RESTAURANT RADAR | THE SEASON'S HOTTEST OPENINGS, WINTER 2015 / by Brackett Bilodeau

Image courtesy of ny.eater.com

Image courtesy of ny.eater.com


The turn of the season brings a serious serving of new NYC restaurants, backed by some of our favorite culinary heavy-hitters and awaiting the foodie masses yearning for new territory. We’ve rounded up the crème de la crème of the season for the ultimate guide on where to eat, drink, and be seen this winter.


La Chine
Just Opened

Goodbye Oscar’s Brasserie, hello La Chine. The Waldorf Astoria’s elegant dining space welcomes this serene haute cuisine concept, serving up specialties from select regions across China and helmed by chef Khai Meng.


La Sirena
November

Dream team and dynamic duo Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich have taken over the Maritime Hotel in their latest venture, bringing a 250-seat plaza-level trattoria to the Chelsea masses this month. Hopefully. The pair’s first opening in years has us slightly giddy, and with Chef Josh Laurano at the helm, consider our calendars marked.


Maman TriBeCa
November

On the heels of their first location, the Maman trifecta heads to TriBeCa with hearty home-cooked French fare. The café by day/dinner club by night concept between partners Armand Arnal, Benjamin Sormonte, and Elisa Marshall has proven to far exceed the confines of its quaint NoLIta space, and we can’t wait for Chef Arnal’s wings to spread. Bring on the madeleines.


Le Coq Rico
November

This Paris transplant, courtesy of Alsatian chef Antoine Westermann and his three Michelin stars, comes to Flatiron with whole-roasted birds, duck rillettes, fried chicken heart, and more on the horizon.


Momosan Ramen & Sake
November

Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto’s at it again, this time with a full-fledged ramen concept specializing in two types of broth: chicken and pork bone tonkotsu, flanked by a roster of side dishes best paired with a healthy amount of sake.


Unnamed Guenter Seeger Project
November

At the intersection of Hudson and Horatio, German-born/previously Atlanta-based Guenter Seeger works to piece together the newest notable tasting experience to grace the neighborhood -- a project eight years in the making.


Unnamed Charlie Bird Spinoff
November

The still-unnamed spinoff from the Charlie Bird Trio has NYC foodies awaiting with bated breath, and for good reason. Robert Bohr, Grant Reynolds, and Ryan Hardy have teamed up with San Francisco chef Tim Caspare for the sequel to the Greenwich Village favorite, this time out east on Kenmare.


Freud
November

Eduard Fraunder’s solo venture, sister to two East Village outposts co-helmed by business partner Wolfgang Ban, is unmistakably Austrian and will feature turn-of-the-century Viennese specialties in a brasserie-style setting.
 


Quality Eats
November 12

The space formerly known as Whitehall is abuzz with a brand new concept underway -- a steak-centric neighborhood eatery from the team behind Quality Meats and Quality Italian. If the witty window coverings (see above) were any indication, this 70-seat Greenwich Avenue newcomer is going to be a quite the scene.


Unnamed Dan Kluger Project
December

ABC vet Dan Kluger’s unnamed project remains shrouded in mystery, but what we do know is that the Eighth Street location boasts 110 seats, a bona fide bar, private dining spaces, and a wood-fire grill. His signature seasonal fare will shine as the focus of the menu.


Rouge Tomate
November

Tears were shed as RT’s Upper East Side location shuttered after a six-year run, but fret not: the Chelsea rebirth is underway. Housed in a bi-level former horse stable on West 18th Street, Rouge Tomate two-point-oh is one to watch.


Salvation Taco
January

April Bloomfield takes her coveted burger secrets uptown to East 51st, slated to open officially in January. We suppose we’ll have to settle for the Spotted Pig’s Roquefort patty in the meantime.