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The Top 5 Things to Order at Grizzelda’s

January 5, 2017 at 12:54 pm
post by Paula Forbes

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Photo courtesy of Grizzelda’s.

Because you need a gorgeous patio and a margarita, stat. Or maybe you need a fresh outlook on Mexican food, above and beyond your corner Tex-Mex joint. Either way, Grizzelda’s is now open on the East Side, and it means business. The folks behind Jacoby’s opened this upscale Mexican restaurant right before the holidays, and it’s already bopping. Here’s what to order when you get the gang together at Grizzelda’s.

1.Guacamole de la Casa At Grizzelda’s, “de la casa” means bacon. Guacamole with bacon in it. Any questions?

2.Bad Girl RiRi: (Pictured) This cocktail is named after one of today’s greatest pop stars, and it’s worthy of the honor. Passionfruit and lime give the drink a taste of Rihanna’s native Caribbean, and pisco and mezcal is a pairing made in beverage heaven. (The house margarita, the Grizz Mizz, is also A+.)

3.Street Brussels: Mexican-style street corn, with its creamy-chili-cheese flavor, is a must-order on any menu. But at Grizzelda’s, brussels sprouts get the same treatment. It’s the cure for fried brussels sprouts fatigue, and the very best way to eat your vegetables.

4.Tostadas de Atun: A tower of crispy tostadas, layered with the freshest tuna, avocado, shallots and aioli to split for the table. Unless you’d rather have one all to yourself. Bonus points for being ultra-Instagrammable.

5.Bistec a la Parilla: Like its sister restaurant, Jacoby’s, Grizzelda’s sources its beef from the Jacoby ranch in Melvin. So beef is a must-order at both restaurants, and this chile-rubbed steak is a stellar showcase for it. Slice it thin and wrap it in some house-made fluffy flour tortillas for maximum enjoyment. (And how about those gorgeous tortilla warmers?!)

Grab a seat at Grizzelda’s today!

January 3, 2017 at 11:27 am
post by Vanessa Lavorato

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Photo courtesy The Morris.

Resolutions be damned; food in the Bay can’t get any better. The nation’s sanctuary city is also a food sanctuary. Whether you’re hitting Dungeness crab season at its peak, or discovering that plants bleed at Jardiniere, you’re happy to be here. You are where you eat; cheers to a blank slate.

1/Babu-Ji
2/The Morris
3/Mister Jiu’s
4/Nightbird
5/Mina Test Kitchen
6/The Progress
7/Octavia
8/Izakaya Rintaro
9/Jardiniere
10/Aina

1/Babu-Ji
Because take a break from the holiday onslaught; it’s time for an Indian feast. This New York transplant serves up traditional flavors packed with spices and herbs. // Mission. Book now at Babu Ji San Francisco.

2/The Morris
Because Tablehopper says, “the foie dumpling at the Morris is the right way to start your meal. Your evening. Your date. The rest of your life.” Here’s to starting 2017. // Mission. Book now at The Morris.

3/Mister Jiu’s
Because let the accolades keep rolling in– Chef Brandon Jew deserves that round of applause. His banquet-style feasts redefine Chinese cuisine. Mister Jiu’s is the restaurant the neighborhood deserves. // Chinatown. (415) 857-9688.

4/Nightbird
Because three stars to Chef Kim Alter and a Top 10 from the SF Chronicle to boot. Make sure you pop into the Linden Room next door for a pre-dinner drink. // Hayes Valley. (415) 829-7565.

5/Mina Test Kitchen
Because let it rain white truffles, Mina style. Plus, the tiramisù lives up to its name: it “picks you up.” // Marina District. Mina Test Kitchen.

6/The Progress
Because the “Mt. Tam Dutch baby” comeback needs to happen stat. Savory, fluffy pancakes on repeat. // Western Addition. (415) 673-1294.

7/Octavia
Because the cold weather makes Melissa Perello’s osso buco hit home. P.S. It’s Dungeness crab season. // Lower Pacific Heights. (415) 408-7507.

8/Izakaya Rintaro
Because the Mission’s Japanese temple to exceptional cuisine is going deluxe for the New Year. Case in point: house-made mochi pummeled in the courtyard. // Mission. Book now at Izakaya Rintaro.

9/Jardiniere
Because bite into the Impossible Burger and discover a vegetarian game changer. Juicy (yes juicy), this plant-based burger bleeds. // Hayes Valley. (415) 861-5555.

10/Aina
Because say aloha to the new dinner cocktail – the honu – and introduce it to the Kiawe smoked char siu ribs. The black and white pepper-spiced drink was made for pork. // Dogpatch. Book now at ‘Āina.

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New Year’s Eve on Resy

December 29, 2016 at 1:21 pm
post by Anna Mandelbaum

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NYE is in two days, and it’s time to start planning your exit strategy. In ancient cultures a dinner reservation on December 31st was a sign of a good year to come (…pushing it…), so read below and grab a seat– there are only a few days left to decide where to wash away 2016 (with champagne, of course) and celebrate the New Year!

Alexander’s Steakhouse – San Francisco
Celebrate 2017 with a five or eight-course menu including dishes like Miyazaki beef tartare with grilled oysters and caviar, or black and white truffle chawanmushi. Either way, you’ll receive a fine dining interpretation of the classic American steakhouse, with hints of Japanese influence.

All Hands – New York City
With a festive tasting menu plus a la carte options from Chef Pete Lipson, All Hands is on deck to help you celebrate the New Year right. Six courses and a champagne toast!

Bar SardineJeffrey’s Grocery, and Joseph Leonard – New York City
This is the one night of the year you can plan ahead and skip the line at all three of these Happy Cooking Hospitality restaurants. Early or late, oysters or pasta, champagne or pilsner, you’ll find the full menu at each of these West Village locations, plus some inspired dishes with which to celebrate.

Beaker & Gray – Miami
Two seatings (at 6:00 and 9:00pm) and a special four-course menu, featuring chilled Maine lobster, pappardelle, domestic Lamb, and chocolate cracklin’. That’s right– chocolate cracklin’. Book now!

Bergen Hill – New York City
Serving up innovative twists on seafood, Bergen Hill is offering seven-course and nine-course tasting menus in two seatings: 6:30pm and 9:30pm.

Bessou – New York City
Offering a traditional Japanese dinner, Bessou will help you wind down 2016 with an osechi (a meal composed of small dishes, each representing a different intention for the new year) and an ozoni soup (with rice cake, chicken, and matsutake mushrooms). They will also offer special a la carte dishes to accompany your meal.

Cannibal Beer & Butcher – Los Angeles
There’s a whole-animal feast going down at The Cannibal Beer & Butcher. From 9:30pm to 1:30am, expect an open bar and plenty of old-school hip-hop.

Charlie Bird – New York City
Ring it in with a four-course, NYE-inspired, prix-fixe dinner. Menu highlights include CB’s classic razor clams and crispy farm chicken with black truffles and chanterelles.

Del Popolo – San Francisco
Finish 2016 with handmade artisanal pizzas (with toppings like house-made sausage, mozzarella di bufala, and chestnut pesto). There’s a pizza for everybody– especially on New Year’s Eve.

Espita Mexcaleria – Washington DC
If you’re in DC, your first mezcal of 2017 should definitely be here. Usher in the New Year with a six-course tasting menu paired with Espita’s favorite mezcals of the year, or join fellow revelers at the open bar starting at 6pm for a Mexican Cantina experience. DJ starts spinning at 10pm.

Everson Royce Bar – Los Angeles
All you can eat, all you can drink, and all you can dance. It’s a winter wonderland in LA. Get it.

Foreign & Domestic – Austin
NYE @ F&D it is. Celebrate the New Year by heading to India! F&D will serve a four-course family style meal from Goa, a state in southern India. Floyd Cardoz’s silk squash dip is calling your name!

Gristmill – New York City
Start off your meal with a complimentary sparkling wine and follow it up with a five-course tasting menu, or a special a la carte, farm-to-table menu at 6:008:00, or 10:00pm. When the ball drops, you’ll receive more bubbly and a Grandma pizza! Bring on 2017!

Izakaya Rintaro – San Francisco
Bring in the future with Mr. Rintaro, and indulge in a deluxe six-course dinner that includes auspicious New Year’s foods. Choose from kuromame, tatsukuri, kombumaki, sashimi moriawase, ozoni clear soup (with their house-made mochi), charcoal grilled BN Ranch New York steak, and candied yuzu peel ice cream… to name a few.

Izzy’s Fish & Oyster Bar – Miami
Ring in 2017 with Izzy’s specials! Baked Rhode Island scallops with Perigord truffles, foie gras stuffies, and Beausoleil oysters with Oscietra caviar will end – and begin – the year on a high note!

Juliet Ristorante – Austin
Join Juliet on New Year’s Eve for a four-course, prix-fixe menu, featuring fresh ingredients inspired by the bounty of Italy (like a Blue crab and arugula salad, a raviolo al uovo, and a buttermilk panna cotta.) Optional wine pairings are available and recommended.

Kyirisan – Washington DC
Say au revoir to 2016 with Kyirisan! This Saturday will be a party to end all parties, including an open bar and, of course, Chef Tim Ma’s food. And yes, there will be dumplings and wings.

Le Farfalle – Charleston
This six-course tasting menu is the one that you truly need (see: risotto milanese with saffron carnaroli rice, veal ragu, and bone marrow; spaghetti carbonara “of the sea” with local white shrimp, clams, and a sea urchin emulsion; and white truffle gnudi.)

Lenoir – Austin
Lenoir invites you to start your NYE celebration with its four-course holiday dinner, including choices like seafood court-bouillon, black garlic pasta, smoked chicken, and Meyer lemon steamed buns. Wine pairings will be available as well. The restaurant’s romantic atmosphere and effervescent vibes come free.

Loring Place – New York City
Finish up the year with Chef Dan Kluger’s dessert monkey bread topped with five-spice toffee and house made yogurt. Oh and don’t forget the squash fries.

Maple Ave – Washington DC
Think three-course, prix-fixe dinner with options including buttermilk-fried oysters, a Paris-brest, and yuzu creme brulee. Cheers!

Maximillien – Seattle
Join Maximillien for New Year’s Eve dinner and Rouge Cabaret. Think Paris circa the 1940’s, with European cabaret music from Edith Piaf and Pink Martini! Chanteuse Janet Rayor, violinist Brandon Vance, and accordionist Toby Hanson will be playing while you eat smoked salmon feuilleté and caviar, foie gras maison au truffes, tartare de thon et saumon, and more.

MBar – Seattle
Celebrate the end of 2016 in style! MBar is the perfect launch pad for a fantastic New Year, featuring the musical stylings of DJ Riz and Dana Dub. Menu highlights include “ONE. IF BY LAND” (roasted sweet bread with yam, nigella, brussel sprouts, bacon, and pheasant with lentils and chestnuts) and “TWO. IF BY SEA” (geoduck bisque with turnip and dill plus salt roasted turbot with braised endive, saffron and artichoke). You can’t forget about that view, though!

Mediterraneo – Los Angeles
The best things in life are meant to be shared, and at The Med you can share your last meal of 2016 with the people you love, your way – the full menu is served. Get on it.

Mina Test Kitchen – San Francisco
Ring in 2017 with a special menu from the Mina Test Kitchen team that transports guests to a sun-drenched seaside along the coast of Italy. Called Postcards from La Costiera, the December 31st pop-up will have you diving into mozzarella and potato fonduta with Osetra caviar, antipasti zucca “Parmigiana”, and primi risotto con granchio e tartufo nero. You’re going to love it… and those wine pairings too!

Phuc Yea – Miami
’Tis the season to say Phuc Yea! On NYE Phuc Yea will have three seatings: a three-course meal with a bottle of bubbly at 6:00pm; a five-course meal at 8:00pm; and a five-course meal with a welcome cocktail, a midnight toast, party favors, and a DJ from 10:00pm-2:00am.

Mintwood Place – Washington DC
Come ring in the New Year at Mintwood Place with the usual a la carte menu, plus some special dishes for the holiday: smoked salmon rillettes with Hackleback Caviar, black truffle veloute with smoked chestnut and seared foie gras, and more.

Old Bus Tavern – San Francisco
OBT is the place to be on New Year’s Eve. After the special four-course menu is served, two DJs will spin some funky vinyls for your dancing pleasure. P.S.– slow cooked short ribs with bone marrow pomme puree. Make your reservation today.

Pasquale Jones – New York City
There’s a special prix-fixe family style menu happening this NYE, and in addition to fantastic pizza, it features a wood oven-baked Dover sole with brown butter and lemon.

Petit Crenn – San Francisco
Eight courses, a glass of champagne, and good times to last an entire year. As always, you can expect a “hospitality included” dining experience, so no gratuity will be expected at the end of your meal. But you will still have gratitude for a wonderful experience!

Porsena – New York City
A la carte options will be served at Porsena this New Year’s. You know you need a seared foie gras, some chestnut flour tagliatelle with black trumpet mushrooms, and lasagna al forno. This East Village stomping ground is the perfect place to ring it in!

Rider – New York City
Grilled cheese with white truffles, frico, mornay, and a foie gras-soaked brioche. Yup, that guy’s making an appearance on Rider’s NYE menu. Book your “seats” ASAP at the standing cocktail party (two premium open bars, dancing, passed party food, midnight hijinks).

The Butcher’s Table – Seattle
Don’t spend another New Year’s Eve disappointed. Get out, have fun, and as the menu suggests, “DRINK ALL THE CHAMPAGNE!”  The Butcher’s Table has half-off bottles of champagne and sparkling wine all night long. And you can’t go wrong with those beef fat fries.

The Eddy – New York City
In celebration of New Year’s Eve The Eddy has created a special six-course tasting menu, including soft scrambled eggs over caviar, olive oil poached sea trout, grass-fed ribeye, and for dessert, a lemon thyme ice cream with porter fried apples.

The Park Cafe – Charleston
Enjoy a three-course menu with your own entree, or shared for two (hello, roasted cowboy ribeye!) Either way, the NYE wine pairing is $20, all in. Bring on 2017!
Westbound – Los Angeles
The last of Chef Taylor’s roast series is on NYE, so join the celebration and dive into a family style meal. Add some turkey with mushroom stuffing, cranberry sauce, and green beans for a good time.

Book while supplies last, and Instagram your last bites from 2016 (#Resy)! Have a happy 2017 and, if you haven’t already, download the Resy app today!

December 23, 2016 at 1:32 pm
post by Anna Mandelbaum

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Photo courtesy Mbar.

The holidays are approaching, skiing is in your future, and the SEA restaurants scene continues to slay. Whether you’re craving a “Bone-Apple Tea” from Cap-Hill’s neighborhood speakeasy, or a bread service with labneh, Calabrian chilies, Taggiasca olives, cultured butter, and a panoramic view, you’re in the right hands. The Resy Hit List is live just in time to help you navigate the last few days of 2016. Because you are where you eat, and reservations are great gifts.

1/MBar
2/Bar Melusine
3/Circadia
4/Copine
5/Salare
6/Tarsan I Jane
7/The Butcher’s Table
8/Ezell’s Famous Chicken
9/Knee High stocking Co.
10/Thackeray

1/MBar
Because the Seattle Times gave three stars to this “engaging supper club in the sky.” Three months since opening, Mamnoon’s sister restaurant continues to dominate the hummus zone. And you can’t ignore those Italian influences. // South Lake Union. Book now at MBar.

2/Bar Melusine
Because the space is beautiful and the oysters are perfect. The profiterole with chocolate ice cream, coffee choux, dulce de leche, and cocoa nib brittle takes it all home. Another hit for Chef Renee Erickson. // Capitol Hill. Book now at Bar Melusine.

3/Circadia
Because it’s legit fine dining— velvet banquettes and all. Also, it has a Gatsby-themed NYE party in the works. Hello, bottomless champagne, foie gras, and caviar! // Downtown. (206) 486-6428.

4/Copine
Because Chef Shaun McCrain’s debut restaurant is “utter perfection,” according to Seattle Weekly. French food of the Pacific Northwest is officially on your must-try list. // Ballard. (206) 258-2467.

5/Salare
Because it’s American with influences from the South, Africa, Europe, and the Caribbean. Don’t miss the pastas and desserts. You’re welcome in advance. // Ravenna. (206) 556-2192.

6/Tarsan I Jane
Because Chef Perfecte Rocher serves a seven-course tasting menu with Catalonian and Valencian influences. Chef is all about playing with textures. Case in point: the paella of the night, the Dungeness crab dish, and anything with uni. // Fremont. (206) 557-7059.

7/The Butcher’s Table
Because dine in or cook at home– The Butcher’s Table has all the best cuts of meat you could ask for, so you’re covered either way. When dining in, go with the pro-order: the pasilla pepper donuts, the beef fat fries, and the beef tasting flight. // Downtown. Book now at The Butcher’s Table.

8/Ezell’s Famous Chicken
Because it has been bringing Seattle amazing fried chicken for 30+ years. Add a new location and Oprah’s endorsement – you know you’re getting the best chicken in the game. // Wallingford. (206) 453-5250.

9/Knee High Stocking Co.
Because it’s the best speakeasy in town. Plus on NYE it’s offering a special cocktail menu that should not be missed. (That Bone-Apple Tea though…) // Capitol Hill. Book now at Knee High Stocking Co..

10/Thackeray
Because it’s the Heavy Restaurant Group’s newest digs, and they don’t mess around. Try the Spanish-style gin and tonic menu, delicious cocktails, and fried chicken and pancakes. Don’t forget about the fluffernutter sandwich… with bacon. // Wallingford. (206) 737-8743.

Resy is a reservations platform for the best restaurants. This list is our regular update on where to eat in Seattle. To get it via email, download and register for Resy today.

December 22, 2016 at 12:52 pm
post by Paula Forbes

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Photo courtesy Grizzelda’s.

Whether you’re back in town for the holidays, or just enjoying a bit of time off at home, you’ll find that Austin has some great new restaurants to explore. There are some new spaces from old friends, more than a few stunning showpieces, and a whole lot of great dishes to warm you up before 2017 has a chance to show us what it’s got. You are where you eat, so why not close out 2016 in style?

1/Grizzelda’s
2/Eberly
3/Old Thousand
4/EastSide Tavern
5/Thai Kun Rock Rose
6/June’s All Day
7/Hudson’s on the Bend
8/Isla
9/Fresa’s
10/Justine’s
Bonus/Ah Sing Den

1/Grizzelda’s
Because it turns out that a Mexican restaurant from the team behind Jacoby’s is exactly what Austin needed. Especially when it’s this pretty… and serves margaritas this tasty. // East Side. Book now at Grizzelda’s.

2/Eberly
Because it’s gorgeous, grown-up, and has a lively bar with a bopping nightlife. Start in the restaurant with steaks and cocktails, then move to the historic Cedar Tavern or rooftop bar to toast the evening. // South Lamar. (512) 916-9000.

3/Old Thousand
Because this spot is the neighborhood Chinese restaurant the East Side needed, with Uchi/ko alums in the kitchen. Great for late night cravings, Old Thousand is at its best when it’s dressing-up classics like honey prawns, potstickers, and dan dan noodles. // East Side. Walk-ins only.

4/EastSide Tavern
Because Austin really, truly can’t get enough barbecue. EastSide Tavern serves the classics (brisket, sausage, ribs), as well as its own concoctions (barbecue-smothered tater tots, anyone?). The giant patio and rooftop bar don’t hurt either. // East Side. Walk-ins only.

5/Thai Kun Rock Rose
Because it’s fresh off a thumbs-up review from the Statesman, and it continues to serve some of the best—and spiciest—Thai in town. Yes, it’s in the middle of a mall, but hey– your need for shopping-fuel will be a good excuse to indulge, right?  // The Domain. Walk-ins only.

6/June’s All Day
Because there isn’t a more pleasant spot in town to have a mid-afternoon burger and glass of wine. Austin’s not known as a wine town, but that could change if owner/master sommelier June Rodil has anything to say about it. // South Congress. (512) 416-1722

7/Hudson’s on the Bend
Because this iconic fine dining restaurant got a makeover and a new lease on life from new owners, Austin restaurant alums Billy Caruso and Chris McFall. These guys bring the restaurant’s famed focus on game meats into the 21st century, and add a killer new wine list courtesy of the sommelier, McFall. // Lake Travis. (512) 266-1369.

8/Isla
Because thanks to new chef Julio-Cesar Florez, Isla’s got a whole new Peruvian menu. Think killer ceviche made-to-order, grilled anticucho skewers, and all the pisco sours you can handle. // Warehouse District. Book now at Isla.

9/Fresa’s South First
Because the original drive-through location is great and all, but Fresa’s came into its own when it opened this stunning restaurant with a huge patio. Go for the classic chicken dinners, or snack your way through tacos and vegetable sides. Either way, save room for ice cream. // South First. Walk-ins only.

10/Justine’s
Because the holidays mean one of Austin’s best patios gets a wintertime huîtres makeover. Four words: oysters, bubbles, more oysters. // East Side. Walk-ins only.

Bonus/Ah Sing Den
Because if you haven’t checked out this Asian-inspired makeover of the East Side Showroom space, you’re in for a treat. Snack on dishes like pork ribs, bao, and dumplings while sampling drinks like the Guyanese Sour or the Ah Sing Toddy. // East Sixth. Book now at Ah Sing Den.

Resy is a reservations platform for the best restaurants. This list is our regular update on where to eat in Austin. To get it via email, download and register for Resy today.

The Top 5 Things to Order at Cake Thai

December 22, 2016 at 10:03 am
post by Olee Fowler

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The wait is finally over. After more than a year of anticipation, Cake Thai’s Wynwood locale has opened its doors to a very hungry — and excited — public. The new location features the same OG recipes that made its North Miami outpost a runaway hit, but this version has an exciting new addition: booze. The new beverage menu features a wide range of champagnes, rieslings, beers, and sakes to impress all palates and let the food shine in the best possible way. Here is a cheat sheet for your next Cake Thai meal— with the perfect wine pairings for each dish.

1.Kaprao Moo Krob: (MN07 i.e. pork belly) This aromatic take on Miami’s favorite cut of meat doesn’t disappoint. The crispy pork belly swims in a sea of basil-filled sauce, chili, and garlic, giving it a slightly spicy flavor that plays the perfect foil to the pork belly’s richness. Pair with soft red G.D.Vajra Langhe, Italy 2013. 

2.Miang Pla Yang: (LG01 i.e. whole roasted fish) Meant for the table, this whole roasted fish is perfectly cooked inside banana leaves and served with rice noodles, a spicy Thai seafood sauce, and a touch of caramel to give it a hint of sweetness. Pair with an aromatic Bonny Doon Le Cigare Blanc, California, USA 2013.

3.Gang Keaw Wan Nuea Ayutthaya: (MN01 i.e. short rib curry) It’s not a Thai menu without a curry, and the stand out is the short rib variety, topped with a green curry and filled with Thai eggplant, and a ginger flavored finger root. Pair with a light and fruity red, like the Marcel Lapierre, Raisins Gaulois, 2014. 

4.Pad Thai: (RN05) Pad Thai may be delicious on its own, but when it’s made with crab meat — and the real stuff, none of that imitation nonsense — the classic Bangkok street food dish ascends to another level. Pair with a Fritz Willie, Mosel, Germany 2014 riesling. 

5.Guy Chai Tod: (SN03 i.e. chive cakes) Crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside, these chive-filled bites are as addicting as they are delicious. Betcha can’t have just one. Pair with a fresh Léon Launois, Cuvée Réserve, France NV.

Grab a seat at Cake Thai today!

Top 5 Things to Order at Italienne

December 21, 2016 at 10:07 am
post by Anna Mandelbaum

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Photo of Italienne’s Paris Brest. Photo Credit: Ken Goodman.

Italienne (French for Italian– the meeting of two heavenly cuisines) is Chef Jared Sippel and co-owner James King’s celebration of the cuisines and wines of Northern Italy and Southern France, with a spotlight on Provence. This neighborhood restaurant is consistent in providing both delicious dishes and personable, informed service, rooted in Italian and French tradition.

With a strong focus on the nose-to-tail and root-to-stem ethos, diners have the option of enjoying a four-course tasting menu in the back dining room or, in the front of the restaurant– an osteria that is their taverna. Either way, you can’t go wrong. Here are the Top 5 Things to Order at Italienne. One restaurant, two spaces, seven menus, and five dishes you need to try!

1.Carne Cruda: Starting with the “Beginnings” on the Dining Room menu is the carne cruda, a raw beef highlight. In Italienne’s case, it’s served with almonds, coriander flowers, and pine bud syrup. Never had pine bud syrup? It’s foraged from the Dolomite Alps National Park in Trento, Italy, where the young buds of the Mugo Pine are macerated in water and sugar to create a sweet, golden brown syrup that has the scent of delicate maple, rosemary, and wild herbs.

2.Salade D’Autumne: It might be winter, but this autumn salad is still a winner. La ratte potatoes offer a nutty flavor and a buttery texture. Add some winter thistle, foie gras, and a truffle vinaigrette, and this salad hits a homerun. (Also on the Dining Room menu.)

3.Trofie Monte & Mare: Trofie is a short, thin, twisted pasta from Liguria in Northern Italy. Chef Sippel serves it with a shellfish of the season (like little neck clams or shrimp), pickled green garlic, and chanterelle mushrooms. This dish is from the “Grains from the Field” section of the Dining Room menu and it’s a must-order.

4.Gateau Basque: Now, on to the Taverna menu! This traditional dessert from the Basque region of France is constructed from layers of a cake with a pastry cream filling. The kicker? House-made quince preserve. (Yes, it’s ok to go just for dessert!)

5.Paris Brest: This classically French dessert is typically made of choux pastry and a praline flavored cream, but Italienne’s version is covered with chopped hazelnuts and served with a cocoa nib and hazelnut cream. It’s not Nutella, but it totally hits that same, amazing spot.

And there you have it. Dessert in the front and deliciousness all over. Grab a seat at Italienne today!

December 15, 2016 at 1:47 pm
post by Anna Mandelbaum

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Photo courtesy of @coryandthecity from Bindaas.

DC’s food scene has had a wonderful run, and it’s nowhere near stopping. Before your New Year’s resolutions kick-in, pick your restaurants and your dishes, wisely. You are where you eat, and it’s time to dig in. Three, two, one: The Resy Hit List is up.

1/Bindaas
2/Ten Tigers Parlour
3/The Shaw Bijou
4/Himitsu
5/Dirty Habit
6/Anxo
7/Bad Saint
8/Haikan
9/Kyirisan
10/The Dabney

1/Bindaas
Because “the dish on the edge of everyone’s lips is golgappas,” says Washingtonian. The food is so good that another Bindaas is already on the way, and it’s going to be downtown and larger. // Cleveland Park. Book now at Bindaas.

2/Ten Tigers Parlour
Because it’s a neighborhood bar and dumpling house by chef Tim Ma (hello, Kyirisan) with an opium den feel. You’re going to love the teahouse by day and the bao buns, pork soup dumplings, a house signature cocktail, and other beverages by night. // Petworth. (202) 506-2080.

3/The Shaw Bijou
Because it’s a delicious modern American restaurant that’s finally taking bar walk-ins. Chef Kwame Onwuachi serves an inspired menu from his childhood memories and global cuisine; and the fur chairs are happening. // Shaw. (202) 800-0640.

4/Himitsu
Because it’s named after the Japanese word for “secret,” and the food is Japanese with a mystery twist. Combining freshness, acidity, and herbs, the menu has a heavy lean on Latin American and Southeast Asian flavor profiles. // Petworth. Walk-ins only.

5/Dirty Habit
Because Dirty Habit’s patio, deemed Firescape, just opened in what was once the Poste’s winter lounge. On Thursday through Saturday evenings you can expect robes, a fire pit, and three special warm cocktails. // Penn Quarter. (202) 783-6060.

6/Anxo
Because it’s all about the cider flight. And the fried artichoke with poached egg yolk, jamon Serrano, and chives… Okay, it’s all about the pintxos (aka Basque bites). // Truxton Circle. Book now at Anxo.

7/Bad Saint
Because The New York Times’ Pete Wells gave this Columbia Heights restaurant a glowing three-star review. Taste that bitter melon stir-fry, the kale and crab laing, and the ginisang tulya (with little neck clams, Chinese sausage, and Sichuan chile), and you’ll know the line was worth it. // Columbia Heights. Walk-ins only.

8/Haikan
Because Washingtonian gave it two stars for its amazing broth and small plates. And you need the tuna sashimi on a crispy wonton. // Shaw. (202) 299-1000.

9/The Dabney
Because it’s a D.C. favorite, and for good reason. With dishes like stunning sweet potato layer cake, it’s worth signing on at noon to get a reservation two weeks in advance! // Shaw. Book now at The Dabney.

10/Kyirisan
Because Chef Tim Ma serves dishes like pan-seared scallops on coconut risotto, with a scoop of basil ice cream and black truffle congee. Also, the brunch game is strong at this Chinese-French concept. // Shaw. Book now at Kyirisan.

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December 14, 2016 at 2:10 pm
post by Vanessa Lavorato

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Photo courtesy of Winsome.

Michelin Guide recognition or not, LA restaurants continue to be star-worthy. Whether craving a three-star kaiseki restaurant, or a new wave Korean spot in a strip mall, the city’s stomach has room for every cuisine. Because you are where you eat, switch up your style and take a different lane.

1/Destroyer
2/Here’s Looking at You
3/E.P. & L.P.
4/N/Naka
5/Baroo
6/Winsome
7/The Walker Inn
8/Aburiya Raku
9/Salazar
10/Sotto

1/Destroyer
Because yeah, okay, you like it. Maybe it’s the plating, or the frozen skyr-topped porridge– either way, Chef Jordan Kahn has won-over the city again. Daytime only; serving Manufactory’s house-roasted beans. // Culver City. Walk-ins only.

2/Here’s Looking at You
Because KTown is having a moment. Turning fusion food on its head, according to the LA Times, Here’s Looking at You doesn’t try to pin down any one region. Did you know that the bar serves pie every night? Now you do. // Koreatown. (213) 568-3573.

3/E.P. & L.P.
Because dinner and dancing on the rooftop is Hollywood living. Chef Louis Tikaram will treat you to an extended curry playlist while the mixologist whips up an original Take the Weather With You gin cocktail. // WeHo. Book now at E.R. & L.P..

4/N/Naka
Because in Chef Niki Nakayama’s kitchen expect homemade miso, floral sashimi, and in-house bonito, to name a few. Modern kaiseki from the mind of a master. // Palms. Book now at n/naka.

5/Baroo
Because it’s “a taste of the future,” says Jonathan Gold. Easy to miss, but hard to forget, the best food is hidden in non-descript strip malls (as every Angeleno knows), and this new wave Korean delivers. Kombucha plays, so love your gut for the holidays. // Hollywood. (323) 929-9288.

6/Winsome
Because soak-in the golden hour light every night of the week. Echo Park’s date night go-to serves dinner and a solid cocktail program. If the year was just too much to handle, order an It Just Doesn’t Matter tequila cocktail, and forget about it. // Echo Park. Book now at Winsome.

7/The Walker Inn
Because get cozy with the Inn’s new winter warm cocktail menu. Hot toddy anyone? Just what the doctor ordered. // Downtown. Book now at The Walker Inn.

8/Aburiya Raku
Because this izakaya gem is always dressed to impress. Big hitters are seasonal Santa Barbara uni, foie gras don, and an impressive jizake (small production Japanese sake) selection. // WeHo. Book now at Aburiya Raku.

9/Salazar
Because brunch margaritas by the river is the pro move. Carne asada fries means Sunday Funday, complete with eggs Benedict. // Frogtown. Walk-ins only.

10/Sotto
Because have you tasted the Fiorata pizza with spicy salame and honey? Get on it. Bonci would approve. // Pico-Robertson. (310) 277-0210.

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December 14, 2016 at 10:04 am
post by Anna Mandelbaum

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Photo courtesy of Loring Place.

It’s been a big week for New York, with two mega-hitters opening their doors (and reservations) for hungry diners. Loring Place and Union Square Cafe are now serving their long-awaited bites, and those are only two of the places you’ll need to visit before the end of the year. Finish off 2016 on a strong note: your top ten restaurant hits are ready for booking. And trust– your guests are going to be impressed with your choices. You are where you eat, so grab some seats here:

1/Loring Place
2/Union Square Cafe
3/Augustine
4/Italienne
5/Yves
6/21 Greenpoint
7/Sunday in Brooklyn
8/White Gold Butchers
9/Paowalla
10/Fish Cheeks 
Bonus/Chinese Tuxedo

1/Loring Place
Because Chef Dan Kluger, previously of Tabla and ABC Kitchen, has opened his first restaurant. Loring Place serves up local and seasonal cuisine, like slow-roasted duck with pasta and monkey bread with five-spice toffee & house-made yogurt. // Greenwich Village. Book now at Loring Place.

2/Union Square Cafe
Because Danny Meyer’s first – and monumental – restaurant is back in action. After moving to a new location, it’s still serving seasonal, New American fare in a casually refined setting. Hello, candele pasta with carrots and pancetta and pumpkin bread pudding with a scoop of white chocolate ice cream. You’ve all been missed. // Union Square. Book now at Union Square Cafe.

3/Augustine
Because Keith McNally just gets it. The Financial District has been craving this restaurant, and so has the rest of NYC, for that matter. Oh, and protip: the cheese soufflé slays. // Financial District. (212) 375-0010.

4/Italienne
Because à la carte dining in the front (Taverna) and party in the back. Just kidding. Chef Jared Sippel and co-owner James King serve up a four-course tasting menu in the back dining room for $95. Italienne celebrates the cuisines and wines of Northern Italy and Southern France, with a spotlight on Provence. You can’t go wrong with the Paris Brest with cocoa nib and hazelnut. // Flatiron. Book now at Italienne.

5/Yves
Because this spot is the comfortable neighborhood restaurant Greenwich Street deserves. Think simple dishes, like roasted chicken. Grab a seat and enjoy a healthy dose of comfort food. // Tribeca. Book now a Yves.

6/21 Greenpoint
Because it’s all about communal dining. No, Bill Murray is no longer bartending, but yes, you will experience a daily changing menu including oysters on the half-shell, pizzas inspired by the season, and a mean steak tartare on roasted marrow. // Greenpoint. (718) 383-8833.

7/Sunday in Brooklyn
Because “The Elvis” is now being served during brunch service. Whole wheat bread topped with charred bananas, house fluff, sunflower butter, and sour apple does The King justice. And that’s not the only reason to visit Sunday in Brooklyn– there are so many delectable items to enjoy. // Williamsburg. Book now at Sunday in Brooklyn.

8/White Gold Butchers
Because it’s a butcher shop and restaurant by Chef April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman. The sausage, egg, and cheese is calling your name… and the house made hot dogs… and the brodo. // UWS. Walk-ins only.

9/Paowalla
Because Chef Floyd Cardoz’s modern Indian restaurant is still killing the Indian bread game. But that’s not all– the kulfi is truly something to write home (or gram!) about. // SoHo. Book now at Paowalla.

10/Fish Cheeks
Because “Thai Food Strikes Out in a Fresh Direction,” says the NYTimes. The recommendations? Shrimp in three crabs sauce, hat yai fried chicken, and crab fried rice. It’s definitely time to visit. // Bowery. Book now at Fish Cheeks.

Bonus/Chinese Tuxedo
Because this place has got history. Once a Chinese opera house, then the speakeasy Mahjong Den, and now, Chinese Tuxedo. This two-floor restaurant in the heart of Chinatown serves spicy pork-filled dumplings, crispy eggplant, and house-made egg noodles with konbu butter, XO sauce, and something special called pork floss. // Chinatown. Book now at Chinese Tuxedo.

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