Now that we’ve comfortably settled into the slow, sweltering, and sodden New Orleans summer, Eater turns its attention to the newest openings in New Orleans. This is a round up of every new bar and restaurant that’s opened since the start of the year. For a look at fall 2016 openings, click right here. Is one missing? Just send a tip to Eater NOLA.
St. Roch -- Empanola, a food stall in the St. Roch Market (2381 St Claude Ave, New Orleans), opened on July 3 with empanadas ranging from the expected (ham and cheese) to fillings that reflect New Orleans (gumbo, crawfish étouffée, and spinach and artichoke).
CBD — Public Service Restaurant, in the NOPSI Hotel (317 Baronne St, New Orleans), opened on July 6. Located in the “Gold Building” next to the hotel, a vintage two-story glass façade marks the entrance to the new restaurant on Baronne Street. Opening menu items include grouper crudo (grouper, citrus zest, toasted coriander, shallot, arugula, grapefruit); black bean hummus (roasted peppers, cilantro gremolata, sea salt crackers); Basque-style flatbread (white anchovies, roasted garlic, tarragon, manchego cheese, fried egg); braised pork belly (pickled jalapeno, chimichurri, cojita cheese, yuca mash).
LAKEVIEW — Rizzuto's Ristorante and Chop House (6262 Fleur de Lis Dr., Lakeview) opened in the former home of Tony Angello’s Ristorante, considered by many to be a New Orleans institution, on June 30. Not an easy transition to move into that sacred space, a few menu items from the Tony Angello’s menu remain as the restaurant is carving out its own space and its own menu with Chef
ALGIERS — Tavolino, a pizza spot and a lounge, opened in Algiers at the end of June. It’s across from the ferry landing. The specialty is the ping, a mix of ground pork and beef, garlic, parmesan, and egg stuffed into green Castelvetrano and fried until its crispy.
OLD METAIRIE — Old Metairie traded French for Brazilian food when the new Brasa Churrasceria opened in the spot that previously housed Château du Lac. Chef and restaurateur Edgar Caro is behind this project, as well as Baru Tapas and Bistro and Basin Seafood and Spirits. Both of his other restaurants are on Magazine Street in New Orleans.
BUCKTOWN — Smokehouse Grill opened at the end of May with a menu of barbecue and classic New Orleans dishes.
CBD — Liberty’s Kitchen, the sleek little lunch spot that doubles as a youth development center, has opened another location in Freeport McMoRan building (1615 Poydras St) in the CBD. The new location is actually a cafeteria serving breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday on the third floor of the building. In addition to traditional cafeteria-style service, the cafeteria will have some grab-and-go options for those who prefer to eat at the desk and forego human interaction.
CBD — Blake’s on Poydras opened its doors on May 5 in the long-time home of the now-shuttered Horinoya at 920 Poydras Street in the CBD.
UPTOWN -- Nothing Bundt Cakes (4839 Prytania St, New Orleans) opened on Prytania across from Zara’s Little Giant Supermarket. This is the third spot in the New Orleans area for the national bakery chain specializing in frosted bundt cakes.
UPTOWN -- The second location of Mid City Pizza (6307 S. Miro St., New Orleans) opened May 1 under the name MCP Uptown to avoid the obvious confusion that would come if the name stayed the same. University students finally have that very serious pizza void filled.
MANDEVILLE — Due North by Legacy Kitchen (2891 Hwy. 190, Mandeville) opened to the tune of disco brunches, music and martini nights, and lemon icebox pie. The new “polished casual” restaurant takes the place of N’Tini’s steak and martini restaurant, which closed in February of this year.
CENTRAL CITY — Portside Lounge (3000 Dryades St., New Orleans), the Caribbean drink and tiki bar, stormed into Central City at the beginning of the month. The new bar is located in the space formerly occupied by the Black Label Ice House.
GERT TOWN — Legendary eatery Dunbar’s Creole Cuisine — which has been closed since after Hurricane Katrina hit — has reopened in a new spot: 7834 Earhart Blvd.
TREME — Fatima’s Cozy Corner took over an embattled spot in Treme: 1532 Ursulines Ave. Before this incarnation, it was Joe’s Cozy Corner — until namesake Joseph “Papa Joe” Glasper shot and killed a man. Fatima’s is serving Turkish classics like savory pies and quiches, plus stuffed grape leaves and hummus dishes.
CBD — The Daily Beet, from the owner/operator of JuiceNOLA has opened in the CBD, at 1000 Girod St. The purveyors of health food offer a menu full of salads, bowls, smoothies and — perhaps most importantly — avocado toast.
MID-CITY -- Ikura Hibachi and Sushi has opened in the spot formerly operating at Little Tokyo: 310 N. Carrollton. Ikura decided to keep the sushi and round out the menu with the addition of more Asian dishes, plus hibachi.
UPTOWN -- A second location of Pulp & Grind opened up at 5720 Magazine St., slinging the brand’s beloved cold-pressed juices, coffee, and pastries.
MID-CITY — Church Alley moved from its Central City spot to one in Mid-City: 4201 Canal St. Same deal as the previous locale — coffee, small eats, The Good Shop within.
EAST CARROLLTON — DTB, a “Cajun coastal kitchen,” from Chef Carl Schaubhut has opened at 8201 Oak St. The menu is a modern remix on Cajun eats, with major respect to its roots and traditions.
BYWATER — Authentic German food made its way to the Bywater with the opening of Bratz Y’all at 617 Piety St. It was opened by chef Sven Vorkauf, a real, live German.
FRERET — The Freret Street corridor got a fresh juice option with the opening of Sprout and Press Cafe, at 4523 Freret St. In addition to pressed juices (as the name suggests) the food options are plentiful, including sushi donuts and spring rolls, plus savory pastries and dumplings made by Dong Phuong bakery.
CBD -- NOSH (752 Tchoupitoulas St.), the newest restaurant/lounge from Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts, is now open in the Warehouse District. NOSH stands for New Orleans Social House, a concept that comes to life through nightly musical performances, communal tables, and a menu built around the idea of sharing.
FRENCH QUARTER -- Saint Cecilia (91 French Market Place, New Orleans), the newest offering from the owners of Saint Lawrence, opened across from the French Market. The spot was named for the the patron saint of musicians and “proprietors have pledged $1 from each daiquiri sold here and a portion of overall proceeds to the Roots of Music, the marching band and youth development program.”
FRENCH QUARTER -- The highly anticipated and much celebrated Champagne bar, Effervescence, popped open on Rampart Street. In addition to the obvious bubbles on the menu, the spot is also serving caviar, crudites, cheeses, cold seafood platters (raw oysters, crab claws, crudo), and fries with aioli.
BROADMOOR -- Green Tea opened its doors at 3001 Napoleon Ave., at the corner of Claiborne, over Mardi Gras. The development is being praised for its contribution to the revitalization of that community. The restaurant serves Chinese food.
LOWER GARDEN DISTRICT -- Lula Restaurant and Distillery, the first restaurant in New Orleans of its kind, is open at 1532 St. Charles Ave. The 10,000-square-foot destination will be used to produce gluten-free vodka, gin, and rum from Louisiana sugarcane. The menu features riffs on boudin egg rolls, braised rabbit and white beans, Lula rum-lacquered Gulf shrimp, and seafood boils.
GARDEN DISTRICT -- Poke Loa is now bringing the Hawaiian poke craze to New Orleans at 3341 Magazine St.. The fast-casual restaurant resides in the spot formerly occupied by Jamba Juice.
ST. CLAUDE -- Spotted Cat Food and Spirits threw open its doors during Mardi Gras in the New Orleans Healing Center, in the former Fatoush Mediterranean Grill space. Diners can expect live music, a bar and all-day breakfast.
MID-CITY -- Pint-sized bakery and coffee shop, The Station, is now open at 4400 Bienville St. Located inside a long-shuttered filling station from the 1930s.
UPTOWN — A new Halal Guys location threw open its doors at 5001 Freret St. Like its counterpart in the CBD, the New York-based street food sensation’s latest outpost serves up platters and gyro-style pita wraps filled with a choice of chicken, gyro meat, or falafel and drizzled in white sauce.
QUARTER— Tahyo Tavern, a new pub for dogs and dog lovers is open at 1140 Decatur St in the Quarter from stars Mariah Harmony and Tania Torres of Animal Planet’s reality show Pitbulls and Parolees. A menu includes pub grub and vegetarian fare. A full bar even rocks a nonalcoholic beer for dogs (and a dog snack menu is to come), with proceeds helping to support the owners’ Villalobos Rescue Center in the Ninth Ward.
MID CITY — A casual new eatery Jerusalem Cafe is open at 2132 Tulane Avenue (next door to Anita’s Diner). Jerusalem native/first time restaurateur Ali Hinawi brings Middle Eastern and Mediterranean eats to the bustling medical corridoor with a menu that includes all the hits and then some—hummus, baba ghanoush, stuffed grape leaves, falafel platters, lamb kebabs, Lebanese tea and Turkish coffee—but no booze.
GARDEN DISTRICT — Gracious Bakery recently expanded to a third location at 2854 St. Charles Ave. (formerly home to The Grocery). The cafe serves breads and pastries as well as sandwiches and salads for lunch. Patrons can also purchase wine and beer to-go from the shop.
UPTOWN — Breakfast and brunch mini chain Ruby Slipper Cafe debuted at 2802 Magazine St. on February 1. The restaurant features the company’s signature all-day breakfast menu with dishes like the Gulf shrimp and cheddar cheese Louisianan omelet, migas, and brioche French toast. Diners can also expect that boozy brunch cocktails.
BYWATER — Baker/owner Chaya Conrad’s new shop kicked off king cake season with a bang in January. Bywater Bakery at 3524 Dauphine Street currently offers eight exceptional flavors of the favorite seasonal treat. The menu will eventually feature breakfast and lunch options catered towards takeout such as to-go shrimp and grits, mason jar salads, sandwiches, pastries, and Coast Roast coffee.
WAREHOUSE DISTRICT — Member of the MoPho family, Maypop, is open at 611 O’Keefe Ave. offering a refined menu of Southeast Asian-inspired Creole flavors and a formidable bar menu. Chef Micheal Gulotta serves up dishes like fermented pork belly, wok-fried beef brisket, and even a whole roasted pumpkin in an unpretentious, inventive space.
CBD — Open on the roof of the Troubadour at 1111 Gravier St., the food truck-inspired Monkey Board offers patrons shareable birthday cakes, cold drinks, and street food-esque apps like a lobster hotdog and chilaquiles in salsa verde courtesy of chefs Phillip Lopez and Ben McCauley, along with cocktail aficionado T. Cole Newton.
CENTRAL CITY — The doors to Aaron Burgau’s sprawling, meaty metropolis— Central City BBQ— are now open at 1201 South Rampart St. The classic menu boasts burnt ends, smoked brisket, and ribs with tasty sides like spoonbread and house-made pickles. UPDATE: This listing has been updated. Pitmaster Rob Bechtold is no longer with the restaurant.
MID CITY — Marjie’s Grill at 320 South Broad Ave. is now open for business, marrying the vibes of bahn mi with meat-and-three. Herbsaint expats Caitlin Carney and Marcus Jacobs serve house specialties like slow-grilled pork, fried catfish, and wok-fried shrimp in their laid-back, endearing roadside joint complete with a full bar and happy hour.