New York City
Meyers Bageri: Noma cofounder Claus Meyer has been busy opening a food hall and a fine dining restaurant in Grand Central, but he hasn’t forsaken Brooklyn. What started as a pop-up in Williamsburg is now a full-time outpost of his namesake Copenhagen bakery. The pastries and bread are excellent, but perhaps the best find is the dense multigrain rye loaf.
Atoboy: Modern Korean food is starting to carve a niche for itself in NYC, and joining the group is this spot, just a few blocks outside of K-Town. Dinner is served as a tasting menu of banchan (small plates) for $36. Offerings include mackerel with green chile, spinach and scallion; pork jowl with barley, ssamjang and romaine; and chicken with spicy peanut butter and garlic.
Paowalla: Floyd Cardoz describes his new project as a sort of Tabla 2.0, referring to the much-loved shuttered restaurant. He’s presenting a contemporary take on Indian cooking with dishes like goat cheese-stuffed squash blossom pakoras and rice-flaked halibut with watermelon curry.
Casa Apicii: L.A.’s Tasting Kitchen team is serving Italian fare near NYU (in what once housed The Lion). The menu includes dishes like citrus-cured mackerel; strozzapreti with octopus, pancetta and bread crumbs; and fonduta ravioli.
Seabird: The husband-and-wife duo behind Harlem’s acclaimed Mountain Bird are one half of this maritime-focused project. The other half is the team behind Mezetto. Together, they are serving conch casino mac and cheese, bouillabaisse dumpling soup and lobster roll thermidor.
El Tejano: Channeling Tex-Mex in all of its glory is this newcomer, where there are nachos, fajitas, plenty of picnic tables outside and some super-Instagrammable interior design.
Laurel Point: Along with its boathouse look comes plates of oysters, sushi and shrimp Niçoise. And, while it’s still early, there’s already talk of making the place scalable, so look out for more locations down the line.
Sushi Hon: Omakase meals typically don’t come cheap, so at $65, this feels like a steal. While the menu changes based on what looks good to the chef any given week, early diners are reporting a rotation of approximately 11 pieces/dishes, plus cocktail offerings that include Jing-Seng with serrano chile, ginger and a citrus twist.
Nosh and Booze: The owners of Bucktown’s AMK Kitchen are popping up in the now-closed Vivo spot, bringing ceviche tacos and braised pork tamales with a street food vibe. There are also cocktails (as the name suggests), DJ nights and brunch soon to come. And stay tuned for 2017, when they’ll permanently takeover the space.
Coda Di Volpe: Thin-crust pizza continues to give Chicago-style a run for its money, the latest being this Neapolitan spot on Southport. The stack of wood next to the stove in the back provides visual proof of how the puffy, charred crust is made, which is topped with the likes of rosemary ham, Calabrian chile and fior di latte.
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June’s: The website advertises wine, baseball and Bolognese, but there’s even more at this all-day joint than those already-varied offerings. Take a seat on the patio (which is dog friendly) and enjoy breakfast chalupas, shaved ham and butter sandwiches and tequila-and-juice cocktails.
Cane Rosso: If it works in Dallas, it’s sure to work in Austin, where the pizza scene is growing by the minute. But this time, there are two ovens rather than one, location-specific wood-fired dishes and a barbecue pizza with brisket, soppressata and roasted jalapeño pesto.
Arthur Avenue: After traveling through Italy for six months, executive chef William Wright is ready to share his love for Italian American cuisine with Houston. Authentic, handcrafted cuisine is what guests can expect, like fusilli made from “extremely high-quality grain from the area.” Fun fact: The name Arthur Ave is an homage to the iconic street in the Bronx’s Little Italy.
STK: They may have locations around the world, but there’s something different about the newest location at the ME by Meliá hotel. Whether it’s the low-key outdoor space, the location along Biscayne Boulevard or the way the Parmesan-topped beef carpaccio melts in your mouth is up to you.
Pisco y Nazca: All eyes might be on Brazil right now, but take a second and focus on Peru. The second location of this modern Peruvian restaurant offers seven types of ceviche (plus a sampler option), a large selection of tapas and all the pisco-based cocktails you could ever want.
B Bar Tapas: Everything about this North Miami small-plates spot emanates happy hour, so gather the troops for falafel slides, drunken mussels and mini crab cakes. Should you need a break between rounds of thyme-infused G&Ts, there’s a full selection of board games to keep you occupied.
Sugar: Head to the top of the East hotel in Brickell—40 floors above ground level—for excellent views and quality cocktails to match. Snack on Asian-inspired dishes like tamarind-glazed beef satay and lychee crème brûlée, all under the romantic glow of hanging twinkly lights and a canopy of greenery.
Pie-Sci: The former pizza pop-up opens its doors in Detroit’s Woodbridge neighborhood. Owner Jeremy Damaske is serving signature Pie-Sci pizza recipes ranging from meat lovers’ classics to adventurous combinations like shrimp and balsamic glaze. All ingredients are made from scratch, and gluten-free crust options are also available.
Grey Ghost: After much anticipation, chefs Josef Giacomino and John Vermiglio welcome diners to their 83-seat spot located in the former Ye Olde Butcher Shoppe building off East Watson. The menu showcases a variety of meat, vegetarian and seafood dishes from steak and racks of lamb to gnocchi and scallop thermidor. The bar features an extensive list of craft cocktails with drinks such as On Your Marks with rum and Hair of the Dog featuring Scotch.
Zigmund's: Deviled eggs are taking back the glory from oysters. They’re $1 each at this Bridgehampton resto, which is from the same people behind popular restaurant Almond in Manhattan. Ouzo- and dill-infused lemonade, spanakopita and warm octopus add Greek flair to the bar bites menu.
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