The 45 Most Anticipated NYC Restaurant Openings of Fall 2016

By Zagat Staff  |  August 16, 2016

From new concepts from celebrity chefs like Jean-Georges Vongerichten to revivals of classic spots like Blue Water Grill and Chumley's, fall 2016 is offering up a juicy crop of openings worth sinking your teeth into.

-By Kelly Dobkin and Emily Siegel

  • Top toques

    Unnamed Dan Kluger restaurant

    Projected opening: Late Sept./Early Oct.

    The former ABC Kitchen executive chef Dan Kluger is finally opening his long-awaited first solo venture in Greenwich Village. The menu will center around seasonal American cuisine, broken up into small and large share plates and spotlighting the products of local farmers with whom Kluger has built longstanding relationships with. A wood-burning oven will be the cooking method of choice. Designed by Craig Shillitto of NY-based Cycle Architecture + Planning, who also did Lilia in Williamsburg, the 80-seat space has a 'raw, natural' aesthetic mixing various woods and industrial materials. Also expect a 30-seat bar room and two private dining rooms downstairs.

    21 W. 8th Street


    ​Projected opening: September

    ​​Jean-Georges Vongerichten's long-delayed veggie-focused restaurant, co-created by ABC Carpet & Home CEO Paulette Cole, will open this spring with a menu from chef de cuisine Neal Harden. The 75-seat restaurant will serve both vegan and vegetarian dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    38 E. 19th Street


    Projected opening: Fall

    Amada chef Jose Garces will open a Basque-inspired restaurant inside the new LUMA Hotel Times Square. Stay tuned for more details as they emerge.

    120 W 41st St.;

  • Revivals

    Union Square Cafe

    Projected opening: October

    The legendary restaurant will reopen in a new location (the former City Crab space) under executive chef Carmen Quagliata. Expect menu updates and a revamped space.

    19th St. and Park Ave. South


    Projected opening: September 6

    After nine years dormant, new owner Alessandro Borgognone (Sushi Nakazawa, pictured) will reopen the legendary bar on September 6. But don't expect the same old Chumley's of yesteryear, Borgognone hopes to turn it into a more upscale affair and date spot with a new menu orchestrated by Victoria Blamey (former chef de cuisine at Atera). The interior will boast a mix of old and new Manhattan with patterned wallpaper, leather booths and French-oak furniture. “[It's] what Chumley’s in the ’20s should have looked like,” Borgognone told the NY Times

    ​86 Bedford Street


    Projected opening: September

    Alain Ducasse’s famed French bistro will be unveiling brand-new interiors plus a new wine bar this fall. Expect a brighter, more contemporary design and new offerings that will enhance the enchanting Parisian vibe.

    60 W. 55th Street; 646-943-7373

    Blue Water Grill

    Projected opening: September

    The Union Square classic from BR Guest is undergoing a million dollar renovation and facelift in honor of its 20th anniversary. Expect a new menu from executive chef Chris Meenan (Veritas, Vaucluse) that centers around modern American seafood with an enhanced focus on local and sustainable options as well as an extensive raw bar. Design-wise, expect touches of white marble, cerused oak and brass. Downstairs, a second wholly separate concept, Metropolis, will sling oysters and cocktails. Details below.

    31 Union Sq. W.

  • Brooklyn

    Katz’s Delicatessen at DeKalb Market Hall

    Projected opening: November

    The 100+ year-old deli icon will expand to Brooklyn for the first time, opening an outpost in the forthcoming DeKalb Market in Brooklyn. Expect an abbreviated menu of sandwiches including "the big four" classics.

    445 Gold Street, Brooklyn

    Dekalb Market Hall

    Projected opening: November

    DeKalb Market will become one of the biggest food halls in the country when it opens this fall, with its 35,000-sq.-feet boasting more than 40 vendors and outposts. Expect regional favorites like outposts of Ample Hills Creamery, Bun-Ker Vietnamese and Katz's Deli (mentioned above). 

    445 Gold Street, Brooklyn

    Brooklyn Cider House

    Projected opening: November

    This restaurant, bar, tasting room and cidery comes from Peter Yi, former owner of the popular PJ Wine store. Pair one of its five ciders with options from the Basque-inspired menu, and enjoy the repurposed warehouse space.

    1100 Flushing Ave., Brooklyn

    Guadalupe Inn

    Projected opening: October

    The team behind popular Williamsburg Mexican restaurants Mesa Coyoacan and Zona Rosa will open Guadalupe Inn in Bushwick. The authentic menu will highlight Mexico City favorites in a modern dining room that dually functions as an entertainment venue.

    1 Knickerbocker Avenue, Brooklyn

    A&E Supply Co. 

    Projected opening: September

    In addition to a 50-seat restaurant, expect a whole animal butcher, cheese larder, coffee counter and local beers on tap in this new Gowanus space. The venture comes from chef-owner Adam Harvey (pictured), formerly of Union Square Cafe and an alum of Top Chef Boston. Drop by the restaurant for either brunch or dinner, or pick up goods to take home in the marketplace.

    548 4th Avenue, Brooklyn

    ​Gotham Market at the Ashland

    Projected opening: October

    Given the success of Gotham West Market in Midtown, the food court is moving to Brooklyn. Expect seven distinct venues with their own dining and drinking options, as well as a pop-up space for a rotating roster of talent. The market will occupy 16,000-sq.-ft. of space on the ground floor of a luxury apartment building.

    590 Fulton Street, Brooklyn

  • Midtown

    Black Tap at The Blakely New York

    Opening: October 2016

    The viral favorite will be bringing its much-lauded burgers and milkshakes to Midtown – more specifically, to the Blakely Hotel. The opening precedes the launch of its first cookbook, Craft Burgers & Crazy Shakes from Black Tap, which goes on sale in November.

    136 W 55th St.,

    The Meatball Shop Hell's Kitchen

    Projected Opening: Late fall

    The seventh location of the mix-and-match meatball shop will open in Hell's Kitchen late fall. Expect a separate bar and private dining option next door.

    798 9th Ave.

    Printers Alley

    Projected opening: Fall

    Consider this an ode to all things Nashville. (It is, after all, named after an iconic alley in the Southern city.) There will be Nashville hot chicken, of course, as well as smoked pulled pork, hot catfish and collard greens. The bi-level space will also offer live music.

    215 W. 40th St.

    Sen Sakana

    Projected opening: September

    Originally expected to open in 2015, the 190-seat, Japanese-Peruvian restaurant (with room for an additional 50 in private dining) will finally open. The two cuisines are blended seamlessly into dishes like causa onigiri, a Peruvian potato version of the Japanese rice ball and chicken karaage, fried chicken coated in toasted quinoa.

    28 West 44th Street

  • Downtown

    Pig Bleecker

    ​Projected Opening: Fall 2016

    Love the BBQ at Gowanus' Pig Beach? Drop by Pig Bleecker at the corner of Thompson St. for a full-service, comfort food experience.

    155 Bleecker Street


    Projected opening: October

    Expect international cuisine with Latin flare at this 70-seat restaurant in the West Village. The atmosphere will be warm and modern, inspired by the chef's and owner's respective travels.

    615 Hudson Street


    Projected opening: September

    This Nordic newcomer to the East Village is an ode to pickling, salting, smoking, brining and fermenting. Restaurateur Mathias Kaer runs several successful restaurants in Denmark, but this marks his first venture stateside.

    58 Second Avenue

    The Sosta

    Projected opening: December

    This fast-casual Italian spot from ESquared Hospitality (By CHLOE) and chef Ali LaRaia will bring seasonal salads, focaccia sandwiches, housemade pastas and gelato to NoLita. There will also be fresh mozzarella made in-house as well as Italian beer and wine.

    186 Mott Street

    Chinese Tuxedo

    Projected opening: November 

    Occupying a former opera house on Chinatown's historic Doyers Street, this exciting Cantonese restaurant from Eddy Buckingham and Jeff Lam will reimagine classic dishes from the Chinese region.

    5 Doyers Street

    Miss Paradis (rendering pictured)

    Projected opening: September 

    Following their success in Paris, French restaurateur Claude Louzon and his daughter, Julie, will open their first New York business with acclaimed artist and designer, Philippe Starck – a healthy restaurant set in a playfully vibrant atmosphere. With 116 seats, expect fresh juice, housemade pastries and, of course, lots of wine.

    47 Prince Street; 646-296-6380

  • Uptown

    Zucker's Bagels & Smoked Fish 

    Projected opening: October

    TriBeCa's favorite bagel shop opens an Uptown location to deliver its kettle-boiled bagels. There will also be Acme Smoked Fish, Gus's pickles and Five Acres Farm milk, plus La Colombe coffee. 

    273 Columbus Avenue

    Sant Ambroeus Coffee Bar

    Projected opening: Early Fall

    In addition to its stellar coffee menu, there will also be pressed paninis, housemade desserts, pastries and, of course, paninetti (soft, house-baked rolls with a delicate crust that's drizzled in olive oil). This location is primarily designed to grab and go.

    1136 Third Avenue, The Hanley Building

    Blake Lane

    Projected opening: Fall

    The Upper East Side can look forward to this California-style eatery serving breakfasts, lunches and dinners full of organic ingredients and healthy options.

     1429 3rd Ave.

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    Projected opening: September

    Quality Branded (Quality Eats, Quality Meats, Quality Italian) will open Squares, a nightclub in the former Riff Raff's space. Expect a cheeky design that pays homage to classic New York society clubs and a roster of leading musical guests.

    360 Park Avenue S.

    Rouge Tomate (pictured)

    Projected Opening: Mid-September

    This iteration of the former Upper East Side mainstay will open in a reclaimed 19th-century horse stable in Chelsea. Expect it to be more low-key and intimate than its predecessor, with a notably plant-centric menu.

    126 West 18th Street; 646-395-3978 

    Shay & Ivy 

    Projected opening: October

    Restaurateurs Evan Rosenberg and Daniel Rieger are behind this Flatiron newcomer which will feature Progressive American cuisine from executive chef Brad Warner. 

    39 W. 24th Street


    Projected opening: September

    This oyster-meets-cocktail bar will open beneath the brand-new Blue Water Grill. There will be raw-bar specials and modern seafood, including a pastrami of salmon with mustard deviled eggs. 

    31 Union Sq. W.

  • Fast-casual/chains

    Mimi Cheng's Nolita

    ​Projected openingSeptember

    The trendy sister-run dumpling house will expand to NoLita with a revamped menu, drawing inspiration from Marian and Hannah's recent trips to Taipei. 

    380 Broome St.


    ​Projected opening: September 

    This casual, quick-service restaurant will offer high-quality meals in a box at breakfast, lunch and dinner (plus delivery) in the West Village. The menu will have Japanese and Pan-Asian influences, as well as iced coffee, smoothies and fresh juices in addition to a matcha program.

    516 Hudson Street


    Opening: September 2016

    UK chain Wagamama opens in New York's NoMad neighborhood, bringing with it a menu of teppanyaki, donburi, ramen and curries. Food is served at communal tables in view of the open kitchen.

    210 Fifth Avenue

    By CHLOE SoHo

    Projected opening: November 

    The popular vegan chain from Zagat 30 Under 30 alums Chloe Coscarelli and Samantha Wasser of ESquared Hospitality will expand to SoHo, marking its third Manhattan location.

    260 Lafayette Street 

    Sweets by CHLOE

    Projected opening: September 8

    Located next door to the original Greenwich Village location of by CHLOE, this sweet spin-off will highlight chef Chloe Coscarelli's vegan baked goods including cakes, breakfast pastries and coffee from Devocion. 

    185 Bleecker Street

    Sweetcatch Poke Bar (rendering pictured)

    Projected opening: October and November

    Top Chef alum Lee Anne Wong is teaming up with the owner of Korean BBQ hot spot Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong to open this poke chain beginning this fall with two Midtown locations. A third location will open in early 2017.

    642 Lexington Avenue  (October)

    135 West 37th Street (November)

    Wok Chi

    Projected opening: September 6

    Moving up from Florida, this fast-casual chain of Asian stir-fry restaurants opens its first New York location. Expect made-to-order bowls like king pao, BBQ black bean and general not-so-so’s with choice of protein, veggies, base and spice level. 

    918 3rd Avenue


    ​Projected opening: October

    This fully-automated restaurant has had incredible success in both San Francisco and Los Angeles so far, with its first New York location opening this fall. Eatsa offers affordable, customizable quinoa bowls.

    285 Madison Avenue

    Made Nice

    Projected opening: October

    Chef and FOH duo Daniel Humm and Will Guidara of the acclaimed Eleven Madison Park and NoMad are opening a fast-casual restaurant called Made Nice. Coming to West 28th Street this fall, Humm and Guidara plan to serve composed plates of seasonal meat, fish and veggies for between $10–$15 a pop. Design firm Stonehill & Taylor (who conceived of the NoMad space) will be in charge of the aesthetics, and Humm and Guidara are financing the project entirely by themselves. 

    8 W. 28th Street

  • Hotel restaurants


    Projected opening: September/October

    Dale Talde and his partners are opening a new Italian-American concept in the new Arlo NoMad Hotel that will focus on "inauthentic Italian" – aka multi-cultural spins on classics. Sample dishes include Arancini Balls but with biryani-style rice, served with cilantro chile yogurt; and Gnocchi with gochujang chicken jus, pickled radish and scallions.

    11 East 31st St


    Projected opening: Early fall 2016

    Andrew Carmellini and NoHo Hospitality will open this Southern Italian restaurant inside Williamsburg's forthcoming William Vale Hotel serving wood-fired fare in an approachable atmosphere. Drop by the hotel restaurant in Williamsburg throughout the day to sample its coastal flavors.

    111 N. 12th St., Brooklyn


    Projected opening: Fall

    Legendary restaurateur Keith McNally (Balthazar, Cherche Midi) will open this French bistro concept inside Beekman Hotel from chef Shane McBride and Daniel Parilla this fall. (Source: DNAInfo)

    Fowler & Wells

    Opening: Early fall

    This is Tom Colicchio's first New York City opening since 2010. Nestled in Lower Manhattan's historic Beekman Hotel, it's inspired by the fine dining of the past. The team will also operate a bar in the hotel's nine-story atrium.

    5 Beekman Street

    CUT by Wolfgang Puck

    Projected opening: September

    Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck will open an outpost of his CUT steakhouse inside the new Four Seasons Downtown. Expect breakfast, lunch and dinner at the sixth location of the eatery. Sample dishes include classics like the bone marrow flan with mushroom marmalade; slow-poached Lilly Farm’s organic eggs, with shaved Italian truffles, lima beans and mushroom emulsion; plus an extensive selection of American and Japanese Wagyu beef.

    99 Church Street

    Blue Ribbon Federal Grill at AKA Wall Street

    Opening: November/December 2016

    The Blue Ribbon empire expands with a "no rules" concept on the ground floor of the newly opened AKA Wall Street. What shouldn't you expect? The restaurant group's famous sushi – there will be no Japanese influences here.

    84 William Street