Describing your food as "Italian-inspired" seems a dubious sort of parsing. Still, Gabe Thompson is the chef, which is all you need to know when L'Apicio, 13 E. 1st [Bowery] 212.533.7400, opens in the next month or so… No parsing from Cesare Casella, just more of his endlessly pleasing Italian food coming soon to the East Side, when a branch of Salumeria Rosi opens at 903 Mad [72nd/73rd]… A serious new BBQ contender: Fletcher's Brooklyn, 433 3rd Ave. [7th/8th] Bklyn… Ham has not been unknown in the halls of The Public Theater. This time, it's played straight with star chef Andrew Carmellini, who opens The Library next month on the ground floor of the theater. Expect American food, cocktails, crowds… Speaking of cocktails, mixologician Eben Freeman shakes it up at Michael White's new place in Tribeca, The Butterfly, 225 W. Bway [White] that will continue the trend of looking to Wisconsin for culinary inspiration… From Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi (Torrisi Italian Specialties), Carbone, 181 Thompson [Bleecker/Houston] an old-school Italian restaurant in what was formerly an old-school Italian restaurant (Rocco), due late fall.
Two from the U.K. If you missed the first season of The Hour, it's definitely worth checking out. Set inside the BBC during the 1950s, the miniseries sports plenty of period atmosphere, plus spies, murder, romance, the requisite smoking and drinking, and some terrific performances. Season two comes from BBC America later this fall.
Also due from Great Britain, a new, fourth season of the much-loved, hilariously profane political comedy, The Thick of It, streamed on Hulu. Season three is available for streaming now. Free, but account needed.
From midtown Manhattan, 30 Rock's last season. Starts October 4, 13 episodes. Sigh.
The big-ticket items are new books from Zadie Smith (NW, out now), Michael Chabon (Telegraph Avenue, September 11), Junot Díaz (This Is How You Lose Her, September 11), Tom Wolfe (Back to Blood, October 23), and Ian McEwan (Sweet Tooth, November 13).
We're also looking forward to cracking the spine of these… Author of The Tender Bar, J. R. Moehringer, has a biography of Willie Sutton, one of the most accomplished bank robbers there ever was. (September 25)… There's a biography of accomplished Harlem Renaissance poet Countée Cullen called And Bid Him Sing by Charles Molesworth. (October 1)… In Sunlight and In Shadow, a new novel by Mark Helprin, author of Winter's Tale. (October 2)… Fox Tracks, a mystery by Rita Mae Brown. (November 20)
While you were out, MoMA opened Quay Brothers: On Deciphering the Pharmacist's Prescription for Lip-Reading Puppets. The museum gives the moving image artists an expansive survey—and a wonderful, strange ride it is.
Regarding Warhol at the Metropolitan Museum looks at the ways Andy Warhol influenced his contemporaries and those who came after. Dozens of Warhol pieces, plus over a hundred works by 60 fellow artists.
At the Guggenheim, Picasso Black and White is an interesting take: an exhibit of over 100 works by the artist, from 1904-1971, in which blacks, whites, and grays are the whole palette. From October 5
Four Freedoms Park is the 2nd Avenue subway of green space, having been 38 years in the making. Originally announced by Governor Rockefeller and Mayor Lindsay in 1973, and designed by Louis Kahn, New York's fortunes at the time meant the project had to be shelved. The Roosevelt Island site honors FDR and is named for Roosevelt's Four Freedoms speech that looks forward to a world with freedom of speech and expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. It finally opens October 24.
[Fall Preview Part 1 is here]