How is Justin Smillie putting a New York twist on typically California fare at Upland, and what NYC restaurants are serving up hearty fall game? That and more in this week's dining news....
Farro spaghetti at Upland.
Justin Smillie Offers Cali Cuisine With an NYC Twist at Upland
There’s a constant battle for restaurant supremacy between the East and West coasts, but that didn’t stop chef Justin Smillie and restaurateur Stephen Starr from calling their Big Apple venture Upland—the name of the Southern California town where Smillie was born. The premise here? California-inspired food, of course. Smillie, who gained a devout following while cooking at Il Buco Alimentari, is focused on bringing the ingredient-driven cuisine of his background, but with a New York twist. From beef tartare to slow-roasted sunchokes, the menu is composed of dishes you’d want to eat no matter which coast you call the best. 345 Park Ave. S., 212-686-1006
SNOB Opens on the Rooftop of the Hotel Americano
The hip, stylish crowds that flock to the Hotel Americano just off the High Line can now enjoy a rooftop restaurant dubbed “SNOB” with views of the city skyline and Hudson River. The menu includes dishes you’d want to order in your own private chalet—think crepes filled with wild mushrooms and chorizo or the chocolate mezcal fondue—as well as stiff drinks to keep you warm all winter long. 518 W. 27th St., 212-525-0000
Kingside Celebrates One Year With a Six-Course Menu
Fans of chef Marc Murphy will want to make a reservation at the chef’s counter, which offers a bird’s-eye view of the kitchen, to celebrate Kingside’s first birthday. The six-course One Year of Kingside menu ($90), created by Murphy and the Gerber Group, is available until November 9. The Rosemary’s Baby cocktail is a fine beginning to a meal featuring dishes such as pan-roasted turbot and Wagyu short rib. You’ll want to linger in this handsome space that’s brought life to an otherwise drab stretch of Midtown. 124 W. 57th St., 212-707-8000
Alidoro Opens in Midtown
SoHo’s Alidoro brings its popular Italian sandwiches to Midtown. Guests can order one of Walter Momente’s prosciutto-stuffed sandwiches (we like the Pinocchio and Michelangelo), or any number of salads, to enjoy among the communal seating in the dining room of this authentic Italian eatery. 18 E. 39th St., 646-692-4330
Hearty Fall Game at BLT Steak and Daniel
If the chilly fall temperatures have you craving heartier dishes, there are great options around town. Check out BLT Steak’s (106 E. 57th St.) wild game blackboard specials, where roasted venison with turnips, cipollini onions, and huckleberry jus is featured throughout November. Over at Daniel (60 E. 65th St.), the annual fall game dinner ($410) takes place on November 7 beginning with a 6:30 p.m. reception. Four courses—featuring meats like pheasant, wild boar, and duck—will be paired with great wines. Call 212-933-5261 for reservations.
Peninsula New York Extends Its Brunch
Clement, the Peninsula New York hotel’s elegant fine-dining restaurant, now offers brunch all weekend long. Chef Brandon Kida sources local ingredients for this Taste of the Market menu featuring three courses ($56). Diners can order classic egg dishes and add oysters or a DIY Bloody Mary bar for the weekend brunch ritual. 700 Fifth Ave., 212-903-3918