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2018's Hottest New Restaurant Openings Across the Globe

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A few weeks ago, I brought you this years hottest new venue openings and then the hottest new hotels after that. Now, the third installment of this series is the hottest new restaurant openings of this year – which I'm thrilled to share with you. Why? Food is the centerpiece of gatherings, conversation and celebrations. In this guide, you'll find a range of restaurants from fast casual to fine dining alongside bespoke group dining experiences and eateries helmed by Michelin starred chefs. There’s a little something for every appetite on this list. Each of these special places have been built with passion, a story and a lot of thought about what will make you, the diner, have a culinary experience to remember.
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Brewery Bhavana

Raleigh, North Carolina
Raleigh’s Moore Square Park gained a community hub last year with the opening of Brewery Bhavana. Part brewery, part dim sum restaurant, part flower shop, and part bookstore, it’s the ultimate mash-up of locavorism under one (v. high atrium) ceiling.
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Great White

Venice, California
This Venice neighborhood joint opened last September and the food is as delicious as the space is cozy. Think fish tacos, grain bowls and the kind of atmosphere that keeps you coming ‘round.
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A Cevicheria

Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon’s new A Cevicheria is a tiny 24-seater that packs a whole lot of flavor punch. A giant octopus hovers overhead as you chow down on Peruvian ceviches and Pisco Sours.
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Glorietta Trattoria

Jackson, Wyoming
“You’re a stranger here but once.” This sweet sentiment leads you into Anvil Hotel’s onsite Italian trattoria, Glorietta, and sets the scene for hearty handmade pastas, beef grilled to perfection and farm-fresh sides big enough to share in a cozy and familiar setting.
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Longsong

Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Unsurprisingly, Melbourne is home to a new, attention grabbing restaurant – Longsong. Focused on collaborating with primary producers, brewers, mixers and makers, be sure to book The Loft, a mezzanine overlooking the entire restaurant accommodating 32 people seated and 40 people for a cocktail style event.
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Kemuri Tatsu-Ya

Austin, Texas
Precious few restaurants have been more talked about in the Austin food scene than 2017’s Kemuri Tatsu-Ya. The Texan spin on a traditional izakaya brings a menu that spans from octopus fritters topped with Texan chili to BBQ eel and spicy pork ribs with Gochujang pepper rub.
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Mama Kelly

Amsterdam, Netherlands
Pretty in so much pink, Amsterdam’s Mama Kelly has a self-professed uncomplicated menu offering either chicken or lobster, and that’s it. You’ll appreciate this simplified menu when your group of 8+ takes over the dining room or a few booths and is preoccupied with the decor (read: no time for menu scouring).
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The Loyal

New York, New York
Michelin-starred chef John Fraser has struck restaurant gold again with his 2017 space The Loyal in Manhattan’s West Village. An homage of sorts to the American brasserie, this is one spot where you’ll want to become a regular.
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Brothers and Sisters

Washington, D.C.
Now officially open (and truly an all-day spot), Brothers and Sisters inside The LINE D.C. is rebelling against tradition and embracing it’s multicultural identity thanks to Erik Bruner-Yang and his talented team, helmed by Todd Thrasher, Pichet Ong, Harper McClure, Neil Dundee and Colin Sugalski.
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The Lobster Club

New York, New York
Colorful, retro and even a bit playful, The Lobster Club in NYC’s Seagram Building opened in November. Every bit the Japanese brasserie concept restaurant and lounge space it promised, this is one sassy space to grab a drink and a delicious meal.
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Don Angie

New York, New York
New York’s West Village gained a new Italian-American haunt last fall with husband and wife duo Angie Rito and Scott Tacinelli running the show. Don Angie’s menu features wonders like octopus puttanesca and stuffed garlic flatbread.
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Majordomo

Los Angeles, California
The latest restaurant addition to celeb chef David Chang’s collection, Majordomo is a vast industrial space that’s sure to be filled with the smells and sounds of a bustling restaurant any day now. Located just north of LA’s Chinatown, the Korean-meets-Californian fare will be meat-heavy with lots of bing and noodles.
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Petit Marlowe

San Francisco, California
From the San Francisco based team behind Marlowe, Park Tavern, the Cavalier, Marianne’s, and Leo’s Oyster Bar, Petit Marlow opened last year to great acclaim. Set in SoMa, this sweet Parisian style spot is one to look out for, especially if you’re into winemaker dinners and oyster happy hours.
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Berberè Milan Navigli

Milan, Italy
Focused on bringing back the quality of the ancient bread baking tradition, Berberé’s second Milan location opened last October in one of the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods. Get ready to fall fast in love with this slow rising dough.
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Le Voisin learn more

Clean lines, a muted palette and minimal decor set the stage for “The Neighbor” where pairs create the ultimate culinary experience: the chef and the sommelier as well as the coordinator and the calculator. A comforting yet inventive menu completes the friendly, familiar experience.
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Caravan City

London, United Kingdom
Bloomberg Arcade’s Caravan City opened in October with multiple terraces offering all-day dining. The menu is a gypsy’s dream, inspired by dishes from around the world.
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Sibling Spice

Melbourne, VIC, Australia
When a coffee shop meets a Thai fusion spot, you get Sibling Spice. Find all day coffee and matcha alongside pad Thai and ramen in a distinctly Australian setting.
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Il Mercato Gentiloni

Saltillo, Mexico
This market, bakery, juice bar, restaurant, cooking school and an event hall in Mexico is woven together by interconnecting collages of painted tiles. Bringing Mexican and Italian (specifically, Rome and Saltillo) influences together, this artistic space is Saltillo’s newest community hub.
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Vinoteca City

London, United Kingdom
London gained a city-side Vinoteca in October and it’s a stunner of a space, what with the dark wood features and bright tiling throughout. One of six locations, the wine bar atmosphere presents Bloomberg Arcade as an easy place to grab a glass of wine and a bite.
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Palizzi Social Club

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Philly’s local social club dates back about a hundred years and recently reopened under a new owner (hint: he knew a guy). It’s a members-only spot, but you’ll want to be sure you snatch up a membership if you’re into old school Italian nostalgia and family recipes.
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Muchacho

Atlanta, Georgia
Coffee + Tacos? Yes, please! New to the O4W area last fall, you will find Muchacho conveniently located off the Atlanta Beltline – not far from big sister, Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall. Here you will find full counter service and modern west coast vibes (think Venice Beach circa 1970) where you can get your fill of tacos, toasts, grain bowls, poke, and more.
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a Mano

San Francisco, California
Widely praised as one of San Francisco’s best new restaurants of 2017, a Mano in Hayes Valley is crushing the handmade pasta scene. The space is gorgeous, sun-filled and easy to hang around for a few hours while sipping delicious wines and filling up on everyone’s favorite guilty pleasure.
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Bar Mercado

Atlanta, Georgia
Atlanta’s new Krog Street Market gem, Bar Mercado, pulls inspiration from the markets of Madrid and delivers high-class style and delicious tapas to the ATL. Opened last fall, the space is as rich in ambience as the food is in flavor.
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El Nacional

Barcelona, Spain
Opened at the end of last year, Barcelona’s El Nacional is decidedly un-touristy and a local favorite. Perfect for tapas, pre-dinner drinks and everything in-between, this multifaceted space is home to four bars (drinks AND oysters, that is) and four eateries. Now just to choose which ones…
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China Live

San Francisco, California
San Francisco’s Chinatown got a massive Chinese food, drink and retail emporium last year at China Live. Upstairs you’ll find an old-world, fine dining restaurant called Eight Tables by George Chen with a tasting menu of Chinese cuisine that’s practically guaranteed to impress.
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Old Rose

New York, New York
Head inside the Jane Hotel’s latest hotspot and you’ll find a cool, casual dining hub that’s open all day and late into the night on weekends. Known as Old Rose, this little West Village eatery serves up Italian fare in a stylish setup that’s full of sunshine.
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Publico

Singapore
This all day Italian experience in the heart of Singapore wants to bring you in for imported cheese and warm, flaky pastries by day and contemporary pastas and cocktails by night. Paired with the sleek yet comfortable interiors and you have yourself quite the culinary destination.
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Anchor & Den

Grand Cayman
Grand Cayman’s star opening of 2017, Anchor & Den does diversity and does it well. Depending on the time of day, you might find a juice bar, gelato stand, crêperie, raw bar, or sushi bar alongside a whole menu of comfort foods.
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Best Girl at Ace Hotel DTLA

Los Angeles, California
The Ace Hotel brand is known for having some pretty badass restaurants, and the comfort foods at this DTLA bistro do not disappoint. Newcomer Best Girl arrived on the scene last fall and Ace fans have been freaking out ever since. Pork Shank tubettoni ragu, anyone?
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Felix

Venice, California
Abbot Kinney’s most talked about restaurant opening of 2017, Felix brings handmade pastas, Neapolitan pizzas and a thoughtful list of cocktails and wines to Venice. The space is equally comforting, with all the ambience of a close friend’s cozy living room.
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Pitchfork Pretty

Austin, Texas
The warm and welcoming A-frame structure that sits along Austin’s East Cesar Chavez houses a restaurant that does breakfast, brunch and dinner. Pitchfork Pretty opened just last year and serves up delicacies like blue crab and farro porridge alongside classic southern fare like ribs and fried chicken, making it an easy hit with locals and tourists alike.
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Media Noche

San Francisco, California
San Francisco’s newest sandwich outpost seems to be straight out of Cuba (or maybe even Miami for that matter). Head to Media Noche in the Mission when you’re looking for the best Cubano in the city.
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Noma

Copenhagen, Denmark
Noma could easily be described as the Copenhagen restaurant known ‘round the world. Version 2.0 is set to open in February following a bit of a hiatus that included a hefty pop-up in Mexico and worldwide travels for culinary inspiration. Opening just in time for seafood season, we’re looking forward to seeing the new menu as much as the new space.
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Hayden

Culver City, California
Recently opened in Platform, Culver City’s trendiest dining and shopping experience, Hayden is an all day cafe and wine bar with a perfectly snackable menu and ‘golden hour’ every day featuring wine and oyster deals.
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Gesso learn more

Enjoy floor-to-ceiling windows with your bitter greens & caramelized onion pizza at Gesso, L.A.’s new artistic neighborhood hang. Chef Doug Miriello's menu draws inspiration from his Jewish and Italian heritage, his East Coast childhood and Southern California cooking experience.
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Elske

Chicago, Illinois
Elske Restaurant (brainchild of Anna Posey and David Posey) officially opened its Chicago doors early last year, and has been rolling in the awards ever since. Awarded one Michelin star in 2017, this is a crew to look out for. Plus, design fans will love the space with its soft, neutral tones and pretty, feminine details.
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Walnut Street Cafe

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Another addition leading the way in the “all day restaurant” trend, Philly-based Walnut Street Cafe is a coffee shop, restaurant, bar and private event venue all rolled into one beautiful space. Whatever the reason for your visit may be, make sure you order dessert.
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Hanoi House

New York, New York
Vietnamese restaurant Hanoi House opened on St. Mark’s early last year. The menu features pho options of course, but surprises too, like the little uni pancakes and crispy coconut braised octopus.
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Pujol

Mexico City, Mexico
11 blocks from the original world-renowned Pujol, Enrique Olvera has reinvented the restaurant in a secluded bungalow. You won’t find formalities like white tablecloths and stark lighting here, the new Pujol reflects a casual spirit where people are encouraged to come in and relax, complete with an herb garden and open-fire grill. Not to worry, his famous Mole Madre is still on the menu.
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Mattie's

Austin, Texas
The revamp of Austin’s Green Pastures arrived in the form of Mattie’s last spring. Set inside a beautiful old Victorian farmhouse, Mattie’s brings a new Americana style menu and new ownership to a space that’s always been a bit of a culinary destination.
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Minou learn more

Opened last fall, Minou is one of our favorite new San Diego restaurants. Full of vibe, this magical little crêperie wraps you up in Parisian style and transports you straight to the streets of Paris.
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Farm Girl

London, United Kingdom
Nestled in the heart of Notting Hill, this fido-friendly restaurant brings the best of Australian cafe culture to London. With clever takes on espresso favorites, like their Liquid Gold Latte featuring turmeric and cinnamon, Farm Girl is the spot to enjoy food that is as beautiful as it is healthy.
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Duddell’s

London, United Kingdom
An icon of Hong Kong’s fine dining scene, Duddell’s has exported its gorgeous Cantonese restaurant to open a second location in London. An arts-centric environment that replicates its Chinese counterpart, the UK shop is set inside London Bridge’s historic St. Thomas Church.
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Donetto

Atlanta, Georgia
New to the Westside, Donetto is a contemporary Italian restaurant that uses local and seasonal ingredients to give props to both Tuscan and Southern cuisine. Case in point, the Ripiena- miniature stuffed dumplings filled with rich quail tossed with herbs, garlic, smoked mushrooms and finished with a delicious quail jus. Savory Italian, meet Southern comfort. Yum.
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Mode Kitchen + Bar

Sydney, NSW, Australia
Located in the new Four Seasons Sydney, Mode Kitchen + Bar opened last July. Serving up modern Australian cuisine, Italian-born chef Francesco Mannelli heads the dining hotspot.
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Claro

Brooklyn, New York
Head to Gowanus if you’re up for a hearty meal of Oaxacan fare chased down with mezcal. The product of a couple of former Union Square Café chefs, Brooklyn’s Claro opened last summer and manages to stand out in a city with no shortage of Mexican restaurants.
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By CHLOE

London, United Kingdom
The too-cool-for-school vegan restaurant that took NYC by storm just opened a new location over the pond in London’s Covent Garden. You’ll find plant-based versions of London favorites and a neon sign that says “Guac Save the Queen” sure to make its way onto your Instagram feed at any moment.
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189 by Dominique Ansel

Los Angeles, California
The stunning contemporary white, grey and gold space at 189 by Dominique Ansel opened in November last year. The nightly dinner menu features golden ticket items like 7-hour slow roasted lamb alongside pull-apart sweet corn milk bread.
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Pleat

Stockholm, Sweden
The powerhouse team at Hennes & Mauritz (also known as H&M) is expanding its empire beyond clothing to open the juice bar of our dreams in Stockholm. Serving up rainbow veggie platters alongside Scandinavian favorites like cardamom buns and espresso, Pleat is the ultimate spot to get your fika on.
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Calissa

Water Mill, New York
The Hamptons get a taste of Mykonos at this beachy Mediterranean spot. Open year round for private events and seasonally for smaller parties, Calissa is a fresh spot for seafood and group gatherings during your seaside getaway.
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MTN Venice

Venice, California
Travis Lett, the creator behind Venice favorites Gjelina + Gjusta just gave Abott Kinney residents a new neighbor. MTN, an izakaya concept, features innovative takes on traditional Japanese cuisine in a minimal, unmarked dining space. Get the kombu shiitake ramen and split a bottle of wine with your friends for a high-flavor night out.
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Barvale

San Francisco, California
Designed to be a “transitional space that transports and delights” by creator Adriano Paganini, you might as well pack your bags for a trip to Barcelona at NoPa’s newest tapas bar. Communal tables, shareable bites and a “spirit of togetherness” make this the spot to gather with your adventure-loving besties for a late-night flavor sojourn.
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The Rosy Oyster

Beverly Hills, California
A recent addition to the iconic Roosevelt Hotel, The Rosy Oyster is attracting rosé and oyster fans from all over Los Angeles. A 35-seater café that makes use of indoors and out, this 1970’s Hollywood glam inspired café is breezy, nostalgic and full of swoon-worthy design.
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Neobio

Shanghai, China
Inspired by hot air balloons and children’s fantasies, Neobio Shanghai is leading the trend in family-friendly, design-forward spaces. Let your inner child (or actual child) explore as you dine in dreamland.
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Rossoblu

Los Angeles, California
DTLA’s City Market South got a new Italian fare gem last year with the opening of chef Steve Samson’s Rossoblu. The farmer’s market indoor/outdoor eatery combines locavore ingredients with Bologna cooking traditions.
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Native Kitchen & Bar

Austin, Texas
Located inside Native hostel, Native Kitchen & Bar opened in 2017 and is quite the party hub. Regarding the menu, think burgers, tacos and fried chicken. Regarding the space, think big on design and bigger on booze.
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13 Coins

Seattle, Washington
Open as of February 10th at 6a.m. on the dot, 13 Coins is opening in it's new home in Pioneer Square as the 24/7 spot that Seattle knows and loves. Vintage charm runs throughout and guests will love Monday’s buttermilk-fried chicken and fried ice cream, to name a few.
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Brigitte

New York, New York
A small hideaway on Canal Street in the Lower East Side that opened late last year, Brigitte offers diners a peek into French-Brazilian cuisine while also inducing a bit of tropical wanderlust. The space is feminine, casual and warm while the food is rich and flavorsome.
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Anina

San Francisco, California
Island libations and tropical interiors abound at this breezy Hayes Valley hotspot. Bringing levity to the San Francisco bar scene, Anina is the place to share a punch bowl with friends (may we suggest the “young cuban”?) and dream about warm island breezes while hanging out on the patio.
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Night + Market Sahm

Venice, California
After two crazy successful locations and the release of an award-winning cookbook, the third outpost of Thai-favorite Night + Market has arrived in Venice (fun fact- “sahm” means three in Thai). Chef Kris Yenbamroong, who Gwyneth Paltrow calls her “noodle bae,” brings the same hot pink walls and vinyl floral-print tablecloths to the new location, where he says he is serving “Cocaine Thai.” Okay then.
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Simon & The Whale

New York, New York
Gabriel Stulman, the NYC restaurateur behind favorites like Fedora and Bar Sardine, brings new restaurant Simon & the Whale to Gramercy’s Freehand Hotel. It’s a great spot for groups of any size, including a super cool private dining room, and caters to both travelers and neighborhood regulars.
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Broken Shaker

Los Angeles, California
DTLA’s Broken Shaker rolled onto the scene at Freehand Hotel in September and locals instantly paid attention. Known for incredible cocktails and a simultaneously pumped-up and down-home atmosphere, this spot is so hot right now. The rooftop pool will definitely prove useful come summatime.
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Zia Lucia

London, United Kingdom
With 4 kinds of slow fermented crust, ovens playfully named Dante and Wally and a range of elevated toppings, Zia Lucia is the hottest thing to happen to pizza in West London. Go with friends, share a few pies and let the good times (and wine) flow.
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Holy Roller

Austin, Texas
An all-female dream team sets the scene at this punk-rock all-day diner in Austin. Holy Roller does brunch at all hours on West 6th Street, serving up everything from biscuits and pimiento to brisket and fried chicken.
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Kismet

Los Angeles, California
Farm-forward food served family style is the name of the game at Hollywood Boulevard’s Kismet. The super-chill spot in Los Feliz opened in early 2017 and is the gift that just keeps giving.
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RT Rotisserie

San Francisco, California
The team behind Rich Table brought a quick-fast dining experience to Hayes Valley in 2017 featuring rotisserie chicken and roasted cauliflower. This isn’t your every chicken though, as these guys undergo a three-day process of brining and drying before arriving at your table.
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Mirabelle

Washington, D.C.
French-American restaurant Mirabelle in DC opened its doors last spring with former White House chef Frank Ruta running the culinary powerhouse. Expect to hobnob with local politicians and lobbyists, as Mirabelle is just a block from the White House.
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Osteria llaria

Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Beautiful, modern Italian food has a new home in Melbourne. From the team behind Tipo 00's, Osteria Ilaria showcases seafood-focused fare and an extensive wine list in sleek, uncomplicated interiors.
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Kisume

Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Opened by restaurateur Chris Lucas and helmed by star executive chefs K. S. Moon and Shaun Presland, Kisume is situated in the heart of Flinders Lane with three floors of dining experiences. The sushi bar and restaurant take over the ground floor and basement, while kuro kisumé sits discreetly on the first level. Kuro kisumé, is a true group dining bespoke experience focused on the mastery of omakase with two elegant private dining rooms, a chablis bar and winewall.  
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Virtuous Pie

Toronto, Canada
Toronto’s plant-based diet fanatics have a whole lot to be excited about this summer with the launching of Virtuous Pie's third location. For the savory seekers, pizza pies made exclusively of plant-based ingredients are a hit, while the same ingredient requirement goes for sweet ice creams.
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Emily West Village

New York, New York
Pizza Loves Emily in Brooklyn became a quick cult favorite operating out of Clinton Hill and now has roots in the West Village too. The new location opened last summer with one of the city’s oldest pizza ovens, dishing up delicious pies on unfussy baking sheets.
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Tartine Manufactory

Los Angeles, California
Bread lovers assemble - Tartine Manufactory is here to satisfy your deepest carb longings. Stemming from Tartine Bakery’s original outpost in the Mission, Manufactory combines the finest in artisan bread baking with wine, ice cream and all day bites. Pair this with light and bright warehouse feels and you’re going to want to grab your pals and post up here for a while.

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4 Charles Prime Rib

New York, New York
Widely touted to have Manhattan’s best burger, 4 Charles in the West Village looks less like a burger joint and more like an underground speakeasy. It’s cave-like, nearly impossible to get into and stays open real late. It’s basically everything a particular set of New Yorkers buzz about.
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The Kennison

Chicago, Illinois
Opened in Hotel Lincoln last summer, The Kennison does contemporary comfort food and does it well. Located in Chicago’s Lincoln Park, the space is modern, cool and totally casual.
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Del Mar

Washington, D.C.
Opened last fall in DC’s District Wharf, Del Mar delivers a raw bar and seafood towers in a space that’s more modern Mediterranean than any other in town. Fabio and Maria Trabocchi's Spanish seafood restaurant sets a high bar and has created a destination restaurant in the process.
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La Centrale

Miami, Florida
Set to open this winter, Miami’s La Centrale food hall is ready to fulfill your wildest Italian food fantasies. A market featuring fresh pasta and breads, multiple restaurants, gelato in every shade of the rainbow and a prosecco bar are just a few of the highlights in this food hall concept.
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Tu Restaurant

Charleston, South Carolina
Tu is quirky, eclectic, and unlike anything that Charleston has ever seen. A semi-hidden entrance leads you into a bright and modern dining room juxtaposed by an intimate private dining room with historic Charleston home vibes. Perfect for groups, the menu takes nods from varying influences around the globe and is designed for sharing.
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Papilles

Paris, France
French refinement and homemade waffles with salted butter caramel await you at the newly-opened Papilles. Snuggled in Paris’ Rochechouart neighborhood, this is the spot for a cozy cup, divine baked goods and your favorite classic novel.
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Union Square Café

New York, New York
Danny Meyer’s Union Square Café has had a cult following since 1985 and after being closed for almost a year, the restaurant reopened a few blocks away in early 2017. Fortunately, the legacy continues to impress, this time in a roomier setting designed by famed David Rockwell with lots of space for groups, including two bars, a cocktail lounge, a semi-private dining room and another even-more-private room.
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Golden Eagle

Atlanta, Georgia
Dim the lights and queue the glam vintage vibes of yesteryear. Sharing a wall with sibling restaurant Muchacho (see above), Golden Eagle brings a much different oasis to the Atlanta Beltline. Described by owner Michael Lennox as “a workingman’s tavern in the spirit of mid-century lobby bars and American Legion halls.” With a menu focused on classic retro bites and specialty cocktails, this stunner is a must visit.
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Galvin

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The latest project by Michelin-starred chefs Chris and Jeff Galvin has quickly become one of the most sought after social spots in Dubai. The menu captures the true essence of Dubai’s Mediterranean landscape with a nod to their renowned French fare. This vibrant lounge is the epitome of laid-back luxury.
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True Laurel

San Francisco, California
True Laurel, a cocktail bar spinoff from Lazy Bear’s chef David Barzelay and bar director Nicolas Torres, is embracing millennial pink and bringing mid-century modern vibes to the Mission district of San Francisco. Seasonal produce and fresh ingredients are the stars of the drink menu, aligning to create standouts like the “Bae Breez” a pineapple, gin and bay laurel libation.
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The Gray Canary

Memphis, Tennessee
The Gray Canary is located in The Old Dominick Distillery in the South Main Arts District of Downtown Memphis. You will find stark decor in a renovated warehouse, along with seasoned chefs Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman who are serving up a diverse menu with South American asado cooking that tastes as familiar as a back yard barbecue. Gather your group and start your experience with the raw bar and slowly work your way on to the exciting small plate menu from the wood fire kitchen. 
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Tsubaki

Los Angeles, California
Echo Park’s Tsubaki brings traditional izakaya dining to the east side of LA. What does that mean exactly? It’s Japanese food done really, really well in an atmosphere that’ll have you throwing back saké and beers faster than you can pronounce the name.

Dialogue

Los Angeles, California
Dialogue opened to some serious fanfare back in August and continues to hold the attention of the culinary set of LA. A project by chef Dave Beran, the 18-seat Santa Monica restaurant serves a 22-course tasting menu that’s designed to spark conversation.
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31 Below

London, United Kingdom
Marylebone has introduced a friendly new face to the neighborhood – 31 Below. This cafe by day, bar by night focuses on Mediterranean inspired cuisine with an emphasis on one of a kind cocktails. Need another reason to visit? The indoor garden is sure to not disappoint.
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Sushi Katsuei

New York, New York
Park Slope favorite Sushi Katsuei hopped the pond last spring to open its second location in the West Village. The casual, light wood filled interior lends a pretty backdrop to a menu where omakase is the main feature.
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Mh zH

Los Angeles, California
Silver Lake’s sidewalk dining spot Mh zH opened in 2017 and has no shortage of local fans. These guys are serving up modern Israeli food in a setting that’s hyperlocal and always jam-packed.
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The Grill

New York, New York
Located in the Four Seasons at the Seagram Building, 2017’s The Grill is a nod to old school New York glamour. The concept is mid-century chophouse and the dining is about as fine as dining in NYC gets.
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The Venue

Los Angeles, California
Secret’s out – meet the new hidden party dining scene in Koreantown, THE Venue. A place where karaoke dreams come to meet culinary + cocktail mastery. But first you have to find it… The only way to enter is through a private stairwell right off of Wilshire Boulevard.
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Clever Rabbit

Chicago, Illinois
Located in Chicago’s Hyde Park, Clever Rabbit opened last spring and is a big hit with the nutrition-conscious crowd. The veg-forward menu offers a bit for meat loving diners too, but it’s easy to keep your plate mostly filled with plant foods at this hotspot.
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ABCV

New York, New York
The latest restaurant to hit luxury homewares retail spot ABC Carpet & Home, ABCV offers vegetarians something fresh and innovative to talk about. The Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant touts “high vibration” foods and focuses on highlighting ayurvedic medicine principles throughout the menu. And guess what? It’s pretty darn delicious too.
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Whiskey Dry

Louisville, Kentucky
Whiskey, whiskey, whiskey, cheeseburger. Repeat. Chef Edward Lee, who you may recognize from Mind of a Chef, is opening a new spot in Louisville and the focal point is, you guessed it, Whiskey. Offering over 200 types of Whiskey and a seasonally-inspired rotating cheeseburger menu, Whiskey Dry will also serve as a training place for Let’s Empower Employment, chef Lee’s initiative created with the goal of bringing more diversity and equality to the restaurant industry.
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Mama Lion learn more

Mama Lion is Koreatown’s most glamorous supper club yet. Opened in May last year, this LA haunt offers a chic, loungey space with Korean inspired food that’s interesting, experimental and fun to eat.
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Prosecco House

London, United Kingdom
In what is said to be Londons first Prosecco bar, Prosecco House is serving specialised wine where people can buy, sample and learn about DOCG Prosecco at the luxury bar. To make the experience even more unique, it is set on the south bank of the River Thames at One Tower Bridge. You will find small bites and tasting menus that one would normally discover in fine hotels making this the perfect spot for meetings and gatherings. For reservations of 10 or more, the venue offers a bespoke group dining menu designed as finger foods. With a love for Veneto region, Prosseco House is offering the classical aperitivo culture in London. 
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La Rambla

Hong Kong
Situated at IFC mall, the newly opened La Rambla by Catalunya is delivering a menu of traditional tapas and mains alongside modern interpretations of Spanish dishes in a sleek setting. Described as Malibu meets Barcelona meets Soho House by co-founder Kevin Poon, guest also have soaring views of Hong Kong’s iconic harbour as the venue backdrop. Chef Ferran Tadeo has crafted a menu divided into three broad sections – tapas, meat and fresh seafood dishes alongside a range of paellas. Guests can also book group dining reservations and events.
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The Mayfair learn more

This inventive and unexpected menu calls Melbourne home in a space reminiscent of a fine dining restuarant of a bygone era. Frosted lamps, a charming dining room and plenty of brass and marble touches fill the space that happily accommodates parties of 12+. What to order: Molasses chicken, pumpkin, soured cream, pepita with a glass of bubbly.
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Tokyo Record Bar

New York, New York
There is a secret bar below Air’s Champagne Parlor in Greenwich Village where you’ll find a NYC version of the Tokyo record bar experience. And an experience, it sure is. Diners each choose a song that will contribute to the nightly playlist while indulging in a seven-course tasting menu. If you want to show out-of-towners a good time, this is your spot.
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Ondine

Wailea, Hawaii
Set to open it's doors in Fall of 2018 Ondine Wailea is already receiving quite a bit of buzz. Chefs Anthony Rush and Chris Kajioka’s were recently recognized by the James Beard Awards for Senia, and are now preparing for their next big hit with Ondine. Expect traditional Hawaiian dishes served alongside both beach and garden settings. Word is that you will also be able to plan a group dining experience at the private counter in the kitchen that will seat up to 20 diners. 
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Sari Sari Store

Los Angeles, California
James Beard nominated chef Margarita Manzke opened Sari Sari Store last year and it’s been a huge hit. Savory rice bowls and Pinoy BBQ are just a couple of highlights at the intimate Filipino outpost in DTLA’s Grand Central Market.
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Hudson Yards Food Hall

New York, New York
Hudson Yards Food Hall is slated to open sometime in late 2018 and it sounds like it will be worth the wait. With eight Michelin stars (!) between the three chefs behind the concept, including brothers Ferran and Albert Adrià and Jose Andres, the 35,000 square foot food hall will be home to over 100 shops and restaurants (rumor has it David Chang and Thomas Keller have already signed on) plus 4,000 residences and 14 acres of public space. Oh, and a luxury hotel too.
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El Jardin

San Diego, California
El Jardin is an 8,000+ square foot restaurant coming to San Diego’s Liberty Station this Spring. Complete with a huge outdoor patio that seats over 100, the restaurant will bring to life chef Claudette Zepeda-Wilkins’ take on regional Mexican food traditions through produce grown in an onsite garden and imported seasonal Mexican ingredients.
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1-800-Get-Lucky

Miami, Florida
Miami got lucky, literally, with the launch of this new Asian food hall slash marketplace. There are food vendors serving up all types of delicious Asian cuisine, a convenience store, karaoke bar, retro record store and a theatre designed for private events.
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Cosme

Los Angeles, California
With a James Beard Award, title on the World’s Best Restaurant List, and a visit from then-president Obama, it’s safe to say that LA is excited to get the second location of NYC’s Cosme. Details are still under wraps, but we’re told we can expect Cosme to open in LA sometime in late 2018.
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Amara at Paraiso

Miami, Florida
James Beard award winning chef, Michael Schwartz is bringing the same food he is known for to Miami with a Latin touch. The stunning waterfront space (decked out in oceanic tones, no less) is one of the newest must-try destinations in Miami. What to order: Short rib empanadas and a punch bowl to share.
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Georgia James

Houston, Texas
Chef Chris Shepherd’s acclaimed Underbelly is getting reimagined into Georgia James, an industrial style steakhouse. This anticipated spot is said to open mid-to-late 2018 as an interpretation of modern Houston living. Stay hungry, this is one spot sure to be worth the wait.
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Coque

Madrid, Spain
The brothers behind Restaurante Coque moved their Michelin-starred 17-year-old restaurant from Humanos de Madrid (18 miles outside the city) to central Madrid and opened the new space in November last year. The tasting menus take guests on a serious culinary adventure through various regions of the Mediterranean while the space wows with its impressive presentation.
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COTE

New York, New York
American Wagyu is the star of the show at NYC’s first Korean Steakhouse, COTE. Opened last summer, this interactive dining experience brings Korean BBQ to a whole new level, and there’s a 600-label wine list to boot.
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Magnolia Table

Waco, Texas
Attention, Fixer Upper fans: Chip and Joanna are blessing us all with a restaurant! After purchasing the historic restaurant, Elite Cafe upon its closure, they decided to restore and reimagine the space into Magnolia Table complete with homemade biscuits and crafted jams and butters. Stay tuned...
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Argile

Tokyo, Japan
Argile, meaning earth and mud in French, is bringing the tastes of France to Tokyo by way of Teruki Murashima. Find textured clay walls, exposed wood and a dark atmosphere to set the mood for this adventure with a simple menu and affordable price point.
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Lasa learn more

What started out as a dinner party pop-up series with two brothers running the show has now grown into its own full-fledged restaurant at former incubator space Unit 120. Lasa slings Filipino inspired food in a comfortable Chinatown setting.
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Una Pizza Napoletana

New York, New York
Operating out of a garage in SoMa, Una Pizza Napoletana became a fast favorite of San Francisco’s discerning food crowd. Alas, the pizzeria has officially packed up shop and headed to NYC, where it’ll reopen this spring on Orchard near Stanton.
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Legacy Records

New York, New York
Scheduled to open in February, Legacy Records spins vibrant designs (from interior designer Ken Fulk) with Northern Italian food (from chef Ryan Hardy) to create an “only in NY” experience. There’s a test kitchen, a drawing room and plenty of space to throw down an amazing party.
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Alain Ducasse at Morpheus

Macau
Set to open this spring, Alain Ducasse at Morpheus will serve French contemporary haute cuisine and the signature dishes that Ducasse is known for (and are served in his Parisian restaurants). With over 20 restaurants under his name, the Morpheus location is sure to impress.
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Simone Arts District

Los Angeles, California
Jessica Largely’s newest project, Simone, is set to open this year and with a lot of buzz. Boasting a stacked team of talent including Largely herself (a James Beard winning chef), this anticipated spot has chosen to air on the side of casual to provide an array of dining experience opportunities.
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Chez Ma Tante

Brooklyn, New York
With unassuming white walls, wood tables and a wood bar, Brooklyn’s Chez Ma Tante feels like any other neighborhood spot until you take your first bite. Opened in Greenpoint last year, this small eatery lights up all the flavor radars from experimental offals to fantastic, brothy roasts.
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The Lighthouse at Four Seasons Seychelles

Seychelles
Part of the Four Seasons Hotel Seychelles Desroches, The Lighthouse is a grill and raw bar in, you guessed it, a lighthouse. Just steps from the beach, you’ll probably be visiting as a hotel guest (it is a private island, after all) upon opening in early 2018.
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On The Dak

London, United Kingdom
Recently opened On The Dak (dak means chicken in Korean) is restaurateur Linda Lee’s newest endeavor with a menu filled with Korean fried chicken, chicken noodles and chicken soup in a fast casual setting.
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Roy Choi Restaurant at Park MGM

Las Vegas, Nevada
The transformation of Las Vegas’ Monte Carlo into the Park MGM will bring with it the launch of a Koreatown-inspired restaurant concept by chef Roy Choi. From chef Choi, “we are building this place to celebrate the fans and families that have supported us, and to welcome new friends around the world to the culture, personalities, and amazing food experiences born on the streets of L.A.”
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Bullard

Portland, Oregon
What we know about the new Portland restaurant at The Woodlark is that it’ll be a 70-seater collaboration of Top Chef veteran Doug Adams and restaurant maven Jen Quist (Multnomah Whiskey Library, Riffle NW). What we don’t know is an opening date, but we’re pulling for the rumors of summer 2018 to be true.
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