By Bao Ong | March 21, 2017 | Food & Drink
What can foodies expect from the buzzed-about Majorelle within The Lowell hotel, and how is Orchard Grocer putting vegan twists on New York deli classics? That and more in this week's food news....
Charles Masson, a champion of haute French cuisine for years at La Grenouille, has teamed with the owners of The Lowell hotel to open the much-anticipated Majorelle. This chic Upper East Side restaurant called upon architect Mark Pinney and designer Michael S. Smith to create a space that welcomes guests through bar Jacques with leather-paneled walls and antique-mirrored ceilings, before entering the main dining room, which includes seating in a covered garden. The kitchen features an oven dedicated solely to souffles, and doles out dishes like roasted chicken served with potato mousseline and other Mediterranean-influenced plates such as grilled shrimp on rosemary skewers with saffron rice. Guests can also find The Club Room beyond the dining area, where a bar and art books provide even more opulent hospitality. 28 E. 63rd St., 212-935-2888
Orchard Grocer offers something you’d only find in New York: a vegan deli and grocer that specializes in classic sandwiches, salads, pastries, and soft serve. While you can’t get an egg on a roll here, there are creative takes on everything from bagel lox (order The Edith, a bagel filled with cashew cream cheese and carrot “lox”) to a vegan soft serve sundae. 78 Orchard St., 646-757-9910
While the new Nobu Downtown is yet to open, the final night of service for Nobu New York and Nobu Next Door in Tribeca will be on March 25. For more than 20 years, the original Nobu helped make Japanese cuisine hip with iconic dishes like the black cod with miso and yellowtail sashimi with jalapeno. Through March 25, diners can order the OG Omakase menu ($140), an eight-course feast which also features new cocktails for the soon-to-open Nobu Downtown in the Financial District. 105 Hudson St.
Bessou (5 Bleecker St.) has partnered with Boba Guys’ new West Village location (11 Waverly Pl.), where they are selling limited numbers of bento boxes and onigiri created by Bessou owner Maiko Kyoguku and chef Emily Yueno. Available Wednesdays through Fridays, the bento box features Japanese-style fried chicken and the onigiri includes a BLC (Applewood-smoked bacon, lettuce, and housemade chili oil) version of the popular rice balls.
Chef Anita Lo, whose celebrated restaurant Annisa is closing later this spring, is partnering with Portland chef Jenn Louis for a special dinner on April 3 at 7 p.m. to celebrate Louis’ second cookbook, The Book of Greens. A five-course menu ($170, which includes a copy of the book) will spotlight plant-focused plates. 13 Barrow St., 212-741-6699
If you’ve ever traveled to Tokyo’s famous Tskuiji fish market, you know sushi for breakfast is not at all unusual. At The Lobster Place in Chelsea Market, a sushi breakfast will be served at the store’s 20-seat omakase bar daily beginning at 9:30 a.m. Diners can expect various courses that utilize some of the freshest seafood available in New York. 75 Ninth Ave., 212-255-5672
Lior Lev Sercarz may be known for his masterful spice blends, but the man behind La Boîte also makes a line of beloved French-style biscuits. He’s just launched his spring/summer 2017 collection with flavors like halva and poppy, honey and aleppo, chickpea and olive oil, and other baked combinations that feature his spices in tins with specially commissioned artwork. 724 11th Ave., 212-247-4407
Arlo Liquor Bar and Good Story within the Arlo Hudson Square hotel are rolling out a slew of new drink specials just in time for spring and summer. At Arlo Liquor Bar, Taco Tuesdays from 5-7 p.m. feature complimentary tacos that come when you order cocktails such as mint juleps or Aperol spritzes, while on Shuck Work Wednesdays, every drink gets you three oysters on the half shell. Arlo Hudson Square’s rooftop bar, Good Story, will offer Summer Fridays at the Surf Shack with drink specials from 1-4 p.m. starting in early May. 2 Renwick St., 212-390-8484
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF ELIZABETH LIPPMAN (MAJORELLE), KATIE FOSTER (ORCHARD GROCER)