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From a notable local chef’s new Eastern European-inspired restaurant, to a picture-perfect all-day café serving health-driven fare, the latest additions to Resy’s Nashville roster are coming in hot.
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Led by two passionate industry professionals — chef Chris Raucci and Victoria Rothberg — Answer offers a comfortable, neighborhood setting with a menu that’s globally inspired and hyper-seasonal, drawing inspiration from a multitude of cultures. Dishes like mussels with lemongrass, serrano, beer, and crème fraîche, and bucatini with lamb & pork ragu are complemented by house cocktails, craft beers, and a global wine list. Book now at Answer.
This all-day East Nashville café serves fresh, modern American fare — espresso and eggs in the morning, salads and grain bowls come lunch, and heartier options at dinner. During the day, Cafe Roze is all bright and airy. At night, it transforms into a dimly lit, vibey spot with top-notch, classic cocktails. The tables are sleek marble, the bar is expansive, the windows large, and the space accented with pink and gray throughout. Book now at Cafe Roze.
Fin & Pearl
From the folks of The Southern — owner Tom Morales and chef Matt Farley, of TomKats Hospitality — comes Fin & Pearl, a restaurant all about sustainable seafood. From braised and grilled octopus to crispy whole fried bronzini, the food here is served with a hefty dose of Southern hospitality, and in a nautically-inspired setting. Book now at Fin & Pearl.
Kuchnia & Keller
With nods to the Midwest and Eastern Europe, Kuchnia & Keller is a community-focused bar and restaurant in Germantown committed to fostering relationships with local farmers and brewers to bring a diverse drink program and a seasonal menu to local residents. Chef Aaron Clemins, a former sous chef at City House, helms the kitchen, and the menu is simultaneously an homage to his Milwaukee roots and Eastern European heritage. Eighteen beers and two cocktails on draft, and a daily late-night menu with an ever-changing selection of house-made hot dogs add to the appeal. Book now at Kuchnia & Keller.
In the heart of East Nashville, Peninsula serves Spanish and Portuguese fare — cuisine of the Iberian Peninsula — accented with French techniques. Enjoy serrano ham on grilled bread with tomato butter, braised rabbit in garlic broth with espelette pepper, and don’t miss the drinks. The bar program features a Spanish gin and tonic menu, Old World wines, and thoughtfully crafted cocktails. Book now at Peninsula.
The Southern Steak & Oyster
Housed in the shiny Pinnacle Building at Symphony Place, in the heart of downtown Nashville’s burgeoning SoBro district, is The Southern Steak & Oyster. It’s a steakhouse, but a distinctly Southern one at that. There’s a shuck-to-order oyster bar, a hickory wood-fired grill where steaks and other meats are tended to, and dishes like fish n’ grits and the farmer’s plate (comprised of locally grown produce). Executive chef Matt Farley collaborates with owner Tom Morales to bring a Southern tilt to time-honored dishes, taking inspiration from the Gulf Coast to the Caribbean. Book now at The Southern Steak & Oyster.
WestEnd Kitchen & Bar
At WestEnd Kitchen & Bar, the Michelin-starred chef Chris Anderson (Alinea, Moto, L20) cooks inventive Southern cuisine, sourcing local and organic produce from regional farms within the Nashville area. The vibrant cocktail program and spirit menu is run by beverage director Megan Cross, formerly of Los Angeles’ Old Lighting, and focuses on whiskeys — including a custom-blend Belle Meade bourbon, by Greenbrier Distillery. Reclaimed barn wood floors preserve character and warmth. Book now at WestEnd Kitchen & Bar.
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From a vampy restaurant serving inventive cocktails and old-school classics, to a local favorite offering seasonal multi-course menus incorporating the finest Southern ingredients, the latest Atlanta restaurants are bound to keep your calendar full and curiosity piqued.
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Better Half is a family-inspired restaurant — from husband-and-wife duo Zach and Cristina Meloy of supper club PushStart Kitchen — where connecting over food is the focus. The ever-changing, seasonal menu reflects the best products the South has to offer (think silk handkerchief pasta with wild mushrooms, tomato marmalade, and porcini cream, and roasted Trout with cornbread pudding). For guests so inclined, the Meloys offer tasting menus of 3-, 5-, and 9-courses. Book now at Better Half.
Library lamps, lush velvet drapes, and midcentury modern decor—Golden Eagle is the swanky Mad Men-era cocktail club and restaurant we’ve always dreamed of visiting. Among the menu offerings, classics resound: a wedge salad, steak tartare, sweetbreads, duck confit, and, after midnight, pigs-in-a-blanket. Choose between refined cocktail selections, like 007’s drink of choice, the Vesper, as well as a “Traveling Suitcase”– a private stock Old-Fashioned poured tableside for parties of four or more. Walk-ins only. Learn more.
Bar Americano is an Italian-American restaurant from Brooks Cloud, Julian Goglia, and Mike Blydenstein (of The Pinewood and The Mercury), with chef Adam Waller at the helm. The classic fare consists of staples like meatballs, mussels, house-made pastas (most notably, the squid ink tortellini), pizza, and quintessential cocktails. The décor can best be described as modern-swank: a little bit minimalist, and a lot of red (banquettes included). Book now at Bar Americano.
A welcoming and inviting hangout in Decatur, The Pinewood serves innovative cocktails and “home-spun” regional fare (read: a combination of Southern comfort food and seasonal staples), made with locally sourced ingredients. Dishes like chicken & waffles and grit tots are complemented with drinks comprised of house-made tinctures, infusions and sodas. Book now at The Pinewood.
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The chill in the air provides a good excuse to duck into one of Charleston’s many superlative restaurants and defrost while you delight your palate and fill your tummy. Whether you’re in the mood for fresh seafood or authentic Italian-style pizza, refer to this month’s Hit List to satisfy all of your cravings— naughty and nice.
5/Rappahannock Oyster Bar
7/Sorghum & Salt
10/Virginia’s on King
Because those still reeling from the closure of Artisan Meat Share need journey no more than a couple miles north to Edmunds Oast, where former chef de cuisine Bob Cook is at the helm. There are thoughtful cheese plates and exemplary charcuterie offerings, as well as the unexpectedly delightful salt chicken, which fuses Southern and Thai sensibilities. Don’t sleep on the craft beer — especially the “peanut butter and jelly” — which rests firmly at the intersection of kooky and sublime. // NoMo. (843) 727–1145.
Because chef Sean Brock’s daily-changing menu does justice to its fine, locally sourced, Southern ingredients. Served in an elegant Victorian-era home (restored with affection), menu favorites like heritage pork belly, fried chicken skin, and crispy pig ears (don’t knock it until you’ve tried it) are not to be missed. If you’re hoping to try what is oft-considered the best burger in town, order one at lunch or sit at the bar— it’s not available on the dinner menu. // French Quarter. (843) 577–2500.
Because with its extensive range of handmade pastas, creative salads, and appetizers ranging from crudo to caponata, Juliet is not your average pizza joint. An Italian ‘executive pizzaiolo’ creates the pies, alongside a menu that deviates from the familiar (think devilishly good diavola with spicy salami, and olives with mozzarella). Located in the Cannonborough/Elliotborough neighborhood, the cozy space is open and airy (and provides ample free parking). // Cannonborough/Elliotborough. Book now on Resy.
Because enjoy craveable sushi and seafood imbued with Southern flare. At O-Ku inventive offerings are aplenty: the potato roll is wrapped in fried shoestring potatoes and topped with sweet chili mango sauce, while the salmon-and-lemon roll is a fresh and unexpected revelation. O-Ku also offers one of the best happy hours in town, with half-off rolls on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 5-7 p.m. // Upper King. (843) 737–0112.
5/Rappahannock Oyster Bar
Because set in the historic Cigar Factory on East Bay Street, Rappahannock Oyster Bar brings a bit of the Chesapeake Bay to the Lowcountry. Menu highlights include smoked fish dip, charred octopus, and a sublime American red snapper tartare. During the week, enjoy $1 oyster happy hours at the expansive copper bar from 4–7pm. // East Side. (202) 544–4702.
Because enjoy authentic Greek dishes in Charleston’s Radcliffborough neighborhood. With a voluminous menu of reimagined classics ranging from grilled haloumi cheese and handmade spanakopita to artichoke moussaka and braised lamb shank over pasta, Stella’s scores; it’s nigh impossible to make a bad choice. Sit at the bar and sample from the list of Greek wines, while an old black-and-white film plays on the brick wall above. // Radcliffborough. Book now on Resy.
7/Sorghum & Salt
Because now’s the time to spring for chef Tres Jackson’s innovative (read: prone to delicious flights of fancy), weekly-changing menu. Whether you’re partaking in some kalamata-based ‘olive dirt,’ scallops paired with a soy caramel sauce, or a root vegetable-based bolognese, your taste buds will delight. 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 chef Kevin Johnson’s hyper-seasonal menu was one of the first to showcase the Lowcountry’s farm-to-table abundance. Set on Cannon Street off Upper King, the warm, wood-clad space is an ideal backdrop for savoring green tomato carpaccio with lump crab or whole roasted fish adorned with potatoes, fennel, and green olives. At Sunday brunch a Hangtown fry (fried oyster frittata) and charred-tomato Bloody Mary is sure to cure what ails you.// Upper King. Book now on Resy.
Because Chef Mike Lata’s The Ordinary delivers fresh, perfectly prepared seafood in an elegant environment (that’s anything but ordinary). Situated in a 100-year-old bank building, it offers impeccably prepared raw oysters with the jumbo lump blue crab toast and grilled New Orleans style BBQ shrimp— be sure to arrive hungry! An innovative rum-based cocktail menu offers a handful of fanciful daiquiris, a Mai Tai, and even a milk punch, as well as a variety of wines. // Upper King. Book now on Resy.
10/Virginia’s on King
Because this classic restaurant perfectly blends quintessential Southern dishes with old family recipes, and serves them in an elegant, expansive space. Offering breakfast, lunch and dinner, Virginia’s on King brings you fresh local catch specials and $10 burgers daily (before 5 p.m.). For those seeking the comforts of home, the regional specialties —like she crab soup, fried chicken, and shrimp and grits — are hard to beat. // Upper King. (843) 735–5800.
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From a (previously retired) prominent restaurateur’s return to the industry, to a new Italian joint in the old Franny’s space from a wine expert and a skilled pasta chef, the year is closing out on a high note in NYC, thanks to this impressive slew of restaurants — all New on Resy.
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1 OR 8
A starkly designed, all-white restaurant that also functions as a wine and sake bar, 1 OR 8 is a Williamsburg establishment from a team of New Yorkers born and raised in Japan. The result is Japanese-focused cuisine that incorporates influences from a diverse set of culinary languages. Eclectic and sometimes adventurous, the menu offers a range — from simple snacks and creative crudos, to more elaborate dishes, and some sushi. As for drinks, seasonal sakes and natural wines are a highlight, and keep your eyes peeled for special monthly beverage promotions. Book now at 1 OR 8.
Aldea is chef George Mendes’ Michelin-starred Portuguese restaurant, where delicious and artful dishes are prepared for all to see (the restaurant is outfitted with a sleek open kitchen). It’s a lovely place to eat any night of the week, but Monday nights are special: Mendes offers a Harvest Dinner Series, which includes 4- and 8-course tasting menus comprised of new dishes, seasonal ingredients, Portuguese flavors, and a dose of special effects (read: Osetra caviar and first-of-the-season white truffles from Alba). Book now at George Mendes’ Monday Nights at Aldea.
Nestled in the heart of Brooklyn’s Crown Heights, Alenbi serves the food of modern-day Israel. The menu is influenced by the rich cultures of Jewish kitchens, from across the Middle-East and Europe. Chef Elior Balbul, a veteran Israeli chef who worked under the tutelage of acclaimed chef Meir Adoni (Nur) in Tel Aviv, helms the kitchen. Book now at Alenbi.
The Blue Box Café
At long last, one can can now have breakfast at Tiffany’s. Located on the fourth floor of the iconic brand’s Fifth Avenue flagship – with a view of Central Park – The Blue Box Cafe serves refined riffs on signature New York dishes (a smoked salmon & bagel stack, chopped salad, club sandwich), in addition to finger sandwiches and sweets during high tea. The space, which is outfitted entirely in Tiffany Blue – from the plush chairs to the marbled walls, and tableware — is enough, in and of itself, to lure eager fans. Book now at The Blue Box Café.
A bona fide Chelsea institution, Cafeteria has been serving American comfort food classics since the late ’90s. The ambiance is modern and electric, an array of mac and cheese varieties grace the extensive menu, and best of all, it’s open 24/7. Book now at Cafeteria.
Charc is a casual, 25-seat restaurant and bar with a focus on house-made charcuterie. The chef-owner is Danny Brown, whose eponymous Queens restaurant was awarded the borough’s first-ever Michelin star. Here in Manhattan, he’s serving local cheeses, fun sandwiches (read: foie gras butter & jelly), and vegetable-centric plates alongside a global wine list, cocktails, and beer. Book now at Charc.
Tucked away on a quiet street in the West Village, Coarse is an intimate restaurant and interactive culinary experience – with a menu that showcases raw and low-heat cuisine – from chefs Vincent Chirico (Daniel, Jean Georges) and Marco Arnold. Sit at the one-of-a-kind concrete chef’s counter for a spontaneous menu (with optional wine pairing) or dine à la carte. Book now at Coarse.
This storied Chelsea diner—one of the last standalone diners in New York City—has been a neighborhood and industry staple since 1976. While the landmarked Art Deco building has had a number of past lives, the restaurant’s current iteration is helmed by chef John Delucie and managing partner Stacy Pisone. The kitchen dishes out refined takes on traditional diner favorites, like rye pancakes and sourdough pretzel fried chicken. Book now at Empire Diner.
A modern trattoria and new Fort Greene stunner, Evelina offers seasonal, Italian fare with Mediterranean overtones. The daily-changing menu incorporates a range of creative standouts (think short rib cappelletti with bone marrow jus and shaved truffle and charred octopus with fava bean purée). With its exposed wood beam ceiling, marble slab bar, and giant front windows, it’s a handsome restaurant (and a very a good choice for a date). Book now at Evelina.
Following the closure of beloved Park Slope restaurant, Franny’s, comes newcomer Fausto– a restaurant from wine expert Joe Campanale (L’Artusi, dell’anima) and chef Erin Shambura (L’Artusi) that now occupies the remodeled, swoon-worthy space. The market-driven menu, which forgoes pizza in favor of crudos, homemade pastas, and wood-fired proteins, pairs extraordinarily well with a wine program featuring Italy’s top producers alongside bottles from Burgundy, Champagne, the Loire Valley, and Northern Rhone. Out with the old, in with the new. Book now at Fausto.
Henry at Life Hotel
Stephen Hanson is back. That’s right, the industry vet has made a grand return to restaurants with a brand-new opening– the first since he departed his behemoth BR Guest Hospitality empire in 2013. Housed inside of NoMad’s Life Hotel, Henry is a neighborhood bistro with chef Michael Vignola at the helm. Dishes are designed to be shared: there’s dry-aged beef tartare, a crispy whole Scorpian fish, and a slew of pizzas. As for drinks, this is the kind of place where you’ll want to order at least one cocktail. Book now at Henry at Life Hotel. And toast to a cheerful holiday season on December 18th at Henry’s holiday fête. RSVP here.
Juku is an omakase and izakaya restaurant from chef Kazuo Yoshida, former sushi chef at Williamsburg’s 1 OR 8. Guests can reserve a seat at the 12-seat sushi bar — and choose between two set menus — or opt for the 36-seat izakaya dining room, where a la carte options include karaage (Japanese fried chicken), smoked hamachi, and yam bravas. Early word on the street is that this new player is one to watch (or, in other words: go now). Book now at Juku.
This chic, Bushwick bistro is a family affair. Rachel and Catherine Allswang are a mother-daughter team with serious design and chef skills, respectively. A lifelong cook, Catherine’s recipes are rooted in French cuisine and spiced with flavors and ingredients from around the world (think ginger beef tartare, foie gras with apricot turmeric compote, and hanger steak à la plancha with potatoes in duck fat and béarnaise). Rachel, a former interior architect, can be credited for the sleek Art Deco décor, with details like burnt orange banquettes and heavenly skylights—creating a warm and welcoming vibe. Seasonal house-made aromatic liqueurs and natural wines from Europe round out the offerings. Book now at Le Garage.
Madame Vo is quintessential Vietnamese home cooking served in a vibrant and modern East Village setting. The menu is an eclectic selection of traditional family recipes, executed with love and passion. As for the sought-after pho — brisket steeps for 24 hours in stock, amplifying the soup’s bone-brothiness, which diners can supercharge with a short rib. Book now at Madame Vo.
Chef PJ Calapa, formerly of Michelin-starred Ai Fiori and partner in The Spaniard, is behind Scampi — a new Flatiron restaurant showcasing the bold flavors of Southern Italy. The restaurant’s name is a tribute to a favorite childhood restaurant in Calapa’s Texas hometown, and its menu offers delicately composed crudos, handmade pastas, seasonal vegetables (procured from the greenmarket), and masterfully-prepared grilled items. Don’t miss the mafaldini “scampi” – shrimp, parsley butter, and lemon (natch). Book now at Scampi.
Seamore’s – Chelsea
Seamore’s is a seafood restaurant from Michael Chernow, the man behind The Meatball Shop. His first NoLita location (also on Resy!) opened a few years back, generating significant buzz. Thanks to its success, there’s now one in Chelsea, too. Expect a health-focused menu of seafood classics like poke, fish tacos, and po’ boys served in a space that’s bright, airy, breezy, and beachy. Book now at Seamore’s Chelsea.
Tetsu is three-Michelin-starred chef Masa Takayama’s first downtown restaurant — a modern Japanese robatayaki in TriBeCa. Tetsu – Japanese for “iron” – is reflected in the restaurant’s dramatic industrial design (housed in a landmarked loft building, the multi-level restaurant features original cast iron framework), centered around the robata grill. The menu, which is inspired by Masa’s world travels, is divided into sections (raw, sizzling, fried, surimi pasta, and more). Signatures include tuna butsu guacamole, beef tripe tomatillo, fried pork spare rib with garlic, and Masa’s first-ever burger. Book now at Tetsu.
Williamsburg’s Walter Foods is a modern-day bistro and cozy neighborhood staple. The menu, which is comprised of mainstays, includes a raw bar and chops, alongside artichoke dip, and roasted half chicken. Best of all, the décor practically secures good vibes — dark wood booths, a restored vintage bar, and, in warmer months, a lovely backyard garden to eat and drink in. Book now at Walter Foods.
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That crisp winter chill is in the air, and cozy eateries with heart-warming food are on the menu. Find some festive cheer in the midst of these cold, gray Seattle days, with a selection of fine restaurants—from a storied Seattle institution to a rustic Italian trattoria—and the Resy Hit List as your guide. Grab a seat.
3/The Fat Hen
6/Skillet Capitol Hill
7/Bar del Corso
8/Brimmer and Heeltap
9/The Harvest Vine
Because this landmark restaurant—which has been a dining destination since 1950—still tops many Seattle-ites’ wish lists, and for good reason. Perched above Lake Union in a mid-century home, Canlis invites you to take in panoramic views of the lake (with the Cascades in the distance), while enjoying contemporary Pacific Northwest fare and five-star service. //Queen Anne. Book now on Resy.
Because come for the superb omakase, and stay for the easygoing hospitality. A neighborhood favorite for the past twenty years, Nishino manages to feel simultaneously upscale–through the quality of its food–and comfortable. Treat yourself to the ‘exclusive’ omakase ($85), or opt for the pared-down ‘regular’ version ($70). // Madison Valley. Book now on Resy.
3/The Fat Hen
Because brunch at The Fat Hen does not disappoint. Inspired by rustic Italian and New American cuisines, the signature “egg bakes”– two eggs dressed up in Camicia (tomato, basil and mozzarella) and Alla Boscaiola (tomato, sausage, mushroom, and mozzarella) are must-haves. // Phinney Ridge. Walk-ins only.
Because there’s no better way to embrace colder weather than with a satisfying meal at (James Beard Award-winning) chef Renee Erickson’s refined steakhouse. Whether you’re there for the $17 dry-aged house-ground burger and thrice-fried fries or the five-course tasting menu ($85), Bateau aims to satisfy the senses with its Whidbey Island-raised beef and elegant ambience. // Capitol Hill. Book now on Resy.
Because now’s the time to indulge at this French Atlantic classic. Celebrate the holidays with a bevy of seasonal specials on offer, including steak tartare, beef bourguignon, buckwheat crepes served with dungeness crab, and, of course, an oysters-and-champagne pairing. In the spirit of the season, pick an “ornament” gift from the restaurant’s giving tree and bring it back wrapped by Dec. 22. Proceeds benefit YouthCare’s Casa de Los Amigos. // Capitol Hill. Book now on Resy.
6/Skillet Capitol Hill
Because this food truck turned brick-and-mortar is a comfort food institution. Chef Josh Henderson serves up hearty and satisfying dishes, like cheeseburgers slathered in bacon jam, fried chicken, and kale caesar salad. Be sure to go hungry. //Capitol Hill. Book now on Resy.
7/Bar del Corso
Because this warm Italian eatery is a neighborhood restaurant worth traveling for. Delight in Neapolitan-style pizza, seasonal salads, and old standbys (think mussels served with garlic, fennel, and pancetta and Tonno del Chianti, an olive oil-braised pork shoulder) alongside regional Italian wines and classic aperitif cocktails. // Beacon Hill. (206) 395–2069.
8/Brimmer and Heeltap
Because inventive dishes (and cocktails!) are the star at this Ballard favorite, which bustles with an inviting energy. The menu is comprised of five parts (snacks, vegetables, meat, seafood, and dessert) and includes harmonious combinations like Dungeness crab with spicy noodles, and smoked fingerling potatoes with miso aioli, egg, and pickled shishito peppers. // Ballard. (206) 420–2534.
9/The Harvest Vine
Because enjoy Basque-style tapas and Spanish wine in a quaint (read: cozy) setting. The Harvest Vine serves authentic staples (pan-roasted salt cod, Spanish tortilla, jamon iberico) alongside an extensive wine list. Grab a seat at the communal table or in the wine cellar (which is also available for private dining). // Madison Valley. Book now on Resy.
Because Monsoon marries traditional Vietnamese food with a stylish and contemporary setting. Helmed by siblings Sophie and Eric Banh, it offers expertly seasoned favorites, like oxtail pho and clay pot catfish. Wash your selection down with a refreshing cocktail, like the “Snow Bird”— a concoction of tequila, allspice dram, lemon, and spiced pear shrub, served over ice. // Capitol Hill. Book now on Resy.
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From a Midwestern-focused pasta restaurant that continues to garner praise to a pizzeria serving one-of-a-kind brick oven pies, these Chicago restaurants — New on Resy — have a whole lot to offer.
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3 Arts Club Café
Inside Restoration Hardware, in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood, lies 3 Arts Club Café– a stunning restaurant marked by its all-season Grand Courtyard. The Instagram-worthy space features a dining room that’s outfitted with full-grown trees and a giant skylight in lieu of a ceiling. All three meals of the day are offered here, from local yogurt at breakfast, to slow-roasted chicken at dinner. Walk-ins only.
Ideally situated on Michigan Avenue, in the heart of the Magnificent Mile, Bandera is the place to go for all things Southwestern. Among the restaurant’s signature offerings is jalapeño iron skillet cornbread, which arrives to your table straight out of the oven, rotisserie chicken that’s roasted all day over an open fire, and live jazz (performed nightly). Book now at Bandera.
Since opening this past June, Daisies has been conjuring up a steady buzz. For its easygoing atmosphere and its brick-lined walls, yes. For its picturesque back patio, landscaped by the chef’s mother, yes. Mostly, however, for chef Joe Frillman’s Midwestern menu, where a slew of homemade, seasonal pastas — according to the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Magazine, respectively, “some of the best fresh pasta in Chicago right now” and “among Chicago’s best” — take center stage. Daises gets bonus points for being a family affair; Frillman sources his produce from his brother’s farm in Prairie View, Illinois. Book now at Daises.
Inspired by the autostradas of Italy, the team behind Mino’s converted a 60s era garage into an industrial-chic, modern trattoria in the Chicago suburb of Winnetka. Family-friendly and very good for groups, it’s a place to gather over antipasti, pizze, primi (read: pasta), and other authentic Italian fare. Book now at Mino’s.
In a casual setting in Lincoln Park, Pizzeria Bebu is serving one-of-a-kind, crispy brick-oven pizza made with locally sourced ingredients. Given that Chicago is a town dominated by its fair share of pizza offerings, it’s no small feat that Bebu shines through. It is the first restaurant owned by Zach Smith, although he brings with him a wealth of industry experience, including stints at Nico Osteria and RPM Italian; while his executive chef, Jeff Lutzow, put in time at Nico Osteria and Publican. Book now at Pizzeria Bebu.
The Promontory offers hearth-to-table fare from executive chef Bernard Bennett in a polished bi-level space with a full patio. Best of all, there’s something for everyone: from chicken wings and chickpea fries, to wild mushroom risotto and a cheeseburger. The large wraparound bar serves up signature cocktails and selections from the global wine list, while the second floor is host to regular live music events. Book now at The Promontory.
The Vig is a 1950s-themed sports parlor in the heart of Old Town. Refined bar food (think lobster deviled eggs, brisket bao buns, and blistered shishito peppers) complement the beverage menu “designed for the contemporary drinker.” There are house bets, draft cocktails, classics, and slushies, most with quirky names like Sage Advice and Mama Said. Leather banquettes and an exposed-beam ceiling make The Vig a cut above the rest when it comes to watching the game (and the TVs do not disappoint) over dinner and drinks. Book now at The Vig.
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Perhaps you know Georgia chef Hugh Acheson from his stints judging on “Top Chef,” or maybe you’re familiar with his cookbooks A New Turn in the South, The Broad Fork, and, most recently, The Chef and the Slow Cooker. In Atlanta, Hugh is best known as the man behind Empire State South, as well as a growing lineup of restaurants that make use of the bounty of Atlanta and its environs. We caught up with Acheson while he’s on book tour to talk Atlanta dining, his favorite sushi spot, and the history of Empire’s famous bocce courts.
Photo Credit: Jason Hales.
Resy: How would you describe Empire State South to someone who has never been there?
Hugh Acheson: Empire is a breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything-in-between restaurant that focuses on local products and pulls at the larders of every culture around Georgia. We do a lot of historic style recipes, but everything’s pretty modern as well. Great coffee program, great wine program, and a really fun bar. So it’s a kind of multifaceted restaurant. It’s meant to really be vastly appealing to pretty much everyone, it’s really a classic wide spectrum restaurant. Come in for a coffee, that’s cool, come in for 10 courses, that’s cool too.
Photo Credit: Jason Hales.
How does the food pay tribute to its surroundings, and where does it veer from tradition?
A good example is the farm egg, which has always been one of the most popular dishes, which is crisp Carolina gold rice with a nestled egg into it, and then the accompaniments change with every season. Right now it’s fall, so it’ll be butternut squash puree at the base of the plate. There’ll be roasted butternut squash and house-made kielbasa, finely, finely diced within the rice. It’s kind of an ode to Vietnamese fried rice, with this coddled egg, and it’s got a good amount of acid and crisp to it. It shows off the historical aspect of rice culture in Georgia, but also the modern immigrant population that has really laid claim to a lot of food in Georgia these days, really advanced it a great deal.
Photo Credit: Jason Hales.
I think that’s a thing people outside Georgia might not know about Atlanta, that it has this really vibrant immigrant culture and there are traditions coming in from all over the place.
Yeah, Atlanta has been perceived as very white and very black. And in a lot of cases, historically it is—Atlanta is the center for black culture, which we love. Then it’s also got this huge, amazingly vibrant immigrant population around Buford Highway and really stretching all the way up to Suwanee on the north east side of Atlanta. There’s just an amazing amount of really cool food happening there because of it.
What’s the inspiration for the design of Empire State South?
The interior of the space is built from, really, recycled Georgia—it was an old house in Duluth, Georgia, which is right outside of Atlanta, that was pulled down and it was 150 years old. It was the largest house in Duluth, and it had all this beautiful hard pine—most all of the wood you see in there, from cypress to hard pine, is all from this one house that was pulled down and remilled to make the furniture, the floor, the walls, the shelves, all that sort of stuff.
Photo Credit: Jason Hales.
Tell me about the building that houses the restaurant.
So Empire is at a very important corner of Atlanta. It’s at 10th and Peachtree, which is defined as sort of the center of Midtown and, because of the way the highways work, it really is the center of everything in the city. It was a pretty important building back in the day, it was the First Union building. Now, there [are] a lot of architect firms and lawyers offices, and things like that, upstairs. It’s 28 stories, which by New York standards is not that tall, but by Atlanta standards, it’s pretty towering.
What’s the story behind the restaurant’s bocce courts?
When we opened up, we wanted to create a place that would be kind of an oasis, and have a good amount of outdoor space. The huge bocce ball court outside…used to be this sort of strange memorial that was moved, and it was about the same size of the bocce court. So, I just talked to the landlord and I was like, “Why don’t we put in a bocce court?” And they were like, “Sounds great.” And surrounding it is all this shaded area, it looks over a bunch of beautiful modern buildings in midtown.
Empire State South’s iconic bocce ball court. Photo Credit: Jason Hales.
What else do you have going on in Atlanta?
I own two coffee shops in Atlanta, as well, both called Spiller Park. One is in Ponce City Market, the bustling Ponce City Market. The other one is in Toco Hills Shopping Center. They’re both fine coffee shops, focusing on really what we do everywhere: authentic feel, commitment to quality, commitment to skills and professionalism, and delivering a top notch product with consistency.
And there’s another restaurant on the way.
There is, there’s another restaurant on the way. We have a new place called Achie’s, which is in the Omni Hotel in the north part of the city. Achie’s is named after my paternal grandfather, who is a Canadian man who lived and worked for the majority of his life in the Caribbean. Mostly Cuba, where my dad was born. It’s a contemporary American restaurant with some Cuban influences, and an amazing beverage program. It’s a hotel restaurant, so it’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And it will be a fun place, it’s a beautiful hotel they’re building out.
When will Achie’s be opening?
Looks like early January, barring any stoppages, we should be good to go!
How have you seen Atlanta change since you first opened in the city?
You know, Atlanta went through a lot of sort of ’90’s…some of them were good restaurants, but it was a lot of sort of club-chic restaurants, you know? Valet parking and fancy signage, and not a ton of attention to what was on the plate or the quality drive towards amazing beverage programs [you see now]. There were some stalwarts who were doing really amazing quality throughout the years. I mean, Gunter Seeger was there for a long time, people like that. But what I’ve seen is a lot of what is happening nationwide, which is moving towards independent restaurants. A lot of chefs who’ve traveled and worked in New York, in LA, in San Francisco, coming back to where they’re from. Opening up their own small places and really having a go of it, and showing off what is locally available.
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Of course, because Atlanta benefits from the longer Southern growing season.
[Atlanta has] a pretty rich agrarian vista right around it, so local for us really means what’s in two hours of Atlanta. There are a lot of really dedicated souls in the farming community doing a lot of amazing stuff. I think Empire orders from about 50 different farms. Same with Five & Ten [in Athens, Georgia], orders probably about from 30. So it really shows off a lot of amazing difference in production. You know, red dirt’s not the easiest stuff to farm in, but we’re in a shelf of dirt that’s actually really good from Atlanta to Athens.
Where in Atlanta are you a regular?
That’s a good question. There’s a pretty beautiful sushi place up in Buckhead called Umi. I go there a fair bit. It’s excellent, excellent sushi.
Tell me about your book that just came out.
It’s called The Chef and the Slow Cooker, and it’s published by Random House Clarkson Potter. We’re on book tour right now with it. It’s going well. The book is [about] how do you take a rudimentary piece of technology that most every household has but under-utilizes, and how do you use it as a gateway to getting to cook from-scratch? How do you take things that have the ability to free you up some time in the day but still result in really good meals?
Stills from Hugh Acheson’s forthcoming book, The Chef and the Slow Cooker. Photo Credit: Andrew Thomas Lee
Slow cookers aren’t exactly typical cookbook territory for a professional chef.
You know, the one push back on reviews and stuff, the criticism of the book, is well, they are more complex recipes for a slow cooker. But it is called The Chef and the Slow Cooker, not The Guy Who’s Never Cooked Before and Some Slow Cooker. So they’re contemporary recipes, but there’s a kimchi-braised chicken, and West African braised catfish, and amazing lentil soups, and artichoke barigoule. Things like that. Things that you can really pull off in long cooking times, that result in great, great tasting food. Some that needs to be finished with a flourish at the end, but overall they’re pretty straightforward.
And you’re still on book tour?
We’ll be on the road. We’re working in conjugation with Cholula Hot Sauce, Whole Foods Markets, and All-Clad. And we’re touring around in a 25-stop tour, and we’re about five cities, six cities into it. It’s that’s all on hughacheson.com, people can check it out.
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With Art Week upon us—the annual convergence of international art shows and parties invading the Magic City from December 4–11—hundreds of thousands of visitors will descend on Miami, along with a slew of new restaurants.
To navigate it all, Resy tapped chef and restaurateur Michael Schwartz, who shared his dining lineup (and pro tips!) just in time for Art Basel.
“Make sure to plan ahead, have a focus, and try not to do too much. You could pop around the restaurants, but it is by and large, the busiest week of the year so planning ahead and having reservations is always helpful and advisable—especially if you’re more than two people,” Schwartz notes. “If you’re with your wife or your husband, or your friend and you’re bopping around, you can manage to eat at bars and grab a table, but otherwise, planning is key.”
Schwartz’s latest restaurant, Amara at Paraiso (opening January 2018) is offering an exclusive pop-up preview on-site at Paraiso Bay, giving lucky diners a sneak peek to Schwartz’s self-described “love letter to Miami” during Art Week. The restaurant, which is inspired by its bayside setting, brings together Latin American flavors, coastal ingredients and South Florida’s diversity of food culture, to create the quintessential Miami dining experience (from environment to cuisine to vibe).
The James Beard Award-winning chef and longtime local shares his picks for the week:
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This eclectic staple by the Bar Lab team—the same group behind the neighboring Broken Shaker—is a must-visit spot for Schwartz.
“It’s a little bit of a getaway from the art crowd, but still right in the middle of the action. Local, and the food is homey and honest. Plus, my vegetarian daughter appreciates when we go there because there is lots for her to eat.” Book Now on Resy.
GAIJIN IZAKAYA BY CAKE
A newcomer to Miami’s restaurant scene, Gajin in the brainchild of Phuket “Cake” Thongsodchareondee, who is best known for his namesake Cake Thai restaurant. However, Cake has expanded and is also now showing off his Japanese cooking chops at his latest restaurant.
“It’s right in the middle between Wynwood and the Design District, and right near Midtown, so it’s close to all the art fairs. I’ve been there a couple times and I thought it was a solid with a wide variety of choices along with some passionate people trying to make some good food,” notes Schwartz. Learn more.
JOE’S STONE CRAB
It’s hard to visit Miami and not make a stop at Joe’s Stone Crab. The legendary restaurant, which just kicked off its 104th season, is not only a must-stop on any out-of-towners eating itinerary but also still a favorite amongst locals, even after all these years.
“For me, I love like three to four times a year to go to Joe’s. What I love about it most is that everybody goes there—it’s not like the institutional sort of place that only tourists go to,“ adds Schwartz. “Locals go there, tourists go there. It’s Joe’s, you have to go there, you have to.” Walk-ins only. Learn more.
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Tucked away at the entrance of Coconut Grove is low-key hangout Ariete. Mixing together Miami’s Cuban influence with classic American cuisine, all created by Cypress Room alum Michael Beltran.
“If you want to escape the madness of Miami Art Week, Coconut Grove is probably the place you want to do it. I’m a fan of the Grove, and I like Beltran’s cooking. He’s seasonal local but he also digs in to a little bit of his heritage and Cuban and pays homage to that, which I respect,” says Schwartz. Book Now on Resy.
James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Solomonov has brought his popular hummusiya to South Florida, and locals can’t get enough. Located in Wynwood, it’s a quick and healthy go-to spot in the middle of all the Art Week action.
“It’s just so f—ing good, and it’s quick and it’s easy. What else do you need to know? Get one of each of the hummus, lots of hot sauce, and don’t forget extra pita,” adds Schwartz. Walk-ins only. Learn more.
While out-of-towners might assume Miamians shy away from carbs, that couldn’t be further from the truth. With a bevy of new bakeries invading our sandy shores in the past few years, it’s easier than ever to grab a solid baked good to-go, and True Loaf is a favorite of Schwartz’s.
“He’s the best baker in Miami, and I know that he’s not the crowd favorite, but I just love him and I love what he does and I love how humble he is. So pop in there grab a loaf, get a sweet — the phantom cookie is amazing, all the cookies, everything he bakes for me is amazing,” says Schwartz. Walk-ins only. Learn more.
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AMARA AT PARAISO
Schwartz’s pop-up of his forthcoming restaurant will include four nights of dinner service with seatings available on the half hour from 7–9:30 p.m. from Wednesday, December 6 to Saturday, December 9. Guests will enjoy an Amara experience including snacks and cocktails, a four-course dinner (served family style), and three wine offerings along with beer and beverage options.
“The pop-up is a chance for us to give people a taste of what that restaurant is going to be. It’ll be a great cross-section of the menu—big meats on the grill, some sharing situations, great cocktails—and the cocktail program is driven by tropical flavors that are light, bright, and fresh,” Schwartz notes. “There is a big wood-burning grill (a Josper), an open kitchen, and a big bar inside and outside. The doors open up to this outdoor area that leads right into the water. It’s on the open water, which sort of doesn’t exist in Miami.” Tickets are $189 per person. Book Now on Resy.
Resy sat down with Brooks Reitz—restaurateur behind beloved Charleston eateries Little Jack’s Tavern and Leon’s Oyster Shop, and Jack Rudy Cocktail Co. purveyor—to find out his favorite local spots for a weekend well-spent in the Holy City!
“There are tons of great restaurants in Charleston, but like anyone in your hometown, you find the places where you are a regular and don’t stray from those too much. In Charleston, we have a hit list of five or six restaurants that we consistently go to.”
Discover Brooks’ essential city-wide haunts:
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“Over the weekend, we’re liable to have one sort of rich, sinful lunch. If we want to have a boozy lunch, but be a bit more elegant — drink a bottle of wine, and sit out in the courtyard — we’ll go to Chez Nous.” Book now on Resy.
Mexican, French Quarter
“If we’re in the mood for something more casual, and looking forward to watching sports, while enjoying cold beer and rich Mexican food, we’ll go to Minero—Sean Brock’s casual Mexican joint, which I love.” Learn more.
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LITTLE JACK’S TAVERN
Tavern & Steakhouse, North Central
“I eat lunch throughout the week at either Leon’s [Oyster Shop] or Little Jack’s Tavern almost exclusively. My go-to lunch order is the chopped salad or shrimp burger at Little Jack’s, and the Siam salad at Leon’s.” Book now on Resy.
XIAO BAO BISCUIT
Asian Comfort, Cannonborough/Elliotborough
“For dinner during the week—if we’re looking for a vibe—we’ll go to Xiao Bao Biscuit, which is Asian cooking but no specific country. They are pulling from Thai, Japanese, Vietnamese cuisines– it’s a great spot.” Learn more.
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“Whenever friends come to visit, they always want to go to my restaurants (Little Jack’s Tavern or Leon’s Oyster). For a nice dinner [together], we’ll hit up The Ordinary.” Book now on Resy.
“Leyla is a little Lebanese restaurant on King Street, and our go-to for a low-key dinner during the week.” Learn more.
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Temperatures have dropped, and let’s face it: winter is upon us. New York is awash with holiday cheer, exciting new restaurants are taking off, and cozy favorites are coming through, right when we need them most. Kick the cold-weather blues with a candlelit table for two and the Resy Hit List as your guide.
7/Hwa Yuan Szechuan
Bonus/The Blue Box Café at Tiffany & Co.
Because chef Masa Takaya (yes, that Masa) has arrived downtown with a menu that explores new territory. With a Japanese robatayaki (read: fireside grill) that’s a lot more casual (and affordable) than his eponymous omakase restaurant, Tetsu offers a range of grilled delights and other comfort fare, including limited-access burgers, served only from 5–6pm. // TriBeCa. Book now on Resy.
Because newcomer Ferris boasts a stacked roster of industry talent, including Greg Proechel (Le Turtle) helming the kitchen, and Major Food Group alum Charles Seich running front of house. Seasonal eclectic plates, minimalist design, and can’t-miss cocktails are what you’re going for. // NoMad. Book now on Resy.
Because at this intimate French abode, you’ll feel more like a dinner party guest than a restaurant-goer, save for the refined, chef-driven fare. With its latest acknowledgement—a Michelin star—just in, now is a good time to go. // Battery Park City. Book now on Resy.
Because husband-and-wife duo Scott Tacinelli and Angie Rito have a knack for creating playful, picture-perfect Italian dishes that taste as good as they look (think stuffed garlic flatbread, “tonnato vitello,” and buffalo milk caramelle). All served in a warm and inviting space. // West Village. Book now on Resy.
Because Madame Vo churns out some of the city’s very best pho–the fragrant and satisfying Vietnamese soup with various healing properties. It’ll warm you up when it’s below-freezing, help heal the common cold, and cure a hangover (after all, it is holiday party season). // East Village. Book now on Resy.
Because the reviews are in, and there’s nothing but praise for this Korean steakhouse. Having earned kudos from Pete Wells (The Times), Adam Platt (New York), and Ryan Sutton (Eater), Cote serves banchan alongside various cuts of top-quality, dry-aged beef. // Flatiron. 212-401-7986.
7/Hwa Yuan Szechuan
Because in a rare comeback, this legendary Chinatown establishment (aka: the birthplace of sesame noodles) has been resurrected by Chen Lieh Tang, son of the chef-inventor himself, Shorty Tang. After a decades-long hiatus, the family is once again serving its original recipe—and up to 350 guests at a time. // Chinatown. Book now on Resy.
Because Mark Ladner is dishing out fresh pasta for as little as $7, in under a minute. The launch of this fast-casual joint signals the next phase of the legendary pasta maker’s career, after his departure from Del Posto earlier this year. // Greenwich Village. Walk-ins only.
Because April Bloomfield’s masterful, rib-sticking braises and roasts make New York City winters a little bit easier. The Breslin’s cozy digs and “evening puddings” (read: desserts) add to its enduring appeal. // NoMad. Book now on Resy.
Because the restaurant’s specialty and namesake is a wheel of Swiss cheese melted tableside over roasted potatoes, slices of baguette, and steak—a perfect cold-weather dish that originated in the Alpine regions of Switzerland and France. As for the snow-topped mountains? Well, you’ll just have to imagine them. // East Village. Book now on Resy.
Bonus/The Blue Box Café at Tiffany & Co.
Because if you haven’t already heard…you can now have breakfast at Tiffany’s. Treat yourself to tea and petit fours at the iconic Fifth Avenue flagship, which is brimming with Tiffany Blue. (Reservations, which are bookable 14 days in advance, are highly sought-after. So, be sure to set a Notify and act fast!) // Midtown. Book now on Resy.
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