Esquire‘s annual best new restaurant list is out and this time around John Mariani includes accolades in categories like best dish (that NoMad roast chicken), best design (Juvia in Miami Beach), and restaurateur of the year, along with nods to individual chefs. Mariani’s choices spread across the nation; he visited 20 different cities for the piece.
Given that Bon Appétit recently dropped its “Top 50 Best New Restaurants” issue, with picks made by restaurant editor Andrew Knowlton, it’s interesting to see which spots caught the eye of both critics. The big double winners this time around include State Bird Provisions (San Francisco), AQ (San Francisco), the NoMad (New York), Underbelly (Houston), Macintosh (Charleston), and the Catbird Seat (Nashville).
Notably, the list steers clear of the the molecular, the fussy, and the classic French. Instead, Mariani is all about restaurants that feature “great, distinctive food that people will delight in eating, places you’ll want to tell your friends about, take your loved ones to, use the expense account on.”