The NFL draft has begun, so here are our out-of-town restaurant draft picks

In Time Out New York's own special dining draft, we pick five eateries we’d love to bring to New York

New York is home to some of the best restaurants, bars and food trucks in the world, and for that we’re very grateful. But sometimes, after a vacation, a pang of homesickness (for those of us not born in one of the five boroughs) or simply just reading too damn much about a certain place, we can’t help but wish we could draft these five out-of-state restaurants and have them join our home team.

1. The Purple Pig, Chicago

Purple Pig

Purple Pig Photograph: Martha Williams

Behind this Mediterranean eatery is a veritable power squad: Jimmy Bannos and son Jimmy Bannos Jr. (James Beard Rising Star Chef of the Year), Scott Harris (Mia Francesca) and Tony Mantuano (Spiaggia). We envision a West Village offshoot of the Magnificent Mile location, where we’d happily line up for its house-made charcuterie, pork osso bucco with polenta and one too many glasses of wine.

2. Pêche Seafood Grill, New Orleans

There are many things we envy about NOLA—Bourbon Street, the Jazz Fest—and this seafood heaven is a recent addition to the list. Just this week, it was crowned Best New Restaurant at the James Beard Awards, while chef Ryan Prewitt scored Best Chef: South. Need more convincing? Try to read these dishes out loud without your mouth watering: Louisiana shrimp roll, crawfish bisque, smothered catfish. We can’t do it, either.

3. Kogi BBQ, Los Angeles

Photograph: Courtesy Eric Shin

Roy Choi’s iconic Korean barbecue has been rolling around for more than five years now, keeping hungry Angelenos happy and giving us serious West Coast envy. The Kogi staple is the short-rib taco–corn tortillas with double-caramelized Korean barbecue, slaw, salsa roja, cilantro-onion-lime relish and a chili-soy vinaigrette—and has spawned such a loyal following that Choi’s fleet now has four trucks. Surely he could manage to send a fifth one to New York, no?

4. State Bird Provisions, San Francisco

Chefs and owners Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski define California fresh at this rustic Bay Area joint, named Best New Restaurant at last year’s James Beard Awards. The überseasonal menu changes constantly, depending entirely on freshness and availability. If we were to eat there tonight, our choices would include wild king-salmon tartare with fermented turnips, guinea-hen dumplings and smoked black-cod brandade-sesame pancakes.

5. In-N-Out Burger, West Coast

Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

We’ve heard over and over that this burger chain will never come to the East Coast. And we’re well aware that New York does not suffer from a lack of good burgers. And yet we still daydream about the day when we can order a Double-Double, stacked with two juicy beef patties, those addictive fries and a thick chocolate milkshake, and then walk home–you know, in Queens.

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Editor: Marley Lynch (@marleyasinbob)

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