A couple of Downtown newcomers are finalists for the prestigious James Beard awards.

David Chang’s Majordomo joins Bavel, from husband-and-wife team Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis, on the list of six restaurants across the country vying for the Best New Restaurant prize.

The nominations were announced on March 27, and the winners will be revealed on May 6 at an event in Chicago.

Majordomo opened last year in a faded warehouse on the edge of Chinatown and is lauded for its marriage of Asian and American cuisines. Bavel, Gergis and Menashe’s love letter to the Middle Eastern dishes that they were raised on, debuted in the Arts District.

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