Little Italy may have been taken over by Chinatown, but Italian food has left for better digs—the rest of Manhattan. Maialino, Eataly, Pulino’s and the Neapolitan pizza craze— New York is just as obsessed with Italy as ever. Michael White’s newest venture, a rustic osteria (named for his mentor Gianluigi Morini) has been billed as more accessible than Marea, this is still SoHo we’re talking about.
3. The Dutch
“We're putting an American cafe inside what used to be the Cub Room and we're going to call it The Dutch,” Andrew Carmellini explained on his site. Expect this darling of the New York food media to bring some of the buzz back to a space once named after for the VIP room of the New York’s once-famous Stork Club.
Duxbury’s Island Creek Oyster Company and Eastern Standard owner Garrett Harker have teamed up to take over the former Great Bay Space in the Hotel Commonwealth. Jeremy Sewall of Lineage and Eastern Standard will be doing seafood-focused fare, and there will be a rotation of more than a dozen different kinds of oysters and a signature pilsner-style beer brewed by Will Shelton of Shelton Brothers.
Chef Jason Kaufman heads the kitchen at the newest outpost of the energetic and lively Latin restaurant, Cuba Libre, serving small tasting plates that are the perfect size for sharing.
The masterful chef behind Citronelle, Michel Richard, is opening a more casual French-American bistro in The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner that will serve classic French dishes like coq au vin and beef bourguignon.
After closing his New York shop and moving west last summer, Anthony Mangieri opened his 32-seat pizzeria with the same four-pizza menu but with an exquisite new oven made in Naples.
Chef Daniel Patterson has decided to open a more casual – and affordable – version of his upscale restaurant Coi in Oakland (where he lives).
Expect house-made pastas, spit-roasted meats, fresh fish and an Italian-inspired cocktail program at Cotogna, opening in mid-October, from Quince owners, Michael and Lindsay Tusk.
Korean-born chef, Sang Yoon, picks up on the upscale comfort food movement, eschewing burgers and beers to open a modern Southeast Asian restaurant in Culver City.
Steven Arroyo is slated to open a small taqueria with a lobster tank on Stanley and Beverly near his sandwich shop, Potato Chips. Previews of the food included sandwiches with carne asada, chipotle aioli and herb-jalapeño guacamole on baguettes; and brined pork chop tacos. There’s also word of a daily special burrito.
The casual sandwich-soda-ice cream shop from Star Chef Graham Eliot Bowles is set to open in late October. Look for seasonal roasted butternut squash ice cream with marshmallow.
Chef Grant Achatz continues to give diners a theatrical-like experience, but now at more affordable prices.