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By Bao Ong | January 3, 2017 | Food & Drink
What sort of dim sum is Hong Kong’s Tim Ho Wan bringing to the East Village, and how is Fragole Ristorante putting Italian touches on brunch favorites? That and more in this week’s dining news….
Siu Mai Dumplings at Tim Ho Wan.
Whether you crave BBQ pork buns or deep-fried vegetable spring rolls, dim sum gets a game-changer with the opening of Tim Ho Wan. This East Village restaurant has roots in Hong Kong, where it quickly garnered a Michelin star for its quality dishes. The 60-seat NYC restaurant officially opens on January 18, but lines have snaked out the door since its soft opening last month. Just be sure to pair your dumplings, buns, cakes, and other shareable plates with the quality teas when you’re able to snag a seat. 85 Fourth Ave., 212-228-2800
At the newly-opened Allora Ristorante, guests can order the usual antipasti and pastas to satisfy any carb cravings. But the menu item that shouldn’t be missed is the maccheroni alla Mugnaia: a single strand of pasta that makes up the entire dish that’s topped with ragu alla’ Abruzzese (tomatoes cooked with lamb, beef, and pork with mini meatballs) served for two. There’s no need to worry about a Lady and the Tramp moment as the dish, which is served on a wooden platter, comes with scissors to divide the entree for two. 145 E. 47th St., 212-754-9800
After all those decadent holiday dishes, going back to basics is appealing—and in New York, that means bagels. The popular Zucker’s Bagels & Smoked Fish has opened on the Upper West Side with reliable hits like bagels and lox, but you can also order one of the new egg sandwiches, a FlatZ bagel (which are flatter and use less dough), and fresh juices. 273 Columbus Ave., 212-874-2800
If you’re already plotting plans for Valentine’s Day, it’s worth noting that L.A. Burdick Handmade Chocolates has a new home in SoHo. The New Hampshire-made fine chocolates blend European techniques with the use of high-quality ingredients. You’ll find bonbons, caramels, bars of dark chocolate, and more sweet gift ideas. 156 Prince St., 212-796-0143
Georgette Farkas is bringing back her “Author, Author! Literary Lunch” series to Rotisserie Georgette on Saturday, January 14 with noted authors Adam Gopnik and Meg Wolitzer. This salon-inspired event features the speakers interviewing each other while a three-course lunch is served at noon with wine pairings. Tickets are $69 per person; order online at rotisserieg.wufoo.com or over the phone. 14 E. 60th St., 212-390-8060
Fragole Ristorante, a homey Carroll Gardens restaurant for the past 13 years, is debuting brunch just in time for the new year. This neighborhood favorite will serve beloved brunch items with Italian touches, such as eggs Benedict Fragole-style with “parma cotto” (poached eggs and hollandaise) and a stuffed burger with stracciatella and lightly-fried pickles. 394 Court St., Brooklyn, 718-522-7133
PHOTOGRAPHY BY PETER GARRITANO (TIM HO WAN)