A website that maps the newest and most popular restaurants tries to answer the question where are the best new restaurants, what is the newest? what is the most popular? This site has developed a "Heat Map" that shows where and what. Their criteria requires a restaurant to be open for less than year and to have taken shown to be really popular.
New Orleans is known for it's food with new restaurants popping up all the time and this site might help you figure out which ones are worth trying. If you buy a home in New Orleans or currently live here you get to check out new restaurants all the time. The famous and well known restaurants are easy to find and if you are visiting New Orleans names like Emeril, Brennan's and Commanders Palace will be mentioned. The heat map has some of the more local restaurants, Eater Heat Map.
They say that you can eat out every night of the year and never visit the same restaurant twice and never have a bad meal in New Orleans. Don't know if that is true probably too expensive and too caloric for me to try but that's what they say.