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Ichimura: The Sushi Maestro

March 22, 2017 at 11:03 am
post by Allison Chesky

 

Chef Eiji Ichimura. Photo Credit: Evan Sung.

In a sushi scene dominated by fanfare and fusion, a master doing what he does best – perfecting life-long techniques with each dining service – is the rarest, most progressive approach of all. 

Tucked away in the side streets of Tribeca’s industrial buildings, sleepy streets, and cobblestone corners, is Japanese sushi import, Ichimura.

With exacting thought given to every detail–the grandiose oak door was handcrafted by Japanese carpenters, the white-washed wall tiles are hand-cut to resemble the facades of New York brownstones–old world Japan meets new world New York. This brilliant mashup of dueling metropolises invites guests to enjoy ‘the meal of a lifetime’ – no plane tickets necessary.

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With only ten seats, Ichimura’s 22-course omakase service is intimate and interactive, allowing Chef to gauge the palate of his diners in real time. Another favorable advantage of having diners in such close proximity? The fish can be consumed within seconds of being served, as it is intended. But more than that, the 10-seat sushi counter honors tradition: it’s a nostalgic tribute to the storied sushi bars that Chef Ichimura grew up with in Tokyo.

“Whether you go to an old-style [sushi bar] or a traditional one, where the husband and wife live upstairs, you will always find a six to ten-seat counter,” says business partner, Idan Elkon. “The idea is you’re going to eat from the master–and the master is cutting the fish, assembling the sushi, he’s grading the wasabi.” For this reason, the inviting space is absent of decor: “We came up with a concept that we didn’t want any tables, because we wanted it to feel like you were in someone’s home,” says Elkon.

Chef Eiji Ichimura

This poised simplicity is consistent throughout, and the minimal space is a canvas for the imaginative and brilliant presentation swirling behind the counter.

As Elkon explains, “We don’t want anyone focusing on the decor; we want everyone focusing on their black plate–on their sushi. We are just about the sushi. The appetizer, everything, is a prelude to the sushi.”

So what makes the sushi at Ichimura so special? Not only the quality of the fish, which is delivered direct from Tokyo’s Tsukiji and Kyushu Fish Markets each morning, but also the refined technique with which it’s prepared. With a technique called “fish aging,” Ichimura uses salt, vinegar, time, and temperature to yield the best flavor possible, just as a master wine maker ages a Bordeaux to premium effect. And because of the variables from one fish to the next (even within the same species), Chef’s alchemic process means he will taste every piece before settling on the 16 courses of fish he serves each night. Put simply, one hasn’t tasted sushi until he or she has tried Chef Ichimura’s masterful preparations.

Aji – Horse Mackerel. Photo Credit: Evan Sung

For Elkon, who dined at Brushstroke somewhere near 75 times, and 200 times over the course of Chef’s career, it’s the appreciation of quality and precision that sets Ichimura apart. “You have all these sushi bars that try to be everything to everyone,” says Elkon. “It’s hard enough to be the best at one thing, let alone many. We just strive to be the best at making sushi.”

One can’t help but describe the Ichimura experience as artful. In a scene swept up in trends, the craft-focused master wins.

Grab a seat at Ichimura!

March 21, 2017 at 5:20 pm
post by Anna Mandelbaum

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Chef Eiji Ichimura

Chef Eiji Ichimura at his eponymous sushi restaurant. Photo Credit: Evan Sung. 

Welcome warmer weather with a full range of new eateries and well-loved haunts. From omakase to dim sum, Resy’s list of top bites around town is served. Grab a seat.

1/4 Charles Prime Rib
2/Ichimura
3/Augustine
4/Pig Bleecker
5/Loring Place
6/De Maria
7/Pinch Chinese
8/Tim Ho Wan
9/Ikinari Steak
10/Bunker
Bonus/Ivan Ramen

1/4 Charles Prime Rib
Because walk through the velvet curtain, and you’ll be transported to a swanky supper club in the heart of the West Village. Indulge in a mouth-watering burger and (off-menu) French dip au jus. // West Village. Book now at 4 Charles Prime Rib.

2/Ichimura
Because enjoy 22 courses of sublime and masterful preparations at Chef Eiji Ichimura’s 10-seat sushi counter. When in New York, it’s a must. // Tribeca. Book now at Ichimura.

3/Augustine
Because roasted bone marrow with oxtail ragoût at a picturesque FiDi stomping ground. Pro-tip: try the sea urchin spaghettini with king crab. // Financial District. (212) 375-0010.

4/Pig Bleecker
Because there’s no better way to kick off lunch service than with “Grandma Val’s Meatball Hero” (hello, smoked Di Palo’s mozzarella and sesame garlic bread). Feeling nostalgic? Opt for  the smoked mozzarella sticks with Sunday sauce. // Greenwich Village. Book now at Pig Bleecker.

5/Loring Place
Because Chef Dan Kluger’s Brussels sprout, jalapeño, and aged cheddar pizza is a bona fide sensation. So is the cheeseburger. And the monkey bread. // Greenwich Village. Book now at Loring Place.

6/De Maria
Because the Instagram-worthy stellar breakfast and lunch offerings are available daily. Nab a preview of the upcoming dinner menu – which makes its full debut in late Spring – nightly from 5:00 to 8:00pm. // Nolita. Book now at De Maria.

7/Pinch Chinese
Because Pinch boasts three delicious variations on traditional soup dumplings, and their petite size means you can order all three. // SoHo. Walk-ins only.

8/Tim Ho Wan
Because this classic is the dim sum gold standard. With Sunday lunch lines that wrap around the block, it’s best to arrive early– or with good company. // East Village. (212) 228-2800.

9/Ikinari Steak
Because each meaty portion is sliced to order and served on a sizzling plate. Meat is an obvious must and don’t leave without ordering the garlic fried rice. // East Village. (917) 388-3546.

10/Bunker
Because the space and the menu have expanded. Enjoy homestyle Vietnamese cooking from carefully-sourced ingredients, in a 70-seat Bushwick playground. // Bushwick. (718) 386-4282.

Bonus/Ivan Ramen
Because this renowned ramen joint is a rite of passage. The ramen is indulgent, warm, and an umami bomb in the best way. // LES. Book now at Ivan Ramen.

Resy is a reservations platform for the best restaurants. This list is our regular update on where to eat in New York. To get it via email, download and register for Resy today.

March 14, 2017 at 4:05 pm
post by Anna Mandelbaum

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Photo courtesy of Masseria.

In Washington, D.C., the food is what it’s all about. Indulge in global cuisine and award-winning dining concepts in the nation’s capital, with the Hit List as your guide.

1/Kobo Sushiko
2/Smoked & Stacked
3/Masseria
4/Federalist Pig
5/Himitsu
6/Sfoglina
7/Ripple
8/Sushi Taro
9/Johnny’s Half Shell
10/Anxo
Bonus/Bindaas

1/Kobo Sushiko
Because you’re branching out beyond standard omakase at Kobo, with 12 to 15 courses of vegan and non-vegan kappo tasting journeys. Also, the lunch bento situation is a win. // Chevy Chase. (301) 961-1644.

2/Smoked & Stacked
Because this Shaw sandwich shop has just what you need–in hoagie form. It’s fast, it’s casual, and it’s serving house-cured pastrami over milk bread. // Shaw. (202) 465-4822.

3/Masseria
Because it’s one of the 100 very best restaurants of 2017. Masseria’s sweet breads with Norwegian king crab, parsnip custard bruleé, and spicy molasses is masterful, while the “JYB” antipasto is a delicious combination of sardines, guanciale, white beans, and breadcrumbs, topped with a thin sheet of lardo. It’s worthy of seconds. // NoMa. Book now at Masseria.

4/Federalist Pig
Because pitmaster Rob Sonderman is wood-smoking brisket, dry-rubbed pork, chicken wings, and even cheddar mac and cheese. You can never have enough barbecue. // Adams Morgan. Walk-ins only.

5/Himitsu
Because in Japanese, Himitsu means “secret,” and off-menu drinks and bites make you feel like a regular. Be sure to check out the weekly udon “pop-in” for a necessary mid-week pick-me-up.  // Petworth. Walk-ins only.

6/Sfoglina
Because handmade pasta rolled fresh in the storefront window of Chef Fabio Trabocchi’s Italian trattoria. Stick with the classics, indulge in a seasonal special, and always opt for a side or two. // Van Ness. (202) 450-1312.

7/Ripple
Because Chef Ryan Ratino is in the house and he’s serving a $59 deal that includes four dishes. Don’t miss the Instagram-worthy “Citrus Ambrosia”– with meringue, pink peppercorns, tapioca, diced mango, and mango sherbet. Cleveland Park is on the up and up. // Cleveland Park. 202-244-7995.

8/Sushi Taro
Because Michelin-star sushi is available in DC, and it warrants a visit. Chef Nobu Yamazaki is a James Beard Award nominee for Best Chef– and his omakases are the reason. // Dupont Circle. Coming soon to Resy.

9/Johnny’s Half Shell
Because it’s one of the best seafood restaurants in DC and a bona fide institution. In the new location, favorites like oysters, lobster sliders, and crab cakes stay true to the original, and stellar new additions like the ribeye and grilled calamari add to the wow. // Adams Morgan. (202) 506-5257.

10/Anxo
Because come for the cider and stay for the food. Opt for the boqueron montadito with white anchovy and salmon roe on toas; it’s innovative Basque cuisine at its finest. // Truxton Circle. Book now at Anxo.

Bonus/Bindaas
Because Bindaas’ second location is bigger and badder, as if we needed a reason to enjoy copious amounts of avocado golgappas and bhel puri. // Cleveland Park. Book now at Bindaas.

Resy is a reservations platform for the best restaurants. This list is our regular update on where to eat in Washington, D.C. To get it via email, download and register for Resy today.

The Top 5 Things to Order at Charcoal Garden Bar + Grill

March 14, 2017 at 3:34 pm
post by Olee Fowler

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Image Courtesy of Charcoal. Pictured: Buttery Cornbread

With a name like Charcoal Garden Bar + Grill, Ken Lyons’ newly-minted Wynwood Yard restaurant is a celebration of all things grilled on the Josper. The state of the art Spanish grill, which burns 100 percent charcoal and can reach over 800 degrees Fahrenheit, produces distinct and flavorful char-grilled dishes.

Here are the top five to order, in a lineup of 10’s:

1/ Wild Mushrooms: Grilled mushrooms? Yes, please. Cooked at high heat, this mushroom mix, tossed with olive oil, shallots, garlic, thyme, and sage, replicates the meaty flavor of a lean sirloin.

2/ Cornbread: Already a fan favorite at Charcoal, and for good reason: it’s buttery, flecked with jalapeño, and served (to perfection) in a cast iron skillet.

3/ Whole Branzino:  Enjoy this Mediterranean sea bass butterflied and grilled, with a choice of 18 sauces available on the menu for the ultimate mix-and-match dish. Protip: Opt for the Genovese pesto or Spanish aioli to let the flavor of the fish shine.

4/ Sausage Plate: While you can’t go wrong with any of the meat offerings at Charcoal, the grilled sausage platter serves up a variety of favorites, and always hits the spot.

5/Bananas Josper: Consider this Bananas Foster turned up a notch. It’s prepared on the grill, imparting a delicious smokey flavor that’s reminiscent of an artisanal cocktail.

Bonus/ Toast a stellar dinner with Josper1-Le Marigot Cocktailmade with Barbancourt Rhum, hibiscus syrup, fresh lime juice, and allspice.

Grab a seat at Charcoal Garden Bar + Grill today!

The Top 5 Things to Order at 492

March 9, 2017 at 10:55 am
post by Anna Mandelbaum

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Image Courtesy of 492

Tasty libations and live music – against the backdrop of a restored historic landmark – is just what Thursday night called for. At Charleston’s 492, with Chef Josh Keeler at the helm and a pastry team that produces craze-worthy sensations (read: sourdough sticky buns), you’ll get Lowcountry food done right.

Here are the top 5 for dinner and Sunday brunch (you’re welcome).

Dinner:

1/ Dave’s Clams
Chef Keeler relies on this local favorite to play a critical role in his dinner service. Clams are sourced locally and served simply, with celeriac, chili, and Meyer lemon.

2/ Kedgeree
This past January, Chef put his interpretation of kedgeree (an English curried rice dish) on the menu. His inspired recipe includes Carolina Gold rice, curry, smoked trigger fish, and egg–and it’s a must-order.

3/ Iberico Pork Collar
Lest you think this Spanish culinary treasure is reserved for charcuterie only, Chef Keeler makes it his own, with thoughtful and artful roasting techniques. First, the pork shoulder is cooked at a low temperature to retain flavor and moisture, and then at a high temperature to caramelize the outside. The “steak” is then served with artichoke, cardoon (wild celery), sunchokes, and anchovies.

Brunch:

4/ Sourdough Sticky Bun
Who can argue with this sweet start to the day, and why would anyone want to? The light drizzle of caramel, chopped pecans, and orange zest perfectly complements the tartness of the sourdough. We are stuck on this brunch staple.

5/ Million Dollar Burger
Devotees will recall this legendary burger from the menu of Chef Keeler’s former restaurant, Two Borough’s Larder. The combination of Mornay (a béchamel sauce), bacon, potato, pickles, and Thousand Island dressing is practically heaven-sent. Top it off with a side of Charleston Gold rice grits.

There you have it, the top 5 things to order at 429 are ready for your indulgence!

The Top 5 Things to Order at Launderette

March 3, 2017 at 1:00 pm
post by Paula Forbes

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Image Courtesy of Launderette

In a deliciously hip setting in East Austin sits Launderette, bursting with color and top-notch design. A laundromat-turned-swanky-eatery, it’s the brainchild of Austin restaurant vets Rene Ortiz and Laura Sawicki.

After topping pretty much every “best new restaurant” list and receiving a coveted James Beard Award nomination, Launderette has settled into its destiny of becoming a neighborhood restaurant that just happens to serve some of the best food in town.

Here are the top 5 to order, in a lineup of 10’s:

1/House-made Pastrami 
This staple is so good they serve it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For brunch, enjoy pastrami hash, spiked with Brussels sprouts; for lunch, try a classic deli-style sandwich on rye, with Swiss cheese and thousand island dressing; and, for dinner, order pastrami on pumpernickel toast, with salmon, mustard, and pickled onions.

2/Plancha Burger
Not just your token cheeseburger, Launderette’s version is not to be missed. The challah-stacked burger, sandwiched with American cheese and a flavorful beef patty, is dressed up in special sauce and served with pickles on the side.

3/Bird of Paradise Cocktail
Perfect for a sunny spring day on the porch, the “Bird of Paradise” is a refreshing bubbly cocktail, bursting with grapefruit and just a hint of anise.

4/Zucchini Bread
This to-die-for goodness is one of pastry chef and James Beard Award semifinalist Sawicki’s staple brunch offerings. Topped with a thin sheet of butter and a sprinkling of sea salt, it’s the perfect complement to a morning cup of coffee or a mimosa.

5/Ice Cream
Anyone who has ever been to the Holly neighborhood favorite, knows how Launderette celebrated its anniversary: with birthday cake ice cream sandwiches, of course. Sawicki is known for her ice cream, and this technicolored treat is a must-order for anyone celebrating, well, pretty much anything. Seasonal scoops are also available (and equally addictive).

Grab a seat at Launderette today!

February 27, 2017 at 8:16 pm
post by Vanessa Lavorato

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A little rain never stopped a San Franciscan from a night on the town. With the James Beard nominees shining bright– and a new bathhouse/restaurant concept in the Tenderloin– the city never fails to inspire. Rain or shine, you are where you eat. Here’s your Hit List for stormy weather.

1/Mister Jiu’s
2/Bar Agricole
3/Nopa
4/Tartine Manufactory
5/Benu
6/Onsen
7/Kin Khao
8/Mina Test Kitchen
9/Nomica
10/Alba Ray’s

1/Mister Jiu’s
Because a bowl of hot and sour soup never sounded so good. Bring on the XO sauce, rock shrimp fried rice, and salt-and-pepper chicken wings. And don’t forget dessert– James Beard Award-nominated Chef Chou’s are worth saving room for. // Chinatown. 415-857-9688.

2/Bar Agricole
Because a whiskey cocktail and choripan with chimichurri from the 2010 opening menu will whet your appetite for a standout meal. Try the Manila clams and the spaghetti with bottarga, Espelette chili, breadcrumbs, and lemon. // SoMa. Book now on Resy.

3/Nopa
Because does it get better than a plate of fresh pappardelle smothered in 9-hour bolognese? Nopa. This restaurant is an institution, and for good reason: anytime, day or night– it always hits the mark. // NoPa. 415-864-8643.

4/Tartine Manufactory
Because now that the frenzy has subsided, it’s prime time to try the James Beard Award-nominated Best New Restaurant. From the Tartine bread service (hello, sea urchin & mustard smørrebrød) to the sticky date pudding, this romance will be a long one. // Mission. Walk-ins only.

5/Benu
Because when the menu is short and concise, every dish is on fire. Case in point: Foie Gras Xiao Long Bao. Chef Corey Lee keeps it simple, but meticulous. // SoMa. 415-685-4860.

6/Onsen
Because Onsen is all about treating yourself. Enjoy a massage after a long soak in the sleek baths, followed by a balanced meal (!). Warm Udon Noodles are the perfect complement to your relaxed muscles. // Tenderloin. Book now on Resy.

7/Kin Khao
Because there’s Thai, and then there’s Kin Khao. You won’t find pad thai or chicken skewers here. Instead, expect Yaowaraj noodles, a Bangkok Chinatown stir-fried rice noodle, or khao mun gai, chicken fat rice. Aroy. // Union Square. Book now on Resy.

8/Mina Test Kitchen
Because take a trip to the sun-drenched Southern coast of Italy. “Postcards from La Costiera” is the seafood-forward dinner series by Chef Michael Mina and Chef Adam Sobel. Bring your appetite; this meal is classic Italian, and you’ll want the full coursing. Plus vino. // Marina. Book now on Resy.

9/Nomica
Because have you tried the laminated brioche yet? Filled with shiitake and koji duxelle, and served with beef-whipped jidori yolk, this dish is reason enough to pull up a chair. Or, plan ahead (at least a day) and order the whole chicken in brioche. Go big.// Castro. Book now on Resy.

10/Alba Ray’s
Because there’s a French 75 with your name on it. New Orleans arrived in the Mission, complete with all of your Southern favorites. Bring a big group, order the shrimp boil, and suck on the heads (if you’re legit). // Mission. Book now on Resy.

Resy is a reservations platform for the best restaurants. This list is our regular update on where to eat in San Francisco. To get it via email, download and register for Resy today.

New on Resy: Shaya, Kismet, Salazar, Bar Agricole, One Fifth and More

February 23, 2017 at 5:42 pm
post by Allison Chesky

From award-winning dining concepts to rustic Italian trattorias, an impressive range of restaurants have joined the app, and they’re bound to keep your calendar full and curiosity piqued. As always, you are where you eat. Read more, and grab a seat.


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New York City

Cotenna
Spearheaded by James Beard award-winning chef Roberto Passon, Cotenna is a rustic Italian wine bar specializing in “Cecchetti” – otherwise known as Italian tapas. Home to some of the finest Old World Italian wines, Cotenna is tucked away in a charming nook of the village. // West Village. Book now at Cotenna

De Maria
Stop by this sunny Nolita outpost during the day and snack on Instagram worthy artisanal grain bowls, avocado toast (topped with lavender salt-cured salmon and a poached egg!), and a selection of teas and juices. Chef Camille Becerra serves an apertivo from 5-7pm of light bites, house cocktails and an affordable wine list. // Nolita. Book now at De Maria.

Flex Mussels Upper East Side & West Village
From its roots on Prince Edward Island to the West Village of Manhattan, Flex Mussels aims to serve the freshest and most delicious food from the ocean to your plate. With 16 different mussels preparations to choose from, you’ll be hard pressed to land on just one. Be sure to try the delicious add-ons as well, like the fried oysters, freshly-chopped kale salad, and, for dessert, deconstructed lemon meringue “pie” parfait. // Book now at Flex Mussels Upper East Side and Flex Mussels West Village

Frankies 570 Spuntino
This gem of an Italian trattoria sits at the corner of Hudson and West 11th streets– yet one taste of the hand-rolled Genovese pesto will transport you far from Frankies’ rustic West Village outpost. With so many delicious pasta offerings, it’s hard to settle on just one or two, but the ricotta gnocchi, pappardelle with braised lamb, and cavatelli with hot sausage and browned butter are a good place to start. Round out the meal with a glass of Sangiovese and tiramisu for good measure. // West Village. Book now at Frankies 570 Spuntino.

Grand Ferry Tavern
At Grand Ferry, a classically-styled waterfront tavern, oyster happy hour exists every day from 4pm to 6pm and 11pm to close. On the menu you’ll find quality ingredients in the form of elevated American tavern staples. Best of all, there’s an atmosphere to accommodate any mood: enjoy date night in the dining salon, catch up with friends in the lively barroom, or relax in the cozy outdoor garden.  // Williamsburg. Book now at Grand Ferry Tavern.

Ivan Ramen
A self-described “Jewish Kid from Long Island,” Chef Ivan Orkin visited Japan once, and the rest is history. After creating one of the top ramen shops in Tokyo, Chef returned to New York City to open his famed namesake ramen parlors. His LES digs is a rite of passage. // LES. Book Now at Ivan Ramen

Lamano
The team behind The Black Ant, Temerario, and Ofrenda, bring you Chef Mario Hernandez’s inspired menu of tapas. In a setting filled with mystical motifs, wine cocktails, and a thoughtfully-curated wine list amplify the experience at Chelsea’s new destination for Spanish dining. Protip: get the boquerones with white anchovies, tomato, gigante beans, and egg. // Chelsea. Book now at Lamano.

Otway
What was Tilda All Day is now Otway, a dinner spot run by Samantha Safer and Chef Claire Welle. The ever-changing seasonal menu features American bistro aesthetics as well as natural wines, house-butchered meats, and fresh bread. Don’t leave without trying the roasted sunchokes with oysters, fried tripe, or burned almond pudding. // Clinton Hill. Book now at Otway.

Pig Bleecker
The masters behind Gowanus’ barbecue restaurant Pig Beach bring you Pig Bleecker in Greenwich Village. With Chef Matt Abdoo—an eight-year alum of Del Posto— at the helm, the team’s second restaurant offers a full-service experience, expanding beyond their barbecue roots with a focus on smoke-centric comfort food. // Greenwich Village. Book now at Pig Bleecker.

Prime Meats
From the Franks of Frankies Spuntino fame, Prime Meats pays homage to traditional German cooking in a refined Carroll Gardens space, with an ethereal outdoor area. Steak frites, bratwurst, and sauerkraut are among the highlights, while the “Old Fashioned” with Bartlett pear bitters is a nice segue from a late lunch to evening. //Carroll Gardens. Book now at Prime Meats.

Ruby’s
Established in 2003, Ruby’s menu showcases fresh local produce balanced with Australian culinary influences. Think burgers, delicious Aussie-inspired dishes, and amazing espresso coffee and drinks. Both spots are trendy, yet unpretentious. // Murray Hill and SoHo. Walk-ins only.

Russ & Daughters at the Jewish Museum
Few Manhattan restaurants warrant the title of institution quite like Russ & Daughters, whose family-owned operation has spanned 103 years in New York City. Experience the delight of Saturday morning bagels and lox (of the finest quality!), in addition to other classic staples at its prepaid set-menu brunch at the Jewish Museum. // Upper East Side. Book now at Russ & Daughters at the Jewish Museum.

The Egg Shop
As one may imagine, eggs are the main attraction here, but thoughtful and original applications mean that each of the dishes is far from ordinary. Dinner highlights include the spaghetti squash Carbonara, fried chicken, and the “Harissa Explains it All” – tomato-braised chicken with sweet potato hummus, cous cous, house-made harissa and boiled eggs. // Nolita. Book now at The Egg Shop.

The Fat Radish
Tucked between Orchard and Canal streets in the heart of the Lower East Side, the Fat Radish is a nouveau dining experience in every way. With imaginative farm-to-table highlights and a mesmerizing mix of traditional dishes fashioned in new ways, this pretty-people place always draws a crowd. The NY Times says the duck fat fries are a dining prerequisite. // Lower East Side. Book Now at The Fat Radish.


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Hamptons

The Frisky Oyster 
Nestled in a historic seaport located on Long Island’s North Fork, The Frisky Oyster offers a daily-changing menu that showcases the most excellent local ingredients. Add to the offerings local and international wines, exceptional service, and a lively bar scene, and you’ve got yourself a good time. // Greenport Village. Book now at The Frisky Oyster


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Austin

Coast Restaurant
From ceviche and broiled oysters to barbecue prawns, seafood is the focus at Austin’s Coast. Enjoy a range of small plates, and don’t skip the churros with horchata ice cream for dessert. // Downtown. Book now at Coast.

District Kitchen
Inside this woodsy Austin hideaway, you’ll find tasty comfort food, like chicken and waffles and bacon beignets (!), sourced from local farmers, and the freshest, in-season seafood. With a full lineup of craft beers and cocktails to choose from, it’s a great place to enjoy a sunny Saturday afternoon with great company. // Downtown. Book now at District Kitchen.

Launderette
A one-time Laundromat filled with retro decor, Chef Rene Ortiz’s James Beard Award-nominated Launderette serves up delicious bites, fresh-baked breads, and spirited cocktails. Snack on the fried olives, labneh with beet hummus and everything crackers, and the fried chicken “sammie” – a show-stopping sandwich of fried chicken served on challah bread, with poblano slaw and pickles. // Holly. Book now at Launderette

The League
New American the Austin way means local comforts like truffle honey chicken biscuits and a fried green tomato BLT. Visit this welcoming outpost for weekend brunch or a night out, and thank your lucky stars that Resy saved you a seat. // Book now at The League Lakeway and Avery Ranch

Tony C’s Bee Caves & Avery Ranch
This is the rustic Italian trattoria that your pizza-and-pasta dreams are made of. Nosh on the mascarpone and fig pizza or a classic tomato and basil margherita. Craving seconds? Opt for the meatballs, penne with vodka sauce, or bacon-wrapped figs – or anything else, really. // Book now at Bee Caves and Avery Ranch.


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Charleston

492 
Following in the footsteps of beloved Two Boroughs Larder, Chef Josh Keeler’s 492 is classic-meets-contemporary in a restored historic landmark dating back to the 1800’s. Adding to the appeal is a fully-stocked cocktail program, pastry team, and a menu sourced from nearby farmers, fishermen and foragers. Book now at 492.

82 Queen
Nestled in Charleston’s charming French Quarter, 82 Queen is a 300-year-old address, with a heritage spanning 34 years. It serves up fresh local cuisine for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. Think gracious Southern hospitality and delectable cooking, served up, with a twist. Don’t miss the mammoth Magnolia tree in its dreamy, intimate courtyard. // French Quarter. Book now at 82 Queen.

Ms. Rose’s 
Traditional Southern dishes share the menu with updated interpretations of comfort food favorites at this neighborhood gem. It’s a casual restaurant, where you can enjoy meals with the family, patio dining, and happy hour cocktails. // West Ashley. Book now at Ms. Rose’s.

Stella’s 
Stella’s honors rustic Greek cuisine with modern updates, bringing the freshest ingredients and Mediterranean fare to the CHS dining scene. Protip: don’t miss the taverna-themed happy hour! // Radcliffborough. Book now at Stella’s


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Los Angeles

Kismet
Because when Sara Kramer and Sarah Hymanson found a space for their falafel stand, Madcapra, in Grand Central Market, it was kismet, and now their latest endeavor is called just that. With the help of heavy hitters Jon & Vinny, it’s no wonder the industry is abuzz. Enjoy small plates of delicious Middle Eastern-influenced dishes, intended to be shared, in this light and bright Hollywood locale. // East Hollywood. Book now on Resy.

Maestro 
Discover delicious and modern Mexican cuisine in the heart of Old Town Pasadena. Inside the elegant interior, you’ll find an impressive range of craft cocktails, like the agave old fashioned, and fresh interpretations of traditional dishes. The duck carnitas with roasted tomatillo and octopus with chorizo salsa and sweet plantains are among the highlights. iVamos! // Pasadena. Book now at Maestro.

Mr.G’s Bistro
Enjoy authentic Italian fare against an elegant backdrop, on Newport Beach’s Balboa Island. Agnolotti with butternut squash, goat cheese, and amaretti cookies– the secret ingredient of chefs and Italian grandmother’s alike – is just the order for recreating a “Sunday supper” any night of the week. // Newport Beach. Book now at Mr.G’s Bistro

Salazar
With its fresh-made sauces and easy atmosphere, this Frog Town outpost is a local’s delight and boasts a varied appeal. From the tacos and char-grilled rib-eye to the signature caesar salad, there’s something for everyone. Add to that one hell of a cocktail range: the “Hot Buttered Rum” is the accelerator to a truly stellar evening. // Frog Town. Book now at Salazar

South Beverly Grill
Tuck into one of the tufted leather booths for a working lunch or an intimate dinner for two (or six). Boasting a range of greats across the board, from sushi and steak to seasonal fresh highlights, this restaurant is modern American cuisine turned up a notch, Beverly Hills style. // Beverly Hills. Book now at South Beverly Grill.

Trois Familia
Sean Brock’s former Chef de Cuisine at McCrady’s, Daniel “Dano” Heinz just began a three-month stint at this Silver Lake staple: “La Familia Residency at Trois Familia.” Here, you’ll experience a three-course nouveau American menu – driven by Californian produce – that turns over weekly. Some highlights include risotto with cauliflower, white radicchio, and shallot, and pork with cranberry beans, broccolini, and mustard. // Silver Lake. Book now at Trois Familia.


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San Francisco

Alba Rays
New Orleans Cajun meets the San Francisco Mission in this newly-minted restaurant inspired by the bayou. Sip hurricanes atop barstools, while admiring pretty tiles and wrought iron, reminiscent of NOLA’s French Quarter. Shrimp boils with pork jambalaya and gumbo with oysters and crispy okra are menu staples. Best of all, the kitchen is open until 2am on weekends– in true Nawlins fashion. // Mission. Book now at Alba Ray’s.

Bar Agricole
This spacious and airy SOMA outpost boasts a daily menu of fresh ingredients, natural wines, and seasonal cocktails. Sunday brunch is a divine tasting experience, complete with beignets, soft scrambled eggs with braised artichokes, and grilled Dungeness crab with dandelion greens. After dark, the outdoor patio is jazzed up with special events featuring live music and fine cocktails.// Soma. Book now at Bar Agricole.

Gialina
There’s nothing basic about the pizza at Gialina. The menu, which boasts traditional pies – like the spicy red sauce-based “Amatriciana” and sweet Italian sausage pie with onions – to specialty variations – like the “Zucca” with butternut squash, ricotta, sage, and almond brown butter. Complete the meal with mini meatballs, burrata, and the ricotta cavatelli (natch). // Glen Park. Book now at Gialina

Trou Normand
Situated in the historic PacBell building, Trou Normand boasts a refined cocktail program, daily-changing menu, and a charcuterie board with 40 varieties of the finest quality meats. Drawing inspiration for its cocktail program from the iconic craft cocktails found in Paris and Cuba, Trou Normand focuses on classic concoctions made from small batch spirit producers. Cozy up in the leather chesterfield sofa banquettes with an apple brandy “Calvados” drink and a sampling of cured meats. //Soma. Book now at Trou Normand.


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DC

Indique
Boasting chai-and-wifi service by day, and refined contemporary Indian cuisine by night, this Cleveland Park staple is a jack of more than a few trades. Be sure to order the cauliflower chili fry, traditional curries, mini dosas, and a cocktail off their beverage program. The gin and tonic is a favorite, with house-made tonic comprised of cloves, cardamom, black pepper, cinnamon, cumin, coriander, and star anise. // Cleveland Park. Book now at Indique.

Marble & Rye
Offering 150 whiskeys and farm-to-table American fare (think wood-fired pizzas, seafood, steak and veggies), Marble & Rye is a handsome restaurant that’s also vegetarian-friendly. // Arlington. Book now at Marble and Rye

Obelisk
Enjoy Italian fine dining in the heart of Dupont Circle with Chef Peter Pastan’s five-course menu, served five nights a week. The seasonal menu changes daily and includes an optional wine pairing, adding to the intimate and stellar dining experience. // Dupont Circle. Book now at Obelisk.

Pamplona
With a menu filled with paellas, chorizo-filled bocadillos, papas bravas and horchata flan, Pamplona’s creative dishes impart a lively and fresh update on traditional Spanish cuisine. Plus, that all pairs perfectly with an innovative wine program and a menu of handcrafted cocktails and sangrias. // Arlington. Book now at Pamplona.

RedRocks H Street
RedRocks on H Street has three floors, three bars, a dance area, outdoor space, and a third-floor balcony. It’s DC’s perfect party spot with delicious Neapolitan pizzas and a bottomless mimosas weekend brunch. // H Street Corridor. Book now at RedRocks H Street.

Woodmont Grill
Come for the top quality prime steaks, stay for the live music. A neighborhood favorite for good reason, Woodmont Grill boasts live jazz every night of the week, in addition to house-made breads and the hearty entree salads. Word to the wise, do not miss the famous “French Dip Au Jus” and the swanky cocktails. // Bethesda. Book now at Woodmont Grill


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New Orleans

Shaya
Modern Israeli cuisine meets New Orleans flavors, from James Beard Award-winning Chef Alon Shaya. From the lamb kebabs to the many variations of hummus – including lamb ragu with crispy chickpeas and dried Aleppo pepper with tahini and olive oil – the offerings are fresh, authentic, and delightful. The thoughtful and nuanced dishes allow you to discover new flavors with every visit. // Touro. Book now at Shaya.


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Seattle

Local Burger
A burger joint that combines the finest local, fresh, and organic ingredients? Yes, please. With 24 beers on tap and nine burger variations to choose from, in addition to a range of salads and sandwiches, this spot has the best of tasty food and libations. // Bellevue. Book now at Local Burger


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Miami

Charcoal Garden Bar + Grill
Hailing as one of the country’s first full-service restaurants built entirely out of modified shipping containers, Charcoal serves fresh and innovative dishes fired up on the Josper grill by Ken Lyon. On the locally sourced menu, you’ll find farm-raised meats served with a choice of 22 different globally-inspired sauces, charcoal-blistered vegetables from the restaurant’s urban garden, and fresh seafood. Wash the meal back with a large-format craft beer served in a growler, or one of the French and Italian wines on tap. // Wynwood. Book now at Charcoal Garden Bar + Grill.


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Houston

One Fifth
Chef Chris Shepherd is reimagining the dining experience with One Fifth: a concept restaurant with a new theme each year and a five-year life span. For its inaugural year, Chef Shepherd is recreating a modern steakhouse, utilizing all cuts of the animal and working directly with farmers. Steak is grilled and seared on a cast iron skillet for optimal flavor. Each theme will run through July 31st of its given year; the restaurant will reopen September 1st of that year with a new theme – and new decor. // Houston. Book now at One Fifth.

February 15, 2017 at 12:29 pm
post by Paula Forbes

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Image Courtesy of Grizzelda’s.

It may be February, but apparently, no one told the weather. Take advantage of these lovely sunny days and balmy evenings by checking out some of Austin’s latest restaurant openings. This month we’ve rounded up food trucks and beer gardens galore, and what just might turn out to be Austin’s best new pizza. Remember– you are where you eat, so try these fine new places.

1/Sorellina
2/Austin Beerworks Tap Room
3/My Name Is Joe
4/Soursop
5/Kemuri
6/Carnal
7/Kerlin BBQ
8/Grizzelda’s
9/Way South Philly
10/Coast

1/Sorellina
Because the fine folks behind Apis Restaurant are churning out spectacular wood-fired pizza, making the Hill Country home to some of the best pizza in town.  And don’t sleep on the house-made wild boar charcuterie. A short, but expertly edited, wine list will fulfill all of your pairing needs. // Spicewood. Walk-ins only.

2/Austin Beerworks Tap Room
Because one of Austin’s favorite breweries has a bigger, better, and badder new tap room. Sample Austin Beerworks’ tasty beers and enjoy a rotating collection of some of the best food trucks in town, including Quality Seafood, East Side King, Kebabalicious, Dock & Roll Diner, Texas Chili Queens and more. // North Austin. Walk-ins only.

3/My Name Is Joe
Because sometimes your coffee should come with a cause. My Name Is Joe is a coffee and breakfast food truck that’s also great for lunch. Its mission is to help food service industry folks move past addiction, through employment, and it also happens to serve stellar breakfast bowls and toasts. // Downtown. Walk-ins only.

4/Soursop
Because maybe, just maybe, queso was meant to be served with shrimp chips. La Condesa alum Teddy Bricker deftly melds Asian flavors with Texas favorites on the patio of the brand spankin’ new St. Elmo Brewing Co. Galbi burger, anyone? // South Austin. Walk-ins only.

5/Kemuri
Because the smoke-flavored izakaya just won’t quit. The latest from the folks behind Ramen Tatsu-ya, Kemuri serves an artful blend of Texan and Japanese flavors. Try the brisket hot pockets. // Holly. Walk-ins only.

6/Carnal at Parlor and Yard
Because who doesn’t want to spend the winter in sunny Austin, Texas? Brooklyn’s Carnal is wintering down south at West Sixth Street’s Parlor and Yard. Be sure to try their marrow confit beef ribs before they head back north. // West Sixth. Walk-ins only.

7/Kerlin BBQ
Because one of Austin’s barbecue greats has made its off-menu specialty official. Come for the “Barbecue Kolache,” stay for lighter flavors and essential add-ons, like spinach and goat cheese. //Cesar Chavez. Walk-ins only.

8/Grizzelda’s
Because we’re feeling the modern Mexican flavors coming out of Grizzelda’s. Plus, happy hour is now served seven days a week (!) and all day Sunday. Go get your bacon-laced guacamole. // Govalle. Book now at Grizzelda’s.

9/Way South Philly
Because sometimes only a cheesesteak will do. This beloved food truck has its very first brick and mortar location, and it’s now serving up an array of variations on Philly’s favorite sandwich. Add a side of tots for good measure. // Allendale. Walk-ins only.

10/Coast.
Because it’s new to Resy and it’s seafood season. Fish tacos and churros (with horchata ice cream!) for dessert? Yes, please. // Downtown. Book now at Coast.

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The Top 5 Things to Order at Cala

February 8, 2017 at 5:57 pm
post by Vanessa Lavorato

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Image Courtesy of Cala. 

At Gabriela Cámara’s Mexico City flagship, Contramar, the kitchen is open for only lunch– a long, boozy meal (usually followed by a well-earned siesta). Cámara brings this Mexican tradition across the border to her SF restaurant, Cala,  for Sunday brunch.

Bridging her Mexico City roots with the Bay Area’s produce cornucopia, Chef Cámara creates authentic Mexican dishes with a Californian twist. The rolls are baked fresh by Tartine bakery, exclusively for Cala, and Chef Camara always goes the extra mile: the tortillas, which are the star attraction, are prepared fresh in-house. The house specialty is the “Bloody María”–a concoction of the house mezcal, Amarás, and signature sangrita. As Cala knows, brunch is best served with a buzz.

Here are five standout dishes in a lineup of 10’s:

Raw Oysters and Champagne: Start brunch off the old-fashioned way, with a half-dozen oysters and a half-bottle of champagne. Hog Island oysters and Veuve Fourny bubbly are on rotation through the end of the month, a winning combination–and a steal.

Trout Tostadas: At Contramar, this dish is made with tuna, but in the Bay Area, locality plays. Caught fresh from McFarland Springs in Northern California, the trout in these tostadas is on another level. Brunch or dinner, don’t miss ‘em.

Torta Ahogada: What happens when you combine San Francisco’s top bakery with Mexico’s hottest sandwich? Meet the “Torta Ahogada.” Pork confit carnitas are seared on the plancha until crispy and sandwiched between Tartine’s specially-made “bolillos” rolls. Finish it off with a healthy dose of ahogada sauce and this sandwich is a show-stopper.

Carnitas and Tortillas: This typically seafood-forward menu only serves meat one day out of the week, so there’s a reason brunch at Cala is a special occasion: carnitas. Cala serves its carnitas simply, with anything-but-ordinary fresh tortillas. These golden California-grown corn tortillas are made fresh every day, and served in a tortillero that keeps them warm over a hot stone. You haven’t tasted a tortilla until you’ve tried one here.

Enfrijoladas: Brunch enchiladas, Cala style. Made with purslane and queso fresco, the enfrijoladas are topped with an Apple Tree Farms fried egg. Break the yolk and get saucy.

Chilaquiles: Is it a Mexican brunch without Chilaquiles? At Cala, you’ll find them covered in carnitas and topped with salsa verde and a fried egg. It’s exactly what Sunday morning called for: ¿Hola? Chilaquiles are on the line.

Grab a seat at Cala today!