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Hottest Restaurants in Atlanta

Atlanta is opening new restaurants nonstop, with notable joints spreading to neighborhoods across the city. Whether they specialize in steaks, Korean barbecue or Tokyo-inspired noodles, these 10 arrivals are all exceptional in their own way.

5Church Atlanta

New AmericanAnsley Park
An outpost of a Charlotte original, this chic Midtown New American is decked out with swanky black leather and head-turning artwork. The creative seasonal menu spans snacks to steaks, plus a buzzy weekend brunch and a full bar crafting creative cocktails.

Must-order: Dishes like the crab appetizer ($12), a tangle of jumbo lump crabmeat, seaweed, tomatoes and a soy-ginger dressing, reflect the kitchen's ability to pull global flavors into its New American menu.

Insider tip: With the restaurant's rooftop patio and brunch mimosas for $3, you can put two and two together for planning your next weekend, weather permitting.

8ARM

Virginia Highland
The crisp design at this Virginia Highland kitchen reflects its modern approach to New American cafe fare, with smart but more casual breakfast and lunch service easing into a succinct dinner menu heavy on seasonal ingredients, especially local veggies.

Must-order: Stop by in the morning for one of pastry chef Sarah Dodge's excellent baked goods, from something simple like a cookie or scone to a more elaborate biscuit sandwich.

Insider tip: Look for the restaurant's patio to open later this year.

9 Mile Station

NewOld Fourth Ward
Perched nine stories above Ponce City Market, this rooftop beer garden offers a broad selection of brews, plus wine and craft cocktails, paired with sandwiches, sausages and shareable New American plates. The expansive indoor/outdoor setting includes fire pits, communal seating and Adirondack chairs for taking in views of the skyline, and admission is by advance reservation only (unless you enter through the Skyline Park amusement area).

Must-order: Go classic with the beer pairing and opt for one of 9 Mile Station's housemade sausages, available in either 6-, 9- or 12-inch versions and priced at $1.50 an inch.

Insider tip: Reservations for the beer garden can only be made via the prepaid-deposit-required website Tock, though all of the deposit goes towards the final bill — and a reservation exempts you from having to pay the $10 to access PCM's rooftop amusement park Skyline Park.

American Cut Atlanta

NewSteakhouseBuckhead
NYC chef Marc Forgione’s foray into Buckhead dining offers imaginative spins on classic steakhouse fare. Meanwhile the multilevel space and its separate rooftop bar, the Regent Cocktail Club, serve up stylish art deco accents for a posh crowd.

Must-order: The steakhouse's signature dish is the pastrami-style bone-in rib-eye ($52), a 20-oz. cut of meat crusted with black pepper, garlic and coriander.

Insider tip: A rooftop bar run by the same team, the Regent Cocktail Club is accessible by elevator from the American Cut lobby.

Cast Iron

NewAmericanOld Fourth Ward
Plenty of wood, subway tiles and large windows lend an inviting vibe at this Old Fourth Ward New American eatery, emphasizing seasonal, local ingredients on a concise food menu with European accents paired with well-crafted cocktails.

Must-order: An appetizer of shrimp ($12) over cold noodles, herbs, cucumber, cabbage and other vegetables.

Insider tip: No need to pregame due to fears of overpriced restaurant drinks here; Cast Iron's cocktails are well made and only $8 each.

Char Korean Bar & Grill

NewKoreanInman Park
This svelte Inman Quarter Korean barbecue spot lets diners grill their own meats right at the table, where traditional dishes crowd up next to more modern takes on East Asian fare. Meanwhile a bustling bar scene is fueled by hip cocktails.

Must-order: Want to try a wide array? Bring a group and order one of the massive sampler platters ($80–$160) that are cheekily named after Korean leaders, and arrive laden with pork belly, marinated beef, short ribs and lots more.

Insider tip: If you're accustomed to the complimentary banchan side dishes that arrive at most Korean restaurants, steel yourself for the fact that Char's banchan (gasp) cost money.

JINYA Ramen Bar Atlanta - Sandy Springs Store

RamenSandy Springs
Ladling hearty bowls of the cult-favorite Japanese soup, this modern Sandy Springs noodle spot with a full bar specializes in a signature black ramen, made with charred garlic-infused pork broth. The menu also includes plenty of other varieties, such as chicken and vegetarian-friendly soups, plus rice bowls, curries and more.

Must-order: Cha Cha ramen ($12), a rich bowl of noodles, tonkotsu pork broth, cabbage and a boiled egg with a perfectly creamy yolk.

Insider tip: Jinya's reputation has grown quickly since opening, so plan ahead and expect a wait, or snag a solo seat at the ramen bar.

Kitchen Six

NewDecatur
Chef Jason Jimenez of Atlanta supper club/catering business Homespun crafts the concise seasonal menu at this North Decatur New American, featuring dressed-up comfort-food snacks and refined entrees that highlight local produce in a handsome, intimate setting styled with dark plaids and reclaimed wood.

Must-order: The grilled bone-in pork chop ($21) is paired with seasonal ingredients including braised butter cabbage, kale, baby carrots and an apple-mustard compote.

Insider tip: Chef Jason Jimenez also runs the catering company and private chef service Homespun Atlanta, which has hosted numerous supper clubs in the past.

Nexto

NewJapanesePoncey-Highland
Atlanta ramen darling Mihoko Obunai dishes up diverse bowls of rich, brothy noodle soup at this industrial-chic Poncey-Highland kitchen, also dispensing robata-grilled skewers and other Japanese pub fare. Set in a corrugated metal shed, the lofty space has huge windows overlooking a bamboo hedge, plus a bar mixing smart craft cocktails.

Must-order: Tokyo-inspired tori shoyu ramen ($14) features a soy-based broth and chewy noodles topped with roast pork belly, menma (fermented bamboo shoots), mushrooms, spinach and a soft-boiled egg.

Insider tip: Come in after 10 PM for the restaurant's take on the made-for-social-media ramen burger ($12), a beef patty topped with kimchi and a fried egg, and sandwiched between two noodle discs.

Scout

NewDecatur
This airy New American gastropub in Oakhurst's historic Scottish Rite complex turns out smart versions of classic dishes, relying heavily on seasonal, local ingredients and putting serious emphasis on craft cocktails.

Must-order: The ricotta-and-collard-greens dumplings ($18) over a marinara sauce made from yellow tomatoes.

Insider tip: Scout's set in the restaurant space of the renovated Old Scottish Rite Hospital in Decatur's Oakhurst Village.

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