May 23, 2017
By Bao Ong | May 24, 2016 | Food & Drink
Graffiti Earth makes it their goal to provide guests with environmentally friendly meals, while patrons at Hail Mary can expect a diverse twist on the classic late-night diner. The scoop on that and more in this week's dining news....
Zucchini hummus pizza at Grafitti Earth.
Graffiti Earth’s focus on sustainable dining goes beyond the name of the restaurant. Chef Jehangir Mehta’s menu utilizes plants by coupling the ingredients with meat and seafood-centric dishes, from Malbec mole duck with pepper seaweed pasta to shitake panna cotta with long pepper squid, even the fish featured on the menu calls upon varieties that are not often available. The restaurant seats only 20, with a nine-seat private dining room, and is Mehta’s canvas for serving global fare with influences from his Indian and Persian heritage. 190 Church St., 212-542-9440
While Suvir Saran made a name for himself with Indian cuisine, his latest restaurant Tapestry covers a diverse range of flavors. Guests at this 70-seat restaurant in the West Village can order dishes ranging from fried chicken and slaw to an Italian-style risotto with Indian tarka. Saran also dedicated a significant amount of time to create a contemporary, sleek feel at Tapestry with whitewashed brick, detailed woodwork, and white marble among the design touches. 60 Greenwich St., 212-373-8900
Popular Lower East Side eatery El Rey Coffee Bar & Luncheonette now boasts a new chef—Mason Lindahl—and a revamped interior. The breakfast and lunch menus comprise healthful options such as beet yogurt with Brazil nuts and a coconut grain bowl with spring vegetables. A new dinner menu is expected to debut in June with a more in-depth wine and beer list. The shoebox-sized space also includes new terrazzo countertops where you can enjoy beverages like a Vietnamese coffee slushie and frozen rosé. 100 Stanton St., 212-260-3950
Late-night diners have always been a staple to the New York dining experience. In Greenpoint, the husband-and-wife team of Ham and Sohla El-Waylly have opened Hail Mary to put their twist on the classic American greasy spoon. The menu highlights innovative dishes like a deviled egg dip, which includes trout roe, smoked maple, “Ritz” crackers made from scratch, Ranch Texas Toast, and short rib stroganoff. The interior is just as whimsical as the menu with what Sohla calls a “grandma-chic” aesthetic. 68 Greenpoint Ave., Brooklyn, 347-422-0645
The Brooklyn Museum’s newest restaurant The Norm is all about… Brooklyn. Chef Saul Bolton nods to the borough's diverse culinary scene with elements of Mexican, Japanese, Indo-Chinese, and American dishes. You can start with snacks like chicharones al pastor before tucking into rich tonkatsu-style ramen or the dry-aged Norman burger. A musical playlist will also be curated by artists to connect the restaurant, which was designed by Anda Andrei, with the museum. 200 Eastern Pkwy., Brooklyn, 718-230-0897
Large-format dining is now available on weeknights at Rebelle, where chef Daniel Eddy has launched a menu of favorites like roast chicken and whole sole meuniere. The shareable items can be paired with seasonal dishes such as carrot a la plancha and leek vinaigrette. 218 Bowery, 917-639-3880
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF GRAFFITI EARTH