By Bao Ong | May 16, 2017 | Food & Drink
How is ballerina Isabella Boylston partnering with Quality Italian on a pasta dish that gives back, and what can guests expect from Sushi by Boū’s fast omakase experience? That and more in this week’s #GothamFoodNews….
Before Isabella Boylston, the American Ballet Theatre’s youngest principal dancer, graces the stage, she usually fuels up on pasta. Boylston has teamed up with chefs Angie Rito and Scott Tacinelli of Quality Italian just in time for the ballet company’s season kick-off to offer a special pasta with proceeds donated to the National Endowment for the Arts. A bowl of “ballerine” pasta in an appropriately twirled shape is mixed with proscuitto and peas in a creamy pecorino sauce, then topped with fresh pea shoots, basil, and burrata. The dish is available during select evening performances through July. 57 W. 57th St., 212-390-1111
Kat Odell’s Day Drinking book launch party at the McCarren Hotel & Pool (160 N. 12th St., Brooklyn) is a perfect chance to get your hands on a book filled with recipes you can use all summer. The ticketed event ($45 tickets on eventbrite.com) runs from 7-10 p.m. and gets you cocktails and a signed copy of the book.
Rahi’s refreshing take on Indian cuisine is reflected both on the plate and around it. Chef Chintan Pandya and owner Roni Muzumdar have turned to Mumbai and Calcutta for inspiration in a space that’s contemporary yet warm. From the kitchen, guests will find dishes like sunchoke vada laced in a tamarind glaze and chili-coconut crumble. Or there’s the charcoal smoked salmon with bright green dhaniwal korma. 60 Greenwich Ave., 212-373-8900
Chef David Bouhadana has opened his latest omakase concept in the Gansevoort Market called Sushi by Boū. You’ll find only four seats at this omakase ($50), where diners are served a 12-piece meal in 30 minutes. If that’s too quick for you, there are also to-go and delivery options. Reservations can be made by text message only. 353 W. 14th St., 917-870-1587
Canal Street Market is filling up with vendors, from designers to chefs, along a busy stretch of Chinatown. Now the team behind Nom Wah Tea Parlor, Nom Wah Nolita, and Fung Tu—which offers up some of the city’s most popular dim sum—has opened Nom Wah Kuai within the space. Here, you’ll be able to order dumplings and a variety of rice bowls filled with toppings like crispy pork and ginger tomatillo—all done quickly (“kuai” means fast in Mandarin). 265 Canal St.
The Lower East Side is bursting with design-forward restaurants with menus that feature Instagrammable grain bowls and avocado toasts, but Butcher Bar isn’t one of those establishments. Here, you’ll find smoked meats, buttermilk chicken sandwiches, burgers, and even a moonshine creamsicle cocktail on the menu. Brunch is expected to launch soon. 146 Orchard St., 212-842-8000
The recently opened Bar Moga is inspired by the moga, a Japanese term for “modern girl” that came about in the early 20th century when Japanese women gained more freedom and adapted Western culture. The cocktails and food mimic this theme with a menu that combines everything from Japanese spirits to snow crab croquettes served with tartar sauce. The wine list features all female winemakers and every dollar from the sale of The Moga cocktail (which combines Japanese whisky, rum, and plum liqueur) is donated to the ACLU and Breast Cancer Research Foundation. 128 W. Houston, 929-399-5853
Female bartenders will take the spotlight on May 21 during the Speed Rack national finals competition at the Weylin (175 Broadway, Brooklyn). From 4-8 p.m., you’ll be able to watch bartenders duke it out as they compete in timed events to create a host of classic cocktails before a panel of judges. Ticket sales ($30 on eventbrite.com) will benefit breast cancer charities.
Dim sum may be a weekend ritual for many, but Cocktails, Dim Sum, and Dreams will pop up at Fung Tu for one night only on May 22. A team of esteemed mixologists will serve cocktails to pair with some of the restaurant’s popular dim sum dishes from 8 p.m.-2 a.m. 22 Orchard St., 212-219-8785
PHOTOGRAPHY BY PAUL WAGTOUICZ (NOM WAY KUAI)