Dining

Now Open: Salvation Burger, La Sirena, Antoinette and More

18 new restaurants for your must-try list
Mousse dessert at Mario Batali's La Sirena. Photo: Kate Previte
Dessert at La Sirena

New York City
Salvation Burger: The burger shop that April Bloomfield has been dreaming of opening for six or seven years is finally here. Bloomfield's team is building the burger from scratch with the help of an in-house butcher, who makes a custom blend for the burgers, and a baker, who makes the house rolls. The namesake patty is topped with caramelized onions, taleggio and nothing else. Simple, rich and delicious—just as a burger should be. Find Salvation Burger here, or in our DINE app.

La Sirena: Mario Batali's coastal Italian restaurant has docked in the Maritime Hotel in Chelsea. It's Batali's first non-Eataly New York restaurant in 10 years, so expect the large dining room to be packed with diners eager to try bucatini with spicy octopus, old-school beef braciole and pici with sausage and escarole. Thankfully, only one menu item tops $30. Find La Sirena here, or in our DINE app.

Breads Bakery: New York's most sought-after babka bakery now has a location near Lincoln Center (time to bust out your biggest purse and sneak some babka into the Met). In addition to Breads' lineup from its Union Square location, there's also Concord Cake, a chocolate cake that was the signature pastry of now-shuttered Upper West Side staple Soutine Bakery. Find Breads here, or in our DINE app.

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00+Co: Pure Food & Wine alum Matthew Kenney's newest project is a vegan pizzeria in the East Village that looks a bit like a swank wine bar. There are wood-fired pizzas topped with the likes of tomatoes, farro sausage and cashew mozz; and truffled celeriac, maitakes and pesto parsley. Find 00 + Co. here, or in our DINE app.

Sushi Nakazawa: One of New York's better-regarded sushi restaurants recently annexed a neighboring space and added a bar, which serves wine, beer, sake and, perhaps most importantly, an à la carte menu, giving diners who don't want to drop the $120 to $150 it costs to eat at Nakazawa a chance to try the restaurant's food. Find Sushi Nakazawa here, or in our DINE app.

Freud: Edi & the Wolf team's newest project is a modern Austrian restaurant with cozy leather banquettes to keep you warm during this cold snap. Chef Eduard Frauneder is serving dishes like pork neck with bacon and caramelized lettuces, and dark rye spätzle—just what the weatherman ordered. Find Freud here, or in our DINE app.

Joy Luck Palace: A new dim sum hall has joined the pack in Manhattan's Chinatown serving steamed buns, dumplings and well-prepared chicken feet. Bonus: There are some cute steamed buns made to look like little piggies. Find the Joy Luck Club here, or in our DINE app.

Los Angeles
Winsome: "A good place to be," the website greets you. And when you walk into the bright, airy Echo Park space, you'll see why. The diner-like interior with its welcoming booths was designed by the same team behind Gracias Madre, and everything from the sandwiches to the latte art is on point. Find Winsome here, or in our DINE app.

Spring: Head to the historic Douglas Building in Downtown L.A. for the latest from food-world power couple Yassmin Sarmadi and Tony Esnault. The menu channels Southern France, with dishes like saffron risotto and sea bream crudo. Even the enamel in the pantry evokes a small home on the coast of Nice. Find Spring here, or in our DINE app.

Amelia: Follow the magnetic pull of wafts of freshly baked focaccia, challah and babka to find this Beverly Boulevard bakery. Unlike many other go-to morning spots, this one is open until 11 p.m., so you can get all shades of rugelach on your way home from a night out. Find Amelia here, or in our DINE app.

San Francisco
Antoinette: Dominique Crenn's restaurants now count three. The newest addition to the two-starred Michelin chef's empire is Antoinette, an all-day brasserie in a Berkeley hotel that serves a balance of classic dishes like frogs legs and escargot and more modern iterations like sweetbreads with broccoli fondant and flowering shiso. Find Antoinette here, or in our DINE app.

Belotti Ristorante e Bottega: Get ready for pasta and Negronis at this Northern Italian spot in Oakland. The pastas are affordable, ranging from $11 to $18, giving you all the more reason to not stop at just one. But if five-hour braised flat iron steak and seared duck are more your thing, you'll find those as well. Find Belotti Ristorante e Bottega here, or in our DINE app.

Chicago
MAD Social: Dark leather banquettes in a dim, industrial-chic West Loop restaurant are as good a place as any to hang with friends—or make new ones. And with snacks like house-cured mortadella and pancetta, plus a board of aged cheeses, it might even be among the best to do so. Find MAD Social here, or in our DINE app.

3 Greens Market: Au Cheval's Brendan Sodikoff adds to his Chicago restaurant empire with a food court-style dining emporium. There's also a putting green, should you care to chase a small cheval burger with a few practice strokes—with Doughnut Vault treat in hand, no less. Find 3 Greens Market here, or in our DINE app.

Miami
Spasso: Chef Gaetano Ascione has served Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and Nelson Mandela, and now he's feeding locals rustic Italian cuisine in Coconut Grove. The menu covers classics like penne amatriciana and chicken Milanese, and there are even red-and-white-checkered tablecloths. Find Spasso here, or in our DINE app.

D.C.
Mulebone: The Restaurant Row newcomer held a Top Chef-style contest to choose its executive chef. The winner: Joseph Paire, who is serving down-home comfort classics like black-eyed pea fritters and gumbo with grilled corn bread. Save room for Southern-screaming desserts like sweet potato bourbon pecan pie and toasted coconut cake. Fine Mulebone here, or in our DINE app.

Detroit
Jim Brady's: If you're a Detroit lifer, Jim Brady's might ring a bell. The restaurant was in business from 1954 to 1990, and now, Jim's grandson, Tom, is bringing it back. A few dishes from the old restaurant—like the house chili, 7 Mile Caesar and burger—made their way onto the menu (look for a star next to them). There are also newer additions like roasted cauliflower and mac and cheese topped with a Ritz cracker-and-cheddar crust. Find Jim Brady's here, or in our DINE app.

Granite City Food & Brewery: The taps are now flowing at the Renaissance Center. To go with the house brew, there are burgers, steaks, salads and, of course, bar snacks like wings and pretzels with cheese sauce. Find Granite City Food & Brewery here, or in our DINE app.

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