Lobster tartine is dotted with caviar at Justine, a brasserie for the French Quarter.

Each year, our Essential 100 dining guides takes the measure of New Orleans restaurants, showcasing the homegrown flavors, new influences, rejuvenation and continuity that makes dining out in this city so fulfilling.

I don’t include restaurants in the Essential 100 that opened in just the last few months (my rough cut off is three) since of course even the best-run operations need time to reveal what they are, or what their customers dictate they will be.

But the latest additions to the dining scene are always of interest and often exciting. Here are five that are on my radar and should be on yours.

You can find the complete Essential 100 here.

Five New Orleans restaurants too new to make our list, but should be on yours


Justine is a French brasserie for the French Quarter mixing classic and contemporary across its rooms and menu.


225 Chartres St., (504) 218-8533

Why: Chef Justin Devillier's stylish and very hot French brasserie for the French Quarter


Costera, a Spanish-inspired restaurant in Uptown New Orleans, has a large bar and lounge area connected to the dining room.


4938 Prytania St., (504) 302-2332

Why: A contemporary lens on Spanish cuisine in the heart of Uptown

Paella comes to Prytania Street at new Spanish-inspired restaurant Costera


Jewel of the South is a modern tavern tucked into an old Creole home on St. Louis Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans.

Jewel of the South

1026 St. Louis St., (504) 265-8816

Why: Classic cocktails, creative food and the modern style the French Quarter needs

Jewel of the South resurrects a historic cocktail for the modern French Quarter


Executive chef Talia Diele spins pizza dough at Sofia, a new Italian-inspired eatery in the Warehouse District.


516 Julia St. (504) 322-3216

Why: A fresh take on upscale/casual Italian for the Warehouse District 

Sofia, fruit of new restaurant partnership, brings its take on Italian flavor downtown


Bao filled with crab and crawfish, jian bing crepes and salt and pepper squid are on the menu at Dian Xin, a Chinese restaurant int he French Quarter.

Dian Xin

1218 Decatur St., (504) 266-2828

Why: Traditional dim sum and Hong Kong style cooking for memorable, anytime outings

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