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The Hottest New Restaurants in Detroit, February 2024

Upscale Japanese downtown and more openings to know now

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The first couple of months of the year tend to be slow for new restaurant openings, and this month is no exception. Folks looking for fresh options for upscale Japanese cuisine will find some exciting food and drink destinations in the Book Tower, Hiroki-San and a casual pub called Sakazuki (details of which can be found on Eater Detroit’s latest bar heatmap) — marking the final two new hospitality tenants to launch within the restored skyscraper since its reopening last summer.

This month, the Breadless Rochester Hills location and Encarnacion make their exits from the heatmap, while Hiroki-San makes its entry.

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Noori Pocha/Chicken - Clawson

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Noori, the Korean fried chicken chain with a location in Clawson, has launched an adjoining space called Noori Pocha. Diners can expect a colorful dining room giving gastropub vibes with an ample selection of Korean spirits, beers, wines, and an aesthetic to match. In addition to its famous fried chicken wings, customers can try shrimp pajeon (pancakes), kimchi fried rice, corn cheese, and other specialties.

The interior of Noori Pocha/Chicken with neon lighting decor, signs in Korean, a service window, and seating in Clawson, Michigan. Noori Pocha/Chicken - Clawson

Bandit Tavern & Hideaway

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This new spot features remnants throughout of the many beloved food and drink places that have come and gone in the downtown Royal Oak space over the years. Operated by Grand Rapids-based Mission Restaurant Group, the spot was once home to Bastone Brewery, Vinotecca Wine Bar, Café Habana, Monk Belgian Beer Alley, Gogi Seoul Kitchen, Cinq, Commune Lounge, Craft, and most recently Jolly Pumpkin. The menu features dishes inspired by the space’s former occupants such as Bastone Frites; Café Habana’s carne asada; and Monk’s waffle sandwiches. Other bites include skillet cornbread with jalapeño jelly and honey butter, shrimp and grits, succotash, mac and cheese with candied bacon, mini beignets, and a variety of pizzas. Fans of Jolly Pumpkin sours and North Peak beers — also owned by Mission — will find a long list of both beers, along with cocktails, and a wine list curated by Vinotecca’s original wine director.

Coeur’s chef Jordan Smith has graced the kitchens of fine dining establishments in Toronto, New York, San Francisco, and Arizona, and is now impressing diners in Ferndale. Derived from the French word for heart, Coeur offers something for folks looking for a nice night on the town, from shareable small plates like mussels with Calabrian chile, to large entrees like a striped bass prepared with kohlrabi, to the restaurant’s five-course tasting menu. Brunch is available every weekend. For wine recommendations, lean on the expertise of sommelier Sean Crenny, while pastries are deftly handled by chef Carla Spicuzzi. 

Rocco’s Pizza Oak Park

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Owner Pasquale Lamarra wanted to create a pizzeria reminiscent of the New Jersey and New York-style pizzas he grew up with in his native Atlantic City. Also the founder of Pastaio in Royal Oak and Florida, Rocco’s features eight kinds of pizza by the slice, customizable and specialty pies, pasta, salad, and entrees like chicken Parmigiana.

Whatcha Wanna Eat Food Hall

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The city’s first Black-owned, takeout-friendly food hall provides Detroiters with nine food vendors in one convenient location on the city’s westside: a barbecue spot called Detroit Wild Pit, Borderline Tacos and Things, Poon’s Hibachi Grill, Crazy Burger, Your Perfect Blend Smoothie Shop, Delectabowl (which is also a food truck), Heavenly Chicken and Waffles, Life is Sweets ice cream parlor, and Wing Fellas.

Flyleaf

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Cozying up with a good book and a California cab just got a little easier with the opening of Flyleaf, the cafe and bar that doubles as a bookstore. The Grosse Pointe Farms establishment swung open its doors in August and has already attracted folks in need of a peaceful place where one can enjoy an espresso by day and switch to a cocktail at night. Crispelli’s supplies the pastries and guests can enjoy small snacks while perusing the spot’s inventory of cookbooks or getting comfortable on upholstered lounge seating.

Brine Oyster House

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Get a taste of NOLA at Brine Oyster House, Grosse Pointe Park’s newest dining destination. Take in sweeping views of the Park from the second-level, wrought iron wrap-around balcony, indulge in fresh oysters shucked up front, and live Jazz musical performances on the weekends.

Mezcal Mexican Bar & Kitchen

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Midtown has welcomed a taste of Mexican fine dining with the opening in June of the second location of Mezcal Mexican Bar & Kitchen. Expect regional specialties like carnitas, aguachile de ribeye, bountiful torres de mariscos, and desserts like house-made ice creams in flavors like avocado or sweet corn. The bar menu features a huge variety of agave-based spirits and cocktails.

An above shot of a selection of entrees and side dishes set on a wood table on ceramic dishes from Mezcal Mexican Bar & Kitchen in Detroit, Michigan. Rosa Maria Zamarrón

Cafe Sous Terre

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This cafe and bar is situated in the basement of a historic brick mansion, turned Airbnb, and provides a subtle homage to the French cafes of the early 20th century. Decorated in natural tones with pops of green from subway tile and long booth seating, it’s a casual spot for a coffee soda, cocktail, or a sandwich — whether studying during daylight hours or having a wind down with friends after work.

Vigilante Kitchen + Bar

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The menu here draws from Midwestern comforts, layers on flavors traditional to Asian cuisine, and applies French technique to create dishes like a hot chicken bao, an open-faced crab rangoon, and features beers from neighboring Nain Rouge Brewery. What sets this place apart is its approach to wellness for its employees. Chef and partner Aaron Cozadd opened in 2023 with the ambition to incorporate drug counseling, fitness memberships, and meditation sessions into its list of optional benefits for workers who want support with recovery from substance use — a prevalent issue in the restaurant industry.

Two baos from Vigilante Kitchen and Bar in Detroit Michigan set on a wood surface with a lemon wedge next to them and a container in the background. Vigilante Kitchen + Bar

Ash—Bar Detroit

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Ash—Bar Detroit sits on the second level of the Siren Hotel downtown, bringing touches of Art Deco nostalgia that nod to the Motor City’s industrial boom era. Diners can expect a taste of European influences with dishes like the steak frites, a Croque Forester with marinated mushrooms for brunch, or a cheeseburger with a rich cafe de Paris sauce. The hotel restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week.

Le Suprême

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Parisian-inspired brasserie Le Suprême provides diners with indulgent, French-inspired bites like escargot a la bourguignon, tuna carpaccio, seafood towers, and moules frites, along with an impressive variety of pastries and desserts prepared in-house in the restaurant’s boulangerie and patisserie. To drink, the bar features a selection of more than 300 wines and Champagnes, absinthe service, and cocktails.

A serving of escargot a la bourguignonne on a skillet at Le Suprême in Detroit, Michigan. Le Suprême

Kamper's Rooftop Lounge

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Currently considered the city’s largest upscale rooftop bar and lounge, Kamper’s sits on the 14th floor of the historic Book Tower. Named after the iconic architect who designed the skyscraper, the bar menu features Spanish-inspired tapas like tortillas de patate and croquetas with Jamón Ibérico. To drink, the cocktail menu leans on gin and tonics, negronis, sangria, and sherry cocktails. The indoor area seats up to 40 customers, plus another 14 at the bar, and the patio has seating for up to 86. Reservations are recommended.

Hiroki-San

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Hiroki-San is inspired by the original, Eater Award finalist restaurant, Hiroki, and is set on the lower level of Book Tower. The 4,100-square-foot space historic skyscraper’s original plaster walls with a modern aesthetic in neutral earth tones and moody lighting. Seating is available for up to 108 guests — including a 16-seat private dining room. As for the food, the menu leans in on shareable plates made with ingredients imported directly from Japan each week. Diners can expect items like robatayaki and yakitori skewers grilled using Binchotan charcoal, three regional varieties of wagyu, noodles, and sushi. To drink, there’s an emphasis on sake, as well as cocktails like the Bamboo Cutter made with umeshu, chilled jasmine tea, and peach.

Sullivan's Steakhouse

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The former home of Michael Symon’s Roast inside of the Westin Book Cadillac has been reimagined as Sullivan’s Steakhouse, part of a national chain with 15 locations across the country. Diners can expect a menu of dry-aged, bone-in, and hand-cut steaks — which can be dressed up with add-ons like broiled lobster tail or crab stuffed shrimp — wild caught king crab legs, ahi tuna steaks and other seafood entrees, cocktails, and live jazz performances from local artists.

Situated in the space where the shuttered flagship Astro location once stood, visitors will find a familiar aesthetic as the previous tenant, as well as those Corktown neighborhood feels. The brief menu currently features espresso drinks, pour-overs, and tea. Coffee is sourced from Anthology Coffee in Eastern Market and Grand Coffee Roasters, based in San Francisco. To eat, diners can enjoy egg sandwiches, coffee cakes, and other bites.

A man with long hair and facial hair wearing a cap, standing behind a white countertop with coffee making utensils on top at Alba coffee shop in Corktown in Detroit, Michigan. Serena Maria Daniels

The Godfrey Detroit, Curio Collection by Hilton

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Visitors can order modern American dishes made with locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients for breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week. This is the latest food and beverage offering at the hotel. Within the same property is the IO Godfrey Rooftop Lounge, offering a unique view the Detroit skyline. In addition, the lounge features a monthly pop-up dining experience in collaboration with the Eater Award winning Black on Both Sides and the twice monthly Well Dressed Wednesdays.

Alpino Detroit

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Alpino Detroit infuses the flavors of the Alps in a subtle, yet sophisticated presentation. Expect salads like the gurkensalat punctuated with dill, Persian cucumbers, pickled shallot, and creme fraiche, a decadent Piedmontese ragu, or the wierschnitzel made with a breaded, thinly cut veal cutlet and served with a creamy morel sauce. Moody lighting and minimalist decor, along with the bartending talents of Eater Award-winning bar manager Andre Sykes. The wine list leans heavily into white wines from the region and there’s a selection of European-style beers. The restaurant is led by New York hospitality veteran and native metro Detroit, David Richter, and the kitchen is helmed by chef Colin Campbell of Milford, who most recently had a stint cooking in northern Michigan.

Cibo Modern Mediterranean

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The Cambria Hotel downtown is now open and among its dining options is, Cibo Detroit, a restaurant that leans in on Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Greek, and Italian regional fare. Set in the Albert Kahn-designed original home to the WWJ radio station, Cibo offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and a weekday happy hour. On the menu, halal chicken with golden toum, a Greek take on the classic wedge, pizzas with the optional shaved truffle, and pomegranate ribs. Cocktails range from classics like a Red Gold “House Old Fashioned” to the creative, like the Wake Up Call made with vodka, heirloom carrot, ginger, honey, and lemon. In addition, live DJ sets take place nightly, and visitors can enjoy a rooftop bar, lounge, or for hotel guests on the run, there’s the fast-casual Detroit Taco Bodega — an outpost for Detroit Taco Company — on-site.

Noori Pocha/Chicken - Clawson

Noori, the Korean fried chicken chain with a location in Clawson, has launched an adjoining space called Noori Pocha. Diners can expect a colorful dining room giving gastropub vibes with an ample selection of Korean spirits, beers, wines, and an aesthetic to match. In addition to its famous fried chicken wings, customers can try shrimp pajeon (pancakes), kimchi fried rice, corn cheese, and other specialties.

The interior of Noori Pocha/Chicken with neon lighting decor, signs in Korean, a service window, and seating in Clawson, Michigan. Noori Pocha/Chicken - Clawson

Bandit Tavern & Hideaway

This new spot features remnants throughout of the many beloved food and drink places that have come and gone in the downtown Royal Oak space over the years. Operated by Grand Rapids-based Mission Restaurant Group, the spot was once home to Bastone Brewery, Vinotecca Wine Bar, Café Habana, Monk Belgian Beer Alley, Gogi Seoul Kitchen, Cinq, Commune Lounge, Craft, and most recently Jolly Pumpkin. The menu features dishes inspired by the space’s former occupants such as Bastone Frites; Café Habana’s carne asada; and Monk’s waffle sandwiches. Other bites include skillet cornbread with jalapeño jelly and honey butter, shrimp and grits, succotash, mac and cheese with candied bacon, mini beignets, and a variety of pizzas. Fans of Jolly Pumpkin sours and North Peak beers — also owned by Mission — will find a long list of both beers, along with cocktails, and a wine list curated by Vinotecca’s original wine director.

Coeur

Coeur’s chef Jordan Smith has graced the kitchens of fine dining establishments in Toronto, New York, San Francisco, and Arizona, and is now impressing diners in Ferndale. Derived from the French word for heart, Coeur offers something for folks looking for a nice night on the town, from shareable small plates like mussels with Calabrian chile, to large entrees like a striped bass prepared with kohlrabi, to the restaurant’s five-course tasting menu. Brunch is available every weekend. For wine recommendations, lean on the expertise of sommelier Sean Crenny, while pastries are deftly handled by chef Carla Spicuzzi. 

Rocco’s Pizza Oak Park

Owner Pasquale Lamarra wanted to create a pizzeria reminiscent of the New Jersey and New York-style pizzas he grew up with in his native Atlantic City. Also the founder of Pastaio in Royal Oak and Florida, Rocco’s features eight kinds of pizza by the slice, customizable and specialty pies, pasta, salad, and entrees like chicken Parmigiana.

Whatcha Wanna Eat Food Hall

The city’s first Black-owned, takeout-friendly food hall provides Detroiters with nine food vendors in one convenient location on the city’s westside: a barbecue spot called Detroit Wild Pit, Borderline Tacos and Things, Poon’s Hibachi Grill, Crazy Burger, Your Perfect Blend Smoothie Shop, Delectabowl (which is also a food truck), Heavenly Chicken and Waffles, Life is Sweets ice cream parlor, and Wing Fellas.

Flyleaf

Cozying up with a good book and a California cab just got a little easier with the opening of Flyleaf, the cafe and bar that doubles as a bookstore. The Grosse Pointe Farms establishment swung open its doors in August and has already attracted folks in need of a peaceful place where one can enjoy an espresso by day and switch to a cocktail at night. Crispelli’s supplies the pastries and guests can enjoy small snacks while perusing the spot’s inventory of cookbooks or getting comfortable on upholstered lounge seating.

Brine Oyster House

Get a taste of NOLA at Brine Oyster House, Grosse Pointe Park’s newest dining destination. Take in sweeping views of the Park from the second-level, wrought iron wrap-around balcony, indulge in fresh oysters shucked up front, and live Jazz musical performances on the weekends.

Mezcal Mexican Bar & Kitchen

Midtown has welcomed a taste of Mexican fine dining with the opening in June of the second location of Mezcal Mexican Bar & Kitchen. Expect regional specialties like carnitas, aguachile de ribeye, bountiful torres de mariscos, and desserts like house-made ice creams in flavors like avocado or sweet corn. The bar menu features a huge variety of agave-based spirits and cocktails.

An above shot of a selection of entrees and side dishes set on a wood table on ceramic dishes from Mezcal Mexican Bar & Kitchen in Detroit, Michigan. Rosa Maria Zamarrón

Cafe Sous Terre

This cafe and bar is situated in the basement of a historic brick mansion, turned Airbnb, and provides a subtle homage to the French cafes of the early 20th century. Decorated in natural tones with pops of green from subway tile and long booth seating, it’s a casual spot for a coffee soda, cocktail, or a sandwich — whether studying during daylight hours or having a wind down with friends after work.

Vigilante Kitchen + Bar

The menu here draws from Midwestern comforts, layers on flavors traditional to Asian cuisine, and applies French technique to create dishes like a hot chicken bao, an open-faced crab rangoon, and features beers from neighboring Nain Rouge Brewery. What sets this place apart is its approach to wellness for its employees. Chef and partner Aaron Cozadd opened in 2023 with the ambition to incorporate drug counseling, fitness memberships, and meditation sessions into its list of optional benefits for workers who want support with recovery from substance use — a prevalent issue in the restaurant industry.

Two baos from Vigilante Kitchen and Bar in Detroit Michigan set on a wood surface with a lemon wedge next to them and a container in the background. Vigilante Kitchen + Bar

Ash—Bar Detroit

Ash—Bar Detroit sits on the second level of the Siren Hotel downtown, bringing touches of Art Deco nostalgia that nod to the Motor City’s industrial boom era. Diners can expect a taste of European influences with dishes like the steak frites, a Croque Forester with marinated mushrooms for brunch, or a cheeseburger with a rich cafe de Paris sauce. The hotel restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week.

Le Suprême

Parisian-inspired brasserie Le Suprême provides diners with indulgent, French-inspired bites like escargot a la bourguignon, tuna carpaccio, seafood towers, and moules frites, along with an impressive variety of pastries and desserts prepared in-house in the restaurant’s boulangerie and patisserie. To drink, the bar features a selection of more than 300 wines and Champagnes, absinthe service, and cocktails.

A serving of escargot a la bourguignonne on a skillet at Le Suprême in Detroit, Michigan. Le Suprême

Kamper's Rooftop Lounge

Currently considered the city’s largest upscale rooftop bar and lounge, Kamper’s sits on the 14th floor of the historic Book Tower. Named after the iconic architect who designed the skyscraper, the bar menu features Spanish-inspired tapas like tortillas de patate and croquetas with Jamón Ibérico. To drink, the cocktail menu leans on gin and tonics, negronis, sangria, and sherry cocktails. The indoor area seats up to 40 customers, plus another 14 at the bar, and the patio has seating for up to 86. Reservations are recommended.

Hiroki-San

Hiroki-San is inspired by the original, Eater Award finalist restaurant, Hiroki, and is set on the lower level of Book Tower. The 4,100-square-foot space historic skyscraper’s original plaster walls with a modern aesthetic in neutral earth tones and moody lighting. Seating is available for up to 108 guests — including a 16-seat private dining room. As for the food, the menu leans in on shareable plates made with ingredients imported directly from Japan each week. Diners can expect items like robatayaki and yakitori skewers grilled using Binchotan charcoal, three regional varieties of wagyu, noodles, and sushi. To drink, there’s an emphasis on sake, as well as cocktails like the Bamboo Cutter made with umeshu, chilled jasmine tea, and peach.

Sullivan's Steakhouse

The former home of Michael Symon’s Roast inside of the Westin Book Cadillac has been reimagined as Sullivan’s Steakhouse, part of a national chain with 15 locations across the country. Diners can expect a menu of dry-aged, bone-in, and hand-cut steaks — which can be dressed up with add-ons like broiled lobster tail or crab stuffed shrimp — wild caught king crab legs, ahi tuna steaks and other seafood entrees, cocktails, and live jazz performances from local artists.

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Alba

Situated in the space where the shuttered flagship Astro location once stood, visitors will find a familiar aesthetic as the previous tenant, as well as those Corktown neighborhood feels. The brief menu currently features espresso drinks, pour-overs, and tea. Coffee is sourced from Anthology Coffee in Eastern Market and Grand Coffee Roasters, based in San Francisco. To eat, diners can enjoy egg sandwiches, coffee cakes, and other bites.

A man with long hair and facial hair wearing a cap, standing behind a white countertop with coffee making utensils on top at Alba coffee shop in Corktown in Detroit, Michigan. Serena Maria Daniels

The Godfrey Detroit, Curio Collection by Hilton

Visitors can order modern American dishes made with locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients for breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week. This is the latest food and beverage offering at the hotel. Within the same property is the IO Godfrey Rooftop Lounge, offering a unique view the Detroit skyline. In addition, the lounge features a monthly pop-up dining experience in collaboration with the Eater Award winning Black on Both Sides and the twice monthly Well Dressed Wednesdays.

Alpino Detroit

Alpino Detroit infuses the flavors of the Alps in a subtle, yet sophisticated presentation. Expect salads like the gurkensalat punctuated with dill, Persian cucumbers, pickled shallot, and creme fraiche, a decadent Piedmontese ragu, or the wierschnitzel made with a breaded, thinly cut veal cutlet and served with a creamy morel sauce. Moody lighting and minimalist decor, along with the bartending talents of Eater Award-winning bar manager Andre Sykes. The wine list leans heavily into white wines from the region and there’s a selection of European-style beers. The restaurant is led by New York hospitality veteran and native metro Detroit, David Richter, and the kitchen is helmed by chef Colin Campbell of Milford, who most recently had a stint cooking in northern Michigan.

Cibo Modern Mediterranean

The Cambria Hotel downtown is now open and among its dining options is, Cibo Detroit, a restaurant that leans in on Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Greek, and Italian regional fare. Set in the Albert Kahn-designed original home to the WWJ radio station, Cibo offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and a weekday happy hour. On the menu, halal chicken with golden toum, a Greek take on the classic wedge, pizzas with the optional shaved truffle, and pomegranate ribs. Cocktails range from classics like a Red Gold “House Old Fashioned” to the creative, like the Wake Up Call made with vodka, heirloom carrot, ginger, honey, and lemon. In addition, live DJ sets take place nightly, and visitors can enjoy a rooftop bar, lounge, or for hotel guests on the run, there’s the fast-casual Detroit Taco Bodega — an outpost for Detroit Taco Company — on-site.

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