It’s time once again for the Resy Hit List. For your safety, please keep your hands, arms, and legs inside the vehicle at all times. This week we continue to lean into summer, because obv. You are where you eat, so here’s the deal for the next seven days. 5 New, 5 Returning.
Because here come the reviews for George Mendes’s gastropub and they’re good. It’s the “cool portuguese restaurant midtown didn’t know it needed,” says Eater’s Ryan Sutton. Two stars for you. Frango piri-piri still your move. Ditto octo. // Chelsea. Book Now at Lupulo.
2/MISSION CHINESE 21
Because NY Times critic Pete Wells is down with Danny Bowein’s Chinatown biz. “The hallucinations may have stopped,” he says. “[B]ut Mission Chinese Food is still a trip.” Waits for days, unless you go early or late. // Chinatown. No reservations and long waits in the main dining room, but plenty of space for walk-ins at the bar.
Because Soho restaurateur to the tech stars, John McDonald, is up to it again. He’s in the revamped hotel at 60 Thompson Street and this situation is Italian. Bar booths are sexy. // SoHo. (212) 219-8119.
Because it may all sounds a little frouf’, but hey now. Centuries old details and a super-pro team. Acclaimed London chef Jason Atherton is cooking. Menu is “contemporary British” per the official materials, but actually just “New York American.” Take the elevator if you’re not dead sober. // Flatiron. (212) 413-4300.
5/PERLA 2.0 Debut
Because what if West Village Ital Perla dropped prices and lightened up the menu a bit. It has. Family style frutti di mare for $50 sounds like it could be something. // Greenwich Village. (212) 933-1824.
6/ALTA LINEA Debut
Because the dell’anima and L’Artusi squad has real estate at the Highline Hotel for the summer. It’s al fresco for days and may prove to be history’s perfect Saturday afternoon cocktail destination. Food, too. // Chelsea. (212) 929-3888.
Because, damn, this location is for real. Summer in the city if ever there was. // Meatpacking. (212) 254-3000.
8/TERROIR HIGHLINE Debut
Because what you actually want on the Highline, versus chairs strewn all about, tourists and grilled cheese carts, is a great sit-down wine bar where the riesling might as well be coming out of a sink tap. Here it is. // Chelsea. Walk-ins only.
9/GRAND BANKS 4
Because it’s a sailboat and it’s a bar and it’s right there on the Hudson and so it’ll be on the Hit List until Labor Day. Port side seats, ftw. // Pier 25, TriBeCa. (212) 960-3390.
Because Contra is legit, if a bit challenging for regular use. Here’s their brand new baby sister, also on the Lower East Side, which comes with the promise of more casual food. Radish with seaweed butter is the kind of thing that sounds innocuous enough, but will be a showstopper in the hands of chefs Jeremiah Stone and Fabian von Hauske. // Lower East Side. (646) 964-5624.