Week of September 13

The Restaurant Rec

Golden Diner, because after a devastating fire, the kitchen is officially back! Expect the same GD classics we all know and love, as well as new dinner drops coming soon. And keep in mind: While indoor and outdoor dining are both available, the restaurant has reduced its hours. Still, there’s no better time to welcome them back. Right this way.

 

The Drink Proposal

All of the oysters with all of the wine. ‘Tis officially the season of briny bivalves here in New York, and nothing says,Let’s pretend it’s still summer!” than a dozen shells on ice and a drink. Here to help you navigate oyster happy hours and wine pairings: our guide to it all.

 

The Event Invite

Two acclaimed chefs from award-winning Mexican restaurants are popping up at Aldama this week, and trust us, these takeovers are not to miss.

On Wednesday, chef David Castro is bringing the best from his Valle de Guadalupe restaurant Fauna ($125 ticketed seats for 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. are available), while on Thursday, chef Tomás Bermúdez will celebrate La Docena, his Mexico City oyster bar ($125 ticketed seats for 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. are also available).

 

The Takeout Move

Celebrating Yom Kippur? Let Gertie cater to you. The Williamsburg favorite will be offering one heck of a “break-fast” spread, available for pickup and delivery this Thursday morning. Think enough bagels, schmears, hot-smoked salmon, egg salad, black and & cookies, and more for four or more. Tickets and details over here.

 

The Weekend Pairing

A dinner and Broadway show. That’s right, Broadway is back, and if you’re looking for the perfect standing-ovation-kind-of show, consider Pass Over by Black playwright Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu, the very first play to debut Broadway since the shutdown.

For dinner, hop by Victor’s Cafe, located right in front of the August Wilson Theatre where Pass Over is playing. The decades-old family-run restaurant is the place for high-end Cuban food and makes some of the meanest mojitos around. For more Theater District dining ideas, head here.

 

From The Tipline

This just in: HaSalon, the wild dinner party concept by Eyal Shani (the same mastermind behind Miznon) is finally reopening October 1! Resys are already live and you’re going to want to start booking now: This is what a night at HaSalon looked like back in 2019. 

Week of September 7

The Restaurant Rec

Leo, because if pizza’s been the draw, wait until you try their pasta. That’s right, Ops’ Williamsburg sister has debuted a pasta program, and the buttery rigatoni, studded with end-of-summer corn and peppers, is exceptional and a sure way to cure back-to-school blues. Try it while you can, and preferably outdoors, while you still can. (Bonus: Leo’s on this month’s Hit List — see what else made our top 10!)

 

The Drink Proposal

A glass, wait, scratch that, a bottle of 2020 Sancerre Rosé, courtesy of producer Karine Lauverjat, which you can find at LittleMad. The modern Korean restaurant has a way with French wines, and this mineral-driven, edgy bottle (a Wine Hit List pick) pairs deliciously with chef Sol Han’s flavor-packed menu, which includes a pig ear salad you should definitely order, too.

 

The Event Invite

There are still tickets left for Kubeh’s Rosh Hashanah Sephardic dinner tonight! More specifically, a $90 four-course menu at the bar ($42 for kids), and a surefire way to celebrate the beginning of the Jewish New Year. Shana tova! Tickets over here.

 

The Splurge

Wondering what one of the season’s buzziest openings is all about? Here’s everything you need to know before you make that Resy for Les Trois Chevaux, Angie Mar’s latest restaurant where old school French fine dining gets a jolt.

 

From The Tipline

This just in: La Rotisserie from Francis Staub (yes, that same French cookware Staub) is officially open! Located in the old Coq Rico space in Gramercy, this spit-roasting temple is as close as you’ll get to a true poulet rôti. Par ici les amis.

Week of August 23

The Restaurant Rec

Luthun, because this is one of the city’s most underrated tasting menu spots: A $115 five-course tasting dreamt up by chefs Nahid Ahmed and Arjuna Bull, whose shared kitchen experience reads like a who’s who of the world’s most thought-provoking restaurants, from El Bulli to Lespinasse. Get the low-down on Luthun before you make that Resy.

 

The Drink Proposal

A pisco sour at the Public Hotel’s very cool and very new Peruvian restaurant, Popular. Start with their classic iteration before trying the bar’s other takes on the national drink, like the Ponche 1890, made with Quebranta pisco, lemon, and spiced pineapple agave. Pro tip: Head to Popular on a Friday or Saturday after 10 p.m. for live Latin music and a party.

 

The Event Invite

An endofthesummer pig roast, featuring live music and cocktails from Beam Suntory spirits. It’s happening at Kings Co Imperial in Brooklyn this Wednesday, Aug. 25, so snag your spot ($125/person), tickets are going fast.

 

The Weekend Pairing

Dinner and show, courtesy of Chinese Tuxedo. The clubby restaurant on Chinatown’s notorious Bloody Angle is hosting quite the night this Sunday, Aug. 29: The Doyer Club, a Champagne-filled event featuring live burlesque and jazz, cocktails, and an eight-course prix-fixe dinner. Save your seat ($160/ticket), dress to impress, and prepare to stay for the afterparty at Peachy’s. 

 

From The Tipline

The Crown Shy team’s hotly-anticipated second restaurant, SAGA, is opening this Wednesday, Aug. 25 and Resys are already live. NB: Tables for 5 are still available! Otherwise set that Notify and get a glimpse at the incredible new space. 

Week of August 16

The Restaurant Rec

Gem, because the restaurant’s so-called summer breakpromises to be worth a visit. Think evenings that feature waffles and wine plus the best way to eat tomatoes. In the morning, you’ll find a coffee and sweets pop-up from a soon-to-be East Village coffeeshop. The new project runs Wednesday, Aug. 18 until the 28. Walk-ins only. (Gem is back in regular service September 1! Plan ahead.)

 

The Drink Proposal

The Tamarind Tambourine (saffron, pineapple, tamarind, mezcal, gin, and guava) at a tropical getaway. You’re going to want to stop by Jungle Summer, the Garret Coctelería’s latest (and very lush) outdoor haven, where you can catch a live DJ spinning Thursday to Sunday. 

 

The Event Invite

Noho’s favorite Japanese restaurant is turning five! Wish a very happy birthday to Bessou, which is throwing a family-style seafood feast ($65/person) this Sunday, Aug. 22! Email konnichiwa@bessous.nyc for a 5 or 8 p.m. seating, indoor or outdoor. Regular Bessou bookings are over here.

 

The Splurge

A Korean-Chinese tasting menu infused with French technique and a New York point of view… If you haven’t been to Joomak Banjum yet, here are all the reasons you should. Veer for the Ugly Duckling tasting ($125/person), a six-course feat where you’ll encounter sourdough noodles and truffle kung pao chicken.

 

The Takeout Move

There’s next-level summer grilling to be had thanks to Yoon Haeundae Galbi. The acclaimed Korean barbecue restaurant is popping up in the Hamptons till mid-September with a premium package for all KBBQ enthusiasts (think dry-aged prime porterhouse and ribeye, banchan, ramyun, and more). Pickup details via their Instagram.

 

Keep in Mind!

As New York launches its vaccine mandate policy today, remember to bring your vaccination card wherever you dine! You can also easily download and access your Excelsior Pass if you were vaccinated in New York, or digitize your card over here. We’re all in this together, so a reminder: Please be kind to restaurant staff

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