Parker Meridien hotel.

Projected Opening: Mid-February


Mario Batali by Daniel Krieger

La Sirena

Address: 363 West 16th St, Chelsea

Major Players: Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich, Jeff Katz, Josh Laurano, Luca Vesnaver, and Michael Laiskonis

What to Expect: A new Italian restaurant in the Maritime Hotel from Batali & Bastianich with two dining rooms connected by a long bar that's adjacent to an outdoor patio. The menu will include rustic fish, meat, and pasta dishes from Babbo veteran Josh Laurano. Le Bernardin alum/ICE creative director Michael Laiskonis is the pastry director. Luca Vesnaver, a veteran of Babbo, is running the floor. And Jeff Katz, the GM of Del Posto, is overseeing the operation.

Projected Opening: End of January/early February


Lilia

Address: 567 Union Avenue, Williamsburg

Major Player: Missy Robbins

What to Expect: A seasonal Italian restaurant from former A Voce chef Missy Robbins with a take-out cafe. Robbins will be cooking a lot of the food in a wood-burning oven.

Projected Opening: Tuesday, January 19


Daniel Humm and Will Guidara via Made Nice/Francesco Tonelli

Made Nice

Address: 8 West 28th St., Nomad

Major Players: Daniel Humm, Will Guidara, and Danny DiStefano

What to Expect: A counter-service restaurant from Daniel Humm and Will Guidara of Eleven Madison Park and The Nomad. Made Nice will serve seasonally-inspired dishes for $10 to $15. Last month, Humm remarked: "Maybe we’ll have a dish focused on cucumbers...Maybe it’s grilled cucumbers, potato salad, salmon and some greens." Current Eleven Madison Park sous chef Danny DiStefano will be in the kitchen. Stonehill & Taylor, the team that designed The Nomad, is creating the space. Just like The Nomad, Made Nice will use Jono Pandolfi stoneware.

Projected Opening: Late spring


Pasquale Jones

Address:86 Kenmare Street, Little Italy

Major Players: Robert Bohr, Ryan Hardy, Grant Reynolds, and Tim Caspare

What to Expect: Wood-fired pizzas, roasted meats, and seasonal vegetables dishes from Caspare, formerly of Cotogna in San Francisco, and Charlie Bird's chef Ryan Hardy. The wine list from Robert Bohr and Grant Reynolds will focus on Italy and Burgundy. The kitchen will have twin Stefano Ferraro ovens. This will be a touch more casual than its sister establishment, Charlie Bird.

Projected Opening: Late January/early February


Pondicheri

Address:15 West 27th St., Nomad

Major Players: Anita Jaisinghani and Nikhil Kumar

What to Expect: Houston-based chef/restaurateur Anita Jaisinghani is bringing her Indian hit to 27th Street. Pondicheri NYC will offer baked goods and breakfast items in the morning, and refined Indian food at night. Chef Nikhil Kumar is helping run the kitchen.

Projected Opening: Late spring


Russ & Daughters in the Jewish Museum

Address: 1109 Fifth Ave., Upper East Side

Major Players: Niki Russ Federman and Josh Russ Tupper

What to Expect: An entirely kosher iteration of the Russ & Daughters Cafe in the Jewish Museum, with table service as well as a retail counter. Museum admission will not be required to dine here.

Projected Opening: Late February


[April Bloomfield by Nick Solares]

Salvation Burger

Address: 230 E 51st St, Midtown East

Major Players: Ken Friedman and April Bloomfield

What to Expect: Wood-fired burgers, and wine poured from bottles, boxes, and taps. The menu at this restaurant in the Pod 51 will include Bloomfield's version of a filet o'fish sandwich, plus hand pies and some vegetarian options. This is the Spotted Pig Team's first new NYC restaurant since Salvation Taco opened over three years ago.

Projected Opening: Late January/early February


TEKOÁ NY

Address: 264 Clinton Street, Cobble Hill

Major Players: Eder Montero and Alex Raij

What to Expect: An all-day cafe from Alex Raij and Eder Montero (La Vara, Txikito, El Quinto Pino) in the old Ted & Honey space. This will be their first non-Spanish restaurant in NYC. TEKOÁ NY's Instagram account features photos of coffee, pastries, and pancakes.

Projected Opening: Late winter


Danny Meyer by Krieger

Union Square Cafe 2.0

Address: 235 Park Ave. South, Union Square

Major Players: Danny Meyer,Carmen Quagliata, and Sam Lipp

What to Expect: A new version of Danny Meyer's seminal farm to table restaurant, which closed last year due to an absurd rend hike. Just like at the old East 16th Street space, Carmen Quagliata will be serving Italian-influenced seasonal American fare. The dining room will be full of familiar faces, including GM Sam Lipp. Star designer David Rockwell is creating the space, which will be bigger than the old one.

Projected Opening: Late spring


Untitled Claus Meyer/Gunnar Gíslason GCT Restaurant

Address: 89 E 42nd St, Midtown

Major Players: Claus Meyer, Gunnar Gíslason, Rhonda Crosson, and Joseph Yardley

What to Expect: A 100-seat Nordic brasserie-style restaurant from Noma co-founder/author/TV personality Claus Meyer, and Gunnar Gíslason, the chef behind acclaimed Reykjavík restaurant Dill. Former Acme chef de cuisine Joseph Yardley will be working alongside Gíslason. The team also includes baker Rhonda Crosson, who previously worked with Daniel Boulud and Thomas Keller. This new restaurant and Meyer's forthcoming Nordic food market will be located in Grand Central Terminal's Vanderbilt Hall.

Projected Opening: Late spring


Untitled Dan Kluger Project

Address: 21-23 West 8th Street, Greenwich Village

Major Players: Dan Kluger

What to Expect: Vegetable-centric share plates from ABC Kitchen's former chef Dan Kluger. The menu will most likely include some larger dishes, too, like wood-fired pizzas and grilled fish. Last summer, the chef explained: "It is essentially my ABC."

Projected Opening: February or March


Fredrik Berselius by Daniel Krieger

Untitled Fredrik Berselius Restaurant

Address: 47 South 5th Street, Williamsburg

Major Player: Fredrik Berselius

What to Expect: New Nordic cuisine from the Michelin-starred chef behind the now-shuttered Aska. Fredrik Berselius previously stated that at this new restaurant, "the philosophy behind the food will be the same" as Aska. The restaurant will have a main dining room where a tasting menu will be served, plus a courtyard area and basement lounge with more casual menu options. After some delays related to the city, Berselius and his crew started doing work on the space this month.

Projected Opening: Late spring


Untitled Stephen Starr/Daniel Rose French Restaurant

Address: 138 Lafayette Street, Soho

Major Players: Daniel Rose, Stephen Starr, and Aby Rosen

What to Expect: A new French restaurant from hospitality titan Stephen Starr and Daniel Rose, the American-born chef of the acclaimed restaurant Spring in Paris, in Aby Rosen's Howard Hotel. The duo recently announced plans to take over operations at storied Parisian bistro Chez La Vieille, but this will not be an iteration of that restaurant, as was previously reported. This will be a new restaurant entirely. Rose recently remarked that the new dining room would be "like a Lutèce reboot, with classic French food." The Roman and Williams team is in charge of the design.

Projected Opening: Late spring


Untitled Tom Colicchio Restaurant

Address: 5 Beekman Street, Financial District

Major Player: Tom Colicchio

What to Expect: A new restaurant from the Craft chef/restaurateur in the highly-anticipated Beekman Hotel. Tom C. has not revealed many details about this project, although a year and a half ago he said he was toying with the idea of serving "old New York food, modernized." The hotel will also house Augustine, from Keith McNally.

Projected Opening: Late spring


Also Tracking: Tom Valenti's restaurant with Matthew Glazier, Matthew Kenny’s pizzeria, Ichiran Chelsea, and Ginza Onodera.

[Lead Image: Niki Russ Federman & Josh Russ Tupper by Krieger, April Bloomfield by Solares; Mario Batali by Krieger, and Danny Meyer by Krieger. Middle row: Fredrik Berselius by Krieger, Steve Cook & Michael Solomonov by Solares, Alex Raij by Krieger, and Keith McNally by Krieger. Bottom Row: Carla Hall via Facebook, Emily and Matt Hyland via Facebook, Daniel Humm & Will Guidara via Made Nice/Francesco Tonelli, and Thomas Carter & Ignacio Mattos by Krieger.]

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