In a city filled with James Beard winners and classic culinary institutes, you might not think that New Orleans had any more room for new restaurants. Think again! Here's a list of the trendiest new restaurants in New Orleans:
Saba - meaning grandfather in Hebrew - is the flagship restaurant from Alon Shaya and his new Pomegranate Hospitality Group. Saba opened its doors May 4, 2018 at the corner of Magazine Street and Nashville Avenue. and has already become the hottest reservation in town.
Similar to Shaya, Saba is a modern Israeli eatery with influences that stem from the Middle East, Europe and North Africa, Saba reflects a collection of moments where food and culture have crossed paths, offering a taste of this ever-evolving cuisine.
2. Longway Tavern
The Longway Tavern is an every day bar located in a 224 year old building in the heart of the French Quarter. With smart cocktails and refreshing twists on pub food like Caesar salad topped with crispy, fried chicken skins; salmon confit with smashed cucumber and yogurt; and radishes with goat butter and caviar, Longway is a posh, yet casual, hangout. Happy Hour is daily from 4-7pm and offers $5 Daiquiris, Sazeracs and Moscow Mules.
Quickly becoming one of the most Instagram-able places in the city, Morrow's is the latest addition to St. Claude Avenue. Morrow’s is run by mom and son duo, Chef Lenora Chong and her event-promotor son Larry Morrow. Chong cooks a range of dishes, from New Orleans classics like gumbo, head-on barbecue shrimp, and chargrilled oysters to a handful of Korean classics in a nod to her heritage.
4. Bywater American Bistro
The highly anticipated new restaurant from James Beard Award winning chef Nina Compton has certainly lived up to the hype. The menu, from Compton and Levi Raines, includes lots of heirloom grains, plus tuna-brasaola-topped toast, rabbit curry, crab fat rice, and fried oysters. The main attraction is an open kitchen surrounded by a bar that gives visitors a full view of the chefs in action and a bartender within talking distance. It’s open Wednesday through Sunday starting at 5 p.m., plus the restaurant does brunch from 10:30 until 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
5. Pythian Market
New Orleans’ latest food hall, Pythian Market's menu includes mac and cheese balls, barbecue, Jamaican jerk chicken, poké, and fried oysters under one historic roof. Located in a building erected in 1908 by a black fraternal organization known as the Grand Lodge Colored Knights of Pythias, it’s a popular spot grab happy hour while choosing from a variety of food options that will sure to please everyone.
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