How is Greenwich Steakhouse reimagining the typical steakhouse format, and when can you listen to opera as you tuck into pasta at Giovanni Rana Pastificio & Cucina? That and more in this week's food news....
Greenwich Steakhouse is the antithesis of the grandiose, oftentimes corporate-feeling steakhouses dotting Midtown. Located in a three-story West Village townhouse, this restaurant has a more intimate feel with elegant touches (think soft natural colors, brass details, and a bistro vibe). Chef Victor Chavez, who has led the kitchen at the popular Smith & Wollensky for decades, came out of retirement to open this turnkey steakhouse. You’ll find a prime dry-aged porterhouse for two, lamb chops, oysters, and classic cocktails to round out your meal. 62 Greenwich Ave., 212-553-5000
Gastropub fare gets a gourmet touch at the newly-opened The Fat Monk. Chef Rob McCue, of reality cooking show Hell's Kitchen fame, offers items like Dungeness crab tater tots and Shepard’s pie that incorporate local ingredients sourced from the North Fork of Long Island. The Upper West Side eatery is modeled after a London gastropub with stained glass doors, Edison lights bulbs, and an extensive list of beers and wines. 949 Columbus Ave., 212-837-2334
A string of successful French restaurants in New York has Gotham Bar and Grill’s chef Alfred Portale turning back to his roots in classical French cooking with a pop-up concept within his New American restaurant. Gotham French 75 will open on March 1 for the entire month and feature a four-course menu ($75) that starts off with the French 75 cocktail before guests dig into dishes such as roast leg of lamb and a selection of charcuterie. The pop-up is reservations only. 12 E. 12th St., 212-260-4020
Sample a little bit of everything at The Flower Shop, a hip eatery located on the border of Chinatown and the Lower East Side. There are plenty of drinks available here, but you’ll also find executive chef Michael Hamilton’s “modern Americana” menu featuring roasted maitake mushrooms with beluga lentils, kale, and a soft egg, or a heartier cheeseburger slathered with black garlic mayo. 107 Eldridge St., 212-257-4072
Italian fare, wine, and opera are three items that pair perfectly. At Giovanni Rana Pastificio & Cucina in Chelsea Market, an opera festival in partnership with the New York City Opera will feature three special nights from February 28-March 2. Guests will dig into bowls of pasta as classic arias from the likes of Tosca and Madama Butterfly are performed live by NYCO singers. 75 Ninth Ave., 212-370-0975
Antica Pesa Spotlights New Menu Items with Seasonal Ingredients
Antica Pesa risotto alla Barbabietola rossa.
Antica Pesa has debuted new menu items that will get you through the last weeks of winter while building up excitement for spring. From grilled octopus and risotto in a red beetroot cream to spaghetti with clams and grilled branzino, the Williamsburg eatery (a sister restaurant to the popular Rome location) highlights some of the season’s freshest ingredients. There are even gluten- and dairy-free items on the menu. 115 Berry St., Brooklyn, 347-763-2635
Unico Global Tacos (31-31 Thomson Ave., Queens) and Tapestry (60 Greenwich Ave.) will now offer an array of internationally-inspired tacos in a collaboration between Michelin-starred chef Suvir Saran and Roni Mazumdar. At Unico in Long Island City, flavors ranging from Mexican to Korean will be on the menu, and Saran’s restaurant Tapestry will serve some of the tacos at its bar in Greenwich Village.
Roman Street Food Arrives in New York Courtesy of Trapizzino
Popular Roman street food favorite Trapizzino has opened its first U.S. location here in NYC. Pizzaiolo Stefano Callegari is introducing his triangular sandwiches (made from pizza bianca bread), and New Yorkers can expect to find fillings like beef meatballs or heritage pork in the stuffed sandwiches. 144 Orchard St., 212-475-2555