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 (August 2018), you can check it out here.
From the owner of lunch only cult favorite Salvador Cocina y Café in downtown Santiago, Rolando Ortega, known for his homestyle Chilean cooking and accessible pricing, has opened a more adventurous restaurant in Providencia, not far from the Los Leones metro stop. The menu here won’t change daily like downtown, so you can expect to find dishes like beef tongue ham wrapped in pig ears or chupe de jibia (giant squid chowder) regularly on the menu. Additionally, as La Salvación stays open until midnight, there’s a full bar service with house made vermouth, wines, and cocktails. lasalvacion.cl.
With a spate of successful French and Italian restaurants already under his belt, James Beard award-winner Gerard Craft will premiere Cinder House atop the iconic Four Seasons Hotel, with a menu rife with Brazilian fare that pays tribute to the woman and cuisine that stoked his early culinary awakening: his nanny. Comfort foods like pao de queijo (cheesy bread) and coxinha (chicken croquettes) open up for traditional entrees, notably duck feijoada (black bean stew) and a coconut milk moqueca (fish stew) with shrimp and snapper amongst a creatively international menu anchored by a wood-fire grill. A chic fire pit centers the rooftop patio with views of the Mississippi River and the Gateway Arch. Facebook page.
There has yet to be a food hall concept that has managed to stick around in Lima, but Mercado 28 seems like it will finally get it right. The owners have brought in lots of big names to the Miraflores market: there’s La Patarashkita, bringing classic Amazonian food from Tarapoto’s La Patarashca to Lima; Huevón’s all-day breakfasts fare that mark the return of Palmiro Ocampo; a branch of Maido chef Mitsuharu Tsumura’s fast casual Nikkei restaurant Sushi Pop; a Blu ice cream stall; coffee from Puku Puku; saltados (Peruvian stir-frys); a pastisserie; a craft beer bar; and many others. mercado28.pe.
Around the corner from the new location of Central in Barranco, a former sous chef has branched out with his own project. Mérito is run by Juan Luis Martínez, who is serving a fusion of Peruvian and his native Venezuelan cuisine that combines off his cultural roots back home with the creativity of Central. Expect a spectacular attention and new takes on local ingredients (pez diablo, yacón, chirimoya), many cooked on a josper grill, and an intimate minimalist setting designed from wood and brick. Instagram page.
After a year of selling at street markets and pop-ups, Venezuelan born Gustavo Castillo has opened an American-style artisan donut shop with the help of glazer and our contributor Allie Lazar, best known for her blog Pick Up The Fork, in BA’s Palermo SOHO neighborhood. Flavors change often and include many unique creations like PB&J, Chocolate Chipotle, and Salted Caramel Pretzel. They open at 11am and when they sell out you are shit out of luck. Instagram page.
In Barrio Las Liebres in this picturesque city that’s a ferry ride from Buenos Aires, this hotel restaurant from Francis Mallmann disciple Alejandro Tarditti is serving what might be the most elegant food in Colonia del Sacramento. The restaurant’s two hectare organic farm supplies all of their produce and many of the dishes are cooked on a wood-fired grill. The restaurant is open all day, from 8:30am to 6:30pm, while the hotel is opening soon. lasliebres.com.uy.
While chefs Juan Cabrera Barrón and Mario Peralta met as contenders on season 2 of Top Chef: Mexico, the opening of Las Compas – slang for compadres – proves that the competition is behind them. A mutual love of maize has become their call to collaboration. and multi-colored cobs now decorate the sleek, wooden restaurant and serve as sturdy menu foundation. Classic antojitos are creatively tweaked; tetelas are served with pickled tenderloin, tlacoyos with marlin escabeche, and chalupas with cured-dried shrimp. Offbeat cuts of meat including hog jowls and cow’s head round out the menu. Facebook page.
Jalisco lawyer-turned-distiller Pedro Hernandez Barba was nearly ready to give up his dreams of producing tequila. Pure chance brought friends and co-founders Laurence Spiewak and Lance Sokol in contact with Barba, whose shared love and respect for tequila has seen their brand, aptly named Suerte, distill four award winning tequilas from their plant in Atotonilco, Mexico. The trio is now set to open El Conejo, a tequila tasting room and restaurant in Sayulita this month. All signature spirits and cocktails will be available alongside an Asian-inspired food menu. Facebook page.
Adria Marina, Top Chef Mexico contestant and beloved Tijuana chef, opened her own spot last month with Georgina, a swank eatery outfitted in neutral black, white, cream tones with green accents that focuses on brunch and dinner. The brunch menu spans pancakes to chilaquiles to smoked salmon (and plenty of mimosas!) while dinner finds ceviches to pastas to filet mignon. Facebook
Power lunchers rejoice: The Four Seasons reopens this month, and while purist devotees of the iconic establishment may be chagrined, its kitchen, menu, and interior have all been significantly updated. Diego Garcia, formerly of Bernardin and Obama-era White House pastry chef Bill Yosses, will keep classic dishes including Steak Tartare prepared table-side, the Farmhouse Duck with cherry sauce, and The Bar Room Chocolate Cake at this new location, while altogether new dishes such as butter-poached lobster with chorizo sauce and a pistachio puff with strawberries and apricot sorbet will be added. Mark Drew’s bar program spikes tried-and-true cocktails with touches of modernity. Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld designed and oversaw the $30M renovation reflective of the original. Facebook page.
Joseph “JJ” Johnson is breathing life back into HENRY, the ground-floor restaurant within NoMad’s boutique Life Hotel. Highlighting the culinary legacy of the African diaspora with a menu that pulls from the American South, Caribbean, Asian, and Pan-African cuisine, Johnson draws on his extensive travels from Israel to Ghana to Singapore for dishes like udon noodles with braised goat and West African peanut sauce. A cocktail program spearheaded by Pam Wiznitzer is similarly international in scope and the 74-seat dining room is wrapped in leather and wooden accents. Instagram page.
Down the street from the original Paulie Gee’s in Greenpoint Brooklyn, Paulie Giannone has opened this slice shop with sit down, carry-out, and delivery options. The restaurant has been in the works for more than two years and will feature everything from square Grandma to vegan thin crust to Sicilian style pies. The restaurant builds on the success of Paulie Gee’s, a new wave Brooklyn pizzeria that has expanded with locations in Miami, Columbus, and Camden. Instagram page.
Header image courtesy of El Conejo in Sayulita, Mexico.