The Citiblog

NYC Bites - What New York City Restaurants and Bars Are Up To Now
October 4, 2023, 7:13.45 pm ET


Photo: Ken Goodman

Point Seven, the new seafood-centric restaurant from acclaimed chef Franklin Becker, is now open for lunch. Located in the iconic MetLife Building [200 Park Avenue, entrance on Vanderbilt and 44th Street, NYC], Point Seven is offering dishes inspired by coastal cuisines. Look for things like Acapulco Ceviche with shrimp, scallops, squid, and avocado; Shrimp & Grits with Benton’s Ham, chili and scallions; and a Fish Sandwich with beer-battered cod, tartar sauce, and coleslaw; among others.

Photo: Kobo

Kōbo, by Executive Chef-Owner Ruben Rodriguez, is gearing up for National Pasta Day on October 17th. Rodriguez’s menu features his signature Fideuà, a pasta form of paella from Spain’s Valencia region made with squid ink, octopus, baby squid and saffron; Lasagna layered with spicy beef Bolognese and a curry béchamel; Pappardelle with spicy Italian sausage and pecorino; and seasonal Ravioli with delicata squash, brown butter, pumpkin seeds and sage.

Photo: PLNT/Bona Furtuna

Bona Furtuna, a producer of premium Italian goods, is teaming up with PLNT Burger, the plant-based eatery by Chef Spike Mendelsohn, to create a limited-edition "Chik'n Parm" Sandwich. The sandwich, available at all PLNT Burger locations nationwide from October 5th, 2023 through January 2024, features Bona Furtuna’s Original Passata Tomato Sauce grown and produced at its farm in Sicily, and will be available alongside PLNT Burger’s Crispy Herb Fries seasoned with Bona Furtuna’s Cacio E Pepe Blend.

Photo: Noah Fecks/Ma·dé

Ma·dé is expanding its hours. Beginning Sunday, October 8th, the cozy Indonesia restaurant by Chef Cédric Vongerichten and his wife Ochi Latjuba Vongerichten, will officially be open for dinner seven days a week. New fall dishes are also being rolled out like Crab Dip with Pink Peppercorn Crunch & Miso Butterfish with Tender Cipollini Onions, perfect for when the weather gets a bit chillier.

Photo: Cititour/Gage & Tollner

Brooklyn’s Gage and Tollner is launching a new $41 prix fixe lunch on October 6th. It includes its signature She-Crab Soup or Wedge Salad; Dry-Aged Hamburger Sandwich or Chopped Salad; and Housemade Ice Cream or Freshly Baked Doughnut. The lunch can be enjoyed in under 90 minutes and is available Fridays between 11:30am-2:30pm for your next meeting, office break or weekend kickoff.

Photo: Popular

In honor of National Seafood Month, Popular, known for its authentic Peruvian cuisine, is offering several authentic seafood dishes. Chef Diego Munoz is serving up his Ceviche Clasico with fluke, octopus, red onion, and cilantro, as well as Sticky Prawns served with chow mein and toasted peanuts, which we are told are to die for.

Photo: Sagaponack

Sagaponack, the Hamptons-inspired seafood restaurant in the Flatiron District, is now offering Saturday Brunch. The menu by Executive Chef Phil Choy (formerly at Michelin-starred Dovetail and Boulud Sud) includes a Rolled Omelette with peekytoe crab, mascarpone, and chives, served with a salad, as well as Dutch Baby Pancakes, made with caramelized apples, maple syrup, and toasted pistachios. There’s also Sagaponack’s take on a New York classic Bacon, Egg, and Cheese.

Photo: Karen Cen/Chinato

Update: Chinato, the new LES cocktail bar from Ray Zhou (Former R&D Captain for Double Chicken Please), has announced its grand opening set for Thursday, October 12th. Chinato’s unique design is inspired by the experimental cocktail bars in Europe and Asia. The main bar is a center island with no front or back, so guests can take in all of the action as they watch their cocktails being made. There is nothing like it in NYC.

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Photo: Cobble Fish

Cobble Fish is hosting their popular Invigorating Dance Party on Friday, October 6th! Due to overwhelming demand, the talented @ignacyonyc is back, presenting his electrifying live mix: "Two Turntables and a Lobster Roll." Plus, the special occasion will also include a BOGO deal on their famous $16 Cobbler cocktail, for those who show the server that they follow @cobblefish_nyc on Instagram. Cobble Fish is open daily from 12pm - 10pm weather permitting. Cobble Fish is also family and pet friendly (as long as your four-legged friend is on a leash).

Amali (115 E. 60th St.) is celebrating National Orange Wine Day on October 6th with $10 glass pours of orange wine at the bar for lunch and dinner. Amali’s award-winning wine program consists of delicious options, and guests can choose between a few different orange wines available, all from the Mediterranean to complement the seasonal Mediterranean fare that’s locally sourced and served in a sleek space.

Ainslie (199 Bowery) is gearing up for exhilarating Stein Holding Contests in celebration of Oktoberfest! Ainslie will host a thrilling showdown where participants can test their strength and endurance by holding their Stein upright the longest. The contest will take place Friday, October 6th and Saturday, October 7th and winners will be rewarded with gift certificates. If beer is not your thing – sign up for Ainslie's Instagram selfie competition. The picture with the highest number of likes will earn its creator a prize in gift certificates, while anyone amassing over 100 likes will receive a gift certificate as well.

Happy Eating (and drinking)!