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12 Hot, New Restaurants to Help Get You into the Swing of Summer

José Andrés finds a new home for America Eats Tavern, plus authentic Moroccan couscous arrives in NYC
Photo: Rey Lopez
Best New Restaurants in NYC, L.A., Chicago & More

New York

The Usual

After a number of buzzy pop-ups, Eggslut chef Alvin Cailan is finally getting his own permanent NYC restaurant. Opening day arrived last week for The Usual, a casual concept in The Nolitan Hotel, where the lauded L.A. chef is serving "food we all crave," as the Times reports. Early highlights include the spicy pork ragù with chiles, a fried egg and handmade pasta; cheddar biscuits; and fried chicken—plus wines selected by Cailan's brother, who serves as the restaurant’s beverage director.

Kish-Kash

Just two weeks after the shutter of her trailblazing Middle Eastern restaurant, Balaboosta, Einat Admony already has a shiny, new concept. Her long-awaited couscous spot, Kish-Kash, recently swung wide its doors, serving hand-rolled couscous topped with chraime (a North African spicy fish), mafroom (or potato slices stuffed with meat and simmered in tomato sauce) and a three-lemon chicken tagine. Orders are placed at the counter during lunchtime, while dinner is a sit-down affair.

Okozushi

The team behind Okonomi and Yuji Ramen is behind this Kyoto-style sushi restaurant. Hakozushi, sometimes called "box sushi" in the U.S., is an integral part of the three menus that ring in at $25, $35 and $45. It's worth noting there’s no tipping or reservations.

 

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Los Angeles

Ma’am Sir

Charles Olalia has spent the past few years focusing on Rice Bar, his tiny but excellent Filipino restaurant downtown. At his new digs in Silver Lake, there’s more room for Olalia to be creative in the kitchen—and for diners to sit down. He’s serving lumpia topped with uni, kare kare made with oxtail and tripe, as well as dishes of sisig and adobo. 

San Francisco

Kantine

Drawing on her decade living in Copenhagen, chef Nichole Accettola says her Scandinavian restaurant is inspired by Danish workplace canteens. A sample menu includes porridge with peaches, sea buckthorn, strawberries and cream; a smørrebrød, or, open-faced sandwich, topped with smoked trout rillettes; and a customizable brunch board.

 

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Chicago

Aba

Lettuce Entertain You and chef CJ Jacobson are behind this Israeli/Mediterranean-leaning restaurant. The counterpart to Jacobson's other Chicago restaurant, Ema (Hebrew for "mom"), Aba (Hebrew for "dad") occupies a large rooftop in Fulton Market. There are five hummus options including one with lamb ragù and harissa, a Jerusalem bagel (a narrow oval baked good encrusted in seeds), and several kebab options. 

Lost Larson

Grace’s former pastry chef, Bobby Schaffer, who also worked at Blue Hill at Stone Barns, is behind this already-buzzy Andersonville bakery that’s turning out croissants, strawberry tarts with whole-wheat shortcrust and open-faced sandwiches on house-baked bread.


Washington, D.C.

America Eats Tavern

José Andrés’s America Eats Tavern has a new home in Georgetown in what was, until recently, Old Glory. The former tenants are involved in this project, Eater DC reports, meaning there’s still barbecue, like St. Louis-style ribs and brisket smoked with cherrywood, on the menu. For dessert, there’s a chocolate chip cookie pie baked in a small skillet and topped with bourbon vanilla ice cream and brandied cherries.

Austin

Lin Asian Bar + Dim Sum Restaurant

Fujian Province native Ling Qi Wu, who helms the dim sum program at Wu Chow, is going out on her own with this project. The team explains on the restaurant's website that this healthy-focused restaurant was spurred by the premature birth of her daughter. She’s using organic produce for dim sum like cilantro shrimp dumplings and sticky rice with shiitakes. There are still indulgences, though, like a chocolate bun for dessert.

Houston

Calle Onze

Chef Oliver Loeza is aiming to meld the flavors of northern Mexico and southern Texas at this spot in the Heights. In addition to the usual suspects, like guacamole, enchiladas (with house-made tortillas) and tacos al pastor, there’s also an octostada, or a tostada topped with sous-vide octopus and smoked tomato salad, and scallops served in white mole.

Detroit

Rocco’s Italian Deli

Serious Italian subs are now on offer in the Cass Corridor at Rocco’s Italian Deli. Diners can opt to sit inside or on the patio while they attack their hefty sandwiches. There’s the signature Il Rocco, with hot soppressata, mortadella, fontina and spicy relish, and because one of the owners hails from Philly, there’s the city’s signature pork sandwich. Dubbed as Little Puzzo Loves His Pork, it’s stacked with roast pork and broccoli rabe.  

Miami

Mason

This restaurant from Brian Nasajon of Beaker & Gray has a distinctly Jewish flavor to it. There’s bagel and lox, a fish board, and bread options that include both challah and garlic rolls. There’s also a Reuben and a plate of latkes. But don’t expect it to be kosher. Mussels with chorizo and franks 'n' beans also make appearances.

 

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  • American Eats Tavern (Washington, D.C.)

    Americxan Eats is José Andrés’ homage to American cooking, hence menu items like brisket smoked over cherry wood.

    Photo: Rey Lopez

  • American Eats Tavern (Washington, D.C.)

    The interior of American Eats Tavern.

    Photo: Rey Lopez

  • American Eats Tavern (Washington, D.C.)

    Dessert includes a chocolate chip cookie pie topped with bourbon vanilla ice cream and brandied cherries.

    Photo: Rey Lopez

  • Aba (Chicago)

    Aba (Hebrew for "dad") is the counterpart to chef CJ Jacobson's other Chicago restaurant, Ema (Hebrew for "mom").

    Photo: Christina Slaton

  • Aba (Chicago)

    Aba occupies a large rooftop space in Fulton Market.

    Photo: Christina Slaton

  • Ma'am Sir (Los Angeles)

    In Silver Lake, chef Charles Olalia is flexing his creativity with Filipino cuisine. 

    Photo: Fried Chicken Sandwich Studios

  • Ma'am Sir (Los Angeles)

    Grilled lobster inihaw with galangal butter and taro leaf curry.

    Photo: Fried Chicken Sandwich Studios

  • Ma'am Sir (Los Angeles)

    Lumpia with sea urchin and lardo.

    Photo: Fried Chicken Sandwich Studios

  • Kantine (San Francisco)

    Drawing on her decade living in Copenhagen, chef Nichole Accettola says her Scandinavian restaurant is inspired by Danish workplace canteens.

    Photo: Stine Christiansen

  • Kantine (San Francisco)

    Broccoli salad with avocado and horseradish cream.

    Photo: Stine Christiansen

  • Lin Asian Bar + Dim Sum Restaurant (Austin)

    Organic produce is used for a health-focused take on dim sum from chef and Fuijan Province native Ling Qi Wu. 

    Photo: Lin Asian Bar

  • Lin Asian Bar + Dim Sum Restaurant (Austin)

    After you try the roti, stick around for sweet indulgences like a chocolate bun. 

    Photo: Lin Asian Bar

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