There’s nothing like trying someplace new to really welcome a New Year. And in Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York we’ve been doing just that – finding great new places that we love and think you should try. Over the past few weeks, you may have noticed a few shiny new places popping up in the app, and we’ve collected them here – more than a dozen from coast to coast!
- Cafe ArtScience (Kendall Square) – In the heart of Kendall Square, Café ArtScience serves the finest drinks and cuisine in an extraordinary environment of food and sensorial design. Drawing on work from Founder David Edward’s Le Laboratoire, a Paris innovation center dedicated to merging art and food-focused science, Boston rockstar Chef Patrick Campbell creates innovative French-American fare. Behind the bar, expert mixologist Todd Maul pays attention to every ingredient and detail, from spinning ingredients in a centrifuge to stocking rare woods for smoking cocktail glasses.
- Nebo (Seaport) – Nebo’s industrial decor honors their Old World Italian neighborhood with original structural beams, brick vaulted ceilings, Venetian plaster walls and marble counter tops. Sit at one of their 75 outdoor patio seats and experience a true Italian lifestyle. Enjoy house-made bread, rustic Italian dishes and a variety of pizza and try any of the hundred Italian wines or unique cocktails while surrounded by a view of Boston’s beautiful skyline and the Rose Kennedy Greenway.
- o ya (Leather District) – A jewel in Boston’s culinary crown, locals and visitors alike prize o ya’s acclaimed cuisine. Walk down an entryway of zen garden stones in the historic Leather District to sample some of the country’s best sushi and sashimi from James Beard Award-winning chef Tim Cushman. Named Best Restaurant in Boston in 2014 by Boston Mag and Best New Restaurant in America by the New York Times when it first debuted, o ya’s casual ambiance and impeccable craft have made it a must-visit destination.
- Study (Kendall Square) – A quiet escape amidst the research centers of Kendall Square, Study offers a four-course menu, a thirteen-course menu or the option order a la carte. The menu changes daily based on what is best and freshest, and ingredients come straight from local farms and docks, and we would be remiss not to suggest checking out the cheese cart, brought to you tableside during your dining service. The wine list is dominated by organic and biodynamic wines. Cocktails are crafted from the studious bartenders at Ames St. Deli, Study’s sister restaurant.
- Alma (Downtown) – A bright star in the LA dining scene, Alma is located on Broadway Avenue directly across from the Ace Hotel. The menu is inspired by ingredients grown in its Flower Avenue garden as well as those from farms such as Coleman, Flora Bella, County Line, McGrath, Finley’s, Fairhills & Thao. Alma offers a ten-course (with vegetarian and pescatarian options) tasting menu for $95/person, with optional appropriate beverage pairings available for $55.
- The Gaderene Swine (Studio City) – Don’t be fooled by the name. The primary focus of the menu at The Gadarene Swine is on the most vital of food groups, the vegetable. Savor innovative cuisine, infused with Chef Phillip Frankland Lee’s playful spirit, in this animal-free eatery located in the heart of Studio City. At his second restaurant to date, Chef Lee creates haute cuisine flair with simple and fresh ingredients that can be plucked from the garden. As Jonathan Gold of the Los Angeles Times observed, “at the Gadarene Swine, uni isn’t the new kale; kale is the new uni, served as crisp baked chips with a bit of lemon, or fried and served over a bewilderingly rich purée.”
- Beautique (Midtown West) – Beautique is an American restaurant located just steps from the iconic Plaza Hotel and Paris Theater. Up-and-coming Chef Adolfo Montes uses contemporary American technique to showcase a seasonal, vegetable-driven menu with market-fresh ingredients alongside cocktails from James Beard-nominated mixologist Charlotte Voisey. Channeling the spirit of Coco Chanel’s house in Paris, the sprawling space features sleek yet romantic decor that houses a trendy New York City atmosphere. Foodies and party-goers alike can partake in this unique blend of “restaurant-meets-lounge”.
- Colonia Verde (Fort Greene) – Husband-and-wife team Felipe Donnelly and Tamy Rofe’s new Latin American restaurant, located in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood, specializes in food cooked over an open flame. Their signature dish, lomo al trapo, is a beef tenderloin wrapped in cloth with salt and cooked on a wood-fire grill. The 58-seat restaurant has a farmhouse feel, complete with a greenhouse room.
- Dirty French (Lower East Side) – Dirty French is a New York bistro created by Major Food Group’s Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi and Jeff Zalaznick. The restaurant takes its culinary cues from the timeless dishes and preparations of the classic French bistro and enlivens them utilizing modern techniques and bold flavors. Dishes like Duck à l’Orange with ras el hanout and preserved oranges and Bouillabaisse Noire with rouget, octopus and rouille remain true to their French roots but are restyled with flavors that explore the breadth and depth of the global French culinary influence. Dirty French is located in the Ludlow Hotel in Manhattan’s storied Lower East Side.
- Momofuku Ko (East Village) – David Chang’s two Michelin-starred restaurant, Momofuku Ko (which means “son of”) serves a multi-course tasting menu along a kitchen counter. Ko uses seasonal ingredients, and changes its menu frequently. Through a charitable bidding partnership with Reserve, two dedicated seats will be held each Saturday at 8:45pm for the guest who places the highest bid via Reserve between 12pm ET and 10pm ET during the Monday prior. Ko accepts requests through Reserve for Saturday nights only.
- The Monarch Room (Chelsea) – The Monarch Room serves an extensive menu of modern fresh-market American cuisine. The menu, crafted by Executive Chef Michael Citarella, devotes itself to dishes created with the best local and seasonal ingredients. Designed by Roman and Williams, The Monarch Room is located across the street from the famed Chelsea Market in a 1930’s industrial-era warehouse. The design aesthetic of Monarch embraces its industrial roots while maintaining a polished uptown experience.
- Alta CA (Mid-Market) – Alta CA is a bustling restaurant located in the burgeoning mid-Market area of San Francisco. Executive Chef Yoni Levy’s food is rooted in a California sensibility but incorporates nuanced flavors from Eastern European cuisines, while the bar program melds seasonality with whimsy all the while drawing inspiration from classic libations.
- Don Pisto’s (North Beach) – Don Pisto’s is the Mexican restaurant that nobody expected to exist. Born on the side streets of North Beach, they’ve made it their mission to embrace the old-school Italian values of family-style dining by bringing loud, spicy and craveable flavors to their guests. Don’t look for a sign; they let their food, service and hip hop speak for itself.
No matter what city you’re in, you’ve got even more options for brunch, lunch, dinner or drinks. As your concierge, it’s our job to find even more great choices for you in the coming months, so stay tuned – 2015 looks to be the most delicious year yet.
Greg Hong, CEO and Co-Founder