Ambar (Washington, D.C.)



5) In Washington D.C., celebrated chef Richard Sandoval and partner Ivan Iricanin veer off the beaten path to open Ambar (ambarrestaurant.com), dedicated to Balkan mainstays like slow-cooked lamb and pork given the gourmet treatment and paired with regional wines and house-made Rakija, a Serbian fruit brandy.


Arlington Club (New York, NY)
Melissa Horn



6) In New York, chef Laurent Tourondel again showcases his steakhouse strengths with the new American-inspired Arlington Club (arlingtonclubny.com), serving clams casino and 28-day dry-aged sirloins in a grand, beaux arts bi-level setting with a vaulted brick ceiling overhead.


Scarlet (Las Vegas, NV)



7) Mixologist Francois Lafranconi, who worked at The Gleneagles bar in Scotland and the venerable Harry’s Bar in Venice, Italy, has now taken on the drink menu at the intimate new speakeasy-style Scarlet in the Palms Casino Resort Las Vegas (palms.com).