The 9 Best New Restaurants to Try This Week
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From the debut of long-anticipated Sweet Home Cafe in D.C. to Chicago’s Old Irving Brewing to some exceptional bakeries, these are the best new places to check out.
Mah-Ze-Dahr: After a delay, highly sought-after baker Umber Ahmad has finally opened her West Village bakery, which offers mushroom and fontina hand pies, brown-butter and red plum pies, cheddar jalapeño scones, brownies and more.
Los Mariscos: Finding top-notch tacos in NYC can be challenging, but Los Tacos No. 1 has proved itself worthy. Now the team behind the spot in Chelsea Market has a new project right next door dedicated entirely to seafood. There are fish and shrimp tacos, clam ceviche, and shrimp and scallop aguachiles.
Secchu Yokota: High-end tempura restaurants are a somewhat-new concept to New York (we’re looking at you, Tempura Matsui). Tempura is fried seconds before it hits your plate, often featuring small crabs and exceptionally light vegetables. But up until now, it has come at a cost. Thankfully, this new spot brings the price down to a more a more affordable $65 a person.
Destroyer: Jordan Kahn, formerly of Red Medicine, has opened an all-day restaurant in Culver City, but the plates are more composed than the competition. For breakfast, there’s avocado confit with kale oil and caramelized onion financiers with crème fraîche. Later in the day, there are plates like beef tartare with smoked egg cream, pickled mushroom and radish.
Pata Salada: In place of Luna Park, the owners have installed this seafood-focused Mexican spot serving shrimp and coconut aguachiles, guacamole with pepitas and squash blossom quesadillas. For those who prefer fowl over fish, there’s pork shank carnitas with all the fixings.
AR Cucina: Akasha Richmond’s replaced Sāmbār with this rustic Italian number serving fritto misto, bucatini all’amatriciana, a green lasagna with short ribs and Sicilian-style swordfish with capers, golden raisins, pine nuts, olives and cherry tomatoes.
Mr. Holmes Bakehouse: This San Francisco favorite has logged serious time on Route 1 and is now making its way down to L.A. bringing its signature Cruffins (yes, croissants meet muffins) with them, along with hand pies, danishes and coffee to go with it all.
Photo: Courtesy of Sweet Home Cafe
Sweet Home Café: At the newly opened National Museum of African American History and Culture, the café is part of the exhibition. Under the guidance of culinary historian Jessica B. Harris, the team breaks down African American foodways into four regions offering dishes like an oyster pan roast, made famous by a freed slave who operated a tavern in New York City, and a Caribbean-inspired pepper pot stew.
Old Irving Brewing: What started as Crooked Fork Brewing with the late Homaro Cantu has transformed into a project with Trevor Rose-Hamblin, Jeff Linnemeyer and Matthias Merges. There is, of course, plenty of beer including an imperial black ale and a Belgian wit. If you work up an appetite, there’s fare cooked over an open fire, like a whole fish with chile, ginger, cilantro and Chinese black beans, and a chicken with charred lemons, Calabrian chiles, rosemary and potatoes.
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