Edi & The Wolf chef Eduard Frauneder returns to his Vienna roots with brasserie Freud. Drinks will be medicinally-inspired, with classic tipples from the turn of the century.
Freud, 506 LaGuardia Place (between Houston and Bleecker streets); 212-777-0327.
The steakhouse gets a modern upgrade as chef Craig Koketsu churns out steak tartare, bone marrow butter, and prime cuts of meat sourced from family-owned farms. Thanks to Koketsu's affinity for lesser-known cuts, dishes like long-bone short rib and sirloin cap steaks will bring the bill to some $35-$50 a person — almost a steal.
Quality Eats, 14 Greenwich Avenue (at West 10th Street); 212-337-9988.
TBA Restaurant From Dan Kluger
We've been dying to see what chef Dan Kluger will pull off after leaving ABC Kitchen and ABC Cocina. The latest news surrounding his first solo venture has us expecting shareable plates with dishes prepped in a wood-burning grill and oven, plus a focus on seasonal vegetables and local ingredients from small farms. Bonus: Todd Snyder will be designing the staff's apparel.
TBA, 21-23 West 8th Street (between Fifth Avenue and Macdougal Street).
Bagel fans, rejoice — the Montreal-New York hybrid is coming to the East Village, making your hangovers that much easier to deal with. Noah Bernamoff and Matt Kliegman's venture will have its own wood-fired oven alongside a menu of bagel sandwiches, Stumptown coffee, and enough production to assist wholesale clients (hello, Whole Foods). Attention, late-night crowd: These pizza bagels are what you've been waiting for.
Black Seed Bagels, 176 First Avenue (between 10th and 11th street).
Yunnan Kitchen is rebranding itself as Yunnan BBQ come mid-September, complete with wood-smoked Chinese barbecue, salads, and sides. Peking duck, BBQ pork chao shao, and grilled fish with spicy accompaniments are on the menu, plus spiked shaved ice and punches from the bar.
Yunnan BBQ, 79 Clinton Street (at Rivington Street); 212-253-2527.
Chef Paras Shah (with a résumé chock full of hits such as El Bulli, Per Se, and Momofuku Noodle Bar) helms his very own kitchen at this recent opening, serving American food with a Mediterranean twist; think vinegar-cured mackerel and lobster with grapefruit as starters, and cod with saffron broth and clams spiced with ras el hanout for mains and shared plates. Even better, the pastry program comes from Eleven Madison Park alum Serena Chow.
Kat & Theo, 5 West 21st Street (at Fifth Avenue); 212-380-1950.
After five years, Chef Laurent Tourondel finally opens his New York Italian concept, L’Amico, in the Eventi Hotel. Since he has already been slinging out wood-oven chicken and Margherita pizzas at the hotel's bar, The Vine, we anticipate even more burrata, inventive pies, and one hell of a wine list.
L'Amico, 849 Sixth Avenue (at 30th Street); 212-201-4065.
John Doherty makes the jump from executive chef at the Waldorf Astoria to this new Madison Square Park farm-to-table eatery. Help comes in the form of Matteo Bergamini (Daniel, SD26), who will churn out new American fare in the restaurant's "barn-like" setting.
Black Barn, 19 East 26th Street (between Madison and Fifth avenues).
Momosan Ramen & Sake
Masaharu Morimoto will finally take on a ramen-focused restaurant in Murray Hill, offering tonkotsu and chicken broth ramen, plus a solid sake menu. Here, expect to find more traditional takes on the classic street food, plus some excellent izakaya staples.
Momosan Ramen & Sake, 342 Lexington Avenue (between 39th and 40th streets).
Michael White's latest venture strays into the French brasserie arena, taking on classics like canard à l’orange and boeuf bourguignon. Fear not, White devotees: His new spot will also serve a selection of his legendary house-made pastas.
Vaucluse, 100 East 63rd Street (at Park Avenue); 646-869-2300.
Manhattan gets another food market this September with UrbanSpace Vanderbilt, the permanent marketplace from the folks behind Madison Square Eats and Broadway Bites. The 12,000 square-foot spot will house vendors such as La Palapa Tacos, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Ovenly, Delaney Chicken, Hong Kong Street Cart, Toby's Estate Coffee, Maiden Lane, and, of course, Dough.
UrbanSpace Vanderbilt, 230 Park Avenue (between 45th Street and Vanderbilt Avenue).
Spinning off their Salvation Taco success, April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman have their eyes set on the burger world with their new joint opening at the Pod 51 Hotel. The locally sourced meat will be ground in-house, cooked on a wood-fired grill, and served on house-made potato buns. Be sure to grab a boozy milkshake to wash it all down.
Salvation Burger, 230 East 51st Street (between Second and Third avenues).
Upper West Side
Another marketplace opens up across the park, this time in the underground Columbus Circle subway concourse. Taking up two city blocks, Turnstyle will collect 34 shops and eateries, including Ignazio's Pizza, Pressed Juicery, and Meltkraft.
Turnstyle, Columbus Circle Subway Concourse, Eighth Avenue (between 57th and 59th streets); 774-262-6095.
After Missy Robbins' departure from A Voce, the food world has been waiting for her return (aside from a brief taste of her talent at Chelsea's Corkbuzz). This time, Robbins is heading to Brooklyn with Lilia, a casual spot serving fresh pastas, fish, seasonal vegetables, and meat specials from a wood-burning grill.
Lilia, 567 Union Avenue (at North 10th Street).