By Bao Ong | August 16, 2016 | Food & Drink
From a poké bowl and soft serve window at Seamore's to Tarallucci e Vino opening a NoMad outpost, here's what to know about the New York's dining scene this week....
Tarallucci e Vino's newest outpost in NoMad is the perfect respite from the soaring summer heat. You can grab a coffee, a refreshing pasta, or even a bubbly Aperol spritz in this chic, modern space with high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows (which provide ample lighting for all those Instagram shots). It’s the perfect spot to take in some Italian cafe culture during these dog days of summer. 44 E. 28th St., 212-779-1100
Seamore’s newly-launched poké and soft serve window offers two on-the-go items we could eat all summer long. A flashy neon sign beckons you to the window on the restaurant's Mulberry Street side, where you can order an entree-sized poke bowl teeming with tuna, ponzu, peanuts, and avocado over brown rice. But if you want something sweeter, order a vegan OddFellows soft serve in a creative flavor like coconut lemongrass topped with shredded coconut. 390 Broome St. 212-730-6005
Michelin-starred restaurant Kajitsu will host Japanese chef Toshihito Seki from August 18-20 for a three day “Zen Pasta” event. Seki, who oversees an Italian restaurant called Il Dente Di Leone in Kyoto, Japan, will collaborate with the Kajitsu staff to cook a six-course meal with dessert and matcha tea ($95). Some of the dishes include vegan riffs on Italian fare such as a shojin caprese salad (shojin is a type of vegetarian Japanese cuisine) and namafu spaghetti (which features a wheat protein). The set menu is served between 5:30-9 p.m. 125 E. 39th St., 212-228-4873
Two friends (one a Brazilian actor and another an entrepreneur) plan to open OCA just before the close of the Rio Olympics on August 18. The eatery is set to be the first cafe in New York to serve Brazilian tapioca crepes. These authentic recipes result in crispy and crunchy crepes without all the gluten, grains, and soy you often find in their traditional counterparts. The menu includes versions filled with vegetables as well as grilled fruit. 250 Mott St.
Speakeasy-style lounge The Last Word specializes in craft cocktails, so you’ll want to order drinks like the Rabble Rouser (rhum argricole with muddled raspberries, dolin blanc, rhubarb water, fresh lemon, and sparkling water) and Mumbai Daiquiri (white rum mixed with Batavia Arrack curry syrup, lime, and rose water). Plus, the Astoria spot's 16-foot marble and oak bar beckons you to stay for just one more drink (or several!). 31-30 Ditmars Blvd., Queens 718-440-3378
Fans of Blue Water Grill won’t have to go long without ordering their favorite dishes as the restaurant undergoes a renovation this summer. At Strip House Speakeasy, some of the most popular dishes on Blue Water Grill’s menu (from sushi rolls to tuna tataki) will be available during lunch from 11:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. during the week. 11 E. 12th St., 212-838-9197
If you’re still feeling the Olympic fever, be sure to stop by the Refinery Hotel for the Leblon Casa de Cachaça pop-up. You’ll be able to catch all the competing athletes in viewing lounges while sipping on caipirinhas or staying cool with spiked popsicles. There are even various dance classes and workouts scheduled throughout the pop-up’s duration, which will be open until August 20. 63 W. 38th St.
Housemade beef sausages, braised black-eyed peas, and smoked pork shoulder—these are just some of the dishes on The Breslin Bar & Dining Room’s Sunday barbecue dinner. Offered through late September (and possibly early October) on Sundays from 5:30 p.m to midnight, the Southern-inspired feast is perfect for sharing ($45 per guest or $70 for a couple). 16 W. 29th St., 212-679-1939
PHOTOGRAPHY BY GIADA PAOLINI (TARALLUCCI E VINO)