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Esquire's Best New Restaurants in America 2023

HMx Talent on Esquire's 50 Best New Restaurants List

On November 28, Esquire unveiled its prestigious list of the 50 Best New Restaurants in America. For its forty-first edition, Jeff Gordinier, Joshua David Stein, Kevin Sintumuang and Omar Mamoon “crisscrossed the nation, sampling some two hundred new dining establishments that serve almost every conceivable type of cuisine.” Of the fifty restaurants they landed on, we are proud to see eight members of our HMx Connect community included. Browse their Talent profiles below.


Fermin Nunez, Este

"Este is a love letter to all things marisco from the affable chef Fermín Nuñez, the same jovial giant behind the beloved Suerte nearby." — Omar Mamoon

Brian Kim, Oiji Mi

"High-end riffs on Korean cuisine are, thankfully, no longer rare. But riffs done this well are nigh-on impossible to find." — Joshua David Stein

Serigne Mbaye, Dakar NOLA

"A meal at Dakar NOLA comes with stories. With each course of the tasting menu, chef Serigne Mbaye exits the kitchen to address the room." — Kevin Sintumuang

Valerie Chang, Maty’s

"You could order everything from this part of the menu and leave happy, but you’d be remiss to not get the choclo." — Kevin Sintumuang

John Hong, Hitokuchi

"From the street, you might see the drive-through for a fast-food spot, but Hitokuchi is squeezed in the back. Pass through the heavy door and you’ll find some of the most exquisite cooking in San Diego’s Convoy District." — Jeff Gordinier

Geoff Davis, Burdell

"Combining his fine-dining chops with his interpretation of the nostalgic food of his youth, Davis’s retro-cool restaurant is flipping the script." — Omar Mamoon

Amanda Shulman, My Loup

"You should start with the seafood platter. It’s neither a monument to excess nor a humble plate of oysters. It is, like most dishes at My Loup, sort of French, a little Quebecois, and all fun." — Kevin Sintumuang

Efren Hernandez, Casa Susanna

"Let’s just say it: Nowhere on the East Coast will you have better Mexican food than what Hernández is cooking at Casa Susanna." — Jeff Gordinier

About Esquire

Esquire Magazine, established in 1933, has meticulously built on its rich heritage over the decades. As then-Editor in Chief Terry McDonell highlighted, the brand understands that although there’s more to a man than his attire, dressing well and looking good can significantly impact his life. This philosophy resonates across Esquire’s vital coverage areas, including entertainment, lifestyle, food & drink, and politics. The magazine remains steadfast in its commitment, offering a blend of insightful journalism and expertly curated content that reflects contemporary masculinity, guiding the modern man through the intricacies of life with style and substance.

About HMx Connect

HMx Connect helps businesses of all kinds easily source the very best F&B talent for events and speaking engagements, hospitality developments and licensing, and other partnerships. Quickly find the right talent from over a thousand hand-selected chefs, food media stars, restaurant groups, and more — ranging from up-and-comers to Michelin-awarded veterans — and connect directly without brokers or agents. We help our partners connect with the right talent for their projects including.

Esquire’s Best Restaurants list, now in its forty-first edition, serves as a global culinary compass. This prestigious compilation not only guides enthusiasts to exceptional dining experiences but also wields considerable influence in shaping the evolving landscape of fine dining worldwide. The list showcases both hidden gems and renowned establishments, reflecting the discerning perspectives of its dedicated editorial team. With its far-reaching impact, Esquire’s Best Restaurants remains an go-to resource for individuals seeking unforgettable gastronomic adventures and stands as a significant player in the culinary industry.

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