It’s admittedly an imperfect science to write about a restaurant in preview (plywood) form — after all, restaurants are like little babies. They grow out of their clothes too quickly and sometimes shit all over themselves. This building of restaurants business is messy, and vague. But from what we’ve gleaned from press releases, hushed phone conversations and earlier roundups like this on the Internet, the rest of the year is shaping up to be a really good one in New York City. Here are some places we are most excited about.

The downstairs dining area at RedFarm – currently operating until the end of the month as RedFarm Steak – will be the home of Decoy, a full-fledged mini restaurant and bar specializing in many forms of Peking duck. It is scheduled to open in October. A late night bar menu of Asian snacks will include Peking duck burgers, lobster tartare and wontons with spicy sesame sauce, while the restaurant’s main star will be a set menu that revolves around cooked-to-order Peking duck, alongside vegetarian and non-duck menu items. A 22-seat communal table will be the primary seating area. RedFarm is also debuting an Upper West Side location, set to open in the middle of September. 529 ½ Hudson Street, 212-691-9700

Well-liked Boston chefs Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette will open an offshoot of their popular South End tapas restaurant, Toro, in the shadows of Del Posto and Colicchio & Sons in Chelsea. The duo plans to offer both regional classics, as well as their cheffy takes on the foods of Spain. Think a pressed uni sandwich with miso butter and roasted bone marrow with oxtail marmalade. We can’t stop thinking about that. 85 10th Avenue,

Bergen Hill and Battersby 2.0
Two openings will bless the corner of Court Street and 1st Place in the brownstone Brooklyn neighborhood of Carroll Gardens. The long shuttered Bourgeois Pig is replaced with Bergen Hill, an omakase-style raw fish bar paired with an exceptional cocktail program that has long been the trademark of co-owner Ravi DeRossi (Death & Company). He teams with Interpol guitarist Daniel Kessler. A possible Stella Was A Diver (Scallop) And She Was Always Down special? They plan to open later this week. Across the street the duo from the much-hyped small kitchen dynamo Battersby are opening in a location that used to house a magic-themed burger shop. Little details are known, but we are not banking on a magic-themed burger shop. 387 and 412 Court Street,

Chef Chris Jaeckle of Ai Fiori and Morimoto will open his hotly anticipated Venetian-style restaurant in mid-October in Greenwich Village. Bar snacks such as crudos, handmade pastas, risottos and chichetti will complement a menu of signature dishes including vitello e tonno, roasted strip steak and crispy suckling pig. Many ingredients used for the 80-seat space will be sourced from the nearby Union Square Greenmarket. Industry veteran Chris Cannon – a recipient of five New York Times 3-star reviews and two James Beard Awards – is collaborating on the project. 22 East 13th Street

Gotham West Market
Press materials promise of a “curated list of artisan vendors” at this market planned as the anchor retail space of luxury high-rise Gotham West. In this age of curated lists and artisan vendors, we weren’t so excited. That is until we read further to see who is attached. It’s like an all-star team of established, authentic small business badasses: Ivan Orkin, Court Street Grocers, Saltie, Seamus Mullen, Blue Bottle, The Cannibal. Orkin is staying busy this fall, also opening a full-scale ramen restaurant on the Lower East Side. 600 11th Avenue,

Joe & MissesDoe
Opening the second week of September is Joe & MissesDoe, a casual 26-seat East Village taking over for the recently closed JoeDoe (fear not, the original spot will re-open with more refined offerings in Spring 2014). Executive chef Joe Dobias and his new wife (and longtime business partner) Jill Schuster will serve classic bar snacks and comfort-leaning dishes like crispy duck skins, cheesey cherry peppers stuffed with provolone and prosciutto, French dip dumplings with au jus gravy and tacos with duck confit and radish. Schulster will spearhead the cocktails. 45 East First Street, 212-780-0262,

Danny Bowien Mexican Restaurant
The zero-frills Chinese-slash-Mexican takeout counter is an established New York City phenomenon. So we’re curious if Mission Chinese mastermind Danny Bowien is going to play off of this a bit with his forthcoming Lower East Side opening (located around the corner from the Orchard Street Mission). So far the menu details have been keep on ice, though we know that it’s not going to be a tequila bar172 Orchard Street,  

Brooklyn Fare Manhattan
Right now you’re asked to drop three large for a spot at the 12-seat table that Bouley vet Cesar Ramirez sets in the back of a Brooklyn grocery store. (It’s more of a counter, with the chef and an assistant cooking in the center). The Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare has become one of the hardest reservations in all of New York City, and the borough’s only three Michelin star restaurant.  With the long-awaited opening of a Manhattan location, the stakes are ready to be raised — with 65 seats and a 10-seat chef’s counter that will likely become the city’s hottest table on day minus-six. 431 West 37th Street

Amanda Freitag’s Untitled Restaurant
Food Network star Amanda Freitag is set to open her first solo project at some point in October – a still unnamed “locavore diner” – in the West Chelsea space that formerly housed Empire Diner. Freitag last worked as Executive Chef of The Harrison in 2010 and previously held the position of chef de cuisine at popular Upper West Side mainstay ‘Cesca. Her new project will seat 75 – with capacity for another 75 outside beginning in the spring – and serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. It will eventually be open 24 hours a day, with the potential of challenging neighborhood staple Cafeteria for late night dining supremacy. 210 10th Avenue

The Clam
The team behind Market Table and The Little Owl will bring fresh seafood to the West Village in mid-October with the opening of Quality Clam. Joey Campanaro and his partner Mike Price are aiming for the new venue to have a “neighborhood staple” feel, with moderately priced appetizers and entrées. Though a menu has not yet been released, a preview dinner in Miami earlier this summer featured crispy clams, clam chowder arancini, sweet pea risotto and snapper crudo. 420 Hudson Street

Marc Murphy of Landmarc and Ditch Plains fame (and a Food Republic guest columnist) is partnering with the Gerber Group to launch Kingside on the ground floor of the Viceroy New York in Midtown. Murphy will serve New American small plates, accompanied by Gerber’s renowned bar program, complete with global wine offerings, regional craft brews and small-batch spirits. The expansive, 140-seat dining room is set to open its doors in mid-October. 120 West 57th Street

Grace Gaelic Hospitality
Irish gastropub Grace – named after a 16th century female pirate – is planning to open this week. The menu will be prepared by Ryan Schmidtberger, formerly of River Café and Lure Fishbar, and will consist primarily of food from Ireland’s sea coasts. Looking to “celebrate the more feminine side of the Irish pub,” bar owner Danny McDonald has assembled a cast of female bartenders – many from the city’s top watering holes, including Raines Law Room, the NoMad, Booker & Dax, Clover Club, The Dead Rabbit and Death & Company – to contribute signature cocktails and work guest bartender shifts. 365 Third Avenue,

La Botaneria
Roberto Santibañez – the man behind well-known Mexican hotspots Rosa Mexicano and Fonda (and our top-notch chicken enchiladas recipe) is headed to Park Slope once again with a new project, titled La Botaneria. While the chef has been slow to reveal information, he has described the venture as a “fun small concept bar/restaurant,” and it will be occupy in the snug confines once held by Beer Table. While La Botaneria has already been armed with Twitter and Instagram feeds, a spokesman said that details regarding the menu and exact opening date will be available in the coming weeks. 427 Seventh Avenue, Brooklyn

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