CHICAGO: Platiyo, (773) 477-6700
Scott Harris, chef/owner of the wildly popular Mia Francesca near Wrigley Field on the city’s north side, just launched the colorful Platiyo next door. Chef Patrick Concannon of Don Juan fame consulted on the regional Mexican menu, drawing on traditional south-of-the-border flavors. Favorites include scallop ceviche, grilled pork chops in mango mole, and poblano-tomatillo sauced salmon. Folk-art decor and creative margarita variations distract patrons waiting for tables.

NEW YORK: Aix, (212) 874-7400
After a steady rise through a Michelin 3-star kitchen in France and Jean Georges in the U.S., lauded chef Didier Virot landed his own spot in the Dylan Hotel, only to have it replaced by Britney Spears’ now-defunct Nyla. But the highly-praised Virot is back, at Aix, much to the pleasure of Upper West Siders drawn to his lobster à l’americaine and roast lamb loin. Colorful, bi-level interiors extend a warm welcome, Provence style.

SAN FRANCISCO: La Table, (415) 345-8600
Bordeaux-born Pascal Rigo, owner of Chez Nous and Bay Bread, among others, recently opened his latest French affair in Presidio Heights. Aiming for both local and destination diners, La Table divides its attentions between a more casual 70-seat brasserie and a 50-seat rear dining room. French-trained chef Marc Rasic oversees both, preparing dishes like roast leg of rabbit in the former and mussel-crusted halibut in the latter.