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Exciting New Restaurants in 2024

Exciting New Restaurants in 2024

New year, new restaurants—and 2024 will see plenty of exciting openings across America. Whether you’re craving BBQ, Italian or classic comfort fare like burgers and fries (no wrong answers), our top picks offer something for even the pickiest of eaters. It’s also worth mentioning that decorated chefs helm several of our top picks, while others are led by rising stars who are sure to make their mark, one dish at a time. Hungry for more? Ahead, we’ve rounded up 10 of our favorite U.S. restaurant openings for 2024, including picks in major cities like Miami, New York, Boston and (so much) more.

Best new restaurants opening in 2024

1. Porgy’s Seafood Market | New Orleans, LA

Anticipated opening: January 2024

One-part market, one-part restaurant, Porgy’s will showcase some of the freshest seafood offerings in NOLA—and the Gulf Coast as a whole, focusing on sustainable, wild-caught seafood. Four veteran New Orleans chefs founded the eatery to connect consumers directly with local fisheries. With all this in mind, diners can expect a bevy of seafood-centric sandwiches and salads, boiled seafood and crudo featuring fresh catches from the market’s ever-changing selection (freshly shucked oysters, anyone?)

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2. Gotham Burger Social Club | New York, NY

Anticipated opening date: Mid-January 2024

Gotham Burger Social Club is the brainchild of burger connoisseur-turned-chef Mike Puma, who, on a quest to uncover the best burger in New York, ended up creating his own, which,  following several pop-ups over the years, has been very well-received by fans. As of 2024, Puma will have a permanent location for his burger joint on the Lower East Side. It will, of course, serve Puma’s signature Gotham Smash (his take on a classic Oklahoma onion burger: custom beef-blend patties smashed on a flattop with onions and topped with melted American cheese, Gotham special sauce, pickles, ketchup, and mustard on a soft potato roll). That said, don’t sleep on the other menu items like chopped cheese tacos and loaded tots—and wash it all down with an egg cream, because, hey, why not? The interior space pays homage to, spoiler alert, Oklahoma. It’s best described as a retro diner with a western-inspired, mid-century-modern flair (think: a walnut-paneled bar, brown leather bar stools and brass detailing).

3. Bar Bludorn | Houston, TX

Anticipated opening: Early 2024

Renowned chef Aaron Bludorn (the former executive chef of Daniel Boulud’s eponymous Cafe Boulud)—along with his business partners, wife Victoria Pappas Bludorn and Cherif Mbodji—are gearing up to open Bar Bludorn in Houston’s leafy Memorial neighborhood in early 2024. The upscale tavern, led by rising-star chef Alexandra Pena, will serve lunch and dinner, and offer a stellar cocktail program. Bar Bludorn will be the sister eatery to his already-open (and uber-popular) Bludorn restaurant. Expect an array of New American, French-inspired staples with a distinct Gulf Coast flair—and a seasonally changing menu.

4. Stateline Road Smokehouse | Napa, CA

Anticipated opening: March 2024

Slated to open in March 2024 (though there’s a temporary location in Napa’s Oxbow Market ‘til January, which offers a limited menu), Stateline Road Smokehouse will serve up Kansas City-style BBQ—think: brisket, ribs, chicken, pulled pork, and so on—with a side of laid-back and relaxed vibes in a space that was once an auto body shop. Helmed by acclaimed chef Darryl Bell (who has had stints at Michelin-starred staples like Alinea in Chicago, Bouchon in Yountville, and Press in St. Helena), this hip haunt will be the first Black-owned restaurant in the city of Napa. In addition to the aforementioned menu options, diners can expect a wide variety of salads, grains and fish. Seating takes the form of picnic benches while fun bluegrass music plays in the background.

5. Seamark Seafood & Cocktails | Boston, MA

Anticipated opening: April 2024

This swanky seafood spot is set to open this spring in the luxurious over-the-top Encore Boston Harbor hotel—adjacent to the flora-filled lobby and stunning Ferris wheel. Diners can choose from many New England seafood staples, including cold-water fish, lobster, and shellfish galore. The stylish nautical-inspired space, which includes two dining rooms, a sleek bar area, an outdoor terrace and more, is equally impressive. The vibe? See and be seen; that said, expect plenty of well-heeled locals, travelers, and perhaps even a celebrity or two if you’re lucky.

6. Baraboo Supper Club | Boise, ID

Anticipated opening: April 2024

Boise already boasts an impressive culinary scene with its fair share of top-notch restaurants. Baraboo Supper Club, which will debut inside the (also) yet-to-open Hotel Renegade, will take downtown Boise by storm. As you can guess by its name, this elegant eatery will offer the traditional, nostalgia-inducing supper club ambiance but with a more contemporary twist. As such, diners can expect to nosh on supper club staples like prime rib and relish trays—best paired with boozy ice cream drinks and brandy old fashioneds, of course—in a sophisticated setting featuring plush banquettes, lots of wooden accents, and dim lighting.

7. Hawksmoor | Chicago, IL

Anticipated opening: Spring 2024

Chicago has always been a foodie city: In fact, it’s home to over 7,000 restaurants and counting. Soon, it’ll be home to an outpost of one of London’s most beloved steak restaurants, Hawksmoor, which has received global fame for its signature dry-aged steaks. The attention to detail here is exquisite. Set to open in a Chicago landmark—the three-story, 16,500-square-foot, and1887-era LaSalle Street Cable Car Powerhouse—this Hawksmoor will feature the restaurant’s signature parquet block flooring and, in homage to the building’s original owner, Charles Tyson Yerkes (who saw played a significant role in developing the mass transit systems in Chicago and London), the tilework is inspired by those found in London Underground stations. Other design highlights include reclaimed Holophane glass pendant lights from the historic Nairn Mill in Scotland on the first floor and restored Parisian holophane glass street lamps on the second floor.

8. Casa Neos | Miami, FL

Anticipated opening: Spring 2024

When it opens this spring, the Medierrearan-inspired, 30,000-square-foot Casa Neos will feature a four-suite boutique hotel, a members-only beach club, a rooftop bar and lounge, and, last but not least, an eponymous two-story restaurant. Set across two stories, the signature restaurant will offer refined Mediterranean fare featuring fresh, locally sourced ingredients (think: mezze platters, whole roasted cauliflower, and the like) in a trend-forward space that’s practically designed to be Instagrammed. It’s also worth noting that Casa Neos is run by Riviera Dining Group, the team behind some of Miami’s hottest eateries like MILA and Baoli.

9. Cooper Mill | Alexandria, VA

Anticipated opening: Late spring 2024

Set to open its doors in late spring, Cooper Mill will occupy one of Alexandria’s last remaining waterfront warehouses. The tavern-slash-market-slash event space is named for the former mill on the site it will call home, which fabricated barrels for the Alexandria Flour Company. (Before that, the warehouse was used as a mess house and commissary during the Civil War.) The market will offer grab-and-go breakfast staples and coffee, along with a selection of baked goods, sandwiches, soups, prepared foods and the like; meanwhile, the first-floor tavern will have a casual, come-as-you-are feel plus a warm rustic feel with an elevated twist. Last but not least, is the sprawling event space, which can hold up to 120 people.

10. Vinai | Minneapolis, MN

Anticipated opening: Summer 2024

Minneapolis is home to some of the best restaurants in the Midwest—and Vinai, slated to open in summer 2024, is well worth adding to your list. The restaurant, which will pay homage to James Beard-nominated chef-slash-owner Yia Vang’s Hmong heritage, is named for the refugee camp where he was born. (Sidenote: While Minnesota is home to the diaspora of Hmong people living outside Asia, Vinai marks the state’s first brick-and-mortar restaurant exclusively dedicated to Hmong cuisine.) The space will be decked out in plants in a loving nod to Vang’s mom’s green thumb; also, while the live wood fire serves as a lovely tribute to his dad (Vang has memories tending to said fire alongside his dad at large family gatherings). The cuisine, which, per the website, will consist of “large shared mains, bright veggie sides and bold sauces,” will utilize ingredients from local Hmong farmers, too.

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