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The Hottest Restaurants in Amsterdam Right Now, December 2014

12 new and noteworthy destinations in Amsterdam.

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Today, Eater visits the Netherlands to highlight the 12 newish bars and restaurants garnering some serious buzz in Amsterdam. Just like last time, intrepid traveler, ElizabethOnFood.com blogger, and restaurant reviewer Elizabeth Auerbach shares her picks for the hottest drinking and dining Amsterdam currently has to offer.

Among her selections — which are listed here in no particular order — are a modern Dutch restaurant inside the country's cultural Rijksmuseum (Rijks), a pop-up "no waste" restaurant serving salvaged food (Instock), and a "foodbar" that specializes in two perfect pairings: mussels frites and gin-and-tonics (Mossel & Gin). There's also the long-awaited brick-and-mortar location of Amsterdam's long-stewing ramen pop-up, Fou Fow Ramen, one of "Amsterdam's few and rare ramen restaurants." Here now, the Eater Heatmap for Amsterdam — feel free to add your favorites to the comments:

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Rijks

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Museumstraat 1
Amsterdam, North Holland

In November 2014, the Rijksmuseum launched this new restaurant, located in the Philips Wing of the museum. The modern Dutch menu by executive chef Joris Bijdendijk (formerly of Bridges, Ron Blaauw, and Jardin des Sens) features hot and cold dishes that are designed for sharing, and €47.50 buys you a "Rijkstafel," a five-course tasting menu. Popular dishes are shrimp bao and rotisserie celeriac, and the wine list only features wines from Dutch-born winemakers. Rijks will occasionally welcome a Dutch guest chef, starting with Margot Janse (Le Quartier Français) in January 2015. [Photo: Erik Smits, courtesy Rijks]

2. Foodhallen

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Bellamystraat 51
1053 BG Amsterdam, Netherlands

This historic old tram depot has been transformed to a food court with more than 20 food and drink stalls. Enjoy everything from a bahn mi sandwich to a chicken tikka wrap to a soft-shell crab bun. Or go for a traditional Dutch bitterbal with a choice of fillings, like beef, shrimp, or goat's cheese. Petit Gateau takes care of dessert with its broad range of sweet tartelettes. And if 20 food stalls aren't enough, housed in the same building are two other options: Restaurant Meat West and Brasserie Halte 3. [Photo]

3. Pho 91

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Albert Cuypstraat 91
1072 CP, Netherlands
+31 20 752 6880
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Authentic Vietnamese crispy spring rolls, summer rolls, pho, and bun salads are served in this tiny restaurant on the Albert Cuypstraat. The goi cuon (summer roll with prawns and pork), the special Pho 91 soup, and the bo xao sa (bun with stir-fried beef) come recommended. But there are limited seats, no reservations, so expect to queue. [Photo]

4. Van 't spit

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De Clercqstraat 95, Amsterdam
North Holland 1053 AH, Netherlands
+31 20 358 3878
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This new restaurant serves only one item: grilled whole or half chicken, sourced locally from Tante Door (which roughly translates to "our aunt from the countryside"). Eat your chicken (preferably with your fingers) together with fries, bread, coleslaw, corn on the cob, or the traditional Dutch accompaniment: homemade apple sauce. [Photo]

5. taiko

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Tunes Restaurant at the Conservatorium Hotel has relaunched as the "Asian-inspired" Taiko, but chef Schilo van Coevorden is still behind the stove. Order sushi, sashimi, dim sum, shabu shabu, or go for grilled (binchotan) Dutch or Japanese beef. There's also a tasting menu on offer, including a vegetarian option. [Photo]

6. Nacional

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Kleine-Gartmanplantsoen 11-A, Amsterdam
North Holland 1017 RP, Netherlands
+31 20 205 0908
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A new restaurant by Amsterdam restaurateur Casper Reinders, Nacional is situated right off the Leidseplein. The menu at this all-day brasserie (there are separate menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner) features retro fare such as escargot, shrimp cocktail, steak with Béarnaise sauce, tarte tartin, and île flottante. [Photo]

7. Fou Fow Ramen

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Elandsgracht 2a, Amsterdam
North Holland 1016 TV, Netherlands
+31 20 845 0544
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After a three-year pop-up, one of Amsterdam's few and rare ramen restaurants has found itself a permanent location in the city's Jordaan district. Fou Fow Ramen serves tonkotsu, shio, vegetarian shoyu, and miso ramen, with all the traditional toppings. Side dishes include pork gyoza, deep-fried seafood gyoza, edamame, and pickled cucumber. [Photo]

36H warmoesstraat, Amsterdam
North Holland 1012JE, Netherlands
+31 20 358 5908
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Front-of-house veteran Ginger Zerbetto (an alum of Nobu, Buddha Bar, and Novikov) and DJ duo Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano recently opened this American-style BBQ restaurant and bar in the Warmoesstraat. First select your cut, then your preferred style of cooking (eg chargrilled, smoked with wood chips, infused with truffle butter), and finally, choose two of their homemade sauces. No fries or béarnaise sauce, but the menu does have fish, chicken, lamb, and vegetarian options. [Photo]

9. Café Restaurant De Plantage

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Plantage Kerklaan 36, Amsterdam
North Holland 1018 CZ, Netherlands
+31 20 760 6800
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This 240-seat restaurant is located right around the corner of the Amsterdam zoo (Artis). The menu features dishes like roasted eggplant carpaccio, wild boar ravioli, coquelet "Pimenton," and churros with chocolate sauce. At lunch, there is also a selection of tartines (toasted sourdough) and toasted pitas on offer. [Photo]

10. Instock

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Polenceaukade 9, Amsterdam
North Holland, Netherlands

This pop-up is Amsterdam's first "no waste" restaurant, serving food made with produce destined to be thrown away by Dutch supermarket chain Albert Heijn. Every morning the restaurant picks up the ingredients for its daily-changing menu with an electric "Food Rescue" van. Guests can check Instock's Facebook page to see what's on the menu each day. Open 'til May 2015. [Photo]

11. Smokin' Barrels

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Another project from the team of Bar Bukowski, Maxwell's Café, and De Biertuin, Smokin' Barrels is all about cocktails, steaks, burgers, lobster — oh, and salads. Order the Notorious BIG burger with a 200-gram patty on a brioche bun, or the vegetarian Fo-Getta-About-It burger with a portobello mushroom patty. Lobsters come grilled or in a lobster roll. End your meal with a chocolate mousse and brownie dessert jar. [Photo]

12. Mossel & Gin

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Gosschalklaan 12, Amsterdam
North Holland 1014 DC, Netherlands
+31 20 486 5869
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Mossel & Gin Foodbar is a seafood restaurant that specializes in (steamed) mussel dishes and gin & tonics, getting a daily supply of fresh Dutch mussels from Yerseke. The menu features crab cakes, fresh oysters, mackerel with kimchi, and around five different mussel dishes, including a classic moules à la marinière and a spicy Thai version. If you don't like mussels, you can always order a half-lobster, simply served with fries and a salad. [Photo]

1. Rijks

Museumstraat 1, Amsterdam, North Holland

In November 2014, the Rijksmuseum launched this new restaurant, located in the Philips Wing of the museum. The modern Dutch menu by executive chef Joris Bijdendijk (formerly of Bridges, Ron Blaauw, and Jardin des Sens) features hot and cold dishes that are designed for sharing, and €47.50 buys you a "Rijkstafel," a five-course tasting menu. Popular dishes are shrimp bao and rotisserie celeriac, and the wine list only features wines from Dutch-born winemakers. Rijks will occasionally welcome a Dutch guest chef, starting with Margot Janse (Le Quartier Français) in January 2015. [Photo: Erik Smits, courtesy Rijks]

Museumstraat 1
Amsterdam, North Holland

2. Foodhallen

Bellamystraat 51, 1053 BG Amsterdam, Netherlands

This historic old tram depot has been transformed to a food court with more than 20 food and drink stalls. Enjoy everything from a bahn mi sandwich to a chicken tikka wrap to a soft-shell crab bun. Or go for a traditional Dutch bitterbal with a choice of fillings, like beef, shrimp, or goat's cheese. Petit Gateau takes care of dessert with its broad range of sweet tartelettes. And if 20 food stalls aren't enough, housed in the same building are two other options: Restaurant Meat West and Brasserie Halte 3. [Photo]

Bellamystraat 51
1053 BG Amsterdam, Netherlands

3. Pho 91

Albert Cuypstraat 91, 1072 CP, Netherlands

Authentic Vietnamese crispy spring rolls, summer rolls, pho, and bun salads are served in this tiny restaurant on the Albert Cuypstraat. The goi cuon (summer roll with prawns and pork), the special Pho 91 soup, and the bo xao sa (bun with stir-fried beef) come recommended. But there are limited seats, no reservations, so expect to queue. [Photo]

Albert Cuypstraat 91
1072 CP, Netherlands

4. Van 't spit

De Clercqstraat 95, Amsterdam, North Holland 1053 AH, Netherlands

This new restaurant serves only one item: grilled whole or half chicken, sourced locally from Tante Door (which roughly translates to "our aunt from the countryside"). Eat your chicken (preferably with your fingers) together with fries, bread, coleslaw, corn on the cob, or the traditional Dutch accompaniment: homemade apple sauce. [Photo]

De Clercqstraat 95, Amsterdam
North Holland 1053 AH, Netherlands

5. taiko

1071 AN Amsterdam, Netherlands

Tunes Restaurant at the Conservatorium Hotel has relaunched as the "Asian-inspired" Taiko, but chef Schilo van Coevorden is still behind the stove. Order sushi, sashimi, dim sum, shabu shabu, or go for grilled (binchotan) Dutch or Japanese beef. There's also a tasting menu on offer, including a vegetarian option. [Photo]

6. Nacional

Kleine-Gartmanplantsoen 11-A, Amsterdam, North Holland 1017 RP, Netherlands

A new restaurant by Amsterdam restaurateur Casper Reinders, Nacional is situated right off the Leidseplein. The menu at this all-day brasserie (there are separate menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner) features retro fare such as escargot, shrimp cocktail, steak with Béarnaise sauce, tarte tartin, and île flottante. [Photo]

Kleine-Gartmanplantsoen 11-A, Amsterdam
North Holland 1017 RP, Netherlands

7. Fou Fow Ramen

Elandsgracht 2a, Amsterdam, North Holland 1016 TV, Netherlands

After a three-year pop-up, one of Amsterdam's few and rare ramen restaurants has found itself a permanent location in the city's Jordaan district. Fou Fow Ramen serves tonkotsu, shio, vegetarian shoyu, and miso ramen, with all the traditional toppings. Side dishes include pork gyoza, deep-fried seafood gyoza, edamame, and pickled cucumber. [Photo]

Elandsgracht 2a, Amsterdam
North Holland 1016 TV, Netherlands

8. W36

36H warmoesstraat, Amsterdam, North Holland 1012JE, Netherlands

Front-of-house veteran Ginger Zerbetto (an alum of Nobu, Buddha Bar, and Novikov) and DJ duo Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano recently opened this American-style BBQ restaurant and bar in the Warmoesstraat. First select your cut, then your preferred style of cooking (eg chargrilled, smoked with wood chips, infused with truffle butter), and finally, choose two of their homemade sauces. No fries or béarnaise sauce, but the menu does have fish, chicken, lamb, and vegetarian options. [Photo]

36H warmoesstraat, Amsterdam
North Holland 1012JE, Netherlands

9. Café Restaurant De Plantage

Plantage Kerklaan 36, Amsterdam, North Holland 1018 CZ, Netherlands

This 240-seat restaurant is located right around the corner of the Amsterdam zoo (Artis). The menu features dishes like roasted eggplant carpaccio, wild boar ravioli, coquelet "Pimenton," and churros with chocolate sauce. At lunch, there is also a selection of tartines (toasted sourdough) and toasted pitas on offer. [Photo]

Plantage Kerklaan 36, Amsterdam
North Holland 1018 CZ, Netherlands

10. Instock

Polenceaukade 9, Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands

This pop-up is Amsterdam's first "no waste" restaurant, serving food made with produce destined to be thrown away by Dutch supermarket chain Albert Heijn. Every morning the restaurant picks up the ingredients for its daily-changing menu with an electric "Food Rescue" van. Guests can check Instock's Facebook page to see what's on the menu each day. Open 'til May 2015. [Photo]

Polenceaukade 9, Amsterdam
North Holland, Netherlands

11. Smokin' Barrels

Beukenplein 22, Netherlands

Another project from the team of Bar Bukowski, Maxwell's Café, and De Biertuin, Smokin' Barrels is all about cocktails, steaks, burgers, lobster — oh, and salads. Order the Notorious BIG burger with a 200-gram patty on a brioche bun, or the vegetarian Fo-Getta-About-It burger with a portobello mushroom patty. Lobsters come grilled or in a lobster roll. End your meal with a chocolate mousse and brownie dessert jar. [Photo]

12. Mossel & Gin

Gosschalklaan 12, Amsterdam, North Holland 1014 DC, Netherlands

Mossel & Gin Foodbar is a seafood restaurant that specializes in (steamed) mussel dishes and gin & tonics, getting a daily supply of fresh Dutch mussels from Yerseke. The menu features crab cakes, fresh oysters, mackerel with kimchi, and around five different mussel dishes, including a classic moules à la marinière and a spicy Thai version. If you don't like mussels, you can always order a half-lobster, simply served with fries and a salad. [Photo]

Gosschalklaan 12, Amsterdam
North Holland 1014 DC, Netherlands

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