When it comes to restaurants in New Orleans, there’s hardly such a thing as a bad meal. New Orleanians definitely get set in our ways when it comes to supporting our favorite classic, long-running dining establishments, where the long-term memories are as delicious as the meals. But just because we love the old doesn’t mean that we don’t get equally as excited for the new. We’re constantly on the hunt for the best fresh place to grab brunch, reunite with friends or celebrate a special occasion–which is why the restaurants below, all of which have opened in recent months, have been welcomed with open arms. Try them out for yourself the next time you’re in town!
Spanish cuisine and craft cocktails are the name of the game at Anna’s, a double-decker bar housed in a 19thcentury bank building in the Bywater. Enjoy crispy octopus, lamb belly and churros alongside daiquiris and gimlets. Come hungry—you won’t leave disappointed.
Delicious smash burgers, hand cut fries and crispy Brussels sprouts are on the menu at Bub's. This Mid-City eatery started as a pop-up and has been slinging burgers nonstop ever since. Get the classic Bub: two all-beef patties on a brioche bun, or spic things up with the Peanut Bubber complete with peanut butter and bacon.
Enjoy oysters on the half shell, marinated crab fingers, classic hushpuppies, cornmeal fried catfish, hot boiled seafood and more at Seafood Sally’s. Located on Oat Street in the Riverbend, this colorful and welcoming spot is your go-to neighborhood seafood restaurant. Creative cocktails and organic wines pair well with the dish of your choice.
It may be a chain, but Paulie Gee’s is New York pizza heaven. Choose from classic slices like cheese and pepperoni or try your hand at a vegan slice or two. Deep dish specialties appear on the menu, like the Freddie Prinze, which is Sicilian deep dish, upside down pizza with fresh mozzarella, tomato sauce, Pecorino Romano and a sesame seed bottom.
The signature restaurant at Hotel Saint Vincent, San Lorenzo is filled with lush touches like modern red chandeliers, a yellow and white tiled open kitchen and Corinthian columns. Menu highlights like Grilled Creole Oysters, Scampi Risotto, Lobster Spaghetti Arrabiata, Gulf Flounder Piccata and Steak Florentine reflect coastal Italian cooking with regional New Orleans influences.
Elizabeth Street Café is a French-Vietnamese-style café and bakery that offers visitors a shady garden courtyard surrounded by palm trees. House made French pastries include the Kouign Amann, a decadent caramel French pastry. The lunch and dinner menus offer Ginger-Chili Oil Dumplings, Banh Mi and Chicken and Kaffir Lime Laap.
This self-described tropical roadhouse serves “inauthentic,” globally inspired cuisine, featuring dim sum-style roving carts and an interactive chef’s counter. The menu includes categories like Drinking Snacks, Foods We Love to Share and the spicy These Bring Us Joy + Hellfire Heartburn. The Banchan Mao has bites of pickled fruit, lacto ferments of “imperfect” produce and dried shrimp mochi. Escargot Wellingtons are snails en croute with lemon, garlic butter, horseradish and powdered greens. The Alabama corn pudding served with tomatoes, cucumber, sumac and herb jam, rounds out its varied menu.
The Afro-Latin cuisine of the Hotel Catahoula features dishes from South America and the American South, all served with a local twist. Peruvian-style ceviche is augmented with coconut milk and habanero, while traditional Spanish Patatas Bravas are served with a dipping salsa Criolla and paprika aioli. Options for vegetarians and vegans abound, like the stuffed charred poblano pepper served on a bed of Romesco sauce topped with a pepper jack cheese crema.
Pluck is a new wine bar in the Warehouse District that serves a Spanish inspired tapas menu that includes pintxo-like snacks as well as small plates like their pimento cheese and fried frog legs. The extensive wine list includes 20 varieties by the glass. Experienced servers are there to help guide guests to the perfect bottle or glass. A small, well appointed patio is perfect for outdoor dining.
This Haitian restaurant welcomes guests to a vibrantly decorated space filled with Haitian art. Its fritai sandwich of pulled pork or chicken stuffed between two fried plantains with avocado, mango sauce and pikliz, a spicy relish-like condiment, evokes many of Haiti‘s flavors. Other dishes include epis-marinated chicken wings, whole roasted fish and traditional Haitian spaghetti sauteed with smoked herring, epis paste, andouille sausage and a soft-boiled egg. The bar program highlights clairin, a Haitian spirit distilled from cane juice that tastes similar to rum.
Peacock Room lives up to its name with a decor of birds, gilded cages and retro wallpaper. The menu features refined regional classics, including items like Crawtator Crusted Oysters, Fruits de Mer Pho and Gizzards and Greens, starring sous vide chicken bits that are deep fried and served in a Southern inspired French frisee lardon salad. The bar offers a contemporary selection of hard-to-come-by spirits including Madeira and rare rums.