Roll up your beach towel, close up the summer house: Your presence is requested in New York for an autumn hopping with restaurant openings, cookbooks and tasty culinary happenings.
In October, chef Amanda Freitag (formerly of The Harrison) strikes out with her first solo restaurant in the space that formerly housed the iconic Empire Diner in Chelsea. Fittingly, it will eventually be open 24-hours-a-day...As will the East Village spot Empire Biscuit when it opens in September with sweet-and-savory Southern biscuit combinations...A decade and a half as Daniel Boulud's publicist means Georgette Farkas knows her way around a good roast chicken. Look for spit-fired roasts at the Upper East Side Rôtisserie Georgette in October...Also Uptown, Marc Murphy plans to open Kingside at the new Viceroy New York Hotel...It wouldn't be fall without something from the unstoppable Michael White. Higher-end than Osteria Morini, Ristorante Morini will cater to its Upper East Side environs when it opens in November with a ground-floor café and a white-tablecloth dining room upstairs.
~image6~Downtown, Chris Cannon emerges from his business breakup with the aforementioned White with his trattoria, All'onda, in the East Village...Balaboosta's Einat Admony will put her own very special stamp on modern Middle Eastern-meets-Mediterranean cuisine at Bar Bolonat in the West Village. We can't wait to try the mint tea gelato with halvah crumble...Per Se alum Jonathan Wu will be popping up again with his take on Chinese food at Fung Tu...Fevered excitement surrounds Ivan Orkin's game-changing Ivan Ramen on the Lower East Side, scheduled to drop in October...Former Isa and Noma chefs will do their thing at Contra, also on the LES...Boston's beloved tapas spot, Toro, will try its luck in the Big Apple...Fingers crossed that Brooklyn Fare Manhattan finally makes an appearance...In Brooklyn, Francine Stephens and Andrew Feinberg of Franny's will reveal Marco's in September...Gramercy Tavern veteran Kelli Farwell is literally on a boat (a former a Navy yard patrol craft) with The Water Table...Finally, in Queens, the M. Wells team will return with M. Wells Steakhouse, in a former auto body shop.
In September, the 80s (and Long Island iced teas) will have a moment at the East Village's Golden Cadillac...It's lady's night every night at Grace in Kips Bay, where female bartenders will be holding court...In Brooklyn, Brooklyn Brine and Dogfish Head Brewery team up to open the Pickle Shack...And when it all becomes too much, make like a Florida Snowbird and flee to The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Parlor in Gowanus for drinks and ten regulation-size shuffleboard courts.
It's a banner season for New York chefs and their cookbooks. Einat Admony ushers in Balaboosta: Bold Mediterranean Recipes to Feed the People You Love ($30; September 3), Daniel Boulud shares Daniel: My French Cuisine ($60, October 1), Scott Conant explains how to make his famous Spaghetti with Tomato and Basil in The Scarpetta Cookbook ($35; October 15), Michael Anthony brings The Gramercy Tavern Cookbook ($50; October 29) to life, Michael White's Classico e Moderno ($50; November 5) will draw from the flavors of Ai Fiori and Marea, and Francois Payard goes for the sugar in Payard Desserts ($40; October 29)....Across the river in Brooklyn, the bearded brothers come out with Mast Brothers Chocolate: A Family Cookbook ($40; October 29), the full Roberta's emerges in Roberta's ($35; October 29) and The Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book: Uncommon Recipes from the Celebrated Brooklyn Pie Shop ($30; November 19) arrives just in time for Thanksgiving.
Hell's Kitchen at the ready: Gotham West Market will bring ramen genius Ivan Orkin, Tertulia chef Seamus Mullen and Saltie sandwich maker Caroline Fidanza together, along with Blue Bottle Coffee, The Cannibal, The Brooklyn Kitchen and Court Street Grocers Sandwich Shop in one floor-to-ceiling glass-windowed space...D.C. Chef Michel Richard will try his hand in New York with the opening of Pomme Palais, a French market located at the New York Palace Hotel, along with Villard Michel Richard, a 150-seat restaurant...Jacques Torres goes for the full Wonka effect with a 39,500-square-factory that will be open to the public.
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