We’re always on the lookout for restaurant news here at Food Republic. And news we often receive: We’re constantly pitched on restaurants that have pledged to open their doors in the near future, only to eventually learn about inevitable roadblocks and delays. We end up questioning whether we should cover a restaurant during our fall preview — a restaurant that we may have already mentioned in our spring preview, months before. Such is the unpredictable nature of the restaurant world.
We’ve worked diligently to assemble this short roundup of promising restaurants that we are certain have recently opened for business and of the newest announcements we’ve come across regarding restaurants certain to open in the near future. Well, fairly certain. Take a look and be sure to reserve your table today!
New York, New York
It’s rather uncommon for a restaurant firmly entrenched on San Pellegrino’s World’s 50 Best Restaurants list to open a second location in New York City. Yet that’s exactly what Indian Accent, the award-winning New Delhi restaurant (the only restaurant from India to be included on the prestigious list last year) has done. Helmed by celebrated chef Manish Mehrotra, Indian Accent offers inventive Indian cuisine, combining global ingredients and techniques with authentic Indian flavors in a warm yet sleek, modern setting — look for an 11-foot-high hand-gold-leafed wall with a geometric Indian jaali motif at the centerpiece of the room — adjacent to Le Parker Meridien Hotel. The menu can be enjoyed as a selection of two, three or four courses, or as a set chef’s tasting menu of seven courses. Small plates include potato sphere chaat with white pea mash, and butter pepper garlic paneer. More substantial courses include baby squid with crispy rice and everything chutney, as well as pork belly vindaloo with Goan red rice. The wine and beverage program catalogs cocktails, wine and teas and consists of a 300-bottle wine list that emphasizes fruit-forward Rieslings and light reds. 123 W. 56th St., New York, NY 10019; indianaccent.com
Café Altro Paradiso
Few establishments have received more universal acclaim than restaurateur Thomas Carter and chef Ignacio Mattos’s Estela, which opened in 2013. The pair’s newly opened second project features a menu inspired by most of the regions of Italy, as Mattos presents his takes on Italian comfort food. Starters include beef carpaccio with fried capers, arugula and aged balsamic, and salads are highlighted by fennel with Castelvetrano olives and provolone. There is a rotating list of daily specials and five pastas on offer, along with mains like a rib eye with roasted peppers and grilled swordfish with artichokes, lemon and almonds. Both the wine and cocktail lists focus on traditions and ingredients from Italy, and the latter emphasizes aperitifs, such as the Uva Passa, prepared with grappa and vermouth. The design of the café reflects the style of the restaurant’s food, putting a personal touch on age-old traditions, as well as the history of the Deco-era building it occupies. Notably expansive windows let in pleasant hues of light throughout the day and into the evening. 234 Spring St., New York, NY 10013; altroparadiso.com
For more than 70 years, Antico Noè has served authentic Tuscan panini from a tiny storefront in an arcaded alley off the Piazza San Pier Maggiore in Florence, Italy. Locals and visitors abroad have begged owner Massimo Torelli to expand to the U.S., and now he finally has, opening the first Antico Noè outside of Italy in New York City. The 1,600-square-foot space will first offer the top ten most popular of the 25 panini sold at the original Florence shop, before expanding the complete menu. Included will be the famous stuffed chicken with sautéed mushrooms, fresh mozzarella and famous rosé sauce; roasted turkey, roasted onions, brie cheese and famous spicy sauce; and prosciutto di Parma, sautéed mushrooms, fresh mozzarella cheese and famous rosé sauce. Salads and small bites will also be available in the New York outpost, which has retained traditions of the old world through elegantly designed displays, such as a replicated broken mirror from the original shop. 220 E. 53rd St., New York, NY 10022; anticonoe.com
Brooklyn, New York
Restaurant partners and cookbook coauthors Harris Salat and Tadashi Ono have opened their third Ganso restaurant, Sushi Ganso (they also run a casual izakaya and a ramen joint). Located next to the team’s izakaya, Sushi Ganso has 36 seats, 12 of which are at the sushi bar. The menu fuses classic Tokyo-style sushi and sashimi with seafood from Japan and the U.S. Small dishes (kobachi) include ankimo, steamed monkfish liver in yuzu ponzu. Sushi and sashimi sets are the highlight at Ganso, with a daily rotating omakase menu encouraging diners to trust the chef. There are also a number of classic and vegetarian rolls on offer. A casual, comfortable atmosphere evokes a Japanese sensibility, with an abundance of natural materials, like cypress, burnt wood and copper. The restaurant is open for both lunch and dinner. 31 Third Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11217; gansonyc.com
Dallas-based Apheleia Restaurant Group has partnered with two-time James Beard–nominated chef John Tesar to bring Quill Lounge to the Design District of Dallas. Opening tonight, the upscale cocktail lounge (specializing in champagne and craft cocktails) will offer globally inspired tapas and cocktails from a rotating seasonal menu. While menu details are still scarce on opening night, snacks will include prosciutto topped with caviar and rice with a fried egg. Tesar promises that the small plates–style offerings will take diners around the globe, frequently incorporating new ingredients and approaches. Upon walking into the space, guests will be transported into a sleek lounge boasting rich hues, European accents and a circular cathedral-style ceiling, along with a fireplace. 1628 Oak Lawn Ave., Dallas, TX 75207
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Chesapeake & Maine
Chances are you’ve enjoyed a Dogfish Head Ale or two in your day. The beer company is making headlines with the announcement that it is opening a brick-and-mortar restaurant on Monday, March 7. The restaurant will offer fresh seafood from founder Sam Calagione’s fishermen friends up in Maine and Chesapeake (hence the name). Diners can expect unique takes on classic New England dishes, such as Maine lobster Bolognese and a seafood charcuterie. In addition, the restaurant will incorporate Dogfish’s famous off-centered ales throughout the menu, like its Noble Rot Beernaise, Namaste Steamed Ebenecooke Mussels and Midas Touch Mignonette. Meanwhile, the cocktail program will spotlight the company’s new line of scratch-made spirits only launched locally last year. Featuring porthole windows and oyster-shell chandeliers, the restaurant will sport an inviting and casual maritime theme. 316 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
Tel Aviv, Israel
Tel Aviv is slowly gaining recognition as an up-and-coming food destination, and local chef Yuval Fachler is helping the movement by opening Salva Vida in partnership with the Brown TLV Hotel on Wednesday, March 16. The partnership will combine Fachler’s incarnation of California-meets-Mediterranean cuisine centered on urban gardening techniques with his dedication to unwaveringly fresh raw materials. Fachler previously spent time globe-trotting in Michelin-starred restaurants in Italy and London under the auspices of Gordon Ramsey. Guests can anticipate innovative dishes that seek to promote the natural elements of food, such as smoked trout, artichoke, Parmesan and quail egg; drum fish, bouillabaisse, potato and kale; and salmon sashimi with grapefruit, avocado and pistachio. All selections are paired with a personally selected list of wines served up within an alfresco “garden lounge” aesthetic. Kalischer St. 25, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel