Eleven Madison Park (reopening)
After spending 11 years working together in the soaring art deco space that houses Eleven Madison Park, owners Will Guidara and Daniel Humm decided it needed a design update. They closed the restaurant for several months in order to perform a major renovation and redesign. The newly updated look, featuring lush textures in muted shades of blue and taupe, is much more elegant and refined—as befits the World’s Best Restaurant.
Where: 11 Madison Ave., New York City
When: October 8, 2017
The husband-and-wife chef team of Scott Tacinelli and Angie Rito, formerly of Quality Italian (where they created the restaurant’s signature dish, the chicken parm pizza), bring their Italian-American cooking sensibilities to Don Angie, their new West Village venture. Here, the duo taps their Italian heritage to create modernized twists on classic dishes, like a caesar salad in which chrysanthemum greens replace the romaine; garganelli gigante with broken meatball ragu; buffalo milk caramelle with persimmon and black sesame; and prime rib braciole for two. The culinary throwback ethic is echoed by the restaurant’s vaguely retro interior with a checkerboard tile floor and furnishings reminiscent of old-school red-sauce joints.
Where: 103 Greenwich Ave., New York City
When: October 10, 2017
Chef Greg Proechel, formerly of Le Turtle, is cooking up magic at Ferris. In this small, cozy, hygge-filled space underneath the new Made hotel, diners can sit at the eight-seat chef’s counter to watch seasonal New American dishes being whipped up in the open kitchen. Must-order items include the blood sausage with grilled dates; Iberico pork collar with mushrooms and peppers; and carrot agnolotti with lamb’s neck and pickled squash. A creative wine list, as well as a cocktail program by NYC drinks-world favorites Jeremy Oertel and Natasha David round out the restaurant’s offerings.
Where: 44 W. 29th St., New York City
When: October 11, 2017
From the team behind Grand Army bar, plus superstar sommelier Joe Campanale and a chef who’s cooked at Perilla comes Celestine, the hottest new spot in the Dumbo neighborhood. Its East River waterfront location and floor-to-ceiling windows provide sweeping views of the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges and the Lower Manhattan skyline; inside, the chic yet cozy interior features plenty of wood and turquoise tiles fabricated by artisans in Chile. The Eastern Mediterranean-focused menu features dishes like wood-roasted chicken with Persian rice, saffron, currents, and butternut squash; and a mushroom tart filled with black truffle puree and finished with Bordelaise sauce, feta, and blackberries. Camapanale’s wine list focuses on excellent yet undervalued wine-producing regions like Slovenia and Lebanon.
Where: 1 John St., Brooklyn
When: October 12, 2017
La Pecora Bianca Midtown
La Pecora Bianca Midtown is a larger, more sophisticated sister to the original breezy Italian all-day dining spot in NoMad. The bright and airy new Midtown East location is nearly twice the size of its NoMad sibling, with an expanded menu and room for an Italian-style standing bar. Spuntini like arancini and prosciutto bombolini join favorites from the NoMad location like gramigna with sausage and broccolini—and, of course, free-flowing rose—on the menu here.
Where: 950 Second Ave., New York City
When: October 13, 2017
Momofuku Nishi (v. 2.0)
Chef David Chang made some missteps with the original opening of Nishi in early 2016, a fact he freely admits. The space was wrong for the concept; the seating was uncomfortable; the menu, despite the popularity of the Impossible Burger, didn’t quite make sense. He’s corrected those errors now, after closing the restaurant to renovate the dining room and reimagine the menu. The fare is now Italian-leaning and pasta-heavy, with dishes like chicken liver agnolotti with brown butter, and lobster fra diavolo for two. The Impossible Burger is still on the menu, but now in a different form: topped with smoked gouda, truffle mayo, and pickles. The seating, thankfully, is now softer, with leather chairs and banquettes.
Where: 232 Eighth Ave., New York City
When: October 18, 2017
Pasta Flyer, the long-anticipated fast-casual pasta spot from former Del Posto executive chef Mark Ladner, opened last night. It’s offering five pasta shapes with mix-and-match sauces (we recommend the whole grain rigatoni with marinara sauce), and a small assortment of sides, such as baked eggplant parmigiano. The simple and delicious fare is served up within just a couple of minutes, making it a great grab-and-go option in Greenwich Village.
Where: 510 Sixth Ave., New York City
When: October 30, 2017
L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon
The great Joel Robuchon, the restaurants in whose worldwide empire have together earned a collective 31 Michelin stars, has returned to Manhattan after five years away. The second coming of his L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon is located in the Meatpacking District, and you can feel its energy in this power-dining place: red accents in a space of dark wood and exposed brick. The tasting counter with its exceedingly French tweezer-plated tasting-menu fare, common to the L’Atelier spots, is in the back of the two-room space; in the front is a bar and bistro area with drinks and a la carte dishes. It’s currently in soft-opening mode.
Where: 85 Tenth Ave., New York City
When: November 1, 2017