New Orleans is full of great restaurants, so you’ll never be at a loss for where to eat. But don’t we all want to be among the first to try the latest spots? Our local chefs are always innovating, and out-of-towners see New Orleans as a great place to try out their new concepts. Make sure you check out these hot, new restaurants opening in New Orleans this fall: from French Quarter cocktail elegance to neighborhood sandwiches, we’ve got the scoop.
1300 Magazine St.
Chefs Bill Jones of Cochon and Richard Horner of Coquette are collaborating to open Blue Giant, a “straightforward” Chinese-American restaurant that will serve favorites like fried rice, egg drop soup, Peking duck, blue crab rangoons, and shrimp wontons. Part of a recent trend toward higher-end, high-quality Chinese restaurants, Blue Giant joins other local spots like Red’s Chinese and Bao & Noodle. This new Lower Garden District restaurant is set to open in October.
900 Harrison Ave.
Chef Ludovic “Vic” Gerrets and his partner Jason Serpas have opened Elle-J’s, a cozy restaurant serving Creole-Italian fare in the Lakeview neighborhood. Gerrets is a Lakeview native and is thrilled to be cooking for his neighbors back home. The space features a wood-fired oven for pizza and roasted oysters, while the kitchen serves up pasta with red sauce and meats, plus a variety of seafood.
Em Trai Sandwich Co.
2372 St. Claude Ave.
An alum of St. Roch Market, Tung Nguyen of T2 Streetfood has earned a place in the New Orleans Vietnemese food landscape. With Em Trai Sandwich Co., Nguyen is opening a brick-and mortar location right across the street from his old St. Roch Market home. The menu features delicious items like bao, pho made with American-style barbecue meats plus lobster, hot sausage banh mi, and seasonal Viet-Cajun seafood boils. Em Trai opened in September, and is a casual counter-service shop with a full bar.
3214 Burgundy St.
Tokyo native Chef Kaz once manned Metairie’s Shogun sushi bar, and later assembled popular omakase pop-ups around the city. In late October, he will open his very own sushi restaurant in the Bywater, Nagomi. While technically omakase, which means literally “to entrust yourself to the chef” and let him or her choose the ingredients, Nagmoi will be approachable in both style and price.
238 Bourbon St.
Laura Belluci of SoBou and Hayley Vanvleet of Curio are among the opening team at Belle Epoque, an absinthe-and-cocktail-lounge attached to Bourbon Street’s Old Absinthe House. The cocktail menu is centered on absinthe and food offerings feature French-inspired items such as a trio of oysters with absinthe mignonette, stuffed chicken wings with whipped foie gras, and French onion pot pie. Belle Epoque opened its doors in September.
1837 Magazine St.
New Orleanians may be familiar with Vietnamese-born and New Orleans-raised Chef Nguyen’s ramen pop-up Union Ramen. Last spring, he announced he would open a casual, counter service restaurant of the same name. Union Ramen‘s menu will include poke, Vietnamese small plates, and of course, chicken broth-based ramen. Originally set to open in late 2018, Union Ramen now expects to open this fall in the Lower Garden District.