It’s fall, which means your attention can fully shift from beaches and being in shape to football and eating out all the time. Settle into the season by visiting one of the best openings that you probably missed while you were attending 35,000 weddings over the past three months.
 

Seoul Chicken

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Seven different kinds of Korean fried chicken, Southern-style fried boneless chicken, and whole Korean fried birds are really all you need to know to entice you to get involved with this wing bar, but they’ve also got a top-notch set of drinking options, including cocktails in coconuts. Sold? Sold.

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Marta

NoMad
From Danny Meyer and the excellent chef of Maialino/all-around awesome dude Nick Anderer (ask him about eating snails in Chinatown at 4am if you meet him), this Roman-style pizza joint in the Martha Washington Hotel is serving up simple pies like a Margherita with buffalo mozzarella, and less simple pies like the Capricciosa with mozz, artichokes, prosciutto, olives, and egg (pictured). While you could probably occupy your face quite well with just these pizzas, you can also grab dishes like rabbit meatballs, fritto misto, and a beer-brined half chicken.

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Birds & Bubbles

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Look, you love fried chicken, there’s no denying it. And this destination beneath Eldridge St, from Sarah Simmons of City Grit, allows you to treat yourself to fried chicken in a more refined way than you ever thought possible -- by also specializing in Champagne, which it turns out is a naturally excellent pairing for the dish. Suck it, sweet tea and bourbon.

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Belgian Beer Café

NoMad
A ton of different kinds of mussels and all things Belgian beer are on hand at this exceptionally airy hybrid Euro cafe, restaurant, and beer hall.

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Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co.

Greenpoint
Come in for a lobster dinner, some oysters, and ultra-fresh fish tacos, or just get a dozen oysters and a shucking knife and have yourself a waterfront oyster party.

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Root & Bone

Alphabet City
In a setting that could easily be someone’s kitchen well below the Mason-Dixon, Top Chef-ers Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth have created one of the best spots for fried chicken in the city; the chicken is super moist (sorry people who hate the word moist!), incredibly crunchy, and a little bit citrusy, which makes it seem lighter than fried chicken usually is. Oh yeah, they also have fried chicken and waffle sandwiches.

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Egg Shop

Nolita
Sometimes an egg sandwich is the best thing in the world, so completely logically speaking, sometimes an entire restaurant dedicated to making incredible egg sandwiches is the best place in the world. The Beast, served on a French hero with pulled pork carnitas, is insane.

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Pasar Malam

Williamsburg
Modeled after a Malaysian night market, this is the only place in the city where you can get a burger wrapped in an egg, s’mores roti, a bunch of meats on sticks, AND a drink inspired by Michael Jackson.

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élan

Gramercy
From renowned chef David Waltuck, this place is doing refined contemporary American eats in a stylish and unstuffy environment. They've menu options like sea urchin guacamole, David's beloved grilled seafood sausage, and Colorado lamb loin, plus off-menu options like a burger that’s made with duck mixed with foie gras and topped with a duck fat mayo.

Wilma Jean

Wilma Jean

Carroll Gardens
Not only do they have one of the best sub-$10 burgers in the whole city, but this new Southern restaurant has some incredible fried chicken (was this the summer of fried chicken in NYC?) and a damn fried bologna sandwich.

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Grand Banks

Tribeca
There's almost no time left to visit this place before it literally ships out for the winter, but this floating cocktail bar has some amazing oysters and dope cocktails to go with some of the best views and vibes in the city. PLEASE BE BACK NEXT YEAR.
 

Dirty French

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Maybe the most buzzed-about opening of the season, this bistro in the Ludlow Hotel from the Torrisi/Carbone/ZZ's Clam Bar team is impressing with inventively imagined French dishes like chicken & crepes, and Bouillabaisse Noire with octopus, red mullet, and rouille.

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Berg’n

Crown Heights
The beer garden version of Smorgasburg, this place (from the same organizers) is loaded with brew and eats from some of their best vendors, including Asia Dog, Mighty Quinn’s, and Ramen Burger.

Mulino a Vino

Mulino a Vino

Meatpacking District
With a focus on pairing wines with your meal, this underground Italian joint is bringing a ton of vino-complimenting dishes to your face, like rack of lamb with artichokes, mint, and chili, and a big meatball with blue cheese and secret sauce.

Charlie Palmer Steakhouse

Charlie Palmer Steak

Midtown East
Big deal restaurateur Charlie Palmer (who's already behind nearby spots Aureole and Crimson & Rye) brought his steakhouse game to NYC, and with it, a porterhouse for two, bone-in NY strips, and A5 Kobe strip steaks.
 

White Street

Tribeca
The next move from Floyd Cardoz, formerly of North End Grill Downtown, this stunning new American spot is the way to go if you’re looking for a pretty damn glamorous night out.

Upsider

Upsider

Midtown East
This casual-but-sleek spot brings a lively bar scene with cocktails like the Hanky Panky (gin, Carpano Antica, and Fernet Branca) as well as top-notch American eats like fries with parsley, chili, and sea salt, rotating charcuterie plates, and a twice-cooked pork belly with baby turnip, perilla, and leaf kimchi.

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The Gorbals

Williamsburg
The restaurant inside Williamsburg’s... Urban Outfitters?... is run by Ilan Hall and worth a trip for dishes like banh mi poutine, bacon-wrapped matzoh balls, and falafel-crusted sweetbreads.

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Tuome

LES
If you don’t want Berkshire pork cooked in duck fat for two, or soft shell crab with burrata from an Eleven Madison Park alum, we can’t be friends.

GG's

GG’s

Alphabet City
Taking over the space that was once Goat Town (the back garden still produces many ingredients), GG’s now rolls with eats like half-baked lobsters; oven-baked pasta; a pan-seared burger with white cheddar and melted onions; and an arsenal of pizzas including the Capo the Great, loaded with littleneck, cockle, and razor clams, mozz, ricotta, mascarpone, mushrooms, garlic confit, and rosemary.

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1. Seoul Chicken 71 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

This Korean fried chicken spot (serving SEVEN different types!) is one of the hottest spots in the LES for quick and delicious grub. Coming from Chaz Brown of Top Chef, Around the World in 80 Plates, and Fatty Crab fame, sip on some coconut-laden 'tails and some watermelon covered in lard, as well.

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2. Marta 29 E 29th St, New York, NY 10016 (Nomad)

From Danny Meyer and the excellent chef of Maialino, Nick Anderer, this Roman-style pizza joint in the Martha Washington Hotel is serving up simple pies like a Margherita with buffalo mozzarella, and less simple pies like the Capricciosa with mozz, artichokes, prosciutto, olives, and egg.

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3. Birds & Bubbles 100B Forsyth St, New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

Sarah Simmons' upscale restaurant on the Lower East Side is dedicated to two things: Southern food and champagne. The menu changes with the seasons but you can always expect the signature buttermilk fried chicken, available by the half or full bird, and an extensive selection of champagne and sparkling wines. The subterranean space opens onto a large outdoor patio, and though it's popular for brunch and dinner, Birds & Bubbles serves a late-night menu with the aforementioned fried chicken and biscuit sandwiches that's a huge draw on Friday and Saturday nights.

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4. Belgian Beer Café 220 5th Ave, New York, NY 10001 (Nomad)

This two-floored Belgian behemoth is great for enjoying drinks and a meal while basking in the sun that filters through massive windows onto tables laden with five delicious varieties of mussels, other tasty Belgian fare, and an enviable beer list that pairs each brew with its own distinct glassware.

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5. Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co. 114 Nassau Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

At Greenpoint Fish and Lobster Co., you can expect to find only the highest quality of sustainably sourced seafood. This narrow spot -- awash in white tile and blonde wood with a seating area surrounding a marble bar and open kitchen -- is nothing short of a seafood haven. Head to the market in the front and do some grocery shopping of your own, where you'll find plenty of options on the ice.

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6. Root & Bone 200 E 3rd St, New York, NY 10009 (Alphabet City)

Top Chef veterans Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth dominate Alphabet City's fried chicken scene with Root & Bone. It's a Southern kitchen doing takeout-able, down-home (yet sneakily refined) eats, in a spot that could easily be the ground floor of some country B&B somewhere. Irresistible offerings include gooey corn spoonbread, BBQ brisket biscuits, and, of course, fried chicken.

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7. Egg Shop 151 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10012 (Nolita)

This small NoLita shop reimagines the simple egg in a variety of sandwich, meat, and salad combinations, breaking the humble ingredient out of its breakfast-only role. The menu is seriously creative -- with dishes like "The Beast," which pairs sunny side-up eggs with pulled pork, pickled onion, chipotle bourbon ketchup, and cilantro -- and is well-balanced with rich sides like deep-fried hash browns. Though the shop is open all day, we recommend stopping by during daylight hours, when the open-front facade lets you enjoy your sunny side-up in sunny peace.

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8. Pasar Malam 208 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211 (Williamsburg)

This Malaysian spot in Williamsburg is overflowing with extremely innovative eats. Head in for the s'mores roti, Ais, soft-shell crab ragu, and a drink called the Michael Jackson. Get it all.

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9. élan 43 East 20th St, New York, NY 10003 (Gramercy)

This David Waltuck spot in Gramercy dishes out contemporary cuisine like grilled seafood sausage, sea urchin guacamole, stuffed chicken wings, General Tso’s sweetbreads, and fettuccine with scallops and duck fat.

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10. Wilma Jean 345 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11231 (Gowanus)

Armed with Southern hospitality, Wilma Jean in Gowanus serves up stackable portions of double cheeseburgers, fried bologna sandwiches, fried pickles, and its signature fried chicken, the latter of which is served atop a potato bun, on a stick, and in half-portions. Run by a husband and wife duo, the counter-service spot is a solid option for brunch, happy hour (its daily beer and wine deals are an added bonus), or for a late dinner, with the kitchen open until 10pm seven days a week.

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11. Grand Banks Pier 25, New York, NY 10013 (Tribeca)

This seasonal oyster bar perched atop a historic fishing boat at Pier 25 serves an incredible selection of soft-shell crabs, lobster rolls, and of course, lots of oysters. It's best to make a reservation for dining, but you can easily snag a seat at one of the two on-deck bars if you're there for drinks. Refreshing nautical cocktails, wine, Champagne, and craft beer round out the drink menu. Grand Banks is open from May to October.

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12. Dirty French 180 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

Located in the Lower East Side's Ludlow Hotel, this glam bistro from Major Food Group (Carbone, Sadelle's, Parm) plays with Moroccan and New Orleans elements to create next-level French cuisine. The menu features elaborate takes on classics with plates like duck a l'orange with ras el hanout and preserved oranges; lamb saddle with potato and cumin; and a cote de boeuf for two. Dirty French is where you go when you want to make dinner an all-night affair, especially when the evening starts with a drink at its Lobby Bar.

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13. Berg'n 899 Bergen St, Brooklyn, NY 11238 (Crown Heights)

If you treasure the days of walking from stall to stall at outdoor markets and the rush of waiting in line for a Ramen Burger, Berg'n is here for you -- this spot from the Smorgasburg organizers has you covered with refreshments, long communal tables, and vendors like Pizza Moto, Asia Dog, and yes, Ramen Burger.

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14. Mulino a Vino 337 W 14th St, New York, NY 10014 (Meatpacking)

Mulino is an Italian restaurant that always has just the right vino to pair with your meal. Enjoy whatever they happen to bring out with the rack of lamb with artichokes, mint, and chili.

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15. Charlie Palmer Steak 3 East 54th, New York, NY 10022 (Midtown East)

From the guy behind Aureole and Crimson & Rye comes this steakhouse, where you can get down on top-notch, bone-in NY strips and A5 Kobe strip steak

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16. White Street 221 W Broadway, New York, NY 10013 (Tribeca)

White Street dishes out American cuisine, for steep prices, in TriBeCa. This glamorous spot from Floyd Cardoz also does brunch, with options like a hang town fry omelette (with bacon, caramelized onions, and crispy oysters), fried chicken wings (with maple butter & a fried egg), and a Mangalitsa pork burger on a brioche bun (with kimchi slaw and a fried egg).

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17. The Upsider 1004 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10022 (Midtown East)

With a large quartz bar, bright-blue accents, leather bar stools, and plenty of light, this ‘60s-inspired bar is Instagram gold. On weekdays it caters to an after-work crowd and there's a 40-seat street patio for weekend brunch. With top-notch American fare and a selection of reasonably-priced bar snacks, it's a great place to take your cocktails to a table and settle in for a while.

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18. ESH 98 N 6th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249 (Williamsburg)

ESH, which means “fire” in Hebrew, takes over the space formerly occupied by The Gorbals. The open kitchen's wood-fired grill turns out heavily spiced meats and vegetables that are the backbone to Chef Ilan Hall’s modern Israeli BBQ menu. Warmer weather offers the option of enjoying the full menu at the rooftop bar, which pairs perfectly with a boozy slushie and a Brooklyn Sunset.

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19. tuome 536 E 5th St, New York, NY 10009 (East Village)

Asian-influenced contemporary American fare from Thomas Chen, formerly of Eleven Madison Park and Commerce. The menu is concise, and broken down into categories like "cold small," "hot small," and "big;" it also features a pork "Pig Out" for two.

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20. GG's 511 E 5th St, New York, NY 10009 (Alphabet City)

GG's has eats like half-baked lobsters; oven-baked pasta; a pan-seared burger with white cheddar and melted onions; and an arsenal of pizzas including the Capo the Great, loaded with littleneck, cockle, and razor clams, mozz, ricotta, mascarpone, mushrooms, garlic confit, and rosemary.

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