For every make of celebrity — movie, athlete, chef — a new restaurant:
NEW ORLEANS: Belle Forche, 1407 Decatur St., (504) 940-0722
Actor Robert De Niro backs chef Matthew Yohalem in the new French-Spanish Belle Forché in N’Awlins’ Faubourg Marigny district. The much-traveled Yohalem, a veteran of Commander’s Palace, returns to the Big Easy to whip up inventive Creole dishes like frog’s legs in the étouffée and pomegranate atop “buckshot” duck. Original wood beams and brick walls lend romance to the 200-year-old building, while a 600-gallon tropical fish tank and lavish artwork update it.

SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA: Parcel 104 (above), 2700 Mission College Blvd., (408) 970-6104
San Francisco celebrity chef Bradley Ogden seeds a Silicon Valley plot in Parcel 104, named for a former pear orchard on the land. As at his Lark Creek restaurants, Ogden emphasizes farm-fresh cuisine typified by blue-corn blinis with house-smoked sturgeon and rabbit potpie with root vegetables. Lodged in the Santa Clara Marriott, the convivial spot features a jazz lounge, raw bar, and huge exhibition kitchen.

WASHINGTON, D.C.: Jordans, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., (202) 589-1223
As a Bull, he brought us one sixtyblue in Chicago. Now Washington Wizard Michael Jordan unveils his latest fine-dining digs in D.C. The creative seafood and beef menu at jordans, which was developed by one sixtyblue chef Martial Noguier, includes MJ favorites peekytoe crab cake and rib-eye Delmonico. Open sightlines, spacious table arrangements, and private multimedia salons (ESPN anybody?) distinguish the downtown two-story restaurant. —