Restaurant Openings: May 2018 : 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 (April 2018), you can check it out here.

Chalaco’s Ceviche & Pisco Bar – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philly’s Northern Liberties neighborhood gets another great restaurant this month, this one a Peruvian spot by Peruvian husband and wife Francisco Acevedo and Carmen Silva. Under the direction of Jose Luis Herrera, who is also Peruvian, the 90 seat dining room with bar, lounge, and private event space, is nightly filled with the aromas of authentic Peruvian fare.

Lamano – New York, New York

Jorge Guzman and Chef/Parter Mario Hernandez, the pair behind popular NYC eateries Temerario, The Black Ant, and Ofrenda, will open a second edition of their Spanish restaurant, Lamano next week. Located in the West Village – the first Lamano is in Chelsea – the 50-seat restaurant & wine bar will feature the same Spanish fare, including tapas, sangria, sherry, and a well-developed wine list, that made its flagship a hit.

Molino el Pujol – Mexico City, Mexico

Enrique Olvera’s plan to open a tortilleria is a plan no more: Molino el Pujol is now a reality. Set inside the chef’s recently revamped and relocated D.F. restaurant, Pujol, Molino el Pujol offers a corn-based menu with a side of food education. Tortillas, tacos, and tamales are served in wrappers printed with illustrations of and information about corn. Also on tap are agua de maíz, an agua fresca with corn and Meyer lemon, and the caffeinated atole made from white corn and café de olla. Facebook page.

Chuncho – Ollantaytambo, Peru

Crisp white walls, warm wood floors, and an eight seat bar drenched in natural light are Chuncho’s stocks in trade, as are lunch and dinner menus highlighting fresh local ingredients prepared and served in an elevated Andean style. The former will lull you into staying long after you planned. The latter will make your mouth water long after you’ve left. The cocktail program focuses on spirits, such as Caña Alta and Matacuy, produced at the nearby Destilería Andina. Another selling point: its location overlooking the Plaza de Ollantaytambo makes it an ideal spot for ending a long day exploring the Sacred Valley. Instagram page.

Saba – New Orleans, Louisiana

Meaning Grandfather in Hebrew, the name Saba reflects James Beard Award-winning chef Alon Shaya’s rich culinary heritage and pays homage to culinary influences from the Middle East, Europe, and North Africa, that comprise the ever-evolving cuisine of Israel.  The modern Israeli restaurant features dishes like wood-fired pitas with freshly-milled flour from local Bellegarde Bakery & Mill and a section of shishlik style items cooked over wood coals. The wine program explores Israeli, Turkish, and Middle Eastern wineries, as well as varietals from Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, coastal Europe, and some domestic and natural selections. The Uptown restaurant is the first collaboration between Shaya and Pomegranate Hospitality in New Orleans.

Devoción – Boerum Hill Brooklyn, New York

At the recently opened Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Devoción outpost, the third in the company’s lineup – first came Bogota and then Williamsburg, Brooklyn – the coffee is made from beans that are hand-selected from within Colombia’s most inaccessible zones then dry milled in Bogotá, rapid-shipped to U.S. for roasting, and in the customer’s cup within ten days. The goal is building long-term relationships with coffee growers and paying fair-trade prices, while establishing social and environmental programs to help secure their future. The experience is foliage, brightly tiled floors, high ceilings, wall to wall windows, and plush furniture that invites guests to drink in every drop.

Rosewood Restaurant & Bar – Austin, Texas

Rosewood, a restaurant and bar set in an historic Victorian home in East Austin, will serve surprising interpretations of the region’s most cherished dishes when it opens next week. The menu is an homage to Gulf Coast fisherman and Texas Hill Country’s farmers and ranchers, and its drinks program centers on seasonal varietals, local Texas beers, and sustainably produced wines and grapes from family-owned vineyards. Seating includes an eight-chair bar, intimate main and private dining rooms, and a small chef’s counter.

La Niña – Lima, Peru

A tasting menu restaurant in the heart of Lima’s Miraflores neighborhood, La Niña serves up contemporary Peruvian cuisine influenced by, mostly, Amazonian flavors and seasonal ingredients. There are two menus on offer: one highlighting vegetables and another including seafood and meat with optional wine pairing. Additionally, there are cocktails infused with local herbs, fruits, and spices, and a wine menu focused mostly on grapes from Peru and South America. Additional notes: La Niña’s dining area is peppered with art produced by local makers and it’s open just six days a week, dinner only.

La Lucha Sangucheria – Bogotá, Colombia

Having conquered the fast casual scene in Lima, La Lucha Sangucheria is taking on its neighbor to the north. The popular sandwich and juice shop is now open in Bogotá, Colombia. Situated on a park corner at the intersection of Calle 93 and Carrera 12, La Lucha Sangucheria will serve the Peruvian favorites that made it famous at its 16 shops in Lima – sanguches, hamburgers, and chicha morada – as well as Colombian classics like aquapanela. Juices are squeezed from fresh fruit (versus pulp), meats are prepared fresh (versus frozen), and all items are made to order. Facebook page.

Header image of La Niña in Lima, Peru courtesy La Niña.