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Ten Essential Restaurants Across America, Winter 2022 Edition


As we come into the most normal(ish) winter season in the past three years, let’s be thankful at how robust restaurants are right now. Of course, the holidays bring a dining blitz. So for all the good cheer of the moment, the savvy diner knows that things get quiet after January 1 — and those long couple months after can be some of the most most rewarding to spend in restaurants. The wait for spring may be endless, but a great meal makes it a bit shorter. 

Winter, in other words, is the perfect moment to double down on dining out.

We are ready. We’ve spent this fall thinking about restaurants that embody how great American dining is today. And we admittedly have comfort in mind, too — which might manifest itself in the timelessly cozy tavern space at Gramercy Tavern in New York, or the luxe pastas at San Francisco’s SPQR. We know, too, that winter is the perfect season for Southern seafood, and thus we’re fully in for an evening at Aaron Bludorn’s new Navy Blue in Houston, or a return visit to Atlanta’s Kimball House, one of the New South’s great dining spaces. We’re here for pizza, because of course we are. And if we’re truly lucky, we just might find ourselves in the alleyway astride Anajak Thai, in thrall to the skills of one of L.A.’s top chefs.

As it happens, all these spots are bookable through Global Dining Access by Resy, which provides exclusive reservation opportunities to eligible American Express cardmembers.

So please, welcome this winter’s Dining Access Hit List — 10 restaurants that embody the sublime state of American dining right now. Shrug off that urge to hibernate, and go enjoy a great meal. The hygge will still be there when you get home.