By Bao Ong | September 29, 2015 | Food & Drink
What should you expect at the recent opening of GENUINE Liquorette, and where can you really enjoy sake on World Sake Day? That and more in this week's dining news....
In a city full of craft cocktail-focused bars, there’s always room for another watering hole. At the newly-opened GENUINE Liquorette, however, the design firm AvroKO and its AvroKO Hospitality Group have tapped mixologist Eben Freeman to create a bar program that’s more laid back. The bar is filled with 750 different spirits, and each month Freeman will have bartenders from around the world create special drinks. Monthly cocktail classes will also take place in the California-inspired space. 191 Grand St., 646-726-4633
Strip House has opened its Strip House Next Door Luxury Burger Bar pop-up, which has set up shop next door through the end of the year. Chef Michael Vignola will serve up four different gourmet burgers, from The Blue Steel (filled with American cheese, the restaurant's signature bacon, fried onions, and much more) to the Earth (a vegetarian option with portobello mushroom). It will be open noon-3 p.m. during the week. 11 E. 12th St.
Black Tree made a name for itself on the Lower East Side with tasty sandwiches utilizing local ingredients, and now an expansion to Williamsburg with the opening of Black Tree Bk on October 1 will include a bigger menu. Chef and owner Sandy Dee Hall will cook for an eight-person chef's table featuring tasting menus ranging from seven to 11 courses—all with ingredients sourced within 300 miles of the restaurant. 261 Metropolitan Ave.
The Spotted Pig is known more for it’s fun gastropub fare, but for one day on September 29, an afternoon tea service will be held for the release of Claire Ptak’s book The Violet Bakery Cookbook. Chef April Bloomfield will prepare classic tea sandwiches and savory bites to complement Ptak’s sweets. Seatings are at 3 and 3:30 p.m. ($40 per person). E-mail email@example.com. 314 W. 11th St., 212-260-0393
Jacob’s Pickles will host Atlanta-based SweetWater Brewing Company on September 29 for New York’s first taste of this Southern beer. Representatives from the brewery will be on hand starting at 7 p.m. to serve up the suds, which include IPAs, pilsners, and seasonal brews. 509 Amsterdam Ave., 212-470-5566
SUSHISAMBA will celebrate Japan’s most popular spirit with food and drinks for World Sake Day on October 1. You can tuck into sake-inspired dishes and sip on sake flights served by geishas. The wide range of sakes on the menu include some made by the country’s only female master brewers. The festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. 87 Seventh Ave. S., 212-691-7885
If you’re looking to immerse yourself in Italian cuisine, check out the lineup of classes and tastings taking place at Eataly September 30-October 3 during Identitá Golose. Whether you want to learn about the finest olive oils or how to make the best pasta dish at home, be sure to sign up early because you’ll want a front seat with some of the most respected chefs around. 200 Fifth Ave.
Golden Week, a national Chinese holiday, takes over Hakkasan New York through October 18 with a limited-edition menu. Signature items like the dim sum platter are included but Cantonese dishes such as crispy eggplants with dried fish floss give diners an authentic experience. There’s also a special cocktail included in the menu for two, which is $138.88 to reflect the belief that the number eight brings luck. 311 W. 43rd St., 212-776-1818
Macarons are now on the menu at William Greenberg for the first time at this New York institution. From classic flavors like pistachio to more innovative ones such as peanut butter and jelly, these glueten-free desserts are made locally with quality ingredients. The delicate meringues hold other various jam, buttercream, and ganache fillings that are irresitable—and perfect as a gift. 1100 Madison Ave., 212-861-1340
Brunch fans who dream of tucking into burgers over a boozy brunch should check out Black Tap in SoHo, which just launched its brunch menu. Chef and co-owner Joe Isidori has several burger iterations featured—from The Super Linda (a spicy Mexican burger) to The Burger Brunch Salad (it’s a turkey burger salad minus the bun). A new menu cocktails will pair well with the burgers to top off your perfect brunch. 529 Broome St., 917-639-3089
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF BRIAN DUNN (GENUINE LIQUORETTE)