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09/24/2014 03:03 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

12 New Restaurants From Your Favorite NYC Chefs

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The bar at Gato. It's never this empty. Photo: Daniel Krieger / Courtesy of Gato.

By Pavia Rosati for Fathom | What's old is new again in NYC, as the city's favorite restaurateurs (Keith McNally, Bobby Flay, Daniel Humm) are behind the best new openings. New kids, watch your back.

NEW YORK CITY – New York is a restless town. Always hungry for the new, always eager for fresh talent. The food scene is no exception, and in recent years, the city's insatiable appetite has been fed by novelties: the food trucks, the pop-ups, the out-of-towners.

But lately, the source of the culinary bounty has not been the new kids on the blocks but rather the established chefs and restaurateurs who are opening the next chapters of their rich culinary careers. In other words, great new New York restaurants from old New York talents.

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The bar at Claudette. Photo: Brian Park/Courtesy of Claudette

Claudette

24 Fifth Ave.; +1-212-868-2424

The Team: Carlos Suarez

As Seen At: Bobo and Rosemary's

What's to Love: Suarez just gets better and better, this time taking inspiration from the flavors and decor of Provence. Chef Wade Moises and chef de cuisine Koren Grieveson put together a terrific menu, but the thing to get are an assortment of vegetables du Jardin and the chicken tagine, which easily feeds two. This may be the restaurant of the summer. It's so fresh, so perfect, so now.

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Dinner at Gato. Photo: Pavia Rosati

Gato

324 Lafayette St.; +1-212-334-6400

The Team: Bobby Flay and Laurence Kertchmer

As Seen At: Around the United States: Bar Americain, Mesa Grill, and Bobby's Burger Palace

What's to Love: Yes, Bobby is married to Fathom contributing editor Stephanie March. But that would have sent me to Gato once. The food (especially scrambled eggs with almond romesco and boucheron, crab risotto, and halibut with saffron-tomato broth), the enticing wine list, the friendly staff, and the lively bar have lured me back a dozen times.

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The outdoor dining room at Narcissa. Photo: Courtesy of Narcissa

Narcissa

21 Cooper Square; +1-212-228-3344

The Team: John Fraser

As Seen At: Dovetail

What's To Love: When hotelier Andre Balazs turned the Cooper Square Hotel into The Standard East Village, he inherited a long-troubled and awkwardly shaped restaurant. The room got a makeover, and the kitchen got a superstar: the talented, brainy John Fraser. He had been taking vegetables to a new level at Dovetail for some time and continues to innovate here, most notably in carrots Wellington and rotisserie-charred beets. Charming touch: Many ingredients, including whole baby chickens, are sourced from Balazs's farm upstate.

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Dinner at Bâtard. Clockwise from top left: Maine lobster, octopus pastrami, veal tenderloin, seared ocean trout, pan-roasted branzino, New York strip loin. Photos: Courtesy of Bâtard

Bâtard

239 West Broadway; +1-212-219-2777

The Team: Drew Nieporent, John Winterman, Markus Glocker

As Seen At: Drew: Nobu, Tribeca Grill; Winterman: Daniel; Glocker: Gordon Ramsay at The London

What's to Love: Talk about a dream team. The culinary godfather (Nieportent), the charming host (Winterman, a Fathom contributor), and the rising chef (Glocker) renovated and brightened the former Corton space (originally Neiporent's Montrachet). The plates are beautiful and refined; the service is elegant and relaxed.

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They're all good glasses at Corkbuzz Chelsea. Photo: Pavia Rosati

Corkbuzz Chelsea

75 Ninth Ave.; +1-646-237-4847

The Team: Laura Maniec and Missy Robbins

As Seen At: Maniec: Corkbuzz; Robbins: A Voce

What's to Love: Impossibly young and even more impossibly accomplished sommelier Maniec designed her original Corbuzz as a wine lover's bar, restaurant, and event space. The new Chelsea Market location will stay open late at night and give shoppers and nearby cubicle drones a reason to drink at lunch. Consulting chef Robbins has been traveling the world since leaving A Voce and created an inspiring menu of bar snacks, most notably a cotechino sandwich that, frankly, should be illegal.

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Family photos line the walls in the back room at Empire Diner. Photo: Daniel Krieger/Courtesy of Empire Diner

Empire Diner

210 Tenth Ave.; +1-212-596-7523

The Team: Amanda Frietag

As Seen At: The Harrison, Chopped and Iron Chef on Food Network

What's to Love: Frietag has been missing from the NYC kitchen for too long, but it's been worth the wait. She and her team did a stunning renovation of the iconic 1940s Chelsea diner. Her menu follows suit with updated American classics like buffalo-style skate wings, matzoh ball marrow soup, and patty melts. Coming soon: all of this, 24 hours a day.

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Steak tartare at Cherche Midi. Photo: Pavia Rosati

Cherche Midi

282 Bowery; +1-212-226-3055

The Team: Keith McNally and chef Shane McBride

As Seen At: Balthazar, Minetta Tavern, Schiller's Liquor Bar, Morandi

What's to Love: Team McNally gave their old Pulino's pizzeria a makeover, brightening and Frenchifying the space. (Imagine if your brunette friend suddenly went blonde.) As can be expected at any McNally eatery, the room is already buzzing and the scene is as hot as can be. McBride is firing on all cylinders, turning out food that's both artful (crudite salad) and addictive (steak tartare).

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The NoMad Bar. Photo: Frances F. Denny/Courtesy of The NoMad Bar

The NoMad Bar

10 West 28th St.; +1-347-472-5660

The Team: Chef Humm and Will Guidara

As Seen At: NoMad, Eleven Madison Park

What's to Love: These guys have the Midas touch. The Library Bar at NoMad became so popular that they turned the space next door to the hotel into a dark and dramatic bi-level tavern. The cocktails are inventive, many made with unusual spirits. The menu is pub fare seen through a four-star filter. That means chicken pot pie and hot dogs prepared with black truffles.

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The open kitchen at Marco's. Photo: Pavia Rosati

Marco's

295 Flatbush Ave.; +1-718-230-0427

The Team Francine Stephens and Andrew Feinberg

As Seen At: Franny's, BKLYN Larder

What's to Love: Pizza was only the beginning for the married couple, but what an auspicious start it was. When Franny's outgrew its Flatbush Avenue location and moved up the block, they transformed the space into Marco's, a cozy Italian trattoria with a lovely back garden and a more ambitious menu. What to order: all the pastas and anything wood-grilled.

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Classic pasta. Photo: Courtesy of Bar Primi

Bar Primi

325 Bowery; +1-212-220-9100

The Team: Chef Andrew Carmellini

As Seen At: Locanda Verde, The Dutch, Lafayette.

What's to Love: Peels, the beloved and always packed Bowery restaurant from Taavo Somer, has been replaced by the prolific chef's small plates and pasta joint. What Carmellini can't do with pasta isn't worth doing. How did he open this a year after Lafayette, his other stunning newcomer, yet look calm every time I see him? I don't know, but I think he may have clones.

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Grab a cozy seat. Photo: Courtesy of Telepan Local.

Telepan Local

329 Greenwich St.; +1-212-966-9255

The Team: Bill Telepan

As Seen At: Telepan

What's to Love: The farmy vibe in the bar and dining room. The farmy vibe on the menus. Chef Bill Telepan has been nurturing New Yorkers for years, cooking local before it was trendy, leading the charge for healthy eating in public school meals through Wellness in the Schools. This is a meal for your heart and your soul.

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Sea urchins on ice. Photo: Courtesy of Carbone

Carbone

181 Thompson St.; +1-212-933-0707

The Team: Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi, Jeff Zalaznick

As Seen At: Torrisi, Parm, ZZ's Clam Bar.

What's to Love: Those Italian mama's boys take the iconic old-school, red-sauce joint to the level of performance art. Huge flecks of Parmesan rain down on your plate like dollar bills at a strip club. Botles of Sambuca are left on the table. Waiters wear burgundy tuxedos. Tony Bennett is at a corner table! (Okay, that was just one time.) The food is delicous and pricey. But you're here. Go big or go home.

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Pavia is the founder of Fathom. She splits her time between New York City and London but is happiest on the Sorrentine Peninsula. You can follow her at @pavianyc on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. She travels for the four-hour lunches.