Cocktail Time: Build-Your-Own Bloody Mary at The Standard Grill
August 5, 2022, 5:57.46 pm ET
Photo: The Standard Grill
Fans of the Bloody Mary will want to flock the The Standard Grill at the High Line were guests are being given a chance to design their own over-the-top version. For $16 per drink, each Bloody Mary can be equipped with a variety of top-tier garnishes, including horseradish, candied bacon, celery, fresh shrimp, and more.
The Bloody Mary Bar will be available on Mondays, from 11am-4pm at the Grill Café & Outdoor Café – perfect for those wanting to keep their weekend going, or recover with some ‘hair of the dog’.
For more information, visit thestandardgrill.com
Pecking House and Noortwyck Team Up for a One Night Chicken Extravaganza
August 5, 2022, 5:53.31 pm ET
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Pecking House, the super popular chili fried chicken pop-up from former Eleven Madison Park sous chef Eric Huang, will be collaborating with The Noortwyck, the new seasonal American restaurant from former EMP chef Andrew Quinn and former EMP Wine Director, Cedric Nicaise, for a special one-night-only menu on Sunday, 8/7.
The team will run the following specials – born out of a very close friendship – for one night only:
Chicken Wings with salted egg yolk and caviar, $35
Three Piece Chili Fried Chicken with szechuan peppercorn, $24
Dirty Fried Rice with Trinity, $9
Fried Chicken Sandwich with pineapple and foie gras, $32
Four Piece Chicken two sides and a half bottle of champagne, $100
Reservations can be made via RESY.
Oliva Tapas Espanolas Brings Spain to NYC
August 5, 2022, 5:29.56 pm ET
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Many folks can’t travel to Madrid right now, but they can experience its culinary flavors at Oliva Tapas Espanolas in Manhattanville.
Chef Franklin Becker’s menu includes such delicacies as Alcachofas Con Migas y Boquerones (artichokes with spring garlic bread crumble and white anchovy), Gambas al Ajillo (Iberian garlic shrimp), Soccarat Vegetal por dos Personas (crispy rice with roasted vegetables); and Pollo con Salsa de Pimientos y Almendras Marcona (chicken with red pepper sauce and Marcona almonds). For dessert there’s Churros Originale with sugar and chocolate as well as Crema Catalana, the original crème Brûlée.
A special nightly happy hour from 5pm until 6:30pm, Oliva’s Hora Feliz features a savory selection of tapas, including Jamón Serrano, Queso, Membrillo y Almendras (Serrano ham, cheese, quince, and almonds), Caballa Escabeche (pickled mackerel), and Chorizo al Vino (chorizo cooked in red wine), all priced at $9. Iberian libations, also $9, include Oliva Sangria made from rosé, Blanco Tequila, Rockey’s Liqueur, and Bruto Americano; the Manzana Spritz, a refreshing combination of sparkling cider, apple vermouth, Rockey’s Liqueur, and NY Pommeau; and the Spanish Gin & Tonic featuring Mahón gin.
For more information, visit www.olivatapas.com
Natalie Freihon Rolls Out Nat's on Bleecker
August 4, 2022, 7:51.44 pm ET
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Fun, vibrant and a little outlandish is how you might describe Natalie Freihon’s new restaurant, Nat’s on Bleecker. From the bold diamond-designed floors to oversized eyelashes reaching toward the ceiling, the playful space is a sight to behold.
Freihon, who also operates Nat’s on Bank and The Orchard Townhouse, says she is driven by neighborhoods when identifying spaces. “I live in Greenwich Village and know the community here quite well so we knew this was where we wanted to be,” said Freihon, “We love to create spaces where we cater to those that can walk here, come in for a burger or celebrate a special occasion, sort of like your very own Cheers.“
The design is inspired by both Dadaism and Art Deco. Freihon says she also loves the ‘80s and anything kitschy and fun with bright patterns that are over the top. That comes through loud and clear with the design of the space that employs bold greens, purples and blues blended with wood elements.
The food is just as stylish drawing on nostalgia with a menu that leans French. Think fondue, braised leeks, watercress soup, steak Diane, clam pasta, and bananas foster. The cocktails are also inspired by kitschy throwbacks, like a frozen mudslide and a drink made with cherry coke syrup, which Freihon calls a guilty pleasure.
Looking ahead, Freihon is planning another venture in 2023, Nat’s Mountain House in Tannersville, New York on the same road as Hunter Mountain. Stay tuned.
Nat’s on Bleecker is located at 170 Bleecker St, NYC (347) 897-5343
For more information, visit natsonbleecker.com
Momofuku Alums Open Claud in East Village
August 4, 2022, 7:21.31 pm ET
Photos: Teddy Wolff
Inspired by 1950s English pubs and Northern Italian cafés comes Claud. Chef Joshua Pinsky and Wine Director Chase Sinzer, who met at Momofuku Ko, are showcasing dishes in the simplest form alongside an extensive wine program.
Chase Sinzer (Left), John Pinsky (Right)
Designer Ian Chapin of Edsel has created a space that incorporates handmade light fixtures - like hand blown milk glass sconces - which provide indirect light. The bartop is a true showstopper - a slab of Bramante Maestro – with emerald swirls that can be found in casual spots across Italy. The restaurant also features a small, outdoor garden.
The kitchen draws its inspiration from the honest and simple cooking of Europe. Chef Joshua Pinksy, who spent a decade cooking at the Momofuku Group, is offering a mix of small and large plates. Look for things like escargot croquettes; razor clams with apple and horseradish; foie gras terrine with walnuts and honey vinegar; swordfish au poivre, and pork chops with smoked onion jus. Dessert brings Pistachio Bundt Cake from Chef Pinsky’s mother and an updated Rice Pudding in honor of his grandfather.
Wine Director Chase Sinzer is focusing on classical producers and less established, contemporary names. The menu is cheekily broken up into France and Not France sections with the cellar boasting 1,000+ wines at any given time. In addition to the extensive wine selection, the bar will also serve sherry, vermouth and amaro.
Claud is located at 90 East 10th Street, New York, NY
For more information, visit www.claudnyc.com
Marky’s Caviar Opens at Grand Central
August 4, 2022, 7:15.38 pm ET
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Marky’s Caviar is making its presence known at the world-famous Grand Central Station. Conveniently located past the entrance on Lexington Ave, the luxury retail outpost is offering a vast selection of gourmet specialties including imported foie gras, truffles, cheeses, and sustainably-harvested fine caviar, both affordable and high-end — Beluga, Sterlet, Osetra, and Hackelback amongst the options. Train riders and passersby can also expect to get their hands on an exclusive tin of Top Chef winner Buddha Lo’s own private-label Kaluga caviar.
Marky’s at Grand Central provides a premium shopping experience in the bustling setting that is America’s busiest train station. The one-stop-shop will grant both last-minute gifters and midtown-based gourmands the enviable opportunity to choose from the world’s best delicacies.
For more information, visit www.markyscaviar.com
John McDonald’s Smyth Tavern Opens in TriBeCa
August 3, 2022, 7:34.51 pm ET
Photos: Briana Balducci
From the Team behind Lure Fishbar, Hancock St and Bar Tulix comes Smyth Tavern in TriBeCa. The new spot by restaurateur John McDonald’s Mercer Street Hospitality features classic tavern design elements like rich mahogany wood paneling and red leather booths. The restaurant also features a rotating collection of artwork curated by local Downtown galleries.
The menu at Smyth Tavern is centered around small plates like Broiled Oysters with bread crumbs and garlic; Meatballs with creamy polenta, tomato pan gravy and Parmigiano-Reggiano; and Crispy Calamari with herb aioli. Raw Bar options range from Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail with cocktail sauce and dijonaise to Salmon Tiradito with serrano chili, miso yuzu vinaigrette and sesame oil.
Entrees include Tavern specialties like house-made Mafaldine with uni butter, lobster and chili flake; Smyth Burger with bacon onion jam, American cheese, special sauce, onion rings and hand cut fries; Branzino St Tropez with whipped potato, sautéed spinach and lemon caper pan sauce; and Pasta Shells with three cheese and crispy bacon; among others.
The House Cocktail list specializes in classics like Rosé Negroni with Isolation Proof Summer Gin, Inferno Bitter and Lo-fi Gentian Amaro; and Pineapple Daiquiri with Ten to One White Rum, fresh pineapple, lime and celery syrup. A robust wine and beer menu is also available.
Later this summer, Smyth Tavern will open outdoor patio seating, in addition to an adjacent bar and late night lounge. For more information, visit smythtavern.com and follow along on Instagram @smythtavern.
Gatto Bianco by Fancy Feast in NYC Will Be Open for Two Nights
August 3, 2022, 7:16.34 pm ET
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National cat food brand Fancy Feast will open Gatto Bianco by Fancy Feast, an Italian-style trattoria at 622 Hudson Street, to celebrate its new globally inspired Medleys recipes. There will be four reservations available for tables of two per evening, beginning at 6:30pm, on August 11 and 12. The restaurant will begin taking reservations on August 4 at noon.
The dishes (for humans!), which take their inspiration from Fancy Feast Medleys recipes, have been created by Fancy Feast's in-house chef, Amanda Hassner, along with acclaimed New York restaurateur Cesare Casella. Options will include salmon Osso Bucco, Tuscan-style spareribs with rigatoni, and braised beef in wine with spinach and polenta.
There will also be a special appearance by the iconic Fancy Feast cat herself!
For reservations, visit FancyFeast.com/Reservations
Exciting Fall Restaurant Openings in New York City for 2022
August 3, 2022, 6:57.20 pm ET
Photo: Chef Daniel Boulud
From a hidden sushi den at One Vanderbilt to a new cocktail room at the Civilian, sprawling Mermaid Inn in Times Square and a new offering from a 20-something wunderkind, there is no shortage of exciting new restaurants opening this fall in New York City. Here are some of the spots you need to know about.
Jōji (September 14th)
One Vanderbilt, NYC
Hidden within Midtown’s tallest tower and located beneath Le Pavillon. Jōji will bring together two culinary masters - sushi impresario Chef George Ruan and Michelin-starred Chef Daniel Boulud - to craft an unexpected Omakase experience unlike any other. Chef Boulud and the Dinex team will support Chef George - formerly of renowned restaurant Masa - and his team operationally, providing strategic guidance over the restaurant's day-to-day management. With just 18 seats, consisting of a 10-seat counter and eight-person private room, Jōji will be an exclusive multi-course Omakase experience using the finest seasonally available ingredients, paired with premium sake and fine wine.
Rosevale Kitchen & Cocktail Room at the CIVILIAN (September)
305 West 48 Street NYC
Rosevale Kitchen & Cocktail Room is the first New York restaurant by Las Vegas-based Carver Road Hospitality. Chef Jeannie Glass’ menu of American and French fare with global twists borrows from the immigrant cultures that make up the fabric of New York City. Items include Steak Tartare, Matzo Ball Soup, pan-roasted Steelhead Trout, and Duck a l’Orange. No brasserie-style restaurant is complete without a great burger and Rosevale’s will join the club with its signature Griddled Short Rib Brisket Burger with gruyere cheese and sautéed mushrooms on a toasted brioche bun, served with beef fat fries. The David Rockwell-designed space is a modern interpretation of a classic Theater District eatery with a curved, ribbed leather ceiling and mirror panels above red leather banquettes. Brass accents evoke a brasserie feel and the dining room features round sconces engraved with theater façade sketches by prominent set designers.
There's also a second-floor lounge called the Rosevale Cocktail Room, a convivial space with a bespoke beverage program created by master mixologist Francesco Lafranconi that incorporates a focus on worldwide aperitifs, including what may be the city’s largest vermouth list, a particular passion of Mr. Lafranconi. In addition, custom cocktails from a tableside bar cart, a thoughtful wine-by-the-glass list, and local craft beer selections will be served with shareable bar snacks from Rosevale Kitchen.
Above it all is Starchild, a rooftop bar and lounge offering exceptional panoramic views of the city’s skyline, including Hudson River sunsets and Times Square. The climate-controlled space is operational year-round and can quickly transform into a fully open-air environment. Rotating legendary New York DJs and special guest artists serve as conductors of the soundtrack for the evening. Bottle service and a large format, shareable cocktail menu will be available.
82 Second Avenue (5th Street) NYC
India has a long tradition of kebabs which vary across the country. They are all fresh, flavorful, and criminally delicious. Unapologetic Foods Group’s Roni Mazumdar and James Beard award winner Chef Chintan Pandya are bringing those authentic flavors to NYC.
The Masalawala (September)
365 Fifth Avenue (6th Street), Brooklyn, NY themasalawala.com
Restaurateur Roni Mazumdar and James Beard award winner Chef Chintan Pandya bring their unapologetic style of cooking to Park Slope with the reimagining of the restaurant Mazumdar first opened in 2011. Originally conceived as an homage to Roni's heritage and run by his father Satyen Mazumdar, Masalawala featured foods from their hometown of Kolkata. The new Masalawala will offer signature dishes from the original location, with additional regional food prepared by Chef Chintan. It will also act as a market selling spice blends, and other specialty Indian products.
Bar Americano (September)
180 Franklin Street, Greenpoint, Brooklyn
Bar Americano is a neighborhood cocktail destination inspired by the famed aperitivo bars of Spain and Northern Italy, with a particular focus on fortified wines. The team behind it includes bar vets Steve Kämmerer (Moloko), Conor Hynes (The Gray Mare), and David Clarke (Jungle Bird, Cooper's Craft & Cocktails). It will open in a landmarked building in Greenpoint, Brooklyn (on the corner of Franklin and Java, in the former Brooklyn Label space). The name was inspired by the classic Americano cocktail – and Bar Americano will have two versions on tap (one classic and one white), both using carbonated mineral water made in-house with salts, saffron, and grapefruit. The cocktail program will revolve around classic aperitif-based cocktails like a Jerez and Olive Martini and the Negroni. There will also be an extensive natural wine menu featuring small producers from around Europe, along with by-the-glass vermouth offerings. On the food front, Bar Americano has tapped Mallorca-born chef Vicente Iborra (Sauced) to consult on the menu of Mediterranean-inspired small plates. His intention is to pay respect to fresh ingredients and celebrate simple, honest cooking that pairs well with the drinks. During the day, Bar Americano will also feature a coffee program designed in collaboration with Brooklyn-based roasting company, Parlor Coffee.
30 West 53rd Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues) NYC
Located opposite The Museum of Modern Art, this new Japanese restaurant will occupy a 3,800-square-foot space. Led by Chef Tony Inn, Taru will offer innovative takes on classics like A5 Gyoza with shawarma spice and ponzu, Crispy Mimiga pig ears with shichimi peppers, Furikake Duck Breast with umeboshi pickled plums, sesame and nori, Kabocha Korokke with karasumi bottarga and salted duck egg, as well as Sashimi and Sushi with an Omakase option at their nine-seat bar. Taru will also offer an extensive sake, shochu, and wine list, in addition to cocktails. The word Taru is Japanese for the barrels, in which sake, whiskey, or other spirits are stored and aged. The barrel-aging process is emblematic of the nature of the restaurant. Focusing on quality and the unique, natural variation creates surprising and exciting changes, breaking away from uniformity.
Compilation Coffee (September)
102 St. Mark’s Place (First Avenue and Avenue A) NYC
Coffee-industry disruptors Noah Jashinski and Oren Bloostein (Oren’s Daily Roast) bring New York a homegrown coffee bar big on quality, value, and responsibility. Compilation Coffee is about bringing people together. Their core values are printed on the back of every bag and are the heart of what they stand for: inclusion, transparency, and service. Pairing a Poursteady with a back bar of ten Baratza Forte’s, customers can select daily from ten different pourover coffees, made to order by the cup (hot or iced). Any cup, be it black or Au Lait, cow’s milk, or alt milk, will be the same price. Coffee lovers–from newbies to experts–are encouraged to explore and try new roasts and processing methods, and find the right coffee for them. With every 12 ounce bag sold in-store or online, Compilation Coffee will donate to charities working with at-risk and homeless youth. Every piece of its packaging is 100% organic and biodegradable; right down to the glue. All cups, coffee bags, etc. can be tossed into industrial compost.
37 East 50 Street NYC
Following their success at Isabelle’s Osteria, Dudi Sasson and Chef James Tracey bring Midtown a glamorous bold American restaurant serving "Upscale Continental Cuisine." Designed by Dudi Sasson, this two-floor homage to various Euro-American culinary styles will be comfortable and lavish with dramatic terrazzo tile flooring, cushy pink velvet booths, and circular banquettes seating for upwards of 200 guests. Food circles the globe and will offer Chef Tracey’s seasonal interpretation of beloved dishes such as Foie Gras Torchon with quince and brioche; Pork Trotter with sweetbreads, smoked pearl onions, and mustard seed; Lumache with goose Bolognese, and whipped ricotta; Whole Turbot stuffed with Crawfish mousseline sauce Diplomat (serving 4-6 people); and Prime Rib au jus. A raw bar will offer towering seafood platters, and the pastry station will turn out decadent dramatic desserts such as Rhum Baba flambéed tableside and Tableside Sabayon pound cake with fresh fruit. There's a mezzanine speakeasy-esque lounge that will serve only top-shelf spirits, and feature nightly DJ's. Operated by the same group as Isabelle’s, Dagon, and Nice Matin, beverage director Aviram Turgeman’s wine list is award-winning, and the cocktails will be imaginative takes on classics.
Photo: The Mermaid Inn
The Mermaid Inn (October)
127 West 43 Street, NYC
The Mermaid Inn will open its fourth and largest location ever at 127 West 43 Street in partnership with Alicart Restaurant Group, owners of Carmine's and Virgil's. The 15,500-sq-foot space will have 550 seats, five private dining rooms, and two bars. Expect The Mermaid Inn’s signature dishes like the “Nearly famous” Lobster Roll, its wildly popular oyster happy hour, as well as new dishes from Chef Michael Cressotti and his culinary team.
Press Club Grill (October)
Martinique Hotel 1262 Broadway 32-33 Streets, NYC
Guests will find playful references to what is ‘Continental Cuisine’ featuring Executive Chef Franklin Becker’s preparations of timeless dishes such as Crab Rangoon, Escargot Pot Pie, The Waldorf Reimagined, Beef Wellington for Two, and Cannelloni Newburg. Playful accompaniments for the table include Tater Tots with Chive Cream and Caviar, and “Rice-A-Roni” of Crab. The grand two-level restaurant will seat up to 180 guests.
Friend of a Farmer UWS (October/November)
68 West 71st Street, NYC
This family-owned-and-operated restaurant has been a neighborhood staple since it opened its doors in Gramercy Park nearly 40 years ago. This Fall, Friend of a Farmer plans its first expansion to the Upper West Side, with a new location on the corner of Columbus and 71st Street. Billed as one of NYC's pioneers in the farm-to-table movement, guests can expect brunch and dinner menus featuring local, seasonal comfort food as well as a cozy, inviting atmosphere likened to that of your family's living room (complete with a working fireplace!). More details are expected soon.
49 West 32 Street, NYC
Nōksu in Korean means a deep and clear valley in the mountains. The Nōksu here is the food of Chef DaeDae Kim, a 20-something wunderkind of cooking. Chef DaeDae Kim is Korean-born and found his calling here in the U.S. by reading cookbooks cover to cover. He started washing dishes as a teenager and eventually landed coveted positions at Per Se and Silver Apricot. He was introduced to owners Bobby Kwak and Joseph Ko, and after one tasting they knew they had found their chef. Nōksu will be a tasting menu-only experience (12-14 courses) where Chef DaeDae will preside over the 18-seat counter and serve imaginative interpretations of Korean fare, American fare with Korean flair, maybe a little French, a little Japanese, and anywhere else Chef DaeDae pulls his inspiration from. Chef DaeDae has the look of a K-POP idol, and his food will be as ambiguous as him, but equally alluring. Designed by Claire Soojin Kim the space will be mysterious and neat, inspired by Korean ink-and-wash paintings. The colors and patterns are reflective of the calm yet intense atmosphere of the valley, bringing brilliance to the space with imagery of alluring flowers. In addition to the counter there is an eight-seat dining room.
Sweet Graffiti (November)
1260 Broadway at 32 St, NYC
At Sweet Graffiti Chef Sam Mason will bring his creativity and flair to the humble donut. As you already know, Sam is the wizard behind OddFellows ice cream creations, and best known as the opening pastry chef at Wylie Dufresne’s Michelin-starred WD-50.
Bronze Owl (November)
52 West 33 St, NYC
A classic hotel bar featuring the shaken and stirred talents of bartender Max Green with a menu of small plates by Chef Becker.
Other Places to Watch
Emmy Squared (Fall Opening)
311 West 48th St, NYC
The Detroit-style pizza maker is expanding to the Theater District taking over the space formerly occupied by Patzeria Italian Restaurant. Look for 8 x 10 inch pies ranging from Roni Overload with triple pepperoni to its VIP pie with homemade vodka sauce and parsley pesto, and the Nashville Hot Chicken pie with ‘Bama white sauce.
Avocaderia (Fall Opening)
245 5th Avenue, NYC
Avocaderia continues its expansion with a new location opening this fall in NoMad near East 28th Street. The restaurant is known for its avocado bowls, including Spicy Chicken, Impossi-Bowl with Impossible meatballs, and Portabello Road. Avocado laced drinks in flavors like Mango Lime and Lychee Dragon Fruit are also available
Breads Bakery (Fall Opening)
Rockefeller Center at 6th Ave and 49th St, NYC
Known for its New York style Chocolate Babka with Nutella and dark chocolate, Breads Bakery is a perennial favorite. Look for assorted breads (Challah, Jerusalem Baguette, French Sourdough, Olive, and more) along with fresh croissants, cinnamon rolls, brownies, loaf cakes and rugelach.
This is a running list. Check back for more openings!
LittleMad Unveils New Prix Fixe Menu
August 3, 2022, 6:25.37 pm ET
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Chef Sol Han is raising the culinary bar with a visionary new prix-fixe menu at his Michelin-recognized eatery LittleMad (110 Madison Avenue). The $75 per person, five-course meal is indicative of his bold, very personal style that's a result of his Korean upbringing and his experience working in such top-tier restaurants as Ai Fiori and Le CouCou.
The opulent menu begins with Chef Snacks for the Table, a combination of four items–some hot and some cold–that Chef Han changes frequently to prepare diners for the flavors and seasonings to come. These are followed by Little Cold, which includes raw Yellowtail sandwiched between Asian Pear wafers in a pool of Sesame Dressing and Scallion Oil and Beef Tartare; and Little Hot, which features tempura soft shell crab.
The meal progresses to Chef’s “Hansang'' a tray full of food, incorporating Chef Han’s signature dishes where each diner gets to choose from four options each with its own accompaniments, Options include a Berkshire BBQ Pork Chop is served with White Kimchee and Corn Puree, and Lobster in which the tamalley is saved and made into a fried rice, the tail is roasted with a pine nut and garlic butter, the claw and knuckle are used to make a white kimchi, and the shell is used to make lobster miso soup.
For a calming finish to the culinary fireworks there’s the Earl Gray Shaved Ice or the Mad Sundae.
For information, visit www.littlemadnyc.com
Eden Eats and Drinks at PS in SoHo
August 2, 2022, 11:57.45 pm ET
Celebrity chef Eden Grinshpan, host of Top Chef Canada and author of the Eating Out Loud: Bold Middle Eastern Flavors For All Day, Every Day cookbook, will be hosting a long-overdue cookbook party at NYC's not-so-hidden "hidden" cocktail bar, PS (located inside specialty provisions shop Pine & Polk). While Eating Out Loud made its official debut in September 2020, post-launch celebrations were quickly put on hold due to the impending pandemic. But it's never too late for a party, right?
At this special event, attendees will be able to hang with Eden, get a book signed, and enjoy a Middle Eastern-inspired food spread featuring recipes from the Eating Out Loud cookbook. Tickets also include one (1) specialty cocktail (additional cocktails from PS will be available a la carte).
Finally, following the event for a limited time only, Pine & Polk will sell Eden's Harissa as part of the shop's "Goods from Friends" collection. The Harissa features a beautiful combo of toasted chiles, spices, and garlic, with a deep, smoky flavor and a gorgeous red color.
Date: Wednesday, August 10
Location: PS (at Pine & Polk) - 300 Spring Street, NYC
Ticket Pricing: $50 (Reserve here)
Menu Highlights: Sesame Schnitzel Sliders; Broccoli Florets with herbed yogurt, dukkah, and chile; Sunchoke Hummus with veggies and lavash; Semolina Olive Oil Cake; and a Middle Eastern-inspired specialty cocktail
Mezcal Flights This Month from Female Producers at Tortazo
August 2, 2022, 11:37.48 pm ET
This month Tortazo - celebrated + 7-time James Beard awarded chef Rick Bayless' fast-casual Mexican spot with locations in NYC (Nomad) and Chicago - introduced a flight of Mezcals highlighting three of the category's most exciting female producers + Maestra Mezcaleras.
For $30, you'll taste through three curated Oaxacan mezcals including Mezcalosfera (Espadín), La Medida Chichicapam (Tobasiche) - crafted by Maestra Mezcalera Berta Vasquez, touted as one of the most exciting female talents in the category, known for her work with tall & slender Tobasiche - and, last, but not least, Real Minero (Largo) from brother/sister producers Edgar & Graciela Ángeles Carreño; Graciela is widely considered a thought-leader in the field, applying her extensive historical research on agave and mezcal to each blend they produce- employing several botanists in-house that are dedicated to continued research, preservation, and plant-studies as well as maintaining a nursery and laboratory, all of which inform each liquid the brother/sister team produces.
For more information, Visit www.tortazo.com
Maison Close Adds a French Feel to SoHo
August 2, 2022, 10:06.39 pm ET
Artfully designed Maison Close has arrived in SoHo at 15 Watts Street. By day, visitors will find an open-it cafe with ample outdoor seating. By night, when the curtains are closed it becomes a Manhattan hideaway.
The interior of the space is reminiscent of the "Belle Epoque" era of 20thcentury Europe, incorporating vibrant royal blues, warm dark oranges, and gold and brass hardware. Nods to the "Moulin Rouge" can be found throughout the dining room, from the tulip-shaped banquettes to the collection of exposed bulbs lighting the room from above.
Photo: Maison Close
Executive Chef Geoffrey Lechantoux, is offering sophisticated yet accessible French dishes ranging from elegant apéritifs to indulgent desserts. Several dishes are prepared tableside like Belle Sole Meunière, pan seared with a butter foam; Cote de Boeuf served with Peppercorn sauce; and Crepe Suzette with Grand Marnier flambee. The La Grande Tour features Beausoleil oysters, Australian shrimps, whole Maine lobster, king crab legs and caviar for the table to share.
So whether you are a tourist from France or New Yorker pretending to be, get a taste of French Culture at Maison Close
For more information, visit maisoncloserestaurant.com
Restaurant Radar: Molyvos to Open in Former Esca Space in Hell’s Kitchen
August 2, 2022, 7:11.58 pm ET
Molyvos, known for its lively Greek cuisine, is moving to the former Esca space on the corner of West 43rd Street and Ninth Avenue in Hell’s Kitchen. Work is already underway, as is the request for a liquor license. The Molyvos website confirms the move, writing:
“The Livanos Family is very excited to have the opportunity to continue the legacy of Molyvos Restaurant in its new Midtown West location. The space on West 43rd Street, was the former home to Esca, a restaurant we frequented and loved, so this was a serendipitous find. Molyvos is our hometown in Greece and continuing the namesake of our dad’s place of birth could not be more thrilling for us. We look forward to welcoming our existing clientele, making new friends and to creating more memories!”
The Livanos family also operates Oceana near Rockefeller Center. No exact date given for the opening. Stay tuned!
Cocktail Time: The Lemoncello Spritz at Ten Hope
August 1, 2022, 10:51.12 pm ET
Photo: Ten Hope
The refreshing Limoncello Spritz at Ten Hope (10 Hope Street) in Williamsburg is made with an ounce of limoncello, 3 ounces of Prosecco and 1.5 ounces of club soda complete with a lemon wheel garnish. Sip and relax on the vine-laced open-air patio. Small bites include warm flatbread with Za’atar and olive oil served with assorted dips for sharing. Open Tuesday through Sunday.
NYC Spots to Celebrate National Oyster Day and beyond!
August 1, 2022, 7:44.45 pm ET
Photo: The Avra Group
The recently opened Avra Estiatorio Rockefeller Center, is serving up some of the freshest oysters and seafood in the city. Avra offers a delicious selection of oysters as well as a Raw Sampler Royale (pictured below) that is a seafood lover's dream come true. With a variety of raw offerings such as East and West Coast Oysters, Maine Lobster Cocktail, Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail Shrimp and more - the Raw Sampler Royale is the best way to get a taste of all Avra has to offer. Available for two ($74.95) or for four ($149.95). With the most expansive outdoor dining patio on Sixth Avenue - Avra Rockefeller Center makes for the perfect al fresco, post-heatwave oyster slurping situation.
Photo: The Grid
The Grid – NoHo (686 Broadway, NYC)
The Grid is a lively eatery offering a modern approach to American cuisine within Great Jones Distilling Co. Helmed by Executive Chef Adam Raksin, the full-service dining destination pays homage to a bygone era. For National Oyster Day, The Grid is offering a succulent platter of oysters served with trout roe mignonette for $28.
The Standard Grill – Chelsea (848 Washington Street, NYC)
The Standard Grill remains a fixture of the downtown dining scene. Unbound by rules and conventions, The Standard Grill has the familiar feel of a neighborhood bistro—remixed with The Standard’s buzzy, international sensibility. The Standard High Line will extend its happy hour $1 oysters for a whole day just on 8/5.
Marseille (630 9th Ave, NYC)
Longstanding Hell's Kitchen favorite and French brasserie Marseille, now in its 21st year, offers their famed Oyster Happy Hour daily from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM featuring Connecticut Blue Point oysters for $1.50 each. To complement the oysters, guests can enjoy their selection of cocktails and Happy Hour French classics such as Escargot En Persillade for $17, Steak Tartare for $20, Duck Liver Mousse for $16, and Goat Cheese Tart for $17.
Balthazar (80 Spring St, NYC)
Oysters reign supreme at Keith McNally’s French brasserie Balthazar with close to two dozen on hand as well as an oyster sampler from the raw bar. Le Balthazar, a tower of fresh shellfish and oysters, costs $195.
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Le Rock (45 Rockefeller Plaza, NYC)
Le Rock, the elegant new brasserie at Rockefeller Center from the Frenchette team, is worthy of a stop for some fresh oysters and cocktails. The menu includes an entire sections for “coquillages” or creatures of the sea. The shellfish and oysters are offered with a selection of small accompaniments to enjoy with a Frenchette Bakery baguette.
Gage and Tollner (372 Fulton St, Brooklyn)
Gage and Tollner, the lovingly restored 1879 Oyster and Chop House, is a perfect spot to celebrate National Oyster Day with a daily selection of East Coast oysters. Oysters Rockefeller also make an appearance with shallot butter, absinthe and greens.
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The Mermaid Inn (570 Amsterdam Avenue, NYC, 212-799-7400, 227 10th Avenue, 646-905-5900; Mermaid Oyster Bar, 89 MacDougal Street, NYC, 212-260-0100)
For almost two decades Danny Abrams and Cindy Smith have channeled New England seafood shack vibes in New York City with their wildly popular spots The Mermaid Inn and Mermaid Oyster Bar. Briny East Coast oysters are available for $1.25 at all locations during Happy Hour from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Guests hankering for a taste of Maine won’t want to miss the “Nearly Famous” Lobster Roll ($34).
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Grand Banks (Pier 25 at West St, NYC)
What better setting than a schooner for an oyster outing with harbor views. Grand Banks’ oyster collection includes West Robbins from New York’s Peconic Bay, Montauk Pearks from Block Island Sound, Welfleets from Massachusetts, Pink Moons from Prince Edward Island and Kusshis from British Columbia. The oysters are dressed with shishito. Cucumber and champagne mignonette.
Grand Central Oyster Bar and Restaurant (89 E 42nd St, NYC)
This iconic oyster bar in Grand Central with vaulted ceilings is known for its wide selection of oysters, from briny Asharokens from Long Island to Banstables from Cape Cod and Goose Points from British Columbia. Aside from on the half shell, oysters are also available fried, baked and grilled.
The Clam (420 Hudson Street, NYC)
The Clam, West Village neighborhood favorite by Executive Chef and co-owner Mike Price and co-owner Joey Campanaro (both of Blackfoot Hospitality), showcases a variety of oysters from the east and west coast for $4 with a chili-lime mignonette with just the right kick, and don’t miss their special Happy Hour Tuesday through Saturday from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM with the incredible Iced East Coast Oysters served with a champagne mignonette for $2 each.
Vestry (246 Spring St, NYC, 212-784-1350, vestrynyc.com)
Michelin-Starred Chef Shaun Hergatt’s SoHo hotspot, Vestry, offers a seasonally driven menu highlighting produce grown on nearby farms and seafood, meats and poultry carefully selected by the world’s top harvesters. You can start your dinner with an order of Shigoku Oysters, dressed in a soy-ginger sauce and served with finger limes, tapioca pearls, fennel pollen and oyster sauce for $28.
Honoring the Flavors of Singapore and Malaysia in New York City
August 1, 2022, 6:03.07 pm ET
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Singapore and Malaysia, two of the top culinary capitals of Asia are celebrating important milestones in the month of August with Singapore heralding National Day on August 9th (57th anniversary); and Malaysia celebrating 65-years of independence on August 31st. To celebrate, several NYC resstaurants care crafted culinary treats to mark the milestones.
LAUT Restaurant (15 East 17th St, NYC)
The award-winning Southeast Asian inspired eatery is showcasing a Singapore National Day-inspired set menu, featuring four-courses replete with a champagne or prosecco welcome drink. Featured dishes on the set menu include nasi lemak and Singapore’s legendary Hokkien Mee. The meal is priced at $57 per person (to signify Singapore’s 57th birthday), excluding taxes and gratuities. The set menu will be available from August 8th through the 22nd. For reservations visit www.lautnyc.com
LAUT will also offer a Malaysia Independence Day-inspired set menu featuring four courses and a champagne or prosecco welcome drink. Featured dishes on the set menu include beef rendang and mee goreng. Priced at $65 per person, excluding gratuities and taxes, to signify Malaysia’s 65th Independence Day. The set menu will be available from August 24th through August 31st
Singapura (31 East 20th St, NYC)
What better way to celebrate Singapore’s National Day with a Singaporean National Day tasting menu featuring a welcome cocktail drink or prosecco; five-courses and dishes such as satay (choice of chicken or beef); choice of a hawker noodle dish; Singapore pepper crab or chili crab; and a heavenly durian sundae. Priced at $88 per person (minimum 2 persons), excluding gratuities and taxes. For reservations visit https://singapura.nyc/
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Singlish (17 East 13th St, NYC)
The hidden Singapore craft cocktail bar tucked away above of delivery/take-out joint; Chard in Union Square will be offering a special cocktail tasting menu to toast Singapore’s birthday. Priced at $80 per person excluding gratuities and taxes, the cocktail menu will feature four cocktails infused with made in Singapore spirits (think Tanglin Gin) as well as Singlish’s take on the Singapore Sling, and kuih pie tee snacks (a popular Peranakan dish that comes in the shape of a delicate and crispy pastry tart-shaped shell filled with shredded Chinese turnips, sweet mixture of thinly sliced vegetables and prawns)
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Wau (434 Amsterdam Avenue at 81st St, NYC)
Wau which features the famed street-food of Asia is also celebrating Singapore National Day with a set menu delivering popular dishes from the Lion City such as roti canai and char koay teow. Priced at $57 per person, excluding taxes and gratuities, the set menu will be available from August 8th through the 22nd. For reservations visit www.waunyc.com
Wau’s Malaysia Independence Day-inspired set menu includes four courses and a champagne or prosecco welcome drink. Featured dishes on the set menu include Hainanese chicken rice and tau yu bak (soy-sauce braised pork belly). Priced at $65 per person excluding gratuities and taxes, the set menu will be available from August 24th through August 31st