Dining

Now Open: Amboy, Norah, Declaration and More

15 new restaurants to add to your must-try list
Photo: Ryan Tanaka/Officine Brera
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New York City
Pizzeria Sirenetta: Now that Mermaid Inn is all settled into its larger space next door, the owners have turned the former Upper West Side location into a pizza and pasta restaurant. Franny's alum Danny Amend is turning out white clam pies, as well as a few pastas, antipasti and salads like one of chicory and pancetta. Find La Sirenetta here, or in our DINE app.

Kuro-Obi: Cult ramen-ya Ippudo now has a little sister in the swank Urbanspace Vanderbilt. The team's serving bowls of chicken broth tori-paitan ramen that come with toppings like bacon, Parm and even basil. There are also bowls of shoyu for the taking. Find Kuro-Obi here, or in our DINE app.

Lionsbeerstore: Part beer store, part drinking and snacking den, this new spot has 350 brews in the house, as well as sausage, charcuterie and cheese platters. For dessert, there's a drunken apple cinnamon bun with vanilla cream cheese icing and a beer caramel sauce. Find Lionsbeerstore here, or in our DINE app.

Los Angeles
Officine Brera: The long-anticipated meat-centric spot is finally here, but if you want to check it out, you'll have to get in line. The large restaurant was completely booked for its opening weekend before the weekend in question even started. If you do get in, look out for Northern Italian fare and a very animal-heavy menu. Find Officine Brera here, or in our DINE app.

Amboy: Eggslut's Alvin Cailin's latest project is a Filipino-focused takeaway project in Chinatown next to his culinary incubator Unit 120. The lunchtime-only spot focuses on rice topped with traditional Filipino grilled meats wrapped in a banana leaf. There's also house-made hot sauce for those who want it, and nothing tops $10. Find Amboy here, or in our DINE app.

Moruno: Once just a take-out spot, Spanish snackery Moruno is all grown up at The Original Farmers Market. There's a vermouth bar area upstairs, rotisserie chicken and a dish dubbed "squid stuffed squid." Another outpost should arrive at the Grand Central Market soon. Find Moruno here, or in our DINE app.

Norah: West Hollywood's new swank spot looks like it could easily be in a design catalog with Edison bulb chandeliers, chevron wood flooring and mix-and-match chairs. The menu hops around from "cauliflower popcorn" made with rice flour batter, smoked paprika and chickpea tahini to uni butter poached shrimp and even masa harina dumplings with chili braised pork. Find Norah here, or in our DINE app.

San Francisco
Starboard: Hot Mission bar/club Slate has a hip new next-door neighbor, where the menu is full of meaty mains, fun bar snacks and top-notch jokes ("Chowder? I hardly knew her!"). It closes a whole hour after Slate, you can grab a jerk fish sandwich (and its "hottt vinaigrette") after a late night of partying. Find Starboard here, or in our DINE app.

Mensho Tokyo: The menu at this authentic Japanese ramen den's U.S. location is straightforward and unfussy. Try the seemingly oxymoronic vegan tantanmen ramen or keep classic with a bowl of tonkotsu or tori paitan. Find Mensho Tokyo here, or in our DINE app.

Austin
Bribery Bakery: The new Mueller boozy bakery/café location of Jodi Elliott's beloved shop had us at "cinnamon rolls the size of your face." Check out the Afterschool Special—$1.50 for anything in the pastry case and $2 off beer, wine and cocktails. Find Bribery Bakery here, or in our DINE app.

D.C.
The Sovereign: There's more to Belgian cuisine than chocolate and waffles—like tartes flambées, Dutch mussels and beer-braised rabbit, all of which you can find at this Georgetown spot. Naturally, there's a full page of beer options and plenty of Belgian beer flowing from a custom draft system. Find The Sovereign here, or in our DINE app.

Declaration: The Lincoln team, who is also behind Teddy & The Bully Bar, have a new patriotic pizza project. The 1,776-square-foot space has pies named for some of our founding fathers, like the Thomas Jefferson (chicken, apples, Gorgonzola, arugula, mozzarella), the John Adams (clams, potatoes, pork belly, fontina) and the often-overlooked John Hancock (cod, scallops, bacon, roasted garlic, mozzarella). Find Declaration here, or in our DINE app.

Hank's Pasta Bar: If the thought of having to choose just one of 15 pasta options stresses you out, go to Hank's, where you can mix and match three, four or five choices. And if pasta isn't your thing, construct your own antipasto board or dive into rustic Italian small plates. Find Hank's Pasta Bar here, or in our DINE app.

Miami
Ichimi Coral Gables: This craft ramen bar makes its noodles in-house daily and bowls them up cold, in broth or dipped tsukemen-style. Menu items like tonkotsu risotto and an uni taco prove it's not just a one-trick pony. Find Ichimi Coral Gables here, or in our DINE app.

French 27: The food is unsurprisingly French (escargots, beef tartare, duck confit), but the light, deft hand on the classic cuisine is refreshing. The dim lighting, white tablecloths and red accents are nothing if not glamorous. Find French 27 here, or in our DINE app.

 

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