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Every March, the masses descend on Austin for SXSW, and a glittering crop of brand-new restaurants opens to greet them. This year is no exception, and the March Hit List proves it. In the mood for Italian? Consider newcomers Intero, Il Brutto, and Oddwood Ales. Seafood, maybe? Try Guild. Count on the wild cards, too: not one but two food halls — Fareground and H-Mart’s Market Eatery. Diners, start your engines: it’s prime Austin restaurant season.
8/Foreign & Domestic
9/H-Mart Market Eatery
Because two spectacular concepts are packed into one former East Austin motorcycle shop. Chocolatier Krystal Craig sells her wares at a chocolate counter, which doubles as a host stand for her husband Ian Thurwachter’s modern Italian restaurant, Intero. In Austin’s crowded Italian restaurant scene, Intero is a stand-out that focuses on seasonal ingredients from Central Texas (the menu changes daily) and nose-to-tail cooking. Spring is the perfect time to try the house-made pastas and large-format family style dishes. //Holly. Book now on Resy.
Because we’re always down for a raw bar, especially when it’s from the folks behind Wu Chow and Swift’s Attic—and in a Michael Hsu-designed space, no less. Guild has oysters for days, alongside a seasonal seafood menu from chef Sterling Ridings (formerly of Uchiko). Check out the Oyster Sabayon or—if you’re up for it—the truly epic pork tomahawk for two. //Rosedale. 512-975-2626.
Because it’s six new concepts from some of Austin’s best restaurants, all under one roof. You’ve got Easy Tiger, Contigo burger-and-rotisserie chicken stand, the Emmer & Rye team’s casual new spot Henbit, Ni-Komé (a sushi and ramen counter from Komé), the first-ever restaurant concept from Antonelli’s Cheese Shop, and groundbreaking hyper-local tacos by Dai Due Taqueria. Literally, what more could you ask for? //Downtown. Walk-ins only.
Because if this Italian newcomer is anything like its baby sister (next door sandwich shop, La Matta), we’re in for a treat. Il Brutto—Italian for The Ugly (after The Good, The Bad and the Ugly)—doesn’t limit itself to one region of Italy, instead choosing its pizzas and pasta from across the country. Add to that a great wine list, the promise of “a lot of late 70s-early 80s Italian psychedelic rock” music, and you’ve got destination Italian on the East Side. //East Sixth. 512-580-8779.
Because the all-female team behind this brunch-happy West Sixth spot is fresh off a great review from Statesman’s Matthew Odam, who calls it “a restaurant brimming with boss-lady swagger and a bit of subversiveness.” Not bad for eggs! Come for the soon-to-be-legendary migas kolache; stay for chef Callie Speer’s riff on the choco taco. //West Sixth. Book now on Resy.
Because an all-day cafe with coffee and cocktails is precisely what Austin needs right now. Better Half is from the same team behind Wright Bros. Brew & Brew, with food from MMH alums Rich Reimbolt (Josephine House) and Jennifer Tucker (Jeffrey’s). Not sold yet? There’s a 44 Farms cheeseburger on the menu. //Clarksville. Walk-ins only.
Because Austin’s breweries have evolved from their humble beginnings and are now boasting full menus. Take Oddwood Ales, where the team behind Adelbert’s is serving experimental beer alongside stellar pizza. At Brewtorium, enjoy kooky-but-wonderful riffs on German food, like brat-stickers (dumplings stuffed with bratwurst) and several varieties of flammkuchen. //Mueller & Highland. Walk-ins only.
8/Foreign & Domestic
Because new owners Nathan Lemley and Sarah Heard just launched a nose-to-tail tasting menu, and you’ve got to try it. The menu changes, but a recent iteration included boudin noir, charred beef tongue, seared lamb heart, and, for dessert, foie gras mousse. Pro-tip: they’ve been switching up the wine list in fun, new ways, so venture beyond the norm. //North Loop. Book now on Resy.
9/H-Mart Market Eatery
Because Austin didn’t get just an H-Mart (finally!), it got the beloved grocery chain’s first-ever food hall. Market Eatery includes two concepts from chef Deuki Hong: Sunday Bird (Korean fried chicken) and the first-ever location of Sunday BBQ (Korean barbecue). And if you want more options, there are six other restaurants at Market Eatery serving everything from boba tea to sushi to Korean pastries. //Lakeline. Walk-ins only.
Because this new East Sixth bar’s back patio is home to beloved Thai food truck Dee Dee and a Taco Flats Airstream. La Holly specializes in agave cocktails and, combined with the great eats out back, is a perfect patio now that the weather’s turning. So grab a margarita and some Dee Dee larb, and kick back. Cheers y’all, it’s springtime in Texas. //Holly. Walk-ins only.
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A culinary mecca, San Francisco leads the pack in James Beard Award semi-finalists yet again. Put simply, it’s time to tune into the myriad of dining destinations in the Bay Area. Newcomers and classics fill out this month’s Hit List to satiate any appetite; eating out never tasted this good.
9/Hitachino Beer & Wagyu
Because wine comes first at chef Manuel Hewitt’s intimate space, and each dish is developed with two pairings in mind. Theme-based tasting menus offer both land and sea dishes; Winter Citrus is currently up. // Marina. Book now on Resy.
Because the accolades keep rolling in for chef Val Cantu: four stars from Michael Bauer, two Michelin stars, and now a James Beard nomination. Tacos de hongos on Oaxaca green masa are award-worthy themselves. // Mission. 415-757-0994.
Because chef Michael Chiarello’s flirtation with Spanish fare will make you blush (“Coqueta” is Spanish for flirt). Order tapas and pintxos to whet your appetite and paella if you know what’s good for you. If you’re a gin enthusiast, you’ll be in your element. // Embarcadero. Book now on Resy.
Because take advantage of the chef’s tasting — with suggested beverage pairings — and dine like a pro. Better yet, order it for the whole table and let chef Kris Toliao transport you. Pro-tip: chicken confit just hit the menu, and it’s juicy. // Outer Richmond. Book now on Resy.
Because enjoy a “taste of Portugal” with three courses for $33. Leave room to end on a sweet note with a Pudim Naõ Sei — sensational dark chocolate cheesecake. // Noe Valley. Book now on Resy.
Because Boulevard’s sister restaurant stands on its own laurels. In a recent review, San Francisco Chronicle critic Michael Bauer calls the combinations “complex and sophisticated.” The desserts are not to be missed. ‘What’s a vanilla cube’ you ask? It’s time to find out. // SoMa. (415) 247-7770.
Because prix fixe Chinese food makes dining effortless. Chef George Chen leads with a stunning course of nine essential flavors to open the palate and follows with nine courses. Pro Tip: Anthony Keels’ cocktails deliver. // Russian Hill. (415) 788-8788.
Because where there’s smoke, there’s fire food. Chef Ayesha Curry has a slam dunk with her and Michael Mina’s multi-cultural barbeque hotspot. // SoMa. (415) 543-7474.
Because have you ever tried wagyu sushi? This Japanese institution delivers a flawless tasting menu and crisp beers to wash it down. Kampai. // Lower Nob Hill. Book now on Resy.
Because romance isn’t limited to one day of the year. Snag a table at one of the most romantic restaurants in the nation and be sure to order the chocolate chestnut dessert with scotch whipped cream. // Outer Sunset. Book now on Resy.
Because serving up Martinique’s (Agricole rum-based) national cocktail “Ti Punch,” Bar Agricole lives up to its name. A James Beard nomination for outstanding bar program is worth celebrating. Cheers! // SoMa. Book now on Resy.
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From highly anticipated marquee openings to neighborhood staples (some young, some seasoned), these restaurants are worthy of attention and New on Resy. Seats are coveted; get booking.
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Located in Greenpoint, Annicka is a restaurant for everyone; a neighborhood staple with a welcoming energy and an ambitious yet approachable menu (think charred sweet potatoes with black tahini and kale alongside house-made sausages with white kimchi, creme fraiche, and potato chips). Here, seasonal ingredients and local products shine: the restaurant serves only New York-made beer, cider, wine, and spirits as part of a statewide initiative to support innovative local breweries and producers. Book now at Annicka.
Located on a quiet block in SoHo, this minimally-designed Japanese restaurant is unassuming, and yet the kappo-style cuisine of its chef, William Shen, is nothing to overlook. In “Where to Eat in 2018,” New York Magazine critic Adam Platt called it “the place to go for an inventive, slightly more upmarket taste of modern Japan.” At lunch, choose from a range of rice bowls; for dinner, a la carte and omakase offerings are available, though, given chef’s artful preparations, it’s best to take advantage of the latter. Book now at Ato.
Bar Moga is a 1920s-era Japanese cocktail bar, specializing in shochu and Japanese whiskey-based libations and Yoshoku comfort food by chef Takanori Akiyama. The menu’s signature is omurice — a mound of chicken rice with a soft omelette and demi-glace sauce draped on top — a dish as visually pleasing as it is delicious. Book now at Bar Moga.
Bryant Park Grill
Located just behind the New York Public Library, and equipped with a view overlooking the park, Bryant Park Grill is lovingly modeled after Parisian sidewalk cafés. Crowd-pleasing favorites line the menu, like a classic Caesar salad, wild mushroom ravioli, and steak frites. In warm-weather months, the ivy-covered restaurant is especially idyllic thanks to its rooftop dining. Book now at Bryant Park Grill.
A North Williamsburg mainstay, Cafe Colette is bright, warm, and beloved for its brunch. Menu specialties include warm chocolate toast, egg-centric fare, and a crispy chicken sandwich, as well as handmade pasta, come dinnertime. As for the wine list? It’s approachable and au naturel. Book now at Cafe Colette.
Casa Pública blends traditional Mexican home-style cooking with dishes found in the country’s mercados (think queso fundido with poblano rajas and sea scallop tostadas), topped off with a variety of refreshing cocktails, Mexican wines, and micheladas. The cantina vibe is laid-back, though the elevated menu takes things up a notch. Book now at Casa Pública.
Boasting a sweeping view of Central Park, this cocktail lounge, wine bar, and restaurant from chef Michael Lomonaco invites diners to enjoy Mediterranean-inspired small plates alongside an extensive wine list. Specialties include Sicilian olives, spicy harissa, and tapenade, as well as lamb chops roasted in Berber spice and served with a tomato salad. Book now at Center Bar.
This ever-reliable, perennial date night restaurant has been buzzing since 2007, and it still delivers. With a name that means “of the soul” in Italian, dell’anima’s menu hones in on “hearty, eloquent dishes of thoughtful simplicity”— think charred octopus with rice beans, chorizo, and chicories, house-made tortellini con brodo, and branzino with confit potatoes, Cerignola olives, citrus, and Aleppo pepper. As it has always been, the wine list is forward-thinking: focused on small production, high-quality selections with an emphasis on traditional and natural winemaking. Book now at dell’anima.
The West Village’s latest drinking den, decked out in navy velvet banquettes and rotating artwork from ACA Galleries, comes from two Locanda Verde alums — Jess Goldfarb and Camilo Viafara. The focus is on cocktails (seasonal, draft, house-bottled, ‘due your own’ old fashioneds), but there’s also a full dinner menu featuring oysters, hot crab dip, a dry-aged burger, and caviar (with champs, if you’re so inclined), plus late-night bites. And don’t overlook the selection of wine, or beer, for that matter. Book now at Due West.
Devotees of chef Kevin Adey’s Michelin-starred Italian restaurant, Faro, will delight at his latest concept: General Deb’s. Located in Bushwick, the no-reservations Sichuan restaurant (affectionately named for Adey’s wife and partner, Debbie) boasts a wide breadth of noodle dishes — think various kinds of mian — in addition to cumin beef, tiger salad, and other spicy fare. Waitlist only.
Alums from Le Bernardin and its respective wine bar, Aldo Sohm, are behind this pescatarian (and gluten-free) restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen. Vegetable-forward dishes featuring locally sourced, sustainable Atlantic seafood are inspired by the upbringing of chef Diego Garcia, in coastal Mexico and Napa, California. The all-natural wine list has been curated by sommelier and partner Phil Johnson (the pair also worked together at natural wine mecca, Contra). Book now at Gloria.
The market-driven Mexican cuisine at Gran Eléctrica incorporates dishes from a variety of regions. There are snacks (botanas), tacos, and larger plates (like chile relleno and al pastor), in addition to vibrant tequila- and mezcal-based cocktails, including an array of margaritas and an Oaxacan Old Fashioned. Book now at Gran Eléctrica.
Tucked into a small space in the East Village, Kura is an intimate omakase spot serving impeccable seafood to a 12-seat, wraparound sushi bar. Masterful head chef, Norihiro Ishizuka, has become an attraction unto himself; New York Times critic Ligaya Mishan called him the Tony Bennett of sushi chefs, “a crooner working the crowd with a genial smile and a generous hand.” Book now at Kura.
La Contenta Oeste
The original La Contenta has been a Mexican staple on the LES for some time, and it’s now opened its second location, in Greenwich Village. A traditional menu of guacamole, taquitos, and mole is served until late-night and is optimally complemented by a wide assortment of agave spirits, including tequila, mezcal, bacanora, raicilla, and pulque. Book now at La Contenta Oeste.
From the dream team known as Delicious Hospitality (chef Ryan Hardy and sommeliers Robert Bohr and Grant Reynolds) of downtown favorites Charlie Bird and Pasquale Jones, comes the highly anticipated Legacy Records. The handsome Hudson Yards locale is outfitted with a front café for breakfast and lunch, a marble wine bar, and a spacious dining room. Hardy’s menu, which is inspired by Italy’s northern coasts, ranges from crudo to pasta to a gorgeous honey-lacquered duck for two. Rounding out the offerings, craft cocktails are conceived by Jeff Bell of P.D.T. Book now at Legacy Records.
Quality Eats NoMad
A new location of Quality Eats — the approachable steakhouse focused on lesser-known cuts — has landed in NoMad. With a design sensibility that’s of-the-moment (airy and modern, with pink and gold accents), half a dozen steaks priced under $30, negronis and mules on tap, and a long list of craft beers, it’s a welcome addition to the trendy neighborhood. Book now at Quality Eats NoMad.
Conceived by childhood friends and Hawaii-born duo Natalie Graham and Tanner Fahl, SakaMai is a playful izakaya serving share plates like “egg on egg on egg” (sea urchin, sturgeon caviar, scrambled egg); sizzling Wagyu beef steak with sweet onion soy, jalapeño sauce, and ponzu; and a chef’s selection of sashimi. The impressive sake program features specialty and aged bottles, and pairings are available upon request. Book now at SakaMai.
Simon & The Whale
Prolific restaurateur Gabriel Stulman — who is widely known for his particular brand of cozy-cool restaurants in the West Village — is now operating several establishments in NoMad’s Freehand Hotel, and Simon & The Whale is the centerpiece. Designed by Roman & Williams and awash in warm woods, the restaurant offers an eclectic menu that draws inspiration from the American coasts. So far, highlights include black bass crudo with shiso, puffed rice, and coconut milk; spaghetti acqua pazza with Castelvetrano olives, cherry tomatoes, and clams; and pork collar Milanese with aioli, apricot mostarda, and arugula. Book now at Simon & The Whale.
A sibling of Simon & The Whale, Studio offers a casual, all-day vibe — reminiscent of a dream living room, with scene-enhancing furniture and art (trademarks of Happy Cooking Hospitality). The menu, which is rooted in Moroccan cuisine, includes inventive baked goods à la Zoe Kanan, like the simit bagel and dulce de leche babka, as well as Moroccan-inspired veggies, sandwiches, and more. Thanks to its welcoming atmosphere, Studio is the place to socialize or take breakfast (and lunch) meetings. Book now at Studio.
The Gatehouses at Kings County Distillery
Now operating as the tasting room for Kings County Distillery (New York City’s first and largest craft distillery since Prohibition), The Gatehouses were the original formal entrance to the Brooklyn Navy Yard, located in historic castle-like buildings and painstakingly restored to their 19th-century grandeur. They’re one of the only bars in the world to make cocktails comprised exclusively of house-made spirits — from Manhattans and Sazeracs — to experimental drinks like moonshine punch and the KDC daiquiri. Book now at The Gatehouses at Kings County Distillery.
While We Were Young
Designed with surfing in mind, this popular West Village restaurant and watering hole has a front bar resembling a wave, a back bar featuring cutout surfboards in walnut, and a dusty pink velvet banquette to reference the pink sand beaches of the Bahamas. Cocktails are colorful and heavy on fruit, while the food menu offers health-minded fare, like scallop crudo and carrots three ways. Book now at While We Were Young.
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Some cities do restaurant weeks; Portland does Dining Month. That means, for only $33, diners can enjoy three-course meals at some of the city’s very best restaurants throughout the entire month of March. We’ve highlighted some can’t-miss spots, so go get after them.
Image Courtesy of Farmhouse Kitchen.
A San Francisco-born, Michelin-recognized Thai restaurant cooking up non-traditional cuisine that favors adventurous, bold flavors.
Menu Highlights: Grilled Wagyu flank steak wrapped in mint, cilantro, cucumber, and cilantro lime vinaigrette; crispy crusted prawn on leafy greens with a zesty mixture of lime, ginger, sesame, roasted coconut, and peanuts in a tamarind reduction; red potato samosa with caramelized onions, carrots and a coconut curry sauce; Southern-style fried chicken with turmeric, herbs, fried shallots, pickles, and potato yellow curry served with roti; blue jasmine rice.
Book now at Farmhouse Kitchen.
This regional tapas restaurant offers modern interpretations of big and bold Spanish flavors, with Spanish sherries and Basque sidra playing the perfect counterpart. Enjoy the whole experience, with optional wine and sherry pairings.
Menu Highlights: ‘Fish and chips’ – salt cod-and-potato fritters with sidra tempura, tomato conserva and piparra honey; filete de culotte with romesco, leek marmalade and valdeon foam; black cod bacalao with butter clams, piperrada vasca, uni béarnaise sauce and saffron broth; flan de cabra with apricot, escabeche, caramel and sherry cream.
Book now at Urdaneta.
Skillet chocolate-chip cookie with vanilla milk. Image Courtesy of Ned Ludd.
An eclectic, seasonally-inspired, wood-fired (and wood-lined) restaurant in the historic King Neighborhood, helmed by chef Jason French.
Menu Highlights: Smoked trout filet with charred leeks, capered herb salsa verde, and early spring salad; raw and roasted vegetables with herbed hazelnut vinaigrette; Ned Ludd’s signature made-to-order chocolate chip cookie, served decadent with vanilla milk.
Book now at Ned Ludd.
Modern Mexican is Xico’s forte — from the seasonal, local ingredients that take center stage, to the bar’s rare mezcal-based cocktails and tortillas made of house-ground corn.
Menu Highlights: Crispy house-rolled taquito, stuffed with chicken, rich consommé, shaved cabbage, queso, radish and chilies; grilled chorizo verde sausage served with sweet potato puree, pumpkin seeds, salsa cruda and corn tortillas; Xico banana split sundae– ice cream made with Mexican Fernet, woodblock chocolate, and mole spices, served with caramelized bananas and dulce de leche.
Book now at Xico.
Hush puppies at The Waiting Room.
The Waiting Room
What’s not to love about a concept that revolves around oysters, fried chicken, and champagne? The bivalves are from the Northwest, the bird is crisped up Louisiana-style, and the bubbly speaks for itself.
Menu Highlights: Signature hush puppies with pimento cheese and pickled chili; oyster brochette with artichoke soup and crispy parsley; two-piece fried chicken with lemon whipped potatoes and braised collard greens; smoked pork with cornbread puree; butterscotch cremeux with caramel, Jacobson sea salt, and cashew streusel.
Book now at The Waiting Room.
From one of the city’s best barbecue joints to an eccentric diner serving brunch daily, the latest additions to Resy in Austin are coming in hot. Grab a seat.
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From executive chef Bryce Gilmore (also of Odd Duck), Barley Swine is all about the Texas growing season. Gilmore and his team source products from local farmers and ranchers, utilizing them across the restaurant’s two menus: the chef’s tasting and standard a la carte. Due to seasonality, the offerings change frequently, but diners can expect signature dishes like crispy pig ear slaw with kimchi dressing, avocado, and sesame; shiitake dumplings with scrambled egg and grilled kohlrabi; and Wagyu barbacoa rolled pasta with feta, grilled spigarello, and pistou.
Book now on Resy.
At Forthright, fresh feel-good eats are made in-house using quality ingredients. During the day, diners can enjoy Sightglass coffee and avocado toast with poached eggs, as well as a weekday happy hour, and a signature burger come dinnertime. Tall windows, natural light, and plenty of shade make this locally owned and operated café the ideal place to hang out with a book or great company.
Book now on Resy.
Housed in a historic Austin building, Freedmen’s is a beer garden, laid-back whiskey lounge, and smokehouse all-in-one. The barbecue-focused menu includes brisket, sandwiches, and house-made sausages, while retro-inspired cocktails round out the beverage offerings. Even better, there’s table service (read: no lines!).
Book now on Resy.
Husband-and-wife duo Bay and Lindsay Anthon opened Hopfields in 2011, aiming to provide Austin with a comfortable and classy destination to imbibe on top-quality craft beers, wines, and cocktails alongside French homestyle cooking. To this day, the restaurant marries cozy with refined, modern with classic, and nuanced with simple cooking techniques. Come for date night, brunch with the family, or a burger and beer at the bar.
Book now on Resy.
An eclectic diner “inspired by the spirit of punk rock with a hint of religious kitsch”– nostalgia informs much of Holy Roller’s menu. Brunch is served daily, and menu highlights include fries and soft-serve (yes, together), hummus-and-biscuit lavash, and hot brick chicken. The quirky craft cocktails — “Die Die Die My Darling” (rum, mulled wine syrup, orange juice, Angostura bitters, Argus cherry wine) and “Mexican Fist Fight” (tequila, lime, cinnamon grenadine, Xocole mole bitters) — are worth trying, too.
Book now on Resy.
Intero is a contemporary Italian restaurant focused on seasonal, sustainable cuisine. Reclaimed materials make up the decor (fun fact: the chef, Ian Thurwachter, built all of the tables himself), while the kitchen puts out dishes like grilled watermelon radish with bagna cauda, pickled lemon, and pine nuts; and duck bolognese with rye pappardelle, baby carrot, and Parmigiano Reggiano. Furthermore, an artisan chocolate counter inside the restaurant offers a variety of truffles, barks, and sipping chocolates in classic and Italian flavors.
Book now on Resy.
An essential beer-and-burger destination, Red’s Porch boasts a wide selection of brews, cocktails, and wine on tap, alongside Southern, Tex-Mex, and Cajun fare (think buttermilk fried chicken, smoked brisket tacos, and shrimp en brochette). Most importantly, all can be enjoyed on the sizable, covered porch or out back on the patio.
Book now at Red’s Porch.
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Next week, from February 26th – March 4th, Nashville’s East Side will pay tribute to its acclaimed restaurants with the first-ever East Nashville Restaurant Week. Don’t miss out on special three-course meals, for only $33 — grab a seat!
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Butcher & Bee
“Every day we start from scratch” is the motto of this popular Eastern Mediterranean joint, where mezze and shared plates are the focus.
Book now at Butcher & Bee.
In what was formerly a residential home complete with a charming back patio, a seasoned chef puts his inventive spin on American comfort cuisine.
Book now at Fort Louise.
Cafe Roze hits all the culinary and atmospheric tropes of the moment: an all-day menu with grain bowls and the like, minimalist décor with pops of pale pink and marble, and perfectly executed cocktails come nighttime.
Book now at Cafe Roze.
Two Ten Jack
A true izakaya, albeit one that adds local ingredients to the mix, Two Ten Jack has something for everyone — kodawari ramen, yakitori, sushi — as well as craft beers, wine, handcrafted cocktails, sake and shochu.
Book now at Two Ten Jack.
Specializing in the cuisine of the Iberian Peninsula (hence the name), Peninsula serves up dishes like Serrano ham with tomato butter on grilled bread and braised rabbit in garlic broth with piment d’espelette, to be washed down with Old World wines and gin & tonics.
Book now at Peninsula.
Image Courtesy of Studio at Freehand.
2018 is beginning to heat up. Restaurateur Gabriel Stulman’s three-tiered project in Flatiron’s new Freehand Hotel is ready for visitors, Michelin-starred chef Jeremiah Langhorne is posted up at Chefs Club through March, and Soogil Kim is back on the map — this time running his own show. Read up and get out there: the New York Hit List awaits.
1/Simon & The Whale, Studio, and George Washington Bar
2/The Dabney at Chefs Club
10/The NoMad Bar
1/ Simon & The Whale, Studio, and George Washington Bar
Because Gabriel Stulman has not one but three hotly anticipated restaurants inside Gramercy’s new Freehand hotel. Simon & The Whale is a traditional restaurant with an eclectic, seafood-heavy menu; Studio is a Moroccan-inspired all-day spot with exceptional pastries; and George Washington Bar is a handsome locale with classic cocktails.// Gramercy. Book now at Simon & The Whale and Studio. (George Washington Bar accepts walk-ins only).
2/ The Dabney at Chefs Club
Because chef Jeremiah Langhorne, of Michelin-starred D.C. restaurant The Dabney, has taken up residency here through March. Signature dishes include fried chicken sandwiched between house-made sweet potato Parker House rolls; and seasonal, hearth-cooked fare. Seats are coveted but attainable, thanks to Chefs Club’s spacious dining room. // Nolita. Book now on Resy.
Because Soogil Kim earned this restaurant. After seven years at Daniel and four years at Hanjan, you could say he knows a bit about French and Korean cuisines. Here, he’s fusing the two. // East Village. Book now on Resy.
Because Miznon is one of the world’s best fast-casual success stories; and after expanding to Paris, Vienna, and Melbourne (via Tel Aviv), it has landed in New York’s own Chelsea Market. There’s a lot to enjoy: opt for at least one (ideally a few) of the pita sandwiches and chef Eyal Shani’s signature whole roasted head of baby cauliflower. // Chelsea. (646) 490-5871.
5/ MeMe Diner
Because everyone is talking about this lively comfort food restaurant in Prospect Heights, including food critic Hannah Goldfield, who, in her first standalone review for The New Yorker, deems it a “delicious, delightful place to be.” // Prospect Heights. (718) 636-2900.
6/ General Debs
Because Kevin Adey, the skilled pasta-maker behind Michelin-starred Italian mainstay, Faro, is now cooking — plot twist! — Sichuan noodles. The restaurant, which is lovingly named after Adey’s wife and restaurant partner, Debbie, brings traditional dan dan mian and mapo tofu to Bushwick. // Bushwick. Walk-ins only.
Because with its delightful atmosphere and concentration on farm-grown fare, Annicka is a welcome addition to Greenpoint. The restaurant aims to foster a healthy, nurturing culture and offer something for everyone (vegans and meat-lovers alike). Plus, as part of a statewide initiative — called Farm Brewery license — to cultivate local craft breweries, Annicka serves only New York-made beverages. // Greenpoint. Book now on Resy.
Because this light-filled corner gem now offers lunch. With its elegant, countryside aesthetic and deliciously simple ever-changing menu, King is the ideal place to spend a midday meeting — over bowls of pasta, chicken paillard, and Valrohna chocolate-and-cream dessert, of course. // West Village. Book now on Resy.
Because Otway is an inventive Clinton Hill beacon that boasts an excellent wine list and enticing specials. The weekday happy hour (Monday-Thursday) aptly called “le binge” features $8 glasses of wine, $5 pints of beer, and a $15 snack tasting (think oysters, onion rings, and caviar tarts). On weekends, enjoy a European-style lunch — cheese and sweets cart included. // Clinton Hill. Book now on Resy.
10/ The NoMad Bar
Because there are six more weeks of winter, according to the groundhog, and Daniel Humm’s Sunday night cheese fondue soothes the cold-weather blues. A multi-course menu inspired by the chef’s Swiss roots (accompanied by charcuterie, marble potatoes, and tarte tatin) is served once a week through the end of the month. // NoMad. Book now on Resy.
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From a Spanish tapas mainstay to a refined supper club, and a farm-to-table gem in Healdsburg, these restaurants are New on Resy in the Bay Area, so get in on the fun and grab a seat.
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BarVale is a Spanish tapas bar in the heart of NoPa serving up unpretentious cocktails, wine, sherry, and cider alongside shared plates and paella from executive chef Patricio Duffoo. Here, authenticity is taken seriously; just as in Spain, pintxos are served at the bar only.
Book now at barvale.
Yet another tapas-oriented joint, Bask focuses on traditional Basque Country fare in various forms — cold, warm, fried, sautéed. The cozy, Spanish-style atmosphere (and rich wine list!) makes enjoying dishes like grilled octopus and stuffed peppers all the better.
Book now at Bask.
Influenced by Northern California, Japan, and other bastions of fine ingredients, Bird Dog is helmed by chef Robbie Wilson, who is crafting dishes like wood-grilled avocado with ponzu and fresh wasabi and fried chicken thigh with green curry, egg yolk, and smoked oyster emulsion. Chef Wilson’s focus is on creating inventive and inspired hyper-seasonal fare; a welcome addition to Palo Alto.
Book now at Bird Dog.
CDP is an intimate and modern cocktail lounge, attached to two-Michelin-star restaurant Commis, that celebrates a diverse array of spirits distilled from fruit (read: brandy), housing an extensive collection of single vintage Armagnac and Calvados as well as non-vintage blends of pisco, grappa, kirsch and eau de vie. Not only are the drinks masterful (note, also, that the menu features an impressive selection of sparking wines), but you can eat here, too. Enjoy a five-course prix fixe menu of contemporary California cuisine, alongside caviar service and some dishes from Commis.
Book now at CDP.
Located in Healdsburg, Chalkboard honors the best ingredients the region has to offer. Executive chef Shane McAnelly’s menu of small plates is inspired by produce from a dedicated four-acre garden, and paired with local wine flights and inventive cocktails. The daily-changing menu sources ingredients from local purveyors and farmers, ensuring peak delectability: from crudos to just-picked salads, handmade pastas, and roasted or grilled meats and seafood.
Book now at Chalkboard.
Hitachino Beer & Wagyu
Well-known for its delicious beers, brewed in Konosu, Japan, this branch of Hitachino (Beer & Wagyu) is the first iteration of Kiuchi Brewery’s set of tap houses. With menu offerings ranging from omakase to fine cuts of Wagyu beef, and an interior lined with tabletops made from cherry blossom barrels used for aging sake, a meal here feels like a trip to Japan.
Book now at Hitachino Beer & Wagyu.
ottimo is chef Michael Chiarello’s ultimate Italian marketplace, with pizza “fritta” crisped in olive oil and finished in the brick oven, house-made mozzarella, an espresso and dolci café, craft beer and wine, and a tasting bar featuring family recipes central to Chiarello’s rustic Italian cooking. The spacious interior offers ample bar seating, plus a full outdoor patio, making this standby a Napa Valley haven.
Book now at ottimo.
The Brass Rabbit
A modern supper club, if you will, The Brass Rabbit serves dishes that pay tribute to American culinary classics (think grilled Gulf shrimp with cocktail sauce, Dungeness crab Louie, and rabbit pot pie). The centerpiece of the kitchen is a wood-burning Grillworks grill (complete with a rotisserie and plancha) — an indication that they take their craft seriously.
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While February means blustery, winter temperatures for most of the country, it’s 70 degrees and sunny in South Florida. Thanks to some star-studded new openings, there’s more cause for envy in Miami than just the weather – it’s a bona fide dining hub. From James Beard Award-winning chefs to a selection of new food halls, newcomers and greatest hits comprise this month’s Hit List. Grab a seat.
2/Casa Tua Cucina
3/Amara at Parasio
6/Charcoal Garden Bar + Grill
8/Beaker & Gray
Because Chinese food finally gets an upgrade – complete with tropical Miami vibes. Jasmine smoked ribs, flat noodles tossed with braised rabbit, and roasted pork buns are among the highlights. Pro-tip: save room for dessert; the banana dulce de leche spring rolls are not to be missed. // Wynwood. Book now on Resy.
2/Casa Tua Cucina
Because ultra-swanky Casa Tua has gone big time, with a massive new outpost. The eatery features ten different concepts in one mega space, serving made-to-order pastas, Neapolitan pies, creamy gelato, and everything in between. Mamma mia! // Brickell. Walk-ins only.
3/Amara at Paraiso
Because it’s about time Michael Schwartz gave Miami some waterfront eats. His new two-story, Biscayne Bay stunner boasts Schwartz’s signature farm-to-table bites, Bayfront views, and some of the best al fresco dining in the city. // Edgewater. (305) 702–5528.
Because Miami’s food hall mania has begun and 1-800-LUCKY is first on the scene. This Asian-themed hall boasts dumplings galore, bánh mìs (nestled in Sullivan Street bread), and the pièce de résistance: Instagram-worthy, fish-shaped ice cream cones filled with colorful soft serve. // Wynwood. Walk-ins only.
Because this hip seafood newcomer is reason enough for a jaunt to South Miami. Homestyle, feel-good eats like shrimp ‘po boys, crab-and-chorizo bucatini, and on-tap Moscow Mules make this spot a no-brainer. // South Miami. Walk-ins only.
6/Charcoal Garden Bar + Grill
Because ‘tis the season for outdoor dining, and Charcoal has the best patio in town. Ideal for a laid-back evening with friends or a romantic dinner a deux, start with the house-made charcuterie board before moving to the Robata-grilled whole fish, and, for dessert, coconut cake. // Wynwood. Book now on Resy.
Because cozy Cuban diner food is just what the doctor ordered in the these cool “winter” months. From the masterminds behind Finka Table & Tap — and with plates like alligator fried rice, Korean style fritas, and arroz con pollo fritters — this is definitely not abuela’s Cuban cuisine. // West Kendall. Walk-ins only.
8/Beaker & Gray
Because no matter the hour, Beaker & Gray has you covered. This perpetual Wynwood hotspot offers every meal of the day from lunch to late-night, alongside creative mixed drinks. Opt for a signature concoction, like “Rose-Colored Glasses” or a Sunday morning cartoon-themed “Teenage Mutant Ginger Turtle”— and enjoy. // Wynwood. Book now on Resy.
Because Alter’s bar is stepping up its game in a serious way. While the restaurant has received nearly every culinary accolade, the adjacent Bar Alter is making a name for itself, too. With its inventive cocktails, casual eats (with an elevated twist), and daily happy hour, it’s a delightful, can’t-miss offshoot. // Wynwood. Book now on Resy.
Because now it’s easier than ever to enjoy a taste of Brazil — without the flight. Spring for traditional dishes (think farofas filled with bananas, cheese bread) and plenty of caipirinhas. // South Beach. Book now on Resy.
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With a bevy of new restaurants, such as a trendy health-focused venue, intimate French bistro, and even a funky eatery featuring a fusion of Southern, South American and Southeast Asian cuisine, The Resy Hit List includes several excellent options for socializing or celebrating over an amorous dinner – February 14th aside. Grab a seat.
7/Leyla Fine Lebanese Cuisine
9/Sorghum & Salt
Because this bright, sunny venue — tucked around the corner from bustling King Street — delivers thoughtful, clean eats all day long. Breakfast features traditional offerings like omelets and waffles, as well as healthy options such as chia overnight oats and smoothies. Lunch and dinner focus on fresh, mindful cuisine, including vegan and gluten-free options like cauliflower “wings” and vegetable curry. The more carnivorous-minded can add additional protein like miso-glazed salmon or a local egg. // King Street. Book now on Resy.
Because a meal at this exquisite neighborhood French cafe is never the same twice. Set in a restored Antebellum-era row home, the space is as romantic as it is nostalgic. Chef Jill Mathias handwrites the daily menu, which features a continuously rotating choice of two appetizers, two entrees and two desserts, plus an elevated wine list. Expect French, Spanish and Italian-influenced dishes like a mushroom salad with herbs and hazelnuts or poulet bourguignon, made with braised chicken. // Cannonborough. Book now on Resy.
Because this unabashedly romantic restaurant offers a refined seasonal menu focused on local ingredients, plus an extensive wine list. Set in a building adjoining the beautiful, historic Wentworth Mansion, Chef Marc Collins’ inspired offerings have included such delights as La Belle Farms Foie Gras with a dark rum cake and raisin chutney, as well chicken fried salmon paired with sour cream grits. // Harleston Village. (843) 853-7828.
Because enjoy a creative craft cocktail in the swanky bar or savor a warm evening outside on the idyllic covered courtyard. This quaint eatery serves elevated comfort food in a historic home dating back to 1688. The simple and straightforward menu features southern favorites (think she-crab soup, Queen Street chicken bog or a Lowcountry boil with shrimp and andouille sausage) — the perfect place for a leisurely brunch. // French Quarter. Book now on Resy.
Because this striking venue serves superlative cuisine in a former church. There are exposed beams and stain glass windows – not to mention the entire text of The Art of War hand-painted on the ceiling – but don’t let the theater of the ambiance distract you from the other half of the show: The food. Stand-out menu items include a fried chicken BLT, 5Church lamb burger, and sea scallops. The creative collection of cocktails (with clever Biblically-themed names) keep things buzzing. // Ansonborough. (843) 937-8666.
Because at Lewis Barbecue, one can savor authentic Texas-style BBQ in the middle of the Lowcountry. Pitmaster John Lewis came to the Holy City via Austin, Texas, so you know the brisket is world-class. Turns out the pulled pork — made in custom smokers and crafted by the chef himself — is every bit as solid, as the “hot guts” sausage and tender smoked turkey. Get there early on Saturdays to try the gargantuan, delectable beef ribs before they sell out. // NoMo. Walk-ins only.
7/Leyla Lebanese Cuisine
Because an ethnic iconoclast amongst neighboring King Street restaurants, Leyla’s focus is on upscale preparations of traditional Lebanese dishes. The menu is vast, with hot and cold mezza ranging from hummos or labneh – strained yogurt with mint and olive oil – to falafel and kibbeh, a type of savory meatball. Along with the ample samplers, don’t miss the acclaimed samkeh harra, a broiled whole sea bass made with a medley of spices. // King Street. (843) 501-7500.
8/ The Ordinary
Because Chef Mike Lata’s King Street mainstay offers fresh, exquisite seafood in a historic, elegant environment. Enjoy the stellar raw bar offerings, complete with perfectly prepared oysters, jumbo lump blue crab toast, and grilled New Orleans style BBQ shrimp – alongside an innovative, rum-based cocktail menu. // Upper King. Book now on Resy.
9/Sorghum & Salt
Because chef Tres Jackson will be cooking at the James Beard house in March, with an exclusive preview on February 21. Among the signature dishes in his innovative, weekly-changing menu? Kalamata-based ‘olive dirt,’ scallops paired with a soy caramel sauce, and root vegetable-based bolognese. Any other day, a seven-course tasting menu and wine pairing is offered twice nightly and ensures that you don’t have to make any difficult decisions on your own. // Cannonborough/Elliotborough. Book now on Resy.
Because the decor evokes the vibe of a futuristic diner, while Tu’s eclectic menu spans the world. Hitting on Latin, Asian and Southern traditions all at once, highlights include a raw fish crudo balanced by fresh guava and a chilly cheese ice. A pastrami-and- pickled-cabbage pancake is available alongside chicken fried steak, with a spicy Peruvian cheese sauce and old-school Americana deviled eggs, effectively completing the ceaselessly creative culinary globetrot. // Eastside. Book now on Resy.
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