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NYC Bites: What NYC Restaurants & Bars Are Up To
March 16, 2024, 12:16.52 am ET


Photo: Savta

Savta, which just opened on Bleecker, is showing off its outdoor dining with a heated patio perfect for chilly spring weather. Throughout the warmer months, visitors can dine al fresco for dinner, brunch (including some mouthwatering blueberry pancakes), or maybe a late-night pizza on weekends.

Photo: The Chef Conference

The first ever The Chef Conference will be held April 12-15 in Philly with a panel moderated by Andrew Zimmerman. Several NYC hospitality pros will also be on hand, including Josh Pinksy + Chase Sinzer (Claud), Tom Colicchio (River Park), Caroline Schiff (Gage & Tollner), and Scott Tacinelli + Angie Rito (Don Angie). Tickets are $50-$75 and can be purchased here.

Photo: Blu on Hudson

NJ neighbor Blu on Hudson is celebrating National Whiskey Day on March 27 with Beverage Director Jeremy LeBlanche’s (Formerly Thyme Bar) one-of-a-kind cocktails. Among them, The Dual, a play on a classic Old Fashioned with “smoky nuances, spicy undertones, and hints of leather and tobacco.”

Renowned chef and author of 18 cookbooks, Diane Kochilas, is teaming up with NYC's Molyvos for a limited-seating dinner on March 25th. The pop-up celebrates the release of The Ikaria Way — Kochilas’ latest cookbook with recipes inspired by Ikaria, known as the Greek island of longevity. $115 per person here

Photo: Chola

Chola coastal Indian cuisine just added 25 dishes from Shiva Natarajan’s latest travels to India. Natarajan recently passed the torch to current Chola owner, Min Bhujel. Dishes include Puchkawala Alu Dum, spiced tamarind potatoes from the streets of Kolkata and Baghari Jhinga, creamy mustard shrimp from Kasmir.

Photo: Beverage Director Michael Goff

Cantonese restaurant YAO is hosting a wine tasting event March 20 and 21 at 5pm & 7pm (Bar seating only). Guests can explore YAO’s impressive wine cellar from Beverage Director Michael Goff (formerly Le Crocodile) paired with Executive Chef-Owner Kenny Leung’s cuisine. $100 per person, plus tax and gratuity.

Photo: Mission Ceviche

Attiko is popping up at Mission Ceviche for two nights with Dubai Takes NYC. The event includes a tuna carving and tasting menu. Look for dishes like Chilean Seabass with white miso, Yellowtail Carpaccio, Crispy Rice Salmon and Scallop Tempura. Dates: March 20 & 21 with reservations via Resy

Photo: Roscioli

Roscioli, one of the hottest spots in NYC, is now offering Saturday and Sunday afternoon cheese classes. Classes include a selection of cheeses and accompaniments suited to each (think Risotto, Cacio e Pepe, Panino), a dessert cheese pairing, and red and white wines presented by Roscioli’s cheesemonger. (Resy)

Photo: The Standard Grill

The Standard Grill’s “Girl Dinner” just got a lot sweeter. Offered only during the month of March, the special menu lets you and your gal mix and match any four starters, sides, or dessert items + two martinis for $80. The offer is available for parties of two, but can be added on to for more diners. Reservations here

Photo: Luv Michael

In Focus:

Ellen’s Stardust Diner is partnering with Luv Michael for Autism Awareness Month. The nonprofit company offers organic, gluten-free, and nut-free granola products while actively advancing employment opportunities for those in the autistic community.

The 3 dishes are:

Made with “Luv” Parfait – A twist on the diner’s Fresh Fruit Yogurt Parfait featuring Luv Michael’s very own granola.

The “Luv” Galore Shake – A vanilla-based milkshake topped with original Luv Michael granola and cinnamon sugar.

“Luv” Me Mocha Shake – A chocolate-based milkshake topped with Luv Michael’s mocha granola.

For the entire month of April, guests who visit the diner will be able to try three new menu items that not only feature Luv Michael’s granola, but Ellen’s Stardust Diner will also be donating 20% of the proceeds to the nonprofit. See VIDEO of Ellen’s Stardust Founder Ellen Hart's Visit to Luv Michael.