It has been a long few weeks, but now it’s time for your happy dance: the newest restaurants on the app are up and ready for booking.
As always, you are where you eat. Read more, and grab a seat.
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New York City
Opening tomorrow, 99 Bank is redefining Gluten Free dining with a meal that is anything but ordinary. Utilizing the highest quality ingredients and a selection of ciders, natural wines, and grain-free cocktails, this restaurant – with fantastic service and modern décor to boot – is an experience you cannot miss. // Greenwich Village. Book now at 99 Bank.
Williamsburg’s new American seafood restaurant focuses on sustainable, market-driven ingredients. Chef Pete Lipson combines products from local fisheries, farmers, and artisans to create seasonally inspired dishes like Passatelli pasta with littleneck clams, Calabrian chilis, and smoked pecorino. Don’t forget the wine list and cocktail menu– they’re good ones. // Williamsburg. Book now at All Hands.
“Earth Wheat Fire” is what Faro is all about. Handmade pastas are at the heart and soul of this Bushwick neighborhood restaurant. The seasonal American menu changes often and uses local grains from NY farmers. Faro also offers a tasting menu on Fridays and Saturdays to let guests enjoy a deeper exploration of Italian pasta at the chef’s counter. // Bushwick. Book now at Faro.
In 1994, independent filmmaker Donna Lennard and her Italian partner, Alberto Avalle, opened an antique store on Bond Street called Il Buco. They soon transformed it into a warm restaurant where food lovers can share ideas while breaking bread and drinking wine. With a menu that brings together the Mediterranean flavors of Italy and Spain, Il Buco is “the original simple and authentic” restaurant of what has become a trio of eatery, market, and lifestyle boutique. // East Village. Book now at Il Buco.
Chef Jared Sippel and co-owner James King celebrate the cuisines and wines of Northern Italy and Southern France, with a spotlight on Provence. Try the four-course tasting menu, served in an elegant back dining room, or dine à la carte on bites and small plates in the front Taverna. And don’t miss a look at the red antique Berkel slicer from 1912 in the Taverna, just next to the bar. // Flatiron. Book now at Italienne.
Specializing in “balls,” the Meatball Shop has been an NYC staple since 2010. Order a “naked” ball, a meatball sandwich, or the Kitchen Sink, but whatever you do, do not leave without the homemade ice cream sandwich (you choose two cookies and one ice cream flavor.) Win, win. // Chelsea, LES, UES, UWS, West Village, Williamsburg. Walk-ins only.
Short for Nordic Eatery, N’eat is a delightfully low-key new restaurant in the East Village. Chef Gabriel Hedlund, an alum of Noma and Kokkeriet, says guests can expect a casual experience, whether dining at the bar with a glass of wine and a few snacks, or sitting down to enjoy the à la carte menu. The dinner menu features fifteen seasonal dishes that are best for sharing– five vegetarian, five seafood-based, and five meat. // East Village. Book now at N’eat.
Porsena is a neighborhood trattoria with a lively vibe in the Italian tradition. Here, gather with friends, neighbors, tourists and passers-by as Chef Sara Jenkins serves dishes that draw on her childhood memories of Tuscany and Rome. Porsena showcases Italy’s finest artisanal pastas with traditional and imaginative sauces, alongside a series of tasty antipasti and hearty main courses. // East Village. Book now at Porsena.
This American Bistro and Bar brings you everything from fennel and lemon doughnuts to steak tartare (with sunchoke chips, boquerone, and a quail egg). Please don’t leave without ordering the white truffle grilled cheese (grilled in foie gras and smothered in mornay)! // Williamsburg. Book now at Rider.
“Authentically inauthentic'” is how husband and wife Chefs Aaron Israel and Sawako Okochi playfully describe the inventive Jewish-Japanese menu at Shalom Japan. While the offerings might incite a chuckle or two (think matzoh ball ramen) this impressive duo serves serious food. // Williamsburg. Book now at Shalom Japan.
Ed Koch said, “Many People thought that New York City’s great days were over… My attitude was, ‘[f] ’em.’”. Suffolk Arms agrees. Serious about that sentiment, Suffolk Arms is a modern cocktail pub by third-generation bartender Giuseppe González. Chef Alex García also serves up classic American fare with odes to ethnic cuisines that have enriched the Lower East Side’s gastronomic culture. // LES. Book now at Suffolk Arms.
Sunday in Brooklyn
A three-story restaurant with a low-waste mentality in Brooklyn, Sunday in Brooklyn is an ambitious collaboration of restaurant veterans, including Chef Jaime Young, Todd Enany, and Adam Landsman. Together, they’ve taken their favorite day of the week, “a day of comfort, adventures, and family,” and made its ethos their mission. // Williamsburg. Book now at Sunday in Brooklyn.
The Good Fork
Husband and wife duo, carpenter Ben Schneider and Chef Sohui Kim, created The Good Fork over ten years ago. Architectural details will make you feel like you’re on a boat, or in the diner car of an old train. And that’s how you like it. The menu speaks “world traveler” and “has one foot in comfort food and the other in fine dining.” // Red Hook. Book now at The Good Fork.
Traif, a 2016 Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand winner, roughly translates to “forbidden” in Yiddish (aka ‘non-kosher’) and serves “lots of pork and shellfish.” Small plates packed with flavor are the dishes du jour, and what Chef Jason Marcus is all about. This meal is geared towards sharing. Open kitchen alert. // Williamsburg. Book now at Traif.
Ninety years after Grandma Cangiano opened her first Salumeria in 1919, Louis and Lauren, 4th generation Cangiano’s, opened Tre Otto. The extensive menu is prepared from family recipes and features pizzas, pastas, and higher-end Italian dishes, all aiming to bring a little bit of Grandma Cangiano’s Sicily to Carnegie Hill. // Carnegie Hill. Book now at Tre Otto.
Two Hands Restaurant and Bar
Taking inspiration from Australia’s culinary scene and beachside lifestyle, Two Hands Restaurant & Bar is a community-focused spot that serves nutritious, simple, and delicious food with exceptional coffee and a creative bar program. Melbourne born chef, Frankie Cox, has created a menu that has guests feeling a world away from the day-to-day grind of NYC. // Tribeca. Book now at Two Hands.
White Gold Butchers
A butcher shop and restaurant, White Gold Butcher sells meats and house-made cold cuts, bone broth, kombucha, pickles, and various sundries throughout the day. In the dining room, expect a casual experience in the morning, a “hot dog happy hour” in the afternoon, and a full service, meat-heavy meal at night. Chef April Bloomfield and partner Ken Friedman are doing it again. // UWS. Walk-ins only.
Traif’s sister restaurant and another 2016 Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand winner, Xixa “echo[es] Mexican cuisine, past, present and future.” Pronounced “shiksa” (Yiddish for non-Jewish in honor of Chef Jason Marcus’s girlfriend, partner and manager Heather Heuser), Xixa screams Mexican. Go for the foie gras al pastor atop pineapple, French toast, honey, and chipotle, and stay for the margs. // Williamsburg. Book now at Xixa.
The proprietors of Navy and Smith & Mills, Matt Abramcyk and Akiva Elstein, bring this comfortable date spot to Greenwich Street. Chef Daniel Berg serves simple dishes that set the mood for an easy night out. It’s time for your dose of comfort food. // Tribeca. Book now a Yves.
Open since June 1995, this East Hampton stomping ground is all about locally sourced and globally inspired clean food. Its focus is to celebrate each meal like it’s an event, even if at home with the pancake mix to go! // East Hampton. Book now at Babette’s.
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A pint-sized, energetic neighborhood restaurant located in downtown Charleston, Chez Nous features food and wines from Southern France, Northern Italy & Northern Spain. The lunch and dinner menus change daily, but always include local ingredients and two appetizer, two entreé, and two dessert choices. // Cannonborough/Elliotborough. Book now at Chez Nous.
The Obstinate Daughter
On June 28, 1776, revolutionary soldiers stopped a British attempt to capture Charleston in the Battle of Sullivan’s Island. This American victory inspired a London political cartoon that read, “Miss Carolina Sullivan, one of the obstinate daughters of America, 1776”. To the founders of The O.D., the name is “a beautiful reminder that the stubborn refusal to change one’s course of action can change the course of history.” Grab a seat at the “food fort” and try the Calabrian chili bavette. // Sullivan’s Island. Book now at The Obstinate Daughter.
Opening its doors to Charleston’s farming community in 2009, Wild Olive focuses on Italian dining while placing the utmost value on seasonal cuisine, delicious wines, and a genuine service staff. House-made pasta and house-cured salumi are focal points for Chef Larson and his team. In 2013, Wild Olive became the first Certified Green Restaurant in South Carolina. // Johns Island. Book now at Wild Olive.
Evoking memories of the small-town groceries, Chef and owner Kevin Johnson has created a gathering place of warmth and familiarity, with a menu based on local, sustainable, and seasonal ingredients from regional farmers and fishermen. Stocked with house-made charcuterie and seafood, The Grocery has an in-house canning program to preserve fresh produce for its Mediterranean and Southern-influenced menu. // Cannonborough/Elliotborough. Book now at The Grocery.
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Alexander’s Steakhouse (Cupertino)
Offering a fine dining and Japanese -influenced interpretation of the classic American steakhouse, Alexander features a perfectly curated beef program with emphasis on highlighting small farms from the US, Australia, and Japan. What’s the beef? Greater Omaha Prime beef, dry-aged for 28 days, as well as imported and domestic wagyu. // Cupertino. Book now at Alexander’s Steakhouse.
Babu Ji San Francisco
Jessi and Jennifer Singh, the team who created four highly acclaimed restaurants (including Babu Ji in NYC), have come full circle, bringing their signature creative approach to Indian dining to San Francisco’s Mission District, where the duo originally met. Babu Ji is not your typical Indian joint, and it’s a win for that reason. // Mission District. Book now at Babu Ji San Francisco.
Meaning “twelve” in Japanese, Ju-Ni has a total of twelve seats and offers one chef to every four guests. Providing the ultimate intimate omakase experience, each chef guides you through the courses, which are focused on the “a connection between earth and sea.” Set your notify’s ASAP! // NoPa. Book now at Ju-Ni.
Kru Contemporary Japanese Cuisine
Have a conversation with Chef Billy Ngo and an omakase night out. The East Sacramento restaurant specializes in omotenashi, or Japanese hospitality. Kru delivers sustainable, local ingredients on contemporary dishes. // Sacremento. Book now at Kru Contemporary Japanese Cuisine.
A twist on a traditional Japanese bathhouse (or onsen), this restaurant has six treatment rooms and a communal bath (with a steam room and sauna). Enjoy plant-driven dishes and delicious tea and sake– after your soak, of course. // Civic Center. Book now at Onsen.
Fresh tagliatelle Verdi and Tortelloni cacio e pepe are the handmade pastas served by Nonna on Sundays. At Vina, even the bread is made fresh. Palo Alto’s authentic Italian enoteca is the new kid on the block– old school style. // Palo Alto. Book now at Vina Enoteca.
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Small plates and craft cocktails by Chef Antonia Lofaso is Studio City’s new favorite date night. Expect Italian, Korean, Mexican and everything in between. The Deep Fried Fluffer Nutter does not mess around. // Studio City. Book now at Black Market.
City Tavern DTLA
City Tavern is an American tavern with 28 local brews on tap, refined comfort food, and a serious cocktail program– all in Downtown LA. Its brunch game is on point, but so is its smoked pastrami Swiss burger served with Swiss cheese, creamy coleslaw, and whole grain mustard aioli. You can now book at City Tavern Culiver City and DTLA. // DTLA. Book now at City Tavern DTLA.
Frida Beverly Hills, Torrance, and Westwood
Enjoy Mexican gastronomy in three locations. For fourteen-years, this traditional Cali-Mex cuisine has included a margarita happy hour. Hello, delicious tacos, chilaquiles, and churros. // Book now at Frida Beverly Hills, Torrance, and Westwood.
Just named “the world’s coolest bar” by Lucky Peach magazine, Old Lightning is Steve Livigni and Pablo Moix’s Venice cocktail bar. Enjoy classic cocktails made with rare/vintage bottles of tequila, rum, Cointreau and other intoxicants purchased in estate sales and “out-of-the-way” liquor stores. Heads-up– this spot takes reservations only via notify, so check-in on its website for reservation requests. // Venice. Book now and set a notify at Old Lightning.
Join the Med club, Hermosa Beach’s hotspot with a made-in-house menu. The seasonal menu starts with California tapas, followed by a selection of farm, veggie, meat, and sea dishes. Fresh and craft are key here. // Hermosa Beach. Book now at Mediterraneo.
Scopa Italian Roots
This Italian restaurant in Venice serves up steak tartare, ravioli (made according to the season), bucatini, and more. Italian comfort food starts here. // Venice. Book now at Scopa Italian Roots.
Social Costa Mesa
“Where the food is bomb + the drinks are strong,” Social is a chef and ingredient-focused new-American restaurant offering a thoughtfully curated dinner menu with the freshest California ingredients. To complement the food, the team of mixologists creates one-of-a-kind craft cocktails using only house-made syrups, cordials and bitters. // Costa Mesa. Book now at Social Costa Mesa.
Enjoy classic Italian plates at Larchmont’s latest neighborhood restaurant. Authentic Italian plays for brunch, lunch, and dinner. Protip: order a caffè corretto with your tiramisu. // Larchmont Village. Book now at Vernetti.
Photo courtesy of Brava by Brad Kilgore.
Brava by Brad Kilgore
Brava is Chef Brad Kilgore’s second restaurant and focuses on European-style food with a strong French foundation. The à la carte menu showcases refined classics and takes center stage at this elegant spot in the Ziff Ballet Opera House. In addition to being a two-time James Beard semifinalist, Chef Kilgore was recently named New Best Chef in America by Best Chefs America; and Food & Wine magazine named him one of 2016’s Best New Chefs in America for his other spot, Alter. // Downtown. Book now at Brava by Brand Kilgore.
A casual Florida fish house that serves the freshest fish in Naples, Fish Crazy opened in February 2015 and instantly became a big hit. This casual, laid back market and restaurant offers fresh fish to-go, or dine-in for Chef Hector’s culinary masterpieces. // Naples. Book now at Fish Crazy.
Izzy’s Fish & Oyster
Named the Best Seafood restaurant in Miami by Miami New Times, this New England Seafood and Oyster Bar is by chef and owner Jamie DeRosa. Trust– the raw bar is on point. // Miami Beach. Book now at Izzy’s Fish & Oyster.
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Kirkland’s chef-owned restaurant cooking the seasonal best is inspired by the farmers, fishers, and foragers of the Pacific North West. Little Brother serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner every Tuesday through Saturday. // Moss Way. Book now at Little Brother.
A romantic and charming French restaurant located in the heart of downtown Seattle’s historic Pike Place Market, Maximilien is owner-operated since 1997. Must try’s are the soupe à l’oignon (French onion soup) and the escargots à la Bourguignonne. // Pike Place Market. Book now at Maximilien.
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