How has Asia de Cuba revamped its menu for its reopening, and why should chicken lovers check out Streetbird Rotisserie? That and more in this week's dining news....
Asia de Cuba is Back with a New Cuban Chef
When Asia de Cuba first opened in New York, its fusion of Asian and Latin flavors were a hit across the city. After closing in 2011, Jeffrey Chodorow’s restaurant—which has locations in London, Abu Dhabi, and Dubai—has returned with Cuban chef Luis Pous leading the kitchen. The wildly popular calamari salad, seafood ceviche, shrimp churros, mojo duck confit, and other dishes perfect for sharing are just some of the options. Rafael de Cardenas designed the Havana-inspired space with its satin mirrors and ultra-suede mint paneling—ideal for a fun night of dinner and drinks. 415 Lafayette St., 212-726-7755
Streetbird Rotisserie Specializes in Everything Chicken
Marcus Samuelsson’s Red Rooster revived Harlem’s dining scene and lured his fans uptown. Now he’s opened the casual Streetbird Rotisserie, which offers roasted chicken in all forms (including a mélange of sauces) alongside internationally inspired dishes. A fun cocktail list features drinks like Cool Like That Michelada (beer, lime, sweet soy, hot sauce, and a candied ginger rim) and The Juicy Fruit (rum, mango, puree, and pickle juice). 2149 Frederick Douglass Blvd., 212-206-2557
PUBLIC Offers Inventive Tasting Menu For Meat Lovers
Throughout April, you won’t find the typical steaks and grilled chicken on chef Brad Farmerie’s “Game, Guts, and Off Cuts” six-course tasting menu ($79) at PUBLIC. Think of this menu as an homage to the “forgotten bits”—veal sweetbreads, beef heart, and beef tendon. Call the restaurant or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations. 210 Elizabeth St., 212-343-7011
Gotham Bar and Grill Pays Tribute to Mad Men
Just in time for the final season of Mad Men, Gotham Bar and Grill has launched a special Mad Lunch menu during the week ($45 for three courses and two Hangar One vodka martinis) available through May 15. Chef Alfred Portale has crafted a menu highlighting the classics from the show’s era, so you’ll find dishes like a Waldorf salad, steak Diane, and baked Alaska—it’s definitely a meal fit for Don Draper himself. 12 E. 12th St., 212-620-4020
Escape to the Islands With Wine Tastings at the Openhouse Mulberry Gallery
The Mediterranean island of Corsica isn’t so easy to get to, but from April 8-11, you can experience it through wine and art at the Openhouse Mulberry Gallery. Producers will pour Corsican wines to taste, while artwork from Aaron Zebrook and Gabriela Bravo Clavello will be on display for viewing. Seminars will also be held during the four-day event. 201 Mulberry St.
The Ace Hotel Hosts Jazz-Themed Brunch
Every Sunday through June, the Ace Hotel will host Broadway Beat, a day of jazz, special brunch items from the Breslin Bar & Dining Room, and DJs at the turntable starting at 11 a.m. in its lobby. Guests can order dishes like cheddar beignets or deviled eggs and share large carafes of cocktails. 20 W. 29th St.
Gourmet Eggs From Creative Edge Parties to Join Vendors at Smorgasburg
The Scotch egg gets an upscale makeover at Smorgasburg this year. Carla Ruben of Creative Edge Parties partnered with chefs Matt Rojas and Djamal Zoughbi to create a trio of eggs to snack on—Moroccan, Japanese, and vegetarian varieties are on tap—as part of Imperial Egg by Creative Edge Parties. Smorgasburg runs from April to November, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays at 90 Kent Ave.; Sundays at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 5