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NYC Bites - The Scoop on What NYC Restaurants & Bars Are Up To
May 10, 2023, 10:09.35 pm ET


Unconventional, popular, and casual Williamsburg wine bar, Sauced (331 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn) is taking patrons on a journey through New Orleans, courtesy of a food and wine collaboration with Alligator Pear’s Executive Chef, Dominick Lee, a NOLA-native. Alligator Pear opens early Summer 2023 in Manhattan’s Garment District. The food and wine pairing pop-up menu will be available for one night only on May 17th, 5:00 pm until midnight. Walk-ins only.

Photo: Eric Tran

Falansai (112 Harrison Pl, Brooklyn, NY), by chef and founder Eric Tran is also welcoming Dominick Lee to the New York City dining scene, with a four-hands collaboration taking place at Falansai from June 21st to 22nd. The two will feature dishes such as Viet-Cajun Seafood Boil (clams, shrimp, squid, potatoes, lemongrass pork sausage); Cornmeal Battered Vegetables, served with muoi it xanh (Vietnamese green seafood sauce); Delta tamales; Blue Cornmeal Fried Catfish, and Beignets with chicory coffee ice cream and chantilly cream. Reservations recommended and call 718-381-0980 or visit Resy.

Photo: Falansai

Dominick Lee will also be a featured chef at Resident’s upcoming culinary pop-up at The Vandewater (543 W 122nd St, New York, NY) on Wednesday, May 31, from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Resident has worked with Lee to curate a progressive Creole five-course tasting menu with wine pairings, priced at $195 per ticket. Resident's brings acclaimed chefs to host speakeasy dinners in luxury penthouses, townhouses, and lofts around New York City. For more information visit

Get ready for a Summer House meet-up at Downtown Social in the East Village. On May 20 from 7–9 PM the resident Loverboy, Kyle Cooke, and his Summer House castmate, Luke Gulbranson, are joining forces to host a night out with fans. Join the Bravo stars for a VIP experience and sip like the cast of Summer House with Loverboy and Happy Dog Lager in hand. For $50, enjoy a meet-and-greet experience from with Kyle and Luke, sipping on all-you-can-drink Loverboy and Happy Dog Lager until 9 PM. There are a limited number of tickets available HERE for purchase.

Embrace your inner artist at Brooklyn Hearts Club’s figure drawing series at Crystal Lake (647 Grand St, Brooklyn) every Tuesday at 7:30pm. This event is open to the public and everyone is welcome to experience drawing with a live model. Classes are $15 in advance, and $20 at the door. Artists are encouraged to bring their own supplies, although limited supplies are available for purchase at each class. Crystal Lake's bar and Bitchn Kitchn is also open so grab a cocktail, tasty snack and an easel and join in on the fun. For more information, visit

Live your American Idol fantasy at Carroll Place (157 Bleecker St.) in the heart of Greenwich Village with live band karaoke with BLOODSUGAR every Wednesday night beginning at 9pm. The night's rock star emcee will orchestrate three hours of crowd-pleasing karaoke for diners and stars in the making 'til midnight. This interactive weekly karaoke night features stars from Jessie’s Girl, Blondie, KMFDM, Tragedy, Lez Zeppelin and more alongside live piano playing from East Village punk rock superhero Drew Blood. For more info, visit or

Photo: Talea Beer

New York’s women-owned Talea Beer Company is expanding beyond bars and restaurants. Beers in flavors like Peachberry Punch, Watermelon Splash, Suns Up and Al Dente can be found at Trader Joe’s. They’ve also launched a new way to tack ‘em down with a beer finder.


Starting May 11, 2023, and running through the end of May, ICHIRAN, known for its Tonkotsu ramen, is offering guests at their Midtown and Times Square locations a special “Buy One Kit, Get One Gift” promotion with purchases of their take-home ramen kits. Each kit features three servings of individually packed, Hakata-style noodles, tonkotsu soup concentrate, and original spicy seasoning. The take home ramen kits, available at each restaurant, can also be shipped nationally via their website.