Restaurant Openings: January 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).

DonDoh — Lima, Peru

Renzo Garibaldi of Peruvian meat temple Osso has teamed up with chef Ciro Watanabe of Santiago’s Osaka and the larger Osaka group to open a Nikkei grill concept in San Isidro called DonDoh. The dishes for the restaurant revolve around the use of Japanese robata grills and include things like a black angus rib eye with shoyu, grilled prawns, and tako tempura. Facebook page.

La Barrita — Brooklyn, USA

A month old, La Barrita brings the Argentine parrilla to heart of Brooklyn Heights. Offering traditional, grilled Argentinean steaks, the menu also incorporates unique flavors from founder and restaurant veteran Sebastian Cardona’s coastal hometown of Mar del Plata, Argentina. Boasting only local grass-fed, hormone-free meats and seafood, plates can be paired with the many fine Argentine wines on the list, including rare Malbecs from acclaimed small producers. Popular menu items include empanadas, traditional matambre (stuffed flank steak), sweetbreads and grilled veal breast. Facebook Page

Bazaar Meat — Las Vegas, USA

The much-anticipated opening of the W Vegas is breeding ground for yet another Jose Andrés culinary concept. Located in the newly transformed, 289-room luxury hotel, Bazaar Meat is Andrés’ avant-garde interpretation of a traditional Vegas steakhouse. The James Beard Award-winning and Michelin-starred chef dishes up both a social, shared plates dining experience as well as fine steaks. Within Bazaar Meat is Bar Centro, offering a twist on classic cocktails. Facebook Page

Enigma – Barcelona, Spain

From Albert Adria, Enigma is a relatively clandestine new concept in Barcelona. Just recently opened after the start of the new year, Enigma doesn’t share its menu with guests, they simply arrive and wait to be stunned by the culinary experience by one of Spain’s best. Called “an immersive, dreamlike maze,” Albert Adrià promises that the Enigma experience will “reinvent the way we go to restaurants.” enigmaconcept.es

Blake Lane — NYC, USA

Led by chef Diego Moya, formerly of acclaimed restaurant Casa Mono, Blake Lane recently opened in on the Upper East Side as a seasonal, California-style eatery, focused on locally sourced ingredients. Both lunch and dinner menus offer various salad and bowl options with main course additions like sea trout with green curry, black rice, sautéed greens, herbs and coconut flakes and hanger steak with turmeric cauliflower purée, raw and cooked cauliflower, pickled shallots and purple basil. blakelanenyc.com

Fish —Washington D.C., USA

A part of Jose Andrés’ ThinkFoodGroup, Fish is the latest East Coast project from the prolific chef. Located at MGM National Harbor and overlooking the Potomac River, at this seafood spot, Andrés offers classics like Maryland blue crab and Rappahannock oysters prepared with a Mediterranean twist. Hand-crafted cocktails and wines produced in regions known for the world’s best seafood round out the menu. mgmnationalharbor.com

Lamano — NYC, USA

New Yorkers can enjoy authentic tapas and Spanish cuisine from The Black Ant and Ofrenda’s Jorge Guzman and Chef Mario Hernandez at their new joint, Lamano. The inspiration for the restaurant comes from a recent trip the co-founders took to Spain, where the Spanish tapas tradition left a deep impression. Highlight tapas include Patatas a la Riojana (potatoes, chorizo, pimentón) and Navajas (razor clams), while pintxos will include Boquerones (white anchovies). lamanonyc.com.

Loring Place — NYC, USA

Chef Dan Kluger, formerly of ABC Kitchen and ABC Cocina, is known for his commitment to sustainability and leads the team in kind at Loring Place. While the restaurant is rooted in American cuisine, the menu plays with global flavors and spices, and showcases the farms and farmers whom Kluger has gotten to know intimately over many years of visiting Union Square Greenmarket. With an emphasis on sharing,vegetable-forward popular plates include crispy, spiced cauliflower with Meyer lemon jam and chilies, and wood-grilled broccoli with orange, kohlrabi and pistachio-mint dressing. Pizzas made from house-milled flour and hand-made pasta dishes will also be featured. loringplacenyc.com

Panaderia Q’atu — La Paz, Bolivia

Grupo Gustu, which includes Gustu restaurant and the Manq’a cooking schools around La Paz, has been expanding their prepared food offerings in the past year. The first step was a stand called Q’atu inside Gustu with fresh baked breads, pastries, and preserves. Now they have opened a larger bakery with a few blocks from the Mercado de Achumani in the upscale suburbs in the south of the city. Facebook Page

Ronero — Chicago, USA

Recently opened in Chicago’s West Loop, Ronero brings flavors of South America to the Windy City. From Owner Nils Westlind and Executive Chef Cory Morris, the Latin American-inspired rum bar takes guests on a tour through Central and South America. Inspired by drinks from all over Latin America, Beverage Director Allie Kim crafts original cocktails along with classic drinks from Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, and Peru. Rum is key here, and guests can chose from a wide selection to sip on while enjoying some live Latin music. ronerochicago

Los Xitomates — Punta de Mita, Mexico

With an outpost in Puerto Vallarta, Chef Luis Fitch recently opened his second Los Xitomates in Jalisco’s idyllic Punta Mita. Xitomates, which means tomato, nods to the fruit’s Aztec roots and the restaurant blends the country’s pre-Colombian roots with New World elements resulting in a menu highlights that include Oaxaca Pasilla Chile-Rubbed Mexican Prawns, Citrus and Chile Butter Pacific Red Snapper over Green Chickpeas, and Heart of Organic, Mexican Grass-Fed Beef Tenderloin with Chipotle Chiles. Facebook Page


While not open yet, the following restaurants projects are those that have been on our radar, and slated to open later this season. Something of a fall preview in current state, once they’re officially up and running, we’ll give you more scoop.

Café Gozhóó – Whiteriver, Arizona

A Western Apache café from chef Nephi Craig, who founded NACA (the Native American Culinary Association) and was previously serving a native inspired tasting menu at a restaurant in the Sunrise Park Resort. Gozhóó, which translates to beautiful/balance, will “work with native cooks and chefs while invigorating our Western Apache foodscape and recovering from historical trauma,” according to Craig. Opens in the Spring. Facebook page.

PicanteRia del Mar — Pimentel, Peru
Hector Solís of Lima’s Fiesta and La Picantería’s has opened a seaside eatery on the north coast of Peru, just outside of Chiclayo in Pimentel. The restaurant’s focus is  supporting the local sustainable  fishing communities like San José, Pimentél, Santa Rosa, Monsefú, and Puerto Éten. Facebook page.

Salvation Taco — Brooklyn, USA

Expanding to Williamsburg, April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman’s much-hyped Mexican spot in the Pod Hotel will anchor the hotel chain’s upcoming Brooklyn outpost. Located at 626 Driggs Avenue between Metropolitan Avenue and North 4th Street, this will be the duo’s first Brooklyn project and feature a sidewalk cafe and a rooftop space as well as a food and drink menu full of tacos, tequila and mezcal drenched cocktails. Slated to open in the spring. salvationtaco.com.

Xochi — Houston, Texas

Opening imminently, Xochi is the latest concept from culinary duo Chef Hugo Ortega and Restaurateur Tracy Vaught of H Town Restaurant Group. Located on the ground floor of the new Marriott Marquis Houston, Xochi will focus on the Mexican state of culinary tradition: Oaxaca. Made in-house queso fresco and Oaxacan string cheese, nixtamal and tortillas, moles, fresh-ground spice blends, and house–roasted and ground cacao beans for the house-made Mexican chocolate are some of the featured menu highlights, as well as Oaxacan staples tlayudas and mezcal. xochihouston.com.