Here’s a list of some of the newest restaurants the city has to offer:
Best for: High-energy Atmosphere
Udon noodle dishes and rice bowls dominate the menu at Ima, a new Japanese restaurant in Corktown. You’ll also find plenty of shareable plates that are perfect for its communal seating concept. Its music selection is getting plenty of raves, too.
Best for: Dining with a View
The long-awaited Parc is now open at Campus Martius Park, replacing the former Fountain Bistro. Parc is an entirely different concept, though. It’s a fine dining experience with a center bar that’s perfect for a quick drink after enjoying the park any time of year — with clear, 270-degree views of downtown Detroit.
Best for: The Hype
If the line out the door is any indication, Detroiters were thrilled to welcome Shake Shack to the downtown district early this year — Michigan’s first location. Located across from Campus Martius Park on Woodward with a localized menu, its frozen custard, burgers and hot dogs are legendary.
Best for: Something Laid Back
Red Corridor Bar
Self-described as a dive bar with awesome food, Red Corridor Bar is, well, just that. It’s a great new dining option in the historic Corktown neighborhood, with a second-floor game room (billiards, air hockey, darts, pinball) that will make you want to stay and play for a while after dinner.
Best for: Cute and Quaint
This cozy French boutique café serves breakfast, lunch and high tea in West Village, across the street from the popular Sister Pie (stop there for dessert afterward). Grab a friend for pastry, tea and conversation.
Best for: Something New — Outside the City
The Conserva or Otus Supply
Outside Detroit, you’ll find plenty of new dining options in the neighboring cities. In Ferndale, The Conserva opened its doors this winter with a small, rotating seasonal menu in the space of the former Torino restaurant. Also in Ferndale, the adventurous Otus Supply features décor as unique as its fare. Ask your server to explain the menu items you’re unfamiliar with.
That’s our pick of the most recent openings — but it only scratches the surface.