People love lists. They help us sift through an overwhelming amount of information — And when it comes to the question “Where should we go to eat tonight”, we could all use a little help.

GQ correspondent Brett Martin has taken the time to whittle down the daunting number of new restaurants in America in GQ’s annual Best New Restaurants list. For those keeping score, Los Angeles has three, New York has just one. Other cities like Detroit and Minneapolis make a surprise showing. The list is unranked and in alphabetical order and includes everything from Korean small plates and pizza to high-end Nordic menus (Aska).

Without further ado…

  • Aska (Brooklyn) Scandinavian high notes beneath the Williamsburg Bridge.
  • Flowers of Vietnam (Detroit) A son of Palestinian immigrants does Southeast Asian in Mexicantown.
  • Han Oak (Portland, OR) Casual Korean tasting menu collides with Portland cool.
  • Kato (Los Angeles) A West L.A.’s strip mall hosts the city’s best-valued Asian tasting menu.
  • Kemuri Tatsu-ya (Austin) Giddy, riotous Japanese-Texan “Austin izakaya.
  • Rooster Soup Co. (Philadelphia) Israeli chef Michael Salomonov’s posse elevates Jewish diner favorites.
  • Salazar (Los Angeles) Ecstatic, escapist Mexican food near the L.A. River.
  • Side Chick (Los Angeles) Transcendant Hainan chicken at the Westfield Santa Anita mall.
  • Tarsan i Jane (Seattle) Characteristic Catalan and Valencian inventiveness for the Northwest.
  • Young Joni (Minneapolis) Wood-fired pizzas and Korean small plates, in equal measure. America in 2017 on a menu.




Meghan is a full-time writer exploring the fun facts behind food. She lives a healthy lifestyle but lives for breakfast, dessert and anything with marinara. She’s thrown away just as many meals as she’s proud of.