With television stints behind them, former reality stars of Top Chef (and Scala’s Bistro vets) Jen Biesty and Tim Nugent are back to the real-world work of running a restaurant. Their Spanish and Middle Eastern–inflected outpost, Shakewell, stars both lively small plates and more substantial platos, from bacalao croquettes and grilled octopus with olives to braised pork shoulder with pickled green tomatoes, flanked by Lebanese flatbread. As the restaurant’s name suggests, the lively bar is a showpiece, and a sweet place to plop down for a glass of sangria or a pisco sour. But Shakewell’s true scene-stealers are its paella-like bombas, deeply flavored dishes that would please even the pickiest Bravo network judge.
3407 Lakeshore Ave.