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Where To Wine And Dine This Valentine’s Day

February 7, 2017 at 9:31 pm
post by Allison Chesky

 

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Image Courtesy of Sunday in Brooklyn. Photo Credit: Gary Landsman

 

Restaurants are rolling out the red carpet for the holiday of romance– assembling tasting menus with indulgent add-ons and drink pairings. So whether you’re celebrating with a valentine or a pal-entine, make it a special evening filled with rich experiences from your favorite chefs. Eat your heart out.

New York City:

Atoboy 
If you’ve been looking for an opportunity to sample the delights at Atoboy, look no further. With a special seven-course Valentine’s Day menu of “Banchan style” hits –including tuna with gem lettuce and quinoa, egg with pine nuts and Dungeness crab, and strip steak with sweet potato and pearl onion– you can experience the tastes just as the chef intended.

Avant Garden
Artful and delicious contemporary vegan cuisine is the hallmark of this cozy East Village establishment. Share a bottle of red under the twinkly lights of the wood-branch chandelier.

Bergen Hill
The paleo-friendly tasting menu at Bergen Hill boasts innovative twists on seafood and vegetable dishes (like black bass with smoked-ramp ponzu) and features an impressive array of wines to match. Red or white– you can’t go wrong when the sommeliers formerly of Charlie Bird have curated the wine list.

Charlie Bird
Looking to impress your date? Opt for the 4-course holiday menu, comprised of classic Charlie Bird hits: razor clams with fennel and pickled chiles, rigatoni Napoletana, carmelized cauliflower, and perfectly crisp roasted chicken.

Cienfuegos
With 13(!) different spiked punches to choose from and a 7-course vegetable-based tasting menu (with optional beverage pairings), it’s hard not to have a good time in this lively East Village outpost.

Emily
Cozy up in Clinton Hill with great wine, pizza, and fantastic company. For one night only, Emily will offer a limited selection of tables for two, by reservation,  exclusively on Resy.

Faun
Pull out all the stops for cupid’s holiday with a 4-course tasting menu and beverage pairings at Faun. Highlights include fluke crudo with chiles and flowers, pumpkin tortolli with balsamico, black bass with saffron broth, and, for dessert, chocolate torte with blood orange zest.

Fedora
Nestled beneath the cobblestone streets of the West Village sits charming Fedora with its quaint neighborhood feel and buzzy bar scene. Tuck into one of the leather-tufted booths with your valentine, and enjoy oysters, prosecco and some special Valentine’s Day additions.

Il Buco
Fresh-made pasta, fine wines and a romantic candle-lit ambiance. Triple check. Opt for Il Buco’s 5-course tasting menu and optional wine pairing for an evening that’s almost as special as your date.

Italienne 
Create the ultimate Valentine’s Day dinner with Chef Jared Sippel’s 3-course tasting menu. The delicious options include scallop crudo with burrata, Loup de Mer and lobster, chateaubriand with winter vegetables, and pan au chocolate for dessert.

Ladybird
Cauliflower with chive pesto and roasted maitake mushrooms with parsnip are among the 9 courses specifically tailored for Valentine’s dinner. Grab a seat atop the velvet barstools and order a “Bleeding Heart”– a concoction of blood orange, hibiscus, and Champagne.

Llama Inn
From the former sous chef at Eleven Madison Park, this swanky spot features tapas-style, modern updates on traditional Peruvian dishes, like fluke ceviche, savory duck sausage and queso ice cream for dessert. The chic and modern space is definitely “date night”approved.

M.Wells Steakhouse
Enjoy a rare Valentine’s Day happy hour in the form of $1 cocktails with every half-dozen oysters. Other highlights include the signature chef’s salad, venison T-bone, and dry-aged porterhouse dinner.

MIMI 
This charming hideaway of a French bistro, which is acclaimed for its daily menu, features indulgent holiday additions. Oysters and caviar. Need we say more?

Mother of Pearl
Traditional tiki cocktails are put to shame at Mother of Pearl, where artisanal Hawaiian beverages are the gold standard. Enjoy a special Valentine’s Day menu, which includes a 7-course vegetarian dinner and optional cocktail pairings.

Paowalla
Spice up your night with Paowalla’s modern take on Indian cuisine. Highlights include a dedicated bread bar and a multi-course tasting menu with steamed banana leaf-wrapped snapper, chicken tikka, tamarind pilaf, Indian rice pudding, and an artisanal cocktail list.

Perla Cafe
Featuring a combination of seasonal ingredients and fresh homemade pastas, this corner gem is just the place to enjoy a romantic and cozy dinner for two. Enjoy staples off the regular menu, with special holiday additions.

Quality Eats
Inside this nouveau steakhouse, you’ll find a twinkly bar scene with a menu and drink list to match. Prix fixe menu highlights include a crab, avocado, and citrus salad, long-bone short rib steak, and butternut brioche bread pudding.

Salvation Taco 
Spending this Valentine’s Day with friends? Be sure to check out Chef April Bloomfield’s lively taqueria for its “Pal-entine’s Day” specials. Chilean sangria pitchers, margarita pitchers, grilled oysters, and a“Duck feast” are among the festive highlights.

Sunday in Brooklyn
What’s a romantic dinner for two without dessert? Warm devil’s food cake, fudge, and a peanut butter ice cream topping is the order here. Enjoy a four-course tasting menu with inventive interpretations on classic ingredients.

Sushi Seki: Chelsea  and Sushi Seki: Times Square
Indulge in the ultimate sushi experience this Valentine’s Day. From multi-course tasting menus with optional beverage pairings to a private Tatami room with a special omakase menu, the world is your oyster.

The Breslin
Cozy up to your valentine  over martinis and a ribeye for two  against the cozy, rustic backdrop of The Breslin. Among the tasting menu’s holiday highlights? Poussin with spaetzle, and a chargrilled lamb burger with feta, cumin mayo, and thrice-cooked chips.

The Eddy
Enjoy decadent dining in the heart of the East Village, with a 6-course seafood tasting menu highlighting favorites like uni, tea-cured hamachi, Parisian gnocchi with maitakes and black truffle, and slow-roasted lobster with bok choy.

The Finch 
Nestled among the charming brownstones of Clinton Hill, this Michelin-starred restaurant, which is known for its seasonal American cuisine, does not disappoint. Among the special Valentine’s Day additions is the 5-course tasting menu with optional beverage pairings.

Traif
Whether you’re making a night of it with friends, or dining with a date, enjoy a family style meal of Traif’s iconic dishes and specialties with a tasting menu tailored to the size of your party.

Xixa 
For the tequila-lover in your life, Xixa boasts a tequila-and-mezcal drink pairing to complement the day’s menu. Featuring classics from the mainstay menu, the Chef’s Valentine’s Day selection will also include special holiday additions.

San Francisco:

Babu Ji
With a menu comprised of Colonel Tso’s cauliflower, “unauthentic” butter chicken, coconut seafood curry and cheese-and-radish naan, enjoy a small sampling of Babu Ji’s greatest hits.

Izakaya Rintaro
With a devotion to local ingredients and traditional Japanese preparations, Izakaya Rintaro is a Bay Area gem. Enjoy a prix fixe menu of special Valentine’s Day delights.

Nomica
This contemporary Japanese restaurant is serving a 4-course tasting menu of notable selections: shigoku oysters, marinated salmon belly, a whole chicken in brioche, and foie gras ice cream with balsamic and hazelnut streusel.

Piperade
Celebrate cupid’s holiday over a 3-course chef’s tasting menu with decadent additions. Highlights include sautéed calamari with foie gras, crispy arctic char, New York strip steak and, for dessert, dark chocolate cake.

Tosca Cafe
Cozy up in this North Beach brasserie over rigatoni, grilled octopus, and roasted chicken for two. The 4-course tasting menu features a varied selection of items, while the twinkly interior is nicely suited to a table for two.

Seattle:

Monsoon Seattle and Monsoon Bellevue
This Vietnamese restaurant blends Pacific Northwest sensibility with Asian dining. Kick back with the classics at Monsoon, where you can count on your favorite standbys plus special holiday additions, like an Asian pear salad and a peppercorn-crusted Wagyu ribeye.

Maximilien
Celebrate with your sweetheart over 6 courses of divine French cuisine, and enjoy live music by local accordion musician, Bonnie Birch. Highlights include the baked oysters with leeks and champagne, a lobster-and-mussels saffron bisque, filet mignon, and chocolate cake for dessert.

Seatown Seabar
Boasting a daily menu of fresh seafood, and breads from Dahlia bakery, this casual fine-dining restaurant will feature a Valentine’s Day surf-and-turf special of braised beef with mashed potatoes, Dungeness crab, and Meyer lemon hollandaise. For dessert, order the “Hot Date Cake”– a concoction of banana ice cream, tahini toffee sauce, and a sprinkling of sesame cashews.

TanakaSan
Make it a date night to remember at lively TanakaSan, which will no doubt be a spirited scene with its sake slushes and flavorful small plates. Among the holiday highlights are the kombu-cured hamachi and seared house-made mochi with oyster mushrooms, pine nuts, and white miso.

Miami:

Alter
Chef Brad Kilgore is upping the ante this Valentine’s Day, treating diners to two holiday tasting menus to choose from.  The 5-course prix fixe option includes a champagne toast, while the special “Chef’s Counter” experience features seven courses of goodness (both menus include Chef Kilgore’s signature soft egg).

Book while supplies last and, if you haven’t already, download the Resy app today! Pro-tip: receive an alert with our “notify” button when your desired reservation becomes available.

February 2, 2017 at 4:14 pm
post by Anna Mandelbaum

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Photo courtesy of Tavo.

When it comes to dining, NYC continues to wow. Case in point: 4 Charles Prime Rib’s delicious and insta-famous burger, Ichimura’s front row omakase experience, and Tim Ho Wan’s international dim sum expansion. Your Hit List is up; read all about it:

1/4 Charles Prime Rib
2/Ichimura
3/Augustine
4/Tavo
5/Yves
6/Loring Place
7/Union Square Cafe
8/Coffeemania
9/Tim Ho Wan
10/White Gold Butchers

1/4 Charles Prime Rib
Because this speakeasy of a steakhouse is to die for from start to finish. Try the off-menu French dip, the infamous burger and the sky-high lemon meringue pie, and you’ll be booking your second visit before you’ve even finished the first. // West Village. Book now at 4 Charles Prime Rib.

2/Ichimura
Because Chef Eiji Ichimura – aka the “the sushi astronaut”– boasts a bonafide sushi show at his 6pm and 9pm omakase seatings. Take a seat in the 10-person dining room and experience the magic in real life. // Tribeca. Book now at Ichimura.

3/Augustine
Because look at all those pretty tiles. And uni pasta. And steak tartare. And everything else. // Financial District. (212) 375-0010.

4/Tavo
Because contemporary cuisine is reimagined here with a Latin twist. Try the Cuban lasagna, which features Adobo pulled pork, mixed cheeses, arroz Morro, plantains and chicharron for dinner, and the Peking duck chilaquiles for brunch. // West Village. Book now at Tavo.

5/Yves
Because the neighborhood hideaway that’s bustling, warm and inviting come dinnertime is now open for brunch. Recreate the fun during the day at Tribeca’s Yves. // Tribeca. Book now at Yves.

6/Loring Place
Because Chef Dan Kluger is offering farm-to-table dishes in the most delicious way. Among the highlights? Brussels sprout pizza (complete with garlic, jalapeños and aged cheddar!) and grilled broccoli with orange, kohlrabi and pistachio-mint dressing. Save room for dessert– “The Blizzard” does not disappoint. // Greenwich Village. Book now at Loring Place.

7/Union Square Cafe
It’s hard to argue with the quality and service at Danny Meyer’s USQ crown jewel. Don’t skimp on the fresh-made bread or pumpkin bread pudding for dessert. Craving seconds? The restaurant’s takeaway spot, Daily Provisions, is opening next door, selling coffee, bread and small bites to go. // Union Square. Book now at Union Square Cafe. Daily Provisions opens 2/3.

8/Coffeemania
Because this Moscow transplant has opened its first international location next to Bryant Park. With items like roasted bone marrow with clam chimichurri, and seared duck breast with garlic pine nut emulsion, the name doesn’t do justice to the goodness that’s inside. // Midtown West. (212) 221-2510.

9/Tim Ho Wan
Because the U.S. outpost of Hong Kong’s Michelin-starred dim sum joint has earned quite a following. The BBQ pork bun, shrimp rice-noodle rolls and the price point all deserve a collective thumbs up. // East Village. (212) 228-2800.

10/White Gold Butchers
Because Chef April Bloomfield’s chopped cheese is a phenomenon worthy of its buzz. And thanks to a newly-minted class series – featuring sausage making and chicken butchering – culinary wizardry skills can be yours, too. // West Village. Walk-ins only.

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

January 31, 2017 at 5:25 pm
post by Vanessa Lavorato

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Image Courtesy of Rustic Canyon. 

Times are a-changin’, and so are appetites. In LA’s restaurant scene, new it-eateries dominate. Whether you’re in the mood for Middle Eastern in Hollywood or Italian on Beverly, you can enjoy an array of cuisines from innovative chefs. Because now more than ever, you are where you eat. Here’s your LA Hit List, ready for landing.

1/Kismet
2/Angelini Alimentari
3/Rustic Canyon
4/P.Y.T.
5/Destroyer
6/Hatchet Hall
7/Kato
8/Salazar
9/Winsome
10/Westbound

1/Kismet
Because when Sara Kramer and Sarah Hymanson found a space for their falafel stand, Madcapra, in Grand Central Market it was kismet, and now, their latest endeavor is called just that. With the help of heavy hitters Jon & Vinny, it’s no wonder the industry is abuzz. The food stands up to the hype. // East Hollywood. Book now on Resy

2/Angelini Alimentari
Because Italians know how to lunch. Sit in the garden courtyard, have a panino or one of Angelini’s specials, and finish on a sweet note with the house-made gelato. Now take a nap–it’s the Italian way. // Fairfax. (323) 297-0070.

3/Rustic Canyon
Because if anyone can make winter feel bright, Jeremy Fox can. Case in point: nettle-dill spaetzle and winter vegetable giardiniera. Pro Tip: Start off with a cherimoya sour while it’s still in season. // Santa Monica. Book now on Resy.

4/P.Y.T.
Because when restaurateur Josef Centeno opens a new concept, eaters pay attention. The latest star on his roster is devoted to a plant-based menu. Expect fresh pasta, pizza and peak-of-the-season vegetables. // Downtown. (213) 687-7015.

5/Destroyer
Because this intimate counter-service-only cafe is the perfect venue for Chef Jordan Kahn’s avant garde dishes. They’re almost too beautiful to eat. Almost. Dig in. Lunch only. // Culver City. Walk-ins only.

6/Hatchet Hall
Because if you haven’t yet sunk your teeth into the Tehachapi yeast rolls with sea salt honey butter, you haven’t fully lived. Order two rounds just to be safe. Every dish is a win: “lick the plate” is the motto. // Culver City. (310) 391.4222.

7/Kato
Because in LA if it’s in a strip mall, it’s legit. Chef Jonathan Yao’s tasting menu reflects his upbringing with Japanese and Taiwanese dishes. Still hungry? Order the pork belly rice à la carte. // Sawtelle. (424) 535-3041.

8/Salazar
Because Frog Town’s favorite watering hole has something for everyone. Tacos? Check. Killer Caesar salad? Double check. One hell of a hot buttered rum? See you in the morning. // Frog Town. Walk-ins.

9/Winsome
Because breakfast, lunch, dinner and more. Whether you’re meeting friends for a quick lunch on the patio, or a romantic dinner for two in a booth, Winsome delivers. // Echo Park. Book now on Resy.

10/Westbound
Because come for the cocktails and stay for the burrata sandwich. Did someone say milk and cookies? Dip ’em if you know what’s good for you. // Downtown. Book now on Resy.

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

January 27, 2017 at 4:13 pm
post by Olee Fowler

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1/Cake Thai
2/Olla
3/Ono Poke
4/Phuc Yea
5/Paradigm Kitchen
6/Ariete
7/Antico Pizza
8/Sweet Liberty
9/Pinch Kitchen
10/Farinelli 1937

The New Year is for discovering new staples and getting reacquainted with old favorites. With so many delicious options to choose from, it’s time to dive in to some of Miami’s hottest spots around town. You are where you eat; here are the top picks.

1/Cake Thai

Because everyone’s favorite Thai spot has travelled to Wynwood. All of the classics can be found on the menu– pork-filled flat noodles, fresh papaya salad and tangy eggplant – but with booze and bathrooms to boot. It’s the little things, isn’t it? // Wynwood. Book now on Resy.

2/Olla

Because COYO’s famous taco slinger shows off his authentic Mexican cooking chops at his latest restaurant, Olla. Think refined Oaxacan cuisine like moles, tripe soup, and lamb barbacoa chilaquiles, served in a hip, Lincoln Road locale. And there’s plenty of mezcal on hand, since it’s South Beach after all. // South Beach. 786-717-5400

3/Ono Poke

Because Miami has seen a helluva poke invasion this past year, but Ono reigns supreme. Thanks to a Makoto-trained chef serving some of the freshest fish with authentic toppings, Ono’s poke bowls are over the top. Just remember to get there early: the goods sell out by lunchtime almost daily. // Wynwood. No reservations.

4/Phuc Yea

Because Miami’s go-to Vietnamese Cajun spot just got a boozy new addition in the form of an outdoor Lantern Garden. Soak up tasty libations and old-school beats beneath red strung lantern lights. // MiMo. Book now on Resy.

5/Paradigm Kitchen

Because the guys behind Beyoncé-approved juice shop JugoFresh are at it again–this time, with a full-fledged restaurant. Expect classic eats with a healthy twist: gluten-free pancakes topped with crème anglaise, sweet potato bread topped with vegan chocolate sauce and granola, and savory calentado made with fresh veggies instead of meat. // Sunset Harbour. No reservations.

6/Ariete

Because that pastrami-style short rib is the stuff of a carnivore’s dreams. Add the creamy whipped potatoes, which are so smooth they give silk a run for its money, grilled oysters for good measure and tres leches for dessert. // Coconut Grove. Book now on Resy.

7/Antico Pizza

Because an A-T-L legend has made its way down to the M-I-A. Perfectly charred wood-fired pizzas and simple calzones are highlights in this trattoria inside (newly-minted) Italian mecca, Centro Storico. Expect long lines just like at the original, but the food is oh-so-worth it. // South Beach. No reservations.

8/Sweet Liberty

Because who says the country’s Best New Bar can’t serve killer eats too? Enter Sweet Liberty, whose massive cheeseburger and even larger cauliflower nachos are the late-night food of the gods (and can rival just about any dish in town, no matter the hour). // South Beach. Book now on Resy.

9/Pinch Kitchen

Because this hidden gem is worth seeking out. Homey in decor and feel, its kitchen turns out some of the best comfort food in the city. The pork secreto, cauliflower soup, and mussels are all must-haves, but save room for dessert because the chocolate orange soufflé – baked inside of an actual orange rind – is the real showstopper. // Upper East Side. Book now on Resy.

10/Farinelli 1937

Because pizza with a side of people-watching never tasted so good. Grab a seat on Farinelli’s massive outdoor deck; order a decadent lamb ossobuco-topped pie, Italian vino to wash it down with, and take in some of the best eats and views in Coconut Grove. // Coconut Grove. (305)648-9023.

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.

The Top 5 Things to Order at Kings Co Imperial: Chinese New Year Edition

January 26, 2017 at 9:32 am
post by Anna Mandelbaum

Image Courtesy of Kings Co Imperial

Happy Lunar New Year!

January 28th marks the first day of the Chinese New Year, the year of the rooster.

Chef Josh Grinker of Kings County Imperial loves the lunar holiday because: “It’s all about the food. Each traditional dish has a symbolic meaning and represents different aspects of good fortune for the coming year, such as longevity and prosperity.”

So to celebrate,  Josh Grinker and Tracy Jane Young of Kings County Imperial have assembled a special weekend menu (in addition to their mainstay offerings), beginning Friday, January 27th, to honor the holiday of good fortune.

Read on to hear about the chef’s selection of special dishes and cocktails.

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Mock Eel. Photo Credit: Levi Miller

1. Mock Eel: Shiitake mushrooms doused in ginger, garlic, scallions and house-made soy sauce is meant to replicate the meaty umami flavor and texture of freshwater eels – a Chinese delicacy. Chef Josh Grinker explains: “In the Buddhist tradition of cooking, vegetables are intended to mimic animal proteins.” All-in-all, it’s a must-order.

2.  Shrimp-and-Pork Shumai: In the Chinese New Year tradition, shumai is among the seven foods to be enjoyed for good fortune. This iteration is among the most decadent – it’s topped with tobiko roe, salmon eggs, and Russ & Daughters’ American paddlefish caviar. Lucky dumplings – what could be better?

3. Copper Well Street Noodles: For a twist on classic street noodles, this hand-pulled lo mein is dressed up with poached shrimp and baby bok choy, and topped off with a Szechuan chili oil-and-peppercorn vinaigrette. Best of all? These wheat noodles also symbolize happiness and longevity; eat up.

4. Dry Fried Long Beans: Long beans are a KCI mainstay, and in warmer months, they are sourced from the restaurant’s beautiful backyard garden. Not to be discounted as a “vegetable side,” these yard-long green beans are poached in soy oil and then stir-fried in a wok with pickled vegetables and ground pork for savory satisfaction.

5. Sa Cha Beef: Indulge in braised beef “Sa Cha style” – in a Fujian soy garlic paste that combines sea bream and shrimp. House-made silver needle noodles, choi sum, Chinese mushrooms and a garnish of fresh cilantro complete the saucy entree.

And two cocktails for good measure:

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“Dead Man Walking.” Photo Credit: Levi Miller

Drink #1. Dead Man Walking: “Dead Man Walking” is Beverage Director Richard Murphy’s reimagined take on the “Corpse Reviver.” Leopold Bros. Small Batch Whiskey is combined with Cocchi Americano, St. Germain and fresh lemon juice. A garnish of “Tiki Spritz” – a mixture of absinthe, allspice dram and tiki bitters – completes the fully-loaded cocktail. Pro tip: drink slowly.

Drink #2. Elvis Has Left the Building: This fruity tiki cocktail strikes a perfect balance when paired with KCI’s rich, flavor-laden dishes. NY Distilling Co. Rock ‘n’ Rye, Velvet Falernum and Blue Curacao are combined with fresh pineapple juice and ground cinnamon for a delightful tropical beverage.

Your pro-order is up! Grab a seat at Kings Co Imperial.

 

January 20, 2017 at 9:10 am
post by Paula Forbes

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Image Courtesy of Foreign & Domestic

Austin is off to a busy start in 2017, with a number of hot new openings on the way. Stay true to your New Year’s resolutions at the new clean-eating-with-a-view restaurant, Tillery, or kick ‘em to the curb with mouth-watering barbecue at Oakwood. Either way, you are where you eat; here’s where to get a fresh start in 2017.

1/Kemuri Tatsu-ya
2/Kuneho
3/Grizzelda’s
4/Eberly
5/Oakwood BBQ
6/June’s All Day
7/Old Thousand
8/Tillery
9/Olamaie
10/Flyrite #2
Bonus/Foreign & Domestic

1/Kemuri Tatsu-ya
Because Texan izakaya is brilliant, and it’s hard to believe that no one is doing it already. The folks behind Ramen Tatsu-ya took over the former Live Oak Barbecue space to create Kemuri, which means “smoke” in Japanese. Texas informs dishes like the chili cheese takoyaki and smoked brisket ramen. // Holly. Walk-ins only.

2/Kuneho
Because Paul Qui is giving his namesake restaurant a facelift. Kuneho (formerly Qui) boasts a small design makeover and a huge menu makeover. The result is an appetizing array of snacks and small plates, which infuse flavors from Japan, Texas, and the Philippines. // East Sixth. (512)436-9626.

3/Grizzelda’s 
Because it’s quickly becoming the hottest patio in a town full of hot patios. Your order: fresh seafood, mezcal cocktails, grilled steak, and plenty of fresh-made tortillas. // Govalle. Book now at Grizzelda’s.

4/Eberly 
Because the gorgeous atrium at Eberly is the place to be seen these days. Oh – the 32 ounce ribeye for two isn’t too shabby either. // South Lamar. (512) 916-9000.

5/Oakwood BBQ 
Because if the question is, “Does Austin need another barbecue joint?” the answer is always, “Hell, yes.” This time it’s North Austin’s turn. Get here before the line starts forming. // North Austin. Walk-ins only.

6/June’s All Day
Because if there’s a prettier, sunnier spot to have a glass of wine in the middle of the afternoon, we haven’t found it yet. And while wine may be the specialty here, you shouldn’t sleep on the fresh and lively breakfast, including one of the city’s best appetizer spreads. // South Congress. (512) 416-1722

7/Old Thousand 
Because its slogan is #DopeChinese, and it has the food to back it up. Old Thousand is in it to win it with dishes like brisket fried rice, kung pao cauliflower, and Chinese 5 spice churros. // East Side. Walk-ins only.

8/Tillery 
Because you don’t have to head to the Hill Country for food with a view anymore. Tillery focuses on clean eats like seasonal pastas and sandwiches, but the real draw is a sweeping view of the Colorado River. // Govalle. (512) 524-0580.

9/Olamaie
Because Austin’s best Southern restaurant is now, for the first time, open seven nights a week. Sunday night biscuit-and-bourbon tasting? Yes, please. // Arts District. Book now at Olamaie.

10/Flyrite #2 
Because to-die-for fried chicken sandwiches aren’t just for the East Side anymore. This North Central Austin staple boasts crispy fried spicy chicken, chicken tender breakfast tacos, and salted caramel milkshakes. // Brentwood. Walk-ins only.

Bonus/Foreign & Domestic 
Because while it isn’t new to Austin, it is new to Resy. Welcome, welcome! // North Loop. Book now at Foreign & Domestic.

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: Union Square Cafe, Over Proof, and More

January 6, 2017 at 11:15 am
post by Anna Mandelbaum

It’s finally the New Year; celebrate with reservations all around! Just in time to get you off to a delicious start, a list of the newest restaurants on the app is here. As always, you are where you eat. Read more, and grab a seat.


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Photo courtesy Midnights.

New York City

4 Charles Prime Rib
Brendan Sodikoff, the founder of Hogsalt Hospitality in Chicago, has come to New York, and he “want[s] to bring back prime ribs.” As Flo-Fab said in her most recent Off The Menu piece, “unlike most meat palaces, this one…has a mere 36 seats in an intimate wood-paneled room with leather upholstery and bare tables,” so you know you’re going to love it. Even if you aren’t the biggest meat-lover, you’ll be just fine (see: king crab, Dover sole, and a delicious cacio-e-pepe-meets-carbonara pasta)… maybe even better! // West Village. Book now at 4 Charles Prime Rib.

Beecher’s – The Cellar
Kurt Beecher Dammeier, a cheese lover since childhood, remembers encouraging his mother to buy premium cheese at a time when processed cheese was overtaking the market. In 2003 he put his passion for artisan cheese into action and opened the first Beecher’s shop in the heart of Seattle’s Pike Place Market. Eight years later, he took his award-winning cheeses on the road, with a café and restaurant in the Flatiron District. Beecher’s has since joined the Resy family, so you can book a seat at The Cellar, just downstairs from the cheese-making kitchen. // Union Square. Book now at Beecher’s – The Cellar.

Boutros
Chef and owner Allen Dabagh will bring his American restaurant Boutros to Brooklyn Heights very soon. The menu has been kept under wraps, and the name “doesn’t have a culinary meaning,” so stay tuned. // Brooklyn Heights. Book now at Boutros.

Chinese Tuxedo
Jeff Lam and Eddy Buckingham have teamed to bring you Chinese Tuxedo, a modern eatery on Doyers Street. Buckingham grew up in Australia and frequented restaurants in Sydney’s Chinatown, while taking summers in China. In 2009 he opened a bar in Midtown and simultaneously explored New York’s Asian culinary scene. His contractor-turned-partner, Lam, saw an opportunity over a dim sum lunch, and the rest is history. Buckingham says the end goal is simple: “We’re not trying to revolutionize Chinese dining, we just want to bring it in step with 2016.” // Chinatown. Book now at Chinese Tuxedo.

Clancey
Clancey, located on the Lower East Side, is a restaurant/bar featuring modern comfort food, inventive cocktails, and a rotating selection of craft beers. Owners Todd Birnbaum, Dennis Bogart, and Chef Keith Geter, bring out dishes like “Yesterday Lo Mein,” “Something Wrapped in Bacon on a Toothpick,” and “The Best Chicken Sate You Ever Ate”. Oh, hello, truffle grilled cheese! // LES. Book now at Clancey.

Freds Downtown
Located on the third floor, Freds at Barneys New York Downtown offers Italian-inspired, modern American dishes. Open for both lunch and dinner, Freds offers guests a menu comprised of Freds uptown favorites, mixed with custom downtown dishes, like the Chelsea pizza (with mozzarella, tomato, roasted peppers, and freshly grounded Hudson Valley Harvest sausage), avocado toast (topped with sunflower shoots and a house made pico de gallo), and ceviche pescatora-style (served with homemade corn chips for easy sharing). P.S. Fry-day at Freds! // Chelsea. Book now at Freds Downtown.

Ichimura
Officially opening on the 19th, New York’s ten-seat omakase experience is now taking reservations. The menu will include “the special style of aged fish that [Ichimura]’s known for,” says Bloomberg’s Kate Krader. Look out for the selection of hard-to-find sakes as well as a list of predominantly natural wines curated by Jorge Riera. // Tribeca. Book now at Ichimura.

Lamano
Your future is here, and it’s at Lamano, Chelsea’s new destination for Spanish dining. Handshake Hospitality, The Team Behind (also behind Spanish faves The Black Ant, Temerario, and Ofrenda), and Chef Mario Hernandez bring you delicious tapas, tempting wine cocktails, and a thoughtfully curated wine list in a convivial and intimate setting. // Chelsea. Book now at Lamano.

Loring Place
Named after the street Chef Dan Kluger’s father, Arthur Kluger, grew up on in the Bronx, Loring Place is the culmination of a lifelong dream for the chef, who has cooked in some of New York’s most beloved restaurants. (He is best known for leading the teams at ABC Kitchen and ABC Cocina as Executive Chef.) Located in the heart of New York’s Greenwich Village, Loring Place serves delicious market-driven dishes with unexpected, but incredibly pleasing, flavor combinations. // Greenwich Village. Book now at Loring Place.

Midnights
“Dining | Cocktails | Nightlife” is what Midnights is all about. A collaboration by hospitality veterans Devin Schuck and Raffaello Van Couten, this Williamsburg concept embodies the two’s love for all of the above. Experience it during happy hour (Monday-Friday, 4:30 to 7:00pm), or later– DJ’s spin Thursday through Saturday nights with a late-night food menu served until 2:00am! // Williamsburg. Book now at Midnights.

Tavo
From Monterrey to Manhattan, Francisco Decrescenzo and Chef Julieta Ballesteros serve contemporary cuisine with a Latin soul and French and Asian influences. At Tavo, in the West Village, say hello to burgers with foie on top, Cuban lasagne, and other inspired dishes. Oh, and don’t forget about those cocktails! P.S.– Brunch coming soon. // West Village. Book now at Tavo.

The Finch
The Finch is a hospitality-driven seasonal American restaurant in a newly-renovated 120 year-old brownstone in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. Chef and owner Gabe McMackin has cooked in and around New England at restaurants like Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Gramercy Tavern, and Roberta’s, and he worked for Martha Stewart as a corporate chef. He and his team are committed to excellent service, and aim to show you what it feels like to be well cared for in a beautiful space. // Clinton Hill. Book now at the Finch.

The Honeywell
At the center of the bustling West Harlem bar scene, The Honeywell’s laid-back basement bar has super cool cocktails and small bites inspired by mom’s best. This comfortable, low-key alternative to sister bars Harlem Public and At the Wallace is a sure thing. Ring the bell; they’ll be right with you! Reservations for four or more are on the app and walk-ins are always welcome. // Harlem. Book now at The Honeywell.

The Cannibal Liquor House
What The Cannibal Beer & Butcher is to craft beer and butchery, The Cannibal Liquor House is to cocktails and classic bar food. Whether you’re coming in for a happy hour drink with a coworker, dinner with friends, or a cocktail party for your 25 closest friends, Liquor House has you covered. Brought to you by Christian Pappanicholas, Cory Lane, and Chef Francis Derby. // Murray Hill. Book now at The Cannibal Liquor House.

Union Square Cafe
Danny Meyer’s first restaurant, Union Square Cafe, is the birthplace of a generation of award-winning restaurants and world-renowned chefs. Founded in 1985, it continues to be the defining culinary measure for contemporary-minded American cuisine and a destination for warm hospitality and thoughtfully executed, creative cuisine. Union Square Cafe has won five James Beard Awards and earned Zagat Survey’s top ranking as New York’s Most Popular Restaurant an unprecedented nine times. Chef Carmen Quagliata is now at the helm, following in the tradition of James Beard Award-winning Chef Michael Romano, who led the kitchen from 1988-2007. // Union Square. Book now at Union Square Cafe.


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Photo courtesy of Rustic Canyon. Credit Emily Hart Roth.

Los Angeles

Bottlefish
Located in the iconic Brentwood Gardens, Bottlefish is as comfortable as it is refined. This contemporary new restaurant has a lively bar, inviting dining room, and spacious climate-controlled outdoor patio. The menu features responsibly-sourced seafood, seasonally-inspired dishes, a simply-prepared fish section, and an extensive oyster and raw bar. It’s all about Bottlefish. // Brentwood. Book now at Bottlefish.

Habana Costa Mesa
“There’s no better place to sit on a patio shaded with lush greenery and sip an ice cold mojito,” says LA Times. Established in September 1995, Habana serves Cuban and Pan-Latin cuisine in a romantic, candlelit atmosphere for guests dining both indoors and on the heated patio. The full menu is served until midnight seven days a week, so you can get your paella a la Habana all night long! // Costa Mesa. Book now at Habana.

Rustic Canyon
Rustic Canyon Wine Bar & Seasonal Kitchen grew from a series of dinners that founder Josh Loeb hosted at his family’s tree house in Rustic Canyon, an intimate neighborhood carved into the mountains of Santa Monica. The restaurant, like its predecessor, is a place where friends near and far can come together and celebrate the best things in life: great food, great wine, and great people. Offering a regularly-changing menu of farmers’ market-inspired dishes, Chef Jeremy Fox (who garnered a Michelin star as Executive Chef at Ubuntu in Napa) brings his own vision of seasonality, simplicity, and quality to Rustic Canyon’s kitchen. The result is a delicious dining experience. // Santa Monica. Book now at Rustic Canyon.

Wolfdown
Hey, casual dining in Silver Lake! Serving up delicious vegetables with some Asian influences (in addition to other items), Wolfdown is a charming 60-seat (30 inside and 30 on the patio) restaurant. And if you haven’t tried the creamsicle napoleon with tangerine glaze, you haven’t lived! // Silver Lake. Book now at Wolfdown.


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Charleston

The Macintosh
Merging technique-driven fare with locally-sourced ingredients, Chef Jeremiah Bacon, a three-time James Beard semifinalist, serves a modern American experience. With a daily-changing menu that’s rooted in the South, The Macintosh relies on the Lowcountry’s farms and waterways for inspiration; the result is unique items like bone marrow bread pudding and seafood charcuterie (hello, wreckfish-head rillettes, and grouper bologna). // Radcliffborough. Book now at The Macintosh.

The Park Cafe
At The Park Cafe, great food isn’t complicated; fresh, quality ingredients from Charleston purveyors speak for themselves. As soon as you enter the restaurant, you’ll experience comfort and feel the team’s passion for its community. So pull up a chair, order a drink, and savor the reality of farm-to-fork dining and great hospitality; at the Park Cafe, they call it “living simply.” // Hampton Park. Book now at The Park Cafe.


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Washington DC

Kyirisan
Part of the Tim Ma Restaurant Group, Kyirisan is Chef and owner, Tim Ma’s, first DC restaurant concept: a Chinese-French menu in a home-like setting. The Ma family’s heart and soul is wrapped up in this Shaw gem. // Shaw. Book now at Kyirisan.


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Miami

BellaBrava
At Bella Brava, it’s all about Italian flavor with the modern bustle of a New World, urban lifestyle. Wood-stone ovens cook the most delicious flatbreads, pizzas, and calzones in the region, but the must-order for brunch is cannoli-stuffed Italian toast. // St. Petersburg. Book now at BellaBrava.

Cake Thai Wynwood
Former Makoto Cook, Chef Phuket “Cake” Thongsodchareondee (nicknamed for his mother’s favorite craving while she was pregnant), brought Thai Street Food to MiMo. And after more than a year of anticipation, he has brought Cake Thai to Wynwood’s very hungry — and excited — public. The casual 30-seat, unpretentious spot offers a fresh approach to authentic Thai food, featuring the same OG recipes that made the North Miami outpost a runaway hit, while offering an exciting new addition: booze. // Wynwood. Book now at Cake Thai.

Stillwaters Grill and Tavern
Classic American dishes blend harmoniously with Old World flavors at Chef Jeffrey Jew and Director of Operations Lee Karlins’s modern American tavern, with menu items from both land and sea. Jew and Karlin understand that the beer selection is at the heart of any tavern, so twenty beers (many regionally crafted) are on tap (along with four wines, and two cocktails). Bonus: an extensive wine and cocktail list. // Downtown. Book now at Stillwaters Grill and Tavern.

The Local House
The Local House is the kind of place you want to linger at, long after your meal is done. Go for the avo-toast and stay for the chuck, brisket, and short rib burger. For brunch, lunch, and dinner enjoy eclectic culinary creations in a warm setting. Book your outdoor seats directly through the app! // South Beach. Book now at The Local House.


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Austin

Foreign & Domestic
Chef and owner, Ned Elliott, serves great food with a French twist at F&D. This 47-seat, North Loop restaurant has become a neighborhood favorite for expertly-prepared food at reasonable prices. Protip: order the French onion soup with warm burrata, roasted onion broth, caramelized onions, and chive oil on top. // North Loop. Book now at Foreign & Domestic.

Oasthouse Kitchen + Bar
Showcasing a fantastic ambiance for adults and kids, Oasthouse Kitchen + Bar is a haven for delicious and creative food. Passionate about quality food and drinks, Oasthouse partners with local farms and businesses to bring you only the freshest, seasonally-available ingredients. Sports fans can enjoy large TV’s at the bar and on the patio, with an amazing wine selection, well-balanced cocktail menu, and an expansive list of draft beer from local craft brewers. // Grandview Hills. Book now at Oasthouse Kitchen + Bar.

Old Thousand
Located on East 11th Street, Old Thousand is the first concept from SMBG Hospitality. Chefs James Dumapit (former executive sous-chef at Uchiko) and David Baek (of Thai-Kun and Uchi) have teamed up to create a playful menu of modern Chinese-American interpretations. Here’s the hashtag– don’t wear it out. Or do: #DopeChinese. // East Austin. Walk-ins only.


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San Francisco

Over Proof
A reservations-only bar with both food and cocktail menus, Over Proof will change its offerings every three months, along with the décor. Drinks focus on single spirits and are accompanied by (though not necessarily paired with) food from the region(s) where the spirit is made. The first installment, Flip-Flop, will be completely built around rum and will feature cocktails created by the ABV bar team and a similar number of dishes thoughtfully curated by Chef Collin Hilton. Heads up, they have begun taking reservations for January 23rd! // Mission. Book now at Over Proof.


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Seattle

Seatown Seabar and Rotisserie
Part of the Tom Douglas Restaurants group, Chef Sam Burkhart serves some of Pike Place Market’s finest seafood. Come for the creamy oyster soup with foie gras butter, and stay for the devil’s food cake. // Pike Place Market. Book now at Seatown Seabar.

TanakaSan
Another Tom Douglas Restaurants classic, TanakaSan is a lively, modern Asian-American bar and restaurant located on the ground level of the Via6 residence in the Denny Regrade neighborhood. Chef and Partner Eric Tanaka incorporates his Japanese-American upbringing in LA into this playful menu. Some highlights are sake slushies, twice-fried chicken wings, Osaka pancakes, bento boxes, and caramelized coconut beef. // Belltown. Book now at TanakaSan.

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January 6, 2017 at 10:14 am
post by Olee Fowler

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Welcome to 2017’s first edition of must-tries. It’s a new year, but that doesn’t mean good ol’ standbys have to fall by the wayside. Miami’s perennial favorites shine– now more than ever. So grab your fork and knife and dig into this year; because you are where you eat.

1/Joe’s Stone Crab
2/Alter
3/Cake Thai Wynwood
4/27 Restaurant 
5/El Mago de las Fritas
6/Eating House
7/The River Oyster Bar
8/Macchialina
9/Mandolin Aegean Bistro
10/Pubbelly

1/Joe’s Stone Crab
Because it’s the best time of year. No, not the holidays– stone crab season. And there is literally no place better than Joe’s to get your hands on these sweet and tender crustaceans. Pro tip: order a side of crispy hash browns and garlicky spinach, and dive into Miami’s most legendary meal. // South Beach. Walk-ins only.

2/Alter
Because it’s the buzziest restaurant in town more than a year after its debut. That caviar-topped, 62-degree egg is as good as ever, and with the addition of the outdoor bar, craft cocktails al fresco before and after your meal are a necessity. // Wynwood. Book now at Alter.

3/Cake Thai Wynwood
Because this Thai staple has finally come to Wynwood, and the neighborhood couldn’t happier. Consider it Cake 2.0 with all the same popular dishes as the original, plus much-needed booze. // Wynwood. Book now at Cake Thai

4/27 Restaurant 
Because eclectic Miami-inspired eats plus Broken Shaker cocktails is the combo on Miami Beach that everyone is looking for. // South Beach. Book now at 27

5/El Mago de las Fritas
Because a visit to Miami isn’t complete without a frita: a Cuban take on the burger, complete with a thin beef and pork patty, spicy ketchup and potato sticks. It’s a Calle Ocho treasure that no one can pass up. // Little Havana. (305) 266-8486.

6/Eating House
Because that truffle carbonara will never get old. And while the chef is now a star, Eating House still feels like the same laid-back home away from home (with killer food and hip hop playing in background). // Coral Gables. Book now at Eating House.

7/The River Oyster Bar
Because seafood in Miami is a must, and it’s hard to beat River Oyster’s raw bar. Go for the famous daily happy hour – where oysters are the star — and stay for the gnocchi tossed with jumbo lump crab and truffle. // Brickell. Book now on Resy. 

8/Macchialina
Because rustic Italian eats on South Beach and Macchialina’s beet mezzaluna and short rib lasagna. // South Beach. (305) 534-2124.

9/Mandolin Aegean Bistro
Because even though a day trip to the Greek Isles isn’t technically possible, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported there at Mandolin. Grilled octopus, lamb meatballs and, quite possibly, the most beautiful courtyard decked-out in white and blue details make this spot a Miami favorite. // Miami Design District. (305) 576-6066.

10/Pubbelly
Because this small Asian gastropub launched a dining empire– and for good reason! Those duck and pumpkin dumplings and pork belly have kept guests coming back for more than six years. // South Beach. (305) 532-7555.

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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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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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