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!
New York, New York
Le Coq Rico
French chef Antoine Westermann once received three Michelin stars for his cooking at Le Buerehiesel in Strasbourg. Currently, he is the chef and owner of four restaurants in Paris, including Le Coq Rico. This evening marks the chef’s first opening in New York City, as he brings this same concept to the Flatiron District. The “bistro of beautiful birds” will pay homage to the unique terroir of the northeastern U.S., expressed through the diverse flavors of wild and noble American birds. All poultry served at the restaurant is raised responsibly in open farmland for 90 to 120 days (a stark contrast to the industry standard of 40). Whole birds, including hens, rooster, squab, duck and guinea fowl, are served as shared meals for up to four people, while the menu also features an entire section dedicated to eggs and traditional dishes rooted in Westermann’s classical style, such as chicken baeckeoffe, a simplified version of the signature large-format dish at Le Buerehiesel and inspired by the Alsatian preparation of slow roasting in a casserole dish sealed with dough. The beverage program includes both individual and large-format cocktails, a wine list with both French and American selections, and beer and cider options. 30 E. 20th St., New York, NY 10010; lecoqriconyc.com
Indonesia-based restaurant company Imperial Group, which operates over 20 restaurants under seven brands, has officially expanded to the U.S. with last week’s opening of its Imperial Lamian in Chicago’s bustling River North neighborhood. Promising to bring the city the most authentic Chinese food it has seen to date and seeking to combine the traditional with the modern, the venue’s three master chefs are expertly trained in their individual crafts (traditional and inventive wok dishes, dim sum and soup dumplings, and fresh, hand-pulled lamian noodles). These three sections make up the majority of an impressively extensive menu, while a selection of BBQ dishes includes a dry-aged Rohan duckling and a Chinese five-spice crispy pork belly. The beverage program is equally praiseworthy, consisting of eight signature cocktails utilizing in-house, tea-infused spirits, a range of draft and bottled beers and a selection of over 100 wines. The restaurant showcases raw timber and exposed materials in earthy tones of green and light and deep chocolate browns, highlighted with stone mosaic tiles throughout. 6 W. Hubbard St., Chicago, IL 60654, imperial-lamian.com
Quality Philly cheesesteaks can be hard to come by in Center City — you might be used to walking to South Philadelphia for proper takes on the famed delicacy. The newly opened Cleavers is looking to change that, bringing steaks, shakes, brews and boozy milkshakes to Rittenhouse Square. An unfussy menu highlights combinations of 100 percent USDA domestic rib eye, hand-rolled bread and artisanal cheeses — think rib eye steak with portobellos, fried onions, green peppers and sharp provolone; or rib eye with hot cherry pepper relish, fried onions, American cheese and Sriracha aioli. These are slightly fancier cheesesteaks than your corner grab-‘n-go joint, and all items are offered on a classic roll, on a wrap or in a bowl. There is also a large selection of charbroiled and chicken cutlet sandwiches, as well as veggie sandwich and salad options. Customers can choose from sides including fried pickles, zucchini sticks, fried spicy green beans and either garlic Parmesan- or steak-topped fries. Cleavers seats 45 people, with options to pick up and take out. 108 S. 18th St., Philadelphia, PA 19103; cleaversphilly.com
Los Angeles, California
Actress Jessica Biel made news over the weekend by opening her first restaurant, titled Au Fudge, in West Hollywood. In collaboration with — among others — Barry’s Bootcamp CEO Joey Gonzalez, Biel has created a child-friendly atmosphere with the inclusion of several items more commonly seen on kid’s menus and the existence of a playroom and tree house staffed with employees called “au pairs.” In addition to chicken nuggets, rainbow spaghetti and grilled cheese sticks, the lunch and dinner menus also include an array of dishes more suitable for adults, such as steak frites, roast chicken with sweet carrot mash and crispy Brussels, local sole with haricot vert and a selection of salads. A marketplace in the front (open at 8 a.m. daily) hawks coffee, pastries, grab-and-go items and features café-style seating. For those who prefer to leave their children at home — or ship them off to the play area — the bar program highlights several house cocktails, along with a largely California-based wine list. 9010 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90069; aufudge.com
Providenciales, Turks & Caicos
The Grace Bay Club in Providenciales, Turks & Caicos, has a new pop-up restaurant…in case you needed one more reason to pay a visit to a five-star luxury property on one of the world’s nicest beaches. The resort’s latest culinary concept features a playful menu of contemporary dishes served in cones, complemented by an assortment of creative cocktails. Offering a unique perspective on contemporary Caribbean cuisine and exciting combinations of fresh fish, local spices and comfort foods with a twist, savory menu highlights include Turks & Caicos lobster, spicy ahi tuna tartare with juicy pear, avocado chicken salad with peppered ricotta, and prime Angus beef with polenta fries. On the sweet side of things, there’s Valrhona chocolate mousse with fresh raspberries, and Grand Marnier rice pudding with candied orange and cinnamon raisins. At the bar, situated within a palm-tree-leaf thatched hut adjacent to a lounge area with oversize sofas, guests can expect a selection of local and international beers, wines and house-made cocktails. An open-air layout allows visitors to take in the natural beauty of Grace Bay Beach. Grace Bay Rd., TKCA 1ZZ, Tucks & Caicos Islands, gracebayresorts.com