Clear 36° Good Morning
Clear 36° Good Morning

Fall restaurant guide: Time to eat well

Taquitos, or rolled tacos, are gaining in popularity

Taquitos, or rolled tacos, are gaining in popularity in NYC thanks in part to the recent opening of Taquitoria. Photo Credit: Taquitoria

It’s September. And that means a lot of things to a lot of people. But for the insatiable eaters out there, it can only mean one thing: fall restaurant openings! There are many this season, of course, so we’ve decided to break it down for you in an easy-to-follow fashion. Happy eating!

For the beer-swilling pickle lover:

PICKLE SHACK, 256 President St., Gowanus

The specialists behind Brooklyn Brine have teamed up with the Delaware-based brewery Dogfish Head (which also makes a killer botanical gin) to open this sure-to-be-a-hit-in-Brooklyn spot. On tap: more pickle flavors than you can dream up, as well as sandwiches, beers and an infuser that will add seasonal herbs to your brew.

For the steak enthusiast:

AMERICAN CUT, 363 Greenwich St., 212-226-4736

Marc Forgione is on a roll. He just opened Khe-Yo, a "Laotian-inspired" restaurant, which is now doing take-out too, and he's set to open a second location of his Atlantic City steakhouse American Cut at the end of the month. Expect aged steaks galore from Pat LaFrieda, including what may shape up to be the hit of the season: the 42-ounce dry-aged Tomahawk rib eye for two. The name gives it away.

For the creative-cuisine freak:

REDFARM UWS/ DECOY, 2170 Broadway/ 529 Hudson St.

Ed Schoenfeld and Joe Ng have been serving dressed-up dumplings and Chinese cuisine in very close quarters at RedFarm for some time now, with the promise of an expansion on everyone's mind. The expansion is real now: a new and more expansive RedFarm opens on the Upper West Side in October. At the same time, Decoy is set to open in the ground-floor space of RedFarm on Oct. 1. The spot will serve Peking duck as well as drinks for people waiting to dine upstairs, and late-night small plates and drinks. And while we all wait with bated breath, hit up the RedFarm steak pop-up at 529 Hudson, serving bok choy dumplings and a 40-day dry-aged, bone-in strip steak, through the end of the month only.

For Brooklyn foodies:

MARCO'S, 295 Flatbush Ave., Prospect Heights, 718-230-0427

From the beloved artisanal Brooklyn pizzeria Franny's comes Marco's, an upscale venture that will serve rotisserie meats, fish on the plancha and house-made pastas. Marco's, which is opening Sept. 23, is located in the old Franny's space, which over the summer moved across the street. Expect the same thoughtful sourcing of ingredients and attention paid to all things local.

For Mission Chinese devotees:


Info on Bowien's new Mexican spot is slim, indeed whether it's happening at all isn't totally confirmed. So while we wait, we can hypothesize. If you've been to Mission Chinese you might be able to imagine some of what's in store. The spice level of the food will likely be high, as will the creativity of the dishes. We're hoping for mapo tofu tacos.

For the Chopped fans:

KINGSIDE, The Viceroy New York, 120 W. 57th St., 212-707-8000

Who doesn't love Marc Murphy -- the Chopped judge with a heart? And beyond being a famous celebrity chef, Murphy is a celebrated restaurateur (Landmarc, Ditch Plains). But with his new spot that opens in mid-October, Murphy says he'll be able to take chances and be creative with his menu.

"I have a license to do a lot more fun stuff," he told amNewYork. "The challenge is not what to do but what not to do!"

The menu is not finalized, but Murphy disclosed there will be a dish that features lamb brains -- "I like to have things for the advanced eaters," he said -- a shank for two and toast with kabocha squash and kale (pictured).

Amanda Freitag's unnamed 24-hour diner, 210 10th Ave.

Freitag, another popular Food Network personality, hasn't had her own spot until now -- and it's shaping up to be a very exciting one. While there's still no name, she will be opening a 24-hour diner with a locavore spin in the former Empire Diner in Chelsea sometime next month.

For the Midtown West office worker

FRIEDMAN'S LUNCH, 132 West 31st St., 212-971-9400

The popular Chelsea Market lunch spot just opened a new location near Penn Station, which is great news for workers in the area (amNewYork employees included!). The fresh and market-driven menu features a garden veggie sandwich with hummus, alfalfa sprouts and other veggies, fish tacos, salads and soups. And 95% of the menu can be gluten-free.

For the Brooklynite with classic style

GRAND CENTRAL OYSTER BAR, 256 Fifth Ave., Park Slope

The iconic Oyster Bar has been located in Grand Central Terminal for 100 years, serving up classics like the oyster pan roast, heralded as one of the best dishes in New York City. The restaurant lives on at Grand Central, but is expanding to a large space in Park Slope in November. The Fifth Avenue location is close to the Barclays Center, and we can imagine some important lunches and many romantic dinners taking place.

For kale salad lovers

BATTERSBY 2.0, 412 Court St., Carroll Gardens

Battersby, located in a tiny storefront on Smith Street, became famous fast when Bon Appétit magazine named it one of the best new restaurants in America last year. Since then, it's been all long waits and gushing reviews. Battersby is definitely opening a new spot up and over a few blocks in the same neighborhood, but few other details are known. We can't promise their famous kale salad will be on the menu, but fans of sophisticated new American cuisine should be excited.

For late-night, after-party LES eats

TAQUITORIA, 168 Ludlow St., 212-780-0121

Three Marc Forgione vets opened Taquitoria Tuesday night. The spot serves only taquitos (rolled tacos that are fried), the staple San Diego street food that co-owner Matthew Conway grew up eating. They're served in two styles: crispy fried or "cheesy" style. Both will absorb alcohol.

For nostalgic, literary types

THE WRITING ROOM, 1703 Second Ave.

Located in the same location as Elaine's, the iconic see-and-be-seen restaurant that closed in 2011 after 40 years, the Writing Room is a "tribute to the property's former patrons," from Woody Allen to Norman Mailer. Executive chef Lucas Billheimer will serve American cuisine, from fried chicken to New England lobster boil. It's set to open in mid-October.

For the carnivore in us all

M. WELLS STEAKHOUSE, 43-15 Crescent St., Long Island City

M. Wells opened to wide acclaim in an old railcar diner in Long Island City a few years back, only to be shuttered following a lease negotiation gone bad. The Quebeçois team of chef Hugue Dufour and his wife, Sarah Obraitis, opened the M. Wells Dinette at MoMA PS1 soon after, and are slated to open a steakhouse in October. Located in a former auto body shop, there will be a wood-fired grill and a burger that requires you to pull out a huge bone first.