One of the biggest, most exciting shopping days of the year, Black Friday, is just around the corner. But for those who might know, the next day, November 28th, is Small Business Saturday, made special by American Express to encourage people across the country to support local businesses and think “small” when it comes to holiday shopping.
We’re adding our voices to encourage you to not only shop local, but dine local as well. Many people don’t realize that most restaurants are small businesses — 7 in 10 are single unit and family-run operations started by local owners to benefit their communities. Prior to working in the tech space, I was a consultant, helping small businesses figure out how to create operational efficiencies so they could focus on the things they really cared about — like providing great service to their customers. Today at Reserve, we’re working hard to create tools that help restaurants stay focused on delivering great hospitality and making great food, seat more diners and increase their bottom line.
This holiday season, we continue to be incredibly grateful for all of our restaurant partners.
As co-founder of Reserve (and an avid restaurant-goer), I hope you’ll use the occasion as just one more great reason to celebrate all you’re thankful for and dine out at some amazing spots. And while there are too many wonderful establishments to name here, below are a few of my current favorites to help you start planning your weekend.
6 Restaurants We’re Thankful For
Aldine serves locally sourced, seasonal American fare, including vegan and gluten-free options, from Chef George Sabatino in a sleek, vibrant setting.
The restaurant, a second-story walk-up with an open kitchen, abundance of windows and modern wood finishings, boasts a chic and inviting atmosphere. Inventive cocktails, wines, craft beer and housemade sodas are available to complement the farm-fresh fare.
Boeufhaus is an inventive, steak-focused brasserie serving German-influenced chops, appetizers and sides using sustainably raised animals.
The bistro-style space boasts a sleek, rustic vibe with exposed brick, a stool-lined front counter and banquette tables in the back. The beverage program features a lengthy list of Champagne and wine.
DUDLEY MARKET (Los Angeles)
Dudley Market is a cafe space combining restaurant and retail with gourmet snacks and hearty entrees.
The restaurant serves seasonal California dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner from Chef Jesse Barber. Located adjacent to the beach, Dudley Market’s bright windows, exposed brick and communal tables create a light, rustic atmosphere.
PARM MULBERRY (New York City)
Parm is a diner-inspired hotspot serving up Italian-American classics.
Located on Mulberry Street, Parm’s simple and intimate Nolita space offers counter service where guests can enjoy sandwiches, traditional entrees and plates to share. A refined cocktail program and a unique selection of beers are also available.
Maybeck’s (San Francisco)
Maybeck’s features creative twists on familiar regional American favorites, as well as seasonally driven vegetable and meat dishes.
Diners can enjoy these reimagined classics in a casual, spacious setting. The restaurant features a dedicated Negroni bar and lots of easy-to-drink wines.
TABLE (Washington D.C.)
Table is a rustic farm-to-fork eatery serving a frequently changing menu of contemporary European cuisine for dinner, lunch and brunch.
The sleek, rustic space — featuring wood and steel accents, an expansive open kitchen and a rooftop patio — complements the fresh-focused menu. The carefully selected wine list delights alongside the dynamic selection of cheese and charcuterie.
Here’s to being thankful for friends, family and great meals this holiday week. Use Reserve to head out on Saturday to support the kinds of amazing small businesses that help gather together with friends and family for delicious food all year long — great American restaurants.
Greg Hong, Reserve Co-Founder & CEO