The Citiblog

Around Town - Babette's Feast, Bottomless Brunch, Pickleball at Wollman Rink and more...
March 23, 2023, 7:51.31 pm ET


Photo: Cathédrale

Cathédrale restaurant at the Moxy East Village is partnering with IFC Center and Janus Films to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of cult classic foodie film Babette's Feast’s Academy Award win. In honor of the film’s enduring power, a one-night-only recreation of the movie’s eponymous climax on March 29 will be showcased with a four-course meal, in the classic French grande cuisine style, under the direction Tao Group Hospitality’s Chief Culinary Officer, Ralph Scamardella. The menu will be executed by Chef Jason Hall. (7pm seating, 7:30pm dinner) $150 pp with optional wine & libations pairing. Tickets here

Photo: Archer & Goat

Harlem’s Archer & Goat is marking its 4-year anniversary. To celebrate, the restaurant is offering $10 cocktail specials on March 30th. DJs SUCE and DJ Just Nice will spinning a mix of funk, soul, reggaeton, house and more on vinyl from 6pm – 10pm (no cover).

Photo: Reyna

Reyna is now doing Lunch. The Mediterranean restaurant located a short distance from Union Square is offering assorted meze, including crispy artichoke, house-made dips, as wells as shareable plates of chicken & lamb meatballs, manti (dumplings), Lebanese tacos, salads and more. Lunch is served Tuesday thru Saturday from 11:30am to 3PM.

Photo: Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao

Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao, widely considered to have the best soup dumplings in New York City, is expanding its Koreatown menu. The new offerings include Lion’s Head, traditional pork meatballs stewed in soy sauce and served with bok choy, along with Sweet & Sour Fish, Stir Fried Shrimp, Sweet & Sour Spareribs, Stir-Fried Bok Choy, and two varieties of Fried Rice

Chelsea Market and Hot Bread Kitchen, a nonprofit that creates economic opportunity through careers in food, are joining forces to present, “Recipe for Success: Celebrating Women Entrepreneurs at Chelsea Market. ” The panel discussion will examine entrepreneurship, the culinary industry, and the female perspective on March 29 at 6:00 PM. *All proceeds will go to Hot Bread Kitchen. Ticket info here

Chef and former farmer Abra Berens will be in NYC next week (3/27 - 3/30) promoting her third cookbook, PULP: A Practical Guide to Cooking with Fruit [Chronicle Books, $35; April 4th, 2023]. There will be a Talk at Archestratus Books + Foods (160 Huron St, Bklyn) on Tuesday, March 28th from 6-8pm; and a Collaboration Dinner at Gramercy Tavern on Wednesday, March 29th; Gramercy reservations here.

Photo: CityPickle

CityPickle is popping up a Wollman Rink. 14 Pickleball courts accommodating 4-8 people apiece will be available from 7am to 9pm beginning on April 7th through October 9th. Full price court rental options range from $80-$120 total per hour for off-peak and peak times respectively, translating to as little as $10 per person for an hour of play. CityPickle custom paddles are available to rent for $6 per paddle. You can also bring your own.

Photo: Tom's Perfect 10

Tony’s Chocolonely and Tom’s Perfect 10, the cult-favorite granola brand founded by Tom Bannister, husband of Instagram influencer Eva Chen, are launching Triple Chocolate Granola ($20), inspired by classic Triple Chocolate Cake on March 28th. It features three different varieties of Tony’s Chocolonely bars with cacao nibs and maldon salt for one indulgent granola.

Quick Bites:

Photo: Paisley

Paisley is offering a $50, 90-minute bottomless brunch with choice of 5 cocktails and one item from “For the Table,” including Manchurian Hakka Noodles and Chicken Tikka Masala.

LittleMad and George Bang Bang’s Mixologist are teaming up to offer special libations as part of a limited time pop-up collaboration. We hear there is a killer negroni waiting for you.

On Saturday, March 25th, NISI Estiatorio in Astoria is celebrating Greek Independence Day with a special cod fish dish.

Fan Fan Doughnuts is marking spring with the return of its Mango Passion Flower doughnuts.

Gotham Burger Social Club will be flipping burgers at Cirque du Fleur on Sunday March 26th.

TAGMO in the Seaport is launching LGBTQ+ Happy Hour with a new drink called Night Queen.

Rosevale is cooking up Tomato Soup served tableside out of a soup can over cheesy croutons and basil puree.

HUSO is temporarily closed after a fire. Luckily no one was injured. A faulty electrical outlet was apparently to blame. We wish them a speedy return.

Until next time, we’ll be seeing you Around Town!