Minimalism, small plates and neutral decor have been but a few of the trends defining dining in recent years. In 2024, the way we’ll eat will be the opposite; maximalist decor, sippable meals & little luxuries.
Luxe banquettes and loud wallpaper were two elements on Eater’s “IN” list for 2024. And we couldn’t agree more. Saint Neri, an opulent new cocktail bar and lounge in Buffalo, NY, is showcasing old world glamour in all its glory; owner, and renowned interior designer, Samuel Amoia, brings a bold and playful take on the old-school European lounge – think 17th-century Venetian fabrics, walls gilded entirely with 24-carat gold leafing, eye-catching tortoiseshell prints, and stunning Murano glass fixtures.
Food-flavored cocktails are on the rise, bringing imbibers drinks infused with ingredients such as mushrooms, pickles, and even different types of meat. Rayo cocktail bar in Mexico City is leading the charge here; the team has employed a variety of innovative methods to offer a line-up of culinary-leaning creations, including a drink inspired by a traditional Mexican beef stew (carne en su jugo), featuring bacon-infused rum, and a garnish of puffed beef tenderloins.
The New York Times claimed soup as its dish of the year, and as “bone broth’s more interesting younger sibling.” With winter in full swing, it couldn’t be a better time to lean into this delicious dish. Revelie Luncheonette is now offering a Soup of the Day special, with a different seasonal soup every day of the week. The diner, which just received a stellar write-up by Pete Wells in NYT, also serves a superlative French Onion Soup.
Treating yourself now comes in the form of one-off dining indulgences, such as luxe tinned fish, caviar dollops, and tiny martinis. Milady’s is one of our favorite spots in New York City for a mid-week treat, with its staple list of “cheeky” sized cocktails, and $11 happy hour specials.
Nostalgic dining means out with the new and in with the old. Bars and restaurants are bringing back playful snacks, colorful desserts, and dishes inspired by old past times. We like The Noortwyck’s elevated take on rice pudding, topped with mascarpone and mandarin creamsicle, and American Bar’s version of Pigs in a Blanket, served with a side of zingy dijon mustard.