Goodbye Coachella, hello Beard Awards. Here are the restaurants now making their Resy debuts. P.S. with Mother’s Day T-minus 10, the app is fire.
Photo courtesy of @EatingWithMinnie at The Eddy.
New York City
Seasonal fare with a global accent and a cultured drink list never looked so good. Good vibes from the team set the tone and an ace in the kitchen makes it a win. Pick a wine, any wine, because you’re going to love every bottle on this list. This is a great place for those looking to hear their dinner party (the acoustics are glorious). FYI, currently serving ramps. // East Village. Book now at The Eddy.
Williamsburg, say hello to your new best friend, Detroit-style pizza. While their big sister restaurant, Emily, focuses on a Neapolitan slice, it’s hip to be Squared. In addition to pizzas, the menu features a selection of small plates (hey there, duck wings) and sandwiches (see esp. meatballs). A full cocktail program, as well as killer beer and wine list, rounds out the package. And, stand by, for a subterranean burger lounge is on its way. // Williamsburg. Book now at Emmy Square.
U.P. at Dominique Ansel Kitchen
While everyone is searching for the next hybrid pastry, Chef Ansel is creating the next hybrid bakery. Last week DAK debuted limited-edition fraises des bois pavlova (aka a pavlova covered in wild strawberries), but that’s not all Chef Dominique has got going on. Let’s not forget U.P., aka Unlimited Possibilities, where all the real magic happens. // West Village. Book now at U.P.
Nom Wah Tea Parlor
NYC Chinatown’s first dim sum joint is now on Resy. Opening 96 years ago on Doyers Street, the only thing that’s changed (until now) is how you order. Before it was an entirely verbal affair, with no printed prices, now there’s an extensive menu with photos to boot. Order up: pork buns, pan-fried noodles, house special pan fried dumplings, and the rice roll (aka fried dough wrapped in a chewy rice roll and drizzled w/ sweet soy sauce). Yum cha. // Chinatown. Book now at Nom Wah Tea Parlor. Resys for three or more.
Italian for ‘little meatball’, Polpettina is all about locally sourced, high-quality ingredients prepared simply and showcased in a casual atmosphere. From clean-up to take-out, the team at Polpettina is focused on making good choices for the environment. In addition to sourcing as much food as possible from local and organic farmers, they also strive to be as green in operations as well. It doesn’t hurt that Alice Gabriel of The New York Times said, “The meatballs are, in fact, otherworldly good.” // Eastchester & Larchmont. Book now at Polpettina.
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“A modern Hawaiian eatery” is the story, serving distinct Hawaiian/Asian flavors with, “a breath of the classics.” They cook with the seasons and lots of love, using fine dining techniques and local ingredients from the Bay Area, as well as specially imported ingredients from the Aloha State. Plus, “Āina’s hipster Hawaiian brunch menu will please you greatly,” says Eater SF. // Dogpatch. Book now at Āina.
Michael Bauer writes in his three-and-one-half stars review,”from start to finish, the dinner — and the service — incorporated a casual, understated elegance stripped of pretense. So while I may have been a little late to the party, I now join in to celebrate what is clearly Oakland’s best, most ambitious restaurant.” Chef James Syhabout’s CV is impressive: he’s an alum of El Bulli, Muggaritz and the Fat Duck; a former chef de partie at Alkimia, a former chef de partie at Daniel Patterson’s Coi, and a former sous chef at Manresa. In addition to the Bauer accolades, Commis also has two Michelin stars for its precise Californian cuisine. // North Oakland. Book now at Commis.
A nickname for Noe Valley, NOVY sits on the corner of 24th & Noe with beamed ceilings and local, organic Mediterranean eats. Serving up sustainable Cali-Greek cuisine, they have a strong focus on green practices and eliminating waste. A family-owned, neighborhood restaurant they deliver a fun, comfortable setting and a polished meal. Heads up, their brunch game is strong. // Noe Valley. Book now at Novy.
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Opening this past Tuesday, Chef Eric Ziebold’s Métier is a contemporary American restaurant with a dedication to hospitality. Ziebold says, “Life is a collection of moments, celebrate as many as you can,” and his space does just that. The 7-course tasting menu provides a gallery of flavors, while the 36-seat space, in a historic brick building dating to 1907, makes the experience pop. Guests gain entry through a private elevator after starting in the salon for hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, before entering the dining room with views of the Chef’s kitchen. NB, jackets required. #LookGoodFeelGood. // Mt. Vernon. Book now at Metier.
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A new Italian concept in the Grove from the owner of Strada, Farinelli 1937 focuses on 100% Italian style pizza. What’s that mean? Each pizza is made fresh from two brick ovens and topped with gourmet ingredients like white truffle and osso bucco. It’s eponymously named in honor of Maurizio Farinelli grandparents and the first restaurant they opened in Italy back in 1937. They will also be offering eight or nine hand cut prosciuttos, locally made cheeses, sandwiches, a wine list featuring 100 varietals, nearly a dozen champagnes and proseccos by the glass, plus a multitude of craft beers from Italy and MIA. It’s a family affair. // Coconut Grove. Book now at Farinelli 1937.
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Named after the Tribeca, NY restaurant he ran in the mid-1990s, Stephen Kalt’s first LA flagship is Italian-inspired but transformed by seasonal farmer’s market produce. There are over 100 wines on the mostly Italian wine list. Also, indoor and outdoor seating options (you can select through the app). Outside you get fresh air, inside you have a view of the open kitchen. Is this L.A.’s best new restaurant? // West Hollywood. Book now at Spartina.
This Argentine-focused, shared plates bar, located Downtown, is inspired by owner Andrea Borgen’s childhood summers spent visiting her grandparents in Buenos Aires. Andrea set out to emulate the classic corner barcito in an approachable and contemporary context. Good for a quick drink, or leisurely hang. Heads up, pineapple heads, Barcito is a hospitality-included restaurant (no adding a tip). // Downtown. Book now at Barcito.
Firestone Walker Brewery, Venice
Otherwise known as “The Propagator,” the brewery is finally open after 3 years of anticipation. Representing the brewery’s third regionalized coastal California operation, the Venice campus includes a restaurant (duh), lounge, new barrel cellar, a retail store and a space for future beer education seminars. As far as food goes, here you’ll find a mix of pizzas, “roughage”, sharables, tacos, savory or sweet finger foods, etc. “The vision is to provide casual food that is perfect for pairing with our beers,” says owner David Walker. // Venice. Book now at Firestone Walker Brewery, Venice.
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