For the love of restaurants. That's been our mantra for the last year or so, as the restaurant industry forges through a generational crisis. So, we thought it a good time to share some of the many things we love about restaurants, from the simple act of solo dining, to the tiny moments that stay with us, to the unique role that restaurants play in showcasing different cultures. And so much more.

These are Resy Love Letters.

Illustrations by Anika Orrock

There’s No Place Like a Restaurant on a Friday Night

The Friday night vibe at a great restaurant is the best vibe there is. I can hardly wait to have…

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The Minnesota Restaurant That Became a Refugee’s American Story

In February 1981, David Tran arrived in Rochester, Minnesota as a teenage refugee from Vietnam. He had spent the previous…

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Antojitos Unite Family and Friends in Comfort, Deliciousness, and Cultural Pride

One of the most memorable nights I can recall in the past two decades occurred in Aguascalientes during a trip…

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New York

Immigrant Restaurants Are the Soul of New York City — And Also a Life Spent Here

My childhood was kimchi, koftas, and gyros. Oxtail stew, mattar paneer, and soup dumplings.  My Korean immigrant parents had their…

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Now Is the Time to Rally For Your Local Diner

To begin to fully appreciate the charm of New Taraval Cafe, and the quickly fading legions of old-fashioned diners like…

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New York

A Love Letter to Dining Alone

Whenever I tell people that my boyfriend is a chef, the first thing they’ll say is, “Oh, you must eat…

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The Best Part of Dinner is the First Seven Seconds

As increments of time go, most people wouldn’t consider seven seconds a great deal to work with. No famous work…

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New York

The Small Things Make Restaurants Special

Do you remember the small things that used to make a restaurant sing? After nearly a year of pandemic living,…

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Happiness is a Day Spent Floating from Restaurant to Restaurant

It always starts as a mostly empty weekend afternoon.

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New York

In the Cold, Fondue Brings Us Together

For years one of the best Sunday nights in New York could be had at the corner of 24th and…

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