Make Your Next Urban Foray An Experience In Eating. Check Out These Three Promising Newcomers
Chicago: NAHA, 500 N. Clark St.; (312) 321-6242
Chef Carrie Nahabedian left her top spot at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills to open shop in hometown Chicago, combining California seasonality with Mediterranean flare in her flavorful cooking. Consider artichokes with Valencia oranges to start, followed by roasted scallops in citrus and spices. Cousin and co-owner Michael Nahabedian, responsible for the local hit Green Dolphin Street, creates a cool, casual front-of-house lounging spot.
Miami Beach: THE HOUSE, 1355 Alton Rd.; (305) 695-1515
It’s hip to nest now, and The House serves up a converted 1930s single-family abode with a world kitchen and contemporary-clean decor. Get lunch or dinner in the blond wood eatery, set off by cool, illuminated photo murals of leafy trees. Dine on cuisine from around the planet — think Japanese sushi rolls to grilled mahi-mahi. Pop in anytime for a House fresh fruit juice.
New York: RED/BAR RESTAURANT, 339 E. 75th St.; (212) 472-7577
Southampton-cool Red/Bar moves into Manhattan, bringing its blend of Hamptons’ buzz and earthy nostalgia to the Upper East Side. Named for a vintage neon bar sign heralding the original location, Red/Bar installs an 80-year-old mahogany bar at the cozy spinoff. Graze by candlelight on French-inflected American fare like herb-roasted cod, marinated hanger steak, and grilled lamb loin. —