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2014 Hot 25 Restaurants in the U.S.

Roasted beets at FT33 (Credit: Kevin Marple); chef Gio Osso of Virtu; dining room at Old Major



A hot crop of buzz-worthy restaurants has sprung up, and we’re here to show you the 25 most sizzling ones. Many of these hot spots are packed every night, with lines out the door or a rezzy list a mile long. But if you're willing to brave the see-and-be-seen crowd to stay on the cutting edge of hip new venues, let us guide you.

From L.A. Art District fave Bestia to New Orleans' Domenica (whose jam-packed happy hour is the talk of the town), to New York's à la mode French darling Lafayette, we’ve got the skinny for scenesters and gourmets on where to eat now.




ARMONK, NY
Restaurant North

ATLANTA
The Optimist

BALTIMORE
Woodberry Kitchen

CAMBRIDGE, MA
Puritan & Company

CHICAGO
Fat Rice

DALLAS
FT33

DEL MAR, CA
Cucina Enoteca

DENVER
Old Major

HOUSTON
Oxheart


LAS VEGAS
Nobu Restaurant Caesars Palace

LOS ANGELES
Bestia

LOS GATOS, CA
Nick's

LOUISVILLE, KY
The Village Anchor

MIAMI BEACH
The Bazaar by José Andrés

NEW ORLEANS
Domenica

NEW YORK
Lafayette

ORANGE COUNTY, CA
Selanne Steak Tavern

PALM SPRINGS, CA
Birba

PARK CITY, UT
High West Distillery and Saloon

PHILADELPHIA
Sbraga

PORTLAND
Ava Gene's

SAN FRANCISCO
SPQR

SCOTTSDALE, AR
Virtu

SEATTLE
Altura

WASHINGTON, DC
Del Campo


The dining room of Jean-Georges restaurant in New York City, one of GAYOT's Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S.

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