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Foodometer // The dish on the dish. By Melissa Clark
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OK, admit it: your real motivation for dining al fesco in the summer? Is it a meal in a glorious garden? Or is it the see-and-be-seen people watching? Whatever your M.O., these brand-new restaurants outstanding menus along with outdoor seating and plenty of al fesco delights on the side. Hill Country Barbecue Market has been wowing Yankees with its Texas-style barbecue ribs (and all the since 2007. This summer will see the opening of its Hill Country Chicken. The take on a classic southern fied chicken joint is located in lively Flatiron District, with sidewalk tables where patrons can languidly watch the hustle and bustle of urban activity while supping on chicken, biscuits and Grandma fied apple pie. hillcountryny.com Habana Malibu the West Coast outpost of New York celebrity hotspot and eco-eatery, is set to open this summer. Naturally, the garden will feature an environmentally sensitive pit where everyone can gather round to dine upon chicken mole burritos, diablo chili tortas (a kind of Mexican-inspired hero sandwich) and signature roasted corn on the cob with queso fesco, chili and lime. cafehabana.com Renowned chef Allen Susser is opening his latest gastropub, Taste, in buzzing Delray Beach, Florida. The airy eatery will sport three bars, two indoor dining areas and a backyard garden complete with waterfall, plus a sidewalk where you can watch the sun-worshippers saunter by. The menu dishes ranging
fom Florida rock shrimp with peanut brittle, chilies, soy lime and coriander to a savory beef Bourguignon. To top it all Taste a self-serve Candy Bar, complete with house-made Snickers, Almond Joys and a soda of the day. tastegastropub.com Sometimes you want to just sit back and take in the scenery. This summer the Kenzo Estate winery in Napa Valley promises to serve up the ooohs and ahhhs of natural splendor, even before you get your wine geek on. Its recently opened, by-appointment-only tasting within 4,000 acres of pristine Napa present wine made by acclaimed lady of Heidi Barrett and cuisine by The French Thomas Keller. Guests are greeted with a traditional Japanese welcoming ceremony before settling in to communal tables, where they can choose between a tasting of four Kenzo wines with charcuterie for $50 per person or a wine-paired lunch by Chef Keller for only $10 more. kenzoestate.com