Hot Restaurant Openings: Roister, Momosan Ramen

13 restaurants to add to your must-try list

New York City

Freek's Mill: Named after an 18th-century mill that used to operate in Gowanus, this restaurant from Union Square Cafe alum Chad Shaner features dishes like radishes and teleme cheese on pumpernickel bread, rabbit in a jar and barbecued kohlrabi with grits. It's a touch fancier than most of the other options in the neighborhood, so it's a welcome addition. Find Freek's Mill here, or in our DINE app.

Momosan Ramen: Masaharu Morimoto's new ramen shop is serving four types of ramen, as well as a ramen tasting menu. Rounding out the noodle options are Peking duck tacos, gyoza and bibimbap from chef Jae Lee. Find Momosan Ramen here, or in our DINE app

Los Angeles

Firestone Walker Brewing Company: It's been three years in the making, but the Venice Propagator campus of this popular brewery is now open. There will be location-specific experimental ales, plus favorites like the award-winning Double Barrel Ale. Food options are shareable and perfect for pairing with beer, like pork belly tacos and a tempeh banh mi. Find Firestone Walker Brewing Company here, or in our DINE app.

L'Ami: Take a seat on one of the royal-blue-cushioned chairs and enjoy accessible French and Mediterranean food, like salmon tartare with endive and mango or a stunning couscous royale. If it reminds you of The Little Door, it should: The space is the same, as is one of the owners, and the menu remains similar. Find L'Ami here, or in our DINE app.

The Guild: The Sunset Strip's latest spot is also one of its coolest, with distressed wood walls, a brown leather banquette and an antique-looking ceiling. Art deco touches harken the golden age of Hollywood, while the menu stays current with dishes like quail egg-topped bruschetta. The tables are small, and there's an airy patio, making it an ideal date-night spot. Find The Guild here, or in our DINE app.

San Francisco

WesBurger 'n' More: At long last, Wes Rowe's burger project has a brick-and-mortar home. In this vintage diner-esque space, he's serving three burgers including the Okie Burger with griddled onions, cheese and mustard, and his take on a fast-food burger called the All-American. For those not in the mood for beef, there's fried chicken and tater tots. Find WesBurger 'n' More here, or in our DINE app.

Hina Yakitori: Trained at Tokyo's popular Tori + Salon, Tommy Clearly is cooking lots and lots of chicken at this yakitori joint. On the menu, there are the usual options, like wings and thighs, and less-common ones, like knee cartilage. But it's not all poultry: There are also vegetable options, dumplings and an omakase service. Find Hina Yakitori here, or in our DINE app.


Gino's East: This deep-dish chain is opening its Mexican-inspired pizza spot in Pilsen—something it's already got going in Mexico City. Mexico meets Chicago in carnitas-topped pies and a vegetarian pizza with cactus, pickled onion, mushrooms and potato. Wash it all down with drinks like the Ron Amarillo, made with white rum, yellow pepper, ancho chile-infused booze, cilantro and lime. Find Gino's East here, or in our DINE app.

Roister: Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas are taking a stab at something a bit more "casual," with their new project across the street from The Aviary. The kitchens are completely exposed to the two dining rooms, so guests can watch the team make dishes like scallop crudo with passion fruit, mustard and charred daikon, or a large-format chicken that's been braised, fried and poached with sunchokes and chamomile. Find Roister here, or in our DINE app.

Columbus Tap: While the new gastropub at the Fairmont hotel has its share of beer—including one actually called Bespoke Blend—there's also a substantial food menu, including pork cracklings with spices as a snack and more substantial plates like whiskey honey ham hocks, chicken and biscuits, and a Sunday supper option. Find Columbus Tap here, or in our DINE app.

Washington D.C.

EatBar: The menu leans toward the carnivorous side—or "meaty things" and "beastly things," as it calls it—but dandelion greens and pea shoots make an appearance, too. With 30 wines by the glass and 18 beers on tap, you won't go thirsty. It also has the coolest wall you've seen this year: It's made of 7,000 cassette tapes. Find EatBar here, or in our DINE app.


PB Station: Cursive menus complement the ornate exterior of Downtown's boutique Langford Hotel, where you'll find the latest restaurant from The Pubbelly Restaurant Group. Think seafood-focused American dishes with Latin flavors, like a celery Caesar salad with boquerones and bay scallop aguachile. Find PB Station here, or in our DINE app.


Toulouse Café and Bar: The Dallas bistro now has a Houston location. Reading the menu you'll feel like you're in France, with its moules, gourgères and escargots galore. You won't need help translating the dessert menu, though: chocolate mousse always means delicious. Find Toulouse Café and Bar here, or in our DINE app.