If this fall is any indication, the polar vortex will be a distant memory. Grab a pen, pull up your notes app on your smartphone—these are the restaurant openings you can’t miss this season.
Berg’n Brooklyn has become the hotspot for young, ambitious chefs, and Berg’n is no exception. Smorgasburg founders Eric Demby and Jonathan Butler have opened their massive food and beer hall in Crown Heights. Inside the former garage are food counters from Mighty Quinn’s, Asia Dog, Ramen Burger, and Pizza Moto, plus a well-stocked beer bar and plenty of picnic tables. There’s also a coffee bar in the morning, oyster happy hours, weekend brunch, and the occasional DJ set.
Brooklyn Fare The Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare, Brooklyn’s only three-starred Michelin restaurant, is coming to Manhattan! This local favorite that became a very well-known hit is setting another table. So, for those of you who don’t want to make the trek to the other side, you’re covered.
Mulino a Vino Another new welcome addition to Manhattan making some noise but this one is taking a unique approach—order your wine first then pick food that will pair well with it. Italian chef Davide Scabine, who runs the Michelin-starred Mulino a Vino where dishes will range from traditional pasta bolognese to a cacio e pepe bombolone.is behind the menu at
DBGB Kitchen + Bar Chef Daniel Boulud has returned to the city he got his start in—in Washington, D.C.’s downtown’s CityCenterDC development. DBGB opened last week to rave reviews and is the first time Boulud’s company, the Dinex Group, has done a project outside of New York with no hotel partnership. D.C. is a tough city to make it in but we’re sure his menu—featuring everything from burgers to boudin blanc—will prove to be a hit.
Lazy Bear This is one of San Francisco’s most highly-anticipated pop-up restaurant and, judging by the success and word-of-mouth, there’s no chance of chef Daniel Barzelay’s life slowing down anytime soon. Lazy Bear’s brick and mortar is set to open September 25th in the foodie-saturated Mission district, mark your calendars!
Merchant James Beard Rising Star award winner Gavin Kaysen, former executive chef of NYC’s Cafe Boulud, is breaking out on his own with his new restaurant in his hometown of Minneapolis. This much-anticipated opening is back by some serious top chefs including Daniel Boulud and Thomas Keller. Set to open in November, Merchant could give Thanksgiving a run for it’s money.
Butcher’s Bistro The space at 2233 Larimer St. in Denver—formerly occupied by chef Jeff Osaka’s Twelve—will be the new home of Butcher’s Bistro, a “rustic American” restaurant and retail shop focusing on Colorado-sourced meats like beef, lamb, pork, and poultry. Look for dishes like cassoulet, house-made charcuterie, bone marrow, short ribs, and sausage-sampler plates.