As the start of a new decade begins, so come a slew of new restaurants to tantalize one’s taste buds. And for 2020, lots of revered names in the dining world are expanding their empires into new regions riffing off the flavour profiles of their locations. In London, chef Tom Aiken marries mentor Joël Robuchon and Pierre Koffmann’s signature techniques and punch with his knack for creating lasting food memories. Also looking to the past with a modern lens are chefs Lee Hansonand Riad Nasr who’ve taken over New York City fine dining staple, Le Veau d’Or. With a pedigree that includes opening Frenchette and working under Keith McNally at Balthazar and Minetta Tavern, expect a sumptuous environment without any pretension.
Nearby, Juan Santa Cruz brings his sleek flair to the Upper East Side with the opening of Casa Cruz. Having tested the waters a few years ago with a pop-up in Tribeca, the permanent location will bring the same elegant atmosphere and refined dining experience with a party friendly attitude. Also focused on marrying fine dining with fun is Michelin Star-boîte Cote which opens its second location in Miami this fall. Simon Kim’s inimitable touch for bringing the highest quality ingredients, exquisite wines, and a joie de vivre spirit have made it a staple amongst the fashionable foodie set in New York. But, for a truly transcendent experience, jet over to Paris where chef Arnaud Donckele’s artful and delicious take on dining leads the forthcoming Cheval Blanc Paris. Below, a breakdown of our spots to check out in 2020.