César Ramirez spins off Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare, his 3-Michelin-starred restaurant, into Brooklyn Fare Manhattan, 431 W. 37th [9th/10th] due to open around Thanksgiving. This one adds a dining room to the kitchen counter concept. The chef will be Jared Sippel, who worked at the wonderful Boulder restaurant Frasca… More good news for Hell's Kitchen: the opening of Gotham West Market, a food court (designed by AvroKO) that could give food courts a good name… Prized UWS chef Bill Telepan (Telepan) opens up Telepan Local in Tribeca at 329 Greenwich St. [Jay/Duane] where Industria Argentina was… Joey Campanaro and partner Mike Price (Little Owl, Market Table) open The Clam next month at 420 Hudson [Leroy/Morton]… Jonathan Wu (who has a starry resume, including Per Se) and Wilson Tang open Fung Tu, 22 Orchard [Hester/Canal], where they'll be cooking idiosyncratic Chinese food… Chris Cannon and Chris Jaeckle (Ai Fiori) open Italian eatery All'Onda at 22 E. 13th [5th/Univ]… And expect exciting things from Contra, 138 Orchard [Rivington/Delancey], helmed by Jeremiah Stone and Fabian von Hauske, opening this month.
On September 29, Homeland returns to Showtime, and for all its confounding storytelling, we'll be watching.
Come December, TNT gets all sepia-toned for Mob City, about crime in Los Angeles in the 1940s (pictured above).
Set in current day L.A., longtime Ricky Gervais sidekick Stephen Merchant has moved there from England in the HBO fish-out-of-water comedy Hello, Ladies, starting September 29.
Closer to home, Andy Samberg stars in the Fox comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine, premiering September 17, about a police precinct with the formidable Andre Braugher as the captain.
The Moth, the inestimable storytelling group, has compiled 50 of the most compelling stories from their extensive archive.
66 Square Feet: A Delicious Life by Marie Viljoen is the story of 'one woman, one terrace, 92 recipes' as she makes the most of her Brooklyn micro-apartment. Her blog is here.
Wally Lamb, the author of She's Come Undone and I Know This Much is True, has written We Are Water, a new novel about family and marriage as we understand it (and fail to) in 2013. October 22
The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri tells the story of two brothers over time and place and tragedy. September 24
The new novel by Jonathan Lethem, Dissident Gardens, focuses on a Communist firebrand in Sunnyside, her daughter, and those they love. September 10
Malcolm Gladwell is back with David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants about adversity and how humans deal with it. October 1
The Circle by Dave Eggers is a thriller about working for the internet company of all internet companies. What could possibly go wrong? October 8
Girl with a Pearl Earring, for the win! The Frick has it, starting October 22nd along with works by Rembrandt (including Portrait of an Elderly Man, pictured above) and Hals. These are Masterpieces of Dutch Painting from the Mauritshuis that have been on tour while that museum is closed for renovation.
Gilded New York, a look at late 19th and early 20th century culture when its "elite class flaunted their money as never before," might have a bit of contemporary resonance. This sumptuous show, including clothing, paintings, jewelry, and objects, opens November 13 at the Museum of the City of New York.
If Jerry Springer, then Anna Nicole. The tabloid opera that debuted in London comes to BAM on September 17.