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Where to Eat This Year in London

2012. Big year for London. The Olympics. The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. (It’s a thing.) And more importantly, the opening of the city’s first La Esquina. Behold, London’s five most important restaurant openings of the year. Consider it a culinary Olympiad...

Pitt Cue Co.
LATE JANUARY

Pitt Cue Co.

When a Brit teams up with a crew of Southerners to convert his BBQ food truck into a full-blown restaurant, you’ve got the recipe for a fantastic buddy sitcom. Also: for smoked brisket, pulled pork and deep-fried pickled shiitake. We didn’t say it wouldn’t get weird.

10 Greek Street
LATE JANUARY

10 Greek Street

The Wapping Project. Perhaps you’re familiar—the farm-fresh cuts of meat, the in-house butchery, the home in a former hydraulic power station. Well, the guy behind it is unveiling a new place, serving up suckling pigs on a menu that changes daily. (Hint: keep your Tuesdays open if you’re into beef ribs.)

Mari Vanna
EARLY FEBRUARY

Mari Vanna

Dolls within dolls. Shelves lined with Dostoyevsky. Models sipping champagne. But enough about Prokhorov’s New Year’s Eve party, let’s talk Mari Vanna. Those aforementioned touches are unique to the new outpost of NYC’s notorious den of Russian-style indulgence. Fear not: the sturgeon black caviar still pairs well with beet-infused vodka.

Mari Vanna, 116 Knightsbridge, Wellington Court, London, SW1X 7PJ, +44 (0) 203 159 5390

La Esquina
DATE TBD

La Esquina

So La Esquina is setting up shop on the footsteps of the Cambridge Hotel. And like its NYC cousin, the London version’s got a semisecret downstairs—in this case, a 24-hour bar hidden below the brasserie. For when your nights out require a 5am michelada.

La Esquina, 13-17 Moor St/5-11 Old Compton St, London, WC2 ODP

Balthazar
WINTER 2012

Balthazar

Come for the brunch of champions (duck-stuffed shepherd’s pie with Bloody Marys), stay for the art. There’s a full-on gallery in Keith McNally’s new London location, housed in the old Theatre Museum. Here’s hoping a Minetta Tavern outpost isn’t far behind...

Balthazar, 4-6 Russell St, London, WC2E 7BN

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