If it seems like every time you visit Uptown there's a new restaurant, boutique, or workout studio to check out, you're not wrong. The hip Dallas neighborhood has seen a surge of businesses opening recently, with some of the hottest names in dining, fashion, fitness, and hospitality moving in.
Finding it hard to keep up? Here's a list of what's new and now.
PL8 Bistro & Gallery
Holding court on the corner of McKinney and Routh is this hybrid concept of eatery and art gallery. PL8's bright, inviting ambience and eclectic menu, developed in collaboration with esteemed celebrity chef Alfio Longo, are enhanced by colorful paintings, photographs, and art pieces created by local Dallas artists. The artwork changes seasonally, and each piece is available for purchase.
Inspired by the training rituals of renowned athletes and celebrities, District Climb combines the VersaClimber with rhythmic beats in a multi-sensory studio, delivering unparalleled training that sculpts every part of your body to perfection. Many argue that it's the most effective way to get in shape, because you burn more fat in a shorter period of time while your joints enjoy zero unnecessary stress.
The newest addition to West Village's array of workout wonders boasts two different approaches to getting fit: a 45-minute spin class and high-intensity, low-impact circuit training taught by former athletes and military veterans that incorporates rowing machines, weights, and plyometrics.
The Texas-born boutique offers an eclectic mix of carefully curated clothing, bright baubles, bold accessories, and playful gifts that are as fun to give as they are to receive. New goodies arrive almost daily, so you can discover something special and amazing on every visit. The store also only carries a few of each item, meaning that everything you find is uniquely yours.
Channeling the art and spirit of the neighborhood, with Uptown-inspired artwork and nods to Dallas' M-Line Trolley, this new Cityplace hotel is also pet-friendly. The 150 rooms are complemented by a restaurant and rooftop bar.
The Dallas taqueria chain is opening a new location at 3411 McKinney Ave. in late summer 2018, in the space that used to house Urban Taco. The inventive menu flirts with multi-regional and multi-cultural boundaries, with tacos such as Indian-style tikka chicken, Mediterranean vegetarian falafel, Japanese ahi poke, and Cuban pork. There's also brisket and flank steak, and a "Nashville-style" hot tofu along with a weekly chef-driven taco feature.
The same family behind Manhattan's famed Le Cirque are bringing its sister concept to Dallas. A modern, circus-themed dining room serves food that is just as exciting for the palate as it is for the eyes.
In West Village's South Alley, next to Cru Wine Bar and across from Mi Cocina, you'll find this Neopolitan pizza palace. The dough is made from only four ingredients — Italian "00" flour, water, salt, and yeast — and pizzas are baked for 90 seconds in a wood-fired oven that burns at close to 1,000 degrees. The menu features vegan-friendly selections, authentic Italian gelato, a signature Nutella calzone dessert, and happy hour with wine and beer.
San Martin Bakery
Dallas snagged the first location outside of Guatemala and El Salvador of this beloved eatery, which includes a Guatemalan coffee bar, a bakery, and light bites from the cafe menu. It's set to open soon, on the former site of the McKinney Avenue Contemporary.
The Gents Place
The men's grooming and lifestyle club covers everything from haircuts and shaves to shoe shines, manicures and pedicures, massages, and waxing. Founder Ben Davis wanted to make getting a haircut less like an errand and more like an enjoyable time-out from everyday life, complete with cigars, complimentary drinks, and the company of likeminded gentlemen.
This bakery specializes in stunning French macarons, with unusual colors and highly creative flavors. Founder Kelli Watts starts with a perfect ratio of almond flour, egg whites, and sugar, then adds ample flavor to both the shells and the filling, giving the macarons a bold taste that doesn't leave you wondering which one you just ate.
Wine-lovers, rejoice: The popular Plano pizzeria opened its Uptown location in April, bringing with it an extensive list of wines on tap. The "wine country" cuisine celebrates seasonal produce, infused olive oils, sustainable seafood, locally raised beef and poultry, artisanal pizza, charcuterie, and rustic breads. Not only does it have a 1,150-square-foot patio, but there's another 1,400 square feet of seating in the outdoor greenhouse — which has a very cool retractable roof.
L.A.-based trainer-to-the-stars Barry Jay started his one-stop-shop for a better body in 1998, and this past December, Dallas finally became a part of his FitFam. The workout itself is designed for efficiency, carefully pairing opposing muscle groups to ensure your body has a balanced workout and proper time for recovery. The intervals and strength training combinations are proven to lean and tone your body.