Chinese food is having a moment in Chicago. As are grilled oysters. And, um, lollipops. That’s right: There are so many interesting new restaurants springing up, we had to try them all. Here’s our official list of the best new eateries in town this April. Hurry up and make your reservations.

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Courtesy of Smack Shack

Smack Shack

After starting as a food truck in Minneapolis, the lobster-roll purveyor opened a restaurant in its hometown--and now Chicago gets a Smack Shack too. Brand-new to the West Loop, the nautical spot serves up perfectly beachy treats. Oysters are definitely on the menu and you need to try that lobster roll, so you might have to come back a couple times.

326 N. Morgan St.; 312-973-1336 or smack-shack.com

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Anjali Pinto

Oyster Bah

It’s true: Chicago is having a love affair with New England-style fare. So transport yourself to Boston with some delicious clam chowder in a relaxed seaside atmosphere. Plus, the chargrilled oysters are wicked good.

1962 N. Halsted St.; 773-248-3000 or oysterbah.com

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Duck Duck Goat

Duck Duck Goat

We’re still not tired of Girl & the Goat. But the new Chinese concept from chef Stephanie Izard is kind of geeking us out right now. First, the interior is a Chinatown-inspired wonderland. Second, there is goat-belly lo mein on the menu.

857 W. Fulton Market; 312-902-3825 or duckduckgoatchicago.com

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Courtesy of Imperial Lamian

Imperial Lamian

One hot new Chinese restaurant is never enough. This River North beauty lets you peep into the kitchen as chefs prep hand-pulled noodles. There are also soupy Gruyère dumplings and chicken wings like you’ve never had chicken wings before--theirs are stuffed with tiger shrimp.

6 W. Hubbard St.; 312-595-9440 or imperial-lamian.com

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Alexander Gouletas

Saint Lou’s Assembly

This West Loop hot spot opened the way Bey drops an album: with no advance notice and to much acclaim. The cafeteria-style eatery is unpretentious with a healthy dose of hipster, and it specializes in “meat and three” combos served on cafeteria-style trays. Oh, and its soon-to-open back porch will have a bocce court and picnicky snacks. (#SummerGoals.)

664 W. Lake St.; 312-600-0600 or saintlouschicago.com

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Oren Amzaleg

Joy District

Yes, Hubbard Street restaurants can get scene-y. But this funky, chandelier-decked spot is worth checking out. Head there straight after work and grab a seat in front of the garage-door windows. Order a glass of bubbly and then get crazy with the appetizers. A whole section of the menu is devoted to savory “lollipops,” you guys.

112 W. Hubbard St.; 312-955-0339 or joychicago.com

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