Whether you favor The Dutch, Fat Radish, Indochine, or A60, you're probably in-the-know when it comes to the chicest—and most impossible to book—restaurants NYC has to offer. But, if you're like us, you're always hungry (excuse the pun) for the Next Big Thing. If you're a bonafide foodie or just like to look at the pretty people, we're committed to making you the guy or gal everyone turns to when they're making ressies. With that in mind, we turned to the very clued-in publicist and writer, Victoria Alexander, to give us the scoop on which spots will be hot for fall. And we promise you won't be disappointed by her curated list of eateries that just opened, or are debuting, in the next few weeks. Whatever your taste in scene or cuisine, Alexander's got it, with Vogue-beloved roasts at The Crown or that ceviche we crave at Brooklyn's new La Esquina. So, get in with the maître d' asap—these wait-lists will be longer than Wang's runway show RSVPs.
In a city with countless amazing Asian-cuisine options, it takes a true expert to stand out and open something special. Ed Schoenfeld's newest venture, RedFarm (backed by Jeffrey Chodorow), featuring Chinatown Brasserie's Chef Joe Ng, will delight clients with enticing flavors and an easy menu full of mix-and-match starters and Dim Sum. Favorites include the chicken salad, pork & crab soup dumplings, and three chili chicken. An earthy, chic, rustic space, RedFarm is sure to please. Now open.
RedFarm, 529 Hudson Street (at Charles street); 212-792-9700.
2. Frankies 570 Sputino
With two locations, in addition to Prime Meats and Cafe Pedlar, you would think the two Frankies (Castronobo and Falcinelli) have their hands full—but, no! There is still more to be explored with these masters of casual Italian food gone gourmet. The new West Village location will feature pitchers of cocktails, an all Italian wine list, and favorites like sausage and meatball parmigiana. For those gorgeous fall days, remember Frankie's 570 for their outdoor seating!
Frankies 570 Sputino, 570 Hudson Street (at 11th Street) 212-924-0818.
3. Café de La Esquina @ Wythe Diner
Chef Akhtar Nawab's menu brings the best of Mexico to Brooklyn, including Ceviche Acapulco, Tostadas de Tinga de Pollo, and Albóndigas Mole Rojo. Set in the iconic Wythe Diner (think '50s retro modern) with a outdoor garden, La Esquina Williambsurg is open for business. And, yes, you should expect it to be just as busy as the Kenmare location.
La Esquina Williambsurg, 225 Wythe Avenue (between Metropolitan Avenue and North 3rd Street); 718-393-5500.
Set on a lovely Brooklyn corner with a quaint "modern yet primitive" look (think: Scandinavian design meets the Woods), Taavo Somer (of Freeman's and Peels) brings natural cuisine to his newest project. An organic garden on the roof provides veggies for former Il Buco Chef Ignacio Mattos, who charms diners as he displays his talents in the open kitchen.
Isa, 348 Wythe Ave (between 1st and 2nd streets); 347-689-3594 .
Torrisi quickly became the quiet spot that is now one of the best restaurants in New York and Parm falling suit rather quickly. For their second restaurant, Parm, the Torrisi team— including Rich Torrisi, Chef Mario Carbone, and Jeff Zalaznick—take it to the next level with a 35-seat, Torrisi-adjacent location. The lunch and dinner menu will now include hot plates inspired by old-school Italian-American dishes, as well as classic cocktails.
Parm, 248 Mulberry Street (between Prince and Spring streets); 212-993-7189.
No surf-and-turf here! Brick walls and modern fixtures give way to the Season Three Winner of Top Chef, Chef Hung Huynh’s, seafood hotspot. Located above Sephora in the Meatpacking District, this new offering from the EMM Group (Eugene Remm and Mark Birnbaum of Abe & Arthur’s, SL, and Tenjune) will feature dishes such as the Dungeness Crab Tagliatelle. Don’t miss the glass-enclosed garden lounge on the third floor.
Opens September 19.
Catch, 21 9th Avenue (at 13th Street); 212-392-5978.
7. The Crown
Taking the throne for best preview opening of the year, VIPs and celebs got a glimpse of John DeLucie's new Upper East Side restaurant—the location of the official Vogue Met Ball after-party—back in May. But on September 9, The Crown (finally!) opened to the masses, serving American classics like roast chicken and dry-aged steak. And lucky for us plebes, The Crown will be more accessible than past DeLucie projects (Waverly Inn, The Lion), having a listed phone number (!) and no other marquee name investors.
The Crown, 24 East 81st Street (between 5th and Madison avenues); 646-559-4880.