Something Curated highlights six of the most exciting new and recently launched restaurants to try in New York this October, taking a closer look at the founders and proprietors behind the promising food offerings.


Japan Village || Tony & Takuya Yoshida

An enormous food hall and market called Japan Village is set to launch in Industry City this month, helmed by Tony and Takuya Yoshida, who are behind East Village Japanese restaurant Kyo Ya, which has a Michelin star, and Japanese grocery Sunrise Mart. The 20,000-square-feet expanse will be filled with all sorts of Japanese foodstuffs, including six food stalls, an izakaya, and a grocer. Options will range from bento boxes and pastries to okonomiyaki, takoyaki, and ramen.

220 36th St., Industry City, Sunset Park


Pisellino || Rita Sodi & Jody Williams 

Jody Williams and Rita Sodi, the duo behind West Village eateries Buvette, I Sodi, and Via Carota are launching their latest neighbourhood restaurant this month, featuring rustic Italian cuisine. Pisellino, a 30-seat corner restaurant, will be open from 7 a.m in the morning for espresso to 1 a.m. for late night digestifs, with convenient foods on offer including paninis and bomboloni.

100 Seventh Avenue South, at Grove Street, West Village


Mokum || Tea Zegarac Pollock & Benjamin Vaschetti

Mokum, from the Yiddish word adopted to mean “place” or “safe haven,” welcomes guests to the Upper West Side with internationally-inspired, health conscious food. Deeply rooted in the surrounding community, Mokum is the first New York-based project from Chef Benjamin Vaschetti, whose all-day menu honours its farm-to-table origins by showcasing local, seasonal and meticulously sourced ingredients.

464 Amsterdam Ave, Upper West Side


Hometown Tavern || Billy Durney

A fried chicken restaurant from New York’s celebrated pitmaster Billy Durney, the man behind Hometown Bar-B-Que, has been in the works for some time. After a number of changes to the plan over the past year, Durney confirms fried chicken and accompanying Southern sides like biscuits and mashed potatoes will still be the main event, but now with table service. A simple burger, inspired by Corner Bistro, will also be on the menu, as will an edit of natural wines.

329 Van Brunt St., Red Hook, Brooklyn


Madame Vo BBQ || Yen Vo & Jimmy Ly

Following the success of pho parlour Madame Vo, Yen Vo and Jimmy Ly launch their new Vietnamese barbecue spot. This offshoot will have tabletop grills for meat and seafood in various marinades including curry, lemongrass garlic, and honey fish sauce. It’s typically a celebratory food in Vietnam, and here, the barbecued proteins then are served up in tailor-made summer rolls.

104 Second Ave. at the corner of East Sixth Street, East Village


Gertie || Nate Adler, Will Edwards, Flip Biddelman & Savannah Turley

Having offered a sneak peak of what’s to come with fresh pastries and a selection of bialy sandwiches at Frieze New York earlier this year, opening in Williamsburg this autumn, Gertie is an all-day restaurant serving wholesome, responsibly sourced comfort food and drinks in a casual setting. Chef Will Edwards will focus on rotisserie oven fare, like spit-roasted meats and vegetables, as well as pastries and sandwiches, and bread will be baked fresh for the restaurant by Savannah Turley.

58 Marcy Ave., near Grand Street, Williamsburg


Feature image via Madame Vo

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