What should diners expect from Spanish eatery Lamano, and who will Dominique Ansel be collaborating with next? That and more in this week's dining news...
Chelsea Newcomer Lamano Takes Spanish Tapas Seriously
Lamano's menu features a wide variety of Spanish tapas including camarones, greens, and octopus.
The small plates trend is still going strong, but the newly-opened Lamano in Chelsea brings the focus back on the O.G.: Spanish tapas. In this stylish and cozy space, guests can order from chef Mario Hernandez’s menu featuring potatoes mixed with spicy chorizo, razor clams nestled between olives, and boquerones with white anchovies. Order one of the fun cocktails, and you’ll want to keep ordering more plates (no matter the size). 265 W. 20th St., 212-741-2398
Benjamin Prime has debuted a prix-fixe lunch perfect for diners on the go. The three-course menu ($35) includes favorites like the jumbo lump crab cake and hearty cuts of sirloin, but you can order lighter by ordering the cavatappi pasta, which is made with a yellow fin tuna bolognese. Don't finish off the meal without sampling a generous slice of the cheese cake, too. 23 E. 40th St., 212-338-0818
Spanish Resto Huertas to Host Inaugural Pinxto Throwback Week
Between Jan. 9-12, Huertas will go back to its original concept with a focus on passed pintxos for its first Pintxo Throwback Week. The Spanish-style of dining will include hits like duck croquetas, Russian salad, and the popular gildas (skewers of anchovies, Spanish peppers, and olives). The East Village restaurant is also bringing back pintxo pote on Tuesdays, when you can order half-priced pintxos to pair with the cocktails. 107 First Ave., 212-228-4490
Explore Different Italian Cuisines with Italienne's Monday Night Regional Series
Italienne has kicked off its Monday Night Regional Series, when chef Jared Sippel will curate a menu on cuisines from various parts of Italy and France. From Veneto and Piemonte, to Provence and Southern Rhone, guests will feast on a three-course menu with lesser-known dishes that draw inspiration from these regions. 19 W. 24th St., 212-600-5139
Baker Extraordinnaire Dominique Ansel to Team with Wildair Duo on New Dessert
The ever-creative Dominique Ansel is partnering up with chefs Jeremiah Stone and Fabian Von Hauske, the duo behind the popular Wildair, to bring the apple corn dog to life. This whimsical dessert is made of roasted parsnip ice cream with caramelized Gala apples encased in a fluffy almond biscuit and cornmeal batter; it's finished with lashings of homemade apple cider caramel and sprinkled with crispy potato chip feuilletine for a salty flavor. Available from Jan. 14-16, the dessert will be sold beginning at noon until it sells out. 137 Seventh Ave. S., 212-242-5111
Korean Hot Spot Oiji Introduces Winter-Friendly Dishes & Sips
The innovative Korean cuisine from Oiji now includes a parade of new dishes and cocktails perfect for getting through winter. Chers and co-owners Brian Kim and Tae Kyung Ku have introduced items like a scallop "hwe" with spicy Korean mustard dressing (it’s a take on a cold jellyfish and cucumber salad), and squash blossom dumplings with kabocha squash porridge. Pair the dishes with one of the bourbon or gin cocktails to top off your meal. 119 First Ave., 646-767-9050
West Village Eatery Left Bank to Begin Brunch Service for the First Time
This West Village restaurant located on an idyllic corner of Perry and Greenwich streets, is now serving brunch for the first time since opening five years ago. Chef Laurence Edelman brings a European touch to brunch favorites: egg-and-cheese sandwiches are served on a baguette, Dutch baby German-style pancakes are topped with berries, lemon, and cream, and mini-sized grilled cheese sandwiches are served with tomato soup. The popular burger with fontina cheese and caramelized onions is also available on the new menu. 117 Perry St., 212-727-1170