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The Best New Restaurants in NYC, L.A. & More

New York's most famous restaurant is officially open again
THE GRILL at the Four Seasons
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New York

The Grill

Don't call it a comeback; call it a throwback. At least that's what chef/partner Mario Carbone's doing when referring to his menu at the long-awaited Four Seasons revamp. Mushroom omelets prepared tableside and a spit-roasted prime rib trolley service bring the glory days of the late-50s to mind, while the fantastically redesigned interior keeps the place young.

Nur

Meir Adoni, one of Tel Aviv's most celebrated chefs, brings his modern Middle Eastern cuisine stateside for his first New York restaurant. Don't miss the fluffy Yemeni kubaneh or the citrus, passion fruit and coconut soup, exactly the type of dessert you'll want to eat all summer.

Out East

City dwellers who can't be bothered to make the trek to the beach this summer will find a simpler getaway alternative at this coastal-inspired spot. That means enjoying chilled Maine lobster and Block Island Sound porgy all from a cushioned millennial pink banquette in the East Village.

 

@outeastnyc is officially open, and it's gorgeous.

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Empire Diner

The third time could be the charm for attempts at resuscitating the classic old-school diner. The spoons are a touch less greasy than before, with confit pork filling pigs in a blanket in place of hot dogs, but don't think the new owners will skimp on the burgers, wedge salads and chicken-fried steaks of yore.

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Brooklyn Barge

Go for the skyline views and stay for the lobster rolls at this floating piece of summer, which is now reopen for the season. There are also activities like free fishing and kayak lessons, should you choose to actively pregame for a night of grilled hot dogs and cold beer.

Los Angeles

Electric Owl

Head to this Hollywood spot, where marmite dough pizzas are already amassing fans and passion fruit grown on-site is making its way into cocktails with turmeric-infused vodka to be nursed at an outdoor bar. Go for the 420 happy hour, where you can get specials like chicken fra diavolo with cacio e pepe ranch for $4.20.


Pizzana

When you own 24 successful cupcake shops across the country, the logical next step is to open a Neapolitan pizza joint. At least it is for Sprinkles Cupcakes' Candace Nelson, who's teaming up with her husband and a Naples-born chef for this new venture. The San Marzano tomatoes hail from their own plot in Italy and star in pies topped with lamb sausage, grilled zucchini, spicy pickled pineapple and more.


San Francisco

Navi Kitchen

Indian flavors like chai-spiced bacon, ghost pepper chutney and tamarind ketchup take over ordinary breakfast sandwiches at this new spot, and soon, lunch service and specialty pizzas will turn it into an all-day hangout. Expect dishes like tikka masala mac 'n' cheese or the daily curry tiffin. Perhaps most importantly, the restaurant gives a portion of proceeds back to local social justice groups.

The Kebabery

If the block-long line outside Camino, chef Russell Moore's new Oakland restaurant, is any indication, locals are welcoming the fenugreek chicken, herby lamb and king trumpet mushroom kebabs with open arms. Not to mention the house-pickled chiles and excellent flatbread, which, when paired with sauerkraut salad and mashed beets, turns a handheld snack into a full-fledged dinner.

Washington, D.C.

Siren

Mermaid and seafood fans alike will rejoice in The Darcy hotel's newest dining option. Fully loaded seafood towers, caviar service and whole fish are just the beginning of the menu's nautical options. Add live jazz, a six-seat crudo bar and a soon-to-come outdoor patio, and you'll forget you're not actually on a boat sailing around the world.

 

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Houston

Star Fish

You don't need us to tell you that seafood steals the show here—the restaurant's name says it all. We can tell you, however, that you'd do best to opt for the Sriracha lime cocktail sauce, pair your oysters with wood-grilled Brussels sprouts and end the meal with an angel food take on strawberry shortcake.

Better Luck Tomorrow

The masterminds behind Houston favorites Tongue-Cut Sparrow and Oxheart are taking tater tots and turning them up to 11 at their new bar. The vibe is fresh, exciting and decidedly neon, with cheese-laden sandwiches rebranded as Party Melts. And, of course, there are cocktails, like the chamomile-laced tequila drink called Sleepy Floyd and a seasonal Pimm's Cup.

Miami

Le Sirenuse

The elegant, Michelin-starred Amalfi Coast resort restaurant now has a second location, which is fitting, as the restaurant and its terrace extension look right out over the Atlantic Ocean. Traditional Italian fare like linguine alla vongole, crisp endive salads and caprese chocolate cake might leave you confused as to which continent you're really on.

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