This week in New York City dining news: Limani brings its Greek-style seafood to Rockefeller Plaza just in time for prime holiday season, Pat LaFrieda serves up a food-centric benefit to support our troops, and more....
Inside Limani's expansive New York City outpost.
Limani Opens in Rockefeller Plaza
Limani, the Greek seafood-focused restaurant that’s made a name for itself since opening in 2009 in Long Island, comes to Manhattan with a sprawling 8,000-square-foot outpost at Rockefeller Plaza. The menu features the same high-quality seafood, including organic salmon, big eye tuna, and classic fisherman’s soup. The 200-seat Limani (which means “seaport” in Greek) is a perfect getaway from all the hustle and bustle of the holidays along Fifth Avenue. 45 Rockefeller Plaza, 212-858-9200
The Little Beet Table Offers Healthy, Seasonal Dishes
A healthy lunch is easy when all you have do to is pick up a salad, but at newly-opened The Little Beet Table, the dinner menu offers seasonal ingredients in dishes you could order all day long. From quinoa “risotto” to tuna tataki, this offshoot of the more casual The Little Beet offers a wider array of food in a sit-down restaurant. Chef Franklin Becker’s menu is also entirely gluten-free. 333 Park Ave. S., 212-466-3330
Pat LaFrieda Pays Tribute to Veterans
Just in time for Veterans Day, Pat LaFrieda is teaming up with chefs like Anne Burrell and Adam Richman to raise money for the Armed Forces Foundation with a benefit event on November 12 from 7-10 p.m. Held at The Gallery at The Metropolitan Pavilion, the tasting event includes dishes from seven chefs and a documentary screening. Tickets (starting at $250) are available on eventbrite.com. 125 W. 18th St., 212-463-0200
Rose Bakery’s Chef’s Dinner
Rose Bakery will host a can’t-miss chef’s dinner in Dover Street Market on November 13 with Christian F. Puglisi (of Relae and Manfred’s in Copenhagen), Chad Robertson (of Tartine in San Francisco), and Rose Bakery’s own Matthew Lodes. The evening kicks off at 8 p.m. with cocktails and canapés before dinner at 8:30 p.m. Tickets ($150) can be reserved by e-mailing [email protected] or calling 646-837-7754. 160 Lexington Ave., 646-837-7750
Eataly Dedicates a Restaurant to Truffles
This truffle season has already been a particularly bountiful one, so if you’re a fan, checking out Eataly’s pop-up Il Ristorante del Tratufo is a must. The popular Italian marketplace is dedicating its lunch restaurant Pranzo to truffles throughout November and December. Weekday lunch-goers (12-3 p.m.) can enjoy black or white truffles shaved or sprinkled on all their dishes for a supplemental charge. 200 Fifth Ave., 212-229-2560
Craftbar’s Truly Creative Truffle Dinner
For the true truffle lover, Craftbar is serving a five-course dinner on November 14 (7:30 p.m.) dubbed Funky Fresh Truffle Dinner because the decadent mushroom figures prominently in each unique dish. The whimsical meal ($250, including beverages) begins with fontina fonduta and ends with desserts like honey-truffle milkshakes and dark chocolate truffles. For reservations, e-mail [email protected]. 900 Broadway, 212-461-4300
Sekend Sun Will Draw Cocktail Fans to Queens
Jay Zimmerman and Derrek Vernon can already claim their stake in elevating Brooklyn’s bar scene (they opened Ba’sik in East Williamsburg about three years ago), and now the duo is hitting Astoria with Sekend Sun. The sleek bar, designed by Emporium Design, includes a handsome leather bar banquette, a communal table, and an outdoor garden. It’s the perfect setting to down the whiskey-based Black Baby Grand (which pays homage to the Steinway pianos that are still made in the neighborhood) or any of the other handcrafted cocktails on offer. 32-11 Broadway, Queens, 917-832-6414