Though we know 2018 will definitely not be bringing us an Anthony Bourdain food hall, there are still a couple good restaurants worth keeping our eyes on. Take a look at some of the new and trendiest luxury restaurants of 2018.
Simone, Los Angeles
As the chef de cuisine at three-Michelin-star Manresa in Los Gatos, Calif., Jessica Largey has made her mark. Working under David Kinch, she won a James Beard award and now she’s headed to LA’s Art’s District to open her own place. The restaurant, named for singer Nina Simone, will feature sustainable seafood and ethically raised meat, as well as Southern California produce.
Popol Vuh and Centro, Minneapolis
A generation of outstanding chefs across North America has helped elevate Mexican to its rightful place among the world’s great cuisines. Now, as people dive deeper into the food, different regions are getting their due. In Minneapolis, chef José Alarcon will make the food of his native country, but with a focus on Mayan traditions. At the core of the cooking will be a wood-fired grill and a wood-fired plancha. And the restaurant will share a space in the 100-year-old building with a more laid-back bar and taqueria called Centro.
NoMad, Los Angeles
Daniel Humm and Will Guidara will bring their urban playground of a bar, restaurant, and hotel, NoMad, to Downtown Los Angeles in 2018. And like many of the chefs flocking to LA, Humm is excited to get his hands on the local produce. “I remember when I first moved to America and I worked in San Francisco where the markets are fairly similar with the offerings. My mind was just blown every time I went to the market, it’s unbelievable,” Humm said.
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The pitmaster behind famed Franklin Barbecue, Aaron Franklin, and chef Tyson Cole are teaming up to create an Asian smokehouse, combining Texas barbecue with Asian flavors. Cole of Uchi and Uchiko in Austin told Daniel Vaughn of Texas Monthly that people should expect plenty of meat including pork shoulder, smoked poultry, pork ribs, sausages, and smoked fish.
Una Pizza Napoletana, New York City
Talk to chefs and food addicted alike and they’ll usually share an affection for Jeremiah Stone and Fabian von Hauske’s restaurant and natural wine bar Wildair on New York’s Lower East Side. Excellent food in a convivial atmosphere with great wine has brought the duo notoriety the last few years, along with the Michelin star they’ve earned for their tasting menu restaurant on the same block, Contra.
Majordomo, Los Angeles
Like so many famous chefs across the country, David Chang is heading to Hollywood. Well, actually, it’s Chinatown. The project originally titled “North Spring” will be called Majordomo and will stand apart from other Momofuku restaurants throughout his international empire.