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The Hottest New Restaurants in New Orleans, January 2022

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White anchovies with lime and chile from Le Chat Noir
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Every month, Eater tries to answer the oft-repeated question: Where should I eat right now? New Orleans’s steady stream of restaurant openings, even throughout the pandemic, can make it difficult to keep track of what’s new, what’s cool, and what New Orleans’s top local chefs are cooking. To help, Eater’s heatmap tracks the city’s most exciting new restaurants, all of which are worth a try. The below restaurants are open as of publication time, but be sure to call or check a restaurant’s social media pages before paying them a visit, as circumstances, especially when it comes to staffing, are changing daily.

Here are 17 of the best new restaurants to check out in New Orleans this month, arranged geographically as always. And remember, New Orleans has a mandate requiring proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test to dine indoors, so arrive prepared.

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Yakuza House

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1325 Veterans Memorial Blvd STE A
Metairie, LA 70005
(504) 345-2031
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Yakuza House opened in Metairie in Spring 2021, specializing in sandos, hand rolls, and donburi bowls in a tiny building on Vets Boulevard, a space that feels perfect for the intimate nature of the food. Hand rolls are made fresh at the six-seat sushi bar and delivered to customers immediately, along with nigiri and crudo, and on the non-raw side, Japanese sandos with fried chicken cutlet or egg salad and donburi rice bowls. Dishes and proteins rotate, as chef Huy Pham wants to keep the small menu fresh for customers.

2. Bar Brine

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3200 Burgundy St
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 218-5651
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Bar Brine is the weekend only, “sister” restaurant to Sneaky Pickle — a longtime vegetarian-friendly favorite that relocated in Fall 2021 to the corner of Louisa and Burgundy Streets. While both concepts share the same space, Bar Brine is meant to be distinct from the lunch-only Sneaky Pickle, with a separate menu, bar program, and vibe — the atmosphere does transform significantly for dinner, when a good-looking bar is lit up in neon, the lights dim, and the candles come out. The exciting menu, which should change seasonally, includes vegan-friendly and meat dishes; Manila clams with smoked corn and grilled sourdough; a black eye pea cake; and a vegan bucatini dish are all delicious.

Manila clams from Bar Brine 
Sneaky Pickle

3. Fritai

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1535 Basin St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 264-7899
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The vibrant first restaurant for Charly Pierre began as a St. Roch Market food stall and became known for Haitian specialties and the fritai sandwich, an invention of pulled pork between two fried plantains with avocado, mango sauce, and pikliz. Mellow, pretty, and inviting, Fritai’s bar program manages to bring something new to a city known as the home of the cocktail, and Pierre’s energetic approach to Haitian-meets-New Orleans cuisine makes for a special experience.

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4. Bijou Restaurant & Bar

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1014 N Rampart St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 603-0557
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This small new bistro opened in Fall 2021, a restaurant with a modern, sleek aesthetic to contrast with most of the French Quarter’s more antique vibe. The narrow cottage’s seating runs parallel to the long, glistening marble bar, and spills out into a loungey, pretty courtyard that’s surprisingly sizeable. Longtime New Orleans chef Eason Barksdale leads the kitchen, focusing on small plates for a concise, globally-influenced menu; a hodge-podge of cuisines are explored in dishes like tom yum chicken, squid ink spaghetti, and tuna tartare.

Inside Bijou
Emily Loveioy/Bijou

5. Saint John

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1117 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 581-8120
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Saint John opened in the French Quarter in October, the second restaurant from Eric Cook, chef-owner of LGD favorite Gris-Gris. Cook and chef de cuisine Daren Porretto say they researched 18th century Creole cuisine with a delicious result — the menu of dishes like slow braised smothered turkey necks, chicken and shrimp maque choux, courtbouillon, whole fish almandine, and pork belly cassoulet combine the best of Creole flavors with precision and technique.

Pork belly cassoulet 
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6. Bésame

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110 S Rampart St
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 308-0880
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Bésame is a Latin American tapas restaurant from Nanyo Dominguez, on his own for the first ttime after working at Johnny Sanchez, Uptown’s Tito’s Ceviche and Pisco, and most recently Espiritu Mezcaleria. He’s serving ceviche in the styles of Mexico City, Oaxaca, Peru, and the Dominican Republic; Argentinian and Mexican-style empanadas; Colombian and Venezuelan-style arepas; and bigger plates of seafood paella; pan-seared fish with coconut milk and guajillo; and churrasco with chimichurri. The bar features South American wines and Latin American spirits, mezcal, raicilla, rums from the Caribbean, and piscos and brandies from South America.

The bar at Bésame 
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7. Thaihey NOLA

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308 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 354-8646
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Husband and wife team Orawin “Nim” Yimchalam and Nathan Greene have relocated their hit Baton Rouge Thai restaurant to the French Quarter, lured in part by a prime French Quarter address “too good to turn down.” The warm, welcoming Thaihey NOLA serves a concise menu of modern Thai dishes, including deep fried frog leg marinated in red curry; soup hang waw, or spicy and sour Northeastern Thai oxtail soup; and pumpkin chicken curry. There’s also a separate vegan menu, with starters, noodle, rice, and curry dishes. 

8. Seafood Sally's

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8400 Oak St
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 766-8736
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Head to Seafood Sally’s for a fresh but happily familiar dining experience, achieved by a fun, lively atmosphere, excellent cocktails and good wine, and simple but precise preparations of top-notch seafood. It’s the second restaurant from Caitlin Carney and Marcus Jacobs of Marjie’s Grill, and unsurprisingly, the pair and head chef Joshua Blue approach oysters, broiled and fried seafood, po’boys, blue crab, and classic sides with the utmost care. Snag a seat on the porch and feel like you’re dining seaside.

Seafood Sally’s
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9. Chemin à la Mer

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2 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 434-5100
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Donald Link’s newest restaurant may have recently opened, but it’s already a hot ticket. Chemin a la Mer is the second restaurant to open in the new Four Seasons Hotel New Orleans, and marks the acclaimed chef’s first restaurant partnership outside of Link Restaurant Group. French for “pathway to the sea” and centered around views of the Mississippi River, Chemin a la Mer serves a French-leaning menu with Creole influences and ingredients, focusing on seafood and select cuts of steak, including a a bone-in, cap-on cote de boeuf for four, sliced at the table.

Cote de boeuf
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10. Commons Club New Orleans

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550 Baronne St
New Orleans, LA 70113

This downtown restaurant can be found in the new Virgin Hotel New Orleans, who tapped Alex Harrell for the food program, a well-known local chef who’s led the kitchen at SylvainAngeline, and most recently, at the Elysian Bar. The menu of contemporary Southern-American cuisine includes highlights like smoked potato croquettes with trout roe, a steamed corn flan topped with pickled watermelon rind and blue crab, and sourdough cavatelli.

Bluefin tuna crudo
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11. Miss River

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2 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 434-5100
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August 2021 brought the debut of the Four Seasons New Orleans along with Miss River, Alon Shaya’s restaurant in the hotel. Miss River intends to offer the kind of special occasion, luxurious dining experience you might expect from a Four Seasons property, serving modern Louisiana fare like clay pot dirty rice topped with seared duck breast and duck egg yolk; a Louisiana oyster patty with puff pastry and caramelized mushrooms; salt-crusted red whole red snapper; and whole buttermilk fried chicken.

12. Mukbang Seafood and Bar

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8312 Oak St
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 345-2695
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Oak Street’s exciting new seafood destination is from Kim Nguyen and family, the owners of longtime modern Vietnamese cafe Magasin Cafe. Mukbang (the Korean word for “eating and broadcasting”) specializes in seafood with a Viet-Cajun spin; extravagant, overflowing platters of crab, lobster, mussels, clams and shrimp, sauced and served with a side of garlic noodles (a Bay Area staple at Vietnamese restaurants), as well as dishes like curry tamarind French fries topped with crabmeat or a traditional oxtail stew.

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13. 14 Parishes Jamaican Restaurant on Oak

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8227 Oak St
New Orleans, LA 70118

Pythian Market food stall and former Central City restaurant 14 Parishes now has a restaurant serving Jamaican specialties on Oak Street, a two-story spot with bars on both levels; a loungey upstairs area that can be rented out for private events; and an excellent bar program focused on rum cocktails. Try favorites like the salmon sliders,smoked herring board, and traditional Jamaican patties to start; and jerk chicken and ribs, a whole red snapper prepared two ways, or curry chicken for dinner.

14. Le Chat Noir

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715 St Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 381-0045
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A former longtime cabaret and lounge, Le Chat Noir is now playing the role of upscale-casual restaurant, the result of a partnership between James Reuter, the owner of Bearcat Cafe, and Gene Todaro, who owns the new restaurant’s building and founded its predecessor, Marcello’s. Chef Seth Temple heads up the kitchen, combining the vegetable-forward influence of Bearcat Cafe with an upscale approach to dinner dishes like heirloom carrots with tofu hummus and chiles; white anchovies with lime and chile; and sun chokes with walnut, preserved lemon, and mint.

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15. Lengua Madre

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1245 Constance St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 655-1338
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Lengua Madre is Ana Castro’s modern Mexican tasting menu experience in the LGD, set in a dark, mysterious room accessed by a hallway lit up by bright neon pink lights — from there the lighting is sparse, giving it a sort of farm-chic vibe. Courses like a luscious fontal tetela, triangle-shaped corn masas stuffed with cheese and topped with charred avocado; Louisiana long grain rice with clams, shrimp, mussels, and roe; and cobia al pastor are served alongside an optional wine pairing, all excellent. Reservations are required, and it’s worth the price tag.

Cobia al pastor
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16. San Lorenzo at Hotel Saint Vincent

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1507 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 350-2430
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The elegant San Lorenzo is the new Hotel Saint Vincent’s primary restaurant, bringing together coastal Italian and New Orleans flavors with a focus on seafood — the dinner menu offers a raw bar with oysters from the Northeast and Pacific Northwest; seafood tartar, carpaccio, and crudo; fresh pasta dishes that center around seafood or vegetables (squid ink chitara and lobster spaghetti arribiata, for example); and steak, pork chop, snapper, and swordfish on the grill. The patio seating is especially gorgeous, and the attached Paradise Lounge is a must for a pre or post-dinner drink.

17. Mister Mao

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4501 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 345-2056
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Get ready for a trip at Mister Mao, Uptown’s brand new tropical roadhouse. Located in the former Dick & Jenny’s on Tchoupitoulas Street, owners Sophina Uong and William Greenwell have transformed the homey building into a bright, funky spot with excellent cocktails from the back bar, and fresh, inventive takes on global cuisine. Don’t miss the pani puri, escargot Wellingtons, or octopus aguachile, but be sure to leave room to snag special small plates off the roving carts and to try, ideally, all of the incredible desserts.

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1. Yakuza House

1325 Veterans Memorial Blvd STE A, Metairie, LA 70005

Yakuza House opened in Metairie in Spring 2021, specializing in sandos, hand rolls, and donburi bowls in a tiny building on Vets Boulevard, a space that feels perfect for the intimate nature of the food. Hand rolls are made fresh at the six-seat sushi bar and delivered to customers immediately, along with nigiri and crudo, and on the non-raw side, Japanese sandos with fried chicken cutlet or egg salad and donburi rice bowls. Dishes and proteins rotate, as chef Huy Pham wants to keep the small menu fresh for customers.

1325 Veterans Memorial Blvd STE A
Metairie, LA 70005

2. Bar Brine

3200 Burgundy St, New Orleans, LA 70117
Manila clams from Bar Brine 
Sneaky Pickle

Bar Brine is the weekend only, “sister” restaurant to Sneaky Pickle — a longtime vegetarian-friendly favorite that relocated in Fall 2021 to the corner of Louisa and Burgundy Streets. While both concepts share the same space, Bar Brine is meant to be distinct from the lunch-only Sneaky Pickle, with a separate menu, bar program, and vibe — the atmosphere does transform significantly for dinner, when a good-looking bar is lit up in neon, the lights dim, and the candles come out. The exciting menu, which should change seasonally, includes vegan-friendly and meat dishes; Manila clams with smoked corn and grilled sourdough; a black eye pea cake; and a vegan bucatini dish are all delicious.

3200 Burgundy St
New Orleans, LA 70117

3. Fritai

1535 Basin St, New Orleans, LA 70116
Randy Schmidt/Eater NOLA

The vibrant first restaurant for Charly Pierre began as a St. Roch Market food stall and became known for Haitian specialties and the fritai sandwich, an invention of pulled pork between two fried plantains with avocado, mango sauce, and pikliz. Mellow, pretty, and inviting, Fritai’s bar program manages to bring something new to a city known as the home of the cocktail, and Pierre’s energetic approach to Haitian-meets-New Orleans cuisine makes for a special experience.

1535 Basin St
New Orleans, LA 70116

4. Bijou Restaurant & Bar

1014 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70116
Inside Bijou
Emily Loveioy/Bijou

This small new bistro opened in Fall 2021, a restaurant with a modern, sleek aesthetic to contrast with most of the French Quarter’s more antique vibe. The narrow cottage’s seating runs parallel to the long, glistening marble bar, and spills out into a loungey, pretty courtyard that’s surprisingly sizeable. Longtime New Orleans chef Eason Barksdale leads the kitchen, focusing on small plates for a concise, globally-influenced menu; a hodge-podge of cuisines are explored in dishes like tom yum chicken, squid ink spaghetti, and tuna tartare.

1014 N Rampart St
New Orleans, LA 70116

5. Saint John

1117 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116
Pork belly cassoulet 
Randy Schmidt/Saint John

Saint John opened in the French Quarter in October, the second restaurant from Eric Cook, chef-owner of LGD favorite Gris-Gris. Cook and chef de cuisine Daren Porretto say they researched 18th century Creole cuisine with a delicious result — the menu of dishes like slow braised smothered turkey necks, chicken and shrimp maque choux, courtbouillon, whole fish almandine, and pork belly cassoulet combine the best of Creole flavors with precision and technique.

1117 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116

6. Bésame

110 S Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70112
The bar at Bésame 
Nanyo Dominguez/Bésame

Bésame is a Latin American tapas restaurant from Nanyo Dominguez, on his own for the first ttime after working at Johnny Sanchez, Uptown’s Tito’s Ceviche and Pisco, and most recently Espiritu Mezcaleria. He’s serving ceviche in the styles of Mexico City, Oaxaca, Peru, and the Dominican Republic; Argentinian and Mexican-style empanadas; Colombian and Venezuelan-style arepas; and bigger plates of seafood paella; pan-seared fish with coconut milk and guajillo; and churrasco with chimichurri. The bar features South American wines and Latin American spirits, mezcal, raicilla, rums from the Caribbean, and piscos and brandies from South America.

110 S Rampart St
New Orleans, LA 70112

7. Thaihey NOLA

308 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Husband and wife team Orawin “Nim” Yimchalam and Nathan Greene have relocated their hit Baton Rouge Thai restaurant to the French Quarter, lured in part by a prime French Quarter address “too good to turn down.” The warm, welcoming Thaihey NOLA serves a concise menu of modern Thai dishes, including deep fried frog leg marinated in red curry; soup hang waw, or spicy and sour Northeastern Thai oxtail soup; and pumpkin chicken curry. There’s also a separate vegan menu, with starters, noodle, rice, and curry dishes. 

308 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70130

8. Seafood Sally's

8400 Oak St, New Orleans, LA 70118
Seafood Sally’s
Randy Schmidt/Eater NOLA

Head to Seafood Sally’s for a fresh but happily familiar dining experience, achieved by a fun, lively atmosphere, excellent cocktails and good wine, and simple but precise preparations of top-notch seafood. It’s the second restaurant from Caitlin Carney and Marcus Jacobs of Marjie’s Grill, and unsurprisingly, the pair and head chef Joshua Blue approach oysters, broiled and fried seafood, po’boys, blue crab, and classic sides with the utmost care. Snag a seat on the porch and feel like you’re dining seaside.

8400 Oak St
New Orleans, LA 70118

9. Chemin à la Mer

2 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Cote de boeuf
Chris Granger/Four Seasons Hotel New Orleans

Donald Link’s newest restaurant may have recently opened, but it’s already a hot ticket. Chemin a la Mer is the second restaurant to open in the new Four Seasons Hotel New Orleans, and marks the acclaimed chef’s first restaurant partnership outside of Link Restaurant Group. French for “pathway to the sea” and centered around views of the Mississippi River, Chemin a la Mer serves a French-leaning menu with Creole influences and ingredients, focusing on seafood and select cuts of steak, including a a bone-in, cap-on cote de boeuf for four, sliced at the table.

2 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70130

10. Commons Club New Orleans

550 Baronne St, New Orleans, LA 70113
Bluefin tuna crudo
Sam Hanna/Virgin Hotels New Orleans

This downtown restaurant can be found in the new Virgin Hotel New Orleans, who tapped Alex Harrell for the food program, a well-known local chef who’s led the kitchen at SylvainAngeline, and most recently, at the Elysian Bar. The menu of contemporary Southern-American cuisine includes highlights like smoked potato croquettes with trout roe, a steamed corn flan topped with pickled watermelon rind and blue crab, and sourdough cavatelli.

550 Baronne St
New Orleans, LA 70113

11. Miss River

2 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

August 2021 brought the debut of the Four Seasons New Orleans along with Miss River, Alon Shaya’s restaurant in the hotel. Miss River intends to offer the kind of special occasion, luxurious dining experience you might expect from a Four Seasons property, serving modern Louisiana fare like clay pot dirty rice topped with seared duck breast and duck egg yolk; a Louisiana oyster patty with puff pastry and caramelized mushrooms; salt-crusted red whole red snapper; and whole buttermilk fried chicken.

2 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70130

12. Mukbang Seafood and Bar

8312 Oak St, New Orleans, LA 70118
Mukbang

Oak Street’s exciting new seafood destination is from Kim Nguyen and family, the owners of longtime modern Vietnamese cafe Magasin Cafe. Mukbang (the Korean word for “eating and broadcasting”) specializes in seafood with a Viet-Cajun spin; extravagant, overflowing platters of crab, lobster, mussels, clams and shrimp, sauced and served with a side of garlic noodles (a Bay Area staple at Vietnamese restaurants), as well as dishes like curry tamarind French fries topped with crabmeat or a traditional oxtail stew.

8312 Oak St
New Orleans, LA 70118

13. 14 Parishes Jamaican Restaurant on Oak

8227 Oak St, New Orleans, LA 70118

Pythian Market food stall and former Central City restaurant 14 Parishes now has a restaurant serving Jamaican specialties on Oak Street, a two-story spot with bars on both levels; a loungey upstairs area that can be rented out for private events; and an excellent bar program focused on rum cocktails. Try favorites like the salmon sliders,smoked herring board, and traditional Jamaican patties to start; and jerk chicken and ribs, a whole red snapper prepared two ways, or curry chicken for dinner.

8227 Oak St
New Orleans, LA 70118

14. Le Chat Noir

715 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130
Randy Schmidt/Eater NOLA

A former longtime cabaret and lounge, Le Chat Noir is now playing the role of upscale-casual restaurant, the result of a partnership between James Reuter, the owner of Bearcat Cafe, and Gene Todaro, who owns the new restaurant’s building and founded its predecessor, Marcello’s. Chef Seth Temple heads up the kitchen, combining the vegetable-forward influence of Bearcat Cafe with an upscale approach to dinner dishes like heirloom carrots with tofu hummus and chiles; white anchovies with lime and chile; and sun chokes with walnut, preserved lemon, and mint.

715 St Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130

15. Lengua Madre

1245 Constance St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Cobia al pastor
Clair Lorell/Eater NOLA

Lengua Madre is Ana Castro’s modern Mexican tasting menu experience in the LGD, set in a dark, mysterious room accessed by a hallway lit up by bright neon pink lights — from there the lighting is sparse, giving it a sort of farm-chic vibe. Courses like a luscious fontal tetela, triangle-shaped corn masas stuffed with cheese and topped with charred avocado; Louisiana long grain rice with clams, shrimp, mussels, and roe; and cobia al pastor are served alongside an optional wine pairing, all excellent. Reservations are required, and it’s worth the price tag.

1245 Constance St
New Orleans, LA 70130

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16. San Lorenzo at Hotel Saint Vincent

1507 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

The elegant San Lorenzo is the new Hotel Saint Vincent’s primary restaurant, bringing together coastal Italian and New Orleans flavors with a focus on seafood — the dinner menu offers a raw bar with oysters from the Northeast and Pacific Northwest; seafood tartar, carpaccio, and crudo; fresh pasta dishes that center around seafood or vegetables (squid ink chitara and lobster spaghetti arribiata, for example); and steak, pork chop, snapper, and swordfish on the grill. The patio seating is especially gorgeous, and the attached Paradise Lounge is a must for a pre or post-dinner drink.

1507 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130

17. Mister Mao

4501 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70115
Katherine Kimball/ENOLA

Get ready for a trip at Mister Mao, Uptown’s brand new tropical roadhouse. Located in the former Dick & Jenny’s on Tchoupitoulas Street, owners Sophina Uong and William Greenwell have transformed the homey building into a bright, funky spot with excellent cocktails from the back bar, and fresh, inventive takes on global cuisine. Don’t miss the pani puri, escargot Wellingtons, or octopus aguachile, but be sure to leave room to snag special small plates off the roving carts and to try, ideally, all of the incredible desserts.

4501 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70115

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