Around Town - Gage & Tollner opens its doors, new spring menus and more!

April 15, 2021, 11:51.16 pm ET  

Gage & Tollner Opening Downtown Brooklyn
Photo: David Dyte @spibaseball                                                                               

After an agonizing yearlong wait due to the pandemic, Gage & Tollner (372 Fulton St) in Downtown Brooklyn has finally opened its doors for indoor dining. To celebrate, partners Sohui Kim (chef, Insa /The Good Fork), Ben Schneider (Insa /The Good Fork), and St. John Frizell (Fort Defiance) cut a bright red ribbon at the landmark townhouse which is officially open for business albeit at 50% of capacity. The opening menu includes things like Whole Broiled Porgy with creamed spinach, Shrimp Scampi with gnudi & herbed bread crumbs, and Fried Chicken with cornmeal fritters, not to mention a fully-stocked raw bar with oysters, clams, shrimp cocktail and Kaluga Caviar. Cheers! 

Sakibas, Spanish Restaurant, NYC
Photo: Salinas                                                                         

Also returning to the dining scene is Salinas. Salinas (136 9th Ave, NYC) is known for its Spanish dishes inspired by the Mediterranean coast and the Balearic Islands.  Executive Chef and partner Luis Bollo is offering sesonal favorites ranging from savory Tomatitos with farmer’s market tomatoes and Pan Tumaca with hojiblanca olive oil, to herb-dusted hanger steaks and Arroz Vasco with salted cod risotto. 

Kellari Taverna, Midtown, NYC

Kellari Taverna (19 W 44th St, NYC) in Midtown now has ample curbside and indoor dining. To celebrate its brand new brunch menu, the Mediterranean spot is offering bottomless mimosas with an entrée purchase for 22 dollars. 

Jungsik (2 Harrison St, NYC), the New Korean restaurant which captured two Michelin stars, is offering an abridged 5-course menu of signature dishes for $165. The menu includes lightly grilled langoustine with smoky sabayon and hyssop oil; Myeong Ran Bibimbap with cod roe over seaweed rice & pearl barley finished with a slow-cooked egg yolk and crispy quinoa;  Iberico ham with white asparagus, sunchoke and micro mitzuna (a type of mustard green); and its famous “trick of the eye” baby banana pudding for dessert. 

Ichiran, Ramen, NYC
Photo: Ichiran                                                                                                          

Ichiran, known for its solo dining booths serving Tonkotsu ramen, has reopened all three of its New York City locations for indoor dining in Times Square, Midown and Brooklyn.  To ensure the quality of its ramen, each dish is delivered in 15 seconds from kitchen to table. Delivery and takeout are also available. 

Alfie’s Bar & Kitchen (800 9th Ave, NYC) is also reopening with a new spring menu. Dublin-born chef Darren Pettigrew's menu includes Short Rib Steam Buns with fennel aioli, sweet chili sambal, and roasted peanuts, Crispy Karaage Buffalo Chicken, Sullivan County Rainbow Trout with grilled veggies, and Char-Grilled Steak Frites with chimichurri sauce and hand-cut French fries. 

Vilailuck ‘Pepper’ Teigen cookbook
Photo: Vilailuck ‘Pepper’ Teigen                                  

To mark its collaboration with The Pepper Thai Cookbook, Thai Diner (186 Mott St, NYC) is offering Pepper Thai’s Fancy Tuna Tartare (available in-house only) with shallots, fresh chilies, mint, and cilantro; and Nam Prik Moo Sloppy Joes (available for takeout) with spicy ground pork, tomatoes, and miso paste, both of which are featured recipes in the cookbook( Friday, April 16th through Sunday, April 18th). The Pepper Thai Cookbook is a debut cookbook from Vilailuck ‘Pepper’ Teigen, the mom of model Chrissy Teigen.

fields Good Zero Waste Tacos  
Photo: Fields Good Chicken                                               

In celebration of Earth Day (4/22-4/25), Fields Good Chicken is offering guests 50% off its new Zero-Waste Tacos ($2.25/taco OR $6 for an order of 3). The carbon neutral tacos are made with Pulled Achiote Rad Bird (made with leftover OG Rad Bird meat), and served on corn tortillas with house-made guacamole, cotija cheese, onions, and cilantro (gluten-free).  

Looking ahead…

It’s never too soon to celebrate mom.  La Goulue (29 E 61st St, NYC) is offering a special $59 prix fixe Mother’s Day menu including French Toast on homemade brioche, Lobster bisque with celery cream, and Croque Monsieur with brie and black truffle, mache salad and French fries. Complementary fresh baked croissants and other goodies will also be offered. 

Five Boroughs Brewing Party Water
Photo: Five Boroughs Brewing Co.                                                                         

And Five Boroughs Brewing Co. (215 47th St) in Sunset Park, Brooklyn will soon be offering its Party Water, a product by New Yorkers for New Yorkers. Beginning this May, four Party Water flavors will be available: Watermelon Lime / Grapefruit Orange / Raspberry Lemonade / Strawberry Mojito. All four flavors have 5% Alcohol, are just 100 calories, 0 grams of sugar, naturally-flavored, and gluten-free. 

Stay tuned for next week's Around Town!



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