Lazy Bear's brick-and-mortar opens tonight, and reservations are already rivaling some of the city's hardest to come by. Chef David Barzelay began serving his whimsical takes on new American cuisine in monthly pop-ups featuring a dinner party-vibe that soon earned adoring accolades. In its permanent form, Lazy Bear emulates much of this ethos: Guests start in the ski lodge-like upstairs mezzanine (complete with an old-school wood stove), where they're served punch and snacks. They move downstairs to the stunningly appointed dining room, where they're seated at long, communal tables. The menu will change weekly, but an example of Barzelay's creativity includes a sous-vide egg with maple and hot sauce in a slender shot glass. All of this is presented to diners in a gingham-printed "Field Guide" menu, complete with a golf pencil for notes. Open Thursday through Monday, with two seatings per night. Reservations require the purchase of tickets; dinner is $120 per person, with optional drink pairings for an additional $50
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