After a year of ordering takeout and delivery from the couch, it feels sublime to dine out again – at an actual restaurant, with real-life servers and cocktails that beat anything we could shake up at home. Once you're done checking in on all of your favorite haunts, you might find yourself wondering, 'What's new around here?'
You're in luck: despite the odds stacked against them (of which there are many), new restaurants are popping up all over the world right now, proving just how tough the hospitality industry really is. On top of that, their stories are nothing short of remarkable. Take Imad Alarnab for instance: the chef and Syrian refugee is starting over in London with a deeply personal new concept that tells his story. Then there's Damien Brockway's mobile cookery in Austin, which introduces barbecue fans to modern African-American cuisine. And we'd be lying if we said we weren't itching to jet off to Mexico City to check out a pair of fantastic new finds.
Ready to dig in? The best new restaurants in the world come in many shapes and sizes – from a cozy ramen-fueled izakaya in Dubai and a splashy New York import in Miami to a downright dreamy rooftop in Lisbon. Join us in celebrating these amazing new restaurants that opened their doors despite – well! – everything. And plan your next food-fueled vacation accordingly.
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