New York ● Char 4: Whiskey and BBQ. The whiskey comes in 150 different flavors. ● Chloe 81: Latest LES underground bar. Red booths, white tiles, and hipsters galore. ● Double Crown: New spot from the folks behind Public and Stanton Social. ● Five Leaves: Heath Ledger’s pet project; expect a coffeehouse/oyster bar.
● Tierra: Tapas. More tapas. This time of the eel and foie gras variety. ● Shi: Asian Fusion in Long Island City ● Café Petisco: Low-key Chinatown diner. ● Tong Thai Brasserie: Affordable tapas—squid, spring rolls, and crab fried rice
San Francisco ● Press Club: 9,000 square feet, 8 wine tasting bars, in the cellar of the Four Seasons. ● Bangkok Express: Thai food in the Financial District. Nothing new to see here. ● Soul Food Experience: Southern food, southern hospitality, Oakland, CA.
Chicago ● Mista Pizza: Thin crust, organic toppings, BYOB. ● Crescendo: Bottle-service club reopens. $20 cover. ● Dirty Martini: Martinis on tap, with sci-fi martini glass chiller and all sorts of dirty things (bleu cheese, anchovies, roasted red-pepper olives) to make your martini, well, dirtier. ● The Bristol: Everything from scratch. Everything: Ketchup, cheese, pasta, saltines. Plus hogs are butchered onsite. ● Café Con Leche Bucktown: French toast and chilaquiles in this tiny taqueria, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. ● More: A cupcake salon, with sweet and savory options, try the red velvet and then the fig/bleu cheese/port. ● John’s Place Roscoe Village: Comfort foods, plus brunch. ● Late Night Thai: Graveyard shift Thai. Open 9 p.m.-5 a.m. Genius.