Best New Restaurants in America

Source: Courtesy of Gigi's Italian Kitchen & Restaurant

Gigi’s Italian Kitchen & Restaurant
> Location: Atlanta, Georgia

What started as a pop-up in Candler Park built such an enthusiastic following that Gigi’s now boasts its own home base, complete with the red-checkered tablecloths that bring to mind an old-school Italian red sauce joint. The tightly curated rotating menu offers favorites like carpaccio, steak al limone, fried polenta with caviar, and a single pasta of the day, while also declaring, “No reservations, no lasagna.”

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Nami Kaze
> Location: Honolulu, Hawaii

Nami Kaze’s daily brunch, which includes honey walnut shrimp and waffles, chawanmushi (egg custard) omelets, and tofu toast benedict, is enough to make this Honolulu restaurant a bustling destination. However, the evening izakaya menu wows with its inventive farmer-focused vegetable plates, fresh seafood. and sushi.

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> Location: New Orleans, Louisiana

This woman-owned, casual izakaya bar – whose name references the leaders of Tokyo’s girl gangs of the ’70s – brings temaki rolls, local seafood dishes, and a plethora of Japanese beers, sake, whiskeys, as well as natural wines to New Orleans. King salmon, bluefin tuna toro, and even shiitake mushrooms star in the special rolls, with add-ons like avocado, caviar, and uni.

Source: Courtesy of Ancora San Francisco

> Location: San Francisco, California

Serving sustainable seafood with simple European elegance, this Mission District fine dining restaurant offers both à la carte and prix fixe menus featuring fresh local fish. Ancora’s partnership with sustainable fishing company Water2Table allows chef Nick Anichini to serve fish caught the same day. Some menu standouts include plankton tagliolini with white sturgeon caviar, roasted halibut with porcini and chermoula, and spot prawns with sea urchin butter.

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> Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Sedalia’s Oysters and Seafood offers a daily selection of fresh East Coast oysters along with a rotating menu of crudos and conservas. Try the smoked oysters with beurre blanc, yellowtail conserva with pumpernickel and romesco, or caviar with chicken liver mousse – and do take advantage of the array of fine Old World wines and light, sparkling cocktails.

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