Welcome to the the Hit List, Kate. Here is our weekly rundown of bars and restaurants that gets you to the right table at the right time. And now, the places we’re recommending for the next seven days, because you are where you eat. 4 returning, 2 new.
Because marks out of the gate for Nick Kim and Jimmy Lau’s Neta sequel couldn’t be higher. Is now ranking To the Gills packed. // Union Square. Reservations are best gotten right now by calling (212) 228-6088.
2/TIJUANA PICNIC Debut
Because Jon Neidich, Jean-Marc Houmard, and Rob McKinley are hit makers. The atmosphere-first DNA of Indochine, Acme and Surf Lodge are all here. The menu is light for Mexican. Gordita and vegetariano tacos are a good place to start. // Lower East Side. Opens tomorrow. Call for 212-219-2000 for reservations.
3/BEMELMANS BAR Debut
Because the Royals remind, ’tis the season for a Manhattan. // Upper East Side. First-come-first-serve.
Because it’s ‘the world’s first comfort food.’ Couldn’t possibly be more straightforward. In brodo god Marco Canora we trust. // East Village. Walk-up window.
5/COSME 6 Weeks Running
Because. // Flatiron. Hit reply to request a reservation. Front room, with limited menu, is first-come-first-serve.
Because. // Park South. Hit reply to request a reservation.
7/SURPRISE RESY PROTIP
There’s a secret burger on the menu at Alder and it’s tremendous.
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Image: Tijuana Picnic