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NYC's 16 Most Exciting Fall Restaurant Openings

Get ready for a Thai spot from a Fish Cheeks alum, a daytime cafe from Eric Ripert, a bunch of new restaurants at Rockefeller Center, and more.

Like it does every year, summer came and went too quickly. On the bright side, fall means you can start wearing outfits that involve layering, which is always a good look. It also means a bunch of new restaurants. Get ready for some imports from Philly and Atlanta, a bevy of new options at Rockefeller Center, and some openings from well-known chefs like Marcus Samuelsson and Eric Ripert. When your friends are discussing these places a few months from now, casually mention that you heard about them here first.


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Opening: Mid-September 2022

After running pop-ups for the last few years, Jae Jung—who just had a stint on Top Chef and has worked at several restaurants in New Orleans like Dooky Chase's—is opening a permanent storefront in Murray Hill. Kjun will offer Korean-Cajun food, which is something you won't see anywhere else in NYC. You'll be able to try things like chicken and andouille gumbo with okra kimchi, sausage grillades made with galbi sauce over cheesy grits, and fried oysters with pickled Korean radishes.

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Slutty Vegan

Opening: September 2022

Slutty Vegan, which started in Atlanta in 2018 as an Instagram business selling burgers out of an apartment, is coming to Fort Greene with their plant-based menu. This opening will be a return to New York for the owner of the mini chain. (She opened her first restaurant in Harlem.) Different varieties of sandwiches made with Impossible meat, Incogmeato chicken, and vegan shrimp will be available alongside fried pickles and banana pudding.

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Opening: Mid-September 2022

Dishes "inspired by Thailand's royalty and aristocracy" will be featured at this new restaurant in Williamsburg. The chef, who used to cook at Fish Cheeks, will be basing some of the food on recipes that are more than a century old, using ingredients like gooseberries, beef tongue, and jamón ibérico. The menu will have sections for small plates, relishes and dips, and kaeng.

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Opening: Mid-September 2022

This French spot is taking over the old Breslin space at the Ace Hotel New York in Nomad. The redesigned two-story dining room will have geometric wallpaper, steel chandeliers, and a pewter bar where you can order snacks like fried oxtail "bonbons" and cheese gougères. You'll also see salmon en crôute, a whole roasted chicken, sweet and savory soufflés, and an extensive champagne menu.

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L'Ami Pierre

Opening: Mid-September 2022

A place with soup, salads, and sandwiches in Midtown wouldn't normally be notable. In this case, however, one of the partners behind the place is Eric Ripert of Le Bernardin, our highest-rated restaurant. L'Ami Pierre will be open for breakfast and lunch, and they'll offer different kinds of coffee as well as chocolates, jams, and other provisions.

Opening: Early October 2022

Everything about Artesano—from the food and cocktail program to the stone bowls and plates—is centered around Peru. This Peruvian fine dining spot will be chef Rodrigo Fernadini's first New York City restaurant, and the Tribeca space will have an open kitchen and plenty of greenery.

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L’Antica Pizzeria Da Michele

Opening: October 2022

A pizza place that started in Naples in 1870 is coming to the West Village. Expect different varieties of Neapolitan-style pies (including one with prosciutto and arugula and another with shaved white truffles), some house-made pastas, and a large selection of Italian wines.

Opening: October 2022

The team behind Sushi Noz is rebooting their retail fish shop on the Upper East Side. You'll be able to sit at the nine-person counter and order things like chirashi bowls and temaki, but you'll also be able to get sushi rolls and fresh seafood to go. This new market should be a good way to try the same high-quality fish offered at Sushi Noz without having to spend several hundred dollars.

Opening: October 2022

Cheeses, raw oysters, and terrines are just some the items that will be offered at this new English bistro in the West Village from the people behind Dame. Lord's will only be open Monday-Friday for dinner. (The weekends are reserved for private events.) If this place is anything like Dame, tables will be hard to come by, but the seats in the bar area will be held for walk-ins.

Opening: October 2022

The name of this place reflects Marcus Samuelsson's Ethiopian and Swedish roots. ("Hav" means ocean in Swedish, while "mar" means honey in Amharic.) The goal at this upcoming spot in the Starrett-Lehigh building in Chelsea is to work with Black and BIPOC winemakers and farmers. Expect to see dishes like berbere-cured salmon with injera and lobster and crab with rice and peas.

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Opening: October 2022

Following the success of Laser Wolf at the Hoxton Hotel in Williamsburg, chef Michael Solomonov's team is bringing another popular spot from Philly to that same hotel. K'Far is an Israeli bakery and cafe where you'll be able to get borekas with Bulgarian feta, chocolate babkas, and grain bowls. They'll also have a large selection of coffees, teas, and pressed Jerusalem bagels.

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Opening: Late October 2022

House is a Tokyo restaurant that's opening its first US location in a new Greenpoint development called 50 Norman. There will be an eight-person counter where you can get a nine-course Japanese-French omakase with items like venison tempura and winter melon with hairy crab. 50 Norman will also feature the ceramics and kitchenware shop Cibone, as well as Dashi Okume, which will offer custom blends of dashi.

Opening: October/November 2022

Kwame Onwuachi, who you may have seen on various food TV shows, is returning to NYC to open a new Afro-Caribbean restaurant in the renovated David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center. The menu will have dishes like braised oxtails and chopped cheese with taleggio and truffles.

Opening: Fall 2022

Rockefeller Center is quickly becoming one of the more notable locations for new restaurants, with recent openings like Le Rock and upcoming ones like Naro (see below). Jupiter is from the trio behind King in Soho, so it's no surprise that handmade pastas will be the focus of the menu at this Italian spot.

Opening: Fall 2022

The husband and wife team behind Atomix and Atoboy are opening a restaurant (this time at Rockefeller Center) with a menu featuring seasonal ingredients that will highlight the "subtle and delicate flavors" of Korean cuisine. Both lunch and dinner will be served, and there will likely be a prix fixe menu and à la carte items available.

Opening: Fall 2022

Kebabwala was actually slated to open last fall, so fingers crossed that it'll finally open its doors before the end of the year. This East Village restaurant is from the group behind Dhamaka and Semma, and it will serve kebabs that can be found at street grill stalls all across India.

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