NYC’s 5 Best New Fall Restaurants 2014

September 17, 2014 6:00 AM

While new restaurants come and go in New York City, plenty of openings this fall are generating significant buzz. This autumn, dine out at these new NYC eateries across town. By Adrienne Smith.

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Enrique Olvera (Photo Credit: Fiamma Piacentini)

Enrique Olvera (Photo Credit: Fiamma Piacentini)

Cosme
35 East 21st St
New York, NY 10010
(212) 913-9659
www.cosmenyc.com

Opening this September

Famed Mexico City-based restauranteur and chef Enrique Olvera is taking a crack at the big apple this fall. Cosme, opening in September, will be Olvera’s first restaurant outside of Mexico. The Flatiron restaurant will focus on inventive but approachable Mexican food like mushroom and potato barbacoa and a cactus-studded take on Manhattan clam chowder. Classics like margaritas and guacamole will also have a spot on Olvera’s menu, and most dishes will fall under $20.

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Photo Credit: Empellon

Photo Credit: Empellon

Empellon Al Pastor
132 St. Marks Pl.
New York, NY 10009
(212) 367-0999
www.empellon.com

Opening in September

Empellon Al Pastor, Alex Stupak’s third taco eatery, will open this September in the East Village. The former pastry chef is focusing this casual East Village stop on – you guessed it – tacos al pastor. Pork is roasted on a spit beneath a pineapple then shaved and tucked into a housemade tortilla with three salsas, onion, cilantro and pineapple. You’ll find additional taco options, five sides and guacamole also on the menu.

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Photo Credit: Dirty French

Photo Credit: Dirty French

Dirty French
180 Ludlow St
Ludlow Hotel
New York, NY 10002
(212) 254-3000
www.dirtyfrench.com

Opened Thursday, September 4

The Torrisi team is at it again with new Lower East Side restaurant Dirty French. Opened in early September in the Ludlow Hotel, Dirty French features French cuisine with hints of New Orleans and Moroccan flavors. Try the duck a l’orange, for instance, spiked with Moroccan spice mix ras el hanout and preserved oranges. Or, spring for the cote de boeuf, in which the rib eye is served first and followed by the fatty cap, ground, skewered and charcoal grilled.

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(credit: Garrett Ziegler)

(credit: Garrett Ziegler)

Birds & Bubbles
100B Forsythe Street
New York, NY 10002
(646) 368-9240
www.birdsandbubbles.com

Opened Tuesday, September 9

The new Lower East Side restaurant Birds & Bubbles features elevated Southern food. Sarah Simmons, the founder of dinner club City Grit, decided to bring customers a taste of her Southern cooking with a focus on fried chicken and champagne. Try the classic Splitty Split, $55, which includes a half buttermilk fried chicken and quarter bottle of champagne. Or, spring for the Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner. The $60 meal comes with a whole buttermilk fried chicken, three sides and a bread basket brimming with biscuits, jalapeno cornbread and benne seed challah rolls.

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Photo Credit: Chef's Table At Brooklyn Fare

Photo Credit: Chef’s Table At Brooklyn Fare

Brooklyn Fare Manhattan
431 W 37th St
Manhattan, NY 10018
(212) 216-9700
www.brooklynfare.com

Opening this fall

This offshoot of Brooklyn’s Michelin-starred restaurant will also include an adjacent specialty food store and bar-side seats to watch the chef at work. Chef Cesar Ramirez will run both locations, infusing the Hell’s Kitchen’s restaurant menu with subtle French and Italian influences. Dinner’s seven course tasting menu will feature larger dishes, and a prix fix lunch and brunch option may be in the works. While this location is larger – about 40 seats in total – be prepared to battle for reservations.

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