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The 30 Most-Anticipated Restaurant Openings of Fall 2016

These are the restaurants to watch out for during the last four months of 2016

Fall is the greatest time to be a food lover in New York City. Between now and the end of the year, many local heroes will debut new projects, and culinary superstars from other cities will open dining establishments around the town. Here's a guide to the restaurants to pay attention to this fall.

30) Mingy Rose

Address: 1710 Second Ave, Upper East Side

Major Players: Erika Chou and Doron Wong

What to Expect: : The duo behind Yunnan Kitchen and Yunnan BBQ head uptown for a casual Chinese restaurant.  Chou tells Eater: "We are just keeping it yummy and fun: Chinese-centric food with different Asian influences that have naturally come together in our experience of eating  in NYC and in America." The menu might include some of the dumplings from Chou and Wong's Brookfield Place restaurant, Northern Tiger.

Projected Opening: Early September

29) Maison Pickle

Address: 2315 Broadway, Upper West Side

Major Player: Jacob Hadjigeorgis

What to Expect: A pub from the owner of Jacob’s Pickles specializing in French dip sandwiches. The new restaurant will inhabit the space that was previously home to Tom Valenti’s Ouest.

Projected Opening: Mid-September

28) Parm Williamsburg

Address: 162 North 4th Street, Williamsburg

Major Players: Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi, and Jeff Zalaznick

What to Expect: Almost three years after signing a lease in Williamsburg, the unstoppable Major Food Group will debut the spacious new Brooklyn location of Parm next month. The space is right next door to Sweetgreen and Umami Burger in Williamsburg. Expect the Italian-American favorites from the other three locations of Parm, plus a Brooklyn-exclusive roast beef sandwich.

Projected Opening: Mid-September

27) Italienne

Address: 19 West 24th Street, Flatiron

Major Player: Jared Sippel

What to Expect: Sippel, a veteran of Frasca in Boulder and Quince in San Francisco, originally came to New York to helm the kitchen at Brooklyn Fare Manhattan. That project never panned out, but now Sippel is planning his own Flatiron District restaurant inspired by Northern Italy and Southern France, with the help of fellow Frasca alum and co-proprietor James King. The front "taverna" room will feature an a la carte menu, while a prix fixe menu will be offered in the back.

Projected Opening: October

26) Rouge Tomate

Address: 126 West 18th Street, Chelsea

Major Players: Pascaline Lepeltier and Andy Bennett

What to Expect: A new iteration of the Michelin-starred vegetable-focused restaurant, which closed its 60th Street location two years ago. Former Dinex group staffer Andy Bennet will run the kitchen, and Master Sommelier Pascaline Lepeltier is in charge of the wine program. Word on the street is that the new Rouge Tomate will feel more like a wine bar than a formal, sit-down restaurant. Lepeltier is a partner in this new establishment.

Projected Opening: Early October

Mu Ramen

Mu Ramen's Joshua Smookler by Nick Solares

25) Gotham Market at The Ashland

Address: 250 Ashland Place, Fort Greene

Major Players: Joshua Smookler and John Stage

What to Expect: The organizers of Hell's Kitchen's wildly popular Gotham West Market are planning a spinoff of the dining hall at the base of The Ashland, a luxury residential building in Fort Greene. Joshua Smookler will bring a version of his Long Island City hit Mu Ramen to the market, with a menu that will include burgers in addition to noodles and Japanese-influenced snacks. The team behind Midtown barbecue restaurant Mason Jar will also run one of the dining areas. And John Stage — the founder of Dinosuar Bar-B-Que — will operate a pizzeria called Apizza Regionale, a rotisserie/fried chicken joint by the name of Flip Bird, and another yet-to-be-announced restaurant inside the market. Gotham West at The Ashland will also feature rotating vendors throughout the year, plus a full bar with cocktails, wine, and beer.

24) Wagamama

Address: 210 Fifth Avenue, Nomad

What to Expect: The first NYC outpost of a popular U.K.-based chain specializing in Japanese comfort foods — including ramen, donburi, curries, and teppanyaki. The chain currently has over 150 locations worldwide, and a second NYC outpost is already in the works.

Projected Opening: Mid-October

23) Phil & Anne’s Good Time Lounge

Address: 196 Smith Street, Cobble Hill

Major Players: Anne Burrell and Phil Casaceli

What to Expect: Italian and Mediterranean-leaning small plates from Anne Burrell. The TV chef is opening this new establishment with Phil Casaceli, the owner of West Village tavern Daddy-O’s. Burrell hasn’t cooked in a New York City kitchen since leaving Centro Vinoteca in 2008.

Projected Opening: Late September/Early October

Roberto Caporuscio by Nick Solares

22) Oro Di Napoli

Address: 77 Fulton Street, South Street Seaport

Major Players: Roberto and Giorgia Caporuscio

What to Expect: A pizzeria with a classroom from Roberto Caporuscio, the pizzaiolo who is a partner in Keste and Don Antonio, and his daughter Giorgia, who is an accomplished pizza chef in her own right. Italian pastries will be served in the morning, and the main menu will feature over 20 types of pies. Pizza classes for up to 40 guests will launch later in the year.

Projected Opening: October

21) Nur

Address: 34 East 20th Street, Flatiron District

Major Players: Gadi Peleg and Meir Adoni

What to Expect: Gadi Peleg, the proprietor of the excellent Breads Bakery chain, is partnering with Meir Adoni, a chef who has four acclaimed dining establishments in Israel, on a modern Middle Eastern restaurant located on the same block as Gramercy Tavern.

Projected Opening: October

20) Harold’s Meat and Three

Address: 231 Hudson St., Hudson Square

Major Player: Harold Moore

What to Expect: A casual American restaurant in the Arlo Hudson Square hotel from the chef behind dearly departed West Village bistro Commerce. The cafeteria culture of Nashville, Tennessee is an obvious inspiration (see: Arnold’s Country Kitchen). But entrees and sides will be offered a la carte, and mains will be priced from $19 to $39 at dinner.

Projected Opening: Late September

19) Chumley’s

Address: 86 Bedford St., West Village

Major Players: Alessandro Borgognone and Victoria Blamey

What to Expect: A luxe revival of the classic speakeasy, which closed nine and a half years ago following a wall collapse. Borgognone, the proprietor of Sushi Nakazawa down the block, never went to the original, but he promises that this will be like "Chumley’s on steroids." Blamey, the former chef de cuisine at Atera, will cook a menu of seasonal American fare.

Projected Opening: Late September

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18) Ichiran

Address: 374 Johnson Avenue, Bushwick

What to Expect: The first U.S. outpost of a wildly popular Japanese ramen chain specializing in tonkotsu broth. Guests will be able to specify the strength of the broth when they order. In addition to booths and larger tables, Ichiran will feature ample seating for solo diners.

Projected Opening: October

17) Tim Ho Wan

Address: 85 Fourth Avenue, East Village

Major Players: Mak Kwai Pui

What to Expect: An acclaimed Hong Kong-based dim sum chain lands in NYC. The original location has the reputation of being the cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant in the world. In addition to hits from the other outposts, chef Pui will likely add some exclusive-to-NYC items to the menu.

Projected Opening: Early November

16) Majorelle

Address: 28 East 63rd St., Upper East Side

Major Players: Charles Masson and Christian Delouvrier

What to Expect: Masson, who managed the dining room and the flower arrangements at La Grenouille for decades, is teaming up with Delouvrier, who earned four stars from the Times at Lespinasse many years ago, for a new French restaurant in the old Post House space. Masson recently told Eater: "It's French but there will definitely be Mediterranean touches….We are opening up the back garden which has made a huge difference. It's much lighter than the Post House."

Projected Opening: Early October

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15) A/D/O

Address: 29 Norman Avenue, Greenpoint

Major Players: Claus Meyer and Fredrik Berselius

What to Expect: A Nordic-influenced all-day cafe/workspace from Aska’s chef/owner Fredrik Berselius and Noma co-founder Claus Meyer, who recently opened the fine dining hit Agern. A/D/O will feature baked goods in the morning and shareable plates at night. To drink, A/D/O will offer coffee, beer, cocktails, and natural wine. The restaurant is a collaboration between the chefs and the Mini car company.

Projected Opening: Early December

14) Harvey

Address: 96 Wythe Avenue, Williamsburg

Major Player: Adam Leonti

What to Expect: At this new restaurant in the Williamsburg Hotel, Leonti, a veteran of Vetri in Philadelphia, will serve Italian-influenced New American fare with a special emphasis on pastas and breads made with house-milled grains. Leonti previewed some of his pastries at the Brooklyn Bread Lab pop-up earlier this year.

Projected Opening: Late October

13) Atla

Address: 372 Lafayette Street, Noho

Major Players: Enrique Olvera and Santiago Gomez

What to Expect: A casual counterpart to Cosme on the ground floor of a Morris Adjmi-designed building in Noho. Earlier this year, Santiago Gomez remarked: "We are looking forward to [further deepening] our roots in New York and create a space where people can gather around, grab a delicious bite and enjoy a nice cold michelada."

Projected Opening: December

12) Lalo

Address: 104 Bayard St., Chinatown

Major Player: Gerardo Gonzalez

What to Expect: At this new cafe in the old Winnie’s space, El Rey Luncheonette's former chef Gerardo Gonzalez will be serving what he calls "hippie Chicano" cuisine. Expect a smoked-sable scramble, a vegan Caesar, a version of mofongo, and squid stuffed with chorizo and hibiscus. The chef recently told New York: "You will probably never see a kale salad from me again." Gonzalez is opening Lalo with the team behind Lower East Side Australian cafe Dudley’s.

Projected Opening: October

11) Fowler and Wells

Address: 5 Beekman St., FiDi

Major Player: Tom Colicchio

What to Expect: An American restaurant in the Beekman Hotel from the celebrity chef/restaurateur behind the Craft empire. Colicchio is planning to serve throwback dishes like lobster Thermidor and beef Wellington. Earlier this year, the chef told Eater: "For me, I always felt that the space should go hand-in-hand with the food....For some reason, when I look at what we've done design-wise, that's what it feels and wants. It doesn't want anything super modern." In addition to the 90-seat dining room, Colicchio will also operate a 70-seat atrium lounge with drinks and a bar food menu.

Projected Opening: September

[Wolfgang Photo via Facebook; Manhattan photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images]

10) Cut

Address: 99 Church Street, FiDI

Major Player: Wolfgang Puck

What to Expect: An all-day location of the celebrity chef’s acclaimed Beverly Hills steakhouse in the new Four Seasons Downtown. Expect wagyu galore, plus Puck’s signature bone marrow flan. Wolfie has opened countless restaurants around the world, but this will be his first sit-down establishment in NYC.

Projected Opening: Late September

9) Massoni

Address: 11 East 31st St. K-Town

Major Players: Dale Talde, Dave Massoni, and John Bush

What to Expect: An "Italian-ish" restaurant in the Arlo Hotel Nomad from the hit-makers behind Talde and Pork Slope. Chef Dale Talde recently told Eater: "I’ve never done traditional food, but I really love the idea of, ‘Where are you in the city?'" He plans to incorporate the best of "what’s at arm’s length," so that might mean kimchi fried rice for breakfast, and risotto balls made with biryani during lunch and dinner. The restaurant will offer house-extruded pastas, and pizzas that will be cooked in pans. In addition to the sit-down restaurant, the trio will run a grab-and-go counter, as well as a rooftop bar called The Heights.

Projected Opening: Late October

8) Untitled Dan Kluger Project

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

Major Players: Dan Kluger

What to Expect: Wood-fired seasonal American fare from the chef who ran the show at ABC Kitchen for several years. Kluger’s as-yet-unnamed restaurant was originally slated to open last fall, but after a series of construction delays, he’s now gearing up for a grand opening before the holidays. Kluger will serve vegetable-centric small plates, pizzas, and whole grilled fish dishes.

Projected Opening: Early November

April Bloomfield by Nick Solares

7) White Gold

Address: 375 Amsterdam Ave, Upper West Side

Major Players: April Bloomfield, Ken Friedman, Erika Nakamura, and Jocelyn Guest

What to Expect: An all-day butcher shop/diner with an emphasis on simply-prepared meat dishes and seasonal sides. The menu will include steaks, rotisserie chicken, sausages, charcuterie, and April Bloomfield’s version of a chopped cheese sandwich. To drink, White Gold will pour wine, beer, kombucha, and cold brew from taps. Erika Nakamura and Jocelyn Gold will oversee the butchery operation. Fresh cuts will be available to-go, and White Gold will also grind the meat for sister establishments The BreslinThe Spotted Pig, and Salvation Burger.

Projected Opening: October

6) abcV

Address: 38 East 19th St., Union Square

Major Players: Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Neal Harden

What to Expect: An all-day vegetarian spinoff of ABC Kitchen in the ABC Carpet and Home Building. Breakfast will roll out before dinner, and the restaurant will have a juice bar and a to-go counter. The morning menu will likely include congee, dosas, crepes, and a lentil-and-rice dish called kitchari. The lunch and dinner menus will feature plenty of salads and roasted vegetable dishes, but no veggie burgers or mock-meats. Vongerichten is working with chef Neal Harden, formerly of Pure Food and Wine and Maimonide of Brooklyn.

Projected Opening: Early October

5) Empellon

Address: 510 Madison Avenue, Midtown

Major Player: Alex Stupak

What to Expect: One of NYC's most talented chefs is bringing his Mexican-inspired cuisine to a huge space near Rockefeller Center. The new Empellon will incorporate elements of the three restaurants that Alex Stupak runs Downtown — expect a bar, a casual dining area, and a space for more refined dining experiences. The casual menu will include tacos, salads, fajitas, and crab nachos.

Projected Opening: Late November

Leuca Plywood by Greg Morabito

4) Leuca

Address: 111 North 12th St., Williamsburg

Major Players: Andrew Carmellini, Josh Pickard, and Luke Ostrom

What to Expect: Wood-fired coastal Italian fare from chef Andrew Carmellini inside the shiny new William Vale Hotel. Carmellini and his partners at the unstoppable Noho Hospitality Group (Lafayette, The Dutch, Bar Primi, Locanda Verde, and Little Park) will also operate a rooftop bar called Westlight, which will make its debut before the main restaurant, and the crew will also run another food and beverage space in the hotel. With Leuca, Westlight, a huge pool, an elevated park area overlooking the Williamsburg waterfront, and sprawling event and retail spaces, the William Vale is shaping up to become one of North Brooklyn’s biggest attractions.

Projected Opening: Late October

3) Union Square Cafe

Address: 235 Park Ave. South, Gramercy

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

What to Expect: A new iteration of Danny Meyer’s flagship restaurant in a huge space on the corner of Park Avenue South and East 19th Street. David Rockwell is in charge of the design, Sam Lipp is running the dining room, Jason Wagner is pouring the wine, and Carmen Quagliata is putting together a menu that will be a mix of new dishes and favorites from the original Union Square Cafe. Meyer & Co. are also opening an adjacent cafe called Daily Provisions, which will offer pastries, sandwiches, and to-go meals during the day, and a set menu from Quagliata at night.

Projected Opening: Late October

2) Augustine

Address: 5 Beekman Street, FiDi

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

What to Expect: A French restaurant in the Beekman Hotel from Keith McNally, one of the most influential restaurateurs of the last 50 years. McNally is enlisting Cherche Midi’s wining duo of Shane McBride and Daniel Parilla to cook dishes like escargots, a mushroom tart, and a "petite aioli" plate with seafood and vegetables. Keith has been taking his sweet time with Augustine, and word on the street is that the dining room is a stunner. Any new Keith McNally restaurant is cause for celebration.

Projected Opening: Late September

Daniel Humm and Will Guidara via Made Nice/Francesco Tonelli

1) Made Nice

Address: 8 West 28th St., Nomad

Major Players: Daniel Humm and Will Guidara

What to Expect: The casual sibling of Eleven Madison Park and The Nomad. Daniel Humm is creating a new set of dishes that will echo the flavors he employs at his two fine dining restaurants. Food will be priced between $12 to $15, and the drinks list will include wine, beer, and house-made sodas. Humm and Will Guidara have extremely high standards for service and the guest experience at every level, so it will be interesting to see how they open their most affordable and accessible restaurant to date.

Projected Opening: October

Also of note: Blue Ribbon Federal Grill, Vnyl, SweetcatchFish Cheeks, Bunker, Ortzi, Black Walnut, Sen Sakana, and Epicerie Boulud Downtown.

Revamps to watch:The Beatrice Inn, Benoit, The Cannibal Liquor House, Blue Water Grill.


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