Esquire magazine has named America's best new restaurants of the year. This list was mostly compiled by former restaurant editor to the magazine Josh Ozersky prior to his untimely death. Contributing editor Ted Allen used his announcement of the list to memorialize Ozersky, noting that in order to complete the job the magazine enlisted "a team of Esquire pros and great new voices from all over the country, including Beard Award winners John Birdsall and John DeVore," to finish the job.
Allen continues, "No tribute could be more fitting, because we are as blown away by these restaurants and the cultural shifts they represent as Josh was. There is something of a New Food Order emerging—the rules, like the complexion of the country itself, are changing." How? Allen explains: "...after a decade of tatt-sleeved male chefs whose primary concern was building empires rather than flavors, we are entering a new era of collaboration and cooperation that focuses more on cooking and less on big-swinging solo-artist brand development."
Four restaurants in New York City are on the list, including Andrew Carmellini's Little Park and Shuko, which Eater's Ryan Sutton called "New York's most exciting new Japanese restaurant." The Progress in San Francisco, Shaya in New Orleans, and both B.S. Taqueria and Broken Spanish in Los Angeles also made the cut. It should be noted that though they're listed together and share the same owner, B.S. Taqueria and Broken Spanish are not the same restaurant. Find the full list below.
Shaya, New Orleans
The Progress, San Francisco
Muscadine, Portland, Oregon
The Grey, Savannah
Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen, Morristown, New Jersey
B.S. Taqueria and Broken Spanish, Los Angeles
Dolo Restaurant and Bar, Chicago
The Duck Inn, Chicago
Little Park, New York
Shuko, New York
Santina, New York
Mountain Bird, New York