Skip heavy Italian food during summer’s latest heatwave and check out La Pecora Bianca. Restaurateur Mark Barak’s latest restaurant offers customers a menu filled with lighter options. You can order salads or one of the house-made pastas and linger over a meal in the handsome dining room, which is fashioned after an Italian farmhouse. Breakfast and lunch service will be available soon. 1133 Broadway, 212-498-9696
Dominique Ansel, the talented chef who’s constantly tempting us with desserts beyond the Cronut, just unveiled a fall menu at Dominique Ansel Kitchen. Among the newest creations, we’re excited about the maple apple muffin with lardo—a treat shaped like a pig and topped with a slice of melted lardo on a muffin. Other seasonal items worth salivating over include the blackberry shortcake with birch maple mousse and the plum frangipane tart with sorrel and star anise. 137 Seventh Ave. S., 212-242-5111
The juicing craze these days isn’t so simple—is it cold-pressed, how many ingredients are used, what’s the shelf life? Tiny Empire, which just opened a new location in SoHo, is focused on the less-is-more mantra. The juices—whether you order a beet and carrot or orange, grapefruit, and cayenne—are organic and contain no preservatives. Guests can also order other nutrient-packed options like acai bowls and kale salads. 234 Lafayette St.
Some of the city’s freshest seafood is now available for breakfast inside Chelsea Market at the Lobster Place. Between 8:30-10:30 a.m., you can find a bagel menu that features everything from smoked salmon to caviar cream cheese. More traditional items like bacon, egg, and cheese are also offered here. 75 Ninth Ave., 212-255-5672
The revival of the Seaport District keeps growing with its latest opening: Market Bar. This watering hole, located in the Fulton Stall Market, focuses on wine and beer, with many of the options coming from New York breweries. Order a drink and enjoy the historic views of the seaport. 207A Front St.
A little bit of Puerto Rico is scattered across New York, from the Nuyorican influences in the Lower East Side to the festive street parades. Tickets are now on sale for the Puerto Rico Meets NYC food festival slated for September 30 through October 4 in Manhattan. Some of the island’s best chefs will gather to cook at dinners and events across the city. New York’s talented toques will also partner up with the visiting chefs to spotlight Puerto Rican food. Purchase tickets on eventbrite.com.
Two new Brooklyn restaurants, both in Williamsburg, are now offering brunch on the weekends. At chef Michael Psilakis’ MP Taverna Brooklyn (470 Driggs Ave., 929-250-2312), you’ll find a Greek-influenced menu with items like egg souvlaki and the MP burger (which includes a fried egg). Over at King’s County Imperial (20 Skillman Ave., 718-610-2000), a dim sum brunch is filled with Chinese favorites like scallion pancakes and more creative dishes like the Chinese hanging pork hash.