Want to get to the next Noma before the crowds? From San Francisco to Sydney, these 10 spots are the world's hottest new dining destinations, all set to open by Thanksgiving. Book a table ASAP—or risk the months-long wait.
For their latest project, wonder boys Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas are planning a departure from the highly choreographed, multi-course tasting menus of Alinea and Next. At Roister, former Aviary chef Andrew Borchu will run an open kitchen—reportedly in the middle of the dining room—and offer multiple menu formats, including counter-style dining and à la carte options.
Dramatic painted ceilings, bronze busts on the dining room walls and ten exclusive tables for taking in the setting—a culinary stage like this can only exist in Italy. This one belongs to Matias Perdomo, a disciple of Ferran Adria whose daringly innovative, rule-defying cuisine comes second in Italy only to Massimo Bottura's.
Otium, Los Angeles
Chef Timothy Hollingsworth is one of the most talked-about alumni of French Laundry and his new space is an annex of the Broad Museum, a newly minted architectural icon in downtown L.A.. The menu is hush, hush, but it's guaranteed to blow your mind, as will the art works by super stars like Damien Hirst. The credentials don't get stacked much higher than this.
O Açougue Central, Sao Paulo
Sao Paulo is chock full of steakhouses, but it hasn’t seen one like this. Alex Atala—whose flagship D.O.M. is widely considered one of the world’s top restaurants—is behind this Villa Madalena newcomer, which will be part butcher shop and part dining room dedicated to unsung cuts of meat, like onglet (AKA bull’s chest.)
Locol, San Francisco
Fast food by Roy Choi and Daniel Patterson: need we say more? The first two outposts of this budding chainlet will open in San Francisco and Los Angeles, with a menu that includes Quarter Pounders cut with tofu and grains (to beef up the health factor and tone down the price tag.)
Los Fuegos, Miami
The Faena district is the biggest thing to hit South Beach in years—the hotel, retail, and residences complex literally has its own zip code. What are locals most excited about? Francis Mallman's Los Fuegos restaurant, his first in the US. True to Mallman's style, it'll be all about open flame cooking, and the theatrics are sure to be on full display.
There’s an army of molecular gastronomists ditching Spain to preach their gospel of experimental cuisine around the world. The latest is David Muñoz, who has departed Madrid’s DiverXO to open a similarly quirky concept in London. The name is a clue about what's on the menu--gussied up street food classics.
La Sirena, New York
Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich oversee one of NYC's perennial favorites, Del Posto, along with four other on-point Italian spots in Manhattan, but they haven't opened a new restaurant together in a full decade. That's about to change with La Sirena, set inside the Meatpacking District's Maritime Hotel. The duo promises a cross between the trattoria style Lupa and the more formal Babbo, with a standout menu that skews towards fresh pasta and fish.
When Momofuku Seibo opened in Sydney, there was no cooler place to be. Now that title goes to Automata, the first solo project by Seibo's top chef. The five course set menu is refreshingly affordable (just $88) and includes inventive dishes like sesame leaf-wrapped asparagus and steamed hakupa fish on a bed of compressed seaweed. Yum.
Rivea, Las Vegas
Joel Robuchon gets a new rival for most lauded chef in Vegas with the arrival of Alain Ducasse's Rivea, the third location of his French Riviera-themed concept (which already has tons of fans in Saint Tropez and London.) If the predecessors are any indication, you'll want to order the octopus carpaccio or baked John Dory, served with braised fennel and ginger.