New York City
Located on the 26th floor of the historic Beekman Tower, this rooftop cocktail lounge represents a collaboration between Merchants Hospitality and Public Agenda and offers 360-degree views of the New York City skyline. Rich design elements inspired by the 1920s and ’30s are found throughout the space, along with curated “curiosities,” such as vintage tarot cards, antique silverware and flapper hats to create the feeling of a jewel box in the sky. An enticing bar menu, crafted by Amir Babayoff, features both classic and signature cocktails, drawing customers in to try specialties such as Ophelia’s Ascension, made with Jamaican pepper-infused Del Maguey Vida mezcal, Maker’s Mark, Sri Lankan palm sugar, aromatic bitters and cedar smoke.
Knead Hospitality and Design has partnered with chef Roberto Santibañez (chef and owner of the acclaimed Fonda restaurants in New York City) to open Mi Vida, an 11,000-square-foot waterfront eatery with a panoramic view of the Potomac River. Santibañez’s menu draws inspiration from the traditional dishes of his home country of Mexico and its street food, along with a few elevated surprises, such as foie gras with churros and caviar gorditas. Riffs on ceviche include one offering that combines diver scallops, green apple, olives, cucumber and herb oil, while the bar displays an extensive tequila selection and inspired margaritas.
Morimoto Asia Waikiki
Located inside Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach, Morimoto Asia Waikiki features the cuisine of international chef and restaurateur “Iron Chef” Masaharu Morimoto. The second-floor restaurant, which serves only dinner, offers stunning ocean views while showcasing Morimoto’s pan-Asian and Western fusion cuisine. Menu highlights include Morimoto Peking duck (carved, house-roasted whole duck served with steamed flour pancakes, apricot sweet chili and hoisin miso), Ishiyaki Buri Bop (hamachi seared table side and served with pickled daikon and carrot, royal fern, egg yolk and sweet ginger soy sauce), and Angry Lobster (Maine lobster, rice noodles and Thai red curry sauce). The beverage menu features more than 20 kinds of sake, along with a variety of Asian whiskeys, wines, cocktails and mocktails.
AC3 Restaurant + Bar
AC3 Restaurant + Bar
Palm Desert, Calif.
Collaborating on their first project, Tony Marchese of Trio restaurant in Palm Springs, Calif., and Andrew and Juliana Copley, owners of Copley’s on Palm Canyon, also in Palm Springs, have opened AC3 Restaurant + Bar next to Hotel Paseo in Palm Desert, Calif. Designed to bring an international flair to New American cuisine, the menu features memorable dishes such as jumbo lump crab cakes with wasabi guacamole, sweet and sour sauce, and tobiko; Berkshire pork schnitzel with dijonaise crushed potatoes, bacon brussels sprouts, herbed yogurt, and cranberry; and a lobster hash with poached eggs, potatoes, Tinker Bell peppers, melted chèvre and herb salad. All play well with the desert-inspired — and refreshing — cocktail menu created by general manager and beverage director Chris Chmielak that leans toward citrus, herbs and produce.
Kinship and Next of Kin
Designed to become neighborhood gathering spots, L3 Hospitality Group has opened Kinship, a full-service American eatery, and Next of Kin, a complementary marketplace. Award-winning chef Marco Bahena leads the kitchens at both eateries, serving American favorites with contemporary spins, such as scallop and lobster cavatelli, local honey butter fries and charred harissa lamb shank. While Kinship offers a sit-down experience, with an accompanying bar that boasts a solid wine and cocktail program, Next of Kin focuses on grab-and-go options for breakfast, lunch and dinner, alongside sweet treats such as Bahena’s soon-to-be-famous éclairs.