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Top 10 New and Noteworthy New York City Restaurants: October 2013

This month, the dining scene welcomes one of one of the top U.S. chefs to NYC for the very first time; a restaurant ravaged by hurricane Sandy bounces back; and an Iron Chef makes over his TriBeCa concept.

Blink and you’ll miss a restaurant opening in New York City; eateries debut and shutter at a fast clip in the Big Apple. To keep yourself up-to-date on NYC’s hottest restaurant openings, check out our top 10 newbies for October 2013.

 

Barbalu

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Barbalu
This South Street Seaport spot was Barbarini Alimentari for five years, until hurricane Sandy blew in and destroyed the space in 2012. Ever the survivors, owners Stefano Barbagallo and Adriana Luque spent the past year rebuilding. The revamp reveals a new name, a casual vibe and a pasta-focussed menu, including simple classics such as spinach and ricotta ravioli with butter, sage and tomato. 225-227 Front St., 646-918-6565, barbalu.com

 

Bubby’s High Line

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Bubby’s High Line
What’s your craving? This new Meatpacking branch of a TriBeCa classic will satisfy it. Fancy a picnic on the High Line, for example? Then grab a bucket of the restaurant’s cold chicken to take along. Feeling some breakfast fare, even though it’s 9pm? No problem — brunch is served all day. You can even pick up a homemade pie on the way home from a late-night take-out window, or sit down and settle in 22 hours a day for other comfort favorites, from burgers to pit bbq. 73 Gansevoort St., 212-206-6200, bubbys.com

Bisutoro
Critics didn’t rave about the now-closed Tribeca Canvas, the original iteration of this restaurant from Masaharu Morimoto. True to form, then, the Iron Chef rose to the challenge by starting from scratch with new partners, a new menu and a new vibe. The result is an Asian-American bistro where worlds collide in dishes such as sake-steamed mussels and uni carbonara. 313 Church St., 212-727-0644, bisutoronyc.com

El Quinto Pino El Comedor
The crowds who had previously snacked and tippled at this once-tiny Chelsea tapas bar always seemed to have a collective thought bubble over their heads: “If this place were just bigger, it would be perfect….” With the addition of El Comedor, the retrofitted dining room, the ideal was established, with new dishes, such as scrambled eggs with sea anemone, mingling with old favorites from chef/owners Alex Raij and Eder Montero. 401 W. 24th St., 212-206-6900, elquintopinonyc.com

 

Kingside

Kingside (Photo: Courtesy of Kingside)

Kingside
Marc Murphy, who rules the Landmarc and Ditch Plains restaurants as well as the hopeful contestants of Chopped, has now been appointed to preside over the restaurant at the newly opened Viceroy Hotel in Midtown. The new American menu with European influences is trademark Murphy, with dishes such as roasted snails with bone marrow and garlic butter and a fregula mac and cheese. A partnership with the Gerber group hints at a sceney new spot to drink, too. 124 W. 57th St., 212-707-8000, kingside-restaurant.com

Le Bilboquet
“Never say die,” should be the motto of this 27-year-old Upper East Sider, which lost its lease and closed earlier in the year, yet quickly found a new home to reopen just a few blocks away. Le Bilboquet is back and stronger than ever, at three times the size to serve familiar bistro fare such as rack of lamb. Power investors, including guitar hero Eric Clapton and billionaire businessman Ronald Perelman, are sure to guarantee the restaurant’s longevity. 20 E. 60th St., 212-751-3036, lebilboquetny.com

 

Reserve cut cote de boeuf

Reserve cut cote de boeuf (Photo: Courtesy of Reserve Cut)

Reserve Cut
The sprawling space inside the Financial District‘s Setai Wall Street offers the bankers and brokers in the area a new steakhouse. This one, however, happens to be kosher, with beef supplied from owner Albert Allaham’s The Prime Cut butchery in Brooklyn. An extensive sushi menu accommodates those days when the appetite isn’t so bullish. 40 Broad St., 212-747-0300, reservecut.com

 

Saul at the Brooklyn Museum

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Saul at the Brooklyn Museum
Chef Saul Bolton was one of the pioneers of the Boerum Hill dining scene when he first opened on Smith Street 14 years ago. Many accolades and a Michelin star later, he has moved his artfully appointed plates into an appropriate venue — the Brooklyn Museum — and dishes like his popular dry-aged squab with roasted carrots, almonds and spiced yogurt have come with him. Bolton is also overseeing The Counter, a casual cafe within the museum. 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, 718-935-9842, saulrestaurant.com

 

Tao Downtown staircase

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Tao Downtown
This Meatpacking branch of a Midtowner feels right at home downtown, as if it had occupied the expansive, clubby basement at the Maritime Hotel all along. Like its sister restaurant, the menu has every style of Asian cooking, from sushi to dim sum to teppanyaki to stir fry. The David Rockwell design trumps the 57th Street branch however: uptown may have one giant Buddha, downtown shows it up with two 16-footers. 92 Ninth Ave., 212-888-2724, taodowntown.com

 

Villard Michel Richard

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Villard Michel Richard
With a career spanning five decades and beloved restaurants in D.C., Vegas and Atlantic City, it’s about time that legendary chef Michel Richard showed some love to NYC, with his first-ever Big Apple opening in Midtown. Gilded, glorious and glamorous within the luxurious New York Palace, Villard is actually two restaurants in one: the Gallery, which presents elegant fine dining, and the Bistro Room, with more casual fare and a bar. They join the Pomme Palais, Richard’s bakery café, which debuted last month. 455 Madison Ave., 212-891-8100, villardmichelrichard.com

For more new and notable restaurants:
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Top 10 New and Noteworthy Restaurants January 2014
The Keepers: The Most Promising Restaurant Openings of 2013
Top 10 New and Noteworthy Restaurants November 2013
Top 10 New and Noteworthy Restaurants October 2013
Top 10 New and Noteworthy Restaurants September 2013
Top 10 New and Noteworthy Restaurants August 2013
Top 10 New and Noteworthy Restaurants July 2013
Top 10 New and Noteworthy Restaurants June 2013
Top 10 New and Noteworthy Restaurants May 2013
Top 10 New and Noteworthy Restaurants April 2013