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Now Open: Dizengoff NYC, LocoL in Oakland and More

21 new, hot restaurants to check out this week
Spring Onion Chawanmushi | Photo: Courtesy of Olmsted
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New York City
Dizengoff: After lots of rumors and multiple delays, Philly chef Michael Solomonov's first NYC restaurant is finally open. It's all about the hummus and fluffy, fresh-baked pita at this spot, which is tucked into the increasingly solid Chelsea Market. There's also shakshuka in the mornings and talks of doing special dinners in the evenings. Find Dizengoff here, or in our DINE app.

The Brooklyn Barge
: One thing that makes summer's heat tolerable is outdoor drinking. Now there's a new spot to do that along the East River. This barge-turned-bar-and-restaurant serves Tugboat Fries (they're topped with pork, cheese and jalapeños), grilled fish tacos and fried chicken sandwiches, along with cocktails like rum punch. Just make sure to take advantage of the free kayaking and paddle boarding lessons before you start imbibing. Find The Brooklyn Barge here, or in our DINE app.

Schilling: Eduard Frauneder, whom you might know as the chef behind the popular Edi & the Wolf, has been spending his time downtown, way downtown, at this Austria-meets-Mediterranean restaurant, a welcome addition to the neighborhood. Dishes range from spaetzle with Swiss chard and Gruy?re to a burger with charred bacon and onion jam to lighter fare like branzino with onion broth, spring garlic and peas. Find Schilling here, or in our DINE app.

Pommes Frites: After the tragic Second Avenue fire, beloved fry spot Pommes Frites was without a home. After lots of searching and fundraising on Kickstarter, the team has reopened the shop over in Greenwich Village. There are fries and, of course, lots and lots of saucy options. Plus, a bigger space should hopefully mean shorter lines. Find Pommes Frites here, or in our DINE app.

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Olmsted: This Prospect Heights newcomer offering a fashionable vegetable-focused menu is the work of Atera and Blue Hill alum Greg Baxtrom and farmer Ian Rothman. There's radish-topped gazpacho with smoked trout roe, grilled dogfish with rhubarb and Swiss chard, and a cone of vanilla lilac ice cream for dessert. Do not miss a trip to the stunning backyard garden—after all, the restaurant's named for Frederick Law Olmsted, the designer of Central and Prospect Parks. Find Olmsted here, or in our DINE app.

Sauvage
: With a James Beard Award in hand, Maison Premiere's team has a new spot, this one just along McCarren Park. The drink program is serious, with 200 under-the-radar spirits available, so go thirsty. Pair with a raw bar, vegetable dishes like carrot carpaccio and a vegetable potpie. Find Sauvage here, or in our DINE app.

Win Son: Friends Josh Ku and former Upland sous-chef Trigg Brown are serving modern Taiwanese American food at this restaurant in East Williamsburg. Expect dishes like flies head pork, or cang ying tou, made with fermented black beans, pork and garlic chives, and zhajiangmian, egg noodles with lamb and cucumbers. Find Win Son here, or in our DINE app.

Los Angeles
Salazar: Once an auto body shop, this large space is now a taco, quesadilla and burrito destination that has lots and lots of outdoor seating. Diners looking for something a bit more adventurous can order off the los primitivos section of the menu, which offers a few steaks and a fish of the day cooked over a mesquite grill. Find Salazar here, or in our DINE app.

Wexler's Deli: The Grand Central Market's deli spot owned by Micah Wexler is spreading out with a new location in Santa Monica. Expect the deli's standards, like pastrami and corned beef on rye, plus some breakfast pastries (hello, babka). Orders can be placed to go, or diners can settle into one of the 30 seats. Find Wexler's Deli here, or in our DINE app.

Sushi of Gari: A longtime staple of New York's sushi scene, Sushi of Gari opens out West in Hollywood and brings with it its modern, sauce-topped sushi, like salmon with a tomato purée and red snapper with baby greens and pine nuts. Find Sushi of Gari here, or in our DINE app.

Sawyer: Beau Laughlin's new Silver Lake restaurant is the type of place where you'll want to pull up a seat and stay awhile, particularly if that seat is in the restaurant's backyard. On the menu, you'll find large, shareable dishes, plus fried chicken. Find Sawyer here, or in our DINE app.

San Francisco
LocoL: Roy Choi and Daniel Patterson just opened the second location of their hit fast-food restaurant. Part social mission, part restaurant, LocoL hires, well, local staff, providing jobs in areas where they are needed, and offers solid food options to residents, like beef-and-grain-blend burgers for $7 and under. Find LocoL here, or in our DINE app.

Sababa: Middle Eastern restaurants are sprouting up all around the U.S. (see Dizengoff above) and at Sababa (which means "cool" in Hebrew and Arabic), diners pick out chicken shawarma, beef kofta, falafel or fried eggplant that gets stuffed into a house-baked pita or served in a bowl with salads like quinoa tabbouleh and Moroccan carrots. There's also hummus and a frozen mint-infused lemonade for those hot summer days. Find Sababa here, or in our DINE app.

Chicago
Seoul Taco: What do tae kwon do masters and pro Mexican wrestlers have in common? They both adorn the walls at this food truck-turned-mini chain, the first iteration in Chicago. The bulgogi-stuffed burritos and kimchi fried rice are standouts in this mash-up cuisine. Find Seoul Taco here, or in our DINE app.

The Hamptons
The Greenwich: Fans of NYC's Mulberry Project bar must visit this seasonal food-focused spot in Water Mill. Hailing from the same restaurant group, expect the likes of their bespoke cocktails, which you can enjoy along dishes like watermelon salad and rack of lamb. Find The Greenwich here, or in our DINE app.

Kozu: All roads lead to an evening of nightclub partying at this Southampton club-restaurant hot spot. Go for dinner, which has Peruvian Japanese dishes like uni-dotted corn and lobster salad, then stay for the top-notch DJs to dance off all that sushi. Find Kozu here, or in our DINE app.

Austin
Irene's: Few places are as universally chill as this natural-light-flooded restaurant/patio spot. It's as if your favorite dive bar underwent a deep cleaning and started serving down-home fare like meatball subs, smoky cucumber slaw and banana pudding. Find Irene's here, or in our DINE app.

Houston
Midtown Barbecue: If the heady scent of top-quality barbecue makes your mouth water, just point to the wall and tell the your server which type of low-and-slow-cooked meat you want. If the grand opening bash and live music lineup are any indication of what's to come, we have a feeling it's always going to be a party here. Find Midtown Barbecue here, or in our DINE app.

Henderson Heights: The patio is a dog lover's paradise. Take your pup and score a discount on a refreshing frozen lemonade. Those without a canine companion can still find plenty to love, whether it's the loaded pizzas, Wednesday steak nights or the weekend breakfast tacos. Find Henderson Heights here, or in our DINE app.

Miami
Faith & Pizza: Eating at the offshoot of nearby restaurant Barley (which is temporarily closed) is nothing short of a good deed. For the first six months, it's donating all profits to charity, meaning enjoying a clams casino pie is a winning situation for all. Find Faith & Pizza here, or in our DINE app.

Detroit
Southern Belles' Bistro: This Ferndale newcomer channels Southern soul food with dishes like fried chicken, mac and cheese, catfish and ribs. At breakfast, there are diner classics, plus crepes. Find Southern Belles' Bistro here, or in our DINE app.

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