New Houston restaurants that we love

Tucked away in the eclectic Montrose neighborhood, March restaurant has officially opened its doors to avid gourmets. Guests can enjoy dishes of the Eastern Mediterranean from Chef Felipe Riccio’s menu and discover wines from an 11,000-bottle wine cellar aimed at individual producers. The stylish space, designed by Houston’s Curtis & Windham Architects and New York studio Robert McKinley, is adorned with artwork by German artist Christoph Ruckhäberle, a Murano glass chandelier and a vintage champagne cart.

March restaurant

In the children’s building in Fine Arts Museumhungry art lovers can choose between two sophisticated new restaurants. Cafe Leonelli, an extension of Leonelli Bakery in New York City, serves Italian cuisine from Chef Jonathan Benno, who has worked alongside bold names like Daniel Boulud and Thomas Keller. Italian pastries by decorated pastry chef Salvatore Martone are also available. French restaurant The gardener (with outposts in New York City and Miami) offers dishes with an emphasis on vegetables made from local organic produce and meat under the direction of Chef Alain Verzeroli. From the open-air terrace, guests can enjoy the view of the sculpture garden in the Museum of Fine Arts.

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