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The 15 Best New Restaurant Openings in NYC, L.A. and Beyond

Federal Donuts has finally set down in Miami
Best New Restaurants in NYC, L.A. and More
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New York

Cervo's

Nialls Fallon and Nick Perkins, the team behind Hart's, look to Portugal and Spain for their new project, serving olives in paprika oil, Spanish mackerel crudo and octopus a la plancha with butter beans. To end the meal, the kitchen serves Lisbon's iconic egg custard tarts, pastel de nata

Air's Champagne Parlor

There's no shortage of bubbles to choose from at this Champagne-focused spot. The menu offers 125 bottles, with 50 of those marked at $50 or less. For snacking, there's a drive-by cheese cart that makes the rounds, hamachi tartare, a market basket of vegetables with dips like beet tahini and caviar served with house-made potato chips.


Little Alley

Cheung Yuchun, who grew up in Shanghai's back alleys, is serving dishes from his hometown at this Murray Hill spot. The extensive menu dedicates a section to dim sum, including three types of soup dumplings (pork, crab and chicken broth with crabmeat). For those more familiar with the cuisine or simply adventurous, try the jellyfish with scallions in a sweet-and-sour sauce.

Taqueria El Atoradero

Denisse Lina Chavez makes some of the city's best tacos at her Prospect Heights restaurant, El Atoradero. Now, those tacos are available in Gowanus at the bar inside Littlefield, the funky performance venue that's not too far from another favorite: Ample Hills.

Camperdown Elm

Brad Willits, who was the executive sous-chef at Agern, is now running the kitchen at an upscale neighborhood restaurant in Park Slope. Start the evening with snacks like coins of grilled cucumbers with roe and chile, then move on to more substantial summer fare like charred mackerel with avocado, cucumber and dill.

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Los Angeles

Vespertine

Jordan Kahn's new project is out there—way, way out there. The team describes it on their website as "a gastronomical experiment seeking to disrupt the course of the modern restaurant." As absurd as that might sound, if someone can pull off a restaurant where food defies convention to that extreme, it's Kahn. Just make sure to go with an open mind and an expense account.

La Boucherie on 71

Dinner comes with an outstanding view at this French restaurant on the 71st floor of the InterContinental. Stare out at the skyline while enjoying a classic seafood tower with lobster, king crab legs, prawns, diver scallops and oysters, then cut into a choice of seven steaks, including a 42-day dry-aged rib eye.

San Francisco

Petit Marlowe

Marlowe now has a—you guessed it—small spin-off that looks like it's straight out of Paris, thanks to design help from Ken Fulk. The menu reads Parisian, too, with escargot, steak tartare and charcuterie. For something extra decadent, try the foie gras with apricot-chile jam served with a mini baguette.

Chicago

City Mouse

The team behind industry favorite Giant is now up and running at The Ace. This spot, named for one of Aesop's fables, is starting with a brunch-only program seven days a week that includes items like the Gas Station Sandwich (egg, grape jelly and hash browns on an English muffin) and griddle cakes with pork shoulder. Dinner should join the offerings soon.

HaiSous

Husband-and-wife team Thai and Danielle Dang are bringing a real taste of Vietnam to Pilsen with their sprawling restaurant, serving dishes that are often hard to find in the U.S. There's bánh xèo, a crispy rice flour crepe with bean sprouts, pork belly and shrimp; and sườn heo kho trứng, a northern-style dish of braised spareribs with quail eggs. If you can't make up your mind, opt for the $33 family-style tasting menu.

Blue Door Farm Stand

After a long hiatus, the Blue Door is back. The signature Brussels and kale salad with bacon, Parm, almonds and maple tahini dressing is back as well. The mains lean American, with a handful of notable exceptions like pork belly buns with peanuts and a lemongrass broth pho.

Houston

Roka Akor

There's no shortage of space or dining options at this Japanese restaurant. While much of the menu is robata, or open-fire focused (expect premium marbled steaks from Japan like Wagyu), there's also a sushi bar, complete with wasabi grated tableside.

Austin

El Chipirón

Take a trip to Spain at this tapas and pinchos spot on South Lamar. Pull up a seat at the bar, which looks into the open kitchen, for seafood with black squid-ink rice or slices of steak with shishito peppers.

Detroit

Red Dunn Kitchen

Tucked into the Trumbull & Porter Hotel, Red Dunn Kitchen is serving American fare for breakfast, which includes almond Belgian waffles with cinnamon apples, through dinner, which starts with Parmesan dill popovers and finishes with a house burger made with brandy onions, melted raclette and tomato jam.

Miami

Federal Donuts

In Philadelphia, fans lineup for Michael Solomonov and Steve Cook's strawberry lavender and blueberry mascarpone doughnuts and double-fried chicken tossed with za'atar or chile garlic. Now, their first location outside of Philly is up and frying in Wynwood. Expect the lines to follow.

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