By Bao Ong | December 6, 2016 | Food & Drink
How does Maui Onion manage to stand out in the poke craze, and what holiday pop-ups are cropping up around New York? That and more in this week’s dining news….
Maui onion seared tuna bowl.
If you’re a fan of the poke craze taking over New York, add Maui Onion to you list of must-visit restaurants. There, you’ll find fresh bowls composed of spicy tuna, yuzu shoyu salmon, and seared toro teeming with ingredients like hijiki, pickled ginger, pomegranates, and much more. The team of Donna Kang, Il Ji Jung, and Ji Hee Suh have set this poke hot spot apart with a fresh juice bar and infused teashop. 35 W.26th St., 212-377-5120
While the team behind Miss Paradis is decidedly French—from restaurateurs Claude Louzon and his daughter Julie to designer Philippe Starck—the food takes a more modern turn at this chic SoHo restaurant. Chef Adir Cohen’s menu is a mix of Mediterranean and California-inspired dishes, from seafood to vegetable-focused recipes. Matching Cohen’s artistic flair on the plate is Starck’s first project in the city since the Hudson Hotel was built in 2000. A nine-foot tall chrome apple with an arrow through it is part of the designer’s homage to the Big Apple. 47 Prince St., 646-296-6380
Clinking glasses of champagne is always fitting during the holiday season. The Rotunda at The Pierre takes it to another level with a champagne sabering series on December 8 and 15. Upscale champagne houses will be featured during these events, which kick off at 6:30 p.m. and include several bottles that will be opened and served with canapes. Tickets are $70 and reservations can be made by calling 212-940-8195. 2 E. 61st
Two chefs with Michelin-rated restaurants will come together for the Tiger STREATS dinner series at Indochine (430 Lafayette St.) December 7-9. Hawker Chan Hon Meng of Singapore’s Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle and Christopher Kostow of The Restaurant at Meadowood in Napa Valley will create a menu combining the best of street food and fine dining. The three-course meal will be paired with Tiger Beer and will have seatings at 6:30 and 9 p.m. For tickets, you’ll need to find Tiger Beer coasters at participating bars and restaurants to enter a code at TigerBeerUS.com.
La Sirena’s sprawling outdoor patio has been transformed into a Holiday Village that’s open on weekends from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The space is filled with holiday firs, maples, and mountain laurels that set the stage for Santa, who will sit for photos with children, and warm cocktails created by bar manager Meaghan Montagano. 88 Ninth Ave., 212-977-6096
Over at 1 Hotel Central Park, a holiday pop-up shop dubbed ETHIKAL will take place December 10-11 with plenty of fashion, lifestyle, and home brands on hand. Guests will be able to sip on hot cider and snack on granola treats from the restaurant Jams as they shop on the second floor of the hotel. 1414 Sixth Ave., 212-703-2001
Chomp Chomp is now serving a Singaporean-inspired brunch on weekends from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. with some of the country’s most popular street food dishes. You’ll want to order dishes such as the clay pot congee (a chicken rice porridge topped with an egg, Chinese crullers, roasted peanuts, and scallions) or the bowl of egg noodles with lamb rendang—all perfect for the upcoming winter months. 7 Cornelia St., 212-929-2888
PHOTOGRAPHY BY MELISSA HOM