Three newcomers with style and flavor.

DALLAS: Ferré Ristorante E Bar, 3699 McKinney Ave., (214) 522-3888
Sleek Ferré joins the clique in the trendy West Village district. The new contemporary Italian restaurant and bar maintains loftlike looks with stained concrete floors, 16-foot ceilings, and dramatic lighting. Chef Kevin Ascolese, late of the city’s acclaimed Salve!, emphasizes organic ingredients in his Tuscan preparations, turning out tasty crowd-pleasers such as gnocchi with rock shrimp and Dungeness crab and halibut pan-seared in olive oil.

NEW YORK: Citarella The Restaurant, 1240 Avenue of the Americas, (212) 332-1515
Citarella, a gourmet grocer, capitalized on its fish sources to spin off Citarella The Restaurant, a fine seafood eatery. Designer David Rockwell refashioned a 19th-century Midtown townhouse amid Rockefeller Center skyscrapers into a sophisticated tri-level eatery suited in oceanic blues and opalescent accents. Stop at the 10-seat sushi bar for an impressive pick of fresh fish or carry on to the dining room to compose a meal of, say, oysters, poached lobster, and pink snapper.

SAN FRANCISCO: Andalu, 3198 16th St., (415) 621-2211
Perched on a bustling corner of the Mission District with an
open kitchen and open approach to grazing, convivial Andalu gets social about food. In the Spanish tapas tradition, all of Andalu’s plates are small, even when they borrow from cultures such as Vietnam (pork rolls in lettuce cups) and California (ahi tuna tacos). Drink choices encourage sampling, too, with red and white sangria, 32 wines by the glass, and 40 half-bottles.