What's in store at Hanoi House, the latest Vietnamese restaurant in NYC, and when can poké enthusiasts score a bowl for just a buck at Pokéworks Bryant Park? That and more in this week's dining news....
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Starr Restaurant Vets Open Vietnamese Resto Hanoi House
Hanoi House is part of the latest wave of Vietnamese restaurants to open in New York. Here, a duo of Starr Restaurant alums, Sara Leveen and Ben Lowell, are bringing the fresh, clean flavors of this Southeast Asian country to the East Village. The family-style menu includes favorites like pho bac (a Hanoi version of the popular beef noodle soup) and cha ca (a fragrant dish of fish marinated in turmeric) that pair perfectly with cold beers. 119 St. Mark’s Pl., 212-995-5010
La Sirena Opens a Tapas Bar Focused on Small Plates
Diners have another reason to flock to the stunning La Sirena by Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich—the Maritime Hotel restaurant has opened Tapas Bar in its barroom. Executive chef Anthony Sasso, of Casa Mono, is in charge of a menu that mixes traditional and more modern touches on a parade of small plates. Patatas bravas are served with sides of miso mayo, sea urchin, chipotle estrattu, and sundried tomato salt in a half sea urchin shell. Octopus is braised in beer, jamon Iberico is served with a side of “cantaloupe crack candy,” and the drink menu, in true Spanish style, is focused on gin and tonics. 88 Ninth Ave., 212-977-6096
The Cecil Chef Turns His Focus to Minton’s, a Historic Harlem Jazz Club
While Harlem’s acclaimed restaurant The Cecil is no longer, executive chef Joseph “JJ” Johnson is now focused on Minton’s, a jazz club in the neighborhood that opened in 1938 a few doors away. A menu full of global influences includes short rib toast, whole market fish, and a popular gumbo dish from The Cecil that combines African, Asian, and American ingredients. Guests can still expect the world-class jazz performances in this historic space. 206 W. 118th St., 212-243-2222
Southern food and culture has inspired a monthly dinner series kicking off at Root & Bone on January 19. Dubbed “Roots of Southern Cooking,” the menus served at these dinners ($100 per person with two cocktails included; tickets on eventbrite.com) draw inspiration from cookbooks across the region. There are dinners with seatings at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. slated for February 28 and March 29 as well. 200 E. Third St.
Fish Cheeks is now offering its Thai seafood-focused menu for lunch Fridays through Sundays. You’ll find shareable dishes such as senn lek tom yum (a melange of Prince Edward Island mussels, shrimp, squid, rice noodles, and more in a shallot-lemongrass broth) and pla muk kai kem (a spicy of mix of stir-fried squid, salted duck egg, scallions, celery leaves, onions, and long red chiles). 55 Bond St., 212-677-2233
Some of the top chefs in America will compete in the prestigious Bocuse d’Or culinary competition being held in Lyon, France this week. To support the competitors and the ment’or foundation—a nonprofit organization that helps find up-and-coming American chefs to feature in the series—Bouchon Bakery is selling special shortbread Toque Cookies (a two pack for $5.50 each) at its various locations through January 31. Multiple locations
Pokéworks’ Bryant Park location is celebrating its first anniversary on January 21 with $1 poke bowls for the first 100 customers. The shop will open at noon and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Monterey Bay Aquarium (one the major proponents of sustainable seafood). There will also be raffles of gift cards and other prizes. 63 W. 37th St., 212-575-8881