February 9, 2018 at 9:00 am
post by Amy Sung

Image Courtesy of The Butcher’s Table.

This month’s Resy Hit List rounds up offerings that are eager to please – from soup dumplings in the International District, to a light-filled oasis in Pioneer Square, and more than one table with a view. Grab a seat.

1/Il Corvo
3/The Butcher’s Table
4/Dough Zone
6/The London Plane
7/The Pink Door
8/Sushi Kashiba
10/No Anchor

1/Il Corvo
Because there’s a line at this lunch-only restaurant for a reason. With a simple, daily-changing menu of three pastas, salad, prosciutto di Parma, and focaccia, less is most definitely more here. Order first; then find a seat.  // Pioneer Square. Walk-ins only.

Because there’s no better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, than with a romantic meal surrounded by views of the Sound. Maximillien will be marking the occasion with a six-course menu that includes special dishes (think caviar and potato blinis, butter-poached Maine lobster tail, salt-crusted and roasted beef tenderloin, and espresso-and-caramel flan), accompanied by live accordion. // Pike Place. Book now on Resy.

3/The Butcher’s Table
Because with its fine dining mainstay and complementary casual lounge, there is something for everyone at The Butcher’s Table. At this sleek steakhouse, diners can opt for premium steaks, like Mishima Reserve Wagyu in the dining room, or savory sandwiches in the lounge. // Denny Triangle. Book now on Resy.

4/Dough Zone
Because the inaugural city location for this fast-growing Eastside restaurant fills a gap in the Chinese food scene. Hard-to-find Shanghainese dishes (think spicy beef pancake roll, pan-fried chive dumplings, and xiaolong bao—soup dumplings) are the coveted mainstay here. // International District. (206) 285-9999.

Because while the Valentine’s Day dinner at Canlis is unsurprisingly sold out, there are still many days in the month to celebrate love. The restaurant will still be plating contemporary Pacific Northwest fare, alongside artful desserts, served up with five-star service.  Plus, the exquisite view — and shining example of mid-century architecture that is Canlis — makes this the ideal place to share a special meal just about any time. // Queen Anne. Book now on Resy.

6/The London Plane
Because this specialty cafe meets boutique grocery will awaken your senses and transport you to a calming, beautiful place. Savor the delight of the ethereal surroundings, while enjoying a handmade croissant and coffee or a soup and salad. // Pioneer Square. (206) 624-1374.

7/The Pink Door
Because with its twinkly ambience and classic Italian dishes, dinner at The Pink Door is a special experience. Enjoy menu staples—made with locally sourced ingredients—like pappardelle al ragu bolognese, linguine alle vongole, and lamb osso bucco, served in a romantic setting that feels grand and intimate all at once. // Downtown. (206) 443-3241.

8/Sushi Kashiba
Because short of going to Japan, this might be the closest you’ll get to being part of Jiro’s dreams of Sushi. Shiro Kashiba, a disciple of Jiro, recently opened Sushi Kashiba. Located in Pike Place Market’s Post Alley, it boasts a waterfront view and locally sourced fish. // Downtown. (206) 441-8844.

Because Eater’s Bill Addison coined this spot “America’s next great Southern restaurant.” Take a seat at the table, and travel across the country through the soulful dishes — grounded in Southern cooking techniques and seasonal ingredients — of chef-owner Eduardo Jordans. // Ravenna. (206) 257-4470.

10/No Anchor
Because enjoy beer-focused cocktails alongside exceptional food (think radishes with parmesan custard dip, Dungeness crab rolls, and grilled Wagyu steak). This prized beer bar, which was nominated for a James Beard Award (2017) for Best New Restaurant, is anything but ordinary. // Belltown. (206) 448-2610.

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New on Resy: Los Angeles

February 6, 2018 at 1:44 pm
post by Emily Wilson

From not one, but several openings from the New York-based duo behind the world’s best restaurant, to a farmer’s market-inspired spot from a Top Chef star, there’s a slew of white-hot restaurant openings in LA. What’s more, they’re New on Resy — so grab a seat while you still can.

Image Courtesy of The NoMad.

The NoMad Lobby
You’ve probably heard that Will Guidara and Daniel Humm — the venerable pair behind one of New York’s most essential restaurants, The NoMad (and lest we forget, the same team responsible for the #1 restaurant in the world, Eleven Madison Park) — are in town. With the recent opening of the NoMad Hotel in DTLA comes a slew of options for dining, drinking, and socializing from the only restaurant group appropriate for the gig (i.e., Make It Nice). The Lobby is an all-day affair, serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late night bites. Sunlit and casually elegant, it’s located on the ground floor (as the name suggests), beneath the building’s original, albeit restored, 1920s blue and gold Italianate ceiling. Book now at The Nomad Lobby.

The NoMad Mezzanine
Overlooking the sun-soaked Lobby, the Mezzanine is “bustling and refined; stately and convivial,” and the most formal of dining experiences offered at LA’s new NoMad Hotel. The menu riffs on the one served at The NoMad in New York (including its signature roast chicken for two with black truffle and brioche stuffing), while taking into account the bounty of ingredients Southern California has to offer. Anchored in the Make It Nice group’s approach to both food, drink, and hospitality, the restaurant is innovative, approachable, and features a world-class wine program alongside original and distinguished cocktails. Book now at The Nomad Mezzanine.

For chef Nyesha Arrington, her restaurant’s proximity to the Santa Monica Farmers Market is no coincidence; at Native, the cuisine is directly inspired by what can be found there, and thus, the menu changes frequently. Expect dishes like grass-fed bison tartare served with Maui onions and Korean mustard and grilled romanesco with tahini aioli and smoked mozzarella. Then there’s the ambiance (low-key), the seating (a mix of communal and otherwise), and the open air patio (complete with a retractable roof). Book now at Native.

At Silver Lake’s Sawyer, it’s all about the seafood. Chef Peter Macias brings a light touch to his menu, featuring classic dishes made new with seasonal, local produce. Smoked trout salad is served with arugula, blue lake green beans, and horseradish crème fraîche; the lobster roll is done with fine herbes on a house-made bun with fries; while another popular dish, the crispy whole orata, is served with cilantro chimichurri, scallions, and pickled fresno chili. As for the scene, the sunny restaurant is outfitted with exposed brick, floral patterned wallpaper, raw wood floors, and a plant-lined back patio. Book now at Sawyer.

With its ubiquitous wood-lined interior and lush outdoor patio, Goldie’s is very easy to like. The menu only adds to the crowd-pleasing appeal: grain bowls, scrambles, salads, pastas, and sandwiches galore. And it’s all thanks to Australian restaurateur Nicholas Mathers, of Eveleigh and Ruby (the latter of which was first founded in New York). Book now at Goldie’s.

This all-day café in DTLA’s South Park aims to replicate the neighborhood restaurants of Buenos Aires. There is tortilla española and chia seed pudding in the morning, sandwiches and empañadas midday, and small plates at dinner — from plancha-grilled to hot and cold picadas. Cocktails (or cócteles) are a highlight, too, with offerings like the michelada, paloma, and an “old fatshioned” made with fat-washed bourbon. Book now at Barcito.

Located at DTLA’s The Row, Hayato is a unique concept from chef Brandon Hayato Go. Go, who was born in LA and grew up cooking at his father’s sushi restaurant, spent years training under top chefs in Tokyo, until he landed on his focus — Washoku (read: true Japanese cooking concentrated on quality ingredients and the five cooking techniques of sashimi, grilling, steaming, frying, and simmering). His format of choice? Bento boxes. From Tuesday through Friday, he prepares a maximum of 20 boxes a day, each comprised of over 16 ingredients, available for pick-up at 12pm. Interested? Book a Resy for a take-out box at least 24 hours in advance. Book now at Hayato.

Bank of Venice
A public house of sorts, Bank of Venice is housed in a landmarked building from 1905. The designer, known as Mr. Abbot Kinney (founder of the Venice neighborhood), modeled it after the famous Saint Mark’s Square in Venice, Italy. For over a century, it’s been an icon of the quintessential, beachy Venice lifestyle. Now it’s just that, and more: a place to drink craft beer and California wine, and eat locally sourced (natch) gastropub fare. Book now at Bank of Venice.

Checker Hall
Checker Hall is the restaurant arm of Lodge Room, a Highland Park music venue. It’s a vibey dining room with a teal-colored ceiling, long marble bar, and tall booths, where rustic Mediterranean cuisine (think chicken skewers and octopus with labneh) is offered alongside specialty cocktails, craft beer on draft, and wine. Book now at Checker Hall.

Hudson House
LA-based duo, Top Chef winner Brooke Williamson and husband Nick Roberts are behind this Redondo Beach gastropub. The restaurant is darkly lit and intimate, with exposed brick walls. And as for the menu, think brown sugar pork ribs, pretzel burgers, and, on Tuesdays, tacos. Book now at Hudson House.

Little Pine
Little Pine is a fresh-faced vegan restaurant with a mid-century ski lodge aesthetic from musician Moby (does the song “Porcelain” ring a bell?). A decades-long vegan himself, Moby’s aim with this venture is to support animal rights, foster a community for like-minded folks, and serve delicious food like fried cauliflower with kimchi aioli and ravioli alle noci. The chef is Laura Louise Oates and the pastry chef is Amy Loch. Book now at Little Pine.

Playa Provisions
From the same pair behind Hudson House, Playa Provisions is a casual and brand-new seafood restaurant in Playa Del Rey. Offerings like lobster rolls, patty melts, and fish tacos are complemented by wine, beer, cocktails, and Pacific Ocean views. Book now at Playa Provisions.

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The Definitive Guide to Valentine’s Day in New York City

February 1, 2018 at 11:43 am
post by Emily Wilson

From a Mediterranean prix fixe over waterfront views to a six-course dessert tasting at a brand-new patisserie, there’s at least one, but maybe even two, three, or four Valentine’s Day offerings just right for you and yours in this Resy roundup. The choice is yours; let the romance ensue.

Photo Courtesy of King.

Over in Greenpoint, this cozy, brick-walled restaurant-meets-wine bar is offering a four-course, prix fixe menu (that’s both vegan and gluten-free friendly) alongside their ever-reliable natural wine list and craft beer selection.
Menu Highlights: polenta fritti, cannellini bean soup, pollo alla romana, pear & gorgonzola ravioli, molten chocolate cake with toasted pistachio.
$60, Book now on Resy.

Aria Hells Kitchen
Aria boasts a decidedly rustic setting, with its exposed beam ceilings and walls lined with bottles of Italian wine. For Valentine’s day, a prix fixe menu is being offered alongside the usual a la carte (which is rooted in cicchetti, or Italian tapas).
Menu Highlights: beetroot heart ravioli with ricotta and truffle; crab, shrimp, and scallop stuffed lobster tail; braised beef short ribs with herb risotto, Venetian poached pear with vanilla gelato.
$79, Book now on Resy.

This twinkly, golden-hued FiDi mainstay from Keith McNally is offering its usual classically French menu of hand-cut steak tartare, duck à l’orange, and the like, alongside a few special items sure to invoke the holiday of romance.
Book now on Resy.

Junghyun Park knows what he’s doing when it comes to coursed meals; his entire menu is built to deliver deliciously creative Korean food in prix fixe form to all of his guests. So for Valentine’s Day, he’s doubling down, offering six courses in a tasting menu format. And considering how his dishes fare on a standard night here, it’ll be a meal to remember.
$95, Book now on Resy.

Comfortably settled into its second year of life, Barano has become a bona fide Williamsburg standby for heartwarming Italian fare. Thus, it’s only natural that for Valentine’s Day, the offering here is a very well-priced prix fixe with lots of choices, including adorable heart-shaped raviolo.
Menu Highlights: 21-day dry-aged beef meatballs with herb ricotta; saffron gigli with Calabrian honey, pecorino, and black pepper; lamb belly with white bean ragu and charred onions; 1/2 roasted lobster with mushroom and heirloom radicchio salad; steamed cheesecake with amaretto crumbs and braised strawberries.
$65, Book now on Resy.

Situated on the oh-so-charming corner of West 4th and 12th street, Blenheim is celebrating the holiday of romance with a special four-course menu, and priced according to seating: early love birds seating (5pm-6pm), and regular seatings (6pm-onwards), with an additional wine pairing for $65.
Menu Highlights: beets with citrus and spices; pan roasted skate with fennel, cauliflower nage, and herb salad; braised short rib with pommes puree, mushroom stew, and glazed veggies; chocolate cremeux.
$75 / $95, Book now on Resy.

Briciola, at its snug and cozy locale in Hell’s Kitchen, is offering a prix fixe menu of Italian staples and decadent add-ons, alongside a la carte options, this Valentine’s Day.
Menu Highlights: beetroot heart ravioli with ricotta and truffle; crab, shrimp, and scallop stuffed lobster tail; braised beef short ribs with herb risotto, Venetian poached pear with vanilla gelato.
$79, Book now on Resy.

Charlie Bird
This perennial SoHo favorite, known for its farro salad, hip hop soundtrack, and stellar wine list, is going their usual route: a four-course menu for a fixed price, which will include, for one, pappardelle with black truffles.
$98, Book now at Charlie Bird.

Chumley’s serves up hearty, satisfying fare — like lobster with espelette and brown butter and a well-known bone marrow cheeseburger — in what was formerly a storied speakeasy and literati hangout. It’s a perfect place to indulge, and lucky for you: they’re doing a special prix fixe for Valentine’s Day.
$95, Book now on Resy.

Codino is the downtown counterpart to sister restaurants, Briciola and Aria. Enjoy a prix fixe menu, with an option for a la carte menu items, at this intimate (read: romantic) West Village wine bar.
Menu Highlights: beetroot heart ravioli with ricotta and truffle; crab, shrimp, and scallop stuffed lobster tail; braised beef short ribs with herb risotto, Venetian poached pear with vanilla gelato.
$79, Book now on Resy.

This chic, West Village restaurant evokes the French countryside; making it an idyllic choice for the romantic holiday. A Saint Valentine’s menu will be offered at two different prices, dependent on the number of courses you choose — three, or six — and sommelier wine pairings will be available, too.
Menu Highlights: cauliflower velouté with black truffle cream and grilled bread, seared diver scallops with saffron risotto and chorizo crust, roasted rack of lamb with herbes de Provence and caramelized salsify, bittersweet chocolate tart with espresso ice cream and crushed raspberry.
$75 / $95, Book now on Resy.

Camperdown Elm
A Park Slope favorite for its ever-evolving seasonal menu, Camperdown Elm is doing snacks and three courses (with choices for each) for the holiday. For an extra $30, a wine pairing is yours, for $20 — add American sturgeon caviar to any dish, and for $25? Black truffles.
Menu Highlights: squid cracker with mackerel pate, potato and uni galette with shiso, aged beef with aligot potatos and steak sauce, sticky toffee pudding with toasted rice ice cream.
$60, Book now on Resy.

Simple, delicious Mediterranean cuisine is Celestine’s M.O. — and that’s on full display in its four-course menu (with suggested a la carte beverage pairings) for 2/14. Consider the fact that it’s a restaurant encased in glass, with front-row views of both the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges, and you’ve got a pretty perfect Valentine’s Day locale.
Menu Highlights: Atlantic mackerel crudo with blood orange and begonia blossom; beet tartlet with zhug and goat cheese; braised lamb shank with charmoula mustard, sour cherries, and bulgur; Persian love cake.
$85, Book now on Resy.

Photo Courtesy: The Dabney at Chefs Club. 

Chefs Club
If you haven’t already heard, Chefs Club’s chef-in-residence of the moment is Jeremiah Langhorne (of Michelin-starred The Dabney, in Washington DC). New Yorkers are lucky to have him in their city this Valentine’s Day, when he’ll be dressing up his signature Mid-Atlantic cuisine with a slew of luxury ingredients for a five-course tasting menu.
Menu Highlights: sweet potato rolls with fried chicken, crème fraîche, and caviar; Hudson Valley foie gras parfait with walnut, whiskey, and waffles; cornbread stuffed quail with winter fruit, bitter greens, and foie gras jus; braised beef short rib with potato puree, wild horseradish, black truffle and sauce périgord.
$125, Book now on Resy.

There’s a reason for that Michelin star; the food at Faro is downright delicious, particularly the pasta. This Valentine’s Day, enjoy a five-course tasting menu (with options for each), plus a wine pairing for an extra $50, at this lofty-yet-cozy Bushwick restaurant.
Menu Highlights: roasted kohlrabi with black lime, tarragon, and kale; crispy pig’s head with pickled onion and petite lettuce; cornetti diavolo with pork ragu; New York strip with rutabaga rosti, sherry braised shallots, and buerre noisette; vanilla parfait with caramelized pineapple, coconut cake, and macadamia nut.
$100, Book now on Resy.

Located in Prospect Heights nearby the park, Faun is taking its hand-crafted approach to Italian cuisine up a notch, with a four-course prix fixe menu, and optional wine pairing.
Menu Highlights: scallop crudo, chard ribs, and black trumpet mushroom; marrow cappelletti in brodo; duck breast with endives, black garlic, and dates; miso panna cotta with pumpkin seed cracker.
$95, Book now on Resy.

Gramercy’s neighborhood wine bar is known for its simple pastas and artisanal pies. On Valentine’s Day, Follia is adding a touch of refinement with a prix fixe menu of dishes featuring oysters, lobster, and the like.
Menu Highlights: cauliflower soup with crispy kale and Tuscan olive oil; lobster tortellini in tomato saffron brodo; grilled Berkshire pork chop with parsnip puree, thyme-roasted carrots, and cider reduction; chocolate pot de creme.
$55, Book now on Resy.

Freek’s Mill
The darling of the new-aged Gowanus restaurant scene, appropriately located right by the canals, is doing it up for Valentine’s Day with a seven-course tasting menu.
Menu Highlights: tuna tartare with gribiche and duck cracklin; taglierini with winter squash and uni; steak au poivre with red bliss potato and charred frisee; chocolate cake with peanut butter ice cream.
$75, Book now on Resy.

Henry at Life Hotel
Stephen Hanson’s now-quintessential NoMad bistro is offering five courses, plus a wine pairing for an extra $25. Staycation, anyone?
Menu Highlights: potato knish with Hackleback caviar, house-made burrata and parsnip with vanilla-black truffle vinaigrette, hand-cut fettuccine with prosciutto-brisket and fresno chile bolognese, dry aged NY strip with charred hen of the woods and red watercress, cherries jubilee.
$75, Book now on Resy.

Her Name Is Han
For a very good price, Her Name is Han is serving up a special five-course Korean meal that’ll begin with a vegetable soup and end with vanilla ice cream topped with chocolate syrup. For the three courses in between, the choices are numerous.
Menu Highlights: beef ceviche salad, baby octopus with soy-apple vinaigrette, black cod with creamy kimchi-dijon mustard sauce and beet chips, spicy seafood hotpot with assorted seafood and pork dumpling.
$48, Book now on Resy.

Image Courtesy of Il Buco.

Il Buco
This longtime NoHo favorite (and obvious Valentine’s Day choice, partly for the food and partly for the utterly romantic atmosphere) is ramping up for another February 14th dinner in the books. The menu will include an amuse, a choice of antipasti, primi, secondi, and dessert.
Menu Highlights: beau soleil oyster with white grapefruit and cilantro; burrata with celery hearts, serrano peppers, and bottarga di muggine; risotto with red carabineros, fennel, and fresno chili; vitello with grilled baby carrots and cumi-lime yogurt.
$125, Book now on Resy.

Clare de Boer and Jess Shadbolt’s elegant corner restaurant on King street is charming and romantic every day. So, it’s only fitting that they have a few tricks up their sleeve for Valentine’s Day. Succumb to their four-course “lover’s menu” to see for yourself.
Menu Highlights: whole lobster tagliarini, bistecca alla fiorentina.
$125, Book now on Resy.

Little Frog
Let’s face it: classic French bistro fare on Valetine’s Day just makes sense. And this UES joint does just that, very well. If you’re afraid of commitment, you’re in luck: Little Frog is offering its a la carte menu for the holiday — in addition to a three-course prix fixe with an optional $45-per-person wine pairing.
Menu Highlights: fruits de mer platter with oysters, fluke crudo, and tuna tartare; fine homemade charcuterie plate with winter chutney; filet mignon a la plancha with foie gras toast, pink peppercorn sauce, and gratin dauphinois; Normandy duck flambé au calvados for two.
$89, Book now on Resy.

Llama Inn
This funky Peruvian enclave in Williamsburg is known for its exciting share plates, and for its modern and vibrant décor. It’s a fun time, and thus a stellar choice for Valentine’s Day — when the kitchen will be offering a prix fixe menu that’s far from boring.
Menu Highlights: roasted squash with winter fruits and huacatay yogurt; scallop with uni, ponzu, and persimmon; beef cheek seco; chocolate with lucuma and coffee.
$75, Book now on Resy.

Marlow and Sons
This bona fide Williamsburg classic is keeping it casual with its standard (although ever-changing) a la carte menu (hits include chicken liver pate on sourdough toast and brick chicken), but shaking things up a bit with a few specials for the special day.
Menu Highlights: East and West coast oysters, Santa Barbara uni, spicy ricotta with dates, dry aged strip steaks.
Book now on Resy.

Miss Ada
Israeli-born chef Tomer Blechman helms this popular Fort Greene spot (that opened just last spring), where he serves contemporary Mediterranean shared plates. For Valentine’s Day, his offering is a three-course prix fixe, which will come with an amuse and a choice of dessert.
Menu Highlights: Jerusalem artichoke soup; hummus masabaha with lamb shawarma and amba; octopus with  eggplant puree, charred peppers, and castelveltrano olives; whole branzino with kale salad, anchovy dressing, and croutons; labne mousse with poached pears and pomegranate-suman granita.
$55, Book now on Resy.

Motel Morris
Fans of this Chelsea crowd-pleaser will be glad; Motel Moris is doing what it does best — creative takes on American classics —  with a choice-heavy prix fixe menu. Playful design and fun vibes included, of course.
Menu Highlights: tuna tartare with black sesame, wakame salad, and creamy ponzu; saffron risotto parmesan, melted tomato, and white wine; grilled dourade for two with sautéed escarole, roasted potatoes, and preserved lemon chimichurri; sundae with peanut butter, chocolate, and fluff.
$65, Book now on Resy.

Northsquare Restaurant & Lounge
This old-school mainstay off Washington Square is offering a Valentine’s prix fixe with something for everyone (read: lots of choices), capped off with decadent butterscotch creme brûlée.
Menu Highlights: oyster quartet, spinach & ricotta crepes, filet mignon au poivre, herb & parmesan crusted halibut, bourbon butterscotch creme brulee.
$65, Book now on Resy.

Old Monk
A modern and seasonal Indian restaurant in Alphabet City, Old Monk is offering two three-course menus for the holiday of romance — vegetarian and otherwise, each served with a glass of prosecco.
Menu Highlights:
coconut shrimp curry, Punjabi power greens, sweet & sour eggplant, mango mousse, chocolate delight.
$49, Book now on Resy.

There’s a reason this Prospect Heights gem is still so hard to get into: cool crowd, lively atmosphere, impressive (and adorable) back garden, and a delicious and inventive ever-changing menu. Try your luck on Valentine’s Day (there are still a few tables up for grabs!), when the kitchen will be serving up a family-style tasting menu.
$125, Book now on Resy.

Pig Bleecker
Loved by carnivores and pasta loyalists alike, Pig Bleecker is offering a four-course Valentine’s Day menu (welcome cocktail, included) in the meaty, Italian vein that it’s known for.
Menu Highlights: country ham, charcuterie, and nut board; spaghetti with smoked crab, jalapeño, aleppo, and garlic bread crumbs; black truffle burger with a sunny side egg, truffle aioli, and house-cut fries; key lime pie with raspberry sauce.
$95, Book now on Resy.

Photo Courtesy: Camperdown Elm.

Queens Bully
Can’t quite decide which cuisine you want for Valentine’s Day? Opt for Queens Bully, where globally influenced fare is the hallmark and where a three-course dinner for two is on deck.
Menu Highlights: cold-smoked bone marrow with shaved black truffles; mussels de parma with cream, dijon, parmesan cheese, and baguette; curry dusted cauliflower steak with chai tea-braised pumpkin, cabbage, and roasted beets; funnel cake stack with cinnamon sugar, vanilla ice cream, and caramelized bacon bits.
$100, Book now on Resy.

Rahi is iterating on its New York-inspired, artisanal Indian cuisine for a special Valentine’s Day tasting menu. A wine pairing will be offered for an extra $50.
Menu Highlights: anjeer (fig) chilli paneer, asparagus artichoke chaat, chettinad octopus, kashmiri lamb ribs.
$75, Book now on Resy.

Red Hook Lobster Pound
A go-to for lobster rolls and the like, Red Hook Lobster Pound is tucked away in the inarguably romantic neighborhood of Red Hook, and it’s offering a special, four-course prix fixe for the holiday, which will no doubt complement its fun and lively vibe.
Menu Highlights: Downeast bisque, grilled oysters with yuzu kosho butter, Maine lobster dinner, chocolate fondue for two.
$75, Book now on Resy.

Valentine’s Day is a very appropriate time to discover — if you haven’t already — what’s been going on at the revamped Reynard, since chef Christina Lecki took the helm. A four-course prix fixe is on deck for the night.
Menu Highlights: vegetable crisps and taramasalata, diver scallop in prosciutto broth with potato cream and fried quail egg, coq au vin for two, chocolate soufflé.
$90, Book now on Resy.

The menu changes daily at this Fort Greene staple, but always features delectable fresh pastas and hearty, seasonally inspired fare. Valentine’s Day is no different, but a bit more special (read: shared entrees for two).
Menu Highlights:
Mackerel crudo, spaghetti alle vongole or mushroom risotto, grass-fed ribeye for two, and, for dessert,  torta Caprese.
$85, Book now on Resy.

Salvation Taco
Salvation Taco is veering away from the romance theme, in favor of a special, a la carte menu for Palentine’s Day. Because in their words, “it’s not just a day for couples.”
Menu Highlights: grilled oysters with salsa verde butter and smokey cocktail sauce, taco dinner of Heritage country rib carnitas, flan with blood orange and caramel, buckets of POP champagne.
Book now on Resy.

The Dessert Bar
This brand-new dessert bar from pastry chef Rory Macdonald is located inside his Flatiron patisserie, Chanson. Given that Valentine’s Day is a day about sweets and chocolate, a six-course dessert tasting with a glass of champagne (and optional cocktail pairing) sounds about right.
$95, Book now on Resy.

The Meatball Shop – West Village
Everyone knows that this restaurant is obsessed with meatballs. So it’s only appropriate that, for Valentine’s Day, their first-ever multi-course dinner is being called the Love Ball. The vegetarian menu is only $65, and the optional wine and cocktail pairing is an added $45.
Menu Highlights: crab and caviar balls, duck and foie gras balls, pure Akaushi Wagyu beef, bombe glacée.
$75, Book now on Resy.

The NoMad Bar
An essentially swanky spot that never misses a beat, The Nomad Bar may easily turn out to be where you want to be this Valentine’s Day, enjoying their three-course, prix fixe menu, and a wine pairing to go with (for an additional $65).
Menu Highlights: oysters with sorrel and champagne; bone marrow roasted with anchovy, shallots, and parsley; suckling pig rack with Seckel pears, chicory, and mustard.
$95, Book now on Resy.

Union Square Cafe
Union Square Cafe is pretty much as classic as it gets as far as New York restaurants go. In honor of the holiday of romance, enjoy a special four-course menu, with flawless service along the way.
$135, Book now on Resy.

Reservations for Valentine’s Day – in Atlanta

February 1, 2018 at 11:10 am
post by Emily Wilson

February 14th is less than two weeks away, so make your move. Luckily, these restaurants still have availability, as well as offerings you won’t want to miss out on. In the name of love, get in on the fun.

Image Courtesy of Brush Sushi Izakaya.

Brush Sushi Izakaya
A Decatur destination for izakaya fare, edomae style sushi, and omakase from chef-owner Jason Liang, Brush Sushi Izakaya is offering a Valentine’s Day five-course prix fixe, plus an additional beverage pairing for an extra $45.
Menu Highlights: manila clam miso soup, three pieces of chef’s choice sashimi, yakitori sampler, chicken kara-age don, rose oolong cheesecake.
$85, Book now on Resy.

Better Half
Duo Zach and Cristina Meloy are behind this seasonally inspired restaurant. Thanks to its playful decor and lively atmosphere, Valentine’s Day here is a special experience, with a tailored five-course menu and wine pairings for $35.
Menu Highlights: 
roasted trout with grilled leek, white chocolate parsnip, and bacon fat vinaigrette; grilled beef coulotte with smoked chile potato gratin, burned onion, whipped Mexican hot chocolate; sweet grass dairy “griffin” grilled cheese with black cocoa dried plum and cocoa nib bubbles; cookies & cream chess tart with blood orange sorbet.
$90, Book now on Resy.

Here’s Where to Dine This Valentine’s Day in Los Angeles

February 1, 2018 at 11:09 am
post by Emily Wilson

City of stars… are you shining just for me? Might be a thought (or lyric, rather) that passes through your mind this Valentine’s Day, in LA. Play it right with a reservation at one of these restaurants and you’re guaranteed a whimsical night, celebrating love. Indulge in a cinematic-themed tasting menu, or take comfort in spaghetti & meatballs and a few glasses of red. Either way, we’ve got you covered.

Image Courtesy of Little Dom’s.

189 by Dominique Ansel
For their first Valentine’s Day in Los Angeles, the Dominique Ansel team is serving a fun and hyper-creative (natch) thematic dinner, inspired by classic cinematic love stories, like When Harry Met Sally and Titanic. Add-ons include speciality cocktails and a $35 wine pairing.
Menu Highlights: beef brisket pastrami sandwich amuse, sea bream ceviche on ice, truffle spaghetti & meatballs, roasted quail in red wine and rose sauce, “escargot” vacherin.
$80, Book now on Resy.

Charcoal Venice
If you’re looking to turn up the heat for Valentine’s Day, Charcoal — located on Venice’s Washington Blvd — is your move. Michelin-starred chef Josiah Citrin’s seasonal, live-fire cooking never fails to excite; so, go see what he’s got up his sleeve for the special night.
Book now on Resy.

Little Dom’s
Loz Feliz locals and celebs alike adore Little Dom’s for its old-school vibe (complete with leather booths, worn-in wooden bar, weathered pops of red, and golden-hued lighting), and for its dependable Italian fare. On Valentine’s Day, the restaurant is going for the no-fuss vibe they’re known for, serving a signature menu of spaghetti & meatballs, wood-grilled hanger steak, chicken parm, and the like. Pro-tip: don’t miss the gelato sundae.
Book now on Resy.

Lunetta is celebrating its very first Valentine’s Day for not just one night, but two. On the 13th and the 14th, this posh Santa Monica spot is serving a four-course menu with an amuse and a shared dessert platter. And don’t forget — there is a fireplace.
Menu Highlights: crispy potato wrapped asparagus with oven-dried tomato and aged balsamic; red crab samosa with braised baby leeks, sorrel & mint yogurt, and wild herb salad; central coast sea urchin with poached egg and aromatic oyster sauce; madera braised Jidori chicken with rose parsnip puree, red flame grapes, and truffle reduction.
$88, Book now on Resy.

At her still-new Farmers Market-inspired Santa Monica restaurant, chef Nyesha Arrington is serving up a three course prix fixe dinner with optional supplements (to make the evening extra special!).
Menu Highlights: Weiser Farm potato soup with oyster, uni, and bacon; red wine beet spaghetti with oxtail, taleggio, and swiss chard; New Zealand Thai snapper with fennel, pink lady apple, and celery; chocolate “cereal” malted milk.
$55, Book now on Resy.

Saddle Peak Lodge
This cozy abode tucked into the Santa Monica Hills is easily one of the most romantic restaurants in town. The four-course prix fixe on 2/14 will include an array of luxurious ingredients, from caviar to filet mignon, and cozy vibes to match.
Menu Highlights: Pacific oysters “Ménage à Trois”, truffle soup, sea urchin cavatelli, petit filet mignon, croissant bread pudding.
$145, Book now on Resy.

This easygoing and immensely satisfying Beverly Grove trattoria is serving up a four-course menu for the holiday of romance.
Menu Highlights: bone marrow al forno with basil pesto, toast bread crumbs, charred lemon, and toast; spaghetti with San Marzano tomatoes, basil, and EVOO; American wagyu flat iron steak with wild arugula, parmigiano, and aceto balsamico tradizionale; meyer lemon gelato pie.
$75, Book now on Resy.

Rustic Canyon
For Valentine’s Day, Rustic Canyon is doing their beloved family-style, prix-fixe dinner with an optional wine pairing for $55/person. Equally accessible to couples, double dates, families, and groups of friends, each table will get to select six out of twelve dishes from the menu, which will be sent out in three-four courses.
Menu Highlights: Prime New York strip with yam pavé and truffle, squid ink chitarra with ridgeback prawns, chef Jeremy Fox’s signature Peas and White Chocolate.
$105, Book now on Rustic Canyon.

South Beverly Grill
South Beverly Grill comes to us by way of the Hillstone Restaurant Group; thus, it’s a very well-oiled operation serving up perfectly executed American classics, including USDA prime cuts and deviled eggs. Add to that sleek décor and a Hollywood vibe, and you’ve got yourself a very Los Angeles Valentine’s Day.
Book now at South Beverly Grill.

Conveniently located nearby the beach (hint: take a sunset stroll before dinner), Tallula’s is hosting their first “Hecho Con Amor” Valentine’s Day celebration. An optional four-course prix-fixe dinner will be on offer in the main dining room, with an agave spirits/wine pairing for $35/person. The regular menu will also be available throughout the entire restaurant.
Menu Highlights: crab nachos, an assortment of crudo, prime beef fajitas, Mexican chocolate profiteroles. 
$65, Book now on Resy.


Where to Dine on Valentine’s Day in Nashville

February 1, 2018 at 11:00 am
post by Emily Wilson

February 14th is looming, and it’s time to make some plans. For those looking for something special, we’ve got you covered. These restaurants are rolling out the red carpet for Valentine’s Day, so grab a two-top while you still can.

Image Courtesy of The Southern Steak & Oyster.

Fin & Pearl
Sustainable seafood is the name of the game at Fin & Pearl, where the standard menu offerings will be available alongside specialty items in honor of Valentine’s Day. Enjoy them in the nautically-inspired setting, with a dose of Southern hospitality.
Menu Highlights: she-crab soup with sherry whipped cream; surf ‘n’ turf — 36 oz. Tomahawk ribeye, foie gras compound butter, whole Maine lobster, and tarragon drawn butter; cioppino in a golden tomato and brandy broth with saffron arancini and grilled bread; fried chicken & caviar with brandade potatoes, roasted brussels sprouts and lemon-dill crème fraiche.
Book now on Resy.

Fort Louise
That Fort Louise is housed in what was formerly a residential home, exemplifies its cozy, intimate nature. Picture that, plus a three-course prix fixe menu (in addition to a la carte), featuring an assortment of signature dishes and special indulgences, and you’ve got a meal that’s almost as special as your date.
Menu Highlights: baked oysters, lobster fettuccine, chicken fried chicken and waffle, duck fat doughnuts.
$45, Book now on Resy.

The Southern Steak & Oyster
A bustling downtown steakhouse specializing in shuck-to-order oysters and meats – cooked on a hickory wood-fired grill – The Southern is offering a three-course prix fixe for Valentine’s Day.
Menu Highlights: white bean soup with fennel bacon, roasted bone-in chicken with mushroom risotto, haricots verts, cipollini onions, and raisin-pine nut agrodolce; wood-fired filet with whipped potatoes and sugar snap peas; chocolate mousse cake with cherry cream filling and kirsch cherry jam.
$65, Book now on Resy.

Where to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Austin

February 1, 2018 at 10:50 am
post by Emily Wilson

For those that haven’t planned ahead, we’re here for you (and yours). Special menus and bubbly await at these Austin restaurants — all you need to do is grab two seats.

Image Courtesy of Lenoir.

Foreign & Domestic
This inventive farm-to-table darling is offering up a selection of greatest hits, with a three-course prix fixe this Valentine’s Day and an optional wine pairing for $22.
Menu Highlights: pork rillette tartine with focaccia, mostarda, and cabbage; 44 farms NY strip with potato and celeriac puree, roasted carrots, and onion jus; scallops a la plancha with heirloom grits; smoked chocolate cake with cherry jam and cashew candy.
$55, Book now on Resy.

Kemuri Tatsu-ya
This oh-so-buzzworthy joint, from chef-owners Tatsu Aikawa and Tako Matsumoto, is doing it up at their distinctive Texas izakaya for the holiday of romance with a five-course prix fixe, to be specific.
Menu Highlights: smoked tea-pickled beets, greens, miso ranch, and pecans; lobster, prawn, mussels, miso boulliabase, and grilled sourdough crouton; truffled koshihikari porridge with smoked braised beef short rib, herb salad, and rice cracker; strawberry adzuki truffle, pound cake, whip, and chocolate crumble.
$85, Book now on Resy.

What’s more perfect than dining at a husband-and-wife duo’s restaurant on Valentine’s Day? Plus, they’ve put together a four-course prix fixe of the acidic, citrusy, brothy, spicy cuisine they’re known for, with an optional wine pairing for $55.
Menu Highlights: artichoke agnolotti with duck egg sabayon and escargot; amber jack crudo with citrus dashi, pepita purée, and smoked blood orange; rabbit torchon with spring vegetables and buttermilk broth; chocolate arroz con leche with tangerine granita and fried pistachios.
$75, Book now on Resy.

Your Guide to Valentine’s Day in Seattle

February 1, 2018 at 10:45 am
post by Emily Wilson

New Years Eve came and went and now it’s time for yep, you guessed it: Valentine’s Day. If your plans are still unmade, don’t fret, but do act fast. We’ve rounded up a few offerings you’re bound to love, each with a few two-tops left for the taking.

Image Courtesy of Maximilien.

Butcher’s Table
With its cuts of Mishima Reserve Wagyu and its stylish, roomy interior, The Butcher’s Table is a very nice place to enjoy a steak, and much more. Three courses for a fixed price, with the ability to add supplements (from a limited menu of staples), is what’s on deck this Valentine’s Day.
Menu Highlights: crudo tasting, steak tartare, chateaubriand for two, opera cake.
$90, Book now on Resy.

Panoramic views of the Puget Sound, alongside classic French cuisine? Sounds about right for Valentine’s Day. Maximilien is doing six courses, accompanied by live accordion.
Menu Highlights: caviar and potato blinis; celeriac velouté with shaved house-cured foie gras; butter poached Maine lobster tail with potato Anna, leeks and carrots julienne, and Armagnac lobster reduction; creme caramel au café.
$100, Book now on Resy.

Here’s Where to Spend Valentine’s Day in Washington, D.C.

February 1, 2018 at 10:30 am
post by Emily Wilson

With the holiday of love less than two weeks away, we’ve gathered up some festive offerings at these DC hotspots. In the name of love, get in on the fun.

Image Courtesy of Bresca.

The acclaimed chef Ryan Ratino helms this warm and whimsical modern bistro, where he’ll be serving a luxurious tasting menu (think truffles, burrata, caviar, and more) this Valentine’s Day – the restaurant’s first.
Menu Highlights: parmesan tartlette with black truffle and nori; burrata raviolini with caviar butter, lemon, caper, and nasturtium; lamb saddle with boudin, feta, and olive, and artichoke; chocolate bar with preserved berry, lemon balm, and parsnip.
$90, Book now on Resy.

Italian-influenced and wine-focused is the modus operandi at Maple, where the vibe is casual and, thus, Valentine’s Day will be, too. The regular menu will be offered alongside a few special dishes, desserts, and — the pièce de résistance — $20 off all bottles of champagne.
Book now on Resy.

Resy’s Exclusive Guide to Valentine’s Day in San Francisco

January 31, 2018 at 5:20 pm
post by Emily Wilson

It’s almost Valentine’s Day in San Francisco, and we’ve got options. Here’s to celebrating love over wood-fired Neapolitan pies, escargot and bubbly, and five-courses of izakaya-style fare. You can thank us later. 

Image Courtesy of Petit Marlowe.

With its laid-back vibe, nourishing food, and community feel, this Outer Richmond gem would be a solid choice for Valentine’s Day dinner. The offering is a five-course tasting menu, with the option to add an accompanying beverage pairing for $42 per person.
$78, Book now on Resy.

Del Popolo
Famously once a roving truck outfitted with a brick oven, Del Popolo has comfortably settled into its Nob Hill brick and mortar, slinging some of the city’s very best wood-fired pies. If pizza is at the top of the list of shared common interests between you and yours, you won’t be disappointed here on Valentine’s Day.
Book now at Del Popolo.

February 14th is the only day of the year that this landmark Sicilian restaurant — on Oakland’s Piedmont Ave — serves spaghetti and meatballs. So get ’em while you can, as part of a three-course prix fixe that also includes a fritto of shrimp with almonds and agrodolce onions and chocolate diplomatico.
$40, Book now at Dopo.

Hitachino Beer & Wagyu
Alongside exclusive Japanese brews, Hitachino Beer & Wagyu specializes in luxury cuts of beef and omakase. In other words: they know how to do it up. On Valentine’s Day, a special tasting menu will be on offer, and it includes a white ale ice cream for dessert.
Menu Highlights: ikura, oyster, and caviar; chawanmushi with shrimp, uni, and tomato dashi; shabu shabu nigiri with white sesame and chili; sesame cake and tea.
$120, Book now on Resy.

Oakland’s Hopscotch, known for its distinctive cuisine reflective of an upscale American diner with a Japanese twist, is offering a selection of greatest hits with a special three-course menu, plus dessert.
Menu Highlights: chicory & citrus salad topped with your choice of scallop, duck, or truffle burrata; yuzu pepper porchetta; sashimi chirashi; black sesame semifreddo.
$55, Book now on Resy.

Izakaya Rintaro
With its expansive menu ranging from sashimi to yakitori, katsu, rice bowls, and udon; its woody, beam-lined interior that resembles a shrine in Tokyo; and buoyant atmosphere, Izakaya Rintaro is always a good time. Valentine’s Day is a good night to get in on the fun: there will be a five-course menu that’s sure to delight.
$75, Book now on Resy.

This new-to-the-scene restaurant was founded upon a passion for pairing food and wine. The decor is modern and minimal, so that guests can hone in on the sense that really matters: taste. Parigo’s Valentine’s Day offering is four courses, each meant to be enjoyed alongside a specific glass of wine.
$125, Book now at Parigo.

Petit Marlowe
Oysters, bubbly, and caviar—the ideal makings of a Valentine’s Day celebration, and what you’ll find at SOMA’s Petit Marlowe. Enjoy four decadent courses, plus amuse, and dessert (ooh la la!).
Menu Highlights: country style escargot, caviar service with whipped crème fraîche, egg, chive, potato blinis, and loaded oysters; brûléed foie gras terrine with crumbled hazelnut brittle and chicory salad; poulet vert with truffled mushroom jus and potatoes dauphinoise.
$125, Book now on Resy.

This seasonally-focused Mediterranean gem will be serving a full-on feast “for the senses” this Valentine’s Day, that promises “abundance, opulence and warmth.” From the restaurant’s signature bread program, to an array of small plates (think vegetables alongside seafood and meat mezzes) and large format dishes, this is an offering very worthy of consideration.
$69, Book now on Resy.

The Morris
For those into wine, The Morris is destination-worthy on any given night, February 14th included. It’s a great place to drink something nice, for the owner is sommelier Paul Einbund — a man who has amassed a unique collection of wines and spirits over decades of travel, alongside a special menu of chef Gavin Schmidt’s inventive Californian cuisine.
$95, Book now on Resy.

Tosca Cafe
With its checkered tiled floors, red leather banquettes, and heavy dose of nostalgia (thanks to its previous identity as as 1919-born bar of the same name), Tosca Cafe is undeniably romantic. Add some hearty Italian plates (in the format of four courses, a la carte) and you’re in for a Valentine’s Day treat.
Menu Highlights: cauliflower and delicata squash fritto with spice yogurt and sumac; winter citrus salad with creme fraiche and blood orange marmalade; grilled lamb heart with salsa verde; roasted beet tortellini with ricotta, tarragon, and lemon; “heart’s desire” cheese — Cowgirl Creamery’s Mt. Tam for the occasion.
$85, Book now on Resy.