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Come on, San Francisco– show your pride. June is the time to hit the streets, so let your flag fly high. Start the night off right with a drink (Outerlands has a brand new cocktail list) and snag a seat at the tastiest restaurants in the Bay. Your Hit List is up; grab a seat.
Because table-side jambalaya and beignets. The Mission’s latest addition serves up the real tastes of NOLA; Sazeracs will get the good times flowing. // Mission. Book now at Alba Ray’s.
Because when the name translates to “by hand,” you know the pasta will deliver. Do not miss the agnolotti dal plin – filled with roasted chicken, pork, Swiss chard and parmesan cheese. Buona notte. // Hayes. (415) 506-7401.
Because a seat on the patio with an order of brine-pickled French fries, a bright salad, and crisp white wine is summer leisure at its peak. // Mission. Book now at Al’s Place.
Because Cuban by way of Miami is always a recipe for tasty. Case in point: the namesake sandwich – with roasted pork shoulder, ham, Swiss cheese, house pickles and mustard on a brioche bun – is perfectly prepared. Let the agua fresca flow al fresco. // Mission. 415-655-3904.
Because Chef Ray Tang paints a story you want to hear. With expertly crafted cocktails, like Last Word and Escape Artist, you’ll know the evening is off to the right start. // Los Gatos. Book now at The Catamount.
Because the brilliant new cocktail list with some soon-to-be mainstays is just in time for the change of seasons. Try the guacho — made with Demerara rum, Pisco, banana liqueur, ginger, and lemon — with a side of the goat cheese gnocchi. You’re welcome.// Sunset. Book now at Outerlands.
Because with inventive offerings like uni biryani on the menu, there’s no denying that this spot is not your typical Indian joint. // Mission. Book now at Babu Ji.
Because it’s now serving lunch, which means the juicy house burger can be had during the day, too. P.S. Have you witnessed the charcuterie platter? // Mission. Book Now at The Morris.
Because order the soft shell crab piccata while it’s still on the menu. The patio is calling, and so is a house highball. Cheers. // Cowhollow. 415-926-8916.
Because there’s a reason the buttermilk fried chicken is a house favorite: the crispy skin is out of control. Enjoy the goodness on-site, then get (more) goods to-go (by the bucket). // Oakland. Book now at Hopscotch
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Smoked eggplant carpaccio at Nur.
New York City is finally feeling the heat, and with that, patio season is upon us. Before the humidity hits (and shorts become unanimously acceptable), be sure to explore these new – and sometimes outdoor – dining mainstays. The Hit List is here; grab a seat.
2/Emily West Village
9/Bar at Uchu
Because the UES now has another affordable omakase option and the food does not disappoint. At Sushi Ishikawa, former O Ya New York chef Don Pham is at the helm; it’s a coveted Resy to nab, indeed! // UES. Book now at Sushi Ishikawa.
2/Emily West Village
Because this latest West Village outpost is Matt and Emily Hyland’s first parlay into Manhattan. With a massive oven and lots of windows, this OG Clinton Hill transplant – offering its signature Neapolitan and Detroit-style pies – is exactly what downtown has been waiting for. // West Village. Book now at Emily.
Because this chic hotspot in the former Four Seasons space is all about fanfare– and it is glorious. The bevy of table-side preparations make for an A+ experience, while a cocktail off the martini menu, Seagram crab cake, and pasta a la presse are signature must-try dishes. // Midtown East. (212) 375-9001.
Because Chef Meir Adoni is bestowing his delicious modern Middle Eastern food on NYC. Among the expert preparations are the (oversized) Jerusalem sesame bagel, smoked eggplant, scallop sashimi, and horias. // Flatiron. Book now at Nur.
Because it’s patio season and #liliabeachsummerseries is in full swing. Grab a seat outside, enjoy a fantastic Aperol spritz with mouth-watering malfadini, and soak up the sun with some live piano. // Williamsburg. Book now at Lilia.
Because try stopping at just one order of the lobster pierogies at this swanky Chelsea eatery. Don’t miss the BLTA salad (bacon, lettuce, tomato, and avocado served in a parmesan-crusted onion ring), the hand-cut steak tartare (with whole-grain mustard and Sriracha potato chips), or the hot fudge sundae (with extra spoons for sharing!). // Chelsea. Book now at Motel Morris.
Because an all-day-Mexican watering hole is just what the corner of Great Jones and Lafayette called for. Add Chef Enrique Olvera’s Mexico City touch and you know you’re in for a good time. Must-orders are the arctic char tostada, fish milanese, and, for breakfast, fresh fruit salad. // Nolita. Coming soon to Resy.
Because sustainably sourced, vegetable-forward dishes are at their most delicious here and we’re craving them during the summer months. Add an open-fire cooking preparation to the freshness, and the flavor that can’t be beat. // Fort Greene. Book now at Mettā.
9/Bar at Uchu
Because indulge in a kaiseki tasting menu at the eight-seat counter of Chef Samuel Clonts, who hails from three-star Michelin restaurant Brooklyn Fare. Best of all, the restaurant boasts a rooftop garden, where its ingredients are sourced. // LES. (212) 203-7634.
Because this Bleecker Street patio is officially open, which means it’s high time for Paowalla’s signature gin gimlet, the Kachumber Kooler, and a vanilla kulfi al fresco. // SoHo. Book now at Paowalla.
Because at Faun you’ll find one of the most beautiful gardens in the city. Round out the blissful experience with a stellar cocktail and the lamb tartare, served with green garbanzo falafel and orange. // Prospect Heights. Book now at Faun.
Because the garden is open and Chef April Bloomfield’s sliders can be made better only with the addition of a glass of Frosé (read: brilliantly concocted frozen rosé). // Midtown. Book now at Salvation Burger.
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From secret backyard gardens to sunny sidewalk seating, we’ve assembled New York’s go-to al fresco digs. So go ahead and make the most of patio season at these stellar eateries.*
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Farm-to-table cuisine and a charming patio are just what a summer day called for.
The ‘on tap’ Negronis and Aperol Spritzes would be reason enough to visit this Greenwich Village institution. Add to that a picturesque outdoor patio, delicious menu, and wildly impressive cocktail list, and it’s love.
Twinkly candlelight, white linens, a tree-lined block, and two glasses of Sancerre (natch).
Frankies 570 Spuntino
A Saturday spent on this quaint and sunny Hudson Street-lined patio, is a day well spent.
You’d be hard pressed to find a more iconic West Village patio. Relish in the people watching over mouth-watering pasta.
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The spacious open air courtyard feels like a world unto its own, on the corner of Bowery and Bond.
Café Altro Paradiso
What better way to enjoy a nice day on the patio than with fresh-made pasta and an Aperol Spritz? Top it off with gelato for good measure.
Boasting a comfortable outdoor seating section – complete with sweeping umbrellas and heaters – Charlie Bird’s corner patio is delightful on any occasion.
Take in the lively scene at this buzzy Bowery staple, which also boasts a robust outdoor seating section.
Savor a sunny day on Kenmare over fresh juices, grain bowls, and De Maria’s Instagram-worthy toasts.
Enjoy a rustic Italian dinner out on this lush romantic patio, which practically defines al fresco dining.
Pull up a patio seat and enjoy a signature gin-and-cucumber cocktail over small plates or a full-fledged tasting menu. Best of all, sidewalk seating is open from noon to 11pm.
On the corner of Mulberry and Kenmare sits Pasquale Jones’ quaint Little Italy patio, offering a peek into the kitchen’s wood-burning pizza oven and a taste of the iconic neighborhood.
Stop by Rosie’s for a mid-week pick-me-up with a kick. Retreat to the patio for delicious Margaritas and guac, or opt for a seat in the open-air dining room.
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A wine bar with delicious Italian tapas, by a James Beard Award-winning chef, and quaint outdoor seating. Need we say more?
Whether for brunch or dinner, it’s hard to deny the merits of this lovely iconic patio. Bonus: on blue-sky sunny days, there’s even an ice cream cart.
Two Hands Restaurant & Bar
Stroll through TriBeCa for a stop at neighborly Two Hands, and enjoy an assortment of fresh-and-healthy offerings at this cafe-style Australian eatery.
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Whether you’re wandering back from the Met or just in the neighborhood, visit this Uptown staple for light bites: mussels, rosé, (truffle) fries, and more.
Tucked inside the Met Breuer, this delightfully refined space is just the place to enjoy a cocktail and delicious snack by Chef Ignacio Mattos (of Estela and Cafe Altro Paradiso fame).
Delight in craft cocktails and famed burgers in a bona fide outdoor sanctuary. The space features an outdoor patio, courtyard, and bar.
Stop by this Sutton Place gastropub – a decor-lover’s dream – for drinks and light bites after work or a boozy brunch.
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John Dory Oyster Bar
The ultimate summertime (re)treat, this oyster bar has ‘happy hour’ – or Thursday – written all over it.
Inspired by iconic Portuguese breweries, Lupulo boasts a lively outdoor patio – complete with a range of tap beers and happy hour specials.
A meat-lover’s dream, The Cannibal boasts an impressive selection of beers, house-cured meats (in various iterations), and a covered outdoor patio.
Follia is a casual wine bar with delicious and simple Italian fare. Because, after all, what could be better than pizza under the stars?
Ricotta toast, wines by the glass, and Stracciatella pizza on the patio, makes for a day well spent – among great company.
Trestle on Tenth
Off the beaten path of 10th Avenue, relish in a delightful meal in the quaint backyard courtyard of Trestle on Tenth.
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This posh garden is spacious, yet intimate – perfect for a romantic dinner for two or anytime really.
Make a night of it on the patio of this Park Slope pizza institution. With its iconic Neapolitan pies – try stopping at just one – and house aperitif cocktails, it’s hard to envision a more ideal setup.
June Wine Bar
Retreat to the (date-night approved) twinkly and lush outdoor patio for natural wines and seasonal bites.
Nosh on labneh, tahini, and harissa mussels in the low key courtyard of Israeli restaurant, Miss Ada’s backyard.
Enjoy a pre-dinner beverage amidst the lush greenery and strung bistro lights of Olmsted’s garden courtyard, or retreat post-dinner for s’mores. Bonus: heat lamps and wool blankets ensure max coziness.
This chic yet casual neighborhood favorite boasts great food, delicious cocktails and a prime Carroll Gardens setting.
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Gather friends, or a bring a date, to delight in Argentinean tapas in a cozy and casual backyard setting.
Grand Ferry Tavern
Oysters and proper cocktails on the patio is just what summer in Brooklyn called for.
Kings Co. Imperial
The trellis-lined backyard courtyard is home to a full outdoor seating section – as well as a garden where the seasonal produce is grown.
Retreat to the swanky Peruvian restaurant’s rooftop bar, El Techo, for a “Dolly Llama” cocktail in the outdoor oasis.
The weekend move: farm-fresh soft scrambled eggs, Nutella French toast, and a specialty brunch cocktail on the patio.
Come springtime, the windows open and Lilia’s patio is lined with outdoor seating; now, the Italian food Mecca also boasts a bona fide outdoor environment, complete with a Sing for Hope piano open to the public.
Marlow & Sons
Stroll into this casual Brooklyn favorite for a daily menu of easy staples – think frittatas, bacon, egg and cheese on a biscuit, and oysters.
Boasting a bona fide courtyard, this anomaly of an outdoor space is equally suitable for large groups (read: communal tables) as well as small parties.
Sunday in Brooklyn
Count on this Brooklyn sanctuary for a spot-on brunch or dinner and drinks. Best of all, the three-story space features a sidewalk patio, rooftop garden, and an open-air market.
Enjoy unbeatable views of the Manhattan skyline, from the 360-degree rooftop of Williamsburg’s Wythe Hotel.
Come for brunch, stay for the vibe. Enjoy a friendly meal on the backyard patio over comfort food and great tunes, while soaking up the sun.
Indulge in a stunning (panoramic!) sunset view of Manhattan atop Williamsburg’s William Vale hotel.
*Landing a coveted spot for seasonal seating is often kismet; many restaurants do not take reservations for their outdoor patios but encourage walk-ins. Let the serendipitous dining commence!
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The Park Cafe’s lunch is as iconic as Charleston’s sweet tea. But the Hampton Park eatery, renowned for its avocado toast and various other lunch staples, also boasts a delightfully simple dinner menu, highlighting the finest seasonal ingredients by local purveyors, from Chef Matt Canter.
To take the guess work out of how to enjoy these storied dishes – whether for lunch or dinner – we’ve enlisted Wine Director Mike Morris to weigh in on the best beer and wine pairings for each dish.
Here’s the top 5 to order in a lineup of 10’s:
1/The Park Burger
What makes a savory burger even more decadent? Lacing the flavorful beef patty with ground bacon (!) and finishing it off with lettuce, tomato, cheese, and a dollop of spicy mayo.
Pair the burger with a cold, German-style pilsner, like the local Coast Kölsch beer.
2/Butter Lettuce Salad
At The Park Cafe, salads are the centerpiece, and Chef Canter’s local butter lettuce menagerie is no exception. Accented with a triple cream blue cheese, pickled mustard seeds, and fresh tarragon, this bright salad is a must-try.
Opt for a light and dry white wine, like the Les Cantates Chignin Jacquère ’14. The acidity in the wine helps to complement the subtleness of the pickled mustard seeds.
3/House-Made Capellini Pasta
Few things are as satisfying as a fresh bowl of pasta with seasonal ingredients. This capellini is accompanied by oyster mushrooms, English peas, pancetta, and a fantastic soubise sauce (think creamy onions, wonderful mushrooms and flavor for days).
Earthy mushrooms usually beg for a pinot noir; however, in this case, a smooth and savory red, like the earthy Domaine Douloufakis “Dafnios” Liatiko 2015, creates a more optimal pairing. The acidic finish cuts through the richness of the soubise.
4/Seasonal Grouper Fish
Chef Canter’s seasonal grouper is served with mussels and shrimp in a light tomato fennel broth, which complements the flavor of the mild white fish. This Mediterranean preparation is a taste of the ocean, with a lightly acidic finish.
Pair the grouper with a Wieninger Wiener Gemischter Satz ‘15. This field blend, comprised of mostly gruner adds a spiciness that transcends the tomato broth.
5/Artisanal Cheese Plate
For dessert, indulge in house-made fromage blanc, a triple cream brie, dante, and blue cheese, served with local honey, house-made seasonal preserves and nuts.
A Cabernet Franc, like Marc Plouzeau Chinon “Les Cornuelles,” highlights the assorted cheeses and seasonal preserves without overpowering them.
— Grab a seat at The Park Cafe today!
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Barbecue runs in the Bludso family blood. Born and raised in Compton, Kevin Bludso represents the fifth generation of dedicated meat-smokers rooted in Corsicana, Texas. As a result, the meat here — which is seasoned with custom dry rubs and smoked slow and low for up to 14 hours — is lauded as some of the best in town. Book now at Bludso’s.
Cassia hails from the Rustic Canyon Family of Restaurants, so you know you’re in good hands. The fare is contemporary Southeast Asian cuisine with a strong French influence and a market-driven sensibility. The bustling brasserie-style restaurant features a lengthy menu of raw bar offerings, house-cured charcuterie platters, clay oven bread and spreads, and a whole range of dishes ideal for sharing — from a Vietnamese pot au feau to laksa noodles in a spicy coconut-seafood soup. Trust us: you’ll want to come with a group. Book now at Cassia.
Italian by way of California is a cuisine that Los Angeles excels in, and Felix is a premiere example of so. The menu reads like one you’d find in Italy, starting with antipasti and ending with contorni. With a lively floral interior, highlighted by natural light, Felix boasts a delightfully relaxed setting. Order a Negroni Bianco or a regal spitz and a focaccia and you’re off to a good start. Book now at Felix.
Pizzana is LA’s newest Neapolitan pizzeria, where Naples-born pizzaiolo Daniele Uditi is in charge of the pies. Uditi — who learned his craft growing up in Italy, and honed it at the famed Pizza San Michele — offers a fresh redux on the Naples staple, reimagined for Southern California. The signature “slow dough” is fermented for 48 hours and results in a crust that is light yet sturdy, topped off with a selection of toppings that cue the flavor profiles. The dessert menu, crafted by owner and Sprinkles Cupcakes founder Candace Nelson, features Sprinkles ice cream and fresh takes on classic Italian sweets. Book now at Pizzana.
Located just steps away from the beach in Santa Monica, Tallula’s is an ingredient-driven, neighborhood Mexican restaurant from the team behind Rustic Canyon, Cassia, and Huckleberry. Enjoy a tequila-based cocktail on the patio and sample updated Mexican classics like local yellowtail ceviche, duck chilaquiles, and hanger steak carne asada from chefs Jeremy Fox and Mario Alberto. After a moment spent in the airy, colorful dining room, you may want to stay a while. Book now at Tallula’s.
Wurstküche Venice is a spirited and casual meeting space for a diverse crowd; the stellar bierhall environment is dominated by long tables, which are designed to accommodate big groups (televisions are notably absent). The German fare of grilled sausages ranging from classic to exotic is reason enough to visit (think bratwurst; chicken apple & spices; and rattlesnake & rabbit with jalapeño peppers). Book now at Wurstküche.
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Bookstore Bar & Cafe
At Bookstore Bar & Cafe, executive chef Eric Rivera’s contemporary Pacific Northwest fare pairs well with classic cocktails and one of the largest selections of scotch and whiskey around. The space itself is outfitted in various shades of mahogany, library-style desk lamps, exposed brick walls, and of course — shelves lined with books. Book now at Bookstore Bar & Cafe.
The Carlile Room
Singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile is the muse behind this swanky eatery from acclaimed chef and restauranteur Tom Douglas. Enjoy classic lounge cocktails with a circa-1960s vibe, while the location — across from Paramount Theatre — caters to pre- and post-theatre crowds. Still, the main attraction is the modern and progressive cuisine, which focuses on plant-based ingredients and local meats — think chickpea-fava fritters with almond tahini; pan roasted local halibut with pea vines, sunchoke, and hazelnut oil; and cheesy yellow potatoes with comté and chive. Book now at The Carlile Room.
Located on historic South Lake Union, Chandler’s Crabhouse is an iconic restaurant focused on delivering the premiere Seattle crab experience. From procuring local Dungeness crab to sourcing the sweetest meat, Chandler’s serves eight different seasonal varieties. Enjoy dishes like Crab Rockefeller or the ultimate crab platter for two in the elegant dining room or outside on the patio, over stunning views of the lake. Book now at Chandler’s Crabhouse.
Orchard Kitchen is a farm-to-table restaurant on Whidbey Island operated by husband-and-wife duo Vincent Nattress and Tyla Jones Nattress, who serve as the head chef and wine maven, respectively. Weekend family-style farmhouse meals — which function like an intimate dinner party — are held on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays on the premises of their 3-acre farm. The menu changes weekly, so take a peek out the window at the row crops of vegetables to get a sense of what will end up on your plate. Book now at Orchard Kitchen.
The Harvest Vine
The Harvest Vine is a Basque kitchen with a deep commitment to fostering a sense of community. Once a specialty food store that evolved into a tiny, 16-seat restaurant, today the space has grown to seat 74 guests, and exists as a place where “collaboration meets craft and strangers become friends.” The seasonal menu changes frequently, but expect dry-cured meats, Spanish cheese, and dishes like boquerones salad and braised rabbit leg with garlic sauce and roasted fingerling potatoes. Book now at The Harvest Vine.
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Badshah (which means “king of the village” in Hindu), is a contemporary Indian restaurant in the heart of Hells Kitchen. Inspired by Indian street food, the cuisine features inventive twists and signature classics, such as quinoa tikka and butter chicken. There’s also a chef’s tasting menu, which includes a variety of appetizers, curries, naan, rice and dessert—perfect for sampling the menu. Book now at Badshah.
Previously known as The Leadbelly, this oyster bar is a bona fide date spot focusing on cocktails and bivalves. It also serves snacks and some larger plates, like a kale caesar and buttermilk fried calamari. The playful Lower East Side aesthetic features an Airstream-inspired bar, tables silk-screened with game boards, and brick walls textured with stucco. Bonus points for the soundtrack, a rotation of live piano and vintage records. Book now at Bar Belly.
This 1920s-style speakeasy features a lengthy list of gin-based (and other) cocktails, including three distinctive gin & tonics and several types of punch bowls. Hidden behind a coffee shop in Chelsea, the bar a proper throwback, and (spoiler alert) there is indeed a bathtub. Book now at Bathtub Gin.
Opened by restauranteur Lynn Wagenknecht in 2006, Café Cluny is to the West Village what its sister restaurant, The Odeon, is to TriBeCa: a neighborhood brasserie serving a menu of distinctive French-American staples (think soft boiled eggs with soldiers and Niman Ranch sirloin steak frites) to its loyal clientele. A classic for good reason, the warm service and cozy ambiance make this staple perfect for a range of dining situations — from a first date to brunch with the family. Book now at Cafe Cluny.
Chalk Point Kitchen
Chalk Point Kitchen raises the bar for healthy eating, serving superfood-packed dishes that are meant to be shared. Nutrient rich ingredients, such as chia seeds, dandelion root, and goji berries dot the menu, and local vegetables make their way into creative cocktails. Dine amongst the downtown crowd and delight in feel-good eats. Book now at Chalk Point Kitchen.
Chez Ma Tante
Named after a storied Montreal hot dog shack beloved by Vancouver-born chef Aidan O’Neal, Chez Ma Tante serves refined French-Canadian-style cuisine: think marinated mussels with clams, grilled veal with green sauce and beans, and skate wing with sabayon and leeks. A collaboration between O’Neal, his chef de cuisine (and fellow Cafe Altro Paradiso vet) Jake Leiber, and Greenpoint restaurateurs Josh Cohen and Blair Papagni, this clean space with white-washed brick walls and an uncluttered bar features good food, nice wine, and ample digestif offerings. Book now at Chez Ma Tante.
Located in Harlem in what was formerly a famed jazz club, this restaurant is entrenched in the local community, and aims to serve it authentically. The changing menu reflects a deep-seated farm-to-table mentality, and the beverage program highlights wines and spirits from small producers. Book now at Clay.
Caffe Dante began serving the Greenwich Village cultural elite in 1915. Now under fresh ownership — and called simply, Dante — this New York City landmark has a globally-recognized cocktail program and a produce-driven Italian menu filled with gems. Order a Negroni (New York Magazine says its the best in the city) and a house-made pasta, and revel in the deep-rooted sense of community. Book now at Dante.
A pioneer of the Brooklyn dining scene, a welcoming neighborhood restaurant, and a destination-worthy pizza place all in one, Franny’s is an old favorite for good reason. With delicious, blistered pies, greenmarket-driven small plates, and a rotating menu of cocktails and wine, dining here is like eating dinner at a friend’s house… but better. Book now at Franny’s.
Fusco is Scott Conant’s first solo New York restaurant in over a decade. The elegant, all-white interior is softened with cozy brown leather banquettes. In the kitchen, Conant dishes out what he does best: house-made pastas and Italian fare, which will change with the seasons. The thoughtful selection of new and old world wines seals the deal for an elegant evening, making Fusco your new go-to spot. Book now at Fusco.
Junoon is a contemporary, Michelin-starred Indian restaurant that oozes vibrant energy and sophistication. The menu represents modern takes on classic cuisine spanning various regions of India. Dishes like eggplant chaat, tandoori octopus, and goat biryani are complex and delicious, while the wine list — recognized as excellent by Wine Spectator year after year — focuses on regions that best complement the food. White tablecloths, muted lighting, and a touch of traditional decoration make for a refined atmosphere. Book now at Junoon.
Located on a charming Greenwich village block, Kosaka offers Japanese edomae sushi in a sleek, Zen-like space. With only a wraparound counter and a few tables for larger groups, the focus is on the creations of Michelin-starred chef Yoshihiko Kousaka— a traditionalist, who sources seasonal, exotic fish both locally and from Tokyo’s Tsukiji Market. The chef offers two omakase meals — all sushi, and a combination of sushi and sashimi — prepared each night based on what ingredients are available. Book now at Kosaka.
The name Le Fond carries weight: in French culinary language, it means “stock,” the foundation of most French dishes. Here, chef Jake Eberle, who was classically trained at Le Cordon Bleu, dishes out French bistro cuisine, like gnocchi Parisienne and coq au vin, in a modern Greenpoint setting. The food is beautifully plated, yet accessible, and the atmosphere is relaxed. Book now at Le Fond.
Loreley Beer Garden
Modeled after the “Brauhaus” in Cologne (Köln), Lower East Side biergarten, Loreley, boasts indoor and outdoor space, the latter of which is heated on cooler days. And as one should expect, the top-notch selection of important beers, wines, and spirits, is complemented by a menu of giant soft pretzels, currywurst and wiener schnitzel. Book now at Loreley Beer Garden.
Mayanoki (my-ya-no-key) is New York City’s only sushi restaurant that serves strictly local and sustainably sourced seafood. By working directly with fishermen, the restaurant is able to serve an omakase that supports preserving our oceans’ ecosystems. Here, transparency about what lands on your plate — ask your sushi chef — takes on a whole new meaning. Book now at Mayanoki.
At this inviting restaurant in Fort Greene, chef Tom Blechman (formerly of Lupa, Bar Bolonat, and Maialino) serves Mediterranean fare in a contemporary setting. The name, “Miss Ada,” is a play on the Hebrew word for restaurant: “misada.” Israeli flavors – mixed with some from other areas – come on strong in dishes like baba ganoush (with ginger aioli, eggplant chips, and zaatar), various types of hummus masabaha, and a half brick chicken (with taggiasca olives, preserved lemon, and harissa). Book now at Miss Ada.
After a successful career on the Tel Aviv culinary scene, chef Meir Adoni brings his modern Middle Eastern food to New York. With its casual yet refined ambiance, this inventive restaurant features dishes designed for sharing and influenced by the cuisines of Morocco, Israel, and Turkey— to name just a few. Book now at Nur.
Rāhi (meaning traveler, or someone proceeding to a destination) is an artisanal Indian restaurant in Greenwich Village, featuring vibrant, modern food. A collaboration of chef Chintan Pandya and serial entrepreneur Roni Mazumdar, Rahi lives in a playful space, lined with white brick walls and a black and gold mural by artists Yok & Sheryo. The menu offers “New York Minute” starters, “At Ease” mids, and “Leisurely” mains, plus a slew of exotic cocktails. Book now at Rahi.
The Club Car
The Club Car is a prix-fixe surf-and-turf pop-up concept at the McKittrick Hotel from chefs Lee Hanson and Riad Nasr, the founding co-executive chefs of Balthazar and Minetta Tavern. Pulling from their French technique and chophouse expertise, they offer a three-course meal for $65 — an indulgence perfectly suited for pre- and post-theater dining. Expect old-school dishes like crudités on ice, fresh-baked Parker House rolls, a 10-oz. dry-aged boneless ribeye, and succulent lobster flambé. Book now at The Club Car.
A downtown staple since opening in 1980, The Odeon dishes out classic American-French fare in an Art Deco-detailed TriBeCa brasserie. Birthed by Lynn Wagenknecht, Keith McNally, and Brian McNally, the restaurant has played host to a stylish crowd for several decades. On any given day, this mecca buzzes with business meetings and leisurely get togethers, held over perfect Odeon omelettes, country frisée salad, steak frites, espresso, and traditional cocktails. And all are served with time-honored hospitality. Book now at The Odeon.
The Upsider is equal parts chic, after-work cocktail bar and globally-influenced gastropub. There’s a quartz bar, bright-blue and gold accents, and a 40-seat street patio for weekend brunch. And from bar snacks to bowls, there’s something on the menu for everyone. Book now at The Upsider.
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Bay Kitchen Bar
Sea breeze flows through the waterfront windows of Bay Kitchen Bar’s bright and airy dining room, which offers unbelievable sunset views over Three Mile Harbor. Enjoy fresh and expertly crafted seafood-based fare, like Montauk tuna tartare, lobster rolls, and harbor fluke procured from local fishermen. Pro-tip: Order some oysters, because The Miller brothers — chef and manager — grow their own as part of the East Hampton Shellfish Hatchery program to repopulate the harbors and keep local waters clean. Book now at Bay Kitchen Bar.
Cove Hollow Tavern
Right off Montauk Highway, on the edge of East Hampton bordering Wainscott, sits Cove Hollow Tavern. Here, chef-owners Terry Harwood and Lisa Murphy from Shelter Island’s Vine Street Cafe are dishing out French-Mediterranean fare with a focus on seafood. Book now at Cove Hollow Tavern.
Wainscott’s Osteria Salina sources ingredients locally, supporting the farmers and fisherman on the east end of Long Island for its rustic Sicilian cuisine. Grab a seat on the outdoor patio and opt for seasonal specialties like fritto misto, pappardelle bolognese, and veal rib parmigiano. Book now at Osteria Salina.
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Forget the star-studded party scene; nowadays, the Miami heat is in the kitchen, and food culture is the new go-to. This month, we welcome a slew of eateries – like the chic Italian import Le Sirenuse, Ghee Kitchen, and Kiki on the River – plus old standbys that show off Miami’s diversity in flavors and cuisine. Go ahead and take the Magic City’s tasty restaurant scene by storm, with the Hit List as your guide.
4/Hank & Harry’s
5/Kiki On The River
9/Beaker & Gray
10/Swine Southern Bar
Because enjoy delicious global cuisine in the heart of Miami Beach. This new eatery by the Bar Lab guys always gets it right. Must-orders are the Haitian gritoz, kimchi fried rice, Israeli shakshuka, and a to-die-for arepa platter.//Miami Beach. Book now on Resy.
Because channeling the dolce vita lifestyle is the ultimate Miami goal. This Michelin-starred import is pulling out all the stops with a bar dedicated to Italian apertifs and champagne, ocean-view dining, and proper white table cloth service.// Surfside. 786-482-2280.
Because Miami’s most anticipated restaurant of the year has finally opened its doors, and it’s worthy of all the hype. Expect modern day updates on classic Indian fare (lamb vindaloo anyone?) from a Michael’s Genuine alum, plus a selection of aromatic, custom-made brews to wash it all down with.// Kendall. (305) 968-1850.
4/Hank & Harry’s
Because it’s about time Lincoln Road got a proper New York-style deli. Nosh on sky-high pastrami sandwiches, enormous black & white cookies, and matzoh ball soup–and cure that Big Apple craving.// South Beach. Walk-ins only.
5/Kiki on the River
Because Greek eats are better with enviable water views. And when combined with the best Sunday brunch party in town, “opa!” never sounded so good.//Miami River. (786) 502-3243.
Because some of the best sushi in town is at a food truck in Wynwood. Trust. The omakase tasting menu truly boasts some of the freshest fish in the Magic City. Oh, and B.Y.O.S. (bring your own sake).//Wynwood. Book now on Resy.
Because truffle-stuffed flatbread should always be an option. Paired with lamb ribs and sweet jeweled rice, Byblos is love at first taste. Add on the boozy tea-based cocktails served on silver platters, and it’s just plain perfection.//Miami Beach.
Because traveling back in time is the new night out. Channel 1980’s nostalgia at this milkshake bar, complete with decadent Golden Girls and E.T. themed shakes, set up in a space that looks like the owner’s childhood kitchen.// Coconut Grove. Walk-ins only.
9/Beaker & Gray
Because you can’t beat hip hop beats and great drinks. Order like a pro with cheeseburger croquettes, shrimp mini-burgers, tangy yellow curry, and waygu-stuffed beef wellington rolls.//Wynwood. Book now on Resy.
10/Swine Southern Bar
Because Swine is proof that Southern food can be done right in Miami. Opt for the (perfectly burnt!) burnt ends, melt-in-your-mouth mac ‘n cheese, and cornbread, naturally. //Coral Gables. Book now on Resy.
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Banana Split Profiteroles at Bonhomie. Photo Credit: Jessica Fradono Photography/www.jessicafradono.com.
What happens when you cross a hip bistro with a Waffle House? Chef Philip Speer and partner Sean McCusker are finding out.
Philip Speer is back on the scene in a big way, with two new businesses: My Name is Joe, a coffee-and-breakfast stand downtown, and Bonhomie, a bistro-meets-diner on Austin’s latest white hot restaurant row, Burnet Road. Speer opened Bonhomie (a concept he jokingly refers to as a “polished Waffle House”) with business partner Sean McCusker earlier this spring. As McCusker quips, “Who doesn’t like a diner and a French bistro?”
And Bonhomie likes to play with expectations, delivering what McCusker calls “familiar surprises”: dishes diners assume they’ve had before…until they take a bite. “Take smothered and covered hash browns,” says Speer. “[But] we do foie gras and caviar on them.” He’s speaking of Bonhomie’s signature pommes rostis – a collection of delicately grated, lightly fried potato cakes topped with all manner of tasty things. One comes with foie gras gravy and a soft boiled egg; another is topped with caviar and creme fraiche. Some of the rostis are even simpler, like, applesauce, yogurt, and chive. “Every table orders one of the pommes rostis,” says Speer.
Bonhomie’s signature Pommes Rosti.
Other examples of Bonhomie’s playful menu twists include a Reuben with smoked salmon and a brisket croissant with pho broth– a play on a French Dip sandwich. “People can be a little bit surprised,” says McCusker. “It’s really cool to see people try the croissants for the first time.” And do not sleep on the classic burger: the beef is ground every day and all of the ingredients are made in-house. Except the American Cheese. “We use the cheap American cheese because that’s delicious,” says Speer.
Chef Philip Speer. Photo Credit: Jessica Fradono Photography/www.jessicafradono.com.
That includes the burger buns. Speer draws on his background as a pastry chef for much of the menu, making the aforementioned croissants, burger buns, and sandwich breads in-house.
And when it does come time for dessert, the bistro-diner theme holds. “We made [the profiteroles] a real cute combination of a diner banana split and what a French bistro might do with it,” says Speer. That means stuffing the ice cream into golden profiteroles and amping up the classic garnishes—nuts, cherries, and bananas.
McCuster and Speer work to keep the prices down; to that end, they serve the entire wine menu by the glass.
The concept also carries into the design, which McCusker says has “a little bit of luxury like a bistro would have, with the square angles of a diner.” There’s a huge, U-shaped bar in the back, bistro-style tables wrapping around the sidewalk outside, and a line of American-classic diner booths threading through the middle of the restaurant.
The entire operation is geared towards accessibility, a hallmark of both of Bonhomie’s influences. McCusker and Speer hope that “people feel like they can come here a couple times a week.” In other words, says Speer, “We just want you to be able to come in and have a good time and enjoy the food.”
Image Courtesy of Kemuri Tatsu-ya.
One last dance before the heat hits: now is the time to get outside and enjoy what’s truly best about Austin dining. This month’s Hit List includes some of the best of what this city can do: barbecue, tacos, ice cream, fried chicken, and fine patio dining. Not to mention the newly-reviewed Japanese/Texan mashup Kemuri, Philip Speer’s bistro-meets-diner Bonhomie, and a brand-new menu at longtime favorite Salt & Time.
Here is your late-Spring eating agenda:
2/Fine Foods and Jo’s Burger Box
6/LeRoy and Lewis
7/Salt & Time
10/Black Box Barbecue
Because Philip Speer & co. are killing it at their new Burnet Road eatery. Here’s the move: grab a table outside and order the burger, the brisket croissant, and a pommes rosti – their tricked-out, Frenchified take on hash browns. Complete the meal with a decadent banana split profiterole (and a glass of wine, or two). //Allendale. Book now at Bonhomie.
2/Fine Foods Cocktail Bar and Jo’s Burger Box
Because the old Snack Bar space is in good hands with hotelier Liz Lambert. After her Bunkhouse Group took over Austin Motel, it seemed likely great things were in store, and here they are: a delightfully simple menu of delicious staples and cocktails. Try a cheeseburger and frozen Old Fashioned or an “Ann Richards’ Revenge”– made with rum, apricot, pineapple, and lime. //South Congress. Walk-ins only.
3/Kemuri Tatsu- ya
Because this Japanese barbecue joint has been getting stellar reviews lately. Come for the Guaca-Poke or a Matcha Painkiller, and stay for the tasty grilled skewers and smoked meats. Did we mention it has one of the best patios on the East Side? //Holly. Book now at Kemuri Tatsu-ya.
Because this is fried chicken like you’ve never had before. Thanks to the fine dining chops of partner Todd Duplechan (Chef at Lenoir), JT Youngblood’s chicken has just a touch of finesse. And don’t skip dessert; the pies are sensational. Get there before strawberry season is over (read: soon). //Mueller. Walk-ins only.
Because this Instagram-worthy Southern restaurant boasts a wraparound porch and quaint courtyard that’s lovely on a sunny day. After you’ve taken a stroll around the lush, manicured property, settle in for some of the city’s best new cocktails and treats. Pimento cheese and fried chicken, anyone? //Bouldin. 512-444-1888.
6/LeRoy and Lewis
Because in a city that’s devoted to traditional Texas barbecue, LeRoy and Lewis masterfully reinvents its barbecue. In addition to mainstays like brisket, they serve up beef cheeks, beer brats, banh mi, and pie (mm, pie). Stop in for the daily offerings before they sell out. //St. Ed’s. Walk-ins only.
7/Salt & Time
Because . Grab a bunch of friends and order a large roast to share, like a Peeler Ranch beef shank (!) or a 44 Farms 40-ounce ribeye. Bonus: get the goods to go at the butcher shop next door. //East Austin. Book now at Salt & Time.
Because if there’s one thing this taco town needs, it’s these Austin-style street tacos. Enjoy a delectable variety from trompo-roasted al pastor to, of course, breakfast tacos. //North Burnet. Walk-ins only.
Because Austin is welcoming summer in the best way – with a hot new ice cream spot. Tasty Spoon on South First serves up authentic Italian gelato in seasonal flavors like grapefruit sorbet as well the classics. //Lake Travis and Bouldin. Walk-ins only.
10/Black Box Barbecue
Because John Mueller is back in barbecue. It’s a little bit of a hike from Austin, but next time you’re fiending for brisket (or heading up to Ikea), you could do much worse than stopping by Mueller’s new digs. //Georgetown. Walk-ins only.
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