All Cities: Taste Matters

Welcome to Taste Matters, a recurring Resy column by Mahira Rivers, a writer, critic, and former anonymous Michelin Guide inspector. In this column, she tackles the questions that help define restaurants, and taste, today: Who sets the standards for deliciousness in a quickly changing world? How has the universe of great dining expanded? And what do diners expect in an era of ever-diversified taste?


Taste MattersNew York

Welcome to a Glorious Era of Street Food. You’ll Find It In Restaurants.

I remember when Anthony Bourdain first set out to bring a Singapore-style hawker center to New York City. It was…

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Illustration by Jeannie Phan for Resy

Taste MattersNew York

Really, Is Everyone a Critic?

We’re proud to debut Resy’s first columnist, Mahira Rivers, and her column, Taste Matters. Rivers is a writer, critic, and…

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Taste MattersNew York

The Freedom of Cooking In America, or, How the Duo at Dhamaka Learned Not to Compromise

I was fishing for vegetables in the sambar one night at Semma, a new Southern Indian restaurant in the West…

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Taste MattersNew York

The Ingredients May Be New. The Quest For Deliciousness Is Eternal.

In 2012, the longtime Southern restaurant Acme, on Great Jones Street in Manhattan, transformed into a fashionable New Nordic restaurant.…

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Illustration by Jeannie Phan
Every restaurant is built by and for a community. And because every community is unique, there isn’t one way to grow as a restaurant. Mahira Rivers, "Does Being a Classic Restaurant Mean You Can Never Change?"

InterviewsNew York

Melissa Rodriguez Is Ready to Reboot Fine Dining In New York. But First, Pizza.

Outside 85 Tenth Avenue in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, the black carpet stitched with bold block lettering is gone, ripped from…

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Chef FeaturesNew York

The Musket Room Won’t Go Back to the Status Quo

The white gazpacho on the menu at The Musket Room in New York is more than a good dish, it’s…

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Illustration by Jeannie PhanM for Resy

Taste MattersNew York

Stop Calling Chinese Food Cheap. It Can Be Exceptional at Every Price.

There never has been a better time to eat Chinese food in New York City. From pleated Cantonese dumplings to…

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Illustration by Jeannie Phan

Taste MattersNew York

Does Being a Classic Restaurant Mean You Can Never Change?

When El Parador Café opened in 1959, it was one of just a handful of Mexican restaurants in New York…

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Taste MattersNew York

The Diner Finds a New Life. A Better, More Complicated One.

At my local diner, a block from my apartment in Manhattan, I can order a two-egg scramble with a pile…

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Illustration of lamb torta

Taste MattersNew York

Turns Out Now Is the Golden Era for Fusion Cuisine

At The Migrant Kitchen in Brooklyn’s Dumbo, the lamb torta is filled with sumac and Aleppo-spiced lamb, black beans, and…

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Taste MattersNew York

Welcome to a Glorious Era of Street Food. You’ll Find It In Restaurants.

I remember when Anthony Bourdain first set out to bring a Singapore-style hawker center to New York City. It was…

By

Illustration by Jeannie Phan

Taste MattersNew York

Does Being a Classic Restaurant Mean You Can Never Change?

When El Parador Café opened in 1959, it was one of just a handful of Mexican restaurants in New York…

By

Taste MattersNew York

The Freedom of Cooking In America, or, How the Duo at Dhamaka Learned Not to Compromise

I was fishing for vegetables in the sambar one night at Semma, a new Southern Indian restaurant in the West…

By

Taste MattersNew York

The Ingredients May Be New. The Quest For Deliciousness Is Eternal.

In 2012, the longtime Southern restaurant Acme, on Great Jones Street in Manhattan, transformed into a fashionable New Nordic restaurant.…

By

Chef FeaturesNew York

The Musket Room Won’t Go Back to the Status Quo

The white gazpacho on the menu at The Musket Room in New York is more than a good dish, it’s…

By

Taste MattersNew York

The Diner Finds a New Life. A Better, More Complicated One.

At my local diner, a block from my apartment in Manhattan, I can order a two-egg scramble with a pile…

By

Illustration of lamb torta

Taste MattersNew York

Turns Out Now Is the Golden Era for Fusion Cuisine

At The Migrant Kitchen in Brooklyn’s Dumbo, the lamb torta is filled with sumac and Aleppo-spiced lamb, black beans, and…

By

Illustration by Jeannie PhanM for Resy

Taste MattersNew York

Stop Calling Chinese Food Cheap. It Can Be Exceptional at Every Price.

There never has been a better time to eat Chinese food in New York City. From pleated Cantonese dumplings to…

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Illustration by Jeannie Phan for Resy

Taste MattersNew York

Really, Is Everyone a Critic?

We’re proud to debut Resy’s first columnist, Mahira Rivers, and her column, Taste Matters. Rivers is a writer, critic, and…

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