By Bao Ong | May 2, 2017 | Food & Drink
How is Chelsea’s iconic Empire Diner reinventing its menu, and what’s the scoop on trying Miami’s coveted Bird & Bone at Smorgasburg this weekend? That and more in this week’s #GothamFoodNews….
Empire Diner is one of Chelsea’s most iconic structures with its retro appeal, proximity to art galleries, and history of being a late-night hangout. But after going through different ownership in recent years, a new partnership between John DeLucie and Cafeteria Group Partners could be the key to success. DeLucie brings in a stylish set, while Cafeteria Group has operated the ever-popular Cafeteria nearby since 1998. Patrons will find elevated diner fare from chef du cuisine Justin Neubeck, from crispy artichokes to the Empire Double Patty Burger. 210 10th Ave., 212-335-2277
Wylie Dufresne is back on the culinary map with Du’s Donuts and Coffee at The William Vale Hotel in Williamsburg. A host of creative flavors will be available starting at 8 a.m. during the week and 9 a.m. on weekends, until they’re sold out. You’ll also be able to watch the kitchen make donuts ranging from grapefruit chamomile to peanut butter yuzu. 107 N. 12th St., Brooklyn
The Billionaire Martini price tag at the Marmara Park Hotel? $5,000. This cocktail is made with elit Pristine Water Series Andean Edition vodka and dusted with edible 24-karat gold flakes. The best part? Anyone who orders this drink through May 7 also gets the keys to the penthouse for one night. 114 E. 32nd St.
Kesté Pizza & Vino’s popular Neapolitan-style pies are now available in the Financial District at the family-owned restaurant’s third location. More than 70 types of pizzas, from gluten-free varieties to more seasonal creations, will be on a menu that also features seasonal Italian dishes. 77 Fulton St., 212-693-9030
Chef Scott Conant, whose pasta al pomodoro helped make Scarpetta a hit, is back with his first solo New York restaurant in almost a decade. Fusco—which is named after Conant’s grandmother—is a showcase of his take on Italian food. Guests will find hits like lobster gnudi and truffled pea Caesar with caviar in this vibrant restaurant filled with intimate banquettes and a mirrored dining room. 43 E. 20th St., 212-777-5314
One of Miami’s most popular restaurants, Bird & Bone, will sell its hot fried chicken at Smorgasburg on May 6 and 7. Executive chef Richard Hales’ Southern-style chicken will be available at Smorgasburg Williamsburg (90 Kent Ave., Brooklyn) and Smorgasburg Prospect Park (Well House Dr., Brooklyn) from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Loosie’s Café is an airy greenhouse that’s an extension of Loosie’s Kitchen in Williamsburg slated to open on May 5. The menu at this all-day includes grain bowls, superfood donuts (think flavors like matcha spirulina or banana chaga), charcoal detox drinks, and kombucha. The space takes on a bar vibe later in the day with happy hour and cocktails. 93 S. Sixth St., Williamsburg
Porter House Bar and Grill is launching its Brunch + Learn series on May 6 from noon-1:30 p.m. ($45, which includes brunch and cocktails; tickets on eventbrite.com). A panel of photographers, editors, and social media influencers will talk about food photography during an interactive shoot while guests enjoy brunch. 10 Columbus Cir.
Get a jumpstart on the Kentucky Derby this year with a “Thurby” Derby party on Thursday, May 4 from 7-9 p.m. at Phebe’s Restaurant (316 Bowery), where you’ll revel in a local Kentucky tradition. Maker’s Mark and Bars + Crafts have partnered for this event where guests will work on craft projects, sip cocktails, and enjoy light bites.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JARED ZUCKERMAN (LOOSIE’S CAFE), NICOLE FRANZEN (FUSCO)