By Bao Ong | May 9, 2017 | Food & Drink
How do Oceana’s scotch and oyster pairings give back, and what can foodies expect from Charlie Palmer’s new menus at Aureole? That and more in this week’s #GothamFoodNews….
THE GRILL is the first of three restaurants by the Major Food Group to open in the former The Four Seasons Restaurant space within the iconic Seagram Building. The new resto intends to bring together art, food, and classic New York. Staffers donning Tom Ford tuxedos will serve up chef Mario Carbone’s take on chophouse classics (think crab cakes and steak tartare with a chilled martini). The stunning room is still surrounded by the original shimmering chain curtains, reproductions of Philip Johnson-designed chairs for Knoll, and a view of chefs at work from tables in the main dining room. 99 E. 52nd St., 212-346-7890
Chef Gregory Marchand of the popular Frenchie Restaurant in Paris is teaming up with adorable New York wine bar Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels for one night only on May 11 from 5-10 p.m. The event, which is part of the Chef Mixtape series, will feature takes on Marchand’s signature cooking as well as a curated soundtrack. 249 Centre St., 212-343-3660
Charlie Palmer helped advocate for the now-ubiquitous farm-to-table cooking when Aureole opened in the Upper East Side in the ‘80s. He moved his flagship restaurant to Times Square in 2009 and today, he’s announced new menus from executive chef Gabriele Carpentieri and executive pastry chef Renaud Besnard. Guests can order a la carte in the Liberty Room at Aureole, and tasting menus are available in Aureole Dining Room. The seasonal cooking remains the same. 135 W. 42nd St., 212-319-1660
Oceana will host a week-long promotion of Scotch and oysters to benefit the Billion Oyster Project, which is aiming to bring the popular bivalve back to New York Harbor. Four pairings ($36) will offer up favorites like Talisker Storm Single Malt Scotch and Dalwhinnie with East and West coast oysters. 120 W. 49th St., 212-759-5941
Seafood is at the heart of Out East’s new American menu. This East Village restaurant by chef Tim Meyers, who partnered with Peter Kane and Anthony Serignese, features a selection of crudos, fresh salads, and a host of vegetable dishes. The neighborhood joint offers cool details such as a glass atrium-like roof. 509 E. Sixth St., 212-509-5096
At Sushi Seki, chef Seki spotlights the pristine seafood the restaurant sources for its extensive menu. On May 11, the restaurant will feature more than 20 varieties of liquor and alcohol, including rare sakes, as part of a unique tasting event ($88 per guest) from 7-9 p.m. 365 W. 46th St., 212-371-0238
Zuma New York debuts a Sunday brunch just in time for Mother’s Day. Whether you go for the Classic ($55) or Signature ($75), you should be prepared to feast on a menu by executive chef Oliver Lange’s that shows off izakaya-style cooking, from mini Wagyu brioche burgers to vegetable tempura. 261 Madison Ave., 212-544-9862
The Harlem EatUp! Festival kicks off next week with a host of events, performances, and tastings that showcase the best of Harlem between May 15-21. The neighborhood’s growing number of restaurants and happening art scene offer up plenty of ways to experience this trendy part of Manhattan through food, culture, and art.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY MAGGIE MARGUERITE PHOTO (AUREOLE)