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A bubbly, charred Neapolitan-style pizza topped with shaved Brussels sprouts.
Margot’s Brussels sprout pizza.
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The Hottest New Restaurants in New Orleans, June 2022

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Margot’s Brussels sprout pizza.
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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 heat map 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 14 of the best new restaurants to check out in New Orleans this month, arranged geographically as always.

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. Afrodisiac

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5363 Franklin Ave
New Orleans, LA 70122
(504) 302-2090

After nearly 8 years operating their popular Jamaican-Creole food truck Afrodisiac, husband and wife Shaka and Caron Garel have landed a permanent home in Gentilly, bringing a literal bright spot to Franklin Avenue that serves shrimp curry, jerk goat burgers, jerk chicken nachos, crawfish étouffée, gumbo, and more. Colorful and mural-adorned, the full-service restaurant and bar serves lunch, dinner, and cocktails inside the cottage or on the lovely patio Wednesday through Saturday, and lunch only on Sunday.

2. Queen Trini Lisa

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4200 D Hemecourt St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 345-2058
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Queen Trini Lisa opened the doors to her eponymous restaurant in January, serving a concise menu of curry and jerk chicken, island stir fry cabbage, fried fish sandwich on coco bread, and doubles, which is one of several vegan-friendly dishes. Her jerk chicken won the Marley Festival in 2019, and her doubles became highly-sought after she began popping up at Portside Lounge, so don’t miss either.

3. Piece Of Meat

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3301 Bienville St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 372-2289
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Piece of Meat is certainly not new; it’s been locally and nationally acclaimed since opening as butcher shop and sandwich spot in 2018. Still, it has a significant new offering in its dinner service and a stylish, edgy new atmosphere as a modern steakhouse. Dinner begins with a beef fat candle served with grilled bread; steaks include rotating cuts like an 8-ounce filet; 16-ounce Mishima wagyu; 20-ounce prime ribeye; and 36-ounce bone-in ribeye for the table. Sides are served a la carte, like the Million Dollar Baked Potato, topped with crispy ribeye bits, herbed tallow, sour cream, cheddar, and green onions.

Inside the newly reopened Piece of Meat 
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4. Margot’s

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1243 Frenchmen St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 224-2892

Simple, focused, and intimate are some words to describe New Orleans’s new spot for Neopolitan pizza and natural wine, a corner restaurant in the 7th Ward that opened in April. Margot’s is from Brad Goocher and chef Adrian Chelette, and serves charred, bubbly pizzas — various meat and Margherita pies, as well a few white pies like the Cavoletti with shaved Brussels sprouts, ricotta cream, and lemon zest — all delicious. It’s cleanly adorned with large windows, muted yellow and green walls, wood booths, hanging bulb lights, and a gorgeous bar, where customers can dine in addition to the tables.

Pizza and salads from Margot’s.
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5. 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

6. 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
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7. 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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8. Chemin a la Mer

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2 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 434-5100
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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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9. 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.

Mukbang

10. Tava Indian Street Food

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611 O'Keefe Ave Unit 8
New Orleans, LA 70113

Chef Manish Patel opened his first restaurant in late March (after working as a pop-up and food hall vendor), breathing fresh life into the business-heavy neighborhood in between the Warehouse District and CBD. Patel’s contemporary takes on Indian street food with Tava are exceptional, from Chana salad to kati rolls, but diners can expect even more with the restaurant — new dishes like vegetable pakora and a version of Chicken 65, a spicy chicken dish hugely popular across South India, using chicken wings. Did we mention the restaurant is absolutely gorgeous?

11. 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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12. 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.

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13. Bisutoro on Magazine

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1581 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130

New Orleans’s sushi scene has changed considerably in the last few years, with the arrival of restaurants like Yo nashi, Nagomi, and most recently, Yakuza House. Bisutoro continues the trend, one that comes from chefs trained classically in Japanese sushi — elevated, but simple. It’s a promising new spot to try rare fish, specialty sake, and other traditional Japanese specialties.

14. Wishing Town Bakery Cafe

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802 Nashville Ave
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 533-9166
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A second location of Metairie’s inventive cafe and bakery is now open in Orleans Parish as of March, taking over the charming Uptown location of the former Cafe Luna. The wonderful Asian bakery and dim sum destination brings an array of exciting food to the address, from intricate custom cakes and desserts like green tea, durian, and taro crepe cakes; its fruit-covered Wishing Cake; and egg yolk puff pastries, as well as an array of dumplings: scallop and shrimp; crawfish; onion and beef; crispy fried chicken; and char siu tofu pockets. And that’s not to mention noodle dishes, and spicy soups; and hot pots...there’s much to try.

Dragon shrimp dumpling from Wishing Town Bakery.
Wishing Town Bakery

1. Afrodisiac

5363 Franklin Ave, New Orleans, LA 70122

After nearly 8 years operating their popular Jamaican-Creole food truck Afrodisiac, husband and wife Shaka and Caron Garel have landed a permanent home in Gentilly, bringing a literal bright spot to Franklin Avenue that serves shrimp curry, jerk goat burgers, jerk chicken nachos, crawfish étouffée, gumbo, and more. Colorful and mural-adorned, the full-service restaurant and bar serves lunch, dinner, and cocktails inside the cottage or on the lovely patio Wednesday through Saturday, and lunch only on Sunday.

5363 Franklin Ave
New Orleans, LA 70122

2. Queen Trini Lisa

4200 D Hemecourt St, New Orleans, LA 70119

Queen Trini Lisa opened the doors to her eponymous restaurant in January, serving a concise menu of curry and jerk chicken, island stir fry cabbage, fried fish sandwich on coco bread, and doubles, which is one of several vegan-friendly dishes. Her jerk chicken won the Marley Festival in 2019, and her doubles became highly-sought after she began popping up at Portside Lounge, so don’t miss either.

4200 D Hemecourt St
New Orleans, LA 70119

3. Piece Of Meat

3301 Bienville St, New Orleans, LA 70119
Inside the newly reopened Piece of Meat 
Randy Schmidt/Eater NOLA

Piece of Meat is certainly not new; it’s been locally and nationally acclaimed since opening as butcher shop and sandwich spot in 2018. Still, it has a significant new offering in its dinner service and a stylish, edgy new atmosphere as a modern steakhouse. Dinner begins with a beef fat candle served with grilled bread; steaks include rotating cuts like an 8-ounce filet; 16-ounce Mishima wagyu; 20-ounce prime ribeye; and 36-ounce bone-in ribeye for the table. Sides are served a la carte, like the Million Dollar Baked Potato, topped with crispy ribeye bits, herbed tallow, sour cream, cheddar, and green onions.

3301 Bienville St
New Orleans, LA 70119

4. Margot’s

1243 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116
Pizza and salads from Margot’s.
Randy Schmidt/Eater NOLA

Simple, focused, and intimate are some words to describe New Orleans’s new spot for Neopolitan pizza and natural wine, a corner restaurant in the 7th Ward that opened in April. Margot’s is from Brad Goocher and chef Adrian Chelette, and serves charred, bubbly pizzas — various meat and Margherita pies, as well a few white pies like the Cavoletti with shaved Brussels sprouts, ricotta cream, and lemon zest — all delicious. It’s cleanly adorned with large windows, muted yellow and green walls, wood booths, hanging bulb lights, and a gorgeous bar, where customers can dine in addition to the tables.

1243 Frenchmen St
New Orleans, LA 70116

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. Chemin a la Mer

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

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

9. 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

10. Tava Indian Street Food

611 O'Keefe Ave Unit 8, New Orleans, LA 70113

Chef Manish Patel opened his first restaurant in late March (after working as a pop-up and food hall vendor), breathing fresh life into the business-heavy neighborhood in between the Warehouse District and CBD. Patel’s contemporary takes on Indian street food with Tava are exceptional, from Chana salad to kati rolls, but diners can expect even more with the restaurant — new dishes like vegetable pakora and a version of Chicken 65, a spicy chicken dish hugely popular across South India, using chicken wings. Did we mention the restaurant is absolutely gorgeous?

611 O'Keefe Ave Unit 8
New Orleans, LA 70113

11. 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

12. Lengua Madre

1245 Constance St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Randy Schmidt/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

13. Bisutoro on Magazine

1581 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

New Orleans’s sushi scene has changed considerably in the last few years, with the arrival of restaurants like Yo nashi, Nagomi, and most recently, Yakuza House. Bisutoro continues the trend, one that comes from chefs trained classically in Japanese sushi — elevated, but simple. It’s a promising new spot to try rare fish, specialty sake, and other traditional Japanese specialties.

1581 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130

14. Wishing Town Bakery Cafe

802 Nashville Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115
Dragon shrimp dumpling from Wishing Town Bakery.
Wishing Town Bakery

A second location of Metairie’s inventive cafe and bakery is now open in Orleans Parish as of March, taking over the charming Uptown location of the former Cafe Luna. The wonderful Asian bakery and dim sum destination brings an array of exciting food to the address, from intricate custom cakes and desserts like green tea, durian, and taro crepe cakes; its fruit-covered Wishing Cake; and egg yolk puff pastries, as well as an array of dumplings: scallop and shrimp; crawfish; onion and beef; crispy fried chicken; and char siu tofu pockets. And that’s not to mention noodle dishes, and spicy soups; and hot pots...there’s much to try.

802 Nashville Ave
New Orleans, LA 70115

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