When a new spot opens in town, we can't wait to check it out -- and let you know our initial impressions, share a few photos, and dish about some menu items. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few items, and satisfying curiosities (yours and ours).
Restaurant: Noca Location: 3118 East Camelback Road Open: Reopened for dinner February 12 Eats: New American Price: $30 to $60 per person
There are plenty of restaurants in town doing New American cuisine, but few that have the reputation of Eliot Wexler's Biltmore restaurant Noca. Sure, since stopping dinner service after the departure of former executive chef Claudio Urciuoli last year, the restaurant's buzz quieted a lot, but the lull didn't stop the excitement when the announcement was made that the Noca would begin serving dinner again under a new -- and quite young -- chef, Adam Brown.