Bon Appétit has crowned its 10 best new restaurants for the year in its September issue with Staplehouse, an Atlanta-based nonprofit New American restaurant taking the top spot. In New York, Wildair, the Lower East side casual sister restaurant to hot spot Contra, has earned the eighth ranking.
The list, which the Condé Nast-owned glossy dubs its “Hot 10,” has been edited down from 50 finalists from across the country, and includes a range of cuisines. BA editors crisscrossed the country, initially rounding up more than 400 new eateries.
“It’s a grind but a fun one,” said deputy editor Andrew Knowlton, who traveled with senior editor Julia Kramer more than 5,700 miles to 40-plus cities in search of the restaurants that are defining the way we eat in 2016. “We had more real contenders this year than ever before,” he noted.
In its September issue, which hits newsstands today, BA devoted a 46-page spread to the Hot 10, which includes the backstory of the restaurants, photography of the food, recipes and a calorie count of some of its best dishes.
“The September issue is the one we look forward to the most,” says Bon Appétit editor in chief Adam Rapoport. “This year, we are adding a huge, immersive online element, which will noticeably elevate the experience for our audience.”
Below is the full list of BA’s Hot 10 list for 2016. More details on the restaurants can be found at BonAppetit.com/hot10.
Bad Saint (Washington, D.C.)
Lord Stanley (San Francisco)
Baroo (Los Angeles)
South Philly Barbacoa (Philadelphia)
Oberlin (Providence, R.I.)
Wildair (New York)
Buxton Hall (Asheville, N.C.)
N7 (New Orleans)