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NYC Bites: Gabriel Kreuther Turns 8, Due Madri Opens, Raising Cane's Pop-Up, Onigiri Time & more
June 15, 2023, 7:09.28 pm ET


Photo: Gabriel Kreuther

Gabriel Kreuther, the stylish restaurant across from Bryant Park led by the chef with the same name, turns 8 this week. To celebrate, the restaurant is offering a limited pairing available now through Saturday, June 17th in the restaurant’s lounge. Guests can enjoy Black Truffle & Applewood Smoked Bacon Tarte Flambée with 2 glasses of Albert Boxler Pinot Blanc Réserve 2015 for $70. This pairing is perfect for a date night or drinks with friends for those wishing to join the celebration!

Photo: Kate Pauley

Forsythia on the Lower East Side is hosting a Summer Dinner Party Series in its Pasta Room featuring bi-monthly, one-night-only tasting menus with wine pairings. On Tuesday, June 20, guests will be transported to Campania with a five-course menu celebrating the coastal pleasures of the region. Dishes include Gamberoni alla Griglia with grilled prawns, garlic and salsa verde; handmade pastas such as Chitarra alle Vongole; and Polpo Intero, whole octopus with new potatoes and squid ink aioli. Dessert includes a progression of lemon treats such as baba al limoncello and pâte de fruits al limone. $250 per person. Tickets here.


On Wed, June 21st, The Food Network's New York City Wine & Food Festival (NYCWFF) and Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers, will be hosting a one-day-only food truck pop-up party in celebration of 2023 Festival tickets going live that day. Influential personality Nick DiGiovanni and the Raising Cane’s food truck will be giving away 500 craveable Chicken Finger box combos, tickets to the 2023 Festival and copies of Nick’s new book, "Knife Drop: Creative Recipes Anyone Can Cook." The pop-up party will be held outside of Raising Cane’s new flagship Times Square shop (W 42nd St & 7th Ave) June 21 from 11:30am to 1:30pm. The new Raising Canes location will open on June 27th.

Photos: Ootoya

Ootoya Times Square (141 West 41st St) is bringing back its Onigiri menu as a summer special at the restaurant’s take out window starting Monday, June 19th through Labor Day. Onigiri is a Japanese rice ball shaped into a triangle with various fillings. 10 kinds of Onigiri made with Koshi-Ibuki rice from Niigata are being offered including Tori Kuro Onigiri (fried chicken in black vinegar sauce), Tuna Mayo, Salmon Miso, Unagi, Sukiyaki and more. The Onigiri are available for takeout only weekdays from 11:30 am - 2:30 pm.

Photo: Brooklyn Dumpling Shop

Brooklyn Dumpling Shop is heading North of the Border with its dumplings and bowls. The chain, led by Restauranteur Stratis Morfogen, is partnering with Sitewise Solutions Inc. in amaster franchise deal that will bring 100 Brooklyn Dumpling Shop locations to Canada. Brooklyn Dumpling Shop is known for its Automat-style operation with contactless smartphone ordering system and utilizing state-of-the-art food locker technology that provides guests with an easy, safe option to pick up orders from temperature-controlled lockers at peak freshness.

Photo: Due Madri

Due Madri has arrived at Market 57. The concept led by wife and mother team, Erika Nakamura & Jocelyn Guest, specializing in Roman sandwiches, Italian favorites, and aperitivo! It is a spin on the team’s first concept, The Butcher Girls. Menu highlights include the Nonna sandwich (roasted red pepper, marinated artichokes, basil, pecorino romano, semi-dry tomato) and the Nina sandwich (mortadella, stracciatella, pistachio pesto, wild arugula, lemon). Market 57 is the new food hall cureated by the James Beard Foundation located on Pier 57’s ground floor in Hudson River Park featuring fifteen different vendors.

Photo: Littlie Charlie

Mamma Mia! Artisanal pizzeria Little Charli just ‘rolled out’ pizza-making classes in the West Village for adults and families. On Sundays, brunch goers or families can build their own pies with classes led by Italian born Pizzaiolo Salvatore Olivella with a choice of four toppings while noshing on family-style appetizers such as meatballs or calzones. The pizza making ends on a sweet note with a Nutella s’mores style pie. Classes take place on Sundays from 12-2pm for $50 per person and Mondays at 7pm for $125 per person - with unlimited wine/beer. Book via Resy

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