What can you expect from Knickerbocker Hotel's recent openings, and how is Picholine reviving its menu offerings? That and more in this week's dining news....
It’s not one but three openings at the storied Knickerbocker Hotel for celebrated chef Charlie Palmer. The elegant Times Square landmark recently reopened and now boasts Charlie Palmer at The Knick and JAKE’s @ The Knick. An expansive rooftop bar, St. Cloud, is slated to open later this spring. For an upscale dining experience, don’t miss The Knick's martini cart and a locally-sourced menu with executive chef Cliff Denny's The Knick Burger and flash-seared sweetbreads. At JAKE’s, you’ll find a spot to grab coffee and a more casual meal; and if you have any trouble finding a table, Palmer’s popular restaurant Aureole is across the street. 6 Times Sq.
Terrance Brennan’s fine-dining favorite Picholine, which has been in business since 1993, now offers new experiences. Along with a revamped front bar, the eatery boasts a five-course tasting menu ($125), an ambitious 12-course chef’s tasting menu ($210), and a vegetarian prix-fixe option ($125), featuring dishes like the wild mushroom risotto and the roasted parsnip. 35 W. 64th St., 212-724-8585
Brisket tacos, stacked pork enchiladas, and other Tex-Mex favorites take a gourmet turn at the newly-opened Javelina. Owner Matt Post has tapped chef Richard Caruso to lead the kitchen, which churns out house-made tacos, cowboy steaks, and much more. Pair the fun food with cocktails like the Smoky Negroni (which includes mezcal) or a craft beer from Texas. 119 E. 18th St., 212-539-0202
Pardon My French, which recently debuted in the East Village with executive chef Guilherme Barreto, celebrates comforting French fare in a cozy spot with a dining room and a speakeasy. After devouring a roasted lamb shoulder or the thyme-roasted bone marrow, adjourn to the bar for potent absinthe cocktails. 103 Ave. B, 212-358-9683
Fans of the Racines restaurants will be able to savor the cooking of all three outposts during a special dinner on March 26 at the New York location. Executive chef Frédéric Duca will cook with Renaud Marcille of Racines in Paris and Alexandre Navarro of Racines 2. The “6 Hands Dinner” is an eight-course meal ($115), which can be paired with the restaurant’s outstanding organic, biodynamic wines, and includes two dishes from each chef. 94 Chambers St., 212-227-3400
Picking a Marc Forgione restaurant just got easier on Thursday nights. Diners can sample all three of the chef’s TriBeCa eateries by booking through Resy for a group of four. You’ll start off at Khe-Yo (the crunch coconut rice served with kaffir lime sausage is a favorite), walk to American Cut (for steaks, of course), and dig into dessert at Restaurant Marc Forgione. Reservations also cover drink pairings ($150 per person). 157 Duane St., 212-587-1089; 363 Greenwich St., 212-226-4736; 134 Reade St., 212-941-9401
Running now through March 29, the “Mad Men Dining Program” at Strip House and Blue Water Grill will prepare you for the final season of the AMC Network hit television series. You can swig back cocktails inspired by the show like the Vesper and a Blood Orange Sour, which are boozy concoctions Don Draper would most certainly order. 15 W. 44th St., 212-336-5454; 31 Union Square W., 212-675-9500
Just in time for Passover, Breads Bakery offers its flourless menu, which can be ordered ahead of time starting March 27. While the chocolate babka and challah may be among the most popular items here, other favorites for the holiday include coconut macaroons, poppy-chocolate cake, and matzah quiche. 18 E. 16th St., 212-633-2253
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF GEORGINA RICHARDSON