May 23, 2017
By Bao Ong | April 18, 2017 | Food & Drink
What does Coffeemania offer in addition to coffee, and how is Norman bringing Scandinavian food to Greenpoint, Brooklyn? That and more in this week's #GothamFoodNews....
Once you descend below street level into the newest Japanese restaurant in Midtown, you have three options: an elegant kaiseki experience at Suzuki, a seat at one of the ten chairs surrounding the sushi bar at Satsuki, or ordering cocktails at the Three Pillars lounge. The kaiseki dinner by chef Takashi Yamamoto draws on seasonal influences with dishes such as homemade tofu, sashimi, and even béchamel gratin with shrimp and trumpet mushrooms served in a cooked apple. 114 W. 47th St., 212-278-0010
Williamsburg’s hip The Four Horsemen has launched a late-night menu that goes beyond the usual pizzas and burgers. Chef Nick Curtola is cooking up yakitori between 11 p.m.-1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The skewers of chicken, from thighs and scallions to liver, are served with yuzu mayo and perfect for sharing. 295 Grand St., Brooklyn, 718-599-4900
From food to design, a taste of Scandinavia has come to Greenpoint, Brooklyn, with the opening of Norman. Claus Meyer and Fredrik Berselius have opened this all-day restaurant (though dinner, brunch, and a late-night menu is yet to debut) in the hip A/D/O space, which was originally set up for designers. Chefs will cook up dishes like ancient grain porridge, sunchoke soup, and slow-roasted pork shoulder from behind an open kitchen with a marble bar. 29 Norman Ave., Brooklyn, 347-966-2092
T45, the Hyatt Centric Times Square New York’s headlining restaurant, has reopened with a fresh look and new menu. A hip redesign mixes vintage pieces with a whimsical wall featuring 8,000 antique hotel key tags. Nick Pellicone’s menu caters to NYC’s eclectic palate with items like Korean fried chicken, Italiano toast, and a New York strip steak. 135 W. 45th St., 646-364-1234
Don’t let its name fool you—Coffeemania is much more than a coffee shop. The modern, open space set just steps from Bryant Park is filled with a mix of oak, brass, and gold-colored walls and feels more upscale than your typical fast-dining eateries. Breakfast can begin with an order of draniki (a traditional Russian potato pancake served with Skuna Bay salmon) and dinner includes lighter dishes like hamachi tartare, as well burgers and pastas. 1065 Ave. of Americas, 212-221-2510
Whether you simply love beer or you’re an aficionado, the BEER MANSION festival by Brooklyn Brewery MASH on April 21-22 is a must-attend event. An array of lesser-known beers will be served as part of an unlimited beer tasting that includes bites from favorites like Roberta’s and Bunker. Tickets are limited (brooklynbrewerymash.com) and the event runs from 6-10 p.m. both nights at The Monto & The Well (272 Meserole St., Brooklyn).
Trendy Japanese izakaya-style restaurant Zuma has debuted its Zuma Nitro Espresso Martini. This creative cocktail features a mix of cold brew coffee, sencha green tea, vanilla liquor, Grey Goose vodka, and a housemade caramelized popcorn syrup to top it all off. Consider it a revamp of the classic espresso martini. 261 Madison Ave., 212-544-9862
Pig Bleecker in Greenwich Village has launched weekend brunch from 12-3 p.m. with a hearty menu: think fried chicken and waffles with smoked and fried chicken thighs, cacio e pepe with a slow-cooked egg, and a smoked pork roll. 155 Bleecker St., 646-756-5115
PHOTOGRAPHY BY EVAN SUNG (NORMAN)