I’m not sure if it’s the change of seasons or what, but I’m seeing a lot of late-night posts about insomnia. Instead of tossing and turning, why not beef up your social calendar by making OpenTable reservations? That’s what Tracy Weiss (aka @Northforkd) suggests. The great thing about booking online is that you’re not beholden to a restaurant’s hours of operation; you can book anywhere, anytime — even at 4AM from your sofa. And, it absolutely beats counting sheep. PS: We love your travel suggestions, Tracy!
Ahead of the release of this year’s Michelin Guide New York stars, the 2014 New York City Bib Gourmand honorees have been named. Michelin’s Bib Gourmands honor restaurants that serve two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less (tax and gratuity not included). Most important, they are the restaurants that the Michelin inspectors frequent themselves. While the famous Michelin stars remain the most celebrated international distinction in the MICHELIN Guide, the Bib Gourmand is a highly desired honor among restaurateurs and one that is recognized by the many people who covet quality food at a reasonable price.
In the 2014 edition, 138 New York City restaurants, which include a diverse range of 31 cuisine types across the five boroughs, have been designated as Bib Gourmands, including:
As heirloom tomato season wanes, the good new is that hyper-seasonal squash blossoms are ubiquitous now. They’ve been in their prime for several weeks and will continue to be present on menus awhile longer, as squash plants continue to produce blossoms that, due to the oncoming colder weather, won’t have a lot of time to set fruit. Typically, only male flowers are harvested, but you can use the female flowers if you’re willing — or mother nature is about to — sacrifice fruit. Although squash blossoms are commonplace in dishes these days, the very first time I had them was many years ago when a friend’s Italian grandmother fried some up. Like most avid eaters, I’ve always been willing to try anything that’s fried; to my delight, the delicate, buttery blossoms were a veggie revelation. Ever since then, I cannot pass up any opportunity to eat them. Although frying remains a popular presentation, there are many other ways to enjoy them. In fact, just last night, I had some sublime agnolotti with squash blossom pesto at Picholine. Find out what your fellow diners are saying about this floral treat in recent reviews on OpenTable.
* Alder, New York, New York: “The food was delightful. I never knew what a dish was going to look like until it came out. Everything was unexpected. And, squash blossoms stuffed with shrimp and squash? Just go!”
* Bar Americain, New York, New York: “The stuffed squash blossoms were a highlight for me; they were delicate, perfectly stuffed, and the black-pepper vinaigrette was a wonderful complement.”
* The Chestnut Grille, Blowing Rock, North Carolina: “We began with the lump crab-stuffed squash blossoms, which were dynamite.”
* Cindy Pawlcyn’s Wood Grill & Wine Bar, St. Helena, California: “The service was great, and we had the squash blossom quesadilla and the heirloom tomato and melon salad. Both were tasty.”
* Circa, Manhattan Beach, California: “Standout offerings: The tinned sardines from Spain with grilled rustic bread slices and fennel salad, battered squash blossoms filled with zucchini mousse, and the Mediterranean flatbread. Plates were meant to share, but I kept these all to myself.”
* COCO500, San Francisco, California: “Food nothing less than spectacular! Started with uni/squid bruschetta, bursting with flavor. Next, a squash blossom flatbread, tasty and crunchy, not heavy.”
You may have noticed that OpenTable is better looking than ever — thanks to the inclusion of mouthwatering Foodspotting photos. We didn’t think it was possible, but now our favorite app for shooting and sharing food photos is, too. Foodspotting for iOS 7 is a wholly reimagined Foodspotting app, brought to you by Alexa Andrzejewski (@ladylexy) and Matt Jarjoura (@jarjar2k7). Foodspotting for iOS 7 features include:
Filters & Places
Find dishes by place or by category using Foodspotting’s new smart search. Look for new categories including “Find dishes at places you can reserve (on OpenTable).”
Location & Map
Find dishes anywhere in the world by tapping the green bar and setting your location. You can enter a city or address, or pan and zoom the map.
About This Dish & About This Place
Scroll left and right to discover delicious dishes. If a dish piques your interest, simply scroll down to learn how to get your hands on it.
Explore and Activity
Toggle between discovering nearby dishes and discovering dishes from friends with one tap (upper left), and Foodspotting will remember which you last used.
This week, after a great deal of dedication and inspiration, OpenTable for iOS 7 was released to, we are pleased to say, much acclaim from diners and design folks alike. Mee-Sun Yuk (@meesasun), Christian Palino (@christianpalino), Olivier Larivain (@olarivain), Ari Braginsky (@lemonkey), Chloe Park (@chloepark), and Stanley Ho make up the talented OpenTable iOS and Experience Design teams that breathed new life — and better looks — into our app. Much gratitude to Reid Butler (@rbutlersf) and everyone who tweeted their feedback and support! And, if you haven’t yet done so, download the app today to see what all the fuss is about!
We are excited to announce the release of OpenTable for iOS 7. With a focus on new search features and a design that allows restaurants to shine, we’ve dramatically improved the app to help make it easier than ever to find and book great places to eat.
New features include:
* Streamlined search: Change the date, time, or party size in line and see results immediately
* Focus on location: Enter an address or city to find restaurants nearby
* New ways to explore: Browse restaurants by top-rated categories or cuisines
* Easy access to more info: Swipe left and right to see all available times, and pull down on a restaurant page to see photos
* Points tracking: See your progress toward earning your next Dining Cheque
Before and after
Before and after
New ways to explore
New ways to explore
Easy access to more info
Easy access to more info
New features are also available on OpenTable for iOS 6 and iPad. Have a question or feedback to share? Please email us at iOShelp@opentable.com.
Just in time for fabulous fall dining,we arepleased to announce the 2013 Diners’ Choice Award winners for the Top 100 Fit for Foodies Restaurants in the United States. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 15,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
With gifted chefs and inventive menus, the list of winners spans 26 states and includes Beast in Portland, Oregon, Moto in Chicago, and Vedge in Philadelphia. California accounts for 20 honorees, followed by Pennsylvania with 10 winners and Illinois with nine. Oregon and Washington restaurants each boast seven standouts apiece. Arizona, New York, and Texas all claim five winners. Colorado and Maine earned four spots, while both Minnesota and North Carolina have three. Delaware, Florida, Massachusetts, and Missouri each have two winning restaurants. Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, and Virginia restaurants are also represented. Restaurants serving American fare, including Californian, Northwest, and Southern, proved most popular; other notable cuisines on the list include French, Italian, Japanese, and vegetarian.