Opened in: May
Taking over from Silver Lake's iconic Happy Foot/Sad Foot clinic, this Indian pizza parlor is a razor-sharp distillation of everything that's great about L.A.'s food scene. Over the summer, a steady stream of critical acclaim and celebrity appearances like Mindy Kaling have made reservations at Pijja Palace downright impossible, but that doesn't take away from the fact that Avish Naran's little sports bar that could is still one of the most delicious, new, game-changing ways to dine in L.A. Every simple-but-complex dish tastes fresh and exciting, from the vodka sauce-esque malai rigatoni to the newer pan-style pizzas. The minimalist bleached wood and white interiors add flair to the restaurant’s modern sports bars vibe, but the fun, South Asian-inspired drinks and even better cuisine ensure that casually dropping in to Pijja Palace to catch the latest game won’t be a likely possibility for a long, long time.
In 2022, Time Out checked out over 60 brand-new restaurants across greater Los Angeles, averaging at least five visits a month. Among them, we found great date night spots, plenty of solid neighborhood joints, a couple of duds and a handful of truly great places that we think might soon rank among the city’s very best. Along the way, we witnessed the surprising resurgence in Silver Lake’s dining scene, became parking whizzes in East Hollywood and even grew to enjoy visiting Hollywood a little (thank you, Evan Funke).
Though the coronavirus is now unfortunately a part of our everyday lives (just look at the county’s latest case counts), L.A.’s restaurant industry found a way this year to come back from the pandemic despite it all. Rising inflation and labor costs have cut into many restaurants’ overall bottom lines, but the city’s countless chefs, line cooks, managers, servers, hosts, bartenders, bussers and barbacks have still managed to deliver another great year of dining in Los Angeles. Hats off to you all, first and foremost.
After much consideration, we think these 14 newcomers in particular deserve special recognition for their exceptional—at times game-changing—cuisine alongside wonderful service and ambience. Among them, you’ll find some new Michelin stars, amazing pizza and Filipino food that began as a humble garage pop-up during quarantine. From top to bottom, every place on this list is worth visiting in the new year—or anytime, really. These are Time Out L.A.’s best new restaurants of 2022.