NYC Notable Chefs
Notable NYC-based names wait for the August doldrums to pass before making splashy debuts, and once the Jitney drops off its last summertime passenger, the race begins. Akhtar Nawab (formerly of La Esquina) is retooling the menu at the Abe & Arthur's space in the Meatpacking District, which will soon relaunch as Latin-themed La Cenita (409 W. 14th St.). That joint is sure to lure over partyers, while more subdued crowds can head around the block to the new location of Bubby's, which will dish out farm-to-table fare, as they've been doing in TriBeCa before that catchphrase was even invented (73 Gansevoort St.).
John Fraser is headed Downtown with a new restaurant in the Standard East Village Hotel (date and name still to be announced), and Michael White, who recently opened The Butterfly in TriBeCa, heads north with Ristorante Morini. The concept is like White's NoLita-based Osteria (pictured), but fancied up for the UES crowds. That one should be open by November (1167 Madison Ave.).