Restaurant Openings: April 2017 : New Worlder

New restaurants and bars are always popping up. To save you the trouble, we’ve put together a list of noteworthy openings on the culinary scene across the Americas (and beyond). If you missed last month’s list (March 2017), you can check it out here.

Atla — New York City, USA 

After much anticipation and excitement, the latest concept from Mexican chef Enrique Olvera is now open. The more casual cousin of Cosme, Atla is located downtown in the NoHo neighborhood and focuses on small plates built on organic, sustainable, and seasonal ingredients from the Hudson River Valley — all with a Mexican edge and a price point from $6-20. Some highlight dishes include farro wheat and quail egg meatballs, black bean soup with mint salsa verde and crème fraiche, and chicken tinga enchiladas.  Something to note is that ATLA, unlike its sibling Cosme, serves breakfast. Facebook Page

Verlaine — Los Angeles, USA

The highly anticipated culinary project from Latin America’s 50 Best chef Diego Hernandez is finally open in West Hollywood in the former space of Dominick restaurant. Verlaine is the chef’s first project stateside, after leading the team at Corazon de Tierra in Baja for six years and claiming the prize of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants for four of those years. Organic, local, and sustainable are the themes at his award-winning Baja restaurant and are sure to continue at Verlaine. While the spot is currently only open for dinner and drinks, brunch service is anticipated to start soon.

Chefs Club Counter — New York City, USA 

Chefs Club Counter recently opened in New York as the first “fine-fast” concept from Chefs Club and entrepreneur Stephane De Baets. The counter-service space allows hungry patrons to enjoy dishes from some of the world’s top culinary talent through its menu, which is curated by Culinary Director Didier Elena. The current breakfast menu comes from Alvin Cailan’s breakout spot, Eggslut, and includes the SoHo Salmon, crafted exclusively for Chefs Club Counter, and other Eggslut favorites like the Fairfax and the Slut. Dinner and lunch feature dishes such as George Mendes’ Duck Rice and Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s popular JG Burger. Facebook Page

Amelia — San Sebastián, Spain

Italo-Argentinean chef Paulo Airaudo recently opened his new restaurant Amelia, named after his daughter, in the Zona Romantica district of San Sebastián. In an impressive two months, Airaudo and his team worked hard to convert an old lumber store into the two-story, 50 seat space that now is Amelia. With an open kitchen concept, the 14-course tasting menu is constantly being updated and is showcases the chef’s travels through both Europe and Latin America. Facebook Page.

Coup — New York City, USA

Ravi DeRossi, Sother Teague, and Max Green recently announced the opening of Coup, a cocktail bar set in Cooper Square that donates 100% of its profits in support of social, economic, environmental, and human rights organizations. Inspired primarily by the current U.S. administration and its efforts to undermines such organizations, the bar rotates guest bartenders from some of the best drinking establishments in the city like Death & Co, Suffolk Arms, Pouring Ribbons, PDT, Leyanda, and more. The ultimate goal is to create a sense of community and raise money, all while having a cocktail in hand — a concept we can easily get behind.

Jackrabbit — Portland, USA

Chef Chris Cosentino, the winner of Top Chef Masters season 4 and the mind behind the meat-focused menu at Cockscomb, and business partner Oliver Wharton recently opened Jackrabbit. Located within The Duniway, a stylish new hotel in downtown Portland, Jackrabit focuses on local ingredients and artisans that bring together a menu and space that pay homage to the region. Portland chef Chris DiMinno, previously of Blue Hill at Stone Barns & Clyde Common, helms the kitchen offering shared plates likeBraised Rabbit with 80 cloves of garlic, rosemary and carrots and Pin Bone Steak with seasonal vegetables and bone marrow dip. The beverage program at Jackrabbit showcases local beers and wines from Oregon and also serves both cider and Negroni on tap.

Restaurante Lur — Mexico City, Mexico

Chef Mikel Alonso, co-founder of the popular Biko, has opened a new culinary venture called Lur in the Polanco region of Mexico City. The menu concept is far more casual, but with the same high quality approach that characterizes Biko, which was ranked #10 on Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016. The restaurant’s name, meaning “land” in Basque, takes inspiration from the chef’s heritage, but the concept remains global. Alonso hopes to create a restaurant without identity, one that pulls elements and themes from various regions to form unique dishes.

Street Taco — New York City, USA 

Set in the Gramercy neighborhood, Street Taco is a new casual corner bar and taqueria that serves small plates inspired by the street food of Mexico. Leading the kitchen team is executive chef Justin Ottervanger, whose menu artfully combines Mexican culinary traditions – tacos, flautas, nachos and chilaquiles – with contemporary styles. Menu highlights include the fried Chicken, Lengua and Al Pastor tacos, Lamb Barbacoa Flautas, and Goat Cheesecake Flan.

Presidente — Buenos Aires, Argentina

From one of Buenos Aires’ most renowned mixologists, Seba García, Presidente is the current hotspot for craft cocktails in the Argentinian capital. As an ambassador for Campari, García brings years of mixing up specialty concoctions to his new spot in the exclusive Recoleta neighborhood.   The menus pulls inspiration from all around the world, while still focusing on favorite Argentinian ingredients. Small plates and sushi dishes from Santi Ferrer can be enjoyed along with the cocktails. Facebook Page

Mamacita Cantina — Los Angeles, USA

While the food world was anxiously awaiting Ricardo Zarate’s new restaurant Rosaline, the Peruvian chef surprised everyone by opening a casual spot in Hollywood. Called Mamacita, Zarate’s colorful open-kitchen concept will hopefully hold over hungry fans of the chef until Rosaline is ready. Guests can enjoy a selection of bowls and wraps in a friendly, communal dining area. As Zarate continues to work out ideas and test concepts for Rosaline, it’s quite possible dinners may even see the chef himself back in the kitchen of Mamacita. Facebook Page

News & Updates:

After closing for a few weeks to remodel and expand, chef Katie Button‘s restaurant Asheville-based Cúrate re-opened in a larger space to serve its signature Spanish-style cooking. Guests can enjoy a new bar experience, with cocktails inspired by the vermuterías of Spain and a selection of Spanish vermouth, sherry and cider on tap.

Inspired by the breweries of Lisbon, Michelin-starred chef George Mendes’ restaurant Lupulo in New York City ushers in the spring season with new menu additions offering local ingredients and in-season produce, as well as additional outdoor seating. The restaurant is also offering an oyster & beer happy hour from Monday-Friday from 3pm-6pm.

Located in the chic San Juan Water Beach Club Hotel, restaurant Zest from chef Raúl Correa adds exciting new menu items. Inspired by the permanent art collection in the restaurant from impressionist Puerto Rican artist Lex Tirado, the chef’s dishes give guests a unique gastro-artistic experience, while still maintaining the beloved flavors of Puerto Rican cooking. Small plates on the menu are dates filled with sausage and wrapped in bacon with ajilimójili, mushrooms and manchego cheese empanadas, and pork belly sliders with barbecue guava sauce and chayote slaw.

Celebrating four years in service, chef Victor Albisu announces interior and menu changes at Del Campo, his Washington, D.C. South American grill. While the restaurant focused on primarily flavors from Argentina, Peru, Chile, and Uruguay, Del Campo plan to expand its realm of focus to Latin America as whole. Additionally, the dining room will undergo a remodel to better reflect the menu’s new contemporary flair.

The Villa Marie Saint-Barth hotel property spurred the revival of a favorite island restaurant, François Plantation Rum Bar & Restaurant. Set against 14 acres of gardens at Villa Marie, the relaxing, plantation-styled restaurant fits around 50 guests and features local dishes from executive chef Emmanuel Motte.

Missed our March 2017 Restaurant Openings? No problem; you can check them out here.

Header image of Chefs Club Counter. Photo credit Aqua Stone Throne.