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Introducing Resy Portland

October 12, 2017 at 4:13 pm
post by Allison Chesky

We are pleased to announce that we’ve launched in Portland, welcoming an impressive range of restaurants to the app. From bona fide institution to critically-acclaimed city mainstays, these restaurants are bound to keep your calendar full and curiosity piqued. Grab a seat (in PDX). 


Tusk, Portland.

Tusk
Tusk is a sleek and airy eatery featuring complex and vibrant dishes. Chef Sam Smith earned his stripes training with Michael Solomonov (of Philadelphia’s Zahav), so it’s only fitting that his Israeli food has received critical acclaim– Tusk was named one of Bon Appetit’s Best New Restaurants of 2017 and Food & Wine Restaurant of the Year 2017. No matter the hour, the offerings stun: enjoy the sesame halvah babka at brunch; lamb shoulder stew with hominy, greens, aleppo, hazelnuts, and yogurt at dinner, and, for dessert, rhubarb-and-rosewater pie, plus very good cocktails and wines. Book now at Tusk.

Han Oak
Named for Korea’s traditional homes, Han Oak is a self-proclaimed “family restaurant,” specializing in prix-fixe dinners and casual dumpling and noodle meals (served four nights a week). With chef Peter Cho at the helm — named Food & Wine Best New Chef of 2017 — specialties include sweet-and-sour sweet potatoes, served with toasted sesame and hand-cut kalgooksu noodles in egg drop chicken broth, as well as koji-marinated, slow-roasted pork belly, with rice cake, pickled daikon, and scallion salad.  The minimalist, light-filled interior – accented by hip-hop jams – makes for a delightfully relaxed setting that’s hard to leave. Book now at Han Oak.

Ava Gene’s
Joshua McFadden is the chef and now owner of Ava Gene’s – a stellar trattoria with Roman inspired eats, named among 100 Best Restaurants of 2017 by Wine Enthusiast magazine. The motto is “Locally Sourced. Aggressively Seasonal,” which means the best local produce and meats raised by Pacific Northwest farmers make their way into a menu of antipasti, giardini, hand-made (down to the house-milled flour) pasta, secondi, and contorni. To experience Ava Gene’s in all its glory, order family style, and succumb to the chef’s selection of delicious, Italian-esque plates for all to share. Book now at Ava Gene’s.

Dame
Acknowledged as one of Bon Appetit’s Best New Restaurants of 2017, Dame is a neighborhood restaurant serving seasonal food with an emphasis on Northwest fish, seafood, and vegetables. The celebrated wine list is a tour of natural wines from around the world, rounded out by a thoughtful selection of aperitifs and digestifs. Book now at Dame.

Xico
Xico is a purveyor of offbeat Mexican cuisine: chef Kelly Myers grinds the corn in-house, transforming it into just-perfect tortillas. Local ingredients shine in dishes like salad tacos and roast chicken for two. The bevy of mezcal-based cocktails – which are made with rare varieties – are best enjoyed on the back patio. Book now at Xico.

Jacqueline
If you thought Jacqueline was the name of the owner, you thought wrong. It’s a nod to the Wes Anderson film “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou,” and both the décor (“a romantic aesthetic with a nautical flair,” as the restaurant puts it) and the food (seafood) fit that mold. Enjoy oysters with house-made mignonettes, yellowtail crudo, charred octopus, and the like; and look out for Bill Murray– he’s there somewhere. Book now at Jacqueline.

Lapellah
Lapellah features a wood-fired oven and grill, sources from the many farms around the area, and uses the freshest ingredients possible to ensure a sustainable approach to cooking. The restaurant is open for lunch, dinner, brunch and a great happy hour. Book now at Lapellah.

Ned Ludd
This quirky restaurant is outfitted almost entirely in wood and decorated with pots and pans, hanging lights, and chandeliers. A wood-fired oven is the only source of heat in the kitchen, producing flavorful dishes that highlight seasonal ingredients procured from a variety of local suppliers. Specialties include Oregon sole and mushroom duxelle with potato, sunchokes, and gremolata, and Cattail Creek lamb with charred bruss, smoked onions, lime yogurt, greens, and spices. Book now at Ned Ludd.

Farmhouse Kitchen PDX
Self-described as Thai New Generation, or “not your typical Thai,” Farmhouse Kitchen is a San Francisco-born, Michelin-recognized restaurant offering modern and traditional dishes that focus on adventurous, bold flavors. Nightly specials range from regional dishes to market specialties (think fried grasshoppers and tiger prawns), which are offered alongside drinks spanning from Thai tea limeade to beer, wine, and cocktailsBook now at Farmhouse Kitchen PDX.

The Waiting Room
This Portland favorite serves up Southern charm and comfort through a Pacific Northwest lens. Food is sourced locally from nearby farmers and purveyors (Your Kitchen Garden, Sauvie Island Organics, Cattail Creek Farm, and Nevor Shellfish in Netarts Bay), while staples like Louisiana fried chicken, hushpuppies, and a range of oyster concoctions combine Southern cooking techniques with fresh, local ingredients. Pro-tip: don’t miss the brunch offerings; on weekends, chilaquiles, lemon-ricotta pancakes, and biscuits reign supreme. Book now at The Waiting Room.

Urdaneta
A chef-driven regional tapas restaurant, Urdaneta offers modern interpretations of big and bold Spanish flavors. House-crafted cocktails, Spanish wines and sherries, and Basque sidra (the region’s signature cider) play the perfect counterpart. The open kitchen and bar provides every guest with a front row seat to the action. Book now at Urdaneta.

Three Sixty Kitchen & Bar
Enjoy classic recipes inspired by familial traditions, alongside comfort food comprised of local ingredients, at this family-friendly eatery. During the work week, lunch and dinner are served daily, in addition to a range of happy hour specials, which range from small bites to craft cocktails. Book now at Three Sixty Kitchen & Bar.


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Resy Acquires Servy

October 12, 2017 at 8:00 am
post by Ben Leventhal


Photo Credit: Meredith Jenks

Since its inception, Resy’s mission has been to power the world’s best restaurants, using technology to imagine the future of hospitality. We believe an integral part of that future is a real-time, contextualized feedback loop for restaurants and their customers to engage in a fruitful dialogue about quality and experience. For our part, if Resy can close the gap in perception between what restaurants think their customers think about an experience versus what customers actually think about the same experience, we will make our restaurants materially more successful and our consumers significantly happier. And, in turn, we’ll create more regulars at more restaurants!

To that end, today we are announcing that Resy has acquired Servy, a next-generation mystery shopping, private feedback, and market research platform for restaurants.

I’ve personally been an admirer of Servy since they launched, and I’m thrilled to welcome co-founders Rob and Julien to Resy. The deal represents a milestone for us, since it’s our first acquisition, but, more importantly, it plants an important stake in the ground in our pursuit of quality on behalf of our restaurant partners.

Today, collecting feedback is an ad hoc and, at times, painfully public process, but it doesn’t have to be. By the end of 2017, Servy will be fully integrated into Resy’s restaurant management platform, ResyOS, enabling restaurants to deploy and analyze highly customizable surveys in real-time. Wired into the rest of ResyOS’s hospitality operations platform, it will be a best-in-class quality intelligence tool that helps the world’s best restaurants get even better.

Please join me in welcoming Rob and Julien to the team.

—Ben

New on Resy: San Francisco

October 6, 2017 at 12:40 pm
post by Emily Wilson

From a celebrity chef’s take on tapas (served seaside) to wood-fired pizza in Napa, Resy’s latest Bay Area offerings are not to miss.


Coqueta resy
Image Couresty of Coqueta.

Ardiana
A restaurant from Sharon Ardiana (of Gialina and Ragazza fame) and Greg Hinds (formerly of Hog Island Oyster Co.), Ardiana marries Italian and Mediterranean flavors in a welcoming neighborhood atmosphere. On the menu, alongside  mezze-style “for the table” plates served with warm pita, as well as salads that showcase local produce, pizza, and larger plates like coffee-rubbed short rib and grilled lamb chops with whipped feta. Book now at Ardiana.

Bottega
Located inside Vintage Estates, one of the oldest wineries in the Napa region, Bottega is a standout restaurant from Michael Chiarello. Adhering to a strict Italy-meets-California format, ingredients are sourced locally for dishes like fresh crudo, ravioli with brown butter and sage, and braised short ribs. The wine list is comprised primarily of wines from smaller California vineyards, in addition to a handpicked selection of Italian vintages. Book now at Bottega.

Cassava
Nestled in the Outer Richmond neighborhood, Cassava is a heartfelt place from owners Yuka Ioroi and chef Kris Toliao with a lot going for it: food that aims to nourish the body and soul, coffee from Ritual Roasters, wine from boutique vineyards, and creative cocktails. The hospitality is warm and the local vibe is strong: in the morning, a Japanese breakfast is offered alongside avocado toast, and, for dinner, guests can opt to partake in a $42 four-course tasting menu. Book now at Cassava.

Ciccio
Housed in a century-old Italian grocery store, Ciccio is a family-owned and operated restaurant featuring warm service and simple fare. The focus here is on wood-fired pizzas, but the menu extends to other classic Italian dishes as well, such as arancini, ribollita, and vitello tonnato. In traditional Napa fashion, ingredients are locally sourced from the owners’ own garden and wines hail from their vineyard, Altamura. Book now at Ciccio.

Coqueta
Chef Michael Chiarello’s Coqueta (which means “flirt” in Spanish) is located at Pier 5 on the the bustling San Francisco waterfront. Focusing on regional dishes from Madrid, Catalonia, the Basque Country and beyond, the menu features Chiarello’s interpretation of traditional Spanish cuisine and highlights the bounty of fresh, local ingredients from land and sea. There are pintxos, hot and cold tapas, open-faced sandwiches, and family-style plates. Add innovative cocktails, an extensive wine list, and a waterfront view — Coqueta is an Embarcadero standby. Book now at Coqueta.

Farmshop Marin
The second location of the LA-born farm-to-table gem, Farmshop Marin serves lunch, dinner, weekend brunch, plus midday and late-night pizza and snacks. Casual and reliable, it’s a restaurant that works for any occasion— lunchtime avocado toast, a glass of wine in the evening, or a dinnertime dry-aged ribeye for two. Book now at Farmshop Marin.

Kronnerburger
Kronnerburger is the “Oakland Burger Paradise” from chef Chris Kronner (Slow Club, Bar Tartine, and Ordinaire). Burgers are the specialty (particularly those made of dry-aged beef), yet the menu also offers a vegan “Impossible Burger”; a patty melt; and other creative (oftentimes indulgent) dishes, like roasted eggplant salad, pork rilletes, and a bone marrow plate. Book now at Kronnerburger.

Lovejoy’s Tea Room
A San Francisco staple for over 20 years, Lovejoy’s is cozy and quirky; filled with mismatched china and furniture. With its cheerful decor and hospitality, it transports you back in time to an English country tea room. Warm scones, tasty little sandwiches, and bottomless tea await you. Book now at Lovejoy’s Tea Room.

Parlour Restaurant
From the team behind Bar 355, Parlour serves Italian-influenced, Bay Area cuisine in a modern, rustic space with high ceilings, white walls, and accented wood. A beautiful wood-fired oven is the centerpiece of the open kitchen, while the bar offers classic and contemporary cocktails and an assortment of carefully curated spirits, wines, and beer. Changing frequently, the menu of pizzas, pastas, appetizers, and mains is deeply in tune with what’s in season. Book now at Parlour Restaurant.

Uma Casa
Uma Casa is the only full-service Portuguese restaurant in San Francisco. Chef Telmo Faria (formerly of Tacolicious) offers a wide variety of classic and contemporary dishes from his home country. Brunch with a raw bar; refreshing and creative cocktails featuring Ports and Madeiras; and an exclusively Portuguese wine list are in the mix, too. Book now at Uma Casa.

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New on Resy: Seattle

October 5, 2017 at 3:29 pm
post by Emily Wilson

From oysters and BLTs at the latest Ethan Stowell joint to Mishima Reserve chops at a new ‘Japanese-inspired meat house,’ the offerings at these new-to-Resy Seattle restaurants can’t be beat.



Image Courtesy of Kokkaku.

Derby
Located inside The Shop — a state-of-the-art facility for car and motorcycle enthusiasts — Derby is a New American restaurant from restaurateur Ethan Stowell. Comfort food staples (BLT, Cobb salad, poutine) are served alongside local seafood dishes (oysters, crudos); wines are predominantly sourced from the Northwest; and the spirits selection is heavy on bourbon and scotch. Best of all: in the dining room adjacent to the car storage, diners get an up-close look to a bevy of luxury and classic cars. Book now at Derby.

Kokkaku
Billing itself as a “Japanese-inspired meat house,” Kokkaku focuses on whole beast butchery and local sourcing of farmed and foraged goods. The menu offers Mishima Reserve wagyu steaks, plus other, meat-centric dishes like tableside duck fat brioche and grilled koji marinated pork shoulder. Don’t miss the bone marrow custard for dessert. Book now at Kokkaku.

The Nest
Perched atop the Thompson Seattle, The Nest is an interactive bar, lounge, and terrace – with unobstructed views of the Puget Sound – where hand-crafted cocktails and wine are complemented by a small menu of seasonal snacks by executive chef Derek Simcik. Book now at The Nest.

Sand Point Grill
Open since 1999, Sand Point Grill is a laid-back, family-friendly local staple. The hospitality is warm and the menu offers classic American comfort fare, from light salads to seasonal dishes, plus a notable burger, and tasty fried chicken. Book now at Sand Point Grill.

Skillet – Capitol Hill
A neighborhood joint at heart, Skillet is relaxed, with attentive and easygoing service, and approachable food. The kitchen uses fresh, locally sourced ingredients in its signature dishes (think maple-braised pork belly, waffle with a fried egg, and classic Skillet burger with bacon jam, arugula, and blue cheese on brioche). The full bar hosts a daily happy hour, offering cocktails alongside beer and wine on tap. Book now at Skillet Capitol Hill.

Skillet – Ballard
Skillet’s Ballard location is situated just one block north of Market Street on 56th, near the library. While there are similarities to the original Capitol Hill location, Ballard boasts a 40-foot curved bar, killer patio, and floor-to-ceiling windows. Plus, it’s housed in the Greenfire Campus– a new eco-friendly building doing its part to keep Seattle green. Enjoy all of the Skillet classics, like Southern fried chicken, and the legendary kale Caesar salad. Book now at Skillet Ballard.

Zocálo
Joe Bisacca (Elysian Brewing), Greg Smith (Urban Visions), and chef Jeffrey Hunter (Canlis) make up the team behind this modern Mexican restaurant. The menu features Mexico City-style dishes, like aguachile, pozole, and chile relleno; while the bar offers plenty of tequila and mezcal-based cocktails, spirits of all kinds, and Spanish wines. Book now at Zocálo.

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Breaking Bread With Odd Duck’s Mark Buley

October 4, 2017 at 2:08 pm
post by Paula Forbes

At Austin’s Odd Duck, Mark Buley and Bryce Gilmore are championing a menu led not by seasonal ingredients, per se, but by the region’s grains. (From pretzels to sandwich bread, this restaurant is serious about dough.)


Image Courtesy of Odd Duck. Photo Credit: Richard Casteel.

At Austin’s Odd Duck, the food, as described by chef-owner Mark Buley, is “Texas regional farm-to-table.” But unlike so many chefs that barely even pay lip service to such ideals, Buley, along with head chef Bryce Gilmore, truly lives and breathes an ethos of time and place.

Since Odd Duck’s inception in 2009 (the restaurant originally began as a little red food trailer, sitting on the grounds its brick and mortar now occupies) bread has been at the forefront of the menu. “Sandwiches have always been my favorite food,” Buley says with a laugh. And where there are sandwiches, there is bread… but this is not just any bread. “We try to trace things back to their roots, and the root of bread is a wood-fired, naturally-leavened, local grain.” And so Odd Duck’s bread program focuses on these three factors.

Image Courtesy of Odd Duck. Photo Credit: Richard Casteel.

“We call the bread program here a three-headed monster,” proclaims Buley, due to the breadth of format on offer, no doubt. Odd Duck uses Texas-grown grains from local miller Barton Springs Mill, and bakes them in their custom-built Texas Oven Co. wood-fired oven using residual heat from the previous evening’s dinner service.

Image Courtesy of Odd Duck. Photo Credit: Jody Horton.

Of their signature bread offerings, first is the signature hearth-baked loaves—crusty, naturally-leavened numbers—which are served simply with butter. Second is sandwich breads and enriched burger buns, the former of which is based off a “cocodrillo dough” (Italian for crocodile) that is so elastic it stretches like putty.

“We’re trying to take [a] locally sourced, craftsman’s approach,” Buley says, “and combine it with the bread that we’ve learned to make along the way.”

Image Courtesy of Odd Duck. Photo Credit: Richard Casteel.

And third is what Buley calls “piece work,” which includes things like Parker House rolls, sweet treats, laminated doughs, and the restaurant’s famous pretzels, all with the global influences we’ve come to associate with Odd Duck’s signature dishes. “We’ve had a pretzel on the menu in one form or another since we opened,” says Buley.

Image Courtesy of Odd Duck. Photo Credit: Jody Horton.

Odd Duck goes out of its way to include its surroundings by drawing on the traditions of local immigrant groups, both historic and contemporary. These days, the restaurant is serving pig face carnitas pretzels— that’s pretzel dough stuffed with carnitas and served with a mustard sauce. With these pretzels, the restaurant combines the cuisines of two of Austin’s historic immigrant groups—Germans and Mexicans. “We’ve got a bunch of stuff on the menu that gives nods to Tex-Mex [like queso]” Buley says, as well as “German influences, like kolaches, sauerbraten [and] sauerkraut.” And the restaurant incorporates contemporary “representations of immigrant populations,” which has led to a more global menu.

Image Courtesy of Odd Duck. Photo Credit: Jody Horton.

It’s through this global lens that the restaurant’s dedication to local and seasonal produce really shines: “Whatever fruit is available we try to highlight,” says Buley, who takes advantage of the year-round growing season in Texas by procuring mangoes from the Valley or produce from nearby Phoenix Farms. As a result, eager diners are able to enjoy varied offerings of pastry gems, like fig-bourbon-blue cheese danishes, or scamorza and peach kolaches.

Buley talks about Odd Duck as a “Texas regional farm-to-table” restaurant, and adds  that “all restaurants are a manifestation of a place and time . . . the culture of the city — past and present — is a part of that.” For Buley, it’s simple: “We just want people to say, ‘I don’t know where else I could eat that.’”


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October 4, 2017 at 12:44 pm
post by Vanessa Lavorato

Image courtesy of Tintorera.

While the city is cooling off, the dining scene is heating up. East of the LA river, a restaurant dusted in Sichuan pepper leaves you wondering, while to the west, an award-winning chef’s twenty-course-plus menu has the beachside buzzing. LA is on fire, so put down that leftover slice—now is the time to dine out. The Hit List has your contenders lined up.

1/Dialogue
2/Felix
3/Rosaliné
4/The Mighty
5/Mh Zh
6/Cosa Buona
7/Journeymen
8/Tintorera
9/Nothingness
10/Lodge Bread Co.

1/Dialogue
Because everyone is talking about the latest venture from James Beard Award-winning Chef Beran (Alinea and Next). Just don’t expect anything from his past; this intimate restaurant serves a fresh multi-course menu. // Santa Monica. Book now on Resy.

2/Felix
Because the pasta maestro, chef Funke, will leave you feeling full and happy. This spot has legit Italian — from the pasta of Bologna to Puglia’s quintessential Orecchiette with rapini. Do not miss the focaccia siciliana, or you’ll regret it. // Venice. Book now on Resy.

3/Rosaliné
Because welcome to la familia. An ode to chef Ricardo Zarate’s mother, Rosaliné, takes you to Peru, from the soil to the sea. Pro-tip: start with the ceviche crocante and a “Bellicose Warrior”. // WeHo. (323) 297-9500.

4/The Mighty
Because the Hatfields are coming in strong with their new Downtown outpost. Expect handmade pastas, garden salads, meaty sandwiches, and a pastry case stocked with sweets. P.S. Al fresco season is year-round in LA, so take advantage of the patio. // Downtown. (213) 278-0025.

5/Mh Zh
Because Israeli food is having a moment. Middle Eastern comfort food will leave you satisfied and yea, the hummus delivers. // Silver Lake. Walk-ins only.

6/Cosa Buona
Because Zach Pollack is taking over Silver Lake in a big way. First, Alimento threw down innovative Italian, now his hub on Sunset dishes out Italian-American classics. Can someone pass the ranch? Grazie. // Silver Lake. (213) 908-5211.

7/Journeymen
Because a rotating menu means peak of the season, and chef David Wilcox wouldn’t have it any other way. Multi-colored heirloom corn, grilled okra, and green beans in a yogurt tarragon dressing— this is the place to veg out (guilt-free). // Atwater. Book now on Resy.

8/Tintorera
Because straight from Mexico City, Chef Maycoll Calderon pushes the boundaries of Mexican food (think ceviche tostada, red snapper aguachile, and a melt-in-your-mouth Baja tuna with ginger rice). Pro-tip: the cornbread number with caramelized popcorn is on the money. // Silver Lake. Book now on Resy.

9/Nothingness
Because when JGold starts a review talking about  an existential awakening, the food is bound to be transformative. The live crawfish steamed in chili sauce left him pondering, “does existence precede essence?” Enter the abyss to find out. // San Gabriel. (626) 782-7660.

10/Lodge Bread Co.
Because gluten gets a bad rap, but these James Beard Award noms (bakers and owners Alexander Phaneuf and Or Amsalam) are dishing out the good stuff. A wood-fired pizza oven slings classic and seasonal pies, while sandwiches are piled high on crusty bread. Don’t forget to save room for the sourdough cinnamon rolls. // Culver City. Walk-ins only.


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New on Resy: Charleston

September 28, 2017 at 5:59 pm
post by Emily Wilson

From a California-inspired restaurant serving wood-fired fare to an ever-reliable Italian joint on John’s Island, Resy’s latest Charleston additions are top-notch.


Image Courtesy of Wild Olive.

Charleston Crab House
Family-owned and family-friendly, Charleston Crab House is a straightforward and casual option for those in the mood to enjoy fresh, local seafood: everything on the menu is made with the freshest ingredients available, from the greens in the salads to the fish harbored in nearby waters. Book now at Charleston Crab House.

Ember
Brought to you by Glowfisch Hospitality (of Five Loaves Cafe and Sesame Burgers), in partnership with chef Cameron Ingram, Ember is a California-inspired restaurant offering wood-fired fare. Utilizing an abundance of local vegetables in its pizzas, entrées, and salads, the kitchen aims to produce simple, robust flavors. The well-appointed bar has 24 craft beers on tap, and a wine list well-suited to the menu. Book now at Ember.

Grace & Grit
Driven by a passion for the local seafood community and rich history of the Lowcountry, chef-owner Frank Kline and his chef de cuisine J.D. Coleman built Grace & Grit. The menu focuses on fresh seafood and Lowcountry staples, like blackened scallops and shrimp & grits. Pro-tip: for a behind-the-scenes view into the kitchen, grab a seat at the chef’s table. Book now at Grace & Grit.

Oyster House
With a patio that overlooks historic Charleston Market, Oyster House is an ideal restaurant to enjoy fresh seafood and Lowcountry favorites on peak weather days and nights. (Menu mainstays include oysters on the half shell and lobster mac & cheese.) Inside, a soaring ceiling, exposed brick walls and original wooden beams reflect the past aesthetic of the warehouse district. Book now at Oyster House.

Swig & Swine
Swig & Swine uses nothing but high-quality hickory, oak, and other hard woods to smoke their signature meats to perfection. Chicken wings, brisket, house-made sausages, and pork belly are complemented with classic sides, from mac & cheese to Brunswick stew. And then there’s beer. The bar stocks a diverse selection of craft brews alongside the usual favorites. Walk-ins only. Learn more.

Wild Olive
Simple, seasonal Italian cuisine paired with food-friendly wines — that’s the gist of Wild Olive, on John’s Island. Chef Jacques Larson and his team transform the produce bounty of the Lowcountry into artisanal variations of regional Italian classics, focusing on house-made pasta and house-cured salumi. Book now at Wild Olive.

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New on Resy: New York

September 27, 2017 at 5:44 pm
post by Emily Wilson

From a slew of Mediterranean-inspired restaurants (some new, some old), to a tiny Greenwich Village vinyl record bar and izakaya, and an Oaxacan eatery with a wood-fired hearth in Brooklyn, Resy’s latest New York additions are worthy of attention.


Image Courtesy of Balaboosta.

Balaboosta
Balaboosta is a Nolita standby for Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine. Chef Einat Admony draws inspiration from her Israeli roots, with dishes like fried olives, crispy cauliflower, and spiced rub skirt steak. An extensive organic wine list offers bottles from across the region, while local and seasonal ingredients inform the kitchen’s weekly specials. Book now at Balaboosta.

Banter
When Nick Duckworth and Josh Evans met in New York a few years ago, they set out to create a sanctuary where anyone could come and enjoy great food, coffee, and some friendly banter. The result? An inviting Greenwich Village environment, both due to the bubbly staff and the warm decor. Playlists are curated for each time of day, the outdoor patio is a hidden oasis, and the charcuterie offerings are some of the best in the city. Book now at Banter.

Bar Bolonat
Chef Einat Admony (also of Taïm and Balaboosta) pioneered the new wave of Israeli and Middle Eastern cooking in New York. Enjoy plates like the Jerusalem bagel with za’atar and olive oil, chickpea gnocchi, merguez kebabs, and much more at this quaint West Village hideaway. Book now at Bar Bolonat.

Cervo’s
As the sister restaurant – and Manhattan counterpart — to perfect-neighborhood-restaurant and Bon Appétit Hot 10 winner, Hart’s, Cervo’s offers a selection of Portuguese-inspired seafood (think squid escabeche and whole porgy with potatoes and olives), in addition to their beloved lamb burger. Add to that a warm wood interior, coastal wine list, and good vibes for an ideal dining scenario.Book now at Cervo’s.

Claro
Claro is an Oaxcan-influenced restaurant in Gowanus from chef T.J. Steele (a Union Square Cafe alum) and Chad Shaner (chef-owner of nearby Freek’s Mill). The menu revolves around barbacoa, consommé, and corn. Tortillas are made from heirloom corn imported from Mexico and nixtamalized in-house; many dishes are smoked via an outdoor wood-burning hearth; and mezcal takes center stage on the drink menu. Book now at Claro.

Extra Fancy
Extra Fancy is a tranquil oasis and stylish Williamsburg eatery notable for its lobster rolls, New England clam bakes, dashing bartenders, and house-made frozémonade. Fancy a nightcap? The late-night menu is offered daily until 2am. Book now at Extra Fancy.

Hart’s
A Bed-Stuy restaurant that looks and feels like a local, no-fuss joint, Hart’s is that and so much more. While the clam toast and anchovy-topped lamb burger have garnered attention, most of the simple, Mediterranean-influenced dishes on the menu change daily, based on what’s locally available. The chef is Nick Perkins, an alum of Andrew Tarlow’s restaurants, so it makes sense that he’s put together the playbook for a perfect Brooklyn restaurant. The service is affectionate and jovial, and the wine list — curated by beverage director Nialls Fallon — is all natural. Book now at Hart’s.

Jeju Noodle Bar
Named after Jeju Island, located off the coast of the Korean peninsula and acclaimed for its naturally farmed pork and abundant fresh seafood, Jeju Noodle Bar is a West Village restaurant devoted to ramyun (Korea’s ramen equivalent). The chef-owner is chef Douglas Kim, whose resume includes stints at Per Se, Bouley, Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare, and Morimoto. Book now at Jeju Noodle Bar.

Ladybird
Ladybird is a plush, all-vegan restaurant (also known as a “vegetable bar”) owned by Ravi DeRossi and located in the East Village. The menu, which is 100% plant-based (and gluten-free, upon request), offers salads, grains, fondue, and more. Don’t sleep on the cocktail program, which is comprised of on-tap wines, craft cocktails, dressed cans, and mocktails. Book now at Ladybird.

Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill
Arriving in New York by way of Miami, Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill is known for its eclectic, globally-inspired dishes and lively ambiance. Housed in an old warehouse tucked underneath the Brooklyn Bridge in DUMBO, the restaurant reflects Old Havana in design, offers a stellar view of the Manhattan skyline, and encompasses a whopping 11,000 square feet. As the name suggests, the kitchen (run by acclaimed chef-partner Timon Balloo) puts out dishes spanning from raw to wood-fired, while the bar excels at rum-based cocktails. Book now at Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill.

Tokyo Record Bar
Tokyo Record Bar is a music-driven izakaya operating out of a 16-seat hole-in-the-wall in Greenwich Village – an homage to “the jewel boxes of vinyl” in Japan. Owner Ariel Arce from Air’s Champagne Parlor (located just upstairs), along with chef Zach Fabian and beverage curator Ashtin Berry, offer guests a song index to make selections from; a $50, seven-course menu; and a curated sake, Japanese beer, and cocktail list. Two seatings a night (at 6:30pm and 8:30pm) are up for grabs, and after 10:30pm, it’s free-form DJ and a la carte. Book now at Tokyo Record Bar.

Verde
Opened by a team of Cosme (NYC) and Pujol (Mexico City) alums, Verde is a pioneer of the fine-casual format in New York. The restaurant operates as a fine-dining kitchen in the back, cooking food that utilizes fresh and local ingredients, thoughtful culinary techniques, and market-driven recipes. Up front, enjoy daytime counter service and dinnertime table service. Pro-tip: there’s a reserve wine list, for those interested. Book now at Verde.

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September 22, 2017 at 11:13 am
post by Paula Forbes


Image courtesy of Juliet Italian Kitchen.

Labor Day has come and gone, school is back in session. While it’s not exactly cool out just yet, you can imagine the possibility of sweater weather. In other words, fall—or its Central Texas equivalent—is here, and it’s time to get back to dining like you mean it. Behind on your hot tables after a lazy summer? Don’t worry, the Resy Hit List is your Dining 101 for fall in Austin. Let’s get you back in the game, shall we?

1/Kemuri Tatsu-ya
2/Batch
3/Kome
4/Holy Roller
5/Nickel City/Delray Cafe
6/Eldorado Cafe
7/Juliet Italian Kitchen
8/Bao’d Up
9/Bonhomie
10/Phoebe’s Diner
Bonus/Austin-Bergstrom International Airport: Second, I Vini, Salt Lick

1/Kemuri Tatsu-Ya
Because the shine just keeps coming. Austin’s favorite new twist on barbecue just got some  love from Bon Appetit, which named it one of the country’s 10 best new restaurants of the year. The magazine praised the izakaya/barbecue mashup for its “fearlessness” with dishes like squid (marinated in its own guts). The stars here are the smoked fish and meats (get the mackerel!), as well as a deep Japanese whiskey list. // Holly. Book now at Kemuri Tatsu-ya.

2/Batch
Because the only thing better than a kolache is a kolache paired with a great craft beer. Batch is now open just south of Mueller, and it boasts Czech treats made with Micklethwait barbecue, local fruit, and much more. Oh— it also has one of Austin’s few mix-and-match six pack operations. A lovely beer garden, what more do you need? // East MLK. Walk-ins only.

3/Kome
Get your sushi fix at the original location while you still can. Wrangle a group and sample both sushi and izakaya-style grilled meat and seafood. Flying solo? As always, the lunch specials are a great deal. //Ridgetop. Book now at Kome.

4/Holy Roller
Because after years of killing it at other restaurants around town, chef Callie Speer has her own show. Holy Roller is a brunch-all-day situation that veers fancy-diner and features such treats as migas kolache, mini pizzas called “Struggle Snacks,” and a brunchy burger topped with ham, hashbrowns, and a fried egg. And since it has the same menu all day, brunch is served whenever you manage to recover from the night before. //West Sixth. Walk-ins only.

5/Nickel City/Delray Cafe
Because after a long week, sometimes you just want a proper Old Fashioned and a hot dog. Or a couple of boilermakers—your call. This bar-and-food combo truck – from the folks behind Detroit-style pizzeria Via 313 – is in the former Longbranch Inn space and it pays homage to its predecessor  with some serious nods to dive bars (but, you know, alongside a serious cocktail program). //East 11th. Walk-ins only.

6/Eldorado Cafe
Because Austin might actually need another Tex-Mex place. If your old favorites have gotten a little dusty, try this West Anderson newcomer from ex-Tacodeli chef Joel Fried. Come for the enchiladas, stay for the 5-salsa sampler (which includes the terrifying-sounding El Scorpio). C’mon, you can handle it (a margarita or two will help). //North Shoal Creek. Walk-ins only.

7/Juliet Italian Kitchen
After a summer facelift, the space and menu now focus on Italian-American family style dining. So bring the gang, and load up on housemade pasta classics like spaghetti bolognese, linguine with clams, and 17-layer lasagna. //Barton Springs. Book now at Juliet Italian Kitchen.

8/Bao’d Up
Because you need a steamed bun fix right about bao. This super-casual spot in Mueller— from the folks behind the nearby hand-pulled noodle house, Xian Sushi and Noodle—has a minimal menu focused on bao, which come in sweet and savory variations, including vegetarian options. //Mueller. Walk-ins only.

9/Bonhomie
Because this new Burnet favorite is killing it. Chef Phil Speer (husband to—you guessed it—the aforementioned Callie Speer) serves his twist on bistro-diner food all day. Come for the burger (which is low-key one of the best in town), the famed Pommes Rosti, and the desserts, which reflect Speer’s background in pastry. //Allandale. Book now at Bonhomie.

10/Phoebe’s Diner
Because Austin’s on a diner kick, and this entry from the folks behind South Austin wine bar Winebelly hits all the right notes. Classic faves like pancakes and eggs benedict? Check. Modern additions including a hatch chili migas served over sopes? Check. A smoker named Flapjack? You bet your…check. //Dawson. Walk-ins only.

Bonus/ABIA Options: Second, I Vini, Salt Lick
Because at long, long last, the airport is upgrading its food game in a serious way. New options include an outpost of downtown favorite Second Bar + Kitchen, a new Italian concept called I Vini, and a revamp of restaurant from barbecue classic Salt Lick. Time to fly in style, Austin. //ABIA. Walk-ins only (with a plane ticket, natch).

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September 11, 2017 at 12:26 pm
post by Vanessa Lavorato

“Spanish anchovy” deviled eggs (Caesar filling, parmesan cheese, and bread crumbs) at Petit Marlowe.

The Bay always keeps its cool— even during record-breaking heat. The city is in high spirits and the only way to celebrate is a night out. In the mood to take a break from your go-to eats? The Resy Hit List has your number. Now put on your best and get ready to impress. 

1/Petit Marlowe
2/Navi Kitchen
3/The Riddler
4/Robin
5/Duna
6/Alba Ray’s
7/Hitachino Beer & Wagyu
8/a Mano
9/China Live
10/ROOH

1/Petit Marlowe
Because indulge in a taste of Paris by way of the Bay. The wine list is heavy on Burgundy and the menu pairs it with a mix of classics, like côte du boeuf, smoked duck, and foie gras-and-jam. // SoMa. Book now on Resy.

2/Navi Kitchen
Because first Chef Preeti Mistry brought you Pav Bhaji (Indian sliders) at Juhu Beach Club, and now the Top Chef brings you all-day eatery to add more spice to your life. // Oakland. Walk-ins only.

3/The Riddler
Because tater tot waffles (topped with caviar!) and a bottle of champagne is how The Riddler plays. Champagne for your real friends, real pain for your sham friends. // Hayes. Walk-ins only.

4/Robin
Because omakase isn’t the only way to eat, but it’s definitely the most satisfying. Melt-in-your-mouth wagyu, potato chip nigiri, and black truffle cold sesame noodles: this spot isn’t your average Japanese restaurant. // Fillmore. Book now on Resy.

5/Duna
Because chefs Nick Balla and Cortney Burns have revamped their Valencia Street outpost with a Central European menu. Do not skip dessert: frozen farmer’s cheesecake bar and PB&J truffles deliver. // Mission. (415) 484-1206.

6/Alba Ray’s
Because have you tried the off-menu andouille dog? Brunch has landed: next weekend, enjoy bananas foster pancake soufflé  (your name is on it). Pro tip: Shuck the haters with happy hour drinks and oysters. // Mission. Book now on Resy.

7/Hitachino Beer & Wagyu
Because Japanese black wagyu cattle drink Hitachino beer, and so should you. Full-circle flavor. // Nob Hill. (415) 624-3580.

8/a Mano
Because the pesto tagliatelle will leave you weak in the knees. Plus, freshly baked focaccia slathered in tapenade. Ciao proprio. // Hayes. (415) 506-7401.

9/China Live
Because authentic Chinese dishes and all the hits. Case in point: zheng jian bao (pan-fried dumplings) with a juicy inside. Yes, please. Finish with an almond lotus cookie…yum cha. // Chinatown. (415) 788-8188.

10/ROOH
Because achieve a balance of body, mind and spirit with an Ayurvedic cocktail. Pair it with a seven-course tasting menu with a guava granita oyster palate cleanser. // Soma. (415) 525-4174.

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