When were you last here? "New" can mean different things:
- Chinese Laundry: Erotic themed Asian with, essentially, Asian tapas...
- Aspire: New "New American" on Westminster
- Tini: Coming, as already discussed
- Rick's Roadhouse: BBQ in the Jewelry District
- A few casuals/takeout/lunch places on Ives on the East Side, including George's Deli, Victoria's Pizza, and a takeout BBQ place soon.
Looking at that list, I'm again glad to live in such a great and dynamic restaurant city, especially for the city's size.
I have yet to visit any of the new restaurants listed, but I have heard the same comment from many clients who have been to Chinese Laundry.... " Don't go hungry, and have plenty of money in your wallet." No one I know said they would go back a second time, which is too bad (the clients I have in my business are very well-heeled, and dine out five out of seven nights a week - many hold functions/parties at local restaurants as well)..
There has been talk for a few years that the owners of 'Al Forno' were opening a new restaurant, but nothing has come of it. Their longtime manager/chef opened his own restaurant in Providence a year ago (allegedly, after his negotiations to buy Al Forno fell through), but it's not great by any means, and rarely recommended (it's over-hyped and over-priced).
One of the better restaurants which opened in the past year is a place called The 'Waterman Grill' which is about a mile or so east of Al Forno (it's located at the end of Waterman St). I've been several times for dinner and Sunday brunch (going there tomorrow) and neither I nor my guests have ever been disappointed. The food is consistently delicious, the atmosphere is non-pretentious, and service is always friendly and attentive ,
The restaurant is in the same place which housed ' The Gatehouse' which was a horrible restaurant in a great location. The dining room is casual/dressy and overlooks the waterfront (Seekonk River). I believe they have opened the deck for the summer season as well.
The prices are reasonable (comparing it to other restaurants in the area with the same atmosphere/clientele) and the meals are served in a satisfying portion. The restaurnat is owned by the same group which runs Inn at Castle Hill in Newport.
Definitely worth checking out if you are looking for something new!