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 that have us questioning whether we should cover a restaurant during our fall preview — one 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!
Los Angeles, California
Now open, Winsome is bringing the clean flavors of Southern California and the region’s convivial dining culture to the heart of Echo Park. Owners Marc Rose and Med Abrous from the Spare Room, chef Jeremy Strubel (Rustic Canyon, Quince) and pastry chef Leslie Mialma are teaming up at the new space, which features an open kitchen, complete with a classic lunch counter to complement a 75-seat dining room (plus a coffee bar stocked with products from La Colombe Coffee Roasters.) The playful menu is composed of flavor combinations that draw on the diverse culinary traditions and cultures of the city, spotlighting local ingredients. Lunch items include a charred escarole chicken soup with pine nuts, black garlic and grilled rustic bread; and a harissa chicken salad sandwich with sultanas, celery hearts and Bloomsdale spinach. For dinner, offerings include a rockfish boil and simmer with grilled rockfish, toasted semolina couscous, Aleppo chili aioli, shellfish broth and bacon oyster crackers; and braised beef cheek with a red wine braise, heirloom carrot tagliatelle, watercress and charred Romanesco. The restaurant’s interior pays homage to the building’s midcentury architecture — one large wall is adorned by a 1938 watercolor, Sunshine in Echo Park, realized in custom wallpaper. 1115 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90012; eatwinsome.com
Spring is a refined culinary oasis located in the time-honored Douglas Building in downtown L.A. As the second collaboration from the husband-and-wife team behind the quintessential Francophile-bistro Church & State, the restaurant evokes the cuisine of Southern France, where fresh seafood and local ingredients reign supreme. Currently open for lunch (dinner service will begin in a couple of weeks), the menu consists of seafood, vegetables and lighter fare, in contrast to the venerable Church & State, which has long been touted as a preeminent restaurant for hearty and rich French bistro cuisine. The lunch menu lists saffron risotto, delicate fish stew and slowly cooked striped bass among its current offerings. Artfully divided into two distinct areas, Spring provides varied atmospheres for dining and cocktailing experiences. An intimate lounge with rick dark wood paneling and plush green tufted seating areas plays host to a large bar crafted as a respite for downtown denizens before or after a meal, pastis and classic cocktails. In the dining room, there is an approachable menu of Old World wines from France, Germany, Italy, Austria and Spain. 257 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90012; springlosangeles.com
Nashville has shown no signs of slowing down as a dining destination, and Steadfast Commons is a prime example of the unique nature of some of the city’s establishments. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks, the chic, 60-seat venue on Demonbreun Street features Steadfast roasts, teas, homemade pastries and lunch items during the day, before transitioning to a dinner and cocktail-focused menu in the evening. Along with co-owner Nathanael Mehrens, cocktail specialist Troy Sidle (of NYC’s Pouring Ribbons and Chicago’s the Violet Hour) has conceived an inimitable list of drinks exclusively for the restaurant, utilizing Steadfast flash chilled coffee and espresso in bitters, liqueurs, syrups and sodas — just take the Pour Over Night cocktail, for example — it features Steadfast coffee liqueur, Bar Sol pisco and heavy cream. Acclaimed chef Julia Sullivan (she’s spent time at NYC’s Per Se and Blue Hill and at Nashville’s Pinewood Social) has created a market-driven menu and is joined by chef Megan Jay, formerly of local favorite Silly Goose. A dinner-menu highlight is duck with braised red endive, roasted almond-orange gremolata and date puree. 299 Demonbreun St., Nashville, TN 37201
New York, New York
Burgers, hot dogs, fries and jalapeño poppers aren’t exactly the usual types of items that make it into these types of columns. But when April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman are the ones behind them, people are certainly going to listen — especially when just about everything (including the buns, mustard and American cheese) will be made in-house from inside the Pod 51 hotel in Midtown East, beginning tonight. The burgers play with tradition, from the classic burger — made with two smashed patties, American cheese, pickles and special sauce — to the namesake Salvation burger, with onions and Taleggio. Also available are Bloomfield’s veggie burgers, meat-free patties made with beets, root veggies, sweet potato vermicelli and rice; and a house-smoked hot dog topped with giardiniera. Fish sandwiches, wood-grilled vegetables and salads round out the menu. For dessert, expect a variety of market-driven pies, including banana cream and peanut butter s’mores, and milkshakes — available boozy or straight up — blended with house-made ice creams and spirits. The beverage menu includes a robust selection of wines, along with cocktails on tap and a variety of beers. Salvation Burger will serve lunch and dinner seven days a week. 230 E. 51st St., New York, NY 10022; salvationburger.com
Now open in the heart of the Greenwich Village, Freud offers a contemporary take on Austrian fare from Michelin-starred chef Eduard Frauneder of the East Village’s beloved tavern Edi & the Wolf and sister cocktail bar the Third Man. Evoking a turn-of-the-century brasserie from the chef’s native Vienna, Freud will serve as a neighborhood destination open day-to-night, featuring a market-driven, seasonal menu and a craft cocktail program. Shared plates to start include crushed beets with whipped liptauer and house-made crackers; albacore crudo with pumpkin, basil and crispy sunchokes; and Gruyère cheese and onion gravy — an elevated take on the popular Alsatian flatbread at Edi & the Wolf. Small plates include scallops with roasted leeks, smoked ratte potatoes and elephant garlic; and a dark rye spätzle with five spoke tumbleweed cheddar and cauliflower. Main courses include pork neck with bacon, caramelized lettuces and Anatto sweet potatoes; grilled skirt steak with charred scallion, black shallots and celeriac mille-feuille; and the chef’s renowned wiener schnitzel with cucumber dill, Yukon gold potato salad and cranberry. The beverage program at the 65-seat restaurant features a wine list focused on natural, organic and biodynamic wines with an emphasis on Central Europe, while the beer list echoes this region with a wide variety on tap. A Viennese-inspired cocktail bar offers a selection of seasonal sips. 506 LaGuardia Pl., New York, NY 10012; freudnyc.com
Veteran Philly restaurateur Michael Schulson has opened his fourth establishment in the City of Brotherly Love. Double Knot is a day-to-night destination tucked away in the heart of Midtown Village and will consist of two distinct spaces: a Japanese-inspired coffee shop and lounge on the ground floor, and an intimate subterranean izakaya below. During the day, the coffee shop offers neighborhood favorite Elixir coffee with full espresso service, nitro cold brew and a variety of single-origin hand pours from farm producers in Guatemala, Ethiopia and Costa Rica. Five coffee cocktails are also offered. For lunch, guests choose a protein and pair it with a choice of rice, bánh mì, noodles or salad. In the evening, the space doubles as a sleek cocktail lounge. Meanwhile, the downstairs dinner-only izakaya is composed of intimate nooks for cozy tables, perfect for enjoying a menu of shareable dishes, like Japanese sausage, swordfish meatball and enoki bacon. Additional highlights include tempura cheese curds and duck scrapple bao buns with maple teriyaki, cucumber and chili. The izakaya also boasts one of the city’s largest sake lists. 120 S. 13th St., Philadelphia, PA 19107; doubleknotphilly.com
New York, New York
It’s been a full decade since Mario Batali and partner Joe Bastianich last opened a freestanding restaurant in New York City — the fabulous four-star Del Posto (that ginormous Italian marketplace of theirs isn’t technically a traditional restaurant.) The team plans to open La Sirena, located on the plaza level of west Chelsea’s Maritime Hotel, tomorrow night. The lively yet elegant trattoria will look to blend the casual Roman-style menu of Lupa with the elevated vibe at Babbo. Dinner dishes include beef braciole “old school” with broccoli rabe and mollica picante; grilled lamb chops with Sicilian chickpea-flour fritters, pomegranate and mint; and gnocchi alla Sorrentina. Breakfast and brunch service — to be added at a later date — will feature Amaretti mascarpone pancakes and duck egg with polenta and almond pesto. A sophisticated dolci program focuses on interpretations of traditional Italian preparations. The space is characterized by custom Mod-inspired curvilinear pavers throughout and walls clad in quartz by Caesarstone. A 38-foot marble bar bisects the grand patio and connects the more intimate north and south dining rooms. 88 Ninth Ave., New York, NY 10011; lasirena-nyc.com
Ethan Stowell’s restaurants are king in Seattle, and his team will open Marine Hardware on Wednesday, March 2. In addition to an à la carte menu of more than 10 items, there will also be tasting menus of four and six courses available. Stowell plans to spend time in the kitchen alongside Michael Gifford (longtime chef at How to Cook a Wolf). The intimate restaurant (it seats 26) will replace Chippy’s Fish and Drink, Stowell’s current homage to British-style fish and chips and other seaside classics. Look for menu items like rabbit loin with frisée, lardon salad and red wine dressing; smoked foie gras terrine with dried cherries, watercress and brioche; Hamachi with steamed rice, ponzu and seaweed; daurade with artichoke puree, baby artichokes and arugula; and beef tartare with crispy pumpernickel. The wine program will highlight the Old World with a special focus on the table wines of France, while the bar program will showcase brown liquors with a small selection of rotating house cocktails and four local beers on tap. 4741 Ballard Ave. NW, Seattle, WA 98107; ethanstowellrestaurants.com