As the weather gets colder, this web it may be tempting to settle for takeout. You’d be missing out, phimosis however, if you didn’t try out some of the city’s most exciting new restaurants. Between the return of L’Atelier and the debut of a chef with a Clinton connection, 2015 is going to be a great year for diners with high standards.

L'Atelier

L’Atelier | Internationally acclaimed Chef and restaurateur Joel Robuchon, has now returned to New York with a fresh version of L’Atelier. The new iteration is expected to open in March of this year in Brookfield Place. In contrast to the previous Four Seasons location, which had a more casual setting, the new L’Atelier will be a vast space with a full formal dining set-up. If you need a go-to place for formal cocktails, business meetings, and classic dinners, L’Atelier seems poised to make the cut.

Dirty French

Dirty French | Diners have been flocking to this eccentric restaurant since its opening in late 2014. Coming by a reservation on the weekends is no easy feat, though early reviews suggest that it is well worth the wait and non-refundable $50 cancellation fee. Located in the Ludlow Hotel, Dirty French was created by Jeff Zalaznick, Mario Carbone, and Rich Torrisi. Dirty French, which already has received two stars from New York Times critic Pete Wells, is making waves for its modern takes on classic French dishes and techniques. It eschews the stiffness of some French restaurants in the city for a more vibrant approach (without sacrificing the caliber of the cuisine).

HenriOn5th

Henri on Fifth | Henri on Fifth opened up in Park Slope just last week and is already receiving praise from customers. The new restaurant, owned by Binh Douglas, replaces previous tenant Aperitivo. Henri pays homage to Douglas’ multicultural heritage through a menu interwoven with international influences. If you’ve ever wanted to eat Vietnamese and German food in the same place, Henri on Fifth is your chance. Dishes such as banh mi tacos, fresh pretzels, and grilled cheese on garlic bread toast are available on the eclectic menu. The restaurant is named after Douglas’ newborn son.

The Simone

The Simone | Have you been craving some good old-fashioned fine dining? The Simone is a small Upper East Side townhouse spot with hand-written menus, a mere eleven tables, and a reservations-only policy. It’s an ideal destination for anyone who misses the days of when waiters were decked out in full service attire and service was truly personal. The menu is far from the molecular gastronomic acrobatics of contemporary restaurants, but is well-suited for lovers of the classics.

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La Loteria | Authentic Mexican cuisine has steadily been gaining ground in the city, offering New Yorkers ample alternatives to the disturbing not-even-Tex-Mex of years past. La Loteria is a new restaurant in the West Village that promises to add favorably to the upscale trend in Mexican dining. Chef Julieta Ballasteros is likely best known for Chelsea Mexican restaurant Crema, as well as her stint on Iron Chef America. After growing up in Monterrey, Mexico and studying at the French Culinary Institute, Ballasteros is the perfect candidate for a project like La Loteria that combines the flavors of Mexico with French aesthetics. Expect a chic ambience, stellar cocktails, and a splurge-worthy brunch offering complete with unlimited margaritas.

-Naakai Addy