Forget Openings. Forget reviews. Forget the Short List (more or less). The summer and its indolent desolation is over at last. The restaurant world prepares for its yearly rebirth, and its nocturnal flower is set to blossom. Fall Preview is here. And any New Yorker not currently in an intensive care unit should hasten to read every word.
There’s one amazing piece of good news after another, casual wine bars by Daniel Boulud and Alain Ducasse, to a fourteen-seat, fixed-course, set-menu fine-dining restaurant by the Momofuku brain trust and an expanded noodle bar (take that, Setagaya!); Underground Gourmet favorite Jim Lachey, the Über-baker behind Sullivan St. Bakery opening a pizzeria, a possible N.Y. rival to L.A.’s Bar Mozza; new restaurants from Peter Hoffman, Anita Lo, and Gray Kunz; a Tía Pol spinoff; and … and … you’d better just read it all.