Saturday, January 31, 2015

Eat It Forward

Five restaurants we can't wait for in 2014


Congratulations — you made it through your week-long New Year's hangover alive. You're probably hungry.
Well, bad news: These five amazing restaurants aren't open yet, but we're marking our calendars for when they do. (In the meantime, you'll just have to content yourself with some of the best joints to open last year.)

Without further ado, your forthcoming foodie obsessions are...
Smorgasburg and Brooklyn Flea have teamed up to open a 9,000-square-foot beer hall and food court in March, with Asiadog, Mighty Quinn’s, Pizza Moto, and Ramen Burger all allegedly signed on so far.
899 Bergen St. (Franklin Ave.), Crown Heights
This summer, the Flatiron will get a taste of London's Burger & Lobster, which serves up exactly what you'd expect. It's something of a Umami-style cult over there, with people waiting hours on end for no-frills steamed or grilled lobster and beefy burgers (pictured).
39 W. 19th St. (5th Ave.),  Flatiron
Polo Dobkin
Polo Dobkin was the original executive chef at the now-defunct Dressler and helped earn it a Michelin star, though he left before it closed in June. He's coming back to the same space this spring, where he plans a new joint with his wife.
149 Broadway (Bedford Ave.), Williamsburg
The Brooklyn outpost of this hotel micro-chain has done very well with its Paul Liebrandt-driven restaurant, The Elm. Now the Manhattan version will get some serious eats in mid-2014, with Danny Meyer — the restaurateur behind Maialino, The Modern, Shake Shack, and more — and his hospitality group at the helm. This'll be good.
29 E. 29th St. (Madison Ave.), Flatiron
Cherche Midi
Keith McNally, the guy behind Pastis and Balthazar, is closing his pizzeria Pulino's this week, but it will reopen as a French spot in March, with Balthazar's executive chef developing the menu — which hopefully means more of those amazing pommes frites.
282 Bowery (Houston St.), Bowery

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