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Hottest Restaurants and Bars in New Orleans

From big-name chefs to down-home favorites, these are New Orleans' must-hits restaurants.

Pho Tau Bay Restaurant

VietnameseCBD
This Mid City iteration of a NoLa favorite is dishing up Vietnamese classics like pho, spring rolls, banh mi and a long list of noodle dishes in stylish digs with a marble-topped bar and exposed-brick walls.

Shaya Restaurant

IsraeliUptown
At this Uptown hangout, chef Alon Shaya (Domenica, Pizza Domenica) pulls from a pastiche of modern Middle Eastern, Turkish, North African and Greek flavors inspired by his Israeli roots, serving shared dishes like baba ghanoush and tabouleh, hummus kicked up with curry-fried cauliflower, falafel, accompanied by wood-fired pita bread. The chic blue-and-white space boasts marble tables, cushy leather seats and ring chandeliers, capped with an outdoor patio.

Balise

Southern AmericanCBD
The La Petite Grocery team is behind this CBD bistro (named for a pioneering French settlement) that focuses on Louisiana fare with attention to its European influences. Inside an 1832 townhouse, it also offers cocktails that riff on historic spirits plus old- and new-world wines.

Dooky Chase Restaurant

CreoleTreme
The "lovely" "Queen Leah" Chase is still the "master" of soul food at her circa-1940s Treme "classic", whose "outstanding" local staples, like "melt-in-your-mouth" fried chicken and "to-die-for" pecan pie, are like "the jazz of food"; although the spot "doesn't look like much from outside", the "pretty" interior offers guests "a dose of New Orleans history and culture" via "amazing" works by significant African-American artists; P.S. lunch buffet Tuesday–Friday; dinner served Friday only.

N7

FrenchSt. Claude
Located in a former tire shop in the Ninth Ward, this secluded bar and bistro offers a limited French menu with occasional Japanese notes, including shochu cocktails. The cozy, art-lined haunt features a distinctive, angled roof and gravel courtyard with colorful furniture, and the interior has a funky, earthy vibe with stucco walls, concrete floors, stained glass and a vaulted ceiling.

Compère Lapin

CaribbeanWarehouse District
A chef who grew up in St. Lucia, worked under Daniel Boulud and Scott Conant, and placed second in Top Chef: New Orleans melds Caribbean, French and Italian traditions with Louisiana flavors at this Warehouse District locale with a strong seafood bent. Weathered brick and wood enhance the warmth of the tile-floored space, while creative drinks and desserts encourage lingering.

Kenton's

AmericanAudubon
A focus on bourbon drives both the cocktail list and its accompanying elevated American and Southern fare at this Uptown hangout from the relocated owners of such whiskey-centric NYC spots as Maysville and the erstwhile Char No. 4. Deep green leather booths and a long marble bar are part of the polished look, while a raw bar adds an extra social touch.

Willa Jean

Southern AmericanCBD
Housemade breads, biscuits and sweets provide the foundation for the Southern breakfast, lunch and brunch dishes at this CBD bakery in the Besh Restaurant Group. The bright, lofty space nods to the past with touches like “Uneeda Biscuit” painted across the brick wall above the bar, which pours coffee, tea, cocktails and spiked slushies.

Little Korea BBQ

KoreanLower Garden District
Now in the hands of the original owners’ daughter and relocated to larger Garden District digs, this casual Korean offers an expanded menu of classics, including its signature spicy oxtail stew, bibimbap and barbecued proteins like pork belly, short ribs and brisket cooked tableside over inset grills. Bright and modern, the spare space boasts white walls and dark wood furniture, with brass exhaust pipes adding visual interest.

Turkey & the Wolf

Sandwich ShopSt. Thomas
Innovative sandwiches featuring local ingredients like chicken-fried Louisiana Wagyu are served alongside shareable snacks and creative cocktails at this playful Irish Channel hangout helmed by two Coquette alumni. The bright red exterior opens to a quirky dining room with colorful chairs, mismatched plates and photos of classic Nola scenes on the walls.
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