In this week’s edition: Dinner at Bar Bête. Photo by OK McCausland for Resy

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The Resy Lineup: A Rabbit and Lobster Sausage, a Boozy Pop-Up, and Italian-Chinese Dumplings

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Welcome back to the Resy Lineup, your weekly dose of recommendations on what to eat, drink, and see.

In this edition: A Chinatown fair, a whisky extravaganza, and consider donating to Saigon Social’s fire recovery fund.

 

Week of May 12-18

The Restaurant Rec

Bar Bête, because if you haven’t been, boy are you missing out. A bona-fide Carroll Gardens gem, the French- and Québec- leaning restaurant plates flavor like no other — see the boudin blanc-esque rabbit and lobster sausage and the soft-shell crab sandwich — along an A+ by-the-glass list and a treasure trove of bottles. Beautiful space and excellent service included. See you there.

 

The Drink Proposal

A boozy pop-up courtesy of PDT. In celebration of its 15th birthday (!), the vaunted speakeasy is transforming part of St. Marks Place into Calle San Marcos, an alfresco summer-long affair inspired by longtime PDT bartender Victor Lopez and his hometown of Puebla, Mexico. Get ready for agave-forward cocktails and hot dogs reimagined by Enrique Olvera starting this Friday — Resys coming soon.

 

Interlude: Please Read

Another devastating fire has ripped through a beloved Resy restaurant: Helen Nguyen’s Saigon Social, which is currently closed for repairs and is raising money to fund their recovery. Consider contributing if you can; truly, every little bit helps. Here’s the GoFundMe — they’re so close to the finish line.

 

Last-Minute Weekend Plans

Head over to Chinatown this Sunday for the AAPI Care Fair from 1 to 4 p.m. The Columbus Park event will be offering free snacks from local businesses (including Mei Lai Wah’s exceptional pork buns, plus green tea coffee cakes from Golden Diner), puppy therapy, origami workshops, and more. Details over here.

 

The Takeout Move

A new addition to our 2022 resolution to take real lunch breaks: Mimi Cheng’s latest dumpling collab, which you have all of May to treat yourself to. Think spicy Italian sausage and ramp dan dan (not noodles) dumplings, topped with Parmesan. Bonus: 10% of the dumpling proceeds will go to the Coalition for Asian American Children + Families, in honor of AAPI month.

 

The Splurge

Nakaji is rolling out the big guns again. On Friday, May 20, the sushi omakase destination will be opening an incredibly rare bottle of 10-year-old Suntory whisky: the collectible Rolling Stones 50th anniversary bottle. The $2,000 per person dinner will feature cocktails, a vintage Suntory whisky flight, and a sushi omakase. Call (646) 478-8282 or email reserve@nakajinyc.com to reserve your spot.

 

The Event Invite

This Monday, chef-owner Victoria Blamey is hosting her first ever tertulia (a type of social gathering popular in Latin America) at her Tribeca restaurant, Mena. Blamey will discuss all things seaweed with some local aquaculture experts — expect to be enlightened and to snack on seaweed-inspired hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. Tickets over here.

In this week’s edition: An ode to funky, skin-contact wine. Photo courtesy of Kindred
In this week’s edition: An ode to funky, skin-contact wine. Photo courtesy of Kindred

Week of May 5-11

The Restaurant Rec

Kono, because the latest entry to Japanese omakase dining will leave you breathless (catch it on this month’s Hit List!). Think a dramatic, theater-esque space hidden off a Chinatown passageway, where yakitori master Atsushi “ATS” Kono takes chicken to new heights. Pro tip: Do not miss the impossibly creamy chochin skewer — should it not be included in the night’s $165 tasting, do add it on.

 

The Drink Proposal

All the orange wine, courtesy of Kindred’s annual festival in honor of the funky, skin-contact wine. The deets: This Sunday, May 8, get ready for no less than 10 pours of orange wine from winemakers the world over, alongside pasta and other dishes served family style for $165 per person. Tickets over here.

 

Last-Minute Weekend Plans

Need some last-minute Mother’s Day recs? Ask Resy has you covered. Our best-in-class recommendation service has officially launched, and it’s powered by the most passionate of diners: the people at Resy, many of whom are veteran restaurant industry folks. There’s still some time left to submit your questions for all brunch needs — reply to our Instagram Story over here.

Otherwise, do drop by any of these bars for a special $14 Cosmopolitan — the Garret Bars group is donating 100% of the drink’s proceeds to Planned Parenthood until this Sunday. And in celebration of their five-year birthday, ATLA is throwing a party all weekend long! There’ll be live music, specialty dishes (duck wings, mole negro), cocktails, and more.

 

The Event Invite

A one-night dinner you’re not going to want to miss: This Monday, May 9, Chinese-Vietnamese pop-up Nhâu is taking over For All Things Good in Williamsburg with one heck of a menu — think pig skin chicken liver pâté, oysters with shrimp fat, braised tripe, and more. DM chef Quan Ngo for a table, or DM the Nhâu handle here. Some limited walk-in seats will be available.

 

The Splurge

If it’s an Italian splurge you’re in the mood for though, Park Slope’s esteemed joint Fausto is putting on quite the dinner this coming Monday, too. More specifically, a $350 five-course dinner with featured guest Chiara Pepe, who’ll be presenting wines from her family’s renowned Abruzzo winery, Emidio Pepe. Save your spot.

 

From The Tipline

This just in: Keep your eyes peeled for Bella Dea, coming to Resy very soon. The latest opening from the Crudo e Nudo team in L.A. is launching a happy hour beginning next Wednesday, May 11 with $9 or $10 glasses of biodynamic wines, $1 oysters, $12 crudo, and $15 tinned fish served with bread and seaweed butter. Happy hour is on from 5 to 6 p.m., Wednesdays through Saturdays.

In this week’s edition: Greenpoint’s coolest chef residency turns one. Photo courtesy of Fulgurances
In this week’s edition: Greenpoint’s coolest chef residency turns one. Photo courtesy of Fulgurances

Week of April 28 – May 4

The Restaurant Rec

Aldama, because if you still haven’t been (or gone in a while) to this very cool Mexican spot, you’re due for a (re)visit. First, for the new spring menu, where you can expect a poached lobster with refried beans, extra comforting tacos de canasta, a duck tlacoyo; and secondly, for their Cinco de Mayo event. The team is putting together a limited time menu available only on May 5, with a happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m. that you won’t want to miss.

 

The Drink Proposal

The Tea Ceremony cocktail at Martiny’s, because holy moly is it good to see Takuma Watanabe back behind the bar. Watanabe’s first solo project after a nine-year tenure at Angel’s Share (RIP) raises the bar (no pun intended) and the drinks are something else. That and the beef tartare, too — this is not the type of place where you’re going to want to skip the food. Walk-in for now, Resys out soon.

 

Last-Minute Weekend Plans

Beer and barre at a brewery. Yes, you read that right — the Bar Method is giving $20 classes in Talea Beer Co.’s sun-drenched taproom at 10 a.m. this Sunday, with a $5 voucher for your first post-barre beer, should you find yourself in the Williamsburg area. Tickets over here.

If you’re keeping to Manhattan, head to French-Mexican cocktail hotspot Bar Lula for their first-ever Sunday School, or a $25 wine tasting event led by their star sommelier that promises to be fun. And as you’ll already be in the East Village, consider dropping by Village East by Angelika, a gem of a cinema, where you should absolutely tipsily watch Everything Everywhere All At Once, playing all Sunday long (the Jaffe Art Theatre is the room to see it in).

 

The Event Invite

You’re cordially invited to: The Upside Down party at Fulgurances. In celebration of their one-year birthday and the launch of the brand-new terrasse, the French pop-up hub is handing over its kitchen to exciting duo and newcomer Caleta, who’ll be cooking up a $50 family style menu with Bad Habit on ice cream duty. The party’s on Sunday and Monday, so get booking.

Pro tip: You only have two weeks left to try out Kevin Finch’s residency at Fulgurances, too!

 

The Splurge

For its next great cheffy collaboration, Shake Shack is tapping pizza destination Una Pizza Napoletana for a $75 three-course menu featuring a SmokeShack pizza, alongside spring crudités, desserts, and Italian natural wines from Una Pizza’s cave. Coming next Wednesday, May 4, and Thursday — tickets are selling out, nab yours fast.

 

From The Tipline

This just in: Resys are out for ostudio, a new chef residency restaurant in Bed-Stuy, where Colombian chef Giuseppe Lacorazza will open the space on May 3 with a Latin American menu.
In this week’s edition: Get ready for Orthodox Easter this Sunday. Photo courtesy of Avra Estiatorio
In this week’s edition: Get ready for Orthodox Easter this Sunday. Photo courtesy of Avra Estiatorio

Week of April 21-27

The Restaurant Rec

Balthazar, because the behemoth brasserie turns 25 today (and owner Keith McNally has … thoughts). In celebration, read about all the little details that make the Soho destination special, as well as a conversation with longstanding maître d’, Zouheir Louhaichy, about tips and tricks on getting in. Red booths, seafood towers, and steak frites, right this way.

 

The Drink Proposal

Vintage pours from Stella di Campalto, one of King’s favorite Italian wine producers. Make a Resy for next Wednesday, April 27 — a special Tuscan-inspired à la carte dinner will be served along with the selected wines, with explainers by Beatrice, Stella’s daughter.

 

Last-Minute Weekend Plans

You may want to head to the Lower East Side this Sunday — Roman pasta favorite Forsythia is throwing its second annual block party, with a little help from seafood hotspot Dame, pizza favorite Mama’s Too, Tex-Mex sensation Yellow Rose, and more. The event kicks off at noon, but you’ll want to show up earlier: there will be lines. $3 entry tickets sold on site. All ticket proceeds will go to Unicef USA: Protect the Children of Ukraine.

 

The Event Invite

Some events to brighten up your Monday: An Ensenada pop-up in Williamsburg, featuring an $80 Mexican-inspired five-course tasting (expect snap pea tostada, striped bass crudo, and grilled skate wing) and a disco afterparty. Menu here and tickets here.

Over in NoMad, LittleMad is inviting chef Justin Bogle of Le Coucou into their kitchen to collaborate on a still-secret $165 five-course menu, also on Monday. Tickets over here.

 

The Splurge

Should you be celebrating Orthodox Easter this Sunday, Avra Estiatorio has quite the feast. Think magiritsa (a traditional Easter soup), avgolemono (chicken lemon soup), roasted baby lamb, desserts, and more, as part of its $160 six-course menu. A regular Resy for this Sunday, April 24 from noon to 5 p.m. will do.

 

From The Tipline

This just in: Kono, a new yakitori omakase destination from Torishin vet, Atsushi “ATS” Kono, is officially opening its doors next Monday. Resys are out, you know what to do … (In the meantime, here’s everything you need to know about this temple to chicken skewers.)

In this week’s edition: Another fun Nura event. Photo courtesy of Nura
In this week’s edition: Another fun Nura event. Photo courtesy of Nura

Week of April 14-20

The Restaurant Rec

Nura, because they’re throwing a crawfish boil party. That’s right, next Monday, April 18, Nura pastry chef Sam Short is teaming up with her Louisiana chef husband Nick Griffo for a $48 Southern-style boil, featuring crawfish, cornbread with cane syrup butter, potato salad, Thai tea shaved ice, and more. Menu here and Resy tickets here — get booking!

 

The Drink Proposal

A glass of Malbec, in honor of Malbec World Day this Sunday. Best place to sip this Argentinian grape? Balvanera in the Lower East Side, which has put together a full-on Malbec Week, featuring wine flights, tastings, and more.

 

Last-Minute Weekend Plans

Passover is kicking off tomorrow, Easter is coming up this Sunday, and a host of Resy restaurants are ready to feed you.

For Passover feasts, head to Balaboosta in the West Village for a $95 family-style prix fixe where tahdig rice, brisket, and more are followed up by a tahini crème brûlée (a regular Resy will do; the special menu runs until April 25). Kubeh will also be offering a $95 traditional four-course Sephardic meal this Friday and Saturday. For something less traditional, Gertie and Dacha 46 are collaborating on a $100 four-course not-your-typical-Seder dinner next Wednesday (details and tickets over here).

For Easter Sunday, La Mercerie is dishing a very French feast, Daniel is putting on the glitz, Wallsé is celebrating spring the Austrian way, Sereneco is doing a proper prix fixe brunch, and Thaimee Love is throwing an afternoon tea party with a Thai twist.

 

The Event Invite

You may recall a little online auction called Ask Chefs Anything, which set up 30-minute one-on-one phone conversations with the industry’s best to raise funds for immigrant kitchen workers during the pandemic. Starting April 21, the campaign returns, this time to help World Central Kitchen’s efforts in Ukraine. You could get baking tips from Dominique Ansel, learn pasta extruding methods from Missy Robbins, and more. Details over here.

 

The Splurge

A Spring Flame dinner series, courtesy of 232 Bleecker and featuring first guest chef Eric See of New Mexican (and breakfast burrito) destination Ursula in Brooklyn. The first dinner is taking place next Thursday, April 21, and you can expect a $75 family-style menu featuring the best of spring produce, with a lick or two from the live-fire hearth. Tickets are out, book them now. Pro tip: The restaurant also just launched weekday lunch.

 

The Takeout Move

Back to Easter, there is some cake to be had. Veer for the Colomba cake at Sant Ambroeus (available at the restaurants or online) — their traditional dove-shaped cake has been imported straight from an Italian family who’s been painstakingly making them for three generations. Or pick up the pastiera di grano from Lodi; this traditional Neapolitan Easter cake is made with fresh ricotta and orange blossom.

 

From The Tipline

This just in: Laser Wolf has finally landed in Brooklyn and Resys are officially out! Set your Notifies and be ready to pounce.