February 2022: Best New Restaurants

The concept of community has completely shifted in the last two years. Connecting—with friends, family, colleagues, classmates, and casual yet familiar acquaintances—has continued to be a struggle, especially as Omicron hit in recent months.

Restaurants have always been an important force in our communities. Although the industry has faced many challenges of late, some truly terrific restaurants have defied the odds and opened in the last year.

Our dining team, led by deputy editor/dining editor Eric Levin, chose their favorite 20 for our Best New Restaurants list.

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