On Dec. 8, the MGM National Harbor opened its doors. Located just outside Washington, D.C., on the Maryland side of the Potomac River, the resort is home to a casino, floral conservatory, spa, shopping center, two nightlife concepts and a 3,000-seat performance venue, as well as restaurants from acclaimed chefs José Andrés, Marcus Samuelsson and Bryan and Michael Voltaggio. In addition to the fine-dining concepts, the resort also offers a sports bar, pastry shop, pan-Asian restaurant and food market containing several fast-casual spots.
In addition to the surrounding D.C. dining scene, wine lovers have plenty to choose from within the resort itself. Andrés’ restaurant, Fish, is open for dinner daily; emphasizing locally sourced seafood, the menu includes Maryland blue crab and oysters from the Rappahannock River, while the wine list focuses on high-acid whites and low-tannin reds, with a core of Spanish bottles and a handful of choices from Virginia. Andrés’ diverse group of restaurants includes 16 current Wine Spectator Restaurant Award winners, managed by wine director Andy Myers. Marcus Samuelsson’s American restaurant, Marcus, also offers an extensive international wine list, including over 30 options by the glass. The list at Voltaggio Brothers Steak House numbers 25 pages and includes plenty in the way of Burgundy and Bordeaux, California Cabernet and Champagne.
Renowned 3 Michelin-starred dining destination Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare is no longer in Brooklyn. Earlier this month, the establishment moved from its original location at 200 Schermerhorn St. in the Boerum Hill neighborhood to 431 W. 37th St. in Manhattan. The restaurant is known for its two-and-a-half-hour seasonal tasting menu from chef César Ramirez, which is enjoyed at the intimate namesake communal table, as well as its 400-selection wine list. Curated by wine director Christine Collado and offering strengths in Champagne, Burgundy, the Rhône, Germany and Austria, the program has earned a Best of Award of Excellence since 2015.
Earlier this month, at the Casino de Montréal in the city’s Ville-Marie borough, L’Atelier Joël Robuchon Montréal opened its doors. The restaurant is open for dinner seven nights a week. Robuchon’s restaurants are known for producing expansive, high-quality wine lists, and include three Grand Award winners: L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon in Hong Kong, Robuchon au Dôme in Macau and Joël Robuchon Restaurant in Las Vegas.
In January 2017, Charlie Palmer Steak will open in Midtown Manhattan’s Archer Hotel at 45 W. 38th St., relocating from its previous location at 5 E. 54th St. The restaurant will take the place of Best of Award of Excellence winner David Burke Fabrick. Palmer’s steakhouses have maintained a longstanding emphasis on quality wine lists; four locations of Charlie Palmer Steak across the country currently boast Restaurant Awards, and his Aureole Las Vegas has earned a Grand Award since 2000. The New York location has earned a Best of Award of Excellence since 2015, and offers a substantial selection of wines from California, Italy, Bordeaux and the rest of France.
Earlier this month, the team at One Off Hospitality Group opened Publican Anker in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood, at 1576 N. Milwaukee Ave. The restaurant is open for light bites and dinner daily. James Beard Award–winning executive chef and partner Paul Kahan also co-owns Award of Excellence winner Blackbird in the West Loop. His seasonal menu at Publican Anker focuses on seafood and vegetables and includes eclectic dishes such as swordfish sausage, green chile fish stew and a persimmon salad with red quinoa and labneh. The wine list is managed by Bret Heiar, who also oversees the program at Award of Excellence winner Nico Osteria. Emphasizing French bottles, the list spans nearly 100 selections, 16 of which are offered by the glass.