Aamanns 13 Laight St., nr. Varick St.; opening October 24
Plenty of people are willing to trek to Copenhagen to eat somewhere like Noma. But who's going to fly there for open-faced sandwiches, even ones as amazing-sounding as the versions served at Adam Aamann's Danish restaurant? Lucky for us, Aamann — armed with sandwiches like the beef tartare with fresh-fried potatoes, herb emulsion, and pickles atop sourdough bread — is heading to New York. Will this be Scandinavia's answer to 'wichcraft? We can't wait to find out.
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Prime Rib Dinner
B&B 25 W. Houston St., nr. Mercer St.; 212-334-7320
B&B owner John McDonald first alluded to this forthcoming large-format feast in his New York Diet, and we've been anticipating it ever since. Why? While large-format feasts are nothing new, we can think of few chefs who would be better suited to serve a glorious hunk of perfectly rare, fat-encircled beef than Josh Capon — after all, Capon is the meat master who made burgers the signature order at the otherwise seafood-centric Lure.
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Growlers in Grand Central
Beer Table Pantry Grand Central Terminal, entrance on Lexington Ave., nr. 43rd St.; 212-922-0008
Justin Philips's Park Slope beer spot — more
tasting room than bar — is a must-visit spot for beer lovers, though
it's a tad out of the way if you're not making a special trip. But the idea of
getting a similar, albeit truncated, experience in midtown, thanks to Philips's
new Grand Central counter, is totally for us. All the better if we can grab a
growler to go for a train ride up to New England this fall.
The brick-and-mortar outpost of the unfathomably popular Big Gay Ice Cream Truck opened pretty late in summer — Labor Day weekend, in fact. So it's a good thing they're planning warm options, like this hilariously named mixture of hot chocolate, ice cream, whipped cream, chocolate, and chiles.
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Bourgeois Pig 387 Court St., nr. First Pl., Carroll Gardens
When the Brooklyn outpost of the East Village wine-and-fondue spot finally opens this fall, we're guessing it's going to be as mobbed as the original. We're partial to the rarebit fondue, but we're also guessing we'll have to at least try the bacon fondue that we hear is in the works.
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Mathieu Palombino's Reuben
Bowery Diner 241 Bowery, nr. Stanton; opening October
If Belgian chef Mathieu Palombino's way with pizza (on display nightly at Motorino) is any indication of his ability to rework American favorites, his new diner concept should basically blow every other restaurant away. Already giving us hope is his take on the reuben (the meat takes a week to cure). For the first time in maybe forever, Katz's LES corned beef supremacy might be in jeopardy.
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Buvette 42 Grove St., nr. Bleecker St.; 212-255-3590
Look, heirloom tomatoes and fresh corn on the cob are all well and good, but it's hard to get too broken up about saying good-bye to them when you have something as wonderful as cassoulet to look forward to in the fall and winter. And the miniature version that Jody Williams serves at Buvette is perfect in two ways: It's as satisfying as any traditional version of the dish, and it isn't so huge that it makes you feel like you'll go into cardiac arrest if you finish it.
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Dario's Steak Tartare
The Cannibal 113 E. 29th St., nr. Park Ave. S.; 212-686-5480
Why would you order anything other than raw beef at a restaurant named the Cannibal? Heck, owner Christian Pappanicholas, who also owns Resto next door, has devoted an entire section of his menu to the classic preparation. Our plan is to start with the classic beef preparation (pictured; served with chopsticks) and move our way into the veal and lamb versions.
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Champagne and Caviar
Center Bar 10 Columbus Cir., at 60th St., fourth fl.; no phone yet; opening late fall
Is New York ready to re-embrace a dish as tony as caviar and blini? It doesn't exactly jibe with today's cocktail- and pork-heavy mind-set, but no matter. Center Bar is the work of Michael Lomonaco, whose Porter House is traditional down to the beefsteak tomato-and-Bermuda-onion salad. If anyone's going to remind Manhattan what's been lost in the casualization of the city's restaurants, it will be him.
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Chuko 552 Vanderbilt Ave., at Dean St., Prospect Heights; 718-576-6701
The crowds have already found this new Prospect Heights noodle shop, but the limited menu and lack of liquor license mean you won't have to wait two hours for some noodles, as you might at Manhattan's most popular ramen spots. That the broth is as fatty and deep as it is at those other spots, with bouncy noodles and perfectly soft poached eggs, almost feels like a bonus. Now, if only we could get a Kirin to go with them ...
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Angel Hair With Caviar and Burrata
Ciano 45 E. 22nd St., nr. Park Ave. S.; 212-982-8422
We've always found all-pasta tasting menus to be overly aggressive, but this dish is almost the definition of a light touch — good thing, since it leads the way on the $79 pasta-tasting menu, which also includes lobster ravioli and smoked-lamb tortellini.
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Handkerchief Pasta With White Bolognese, Hazelnuts, and Black Truffle
Crown 24 E. 81st St., nr. Madison Ave.; 646-559-4880
John DeLucie already proved at Waverly Inn that you can serve stuff like truffled macaroni and cheese and pack the house, so we're excited to see that his move uptown means he's also upgraded his sceney starch offering to this very grown-up, astoundingly delicious-sounding, dish.
Yes, Pimento Cheese Fritters sound like some gonzo chain-restaurant offering. In fact, they're served at a Del Frisco's location in tourist-friendly Rockefeller Center, so that's sort of what they are. But so what? They're pimento cheese fritters! If some tiny, Southern-leaning spot in Brooklyn put these on the menu, New York's food scenesters would be falling over themselves to try them, so we're hardly going to avoid them just because of the admittedly suspect environment in which they're served.
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A Drink at Demi Monde
Demi Monde 90 Broad St., nr. Stone St; opening November
The last thing New York really needs is another high-end cocktail joint, which is why it's strange there's such a drought of good drinks in lower Manhattan. Silver Lining did its part to help alleviate the issue, and this new spot from the team behind Death & Co. promises to help even more. And with Demi Monde promising to serve drinks like the Field Marshall (pictured) — a combination of Armagnac, Combier, bitters, and champagne — we're happy to make room for one more spot.
If we're dropping between $100 and $150 to have white truffles shaved over something, that something had better be more interesting than plain pasta or risotto. That's why we save our splurging dollars for Eleven Madison Park, where Daniel Humm and his team turn out truffle-friendly plates that actually have some personality, like the truffle tortellini with Fontina and chestnuts they served last fall. Whatever they put together this year, we know it will be equally impressive — and expensive.
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Alex Stupak's Tasting Menu
Empelllón Cocina 105 First Ave., nr. 7th St.
With Empellón, Alex Stupak proved he could do casual, Mexican-inspired fare to considerable acclaim. And when he opens a new version in the East Village, he'll return, in a way, to the high-end presentation he left behind when he departed wd~50's pastry kitchen. This dish — a spiced-hamachi-stuffed poblano chile with parsley, walnut, and pomegranate-infused Gala apple that Stupak says was inspired by the classic chiles en nogada — is just one example of what to expect on the tasting menu at his soon-to-open Cocina.
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Fatty 'Cue 50 Carmine St., nr. Bedford St.; 212-929-5050
Do we really need to say anything about this? It's a half-pound of deep-fried bacon, from Zak Pelaccio, the same dude who serves a bowl of warm "master fat" at the Brooklyn location of Fatty 'Cue. If you can't get onboard with deep-fried bacon, you're reading the wrong blog.
If we had things our way, there'd be a Frankie's location on every block in the city, serving their rightfully famous meatballs to all comers. That the fall brings a new location in the West Village means we're at least one block closer to realizing our dream.
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Seafood Platters and Amazing Wine
Hillside 70 Hudson Ave., nr. Water St.; opening late October.
We love — love — Vinegar Hill House. The problem is its location: If you show up and there's a two-hour wait, there aren't a lot of other options in a neighborhood that might affectionately be called the armpit of Brooklyn. Which is why we cannot wait for Jean Adamson and Sam Buffa to open their casual spot next door that will hopefully alleviate much of the pain associated with waiting for a table at VHH. In fact, if the place is as good as it sounds, it might even turn into our preferred Dumbo-adjacent dining option.
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Isa 348 Wythe Ave., nr. S. 2nd St., Williamsburg; 347-689-3594
Much has been said about Taavo Somer's contribution to the aesthetic of New York dining. (How many times has a new restaurant been compared to Freemans?) What typically isn't mentioned is the food at his places. But that's bound to change now that Isa is up and running in Williamsburg. Chef Ignacio Mattos is turning out Mediterranean-ish food that has been drawing early raves. Then again, that aesthetic sensibility hasn't been lost at Isa, perhaps just shifted in its focus from dining room to dish. After all, just look at the pictured plate: Have sardines ever looked prettier?
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Johnny Iuzzini's Concord Grape Spritzer
Jean Georges 1 Central Park West, nr. 60th St.; 212-299-3900
Fall dessert menus mean Concord grapes, and we'd venture that no pastry chef in the city does more with them than admitted lover of Concords Johnny Iuzzini. And Iuzzini ends his Late-Harvest dessert tasting — which also includes honey-roasted tomatoes, corn panna cotta with a caramelized madeleine "sponge," and fig carpaccio — with a spritzer of clarified, carbonated Concord juice finished with diced melon and a few drops of lemon-balm oil.
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'Five Senses Satisfaction' Pork Belly
Jung Sik 2 Harrison St., nr. Hudson St.; 212-219-0900
We'll give this to the team behind the new Jung Sik (named after chef Jung Sik Yim): It takes nerve to open a high-end, modern Korean restaurant in Tribeca. Not because it sounds bad, but because it's hard to gauge, exactly, how New Yorkers will react to it. But serving a slab of sous-vide pork belly that is, as the Times describes it, "tweaked to hit five taste elements: spicy, crispy, sour, sweet, and soft" is going to be a great way to warm up the locals.
Alain Allegretti's new Chelsea restaurant is already up and running, and the early word on his Southern France–inspired menu is that it’s a winner (the space certainly looks nice). The one we’re most looking forward to is the vitello tomato, which eschews the traditional cold veal and tuna sauce for fried sweetbreads and thin-sliced raw tuna.
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Landbrot 137 Seventh Ave. S.; 185 Orchard St.; opening early November
This German bakery brand is opening two locations simultaneously, and all signs point to a potential chain. Their offerings — including Flammkuchen (pictured), which is German for "Flame bread," as well as the bakery’s namesake country loaf — certainly sound like they have real potential, so the bread might be good enough to warrant that.
Everyone owes it to themselves to do at least one big blowout meal at Eric Ripert's four-star seafood icon. But, thanks to their recent renovation, you can now also just stroll into the brand-new salon area and get dishes like gin-cured gravlax (pictured) in an ever-so-slightly less formal — and far less expensive — setting. To that, we say, Oui, chef.
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All the New Food From Mile End
Mile End, Mile End Sandwich Multiple locations; 718-852-7510
Boerum Hill's Mile End deli has been mobbed since about five minutes after husband-and-wife team Noah Bernamoff and Rae Cohen opened it. And we've always been right there in the middle of that mob. That's why it pleases us to no end to know that the couple will expand to both Red Hook, in the form of a larger production facility and a small retail space, and Manhattan, where their Mile End Sandwich shop will capitalize on the success of their smoked-meat sandwich by offering new concoctions like this pickled-tongue sandwich with onion-raisin marmalade.
Nitehawk's promise of drinking while you watch movies was all well and good, until everyone realized you couldn't actually drink while you watched the movie. But a change to New York's liquor laws means the dream can finally, finally become a reality in the next few weeks. We just hope Drive is still playing when it does.
In case you couldn’t tell, everyone here at Grub Street HQ is a big fan of this traditional Italian sandwich, which stuffs crispy chickpea fritters, fresh ricotta, and caciocavallo cheese into an eggy bun. It gives us hope that maybe the rest of the city might catch on, now that Stuzzicheria in Tribeca has a tiny kiosk devoted to these sandwiches (not to mention muffalettas and a Sicilian tongue sandwich).
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Even More Italian Specialties
Parm 48 Mulberry St., nr. Prince St.; opening October
The Torrisi guys tell us they're putting the finishing touches on their second spot, the more-casual Parm. Everyone knows they basically made all of New York City reconsider what mozzarella could be with the pillow-soft, warm version served at Torrisi Italian Specialties, so we can hardly wait to try their takes on bar staples like mozzarella sticks and pizza knots (pictured, alongside raw littlenecks). Just open already, guys!
There's little doubt that duck has become the city's dish-of-the-moment (some might even say it's the new pork). And the latest place to throw duck on its, ahem, bill of fare is Peels, which roasts the breast and serves it atop celery roote puree (the whole thing is finished with cherry sauce). It's a classic, zero-pretense preparation — one that's right at home at Taavo Somer and Will Tigrett's casual East Village spot.
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Moveable Beast Farm Prime Rib With Porcini Mushrooms, Black Garlic, and Cocoa Piment
Pillar & Plough Hotel Williamsburg, 160 N. 12th St., nr. Berry St.; 718-218-7500; opening October
"Hotel food" is a phrase that has, thankfully, lost much of its stigma over the last few years. We're guessing it'll move another notch up when L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon vet Andrés Grundy unveils his full menu. Especially if the rest of it lives up to the promise of this outstanding-sounding beef dish.
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Some Sunday Gravy
Red Gravy 151 Atlantic Ave., nr. Clinton St., Brooklyn Heights; opening November
Saul Bolton spent over a decade as the owner of one place, the appropriately named Saul on Smith Street. Now, suddenly, he's everywhere: His pub-inspired Vanderbilt is an unmitigated success, he's doing the food that pairs with cocktails at Nitehawk Cinema in Williamsburg, and now he's breaking out his best Italian-American food at the soon-to-open Red Gravy. Lest you think his expansion-minded mind-set means he isn't taking time to dwell on the details, know this: Bolton's recipe for Red Gravy's signature sauce takes three days to make.
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Romera 355 W. 16th St., nr. Ninth Ave.; 212-929-5800
Spanish chef Miguel Sanchez Romera's brand-new high-end restaurant in the Dream hotel hasn't exactly drawn raves in the early going — "there was more than one dish that tasted like marshmallows," said one commenter — but the food just looks and sounds so insanely bonkers (the dish pictured is kind of a salad thing, we think?) that we'd be lying if we said we weren't dying to try it. After all, great art is always misunderstood at first, right? Right?
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Brats From Andrew Carmellini
Sausage Boss Madison Square Garden, 4 Penn Plz., nr. 31st St.; opening October
Even if the Knicks don't play a single game this season (which is looking more and more likely), we're still planning on hitting Madison Square Garden for more than just Rangers games and the odd concert. That's because Jean-Georges Vongerichten's version of a McChicken sandwich, Hill Country's barbecue, and burgers from Drew Nieporent are all among the venue's new concessions. But we're still most excited about Andrew Carmellini's sausage stand, and not just because we can't believe MSG brass actually let him call it Sausage Boss.
We were shocked when we first heard that Brad Farmerie and the AvroKO team would be turning their sorta-Asian Double Crown into a restaurant that would focus on "the domestic meats [Farmerie loves] to cook." But in a way it makes sense that the Pittsburgh native wants to get back to his meat-and-potatoes past. And after seeing dishes like this roasted chicken with orange segments and charred fennel, it makes even more sense.
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Taka Taka 330 West Broadway at Grand St.; 212-966-8252
Look, we have no idea whether Taka Taka — which combines
conveyor-belt sushi with Mexican flavors in dishes like tempura
shrimp with jalapeño, Manchego cheese, and chipotle sauce — is really
going to be any good. But at least it's something different.
And in a city that's been saturated with pasta and burger shacks over
the last few years, there's something to be said for that. Besides, you
can always wash down the crazy-sounding food with tequila, and that's
never a bad thing.
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Crisp-Oyster Bacon Pad Thai
Talde 367 Seventh Ave., at 11th St., Park Slope; opening late October
Many former Top Chef contestants might be tempted to open big-box restaurants in super-sceney locations (like, say, the Mondrian Soho). So we give Dale Talde a lot of credit for going to Park Slope, where his food stands a chance of outshining his star and the clientele's clothes. And this Southern-Thai-American mash-up sounds like it has the potential to do exactly that.
At this point, Marco Canora and Paul Greico's Terroir wine bars have become city staples. In fact, they'd be boring if they weren't so downright great. So when news broke of a third location headed to Murray Hill, people were understandably excited. We were excited when we saw they'd be bringing a French dip — a sandwich that for some reason is much-loved in L.A., and often terrible in NYC — to the new spot. If anyone can do the sandwich au jus justice, it's Canora. (Oh, and we think they have wine at the new spot, too?)
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Tertulia 359 Sixth Ave., nr. Washington Pl.; 646-559-9909
Seamus Mullen's return to cooking Spanish food in New York has been nothing less than a sensation since Tertulia opened last month. The outstanding food — including his excellent large-format paella with a deeply flavored fire-roasted socarrat, fresh seafood, and coveted Bomba rice — serves as the perfect reminder of exactly what the city had been missing during Mullen's hiatus.
The pork chop gets all the love at this well-established Brooklyn hot spot, but when the weather turns cold, our focus turns to executive chef Brian Leth's superlative take on the classic French warmer. And the succulent braised short rib and always-perfect bone marrow are made even better when you eat them in the restaurant's ultracozy basement dining room.
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Completely Crazy-Sounding Chocolates
Xocolatti 172 Prince St., nr. Thompson St.; 212-256-0332
We're not huge chocoholics, but even we can't resist ending this list with something sweet, especially when it's the fashion-forward flavors that Shaineal Shah has started selling at his just-opened Soho shop. We're looking forward to having things like mango-paprika slates and sake truffles make believers out of us.