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Gatsby’s Prime Seafood is offering a new, swanky seafood experience.
Michael Anthony

The 17 Hottest New Restaurants in Houston, November 2022

Find saucy smash burgers, meaty crab cakes, spicy ramen, and so much more at these exciting newcomers

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Gatsby’s Prime Seafood is offering a new, swanky seafood experience.
| Michael Anthony

To some, Houston is considered a culinary capital, offering an onslaught of cuisines and restaurants that keep local diners and visitors alike hungry for more. And with a nonstop list of new openings, the question remains each month: Where to dine now?

Fortunately, Eater Houston has you covered — publishing some of the hottest and buzziest new restaurants each month.

While Georgia James, Aiko, Uchiko, Cafe Louie, and Goode Fish Co. Camp, are still worthy picks, this list has been refreshed to include newer restaurants, like Burger Bodega, Lyric Market, Gatsby’s Prime Seafood, The Woodland’s North Italia location, and Killer Noodle in the Heights.

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North Italia

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This Arizona import’s knack for Italian food has made it a clear favorite in Houston, and now, it’s offering its homemade pasta, wood-fired pizzas, and more at its spacious location and buzzy bar in the Woodlands. Try its squid ink tonnarelli, made with tiger shrimp, calamari, wild fennel pollen, mint, and spicy tomato broth, or its braised short rib dish served with roasted fennel, carrots, and asparagus. Or go in hands first for the spicy meatball pizza.

Step into a fairytale at this Indian restaurant, and choose your adventure — whether dining at the quaint cocktail bar, the elegant dining room, or the tapas bar, where Indian street food classics, like golgappa, are bursting with flavor and can be requested with the honking of a horn. The pan-seared exotic mushrooms topped with truffles, the tender ostrich kebab, and jackfruit samosas are surefire standouts. End your meal like royalty with the cardamom chocolate mousse, which is topped with 24-carat gold kiss.

Gatlin's Fins & Feathers

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A dedication to the Independence Heights neighborhood, Gatlin’s BBQ pitmaster Greg Gatlin offers a Houston spin on Southern staples at this establishment. Find some of the finest fried chicken and fried fish, with a variety of fix-ins; an Everything gumbo chock-full of chicken, shrimp, crab, and sausage; and the H-Town Hot Sandwich, with a hunk of fried fish or chicken dunked in a spicy Viet-Cajun sauce. Start light and refreshing with the charred Brussels sprouts salad, and end with the orange creamsicle doughnut, topped with vanilla ice cream and slivers of orange peel, for a treat.

Cherry Block

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Barbecue staples like brisket, pork ribs, and sausage are a given at this Stomping Ground outpost, but diners can dive deeper into Texas and Gulf Coast fare with crawfish cheddar rolls, blue cheese patty melts, po’ boys, brisket gumbo, and so much more.

Killer Noodle Tsujita Houston

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Hailing from Los Angeles by way of Japan, Killer Noodle’s Heights location boasts three styles of tantanmen ramen, in both soupy and broth-less forms, with toothsome noodles and five spice levels ranging from “no spice” to “killer.” Go the traditional route with the warming white mapo tofu, or opt for a nutty flavor with the creamy Tokyo ramen, which is rich with peanut and sesame flavors. Looking for more tang? Try the Downtown-style, which is robust with vinegar and chili. 

Dinette

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From the owners of sushi restaurant Hando and cocktail bar Kanpai Club comes this charming modern Vietnamese restaurant, that serves up a sharable experience with can’t-miss tapas-style plates, family-style portions, and endearing drinks. You can’t go wrong with the bright summer rolls served with a sweet and salty peanut butter and jelly sauce; the Hanoi egg rolls stuffed with a combination of crab, pork, shrimp, mushroom, and veggies; or the Pandan sweet rice fried okra. Order lobster egg fried rice and the char siu chicken for the table.

Pudgy’s Fine Cookies

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Opened in late July, this Heights shop off Shepherd Drive is baking up cookies that are rich and “thick AF.” Perfect for a sweet-tooth moment or a special occasion, these gooey discs of goodness come in a variety of flavors like Thickerdoodle, a peanut butter chip-loaded Choco PB, scorched Wild Campfire s’mores cookie, and a signature chocolate chip Pudgy. Even better? It’s all available for pick-up and delivery.

Mala Sichuan Bistro

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Devout fans of Mala can expect the same fiery signature dishes, like dan dan noodles, red oil dumplings, mapo tofu, and the spicy and crispy chicken, but with a whole new vibe. The new Heights location is meant to make you feel like you’re in Sichuan and succeeds with its floating lanterns and a pagoda roof that hangs over the dining room. Get out of your comfort zone with new dishes like the three-cup chicken or the squirrel tail fish with pineapple, and look out for its growing list of in-house cocktails, some of which pay tribute to the Chinese zodiac.

Burger Bodega

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HoustonEatz Instagram blogger and restauranteur Abbas Dhanani pays homage to New York convenience stores through this smash burger passion project, dishing out what might be the best chopped cheese in the city. Here, you’ll also find juicy burgers, either in smashed or classic fashion, loaded with Dhanani’s special Bodega sauce, and french fries, served plain yet crispy, or with the option of being cheesily “chopped” or “screwed” with toppings like bell peppers, onions, and sauce. The Craft Creamery milkshakes, which come in standard flavors, but also Vietnamese coffee and mango lassi, are also a must. Be sure to check out the collection of Houston-born products, like Pudgy’s cookies, that are available for purchase in its makeshift market.

Lyric Market

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When indecision within your group becomes unbearable, head to Downtown’s newest food hall, where nine different food stalls and a full bar of weekly specials guarantee something for everyone. Try juicy pork ribs from Lottie’s Smokehouse, picturesque pieces of nigiri from Sushi Muse, and creamy dip and falafel from Alenbi Falafel + Hummus, a vegetarian Israeli food stall by the owners of Hamsa.

Gatsby's Prime Seafood

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In the mood for a swanky seafood experience? Head to Gatsby’s newest location, which boasts a menu filled with the best dishes of the sea, including a rich lobster bisque, buttery red fish on the half shell, delicate sea bass, meaty crab cakes, and decadent lobster mac and cheese. Meat eaters will delight in signature steaks, including an impeccable New York strip that keeps true to its sister restaurant Gatsby’s Prime Steakhouse’s cooking methods, and interior designer buffs will feel right at home on the plush couches, sparkling chandeliers, and deep blue and gold accents that make you feel like you’re in a movie.

il Bracco

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Newly arrived on Post Oak Boulevard, this Dallas import is bringing Italian classics, including homemade focaccia and pasta dishes like classic cacio e pepe and Gemelli with vodka sauce and delicious sides like heirloom carrots served over whipped ricotta with pistachios. Complement the experience with an espresso martini or the Bracco, a frozen greyhound cocktail made with Aperol and fresh grapefruit.

Cafe Louie

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East End’s newest coffee shop dishes out delicate pastries, breakfast sandwiches, and comforting coffee and teas, including an earthy black sesame latte and a cardamom mocha. Its dinner service, which was launched in recent months, however, is quietly taking the dining scene by storm — with handmade pastas; a juicy, dry-aged smash burger with black garlic mayo on a brioche bun, and its classic brick chicken.

What started off as a coffee, cocktail, and hemp-bud bar has now evolved into all that and then some with its second location. Helmed by chef German Mosquera, the newly opened Wild Montrose offers a full dining experience fueled with Latin influences and optional THC or CBD cannabis infusions. Try stellar dishes like the Korean barbecued octopus, whole-fried Thai-style fish, or chorizo-stuffed chicken wings. Treat yourself to one of its flashy and flavorful cocktails, or the handmade Mexican pepperleaf and mascarpone ice cream.

Pacha Nikkei

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After his food stall’s closing in Politan Row, Chef Masaru Fukuda returns with a menu showcasing Peru’s Nikkei, or Japanese emigrant, cuisine with delicate ceviches, robust piscos, and a classic lomo saltado. Don’t miss the maki rolls, namely the picante maki, a combination of spicy tuna, cucumber, avocado, and crunchy chili garlic, topped with the tangy ají panca — wasabi vinagrette. All three desserts are a hit here, but you’ll want to try the creamy but balanced lucuma cheesecake, made with a fruit native to Peru.

From the restaurateurs behind Doris Metropolitan, this Israeli restaurant in Rice Village brings a taste of Tel Aviv with fresh pita, an assortment of creamy hummus, and creative entrees like lamb spare ribs, deconstructed shwarma, and a variety of skewers. With dishes like baba ganoush, carrot harissa, and pickled vegetables, guests can also partake in the tradition of salatim, or small cold plates — opting to try five, seven, or all of the 11 options.

Aya Sushi

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Tokyo-trained chef Yoshi Katsuyama offers his special touch at this Bellaire sushi spot, which is quickly becoming known for its beautifully plated assortments of nigiri, sashimi, and maki. Head straight for the sushi bar for Aya’s 19-course omakase experience, priced at $135 per person, or ball out with the $225 premium 23-course option

North Italia

This Arizona import’s knack for Italian food has made it a clear favorite in Houston, and now, it’s offering its homemade pasta, wood-fired pizzas, and more at its spacious location and buzzy bar in the Woodlands. Try its squid ink tonnarelli, made with tiger shrimp, calamari, wild fennel pollen, mint, and spicy tomato broth, or its braised short rib dish served with roasted fennel, carrots, and asparagus. Or go in hands first for the spicy meatball pizza.

Amrina

Step into a fairytale at this Indian restaurant, and choose your adventure — whether dining at the quaint cocktail bar, the elegant dining room, or the tapas bar, where Indian street food classics, like golgappa, are bursting with flavor and can be requested with the honking of a horn. The pan-seared exotic mushrooms topped with truffles, the tender ostrich kebab, and jackfruit samosas are surefire standouts. End your meal like royalty with the cardamom chocolate mousse, which is topped with 24-carat gold kiss.

Gatlin's Fins & Feathers

A dedication to the Independence Heights neighborhood, Gatlin’s BBQ pitmaster Greg Gatlin offers a Houston spin on Southern staples at this establishment. Find some of the finest fried chicken and fried fish, with a variety of fix-ins; an Everything gumbo chock-full of chicken, shrimp, crab, and sausage; and the H-Town Hot Sandwich, with a hunk of fried fish or chicken dunked in a spicy Viet-Cajun sauce. Start light and refreshing with the charred Brussels sprouts salad, and end with the orange creamsicle doughnut, topped with vanilla ice cream and slivers of orange peel, for a treat.

Cherry Block

Barbecue staples like brisket, pork ribs, and sausage are a given at this Stomping Ground outpost, but diners can dive deeper into Texas and Gulf Coast fare with crawfish cheddar rolls, blue cheese patty melts, po’ boys, brisket gumbo, and so much more.

Killer Noodle Tsujita Houston

Hailing from Los Angeles by way of Japan, Killer Noodle’s Heights location boasts three styles of tantanmen ramen, in both soupy and broth-less forms, with toothsome noodles and five spice levels ranging from “no spice” to “killer.” Go the traditional route with the warming white mapo tofu, or opt for a nutty flavor with the creamy Tokyo ramen, which is rich with peanut and sesame flavors. Looking for more tang? Try the Downtown-style, which is robust with vinegar and chili. 

Dinette

From the owners of sushi restaurant Hando and cocktail bar Kanpai Club comes this charming modern Vietnamese restaurant, that serves up a sharable experience with can’t-miss tapas-style plates, family-style portions, and endearing drinks. You can’t go wrong with the bright summer rolls served with a sweet and salty peanut butter and jelly sauce; the Hanoi egg rolls stuffed with a combination of crab, pork, shrimp, mushroom, and veggies; or the Pandan sweet rice fried okra. Order lobster egg fried rice and the char siu chicken for the table.

Pudgy’s Fine Cookies

Opened in late July, this Heights shop off Shepherd Drive is baking up cookies that are rich and “thick AF.” Perfect for a sweet-tooth moment or a special occasion, these gooey discs of goodness come in a variety of flavors like Thickerdoodle, a peanut butter chip-loaded Choco PB, scorched Wild Campfire s’mores cookie, and a signature chocolate chip Pudgy. Even better? It’s all available for pick-up and delivery.

Mala Sichuan Bistro

Devout fans of Mala can expect the same fiery signature dishes, like dan dan noodles, red oil dumplings, mapo tofu, and the spicy and crispy chicken, but with a whole new vibe. The new Heights location is meant to make you feel like you’re in Sichuan and succeeds with its floating lanterns and a pagoda roof that hangs over the dining room. Get out of your comfort zone with new dishes like the three-cup chicken or the squirrel tail fish with pineapple, and look out for its growing list of in-house cocktails, some of which pay tribute to the Chinese zodiac.

Burger Bodega

HoustonEatz Instagram blogger and restauranteur Abbas Dhanani pays homage to New York convenience stores through this smash burger passion project, dishing out what might be the best chopped cheese in the city. Here, you’ll also find juicy burgers, either in smashed or classic fashion, loaded with Dhanani’s special Bodega sauce, and french fries, served plain yet crispy, or with the option of being cheesily “chopped” or “screwed” with toppings like bell peppers, onions, and sauce. The Craft Creamery milkshakes, which come in standard flavors, but also Vietnamese coffee and mango lassi, are also a must. Be sure to check out the collection of Houston-born products, like Pudgy’s cookies, that are available for purchase in its makeshift market.

Lyric Market

When indecision within your group becomes unbearable, head to Downtown’s newest food hall, where nine different food stalls and a full bar of weekly specials guarantee something for everyone. Try juicy pork ribs from Lottie’s Smokehouse, picturesque pieces of nigiri from Sushi Muse, and creamy dip and falafel from Alenbi Falafel + Hummus, a vegetarian Israeli food stall by the owners of Hamsa.

Gatsby's Prime Seafood

In the mood for a swanky seafood experience? Head to Gatsby’s newest location, which boasts a menu filled with the best dishes of the sea, including a rich lobster bisque, buttery red fish on the half shell, delicate sea bass, meaty crab cakes, and decadent lobster mac and cheese. Meat eaters will delight in signature steaks, including an impeccable New York strip that keeps true to its sister restaurant Gatsby’s Prime Steakhouse’s cooking methods, and interior designer buffs will feel right at home on the plush couches, sparkling chandeliers, and deep blue and gold accents that make you feel like you’re in a movie.

il Bracco

Newly arrived on Post Oak Boulevard, this Dallas import is bringing Italian classics, including homemade focaccia and pasta dishes like classic cacio e pepe and Gemelli with vodka sauce and delicious sides like heirloom carrots served over whipped ricotta with pistachios. Complement the experience with an espresso martini or the Bracco, a frozen greyhound cocktail made with Aperol and fresh grapefruit.

Cafe Louie

East End’s newest coffee shop dishes out delicate pastries, breakfast sandwiches, and comforting coffee and teas, including an earthy black sesame latte and a cardamom mocha. Its dinner service, which was launched in recent months, however, is quietly taking the dining scene by storm — with handmade pastas; a juicy, dry-aged smash burger with black garlic mayo on a brioche bun, and its classic brick chicken.

Wild

What started off as a coffee, cocktail, and hemp-bud bar has now evolved into all that and then some with its second location. Helmed by chef German Mosquera, the newly opened Wild Montrose offers a full dining experience fueled with Latin influences and optional THC or CBD cannabis infusions. Try stellar dishes like the Korean barbecued octopus, whole-fried Thai-style fish, or chorizo-stuffed chicken wings. Treat yourself to one of its flashy and flavorful cocktails, or the handmade Mexican pepperleaf and mascarpone ice cream.

Pacha Nikkei

After his food stall’s closing in Politan Row, Chef Masaru Fukuda returns with a menu showcasing Peru’s Nikkei, or Japanese emigrant, cuisine with delicate ceviches, robust piscos, and a classic lomo saltado. Don’t miss the maki rolls, namely the picante maki, a combination of spicy tuna, cucumber, avocado, and crunchy chili garlic, topped with the tangy ají panca — wasabi vinagrette. All three desserts are a hit here, but you’ll want to try the creamy but balanced lucuma cheesecake, made with a fruit native to Peru.

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Hamsa

From the restaurateurs behind Doris Metropolitan, this Israeli restaurant in Rice Village brings a taste of Tel Aviv with fresh pita, an assortment of creamy hummus, and creative entrees like lamb spare ribs, deconstructed shwarma, and a variety of skewers. With dishes like baba ganoush, carrot harissa, and pickled vegetables, guests can also partake in the tradition of salatim, or small cold plates — opting to try five, seven, or all of the 11 options.

Aya Sushi

Tokyo-trained chef Yoshi Katsuyama offers his special touch at this Bellaire sushi spot, which is quickly becoming known for its beautifully plated assortments of nigiri, sashimi, and maki. Head straight for the sushi bar for Aya’s 19-course omakase experience, priced at $135 per person, or ball out with the $225 premium 23-course option

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