Get set for one of our most exciting culinary competitions yet!
Bravo is thrilled to announce our new series Best New Restaurant will premiere January 2015. The show, hosted by Tom Colicchio, will take viewers inside the competitive world of the restaurant industry.
Colicchio, along with a team of experts, pits 16 of the nation’s hottest new restaurants against each other in a series of challenges aimed at determining which provides the best top-to-bottom experience. The restaurants will not only be judged on the dishes that are served, but also everything from decor to hospitality to overall concept.
Colicchio will travel across the nation in search of one restaurant that deserves to be crowned "Best New Restaurant" and win an editorial feature in Bon Appétit as well as a featured spot at America’s No. 1 global food festival, Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit 2015. Want to learn a bit more about the featured restaurants, which hail from Austin, Los Angeles, Miami and New York? Read on.
Barlata Tapas Bar, Austin
Husband and wife team Daniel Olivella and Vanessa Jerez serve Spanish-style tapas, plus larger specialities like paella, in a communal dining space.
Porter Ale House and Gastropub, Austin
Owners Joe Bixel, Neil Joiner, and Trevor Lane deliver a huge beer selection, cocktails, and pub staples (beer cheese fondue, pirogies, and charcuterie) with a modern twist.
Restaurant Jezebel, Austin
This "bespoke" dining experience has a boutique wine list of rare bottles while plates are tailored to each diners' preferences and dietary needs.
Swift's Attic, Austin
Located in historic downtown, this restaurant creates farm-to-table offerings billed as "modern american small plates," plus 14 draft beers and craft cocktails, for which ice-cold liquors are poured from an ice tap.
Doma Beverly Hills, Los Angeles
Dustin Trani cooks up modern Italian and seafood dishes in this spacious, yet intimate, dining room.
Little Sparrow, Los Angeles
This California bistro in downtown Santa Ana features seasonal French and California cuisine from a constantly changing menu.
The Church Key, Los Angeles
Executive Chef Steven Fretz, who has worked under David Burke, whips up a diverse slate of dishes like Crispy Pork Belly and Tapioca Crusted Tai Snapper at this West Hollywood establishment.
Union Restaurant, Pasadena
This 50-seat restaurant and bar cooks up seasonal Northern Italian cuisine, including pastas, pork meatballs, crostinis and more.
Buns & Buns, Miami
This "gastro-fast" space serves hearty plates like the truffle chicken bun, pulled brisket, the "knife and fork burger," and more. As the name suggests, carbs are the order of the day (but buns can be served on the side.)
Dolce Italian Restaurant, Miami
This Italian space—with wood-paneled walls and leather banquettes—touts a mozzarella bar, with freshly made-to-order platters, and Italian classics like Pappardelle alls Bolognese.
The Federal, Miami
The modern American tavern has updated spins on classics like Chili and Fries, Grits and Sausage, Mac and Cheese—plus a popular "boozy brunch."
R House, Miami
This restaurant and lounge—featuring an integrated gallery—serves up a contemporary mix of American, Mediterranean, Asian and Latin dishes and also hosts DJs and live music.
Tongue & Cheek, Miami
Jamie Derosa presents "honest food"—fried chicken, ribeye steaks, and carrot ravioli—in a classically modern setting.
Lapicio, New York
Located in the East Village, executive chef Gabe Thompson cooks up modern Italian food like gnocchi, bucatini, roasted chicken, charred octopus, and more.
Morgan's Brooklyn Barbecue, Brooklyn
High-quality comfort food (Frito pie, chili cheese fries) and Texas barbecue (pulled pork sandwiches) are served at this laid-back Brooklyn joint.
The Pines, Brooklyn
Chef John Poiarkoff invents "new and familiar tastes" with seasonal and house-made ingredients—plus biodynamic wines, craft brews, and specialty cider imports.