When you’ve got so much delicious FEBO food right there, it’s easy to ignore other restaurants completely -- but you totally shouldn’t, because already in 2014, Amsterdam’s had a whole bunch of great ones swing their doors, and we’ve put together a list of the best...
KU Kitchen & Bar
A sleek combo of natural and mod materials highlighted by neon backlighting... yes, the Utrechtsestraat is one fantastic new Pan-Asian eatery richer. This is no '90s flashback, though: expect a thoroughly modern menu of sushi, duck rolls in paper-thin wrappings, etc., complemented by cocktails like their yuzu-loaded mojito, and their Sake Colada.
Two old Amsterdam theaters have been reincarnated as alternative venue Oostblok -- and, more importantly, they’ve opened a restaurant. It’s only Thurs-Sun, and you have to reserve in advance, but the changing short prix-fixe menu offers tongue-pleasing options like a crispy pulled pork salad with BBQ-apple dressing and Black Angus steak with fried mini-potatoes covered in a warm tarragon mayonnaise for just €20 for two courses.
Just across the street from 2012 newcomer favorite Cafe Walvis is a new reason to trek on up to the Spaarndammerstraat. Their slogan is “Coffee until it’s time for beer” (as should yours be) and, indeed, they serve a menu of classics (from croissants to potato-bacon soup to ravioli, cod, and burgers) all through the day into the evening.
This new eatery at the Centraal Station-adjacent Hotel Aitana is all about the view: the IJ harbor from the terrace, the shiny Med-influenced décor inside, and the well-heeled guests and locals populating its seats. The menu covers all cravings, offering both surf and turf via oysters, swordfish, steaks, duck, paella, fish & chips, and more.
The Spaarndammerstraat is the spot of yet another super-good 2014 opening: the DopHert vegan lunch room (until 8pm). So, yeah, it’s a little specific. Yes, it's a little hipster-ish. But these vegan-catering pros are convinced they can win you over (at least for a meal) with dishes like veggie lasagna with chestnut mushrooms, couscous with dried apricots and orange-harissa dressing, and roasted Brussels sprouts with pomegranate, lemon, and pumpkin hummus. And they probably can.
With this new Reguliersdwars hotspot serving quality comfort foods like milkshakes, fried bar snacks, and even Philly cheesesteaks until midnight, there’s finally a late-night alternative to the fast-food army surrounding Rembrandtplein. It’s the latest in the Casper Reinders all-consuming portfolio... the third to open recently on this street alone. (Plus Pan-Asian Chow in December in the Jordaan.)
We can’t wait for...
Champagne and hot dogs inspired by London's Bubbledogs. Culinary legend Ron Blaauw at the helm. What else is there to say?
Basement club DOKA is already in full swing, but this newspaper giant turned hotel will soon also boast a rooftop restaurant (when Canvas reopens), hot tubs with a view, a coffee bar, and a speakeasy.
Located at the Centraal Station-adjacent Hotel Aitana, I-Dock has an amazing IJ harbor view and their menu features the likes of surf and turf via oysters, swordfish, steaks, duck, paella, fish and chips, and other random selections.
This Rembrandtplein hot spot features a modern menu of consisting of Asian deliciousness like sushi and duck rolls in paper-thin wrappings, and is complemented by cocktails like the Yuzu Mojito and Sake Colada.
Open Thurs-Sun, Oostblok might be a little tough to get into (you need reservations, btw), but once you do find yourself within its confines, delight in their changing prix-fixe menu that comes to about €20 for two courses.
Their motto is “Coffee until it’s time for beer,” so you know they have the right idea from the get-go. And their menu isn't too shabby either, featuring the likes of a number of burgers and soups.
In a far north spot that looks like it the living room of a trendy friend, DopHert serves out cafe staples that are always fresh and always vegetarian-friendly. All day the small kitchen dishes out sandwiches, soups, and meatless, veggie-stacked burgers with flavorful homemade juices on the side. Just like the bright pop of their colored decor and accents walls, the zing of lemon-olive seitan or raw cherry choco juice will perk you right up.