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Resy’s The Classics Remix Series Returns with Iconic Restaurant Collabs In 10 Cities

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Danny Meyer Pays Tribute to Sparks Steak House, Nina Compton Teams Up with Dooky Chase, Brandon Jew and Zuni Cafe Collaborate, and More

NEW YORK CITY (October 4, 2021) — This November (5-7 and 11-14), Resy invites diners in ten cities to pay tribute to classic restaurants by taking part in The Classics Remix, a series of weekend-long pop-ups that accompanies Resy’s annual editorial package: The Classics, A Tribute to the Restaurants That Define Our Cities. In each city (Boston, Charleston, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.) a top chef or restaurateur will partner with a famous food institution to create a multi-course remix menu – offered for dine-in and/or takeout, varying by city – that riffs on the institution’s signature fare.

For this second year of The Classics Remix, the series will travel to new cities for all-new collaborations. In NYC, hospitality icon Danny Meyer will pay tribute to Sparks Steak House, a New York institution that was the scene of a celebratory dinner in 1985 – the night he signed a lease for Union Square Cafe – and many occasions that followed. “Our cities are at their best when both new and old restaurants are thriving. There will always be new restaurants, but there’s something so special about going back to places you love,” says Meyer. “Sparks Steak House and New York City are as synonymous with, and to each other, as is bread and butter. Sparks is a symbiosis of life, family, business, growth, celebration, but also the tribulations, downturns, and the resilience, and like New York City, thankfully, we are still here,” says Steve Cetta, Owner of Sparks Steak House. The Meyers + Sparks remix meal will include Meyer’s go-to dishes, available for dine-in or to-go between November 5-7.

In San Francisco, chef Brandon Jew of Mister Jiu’s will team up with Zuni Café, a restaurant that has been an anchor of its community since 1979. “The energy within the walls of Zuni is always special. It is a place that welcomes anyone and everyone. It feels like the center of the city,” says Jew. “We have been interested in finding a way to reconnect with Brandon in the kitchen at Zuni and this collaboration was the perfect opportunity. We are excited for our guests to enjoy his takes on familiar Zuni Café classics,” says Nate Norris, Chef at Zuni Café. From November 12-14, a menu of Zuni Café classics adapted by Jew will be offered exclusively for dine-in.

In Miami, pioneering chef Michelle Bernstein, owner of popular Little Havana restaurant Cafe La Trova, puts a spotlight on another Little Havana establishment, La Camaronera. “I think it is important to preserve any South Florida institution, especially one that has always been there with the most delicious food, generous hospitality and incredible service for as long as La Camaronera has. We need to treasure and protect our institutions rather than constantly look to change. La Camaronera truly defines Miami’s palette and people; it shows off the best of our seafood while allowing the traditional Cuban flavors to shine through,” says Bernstein. “La Camaronera pays homage to the scores of Cuban immigrants who, like the Garcia brothers, settled here in search of their American dream. La Camaronera represents the hard work, perseverance, and grit required to make any dream a reality. It embodies the immigrant spirit and preserving and honoring places like ours is important to the identity of a city. They remind us of our roots, they enrich our culture, and they inspire us to dream,” David Garcia, Owner of La Camaronera.

For The Classics Remix’s international debut in London, chef Lee Tiernan of the perpetually packed Black Axe Mangal will spotlight Mangal 2, an east London Turkish ocakbasi restaurant run by brothers Ferhat and Sertaç Dirik. From November 11-13 diners at Mangal 2 can order Tiernan’s remix menu, an innovative Turkish spread of Raki Granita, Squid Ink Sarma, Numbing Yaprak Döner and more.

See full series lineup below and at Resy.com/ClassicsRemix. Reservations to dine in-person at participating institution restaurants and tickets to pre-reserve a meal for takeout/pickup will be available exclusively via Resy. Reservations go live Monday, October 11th at 10 am EST for American Express Card Members who enjoy 48 hours early access, and Wednesday, October 13 at 10 am EST for the general public.

Resy’s The Classics Remix series launched in 2020 with 3,600 diners served at restaurant takeovers in 8 cities, including Mike Solomonov sold-out three day takeover of Philly landmark Pat’s King of Steaks and Sean Brock’s takeover of Nashville’s Arnold’s Country Kitchen. Resy’s The Classics editorial package for 2021 includes 20+ features, curated guides, and essays penned by leading chefs + restaurateurs. To read more, visit Resy.com/Classics.

 

THE CLASSICS REMIX 2021 LINEUP & MENU HIGHLIGHTS

NEW YORK (Nov 5-7) – Danny Meyer (Union Square Hospitality Group) teams up with Sparks Steak House | DINE-IN & TO-GO ($125 pp)

Opened in 1966 by Michael and Pasquale Cetta, Sparks is one of the longest-running old-school New York steakhouses and one of the last remaining steakhouses on “Steak Row.” It is a family owned and operated business that recently celebrated 55 years. Menu highlights for The Classics Remix include:

  • Combo Appetizer Platter – Shrimp, Lump Crab & Baked Clams
  • Prime Sirloin Steak with Hash Browns, Creamed Spinach & Mushroom Caps
  • Dessert Platter – Bassets Double Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, NY Cheesecake & Walnut Pecan Pie à la Mode

MIAMI (Nov 5-7) – Michelle Bernstein (Cafe La Trova) teams up with La Camaronera Restaurant & Fish Market | DINE-IN & TO-GO ($49 pp)

Little Havana’s iconic seafood joint, La Camaronera, has been slinging fresh seafood to locals and travelers for almost 50 years; guests get in line for the spot’s famous “Pan con Minuta” sandwich. Menu highlights for The Classics Remix include:

  • Oysters Rocka-Garcia – Sofrito, Greens, Crunchy Jamón Serrano & Parmesan Topping
  • Minutas a la Plancha – Brown Butter Mojo de Ajo & Coconut Rice
  • Chayote Squash Side – Peppers, Onions, Spices & Lime

HOUSTON (Nov 5-7) – Aaron Bludorn (Bludorn) teams up with Lankford Grocery| DINE-IN & TO-GO ($34.95 pp)

Converted from an old garage in 1937, Lankford Grocery is owned and operated by third generation Lankford’s to this day. Known for their made to order burgers, the often-named “best of” spot originally opened as a fruit stand before it’s current day operation. Menu highlights for The Classics Remix include:

  • Bludorn Short Rib Burger – Beef Short Rib, Jalapeño Mayonnaise, Caramelized Red Onions & Redneck Cheddar Cheese
  • Moroccan Spiced Curly Fries with Harissa Aioli
  • Lankford’s Famous Cheesecake – Thyme & Fig Jam

WASHINGTON D.C. (Nov 5-7) – Vikram Sunderam (Rasika) teams up with Mama Ayesha’s | DINE-IN ONLY ($40 pp)

Mama Ayesha’s middle eastern cafe has served ambassadors, foreign dignitaries, and U.S. officials since the 1960s. Known as the Calvert Cafe until Mama Ayesha’s death in 1993, the building was renamed in her honor in 1994. Menu highlights for The Classics Remix include:

  • Hummus – Fried Baby Spinach, Date Tamarind Chutney, Sweet Yogurt, Onion & Tomato
  • Falafel – Mustard Seeds, Curry Leaves & Coconut Tahini
  • Makloobah – Basmati Rice, Saffron, Cardamom, Mace, Cucumber Yogurt & Kachumber Salad Carrot
  • Halwa Baklawa – Cardamom, Condensed Milk, Raisins, Cashew Nuts, Phyllo Pastry & Cardamom Ice Cream

LOS ANGELES (Nov 5-7) – Jessica Koslow (Sqirl) teams up with Bake n Broil | DINE-IN & TO-GO ($24.95 pp)

Family owned and operated since 1965, Bake n Broil is the epitome of comfort food. Best known for their cakes, pies and baked goods, they see no meal as complete without dessert. Menu highlights for The Classics Remix include:

  • Chicken Pot Pie – Flaky Pastry Crust, Chunks of Roasted Chicken, Sqirl’s Preserved Meyer Lemon, Carrots & Peas in Homemade Gravy
  • Choice of Vegetable Beef Soup or Salad with Vickie’s Finest Cornbread
  • Lemon Lush Pie – Flaky Pastry Crust, Chopped Pecans, Sqirl’s Masumoto Peach Jam, Sweetened Cream Cheese, Lemon Curd & Whipped Cream
  • Sqirl x Bake-n-Broil Collaboration Jam

BOSTON (Nov 11-13) – Joanne Chang (Myers + Chang) teams up with Cafe Sushi | TO-GO ONLY ($48 pp)

Cafe Sushi is a Harvard Square stalwart serving classic Japanese sushi and kitchen dishes since 1984. Menu highlights for The Classics Remix include:

  • 6-Piece Nigiri: 2 Pieces of Tuna topped with Black Vinegar Aioli, 2 Pieces of Salmon topped with Fermented Tofu Salsa Verde, 2 Pieces of Yellowtail Kingfish topped with Lemon-Sesame Kimchi
  • 8-Piece Papaya Salad Maki: Papaya Salad & Avocado topped with Tuna, Salmon, Miso Aioli & Micro Herbs
  • Chocolate Tofu Mousse with Candied Amanatsu Orange Peel

CHARLESTON (Nov 11-13) – Mike Lata (FIG) teams up with Bowen’s Island | DINE-IN & TO-GO ($65 pp)

A unique low country food experience famous for locally harvested oysters, fried shrimp, Frogmore stew and undisturbed views of the Charleston wildlife. Menu highlights for The Classics Remix include:

  • Peel & Eat South Carolina White Shrimp – Lemongrass Sauce & Sauce Bagnarotte
  • Smoked Wreckfish Collar Gumbo – Carolina Gold Rice Middlins, Benne & Ordinary Hot Sauce
  • Crispy Filet of Yesterday’s Catch – Sweet Potato Fritter & Cabbage Remoulade

LONDON (Nov 11-13) – Lee Tiernan (Black Axe Mangal) teams up with Mangal II | DINE-IN ONLY (£50 pp)

This innovative Turkish ocakbasi restaurant, with its open charcoal grill, was opened by Chef Ali Dirik in 1994, honouring the traditional grilling traditions of Dalston’s Turkish community. Since taking the reins, his sons Ferhat and Sertaç have infused a modern dining experience to evolve with London’s global culinary scene. Menu highlights for The Classics Remix include:

  • Raki Granita, Pomegranate & Şalgam
  • Squid Ink Sarma, Smoked Cod Roe, Egg Sauce & Nori Flakes
  • Spicy and Numbing Yaprak Döner, Tahini, Pickles & Shredded Iceberg Lettuce, Served on M2 Sourdough Pide
  • Double Cooked Cabbage, Fermented Shrimp Butter & Crispy Fried Shrimp

NEW ORLEANS (Nov 11-13) – Nina Compton (Compère Lapin) teams up with Dooky Chase | DINE-IN & TO-GO (price to be confirmed)

Dooky Chase’s Restaurant opened its doors for business in 1941. What was initially a sandwich shop and lottery ticket outlet in 1939 blossomed into a thriving bar and later a respected family restaurant in Treme that today serves locals, tourists, celebrities and politicians. Menu highlights for The Classics Remix include:

  • Fried Jerk Catfish
  • Coconut Braised Collard Greens
  • Rum and Raisin Bread Pudding with Dulce de Leche

SAN FRANCISCO (Nov 12-14) – Brandon Jew (Mister Jiu’s) teams up with Zuni Café | DINE-IN ONLY ($200 for two)

Zuni Café opened in San Francisco in 1979 and has been a stalwart, neighborhood bistro ever since frequented by devoted regulars, younger diners, visitors and anyone who steps foot in the timeless establishment. Menu highlights for The Classics Remix include:

  • “Mouth-watering” Anchovies – peanut oil, lanzhou chili oil, crushed peanuts, cilantro
  • Four Seas Banquet Roast Chicken for Two – shrimp chips, scallion, roasted garlic, lemon, autumn squash
  • Espresso Granita – tea gelee and condensed milk sago

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