Over the next four months, some of the dining world's living legends will open new Manhattan restaurants. The spring and summer will also see some big imports, revivals, and spinoffs. And right now, some of the city's most promising young chefs and restaurateurs are plotting their very first solo projects. Here's a guide to the 30 most exciting New York restaurants that are slated to open between now and Labor Day:
30) Arrogant Swine
Where: 173 Morgan Avenue, East Williamsburg
When: July or August
What: The very first restaurant from Tyson Ho, the proprietor of the Hog Days of Summer pop-up series. At this massive new Morgan Avenue restaurant, Ho will be focusing on west Carolina-style whole hog barbecue and country ham. The barbecue buff recently told Serious Eats that he wants to establish the restaurant as "a church of pork." You can track Arrogant Swine's progress on Ho's Instagram.
29) Grand Banks
Where: Pier 25, Tribeca
What: A seasonal seafood bar on a historic boat, the Sherman Zwicker, from Andrew Tarlow's former partner Mark Firth and Double Happiness restaurateur Adrien Gallo. A sample menu that was recently submitted to the CB1 included seven types of oysters with various sauces, plus olive oil-poached cod on toast, a kale salad, fries, and hush puppies. Firth has spent the last few years running Prairie Whale in Great Barrington, MA, so the opening of Grand Banks marks his big return to the NYC scene.
28) The Pavilion
Where: Union Square Park
The city first began looking at proposals for the Union Square Pavilion six years ago, and now, at last, a restaurant is finally taking shape there. Simon Oren, of the Tour De France Group, plans to open a high-end seasonal restaurant in the space. Wayne Nish was attached earlier this year, but he dropped out. No word yet on who's going to cook the food, but the restaurant is still slated to open in early summer.
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