By Bao Ong | March 22, 2016 | Food & Drink
How does San Carlo Osteria Piemonte pay homage to Italy's Piedmont region, and what takes on Easter treats does Épicerie Boulud offer? That and more in this week's dining news....
Battuta di fassone at San Carlo Osteria Piemonte.
It’s all about authenticity at the newly-opened San Carlo Osteria Piemonte. From the expertly-made bone-in veal Milanese to handmade pastas, this SoHo restaurant focuses on Italy’s Piedmont region. Chef Riccardo Zebro also serves up artisanal meats and cheeses in the rustic dining room lined with terracotta tiles and an installation featuring the Piazza San Carlo, which inspired the restaurant’s name. 90 Thompson St., 212-625-1212
Perla café has relocated just a few blocks away to a space that’s more open with large French windows and has a more playful vibe courtesy of hip-hop art and Sports Illustrated photos on the walls. Chef Jack Harris continues to offer the comfort Italian food we all crave, but the menu also includes lighter and more gently-priced items. 234 W. Fourth St., 212-933-1824
Chef Jesse Schenker noticed diners have been falling into two groups: those who want the white tablecloth experience and others who favor a more laid-back time with shared plates and happy hours. So he’s debuted two menus to keep both parties happy in The Bar Room and The Dining Room at The Gander. The front room with its bar will serve a bistro-style menu with louder music and a rotating art program, while the dining room showcases Schenker’s take on classic dishes, which can be ordered on a four-course prix-fixe menu. 15 W. 18th St., 212-229-9500
Instead of store-bought Peeps, consider Épicerie Boulud’s upgrade on Easter treats, such as soft, lemon-flavored marshmallow chicks and sheep-shaped sweets dusted in coconut. Delivery orders must be placed by March 22. Multiple locations
Mulberry & Vine, which has garnered a following for its healthy fast-casual offerings in Tribeca, recently opened a second location in Nomad. Organic and locally-sourced aren’t just buzzwords here—Justin Schwartz and Brendan Neville feature a menu that includes popular dishes like the charred avocado, which you can wash down with infused waters. 55 W. 27th St., 212-252-8468
At Oddfellows, Sam Mason’s latest collaboration will highlight Irish whiskey-flavored ice creams throughout March and April. For a trio scoop ($10), guests can sample the following: a Dead Rabbit Irish coffee ice cream with Clontarf 1014 Irish Whiskey, a Knappogue Castle 12-year single malt Irish whiskey ice cream, and a marshmallow ice cream with Little Boo Boo Bakery burnt Knappogue Castle 12-year.
If you’re more into oysters than basketball, consider Crave Fishbar’s #OysterMadness bracket promotion, which pits East and West coast oysters against each other. Four varieties on each coast will be featured on the menu and if your oyster “wins” (sells best during happy hours that week), you’ll receive a prize that includes an oyster shucking kit, gift cards, and a bottle of rosé. The bracket competition runs through April 11 at both locations (945 Second Ave.; 428 Amsterdam Ave.).
Remember The Recession Special from Gray’s Papaya? Huertas just launched three specials running every weekday (5:30-7 p.m.) and weekends (3-7 p.m.) that pair food and drinks that go beyond just two franks and a soda. For Huertas’ Recession Special, you’ll get a Miller High Life paired with two dogs (house-made chistorra sausage with aioli and piquillo mostardo between a Martin’s potato roll). Or you can order The Madrileno, a tortilla with a glass of house vermouth. There’s also a Can & Conserva special that pairs mussels or mackerel with a can of beer. 107 First Ave., 212-228-4490
Maya is throwing an Enchilada Festival through April 18 with chef Richard Sandoval’s takes on the traditional Mexican dish. From shredded chicken to slow-cooked short ribs, the soft corn tortillas will be filled with ingredients inspired from Sandoval’s childhood and other regional takes on the recipe. 1191 First Ave., 212-585-1818
Foragers Table is kicking off its Smart Talk dinner series on March 28 at 6:30 p.m. with chef Vivian Howard, who stars in A Chef’s Life. The three-course meal ($130) will be a chance to not only experience food by Forager’s Table’s executive chef Nickolas Martinez but Howard will also talk about Southern cooking and its impact on American cuisine. Reservations are required on eventbrite.com. 300 W. 22nd St., 212-243-8888