After a long hiatus, we’re back! While it might be too late to apologize, we’re bringing you a list of our fave restaurants and bars that you have to check out this weekend. Summer is half way over, so you really have no excuse not to head outdoors. From an elevated, retro “dinner” to a Brooklyn Latin bar, here are where our editors are going to hang this weekend (and you should definitely do the same. #nopressure).
Name & Title: Vanessa Granda, Head Photographer
Restaurant – Nerai: I’m rarely one to pass 14th street (I live in Brooklyn, can you blame me?), but I’d make the journey to 54th street to eat at Nerai. A Mediterranean restaurant with an all-star chef and a menu worth a few ohhhhs + ahhhhs. If for one reason alone, I’d would go just to try the Lobster Orzotto, a one pound butter poached lobster paired with simmered orzo, duh.
Bar – Sake Bar Decibel: Tucked away in what seems like someone’s basement, this ultra-cool sake bar is a must visit this weekend. I also read on Yelp that someone saw Quentin Tarantino in line, so any bar cool enough to host the famed director is cool enough for me.
Name & Title: Kirby Kelly, Editorial Intern
Restaurant – GG’s: I’m an ex-vegan and there are so many pizza spots I’m itching to try. The ambiance at GG’s is laid-back meets sexy, which I’m all about. Plus, I spot burrata on the menu, and their classic pizzas are loaded with garden fresh veggies and gooey cheese. This is comfort food made from real ingredients, and I won’t feel bad about grabbing a slice (or three).
Bar – Leyenda Brooklyn Cocteleria: Tequila is one of my favorite food groups, so I love a good Latin cocktail bar. Leyenda’s tropical-inspired drinks are worth making the trek from my Harlem studio out to Brooklyn. Leyenda was named one of the best new bars of 2015, so it’s a wonder it isn’t over-hyped yet. I’m dying to try the super-Instagrammable Tia Mia: a blend of Mezcal, Jamaican rum, orange curacao, lime, and orgeat (garnished with a purple flower).
Restaurant – Olmsted: I grew up eating fruit and vegetables that my parents grew in our city backyard, so I’m partial to restaurants that do the same. Olmsted (named for the famed landscape architect) was opened in May of this year by Ian Rothman and Greg Baxtrom, who offer a seasonal menu featuring produce from the cozy spot’s backyard garden. I have my eye on the carrot crepe, with little neck clams and sunflowers, and a rosemary cocktail garnished with black lava salt.
Bar – Angel’s Share: There’s nothing I love more than hidden doors and secret passageways à la Nancy Drew or National Treasure. That’s why Angel’s Share’s new, unnamed second location is where you’ll find me this weekend… if you can locate it (it’s above Sharaku at 14 Stuyvesant Street). Bartenders Ben Rojo and Gn Chan are the best in the business, and the interiors are vaguely Victorian, making for an atmosphere that’s worth the hunt.
Name & Title: Celine Bossart, Creator of The Staycationers
Restaurant – Le Coucou: We may or may not have just shot a staycation here, and although I did get the chance to taste four cocktails and dishes, that was really more of a teaser, so I’ll be needing a proper visit soon. Now to plot a Stephen Starr sighting…
Bar – Metrograph Commissary: I’ve got a soft spot in my heart for old school film, so when Alexander Olch unveiled Metrograph (a downtown theater and dining/drinking spot honoring the cinematic culture of the 1920s), I immediately requested a date night. The roster of films both old and new gets cooler by the week, and I’ll be damned if there’s anything better than kicking back for a movie with a Blood and Sand in hand.
Name & Title: Dana DeLaski, Contributing Editor