It’s finally the New Year; celebrate with reservations all around! Just in time to get you off to a delicious start, a list of the newest restaurants on the app is here. As always, you are where you eat. Read more, and grab a seat.
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New York City
4 Charles Prime Rib
Brendan Sodikoff, the founder of Hogsalt Hospitality in Chicago, has come to New York, and he “want[s] to bring back prime ribs.” As Flo-Fab said in her most recent Off The Menu piece, “unlike most meat palaces, this one…has a mere 36 seats in an intimate wood-paneled room with leather upholstery and bare tables,” so you know you’re going to love it. Even if you aren’t the biggest meat-lover, you’ll be just fine (see: king crab, Dover sole, and a delicious cacio-e-pepe-meets-carbonara pasta)… maybe even better! // West Village. Walk-ins only.
Beecher’s – The Cellar
Kurt Beecher Dammeier, a cheese lover since childhood, remembers encouraging his mother to buy premium cheese at a time when processed cheese was overtaking the market. In 2003 he put his passion for artisan cheese into action and opened the first Beecher’s shop in the heart of Seattle’s Pike Place Market. Eight years later, he took his award-winning cheeses on the road, with a café and restaurant in the Flatiron District. Beecher’s has since joined the Resy family, so you can book a seat at The Cellar, just downstairs from the cheese-making kitchen. // Union Square. Book now at Beecher’s – The Cellar.
Chef and owner Allen Dabagh will bring his American restaurant Boutros to Brooklyn Heights very soon. The menu has been kept under wraps, and the name “doesn’t have a culinary meaning,” so stay tuned. // Brooklyn Heights. Book now at Boutros.
Jeff Lam and Eddy Buckingham have teamed to bring you Chinese Tuxedo, a modern eatery on Doyers Street. Buckingham grew up in Australia and frequented restaurants in Sydney’s Chinatown, while taking summers in China. In 2009 he opened a bar in Midtown and simultaneously explored New York’s Asian culinary scene. His contractor-turned-partner, Lam, saw an opportunity over a dim sum lunch, and the rest is history. Buckingham says the end goal is simple: “We’re not trying to revolutionize Chinese dining, we just want to bring it in step with 2016.” // Chinatown. Book now at Chinese Tuxedo.
Clancey, located on the Lower East Side, is a restaurant/bar featuring modern comfort food, inventive cocktails, and a rotating selection of craft beers. Owners Todd Birnbaum, Dennis Bogart, and Chef Keith Geter, bring out dishes like “Yesterday Lo Mein,” “Something Wrapped in Bacon on a Toothpick,” and “The Best Chicken Sate You Ever Ate”. Oh, hello, truffle grilled cheese! // LES. Book now at Clancey.
Located on the third floor, Freds at Barneys New York Downtown offers Italian-inspired, modern American dishes. Open for both lunch and dinner, Freds offers guests a menu comprised of Freds uptown favorites, mixed with custom downtown dishes, like the Chelsea pizza (with mozzarella, tomato, roasted peppers, and freshly grounded Hudson Valley Harvest sausage), avocado toast (topped with sunflower shoots and a house made pico de gallo), and ceviche pescatora-style (served with homemade corn chips for easy sharing). P.S. Fry-day at Freds! // Chelsea. Book now at Freds Downtown.
Officially opening on the 19th, New York’s ten-seat omakase experience is now taking reservations. The menu will include “the special style of aged fish that [Ichimura]’s known for,” says Bloomberg’s Kate Krader. Look out for the selection of hard-to-find sakes as well as a list of predominantly natural wines curated by Jorge Riera. // Tribeca. Book now at Ichimura.
Your future is here, and it’s at Lamano, Chelsea’s new destination for Spanish dining. Handshake Hospitality, The Team Behind (also behind Spanish faves The Black Ant, Temerario, and Ofrenda), and Chef Mario Hernandez bring you delicious tapas, tempting wine cocktails, and a thoughtfully curated wine list in a convivial and intimate setting. // Chelsea. Book now at Lamano.
Named after the street Chef Dan Kluger’s father, Arthur Kluger, grew up on in the Bronx, Loring Place is the culmination of a lifelong dream for the chef, who has cooked in some of New York’s most beloved restaurants. (He is best known for leading the teams at ABC Kitchen and ABC Cocina as Executive Chef.) Located in the heart of New York’s Greenwich Village, Loring Place serves delicious market-driven dishes with unexpected, but incredibly pleasing, flavor combinations. // Greenwich Village. Book now at Loring Place.
“Dining | Cocktails | Nightlife” is what Midnights is all about. A collaboration by hospitality veterans Devin Schuck and Raffaello Van Couten, this Williamsburg concept embodies the two’s love for all of the above. Experience it during happy hour (Monday-Friday, 4:30 to 7:00pm), or later– DJ’s spin Thursday through Saturday nights with a late-night food menu served until 2:00am! // Williamsburg. Book now at Midnights.
From Monterrey to Manhattan, Francisco Decrescenzo and Chef Julieta Ballesteros serve contemporary cuisine with a Latin soul and French and Asian influences. At Tavo, in the West Village, say hello to burgers with foie on top, Cuban lasagne, and other inspired dishes. Oh, and don’t forget about those cocktails! P.S.– Brunch coming soon. // West Village. Book now at Tavo.
The Finch is a hospitality-driven seasonal American restaurant in a newly-renovated 120 year-old brownstone in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. Chef and owner Gabe McMackin has cooked in and around New England at restaurants like Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Gramercy Tavern, and Roberta’s, and he worked for Martha Stewart as a corporate chef. He and his team are committed to excellent service, and aim to show you what it feels like to be well cared for in a beautiful space. // Clinton Hill. Book now at the Finch.
At the center of the bustling West Harlem bar scene, The Honeywell’s laid-back basement bar has super cool cocktails and small bites inspired by mom’s best. This comfortable, low-key alternative to sister bars Harlem Public and At the Wallace is a sure thing. Ring the bell; they’ll be right with you! Reservations for four or more are on the app and walk-ins are always welcome. // Harlem. Book now at The Honeywell.
The Cannibal Liquor House
What The Cannibal Beer & Butcher is to craft beer and butchery, The Cannibal Liquor House is to cocktails and classic bar food. Whether you’re coming in for a happy hour drink with a coworker, dinner with friends, or a cocktail party for your 25 closest friends, Liquor House has you covered. Brought to you by Christian Pappanicholas, Cory Lane, and Chef Francis Derby. // Murray Hill. Book now at The Cannibal Liquor House.
Union Square Cafe
Danny Meyer’s first restaurant, Union Square Cafe, is the birthplace of a generation of award-winning restaurants and world-renowned chefs. Founded in 1985, it continues to be the defining culinary measure for contemporary-minded American cuisine and a destination for warm hospitality and thoughtfully executed, creative cuisine. Union Square Cafe has won five James Beard Awards and earned Zagat Survey’s top ranking as New York’s Most Popular Restaurant an unprecedented nine times. Chef Carmen Quagliata is now at the helm, following in the tradition of James Beard Award-winning Chef Michael Romano, who led the kitchen from 1988-2007. // Union Square. Book now at Union Square Cafe.
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Located in the iconic Brentwood Gardens, Bottlefish is as comfortable as it is refined. This contemporary new restaurant has a lively bar, inviting dining room, and spacious climate-controlled outdoor patio. The menu features responsibly-sourced seafood, seasonally-inspired dishes, a simply-prepared fish section, and an extensive oyster and raw bar. It’s all about Bottlefish. // Brentwood. Book now at Bottlefish.
Habana Costa Mesa
“There’s no better place to sit on a patio shaded with lush greenery and sip an ice cold mojito,” says LA Times. Established in September 1995, Habana serves Cuban and Pan-Latin cuisine in a romantic, candlelit atmosphere for guests dining both indoors and on the heated patio. The full menu is served until midnight seven days a week, so you can get your paella a la Habana all night long! // Costa Mesa. Book now at Habana.
Rustic Canyon Wine Bar & Seasonal Kitchen grew from a series of dinners that founder Josh Loeb hosted at his family’s tree house in Rustic Canyon, an intimate neighborhood carved into the mountains of Santa Monica. The restaurant, like its predecessor, is a place where friends near and far can come together and celebrate the best things in life: great food, great wine, and great people. Offering a regularly-changing menu of farmers’ market-inspired dishes, Chef Jeremy Fox (who garnered a Michelin star as Executive Chef at Ubuntu in Napa) brings his own vision of seasonality, simplicity, and quality to Rustic Canyon’s kitchen. The result is a delicious dining experience. // Santa Monica. Book now at Rustic Canyon.
Hey, casual dining in Silver Lake! Serving up delicious vegetables with some Asian influences (in addition to other items), Wolfdown is a charming 60-seat (30 inside and 30 on the patio) restaurant. And if you haven’t tried the creamsicle napoleon with tangerine glaze, you haven’t lived! // Silver Lake. Book now at Wolfdown.
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Merging technique-driven fare with locally-sourced ingredients, Chef Jeremiah Bacon, a three-time James Beard semifinalist, serves a modern American experience. With a daily-changing menu that’s rooted in the South, The Macintosh relies on the Lowcountry’s farms and waterways for inspiration; the result is unique items like bone marrow bread pudding and seafood charcuterie (hello, wreckfish-head rillettes, and grouper bologna). // Radcliffborough. Book now at The Macintosh.
The Park Cafe
At The Park Cafe, great food isn’t complicated; fresh, quality ingredients from Charleston purveyors speak for themselves. As soon as you enter the restaurant, you’ll experience comfort and feel the team’s passion for its community. So pull up a chair, order a drink, and savor the reality of farm-to-fork dining and great hospitality; at the Park Cafe, they call it “living simply.” // Hampton Park. Book now at The Park Cafe.
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Part of the Tim Ma Restaurant Group, Kyirisan is Chef and owner, Tim Ma’s, first DC restaurant concept: a Chinese-French menu in a home-like setting. The Ma family’s heart and soul is wrapped up in this Shaw gem. // Shaw. Book now at Kyirisan.
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At Bella Brava, it’s all about Italian flavor with the modern bustle of a New World, urban lifestyle. Wood-stone ovens cook the most delicious flatbreads, pizzas, and calzones in the region, but the must-order for brunch is cannoli-stuffed Italian toast. // St. Petersburg. Book now at BellaBrava.
Cake Thai Wynwood
Former Makoto Cook, Chef Phuket “Cake” Thongsodchareondee (nicknamed for his mother’s favorite craving while she was pregnant), brought Thai Street Food to MiMo. And after more than a year of anticipation, he has brought Cake Thai to Wynwood’s very hungry — and excited — public. The casual 30-seat, unpretentious spot offers a fresh approach to authentic Thai food, featuring the same OG recipes that made the North Miami outpost a runaway hit, while offering an exciting new addition: booze. // Wynwood. Book now at Cake Thai.
Stillwaters Grill and Tavern
Classic American dishes blend harmoniously with Old World flavors at Chef Jeffrey Jew and Director of Operations Lee Karlins’s modern American tavern, with menu items from both land and sea. Jew and Karlin understand that the beer selection is at the heart of any tavern, so twenty beers (many regionally crafted) are on tap (along with four wines, and two cocktails). Bonus: an extensive wine and cocktail list. // Downtown. Book now at Stillwaters Grill and Tavern.
The Local House
The Local House is the kind of place you want to linger at, long after your meal is done. Go for the avo-toast and stay for the chuck, brisket, and short rib burger. For brunch, lunch, and dinner enjoy eclectic culinary creations in a warm setting. Book your outdoor seats directly through the app! // South Beach. Book now at The Local House.
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Foreign & Domestic
Chef and owner, Ned Elliott, serves great food with a French twist at F&D. This 47-seat, North Loop restaurant has become a neighborhood favorite for expertly-prepared food at reasonable prices. Protip: order the French onion soup with warm burrata, roasted onion broth, caramelized onions, and chive oil on top. // North Loop. Book now at Foreign & Domestic.
Oasthouse Kitchen + Bar
Showcasing a fantastic ambiance for adults and kids, Oasthouse Kitchen + Bar is a haven for delicious and creative food. Passionate about quality food and drinks, Oasthouse partners with local farms and businesses to bring you only the freshest, seasonally-available ingredients. Sports fans can enjoy large TV’s at the bar and on the patio, with an amazing wine selection, well-balanced cocktail menu, and an expansive list of draft beer from local craft brewers. // Grandview Hills. Book now at Oasthouse Kitchen + Bar.
Located on East 11th Street, Old Thousand is the first concept from SMBG Hospitality. Chefs James Dumapit (former executive sous-chef at Uchiko) and David Baek (of Thai-Kun and Uchi) have teamed up to create a playful menu of modern Chinese-American interpretations. Here’s the hashtag– don’t wear it out. Or do: #DopeChinese. // East Austin. Walk-ins only.
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A reservations-only bar with both food and cocktail menus, Over Proof will change its offerings every three months, along with the décor. Drinks focus on single spirits and are accompanied by (though not necessarily paired with) food from the region(s) where the spirit is made. The first installment, Flip-Flop, will be completely built around rum and will feature cocktails created by the ABV bar team and a similar number of dishes thoughtfully curated by Chef Collin Hilton. Heads up, they have begun taking reservations for January 23rd! // Mission. Book now at Over Proof.
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Seatown Seabar and Rotisserie
Part of the Tom Douglas Restaurants group, Chef Sam Burkhart serves some of Pike Place Market’s finest seafood. Come for the creamy oyster soup with foie gras butter, and stay for the devil’s food cake. // Pike Place Market. Book now at Seatown Seabar.
Another Tom Douglas Restaurants classic, TanakaSan is a lively, modern Asian-American bar and restaurant located on the ground level of the Via6 residence in the Denny Regrade neighborhood. Chef and Partner Eric Tanaka incorporates his Japanese-American upbringing in LA into this playful menu. Some highlights are sake slushies, twice-fried chicken wings, Osaka pancakes, bento boxes, and caramelized coconut beef. // Belltown. Book now at TanakaSan.
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