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Making their New York debuts: Alan Yau (left) and Gordon Ramsay. Photo: James Wojcik

The Michelin Men
Three of the biggest names in food touch down in New York this fall.
L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon at Four Seasons Hotel New York, 57 E. 57th St., nr. Madison Ave. (212-350-6658).
Park Chinois at Gramercy Park Hotel, 2 Lexington Ave., at 21st St.; November.
Gordon Ramsay at the London NYC, 151 W. 54th St., nr. Seventh Ave.; November.

Keith McNally and Jody Williams
The (happily) imperfect match.
Morandi, 15 Charles St., nr. Seventh Ave. S.; November.

Sweets Hereafter
No longer relegated to post-meal status, fanciful desserts have become the main attraction at newfangled lounges like ChikaLicious and Room 4 Dessert.

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.

The Best of the Rest
Steaks, seafood, and kangaroo-carpaccio nachos.

The Best of the Rest
Steaks, seafood, and kangaroo-carpaccio nachos.

Pera Mediterranean Brasserie
Like Greek cuisine before it, Turkish food is ready for its upscale close-up. Pera presents a haute take on doner kebabs, plus spiced watermelon salad with feta-cheese soufflé, and what might be New York’s first Turkish grilled-meat tasting menu.
303 Madison Ave., nr. 41st St. (212-878-6301); September.

Fette Sau
The owners of Williamsburg’s reigning beer bar, Spuyten Duyvil, convert an auto mechanic’s garage into a patio’d barbecue joint with counter service, smoked meats sold by the pound, and plenty of bourbon. The name means “fat pig” in German.
354 Metropolitan Ave., nr. Havemeyer St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn; September.

Petite Crevette
Girding for a recession, Neil Ganic of Brooklyn’s Bouillabaisse 126 reincarnates the cheap-seafood concept he’d once dispersed throughout the borough. Only twenty seats, and a market-fresh menu of fish soups, cod burgers, and lobster rolls.
144 Hicks St., nr. Union St., Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn; September.

Chat Noir
Two refugees from La Goulue, the man behind Noodle Bar, and the designer responsible for Del Posto reinvent the French-bistro idiom in a burgundy-swathed Upper East Side brownstone, and coin the term “gastro-bistro.”
22 E. 66th St., nr. Madison Ave.; September.

Lonesome Dove
Finally, a place to go when the craving for Boursin-stuffed kangaroo-carpaccio nachos with avocado relish and spicy-sweet habanero sauce strikes. This is the East Coast outpost of a Fort Worth restaurant run by a genuine cowpoke, apparently, who goes by the name of Tim Love. And yes, ladies, he also bottles his own Chardonnay.
29 W. 21st St., nr. Fifth Ave. (212-414-3139); September.

Ted’s Montana Grill
First come the kangaroo nachos (see above), and then controversialist-restaurateur Ted Turner busts out the bison burgers. There’s bison meatloaf, bison steaks, and bison pot roast, too (Ted owns his own herd, as it turns out), at this, the 50th branch in his burgeoning chain.
110 W. 51st St., nr. Sixth Ave.; September.

Porter House New York
Into the Time Warner Center’s carnivorous breach left by the closure of V Steakhouse comes this more traditional purveyor of USDA Prime, courtesy of American-food maestro Michael Lomonaco, pastry chef Wayne Harley Brachman, and wine director Beth von Benz.
10 Columbus Circle, fourth fl. (212-823-9500); September.

15 East
Now that they’ve transported Tocqueville down the block, Marco Moreira and Jo-Ann Makovitzky repurpose their original location as a Japanese restaurant, with a redesign by the architect behind Masa and Honmura An.
15 E. 15th St., nr. Union Sq. W.; October.

Allen & Delancey
Out from under Tom Colicchio’s meatball-making thumb, Akhtar Nawab, the former Craftbar chef, will be doing things his way, bringing an ambitious seasonal American-with-a-touch-of-the-Mediterranean style to the Lower East Side.
115 Allen St., at Delancey St.; October.

Sam DeMarco’s grazing menu at the Omni Berkshire Place is all over the map, with shareable portions of “mooshu” five-spice duck, oxtail-bone-marrow dumplings, and smoked-turkey “Cuban Reubens.”
21 E. 52nd St., nr. Madison Ave.; October.

Blue Ribbon Bar
Further expanding their South Village domain, brothers Bruce and Eric Bromberg open a seventeen-stool bar opposite their popular bakery, both to absorb the inevitable overflow and to showcase their prepared foods. A selection of wines, sakes, cordials, and cognacs will be available to wash down small plates of tartares and smoked meats and fish.
34 Downing St., nr. Bedford St.; October.

Kampuchea Noodle Bar
Former Fleur de Sel general manager Ratha Chau sheds the fancy French trapping for Southeast Asian street food, including regional specialties from Vietnam, Thailand, and his native Cambodia.
78-84 Rivington St., nr. Orchard St.; October.

A David Rockwell design, boutique Angus beef, and outré toppings like radish sprouts and sweet onion marmalade distinguish this 60-seat burger joint. So does its pedigree: Owner Chris Russell opened Moomba and TanDa before trying his hand at upscale fast food.
287 Seventh Ave., nr. 26th St.; November.

The thinking behind this restaurant from former Jean Georges protégé Didier Virot might be: Say what you will about French colonialism, it was good for the cuisine. To that end, FR.OG, which stands for French Origin, tackles the French-influenced cooking of Morocco, Lebanon, and Vietnam.
71 Spring St., nr. Lafayette St.; November.

iCi totakehomeandenjoy
Ici’s Laurent Saillard expands his seasonal American empire with a prepared-foods store located above his Fort Greene restaurant. All the debonair Frenchman’s favorite artisanal products, from Anson Mills grits to roast Cloonshee Farm chicken, will be on display for pickup or delivery.
246 DeKalb Ave., at Vanderbilt Ave., Fort Greene, Brooklyn (718-789-2778); November.

Marseille chef Andy D’Amico does Mediterranean street food like socca and pissaladière.
630 Ninth Ave., nr. 44th St.; December.

Bar Falai
Chef Iacopo Falai ventures outside his Clinton Street comfort zone. We’d wager his signature bread and chocolate make the trip.
265 Lafayette St., nr. Prince St.; December. Back to Food & Restaurants Preview

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