New York City
Union Fare: In what was once the first Barnes & Noble now stands Union Fare, a sort of grab-and-go-market-meets-bar-meets-restaurant. The menu is very of-the-moment American, with seared fish over French lentils and spring salads. A bakery and the food market section are still in the works. Find Union Fare here, or in our DINE app.
Coco & Cru: This Noho newcomer is continuing the Aussie invasion with a breakfast-and-coffee-all-day philosophy. There's avocado toast dressed up with smoked mozzarella and pumpkin seeds, and sandwiches, like a classic "Aussie" burger topped with beets and a fried egg, served from noon on. Find Coco & Cru here, or in our DINE app.
By Chloe: New York's vegan megahit, By Chloe, is now open and flipping veg burgers inside the new 365 by Whole Foods market in Silver Lake. There's a satisfying quinoa taco salad and, of course, avocado toast, but the pro order is the guac burger, a black bean, quinoa and sweet potato patty crowned with a hefty dollop of guacamole and crunchy tortilla chips. Find By Chloe here, or in our DINE app.
The Cannibal: This New York City import celebrates all things meat with various salumi, sausages in flavors like bulgogi and a large-format General Tso's pig's head. But don't think the team has entirely forgotten about vegetables: There's an entire section of the menu dedicated to them, with dishes like a tomato and plum salad with white sesame and a dandelion salad with wax beans. The sandwich shop and butchery are also up and running for those on the go. Find The Cannibal here, or in our DINE app.
Bellota: For the non-bilingual, the restaurant's name means "acorn," but you'll figure that out when you're greeted by the neon insignia at this Spanish spot. There are tapas and seafood towers, as well as paella. And though it may have taken the restaurant three years to open, it's clear from bite one that the team has been hard at work perfecting the classic rice dish. Find Bellota here, or in our DINE app.
Horsefeather: The short and sweet menu at this neighborhood bar means less time debating your options and more quality time with house-made burrata and halibut ceviche. If you're wise, you'll throw caution to the wind and embrace the stickiness that is fish-sauce-caramel-tossed clay pot chicken wings. Find Horsefeather here, or in our DINE app.
Mahalo: Couldn't sneak in a vacation off in the Pacific? Mahalo has you covered. This new rooftop bar and restaurant channels Hawaii with several poke offerings, including an intriguing octopus and miso option. There's also a Big Island burger with Spam and pineapple, and sides like Spam and sweet corn. Find Mahalo here, or in our DINE app.
Cappy's Crabs: It's all about seafood at this summertime spot in the old Crane & Turtle space. There are crab cakes, classic fixings like Old Bay fries and coleslaw, and a mixed seafood bucket—you can also take those crabs to go to cook at home—but our money is on the shrimp po'boy. Find Cappy's Crabs here, or in our DINE app.
Buttercream Bakeshop: Old-school sweets get a modern update at this Shaw shop. Pastry chef Tiffany MacIsaac makes "flakies," baking croissant dough in muffin tins and finishing with sugar or passion fruit, as well as a kouign-amann called the Queen B (it's made with honey) and towering layer cakes. Balance all the sweetness with Compass Coffee. Find Buttercream Bakeshop here, or in our DINE app.
Oklahoma Joe's: An offshoot of the famed Kansas City barbecue spot is now open in Virginia, but it's not exactly a replica of the gas station original. The cofounders split some time ago, and this is the project of one of them, Joe Davidson, who plans to expand the brand. Not everything is changing, thankfully: There are still burnt brisket ends, pulled pork and baked beans. Find Oklahoma Joe's here, or in our DINE app.
Delicious: Lamar Union is well stocked, thanks to this new provisions shop-meets-restaurant. There are green chorizo corn dogs, breakfast tacos, Korean fried chicken sandwiches and a whole lotta pastries from chef Kyle McKinney. Find Delicious here, or in our DINE app.
Taverna: Houston dwellers can get in on what Dallas has been happily feasting on with the latest outpost of this pizza-pasta hot spot. Dig deep into frutti di mare risotto to unshell four types of seafood and don't leave without ordering the chef's special focaccia. Find Taverna here, or in our DINE app.
Hopdoddy Burger Bar: The burger trend continues with a new Hopdoddy location. Even if you've tried all the others, make a pilgrimage to River Oaks, as the menu varies based on local ingredients. Then drink accordingly with a local beer or a cocktail crafted with Texas-made vodka. Find Hopdoddy Burger Bar here, or in our DINE app.
Poké 305: Don't say we didn't warn you about this year's influx of poke. Though simply a shout-out to the area code, and not actually owned by Pitbull, Miami is the latest city to get on board with the recent trend. You can build-your-own combo in bowl, salad or burrito form, and the non-fish-inclined can opt for chicken. Find Poké 305 here, or in our DINE app.
Ladurée: It's not all picture-perfect macarons with their crackly surfaces and creamy fillings at this now-permanent café—though there are plenty of those as well. A pre-dessert course is more than a formality when it involves delightful, classically French offerings, like a croque-monsieur and adorable finger sandwiches. Find Ladurée here, or in our DINE app.
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