Añejo offers a special drink with proceeds that support Orlando shooting victims, and the team behind Brooklyn Winery turns its focus to food with BKW. Details on that and more in this week's dining news....
Beer-glazed pork ribs at BKW.
The Team Behind Brooklyn Winery Focuses on Food at BKW
For a number of years now, Williamsburg's Brooklyn Winery has lured a crowd that's mainly interested in its wine. Now, the culinary side takes center stage with the team behind Brooklyn Winery opening BKW in Crown Heights. Chef Michael Gordon is heading up the kitchen and cooking small and large plates of dishes ranging from crispy Brussels sprouts to root beer-glazed pork ribs with heirloom baked beans. The refined dining room is filled with warm leather panels and walnut wood mixed in with earth tones and natural lighting through a skylight. It’s a perfect setting for food and wine. 747 Franklin Ave., Brooklyn, 718-399-1700
Cafe Medi Brings a Taste of the Mediterranean to the LES
The Lower East Side offers a little bit of everything, but if you’re on the hunt for Mediterranean food, head to Café Medi in the Hotel on Rivington. You’ll find a menu filled with dishes perfect for summer, from cucumber tartar with fennel to Montauk fluke ceviche from executive chef Vincent Chirico’s kitchen. There’s also outdoor dining and an eight-seat crudo bar, just in time for the recently opened late-night lounge JIA in the hotel. 107 Rivington St., 212-796-8040
Fans of Ruby’s Cafe in SoHo can now find the tiny restaurant’s Australian fare in a second Murray Hill outpost. While the popular Bronte Burger will still be featured on the menu, this new outlet will offer new dishes like crispy rice bowls and the Bondi Burger (which swaps in a zesty-chili marinated chicken breast). There are also plans to open a third location in Manhattan and one on the West Coast next year. 442 Third Ave.
Añejo Supports Orlando Shooting Victims with a Cocktail
The Añejo Pulse will be a featured cocktail available throughout June at Añejo Tribeca and Añejo Hell’s Kitchen to help raise funds for victims of the recent events in Orlando. The summertime concoction features tequila, Thai basil syrup, lime, and fresh blueberry puree and $3 from every order will be donated (except on June 26 when all proceeds will be donated) to a GoFundMe campaign set up for the victims’ families. 301 Church St., 212-920-6270; 668 10th Ave., 212-920-4770
New Orleans' Chef Alon Shaya Gives Us a Combo of Cultures at Chef's Club
One of New Orleans' most in-demand chefs, Alon Shaya, will cook at a Chef’s Club pop-up on June 22-23. The menu is perhaps best described as a merging of Cajun and Israeli flavors with dishes like crab meat tabouleh and blackened eggplant salad with tahini and pine nuts. There are a la carte dishes as well as a five-course tasting menu to choose from. 275 Mulberry St.
Sushi Seki is throwing a Tanabata Festival celebration on June 28 with a variety of rare sake paired with impressive omakase offerings. A seven-course menu ($220) will put a spotlight on sake from Dassai, one of the most respected sake breweries in Japan. 365 W. 46th St., 212-262-8880
If you’re looking for a particularly decadent happy hour, check out American Cut TriBeCa’s “Cavi-Hour” ($25) where you’ll find a flight of caviar on mini puff pastries paired with either a glass of champagne or Absolut Elyx vodka on the rocks. 363 Greenwich Ave., 212-226-4736