By Bao Ong | March 28, 2017 | Food & Drink
What’s on the menu at Tuscan-inspired Fiaschetteria Pistoia, and where can you taste four different varieties of Pappy Van Winkle as you enjoy complementing food courses? That and more in this week’s dining news….
Executive chef Zivko Radojcic’s interpretation of modern Mediterranean cuisine is a personal one that combines his Serbian heritage and years of working in elite New York kitchens. Marlow Bistro on the Upper West Side is a charming space where diners will find a menu filled with simple-but-elegant items like an organic poached egg with roasted Brussels sprouts, creamy polenta, and bacon sauce. Heartier dishes include a Balkan-inspired goulash with ricotta cavatelli and sour cream as well as homemade black tagliatelle with calamari, chorizo, and sun-dried tomato pesto. Perhaps equally as stunning as the dishes is a view of the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine across the street. 1018 Amsterdam Ave., 212-662-9020
Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bakery & Café at Columbus Circle has launched breakfast daily from 8-11 a.m. Enjoy fluffy brioche French toast topped with caramelized bananas at a proper sit-down breakfast, or pick up Keller’s signature pastries, like vanilla custard and flaky pain au chocolate, to go. 10 Columbus Cir.
Emanuele Bugiani’s Fiaschetteria Pistoia Tuscan-inspired East Village restaurant features a menu teeming with family recipes. A long line of cooks in Bugiani’s family have perfected recipes like pappa al pomodoro (a sort of tomato and basil soup that’s thickened with bread) and chicken liver crostinis—just like nonna’s cooking. 647 E. 11th St., 212-777-3355
Root & Bone’s latest Roots of Southern Cooking Cookbook Dinner Series will feature recipes from classic Southern cookbooks on March 29 for dinner ($50 per guest, reservations can be made by selecting the date of the event on opentable.com). The books highlight recipes from South Carolina, including shecrab soup and frogmore stew. You can add the restaurant’s popular fried chicken to the tasting for an additional $6. 200 E. Third St.
One of Brooklyn’s most beloved bakeries, Bien Cuit, has opened an outpost at Grand Central Market where you’ll find chef Zachary Golper’s award-winning breads, pastries, and desserts. Fans of the bakery and commuters alike will be able to watch bakers put the finishing touches on an impressive array of treats made with sustainably-sourced ingredients. 89 W. 42nd St., 718-697-0526
A fresh spring menu at CAVA Grill is bursting with seasonal ingredients to welcome the warmer weather ahead. The healthy, Mediterranean fast-casual restaurant has rolled out a juice menu with raspberry and grapefruit shrub, strawberry mint lime, and more. Executive chef and founder Dimitri Moshovitis has developed a line of new dressings ideal for the popular grain bowls, salads, and pitas. 143 Fourth Ave.
Tasting one bottle of Pappy Van Winkle is rare enough, so when four expressions (ranging from 10 to 23 years) are spotlighted in an exclusive tasting, it’s a highly-coveted seat. On April 19, in a private dining room at the Bryant Park Grill (25 W. 40th St.), Jeff Isaacson, director of bar and beverage operations at Ark Restaurants, will join forces with chef Gadi Weinreich to feature a four-course tasting dinner to complement each of the bottles. There are only 20 tickets (RSVP to Jordan Cohen at [email protected] or 212-840-6500) and they’re priced accordingly: $500 per person.
On April 3, Porchlight’s Mark Maynard-Parisi and Tertulia’s Seamus Mullen are co-hosting a benefit for Chefs Cycle for Share Our Strength/No Kid Hungry at Porchlight (271 11th Ave.) from 8-11 p.m. Tickets ($50 on universe.com) get you access to passed tapas and four specialty Porchlight cocktails, and a portion of all proceeds will be donated to fight hunger.
Umami Burger kicked off its new Artists Series with a collaboration with Cindy Crawford and her husband Rande Gerber. Cindy worked on developing Cindy’s Casa burger, a duo of jalapeno-stuffed beef patties with crushed avocado, butter lettuce, oven-roasted tomatoes, and more that can be paired with Gerber’s spicy margarita made with Casamigos Tequila. Through May 12, a dollar from each burger or drink will be donated to the American Family Children’s Hospital. Multiple locations
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF WESLEY VERHOEVE (BIEN CUIT), MARGARET PATTILLO (PAPPY VAN WINKLE)