Fall’s Divine Dining

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This Fall, New York is a whirlwind of New Dining Options and Radical Revamps. It’s sweater weather; cashmere of course.

Here are some of the most special eateries to check out this fall.

New Dining Options

abcV
38 East 19th Street
From the abc kitchen crew, this will be Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s first meatless restaurant; gourmet vegetarians rejoice. This veggie-focused restaurant was co-created by ABC Carpet & Home CEO Paulette Cole and 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.

Avra Madison
14 East 60th Street.
Opened in the midst of Fashion Week last month, celebrities christened the spot. The new outpost by TAO Group’s Greek eatery focuses on fresh seafood in its massive, 207-seat space.

Black Tap at The Blakely New York
136 W 55th Street
This fan favorite will bring its celebrated burgers and milkshakes 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.

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Blue Ribbon Federal Grill at AKA Wall Street
84 William Street
The Blue Ribbon empire expands with a “no rules” concept on the ground floor of the newly opened AKA Wall Street. What you won’t see on the menu; the famous sushi – there will be no Japanese influences here.

Chinese Tuxedo
5 Doyers Street
Built in a former opera house on Chinatown’s Doyers Street, this exciting Cantonese restaurant from Eddy Buckingham and Jeff Lam will reimagine classic dishes.

Cut
The Four Seasons Hotel, 99 Church Street
Wolfgang Puck’s newest venture is the prime spot for steak. Find an extensive selection of American and Japanese Wagyu beef.

Fowler & Wells
The Beekman, 5 Beekman Street
Star Chef Tom Colicchio brings a menu filled with throwback New York classics, such as Lobster Thermidor and Beef Wellington. Fun fact; this is Tom Colicchio’s first New York City opening since 2010. Nestled in Lower Manhattan’s 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.

Harold’s Meat + Three
2 Renwick Street
A southern cafeteria by Chef Harold Moore at the Arlo Hotel is finally open, providing diners with an upscale version of a traditional “meat and three,” where, as it sounds, you choose a meat and three sides.

King
18 King Street
A SoHo bistro opened by three London transplants. Offers a changing daily menu of fresh seasonal ingredients.

Massoni
11 East 31st Street
Dale Talde and his partners are opening a new Italian-American concept in the new Arlo NoMad Hotel that will serve multi-cultural spins on Italian classics.

The Meatball Shop Hell’s Kitchen
798 9th Avenue
The seventh location of the mix-and-match meatball shop. There will be a separate bar and private dining option next door.

Megu
355 West 16th Street
Beautique’s Jon Bakhshi re-opened the upscale Japanese hot spot, Megu, in the former Cherry space at the Dream Downtown. The underground restaurant serves classic Eastern flavors with a modern menu with cutting edge ambiance.

Miss Paradis
47 Prince Street
French restaurateur Claude Louzon and his daughter, Julie, will open their first New York business with acclaimed designer, Philippe Starck.

n’eat
58 Second Avenue
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 is his first U.S. spot.

Ortzi
120 W 41st Street
Amada chef Jose Garces will open a Basque-inspired restaurant inside the new LUMA Hotel Times Square.

Pietro Nolita
174 Elizabeth Street
All pink restaurant! Now open for breakfast and dinner, with lunch soon to follow. Healthy food and sure to be a favorite of the Fashion crowd.

Pig Bleecker
155 Bleecker Street
An outpost of BBQ at Gowanus’ Pig Beach; find full –service comfort food.

Printers Alley
215 W 40th Street
Here it is all about Nashville. There will be Nashville hot chicken, smoked pulled pork, hot catfish and collard greens. The bi-level space will also have live music.

Rouge Tomate
126 West 18th Street
Former Upper East Side mainstay now in a reclaimed 19th-century horse stable in Chelsea. Their famous plant-centric menu continues.

Sen Sakana
28 West 44th Street
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 Sosta
186 Mott Street
Fast-casual Italian from ESquared Hospitality (By CHLOE) and Chef Ali La Raia will bring seasonal salads, focaccia sandwiches, house-made pastas, gelato, fresh mozzarella and Italian beer and wine.

Tavo
615 Hudson Street
This 70-seat restaurant in the West Village features international cuisine with Latin flare.

 

Radical Revamps

Union Square Café
19th Street and Park Avenue South
Fabulous new location (the former City Crab space) under executive chef Carmen Quagliata.

Chumley’s
86 Bedford Street
After being closed for nine years, new owner Alessandro Borgognone reopened the legendary bar. Features a new menu by Victoria Blamey (former chef de cuisine at Atera).

Benoit
60 W 55th Street
Alain Ducasse’s famed French bistro has brand-new interiors and a new wine bar. 

Blue Water Grill
31 Union Square West
The Union Square classic from BR Guest is undergoing a million dollar renovation and facelift in honor of its 20th anniversary.

 

As usual, NYC has some serious culinary happenings underway. Food boundaries are always in flux; watch for my next edition of Faithful Food! Happy Dining!

Faith Hope Consolo, Chairman of Douglas Elliman’s Retail Group, writes the "Faithful Food" column for Total Food Service. Ms. Consolo is a leading retail broker and advisor who covers the national market. She is a specialist ranging from fine restaurants to fashionable fast foods. "To find the best retail space, You Need Faith." Email her at fconsolo@elliman.com