Best New Restaurants in America, 2022

You might think you’ve accidentally entered an art gallery in East Nashville, but make no mistake, you’re at Sean Brock’s shrine, which houses not one but two wildly different restaurants. Downstairs is Audrey, where everyone is in emerald booths dining on plates of southern fare with finesse: red grits and johnnycakes and rosy-centered rib eye with charred okra. Upstairs, past the glass-encased lab, is June, an avant- garde tasting-menu journey flavored with elements developed in the lab—think pinto-bean miso and peach-pit nocinos, truffle-topped huckleberry fruit leathers and caviar with black walnut and sassafras. It’s like the Noma of the American South. —Omar Mamoon

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