Foodies, get excited, the New York Times just dropped its 2021 Restaurant List and 3 Seattle spots made it. You may or may not be familiar with the restos but you’ll definitely want to pay them a visit after checking out what the NYT foods critics had to say. Ready? Let’s get into it.

This year, 50 restaurants made the list of restaurants to watch, and instead of ranking them by the best, the NYT went for a mosaic approach by showcasing a wide range of cuisines. The featured restaurants show just how deliciously diverse our nation’s culinary community is, especially here in Seattle. So without further adieu, give it up for Paju, Communion, and Archipelago.

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Paju is a “Progressive Korean” restaurant located in Seattle’s Lower Queen Anne neighborhood. Critic Tejal Rao mentioned in his piece on the restaurant that everyone’s favorite dish was the bowl of fried rice. She described the dishes as “elegant and expressive” also stating that “you won’t want to miss a single one”.


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Communion invites diners to “share in an experience of fellowship, homage, and Black culinary exploration.” It’s located in the Central District and is a restaurant that not only serves delicious foods but gives diners an experience of community. Rao’s favorite dish here was the neck bone stew but also says that every dish has a “certain pull” and also that Chef Kristi Brown “doesn’t miss.”


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Archipelago is located in Hillman City and is yet another restaurant giving diners more than delicious food. While modern Filipino food is the draw here, the experience of conversing with chefs Aaron Verzosa and Amber Manuguid is equally as appealing. In Rao’s experience diners will hear stories about the “Pacific Northwest and the many ways that Filipino immigrants have shaped it.” Rao didn’t mention a favorite dish here but rather how extraordinary the whole experience was.

Looks like we know what your weekend plans are. Whenever you have the chance you should give at least one of these spots a try or at the very least share this with your foodie friends. Enjoy folks and you can find the full NYT article here.