This story is from 2015.

It has earned rave reviews and the attention of diners across the city, now Shaya has earned the title of best new restaurant in America, according to Esquire Magazine.

The Uptown eatery, which serves Israeli cuisine, opened in February. It makes Esquire's list of best new restaurants in America,which will appear in its November issue.

"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. And if that's not enough, imagine sinking your teeth into a pomegranate-lacquered lamb shank, blackened and glistening from hours at the roast," says Esquire.

Other new restaurants to make the Esquire list include spots in San Francisco, New York, Boston, Los Angeles and Chicago.

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