Another day, another list: Travel + Leisure officially published its Best New Restaurants in the world list. What sets the collection apart is that it is isolated to "11 of the world's most compelling food capitals" like London, New York City, Istanbul, Mexico City, and beyond.
In Istanbul, three restaurants garnered honors including Italian chef Massimo Bottura's Ristorante Italia.
Three Los Angeles restaurants made the cut: Chef Curtis Stone's Maude, cult-loved Thai eatery Night & Market Song, and popular brasserie République. In Istanbul, three restaurants garnered honors including Italian chef Massimo Bottura's Ristorante Italia and the recently resurrected 125-year-old Agora Meyhanesi. New York City's Roman pizzeria Marta and Basque restaurant Huertas both make appearances. So does Bâtard where the chef makes an octopus pastrami and Ivan Ramen, known for its unconventional bowls of noodles.
Guzina Oaxaca, De Mar a Mar, and Mercado Roma are the top new restaurants in Mexico City. In Sydney, creative Asian restaurants like Cho Cho San and Moon Park are getting recognition. The "esoteric curries" at Gymkhana and the pork-belly tagine at Palomar are must tastes while in London. As are visits to Fera inside Claridge's and Lyle's.
Philadelphia features heavily on the list with restaurants like Serpico, hummus heaven Dizengoff, Abe Fisher, and High Street on Market.
Hong Kong, where "big-name international chefs [typically] set the standard, is hitting a turning point: "Homegrown talent" is starting to shine at places like Little Boa and Ho Lee Fook. Philadelphia features heavily on the list with restaurants like Serpico, hummus heaven Dizengoff, Abe Fisher, and High Street on Market.
In São Paulo, restaurants "trading avant-garde approaches for hearty simplicity" are gaining serious praise. These include Riveriera Bar, Tuju, and more. Tokyo's high-end deli Sakana No Nakasei and minimalist bistro La Bonne Table both make the cut, too. Four restaurants in Copehagen are standouts too, including Studio, Uformel, Baest, and Øl & Brød. Sounds like a great time to cash in those frequent flyer miles.