Restaurant Openings: August 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 (July 2018), you can check it out here. 

Statera – Lima, Peru

Extremely talented former Central sous-chef André Patsias who, at just 26-years old, has also worked at Noma, Quique Dacosta, and Astrid & Gastón, has opened this intimate 25-seat restaurant. The name means balance and you can expect lots of nature driven elements that explore the extremes of Peruvian biodiversity through a tasting menu, as well as a la carte dishes. Patsias is working with a group of farmers, based at an incredible 5600 meters of altitude, to provide much of the produce.

Alinea Bistró – Lima, Peru

From Bolivian-born former model Maria Paula Baldiviezo (read about the crab dish she used to eat as a child), also the chef at Tres Cuartos Burger Bar, comes this promising modern bistro. The eclectic menu that includes everything from house made pastas and cinnamon buns to octopus yakimeshi and a fried rice cake. Facebook page.

Llamita – New York, New York

The team behind Brooklyn’s Michelin Bib Gourmand-acclaimed Llama Inn is set to premiere their first expansion of the brand this month with Llamita, a Peruvian sandwich shop and specialty food store. Chef Erik Ramirez and Juan Correa look to bring Lima to the West Village in this sleek, earth-toned 14-seater that juxtaposes traditional and modern Peruvian components. The fast casual restaurant side will highlight Peru’s “sanguche” and smoothie culture, from a rib eye with charred onion and gruyere to a duck sausage sandwich with cilantro and choclo, as well as a colorful bevy of smoothies featuring native Peruvian ingredients you’ve never heard of. Peruvian classics pollo a la brasa, anticuchos, and tamales make an appearance to sate the purists among us, while a robust set of vegetable plates rounds out the menu. The specialty side is a one-stop-shop for all things Peru, from cookbooks to textiles, as well as prepared foods like whole bronzino wrapped in banana leaves.

SUD: O Pássaro Verde Café – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Chef Roberta Sudbrack has re-opened her groundbreaking restaurant Sud in a new modern café format in Rio’s Jardim Botânico with just 12 tables and no reservations. Expect a laid back setting utilizing the highest quality ingredients from Brazilian artisanal producers for dishes like burrata, eggs in the wood-fired oven with bottarga, and Greek dumplings. On the second floor is a Brazilian ingredient research center, in partnership with the sustainable School of Life from Bali, where classes, studies, and experiences will be shared with guests from all over the world. Instagram page.

Ânima Mea – São Paulo, Brazil

Dry aged meat (aged 40-60 days) and wood fired cooking are the specialty of Ânima Mea in São Paulo’s Itaim Bibi neighborhood. Chef Jeovane Godói, who also runs Cór in Alto de Pinheiros, adds touches of the Mediterranean with dishes like salt roasted beets with duck prosciutto and steak tartar with root emulsion and bone marrow. The restaurant was inauguarated with a dinner that included chefs like Peru’s Renzo Garibaldi and José del Castillo, Brazil’s Thomas Troigras, and Venezuela’s Carlos Garcia, among others.

Divisadero — Buenos Aires, Argentina

With a soft opening in mid-June, this project from Argentina’s renowned bartender and restaurateur Tato Giovannoni, whose hidden restaurant Florería Atlántico changed the Porteño gastronomy and nightlife scene, opened in the ex-Paseo de la Infanta gastronomic area. 1980’s beach themed, representing Giovanonni’s native Pinamar, this beach shack-esque spot is meant to conjure memories of beloved beach holidays of yesteryear with nostalgic beach eats made with the freshest of ingredients.

Closet Bar — Buenos Aires, Argentina

The hidden speakeasy trend continues with Closet Bar, its entry way inside of a closet in a restored three-story house in the Villa Urquiza neighborhood. Elegantly adorned with crystal chandeliers and moody lighting, the new bar sports an outdoor terrace where guests spill into the evening while enjoying modern and innovative cocktails or beers on tap.

Jagϋel — Buenos Aires, Argentina

Palermo Viejo continues to set restaurant trends, and its latest edition is Jagϋel – named for a famous park in the Uruguayan beach town of Punta del Este – located on Gorriti Street, in the old Olsen location. The new bar, already known for its artisanal cocktails like the Banda Oriental, includes a garden setting, and a second-floor restaurant that offers creative, fusion cuisine. Facebook Page.

Guerilla Tacos — Los Angeles, California

Chef Wes Avila’s first brick and mortar location for his cult food truck Guerilla Tacos has opened in Los Angeles’ Arts District in the former La Reyna space. The food truck has been retired and the new space features a full bar, graffiti covered walls, and an expanded menu that goes beyond tacos to include fried oysters, sopa de albondigas, octopus quesadillas, and various daily specials.

Mini Bar — Porto, Portugal

Don’t call it a replica. Jose Avillez is bringing his Lisbon Mini Bar north to Porto, but as a reinterpretation touted as an “intimate, clandestine, and luxurious setting.” Two velvet-covered floors are enhanced by golden accents designed by Ana Anahory and Felipa Almeida. Tasting menus “Epic” and “Now On” exhibit the inventive contemporary style that won Avillez two Michelin stars at Belcanto, while a la carte ordering is also available. Additions to Mini Bar classics include fish and chips with kimchi yogurt; white veal chartreuse; and foie gras with tripe and truffle. With a deep cocktail menu and DJ sets every Friday and Saturday, Mini Bar promises to be a colorful addition to the central Porto scene.

Portenas — Williamsburg, Brooklyn

There are businesses that capture the current political zeitgeist, and then there’s Portenas Empanada & Mate Bar. Native Argentinians Carmen Ferreyra and Chef Fernanda Tabares will be staffing their Williamsburg eatery – down to waitresses and bike deliverers – solely with immigrant women. The two have been friends for over twenty years, and are hoping their Kickstarter campaign can help them to create a safe space to empower women like themselves. A veteran of the classic treat, chef Tabares will be offering ten different empanadas made fresh daily, in “Argentinian style with an international twist,” lightly fried before being baked. Portenas will also offer yerba mate, the “tea of the gods” and popular coffee alternative throughout much of Latin America. Facebook page.

Header image courtesy of Divisadero.