Best New Restaurants in America

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Conejo
> Location: Richmond, Virginia

A Mexican kitchen that boasts house-milled heirloom corn tortillas, Conejo carries the tradition of food as a celebration. Share small plates of tacos, ceviche, sopes, costras, and other street-food snacks while exploring the abundance of tequila and mezcal cocktails, sangrias, and Mexican beers.

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Yangban Society
> Location: Los Angeles, California

This Arts District Korean-American restaurant defies categorization, with Jewish-deli influences, an attached mini-mart, and elements of seasonal, high-end dining gracing the shared plates. Try the matzo ball soup with sujebi dumplings, biscuits with kare (Korean curry) gravy, fried tofu in fermented black bean mole, and the roasted abalone congee pot pie.

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Hav & Mar
> Location: New York City, New York

Chef Marcus Samuelsson of the Red Rooster in Harlem has drawn on his Swedish and Ethiopian roots to name his new restaurant-museum “hav” (Swedish for ocean) and “mar” (Amharic for honey). Ethiopian elements carry the menu, which also highlights the diversity of the African diaspora. The dining room is a temple to Black joy, with artworks by Derrick Adams, and the wine list prominently features Black vintners.

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Sawa
> Location: Los Angeles, California

Nearly hidden in a basement under Little Tokyo, this exclusive omakase bar seats up to eight and serves a 17-course Edomae-style sushi menu with an optional but highly recommended cocktail pairing featuring Japanese liquors. With little social media or marketing, this intimate venue has managed to gather an eager clientele through word of mouth.

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Petty Cash
> Location: Detroit, Michigan

This New American restaurant in Green Acres celebrates Southern Black culinary traditions with a Mediterranean flair in upscale-casual digs. The aromatic, refreshing cocktails cleanse the palate well between courses of spicy peri peri wings, curried carrots with honey citrus yogurt and pistachios, and lamb ribs smothered in pomegranate molasses barbecue sauce and served over mint cilantro yogurt.

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