By Bao Ong | May 23, 2017 | Food & Drink
What's in store for the reopening of Grand Central's most iconic bar, and what can guests expect at Maison Premiere's Memorial Day Party? That and more in this week’s #GothamFoodNews….
Under the Gerber Group and Ingrao Inc., the private space has kept its Florentine design, soaring hand-painted ceiling, and impressive fireplace. Patrons can order classic and more modern cocktails to pair with an upscale bar menu (think meatball sliders, tuna tartare tacos, and a kale and endive salad). 15 Vanderbilt Ave., 212-297-1781
Seaport Summer, which brings together a variety of culinary and entertainment to the Seaport District, is kicking off the season with the opening of Clinton Hall on May 24. The gastropub’s menu is teeming with draft beers and an equally impressive number of burgers. The fondue burger is filled with cheese and French fries, but if that’s too adventurous, a lineup of top chefs for the summer is slated for the coming months. 203 Front St.
William Greenberg Desserts, one of the mainstay bakeries on the Upper East Side, has opened downtown at the Oculus with a number of desserts exclusive to its kiosk. Aside from the classic black-and-white cookies, there will be cake balls, red velvet croissants, and blueberry crumbcake available daily from 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Oculus, 33-69 Vesey St.
At Miss Ada, chef and owner Tomer Blechman brings a touch of the Mediterranean to Fort Greene, Brooklyn, with a cozy space that also features a backyard filled with herbs and plants. Whether you order the lamb shawarma salad or baba ganoush, you’ll find a modern spin on Israeli and Middle Eastern cooking here. There’s also a touch of Russian tradition (Blechman’s family is Russian, though he was born in Tel Aviv) here if you’d like to start a meal with a shot of vodka with a pickled mushroom. 184 Dekalb Ave., 917-909-1023
Fans of Fornino will have a more expansive space to enjoy the wood-fired cooking of chef-owner Michael Ayoub in a new Williamsburg location just steps from the East River. The popular pizzas are still on the menu, but guests can feast on arancini, meatballs, fried smashed potatoes, and a handful of pastas. Ayoub’s attention to details goes beyond the menu with glass light fixtures handblown by the chef adorning the restaurant. 291 Kent Ave., 718-384-6004
Long Island wines, Brooklyn-made beer, and small batch gins. Any fan of New York’s best alcohol should beeline to the Taste New York event on May 24 at Pier A Harbor House for an evening filled with the state’s best beverages. Producers of spirits, wine, beer, and cider will be on hand to showcase their drinks, which will be paired with light bites (including an oyster bar.). Tickets ($75-$125) are available online for the event, which runs from 6-8:30 p.m. Pier A Harbor House, 22 Battery Pl., 212-785-0153
There’s always more room for fries. At 375°, classic French and Belgian thick-cut fries are the specialty. Thrice cooked fries are served in cones and can be topped with one of 16 sauces, from gorgonzola mayo to white truffle mayo. Or you can get more creative with banh mi, nacho, and Swedish poutine-inspired takes. 124 Ludlow St., 646-682-7578
Memorial Day at Maison Premiere has become a tradition for many fans of this bar specializing in oysters and cocktails. From 12-2 p.m. on May 29, guests can add BBQ to the mix as well as live jazz. A new dinner menu is also being served from 5-11 p.m. and drinks are served late for the extended holiday weekend.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY MICHAEL TULIPAN (MISS ADA)