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NYC Bites: What New York City Restaurants and Bars Are Up To Now
September 28, 2023, 5:31.00 pm ET


Photo: Gab's

Gab’s is kicking off its Wine Dinner Series (Sunday, October 1 at 5:30p and 8pm). Known for its hyper seasonal and elevated menu, the new intimate dinner series will kick-off with wines poured by Nathaniel Livings-Miller of Polaner Wines with premium wines paired with fall dishes by Executive Chef chef Nate Ashton. That includes Tartlet Cured Steelhead Trout, Smoked Roe, Fermented Fresno, Tomato Nectarine, Coppa, Thai Basil, Long Island Duck Blackberry Preserve, Tropea Onion, to name a few. Two seatings at 5:30pm and 8pm with a vegetarian option available. $90 per person via Resy.

Photo: Caviar Russe

Caviar Russe is holding its Opus One Dinner (Thursday, October 12 at 6:30). Located in the heart of midtown, Caviar Russe offers two jewel box dining experiences with The Bar & Lounge and Dining Room. The Opus One Wine dinner is a celebration of one of Napa Valley’s most prestigious wineries, presented by France Posener. It includes a 5-course tasting menu starting with a caviar course by Chef Edgar Panchernikov with a curated wine pairing featuring premiere vintage selects of Opus One. $900 per person at 6:30pm and can be purchased here.

Photo: Caviar Russe

Caviar Russe is also hosting an artful dinner by David Drebin (Thursday, October 26 at 7pm). Drebin, an acclaimed photographer, is celebrating his works and new book Flirting With Danger. The cocktail event will feature passed hors d'oeuvres and talks with the artist whose artworks are also showcased in the restaurant’s bar/lounge. Drebin’s artistic style is often described as epic, dramatic and, above all, cinematic. The event will take place from 7-10p; $150 per person and can be booked here.

Photo: Whisky Room

Kebab aur Sharab is taking the wraps off its secret Whisky Room. Drawing inspiration from old Delhi railway stations, the Whisky Room is where guests are invited to embark on a journey of flavors through a tasting menu, accompanied by an interactive "art of whisky blending" experience consisting of exquisitely aged scotches, bourbons, and whiskies, including Indian spirits. Guests will also be treated to off-menu items like "The Double Roll," fusing memories of street-side kathi rolls with crunchy onions, minced mutton, potato, paneer, and egg; and "Desi Pija," an Indian thin-crust butter chicken pizza.

Photo: Madame George

You may have heard of Dry January, but what about Sober October? Madame George, a speakeasy, tucked away in Midtown has mastered the art of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks through innovative techniques and house-made infusions. Beverage Director, Marshall Minaya elevates these non-alcoholic cocktails through techniques ranging from forced carbonation to grapefruit with adjusted acid. Every cocktail on the menu is full of rich, bold flavors such as clarified strawberries found in the ‘Strawberry Fields’ or aromatic blends of espresso in the ‘Mulberry Bend', a refreshing take on an espresso soda.

For National Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, Emily in Clinton Hill, known for its wood-fired pizza and burgers, is raising breast health awareness and funds for The Breasties, the first all-inclusive nonprofit organization that creates community for survivors, previvors, stage four thrivers, and caregivers impacted by breast and gynecologic cancers. In a unique set of circumstances, Emily founder/co-owner, Emily Hyland, and longtime restaurant manager, Meg Farrell, find themselves on a parallel journey to have preventative mastectomies with reconstruction due to high family risk and BRCA gene positivity. (Emily’s mother, Rona, passed away from breast cancer.)

All month long, the restaurant will offer a special fundraising menu: $10 donation = Alex LaRosa Bakery breast cupcake; $15 - $20 donation = Pizza Loves Emily tote; $25 - $30 donation = copy of EMILY: The Cookbook; $35+ donation = Pizza Loves Emily hat; and Specialty cocktail - with 25% of proceeds to be donated.