New York ● Luxee opens in the LES. Vegan Japanophiles, rejoice! This joint is run by Tokyo culinary school Vantan and serves up tofu cheesecake, vegan chocolate cakes with avocado mousse, and savory tofu salads. ● Brother Jimmy’s opens an outpost in Murray Hill. Kristin Cavallari plays host. ● Mei Li Wah, formally known as Mei Lai Wah, reopens in Chinatown on the auspicious 8-8-08 date, yellow shirts and red hats included.
● Hummus Place opens in the West Village. ● Formerly Kate’s Brooklyn Joint, La Superior — all Mexican, almost all the time — opens in Williamsburg. ● In the East Village, JoeDoe’s doors are finally open.
Los Angeles ● The Counter opens its second location in Marina Del Rey, one-upping 31 flavors by offering 70 burger topping options. ● Roy’s Hawaiian opens in Pasadena, making for the 10th Roy’s in California. ● The Kress. Get Sushi-Bombed at Hollywood’s latest four-storied ode to glitz.
San Francisco ● Bonbon Patisserie is ready for takeout. ● Pho Ha Tien 2 opens in SOMA, ready to thrown down with neighborhood fav Tu Lan. ● Amanda’s Feel Good Fresh Food Restaurant opens in Berkeley. AMGFFR (longest restaurant name ever) offers kid-friendly options — burgers, fries and cookies — as well as grown-up salads and sweet potatoes. ● McTeague’s Saloon opens on Polk Street. Rusty saloon meets micro-brew, the game (pick one) is on every football Sunday.
Miami ● More sushi. RA Sushi opens in South Miami. Try the Crazy Monkey roll.
Las Vegas ● Corsa Cucina reopens as Stratta, self-titled by Executive Chef Alessandro Stratta (of Alex, also in the Wynn). ● Get dirty, err, clean at the 4,500-square-foot restaurant/bar LAVO (Spanish for “wash”) in the Palazzo .
Chicago ● Cajun/Creole Yats opens in the Near West Side ● iCream opens this week, taking DIY to a whole new level. Choose your own flavor, color, and topping. Liquid nitrogen ads to the cool factor. ● African- themed Sikia opens on the Washburne Culinary Institute campus, featuring graduating chefs-to-be. ● Dadaist Duchamp opens on in Wicker Park. Check the sweet off-street patio. ● Marc Burger fits right in with the oxymoronic classy-food-court Seven on State on the 7th floor of Macy’s. ● Ian’s Pizza opens in Lakeview. Odd combos like the mac-n-cheese slice and the steak-and-fries slice give late-night drunken revelers another spot to sop up alcohol. ● Vegetarians get ready: Mana Food Bar is open in Wicker Park.