Our List Of The Best New Restaurants In America

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We all have our favorite tried-and-true restaurants that have been around for decades, but who isn't always looking for a new spot to shake things up a bit?

That's why we reached out to some of our favorite chef, foodie and celeb friends to weigh in on their favorite new hot spots around America (from NYC to LA, bakeries to bars and everything in between) — and boy, did they deliver.

(We have about 100 of their picks below — PLUS, for a few, some recommendations on what to order when you're there!)

For starters, Rach's co-host for the day, Jesse Palmer, says Charles Prime Rib is a must-go when you're in NYC. (And even though they're *obviously* known for their prime rib, Jesse is a unique guy, so he goes for the burger. Either sounds delicious to us!)

And that's just ONE pick.

Not to mention that the chefs from two of Rach's NYC picks, Greg Baxtrom from Olmsted and Missy Robbins from Misi, stopped by to cook dishes straight off of their beloved menus.

(Get Missy's Fettuccine with Buffalo Butter, Parmigiano and Black Pepper recipe here and Greg's Beer-Battered Squash Rings recipe here!)

So without further ado, dig in to the full list of recommendations below!

BEST NEW RESTAURANTS IN NYC

Olmsted
Recommended by:
Rachael Ray and Bob Harper

Get an inside look at Olmsted and hear from chef Greg Baxtrom in the video above!

Tim Ho Wan
Recommended by:
Sunny Anderson and Andrew Kaplan

Sunny takes us inside Tim Ho Wan in the video below and shares some of her favorite items off the menu!

Atomix
Recommended by:
Jordan Andino and Ronnie Woo

Atla
Recommended by:
Meredith Laurence and Missy Robbins

Madame Vo BBQ
Recommended by:
Questlove

Claro
Recommended by:
William Jackson Harper, Gail Simmons, and Greg Baxtrom

Feroce Ristorante
Recommended by:
Pizza Cousins

Le Coucou
Recommended by:
Curtis Stone and Jordan Andino

Misi
Recommended by:
Rachael Ray, Giada De Laurentiis, Gail Simmons, Greg Baxtrom, Anne Burrell and Michael Solomonov

What to order:

Get an inside peek at the PASTA ROOM in Misi in the video below:

Frenchette
Recommended by:
Gail Simmons, Giada De Laurentiis, Anne Burrell, and Daniel Sharp

Benno
Recommended by:
Michael Solomonov

Bāng Bar
Recommended by:
Richard Blais

Lilia
Recommended by:
Katie Lee and Meredith Laurence

Sushi by Bou
Recommended by:
Buddy Valastro

Saint Julivert
Recommended by:
Greg Baxtrom

4 Charles Prime Rib
Recommended by:
Jesse Palmer

What to order: The American Cheeseburger!

Henry
Recommended by:
John Gidding

Mission Chinese
Recommended by:
John Gidding

Avra
Recommended by:
Jet Tila

Oxomoco
Recommended by:
Josh Capon

BEST NEW RESTAURANTS IN LA

Tocaya
Recommended by:
Sunny Anderson

Bavel
Recommended by:
Jet Tila and Curtis Stone

Slab
Recommended by:
Kevin Frazier, Questlove and Buddy Valastro

Tsubaki
Recommended by:
William Jackson Harper

Cal Mare
Recommended by:
Ayesha Curry and Michael Solomonov

What to order: Whole Branzino (Ayesha says!)

Beauty & Essex
Recommended by:
Pizza Cousins

Felix
Recommended by:
Giada De Laurentiis, Katie Lee, and Greg Baxtrom

Langer's
Recommended by:
Daym Drops

Nightshade
Recommended by:
Gail Simmons and Richard Blais

Freedman's
Recommended by:
Gail Simmons

Catch LA
Recommended by:
Jesse Palmer

Dialogue
Recommended by:
Andrew Kaplan

Tesse
Recommended by:
Anne Burrell

BEST NEW ASIAN RESTAURANTS

Baekjeong (NYC)
Recommended by:
Questlove

Jeju Noodle Bar (NYC)
Recommended by:
Bob Harper

Thai Farmhouse (California)
Recommended by:
Ayesha Curry

Szechuan Mountain (NYC)
Recommended by:
Pizza Cousins

General Deb's (NYC)
Recommended by:
Pizza Cousins

Joy (LA)
Recommended by:
Curtis Stone and Jet Tila (who calls it a cheap eats spot!)

Ugly Baby (NYC)
Recommended by:
Gail Simmons

Neighborhood Ramen (Philly)
Recommended by:
Michael Solomonov

Her Name Is Han (NYC)
Recommended by: Richard Blais

Chinese Tuxedo (NYC)
Recommended by:
Jesse Palmer and Josh Capon

Momofuku Noodle Bar (NYC)
Recommended by:
John Gidding and Molly Sims

Woo Korean BBQ (NYC)
Recommended by:
Anne Burrell

Ramen Hood (LA)
Recommended by:
Ronnie Woo

BEST NEW ITALIAN RESTAURANTS

Rossoblu (LA)
Recommended by:
Jet Tila and Curtis Stone
What to order:

  • Nonna's Tagliatelle Al Ragu Bolognese
  • Tortellini in Brodo

Don Angie (NYC)
Recommended by:
Jordan Andino and Josh Capon
What to order: Garganelli Giganti

    Giuseppe and Sons (Philly)
    Recommended by:
    Michael Solomonov

    La Rossa (NYC)
    Recommended by:
    Richard Blais

    What to order: Pizza!

    Legacy Records (NYC)
    Recommended by:
    Jesse Palmer and Gail Simmons
    What to order: Duck for Two

    Il Divo (NYC)
    Recommended by:
    John Gidding

    (FYI, Misi, Lilia and Cal Mare got shout-outs in this category, too, of course!)

    BEST NEW BARS

    Gold Diggers (LA)
    Recommended by:
    Jet Tila

    Blacktail (NYC)
    Recommended by:
    Jordan Andino

    Bar at Banc of California Stadium (LA)
    Recommended by:
    Kevin Frazier

    International Smoke (Miami)
    Recommended by:
    Ayesha Curry

    Kings County Brewers Collective (NYC)
    Recommended by:
    Pizza Cousins

    The Wolves (LA)
    Recommended by:
    Curtis Stone

    Five Churches Brewing (Connecticut)
    Recommended by:
    Daym Drops

    Elsa (NYC)
    Recommended by:
    Gail Simmons

    Raised By Wolves (San Diego)
    Recommended by:
    Richard Blais

    Windmill (NYC)
    Recommended by:
    Greg Baxtrom

    The Native (Chicago)
    Recommended by:
    Andrew Kaplan

    The Spaniard (NYC)
    Recommended by:
    Anne Burrell

    The Swill Inn (Chicago)
    Recommended by:
    Charles Joly

    BEST NEW HEALTHY RESTAURANTS

    * = Vegan/Vegetarian picks

    P.Y.T. (LA)
    Recommended by:
    Jet Tila
    What to order: Farro Risotto

    Nix (NYC)*
    Recommended by:
    Rachael Ray, Bob Harper, and Josh Capon
    What to order: Everything!

    Miss Ada (NYC)
    Recommended by:
    William Jackson Harper

    Tender Greens (NYC)
    Recommended by:
    Ayesha Curry
    What to order: Happy Vegan Salad

    Botanica (LA)
    Recommended by: Curtis Stone and Ronnie Woo
    What to order:

    • Cassoulet Vert
    • Chicken Congee

    Jaffa (LA)
    Recommended by: Giada De Laurentiis

    Westbourne (NYC)*
    Recommended by: Gail Simmons/Greg Baxtrom
    What to order: Sunset Grains

    True Food Kitchen
    Recommended by: Buddy Valastro
    What to order: Spaghetti Squash Casserole

    Sofreh (NYC)
    Recommended by: Greg Baxtrom
    What to order: Shiraz Style Salad

    Friedman's Upper West Side (NYC)
    Recommended by: Jaclyn London
    What to order: Avocado Toast

    Flower Child
    Recommended by: Molly Sims
    What to order: Mother Earth Bowl

    Seasoned Vegan (NYC)*
    Recommended by: Questlove

    Avant Garden (NYC)*
    Recommended by: Bob Harper

    Yarrow Cafe (LA)*
    Recommended by: Curtis Stone

    Sans (NYC)*
    Recommended by: Gail Simmons

    abc V (NYC)*
    Recommended by: Jesse Palmer

    by Chloe*
    Recommended by: Jaclyn London

    BEST NEW BAKERIES

    Le French Tart (NYC)
    Recommended by:
    Pizza Cousins

    Friends & Family (LA)
    Recommended by: Curtis Stone

    Mah Ze Dahr Bakery (NYC)
    Recommended by: Gail Simmons

    Take a peek at their mouthwatering sweets in the video below:

    Essen (Philly)
    Recommended by: Michael Solomonov

    Sweet Laurel (California)
    Recommended by: Katie Lee and Molly Sims

    Carlo's Bakery (Texas location)
    Recommended by: Buddy Valastro

    Flour Shop (NYC)
    Recommended by: Anne Burrell

    (Have you seen their rainbow explosion cake?!)

    BEST NEW CHEAP EATS

    Los Mariscos (NYC)
    Recommended by: Jordan Andino

    Lions & Tigers & Squares Detroit Pizza (NYC)
    Recommended by: Pizza Cousins

    Sonoratown (LA)
    Recommended by:
    Curtis Stone

    Pronto by Giada (Las Vegas)
    Recommended by: Giada De Laurentiis

    DEZ (NYC)
    Recommended by: Gail Simmons

    LOOK By Plant Love House (NYC)
    Recommended by:
    Greg Baxtrom

    Klein's (NYC)
    Recommended by: John Gidding

    Tel Aviv Kosher Grill (LA)
    Recommended by:
    Ronnie Woo

    A FEW MORE PICKS OUR BUDDIES CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF:

    Vernick (Philly)
    Recommended by: Meredith Laurence

    Royal Boucherie (Philly)
    Recommended by: Michael Solomonov

    Urbanbelly (Chicago)
    Recommended by: Andrew Kaplan

    R+D Kitchen (various locations)
    Recommended by: Ronnie Woo

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