What should you expect from August's new Upper East Side location, and how is Upholstery Store Food and Wine working to elevate bar fare in the West Village? That and more in this week's dining news....
At Upholstery Store: Food and Wine, Chef Kurt Gutenbrunner offers a sleek space with gentle lighting and Viennese-inspired art. Wine Director Leo Schneemann curates quality wines (many of which are biodynamic and not commonly found in the U.S.) and sophisticated cocktails that pair perfectly with Gutenbrunner’s modern cuisine. Whether you decide to order oysters topped with uni or lobster rolls, Upholstery will easily become your go-to spot for quality drinks and inventive menus. 713 Washington St., 212-929-6384
Beloved West Village restaurant August, which closed not long ago, is now open on the Upper East Side. The comforting cuisine of Chef Josh Eden features the same market-driven ingredients that are hallmarks of popular dishes like the Jerusalem artichoke soup and roasted squash ravioli. With the white-washed brick wall, hanging staghorn ferns, and marble-top bar, August is the type of neighborhood restaurant you’ll enjoy no matter the season. 791 Lexington Ave., 212-935-1433
There are seemingly endless options for truffle tastings, but if there’s one not to miss out on, it’s Daniel’s annual black truffle dinner. Chef Jean Francois will cook up a five-course tasting menu with the treasured Provence morsels. Truffles will adorn dishes like roasted squab, and all creations will be accompanied by premier wines. E-mail [email protected] for reservations. Reception starts at 6:30 p.m. Dinner is at 7:30 p.m. on January 29. The tasting menu is $600. 60 E. 65th St., 212-288-0033
The Peninsula New York's fine dining restaurant, Clement Restaurant & Bar, is launching its "Artisan Dinner Series" with a caviar feast featuring Petrossian’s Royal Transmontanus products. Chef Brandon Kida will cook up a seafood-filled menu to highlight the “black pearls of the sea” during an intimate dinner. Upcoming events in the series will focus on wines, local produce, seafood, and cheese. E-mail the restaurant for reservations. Dinner is February 11 at 7 p.m. and for $145 includes five courses and wine pairings. 700 Fifth Ave., 212-903-3918
We Olive, an adorable Brooklyn store with an array of California-made olive oils, allows customers to taste and purchase its products, and demonstrates how to pair wines with olive oil-based dishes. Bonus: Be sure to stick around as We Olive hosts a happy hour during the weekdays and a Sunday brunch. 116 Smith St., 718-855-2907
Hôtel Plaza Athénée's Arabelle restaurant debuts an elegant three-course Sunday brunch. Tuck into fluffy lemon-ricotta crepes or a hearty serving of steak, salmon, and eggs—you'll want to linger over brunch at this historic hotel. Pre-fixe menu is $49 and available from noon to 2:30 p.m. 37 E. 64th St., 212-606-4647