M.A.K.E., Los Angeles
This summer, you don’t need a weekend getaway to enjoy romance. At M.A.K.E in Santa Monica, Chef Matthew Kenney (a favorite of Food & Wine and the James Beard Foundation) brings gourmet living foods to life. Grab a seat on the outdoor patio for the near-perfect Santa Monica weather—or at the communal omakase-style bar—and view the creation of kimchi dumplings with sesame foam, pumpkin gnocchi with apple cider, and sous vide portobello with avocado and coconut bacon. Read more about M.A.K.E. on Gilt City.
Pravda, New York
A favorite of savvy New Yorkers since it first opened in 1995, Pravda balances authentic Russian food with a speakeasy atmosphere. Dinner for two here means oysters and a trio of alverta, white sturgeon and paddlefish caviar, followed by entrees like crispy potato pancakes and Scottish smoked salmon and (of course) shots of Russia Ultra extra-premium vodka. Click here to read more about Pravda on Gilt City.
Rosa Mexicano, Multiple Cities
Saveur says Rosa Mexicano is home of “the best guacamole.” At locations in New York, Washington, D.C., Miami, San Francisco and Los Angeles, this contemporary Mexican restaurant offers authentic flavors in a festive atmosphere. Diners choose from a vibrant lineup of regionally inspired specialty taco trios ranging from achiote marinated grilled chicken and pan-seared filet mignon to grilled mahi mahi, grilled Mexican white shrimp and even slow-braised pork—which come served with three specialty tequila pairings.
The Grape Restaurant, Dallas
Inspired by the classic bistros and wine bars in Europe, The Grape Restaurant in Lower Greenville, Dallas, offers contemporary French cuisine like braised lamb tartines, house-made charcuterie and mustard-crusted salmon. Chef and owner Brian Luscher (named “Chef of the Year” by Eater Dallas), is at the helm of this charming bistro, garnering rave reviews and awards from USA Today, Forbes, Dallas Observer, Modern Luxury Dallas and D Magazine. Read more about The Grape on Gilt City.
Larios on the Beach, Miami
Recently remodeled and re-opened, beloved restaurant Larios on the Beach now features an ocean-inspired design alongside a “calorie conscious” menu and Cuban specialties like tropical ceviche and vaca frita de pollo. Owned by Gloria and Emilio Estefan, the waterfront restaurant is a favorite for authentic Cuban cuisine, like their award-winning slow-roasted pork and arroz con pollo, expertly cooked by Chef Odell Torres. Larios on the Beach is on Gilt City.