We consulted our friends at Reserve, the latest and greatest dining concierge, on this next blog series. We know where to eat can be just as stressful as deciding on what flavor of wedding cake you want, so read more to hear it from the pros.
Here are a few of their favorite spots in three cities across the country to take the parental units for a meal that will make them welcome you to the family:
New York City
Telepan is a greenmarket-focused New American eatery with dishes focused on fresh, seasonal ingredients and local seafood. Located in a sophisticated brownstone, the restaurant’s dining room is unpretentious but still sophisticated.
Quality Italian features reimagined adaptations of traditional steakhouse fare, served up in four unique dining rooms that draw inspiration from the traditional butcher guilds found throughout Italy. With showstoppers like Chicken Parm Pizza and to-die-for garlic bread — as well as a wine list bursting with over 325 bottles from around the world — what’s not to love?
Pearl & Ash is a chic destination for exceptional New American dishes and a sweeping wine list. The minimalist dining room is the perfect palette for Chef Richard Kuo’s bright and beautiful small plates, ideal for sharing over drinks. Though incredibly popular with the fashion set, comforting ingredients and down-to-earth hospitality still reign supreme.
Delfina is husband-and-wife duo Craig and Anne Stoll’s Northern Italian trattoria. The bustling neighborhood gem boasts a classic menu and a broad wine list composed of both local and Italian bottles. The bright, casual space allows the food to take center stage under the soaring ceilings.
Named after a shallow individual baking dish, Cocotte is an intimate and cozy French eatery. The menu spotlights Chef/Owner Mikael Audry’s dishes – crafted with local produce and organic ingredients – with slow-cooked meats, rotisserie fare and classic French cuisine on offer. A vast wine list – composed of international and domestic selections – complements the menu and elegant, rustic setting.
Salt House spotlights innovative American fare in a warm and lively space. Guests can enjoy the creative cocktails, local beers or international wines on offer at the marble bar. Located in an old printing press built in the 1890’s, the bustling restaurant channels a rustic vibe with brick walls and wood beams.
At Sbraga, Top Chef winner Kevin Sbraga serves up inventive and seasonal New American small plates with a focus on local and sustainable ingredients. The frequently changing menus include prix fixe, à la carte and a tasting option that includes a seat at the chef’s counter. The inventive cocktail program is matched by the curated wine list, while the dining room stays rustic yet modern with a balance of high ceilings, wood-paneled walls and tiled floors.
At his rustic eleven table dining room located in Center City Philadelphia, Chef Marc Vetri offers authentic Northern Italian fare featuring homemade pasta in the form of a multi-course tasting menu. The beverage pairing program, composed of some of the wine cellar’s 2,500 mostly Italian-focused bottles or craft and artisanal beers, adds to the experience. Exposed wood beams keep the intimate and elegant townhouse setting rustic and reminiscent of Italy.
At R2L, Chef/Owner Daniel Stern prepares creative New American fare (along with a few particularly popular signature dishes) made from ingredients sourced from local farmers. Accompanied by a bar menu featuring snacks and small bites, the beverage program includes an ample selection of international and domestic wines and unique, seasonally-inspired cocktails. But the wraparound windows — which offer panoramic views of the city below — are the defining feature of the sleek, art deco-inspired space.
So go ahead, don’t be afraid to bring the future mom or dad-in-law to any of these great spots. Warm them up with a few drinks, then let them be wowed by the amazing food and incredible service. By the time dessert arrives, you’ll be well beyond their good graces .
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