From award-winning dining concepts to rustic Italian trattorias, an impressive range of restaurants have joined the app, and they’re bound to keep your calendar full and curiosity piqued. As always, you are where you eat. Read more, and grab a seat.
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New York City
Spearheaded by James Beard award-winning chef Roberto Passon, Cotenna is a rustic Italian wine bar specializing in “Cecchetti” – otherwise known as Italian tapas. Home to some of the finest Old World Italian wines, Cotenna is tucked away in a charming nook of the village. // West Village. Book now at Cotenna
Stop by this sunny Nolita outpost during the day and snack on Instagram worthy artisanal grain bowls, avocado toast (topped with lavender salt-cured salmon and a poached egg!), and a selection of teas and juices. Chef Camille Becerra serves an apertivo from 5-7pm of light bites, house cocktails and an affordable wine list. // Nolita. Book now at De Maria.
Flex Mussels Upper East Side & West Village
From its roots on Prince Edward Island to the West Village of Manhattan, Flex Mussels aims to serve the freshest and most delicious food from the ocean to your plate. With 16 different mussels preparations to choose from, you’ll be hard pressed to land on just one. Be sure to try the delicious add-ons as well, like the fried oysters, freshly-chopped kale salad, and, for dessert, deconstructed lemon meringue “pie” parfait. // Book now at Flex Mussels Upper East Side and Flex Mussels West Village.
Frankies 570 Spuntino
This gem of an Italian trattoria sits at the corner of Hudson and West 11th streets– yet one taste of the hand-rolled Genovese pesto will transport you far from Frankies’ rustic West Village outpost. With so many delicious pasta offerings, it’s hard to settle on just one or two, but the ricotta gnocchi, pappardelle with braised lamb, and cavatelli with hot sausage and browned butter are a good place to start. Round out the meal with a glass of Sangiovese and tiramisu for good measure. // West Village. Book now at Frankies 570 Spuntino.
Grand Ferry Tavern
At Grand Ferry, a classically-styled waterfront tavern, oyster happy hour exists every day from 4pm to 6pm and 11pm to close. On the menu you’ll find quality ingredients in the form of elevated American tavern staples. Best of all, there’s an atmosphere to accommodate any mood: enjoy date night in the dining salon, catch up with friends in the lively barroom, or relax in the cozy outdoor garden. // Williamsburg. Book now at Grand Ferry Tavern.
A self-described “Jewish Kid from Long Island,” Chef Ivan Orkin visited Japan once, and the rest is history. After creating one of the top ramen shops in Tokyo, Chef returned to New York City to open his famed namesake ramen parlors. His LES digs is a rite of passage. // LES. Book Now at Ivan Ramen
The team behind The Black Ant, Temerario, and Ofrenda, bring you Chef Mario Hernandez’s inspired menu of tapas. In a setting filled with mystical motifs, wine cocktails, and a thoughtfully-curated wine list amplify the experience at Chelsea’s new destination for Spanish dining. Protip: get the boquerones with white anchovies, tomato, gigante beans, and egg. // Chelsea. Book now at Lamano.
What was Tilda All Day is now Otway, a dinner spot run by Samantha Safer and Chef Claire Welle. The ever-changing seasonal menu features American bistro aesthetics as well as natural wines, house-butchered meats, and fresh bread. Don’t leave without trying the roasted sunchokes with oysters, fried tripe, or burned almond pudding. // Clinton Hill. Book now at Otway.
The masters behind Gowanus’ barbecue restaurant Pig Beach bring you Pig Bleecker in Greenwich Village. With Chef Matt Abdoo—an eight-year alum of Del Posto— at the helm, the team’s second restaurant offers a full-service experience, expanding beyond their barbecue roots with a focus on smoke-centric comfort food. // Greenwich Village. Book now at Pig Bleecker.
From the Franks of Frankies Spuntino fame, Prime Meats pays homage to traditional German cooking in a refined Carroll Gardens space, with an ethereal outdoor area. Steak frites, bratwurst, and sauerkraut are among the highlights, while the “Old Fashioned” with Bartlett pear bitters is a nice segue from a late lunch to evening. //Carroll Gardens. Book now at Prime Meats.
Established in 2003, Ruby’s menu showcases fresh local produce balanced with Australian culinary influences. Think burgers, delicious Aussie-inspired dishes, and amazing espresso coffee and drinks. Both spots are trendy, yet unpretentious. // Murray Hill and SoHo. Walk-ins only.
Russ & Daughters at the Jewish Museum
Few Manhattan restaurants warrant the title of institution quite like Russ & Daughters, whose family-owned operation has spanned 103 years in New York City. Experience the delight of Saturday morning bagels and lox (of the finest quality!), in addition to other classic staples at its prepaid set-menu brunch at the Jewish Museum. // Upper East Side. Book now at Russ & Daughters at the Jewish Museum.
The Egg Shop
As one may imagine, eggs are the main attraction here, but thoughtful and original applications mean that each of the dishes is far from ordinary. Dinner highlights include the spaghetti squash Carbonara, fried chicken, and the “Harissa Explains it All” – tomato-braised chicken with sweet potato hummus, cous cous, house-made harissa and boiled eggs. // Nolita. Book now at The Egg Shop.
The Fat Radish
Tucked between Orchard and Canal streets in the heart of the Lower East Side, the Fat Radish is a nouveau dining experience in every way. With imaginative farm-to-table highlights and a mesmerizing mix of traditional dishes fashioned in new ways, this pretty-people place always draws a crowd. The NY Times says the duck fat fries are a dining prerequisite. // Lower East Side. Book Now at The Fat Radish.
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The Frisky Oyster
Nestled in a historic seaport located on Long Island’s North Fork, The Frisky Oyster offers a daily-changing menu that showcases the most excellent local ingredients. Add to the offerings local and international wines, exceptional service, and a lively bar scene, and you’ve got yourself a good time. // Greenport Village. Book now at The Frisky Oyster
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From ceviche and broiled oysters to barbecue prawns, seafood is the focus at Austin’s Coast. Enjoy a range of small plates, and don’t skip the churros with horchata ice cream for dessert. // Downtown. Book now at Coast.
Inside this woodsy Austin hideaway, you’ll find tasty comfort food, like chicken and waffles and bacon beignets (!), sourced from local farmers, and the freshest, in-season seafood. With a full lineup of craft beers and cocktails to choose from, it’s a great place to enjoy a sunny Saturday afternoon with great company. // Downtown. Book now at District Kitchen.
A one-time Laundromat filled with retro decor, Chef Rene Ortiz’s James Beard Award-nominated Launderette serves up delicious bites, fresh-baked breads, and spirited cocktails. Snack on the fried olives, labneh with beet hummus and everything crackers, and the fried chicken “sammie” – a show-stopping sandwich of fried chicken served on challah bread, with poblano slaw and pickles. // Holly. Book now at Launderette.
New American the Austin way means local comforts like truffle honey chicken biscuits and a fried green tomato BLT. Visit this welcoming outpost for weekend brunch or a night out, and thank your lucky stars that Resy saved you a seat. // Book now at The League Lakeway and Avery Ranch.
Tony C’s Bee Caves & Avery Ranch
This is the rustic Italian trattoria that your pizza-and-pasta dreams are made of. Nosh on the mascarpone and fig pizza or a classic tomato and basil margherita. Craving seconds? Opt for the meatballs, penne with vodka sauce, or bacon-wrapped figs – or anything else, really. // Book now at Bee Caves and Avery Ranch.
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Following in the footsteps of beloved Two Boroughs Larder, Chef Josh Keeler’s 492 is classic-meets-contemporary in a restored historic landmark dating back to the 1800’s. Adding to the appeal is a fully-stocked cocktail program, pastry team, and a menu sourced from nearby farmers, fishermen and foragers. Book now at 492.
Nestled in Charleston’s charming French Quarter, 82 Queen is a 300-year-old address, with a heritage spanning 34 years. It serves up fresh local cuisine for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. Think gracious Southern hospitality and delectable cooking, served up, with a twist. Don’t miss the mammoth Magnolia tree in its dreamy, intimate courtyard. // French Quarter. Book now at 82 Queen.
Traditional Southern dishes share the menu with updated interpretations of comfort food favorites at this neighborhood gem. It’s a casual restaurant, where you can enjoy meals with the family, patio dining, and happy hour cocktails. // West Ashley. Book now at Ms. Rose’s.
Stella’s honors rustic Greek cuisine with modern updates, bringing the freshest ingredients and Mediterranean fare to the CHS dining scene. Protip: don’t miss the taverna-themed happy hour! // Radcliffborough. Book now at Stella’s
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Because when Sara Kramer and Sarah Hymanson found a space for their falafel stand, Madcapra, in Grand Central Market, it was kismet, and now their latest endeavor is called just that. With the help of heavy hitters Jon & Vinny, it’s no wonder the industry is abuzz. Enjoy small plates of delicious Middle Eastern-influenced dishes, intended to be shared, in this light and bright Hollywood locale. // East Hollywood. Book now on Resy.
Discover delicious and modern Mexican cuisine in the heart of Old Town Pasadena. Inside the elegant interior, you’ll find an impressive range of craft cocktails, like the agave old fashioned, and fresh interpretations of traditional dishes. The duck carnitas with roasted tomatillo and octopus with chorizo salsa and sweet plantains are among the highlights. iVamos! // Pasadena. Book now at Maestro.
Enjoy authentic Italian fare against an elegant backdrop, on Newport Beach’s Balboa Island. Agnolotti with butternut squash, goat cheese, and amaretti cookies– the secret ingredient of chefs and Italian grandmother’s alike – is just the order for recreating a “Sunday supper” any night of the week. // Newport Beach. Book now at Mr.G’s Bistro.
With its fresh-made sauces and easy atmosphere, this Frog Town outpost is a local’s delight and boasts a varied appeal. From the tacos and char-grilled rib-eye to the signature caesar salad, there’s something for everyone. Add to that one hell of a cocktail range: the “Hot Buttered Rum” is the accelerator to a truly stellar evening. // Frog Town. Book now at Salazar.
South Beverly Grill
Tuck into one of the tufted leather booths for a working lunch or an intimate dinner for two (or six). Boasting a range of greats across the board, from sushi and steak to seasonal fresh highlights, this restaurant is modern American cuisine turned up a notch, Beverly Hills style. // Beverly Hills. Book now at South Beverly Grill.
Sean Brock’s former Chef de Cuisine at McCrady’s, Daniel “Dano” Heinz just began a three-month stint at this Silver Lake staple: “La Familia Residency at Trois Familia.” Here, you’ll experience a three-course nouveau American menu – driven by Californian produce – that turns over weekly. Some highlights include risotto with cauliflower, white radicchio, and shallot, and pork with cranberry beans, broccolini, and mustard. // Silver Lake. Book now at Trois Familia.
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New Orleans Cajun meets the San Francisco Mission in this newly-minted restaurant inspired by the bayou. Sip hurricanes atop barstools, while admiring pretty tiles and wrought iron, reminiscent of NOLA’s French Quarter. Shrimp boils with pork jambalaya and gumbo with oysters and crispy okra are menu staples. Best of all, the kitchen is open until 2am on weekends– in true Nawlins fashion. // Mission. Book now at Alba Ray’s.
This spacious and airy SOMA outpost boasts a daily menu of fresh ingredients, natural wines, and seasonal cocktails. Sunday brunch is a divine tasting experience, complete with beignets, soft scrambled eggs with braised artichokes, and grilled Dungeness crab with dandelion greens. After dark, the outdoor patio is jazzed up with special events featuring live music and fine cocktails.// Soma. Book now at Bar Agricole.
There’s nothing basic about the pizza at Gialina. The menu, which boasts traditional pies – like the spicy red sauce-based “Amatriciana” and sweet Italian sausage pie with onions – to specialty variations – like the “Zucca” with butternut squash, ricotta, sage, and almond brown butter. Complete the meal with mini meatballs, burrata, and the ricotta cavatelli (natch). // Glen Park. Book now at Gialina.
Situated in the historic PacBell building, Trou Normand boasts a refined cocktail program, daily-changing menu, and a charcuterie board with 40 varieties of the finest quality meats. Drawing inspiration for its cocktail program from the iconic craft cocktails found in Paris and Cuba, Trou Normand focuses on classic concoctions made from small batch spirit producers. Cozy up in the leather chesterfield sofa banquettes with an apple brandy “Calvados” drink and a sampling of cured meats. //Soma. Book now at Trou Normand.
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Boasting chai-and-wifi service by day, and refined contemporary Indian cuisine by night, this Cleveland Park staple is a jack of more than a few trades. Be sure to order the cauliflower chili fry, traditional curries, mini dosas, and a cocktail off their beverage program. The gin and tonic is a favorite, with house-made tonic comprised of cloves, cardamom, black pepper, cinnamon, cumin, coriander, and star anise. // Cleveland Park. Book now at Indique.
Marble & Rye
Offering 150 whiskeys and farm-to-table American fare (think wood-fired pizzas, seafood, steak and veggies), Marble & Rye is a handsome restaurant that’s also vegetarian-friendly. // Arlington. Book now at Marble and Rye
Enjoy Italian fine dining in the heart of Dupont Circle with Chef Peter Pastan’s five-course menu, served five nights a week. The seasonal menu changes daily and includes an optional wine pairing, adding to the intimate and stellar dining experience. // Dupont Circle. Book now at Obelisk.
With a menu filled with paellas, chorizo-filled bocadillos, papas bravas and horchata flan, Pamplona’s creative dishes impart a lively and fresh update on traditional Spanish cuisine. Plus, that all pairs perfectly with an innovative wine program and a menu of handcrafted cocktails and sangrias. // Arlington. Book now at Pamplona.
RedRocks H Street
RedRocks on H Street has three floors, three bars, a dance area, outdoor space, and a third-floor balcony. It’s DC’s perfect party spot with delicious Neapolitan pizzas and a bottomless mimosas weekend brunch. // H Street Corridor. Book now at RedRocks H Street.
Come for the top quality prime steaks, stay for the live music. A neighborhood favorite for good reason, Woodmont Grill boasts live jazz every night of the week, in addition to house-made breads and the hearty entree salads. Word to the wise, do not miss the famous “French Dip Au Jus” and the swanky cocktails. // Bethesda. Book now at Woodmont Grill
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Modern Israeli cuisine meets New Orleans flavors, from James Beard Award-winning Chef Alon Shaya. From the lamb kebabs to the many variations of hummus – including lamb ragu with crispy chickpeas and dried Aleppo pepper with tahini and olive oil – the offerings are fresh, authentic, and delightful. The thoughtful and nuanced dishes allow you to discover new flavors with every visit. // Touro. Book now at Shaya.
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A burger joint that combines the finest local, fresh, and organic ingredients? Yes, please. With 24 beers on tap and nine burger variations to choose from, in addition to a range of salads and sandwiches, this spot has the best of tasty food and libations. // Bellevue. Book now at Local Burger.
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Charcoal Garden Bar + Grill
Hailing as one of the country’s first full-service restaurants built entirely out of modified shipping containers, Charcoal serves fresh and innovative dishes fired up on the Josper grill by Ken Lyon. On the locally sourced menu, you’ll find farm-raised meats served with a choice of 22 different globally-inspired sauces, charcoal-blistered vegetables from the restaurant’s urban garden, and fresh seafood. Wash the meal back with a large-format craft beer served in a growler, or one of the French and Italian wines on tap. // Wynwood. Book now at Charcoal Garden Bar + Grill.
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Chef Chris Shepherd is reimagining the dining experience with One Fifth: a concept restaurant with a new theme each year and a five-year life span. For its inaugural year, Chef Shepherd is recreating a modern steakhouse, utilizing all cuts of the animal and working directly with farmers. Steak is grilled and seared on a cast iron skillet for optimal flavor. Each theme will run through July 31st of its given year; the restaurant will reopen September 1st of that year with a new theme – and new decor. // Houston. Book now at One Fifth.