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Now Open: Emmy Squared, Kogi Taqueria and More

12 new, hot restaurants to check out
Photo: Emily Bolles/Emmy Squared
Emmy Squared

New York City
L'Appart: Le District's final opening is meant to mimic a chef's living room—a rather fancy one at that. Diners are greeted with a glass of Champagne and seated at formal but cozy tables that look out onto the Hudson River. The six-course menu leans French and will change regularly, but expect composed plates of scallops and truffles, and seared salmon with beets. Find L'Appart here, or in our DINE app.

Turnstyle: New York's newest food hall is underground, right next to the Columbus Circle subway stop, meaning those headed to Lincoln Center can now grab an affordable meal from vendors like Bolivian Llama Party, By Suzette creperie, Ellary's Greens and several others. Find Turnstyle here, or in our DINE app.

Emmy Squared: Emily and Matt Hyland, the owners of Clinton Hill's much-loved pizza spot Emily, have expanded their pie enterprise to Williamsburg with this Detroit-style pizza restaurant. That means puffy rectangular crust and sauce on top! Pie options include the house signature The Emmy with mozz, banana peppers, onions and ranch, and the Angel Pie with mozz, ricotta, mushrooms and truffle cream. Stay tuned for the burger lounge, which the team will be opening downstairs. Find Emmy Squared here, or in our DINE app.

Barano: Le Cirque and Rubirosa alum Albert di Meglio's solo project is named for the Italian island where his grandmother hails from. Here in Williamsburg, he's making pastas like mint tacconi with lamb sausage and pizzas loaded with duck eggs and Swiss chard. There's also a station dedicated to hand-pulling mozzarella. Find Barano here, or in our DINE app.

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Los Angeles
Kogi Taqueria: Roy Choi's eight-year-young food truck Kogi BBQ is still cruising the streets, but that hasn't stopped him from opening a permanent spot for his beloved tacos in Palms. Tacos are just $2.50 each, and there are other options like a tofu-citrus salad and Korean-spiced fries, should you care to branch out. Find Kogi Taqueria here, or in our DINE app.

Doheny Room: You can't miss this bright-blue building—the latest from nightlife company sbe—and you aren't going to want to. The lush, greenery-adorned space oozes L.A. style, making it a place you'll want to be seen. The menu has something for everyone, whether you're more of an avocado-beet sushi fan or a pork bun aficionado. Find Doheny Room here, or in our DINE app.

Szechuan Place: Don't be lured in by familiar favorites from the "Americanized" section of the menu. This is authentic Sichuan cuisine done right, meaning, yes, the food will be spicy. And since there are 51 entrées to choose from, you can numb your mouth any which way you please. Find Szechuan Place here, or in our DINE app.

Same Same: Wine and cheese is so "been there, done that." Enter Thai food-wine pairings at this new Silver Lake bar, the answer to that tired cheese plate. You might not know where to start, but the helpful staff will be glad to guide you down the spring roll-paved road. Find Same Same here, or in our DINE app.

Washington, D.C.
Conosci: This 30-seat crudo bar is a restaurant within a restaurant, the umbrella restaurant being Michael Schlow's Alta Strada. The bar offers two menus, one for $45 and the other for $135, both focusing on things that hail from the sea like a soup of lobster, uni and apple. Look out for drinks shaken (or stirred) tableside at the restaurant's vintage bar cart. Find Conosci here, or in our DINE app.

Ashlar: The new restaurant in the Kimpton hotel in Alexandria is swank with mint-green walls, high banquette backs and chandeliers that cast a geometric pattern on the ceiling. The menu hops around from seafood dishes like blue crab fritters and seared rockfish to steaks and even bison. Find Ashlar here, or in our DINE app.

Austin
Veracruz All Natural: Tiny trailer goes full service at Round Rock's latest Mexican food spot. Considering that the opening party had a mariachi band and free beer, you know you're bound to have a taco-filled good time. And for fans of the mobile version, you'll be happy to know the interior paint matches the turquoise truck to a tee. Find Veracruz All Natural here, or in our DINE app.

Houston
Stoked Tacos & Tequila: With its late-night service, to-go window and quality fare, this "modern-day rock-and-roll taqueria" is sure to win hearts. Libation options go way beyond Tecate—there are three kinds of margaritas, plus slushies, agua fresca and a bold mezcal old-fashioned. Save room to satisfy sweet-tooth cravings with a choco taco or guava "dreamsicle." Find Stoked Tacos & Tequila here, or in our DINE app.

 

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