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The 22 Most Anticipated Fall Restaurant Openings

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A sampling from around the city

The Aviary
The Aviary
The Aviary

This fall will be gangbusters when it comes to restaurant debuts, as New York hosts culinary stars from other U.S. cities like LA, Chicago, and Miami; imports from abroad; and homegrown heroes back on the scene. Here’s a guide to some of the most exciting openings of the season.


Ajjuma

Location: 318 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg

The Operator: Sunny Lee

The Details: Former banchan guru at Brooklyn’s Insa, rising star Sunny Lee — with experience at Blue Hill and Eleven Madison — is opening a banchan-focused spot with dishes like potato and green garlic mandu with chicken schmaltz, or warm crab sabayon with tofu. After 10:30 p.m., the restaurant will bring out the anju menu for Korean drinking fare.

Projected Opening: November


L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon

Location: 85 10th Avenue between 15th and 16th Street, Chelsea

Joel Robuchon Photo via Facebook/Robuchon

The Operator: Joël Robuchon

The Details: From one of the most famous international chefs, L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon is the highly regarded tasting counter with ten locations around the world; here it will have 35 seats at the counter and 20 more at tables, along with two private dining rooms. For a more casual visit, there’s Le Bar de Joël Robuchon, a 50-seat bar and lounge that will feature salads, sandwiches, and simply prepared dishes. Robuchon vet Christophe Bellanca, will oversee the kitchen, joining pastry chef Salvatore Martone, who will come to New York from the Vegas restaurant, along with head baker Tetsuya Yamaguchi — formerly based in Tokyo — who has worked with Robuchon for nearly 20 years.

Projected Opening: Late fall


The Aviary NYC

Location: Mandarin Oriental, Columbus Circle, Midtown

Crudites
The Aviary

The Operators: Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas

The Details: The Aviary is the NYC version of the groundbreaking Chicago cocktail bar that here will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner, plus a wider array of cocktails than the original.

“The Aviary is parallel to Alinea in its progressive nature, so no-holds-barred on techniques there with intentional aromas, playing with textures, manipulating aesthetics, thought provoking things,” says chef owner Grant Achatz. “Whereas The Office is old-school luxury. There’s no pyrotechnics, no progressive technique, no serviceware uniquely created for The Office. It’s a look back in time, culinarily speaking, emphasizing luxury ingredients. The juxtaposition of the two helps define them both.”

Projected Opening: September


Celestine

Location: 1 John Street, Dumbo

Andrea Brizzi

The Operators: Julian Brizzi, Joe Campanale, chef Garett McMahan, Noah Bernamoff

The Details: A project from the restaurateurs behind Grand Army and Mile End, along with Joe Campanale (formerly of L’Artusi, who’s also signed on to open another spot in the Brooklyn Franny’s space), Celestine will be a Mediterranean inspired restaurant on Dumbo's waterfront from a deep team of vets. Expect Dumbo’s killer views and a Mediterranean menu with influences from Sicily, North Africa, and the Middle East from Perilla alum Garett McMahan. The space, designed by Matthew Maddy and Nico Arze of American Construction League, is flanked by floor-to-ceiling windows and has over 60 seats inside and another 40 outside.

Projected Opening: Mid-September


DaDong

Location: Three Bryant Park, Bryant Park

Da Dong’s second floor lounge Da Dong

The Operator: Dong Zhenxiang

The Details: With a formal dining room, a more casual lounge, and an outdoor terrace, DaDong will debut in a multi-level space. It’s the first U.S. location of China’s roast duck chain known for one of the best versions of the classic Beijing dish. The flavors and menu will be similar to the ones in China, but they’ll be using ducks from a farm in Indiana, Dong Zhenxiang says. It will cost $98 and feeds up to four people. The restaurant will also offer a slew of cold dishes, soups, and entrees from across China, some with a dose of French and Italian fine dining influence. The Michelin guide recommends such dishes as a braised sea cucumber with scallions and braised oxtail.

Projected Opening: October


Ferris at Made Hotel

Location: 44 West 29th Street, Nomad

Made Hotel

The Operators: Greg Proechel and Charles Seich

The Details: Ferris at Made Hotel in Nomad is sure to be buzzy, with ex-Le Turtle chef Greg Proechel steering a New American menu that will show off lots of vegetables. The hotel opens Labor Day, but the restaurant is on track to open in the fall. Major Food Group vet Charles Seich will join Proechel as a partner, while husband-wife team Jeremy Oertel and Natasha David, formerly at Death + Company, Maison Premiere, and Dram, will run the bar program. Studio MAI, the LA firm behind the industrial look at Gjelina in Venice, CA, designed the space.

Projected Opening: October


Frenchette

Location: 241 West Broadway, Tribeca

The Operators: Lee Hanson and Riad Nasr

The Details: McNally alums who opened Balthazar, Pastis, and Minetta Tavern are striking out on their own in an all-day, updated version of a brasserie, named for a song from David Johansen, ex-New York Dolls. The 100-seat restaurant will feature a rotisserie, a Japanese-charcoal grill, and a basement aging room. Dishes like suckling pig, lobster with curry butter and fries, suckling pig, and citrus salad may be on deck.

Projected Opening: October


Hwa Yuan

Location: 42 East Broadway, Chinatown

Shorty Tang & Sons

The Operators: James Tang and family

The Details: This is the new Hwa Yuan based on the original that opened in 1968 and closed in the ‘80s. The revival comes from James Tang, the son of the original proprietor, Chen Lieh Tang — Shorty Tang — who Sam Sifton wrote “cooked the best cold sesame noodles Manhattan ever tasted” at the Times. Having opened Shorty Tang Noodle Shop in Chelsea back in April, the family is reportedly rebuilding the space as “an homage to the golden age of Chinese banquet restaurants.” It will only serve beer and wine.

Projected Opening: September


JeJu Noodle Bar

Location: 679 Greenwich Street, West Village

Jeju Noodle Bar Douglas Kim

The Operators: Douglas Kim

The Details: JeJu Noodle Bar comes from Per Se/Bouley/Nobu vet Douglas Kim, who’s opening a Korean ramyun shop in the West Village. Named for an island off the Southern coast of Korea, the restaurant is set to open late August on Greenwich Street. Look for dishes like the jeju-ramyun, which has a pork broth, braised pork belly, scallion, white kimchi, perilla leaf, charred scallion oil, mung bean sprouts, and gochujang. There are also chicken and veal versions on the menu. Look for dishes like chicken wings, a tuna take on yook hwe (Korean beef tartare), hwe dup bap (raw fish bibimbap), and more. Drinks will be wine, makgeolli, soju, and beer.

Projected Opening: September


Life Restaurant

Location: 19 West 31st Street, Herald Square

Life Hotel

The Operators: Stephen Hanson, Michael Vignola, David Mitchell

The Details: BR Guest founder Stephen Hanson — the guy who has shaped New York’s fine dining and casual restaurants — is opening a restaurant in the Life Building, his first restaurant since he sold his final stake in BR Guest in more than three years ago. (BR Guest, which includes the soon-to-close Blue Water Grill and Dos Caminos, sold to Landry’s.) Life Restaurant will offer a vegetable-centric, seasonally-driven menu from Michael Vignola, with a menu of seafood dishes and sustainable meats, as well as pastas and pizzas. It will have a lounge, a dining room, and a bar for a total of 60 seats on the ground floor.

Projected Opening: September


Legacy Records

Location: 515 West 38th Street, Hudson Yards

The Operators: Ryan Hardy, Robert Bohr, and Grant Reynolds

The Details: Named for the former tenant that had been the iconic recording studio, the newest restaurant from the Charlie Bird team takes up residence on the ground level of Henry Hall, the new building with 224 apartments in Hudson Yards — the neighborhood, not the Thomas Keller-curated project. It has an 85-seat dining room; an all-day cafe on the ground level; a bar, wine lounge, and outdoor space with a 120-foot glass wall; and two private dining rooms on the second level. Hardy’s menu will feature lots of seafood and risotto, while upstairs will be light bar food — plus, of course, a requisite burger. The all-day cafe will feature chocolate croissants, yogurt with figs, and other baked goods.

Projected Opening: Fall


The Lobster Club

Location: 99 East 52nd Street, Midtown

Tasaku Murakami Photo via Facebook/Tasuku Murakami

The Operators: Major Food Group and Tasuku Murakami

The Details: Michelin-starred chef of Sushi Azabu Tasuku Murakami has been hired by Major Food Group to helm The Lobster Club n the lower level of the former Four Seasons space, the third restaurant in the building following The Grill and The Pool. Murakami helped Sushi Azabu earn a Michelin star for six years through 2016.

Projected Opening: October


Okuda

Location: 458 West 17th Street, Chelsea

Okuda Okuda

The Operator: Toru Okuda

The Details: The Tokyo-based Toru Okuda will open a location of his Michelin-starred kaiseki restaurant: Okuda in Chelsea only seats seven people, though a private dining room will seat six. Each night will have two seatings, one at 6 p.m. and one at 8:30 p.m. No price is set yet on the Japanese tasting menu restaurant, but the Tokyo location costs about $168, and the Paris location costs about $234.

Projected Opening: October


Pasta Flyer

Location: 510 6th Avenue, Greenwich Village

Ken Goodman

The Operator: Mark Ladner, Nastassia Lopez

The Details: The former maestro of fine dining, Del Posto’s Mark Ladner, promises customers at Pasta Flyer will not spend more than $10 a dish. Diners will be able to choose between three kinds of pastas (including gluten-free), three sauces (tomato marinara, basil pesto, and meat ragu), with the latter two costing $1 more. For between 50 cents and a dollar, there’s pork sausage meatballs, garlic bread crumbs, or whipped ricotta cheese. Sides will include garlic knots, spicy broccoli rabe, fried cauliflower, and a salad with braised lentil dressing and pecorino cheese.

Projected Opening: September


Pisellino

Location: 52 Grove Street, Greenwich Village

Rita Sodi

The Operators: Rita Sodi and Jody Williams

The Details: Pisellino (“sweet pea,” in Italian, as well as a slang meaning) will serve all day starting with pastries and coffee for breakfast, panini and snacks at lunch, all the way to small plates and cocktails at night. Taking a cue from Williams and Sodi’s other spots (Buvette, I Sodi, Via Carota), it will likely be a casually cool affair for unfussy food in a comfortable, buzzy room. It’s small with just 30 seats in the 800-square-foot space, plus sidewalk seating. But the idea is to provide options all day long — 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. — in the tradition of cafes in Italy.

Projected Opening: Late 2017


Ravenswood Tavern

Location: 46-42 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City

Mu Ramen

The Operators: Heidy and Joshua Smookler

The Details: Two years after Mu Ramen drew crowds for stellar tonkotsu, owners Heidy and Joshua Smookler are opening a Long Island City neighborhood restaurant called Ravenswood Tavern in the fall. It’s named for the now-gone stretch that had been a mansion row. Menu potentials include oysters Rockefeller and steak tartare, Little Gem salad, tagliatelle with lobster Bolognese, and mains like striped bass and smoked mussels. But it’s the meat that will likely be the standout, with smoked, bone-in short ribs, rack of lamb, and rib-eye for two.

Projected Opening: Fall


Scampi

Location: 30 West 18th Street, Flatiron

PJ Calapa

The Operators: PJ Calapa

The Details: Partner in The Spainard and formerly of Ai Fiori, PJ Calapa is steering a menu of Southern Italian fare that will include crudo, pastas made in-house, seasonal vegetables, and meats on the grill.

Projected Opening: October


Sorbillo NYC

Location: 334 Bowery, Lower East Side

Gary He

The Operator: Gino Sorbillo

The Details: Naples celebrity pizzaiolo Gino Sorbillo will follow up his NYC debut, pizza fritta shop Zia Esterina, with the opening of Sorbillo NYC in September. The pizzeria will have approximately 60 seats,and will turn out Neapolitan pizzas that line ‘em up in Naples, characterized by an oversized and extremely light and soft-crust topped with high-quality ingredients. As one of Italy’s most public food figures, Gino Sorbillo has been featured on MasterChef Italia, Australia, and Israel.

Projected Opening: September


Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill

Location: 55 Water Street, Dumbo

Sugarcane

The Operator: Timon Balloo, Samba Brands Management

The Details: A sceney restaurant with a cult following, Miami’s Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill will open at the Dumbo waterfront. It will fan an 11,000 square-foot space managed by Samba Brands Management. Timon Baloo will turn out his well-known globally-inspired small plates menu, and will also unveil a fast-casual section of the restaurant. Expect a vast outdoor patio with stellar views.

Projected Opening: September


Tetsu

Location: 78 Leonard Street, Tribeca

Masa Takayama
Sushi legend Masa Takayama has had a project in the works in Tribeca for years.
Hillary Dixler Canavan

The Operator: Masa Takayama

The Details: Followers of chef Masa Takayama have been waiting for Tetsu to open since 2012, and word has it that it will actually open this year, with a casual menu and tasting menu option. Dishes may include a rice bowl with pork, a tuna guacamole appetizer, noodles made out of fish, and not just one burger but four, made of lamb, beef, duck, and chicken.

Projected Opening: Fall


Tokyo Record Bar

Location: 127 MacDougal Street, Greenwich Village

Tokyo Record Bar

The Operator: Ariel Arce

The Details: On the heels of opening her West Village sparkling wine bar Air’s Champagne Parlor, owner Ariel Arce is adding a basement vinyl bar. Every night will have two “Vinyl Jukebox” seatings (6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.), with a $50 seven-course izakaya menu paired with a vinyl playlist created each night by customers; sake, beer, and cocktails are add-ons. Everything is available a la carte starting at 10 p.m. when a DJ takes over the music.

Projected Opening: August 31


Zauo

Location: 152 West 24th Street, Chelsea

Zauo in Japan Photo via トモ T./Yelp

The Operators: Harbor House

The Details: You’ll need a fishing pole at Zauo, the restaurant where diners can fish for their dinner that’s debuting in Chelsea. Yet another Japanese chain opening in New York, Zauo will open its three-floor restaurant where diners on the first two levels can sit in a “boat” and reel in fish from a tank stocked with ten different kinds of fish.

Projected Opening: December

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