Because chef Paul Di Bari has a knack for Southern Italian cooking that is the envy of Italian grandmas everywhere. 424 E. 9th St., nr. First Ave.; 212-475-7377; Oct.
Because we already know how Porter House chef Michael Lomonaco handles huge slabs of beef; his remake of Clo will showcase his small plates, plus star sommelier Roger Dagorn’s wine list. 10 Columbus Cir., at 60th St., fourth fl.; no phone yet; Nov.
Because Saul Bolton’s Brooklyn reach now extends from Boerum Hill to Prospect Heights and even to Williamsburg, and we can’t wait to taste his idea of red-sauce Italian. We predict meatballs. 151 Atlantic Ave., nr. Clinton St., Brooklyn Heights; no phone yet; Nov.
North End Grill
Because this is Floyd Cardoz, Mr. Top Chef Masters, for Chrissakes, and for a city surrounded by water, we should have more good seafood spots with river views, right? 102 North End Ave., nr. Vesey St.; no phone yet; Dec.