The bar at Miami's Café La Trova.
The famous bar at Miami’s Café La Trova. Photo courtesy of Café La Trova

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Ten Essential Restaurants Across America, Fall 2021 Edition


Now comes autumn of the year we all hoped to get back out and see the world. To dine with friends, and think forward for a change. And with luck, that all just might happen. So whether you’re a local in New York or Chicago or Charleston, planning to make a return trip to a city you love, or curious to explore, it’s once again time to start making plans for what most essential of questions: Where should we eat?

We’ve been putting a lot of thought into that very thing, looking for essential stops around the country. As always, what we’re interested in is great cooking — not necessarily the fanciest, but restaurants that define the most engaging and irresistible American cooking today.

Right now, you might find it with the Mediterranean-inspired efforts at Kismet in L.A. or Galit in Chicago. It could be the biryani of your dreams at Adda, always worth a trip out to Long Island City. It could be Michelle Bernstein and Julio Cabrera’s homage to old-time Cuba at Miami’s Cafe La Trova, or Orlando Pagán finding a common ground between fine dining and Lowcountry tradition at Wild Common in Charleston.

In other words, the choices are better than ever, from coast to coast (in these cases, all with special access from Global Dining Access by Resy). So get out there and enjoy.