Restaurant Openings: December 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 our last list (October 2017), you can check it out here

Native — Los Angeles, California

Located in Los Angeles’s beachfront Santa Monica neighborhood, Native is the latest culinary concept from chef Nyesha Arrington. Native’s concept revolves around world cuisine that’s innovative, yet effortless. Honoring California’s rich produce, Arrington’s menu for Native is curated with fresh, seasonal ingredients from local vendors and farmers markets. Some highlight dishes include a scallop crudo with satsuma koshu and white ponzu and short rib “rolled” dumpling with Brussels sprouts, charred onion, and bone marrow juseatnative.la.

Pueblo — Chicago, Illinois

The first U.S.-based restaurant for Mexican chef Pablo Salas, Pueblo is located within Latinicity — chef Chef Richard Sandoval’s sprawling food hall that boasts a wide array of Latin American eateries and stands. The restaurant is set in a vibrant but casual environment that’s focused on delivering accomplished, everyday Mexican cooking. A majority of the dishes take inspiration from Salas’ childhood food memories in Toluca, Mexico. Some highlight dishes include grilled flank steak in mole landero and adobo marinated grilled octopus as entrées. Facebook Page

Sanchez — Copenhagen, Denmark 

Rosio Sanchéz, chef and owner of Hija de Sanchez, recently opened her new restaurant, Sanchez, in the Copenhagen neighborhood of Vesterbro. The culinary project takes shape in the form of a Mexican Cantina and highlights Sanchez’’s personal take on Mexican dishes that’s influenced by her time living in Mexico, the U.S., and Europe.  The menu at Sanchez pulls inspiration from various regions throughout Mexico, and incorporates both the very best Mexican and Nordic ingredients to make dishes from scratch, including churro ice cream sandwich. lovesanchez.com

Marcus B&P — Newark, New Jersey

Celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson recently opened Marcus B&P, a casual all-day neighborhood eatery, in Newark, New Jersey. Taking inspiration from his upbringing, the new spot is named for the Swedish concept of a BP or “back pocket”, otherwise known as an accessible spot serving casual and filling food. The restaurant holds 60 dinners and offers guests new spins on American and Mediterranean classics. The menu includes homemade pizza and pasta, sharable dishes, wine on tap, barrel aged cocktails, and local beers in season. marcusbp.com.

La Contenta Oeste — New York City

After much success and loyal customers at their Lower East Side location, Chef Luis Arce Mota and mixologist Alex Valencia announce La Contenta Oeste, a new Greenwich Village restaurant sharing authentic Mexican cuisine with French accents and alt-agave spirits. Located on 78 West 11th Street, La Contenta Oeste will share LES favorites like the chicken mole and ceviche de camarón, in addition to new dishes such as chicken Wellington with duxelle de huitlacoche and a vegan Mole Amarillo. Guests can also enjoy a happy hour program and late night menu including La Contenta’s beloved nachos, guacamole, and a variety of tacos. lacontentanyc.com

Husk – Greenville, South Carolina

The third location of Sean Brock’s groundbreaking Charleston restaurant Husk (the other is in Nashville) is now open in Greenville, a South Carolina city with an unexpected culinary season that seems to be exploding. Taking on an almost Appalachian theme, the restaurant will serve dishes like coal roasted chicken, ember grilled pork ribs with pawpaw BBQ, and cornbread skillets. huskgreenville.com.

Burgerteca — San Antonio, Texas

Chef Johnny Hernandez recently opened Burgerteca, a Mexican-inspired burger joint located along San Antonio Riverwalk’s Mission Reach. Inspired by cuisine rooting from iconic culinary regions throughout Mexico, Burgerteca incorporates chiles, spices, moles, queso, in addition to flavors of al pastor, pibil, and chilaquiles into its hamburgers. . Burgerteca also offers guests frozen Mexican desserts at its on site ice-cream shop where guests can enjoy paletas, nieves (traditional Mexican ice cream), and raspas (shaved ice made with seasonal, from-scratch syrups). Facebook Page

Popular – La Paz, Bolivia

A new restaurant serving modern twists on Bolivian cuisine, Popular rests in the north east sector on the busy Murillo street in the capital city. Set in a small, warm atmosphere, the restaurant currently has a three-course pre-fixe menu that includes dishes like marinated pig for starters, roasted chicken, and coffee and chocolate flan for dessert. Instagram Page.

Anker Galapagos — Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

A farm-to-table concept, or rather sea to table restaurant, Anker is one of the leading sustainable restaurants in the Galapagos. Using local products and working directly with the surrounding fishing communities, Anker offers guests unique renditions of Ecuadorian classics in a beautiful and modern space. anker.rest

Chinga Tu Taco – Lima, Peru

The latest taco joint to hit the Peruvian capital comes from Moma Adrianzén, chef of Jeronimo, and is a casual street-food concept with counter service. Some winning dishes are chicharron de queso, the tuna tartar dish which includes a tostada, avocado, and cubed tuna, and the gringa de lomo fino – a warm tortilla dish with melted cheese and thin pieces of loin. Facebook Page

Rachel Pol Chocolates – Panama City, Panama

A specialty chocolate shop from Panamanian food television star Rachel Pol of the show Soy Rachel Soy Foodie, Rachel Pol Chocolates is situated in the heart of Panama City. Here, chocolate lovers can find both truffles and other gourmet packaged chocolates in addition to materials to make their own chocolate and sweet desserts at home. Facebook Page

News & Updates:

Bovine Brassierie in San Miguel de Allende introduces a new dining and drinking experience called “Mesa Dragones,” a ‘Casa Dragones Table,’ offering a private epicurean experience with a dazzling menu by Chef Paul Bentley paired with Casa Dragones’ premium artisanal tequila. Guests can expect a small group setting to enjoy a specialty six course menu accompanied by Casa Dragones drinks.

James Beard Award-Winning chefs Greg and Gabi Denton will a new Parisian bistro-style restaurant in downtown Portland, Bistro Agnes, in the former SuperBite space after New Year’s Eve. Named in honor of Greg Denton’s grandmother, the spot is set to open doors to customers mid-January for  lunch and dinner, and eventually weekend brunch.

Villa Rica, another project from chef Johnny Hernandez of Burgerteca in San Antonio, is slated for an early 2018 opening and will offer guests a menu of fresh interior Mexican seafood and coastal inspired cocktails, including a mojito bar. The spot will be located on the city’s Riverwalk Mission Reach, the eight-mile stretch that provides visitors with historic views of San Antonio.

Jose Luis Hinostroza, former chef at Noma in Copenhagen, will open Natal as his first solo culinary project in Tulum, Mexico sometime this coming summer. The restaurant will pull inspiration from pre-colonial Mesoamerican cuisine and utilize unique ingredients from the surrounding jungle environment.

Header image courtesy of Sanchez.