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Independent Wine Consultant
I'm super excited about L'Amico. Laurent Tourondel was the chef at the greatly missed Cello in the Upper East Side. I was a huge fan; the restaurant really showed off the skills of the man in the kitchen. The BLT restaurants, even though they seemed to be hugely popular, never really struck me as places in which I wanted to eat. Outside of one fantastic mushroom side dish on 57th street, nothing really excited me. Business skills seemed to trump cooking skills. Always the optimist, I can't wait to see the talent of this great chef again at the forefront.
Writer, culinary adventurer, originally from North Carolina
This honestly looks like one of the best upcoming restaurant openings in the city right now. I'm so excited to try it out!
over 1 year ago
Wish I could work as an ice cream tester for Ben & Jerry's
Beautifully said Scott! Spot on!
Halcyon / Egan & Sons
I have to say that of all of these restaurants L'Amico stands out as a winner. Chef Laurent has a passion for simple delicious food. His restaurants are planned and executed very well over all.
The location is great & though this is a slightly new concept in his empire, it is certainly not new to New York City. City goers will have this place packed for Lunch and Dinner daily. He will certainly give the old standbys in the neighborhood a run for their money. I for one, can't wait to check it out!
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I have a special place in my heart for Altamarea restaurants. Vaucluse is the group's newest venture into French Cuisine. Chef Michael White has a flair for exceptionally delicious food & I am sure Vaucluse will be great. This is going to be a go to destination for Upper East Siders and anyone looking for a new Special Occasion spot.
Brooklynite, freelance journalist/photographer
I just read about their White Label Burger, it looks like its a "top burger" list topper. Very excited for Vaucluse!
Web developer with a Korean BBQ obsession
Had to read more about Michael White after reading this, its right in my hood
Sommelier at Aureole Restaurant
This will undoubtedly be one of the biggest openings of the fall. I dined at the old location many times and the restaurant only went from strength to strength, but was ultimately hamstrung by the cavernous nature of the physical space.
Armed with these lessons learned from the first iteration, the next version will likely be a knockout success. They've retained the GM and executive chef from the original restaurant. However, for me, most exciting was the preservation of the incredible collection of wines Master Sommelier Pascaline Lepeltier assembled for the original restaurant. The list was always one of the confidently opinionated and well-curated lists in the City and it'll be great to have Pascaline on the floor stewarding this cellar for the public again. She's one of the most passionate, professional, and hospitable sommeliers in the City and having the opportunity to experience her wine service is a real treat.
Many details are still to come from the team, but it should be great. Full disclosure, Pascaline is a good friend and one of my oldest mentors and colleagues in the wine business.
Maître D' at l'Appart . Gastronome lover, born and raised In France by Italian and Portuguese parents.
Right on Morgan! A lot of expectations for this team as they put the bar so high in the first place. A future 2 stars Michelin this year? Pascaline is an inspiration for all the people even beyond the wine field.
Can't wait to experience their hospitality in that new venue.
I'm on a seefood diet. I see food, and I eat it.
You definitely got me excited to check it out!
Can;t wait to see what Pascaline has up her sleeve!
Ex chef, current culinary recruiter. Angelino living in NYC. Instagram: KrisKracks
I'm excited about Laurent Tourondel's The Vine. It sounds like it will bring a bit of that Californian appreciation and utilization of vegetables (with or without the animal products) into the spotlight onto our plates. I'd love to eat well and still feel great at the end of a meal!
It's this idea of healthful, meaning full of good for you and natural ingredients, vs healthy, this dated concept we have left over from the 80s of pulling "bad" things out of food and making them out of unnatural and mostly tasteless ingredients. I think chef will deliver well sourced ingredients in a delicious, balanced and well rounded way. I'm hearing whispers of things like hearty lunch bowls with grains and protein with tons of herbs or veggie forward fish dishes. Can't wait to check it out.
Latin American food enthusiast
Even though there are a million pizza places in the city I still find myself excited to try out the pie at L'amico. So excited Laurent Tourondel opened this up!
I had the pleasure of attending their opening Friends & Family event and had the summer corn and cheese (Tallegio?) pie. It was really good. He uses a traditional all wood burning oven, which you can see from the dining room. Super fun and very delicious. I'd probably try a red sauce pizza next!
I heard through the grapevine that three Musketeers are opening a new restaurant downtown. Chef David Malbequi, Hamid Rashidzada and Daniel Rivera are coming to Saint Marks Place! The Trio put together their combined expertise of East village and Hospitality to deliver a French-American food oriented cuisine long awaited in this area. Here, locally sourced food, a mix of domestic and international organic wines will be served in a beautiful French cafe style lay-out . Alongside classic french recipes (Foie gras Croque-Monsieur, Sardine rillettes) you are likely to found on the menu classic American food like Burger and flat breads. Personally, I can't wait for the next couple of week.
Dessert before dinner!
I have so many favorite restaurants along St. Marks, this sounds like another amazing addition. Thanks you for the tip!
New York City
Event Coordinator, I research great places to eat for a living
Amen! Great to have something like this in the EV!
Chef de Cuisine at The Eastpole
I am extremely excited about the opening of the new restaurant “Llama Inn” scheduled to be opened fall 2015 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY. The restaurant will be ran by Chef Erik Ramirez, an off spring of the original Eleven Madison Park crew. The menu will be inspired by Peruvian cuisine. With the emergence of Peruvian cuisine around the world, Chef Erik’s purpose is to incorporate Peruvian ingredients and flavors into his dishes. His world renowned background in the culinary field and experience working for Elite restaurants in NYC will allow him to take Peruvian cuisine to new heights. I can only expect flavorful, distinguished dishes from this restaurant. I had the privilege to go to llama inn test kitchen and all I can say is that I was amazed and impressed. In order for one to understand the magnitude of the creativity is to think about combining, Momofukio+ Eleven Madison Park +Central in addition to local ingredients all in one place that reads "LLAMA INN"
I'm shocked at myself I hadn't heard more about this -- it sounds amazing! Thanks for the tip Sammy!
Culinary Instructor, Writer
This was wonderful -- love the analogy, EMP + Momofuku + Central! Sounds very intriguing!
Not to be biased, but Italian food is the best
Not far from me in BK. Enjoyed reading the background about this place.
AGM at Toro NYC
I am most excited about the opening of La Sirena in the Maritime Hotel. December counts as fall right? Close enough. This is Batali and Bastianich's first restaurant in 10 years aside from the Eataly concept. This group really knows how to achieve staying power and longevity in New York City. There's a lot of talented people behind this project, creatively and operationally. Word on the street is that the interior design will be stunning and the food and beverage programs, headed up by B&B veterans, will no doubt be exciting.
Lawyer, craft beer aficianado
Really excited about this! Reading about it, it sounds like 10 years might have been worth the wait!
I'm sure the space is going to be incredible can't want to see what it looks like
Owner, Ambassador at La Caravelle Champagne
Brand new: Maison Hugo, by Chef Proprietor Florian Hugo and his wife Michelle. Florian is an Alain Ducasse alumnus and has opened and run Brasserie Cognac for a few years. This time he opens his own restaurant. French cuisine of today, unfussy but with authentic flavors, including a few exotic influences (think tarte flambee, tuna carpaccio, shallot confit, horseradish cream, scallion and ginger oil). My other favorite dishes are porcini ravioli with sautéed foie, gras in a tasty duck bouillon reduction; Grand Marnier soufflé and I could go on and on. And yes, Florian is a descendent of the most famous French writer Victor Hugo.
SoCal native, freelance writer
Maison Hugo sounds fantastic, thank you Rita!
Wow, I will most definitely be trying the porcini ravioli!
Chef de Cuisine at Empellon Taqueria
Everyone should be behind High Street on Hudson’s opening. Chef Eli Kulp was involved in a train accident that paralyzed him. His attitude has been amazing and he is continuing his dream of opening a NYC restaurant in full force.
I will be personally rooting for this gentleman because he gives us all hope and is an inspiration to our industry. This goes to show you should never quit on a dream, no matter how dire the circumstances. Push!
Plus, sandwiches are a religion to me and if my religion has a Heaven, then this would be the place. Looking forward to this, good luck, Chef.
Media sales in NYC, love exploring new places with my clients
Wow! Amazing story!
Life is too short to skip dessert
That is truly inspirational! I read the eater article I will most certainly be checking High Street out!
Wine lover, world traveler
Opening right in my neighborhood. I've heard they are renowned for their sandwiches in Philly very exciting that they're coming here. And what an amazing effort from Chef Eli after what he went through!
Wine writer & Bordeaux lover. Part of the Duclot La Vinicole team.
"The Bistro of Beautiful Birds!"
Sadly, diners often relegate chicken to the bottom of their preferences when eating out, thinking it's boring or unoriginal. Le Coq Rico "pays tribute to whole-animal, domestic poultry raised locally and responsibly." The roasted chicken is supposedly out of this world, but expect other wild birds on the menu too. The wine list will be smartly curated by Adrian Boulouque.
Life is uncertain, eat dessert first.
Roasted chicken out of this world? I'm there. Sounds awesome!
Amazing! Any word on what the other wild birds might be? I'm intrigued!
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