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Where the Underground Gourmet Will Be Eating



Italian wine bar Centovini has given way to a “wine pub” offshoot of Lure Fishbar, short for Burger & Barrel, where chef-partner Josh Capon’s bacon-jam-smeared, Burger Bash–winning patty is the featured attraction. 25 W. Houston St., nr. Mercer St.; 212-334-7320; early Sept.

If ex–Per Se man Jonathan Benno can handle a taskmaster like Thomas Keller, he should have no problem indulging the whims of his new thatch-roofed upscale-Italian-restaurant partners: Lincoln Center and Patina Group bossman Nick Valenti. 142 W. 65th St., at Broadway; 212-359-6500; Sept.

Channeling Sophia Loren in L’oro di Napoli, Donatella Arpaia shows off pizza-making chops recently acquired at the elbow of Naples’s celebrity pie man, Enzo Coccia. 184 Eighth Ave., nr. 19th St.; 212-493-5150; mid-Sept.

La Petite Maison
Infer what you will from the fact that that old chowhound Elton John is a fan of the Nice original, according to the press release. Maybe he’ll grace Branch No. 3, inhabiting the former Grayz space. 13–15 W. 54th St., nr. Fifth Ave.; late Sept.

Jeffrey’s Grocery
Joseph Leonard’s Gabe Stulman goes retail with a fifties-style mom-and-pop shop, where you’ll find local produce, Orwasher’s bread, and a backroom raw bar. 172 Waverly St., at Christopher St.; 646-398-7630; late Sept.

Graffiti’s Jehangir Mehta graduates from an East Village cubbyhole to a Tribeca hotel. Full liquor license, too. 130 Duane St., at Church St.; 212-964-4600; Sept.

The John Dory Oyster Bar
April Bloomfield revives her departed English seafood restaurant as a more casual oyster bar carved into a corner of the Ace Hotel. Welcome back, pan roast! 1196 Broadway, at 29th St.; 212-792-9000; mid-Oct.

Red Rooster Harlem
How does Ethiopian-born, Swedish-raised Top Chef Masters champ Marcus Samuelsson interpret American comfort food? Via beef patties, Helga’s meatballs, and jerk-catfish sandwiches. 310 Lenox Ave., nr. 125th St.; Oct.

Tom Colicchio ventures where few serious restaurateurs have gone before: the banks of the East River. ’Wichcraft’s Sisha Ortuzar headlines with dishes like mackerel escabèche and a “hoctopus dog.” 450 E. 29th St., nr. First Ave.; Oct.

Modern and traditional Korean small plates from a veteran of Daniel and Masa. 346 W. 52nd St., nr. Ninth Ave.; Oct.

Laurent Manrique, late of Peacock Alley and San Francisco’s Aqua, replaces the former Country restaurant with this seafood brasserie. 92 Madison Ave., at 29th St.; late Oct.


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