Bulgogi at Her Name is Han.

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The Resy Lineup, New York: Revisiting Her Name is Han, Plus Bar Goto Cocktails and So Much More

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Welcome to the Resy Lineup, your regular dose of recommendations on what to eat, drink, and see — updated on a weekly basis.

In this week’s edition: A lively Korean stalwart, your next favorite Brooklyn takeout spot, and a festive day of eating and drinking through Crown Heights.


Week of September 28

 

The Restaurant Rec

Her Name is Han, because have you been to K-Town lately? Outdoor dining has turned the 32nd Street strip and its surroundings into a festive party, and you miss the frenzied energy of the city. K-Town is a welcome reminder of what it used to be, and still is. That, and Her Name is Han is a proper Korean stalwart that deserves more than a revisit. Outdoors specials and Korean barbecue, right this way.

 

The Drink Proposal

The Koji-San at Bar Goto, a deeply refreshing, complex cocktail of shochu, mezcal, celery, lime, and dashi, which pairs perfectly with the crunchy kombu celery (get those antioxidants in!). Enjoy it al fresco at the Lower East Side or Prospect Heights’ Niban locations, or get it bottled up to go.

 

The Event Invite

How do food and music intersect in Black and Latinx cultures? Find out Wednesday, Sept. 30 at the virtual Food For Thought Culinary Lyricism panel hosted by the Museum of Food and Drink and WNYC’s The Greene Space, for what promises to be a riveting discussion amongst acclaimed chefs, a music culture writer, and a food history and culture scholar. Purchase tickets for the virtual event here.

 

The Stay-At-Home Move

Indian food is arguably one of the best takeout options in existence. And should you find yourself within Corner Delhi’s delivery zone, pounce, for Tariq Had is the first-generation Anglo-Indian chef-owner of this superb restaurant where Brooklyn meets Bombay. Order the tikka masala poutine, any of the freshly baked naan-wiches, and the wild mushroom masala. Call (718) 576-3056 for pickup or get it delivered here.

 

The Weekend Pairing

You’ll want to be in Crown Heights this Saturday, Oct. 3. Tastes of Brooklyn is officially on, and a host of small restaurants and businesses (Gloria’s, Hunky Dory, Bien Cuit) are here to prove that they are the beating heart and soul of their neighborhoods. These are the community anchors that can’t be replaced. So heed the event’s words: “Order. Take-out. Tip. Be generous.”

 

From The Tipline

On Wednesday, the city is welcoming back indoor dining, and with it, a range of fine dining mainstays that will finally reopen their doors. Make a Resy for Le Bernardin, L’Artusi, and the revamped Restaurant Daniel starting Sept. 30.


Week of September 21

Dirt Candy’s excellent vegetarian sandwiches.

The Restaurant Rec

Dirt Candy, because Amanda Cohen’s essential vegetarian restaurant is still as deliciously groundbreaking as it was when it opened over a decade ago. Case in point: A cheesy, melty “reuben” studded with golden beets; a riot of small plates (bagel bites, mini corn dogs, grilled garlic yuba knots); and outstanding vegan soft serve via Oatly’s only New York ice cream machine. Enjoy it all on Dirt Candy’s sidewalk setup or order it to go.

 

The Drink Proposal

The Water Merino at Di an Di. Made with Portobello Road gin, lemon juice, Thai basil syrup, and the sweetest watermelon juice pressed on the daily, this cocktail is a joy to sip and a fitting ode to summer’s end. Sip it on the patio or get it bottled up and ready to go here, here, and here.

 

The Splurge

For a decadent al fresco meal without the pomp, head to Long Island City’s M. Wells Steakhouse, where Montréal chef Hugue Dufour reimagines the genre with inventive plates. We’re talking lamb-stuffed fruits, vol-au-vents filled with veal sweetbread blanquette, and a tarte tatin laced heavy on fig and foie gras. Outdoor dining is on Wednesday through Sunday (walk-ins only).

 

The Weekend Pairing

A trip down Arthur Avenue followed by a visit to the Bronx Zoo. The Bronx’s Little Italy is a treasure trove of old-school bakeries, fresh pasta purveyors, and cured meat shops, and if you know what’s good for you, you’ll fill up on pizza by the slice at Café al Mercato and snacks at Joe’s Italian Deli (for the best housemade mozzarella around) before heading to one of the country’s largest zoos.

 

From The Tipline

For the first time ever, standout sibling pizzerias Ops and Leo are taking reservations. Head to Brooklyn for Leo’s trusted clam pie and/or to Bushwick for Ops’ original sourdough square pizza.


Week of September 14

Dinner in the Rockefeller Rink.

The Restaurant Rec

Cozy Royale, because when the team behind Williamsburg’s favorite butcher shop (a.k.a. the Meat Hook) debuts a full-fledged restaurant, you go, and with an appetite. Especially when the menu is built on Appalachian comfort food, with a dash of whimsy: pepperoni rolls, pickled bologna, and sticky little pork sausages (with a “cozy sauce”) are but some of the offerings. Grab a table under the sun here. Bonus: It’s kid-friendly.

 

The Drink Proposal

A pitcher of pitch-perfect sangria at La Vara is the ideal prelude to eye-catching tapas, like the excellent anchoas, where briny anchovies are paired with sweet vanilla butter and tingly rose salt. Book your al fresco spot here.

 

The Event Invite

Volume 8 of Dame’s Sunday series, this Sunday, Sept. 20. In this edition, Nora Allen of Mel the Bakery is partnering up with Jackie Carnesi and Terra Rubio of Roberta’s for what promises to be one epic bread-filled pop-up. Stay tuned on the upcoming menu via Dame’s instagram and save a seat here.

 

The Splurge

Skating at the Rockefeller Center’s ice rink is a quintessential part of New York winter. But have you ever dined inside the rink, when two of the city’s hottest restaurants are involved? For one month only, estela and Frenchette are taking over the rink. Will you go the towering seafood route via estela or the Gallic pique-nique way à la Frenchette? Make haste; the takeover ends with September.

 

The Stay-At-Home Move

This week’s indoor suggestion pairing: A proper soul food feast courtesy of Sylvia’s — you’ll want some ribs, smothered chicken, banana pudding, and, truthfully, all of sides — alongside this essay on the legacy of this storied community anchor by award-winning writer Osayi Endolyn.


Week of September 7

Cacio e pepe from Leonelli Taberna.

The Restaurant Rec

The year-old Leonelli Taberna, because it’s one of the city’s most exciting and seriously underrated Italian spots. Stop by for cornetti in the morning and a leisurely al fresco meal at night — chef Jonathan Benno pulls from Rome and his earliest childhood memories to craft simple yet outstanding pastas. Do as the Romans do, and book here.

 

The Drink Proposal

The Llama Del Rey at Llama Inn. If only for the name, and maybe for the pleasure of sipping this sangria via Peru (Pisco, rum, red, wine, chicha morada, lime, grilled pineapple, and pink peppercorn) while basking in the last of summer days. Nab an outdoors seat, or get it for pickup and delivery.

 

The Event Invite

Some of the nation’s finest pitmasters are coming to Staten Island — will you, in the name of barbecue? Pig Island is returning as a socially-distanced picnic on Saturday, Sept. 12, featuring a smoked whole hog from one of Charleston’s top pitmasters, and bites from the only farmer in the US raising pure ibérico pigs (yes, that ibérico). Get tickets ($60 for all-inclusive food and drink) here, BYO blanket, and ICYDK, the Staten Island ferry is free. 

 

The Splurge

The treat-yourself package that is Bathhouse’s brunch and day pass for two ($200). You’ll have access to the indoor saunas, pools, and marble hammams, and thanks to Bathhouse’s new COVID-safe guidelines, it’s almost like you’ve got the entire facilities to yourself. All that is followed by a seasonally-in-tune brunch on the patio. Book your package here.

 

The Stay-At-Home Move

It’s never too early to prepare for Rosh Hashanah — thankfully, Israeli sensation Miznon thinks so too. North Miznon’s special Rosh Hashanah dinners for four include all of the fixings — think matzo ball soup, roasted veggies, homemade challah, and honey cake — and your choice of a main. Pre-order it all for pickup or delivery by Tuesday, Sept. 15 here.

 

From The Tipline

The West Village’s vegetable-focused 232 Bleecker is now taking reservations, and there’s no one we’d trust more with end-of-the-summer produce than chef Suzanne Cupps. Make a Resy for outdoor seating here.


Week of August 31

The roe roe roe roe spaghetti by Kimika.

The Restaurant Rec

Kimika: Because it’s the Wayla team’s brand new sequel, because it’s the Japanese-Italian mashup you never knew you needed, and because the roe roe roe roe spaghetti (aptly named for the mentaiko, ikura, bottarga, and tobiko clinging to the noodles) should be crowned late summer’s pasta dish. Save a spot for Kimika’s lovely al fresco setup here.

Honorable Mention: Temaki extraordinaire Nami Nori’s got three brand-new hand rolls on the menu. Sample their bagel-esque everything smoked salmon + tomato, coconut shrimp + green curry, and grilled eel + avocado or cucumber on their patio. You can get it for pickup and delivery, too.

 

The Drink Proposal

The Banana Hammock cocktail at Roberta’s. Because what better way to raise a glass to one weird summer than nursing this boozy, slushie-like concoction (bourbon, banana liqueur, amaro del Capo), as you wait for your Bee Sting pie? Get it while the outdoor dining reservations at Roberta’s last.

 

The Event Invite

On Thursday, Sept. 3, Arrogant Swine is forgoing its usual barbecue menu for something straight out of Southeast Asia. Introducing the first Waroeng pop-up, a proper taste of Singaporean hawker-style fare, dreamt up by a tight-knit group of minority-owned small businesses. Tickets for the in-person event are $125 and include dinner for two. Snag them here — chili crab, black pepper lobster, and sambal shrimp await.

 

The Splurge

Picture this: You’re in the idyllic garden of Topping Rose House. The evening is hosted by Neil Patrick Harris. In the kitchen, chefs Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Alex Guarnaschelli, and Michael White are preparing a local late summer harvest feast. Best yet: Proceeds from the charity dinner will go to the Food Bank for New York City and City Harvest. Set a Notify for the Sept. 4 event here.

 

The Stay-At-Home Move

If you’re looking for a DIY taco night, Bessou has you covered. The pork chashuu meal kit is a twist on the genre by way of Japan, where slow-braised and seared pork belly can be primped with shiso verde, housemade pickles, and sweet onion rice. Scoop it all up with lettuce wraps and voilà, your at-home dinner is set. Order it here, and get more takeout tips from owner Maiko Kyogoku here.

 

The Weekend Pairing

We don’t know whether Jackson Heights’ annual Momo Crawl is happening this year, but that shouldn’t stop you from trekking to Diversity Plaza and its treasure trove of Nepalese, Tibetan, and Indian restaurants. And thanks to new outdoor dining along the Himalayan Heights — and this weekend’s blue skies forecast — there’s never been a better time to do a DIY food crawl yourself. Need inspo? See our guide here.

 

From The Tipline

It’s official: Mimi and Babs are back in service Sept. 1, and we can’t wait to delve into chef Efrén Hernández’s impeccable French-leaning plates again. Both restaurants are only talking walk-ins for now, though reservations are coming soon (add Mimi and Babs to your Hit List to stay up-to-date).

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