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This Giving Tuesday, Resy Supports SF Fights Fire

November 28, 2017 at 5:56 pm
post by Allison Chesky

Image Courtesy of Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley.

As part of our ongoing support for our restaurant partners, Resy has pledged its support, in collaboration with Bay Area organization SF Fights Fire, for the wine country restaurants, partners, and communities affected by wildfires.

Beginning today, and for the entire month of December, we are pleased to announce that Resy will donate $1 for each reservation made within the Bay Area (from San Francisco to wine country) to SF Fights Fire.*

A community-led coalition of restaurants and food purveyors, SF Fights Fires has provided nearly 36,000 meals, in addition to assembling countless donations and providing resources for victims of the North Bay fires. The organization will continue raising funds to support long-term relief efforts throughout California wine country.

Support the cause by grabbing a seat at Bay Area restaurants—from San Francisco to Napa—throughout the month of December.

*For each reservation made on Resy in the Bay Area from November 1st– December 31st, 2017, Resy will donate $1.00 to SF Fights Fire. Maximum donation: $5,000.

November 20, 2017 at 6:55 pm
post by Olee Fowler

Image Courtesy of Alter.

While the rest of the country gears up for a cold front, Miami has it made. With sunny skies and 80 degree temps, South Florida is the place to be this time of year. And with a slew of notable newcomers from Top Chef alums, James Beard Award-winners, and Michelin-pedigreed toques, it’s time to hit the town. The Resy Hit List has your best bets, so grab a seat.

1/Stubborn Seed
2/Ghee Design District
3/Stiltsville Fish Bar
4/Phuc Yea!
5/Federal Donuts
6/Veza Sur
7/Le Sirenuse
9/The River Oyster Bar

1/Stubborn Seed
Because Miami’s Top Chef has ventured out on his own and now everyone’s a winner. The season 13 champ serves up classic French cuisine with a twist, in a hip setting. The nostalgic desserts alone are worth the trip. // South Beach. 786-322-5211.

2/Ghee Design District
Because Miami’s breakout restaurant of the year is twice as nice in its new Design District locale. Opt for the puri puri along with any (and all) of the curries. Order enough for the table; sharing is ideal here.// Design District. 786-636-6122.

3/Stiltsville Fish Bar
Because this seafood-heavy menu is an ode to the good ol’ Florida days. Fresh-from-the-water fish, hearty sides with a Latin twist, and boozy drinks are a winning combination that’ll keep you coming back for more. // Sunset Harbour. 786-353-0477.

4/Phuc Yea!
Because even though it is still warm out, November calls for pho—and Phuc Yea is the pho pro. Warm, savory, and satisfying, it’s the right kind of spice to keep you warm during those brutally cold 70-degree Miami nights. Pro tip: Don’t miss the $10 Wednesday night specials. // Upper East Side. Book now on Resy.

5/Federal Donuts
Because doughnuts are finally having a moment in Miami, and Michael Solomonov’s Philly-imported creations are the star. Among the stellar offerings are made-to-order hot and fresh doughnuts rolled in sugar and a fried chicken sandwich that Miami didn’t even know it was missing. // Wynwood. Walk-ins only.

6/Veza Sur
Because beer and bao buns are a match made in heaven, and Veza Sur proves it. This brewery stands out from the pack with its fruit-forward brews, colorful décor, and an array of bao buns, created by none other than the masters behind the Pubbelly empire.// Wynwood. Walk-ins only.

7/Le Sirenuse
Because old world glamour can still be found in Miami. Embrace la dolce vita with an Italian meal fit for royalty. Housed in the uber-chic Four Seasons Surf Club, this offshoot of the Michelin-starred Positano restaurant is dripping in luxe. Start with bubbles at the champagne bar, then dive-in on house-made pasta stuffed with truffles, warm buffalo mozzarella, and perfectly seared lamb chops.// Surfside. 786-482-2280.

Because the all-star team behind NIU Kitchen has proven it’s no one-hit wonder. Arson’s charcoal-grilled specialties come courtesy of a Josper grill hybrid; the result is a smokey profile that’s hailed in dishes ranging from the quail “lollipops” to the cuttlefish-filled tagliatelle.// Downtown Miami. Book now on Resy.

9/The River Oyster Bar
Because after years of begging, River Oyster is finally giving us what we so desperately want: brunch. The best meal of the week arrives with lobster toast, blueberry pancakes, creamy grits, and even more satisfying dishes. Best of all? Endless bloody Mary’s and mimosas. // Brickell. Book now on Resy.

Because the culinary darling of Wynwood returns to its tasting menu roots. Expect brand-new 5-course and 7-course options, alongside the pièce-de-résistance: a Chef’s Tasting menu that highlights the proper Alter experience. // Wynwood. Book now on Resy.

Bonus/Atoboy at Palmar
Because chef Junghyun Park, of acclaimed New York restaurant Atoboy will be cooking a 7-course menu alongside Palmar’s Albert Diaz during Art Basel. The limited engagement pop-up runs from December 9th–10th, so be sure to act fast! Book now on Resy.

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

November 10, 2017 at 11:50 am
post by Paula Forbes

Image Courtesy of Lenoir.

The rest of the country may be bracing for the cold months ahead, but November is when Austin comes out to play. This is arguably the best time of year in Texas: bright blue skies, cooler weather, and plenty of great restaurants turning out fantastic fall menus. There’s something for everyone on the November Hit List, from an old favorite with new owners (Foreign & Domestic) to a new restaurant focusing on a classic cuisine (Le Politique) to a retro tiki burger bar (Pool Burger) to a food truck gone brick-and-mortar (Be More Pacific). And as always, you are where you eat, so get eating.

1/ Lenoir
2/ Le Politique
3/ Foreign & Domestic
4/ Kemuri Tatsu-ya
5/ Pool Burger
6/ Bonhomie
7/ Veracruz All-Natural
8/ Be More Pacific
9/ Yuyo
10/ 101 by Tea Haus

Because this South First stunner is all about food that matches the weather, and the weather right now is gorgeous. In his recent Best Restaurants of 2017 list, Statesman critic Matthew Odam called Lenoir’s concept of hot weather food “brilliant”—and put the restaurant in his top 10. If you’re in the mood for something a little more casual, their backyard bar is easily one of the best wine patios in town. //Bouldin. Book now on Resy.

2/Le Politique
Because it’s oyster season, and you deserve a seafood tower. This French newcomer is making a lot of noise with its exquisite bar and Instagram-worthy dining room, but the food is the real star here. Start with the oysters, end with the Paris-Brest, and wash it all down with bubbles. Oh, and don’t pass up brunch either. //Downtown. 512-580-7651

3/ Foreign & Domestic
Because this North Loop favorite has some new cooks in the kitchen. Founder Ned Elliott recently sold F&D to Parkside alums Sarah Heard and Nathan Lemley, and the duo is starting to hit their groove. Longstanding fans of the restaurant, rest assured: the spirit of the place remains the same—there’s just new energy at work. //North Loop. Book now on Resy.

4/Kemuri Tatsu-ya
Because this Texan izakaya just won’t quit. Its latest accolade? Austin Monthly’s Best New Restaurant of 2017. If you haven’t been yet, grab a group of friends and order the whole menu. If you have, maybe start digging deeper into their selection of Japanese whisky and their funky “Exotics and Rarities” menu. Either way, get the gouda-wrapped brisket Hot Pocketz. //Holly. Book now on Resy.

5/Pool Burger
Because after a swim in Deep Eddy Pool, you’re going to want a burger. This latest offering from McGuire Moorman Hospitality is snuggled behind Deep Eddy Cabaret, and they’ve been serving up ridiculously solid burgers and an array of tiki drinks for a few weeks now. And yes, it might be getting a bit cold for swimming, but it is never, ever too cold for a Mai Tai and a cheeseburger. //Tarrytown. Walk-ins only.

Because Philip Speer’s diner-meets-bistro is already a go-to. Another Austin Monthly Best New Restaurant, Bonhomie is killing the all-day dining game. Brunch? Go for the classic omelet. Dinner? The pommes rosti (topped with options, including lox, caviar, or foie gras gravy) can’t be missed, and they’re great with the already-classic cheeseburger. //Allandale. Book now on Resy.

7/Veracruz All-Natural
Because this local favorite—widely known and loved for their signature breakfast tacos—have unveiled their first Austin brick-and-mortar, and it’s proof they’re great at lunch, too. It’s time to break out of your migas rut, people: yes, they’re delicious, and yes, Veracruz does them better than anyone. But if you only go for breakfast, you’re missing out on Veracruz-style picadas (a flat taco built on a thick corn tortilla), one of the best chile relleno tacos in town, and stellar aguas frescas. //North Burnet. Walk-ins only.

8/Be More Pacific
Because Austin needs more Filipino food, and Be More Pacific is up to the task. This food truck-turned-restaurant is serving the classics (several flavors of lumpia, chicken adobo, kare kare) alongside creative riffs (longanisa-topped tater tots!). Best of all, going brick-and-mortar means they can do one thing food trucks can’t: serve cocktails. //Allandale. Walk-ins only.

Because this new offering from the El Chile group serves ceviches and pisco sours in the former El Sapo space. Chef Maribel Rivero fell in love with Peruvian food while living in Lima, and her seafood-heavy menu is a worthy love letter to the cuisine. //East Austin. Walk-ins only.

10/101 by Tea Haus
Because this fast-casual spot, from the folks behind Tea Haus, is a sort of introduction to Asian cuisines, and covers a lot of territory in its short menu: think Taiwanese noodles, Korean chicken wings, Japanese curry, and more. //Highland. Walk-ins only.

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.

New on Resy: New York

November 7, 2017 at 3:40 pm
post by Emily Wilson

From a Michelin-starred 28-seater in Battery Park to the resurrection of a classic Chinatown establishment, there are many new and exciting spots to discover in New York’s restaurant scene. Lucky for you, they’re New on Resy.

Image Courtesy of Celestine.

5 Napkin Burger
5 Napkin is a key player in the burger landscape of New York. Here, there many burger varieties on offer—Italian turkey, merguez, wrapped in lettuce, doused with truffle butter—but the original 5 Napkin burger is 10 oz. of fresh ground chuck, topped with gruyere cheese, caramelized onions, and rosemary-garlic aioli on a soft white roll, and, in the restaurant’s own words: “Way too juicy for one napkin.” Book now at Five Napkin Burger.

Located in the heart of the lower Manhattan’s Brookfield Place, Beaubourg is a brasserie serving modern French and classic New York food. Menu highlights include escargots de Bourgogne, bouillabaisse, and duck ravioli. Stellar views of the Hudson River and extensive outdoor seating make it well-suited for a power lunch or drinks. Book now at Beaubourg.

A casual and quirky Williamsburg restaurant offering New York’s first bacon omakase, Belly seeks to show diners that Korean cuisine can be so much more than what’s found in Koreatown—and omakase doesn’t have to be serious or exclusive. For $55, nine courses explore a variety of cuts, textures and preparations of pork. For an additional fee, opt for a drink pairing and/or karaoke time (there are 12 rooms downstairs). Book now at Belly.

Belly’s Chef Table
Inside the Meatpacking District’s Gansevoort Market, Belly Chef’s Table offers an intimate and exclusive bacon omakase experience at the four-seat chef’s counter. With no set menu, chef Johnny Wooh prepares courses from his repertoire of pork-based dishes, according to the preferences of his diners. You say when you’re done; the sky is the limit. Book now at Belly Chef’s Table.

Brigitte is a light-filled modern bistro on the Lower East Side. The menu merges flavor profiles from the South of France and Brazil, while menu highlights include flourless chickpea crepes and gnocchi à la Parisienne. Enjoy classic cocktails and warm hospitality in the lush plant-lined space. Book now at Brigitte.

Bobo is the elder sibling of familiar Village hits, Claudette and Rosemary’s. Housed in a quaint Greenwich Village townhouse, the entrance is downstairs, and, once inside, guests are transported to an elegant country home complete with a parlor-level dining room, sizable bar area, and a gorgeous year-round garden. Enjoy classic French country cooking (think oysters, braised artichokes, and confit lamb shoulder en cocotte for two). Book now at Bobo.

From the team behind beloved Clinton Hill restaurant Locanda Vini e Olii, Camillo is located in Prospect Lefferts Gardens and focuses on Roman-style pizza, otherwise known as pinsa (executive chef Michele Baldacci’s serves his own version, using a combination of wheat, soy, and rice flour). The restaurant is named after Count Camillo Negroni—the alleged creator of the Negroni cocktail—so the bar offers several variations on the favorite Italian libation. Book now at Camillo.

Celestine is an Eastern Mediterranean, neighborhood restaurant in DUMBO (with envious views). The glass-walled dining room looks out on the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges, in addition to the entirety of the lower Manhattan skyline. The menu of seasonal, soulful, and healthful fare by chef Garrett McMahan draws flavors and influence from around the world—from Sicily to Beirut, and all paths in between. Book now at Celestine.

Don Angie
Don Angie is a modern Italian-American restaurant in the West Village, from chefs Scott Tacinelli and Angie Rito– the husband-and-wife team formerly of Quality Italian and dinnertable. Menu items nod to Italian-American family favorites, like prime rib braciole for two, reinvented with modern American dining sensibilities. Pro-tip: Come hungry and don’t miss the buffalo ricotta-filled caramelle. Book now at Don Angie.

The pedigree behind Ferris, inside the Made hotel, is no joke. Chef Greg Proechel (Le Turtle, Eleven Madison Park, Blanca) balances rustic and refined preparations with a menu that pulls from global cuisines, highlighting the ingredients he’s most excited about each season. Charles Seich and Jenny Lakin (Major Food Group) run front-of-house and the wine program, respectively; while the cocktail program is helmed by Natasha David and Jeremy Oertel (Nitecap, Maison Premiere; Donna, Mayahuel). The chic, light-filled interior incorporates a dynamic 40-seat dining room, complemented by an open kitchen. Book now at Ferris.

Hwa Yuan Szechuan
The legendary Shorty Tang (inventor of cold sesame noodles) opened the original Hwa Yuan Szechuan in 1968. The original restaurant has since closed, but has recently been resurrected to its former glory by Tang’s son, Chien Lieh. Beyond the family’s prized invention, the menu incorporates traditional Chinese dishes with Western influence (think sautéed crispy beef and peking duck). Spanning three floors and seating a whopping 350 seats, this is a triumphant return indeed. Book now at Hwa Yuan Szechuan.

The hidden gem of Le District, Michelin-starred L’Appart is a unique take on fine dining, offering an experience that resembles an intimate dinner party at a chef’s apartment. Helmed by executive chef Nicolas “Nico” Abello, the kitchen’s rotating menu embraces market availability and seasonality, ensuring no two visits are alike. Book now at L’Appart.

Lil’ Gem
A Lebanese restaurant on the Lower East Side from chef Melissa O’Donnell and restauranteur Lesly Bernard (the man behind Tillman’s, Mr. Jones, and Pravda), Lil’ Gem showcases the diversity and vibrancy of Lebanese cuisine in the format of shareable plates. Hot and cold mezze, flatbreads, shawarmas, and larger dishes make up the menu; while the space, designed by Bernard, is intimate and cozy, with high top seating, exposed beamed ceilings, and white-washed walls. Book now at Lil’ Gem.

Raclette is an ode to the cuisine of the same name, which originated in the mountains of Savoie and Valais in the Swiss Alps during the 13th century. Featuring some of France and Switzerland’s best vineyards, breweries, and comfort food, the menu’s main draw is imported Alpine cheeses scraped tableside. Book now at Raclette.

Shoji at 69 Leonard Street
Derek Wilcox is the first—and still, only—Westerner to complete a full 7-year apprenticeship at a traditional Japanese Kaiseki restaurant: the three-starred Michelin restaurant, Kikunoi, in Kyoto. Other stints include working at a top Tokyo butcher for Kobe and Matsuzaka beef and Ginza Sushi Aoki– one of the last few beacons of traditional Edomae sushi. At Shoji, chef Wilcox serves a kappo-style menu of 16–18 courses, showing off his combined expertise in Kaiseki and Edomae sushi. Book now at Shoji at 69 Leonard Street.

Shuraku is a Japanese restaurant focused on the simple preparation of quality ingredients on a binchotan grill (think Wagyu beef, Botan shrimp, and uni, hailing from both California and Japan). Book a table at the chef’s counter, and enjoy a subliminal eight-course tasting menu comprised of seasonal ingredients. Book now at Shuraku.

Tijuana Picnic
A colorful, retro-looking Mexican restaurant from the managing partners of Acme and Indochine, Tijuana Picnic is helmed by chef Alex Lopez, who combines the flavors of his childhood in Mexico City with years of cooking Asian cuisine. Eat antojitos, soft tacos, and family-style entrees; drink tequila, mezcal-based cocktails, Tecates and Pacificos, or Spanish wine. Book now at Tijuana Picnic.

Voula is an authentic Greek restaurant in the heart of New York’s West Village. A selection of mezedes (shareable appetizers) and paradosiaka (traditional plates) make up the menu, which utilizes a combination of locally sourced and imported—from Greece, of course— ingredients. Book now at Voula.

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November 2, 2017 at 3:49 pm
post by Vanessa Lavorato

Robin’s signature potato chip nigiri with caviar. Image Courtesy of Robin. 

Now is the time to support our neighbors in the north—by drinking a lot of local vino. Fortunately, the Bay Area is thirsty, and in the region with the nation’s most three-starred restaurants (Best Coast represent), there are plenty of top-notch somms to guide the way. Whether you’re craving oysters and a Sonoma rosé in the Mission or a dinner in St. Helena, this month’s Hit List has you covered. Grab a seat and a glass of California. Cheers.

2/The Charter Oak
3/Rich Table
5/Petit Marlowe
8/Bird Dog
9/Over Proof

Because the pizza oven is on fire at the latest spot by Sharon Ardiana (Gialina & Ragazza) and it’s not cooking only pizza. Shout out to the pork chop. // Noe Valley. Book now on Resy.

2/The Charter Oak
Because with their doors recently reopened after the fires, Chater Oak is back to serving the family-style meal everyone needs, along with beef rib grilled over cabernet barrels. Go ahead — lick your fingers. // St. Helena. (707) 302.6996.

3/Rich Table
Because with one star awarded, chef Evan and Sarah Rich are on a roll (the duo also just launched a rotisserie chicken spot with seasonal soft-serve, too). Maybe it’s the Porcini-dusted doughnuts; could be the Tajarin Pasta. Try both — you can’t go wrong. // Hayes Valley. (415) 355-9085.

Because just over the Golden Gate, chef Ron Siegel’s solo debut speaks to Japanese influences and local produce. Case in point: Mt. Lassen Trout with dashi. // Marin. (415) 453-9898.

5/Petit Marlowe
Because if you didn’t  know about chef Jennifer Puccio’s fall wine dinner series, now you do. Fresh seafood plays and pairs with an extensive wine list. // Mission Bay. Book now on Resy.

Because Silicon Valley is home to the only Bay Area sushi restaurant from master Nobu Matsuhisa. Power lunch never looked so zen. // Palo Alto. Book now on Resy.

Because who wants the same old spicy tuna roll? You’re in SF: land of innovation, especially in the dining arena. Bring on the potato chip nigiri with caviar at this artful omakase spot. // Hayes Valley. Book now on Resy.

8/Bird Dog
Because step out of the city bustle to taste the signature dish: wood-grilled avocado. Whet your appetite with the hot buttered roti, and soak in the space. // Palo Alto. Book now on Resy.

9/Over Proof
Because the upstairs bar at ABV is reservations only, so you know it’s on-point. The prix fixe menu, along with the decor, changes every three months. Next up Lágrimas (read: hello tequila). // Mission. Book now on Resy.

Because coqueta means “flirt”in Spanish, so sharing is the name of the game here. Go big with the paella – it’s what chef Michael is eating right now – or opt for tapas and chorizo pintxos. // Embarcadero. Book now on Resy.

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

New on Resy: Los Angeles

October 31, 2017 at 11:27 am
post by Emily Wilson

From an internationally renowned pastry chef’s first full-service restaurant, to a James Beard Award-winning chef’s ambitious new tasting menu spot, there are a lot of restaurants to be excited about in LA and new on Resy.

Image Courtesy of 189 by Dominique Ansel.

189 by Dominique Ansel
Many know Dominique Ansel for his ground-breaking pastries (or, more specifically, as the inventor of the Cronut®). While the creations he’s celebrated for are served and sought-after in New York, LA is now getting a taste of his genius, thanks to his debut full-service restaurant. Expect dishes like “crunchy over crispy” fried chicken, pull-apart elotes milk bread, and acorn squash gnocchi, plus wine and cocktails. 189 opens in The Grove in mid-November (11/4 for brunch and 11/11 for dinner), but reservations are live now–and moving quickly. Pro-tip: Located just downstairs from the restaurant, is Dominique’s eponymous bakery, making its West Coast debut on Friday, 11/10, and offering brand-new, exclusive-to-LA treats alongside the classics. Book now at 189 by Dominique Ansel.

Best Girl
Best Girl is the Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles’ signature restaurant, named after the 1927 film of the same name — the first to ever be screened at the United Artists Theater (now known as The Theatre at Ace Hotel). Award-winning chef Michael Cimarusti — best known for his acclaimed restaurants, Providence and Connie and Ted’s — is the mastermind behind the breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch menus, all keenly inspired by the city’s history, culture, and cuisines. Book now at Best Girl.

The Butcher’s Daughter
An import from New York City, The Butcher’s Daughter is a cafe and juice bar with a daily-changing menu that’s 100% vegetarian, and mostly vegan and gluten-free. Spacious and sunny, with whitewashed brick walls and hanging plants, this Abbott Kinney locale is a haven for health-minded folks (and just the place to see and be seen). Smoothies, bowls, salads, and stone oven pizzas make up the majority of the menu, accompanied by special cocktails and house wines, too. Reservations accepted for parties of 8+ only. Book now at The Butcher’s Daughter.

The Curious Palate
A Santa Monica staple for lunch and dinner, The Curious Palate makes everything from scratch with locally procured ingredients. The menu offers sandwiches, salads, pastas, and more, plus 20 craft beers, kombucha, and cider on tap. Just steps away from the Arclight cinema, it’s a go-to spot for a pre- or post-movie meal. Book now at The Curious Palate.

Dave Beran is a James Beard award-winning chef most well-known for his tenure at Chicago’s Next. Having just descended upon Los Angeles, his first solo venture, Dialogue, is an intimate 18-seat restaurant in Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade. Here, Beran tells a story via a market-driven tasting menu format. Guests should expect an immersive experience that plays to multiple senses and emotions. With eight counter seats and only three tables, the space is meant to incite conversations amongst diners and staff. Book now at Dialogue.

Opened seven years ago by chef Jeff Cerciello (a Thomas Keller Group alum), Farmshop is a rustic-modern, restaurant-meets-grocery located in the Brentwood Country Mart, bordering Santa Monica. For each meal, the kitchen serves up the very best local ingredients, simply prepared—from house-made pastries at breakfast to whole roasted chicken at dinner. Book now at Farmshop.

Met with much critical acclaim since its opening in 2012, including a glowing review by The LA Times and an acknowledgement as one of the Best New Restaurants by Esquire, Gusto is a soulful and unpretentious trattoria on West Third Street, in Beverly Grove. It’s a warm and welcoming place to enjoy top-notch traditional Italian fare, with a stellar dish of bucatini carbonara that’s not to be missed. Book now at Gusto.

Inspired by pintxo bars of San Sebastian and bistros of Southern France, Journeymen is a neat concept from Gjelina vets chef David Wilcox and general manager Guy Tabibian. All daily pinxtos, seasonal bites, and plates to share are meticulously sourced and thoughtfully prepared; guests are encouraged to order food from a counter upon entering, then can continue to do so from their tables; and gratuity and tax are included in the price of each dish, making closing out as straightforward a task as possible. Book now at Journeymen.

A slice of the French countryside in LA, Marvin comes from the team behind Capo, in Santa Monica (Bruce Marder and his son, Max Marder, along with executive chef Ricardo Moreno). Inspired by Max’s favorite restaurant in France, the menu utilizes fresh, local ingredients in dishes like ratatouille & goat cheese toast and steak frites; and the wine list is accessible, and impressive in scope, with a range of stellar European varieties and vintages. Book now at Marvin.

A casual eatery focused on farm-to-table fare and cocktails (shaken or stirred), Neighbor is very well suited to the area it inhabits— Venice. The beachy, easygoing space is outfitted with tufted sofas, a large marble bar, and a brick garden patio. Executive chef Joshua Luce (formerly of Ace Hotel in DTLA and Jean-Georges in NYC) crafts the small, New American menu while the global wine list is assembled by James Endicott (of Per Se). Book now at Neighbor.

Orto (Italian for vegetable garden) is a “natural” Italian restaurant. The kitchen utilizes organic herbs and spices grown on-site alongside produce from the nearby Santa Monica Farmers Market to craft Italian dishes — from pastas, like tagliolini with black truffles, to mains, such as bone-in Wagyu ribeye. Book now at Orto.

Inspired by Old Hollywood, Paley functions as a step back in time. There’s the grand, mid-century design; and then there’s the food, from notable LA chef Greg Bernhardt (think raw bar, power-lunch salads, crab cakes, and filet mignon with rosemary and garlic). It’s American fare done up, and done right. In the words of Jonathan Gold, “Have a martini. Or another glass of iced tea.” Book now at Paley.

Petite Taqueria
Petite Taqueria is a posh restaurant from h.wood hospitality group serving Mexican-American comfort food. Menu highlights include a bay scallop and uni tostada, crispy ground beef tacos, and esquites-style roasted summer squash, while (naturally) the cocktail program is heavy on tequila and mezcal. Deep-seated velvet booths, dim lighting, and a marble-topped bar set the scene. Book now at Petite Taqueria.

Saddle Peak Lodge
Nestled in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains, Saddle Peak Lodge is an iconic fine dining destination. Fashioned as a classic hunting lodge, adorned with mounted trophy heads and fishing apparel, the restaurant maintains a rustic yet elegant ambiance. Its rich history, top-notch service, and critically-acclaimed new American menu (notable for its emphasis on exotic wild game), solidify its status as a one-of-a-kind hideaway. Book now at Saddle Peak Lodge.

The menu at Sausal is inspired by the foundational elements of Rancho cooking: wood fire, smoke, and slow-roasting; celebrates the bold flavors of Mexican cuisine in combination with the elemental flavors of Spain (citrus, olives, figs); and revels in the bounty of contemporary California. Dishes like short rib picadillo empanadas and pork chili verde with sweet corn elote are best enjoyed with the house-made sangria. The space itself is clean, warm, and welcoming — outfitted with a massive wood bar and a fireplace. Book now at Sausal.

Firmly rooted in Santa Monica (since 1972), Valentino is an anchor of the Los Angeles restaurant scene. Excellent pastas; a lengthy wine list; and classy, old-school decor are defining features. Owned by Piero Selvaggio, the kitchen here is where many great Italian chefs have honed their chops over the years. Book now at Valentino.

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New on Resy: Washington DC

October 25, 2017 at 1:11 pm
post by Emily Wilson

From the breakout restaurant of an inspired chef with an impressive resume, to an iconic Japanese restaurant’s first location in the Capitol, Resy’s latest DC offerings are here. Grab a seat.

Image Courtesy of Nobu DC.

Beuchert’s Saloon
Re-established in its original pre-prohibition location in 2013, Beuchert’s Saloon is handsome and intimate, with a touch of old-school charm. Chef Andrew Markert leads a team serving hearty farm-to-table cuisine (think roasted bone marrow, goat butter carrots, and roasted half chicken), complemented by craft cocktails and a curated wine list. Take advantage of the bevy of specials, too: On Mondays, enjoy $5 Old Fashioneds and market vegetables, half-priced burgers and $5 draft IPAs on Tuesdays, and discounted wine and $10 fromage-and-charcuterie boards on Wednesdays. Book now at Beuchert’s Saloon.

This modern bistro is the first restaurant from a chef with serious pedigree: RAMW’s 2017 Culinary Rising Star award winner, Ryan Ratino. Drawing on his experience cooking at restaurants like Dovetail, wd~50 (New York), minibar and Ripple (DC), and inspired by the “bistronomy” movement, Bresca seeks to reimagine casual fine dining for today’s DC by serving inspiring, creative cuisine in a warm and whimsical setting. Expect dishes like pastrami beets, sea urchin linguini with truffle and chili, and, for dessert, a foie gras cake pop. Book now at Bresca.

Nobu DC
At the iconic Japanese restaurant’s first DC outpost, the tried-and-true Nobu experience is alive in the West End. The menu offers world-renowned signature dishes, like yellowtail sashimi with jalapeño and black cod with miso, alongside locally-inspired dishes and cocktails designed exclusively for this location. For those looking for a little something more, the omakase won’t disappoint. Book now at Nobu DC

RedRocks Old Town
Neapolitan-style pies are the speciality at RedRocks, and there are many iterations to choose from. Menu highlights include the Farmhouse pizza with goat cheese, crispy pancetta, green scallions, and roasted garlic; and the simple pepperoni, with crushed tomatoes and fresh mozzarella. Also on the menu are Italian-American specialties like short rib gnocchi and baked rigatoni, plus an extensive beer and wine list. Book now at RedRocks Old Town.

Sunday in Saigon
Sunday in Saigon combines a relaxed yet sophisticated atmosphere with classic Vietnamese dishes, drawing inspiration from both past (specifically post-French colonial/pre-war Vietnam) and present. This is the second venture of chef Mimi Huynh, owner of local mainstay Caphe Banh Mi. Book now at Sunday in Saigon.

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October 19, 2017 at 6:12 pm
post by Emily Wilson

Image Courtesy of Tokyo Record Bar.

Here in New York, the fall restaurant rush is well underway. Summer’s quieter openings are picking up steam, while notable new players are entering the scene in rapid succession. There’s an underground izakaya in Greenwich Village with a killer vinyl selection; a French-Canadian bistro on the tip of Brooklyn that’s minimalist in look but bold with flavors; and a charming new restaurant in Dumbo, where Eastern Mediterranean plates come with a very nice view. This month’s Resy Hit List is a trove of treasures, so get booking.

1/ Tokyo Record Bar
2/ Chez Ma Tante

3/ Celestine
4/ Jeju Noodle Bar
5/ Cervo’s
6/ Ugly Baby
7/ Nur
8/ Claro
9/ Augustine
10/ Popina
Bonus/ Eleven Madison Park

1/ Tokyo Record Bar
Because while exploring the record bars of Tokyo is an experience worth seeking out, Japan is far. Lucky for us, beverage expert Ariel Arce has created an homage to such establishments right here in New York. There’s sake, Japanese whisky, a set menu of izakaya fare, and an impressive collection of vinyl (each guest is granted a song selection). // Greenwich Village. Book now on Resy.

2/ Chez Ma Tante
Because what was previously a sleeper hit off the beaten path in Greenpoint, is finally getting the recognition it deserves. In a 4-star review, Eater critic Robert Sietsema proclaims the steak frites “the city’s best,” the grilled half chicken “perfect,” and the pork shoulder “so good [he] ate it twice.” It’s “a place clearly willing to pull out all the stops in delivering an entirely satisfying and even intriguing meal,” so go. // Greenpoint. Book now on Resy.

3/ Celestine
Because there’s an all-star team behind this fresh-faced Mediterranean restaurant on Dumbo’s waterfront: executive chef Garrett McMahan (Perilla), managing partner Julian Brizzi (Rucola, Grand Army), and well-known wine maven Joe Campanale (L’Artusi, Dell’anima). As for the view, you’ll have to see it for yourself. // Dumbo. Book now on Resy.

4/ Jeju Noodle Bar
Because ramen is very old news, but ramyun isn’t. Here, longtime fine dining chef Douglas Kim takes his decades of experience at restaurants like Per Se and Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare and returns to his roots. Kim’s signature noodle soup bowls are a fine example of Korean comfort food, and a perfect complement to colder weather. // West Village. Book now on Resy.

5/ Cervo’s
Because the Portuguese little sister of Hart’s dishes out simple, seafood-based fare that’s particularly good when paired with a glass of Iberian wine. Come for the squid escabeche, stay for the Vinho Verde. // Lower East Side. Book now on Resy.

6/ Ugly Baby
Because when a legendary Thai chef re-enters the scene with a brand-new spot, the heat is real. Sirichai Sreparplarn (of Red Hook’s late Kao Soy) dishes out hits like spicy duck salad, Southern-style chicken thigh skewers, and a “brutally spicy” beef shank curry. // Carroll Gardens. (347) 689-3075.

7/ Nur
Because from the kubaneh, to the Palestinian tartare and Baharat spiced lamb, it’s not for nothing that Meir Adoni’s Middle Eastern plates remain in the spotlight. Snagging a reservation isn’t easy, but Notify is a democratic system that can work in your favor. (Pro-tip: stay alert for openings.) // Flatiron. Book now on Resy.

8/ Claro
Because there’s a new mole in town — or two, rather — being made by Union Square Cafe alums T. J. Steele and Chad Shaner. Head to this Oaxacan-influenced spot (complete with a wood-burning hearth) for all things smokey: barbacoa, mezcal, and more. // Gowanus. Book now on Resy.

9/ Augustine
Because fall is in full swing, which means breakfast meetings are on. Where better to conduct them than at Keith McNally’s FiDi stunner? // Financial District. Book now on Resy.

10/ Popina
Because Maialino vets Chris McDade and James O’Brien are fusing two unlike cuisines — Italian and Southern — with dishes like Carolina Gold rice arancini, hot chicken milanese, and pappardelle with ham hock ragu. Cobble Hill. Walk-ins only.

Bonus/ Eleven Madison Park
Because after being closed for renovations over the summer, The World’s Best Restaurant is revamped and reopened for business, new menu and all. Find a reason to splurge, and plan ahead. Flatiron. (212) 889-0905.

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Introducing Resy Portland

October 12, 2017 at 4:13 pm
post by Allison Chesky

We are pleased to announce that we’ve launched in Portland, welcoming an impressive range of restaurants to the app. From a bona fide institution to critically-acclaimed city mainstays, these restaurants are bound to keep your calendar full and curiosity piqued. Grab a seat (in PDX). 

Tusk, Portland.

Tusk is a sleek and airy eatery featuring complex and vibrant dishes. Chef Sam Smith earned his stripes training with Michael Solomonov (of Philadelphia’s Zahav), so it’s only fitting that his Israeli food has received critical acclaim– Tusk was named one of Bon Appetit’s Best New Restaurants of 2017 and Food & Wine Restaurant of the Year 2017. No matter the hour, the offerings stun: enjoy the sesame halvah babka at brunch; lamb shoulder stew with hominy, greens, aleppo, hazelnuts, and yogurt at dinner, and, for dessert, rhubarb-and-rosewater pie, plus very good cocktails and wines. Book now at Tusk.

Han Oak
Named for Korea’s traditional homes, Han Oak is a self-proclaimed “family restaurant,” specializing in prix-fixe dinners and casual dumpling and noodle meals (served four nights a week). With chef Peter Cho at the helm — named Food & Wine Best New Chef of 2017 — specialties include sweet-and-sour sweet potatoes, served with toasted sesame and hand-cut kalgooksu noodles in egg drop chicken broth, as well as koji-marinated, slow-roasted pork belly, with rice cake, pickled daikon, and scallion salad.  The minimalist, light-filled interior – accented by hip-hop jams – makes for a delightfully relaxed setting that’s hard to leave. Book now at Han Oak.

Ava Gene’s
Joshua McFadden is the chef and now owner of Ava Gene’s – a stellar trattoria with Roman inspired eats, named among 100 Best Restaurants of 2017 by Wine Enthusiast magazine. The motto is “Locally Sourced. Aggressively Seasonal,” which means the best local produce and meats raised by Pacific Northwest farmers make their way into a menu of antipasti, giardini, hand-made (down to the house-milled flour) pasta, secondi, and contorni. To experience Ava Gene’s in all its glory, order family style, and succumb to the chef’s selection of delicious, Italian-esque plates for all to share. Book now at Ava Gene’s.

Acknowledged as one of Bon Appetit’s Best New Restaurants of 2017, Dame is a neighborhood restaurant serving seasonal food with an emphasis on Northwest fish, seafood, and vegetables. The celebrated wine list is a tour of natural wines from around the world, rounded out by a thoughtful selection of aperitifs and digestifs. Book now at Dame.

Xico is a purveyor of offbeat Mexican cuisine: chef Kelly Myers grinds the corn in-house, transforming it into just-perfect tortillas. Local ingredients shine in dishes like salad tacos and roast chicken for two. The bevy of mezcal-based cocktails – which are made with rare varieties – are best enjoyed on the back patio. Book now at Xico.

If you thought Jacqueline was the name of the owner, you thought wrong. It’s a nod to the Wes Anderson film “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou,” and both the décor (“a romantic aesthetic with a nautical flair,” as the restaurant puts it) and the food (seafood) fit that mold. Enjoy oysters with house-made mignonettes, yellowtail crudo, charred octopus, and the like; and look out for Bill Murray– he’s there somewhere. Book now at Jacqueline.

Lapellah features a wood-fired oven and grill, sources from the many farms around the area, and uses the freshest ingredients possible to ensure a sustainable approach to cooking. The restaurant is open for lunch, dinner, brunch and a great happy hour. Book now at Lapellah.

Ned Ludd
This quirky restaurant is outfitted almost entirely in wood and decorated with pots and pans, hanging lights, and chandeliers. A wood-fired oven is the only source of heat in the kitchen, producing flavorful dishes that highlight seasonal ingredients procured from a variety of local suppliers. Specialties include Oregon sole and mushroom duxelle with potato, sunchokes, and gremolata, and Cattail Creek lamb with charred bruss, smoked onions, lime yogurt, greens, and spices. Book now at Ned Ludd.

Farmhouse Kitchen PDX
Self-described as Thai New Generation, or “not your typical Thai,” Farmhouse Kitchen is a San Francisco-born, Michelin-recognized restaurant offering modern and traditional dishes that focus on adventurous, bold flavors. Nightly specials range from regional dishes to market specialties (think fried grasshoppers and tiger prawns), which are offered alongside drinks spanning from Thai tea limeade to beer, wine, and cocktailsBook now at Farmhouse Kitchen PDX.

The Waiting Room
This Portland favorite serves up Southern charm and comfort through a Pacific Northwest lens. Food is sourced locally from nearby farmers and purveyors (Your Kitchen Garden, Sauvie Island Organics, Cattail Creek Farm, and Nevor Shellfish in Netarts Bay), while staples like Louisiana fried chicken, hushpuppies, and a range of oyster concoctions combine Southern cooking techniques with fresh, local ingredients. Pro-tip: don’t miss the brunch offerings; on weekends, chilaquiles, lemon-ricotta pancakes, and biscuits reign supreme. Book now at The Waiting Room.

A chef-driven regional tapas restaurant, Urdaneta offers modern interpretations of big and bold Spanish flavors. House-crafted cocktails, Spanish wines and sherries, and Basque sidra (the region’s signature cider) play the perfect counterpart. The open kitchen and bar provides every guest with a front row seat to the action. Book now at Urdaneta.

Three Sixty Kitchen & Bar
Enjoy classic recipes inspired by familial traditions, alongside comfort food comprised of local ingredients, at this family-friendly eatery. During the work week, lunch and dinner are served daily, in addition to a range of happy hour specials, which range from small bites to craft cocktails. Book now at Three Sixty Kitchen & Bar.

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Resy Acquires Servy

October 12, 2017 at 8:00 am
post by Ben Leventhal

Photo Credit: Meredith Jenks

Since its inception, Resy’s mission has been to power the world’s best restaurants, using technology to imagine the future of hospitality. We believe an integral part of that future is a real-time, contextualized feedback loop for restaurants and their customers to engage in a fruitful dialogue about quality and experience. For our part, if Resy can close the gap in perception between what restaurants think their customers think about an experience versus what customers actually think about the same experience, we will make our restaurants materially more successful and our consumers significantly happier. And, in turn, we’ll create more regulars at more restaurants!

To that end, today we are announcing that Resy has acquired Servy, a next-generation mystery shopping, private feedback, and market research platform for restaurants.

I’ve personally been an admirer of Servy since they launched, and I’m thrilled to welcome co-founders Rob and Julien to Resy. The deal represents a milestone for us, since it’s our first acquisition, but, more importantly, it plants an important stake in the ground in our pursuit of quality on behalf of our restaurant partners.

Today, collecting feedback is an ad hoc and, at times, painfully public process, but it doesn’t have to be. By the end of 2017, Servy will be fully integrated into Resy’s restaurant management platform, ResyOS, enabling restaurants to deploy and analyze highly customizable surveys in real-time. Wired into the rest of ResyOS’s hospitality operations platform, it will be a best-in-class quality intelligence tool that helps the world’s best restaurants get even better.

Please join me in welcoming Rob and Julien to the team.