Esquire magazine named Shaya (4213 Magazine St., 504-891-4213; www.shayarestaurant.com) the Best New Restaurant in America 2015.
In the announcement published online Oct. 13, Ted Allen praised Shaya's pomegranate-lacquered lamb and said "... if you doubt that pita and tabbouleh could merit such an accolade, consider that their elevation comes at the hand of a chef, Alon Shaya, who has cooked for NoLa revolutionary John Besh since his first of (now) twelve restaurants began transforming that former time-capsule culture of Commander's Palace and Brennan's."
The honor comes on the heels of other recent accolades. Chef/owner Alon Shaya won the James Beard Award for Best Chef: South in May. In August, Bon Appetit magazine named Shaya among its 50 nominees for America's Best New Restaurants 2015.
Shaya and Besh are co-owners of the rustic Italian eatery Domenica (123 Baronne St., 504-648-6020; www.domenicarestaurant.com) and the Uptown spin-off Pizza Domenica (4933 Magazine St., 504-301-4978; www.pizzadomenica.com). In February, they opened Shaya to serve Alon's take on modern Israeli cuisine.
Esquire's list of 14 restaurants was picked, in part, by its esteemed food writer Josh Ozersky, who died in May.