Big-Name Players Launch A Trio Of Notable Eateries

BOSTON: Blu, 4 Avery St., (617) 375-8550
After gaining national fame with Rialto in Cambridge, chef Jody Adams and partners finally got their act to Boston proper, opening blu in the newly hot Ladder District. Adams co-designed the menu, but this time turns the stoves over to Dante de Magistris, who updates classic American favorites from roasted lobster to Delmonico steak. Expect a handsome crowd; the airy eatery shares space with the new Sports Club/LA.

LOS ANGELES: Jar, 8225 Beverly Blvd., (323) 655-6566
L.A.’s new dream-team dining room pairs partners and chefs Suzanne Tracht (of Jozu) and Mark Peel (of Campanile fame). Tracht does the cooking at the contemporary steakhouse, which serves seafood appetizers and a complement of broiled steaks, chops, and fish, accompanied by sophisticated a la carte sides like braised mustard greens and duck fried rice. The lighter, brighter art-deco-inspired interior replaces the dim Indochine near the Beverly Center.

NEW ORLEANS: Restaurant August, 301 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 299-9777
Chef John Besh used to lure Big Easy visitors all the way to neighboring Abita Springs for his award-winning food at Artesia. His latest, August, located in the Central Business District, cuts the commute considerably. Though billed as contemporary French, the menu globe-trots with dishes like roast duck with rice wine and plums, and halibut poached in olive oil with artichokes, beets, and wilted greens. Crystal chandeliers and velvet-covered banquettes dress up a former 1880s grocer’s warehouse.