American Restaurant Trends to Watch
Chefs With Big News
José Andrés. Photo © Pablo de Loy.
José Andrés, Los Angeles
José Andrés’s revolutionary concept at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills includes Rojo y Blanca (tapas), Saam (fancy food) and roaming food carts. 465 S. La Cienega Blvd.; 310-246-5555.
Plus: Recipes by Jose Andrés
April Bloomfield, New York City
Paul Kahan, Chicago
Chicago’s Terragusto. Photo courtesy of Terragusto Two.
More chefs are playing the market. Boston’s Las Ventas, next to the Spanish restaurant of the same name, offers serrano ham, marcona almonds and shelves of olive oil. In Chicago, Terragusto will sell some of the fresh pastas served at its namesake alongside prepared foods. Cesare Casella’s market-café Salumeria Rosi in Manhattan will feature exquisite products sourced from Italy, such as prosciutto.
Economizing at Pricey Restaurants
© Bill Bettencourt
Meat Cheese Bread. Photo © Corey Shields.
As chefs examine their costs, more are turning to a basic dish: the sandwich. In Chicago, Rick Bayless will open a torteria with Mexican-style grilled sandwiches like chorizo and black bean. 449 N. Clark St. Tommy Habetz recently opened Bunk in Portland, Oregon, serving oxtail-confit sandwiches with pepper relish next to classics like meatball Parmigiano. Nearby, the small menu at John Stewart’s Meat Cheese Bread includes his BLB: bacon, lettuce and roasted beets.
Plus: Sandwich Recipes
Best-Dressed Waitstaff of ’09
Courtesy of Comrags
At his new spot Shang in NYC’s Thompson LES hotel, Toronto chef Susur Lee will dress servers in uniforms from Comrags, the edgy Canadian designer label.
Chefs Who Butcher
Cochon Butcher, New Orleans
Marlow & Daughters, Brooklyn, NY
Marlow & Sons restaurant butchers its own meat. Now the owners are opening a shop selling grass-fed beef, pork, rabbit and homemade pâté.
Fork: Etc., Philadelphia
Every Wednesday, this specialty-food shop hosts three-course dinners by Thien Ngo of the adjoining Fork restaurant. Global dishes include short ribs in lemongrass broth.
Fuel Cafe, Denver
The breakfast-and-lunch café launched Thursday night themed menus such as Colorado cooking with dishes like lamb ragù. Fuel will soon serve dinner a few days a week.
Restaurants have become high-tech entertainment centers. Boston’s Persephone offers Guitar Hero stations. UWink, in L.A. and Mountain View, California, is the brainchild of Atari founder Nolan Bushnell; customers order from touch screens that double as game consoles.