Opening date: Early fall
Location: 111 N 12th St, Williamsburg
From chef Andrew Carmellini and NoHo Hospitality Group, Leuca is a Southern Italian restaurant (think casual, wood-fired dishes served all day) located inside Williamsburg’s new, crazy-looking William Vale Hotel -- which, by the way, also boasts a 60ft outdoor pool and a 15,000sqft rooftop garden.
Opening date: Early fall/October
Location: 1 Knickerbocker Ave, Bushwick
The team behind Williamsburg favorites Mesa Coyoacan and Zona Rosa is bringing its upscale Mexican food to nearby Bushwick. Chef Ivan Garcia was born and raised in Mexico City, and the menu (like his other restaurants’) will focus on traditional, generations-old Mexican recipes.
Opening date: September
Location: 31 Union Square West, Union Square/Flatiron
Chef Adam Raksin (formerly of Per Se and the opening of Guenter Seeger) is behind the menu at this new cocktail bar/oyster room “hidden” below Blue Water Grill. In addition to raw bar offerings, you can expect dishes like pastrami of salmon with mustard deviled eggs and Carabineros shrimp bouillabaisse. On the drinks side of things, Richard Breitkreutz (formerly of Eleven Madison Park & Craft) will be doing a mix of old-school favorites and new twists.