The seasonal, market-driven cooking we’re accustomed to these days wasn’t the norm in the '80s unless you dined at places like Jams, a popular Upper East Side restaurant that served what many described as “California cuisine.” Now chef Jonathan Waxman has brought back Jams at the 1 Hotel Central Park with dishes ranging from the pizzette with pesto, goat cheese, mozzarella, squash blossom, and cherry tomatoes to lobster with blood sausage, garlic butter, corn, and potatoes. The unfussy menu is served in an airy space designed by AvroKo with touches of white oak and neutral tones with lots of sunlight—a perfect stage for the food. 1414 Sixth Ave., 212-703-2007
Sopra’s Aegean Islands Dinner Series, which kicks off August 29 and runs every Saturday night through October 3, is a great way to experience a bit of that laid-back Greek vacation we all dream about. These intimate communal dinners feel like you’re dining in someone’s home as you hang out in the kitchen, drink lots of wine, and devour executive chef Rachel Goulet’s five-course meal—think grilled fish and braised greens. Each evening ($150 per person) kicks off with aperitifs at 7:30 p.m. and dinner at 8 p.m. 115 E. 60th St., 212-339-8363
If you haven’t discovered Taboon, a hidden gem at the edges of Hell’s Kitchen, check out this Middle Eastern-meets-Mediterranean restaurant’s first annual hummus festival running from August 27-September 5. Executive chef Efi Nahon has put together a menu of a dozen hummus dishes. Don't expect the Mediterranean spread in its dip form though—it's incorporated into dishes like mashed lamb kebabs and a tahini root beer gelato dessert. The menu is available at dinner. 773 10th Ave., 212-713-0271
From your college days of eating it for dinner to finding it in a dessert at Momofuku Milk Bar, cereal clearly isn’t just a breakfast food. Now KITH Treats, the city’s first cereal bar, is opening inside KITH Brooklyn’s sprawling retail space. Fashion meets food at Ronnie Fieg’s lifestyle store with 24 different cereal flavors (Apple Jacks and Lucky Charms are just a few options), five different types of milk, and 25 topping options (think cookie dough and mini marshmallows), served in a collectible mini shoebox. 233 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, 347-889-6114
Get a jumpstart on the US Open at the Taste of Tennis running from August 26-29. During various celebratory events, you’ll rub elbows with pros, chefs, and some celebrities. The big Taste of Tennis Gala on August 27 at the W New York (541 Lexington Ave.) features copious amounts of food from 7-10 p.m. Or, you can snag a ticket to spot some of the top tennis players on August 29 in the Measure Lounge at Langham Place New York, Fifth Avenue between 7-9 p.m.
Porchlight isn't just about the cocktails (although the drinks alone are more than enough reason to head to the West Chelsea boîte). Executive chef Jean-Paul Bourgeois has unveiled a lineup of sandwiches for lunch and dinner: from a summer-perfect chicken salad to a traditional and vegetarian take on the Po’ Boy. 271 11th Ave., 212-981-6188