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Del Posto
New York's ubiquitous clog-shod chef, Mario Batali, aims to create a four-star Italian joint.
• 85 Tenth Ave., at 16th St.; November.

Telepan
Bill Telepan maintains his allegiance to fresh local ingredients.
• 72 W. 69th St., nr. Columbus Ave.; 212-580-4300; November.

Orto
Andrew Carmellini trades uptown café society for la dolce vita.
• 41 Madison Ave., entrance on 26th St.; 212-545-8555; November.

Where the Underground Gourmet Will Be Eating
You won’t have to drop a bundle this Fall to eat out. Here are some of our hottest prospects for the best new cheap(ish) chow.


Courtesy of Morimoto  

Turf War
In an odd twist of Manhattan restaurant real-estate fate, Batali gets some Tenth Avenue company in the form of Masaharu Morimoto, his old Iron Chef rival. Egged on by his Philadelphia impresario-partner Stephen Starr, the former Nobu chef will reacquaint New Yorkers with his signature modern Japanese style and succulent black cod in a space designed by prize-winning architect Tadao Ando.
• Morimoto 88 Tenth Ave., at 16th St.; December.
Robin Raisfeld

Best of the Rest

Bar Carrera
Italophile Frederick Twomey of Bar Veloce fame cops a Spanish accent this time around at his new wine-and-tapas bar.
•175 Second Ave. September.

Earl Monroe’s
The view at the ex-Knick’s Harlem restaurant encompasses the George Washington Bridge and the Palisades; the “New Harlem Cuisine” covers everything from shrimp and grits to sweet-and-sour tuna.
• At Riverbank State Park. September.

Jovia
Known for his freewheeling Japanese-fusion inventions at Sumile, Josh DeChellis changes course in an Italian-accented collaboration with Zoë’s Stephen and Thalia Loffredo.
• 135 E. 62nd St. September.

Barbounia
It’s not often Croatia gets a shout-out on a menu— here, it’s one of several Mediterranean countries from which chef Matt Accarrino will draw inspiration
•250 Park Ave. S. October.

Colors
The cooperative restaurant with a globally inspired menu is owned by former Windows on the World employees.
• 417 Lafayette St. October.

Country
Geoffrey Zakarian (Town) takes a daring approach at the newly renovated Carlton Hotel: dining room as dinner party, where every guest gets the same family-style meal.
• 90 Madison Ave. October.

Dani
Longtime Tribeca Grill chef and Brooklyn boy Don Pintabona strikes out on his own with a Sicilian-inspired menu.
• 333 Hudson St. October.

European Union
If you’ve seen Anne Burrell strut her stuff on Iron Chef for Mario Batali’s team, you know she’s no slouch in the kitchen. Here, in an AvroKo-designed space, she melds Italian, French, and British cooking, among other EU cuisines, in a vaguely gastropubby style.
• 235 E. 4th St. October.

Sascha
Another day, another meatpacking-district behemoth. Ex-Pastis chef de cuisine Sascha Lyon’s huge new space combines a street-level bar, an upstairs dining room, and a private wine vault in the basement.
• 55 Gansevoort St. October.

Buddakan
Interloping Philadelphia restaurant impresario Stephen Starr bookends Chelsea Market with branches of Morimoto on one side, and Asian-fusion Buddakan on the other.
• 75 Ninth Ave. December.

What Are You Looking Forward To this Fall? Ask A Cooking Student
Steve Kasow, Institute of Culinary Education

Taste: Typical New Yorker. My mom told me the other day I should take a tour of Europe, and I said, “Why? I can get on the 7 train!’’

Looking forward to: I’ve heard Thomas Keller of Per Se is opening a Bouchon Bakery in the Time Warner Center, which I’m sure is going to be astonishing. And Geoffrey Zakarian’s restaurant Country, with that fixed-price menu that changes every two weeks.

Wish list: My mom grew up in Egypt, and they didn’t have much money for meat, so they really had to cook to stretch out flavor. In America, we use the best parts; we rely on our wealth to make our cooking good. I’d like a peasant-foods-of-the-world restaurant.


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