New York City Restaurant Openings to Watch Out For

By Carissa Chesanek, Contributing Editor

New York City is home to some of the best (and most famous) restaurants around, including Katz's Delicatessen and Lombardi’s to name a few. And this season the dining scene is about to heat up even more. Between new pizza joints and fried chicken spots, New York City has plenty to watch out for in the coming months. 

Here are a few anticipated restaurants that will get you salivating for what’s to come soon.

Hometown Fried Chicken

In June, restaurateur Billy Durney plans to open his latest concept, Hometown Fried Chicken in Red Hook. Located in the former Al's Wine & Liquor space, the upcoming eatery will boast a wide variety of chicken dishes served in-house and for take-out/delivery. But until then, you can check out Durney's popular chicken-focused spot Hometown Bar-B-Que that's located nearby. 

Paulie Gee’s Slice Shop

Known for its gourmet wood-fire pies in Brooklyn (and other cities) the team behind Paulie Gee's pizzeria has a knack for solid dough skills. Now, it's heading to Franklin Street later this season with a new shop focusing on only slices. Little is known about the menu or the layout of the upcoming space, but with a team that knows a thing or two about pizza, it’s obvious there’s plenty to be excited about.

L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon

French chef Joël Robuchon is said to open his restaurant, L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon sometime this spring in Manhattan. This outpost (and revamp of his former L’Atelier that used to reside in the Four Seasons) will be one of the many he has of this chain found all over the globe, including London and Las Vegas.

Unnamed Spanish Food Hall

There might be a wait for the new project by chef José Andrés, which is slated to open sometime next year, but given what’s been said, it will probably be worth it. The new Spanish food hall (that has yet to be named) will feature a plethora of offerings, such as tapas and more than one wine bar, among much more. The soon-to-come space is set to open at Hudson Yards, a massive development on the West Side offering dining, entertaining, and shopping.