OpenTable Tab Now Lets LA Diners Put It on Their Tab

OpenTable Tab

Dine like a regular and pay like a boss in Los Angeles with OpenTable Tab, a new payment experience that gives diners a way to quickly and easily settle a check at any time as well as providing restaurants with a unique way to deliver classic hospitality. Currently available at more than 75 restaurants in Los Angeles, OpenTable Tab will be introduced in more U.S. cities later this year.

To experience OpenTable Tab,  simply tap the Tab feature when you book your reservation at a participating restaurant. Once you’re at the restaurant and ready to leave – or at any time during their meal – you can let your server know you want to put your meal on your OpenTable Tab and then get up and go whenever you’re ready. When no cash or cards exchange hands at the table, you’re free to live in the moment.Continue Reading

Moby + Little Pine: Sustainable Activism

Moby Little Pine

If ever there was a restaurant with a clear vision and sense of purpose, fueled by a passion for something greater than the restaurant itself, it’s Little Pine — an organic, vegan restaurant in the Silver Lake neighborhood of L.A. Little Pine was created and is overseen by Moby, well-known musician, environmentalist, and animal rights activist. What makes Little Pine a first of its kind is that 100% of its profits go to animal welfare organizations.

Last week, I had the opportunity to meet Moby at his restaurant. I used to live in Silver Lake and I remember the art deco building on Rowena Avenue that had then stood empty, so it was intriguing to see it transformed into a beautiful, inviting restaurant space and to be greeted by Moby himself, a personal hero of mine. When I arrived, Moby was writing the evening’s details on the chalkboard to be displayed outside the restaurant. Moments later, we were having a conversation about how Little Pine came about, the experience he hopes to provide for his guests, and how he made the decision to commit all proceeds to the animal rights movement to which he is so deeply committed.

Moby is in the unique position to essentially treat Little Pine as a nonprofit. Yet, his approach to creating a restaurant that embodies the cultural progress he hopes to see in the world can provide knowledge and inspiration for restaurants and the larger dining community, vegan and non-vegan.

Continue Reading

En Fuego! The 100 Hottest Restaurants in America 2016 #OpenTable100

This spring, you’re invited to add some serious  sizzle to your next dining experience at one of the 100 Hottest Restaurants in America 2016. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 20,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

100 Hottest Restaurants in America 2016

Featuring stylish restaurants from celebrated chefs as well as those popular with celebrity diners, the complete list includes honorees in 27 states, such as Santina in New York, and Talde in Jersey City. California has 25 winning restaurants, followed by New York with 15 and Florida and Illinois with seven each. Texas has five while Colorado and Georgia have four winners apiece. Louisiana, Massachusetts, and Nevada each have three winners. Arizona, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio, and Utah count two winners per state. Connecticut, Iowa, Indiana, Maryland, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Tennessee are also represented.

The winning restaurants are highly regarded for their lively ambience, and many feature vibrant bar and lounge scenes with an after-hours feel. New restaurants made a splash with more than a fifth opening their doors in 2015 alone. While American cuisine was quite popular, Asian, global, Italian, Mexican, and sushi eateries also made strong showings.

Don’t miss our slideshow for a glimpse inside some of this year’s winning restaurants.

Chef Gavin Kaysen of winning restaurant Spoon and Stable in Minneapolis and chef Marcus Samuelsson of Red Rooster Harlem will be taking over our Instagram to celebrate the 100 Hottest Restaurants in America 2016. Be sure to join him! And follow the hashtag #OpenTable100 on Instagram and Twitter as some of our favorite food and lifestyle mavens visit hotspots in select cities.

You can also read about the top trends emerging from the hottest restaurants in America on our Open for Business blog.

Without further ado, we present the 2016 100 Hottest Restaurants in America 2016:Continue Reading

Start Your #PlantForward Year on NYE at Matthew Kenney’s Plant Food + Wine

Plant Food + Wine

Los Angelenos! The new year is almost here, and as we get through the anything-goes eating of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, it’s time to get back to eating clean. But why wait until January 1? Get a jump start on your resolution to embrace a plant-based, sustainable diet on New Year’s Eve at Matthew Kenney’s Plant Food + Wine.

The elegant Los Angeles hot spot that pleases omnivores and vegans alike, Plant Food + Wine has a sublime and satisfyingly delicious evening planned. A decadent, refreshing tasting menu highlights fresh, seasonal vegetables alongside soulful ingredients such as kabocha squash and wild mushrooms and features six courses and, of course, bubbles for just $55 per person.

Plant Food + Wine

Dishes include Buckwheat Blini with Almond Cream and Hijiki “Caviar”; Spaghetti Squash with Beech Mushroom and Apple-Black Pepper Brodo; Winter Citrus with Baby Beets, Herb Stems, and Santa Barbara Pistachio Butter; Kabocha Squash; Pear; Candied Pumpkin + Mustard Seed; Wild Mushroom “Lasagna” with Smoked Almond Ricotta, and Sunchoke Puree; Cava-Poached Asian Pear, with Wheatgrass Granita and Sorrel Gelato, and Chocolate Bon Bons + Truffles. There is an optional Braised Celery Root with Black Truffle and Pumpernickel for $35 to raise the luxe-meter, and a $20 cheese plate (and, cheese lovers, if you’ve not had their housemade nut cheese, you are missing out — yes, even you dairy eaters). Accompany it all with modestly priced organic and biodynamic wine pairings for just $24.

Plant Food + WineContinue Reading