One week until July 4th. Summer is so on that it’s almost over. Please meet these new Resy restaurants, hotter than melting sidewalks.
Photo courtesy of Chez Panisse.
Founded by Slow Food revolutionary Alice Waters, Chez Panisse opened its doors in 1971 and joined Resy as of last Friday. The name pays homage to Marcel Pagnol’s 1930’s film trilogy and the restaurant is an ode to California’s local, organic farms. Seasonality is key with the cafe and restaurant menus on a daily rotation. The upstairs cafe is à la carte while the downstairs is four-course prix fixe, so whether you’re in the mood for a quick lunch or a romantic night out, there’s a table for you. Chez Panisse has every detail on lock; the lighting is mood, the wine flows, and the fare will have you weak in the knees. Bon appétit. // Berkeley. Book now at Cafe Chez Panisse.
In its 30+ year history, Sushi Ran has not only produced some of the best Japanese food in the Bay Area, but it has also seeded other top restaurants (like Village Sake, Kusakabe, Ju-Ni, etc). An award-winning restaurant featuring Japanese & Pacific cuisines, a 200 bottle wine list and premium sakes, Ran is a longtime staple known for Tokyo’s freshest fish delivered daily. // Sausalito. Book now at Sushi Ran.
Eastern Mediterranean by way of California seasonal has the Mission enamored with Tawla. Their daily rotating menu features traditional home cooking means a cornucopia of comfort food i.e. garlic lovers rejoice. Every dish is made with farmers market bounty, sustainably raised meats and locally caught seafood. Plus, does it get better than daily fresh baked bread to sop up copious amounts of olive oil? Get yourself fattoush and 3 labnehs FTW. // Mission. Book now at Tawla.
Thai Issan means eating with your hands is the name of the game. Authenticity plays and the brunch theme goes hard. Vibes read shared plates, killer cocktails, it’s a Thai party. Kick it off with a coconut and a shot of rum then move onto the Tropical Mimosa for the tonga mix. Just the right move to balance the heat of the crispy AF fried chicken. // Mission. Book now at Hawker Fare.
When the chef earns a Michelin star at Maruya, omakase is the only move to make. Chef Masa Sasaki and Chikara Ono put a slight French twist on Delage’s casual approach to the upscale Japanese sushi experience with a focus on the quality of the fish. Sustainably caught fish from Japan, New Zealand and local waters has been cured, marinated and dehydrated to be served up nigiri style. French and Japanese are always a dream combo. // Oakland. Book now at Delage.
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The Walker Inn
This hidden bar/lounge is located inside the Hotel Normandie, and offers an omakase-style cocktail menu (meaning: “a meal consisting of dishes selected by the chef” or in this case, the bartender.) Thanks to a new menu nearly ever month, each visit is just as fresh and exciting as the last. Heads up, there are some small cocktail accompaniments, but no food items available for order. Special congrats to the team for their “Best New Cocktail Bar” win at the Time Out LA Bar Awards. // Koreatown. Book now at The Walker Inn.
Coming from Las Vegas’ mini-Chinatown district, Aburiya Raku has hit LA and joined Resy for all of their booking needs. Whether you know them for their foie gras rice bowls or their beef liver sashimi, Raku is truly a delicious Japanese restaurant. In the words of LA Times’ Jonathan Gold, “…you order too much. You always order too much. The leisurely paced meal stretches out for hours. And against all odds, you are happy.” // West Hollywood. Book now at Aburiya Raku.
An American tavern, “for the people, by the people.” From the Rush Street and the first City Tavern partners, Ken Kaufman and Brian McKeaney, have created an old school tavern with 28 local brews on tap, comfort food and a serious cocktail program in the heart of DTLA. Say hello to slow-braised short rib, pimento cheese poutine (gravy & garlic fries). Add the fried egg. // Culver City. Book now at City Tavern.
The Cannibal LA
Originally from NYC, this butcher and restaurant is, in fact, a butcher’s restaurant. It’s like your neighborhood butcher friend who happens to be obsessed with beer and decides to make dinner every night. Whole roasted lamb shoulders, braised pigs heads, and whole racks of prime dry aged beef are what it’s all about. Veggies join the team when it’s right, seasonality is key. // Culver City. Book now at Cannibal LA.
Photo courtesy of The Dabney.
All Purpose Pizzeria
The Shaw neighborhood has received a new Italian-American restaurant from 2 DC powerhouses: The Red Hen and Boundary Stone. Add pastry chef Tiffany MacIsaac, of Buttercream Bakeshop, FTW. The pizza dough is fermented for 3 days before it’s made into its crunchy, chewy texture with a crispy bottom and is sure to, “hold the fold,” says The Washingtonian. Served on the side are feta-ranch and Italian vinaigrette dippies and desserts include old-school, Italian-style cookies and small cakes. Welcome to Flavortown, population you. // Shaw. Book now at All Purpose Pizzeria.
Chef Jeremiah Langhorne is serving Mid-Atlantic cuisine at this rustic spot set in a former row house. At the center of the restaurant is an open kitchen with a wood-burning fire that shows off the food’s versatility while sticking to the classics. Go ahead, hit your craving for Southern fare again and again. Patio game is on point. //Shaw. Book now at The Dabney.
Photo courtesy of Donostia.
New York City (sans the Hamptons)
Bar de Conservas (canned goods) y Pintxos (a small snack typically bar food found in northern Spain) is the idea behind Donostia. This stylish, intimate bar & cafe serves traditional Basque small plates, plus coffee & cocktails. Visit Spain without leaving the East Village. Cheers to an amazing sherry collection and a mental trip! // East Village. Book now at Donostia.
Hip hop vibes lead the way to Shuko’s daily tasting menus (aka omakases & kaiseki meals) from Chefs Nick Kim and Jimmy Lau. Based on traditional Japanese flavors and techniques, they focus strictly on the best fish selections and seasonal ingredients. FYI the bar is sanded daily so it’s TIGHT. // Greenwich Village. Book now at Shuko.
They call themselves, “A culinary destination, part urban hacienda, part charming corner barrio bar,” and have got Williamsburg down pat. From morning to night, Llama Inn has got you covered. Understanding those morning L-train woes, they will serve you a cappuccino before you face your subway ride fate. At lunch, they promise they won’t tell your boss about the pisco you consume, and for dinner, Anticuchos FTW. // Williamsburg. Book now at Llama Inn (live at 5pm EST).
Beer, biscuits, and pickles in a modern and rustic Upper West Side setting. After opening his go-to destination for comfort food in Boston’s Quincy Market, native New Yorker Jacob Hadjigeorgis set his sights back on The Big Apple to open a new American craft experience through food, drink & design. Now you can make your reservation, for large parties only, on the app. #FriedChicken // Upper West Side. Book now at Jacob’s Pickles.
Photo courtesy of JoJo Tea.
The first of it’s kind, JoIo Tea is an 8-seat, tea tasting room for an intimate tea party. A hub for creativity and serious tea connoisseurs, the room is rented hourly with unlimited tastings. If you’re interested in learning more about tea, monthly classes and collaborative dinners (like the previous one they held with Dirt) are on the lineup. Make your Resy and redefine the new American tea party. // Coral Gabes. Book now at JoJo Tea.
The sister restaurant of Farinelli 1937, Strada is located in the heart of Coconut Grove featuring authentic old world Italian flavors in a contemporary space. The concept is a blend of the classics with regional recipes. Expect the heavy hitters. Linguine alle vongole if you know what’s good for you. // Coconut Grove. They only book through the phone so call Strada today.
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