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Where the Underground Gourmet Will Be Eating

Bun's surf and turf.  

Pastry provocateur Will Goldfarb and Kevin Pomplun follow in the alfresco footsteps of Danny Meyer and Tom Colicchio, serving sous vide sandwiches and seasonal smoothies in two eco-friendly Battery Park kiosks. September.

Mai House chef Michael Huynh collaborates with his wife, Thao Nguyen, on a Soho rice-noodle shop, where the $12-and-under menu features spring rolls, skewers, and one-hour poached egg with sea urchin and truffle. 143 Grand St., nr. Lafayette St.; 212-431-7999. October.

Back Forty
Peter Hoffman applies his sustainable Savoy slant to unfussy fare like a grass-fed steakburger, a heritage-bacon BLT, and a blue-crab roll on challah. 190 Ave. B, nr. 12th St.; 212-388-1990. October.

El Quinto Pino
The perennially packed Tía Pol spins off an even smaller, table-free tapas bar just a block away. 401 W. 24th St., at Ninth Ave.; 212-206-6900. October.

Community Food & Juice
The brunch specialists at Clinton St. Baking Co. court an even later-rising Columbia crowd with some healthy-sounding comfort food like organic chicken soup and farro porridge as well as signature pancakes and waffles. 2893 Broadway, nr. 112th St. September.

A double-dose of ramen, as two Japanese chains make their New York debuts:
Ichiran Ramen, known for its slippery noodles and red sauce. 1013 Manhattan Ave., at Greene St., Greenpoint, Brooklyn. And self-described “ramen-noodle brasserie” Hakata Ippudo. 65 Fourth Ave., nr. 10th St.

Two San Francisco expats—he a veteran of Blue Bottle Coffee, she an underground restaurateur and current BabyCakes baker—collaborate on pastries (nonvegan) and house-roasted coffee by day, artisanal potato chips and patatas bravas by night. 86 E. 7th St., nr. First Ave. September.


Fall Preview 2007