In this week’s edition: A whole fried fish at a perfect Brooklyn restaurant. Photo courtesy of Leland Eating and Drinking House

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The Resy Lineup: BLT Season, Chilli Crabs, and a Bake Sale for a Cause

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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: Plan an upstate escape, take refuge from the heat at this indie theater, and get yourself a durian sundae.

 

Week of August 4-10

The Restaurant Rec

Leland Eating and Drinking House, because boy is this a Prospect Heights gem. Start with whatever frozen drink is on rotation (if you’re lucky, you’ll catch the double-stacked half-Negroni, half-margarita) before delving into some A+ shareable plates (Pro tip: Order the incredible, five-spice laden whole fried fish). With a buzzing dining room and genuinely friendly, fanny pack-slinging staff, Leland is one restaurant to visit once, then often.

 

The Drink Proposal

A cocktail at the Metrograph Commissary, sipped in the upstairs lounge right before your movie begins. Between their Pool Party and Summer of (Éric) Rohmer series, there’s no better way to escape the heat than in one of the dark rooms of this stellar indie theater.

 

Last-Minute Weekend Plans

Coming this Sunday: A bake sale for a cause. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., local New York bakers (including Fany Gerson of Fan Fan Doughnuts and Danielle Spencer of Win Son Bakery) will be selling a world of baked goods at hot new restaurant 53, with all proceeds going to nonprofit New York Abortion Access Fund. RSVP here.

 

The Event Invite

Singapore is celebrating its 57th birthday next Tuesday and to celebrate, a trio of excellent Southeast Asian restaurants is going all out. Catch special tasting menus at Laut, Singapura, and Wau, featuring Singapore favorites — Singapura’s menu includes chili crab, hawker noodles, and even a durian sundae.

All tasting menus ($57 to $88 per person) will run until Aug. 22.

 

The Takeout Move

‘Tis the season for BLTs, but not just any BLT* — nab the one from Edith’s sandwich counter (not their lovely sit-down eatery), because this is what summer tastes like. (*Think grilled and buttery challah with smoked corn mayo and corn kernels, in addition to thick-cut slices of bacon, crisp lettuce, and juicy local tomatoes.)

 

From The Tipline

This just in: Glasserie is live on Resy! That’s right, Greenpoint’s date night favorite and brunch hotspot is taking Resys starting August 15. Get booking.

 

Plan Ahead

If you’re looking for an upstate escape, consider a trip to Pine Plains in Dutchess County. Mainly because baker extraordinaire Zoë Kanan will be popping up at Stissing House every Sunday in August (starting on the 14th) for what promises to be an epic breakfast (more details here). Go right ahead and make a Resy there for dinner, it’s worth the trek.

In this week’s edition: Learn how to make pasta from the Lower East Side pros. Photo courtesy of Forsythia
In this week’s edition: Learn how to make pasta from the Lower East Side pros. Photo courtesy of Forsythia

The Restaurant Rec

Thai Diner, because it’s always a treat, whether you come for breakfast, dinner, and everything in between. Breakfast calls for the eponymous sandwich, in which egg, cheese, and a sai oua herbal sausage are wrapped in roti, while a lengthier meal should entail the excellent chopped chicken liver, the stuffed cabbage tom khaa, crab fried rice, and a lot of desserts. This is not the place to skip on sweet things (looking at you, banana Thai rum pudding).

 

The Drink Proposal

The Midnight in the Garden cocktail at Bar Blondeau, a deliciously boozy concoction of cognac, rye, vermouth, Bénédictine (a French herbal liqueur), lemon oil, and cherry. Best paired with the banana ice cream and chocolate-and-peanut-butter bar, on the outdoor terrace, with the Manhattan skyline as your backdrop.

 

Last-Minute Weekend Plans

For a seafood boil with a view, head over to Queensyard, a British restaurant tucked in Hudson Yards. As you may have guessed from the location, this is not your typical mixed bag of seafood, rather, a royal lobster boil for two ($85 per person), in which a decadent lobster beurre blanc will coat bay scallops, shrimp, mussels, cockles, pork sausage, and yes, one whole lobster, alongside your usual fixings (potatoes, sweet corn, etc.). Tickets over here.

Available every Sunday this summer from 6 to 8 p.m.

 

The Event Invite

You may have heard that online wine shop Parcelle has branched into the Lower East Side with a brick-and-mortar space. But did you know they’re relaunching their Wine School? The first class at the brand-new space is taking place next Thursday (8/4) and will be hosted by Parcelle founder Grant Reynolds, who’ll be diving deep into the ideal summertime wines of Portugal. $25 tickets here.

Pro tip: The $25 admission can be used towards Parcelle purchases online.

 

The Splurge

Ever wanted to take a pasta-making class? Roman pasta destination Forsythia has you covered. Their classes ($200 to $300 per person) are available to take this coming Monday (8/1) and Wednesday (8/3) and include a pasta workshop (where you’ll get to make different shapes), different kinds of sauce making, natural wines from Italy to keep you going, and the final result: your pasta cooked, plated, and ready to eat. Get booking.

Note: Classes on Wednesdays are $300/person because they include an additional five-course prix-fixe dinner with wine. Regular Monday classes are $200/person. More info here.

 

From The Tipline

New donut alert: Edith’s Eatery and Grocery is partnering with Greenpoint legend Peter Pan Donut on a sour cream cake donut topped with a Turkish and Greek coffee and tahini glaze, available starting next Monday. Get yours while you can!

In this week’s edition: A wine dinner at an Italian standby. Photo courtesy of Altro Paradiso
In this week’s edition: A wine dinner at an Italian standby. Photo courtesy of Altro Paradiso

Week of July 21-27

The Restaurant Rec

Marlow and Sons, because their DJ series has us dancing all summer long. Catch their weekly The Spins vinyl sets Thursday through Sunday, from 6 to 10 p.m., featuring local DJs and friends, and A+ drinks (this week, it’s pours of orange wine by the glass). And do keep your eyes peeled for Marlow’s “The Thursday Thing,” an occasional bout of spontaneous outdoor grilling (keep tabs on their instagram).

 

The Drink Proposal

The Kyoto cocktail at Sugar Monk, a perfect-for-this-heat highball featuring Roku gin, Sugar Monk’s very own shiso eau de liqueur, yuzu, and tonic. Best sipped on a Monday night, when the bar welcomes a live jazz trio for the night. Check out more bars and restaurants with live music here.

 

The Event Invite

Notify away or show up early (there will be walk-in availability!): Crown Shy’s latest kitchen takeover is worth the effort. The critically acclaimed restaurant is handing the reins to SAGA and Crown Shy culinary director Jassimran Singh, who’ll be cooking up a singular North Indian-inspired menu for two Monday nights only: July 25 and August 8. Trust us, you don’t want to miss it.

 

The Splurge

Dive into one of Italy’s most exciting wine regions with a blowout dinner next Thursday (7/28), courtesy of Altro Paradiso. The region in question: Friuli. The $175 four-course dinner will include six wine pairings from some of the region’s best winemakers, with two seatings at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Tickets over here.

 

From The Tipline

This just in: Oxalis is debuting a new tasting menu at the bar! Think a three-course prix-fixe with two options per course, for $65. For more great tasting menus under $100, head over here.

 

Plan Ahead

Two exciting dinners to keep on your radar:

(1) For Peruvian Independence Day, Lower East Side hotspot Popular will be offering a special $150 feast, which will see Popular chef Diego Muñoz collaborate with other noted Peruvian chefs across the city — think Erik Ramirez from Llama Inn (and San), José Luis Chavez from Mission Ceviche, and Oscar Lorenzzi from Contento.

(2) Even further out on Monday, August 1, get ready for a night of modern Chinese feasting: Chinese Tuxedo is inviting D.C.’s lauded Cantonese restaurant Queen’s English to collaborate on a one-night-only dinner ($125) that promises to be something else — think three-cup monkfish, roast duck in golden plum sauce, sweet-and-sour peaches, and so much more.

In this week’s edition: Maybe celebrate France’s national holiday with this crème caramel? Photo courtesy of Benoit
In this week’s edition: Maybe celebrate France’s national holiday with this crème caramel? Photo courtesy of Benoit

Week of July 14-20

The Restaurant Rec

Benoit, because today is Bastille Day! Not that we need a reason to feast on French food, but Alain Ducasse’s New York restaurant does excel when it comes to the paragons of bistro fare (croque-monsieur, steak au poivre, etc.) and is offering specials to celebrate France’s national holiday, tonight only. Resys are still out.

For other Bastille Day food happenings, cocktail bar Porchlight is throwing a block party with live music and French wines and bites (tix here) and French-Japanese skewer hotspot Maison Yaki is debuting its weekly Trivia Thursdays (Pro tip: Book a patio table and try your hand at pétanque).

 

The Last-Minute Invite

If a seafood tower dreamt up by Gage & Tollner and Gertie isn’t enough to lure you into a leisurely Friday lunch, we don’t know what will. Tomorrow (yes, last-minute tickets available here), Gertie will be serving up a Jew-ish steakhouse brunch, featuring steak and eggs, cakes by acclaimed G&T pastry chef Caroline Schiff, a martini bar, and yes, seafood towers (a limited number of them will still be available to order day of!). You know what to do.

All $15 of the ticket sales are going to the Brigid Alliance, which supports abortion rights.

 

The One-Night-Only Collab’

Playful LES Korean restaurant 8282 is teaming up with Vietnamese dessert darling Bánh by Lauren for a $160 tasting for two this coming Wednesday, July 20. Expect perilla oil pasta with uni and crab, Chilean sea bass glazed in sweet soy, and that highly coveted pandan coconut chiffon cake.

Tickets here and full menu here.

 

The Takeout Move

On National Hot Dog Day, Emmett’s on Grove will be offering $7 Chicago-style dogs (think a Vienna sausage loaded with tomato, onion, relish, peppers, a pickle spear, and celery salt) out of a stand this July 20th. These are dogs for a cause — some of the proceeds will be donated to the families of victims of the Highland Park shooting.

 

The Masa Making Class

If you’ve ever wanted to press your own tortillas, Monday’s your chance to do so. Williamsburg’s For All Things Good location will be offering a masa-making class on 7/18 (tix here), where attendees will get to dive into the nixtamalization process and get their very own stack of freshly made tortillas to go. Snacks and a welcome drink included.

 

The Last Goodbye

Mission in Bushwick is going out with a bang next week, with a final $85 tasting menu of their hits (all made vegan!) starting on Tuesday, July 19. This is also your final chance to take one of New York’s coolest bathroom selfies (IYKYK). Final service is July 23.

 

From The Tipline

Italian chef Massimo Bottura has collaborated on a pasta dish at Chelsea Market’s La Devozione and you have all summer long to check it out. Look for the gemelli and Massimo’s pesto — some of the pasta proceeds will be donated to these charities.

And in other pasta news, Roman pasta destination Forsythia is bringing back its à la carte menu on Tuesdays only! Should you miss that more casual experience …

 

Plan Ahead

Now this is something special: Sushi destination Amami in Williamsburg will be hosting a live tuna cutting ceremony on Tuesday, July 26, overseen by master sushi chef and owner Nick Wang. Get ready for as-fresh-as-it-gets tuna preparations, an open bar, and more. $150 tickets over here.

In this week’s edition: Next-level fried rice with Vietnamese mortadella and Chinese sausage. Photo courtesy of Falansai
In this week’s edition: Next-level fried rice with Vietnamese mortadella and Chinese sausage. Photo courtesy of Falansai

Week of June 30 – July 6

The Restaurant Rec

Falansai, because we hadn’t been in a while and it’s still a perfect restaurant, especially in the summer, thanks to its lovely outdoor setup (look for the “garden” tiles when booking). The excellent $83 Dac Biet tasting menu is the way to go, but if it’s à la carte that’s calling your name, know that the confit duck necks, fried rice, and pea shoots in chicken pho broth are non-negotiable.

 

The Drink Proposal

The ideal hot-weather drink that is Edith’s frozen coffee tahini frostee. Get it while you still can; the frostee flavor will be rotating in a week or two (and that coffee tahini combo is something else).

 

Last-Minute Weekend Plans

If you’re looking to pre-game the national holiday, Dirt Candy has you covered. The restaurant will be celebrating Canada, Mexico, and the States this Saturday, with a $90 CanAmexican feast comprised of spicy esquites, crab cakes, cheeseburgers, grilled and skewered things, and more. Book now.

 

The Splurge

As for celebrating the national holiday day of, the best place to perch yourself come July 4th may just be the Bar at Manhatta. The sky-high bar is throwing a party ($250 per ticket) for the holiday, which will entail oysters and Champagne, a barbecue buffet spread, cheese and charcuterie boards, passed desserts, an open bar, a live DJ, and most importantly, a front-row view of the East River fireworks. Tickets over here.

For more July 4th happenings, head here.

 

The Takeout Move

For this week’s ice cream sandwich collaboration, the Musket Room is partnering with chef Stefano Secchi of Rezdôra for a treat inspired by their stuffed pasta. Think brown butter and ricotta ice creams, tucked between amaretti cookies with optional shaved black truffle. Pre-order it for a July 2 pickup at the Musket Room or walk in (at your own risk!) for limited supplies.

 

From The Tipline

Keep your eyes peeled for a summer dining series coming up very soon: the Rockefeller Center’s Radio Park (Radio City Music Hall’s never-before-accessed rooftop garden), which will see a host of chefs take over the 24,000 square feet space. Coming up first, chef In this week’s edition: ohnson, whose Caribbean-flecked residency begins next Friday, July 8. Resys are out and you’re going to want to book now.