How is Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer redefining the burger, and what will Tocqueville do to celebrate 15 years? That and more in this week's dining news....
While we’re fans of fancy burgers, the focus on a classic, no-frills burger at the newly-opened Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer in SoHo is one not to miss. Chef and co-owner Joe Isidori offers a menu that includes The All-American burger or more creative takes such as a the steak au poivre burger with blue cheese and peppercorn sauce. Just be sure to wash your choice of burger down with a chocolate milkshake or one of the 40 beers on offer. 529 Broome St., 917-639-3089
Tocqueville celebrates its 15-year anniversary with a five-course tasting menu available throughout March. The menu pays homage to husband-and-wife team chef Marco Moreira and Jo-Ann Makovitzky’s best dishes—from pristine sashimi to French classics like cod brandade. For $135. 1 E. 15th St., 212-647-1515
Before Marco Canora opened Brodo, a side window connected to his restaurant Hearth selling a variety of bone broth soups, he was inspired by Sally Fallon’s book Nourishing Broth. Starting on March 10, a bone broth tasting and dinner will highlight many of Fallon’s described benefits of the Paleo-friendly diet. The evening will also include dishes like sprouted grain risotto with grass-fed butter. Starts at 7 p.m. for $125. 403 E. 12th St., 646-602-1300
If you’re already a fan of 16 Handles and its revolutionary self-serve shop concept, now comes something beyond just frozen yogurt: breakfast, lunch, and snacks ranging from acai bowls to oatmeal topped with vegetables, fruits, granola, and nuts. Coffee and tea also round out the new options now available at the Chelsea location. 178 Eighth Ave., 212-627-2808
While the likes of Sinatra and Madonna may have walked through the doors of previous incarnations of the Holiday Cocktail Lounge, this classic East Village den has now reopened with an alluring bar program to impress the next generation of guests. Owner Robert Ehrlich has tapped brothers Michael and Danny Neff to create cocktails utilizing local ingredients. On the food side, Barbara Sibley has created a menu full of bar snacks. 75 St. Marks Pl., 212-777-9637
Oenophiles with an affinity for Bordeaux wines will be treated to a special wine dinner on March 12 featuring the best of Château Palmer at Clement. The vineyard’s winemaker Thomas Duroux will lead the intimate five-course dinner pairing chef Brandon Kida’s elegant cooking with special wines, including a surprise bottle to be revealed that night. Dinner is $395. Reserve by calling 212-903-3051 or e-mailing [email protected]. 700 Fifth Ave.
Steak and scotch are the focus at a special five-course dinner at Empire Steak House on March 12. Guests will tuck into a perfect steak paired with scotches ranging from Macallan to Highland Park. Cigar fans will also be able to smoke on the restaurant’s heated outdoor patio. Dinner is $150; 6-8 p.m. 237 W. 54th St., 212-586-9700
Chef Jesus Nunez of Socarrat Paella Bar puts a New York spin on paella by adding pastrami from Katz’s Delicatessen and hot dogs from Nathan’s Famous in this classic Spanish favorite. The Big Apple Paella is available through April 12 at all three Socarrat locations. 259 W. 19th St., 212-462-1000; 284 Mulberry St., 212-219-0101; 953 Second Ave., 212-759-0101
For cookbook collectors who never actually cook from them, Top Chef champion Harold Dieterle has launched a Cookbook Dinners series on Mondays this month. He will serve a four-course tasting menu at his cozy restaurant Perilla in the Village. If you’re wondering, Dieterle recently published his own cookbook entitled Kitchen Notebook. Dinner is $60. 9 Jones St., 212-929-6868