By Bao Ong | April 25, 2017 | Food & Drink
What makes Little Tong Noodle Shop's noodles stand out, and how is The Pierre toasting rosé in partnership with Château d’Esclans? That and more in this week's #GothamFoodNews....
Jose Garces’s new Ortzi may be located in the chic LUMA Hotel Times Square in the middle of Midtown, but once inside, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to Spain. A bite of hamachi with piquillo pepper and a saffron emulsion or black bass with green chile escabeche shows off the best of Basque-inspired cooking. Sip one of the natural wines or cocktails and you’ll want to linger with friends over tapas-inspired small plates. 120 W. 41st St., 212-730-8900
NYC’s iconic The Pierre, A Taj Hotel, is ushering in rosé season by partnering with Château d’Esclans, the estate behind the popular Whispering Angel rosé. Revelers will gather on the terrace of the hotel’s Perrine restaurant—now dubbed Rosé Terrace at Perrine—to celebrate everything from a weekly Rosé Thursdays happy hour from 5-8 p.m. to a summer solstice party in June to a Bastille Day soiree in July. 2 E. 61st St., 212-940-8195
Cafe Clover is a favorite for its fresh juices and Instagram-worthy salads. Now you can bring a bit of this chic West Village restaurant home with the opening of Clover Grocery a few doors down. Whether you’re seeking fresh pasta made from quinoa or to grab a sandwich to go, the carefully-curated selection is one that puts health and wellness first—in style, of course. 259 Sixth Ave., 212-255-5383
Brooklyn and Queens aren’t the only places in the city that have hip beer gardens. At The Bowery Beer Garden, you’ll find yourself in a bustling corner of Manhattan between Chinatown, SoHo, and Little Italy. Enjoy people-watching as you sip one of the 40 beers on tap or tuck into frozen cocktails this summer. 93 Bowery
The proliferation of ramen and noodle shops these days makes it difficult to determine what’s good or not, but Little Tong Noodle Shop should definitely be on your list. This shoebox-sized restaurant in the East Village offers chef Simone Tong’s take on a variety of rice noodle dishes that draw on flavors from the Chinese province of Yunnan. The mixian-style noodles are full of vibrant flavors from fresh herbs, heady chili oil, and broth that’s flavorful and light. Don’t miss out on the side dishes like the Ghost Chicken or house-made pickles. 177 First Ave., 929-367-8664
If you’re looking to give your weekend brunch plans a South American touch, head to Balvanera for an Argentinian feast. Chef Fernando Navas’ family-style brunch features healthful options like breakfast bowls of quinoa, roasted squash, avocado, radishes, and farm eggs or heartier items such as the tabla de carnes with skirt steak, ribeye, filet, chorizo, and morcilla. Live music will also be performed on Sundays between noon and 3 p.m. 152 Stanton St., 212-533-3345
At Porchlight, spring means classic libations taking on creative twists, from daiquiris to Mai Tais. General manager Michael Shain and head bartender Nicholas Bennett have crafted a menu that nods to spring’s ingredients while still staying true to the bar’s New York and Southern influences. 271 11th Ave.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY LIZ BARCLAY (CLOVER GROCERY), AFRA LU (LITTLE TONG), DANIEL KRIEGER (ORTZI), LIZ CLAYMAN (PORCHLIGHT)