Dining Agenda: New Restaurants and Food World News this February

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Where to go, what to eat and what to drink this month.

The latest restaurant openings and announcements from our favorite chefs around the world, plus this month's most delicious, not-to-miss events:

Chef Jason Franey, formerly of Seattle’s Canlis, was just welcomed as the executive chef at Coastal Luxury Managemente Restaurant 1833 in Monterey, California. A three-time James Beard Best New Chef Northwest nominee, Franey cut his teeth working alongside top talent including Daniel Humm at Eleven Madison Park. 500 Hartnell St.; 83-643-1833.

While the French Laundry is closed for renovations, Thomas Keller has launched a pop-up called Ad Lib at Napa’s Silverado Resort and Spa. There, he’ll serve classic American dishes like Carolina Creek shrimp cocktail and root vegetable pot-pie using produce from The French Laundry Culinary Garden. 1600 Atlas Peak Rd.; 707-754-4148.

Nordic chef Rene Redzepi, four-time topper of San Pellegrino 50 Best List, has temporarily relocated his Copenhagen restaurant Noma to the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo. Redzepi and his team will apply their hyper-local, foraging-focused approach to Japanese cuisine at the hotel’s Signature restaurant through February 14. $380 a person; 2-1-1 Nihonbashimuromachi, Chuo; 81-3/3270-8800.

The Michelin Guide released their rankings for France, taking Alain Ducasse's reopened Plaza Athénée down to two stars from the previous three. Michelin also upgraded Pavilion Ledoyen in Paris and Le Bouitte in Saint-Martin-de-Belleville from two to three stars. The country now has 26 three-star restaurants, down from 27 last year.

Amanda Cohen just opened her hotly anticipated Dirt Candy 2.0 in a larger space along Allen Street in New York City (pictured below). Each dish on the menu is an exploration of a single ingredient, including creations like pulled, pickled, and jerk-spiced carrot served with a peanut mole sauce and carrot waffles. The vegetarian-focused restaurant has implemented a mandatory 20 percent service fee to be distributed evenly to the front and back of the house. 86 Allen St.; 212-228-7732.

Blue Bottle Coffee has wrapped up construction on their 7,000-square-foot roasting facility in Tokyo. The rapidly expanding San Francisco–based, third-wave roaster will also be opening retail shops in the Kiyosumi (1-4-8, Hirano, Koto-ku) and Aoyama districts of Japan’s capital city in February and March of this year.

The team behind coveted Los Angeles watering holes The Varnish, Honeycut, and Cole's opens their newest venture, The Normandie Cub in Koreatown's historic Hotel Normandie. Daniel Eun (previously of New York's PDT) runs the drinks program at the 70-person bar, highlighting classic and contemporary cocktails, craft beer, cider, wine and more. 3612 W. Sixth St.; 213-263-2709.

Festivities surrounding Lunar New Year run from February 13 through March 3 this year, and Hong Kong has some of the best eats on offer. Here, seven iconic dishes imbued with good luck and where to eat them. 

After a trial run in Paris, Joël Robuchon launched his “Innovation, Modernity and Tradition” tasting menu ($435 per person) at his eponymous restaurant at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. He’s completely retooled the offerings at the Michelin three-star restaurant save for his famed pureed potatoes. Robuchon also plans to open a new iteration of his L’Atelier restaurant (formerly housed at the Four Seasons) in New York’s Battery City in September 2015. 3799 S. Las Vegas Blvd.; 702-891-7925.

Indulge in the ultimate Valentine’s Day sweets with a trip to renowned pastry chef Pierre Hermé’s innovative pop-up chocolate bar at Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris. He’ll be preparing all sorts of gourmet twists on delicacies like hot cocoa, classic pastries, and decadent ganache through March 31. 37 Ave. Hoche;  33-1/42-99-98-50.

The Mandarin Oriental, New York welcomes Michelin three-star chef Eneko Atxa to Restaurant Asiate for an exclusive, three-night pop-up this month (pictured above). The Basque cook will showcase his creative Spanish cuisine (think oyster with algae and vegetable foam; pigeon with fried cauliflower) to New Yorkers from February 18–20. From $185 per person; 80 Columbus Cir.; Reserve by calling 212-805-8809 or emailing monyc-restaurantbooking@mohg.com.

Brooklyn's popular Asian-American joint TALDE opens a second location in Jersey City this month. While offering many of the same favorites as the original Park Slope restaurant (including their addictive pretzel and chive dumplings and Korean fried chicken), the new menu pays special attention to chef Dale Talde’s dim sum and Robata-grilled dishes. The team plans to expand their empire outside the New York City area later this year with their just-announced plans for TALDE Miami Beach, opening this summer in the Thompson Hotel. 8 Erie St.; 201-630-0077.

Chicago restaurant group Lettuce Entertain You is opening a cutting edge dining concept called Intro inside Chicago’s now-shuttered Michelin-starred restaurant L20. It will host a rotating cast of resident chefs for two to three months; Top Chef alum C.J. Jacobson is slated to helm the kitchen first. 2300 N. Lincoln Park West; 773-868-0002.

Wolfgang Puck plans on opening three new concepts at the Four Seasons Bahrain by the end of the month, including a CUT steakhouse (the chef’s sixth worldwide); a new concept called Asian Cuisine; and a lounge named Blue Moon. All three spaces will be designed by Waldo Fernandez, who imagined the sleek and seamless redesign of Spago Beverly Hills in 2012.