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16 new hot spots to add to your must-try list
Khao Soi Cowboys at Don Muang Airport | Photo: Heidi Solander
Khao Soi Cowboys

New York City
Beasts & Bottles: This rotisserie chicken-and wine-focused spot from the team behind Atrium Dumbo is the newest member to Atlantic Avenue's dining corridor. The birds come dressed with French herbs, slathered with chiles and hoisin, or truffled. Find Beasts & Bottles here, or in our DINE app.

Metrograph Commissary: Rucola and June Wine Bar's gang brings together two things we love—film and food. Grab a meal at the newly opened restaurant in the Lower East Side before or after a flick, or just swing by anytime for a meal by Roebling Tea Room vet Dennis Spina. Find Metrograph Commissary here, or in our DINE app.

Don Muang Airport: Here's one more reason to hit up Baby's All Right—a new Thai restaurant inside the music venue. Named after Bangkok's airport, this cozy spot serves Thai snacks, like miang khan (lettuce cups filled with smoked pork, tamarind and toasted coconut) and Khao Soi Cowboys (think slider forms of the classic khao soi soup but with pulled pork). Find Don Muang Airport here, or in our DINE app.

Maison May Vanderbilt: Fort Greene's beloved iCi changed its name to Maison May and expanded with this new location over on Vanderbilt. At the moment, there's coffee, salads and tartines at this breakfast- and lunch-only spot (doors shut at 6 p.m.), but soon there will be a patisserie and a CSA pickup. Find Maison May Vanderbilt here, or in our DINE app.

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Izi: The latest restaurant to join BR Guest's roster is this izakaya-inspired spot beneath Blue Fin in the midst of Times Square's chaos. There are sushi rolls, sticky fried chicken with spicy sauce and peanuts, mini lobster rolls, seafood towers and poke. Find Izi here, or in our DINE app.

Los Angeles
Miro: First, look up and admire the soaring ceilings and dramatic skylight at this polished Downtown restaurant, then let your eyes move down to your plate. You'll find pastas galore, from seasonal strozzapreti with morels and fava beans to braised octopus pasta. Let yourself wander further down to the lower-level barroom, and you'll discover rare bottles of whiskey from around the world. Find Miro here, or in our DINE app.

San Francisco
ATwater Tavern: Take your baseball glove just in case someone hits a really long ball—the Giants' AT&T park is right across the street from this huge new dining space. The menu is heavy on seafood, with classics like shrimp Louie, cioppino and clams casino. Wine flows on tap, including two blends custom made for the spot. Find ATwater Tavern here, or in our DINE app.

Miminashi: Go with an appetite—and a sense of adventure—to this izakaya spot in Napa. There are skewers, including knee-joint meat, tail and "base of the heart," but you can play it safe with options like maitake mushroom or spring onion. Either way, don't refuse dessert: It's soft-serve ice cream in flavors like black sesame and matcha green tea with sesame honeycomb toppings. Find Miminashi here, or in our DINE app.

Chicago
Leña Brava: Rick Bayless's new restaurant channels Baja with scallops in salsa macha, black cod "al pastor" and a few aguachiles. Everything is cooked over an open fire—there's no gas here. Pair the fish with wines Bayless is sourcing from the up-and-coming Valle de Guadalupe region. Find Leña Brava here, or in our DINE app.

Cruz Blanca: If you're feeling more like beer and tacos, head next door to Cruz Blanca, Bayless's gleaming brewery and brewpub. Soak up all that beer with Oaxacan-style tacos, which means house-made tortillas and a tray of meat and salsas to mix and match. Find Cruz Blanca here, or in our DINE app.

Washington, D.C.
Shouk: If Mediterranean is your thing and ingredients like tahini, harissa and pomegranate your obsession, then this Mount Vernon Triangle hot spot will be your new go-to lunch choice. The food is completely plant based but doesn't take itself too seriously: The soup is "whatever's good," and the eponymous Shouk salad lists "crunch" as an ingredient. Find Shouk here, or in our DINE app.

Métier: Fans of Eric Ziebold's Kinship will know where to find his latest restaurant, as it's located right downstairs. It's a pearls-on, night-out kind of spot with a $200 tasting menu, a refined atmosphere and attentive service. Find Métier here, or in our DINE app.

Houston
Kenny & Ziggy's: Seventeen years later, and the New York-style deli is still going strong. The newest location is now open in West University, with many of the same meat-stuffed sandwiches loyal fans fell in love with years ago. That means, you know, the kind you have to slightly unlock your jaw to eat, like the triple-decker Fiddler on the Roof of Your Mouth or cheesy In Queso Emergency. Find Kenny & Ziggy's here, or in our DINE app.

Biskit Junkie: The biscuits are not limp at this comfort food joint, which just reopened in Montrose. In fact, the sandwiches are made with the flaky baked goods and are piled so high they need to be held together with a toothpick. Try the King-inspired Presley, stacked with tempura fried chicken, bacon, peanut butter and strawberry preserves. Find Biskit Junkie here, or in our DINE app.

Miami
Baby Jane: There's a new project on the horizon for the Ariete team. This Brickell cocktail spot is all about sharing when it comes to its food, from oysters Rockefeller and steak tartare to burgers and a chicken sando. Find Baby Jane here, or in our DINE app.

Detroit
Dilla's Delights: Alliteration has never tasted so good at Detroit's latest doughnut shop, whose nomadic fried goods have been roaming the city for three years. It finally has a permanent shop, and the doughnuts, which are a tribute to the late rapper J Dilla, are bound to sell out each day. Find Dilla's Delights here, or in our DINE app.

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