Dine and dish at these three buzz-happy newcomers

CHICAGO: BUTTERFIELD 8, 713 N. Wells St., (312) 327-0940
Named for the Elizabeth Taylor film, Butterfield 8 poses as
a restaurant but feels like a nightclub. The glass underlit floor changes color throughout the evening as you nosh on supper-club classics like shrimp de jonghe. Have after-dinner drinks in the upstairs den clad in red velvet and black leather. Spotted here: Michael Jordan, Marianne Faithfull, and John Cusack.

LOS ANGELES: FALCON, 7213 Sunset Blvd., (323) 850-5350
Via comfort food and contemporary decor, Falcon aims to provide a home away from set for the Hollywood crowd. The reassuring fare spans homemade potpie and the classic chopped salad. Sleek furnishings and a DJ-spun soundtrack update the scene. Pillows on the patio steps encourage outdoor stargazing, should you choose to ignore the sights of patrons like Owen Wilson and Renée Zellweger.

NEW YORK: JIMMY’S DOWNTOWN, 400 E. 57th St., (212) 486-6400
Midtown is downtown to Jimmy Rodriguez, owner of Jimmy’s Bronx Café and Jimmy’s Uptown. His new Manhattan locale spices up the ’hood with a contemporary Latin-driven menu (featuring the likes of grilled sturgeon with avocado mash and adobo roasted chicken), a salsa soundtrack, and sleek environs courtesy of hip designer Ilan Waisbrod. Count Spike Lee, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Shaquille O’Neal among fans. —