On USA TODAY: Top 20 New Restaurants to Try

"With the cool and crisp weather of fall, we usher in a new batch of restaurants to celebrate the season. Among some of the most exciting comes Ladybird from New York City’s restaurateur Ravi DeRossi, who’s teamed up with chef Daphne Cheng for his newest venture: a vegetarian tapas bar in the West Village. DeRossi is behind the collection of beloved haunts including Death & Company, Mother of Pearl and the former Bourgeois Pig, where his new plant-based conception stands. In New Orleans, the Caribbean Room re-opened in the newly refurbished Pontchartrain Hotel, this time helmed by executive chef Chris Lusk under the command of John Besh’s restaurant group. The elegant tropical décor stands the test of time — along with a few throwback menu items (don’t miss that Mile-High Pie). And fall’s temperatures make it the ideal time to tuck into wood-fired plates, like the slow-roast lamb shoulder at Stoke in Charlotte, N.C."

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