Best New Restaurants 2021

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In February, Los Angeles magazine hosted the eighth annual Best New Restaurants “Quarantine Edition” Celebration. The event brought the January issue to life with curated to-go Tasting Kits and virtual event, moderated by Food Editor Hailey Eber, to honor and support the chefs and restaurants revealed in the editorial feature. Each Kit included a signature dish from five of the mentioned restaurants plus a plant-based tasting from Simple Feast. Guests also enjoyed cocktails by House of Suntory and El Tesoro/Bruxo, Flying Embers Hard Kombucha and Flying Embers Hard Seltzer, and a bottle of Bocce Ball Wine. Everything was delivered to attendees’ homes courtesy of QWQER Foods. 

In the evening, guests tuned into a virtual culinary program that featured cooking demonstrations from Found Oyster and Ospi and a mixology lesson from House of Suntory and El Tesoro/Bruxo. Plus, viewers watched a behind the scenes look of Mírame, a panel discussion featuring the chef/owners of Little Coyote, Angry Egret Dinette, and All Day Baby along with home styling tips from Mindy Weiss. 

Westside Tasting Menu 

• Mírame: Seafood Pozole Verde 

• Ospi: Spicy Rigatoni Alla Vodka Pasta Kit 

• Pearl River Deli: Hainan Chicken 

• Tamales Elena y Antojitos: Corn Husk Pork Tamale 

• Hank’s Bagels 

Eastside Tasting Menu 

• All Day Baby: ADB Smoked Chicken 

• Found Oyster: Steamed Clam Kit 

• Angry Egret Dinette: Tata Ben Pastrami Sandwich + Cubano Sandwich 

• Sōgo Roll Bar: Crab and Salmon Hand Roll Kit 

• Hank’s Bagels 

Photo credit: Jim Donnelly and Kiernan Szakos