Fall is here, and so is a new crop of restaurants in cities across the U.S., providing warmth, sustenance, and reassurance that even amid an ongoing pandemic, the restaurant industry is still innovating — bringing new ideas, and new dishes, to the table. In San Francisco, Corey Lee of the three-Michelin-starred restaurant Benu is finally opening his first Korean restaurant in the Mission this October. Los Angeles, meanwhile, will get its own taste of the Bay Area when Berkeley legend Alice Waters opens her first restaurant since Chez Panisse at the Hammer Museum in Westwood; Austin crossover Veracruz All Natural’s owners are planning to roll out a new truck called Hot Taco on the streets of LA in October.
Fried chicken is the word for fall in New York, where the minds behind smash-hit Dhamaka will open a fast-casual Indian fried chicken joint called Rowdy Rooster. Charles Pan-Fried Chicken, a Harlem stalwart from Charles Gabriel, the 74-year-old chef who has been frying chicken for decades, will open a new location in Harlem in September after being closed during the pandemic.
Across the pond, autumn in London promises a new food hall that offers complex global flavors, from Southern Thai food and Indonesian street food to Spanish tapas and Middle-Eastern shawarma. A new 40,000-square-foot public market in Austin will give fall revelers in Texas something to fawn over when big names like Mignette, a bakery and diner from Michael Fojtasek of Olamaie, and a wine bar, butcher shop, and produce store from Salt & Time land in its space. As for Boston, the city will be brimming with seafood and natural wine this season following the entrance of Dear Annie. Finally, when in Vegas, make happy hour an aerial adventure: Area15, the behemoth entertainment center just west of the Strip, will open a cocktail bar complete with a ride lifting its guests 131 feet in the air for seven minutes.