We hope you have a healthy dining-out budget,
because 2015 is shaping up to be a blockbuster year for restaurant openings. Even the typically slow month of January is already seeing some newness. This year will mark a bunch of
personal and very chef-driven projects, with culinary talents opening everything
from intimate boîtes to bigger, splashier establishments — with some sophomore efforts and second locations in the mix, too.
going to gain a couple new destination-worthy projects, and you’ll see a number
of chefs exploring their heritage on a deeper level. Here are 18 spots that are at the top of our
to-watch list. One big question lurks: How are all these places going to find
enough staff? All will be revealed in time — including even more new projects,
of course. Yes, you’re going to be busy. Marcia Gagliardi is the founder of the weekly tablehopper e-column; subscribe and get more food news and gossip at tablehopper.com. Follow her on Twitter.