Why should you be excited about another NYC pizza joint? Because this one is run by Maialino chef Nick Anderer, who will be cooking his thin-crust Roman-style pies over an eight-foot-long grill at the Martha Washington hotel.
Marta, 29 East 29th Street (between Madison and Park avenues).
il Buco Alimentari alum Justin Smillie plans to offer up a Californian take on farm-to-table goodness. Translation? Super-unique seasonal dishes like sprouted chickpea croquettes and coffee-soaked lamb belly.
Upland, 345 Park Avenue South (at 26th Street); 212-686-1006.
Empellon al Pastor
For the third Mexican resto in his growing empire, Alex Stupak decided to go the minimalist route. The menu at this low-key Alphabet City spot (which he describes as a bar and tortilleria), will focus on his favorite style of taco — al pastor.
Empellon al Pastor, 132 Saint Marks Place (between First Avenue and Avenue A).
The combination of Marc Meyer and Vicki Freeman (Five Points, Hundred Acres, Cookshop) with traditional Mexican dishes can only result in one thing: your new favorite brunch spot.
Rosie's, 29 East 2nd Street (between 2nd Avenue and Bowery).
Everything you loved about Amanda Cohen's original vegetarian mecca, only much, much bigger.
Dirt Candy 2.0, 86 Allen Street (between Grand and Broome streets).
Bowery Meat Co.
End of September
Meat lovers, rejoice! The same team who brought you Lure Fishbar, El Toro Blanco, and B&B Winepub has boldly ventured into beefsteak territory.
Bowery Meat Co., 9 East First Street (between 2nd Avenue and Bowery).
Expect small plates, classic cocktails, and wine. Lots and lots of wine.
175 Kent Avenue (at North 3rd Street), Brooklyn.
Birds & Bubbles
Tuesday, September 9
The only thing you really need to know about this new southern spot from Sarah Simmons — the North Carolina native behind Nolita’s City Grit pop-up — is the signature dish: fried chicken and a split of Champagne.
Birds & Bubbles, 100 Forsyth Street (between Broome and Grand streets).
Thursday, September 4
Ever wish that they served a nice côte de boeuf at Carbone? The Torrisi team is seriously mixing things up by opening a swanky French restaurant in The Ludlow hotel.
Dirty French, Ludlow Hotel, 180 Ludlow Street (at East Houston Street), 212-254-3000.
Enrique Olvera, the world famous chef behind Mexico City's Pujol, will serve an experimental à la carte menu of crazy, shareable plates at his first NYC restaurant. You know, stuff like mezcal-and-chile-spiked Manhattan clam chowder with a side of wild plants.
Cosme, 35 East 21st Street (between Broadway and Park Avenue South).
Kittichai's Alex Lopez is the chef behind this new Latin/Asian restaurant in the former Laugh Lounge space on the Lower East Side. With the Acme folks behind the project, we're expecting it to be an instant hit.
Tijuana Picnic, 151 Essex Street (between Stanton and Rivington streets).
Jody Williams of Buvette and Rita Sodi of I Sodi are the power couple behind this cozy new West Village spot which will serve a little bit of everything — from coffee and pastries to grilled chicken and fresh focaccias.
Via Carota, 51 Grove Street (between Bleecker Street and Seventh Avenue South).