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Badshah (which means “king of the village” in Hindu), is a contemporary Indian restaurant in the heart of Hells Kitchen. Inspired by Indian street food, the cuisine features inventive twists and signature classics, such as quinoa tikka and butter chicken. There’s also a chef’s tasting menu, which includes a variety of appetizers, curries, naan, rice and dessert—perfect for sampling the menu. Book now at Badshah.
Previously known as The Leadbelly, this oyster bar is a bona fide date spot focusing on cocktails and bivalves. It also serves snacks and some larger plates, like a kale caesar and buttermilk fried calamari. The playful Lower East Side aesthetic features an Airstream-inspired bar, tables silk-screened with game boards, and brick walls textured with stucco. Bonus points for the soundtrack, a rotation of live piano and vintage records. Book now at Bar Belly.
This 1920s-style speakeasy features a lengthy list of gin-based (and other) cocktails, including three distinctive gin & tonics and several types of punch bowls. Hidden behind a coffee shop in Chelsea, the bar a proper throwback, and (spoiler alert) there is indeed a bathtub. Book now at Bathtub Gin.
Opened by restauranteur Lynn Wagenknecht in 2006, Café Cluny is to the West Village what its sister restaurant, The Odeon, is to TriBeCa: a neighborhood brasserie serving a menu of distinctive French-American staples to its loyal clientele. You can’t go wrong here, but a few Cluny classics are: there’s soft boiled eggs with soldiers, the grilled tuna burger, and the Niman Ranch sirloin steak frites. The quaint space, warm service, and cozy ambiance make this staple perfect for a range of dining situations — from a first date to brunch with the family. Book now at Cafe Cluny.
Chalk Point Kitchen
Chalk Point Kitchen raises the bar for healthy eating, serving superfood-packed dishes that are meant to be shared. Nutrient rich ingredients, such as chia seeds, dandelion root, and goji berries dot the menu, and local vegetables make their way into creative cocktails. Dine amongst the downtown crowd and delight in feel-good eats. Book now at Chalk Point Kitchen.
Chez Ma Tante
Named after a storied Montreal hot dog shack beloved by Vancouver-born chef Aidan O’Neal, Chez Ma Tante serves refined French-Canadian-style cuisine: think marinated mussels with clams, grilled veal with green sauce and beans, and skate wing with sabayon and leeks. A collaboration between O’Neal, his chef de cuisine (and fellow Cafe Altro Paradiso vet) Jake Leiber, and Greenpoint restaurateurs Josh Cohen and Blair Papagni, this clean space with white-washed brick walls and an uncluttered bar features good food, nice wine, and ample digestif offerings. Book now at Chez Ma Tante.
Located in Harlem in what was formerly a famed jazz club, this restaurant is entrenched in the local community, and aims to serve it authentically. The changing menu reflects a deep-seated farm-to-table mentality, and the beverage program highlights wines and spirits from small producers. Book now at Clay.
Caffe Dante began serving the Greenwich Village cultural elite in 1915. Now under fresh ownership — and called simply, Dante — this New York City landmark has a globally-recognized cocktail program and a produce-driven Italian menu filled with gems. Order a Negroni (New York Magazine says its the best in the city) and a house-made pasta, and revel in the deep-rooted sense of community. Book now at Dante.
A pioneer of the Brooklyn dining scene, a welcoming neighborhood restaurant, and a destination-worthy pizza place all in one, Franny’s is an old favorite for good reason. With delicious, blistered pies, greenmarket-driven small plates, and a rotating menu of cocktails and wine, dining here is like eating dinner at a friend’s house… but better. Book now at Franny’s.
Fusco is Scott Conant’s first solo New York restaurant in over a decade. The elegant, all-white interior is softened with cozy brown leather banquettes. In the kitchen, Conant dishes out what he does best: house-made pastas and Italian fare, which will change with the seasons. The thoughtful selection of new and old world wines seals the deal for an elegant evening, making Fusco your new go-to spot. Book now at Fusco.
Junoon is a contemporary, Michelin-starred Indian restaurant that oozes vibrant energy and sophistication. The menu represents modern takes on classic cuisine spanning various regions of India. Dishes like eggplant chaat, tandoori octopus, and goat biryani are complex and delicious, while the wine list — recognized as excellent by Wine Spectator year after year — focuses on regions that best complement the food. White tablecloths, muted lighting, and a touch of traditional decoration make for a refined atmosphere. Book now at Junoon.
Located on a charming Greenwich village block, Kosaka offers Japanese edomae sushi in a sleek, Zen-like space. With only a wraparound counter and a few tables for larger groups, the focus is on the creations of Michelin-starred chef Yoshihiko Kousaka— a traditionalist, who sources seasonal, exotic fish both locally and from Tokyo’s Tsukiji Market. The chef offers two omakase meals — all sushi, and a combination of sushi and sashimi — prepared each night based on what ingredients are available. Book now at Kosaka.
The name Le Fond carries weight: in French culinary language, it means “stock,” the foundation of most French dishes. Here, chef Jake Eberle, who was classically trained at Le Cordon Bleu, dishes out French bistro cuisine, like gnocchi Parisienne and coq au vin, in a modern Greenpoint setting. The food is beautifully plated, yet accessible, and the atmosphere is relaxed. Book now at Le Fond.
Loreley Beer Garden
Modeled after the “Brauhaus” in Cologne (Köln), Lower East Side biergarten, Loreley, boasts indoor and outdoor space, the latter of which is heated on cooler days. And as one should expect, the top-notch selection of important beers, wines, and spirits, is complemented by a menu of giant soft pretzels, currywurst and wiener schnitzel. Book now at Loreley Beer Garden.
Mayanoki (my-ya-no-key) is New York City’s only sushi restaurant that serves strictly local and sustainably sourced seafood. By working directly with fishermen, the restaurant is able to serve an omakase that supports preserving our oceans’ ecosystems. Here, transparency about what lands on your plate — ask your sushi chef — takes on a whole new meaning. Book now at Mayanoki.
At this inviting restaurant in Fort Greene, chef Tom Blechman (formerly of Lupa, Bar Bolonat, and Maialino) serves Mediterranean fare in a contemporary setting. The name, “Miss Ada,” is a play on the Hebrew word for restaurant: “misada.” Israeli flavors – mixed with some from other areas – come on strong in dishes like baba ganoush (with ginger aioli, eggplant chips, and zaatar), various types of hummus masabaha, and a half brick chicken (with taggiasca olives, preserved lemon, and harissa). Book now at Miss Ada.
After a successful career on the Tel Aviv culinary scene, chef Meir Adoni brings his modern Middle Eastern food to New York. With its casual yet refined ambiance, this inventive restaurant features dishes designed for sharing and influenced by the cuisines of Morocco, Israel, and Turkey— to name just a few. Book now at Nur.
Rāhi (meaning traveler, or someone proceeding to a destination) is an artisanal Indian restaurant in Greenwich Village, featuring vibrant, modern food. A collaboration of chef Chintan Pandya and serial entrepreneur Roni Mazumdar, Rahi lives in a playful space, lined with white brick walls and a black and gold mural by artists Yok & Sheryo. The menu offers “New York Minute” starters, “At Ease” mids, and “Leisurely” mains, plus a slew of exotic cocktails. Book now at Rahi.
The Club Car
The Club Car is a prix-fixe surf-and-turf pop-up concept at the McKittrick Hotel from chefs Lee Hanson and Riad Nasr, the founding co-executive chefs of Balthazar and Minetta Tavern. Pulling from their French technique and chophouse expertise, they offer a three-course meal for $65 — an indulgence perfectly suited for pre- and post-theater dining. Expect old-school dishes like crudités on ice, fresh-baked Parker House rolls, a 10-oz. dry-aged boneless ribeye, and succulent lobster flambé. Book now at The Club Car.
A downtown staple since opening in 1980, The Odeon dishes out classic American-French fare in an Art Deco-detailed TriBeCa brasserie. Birthed by Lynn Wagenknecht, Keith McNally, and Brian McNally, the restaurant has played host to a stylish crowd for several decades. On any given day, this mecca buzzes with business meetings and leisurely get togethers, held over perfect Odeon omelettes, country frisée salad, steak frites, espresso, and traditional cocktails. And all are served with time-honored hospitality. Book now at The Odeon.
The Upsider is equal parts chic, after-work cocktail bar and globally-influenced gastropub. There’s a quartz bar, bright-blue and gold accents, and a 40-seat street patio for weekend brunch. And from bar snacks to bowls, there’s something on the menu for everyone. Book now at The Upsider.
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Bay Kitchen Bar
Sea breeze flows through the waterfront windows of Bay Kitchen Bar’s bright and airy dining room, which offers unbelievable sunset views over Three Mile Harbor. Enjoy fresh and expertly crafted seafood-based fare, like Montauk tuna tartare, lobster rolls, and harbor fluke procured from local fishermen. Pro-tip: Order some oysters, because The Miller brothers — chef and manager — grow their own as part of the East Hampton Shellfish Hatchery program to repopulate the harbors and keep local waters clean. Book now at Bay Kitchen Bar.
Cove Hollow Tavern
Right off Montauk Highway, on the edge of East Hampton bordering Wainscott, sits Cove Hollow Tavern. Here, chef-owners Terry Harwood and Lisa Murphy from Shelter Island’s Vine Street Cafe are dishing out French-Mediterranean fare with a focus on seafood. Book now at Cove Hollow Tavern.
Wainscott’s Osteria Salina sources ingredients locally, supporting the farmers and fisherman on the east end of Long Island for its rustic Sicilian cuisine. Grab a seat on the outdoor patio and opt for seasonal specialties like fritto misto, pappardelle bolognese, and veal rib parmigiano. Book now at Osteria Salina.
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Forget the star-studded party scene; nowadays, the Miami heat is in the kitchen, and food culture is the new go-to. This month, we welcome a slew of eateries – like the chic Italian import Le Sirenuse, Ghee Kitchen, and Kiki on the River – plus old standbys that show off Miami’s diversity in flavors and cuisine. Go ahead and take the Magic City’s tasty restaurant scene by storm, with the Hit List as your guide.
4/Hank & Harry’s
5/Kiki On The River
9/Beaker & Gray
10/Swine Southern Bar
Because enjoy delicious global cuisine in the heart of Miami Beach. This new eatery by the Bar Lab guys always gets it right. Must-orders are the Haitian gritoz, kimchi fried rice, Israeli shakshuka, and a to-die-for arepa platter.//Miami Beach. Book now on Resy.
Because channeling the dolce vita lifestyle is the ultimate Miami goal. This Michelin-starred import is pulling out all the stops with a bar dedicated to Italian apertifs and champagne, ocean-view dining, and proper white table cloth service.// Surfside. 786-482-2280.
Because Miami’s most anticipated restaurant of the year has finally opened its doors, and it’s worthy of all the hype. Expect modern day updates on classic Indian fare (lamb vindaloo anyone?) from a Michael’s Genuine alum, plus a selection of aromatic, custom-made brews to wash it all down with.// Kendall. (305) 968-1850.
4/Hank & Harry’s
Because it’s about time Lincoln Road got a proper New York-style deli. Nosh on sky-high pastrami sandwiches, enormous black & white cookies, and matzoh ball soup–and cure that Big Apple craving.// South Beach. Walk-ins only.
5/Kiki on the River
Because Greek eats are better with enviable water views. And when combined with the best Sunday brunch party in town, “opa!” never sounded so good.//Miami River. (786) 502-3243.
Because some of the best sushi in town is at a food truck in Wynwood. Trust. The omakase tasting menu truly boasts some of the freshest fish in the Magic City. Oh, and B.Y.O.S. (bring your own sake).//Wynwood. Book now on Resy.
Because truffle-stuffed flatbread should always be an option. Paired with lamb ribs and sweet jeweled rice, Byblos is love at first taste. Add on the boozy tea-based cocktails served on silver platters, and it’s just plain perfection.//Miami Beach.
Because traveling back in time is the new night out. Channel 1980’s nostalgia at this milkshake bar, complete with decadent Golden Girls and E.T. themed shakes, set up in a space that looks like the owner’s childhood kitchen.// Coconut Grove. Walk-ins only.
9/Beaker & Gray
Because you can’t beat hip hop beats and great drinks. Order like a pro with cheeseburger croquettes, shrimp mini-burgers, tangy yellow curry, and waygu-stuffed beef wellington rolls.//Wynwood. Book now on Resy.
10/Swine Southern Bar
Because Swine is proof that Southern food can be done right in Miami. Opt for the (perfectly burnt!) burnt ends, melt-in-your-mouth mac ‘n cheese, and cornbread, naturally. //Coral Gables. Book now on Resy.
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Banana Split Profiteroles at Bonhomie. Photo Credit: Jessica Fradono Photography/www.jessicafradono.com.
What happens when you cross a hip bistro with a Waffle House? Chef Philip Speer and partner Sean McCusker are finding out.
Philip Speer is back on the scene in a big way, with two new businesses: My Name is Joe, a coffee-and-breakfast stand downtown, and Bonhomie, a bistro-meets-diner on Austin’s latest white hot restaurant row, Burnet Road. Speer opened Bonhomie (a concept he jokingly refers to as a “polished Waffle House”) with business partner Sean McCusker earlier this spring. As McCusker quips, “Who doesn’t like a diner and a French bistro?”
And Bonhomie likes to play with expectations, delivering what McCusker calls “familiar surprises”: dishes diners assume they’ve had before…until they take a bite. “Take smothered and covered hash browns,” says Speer. “[But] we do foie gras and caviar on them.” He’s speaking of Bonhomie’s signature pommes rostis – a collection of delicately grated, lightly fried potato cakes topped with all manner of tasty things. One comes with foie gras gravy and a soft boiled egg; another is topped with caviar and creme fraiche. Some of the rostis are even simpler, like, applesauce, yogurt, and chive. “Every table orders one of the pommes rostis,” says Speer.
Bonhomie’s signature Pommes Rosti.
Other examples of Bonhomie’s playful menu twists include a Reuben with smoked salmon and a brisket croissant with pho broth– a play on a French Dip sandwich. “People can be a little bit surprised,” says McCusker. “It’s really cool to see people try the croissants for the first time.” And do not sleep on the classic burger: the beef is ground every day and all of the ingredients are made in-house. Except the American Cheese. “We use the cheap American cheese because that’s delicious,” says Speer.
Chef Philip Speer. Photo Credit: Jessica Fradono Photography/www.jessicafradono.com.
That includes the burger buns. Speer draws on his background as a pastry chef for much of the menu, making the aforementioned croissants, burger buns, and sandwich breads in-house.
And when it does come time for dessert, the bistro-diner theme holds. “We made [the profiteroles] a real cute combination of a diner banana split and what a French bistro might do with it,” says Speer. That means stuffing the ice cream into golden profiteroles and amping up the classic garnishes—nuts, cherries, and bananas.
McCuster and Speer work to keep the prices down; to that end, they serve the entire wine menu by the glass.
The concept also carries into the design, which McCusker says has “a little bit of luxury like a bistro would have, with the square angles of a diner.” There’s a huge, U-shaped bar in the back, bistro-style tables wrapping around the sidewalk outside, and a line of American-classic diner booths threading through the middle of the restaurant.
The entire operation is geared towards accessibility, a hallmark of both of Bonhomie’s influences. McCusker and Speer hope that “people feel like they can come here a couple times a week.” In other words, says Speer, “We just want you to be able to come in and have a good time and enjoy the food.”
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One last dance before the heat hits: now is the time to get outside and enjoy what’s truly best about Austin dining. This month’s Hit List includes some of the best of what this city can do: barbecue, tacos, ice cream, fried chicken, and fine patio dining. Not to mention the newly-reviewed Japanese/Texan mashup Kemuri, Philip Speer’s bistro-meets-diner Bonhomie, and a brand-new menu at longtime favorite Salt & Time.
Here is your late-Spring eating agenda:
2/Fine Foods and Jo’s Burger Box
6/LeRoy and Lewis
7/Salt & Time
10/Black Box Barbecue
Because Philip Speer & co. are killing it at their new Burnet Road eatery. Here’s the move: grab a table outside and order the burger, the brisket croissant, and a pommes rosti – their tricked-out, Frenchified take on hash browns. Complete the meal with a decadent banana split profiterole (and a glass of wine, or two). //Allendale. Book now at Bonhomie.
2/Fine Foods Cocktail Bar and Jo’s Burger Box
Because the old Snack Bar space is in good hands with hotelier Liz Lambert. After her Bunkhouse Group took over Austin Motel, it seemed likely great things were in store, and here they are: a delightfully simple menu of delicious staples and cocktails. Try a cheeseburger and frozen Old Fashioned or an “Ann Richards’ Revenge”– made with rum, apricot, pineapple, and lime. //South Congress. Walk-ins only.
3/Kemuri Tatsu- ya
Because this Japanese barbecue joint has been getting stellar reviews lately. Come for the Guaca-Poke or a Matcha Painkiller, and stay for the tasty grilled skewers and smoked meats. Did we mention it has one of the best patios on the East Side? //Holly. Book now at Kemuri Tatsu-ya.
Because this is fried chicken like you’ve never had before. Thanks to the fine dining chops of partner Todd Duplechan (Chef at Lenoir), JT Youngblood’s chicken has just a touch of finesse. And don’t skip dessert; the pies are sensational. Get there before strawberry season is over (read: soon). //Mueller. Walk-ins only.
Because this Instagram-worthy Southern restaurant boasts a wraparound porch and quaint courtyard that’s lovely on a sunny day. After you’ve taken a stroll around the lush, manicured property, settle in for some of the city’s best new cocktails and treats. Pimento cheese and fried chicken, anyone? //Bouldin. 512-444-1888.
6/LeRoy and Lewis
Because in a city that’s devoted to traditional Texas barbecue, LeRoy and Lewis masterfully reinvents its barbecue. In addition to mainstays like brisket, they serve up beef cheeks, beer brats, banh mi, and pie (mm, pie). Stop in for the daily offerings before they sell out. //St. Ed’s. Walk-ins only.
7/Salt & Time
Because . Grab a bunch of friends and order a large roast to share, like a Peeler Ranch beef shank (!) or a 44 Farms 40-ounce ribeye. Bonus: get the goods to go at the butcher shop next door. //East Austin. Book now at Salt & Time.
Because if there’s one thing this taco town needs, it’s these Austin-style street tacos. Enjoy a delectable variety from trompo-roasted al pastor to, of course, breakfast tacos. //North Burnet. Walk-ins only.
Because Austin is welcoming summer in the best way – with a hot new ice cream spot. Tasty Spoon on South First serves up authentic Italian gelato in seasonal flavors like grapefruit sorbet as well the classics. //Lake Travis and Bouldin. Walk-ins only.
10/Black Box Barbecue
Because John Mueller is back in barbecue. It’s a little bit of a hike from Austin, but next time you’re fiending for brisket (or heading up to Ikea), you could do much worse than stopping by Mueller’s new digs. //Georgetown. Walk-ins only.
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What better way to celebrate warm weather than with a bevy of new favorites? Discover the latest (and greatest) in D.C. dining– from mouth-watering barbecue to a bona fide omakase sensation. The (food) world is your oyster.
Because the house-made sweet potato rolls make a terrific seasonal slider. Chef Jeremiah Langhorne’s current menu offerings include soft shell crabs and a “fudge-sicle” sorbet dessert, made with coriander, lemon thyme, and black walnut. // Shaw. Book now at The Dabney.
Because Chef Nobu Yamazaki is the man of D.C.’s hour, and his Michelin-starred omakase is a masterful tasting experience. // Dupont Circle. Book now at Sushi Taro.
3/The Federalist Pig
Because indulge in the city’s best barbecue and home-style sides. Case in point: glorious Brussel sprouts and smoked cheddar mac and cheese, with a side of cider. // Adams Morgan. Walk-ins only.
Because a stellar team delivers a stellar meal. From the service to the wine, this contemporary French restaurant with modern American-inspired service is new, and it’s hot. Pro tip: don’t skip the cheese cart. // White House/World Bank. (202) 506-3833.
Because this cafe serves up Cuban coffees, delicious light bites, and cocktails from Barmini alum, Juan Coronado. It’s casual dining done right. // 14th Street Corridor. (202) 332-8800.
Because this newly-minted seafood restaurant pairs fresh fish and local ingredients with traditional, old world spices. The result is a brilliant mashup of storied and contemporary preparations. // Logan Circle. (202) 521-7171.
Because Arroz is a multicultural treat, mixing contemporary flavors from Southern Spain, Morocco and Portugal to perfection. Must-orders include the fried sweetbreads, duck bomba rice, and rum baba. // Mount Vernon Square. (202) 869-3300.
Because this glorious eatery serves a show-stopping fried chicken Benedict. But that’s not all. Enjoy creative preparations of poultry from every distinction– ostrich, emu, duck, chicken, and more. Opt for the Korean-style chicken wings with an Atticus Finch cocktail. // Shaw. (202) 518-3609.
Because Marc Vetri’s popular Philadelphia pizzeria serves its traditional wood-fired Neapolitan pies with a multitude of beer and wine varieties. Save room for dessert– more specifically, the Nutella pizza. // U Street Corridor. (202) 794-9057.
Because this Shaw restaurant specializes in tempura soft shell crab, served with jalapeños, fish sauce, and sides of steamed rice and tots… really, really great tots. // Shaw. (202) 847-4980.
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Los Angeles is in full swing al fresco season. So get your base tan on, and let the rosé flow. If you’re on the hunt for a new watering hole, look no further. The Hit List is back with the latest roundup of top restaurants from Santa Monica to Silver Lake. Because you are where you eat; snag a patio table at one of the city’s top eateries.
9/L&E Oyster Bar
Because summer freshness comes down to the produce, and the Sara(h)s at Kismet know their vegetables. Hollywood’s Middle Eastern darling serves up Freekeh Fritters, the creamiest lebneh you’ll ever taste, and crispy smashed potatoes day and night. // Hollywood. Book now on Resy.
2/EP & LP
Because Chef Louis Tikaram isn’t afraid of a challenge. Whether introducing new herbs or serving up the perfect gluten-free fried chicken batter, EP & LP delivers on all levels. Now pass the kewpie sriracha dipping sauce. // WeHo. Book now on Resy.
Because omakase by Chef Jonathan Yao is the only way to dine, and Kato ensures you are always well fed. The menu changes daily, and it’s in a strip mall so you know it’s legit. // Sawtelle. (424) 535-3041.
Because back to his stomping grounds, Chef Miles Thompson brings new blood to a Santa Monica establishment. Leek and king crab tortellini with a crisp white al fresco is LA at its best. // Santa Monica. (310) 451-0843.
Because izakaya hits Echo Park just in time for summer. Sake-marinated foie gras, chawanmushi, buttermilk kara-age, are just a few of the must-haves. Kanpai! // Echo Park. (213) 900-4900.
Because sit in a greenhouse and get your veg on. Order the shared dinner for two and relax– who needs decisions? Let Chef Diego Echavarria curate your evening; he’s a pro. // Koreatown. (213) 368-3030.
Because have you tasted the Fiorata pizza? Chef Steve Samson serves up a mean slice with salame piccante, provolone, and buckwheat honey. Spicy, salty, sweet– mangia. // Beverly Hills. (310) 277-0210.
Because Frogtown’s go-to Mexican joint dishes out more than tacos. Pro tip: get the new Tierra salad and pair it with La Paloma, and don’t miss the sunny outdoor seating. // Frogtown. Book now on Resy.
9/L&E Oyster Bar
Because oysters and champagne is summer done right. L&E is the place to go for just that– light fare (think salad niçoise with raw bigeye tuna) and an impressive wine list. // Silver Lake. Book now on Resy.
Because video games and the best damn burger around. Word on the street is Chef Nguyen Tran toured Texas for the ultimate burger recipe. Mission accomplished. // Echo Park. Walk-ins only.
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Chef Renee Erickson pictured with her dog, Arlo. Photo credit: Eva Kolenko.
Chef Renee Erickson
Chef, Author, and Owner of Sea Creatures Concepts
Renee Erickson is one of the country’s most acclaimed chefs. As the owner of Sea Creatures Concepts, a restaurant group that includes The Whale Wins, Walrus & Carpenter, Barnacle Bar, Bar Melusine, Bateau, and General Porpoise Doughnut & Coffee, Chef Erickson shares her love of the Pacific Northwest, and has single-handedly transformed her hometown into one of the most exciting places to dine in the country.
Erickson has established a refined yet casual style that honors and appreciates simple beauty, and can be enjoyed at any of her restaurants or at home through her cookbook: “A Boat, A Whale & A Walrus: Menus and Stories.”
Seattle is home. Always has been.
Could you live anywhere else?
I think I could live in other spots, [I’m] just not sure how I can at this time. I dream plenty with part-time living in Normandy, South of France, and Rome. For now, I will happily travel all I can.
What inspires you?
My staff. I learn so much from them and feel so proud. Watching how they work and seeing how they create – their passion for excellence is truly inspiring.
What’s your earliest food memory?
I have lots of memories eating fish and chips at Spuds – sitting outside on the round fiberglass tables trying to keep the seagulls away from my chips.
Current restaurant crush.
Spring [in London]. Amazing space, elegant, yet classic, food. Just right in my mind.
Best ice cream in Seattle?
Kurt Farm Shop! No question.
Late-night food of choice?
Cacio e pepe at home.
Favorite travel destination (and restaurant there)?
I have many favorites, including London and Rome. Spring (London), St. John Smithfield (London), Antico al Forno (Rome), Roscioli (Rome) are some of my favorites.
Secret guilty pleasure?
Not-so-secret rosé and potato chips.
Pizza and salad at Delancey with my husband, Dan.
Favorite Seattle restaurants right now?
Bar Melusine, The Whale Wins, Upper Bar Ferdinand, Marmite, Little Uncle.
Best local desserts?
Molly’s cookie at Delancey and Essex, Canele at Bar Melusine (with Skippers dark rum!), really anything from Amandine Bakeshop, peanut butter cookie from Dahlia Bakery, and strawberry ice cream from Kurt Farm Shop.
Must-visit cocktail locales?
Barnacle Bar, Foreign National, Stateside, Essex, and Canlis.
Bateau, Bar Melusine, Essex, Bramling Cross, and Palace Burger.
Top 5 Restaurants for visitors?
Walrus & Carpenter, Spinasse, Maneki, Delancey, and Upper Bar Ferdinand.
The best tables, the best times, the best restaurants, grab a seat.
The Strawberry Margarita at Odd Duck.
Good things come in pairs. And in the case of these five winning combinations, really, really good things. From a strawberry duo that’s perfectly in season to some of the best patio food in the country, Austin boasts a spread of fantastic matchups.
Behold, your new go-to pairings:
1/Fried Quail Taco & Strawberry Margarita at Odd Duck
Get ready for a bit of day drinking with this strawberry power couple. The fried quail tacos are topped with a strawberry pico de gallo, and the cocktail, laced with mezcal and topped with a dainty cube of strawberry shortcake, is the perfect complement. It’s lightyears beyond your corner Tex-Mex restaurant. //South Lamar. Book now on Resy.
2/Salumi de Tejas & Bubbles at Salt & Time
Salt & Time just re-launched its entire menu, so you’d be wise to try more than just a pairing. For now, start with an elegant happy hour. Try the Salumi de Tejas board for a sampling of house-made cured meats that reflect local flavors. Order it with a lightweight bubbly cocktail, like the Sbagliatto Negroni, a riff on the classic that incorporates cava. //East Austin. Book now on Resy.
3/Smoked Mackerel & Shochu at Kemuri Tatsu-Ya
Nothing says springtime like a good patio session, and Kemuri currently has one of the hottest patios in town. Grab a pal, and order the amazing smoked mackerel along with a few samples from the shochu menu; Kemuri is one of the only places in town where you can get a wide variety of this Japanese spirit.//Holly. Book now on Resy.
4/Guacamole de la Casa & Fro-Mo at Grizzelda’s
Sometimes the only way to improve on perfection is to add bacon. At Grizzelda’s, “de la casa” means that and more: add bacon, roasted garlic, and pickled jalapeño. Pair with the house margarita and killer patio, and you’ll be in business. //Holly. Book now on Resy.
5/Fried Chicken & Sin City Punch at Little Barrel and Brown
The first element of this match is a classic all-in-one pairing (a pair within a pair, if you will): the buttermilk fried chicken you know and love, served on a bed of waffles and topped with chorizo maple syrup. Order it with a glass of the Sin City Punch – a springy brunch cocktail if there ever was one – with a strawberry-citrus-rosemary shrub, bubbles, cognac, and rhubarb bitters. //South Congress. Book now on Resy.
Lobster roll. Photo Credit: Izzy’s Fish & Oyster.
Seafood isn’t a hard thing to come by in South Florida. But proper New England style seafood? Well that’s another story. Enter Izzy’s Fish & Oyster, the sleek restaurant in South Beach’s South of Fifth neighborhood. An ode to the New England summers of chef and owner Jamie DeRosa, it showcases the nostalgic flavors of the Northeast in new variations that will keep you coming back for more.
Here’s are five things to order, in a lineup of 10’s:
Fact: it’s not a proper New England eatery without a lobster roll. And Izzy’s serves not one, but two variations on the classic dish to satisfy any craving. Filling a toasted, buttery roll, diners can either go hot and simple with a Maine lobster tossed in warm butter, or cool and delicious with chilled lobster tossed in mayo. Either combo is a winner.
2/Fried Clam Bellies
Think calamari 2.0. A mix of juicy Ipswitch clam bellies, lightly fried to perfection and topped with pickled fresno pepper for an extra special kick.
How do you take poutine to the next level? Put some lobster on it. Top that with crispy waffle fries, mounds on gravy, cheddar, and bacon and you’ve got one epic take on the Canadian favorite.
4/Painted Hills Farms Burger
While seafood is the star at Izzy’s, the burger proves it isn’t a one trick pony. A large sirloin patty topped with aged Gruyere, bacon, and – the game-changer – onion jam, housed inside a fluffy potato roll, rivals any burger on South Beach.
Finish the meal on a sweet note, New England style, with a soft, chocolate whoopie pie overflowing with homemade marshmallow fluff.
Grab a seat at Izzy’s Fish and Oyster today!
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Named for the exclusive “40/40 club” in baseball – a subset of players who hit 40 runs and steal 40 bases in a season – this famed Flatiron hotspot plays host to sports fans wishing to replicate the excitement of courtside seats, with the added benefit of great company, delicious food, and an opulent lounge setting. Book now at 40/40 Club.
Aria West Village
With James Beard Award-winning chef Roberto Passon at the helm, Aria is a local taverna that serves rustic Italian fare to perfection – and boasts an extensive wine list to match. Book now at Aria.
Baz Bagel & Restaurant
Enjoy hand-rolled bagels, homemade cream cheese, and lox at this quaint Little Italy cafe. More than just a grab-and-go breakfast spot, Baz tempts you to stick around for the milkshakes, Challah grilled cheese, and matzoh ball soup. Book now at Baz Bagel & Restaurant.
After stints at Daniel, Per Se, and, most recently, Rotisserie Georgette, Chef Chad Brauze uses his career-long relationships with farmers and artisans to create a truly seasonal menu at Bevy. With a focus on grilled fish, meats, and fresh vegetables, the menu is rustic, yet refined, and puts the ingredients front and center. Order items off the “roots, shoots and leaves” menu to share. Book now at Bevy.
At this farm-to-table West Village eatery, ingredients are “grown to order” with food sourced fresh from the restaurant’s Catskills farm. The cauliflower cacio e pepe is an indulgence you don’t even have to feel bad about. Book now at Blenheim.
Corkbuzz Wine Studio
Recently nominated for a James Beard Award for Outstanding Wine Program, this quaint wine bar caters to the wine novice–with recreational wine classes–as well as wine lovers, sommeliers, and diners. Enjoy tintos and tapas with friends, or a romantic dinner for two with wine pairings by a master sommelier. Book now at Corkbuzz Wine Studio.
Her Name is Han
Creating a “home away from home” for Koreans living in New York City, this Murray Hill outpost proudly prepares its “Korean soul food” using only traditional recipes and ingredients. Book now at Her Name is Han.
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The joint venture of Henry Rich and Argentinean chef Norberto Piattoni (of San Francisco’s Bar Tartine), brings storied Argentine methods of open-fire cooking to Fort Greene, Brooklyn. The spacious dining room also accommodates a 7-seat chef’s counter, for those wishing to witness the char-grilling magic up close. Book now at Metta.
From the team behind the beloved Chelsea eatery, The Commons, Motel Morris is a stylish, retro-inspired neighborhood restaurant on the same block. Chef Bill McDaniel, formerly of Red Cat and Mermaid Inn, is at the helm, serving up fun interpretations of American comfort food. Try the chicken fried pork chop and lobster pierogies, and be sure to nab an artisanal cocktail and onion ring-topped burger. Book now at Motel Morris.
Olmsted’s backyard garden. Photo Credit: Evan Sung for The New York Times
In Brooklyn’s Prospect Heights neighborhood, Olmsted– a joint venture of two former Blue Hill and Atera alums – is a culinary darling. The exquisite menu features local and seasonal ingredients (some of which are grown on-site); the innovative space boasts a backyard garden, where guests can enjoy pre-dinner drinks and post-dinner desserts. The latter is not to be missed – the s’mores and frozen yogurt with lavender are bona fide sensations. Book now at Olmsted.
Nab authentic Chinese comfort food in the heart of SoHo. With an all-star lineup that includes Charlie Chen, a former executive chef at Din Tai Fung, and general manager and wine director, Miguel De Leon, formerly of Chez Panisse, Per Se, and Momofuku, this seasoned team leaves little to be desired. Soup dumplings are the specialty; try them all. Book now at Pinch Chinese.
This Williamsburg gem is set in the charming first level of the Wythe Hotel. Enjoy a daily, locally sourced, seasonal menu with house-butchered meats and dishes prepared on the wood burning grill. Book now at Reynard.
The Brooklyn neighborhood staple – which has built up a loyal following of revelers willing to queue for its daily Italian menu – now accepts reservations. With an extensive list of spirits and wines to choose from, you can’t go wrong with indulging in a delicious aperitivo or dinner. Book now at Roman’s.
Billed as a “sustainable fine dining” restaurant, Rouge Tomate’s new Chelsea location is a redux of its original UES location (delicious food and extensive wine list intact). The menu is vegetable-forward and seasonal, while the expansive wine list includes 1,500 varieties of wine from around the world, the majority of which are organic or biodynamic. Book now at Rouge Tomate.
Smorgas Chef Park Ave
In a tribute to the hallmarks of Scandinavian cooking – food is sourced locally (and sustainably) and prepared with all-natural ingredients – Smorgas receives its food fresh from its Catskills farm. Thanks to the open kitchen format, diners can watch the exquisite menu preparations come to life. Don’t miss the Swedish meatballs, a combination of grass-fed beef and pork, and served with lingonberries and mashed potatoes. Book now at Smorgas Chef Park Ave.
Located on Hoboken’s historic Washington Street, Sorellina boasts a seasonal, family-style menu featuring locally sourced ingredients. The original 1930’s bar is the centerpiece of this wine bar & restaurant, where traditional preparations are infused with modern accents. Stop in for an aperitivo and a craft cocktail, or a hearty dinner paired with a dynamic Italian wine. Book now at Sorellina.
The Wooly Public
Step back in time at this swanky and eclectic FiDi stomping ground, located in the iconic Woolworth Building. Artwork adorns the walls, and tabletops are printed with vintage board games. Nosh on Peking duck tots and order a drink off the “Old Souls” menu – a collection of lesser-known classics developed by a Death & Co. veteran. Book now at The Wooly Public.
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You haven’t tasted Thai food until you’ve tried the offerings at Michelin-starred Thai eatery, Kin Khao. In lieu of pad thai and chicken skewers, this Union Square staple presents creative and artful dishes like Yaowaraj noodles, Bangkok Chinatown stir-fried rice noodles, and Khao mun gai–chicken fat rice. Book now at Kin Khao.
Tuck into the Wayfare Tavern’s newly-minted sky view bar for cocktails and light bites. The grand space includes cocktail and food menus, complete with a raw bar, burger, and famed fried chicken– perfectly moist and crisp, it was voted some of the best in America by Food & Wine. Book now at The Sequoia.
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The accolades at this cherished fine dining establishment need no introduction: two James Beard nominations and a longstanding Grand Award by Wine Spectator. But that’s not all. The contemporary space – which features sprawling views of Seattle – invites diners to enjoy a 4-course tasting menu in the dining room, and delicious cocktails and light bites –accompanied by live piano – in the bar area. Food is sourced locally and responsibly, putting the best possible ingredients on full display in each dish. Book now at Canlis.
This gastro eatery exquisitely combines French cooking techniques with Japanese ingredients for a harmonious (and delicious!) culinary mash-up. Among the menu highlights, the pièce de résistance is Iconiq’s foie gras risotto. Arrive early and grab a drink at the bar– it boasts a lovely view of downtown Seattle and the Puget Sound. Book now at Iconiq.
Consider this spot your neighborhood hideaway turned up a notch. Enjoy a lively atmosphere and delicious food that rivals the craft brew offerings – a selection of Trappist ales, ciders, and craft cocktails, as well as 16 beers on tap. For dinner, don’t miss the roasted bone marrow, fish and chips, or steak frites. Book now at Quinn’s Pub.
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Enjoy refined lowcountry cuisine at a Victorian mansion in Charleston’s historic King Street neighborhood. Pull up a porch seat and relax with a glass of wine and crab toast with caviar(!), or opt for a romantic dinner in the dining room of this charming Queen Street outpost. Book now at Poogan’s Porch.
Sorghum & Salt
Equipped with a chef’s counter and a 40-seat dining room, the former Two Boroughs Larder space has been revamped with Chef Tres Jackson’s latest eatery. The vegetable-forward menu includes delightful combinations, like the root vegetable bolognese, which is served with ricotta gnocchi and crème fraîche. Best of all, the menu changes almost daily. Book now at Sorghum & Salt.
Chef Brannon Florie imparts a lowcountry twist on his New American eatery, The Granary. Southern staples, like smoked barbecue-spiced pork chop, and Shem Creek shrimp and grits, are sourced with local, seasonal ingredients– and always done right. Book now at The Granary.
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This diner-style French bistro is Philip Speer’s answer to well-prepared everyday cooking. Among the highlights–which are bound to be sensations–are the pommes rosti (topped with scrambled eggs and bacon, or crème fraîche and caviar) and banana split profiteroles. Book now at Bonhomie.
Salt & Time Butcher Shop
There’s something for everyone at this artisanal butcher shop, salumeria, and full-service restaurant (read: a meat-lover’s dream). Best of all? Try the unique preparations on-site and then get the goods to go. Book now at Salt & Time.
Say hello to a neighborhood restaurant that dishes out mouth-watering Southwestern bites, like iron skillet jalapeño cornbread and house-roasted rotisserie chicken. Complete the meal with a Marg for good measure. Book now at Bandera Brentwood.
North Pacific oysters are shucked to order and fish is served fresh at this seafood mecca. Looking to sweeten the deal with a surf-and-turf? Opt for “The Duke” – a USDA Prime Filet Mignon. Book now at Gulfstream Newport.
The Local Peasant Woodland Hills and Sherman Oaks
Two locations, one amazing American bistro & pub. The Local Peasant is the brainchild of the team behind Black Market Liquor Bar and Scopa Italian Roots. Enjoy comfort food specialties, craft beers, wine, and cocktails. And don’t miss the Buffalo chicken fries. Book now at The Local Peasant Woodland Hills and Sherman Oaks.
As the name suggests, Arson’s char-grilled preparations pack a flavorful punch, bringing the storied methods of Spain and Latin America to Miami. Go ahead – devour a steak that’s prepared on their Josper Grill (with natural wood charcoals). Book now at Arson.
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R+D Kitchen Yountville
Take advantage of the picturesque Napa scene, and retreat to the outdoor seating area – equipped with Adirondack chairs and a cozy fire pit, for snacks and light bites. Inside, enjoy an array of nouveau American staples, including roasted chicken, flat iron steak, an array of salads, and fresh sushi. Book now at R+D Kitchen Yountville.
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Bar Deco, a hotspot inspired by the Art Deco period, serves next-level food and drink by mixing traditional preparation with globally-inspired flavors. Retreat to the rooftop on starry nights – or anytime, really. Book now at Bar Deco.
Civil Cigar Lounge
This one-of-a-kind cigar lounge and small-plate eatery pairs artisanal beverages with coveted cigars from around the world. Brought to you by the team behind W. Curtis Draper Tobacconist, Civil Lounge is located in the Chevy Chase Pavilion. Book now at Civil Cigar Lounge.
In the spirit of Old World Jewish kitchens and the District Grocery Stores of yesteryear, DGS Delicatessen brines, cures, smokes, and pickles everything that’s served in-house. Looking for an eight-day house-cured pastrami or duck fat matzoh balls? You’re in luck– Chef Brian Robinson shows what DGS’s are all about. Book now at DGS Delicatessen.
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