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Dining Agenda: New Restaurants and Food News this April

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

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Critically acclaimed Atera will reopen its doors on April 21 (pictured left), complete with a remodel and a brand new chef at the helm. Copenhagen toque Ronny Emborg (previously of El Bulli) is set to take the reins from Matthew Lightner, who left to pursue his own venture in New York. 77 Worth St.; 212-226-1444.

James Beard Award-winning chef and author Marcus Samuelsson opens his latest restaurant in Harlem this month. Streetbird Rotisserie, a 68-seat kitchenette designed with a nod to 70s–90s hip-hop and street culture, is now serving up dishes inspired by his wheelhouse of vast culinary influences, including Ethiopian and Swedish flavors. 2149 Frederick Douglass Blvd.; 212.206.2557.

The chefs from the much buzzed about Yardbird restaurant in Hong Kong will be popping up in San Francisco at Rintaro in the Mission from April 2728. The modern izakaya focuses on yakitori that utilizes the whole bird, including the heart, liver, oyster, and neck, cooked over a traditional binchotan charcoal grill. Chefs Matt Abergel and Lindsay Jang will also bring along their signature Korean Fried Cauliflower, or KFC. 82 14th St.; Reservations by phone 415.589.7022 or email

George Mendes, known for his wildly successful restaurant, Aldea, in New York’s Flatiron District, is slated to open new venture Lupulo this month. The restaurant will serve Portuguese seafood such as salt cod croquettes, warm prawns, and cuttlefish terrine with ink and pimento; The name of the joint translates to “hops” in Portuguese, so naturally the bar menu will emphasize craft beer. 835 Ave. of the Americas.

James Beard finalist and Top Chef Masters contender Jonathan Waxman will open Bajo Sexto inside Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame this spring (pictured above). Unlike his Italian Barbuto in New York, the restaurant (named after the Mexican string instrument) will focus more on casual, taqueria-style fare such as tacos and flautas crafted with handmade tortillas, as well as wine on tap and, of course, margaritas. 222 Fifth Ave. S.

London's Michelin-starred restaurant The Clove Club, which offers two tasting menus at $96 and $140, will adopt a prepaid ticketing system to avoid funds wasted on no-shows and last-minute cancellations. Tock—which was invented by Nick Kokonas of Chicago's Alinea introduced last year—has been quickly implemented by many high-end restaurants, including San Francisco's Coi, Austin's Qui, and New York City's Per Se, for similar reasons. Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old St.; 44-20/7729-6496.

The NoMad co-owners Daniel Humm and Will Guidara have launched a fully immersive magic show experience at their new Upstairs bar at Manhattans Nomad Hotel. Every Friday evening the team, in collaboration with group theory11, presents The Magician, starring supernaturalist Dan White. Show starts 8:15 PM; ages 18 and up; 1170 Broadway; 212-796-1500.

Scoopi Café in Dubai just created the world’s most luxurious sundae, The Black Diamond. The decadent treat includes Madagascar vanilla ice cream, Iranian saffron threads, and black Italian truffle that’s then sprinkled with 23-karat edible gold leaf and served in a Versace bowl. (After forking over $817 for the sweets, the diner gets to keep the designer vessel and spoon.) Jumeirah Rd.; 971-50/113-8497.

Las Vegas announces a slew of major openings this spring, including modern American comfort fare from Brian Malarkeys Searsucker at Caesar’s Palace; Italian small plates concept Lago by Julian Serrano at the Bellagio; and sharable Spanish fare from Michelin two-star chef Alex Stratta at Tapas restaurant, located off The Strip.

Costes Downtown (pictured above) will open inside Budapest’s new Prestige Hotel, slated to debut this month. Michelin-starred Hungarian chefs Károly Gerendai and Miguel Rocha Vieira will oversee the kitchen, and the dining room is anticipated to be a more spacious, modern take than the original location. The first iteration of Costes was awarded Hungarys very first star in 2010. H-1051 Budapest, Vigyázó Ferenc utca 5; 36-1/920-1000.

Pebble Beach Food & Wine will take place at the renowned golf course and resort in Northern California from April 912. Chefs including Hugh Acheson, Daniel Boulud, Dominique Crenn, and others will descend on the area to host seminars, demos, and after parties for the eighth annual festival. Tickets start at $100.

Chef Ray Garcia, formerly of FIG at the Fairmont Miramar, opens Broken Spanish Taqueria, an upscale taco joint in the heart of Downtown L.A. on April 1. The space will serve a lunch menu focused on tacos and other dishes influenced by the citys range of Latin American influences, as well as house made agua frescas and cebada—a drink made with barley, almonds, and cinnamon. His forthcoming Broken Spanish restaurant is also set to open in the neighborhood in May. 514 W. Seventh St.; 213-622-3744.

SoHo House Istanbul opens this month as the largest of the club’s properties yet. With 88 luxuriously-appointed bedrooms, a Cecconi’s restaurant with courtyard garden, two rooftop pools overlooking The Bosphorus, a nightclub, and more, this revamped treasure originally built in 1882 is one for the record books.

SixtyFive, the cocktial lounge located next to the newly reopened Rainbow Room, opens its terrace this month (pictured above). Located on the 65th floor of Rockefeller Plaza, the al fresco space will offer craft cocktails, bar snacks, small plates, and breathtaking panoramic views of the city's skyline. 30 Rockefeller Plaza, 65th Fl.; 212-632-5000.

Coinciding with Counter Culture Coffees 20 year anniversary, the Durham, North Carolinabased company has expanded their brand westward, officially opening a new training haven in L.A.s Silver Lake neighborhood (1601 Griffith Park Blvd.), and a training center/roastery in Emeryville, just outside San Francisco (1329 64th St.). Both centers will offer their unique Counter Intelligence program providing thorough coffee education to both professionals and coffee aficionados through a variety of classes and tastings.

James Beardwinning chef Yotam Ottolenghi will open a casual Middle Eastern street food restaurant called Sesame in London this month, focusing on falafel, shawarma, salads, and other lively-yet-approachable fare from Istanbul to Jerusalem. He is also currently working on The Nopi Cookbook, slated for release this fall. 23 Garrick St.

For fans of Healdsburg pinot and Sonoma wines in general, the annual Passport to Dry Creek Valley from April 2426 is the place to be. There will be over 40 family-owned wineries in attendance, as well as theme parties (such as the Roaring '20s) at various vineyards.

Image Credit: Courtesy Costes; Luke Jordan; Evan Joseph Images


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