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Fall 2006 Preview Guide

Seventh Heaven

If last fall’s restaurant buzz was all about Tenth Avenue, this year the flash and dazzle gravitate to the West Village’s Seventh Avenue South stretch, where a brasserie trailblazer, his ex-wife, the folks whose chef he poached, and the magazine editor who likes to document such sticky situations all become neighbors.

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1. Morandi
15 Charles St.; November.
Keith NcNally’s first foray into la cucina italiana (see above), with Jody Williams, late of Gusto, in the kitchen.

2. Cafe Cluny
284 W. 12th St.; October.
A French-American sibling to Odeon and Cafe Luxembourg from the former Mrs. McNally, Lynn Wagenknecht.

3. Yet to Be Named
74 Seventh Ave. S.
Jody Williams might have flown the Gusto coop, but her former boss, Mangia mogul Sasha Muniak, soldiers on with a second space, also modern Italian. Chef, menu, and opening date to be determined.


4. The Waverly Inn and Garden
16 Bank St.; October.
Sean MacPherson, Eric Goode, and unlikely partner Graydon Carter vow to preserve the landmark tavern’s neighborly feel, not to mention its four fireplaces, and improve on the food via chef John (La Bottega) DeLucie’s American menu.


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