NYC's 20 Most Anticipated Fall Openings

By Kelly Dobkin  |  August 19, 2014

New season, new restaurants. With fall just around the corner, it's time to take a look at some of the most exciting openings of the upcoming season. From a Mexico City transplant, to a new Floyd Cardoz restaurant, to additions to FiDi's Brookfield Place, check out 20 fall restaurants you need to know in the slide show below.

  • Cosme

    ​Mexican star chef Enrique Olvera (of the critically acclaimed Pujol in Mexico City) will finally open his first U.S. eatery in NYC's Flatiron this fall, after months of delays. The food will skew Mexican in flavor but will incorporate local ingredients from the Hudson Valley and the surrounding areas. The space will feature a private dining room (for 14) plus a separate bar area that will include craft cocktails, a global wine list and, of course, a large selection of tequilas and mezcals.  

    Projected opening date: Early September

    The details: 35 E. 21st St.

  • Alegre

    ​Food Network star chef Aarón Sánchez will return to the NYC restaurant scene around the corner from his long-running and now-closed concept Paladar with this new eatery that pays homage to mother and grandmother. Expect plates like albondigas (meatballs) in chipotle broth and huitlacoche with chanterelle mushroom and black truffle queso fundido. The 80-seat space will be designed by Susan DeVall.

    Projected opening date: Late fall

    The details: 146 Orchard St.

  • GG's

    Goat Town alums Nicholas Morgenstern and chef Bobby Hellen, along with Emily Schumacher and Gabe Richter, will be opening this new casual eatery this in the former Goat Town space this fall. Expect a neighborhood-friendly menu with dishes like half-baked lobster with tarragon butter, Swiss chard and Parmesan dip; cast-iron chicken; a pan-seared burger; and handmade pea-stuffed agnolotti pastry with crispy lamb. A double-deck pizza oven will bake up pies like the 1986 (a nod to the Mets) that features fennel agrodolce, soppressata ham, pickled peppers and anise hyssop.

    Projected opening date: Early September

    The details: 511 E. Fifth St.

  • Aldo Sohm Wine Bar

    The long-awaited wine bar from Le Bernardin wine director (and James Beard Award winner) Aldo Sohm will open down the street from Eric Ripert and Maguy Le Coze's temple of French seafood. Expect an expertly curated wine list and a casual menu of salads, panini, charcuterie, cheeses and more. Upstairs you'll find a private events space called Le Bernardin Privé. 

    Projected opening date: September

    The details: 151 W. 51st St. 

  • Northern Tiger

    Yunnan Kitchen owner Erika Chou and its chef Doron Wong will expand to FiDi's Hudson Eats at Brookfield Place with this market-driven Northern Chinese food concept. Expect a focus on local purveyors like Bobo Chicken, Sang Lee Farms and Pat LaFrieda meats incorporated into a variety of dumplings, noodles and salads. 

    Projected opening date: Fall

    The details: 200 Vesey St., Hudson Eats at Brookfield Place

  • Le District

    Also opening in Brookfield Place is this four-part market and dining concept led by Peter Poulakakos of HPH restaurant group. Designed by ICRAVE, the 30,000-sq.-ft. space will open in phases beginning in November until March 2015. Sections include the Cafe District (chocolate and desserts), Market District (fish, bread, meat, charcuterie, etc.), Garden District (flowers, wine, juice, coffee and prepared foods) and the Restaurant District.

    Projected opening date: November 2014

    The details: 255 Liberty St.

  • Untitled new spot from owners of Mas (farmhouse)

    Chef/co-owner of Mas (farmhouse) Galen Zamarra recently closed his West Village homage to wood-fired cooking Mas (la grillade) and announced that a new concept would be opening in its place. Details are scarce for now, but expect a fall reopening.

    Projected opening date: Fall

    The details: 28 Seventh Ave.

  • Dirt Candy

    Chef Amanda Cohen will close her LES veggie-focused eatery on August 30 and reopen it in a larger 60-seat space this fall. The six-year-old restaurant features creative plates like salt-roasted beets with Thai green curry and rosemary eggplant tiramisu with grilled eggplant, rosemary cotton candy and mascarpone.  

    Projected opening date: Late fall

    The details: 86 Allen St.  

  • The Little Beet Table

    Chef Franklin Becker is expanding his Midtown fast-casual concept The Little Beet with this new sit-down, full-service restaurant this fall. The menu will focus on seasonal, ingredient-driven dishes like mackerel with mint, chiles, fennel and lemon agrumato and a quinoa "risotto of the day." Expect fresh cold-pressed juices, homemade sodas and more.

    ​Projected opening date: End of October

    The details: 333 Park Ave. S.

  • Rosie's

    A new Mexican concept from chef Marc Meyer and Vicki Freeman (Cookshop, Five Points and Hundred Acres) will open in the East Village this fall, based on Meyer's travels to Mexico. Expect market-driven dishes cooked on a comal flattop grill as well as stews, homemade tortillas and more. 

    Projected opening date: Fall

    The details: 29 E. Second St. 

  • El Colmado Butchery

    Chef Seamus Mullen of Tertulia is partnering with Sean Cunningham and Marisol De La Rosa of Brass Monkey to open this new Meatpacking District offshoot to Gotham West Market's El Colmado this fall. Opening next door to Brass Monkey, expect tapas and wine as well as a butcher shop and retail market.  

    Projected opening date: October

    The details: 53 Little W. 12th St.

  • Bowery Meat Co.

    A new steakhouse from restaurateur John McDonald (Lure Fishbar, B&B Winepub, El Toro Blanco) and partners Josh Capon and Peter Kane (Beauty & Essex, Stanton Social), will offer heritage meats, a classic raw bar and more in the East Village. 

    Projected opening date: End of September

    The details: 9 E. First St.

  • White Street

    Chef Floyd Cardoz returns with this old New York-inspired TriBeCa concept that will serve market-driven modern American. Partnering with media magnates Dan Abrams and Dave Zinczenko and restaurant vet Christine Cole (Bondst), the spot will open in a historic former armory building that has been redesigned by Nella Vetrina.  

    Projected opening date: September

    The details: 221 W. Broadway

  • The Camlin

    Ardesia owner ​Mandy Oser and chef Amorette Casaus are expanding to Williamsburg with this new oak-accented wine bar and small-plates eatery. Expect a focus on U.S. wines, classic cocktails, oysters, charcuterie as well as sharable plates. Gaelic for "crooked line,"  the name is taken from the river where Oser's husband grew up fishing in Ireland.

    Projected opening date: September

    The details: 175 Kent Ave., Brooklyn

  • The Palm Court at the Plaza

    The long awaited revamp of the Plaza's iconic Palm Court will be reimagined by chef Geoffrey Zakarian (Lambs Club) in September. The renovated space will get all-new menus for for breakfast, tea and evening snacks as well a new grand bar.

    Projected opening: Mid-September

    The Details: 768 Fifth Ave.; 212-546-5300 

  • Branch expansions

    sweetgreen - The popular veggie-driven salad spot will expand to both Williamsburg (late Oct./early Nov.) at 162 North Fourth Street and NoLita (end of November) at 100 Kenmare Street. 

    Melt Shop - The grilled cheese chainlet co-owned by 30 Under 30 honoree Spencer Rubin will expand to Hell's Kitchen at 877 Eighth Avenue at the end of September.

    Boqueria - The long-running tapas hot spot from owner Yann de Rochefort will expand to its third NYC location on the Upper East Side in September at 1460 Second Avenue and will offer sidewalk seating.

    Num Pang - Cambodian sandwich shop reopens its Village location at a new address across the street 28 East 12th Street in October.

    Umami Burger - The Cali-based burger chain will open another NYC location in Williamsburg this fall at 156 North Fourth Street.