Best New Restaurant (2015)


The culinary world is always in a state of flux – that means plenty of new places to chow down during your travels. For the past four weeks, USA TODAY 10Best readers have been voting for their favorite new restaurant in the United States, and we have a winner!

  • Timna

    New York

    One of NYC’s most buzzed-about newcomers serves modern Mediterranean cuisine in a cozy, casual East Village space. The restaurant takes its name from two geographical locations of the same name: a valley in Israel and an ancient city in Yemen. Chef Nir Mesika's menu blends old-world classics with experimental techniques. Most diners start by enjoying puffy pieces of kubaneh, a Yemenite yeast bread, which is served with crushed tomatoes in tahini. Other menu highlights include "east-west" duck (roasted carrot puree, soy-glazed bok choy, puffed rice and curried aioli), and five-hour short ribs served with smoked butternut squash, grilled corn and lamb belly.
    Photo courtesy of Michael Tulipan / Timna

  • Duck Inn

    Duck Inn

    In Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood, the Gem-Bar Lounge was a South Side favorite for nearly a century. The Michelin-starred chef Kevin Hickey grew up nearby and went on to purchase and rename the Gem-Bar; the Duck Inn is now the sixth venue from Rockit Ranch Productions. Hickey’s globally-inspired, locally-sourced menu includes everything from fried cheese curds with bloody mary ketchup to rice cake fingers with kimchi sauce. Seating options include a welcoming lounge space, traditional dining room, patio and sizable backyard.
    Photo courtesy of Duck Inn

  • Chomp Chomp

    Chomp Chomp
    New York

    In the West Village, this Singaporean newcomer serves an array of hawker food and street food classics. Chef Simpson Wong, a veteran of the NYC modern Asian food scene, prepares a variety of authentic dishes: BBQ stingray, Hainanese chicken rice, an oyster omelet. Most of Chomp Chomp’s dishes are meant to be shared, and the menu features Malaysian, Indian and Chinese elements. The trendy, casual environs are filled with Southeast Asian touches.
    Photo courtesy of Chomp Chomp

  • Biscuit Love

    Biscuit Love

    Karl and Sarah Worley founded Nashville’s Biscuit Love in 2012 as a food truck, and after a successful run the couple opened their brick-and-mortar outpost in the heart of The Gulch neighborhood. The eatery sports a commitment to sourcing locally and giving back to the community, so customers can feel good indulging in favorites like the "Princess" biscuit (Nashville-style hot chicken, pickles, mustard and honey) and the "Wash Park" burger (pimento cheese and bacon jam, served on a biscuit).
    Photo courtesy of Biscuit Love

  • Radish & Rye

    Radish & Rye
    Santa Fe

    One of the most exciting restaurants to open in Santa Fe in years, Radish & Rye is passionate about its support of local farmers and ranchers. Chef David Gaspar de Alba’s menu changes with the seasons, and he can often be found visiting the city’s incredible farmers market. Small plates include grilled heirloom artichoke with harissa butter and steak tartare with Calabrian chili, lime oil and quail yolk; seared lamb rib with salsa verde and rabbit ragu with spaetzle are examples of larger plates. The bar offers one of the area’s strongest bourbon lists, with more than 50 available.
    Photo courtesy of Douglas Merriam

  • Townsman


    Located in a quiet corner of Downtown Boston on the edge of Chinatown, Townsman is a true New England restaurant. The husband-and-wife Chefs Matt and Kate Jennings source top-notch ingredients from the surrounding region; their menu is packed with sustainable, seasonal ingredients. The  complementary brown bread (baked in a can and served with whipped honey butter and togarashi) is a popular intro to elaborate raw seafood towers, astounding housemade charcuterie, smoked bluefish pâté and roasted lamb ribs that are cured in fennel and brown sugar. A lively open kitchen looks out to a convivial dining room, and visitors can also opt to sit on the breezy patio or in the small, stylish bar space.
    Photo courtesy of Townsman

  • Broken Spanish

    Broken Spanish
    Los Angeles

    Ray Garcia, a native of L.A. and classically trained chef, draws upon a diverse assortment of inspirations to come up with modern, forward-thinking fare. One of many buzzy restaurants to open in Downtown L.A., Broken Spanish sits in the shadow of L.A. Live and the Staples Center, allowing sports fans and concert goers to enjoy pre-event treats such as an oxtail quesadilla, homemade blood sausage with peach and arugula or a tamale filled with lamb neck and king oyster mushroom. Just a couple of blocks away is the smaller, more casual offshoot, B.S. Taqueria.
    Photo courtesy of DYLAN+JENI

  • The Progress

    The Progress
    San Francisco

    The Progress Theatre opened its doors in 1911. Over a century later, the building has been re-purposed as Stuart Brioza’s and Nicole Krasinski’s follow-up to their already popular State Bird Provisions. The Progress serves a six-dish, family-style menu each evening in its 90-seat dining room. Each table chooses their six dishes from a menu of over a dozen options; guest favorites include shaved cauliflower with herbs and pig fries, spice-rubbed squab with salted chile paste and Treasure Chest soup, a pork broth with sausage, trout quenelles and pumpkin rice dumplings.
    Photo courtesy of Ed Anderson

  • Momotaro


    In Chicago’s vibrant Fulton Market District, Momotaro has quickly won national acclaim for its upscale, modern Japanese fare. Chef Mark Hellyar oversees a sprawling menu that includes jidori chicken hearts, cedar-roasted whole sea bream and imperial wagyu beef tongue with karashi and smoked peppercorn. The renowned design firm AvroKO created a striking space; the main floor features stations for sushi and a Robata grill, and the private board room has floor-to-ceiling factory windows overlooking the main dining room.
    Photo courtesy of Huge Galdones

  • The Grey

    The Grey

    A pair of NYC natives - John Morisano and Chef Mashama Bailey - partnered to build The Grey in Savannah’s old Greyhound Bus terminal, which, having first opened in 1938, has been restored to its original luster. Foodies have come from far and wide to enjoy Bailey’s takes on upscale, soulful Southern fare. (Bailey made her bones working under Gabrielle Hamilton at NYC's Prune.) Menu highlights include salted flounder on toast, seafood boudin, oyster pie and smoked collard greens.
    Photo courtesy of The Grey

The top 10 winners in the category Best New Restaurant are as follows:

  1. Timna - New York
  2. Duck Inn - Chicago
  3. Chomp Chomp - New York
  4. Biscuit Love - Nashville
  5. Radish & Rye - Santa Fe
  6. Townsman - Boston
  7. Broken Spanish - Los Angeles
  8. The Progress - San Francisco
  9. Momotaro - Chicago
  10. The Grey - Savannah

A panel of experts picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Eric Grossman (USA TODAY) and Marla Cimini (USA TODAY) were chosen based on their extensive food and travel experience.

Additional nominees for Best New Restaurant included Abe Fisher in Philadelphia, Alimento in Los Angeles, Dai Due in Austin, Launderette in Austin, Petit Trois in Los Angeles, Pisco y Nazca in Miami, Semilla in New York, Shaya in New Orleans, Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery in San Antonio and Spoon and Stable in Minneapolis.

10Best and USA TODAY extend our congratulations to all the winners.

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