In this latest article in an ongoing series, Elite Traveler brings you a carefully-curated list of the best new restaurants for October.
As summer fades into the distant past, we also say goodbye to the plethora of pop-ups and al fresco experiences. However, chefs around the globe continue to work on exciting new concepts for the fall and winter.
In New York, we visit a long-standing restaurant celebrating the arrival of its first new head chef in over three decades and a stunning new dining spot in East Village. In London, we take a look at a new restaurant from the famed Joël Robuchon group before finishing in Barcelona with a new sky-high experience from a familiar name.
Gotham Bar & Grill
One of the pillars of New York’s fine dining scene, Gotham Bar & Grill has been serving exceptional food to highbrow for 35 years. Thirty-four of those were under the stewardship of Alfred Portale, but he has now stepped aside to make way for his successor Victoria Blamey.
Blamey, 39, hails from Chile and worked in restaurants in Spain and Australia before settling in New York. Her most prominent work to date has been at Chumley’s before securing the role at Gotham.
Her new dinner menu launched late September and includes dishes such as Charred Japanese Eggplant and Wild Coho Salmon. The new lunch menu is expected to launch in October and the pressure is on to retain the restaurant’s loyal midday customer base.
Following its grand opening on September 19th, Cathédrale (pictured above) has quickly become the place to be seen in New York. A collaboration between Chef/Partner Ralph Scamardella and Executive Chef Jason Hall, Cathédrale brings the finest French-Mediterranean food to Manhattan’s East Village. Dishes take inspiration from Southern France with traces of Italy, Spain and Greece.
Signature dishes include starters such as Oyster Mushroom Brochette with Mache Salad and Basil Pistou, and Hamachi Crudo with Green Apple and Black Olive Oil. Main courses include Bouillabaisse ‘Tetou’ with Saffron Potatoes and Red-Pepper Rouille; Roasted Lobster with Wild Oregano, Lemon, and Parsley Butter; and 30-Day Dry-Aged Ribeye Steak au Poivre.
While the cuisine is likely to delight diners, it is the spectacular setting that will draw most of them in. The cavernous dining room boasts a 26-foot, triple-height ceiling to give it the feel of an abandoned architectural treasure. There is also a vintage-style bar area that pays homage to East Village’s most famous night spots and an outdoor dining terrace for sunnier days.
Hopeful diners are recommended to book at least 30 days in advance.