NYC's Best New Restaurants, Bars, Cookbooks And More Fall 2014 | Tasting Table NYC

The new restaurants, bars and cookbooks we're looking forward to this fall

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Fall is upon us and with it comes a palpable sense of excitement as long-awaited restaurants and bars finally open, handsome hardcover cookbooks get their releases and crisp cool-weather produce gets its chance to shine.

Here's a look at what we're most excited about, food-wise, this season in New York.


Via Carota Next month, Jody Williams (Buvette) and Rita Sodi (I Sodi) will embark on a don't-call-it-a-restaurant Italian gastrothèque free from tyrannical menus and imposed dining times. The couple will serve an all-day menu that will include dishes like sardines with breadcrumbs, raisins and lemon, and roasted squab with sage and pickled fruit.

Expected opening: September

51 Grove St.

Brooklyn Fare Manhattan A Manhattan offshoot of Brooklyn's only three Michelin-starred restaurant is set to open this September in Hell's Kitchen. Chef César Ramirez and owner Moe Issa will bring on Jared Sippel (Frasca Food and Wine) for a French- and Italian-inspired menu that's more casual than the 21-course tasting menu at their original chef's table.

Expected opening: September

431 W. 37th St.

Cosme Chef Enrique Olvera arrives in Flatiron with a casual take on the Mexican cuisine that's earned him international acclaim at Pujol in Mexico City. Inspired by the Mexican markets of his childhood, Olvera is making his own tortillas, which he'll serve in dishes like uni tostadas with smoked tomatillos.

Expected opening: September

35 East 21st St.

White Street In the former Churrascaria Tribeca space, Floyd Cardoz (North End Grill) will launch White Street, a modern American restaurant that explores his fascination with the flavors of Mumbai. The sprawling space will evoke old New York with chandeliers and marble floors, but the dishes will be thoroughly modern.

Expected opening: September

221 W. Broadway

Marta This month, Nick Anderer and Terry Coughlin (Maialino), of Danny Meyer's Union Square Hospitality Group, will launch Marta in the Martha Washington Hotel. While the heart of their all-day menu will be thin-crust, wood-fired pizzas, expect other Italian dishes from a sprawling open-fire grill to help round things out.

Expected opening: September

29 E. 29th St.

Clockwise: En Papillote at Dirty French [Photo: Daniel Krieger], the Prune cookbook and Floyd Cardoz of White Street

Dirty French Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi and Jeff Zalaznick's (Torrisi Italian Specialties, Carbone) first non-Italian endeavor is slated to open in The Ludlow hotel this September, with dishes like côte de boeuf served in stages and duck à l'orange spiced with Moroccan ras el hanout.

Expected opening: September

180 Ludlow St.

Empellón al Pastor Rounding out Alex Stupak's Mexican restaurant trifecta is a casual new location in the East Village. The menu will focus on tacos al pastor served on house-made corn tortillas, plus margaritas, beers and Micheladas.

Expected opening: September

132 St. Marks Pl.

Ramen Lab Chef Shigetoshi Nakamura heads up beloved New Jersey-based Sun Noodle's first Manhattan brick-and-mortar. The restaurant will offer "Ramen Flights" featuring lesser-known ramen styles and seminars on all things noodles.

Expected opening: September/October

70 Kenmare St.

Upland In a departure from the Italian leanings at his three-star restaurant Il Buco, chef Justin Smillie plans to offer farm-to-table California-style cuisine at his new Midtown spot, a Stephen Starr collaboration. Dishes like coffee-soaked lamb belly and garganelli with braised rabbit will be fork-ready some time in October.

Expected opening: October

345 Park Ave. South

Untitled Galen Zamarra Project Chef Galen Zamarra is closing up the wood-fired grill at Mas (la grillade) in the West Village and flipping the format in the same space. The concept is still being finalized, but expect a space evocative of a French farmhouse.

Expected opening: Unknown

28 Seventh Ave. South

Aldo Sohm of NYC's Aldo Sohm Wine Bar, left, and Provencale at NYC's Dirty French [Photo: Ashley Gilbertson]


Aldo Sohm Wine Bar At the Le Bernardin spinoff, named for the restaurant's legendary sommelier, it's all about the wine. The dining room will serve simple food meant to complement, not complicate, the star of the show: Sohm's carefully curated wine list.

Expected opening: September

151 W. 51st St.

The Camlin Speaking of wine, the team behind Ardesia in Hell's Kitchen has its sight set on Williamsburg. Next month, they'll be pouring homegrown wines from the U.S. of A. as well as shaking classic cocktails.

Expected opening: September

175 Kent Ave., Brooklyn

Birds & Bubbles Okay, so it's not a bar bar in the strictest sense of the word, but how could we not include a place dedicated wholly to crisp fried chicken and champagne? Sarah Simmons, the chef behind Soho culinary saloon City Grit, pairs the two at her upcoming Lower East Side project.

Expected opening: September

100 Forsyth St.


Dominique Ansel: The Secret Recipesby Dominique Ansel (Simon & Schuster, October 28, $35): Of course, the king of Cronuts is coming out with a cookbook. But we're still excited about Dominique Ansel's literary debut. The former Daniel pastry chef shares his adventures in dessert stations in Paris and New York, as well as recipes for his most popular items. Will you snag the Cronut recipe? Guess you'll have to find out.

The Prune Cookbook by Gabrielle Hamilton (Random House, November 4, $45): Gabrielle Hamilton's memoir Blood, Bones and Butter was easily the finest work in the genre, so obviously we're excited about the Prune chef's first cookbook. It'll be packed with a whopping 250 recipes, and we hope there's one in there for the roast quail on charred bread.

Death & Co: Modern Classic Cocktailsby David Kaplan, Nick Fauchald and Alex Day (Ten Speed, October 7, $40): The cult East Village speakeasy releases its tome on all things cocktail this October. The book will contain more than 500 recipes—yes, you read that right, 500—as well as elegant musings on the theory and philosophy behind the cocktail-making process. Don't be intimidated, though; the book also breaks down all the essential bar kit tools and spirits to get you started.

Brooks Headley's Fancy Desserts by Brooks Headley (W.W. Norton, October 20, $30): Tofu chocolate creme brulée, anyone? Step into the creative inner workings of Del Posto's executive pastry chef and certified badass Brooks Headley. In his first cookbook, he shares his methodology (and nearly 100 recipes) for sweet but not too sweet things, like verjus melon candy. Bonus points: Keep your eyes peeled for commentary by Gabrielle Hamilton and Manresa's David Kinch.


Taste Talks Copenhagen, you can have MAD—we New Yorkers are just fine with our own homegrown food festival, conference and new product expo all rolled into one in Williamsburg next month. Danny Bowien (Mission Chinese and Cantina) is the man behind the programming, which means you'll get a state of the union address on the future of food media as well as one big cheffy BBQ to end it on a deliciously meaty note.

September 12 to 14

Vendy Awards This year marks the tenth-annual Vendy Awards on Governors Island. Red Hook ball-field vendors, street carts and food trucks alike battle it out for street-food supremacy, and the anniversary brings something new: the Master's Cup, where longtime favorites like NY Dosas Guy and Calexico are honored in a street cart hall of fame.

Septmber 13