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NYC’s Most Exciting Fall Restaurant Openings

Here are 26 fall restaurant openings in NYC to get excited about.

26 Spots
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26 Spots
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Updated September 27th, 2021

2021 has felt like a tango lesson with the concept of time - sometimes we’re taking one long pause and other times we’re one-two-stepping rapidly across a blurry dance floor. But through it all, tons of new restaurants are still planning to open, launch new pop-ups, and continue to impress us at new locations. From seafood destinations to long-awaited wine bars, and a bunch of new neighborhood cafes all across Brooklyn, NYC’s restaurant scene is about to have a kick-ass fall season. We’ve gathered some of the most exciting new openings that you’ll probably be hearing more about in a few months, so you can have some good things to look forward to from here on out. This is our roundup of the 26 most exciting NYC restaurant openings coming this fall.

THE SPOTS

Adrianna Glaviano

Lodi

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Italian  in  Midtown
$$$$ 1 Rockefeller Plz

Currently open - we checked out Lodi and added it to our Hit List.

The team who brought you the towering finocchio salad at Altro Paradiso and sexually-charged date nights at Estela have a new all-day cafe and bakery in Midtown’s Rockefeller Plaza. At Lodi, you’ll be able to get coffee and pastries in the morning, a porchetta panino at lunchtime (made with bread baked in house), and spritzes and Italian drinking snacks at night. Lodi releases reservation batches two weeks in advance, and you can snag one for breakfast or lunch.

Hannah Albertine

Taqueria Ramirez

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MexicanTacos  in  Greenpoint
$$$$ 94 Franklin St

Currently open - we checked out Taqueria Ramirez and added it to our Hit List.

This small Greenpoint taqueria on the corner of Franklin and Oak Streets was in soft-open mode since the beginning of August, serving what we think are the best new tacos in the city. Their comal-cooked meats, like some impossibly soft tripa or a mixture of suadero and longaniza, reminds us of the stuff we’ve eaten in Mexico City (where one of the owners, Giovanni Cervantes, grew up). There are fewer than ten bar seats and standing room outside, and each taco costs $4.

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Cha Kee

$$$$ 43 Mott St

Currently Open

For anyone who remembers the Cha Chan Tang space on Mott Street in Chinatown, know that it’s transforming into a two-story space with a late-night Chinese diner upstairs and a sushi bar on the ground floor. Cha Kee is owned by the same team who runs Basement (the bar next door where grown-ups sometimes play glow-in-the-dark beer pong). The team is planning on opening an izakaya above Basement later this fall as well. Reservations for their soft open are currently available.

Bonnie’s

$$$$ 398 Manhattan Ave

Opening: Early October 2021

After months of finessing dishes during pop-ups at Saigon Social and Golden Diner, the former CDC of Win Son, Calvin Eng, is opening his own restaurant in Williamsburg in a former office space on the corner of Frost and Manhattan Streets. Bonnie’s menu takes inspiration from Hong Kong’s cha chaan teng as well as Cantonese food Calvin grew up eating with his mom (whom the restaurant is named after) in Bay Ridge. Expect dishes like wun tun en brodo, a cha siu McRib, and cold poached chicken, as well as plenty of cocktails and natural wine.

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B'Artusi

$$$$ 520 Hudson St

Opening: Fall 2021

You wouldn’t know it from the name, but this is a wine bar from the team behind the West Village Italian restaurant L’Artusi. B’Artusi is set to open for indoor and outdoor dining at 520 Hudson Street (which is right on the corner of West 10th Street). The menu will mostly feature Italian wines, as well as a menu of snacks and entrees like tuna crudo, frutti de mare, lamb meatballs, and lasagna.

Rowdy Rooster

$$$$ 149 1st Avenue

Opening: Fall 2021

The East Village is getting a new fast-casual Indian spot from the team behind Adda. In fact, the owners are slated to open a total of three new restaurants this year, which is even more remarkable considering they’ve already opened Dhamaka in the last year. Rowdy Rooster will specialize in the same crunchy fried chicken found on our top pick for the best fried chicken sandwich in the city at Rahi, which has a heavy dose of garam masala perfectly incorporated in every bite. It looks like you’ll be able to dip each crispy, crackly chicken tender into the same minty, pickly mayo that comes on Rahi’s massive sandwich.

Kebabwala

$$$$ 82 2nd Avenue

Currently Open

More great news for the East Village: the same people behind the Adda, Dhamaka, and Rahi team are also opening this kebab spot in the neighborhood. From grilled meats to charred vegetables, you can expect to eat a bunch of delicious bits of crispy ingredients on a stick at this new Indian restaurant.

Opening: Fall 2021

New Yorkers get to boast about a lot of things, but our barbecue generally isn’t one of them. We’re hoping our streak might be changing, though. On the heels of great 2020 openings like Queens-based Bark Barbecue and Bronx-based Hudson Smokehouse, there’s a brand new Southern-style BBQ spot run by a Georgia-born pitmaster who allegedly has won more BBQ competitions than anyone else in the world. Myron Mixon’s Pitmaster Barbeque already has locations in Miami and Alexandria, and is set to open in Hoboken this September for both lunch and dinner. Expect dry-rubbed beef, baby back ribs, pork, and smoked half chickens.

Sereneco

$$$$ 113 Franklin Street

Currently Open

If you live in Greenpoint, it’s possible you already spend part of your weekends wandering Franklin Street. Well, come late September, there’ll be a new place to check out. Sereneco is an all-day cafe on the ground floor of the old pencil factory building. Capacity will be roughly 70 people, and they’ll serve seasonally-driven dishes like grilled prawns with salsa verde, a pork chop with focaccia panzanella, and pancakes and baked eggs during brunch.

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Via Porta

$$$$ 522 HUDSON ST

Opening: Fall 2021

Right next to B’Artusi, the same L’Artusi team is opening a casual sandwich shop serving breakfast and lunch. Based on the menu of pastries, salads, sandwiches, and L’Artusi meal kits, it seems like Via Porta will be somewhat of a grab-and-go spot, although they’ve applied for a liquor license and sidewalk cafe seating.

Zou Zou's

$$$$ 440 W 33rd St

Opening: Fall 2021

The restaurant group behind places like Quality Eats, Don Angie, and Quality Meats is opening a new eastern-Mediterranean restaurant influenced by the cuisines of Lebanon, Turkey, Syria, Egypt, Jordan, and Israel. The dinner menu includes everything from harissa-honey pancakes and whipped ricotta with saffron apricots, to lobster tagine and smoked cherry lamb chops cooking over an open fire. Zou Zou’s is located in the new Pendry Hotel at West 33rd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues (right near Ci Siamo).

F. Becker Hospitality

Oliva

$$$$ 3229 Broadway

Currently Open

Franklin Becker, who opened The Little Beet, is opening a Spanish tapas restaurant on Columbia’s Manhattanville campus on the ground floor of a University building by 130th Street. Oliva will offer a bar area where you can hang out with a cocktail and some jamon, as well as 76 seats at their tables inside and roughly 30 outdoors.

Ci Siamo

$$$$ 435 W 31st St

Opening: October 2021

Union Square Hospitality Group is opening their first new restaurant in over four years. It’s called Ci Siamo, and the thing here will be seasonal Italian food and live-fire cooking in a big space near Hudson Yards. According to their press team, Ci Siamo translates to “we’ve made it” or “we’ve arrived,” which is something you’ll only get to say once you’ve waded through 100 Resy notifies.

Nami Nori

$$$$ 236 North 12th Street

Opening: October 2021

The casual-but-perpetually-busy Greenwich Village handroll spot will open a second location on North 12th Street, right across from McCarren Park in Williamsburg. The new Nami Nori is planning to serve a couple of unique open-faced temaki (not dissimilar to the shape of a taco) you won’t be able to order at their original restaurant. They’re also focusing on sake in a way the original spot hasn’t, and you can expect a sake bar and a lengthier drink menu.

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Masalawala

$$$$ 365 Fifth Avenue

Opening: November 2021

After closing the original Masalawala location on the LES, the Adda team will soon reopen it at a new space in Park Slope. This Brooklyn spot will offer some of the signature dishes from the original location like lamb biryani and several different kinds of chaat, plus it’ll have a small market inside where you can pick up spice blends and other Indian pantry items.

Charles Pan Fried Chicken

$$$$ 340 W 145th Street

Opening: Fall 2021

Charles Pan Fried Chicken was one of our favorite spots for a quick plate of perfectly crispy poultry in Harlem (before they closed recently). But in the very near future, we’ll get to enjoy the lightly battered and juicy meat at their new location on the Upper West Side. The counter-service restaurant’s new location is set to open on West 72nd Street, between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues, according to West Side Rag who broke the news back in February. In addition to excellent fried chicken, expect sides like mac and cheese, collard greens, and succulent cornbread that tastes even better than it looks.

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For All Things Good

$$$$ 314 Grand Street

Opening: Fall 2021

This Mexican cafe in Bed-Stuy specializes in dishes made with heirloom corn that they nixtamalize themselves to make masa.​​ Williamsburg will get a neighborhood molino of its own with the opening of For All Things Good’s second location. The new spot will be open at 314 Grand Street and it’s not clear just yet what will be on the menu, but if we had to guess, there will probably be lots of native Mexican corn involved.

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Agi's Counter

$$$$ 818 Franklin Avenue

Opening: Fall 2021

Everything from the restaurant’s name to the schnitzel sandwich with horseradish cream at Agi’s Counter is inspired by the owner Jeremy Salamon’s grandmother. Jeremy moved to NYC and worked in kitchens like Locanda Verde, Buvette, and Via Carota before deciding to start his own food project inspired by his Hungarian roots and Jewish upbringing. Now that he’s met his fundraising goal through Kickstarter, he’s been debuting Hungarian and Eastern European dishes from this upcoming all-day Crown Heights restaurant at various pop-ups around the city. The story of his grandmother Agi is documented well via the restaurant’s fundraising page, but you can also just follow their Instagram for the latest on where to grab seasonal jelly donuts, fresh challah, and Shabbat dinner boxes before the restaurant officially opens in the former space of Butter & Scotch.

Saraghina Caffè

$$$$ 195 Dekalb Avenue

Opening: Fall 2021

If we could award a gold star to Brooklyn’s premiere neighborhood spot, it would go to Saraghina. The Neapolitan-style pies here are topped with things like mint-lemon ricotta and their picturesque back patio is exactly where you want to be if it’s nice out and you’re in the mood for pizza. So it made perfect sense when we found out this quaint Italian spot would be opening a second location on a charming block in Fort Greene. The restaurant is slated to open in the former Madiba space on Dekalb Avenue, just one block away from Fort Greene Park.

El Fish Shack

$$$$ 153 Amsterdam Ave.

Opening: Fall 2021

A new seafood restaurant with one other location in Astoria is coming to the UWS very soon. El Fish Shack is from the people behind Tolache and Tacuba, and will specialize in fresh lobster, whole fish, and a bunch of other seafood options served grilled, steamed, broiled, or fried. If this new spot is anything like their first location in Queens, the UWS will also have a new destination for seafood tacos, lobster mac and cheese, and giant margaritas. The owner of this spot has also just reopened the legendary Old John’s Luncheonette as Old John’s Diner right next door.

Melba's Mussels

$$$$ 161 Lenox Avenue

Opening: Fall 2021

Melba’s, the legendary soul food spot in Harlem, serves some great fried chicken, catfish, and waffles. But later this year, the owner will be branching out with her own seafood spot on Lenox Avenue. With the help of an ex-chef from Vinateria, an Italian and Spanish spot in the neighborhood, the new Melba’s location will specialize in a variety of dishes based around mussels.

Runner Up

$$$$ 367 7th Avenue

Opening: Fall 2021

Later this year, the team behind Winner in Park Slope is planning to open a second Brooklyn restaurant called Runner Up. More than two years after opening the popular bakery on 7th Avenue, Winner is still selling out of most of its fresh focaccia and monkey bread by noon on weekends. Other than the clever name for this upcoming bakery sequel, we haven’t heard much else about this place just yet.

Eisen Coffee Shop

$$$$ 174 Fifth Avenue

Opening: Fall 2021

Eisenberg’s, one of NYC’s old-school diners, is being resurrected this fall thanks to the Court Street Grocers team. Considering that the people behind this new place clearly know how to run a classic deli, a new and improved Eisen seems like a perfect plan made in tuna melt heaven. They’ve renamed the deli Eisen Coffee Shop and plan on reintroducing turkey clubs, BLTS, and most of the other dishes that have been on the menu at this classic deli in Flatiron since the 1920s. We hear they’ll also be selling egg creams, an elusive dessert drink we’ve recently been on the hunt for all across town.

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Lolo's Tacos

Lolo’s Tacos

$$$$ 2799 Broadway

Opening: Fall 2021

Lolo’s Tacos is an excellent place to get a spectacular seafood spread of crab legs and shrimp in Harlem. The owners will soon open a second location on the Upper West Side, specializing in Mexican and Belizean street food. Lolo’s Tacos will serve dishes like lamb cheek, fried fish, and pork tacos, plus a bunch of snacks commonly sold on the streets of Belize like plantain-wrapped tamales, fried salbutes, and garnaches.

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Warique

$$$$ 181 Graham Ave.

Opening: Fall 2021

One of our favorite Peruvian restaurants in Queens is set to open a second location in Williamsburg. The new space, located at 181 Graham Avenue, has a spacious garden out back. Pending approval, Warique will serve beer and wine, in addition to a menu of delicious things like anticuchos, leche de tigre, and lomo saltado.

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Tsuta DUMBO

$$$$ 20 Old Fulton Street

Opening: Fall 2021

Back in 2015, Tsuta was the first ramen shop in the world to receive a Michelin star. They’re now opening up a second US location (the first was in SF) in a new commercial space in DUMBO this fall. The chef here, Yuki Onishi, is particularly known for black truffle oil-topped shoyu ramen made with dashi and clam shells.

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