Manhattan A Foodie’s Fantasy This Fall

New York City and its dining destinations are world-renowned. This fall, a bevy of palate-pleasing additions will whet your appetite and have you ready to make reservations. Read on to learn about the most delightful new restaurants our city has to offer.

Over on the Upper West Side, a restaurant that’s been a staple for a decade now has received a crowd-pleasing revamp. Dovetail, at 103 West 77th Street, recently renovated its dining room and traded in its a la carte service for two tasting menus and prix fixe options. The fresh space and great dining make it worth a visit. Following the success of Blue Ribbon on Sullivan Street, The Ribbon joins the stellar restaurant roster at 20 West 72nd Street. Ask to be seated in one of the hot spot’s cozy leather booths.

Midtown West is attracting diners near and far.  Two years after leaving The Modern, Gabriel Kreuther has returned with this eponymous restaurant, serving up cocktails and French-American fare at 41 West 42nd Street, inside the Grace Building. New addition Lupulo is also nearby at 835 Sixth Avenue, bringing casual Portuguese eats to the city in a friendly, rustic setting.

Upland is a real draw, at 345 Park Avenue South, in Murray Hill, beckoning foodies with its California-inspired fare with an Italian twist. Be sure to book those reservations in advance or drop in for a seat at the bar.

The Meatpacking District is packing an extra punch this fall. Danny Meyer fans have been flocking to make reservations for Untitled at the Whitney, the glass-enclosed museum restaurant designed by starchitect Renzo Riano at 99 Gansevoort Street. Over at nearby 820 Washington Street, diners can enjoy Italian cuisine under the High Line at Santina.

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In Flatiron, Italian awaits at La Pecora Bianca, 1133 Broadway, Mark Barak’s new restaurant, just beneath the St. James Building.  There’s also The Clocktower, Stephen Starr’s elegant restaurant inside Ian Schrager’s Edition Hotel, at 5 Madison Avenue. British star chef Jason Atherton makes his stateside debut at the eatery, which serves up dishes on surprising and photo-opp worthy dishware.

Gramercy is delighted to welcome O Ya, at 120 East 28th Street. This highly anticipated sushi spot is the second location for the restaurateurs, who also have diners saying “o ya” at their sister establishment in Boston.

Journey to the East Village for some of the city’s most talked about eateries. Among them is Bruno Pizza, at 204 East 13th Street. A collaboration from designer Demian Repucci and chefs Justin Slojkowski and Dave Gulino, this place features wood-fired thin pizzas and the praise has been piling on for all of them — including some of the more unique ones, such as the peaches and ham pie. While there, check out former Del Posto pastry chef, Brooks Headley’s, Superiority Burger, at 430 East 9th Street, for affordable, delectable eats. Be sure to visit Virginia’s, a relaxed American restaurant by several Charlie Trotter alums, at 647 East 11th Street. Other must-visits include David Chang’s Fuku, at 163 First Avenue, which has quickly become a critic darling, and modern Korean Oiji, brought to 119 First Avenue by two veteran chefs from Bouley and Gramercy Tavern. Mexican lovers should also take note of Rosie’s, at 29 East 2nd Street, which features a wraparound bar where patrons can watch the chefs cook on a comal, a smooth, flat griddle used to whip up tortillas and sear meat. In the mood for Polynesian? You’re in luck. East Village Gin Palace, 95 Avenue A, was recently replaced by Mother of Pearl, a Hawaiian inspired restaurant complete with a tiki bar and tropical drinks to go with it.

In Nolita, there are two delightful additions: sustainable seafood restaurant Seamore’s, by The Meatball Shop’s Michael Chernow, at 390 Broome Street and Rebelle, at 218 Bowery, a modern French offering from Patrick Cappiello and Branden McRill, who also co-own Pearl & Ash next door.

The Lower East Side now is home to Wildair, at 142 Orchard Street. The chefs that brought us Contra are serving a la carte dishes in a relaxed atmosphere, including fried squid, a steak for two and littleneck clams on toast.

On to Alphabet City, where Babu Ji, a beloved Melbourne chain, offers shareable small plates of Indian cuisine and curried dishes in a chic setting at 175 Avenue B.

In Soho, Sessanta, at 60 Thompson Street, the sister restaurant to retro eatery the Gordon Bar, serves up sensational Italian fare, including seafood and Sicilian classics, inside the Sixty Soho hotel.

Battery Park City has become a delicious destination thanks to Parm Restaurant, which opened its third and largest location at 250 Vessey Street. Be sure to check out the new items exclusive to this locale, including a special sandwich added in tribute to late food writer Josh Ozersky.

Happy fall and happy dining!

Faith Hope Consolo
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