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May 17, 2012

New Restos for Jetsetters

Japanese, French, or tapas – take your pick.

Global influences are on the menu at these YUMazing recent additions to the dining scene.

Austin:  Swift’s Attic

Swift’s Attic restaurant and bar, set in a century old warehouse with mesquite bar and hunter green booths, brings a tasteful masculinity and Moroccan feel to the downtown Austin scene. Toys are nowhere to be found in this attic – instead, think creative one-of-a-kind tapas like scallops, oxtails and kimchi, at least fourteen craft beers on tap and 24 wines by the glass. 315 Congress Avenue, 512-482-8200

Chicago: Red Door 

If you’ve recently passed by the former Duchamp restaurant, you’ll notice the latest addition to the Bucktown area, Red Door. The globetrotting menu offers a range of cuisines that are willing to satisfy any adventurous palate; ricotta gnocchi if you’re craving comfort food or crisp duck leg confit (pictured) for the fancy. Order a glass of vino from the extensive wine list, which includes names from some of the most recognized wine makers as well as a few hidden gems. With summer closely approaching, seating in the outdoor patio is definitely the way to go. 2118 N. Damen Ave. 773-697-7221

Los Angeles: Faux Pas Bistro

This brand new bistro serves up an array of Cali-inspired French cuisine ranging from quiche to chicken cordon bleu. The extensive cocktail list is sure to satisfy any lush’s taste, with classics like the Gimlet  to modern specialties like the Faux Pas Vodka, made with plum puree, citrus juice and apple cider. A cozy fireplace and dark woods makes this the perfect cozy escape from an ordinary sunny LA day. 7910 W. 3rd St., 323-424-4767

New York: Ootoya

It might be a food chain in Japan, but that doesn’t mean we’re not excited to try out the izakaya-styled restaurant that's set up shop in Flatiron. Second-story loft seating above an open kitchen makes for a great view. And the long bar makes it easy to find a seat to order up some sake. We hear that options like the yakitori grilled skewered chicken, handmade soba noodles, and grilled mackerel are definitely worth trying.  8 W. 18th St., 212-255-0018



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