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New on Resy: Union Square Cafe, Over Proof, and More

January 6, 2017 at 11:15 am
post by Anna Mandelbaum

It’s finally the New Year; celebrate with reservations all around! Just in time to get you off to a delicious start, a list of the newest restaurants on the app is here. As always, you are where you eat. Read more, and grab a seat.


Photo courtesy Midnights.

New York City

4 Charles Prime Rib
Brendan Sodikoff, the founder of Hogsalt Hospitality in Chicago, has come to New York, and he “want[s] to bring back prime ribs.” As Flo-Fab said in her most recent Off The Menu piece, “unlike most meat palaces, this one…has a mere 36 seats in an intimate wood-paneled room with leather upholstery and bare tables,” so you know you’re going to love it. Even if you aren’t the biggest meat-lover, you’ll be just fine (see: king crab, Dover sole, and a delicious cacio-e-pepe-meets-carbonara pasta)… maybe even better! // West Village. Walk-ins only.

Beecher’s – The Cellar
Kurt Beecher Dammeier, a cheese lover since childhood, remembers encouraging his mother to buy premium cheese at a time when processed cheese was overtaking the market. In 2003 he put his passion for artisan cheese into action and opened the first Beecher’s shop in the heart of Seattle’s Pike Place Market. Eight years later, he took his award-winning cheeses on the road, with a café and restaurant in the Flatiron District. Beecher’s has since joined the Resy family, so you can book a seat at The Cellar, just downstairs from the cheese-making kitchen. // Union Square. Book now at Beecher’s – The Cellar.

Chef and owner Allen Dabagh will bring his American restaurant Boutros to Brooklyn Heights very soon. The menu has been kept under wraps, and the name “doesn’t have a culinary meaning,” so stay tuned. // Brooklyn Heights. Book now at Boutros.

Chinese Tuxedo
Jeff Lam and Eddy Buckingham have teamed to bring you Chinese Tuxedo, a modern eatery on Doyers Street. Buckingham grew up in Australia and frequented restaurants in Sydney’s Chinatown, while taking summers in China. In 2009 he opened a bar in Midtown and simultaneously explored New York’s Asian culinary scene. His contractor-turned-partner, Lam, saw an opportunity over a dim sum lunch, and the rest is history. Buckingham says the end goal is simple: “We’re not trying to revolutionize Chinese dining, we just want to bring it in step with 2016.” // Chinatown. Book now at Chinese Tuxedo.

Clancey, located on the Lower East Side, is a restaurant/bar featuring modern comfort food, inventive cocktails, and a rotating selection of craft beers. Owners Todd Birnbaum, Dennis Bogart, and Chef Keith Geter, bring out dishes like “Yesterday Lo Mein,” “Something Wrapped in Bacon on a Toothpick,” and “The Best Chicken Sate You Ever Ate”. Oh, hello, truffle grilled cheese! // LES. Book now at Clancey.

Freds Downtown
Located on the third floor, Freds at Barneys New York Downtown offers Italian-inspired, modern American dishes. Open for both lunch and dinner, Freds offers guests a menu comprised of Freds uptown favorites, mixed with custom downtown dishes, like the Chelsea pizza (with mozzarella, tomato, roasted peppers, and freshly grounded Hudson Valley Harvest sausage), avocado toast (topped with sunflower shoots and a house made pico de gallo), and ceviche pescatora-style (served with homemade corn chips for easy sharing). P.S. Fry-day at Freds! // Chelsea. Book now at Freds Downtown.

Officially opening on the 19th, New York’s ten-seat omakase experience is now taking reservations. The menu will include “the special style of aged fish that [Ichimura]’s known for,” says Bloomberg’s Kate Krader. Look out for the selection of hard-to-find sakes as well as a list of predominantly natural wines curated by Jorge Riera. // Tribeca. Book now at Ichimura.

Your future is here, and it’s at Lamano, Chelsea’s new destination for Spanish dining. Handshake Hospitality, The Team Behind (also behind Spanish faves The Black Ant, Temerario, and Ofrenda), and Chef Mario Hernandez bring you delicious tapas, tempting wine cocktails, and a thoughtfully curated wine list in a convivial and intimate setting. // Chelsea. Book now at Lamano.

Loring Place
Named after the street Chef Dan Kluger’s father, Arthur Kluger, grew up on in the Bronx, Loring Place is the culmination of a lifelong dream for the chef, who has cooked in some of New York’s most beloved restaurants. (He is best known for leading the teams at ABC Kitchen and ABC Cocina as Executive Chef.) Located in the heart of New York’s Greenwich Village, Loring Place serves delicious market-driven dishes with unexpected, but incredibly pleasing, flavor combinations. // Greenwich Village. Book now at Loring Place.

“Dining | Cocktails | Nightlife” is what Midnights is all about. A collaboration by hospitality veterans Devin Schuck and Raffaello Van Couten, this Williamsburg concept embodies the two’s love for all of the above. Experience it during happy hour (Monday-Friday, 4:30 to 7:00pm), or later– DJ’s spin Thursday through Saturday nights with a late-night food menu served until 2:00am! // Williamsburg. Book now at Midnights.

From Monterrey to Manhattan, Francisco Decrescenzo and Chef Julieta Ballesteros serve contemporary cuisine with a Latin soul and French and Asian influences. At Tavo, in the West Village, say hello to burgers with foie on top, Cuban lasagne, and other inspired dishes. Oh, and don’t forget about those cocktails! P.S.– Brunch coming soon. // West Village. Book now at Tavo.

The Finch
The Finch is a hospitality-driven seasonal American restaurant in a newly-renovated 120 year-old brownstone in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. Chef and owner Gabe McMackin has cooked in and around New England at restaurants like Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Gramercy Tavern, and Roberta’s, and he worked for Martha Stewart as a corporate chef. He and his team are committed to excellent service, and aim to show you what it feels like to be well cared for in a beautiful space. // Clinton Hill. Book now at the Finch.

The Honeywell
At the center of the bustling West Harlem bar scene, The Honeywell’s laid-back basement bar has super cool cocktails and small bites inspired by mom’s best. This comfortable, low-key alternative to sister bars Harlem Public and At the Wallace is a sure thing. Ring the bell; they’ll be right with you! Reservations for four or more are on the app and walk-ins are always welcome. // Harlem. Book now at The Honeywell.

The Cannibal Liquor House
What The Cannibal Beer & Butcher is to craft beer and butchery, The Cannibal Liquor House is to cocktails and classic bar food. Whether you’re coming in for a happy hour drink with a coworker, dinner with friends, or a cocktail party for your 25 closest friends, Liquor House has you covered. Brought to you by Christian Pappanicholas, Cory Lane, and Chef Francis Derby. // Murray Hill. Book now at The Cannibal Liquor House.

Union Square Cafe
Danny Meyer’s first restaurant, Union Square Cafe, is the birthplace of a generation of award-winning restaurants and world-renowned chefs. Founded in 1985, it continues to be the defining culinary measure for contemporary-minded American cuisine and a destination for warm hospitality and thoughtfully executed, creative cuisine. Union Square Cafe has won five James Beard Awards and earned Zagat Survey’s top ranking as New York’s Most Popular Restaurant an unprecedented nine times. Chef Carmen Quagliata is now at the helm, following in the tradition of James Beard Award-winning Chef Michael Romano, who led the kitchen from 1988-2007. // Union Square. Book now at Union Square Cafe.


Photo courtesy of Rustic Canyon. Credit Emily Hart Roth.

Los Angeles

Located in the iconic Brentwood Gardens, Bottlefish is as comfortable as it is refined. This contemporary new restaurant has a lively bar, inviting dining room, and spacious climate-controlled outdoor patio. The menu features responsibly-sourced seafood, seasonally-inspired dishes, a simply-prepared fish section, and an extensive oyster and raw bar. It’s all about Bottlefish. // Brentwood. Book now at Bottlefish.

Habana Costa Mesa
“There’s no better place to sit on a patio shaded with lush greenery and sip an ice cold mojito,” says LA Times. Established in September 1995, Habana serves Cuban and Pan-Latin cuisine in a romantic, candlelit atmosphere for guests dining both indoors and on the heated patio. The full menu is served until midnight seven days a week, so you can get your paella a la Habana all night long! // Costa Mesa. Book now at Habana.

Rustic Canyon
Rustic Canyon Wine Bar & Seasonal Kitchen grew from a series of dinners that founder Josh Loeb hosted at his family’s tree house in Rustic Canyon, an intimate neighborhood carved into the mountains of Santa Monica. The restaurant, like its predecessor, is a place where friends near and far can come together and celebrate the best things in life: great food, great wine, and great people. Offering a regularly-changing menu of farmers’ market-inspired dishes, Chef Jeremy Fox (who garnered a Michelin star as Executive Chef at Ubuntu in Napa) brings his own vision of seasonality, simplicity, and quality to Rustic Canyon’s kitchen. The result is a delicious dining experience. // Santa Monica. Book now at Rustic Canyon.

Hey, casual dining in Silver Lake! Serving up delicious vegetables with some Asian influences (in addition to other items), Wolfdown is a charming 60-seat (30 inside and 30 on the patio) restaurant. And if you haven’t tried the creamsicle napoleon with tangerine glaze, you haven’t lived! // Silver Lake. Book now at Wolfdown.


Photo courtesy The Macintosh.


The Macintosh
Merging technique-driven fare with locally-sourced ingredients, Chef Jeremiah Bacon, a three-time James Beard semifinalist, serves a modern American experience. With a daily-changing menu that’s rooted in the South, The Macintosh relies on the Lowcountry’s farms and waterways for inspiration; the result is unique items like bone marrow bread pudding and seafood charcuterie (hello, wreckfish-head rillettes, and grouper bologna). // Radcliffborough. Book now at The Macintosh.

The Park Cafe
At The Park Cafe, great food isn’t complicated; fresh, quality ingredients from Charleston purveyors speak for themselves. As soon as you enter the restaurant, you’ll experience comfort and feel the team’s passion for its community. So pull up a chair, order a drink, and savor the reality of farm-to-fork dining and great hospitality; at the Park Cafe, they call it “living simply.” // Hampton Park. Book now at The Park Cafe.


Photo courtesy Kyirisan.

Washington DC

Part of the Tim Ma Restaurant Group, Kyirisan is Chef and owner, Tim Ma’s, first DC restaurant concept: a Chinese-French menu in a home-like setting. The Ma family’s heart and soul is wrapped up in this Shaw gem. // Shaw. Book now at Kyirisan.


Photo courtesy The Local House. 


At Bella Brava, it’s all about Italian flavor with the modern bustle of a New World, urban lifestyle. Wood-stone ovens cook the most delicious flatbreads, pizzas, and calzones in the region, but the must-order for brunch is cannoli-stuffed Italian toast. // St. Petersburg. Book now at BellaBrava.

Cake Thai Wynwood
Former Makoto Cook, Chef Phuket “Cake” Thongsodchareondee (nicknamed for his mother’s favorite craving while she was pregnant), brought Thai Street Food to MiMo. And after more than a year of anticipation, he has brought Cake Thai to Wynwood’s very hungry — and excited — public. The casual 30-seat, unpretentious spot offers a fresh approach to authentic Thai food, featuring the same OG recipes that made the North Miami outpost a runaway hit, while offering an exciting new addition: booze. // Wynwood. Book now at Cake Thai.

Stillwaters Grill and Tavern
Classic American dishes blend harmoniously with Old World flavors at Chef Jeffrey Jew and Director of Operations Lee Karlins’s modern American tavern, with menu items from both land and sea. Jew and Karlin understand that the beer selection is at the heart of any tavern, so twenty beers (many regionally crafted) are on tap (along with four wines, and two cocktails). Bonus: an extensive wine and cocktail list. // Downtown. Book now at Stillwaters Grill and Tavern.

The Local House
The Local House is the kind of place you want to linger at, long after your meal is done. Go for the avo-toast and stay for the chuck, brisket, and short rib burger. For brunch, lunch, and dinner enjoy eclectic culinary creations in a warm setting. Book your outdoor seats directly through the app! // South Beach. Book now at The Local House.


Photo courtesy Foreign & Domestic.


Foreign & Domestic
Chef and owner, Ned Elliott, serves great food with a French twist at F&D. This 47-seat, North Loop restaurant has become a neighborhood favorite for expertly-prepared food at reasonable prices. Protip: order the French onion soup with warm burrata, roasted onion broth, caramelized onions, and chive oil on top. // North Loop. Book now at Foreign & Domestic.

Oasthouse Kitchen + Bar
Showcasing a fantastic ambiance for adults and kids, Oasthouse Kitchen + Bar is a haven for delicious and creative food. Passionate about quality food and drinks, Oasthouse partners with local farms and businesses to bring you only the freshest, seasonally-available ingredients. Sports fans can enjoy large TV’s at the bar and on the patio, with an amazing wine selection, well-balanced cocktail menu, and an expansive list of draft beer from local craft brewers. // Grandview Hills. Book now at Oasthouse Kitchen + Bar.

Old Thousand
Located on East 11th Street, Old Thousand is the first concept from SMBG Hospitality. Chefs James Dumapit (former executive sous-chef at Uchiko) and David Baek (of Thai-Kun and Uchi) have teamed up to create a playful menu of modern Chinese-American interpretations. Here’s the hashtag– don’t wear it out. Or do: #DopeChinese. // East Austin. Walk-ins only.


Photo courtesy Over Proof.

San Francisco

Over Proof
A reservations-only bar with both food and cocktail menus, Over Proof will change its offerings every three months, along with the décor. Drinks focus on single spirits and are accompanied by (though not necessarily paired with) food from the region(s) where the spirit is made. The first installment, Flip-Flop, will be completely built around rum and will feature cocktails created by the ABV bar team and a similar number of dishes thoughtfully curated by Chef Collin Hilton. Heads up, they have begun taking reservations for January 23rd! // Mission. Book now at Over Proof.


Photo courtesy TanakaSan.


Seatown Seabar and Rotisserie
Part of the Tom Douglas Restaurants group, Chef Sam Burkhart serves some of Pike Place Market’s finest seafood. Come for the creamy oyster soup with foie gras butter, and stay for the devil’s food cake. // Pike Place Market. Book now at Seatown Seabar.

Another Tom Douglas Restaurants classic, TanakaSan is a lively, modern Asian-American bar and restaurant located on the ground level of the Via6 residence in the Denny Regrade neighborhood. Chef and Partner Eric Tanaka incorporates his Japanese-American upbringing in LA into this playful menu. Some highlights are sake slushies, twice-fried chicken wings, Osaka pancakes, bento boxes, and caramelized coconut beef. // Belltown. Book now at TanakaSan.

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January 6, 2017 at 10:14 am
post by Olee Fowler



Photo courtesy @gourmandj.

Welcome to 2017’s first edition of must-tries. It’s a new year, but that doesn’t mean good ol’ standbys have to fall by the wayside. Miami’s perennial favorites shine– now more than ever. So grab your fork and knife and dig into this year; because you are where you eat.

1/Joe’s Stone Crab
3/Cake Thai Wynwood
4/27 Restaurant 
5/El Mago de las Fritas
6/Eating House
7/The River Oyster Bar
9/Mandolin Aegean Bistro

1/Joe’s Stone Crab
Because it’s the best time of year. No, not the holidays– stone crab season. And there is literally no place better than Joe’s to get your hands on these sweet and tender crustaceans. Pro tip: order a side of crispy hash browns and garlicky spinach, and dive into Miami’s most legendary meal. // South Beach. Walk-ins only.

Because it’s the buzziest restaurant in town more than a year after its debut. That caviar-topped, 62-degree egg is as good as ever, and with the addition of the outdoor bar, craft cocktails al fresco before and after your meal are a necessity. // Wynwood. Book now at Alter.

3/Cake Thai Wynwood
Because this Thai staple has finally come to Wynwood, and the neighborhood couldn’t happier. Consider it Cake 2.0 with all the same popular dishes as the original, plus much-needed booze. // Wynwood. Book now at Cake Thai

4/27 Restaurant 
Because eclectic Miami-inspired eats plus Broken Shaker cocktails is the combo on Miami Beach that everyone is looking for. // South Beach. Book now at 27

5/El Mago de las Fritas
Because a visit to Miami isn’t complete without a frita: a Cuban take on the burger, complete with a thin beef and pork patty, spicy ketchup and potato sticks. It’s a Calle Ocho treasure that no one can pass up. // Little Havana. (305) 266-8486.

6/Eating House
Because that truffle carbonara will never get old. And while the chef is now a star, Eating House still feels like the same laid-back home away from home (with killer food and hip hop playing in background). // Coral Gables. Book now at Eating House.

7/The River Oyster Bar
Because seafood in Miami is a must, and it’s hard to beat River Oyster’s raw bar. Go for the famous daily happy hour – where oysters are the star — and stay for the gnocchi tossed with jumbo lump crab and truffle. // Brickell. Book now on Resy. 

Because rustic Italian eats on South Beach and Macchialina’s beet mezzaluna and short rib lasagna. // South Beach. (305) 534-2124.

9/Mandolin Aegean Bistro
Because even though a day trip to the Greek Isles isn’t technically possible, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported there at Mandolin. Grilled octopus, lamb meatballs and, quite possibly, the most beautiful courtyard decked-out in white and blue details make this spot a Miami favorite. // Miami Design District. (305) 576-6066.

Because this small Asian gastropub launched a dining empire– and for good reason! Those duck and pumpkin dumplings and pork belly have kept guests coming back for more than six years. // South Beach. (305) 532-7555.

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

The Top 5 Things to Order at Grizzelda’s

January 5, 2017 at 12:54 pm
post by Paula Forbes


Photo courtesy of Grizzelda’s.

Because you need a gorgeous patio and a margarita, stat. Or maybe you need a fresh outlook on Mexican food, above and beyond your corner Tex-Mex joint. Either way, Grizzelda’s is now open on the East Side, and it means business. The folks behind Jacoby’s opened this upscale Mexican restaurant right before the holidays, and it’s already bopping. Here’s what to order when you get the gang together at Grizzelda’s.

1.Guacamole de la Casa At Grizzelda’s, “de la casa” means bacon. Guacamole with bacon in it. Any questions?

2.Bad Girl RiRi: (Pictured) This cocktail is named after one of today’s greatest pop stars, and it’s worthy of the honor. Passionfruit and lime give the drink a taste of Rihanna’s native Caribbean, and pisco and mezcal is a pairing made in beverage heaven. (The house margarita, the Grizz Mizz, is also A+.)

3.Street Brussels: Mexican-style street corn, with its creamy-chili-cheese flavor, is a must-order on any menu. But at Grizzelda’s, brussels sprouts get the same treatment. It’s the cure for fried brussels sprouts fatigue, and the very best way to eat your vegetables.

4.Tostadas de Atun: A tower of crispy tostadas, layered with the freshest tuna, avocado, shallots and aioli to split for the table. Unless you’d rather have one all to yourself. Bonus points for being ultra-Instagrammable.

5.Bistec a la Parilla: Like its sister restaurant, Jacoby’s, Grizzelda’s sources its beef from the Jacoby ranch in Melvin. So beef is a must-order at both restaurants, and this chile-rubbed steak is a stellar showcase for it. Slice it thin and wrap it in some house-made fluffy flour tortillas for maximum enjoyment. (And how about those gorgeous tortilla warmers?!)

Grab a seat at Grizzelda’s today!

January 3, 2017 at 11:27 am
post by Vanessa Lavorato



Photo courtesy The Morris.

Resolutions be damned; food in the Bay can’t get any better. The nation’s sanctuary city is also a food sanctuary. Whether you’re hitting Dungeness crab season at its peak, or discovering that plants bleed at Jardiniere, you’re happy to be here. You are where you eat; cheers to a blank slate.

2/The Morris
3/Mister Jiu’s
5/Mina Test Kitchen
6/The Progress
8/Izakaya Rintaro

Because take a break from the holiday onslaught; it’s time for an Indian feast. This New York transplant serves up traditional flavors packed with spices and herbs. // Mission. Book now at Babu Ji San Francisco.

2/The Morris
Because Tablehopper says, “the foie dumpling at the Morris is the right way to start your meal. Your evening. Your date. The rest of your life.” Here’s to starting 2017. // Mission. Book now at The Morris.

3/Mister Jiu’s
Because let the accolades keep rolling in– Chef Brandon Jew deserves that round of applause. His banquet-style feasts redefine Chinese cuisine. Mister Jiu’s is the restaurant the neighborhood deserves. // Chinatown. (415) 857-9688.

Because three stars to Chef Kim Alter and a Top 10 from the SF Chronicle to boot. Make sure you pop into the Linden Room next door for a pre-dinner drink. // Hayes Valley. (415) 829-7565.

5/Mina Test Kitchen
Because let it rain white truffles, Mina style. Plus, the tiramisù lives up to its name: it “picks you up.” // Marina District. Mina Test Kitchen.

6/The Progress
Because the “Mt. Tam Dutch baby” comeback needs to happen stat. Savory, fluffy pancakes on repeat. // Western Addition. (415) 673-1294.

Because the cold weather makes Melissa Perello’s osso buco hit home. P.S. It’s Dungeness crab season. // Lower Pacific Heights. (415) 408-7507.

8/Izakaya Rintaro
Because the Mission’s Japanese temple to exceptional cuisine is going deluxe for the New Year. Case in point: house-made mochi pummeled in the courtyard. // Mission. Book now at Izakaya Rintaro.

Because bite into the Impossible Burger and discover a vegetarian game changer. Juicy (yes juicy), this plant-based burger bleeds. // Hayes Valley. (415) 861-5555.

Because say aloha to the new dinner cocktail – the honu – and introduce it to the Kiawe smoked char siu ribs. The black and white pepper-spiced drink was made for pork. // Dogpatch. Book now at ‘Āina.

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 Year’s Eve on Resy

December 29, 2016 at 1:21 pm
post by Anna Mandelbaum


NYE is in two days, and it’s time to start planning your exit strategy. In ancient cultures a dinner reservation on December 31st was a sign of a good year to come (…pushing it…), so read below and grab a seat– there are only a few days left to decide where to wash away 2016 (with champagne, of course) and celebrate the New Year!

Alexander’s Steakhouse – San Francisco
Celebrate 2017 with a five or eight-course menu including dishes like Miyazaki beef tartare with grilled oysters and caviar, or black and white truffle chawanmushi. Either way, you’ll receive a fine dining interpretation of the classic American steakhouse, with hints of Japanese influence.

All Hands – New York City
With a festive tasting menu plus a la carte options from Chef Pete Lipson, All Hands is on deck to help you celebrate the New Year right. Six courses and a champagne toast!

Bar SardineJeffrey’s Grocery, and Joseph Leonard – New York City
This is the one night of the year you can plan ahead and skip the line at all three of these Happy Cooking Hospitality restaurants. Early or late, oysters or pasta, champagne or pilsner, you’ll find the full menu at each of these West Village locations, plus some inspired dishes with which to celebrate.

Beaker & Gray – Miami
Two seatings (at 6:00 and 9:00pm) and a special four-course menu, featuring chilled Maine lobster, pappardelle, domestic Lamb, and chocolate cracklin’. That’s right– chocolate cracklin’. Book now!

Bergen Hill – New York City
Serving up innovative twists on seafood, Bergen Hill is offering seven-course and nine-course tasting menus in two seatings: 6:30pm and 9:30pm.

Bessou – New York City
Offering a traditional Japanese dinner, Bessou will help you wind down 2016 with an osechi (a meal composed of small dishes, each representing a different intention for the new year) and an ozoni soup (with rice cake, chicken, and matsutake mushrooms). They will also offer special a la carte dishes to accompany your meal.

Cannibal Beer & Butcher – Los Angeles
There’s a whole-animal feast going down at The Cannibal Beer & Butcher. From 9:30pm to 1:30am, expect an open bar and plenty of old-school hip-hop.

Charlie Bird – New York City
Ring it in with a four-course, NYE-inspired, prix-fixe dinner. Menu highlights include CB’s classic razor clams and crispy farm chicken with black truffles and chanterelles.

Del Popolo – San Francisco
Finish 2016 with handmade artisanal pizzas (with toppings like house-made sausage, mozzarella di bufala, and chestnut pesto). There’s a pizza for everybody– especially on New Year’s Eve.

Espita Mexcaleria – Washington DC
If you’re in DC, your first mezcal of 2017 should definitely be here. Usher in the New Year with a six-course tasting menu paired with Espita’s favorite mezcals of the year, or join fellow revelers at the open bar starting at 6pm for a Mexican Cantina experience. DJ starts spinning at 10pm.

Everson Royce Bar – Los Angeles
All you can eat, all you can drink, and all you can dance. It’s a winter wonderland in LA. Get it.

Foreign & Domestic – Austin
NYE @ F&D it is. Celebrate the New Year by heading to India! F&D will serve a four-course family style meal from Goa, a state in southern India. Floyd Cardoz’s silk squash dip is calling your name!

Gristmill – New York City
Start off your meal with a complimentary sparkling wine and follow it up with a five-course tasting menu, or a special a la carte, farm-to-table menu at 6:008:00, or 10:00pm. When the ball drops, you’ll receive more bubbly and a Grandma pizza! Bring on 2017!

Izakaya Rintaro – San Francisco
Bring in the future with Mr. Rintaro, and indulge in a deluxe six-course dinner that includes auspicious New Year’s foods. Choose from kuromame, tatsukuri, kombumaki, sashimi moriawase, ozoni clear soup (with their house-made mochi), charcoal grilled BN Ranch New York steak, and candied yuzu peel ice cream… to name a few.

Izzy’s Fish & Oyster Bar – Miami
Ring in 2017 with Izzy’s specials! Baked Rhode Island scallops with Perigord truffles, foie gras stuffies, and Beausoleil oysters with Oscietra caviar will end – and begin – the year on a high note!

Juliet Ristorante – Austin
Join Juliet on New Year’s Eve for a four-course, prix-fixe menu, featuring fresh ingredients inspired by the bounty of Italy (like a Blue crab and arugula salad, a raviolo al uovo, and a buttermilk panna cotta.) Optional wine pairings are available and recommended.

Kyirisan – Washington DC
Say au revoir to 2016 with Kyirisan! This Saturday will be a party to end all parties, including an open bar and, of course, Chef Tim Ma’s food. And yes, there will be dumplings and wings.

Le Farfalle – Charleston
This six-course tasting menu is the one that you truly need (see: risotto milanese with saffron carnaroli rice, veal ragu, and bone marrow; spaghetti carbonara “of the sea” with local white shrimp, clams, and a sea urchin emulsion; and white truffle gnudi.)

Lenoir – Austin
Lenoir invites you to start your NYE celebration with its four-course holiday dinner, including choices like seafood court-bouillon, black garlic pasta, smoked chicken, and Meyer lemon steamed buns. Wine pairings will be available as well. The restaurant’s romantic atmosphere and effervescent vibes come free.

Loring Place – New York City
Finish up the year with Chef Dan Kluger’s dessert monkey bread topped with five-spice toffee and house made yogurt. Oh and don’t forget the squash fries.

Maple Ave – Washington DC
Think three-course, prix-fixe dinner with options including buttermilk-fried oysters, a Paris-brest, and yuzu creme brulee. Cheers!

Maximillien – Seattle
Join Maximillien for New Year’s Eve dinner and Rouge Cabaret. Think Paris circa the 1940’s, with European cabaret music from Edith Piaf and Pink Martini! Chanteuse Janet Rayor, violinist Brandon Vance, and accordionist Toby Hanson will be playing while you eat smoked salmon feuilleté and caviar, foie gras maison au truffes, tartare de thon et saumon, and more.

MBar – Seattle
Celebrate the end of 2016 in style! MBar is the perfect launch pad for a fantastic New Year, featuring the musical stylings of DJ Riz and Dana Dub. Menu highlights include “ONE. IF BY LAND” (roasted sweet bread with yam, nigella, brussel sprouts, bacon, and pheasant with lentils and chestnuts) and “TWO. IF BY SEA” (geoduck bisque with turnip and dill plus salt roasted turbot with braised endive, saffron and artichoke). You can’t forget about that view, though!

Mediterraneo – Los Angeles
The best things in life are meant to be shared, and at The Med you can share your last meal of 2016 with the people you love, your way – the full menu is served. Get on it.

Mina Test Kitchen – San Francisco
Ring in 2017 with a special menu from the Mina Test Kitchen team that transports guests to a sun-drenched seaside along the coast of Italy. Called Postcards from La Costiera, the December 31st pop-up will have you diving into mozzarella and potato fonduta with Osetra caviar, antipasti zucca “Parmigiana”, and primi risotto con granchio e tartufo nero. You’re going to love it… and those wine pairings too!

Phuc Yea – Miami
’Tis the season to say Phuc Yea! On NYE Phuc Yea will have three seatings: a three-course meal with a bottle of bubbly at 6:00pm; a five-course meal at 8:00pm; and a five-course meal with a welcome cocktail, a midnight toast, party favors, and a DJ from 10:00pm-2:00am.

Mintwood Place – Washington DC
Come ring in the New Year at Mintwood Place with the usual a la carte menu, plus some special dishes for the holiday: smoked salmon rillettes with Hackleback Caviar, black truffle veloute with smoked chestnut and seared foie gras, and more.

Old Bus Tavern – San Francisco
OBT is the place to be on New Year’s Eve. After the special four-course menu is served, two DJs will spin some funky vinyls for your dancing pleasure. P.S.– slow cooked short ribs with bone marrow pomme puree. Make your reservation today.

Pasquale Jones – New York City
There’s a special prix-fixe family style menu happening this NYE, and in addition to fantastic pizza, it features a wood oven-baked Dover sole with brown butter and lemon.

Petit Crenn – San Francisco
Eight courses, a glass of champagne, and good times to last an entire year. As always, you can expect a “hospitality included” dining experience, so no gratuity will be expected at the end of your meal. But you will still have gratitude for a wonderful experience!

Porsena – New York City
A la carte options will be served at Porsena this New Year’s. You know you need a seared foie gras, some chestnut flour tagliatelle with black trumpet mushrooms, and lasagna al forno. This East Village stomping ground is the perfect place to ring it in!

Rider – New York City
Grilled cheese with white truffles, frico, mornay, and a foie gras-soaked brioche. Yup, that guy’s making an appearance on Rider’s NYE menu. Book your “seats” ASAP at the standing cocktail party (two premium open bars, dancing, passed party food, midnight hijinks).

The Butcher’s Table – Seattle
Don’t spend another New Year’s Eve disappointed. Get out, have fun, and as the menu suggests, “DRINK ALL THE CHAMPAGNE!”  The Butcher’s Table has half-off bottles of champagne and sparkling wine all night long. And you can’t go wrong with those beef fat fries.

The Eddy – New York City
In celebration of New Year’s Eve The Eddy has created a special six-course tasting menu, including soft scrambled eggs over caviar, olive oil poached sea trout, grass-fed ribeye, and for dessert, a lemon thyme ice cream with porter fried apples.

The Park Cafe – Charleston
Enjoy a three-course menu with your own entree, or shared for two (hello, roasted cowboy ribeye!) Either way, the NYE wine pairing is $20, all in. Bring on 2017!
Westbound – Los Angeles
The last of Chef Taylor’s roast series is on NYE, so join the celebration and dive into a family style meal. Add some turkey with mushroom stuffing, cranberry sauce, and green beans for a good time.

Book while supplies last, and Instagram your last bites from 2016 (#Resy)! Have a happy 2017 and, if you haven’t already, download the Resy app today!

December 23, 2016 at 1:32 pm
post by Anna Mandelbaum


Photo courtesy Mbar.

The holidays are approaching, skiing is in your future, and the SEA restaurants scene continues to slay. Whether you’re craving a “Bone-Apple Tea” from Cap-Hill’s neighborhood speakeasy, or a bread service with labneh, Calabrian chilies, Taggiasca olives, cultured butter, and a panoramic view, you’re in the right hands. The Resy Hit List is live just in time to help you navigate the last few days of 2016. Because you are where you eat, and reservations are great gifts.

2/Bar Melusine
6/Tarsan I Jane
7/The Butcher’s Table
8/Ezell’s Famous Chicken
9/Knee High stocking Co.

Because the Seattle Times gave three stars to this “engaging supper club in the sky.” Three months since opening, Mamnoon’s sister restaurant continues to dominate the hummus zone. And you can’t ignore those Italian influences. // South Lake Union. Book now at MBar.

2/Bar Melusine
Because the space is beautiful and the oysters are perfect. The profiterole with chocolate ice cream, coffee choux, dulce de leche, and cocoa nib brittle takes it all home. Another hit for Chef Renee Erickson. // Capitol Hill. Book now at Bar Melusine.

Because it’s legit fine dining— velvet banquettes and all. Also, it has a Gatsby-themed NYE party in the works. Hello, bottomless champagne, foie gras, and caviar! // Downtown. (206) 486-6428.

Because Chef Shaun McCrain’s debut restaurant is “utter perfection,” according to Seattle Weekly. French food of the Pacific Northwest is officially on your must-try list. // Ballard. (206) 258-2467.

Because it’s American with influences from the South, Africa, Europe, and the Caribbean. Don’t miss the pastas and desserts. You’re welcome in advance. // Ravenna. (206) 556-2192.

6/Tarsan I Jane
Because Chef Perfecte Rocher serves a seven-course tasting menu with Catalonian and Valencian influences. Chef is all about playing with textures. Case in point: the paella of the night, the Dungeness crab dish, and anything with uni. // Fremont. (206) 557-7059.

7/The Butcher’s Table
Because dine in or cook at home– The Butcher’s Table has all the best cuts of meat you could ask for, so you’re covered either way. When dining in, go with the pro-order: the pasilla pepper donuts, the beef fat fries, and the beef tasting flight. // Downtown. Book now at The Butcher’s Table.

8/Ezell’s Famous Chicken
Because it has been bringing Seattle amazing fried chicken for 30+ years. Add a new location and Oprah’s endorsement – you know you’re getting the best chicken in the game. // Wallingford. (206) 453-5250.

9/Knee High Stocking Co.
Because it’s the best speakeasy in town. Plus on NYE it’s offering a special cocktail menu that should not be missed. (That Bone-Apple Tea though…) // Capitol Hill. Book now at Knee High Stocking Co..

Because it’s the Heavy Restaurant Group’s newest digs, and they don’t mess around. Try the Spanish-style gin and tonic menu, delicious cocktails, and fried chicken and pancakes. Don’t forget about the fluffernutter sandwich… with bacon. // Wallingford. (206) 737-8743.

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December 22, 2016 at 12:52 pm
post by Paula Forbes

Photo courtesy Grizzelda’s.

Whether you’re back in town for the holidays, or just enjoying a bit of time off at home, you’ll find that Austin has some great new restaurants to explore. There are some new spaces from old friends, more than a few stunning showpieces, and a whole lot of great dishes to warm you up before 2017 has a chance to show us what it’s got. You are where you eat, so why not close out 2016 in style?

3/Old Thousand
4/EastSide Tavern
5/Thai Kun Rock Rose
6/June’s All Day
7/Hudson’s on the Bend
Bonus/Ah Sing Den

Because it turns out that a Mexican restaurant from the team behind Jacoby’s is exactly what Austin needed. Especially when it’s this pretty… and serves margaritas this tasty. // East Side. Book now at Grizzelda’s.

Because it’s gorgeous, grown-up, and has a lively bar with a bopping nightlife. Start in the restaurant with steaks and cocktails, then move to the historic Cedar Tavern or rooftop bar to toast the evening. // South Lamar. (512) 916-9000.

3/Old Thousand
Because this spot is the neighborhood Chinese restaurant the East Side needed, with Uchi/ko alums in the kitchen. Great for late night cravings, Old Thousand is at its best when it’s dressing-up classics like honey prawns, potstickers, and dan dan noodles. // East Side. Walk-ins only.

4/EastSide Tavern
Because Austin really, truly can’t get enough barbecue. EastSide Tavern serves the classics (brisket, sausage, ribs), as well as its own concoctions (barbecue-smothered tater tots, anyone?). The giant patio and rooftop bar don’t hurt either. // East Side. Walk-ins only.

5/Thai Kun Rock Rose
Because it’s fresh off a thumbs-up review from the Statesman, and it continues to serve some of the best—and spiciest—Thai in town. Yes, it’s in the middle of a mall, but hey– your need for shopping-fuel will be a good excuse to indulge, right?  // The Domain. Walk-ins only.

6/June’s All Day
Because there isn’t a more pleasant spot in town to have a mid-afternoon burger and glass of wine. Austin’s not known as a wine town, but that could change if owner/master sommelier June Rodil has anything to say about it. // South Congress. (512) 416-1722

7/Hudson’s on the Bend
Because this iconic fine dining restaurant got a makeover and a new lease on life from new owners, Austin restaurant alums Billy Caruso and Chris McFall. These guys bring the restaurant’s famed focus on game meats into the 21st century, and add a killer new wine list courtesy of the sommelier, McFall. // Lake Travis. (512) 266-1369.

Because thanks to new chef Julio-Cesar Florez, Isla’s got a whole new Peruvian menu. Think killer ceviche made-to-order, grilled anticucho skewers, and all the pisco sours you can handle. // Warehouse District. Book now at Isla.

9/Fresa’s South First
Because the original drive-through location is great and all, but Fresa’s came into its own when it opened this stunning restaurant with a huge patio. Go for the classic chicken dinners, or snack your way through tacos and vegetable sides. Either way, save room for ice cream. // South First. Walk-ins only.

Because the holidays mean one of Austin’s best patios gets a wintertime huîtres makeover. Four words: oysters, bubbles, more oysters. // East Side. Walk-ins only.

Bonus/Ah Sing Den
Because if you haven’t checked out this Asian-inspired makeover of the East Side Showroom space, you’re in for a treat. Snack on dishes like pork ribs, bao, and dumplings while sampling drinks like the Guyanese Sour or the Ah Sing Toddy. // East Sixth. Book now at Ah Sing Den.

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The Top 5 Things to Order at Cake Thai

December 22, 2016 at 10:03 am
post by Olee Fowler

Javier Ramirez/GourmandJ
Photo courtesy Javier Ramirez/GourmandJ

The wait is finally over. After more than a year of anticipation, Cake Thai’s Wynwood locale has opened its doors to a very hungry — and excited — public. The new location features the same OG recipes that made its North Miami outpost a runaway hit, but this version has an exciting new addition: booze. The new beverage menu features a wide range of champagnes, rieslings, beers, and sakes to impress all palates and let the food shine in the best possible way. Here is a cheat sheet for your next Cake Thai meal— with the perfect wine pairings for each dish.

1.Kaprao Moo Krob: (MN07 i.e. pork belly) This aromatic take on Miami’s favorite cut of meat doesn’t disappoint. The crispy pork belly swims in a sea of basil-filled sauce, chili, and garlic, giving it a slightly spicy flavor that plays the perfect foil to the pork belly’s richness. Pair with soft red G.D.Vajra Langhe, Italy 2013. 

2.Miang Pla Yang: (LG01 i.e. whole roasted fish) Meant for the table, this whole roasted fish is perfectly cooked inside banana leaves and served with rice noodles, a spicy Thai seafood sauce, and a touch of caramel to give it a hint of sweetness. Pair with an aromatic Bonny Doon Le Cigare Blanc, California, USA 2013.

3.Gang Keaw Wan Nuea Ayutthaya: (MN01 i.e. short rib curry) It’s not a Thai menu without a curry, and the stand out is the short rib variety, topped with a green curry and filled with Thai eggplant, and a ginger flavored finger root. Pair with a light and fruity red, like the Marcel Lapierre, Raisins Gaulois, 2014. 

4.Pad Thai: (RN05) Pad Thai may be delicious on its own, but when it’s made with crab meat — and the real stuff, none of that imitation nonsense — the classic Bangkok street food dish ascends to another level. Pair with a Fritz Willie, Mosel, Germany 2014 riesling. 

5.Guy Chai Tod: (SN03 i.e. chive cakes) Crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside, these chive-filled bites are as addicting as they are delicious. Betcha can’t have just one. Pair with a fresh Léon Launois, Cuvée Réserve, France NV.

Grab a seat at Cake Thai today!

Top 5 Things to Order at Italienne

December 21, 2016 at 10:07 am
post by Anna Mandelbaum


Photo of Italienne’s Paris Brest. Photo Credit: Ken Goodman.

Italienne (French for Italian– the meeting of two heavenly cuisines) is Chef Jared Sippel and co-owner James King’s celebration of the cuisines and wines of Northern Italy and Southern France, with a spotlight on Provence. This neighborhood restaurant is consistent in providing both delicious dishes and personable, informed service, rooted in Italian and French tradition.

With a strong focus on the nose-to-tail and root-to-stem ethos, diners have the option of enjoying a four-course tasting menu in the back dining room or, in the front of the restaurant– an osteria that is their taverna. Either way, you can’t go wrong. Here are the Top 5 Things to Order at Italienne. One restaurant, two spaces, seven menus, and five dishes you need to try!

1.Carne Cruda: Starting with the “Beginnings” on the Dining Room menu is the carne cruda, a raw beef highlight. In Italienne’s case, it’s served with almonds, coriander flowers, and pine bud syrup. Never had pine bud syrup? It’s foraged from the Dolomite Alps National Park in Trento, Italy, where the young buds of the Mugo Pine are macerated in water and sugar to create a sweet, golden brown syrup that has the scent of delicate maple, rosemary, and wild herbs.

2.Salade D’Autumne: It might be winter, but this autumn salad is still a winner. La ratte potatoes offer a nutty flavor and a buttery texture. Add some winter thistle, foie gras, and a truffle vinaigrette, and this salad hits a homerun. (Also on the Dining Room menu.)

3.Trofie Monte & Mare: Trofie is a short, thin, twisted pasta from Liguria in Northern Italy. Chef Sippel serves it with a shellfish of the season (like little neck clams or shrimp), pickled green garlic, and chanterelle mushrooms. This dish is from the “Grains from the Field” section of the Dining Room menu and it’s a must-order.

4.Gateau Basque: Now, on to the Taverna menu! This traditional dessert from the Basque region of France is constructed from layers of a cake with a pastry cream filling. The kicker? House-made quince preserve. (Yes, it’s ok to go just for dessert!)

5.Paris Brest: This classically French dessert is typically made of choux pastry and a praline flavored cream, but Italienne’s version is covered with chopped hazelnuts and served with a cocoa nib and hazelnut cream. It’s not Nutella, but it totally hits that same, amazing spot.

And there you have it. Dessert in the front and deliciousness all over. Grab a seat at Italienne today!

December 15, 2016 at 1:47 pm
post by Anna Mandelbaum



Photo courtesy of @coryandthecity from Bindaas.

DC’s food scene has had a wonderful run, and it’s nowhere near stopping. Before your New Year’s resolutions kick-in, pick your restaurants and your dishes, wisely. You are where you eat, and it’s time to dig in. Three, two, one: The Resy Hit List is up.

2/Ten Tigers Parlour
3/The Shaw Bijou
5/Dirty Habit
7/Bad Saint
10/The Dabney

Because “the dish on the edge of everyone’s lips is golgappas,” says Washingtonian. The food is so good that another Bindaas is already on the way, and it’s going to be downtown and larger. // Cleveland Park. Book now at Bindaas.

2/Ten Tigers Parlour
Because it’s a neighborhood bar and dumpling house by chef Tim Ma (hello, Kyirisan) with an opium den feel. You’re going to love the teahouse by day and the bao buns, pork soup dumplings, a house signature cocktail, and other beverages by night. // Petworth. (202) 506-2080.

3/The Shaw Bijou
Because it’s a delicious modern American restaurant that’s finally taking bar walk-ins. Chef Kwame Onwuachi serves an inspired menu from his childhood memories and global cuisine; and the fur chairs are happening. // Shaw. (202) 800-0640.

Because it’s named after the Japanese word for “secret,” and the food is Japanese with a mystery twist. Combining freshness, acidity, and herbs, the menu has a heavy lean on Latin American and Southeast Asian flavor profiles. // Petworth. Walk-ins only.

5/Dirty Habit
Because Dirty Habit’s patio, deemed Firescape, just opened in what was once the Poste’s winter lounge. On Thursday through Saturday evenings you can expect robes, a fire pit, and three special warm cocktails. // Penn Quarter. (202) 783-6060.

Because it’s all about the cider flight. And the fried artichoke with poached egg yolk, jamon Serrano, and chives… Okay, it’s all about the pintxos (aka Basque bites). // Truxton Circle. Book now at Anxo.

7/Bad Saint
Because The New York Times’ Pete Wells gave this Columbia Heights restaurant a glowing three-star review. Taste that bitter melon stir-fry, the kale and crab laing, and the ginisang tulya (with little neck clams, Chinese sausage, and Sichuan chile), and you’ll know the line was worth it. // Columbia Heights. Walk-ins only.

Because Washingtonian gave it two stars for its amazing broth and small plates. And you need the tuna sashimi on a crispy wonton. // Shaw. (202) 299-1000.

9/The Dabney
Because it’s a D.C. favorite, and for good reason. With dishes like stunning sweet potato layer cake, it’s worth signing on at noon to get a reservation two weeks in advance! // Shaw. Book now at The Dabney.

Because Chef Tim Ma serves dishes like pan-seared scallops on coconut risotto, with a scoop of basil ice cream and black truffle congee. Also, the brunch game is strong at this Chinese-French concept. // Shaw. Book now at Kyirisan.

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.