Ugly Baby is the first independent venture from one of the chefs behind the acclaimed Kao Soy, which earned a star from the New York Times for its fiery fare before it shuttered in 2015. While his previous restaurant focused on northern Thailand, chef Sirichai Sreparplarn is here pulling flavors from all regions of the country, cooking authentic dishes with plenty of spice—think red snapper in ginger and tamarind broth, or “southern dry eye round curry,” which the menu notes is “brutally spicy.” The brightly painted walls of the cozy, 20-seat Carroll Gardens spot add plenty of energy and fire, too.
Where: 407 Smith St., Brooklyn
When: August 30, 2017
Always devoted to authenticity, Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group has opened Caffe Marchio, a truly Italian-feeling casual café and sister to the group’s pizzeria, Marta, inside the Redbury Hotel. As in Rome, coffee here is to be taken standing up. Morning offerings include a yogurt parfait and an array of pastries, while flatbreads and sandwiches are available for lunch (try the braised pork cheek with cherry tomato salad).
Where: 30 E. 30th St., New York City
When: September 11, 2017
Old Rose, the latest spot from the owners of The Smile, took over the space in The Jane Hotel that remained when Café Gitane vacated. It offers all-day dining (as is currently in vogue in NYC) with the airy, tall-windowed feel of a chic café; even in the evening hours the dishes veer towards lighter and Italian-inspired: think an appetizer of nectarine and prosciutto with hazelnuts, or shrimp with nduja and chives.
Where: 113 Jane St., New York City
When: September 14, 2017
Dewey Dufresne, the father of famed chef Wylie (you’ve surely heard of WD-50), has finally opened BYGGYZ, his long-awaited sandwich shop on the Lower East Side. It’s a tiny space, with only a few seats, and is currently offering just five sandwiches to start. We hear the best is the Byggybeef, with braised beef, American cheese, hot peppers, and pickled vegetables on a sesame hoagie roll.
Where: 37–39 Clinton St., New York City
When: September 20, 2017
Chef John Fraser of Dovetail, Narcissa, and Nix has added another restaurant to his portfolio. The Loyal is an American brasserie, with polished wood, marble, and oversize mirrors galore. Fraser’s vegetable-focused fare here includes dishes like “scallop caprese” in tomato broth and caraway farfalle with carrots.
Where: 289 Bleecker St., New York City
When: September 27, 2017