Where the Underground Gourmet Will Be Eating

Porsena's spaghettini with clams.Photo: Henry Hargreaves/New York Magazine

1. Artichoke Basille’s Pizza & Bar
The slice sensation’s Chelsea expansion marks the return of the Staten Island–style “burnt anchovy” pie, the cauliflower fritter, and the stuffed artichoke—plus beer, wine, and an 80-seat dining room. 114 Tenth Ave., at 17th St.; Sept.

2. Heartbreak Cafe
After three years in Germany, Ingrid Roettele, late of Roettele AG, returns to the East Village to partner with her former neighbor, the owner of Pylos. No Greek here, though: strictly rösti, fricadellen sliders, and creamy sauerkraut soup. 29 E. 2nd St., at Second Ave.; Oct.

3. Taïm Mobile
The best little Israeli takeout shop in town branches out with a roving falafel-mobile outfitted with customized blackboard paneling so you can easily read the specials. Lunch only to start. twitter.com/TaimMobile; Oct.

4. Porsena
After dabbling in porchetta sandwiches and Sicilian-style pizza, starchy-food aficionada Sara Jenkins returns to her roots: pasta, in all its glory at this East Village slightly Roman-inspired restaurant. Lasagna al forno, spaghettini con le vongole, and conchiliette con una marea di formaggi (tiny shells with many cheeses)—they’re all here, along with antipasti and secondi. 21–23 E. 7th St., nr. Third Ave.; Oct.

5. Stellina
The ice-cream cone was apparently invented in Torino, where it was marketed to wary Italians by pretty girls on bicycles. Accordingly, this café-gelateria annex of Sorella will deliver late-night pints by bike. Also in the works: Counter Culture Coffee drinks, sandwiches and salads at lunch, breakfast pastries, ice-cream sandwiches, and Sorella’s stellar grissini to go. 95 Allen St., nr. Delancey St.; Oct.

6. Sullivan St Bakery
Così meets Per Se” is how dough boy Jim Lahey describes his next “microbakery,” where sandwich specials will be made to order on pizza bianca. 236 Ninth Ave., nr. 24th St.; Nov.


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.

Where the Underground Gourmet Will Be Eating