So it begins. Andrew Knowlton and Julia Kramer have revealed their long list of 50 nominees for Bon Appétit’s Best New Restaurant title. Last year’s winner was Staplehouse from Atlanta, and other recent numero unos include Washington, D.C.’s Rose’s Luxury and San Francisco’s Al’s Place. The New York brigade this year is represented by Aska (which made it on GQ’s list), Le Coucou, and Olmsted (a favorite of the city’s food writers), and, surprisingly, a little but very good wine bar called Hart’s. Other big names on the list include Washington, D.C.’s Himitsu (which landed on Eater critic Bill Addison’s list) and Pineapple and Pearls, from the owners of Rose’s Luxury; Charleston’s Rodney Scott’s BBQ; New Orleans’s Turkey and the Wolf; San Francisco’s Tartine Manufactory and Mister Jiu’s; and Los Angeles’ Destroyer and Kismet.
The carrot crêpe from Olmsted, one of Bon Appétit’s nominees. Photo: Melissa Hom