In this week’s edition: A Thai gem gets a bigger space. Photo by Andrew Bui, courtesy of Fish Cheeks

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The Resy Lineup: Pride Parade Happenings, Ice Cream Sandwiches, and a Soba Master Comes to Town

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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: Fish Cheeks gets a bigger space, Sweetbriar debuts brunch, and a Red Hook hotspot returns …

 

Week of June 22-29

The Restaurant Rec

Fish Cheeks, because their dining room just got bigger — more Resys for all! — and we’re on a roll with summer-perfect restaurants (see Kokomo and Shukettefrom previous editions below). Plus, they’ve got a new chef in tow, who’s dreamt up dishes like Dungeness crab in salted egg yolk sauce and grilled Spanish mackerel in a fish sauce caramel. Yes, seafood = summer. You know what to do …

 

The Drink Proposal

A welcome back toast to Red Hook’s favorite hangout spot. That’s right, Fort Defiance is back, in a larger space just one block up from the original, and with a liquor license at that — a selection of beer, natural wines, and cocktails await you, alongside a Southern-tinged food menu, courtesy of brand-new chef Allie Gassaway.

 

The Event Invite

Tomorrow, June 24, the women at Estela are partnering with the women behind Yola Mezcal for a special ticketed lunch, with all proceeds going to Planned Parenthood. Expect a $175 four-course menu with a cocktail pairing per course, plus a mezcal tasting. Tickets over here.

Otherwise, another excellent edition of Nura & Friends is taking place this coming Monday, featuring Sabrina Carreño and Yara Herrera. Get ready for a $65 vegetarian Mexican feast with meaty add-ons — menu here, tickets there.

 

Last-Minute Weekend Plans

Should you find yourself in Greenwich Village for New York’s annual Pride parade this Sunday, 232 Bleecker is throwing a special Pride picnic menu to keep you well-fed. Expect grilled watermelon, burgers (vegetarian and not), breakfast tacos, sangria, and more. Reserve your spot.

Also happening nearby: Flex Mussels has invited oyster shucker extraordinaire Patrick “ShuckerPaddy” McMurray on Sunday to do what he does best — seafood towers, bivalves, cocktails, and mussels included. Book a patio slot starting at 5 p.m. Bonus: A portion of Sunday’s proceeds will be donated to the Trevor Project.

 

The Splurge

When a Japanese soba master comes to town, you go. And coming to Sarashina Horii starting next Monday (June 27-29) after a pandemic-delayed visit, is Yoshinori Horii, the ninth-generation soba master and owner behind the lauded Japanese restaurant. There’ll be a special $130 nine-course menu celebrating Japan’s buckwheat noodle in every way (soba risotto, uni lemon soba, soba panna cotta …), and with the master himself overseeing it, you’re going to want to make a Resy, now.

 

The Takeout Move

This summer’s ultimate ice cream sandwich can be found at the Musket Room every Saturday this summer, courtesy of executive pastry chef (and James Beard Outstanding Pastry Chef nominee) Camari Mick. And launching the very first collab of the season: chef JJ Johnson, with an ice cream sandwich inspired by his delicious Jollof rice from Field Trip. Pre-order it and see for yourself.

 

From The Tipline

This just in: Sweetbriar is officially debuting its brunch this weekend and Resys are out now! Also: You only have until July 9 to dine at Iñaki Bolumburu’s pop-up at Fulgurances. Trust us, this is one to book before it’s too late …

In this week’s edition: The best way to spend a Thursday. Photo courtesy of Kokomo Caribbean Restaurant
In this week’s edition: The best way to spend a Thursday. Photo courtesy of Kokomo Caribbean Restaurant

Week of June 16-22

The Restaurant Rec

Kokomo, because the Caribbean hotspot just launched Good Guice Thursdays. What’s that? An A+ way to spend any and all Thursdays this summer, thanks to Kokomo’s knack for revamping island flavors — the GGT menu will feature oxtail poutine, esco fish cassava fries, and ackee and saltish bruschetta, among others. Expect cocktail trees, live entertainment, hookah, and an all-around good time.

Bonus: There are still tickets left for Kokomo owner Ria Graham’s one-night-only Women of Food dinner! Save your spot.

 

The Drink Proposal

A mezcal flight with cheese and meat pairings. Yes, the agave-based spirit also tastes delicious with the latter, and if you head to the East Village’s destination for agave-based spirits next Thursday, June 23, you’ll be in for a lesson and quite the tasting. Book here.

 

Last-Minute Weekend Plans

With the ongoing celebration of Pride and Juneteenth coming up this weekend, we’ve got quite the list of happenings.

On Saturday, the Queer Food Foundation is partnering with Llama Inn for what promises to be an excellent rooftop brunch, open bar, queer trivia, and silent auction included.  There’s also a host of drag brunches around town: this Malibu-style one in the Seaport, Snatched Saturdays in the Meatpacking, and this one in Queens.

On Sunday (but truly, all year round, too), do support a Black-owned restaurant near you in honor of Juneteenth. Ostudio is throwing a block party for the occasion, but should you prefer the more homecooked route, consider purchasing this groundbreaking cookbook from author Nicole A. Taylor.

 

The Event Invite

This Monday, get your carbs fix courtesy of bread darling Apt 2 Bread, who’ll be popping up at Porcelain in Ridgewood for a very fun $65 tasting: mini sourdough hot dog buns, mapo “toast”-fu, Xinjiang spiced kofta, and butter mochi cake are but some of the offerings. Tickets over here.

From Tuesday, June 21, to Sunday, June 26, be sure to stop by No Bar at The Standard East Village where chef Eric See and his team from Ursula Brooklyn will be taking over the food menu: Think grilled oysters and chicharron, bean-and-cheese tostadas, lamb carnitas and red chile memelas and blue corn olive oil cakes served nightly. Get your tickets here.

 

The Book Club Event

On Tuesday, Porchlight (Danny Meyer’s New York bar with a Southern accent), will be welcoming the James Beard Award-winning chef behind Turkey and the Wolf, NOLA’s destination sandwich shop. The occasion? To celebrate the launch of their cookbook. RSVP here and with your $72 ticket, you’ll receive a signed copy of the book and Turkey and the Wolf-inspired food and drinks. Bonus: A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Turning Tables NOLA..

 

From The Tipline

Mark your calendars: Burger flipper extraordinaire Chris Kronner is coming to New York from the Bay Area very soon. Catch him at Morgenstern’s ice cream parlor on Houston starting this Tuesday, from June 21 to 25. Find the menu here and look for the “Kronnerstern’s” booking tile, with Resys from noon to 10 p.m.

In this week’s edition: The perfect summertime picnic box. Photo courtesy of Agi’s Counter
In this week’s edition: The perfect summertime picnic box. Photo courtesy of Agi’s Counter

Week of June 9-15

The Restaurant Rec

Shukette, because right now, it feels like a perfect summer restaurant. Get yourself a seat at the chef’s counter so you may enjoy the live-fire cooking at play, and do order the frena bread and every single dip. Special mention to the incredible joojeh chicken and its side of whipped fluffy garlic (that’ll be the toum). For drinks, sip on a gazoz, a spritz-like cocktail made with apéritif wine and natural infusions. Summer, here we come.

 

The Drink Proposal

Lots of exciting pop-ups are happening this week in the world of cocktail bars …

Over at the West Village location of Dante, a “Viva España” theme is taking hold all of June, with the bar welcoming some of their favorite Spanish bartending friends. This week, it’s Madrid’s Salmon Guru who’ll be showcasing their roster of award-winning cocktails, live flamenco music included. For the full pop-up lineup, go here.

And over at Double Chicken Please (which was just ranked the no. 17 best bar in North America by the World’s 50 Best), it’s Paris’ Little Red Door speakeasy that’s coming to the back room, for a taste of their “Farm to Glass” cocktails next Tuesday, June 14. More details here.

 

Last-Minute Weekend Plans

You’re going to want to head to Crown Heights for all of your picnic needs …

Agi’s Counter just launched an ideal $27.50 summer picnic box, featuring sandwiches on housemade potato Pullman bread, marinated vegetables, chips, their A+ caraway shortbread cookie, and more. Pick up is at Agi’s on weekends only and you need to pre-order your box by Friday evening here. Whether you head to Prospect Park, the beach, or Ensenada’s free block party in Williamsburg is entirely up to you.

Bonus: $1 from each Agi’s Counter picnic box sold will go to the Ali Forney Center, which helps LGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness in the city.

 

The Event Invite

You’re cordially invited to a summer grilling spectacular hosted by Otway, this Monday, June 13. The $60 prix-fixe will feature a salad, bread, and dips for the table, plus extra fun summertime skewers (Lamb! Bonito! Fried Chicken!), and dessert, in collaboration with pop-up regulars Anthony Sousa and Conner Updegrave. Book your tickets now.

 

From The Tipline

This just in: The third and newest New York location of Greek destination Avra Rockefeller Center is opening tomorrow (and this one’s a behemoth, think 16,500 square feet)! Resys are out, so if you’re in the mood for excellent freshly caught seafood, flown in daily, you know what to do …

In this week’s edition: A woman-owned Sichuanese gem. Photo courtesy of Café China
In this week’s edition: A woman-owned Sichuanese gem. Photo courtesy of Café China

Week of June 2-8

The Restaurant Rec

Café China, because they’ve relocated to a bigger space and you’re most likely due for a (re)visit. Think Sichuanese specialties executed to the nines, in a space that’ll make you feel like you’re in your own Wong Kar-wai movie. Must-orders include the beautifully battered spicy fish fillets and the very refreshing mala-cured daikon. See you there.

Bonus: Resy is celebrating women in the industry the entire month of June, and as a woman-owned restaurant, Café China is part of this important guide.

 

The Drink Proposal

The Pandan Colada cocktail at Chino Grande, a delicious twist on the piña at what may be Williamsburg’s most fun (and shiny-new) karaoke bar. Pro tip: You’re going to want to stay past 10:30 p.m. to hit the mic. Otherwise, dinner should absolutely include the chilled mussels, some skewers, and the next-level pork ribs.

 

Last-Minute Weekend Plans

Brunch and a museum in the West Village. The museum in question? The Whitney, for the 80th edition of its Biennial showcase of contemporary American art, which you’re not going to want to miss (info and tickets here). Before that though, you may want to grab a bite first. Might we suggest, after recently rediscovering the immense pleasure of a perfectly executed burger and shoestring fries, The Waverly Inn? Do consider a brunch Resy outdoors, right before.

 

The Splurge

This next Monday, June 6, you are cordially invited to Ernesto’s, the Lower East Side’s excellent Basque haven, for a celebration of Riojan cuisine. The $120 tasting (with $60 optional wine pairings) will dive deep into the foods of Spain’s most famous wine region, with dishes like artichokes topped with foie and Spanish-style French toast. Tickets over here.

 

The Event Invite

Also this Monday, Nura & Friends is back with another pop-up: the Middle Feast. This time around, the Greenpoint hotspot is bringing in chef Pia Hambour for a $66 prix-fixe that’ll explore her Lebanese roots — think dips, mujadara, falafel, black lime wings, and more. Save your spot.

 

From The Tipline

This just in: Mexico City seafood hotspot Campobaja is coming to ATLA next Friday (6/10)! You’re going to want to book a lunch Resy stat, their “La Roma takes over Noho” pop-up runs from noon to 6 p.m.

In this week’s edition: Visit this gem often while you still can. Photo courtesy of Bessou
In this week’s edition: Visit this gem often while you still can. Photo courtesy of Bessou

Week of May 26 — June 1

The Restaurant Rec

Bessou, because after six wonderful years, the Japanese gem is closing its doors for good. So, book now, and book often: You have until June 18 to order one last dan dan noodle nabe, one last pork chashu platter, one last banana hotcakes … Bessou, we will miss you.

 

The Drink Proposal

The Snap Judgment cocktail at Manhatta, an incredibly refreshing highball made with snap pea-infused Tequila, cantaloupe, lemon, chamomile, soy, and spices. Best had on a warm, muggy day (the 60th-floor view helps, too). Discover more Manhatta cocktails here.

 

Last-Minute Weekend Plans

If Memorial Day weekend has you in the mood for a cookout (and you’re really not feeling the prep), Cozy Royale has you covered. The standby restaurant from the Meat Hook folks is throwing a celebration of all things hot dog, fried chicken, and cold drinks this Sunday, with lots of music and summery patio feels all around. Save your spot.

Also on our radar: a drag brunch in Meatpacking, this fundraiser show, a live disco party, and so much more.

 

The Event Invite

Two pop-ups are happening this Monday and it’s going to be hard to choose …

On May 30, Vietnamese spot Bolero is welcoming back one of its opening chefs for a special Korean dinner, featuring a $75 five-course tasting that they’re dubbing “a seafood-forward ode to fish sauce.” Yum. (Tickets here, menu here.)

And coming to Winona’s, also on Monday: the Nueva Peru pop-up from chef Pri Aguilr. The first-gen Peruvian-American culinary artist will be putting together an exciting $65 three-course menu, with both omnivorous (mussels in chicha de jora, or corn beer) and plant-based options (purple corn pudding with mango sticky rice). Menu details and tickets over here.

 

From The Tipline

Your chances of getting into Bonnie’s have just been upped: Say hello to their brand-new patio (more seating!), reserved for walk-ins only.