A mashup of cuisines defines Greg Baxtrom’s sophomore restaurant (if Baxtrom rings a bell, it’s because he’s the chef behind superstar Olmsted). And though Maison Yaki is just as lovely as its predecessor, it cross-pollinates two of Baxtrom’s favorite influences: Japan’s grilling culture and France’s traditional gastronomy. The result is a delicious and approachable Franco-Japanese menu (everything is under $9), where French yakitori takes center stage and makes glorious sense.
From a critically-acclaimed sushi omakase to an unmissable Korean gem, these New York tables are expanding the city’s ever-diverse culinary scene, and they’re all New on Resy.
Chef Daisuke Nakazawa trained for a decade under Jiro Ono—yes that Jiro Ono—which is as close to sushi consecration as you can get. At Sushi Nakazawa, chef Daisuke crafts an outstanding twenty-piece sushi omakase that’ll make you rethink fish—bouncy scallop, silky-creamy uni, melt-in-your-mouth tuna belly, sweet shrimp, and fluffy egg custard are among the highlights.
Lower East Side
Minimalist chic in a typical Lower East Side fashion (read: exposed brick, sparse yet cozy setup), Contra is a bastion for innovative haute cuisine at a humble price point. The evening bows to the pace of a 6-to-8-course tasting menu (in which seasonality shines), sweetened by a bevy of excellent natural wines. Hop next door to sibling and wine bar Wildair for more.
Upper West Side
Inspired by the grand restaurants of Milano and Torino, Leonti evokes an air of opulence. Here, well-heeled patrons and waiters donning three-piece suits are surrounded by elegant furnishings, while chef Adam Leonti puts on the kitchen theatrics for his concise menu of revamped Italian dishes. Order the whole branzino, and anything made with flour; Leonti mills his own, transforming it into signature focaccia bread and delightful cookies.
Anthony Bourdain called this eatery “the most fun restaurant in New York,” and though its Bushwick sibling has been in the spotlight lately, Mission Chinese Food’s Manhattan locale is not to be missed. At this Chinatown outlier, Danny Bowien remakes Asian-American food in his image, imagining classics like kung pao pastrami, thrice-cooked bacon and rice cakes, and “mouth-numbing” mapo tofu. It’s heat-packed, a jolt to the nervous system, and always feels like a party.
Named after the intrepid female divers of South Korea’s Jeju Island, Haenyeo is a Park Slope stunner. Helmed by trailblazing chef Jenny Kwak (who was behind two of the city’s most beloved Korean institutions), this seafood-heavy eatery, where kimchi-laced dishes commingle with global strokes, is a balm to the soul. Case in point: a cheesy rice cake fundido that eats like something out of Mexico, and fiery bouillabaisse, sopped up with a baguette coated in seaweed butter.
Buttermilk Channel stands on a tree-lined street, doling out comfort food like you wouldn’t believe. Popovers explode in a tingle of honey and sea salt, fork-tender duck gives meatloaf a kick, and buttermilk fried chicken is crisp and juicy. The warmth from the kitchen extends to the crowd, and when you throw in carefully-curated organic wines, you’ll understand why this Carroll Gardens spot is a beloved mainstay.
Sometimes, sticking to tradition is best, and Petite Boucherie knows this well. A corner fixture flush with natural light and plants, this inviting brasserie is a slice of Paris in the West Village. Settle into the elegant Belle Époque décor, and tuck into the classics: salade Niçoise, chateaubriand, canard à l’orange, and moules frites are all executed to the nines.
Lower East Side
Greek mezze by way of Bowery awaits at Karvouna Mezze, a handsome restaurant championing the flavors of Athens. Helmed by Athens native and fine-dining chef Giuseppe Scalco, Karvouna Mezze specializes in tapas-style plates and mingles street food with village and personal favorites: indulge in kleftiko (slow-cooked lamb), loukaniko (grilled country sausage), and peinirli, a flaky pizza boat brimming with Kefalograviera cheese, bacon, and fresh herbs.
Aptly named after designer Elsa Schiaparelli, Elsa is a cocktail bar that drips with Art Déco charm. With thirty cocktails on the menu, the Cobble Hill drinking destination includes barrel-aged libations on tap, seasonal shrubs, frozen drinks, and wine-drinking finger food like charcuterie and cheese boards. Pro-tip: the backyard is perfect for breezy sipping.
The sister establishment to Elsa, Ramona boasts the same delightful cocktails within an elegant brasserie setting. Perch yourself at the long marble bar for a solo nightcap—the libations are dangerously tasty (try the Harpooned Heart or Glassine Stamp)—or head up to the mezzanine for a more intimate, table-service affair.
Upper East Side
With its black-and-white checkerboard floor, tufted banquettes, and mirrored walls, The Bar Room is like a Brassaï photograph come to life. Cozily nested on the Upper East Side, this American bistro doles out a gastropub menu full of comforting goods, alongside a selection of craft brews and cocktails—warm kale Caesar, beefy French dip, and Korean BBQ salmon are menu favorites.
Honeyed wood furnishings and bright orange chairs greet you as you step into Altesi Downtown, a sleek Spring Street stalwart for all things wood-fired and Italian. On the plate you’ll find classics brightened with local produce. Luscious pasta (we’re partial to the shrimp-laced tagliolini neri and handcrafted ravioli), crackly thin Margherita pies, and traditional meatballs can do you no wrong.
St. Marks gets a whiff of Paris’ boozy jazz cafés in the shape of Jules Bistro. In a quest to revive the jazz clubs of his youth, owner Georges Forgeois brings nightly live jazz accompanied by satisfying French bistro fare. And trust us: escargots baked in garlic-parsley butter have never tasted better.
Brooklyn has no shortage of tried-and-true neighborhood eateries, and Concord Hill stands in as an East Williamsburg favorite. Come for an excellent solo breakfast, oyster happy hour with friends, date night with a partner, or brunch with a crew.
For all things beer, burgers, and sports, head to this beloved neighborhood establishment. Amity Hall boasts one of the largest screens in the Village (game nights get perfectly rowdy), alongside a selection of cocktails, wine, and craft beers. In the bar’s own words: “Think draft, drink craft.”
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