By Bao Ong | February 9, 2016 | Food & Drink
How is The Regal reimagining diner food, and what will Breads Bakery & The Gander offer for Valentine's Day? That and more in this week's food news....
The Regal in Williamsburg debuted with creative takes on diner classics and a long list of cocktails tailor-made for the Brooklyn nightlife scene. Guests can nosh on items like tuna-tartare melts and spicy fried chicken sandwiches late into the night as they sip on cocktails like the Powder Keg (made from barrel-aged rye, cinnamon-clove syrup, apple cider, and lemon). Brunch also launched this past weekend. 163 Hope St., Brooklyn, 718-388-4626
If you’re undecided about being in the bagel or bialy camp, checking out the 80-year-old Kossar’s Bagels & Bialys is a must. This Lower East Side mainstay reopened last week after a four-month renovation. You can now have your bagels or bialys “schmeared” with various spreads ranging from almond butter to hummus. The classic space, which has been updated with brighter white marble-top counters and subway tiles on the walls, also boasts an expanded selection of sandwiches, breads, and the popular chocolate babka. 367 Grand St., 212-473-4810
Fans of The Mermaid Inn and Mermaid Oyster Bar—where the food is no-frills but still focused on the quality—now have Pizzeria Sirenetta, which recently opened on the Upper West Side. The 75-seat space is serving up Neapolitan-style pizzas and rustic Italian fare like the bistecca steak with potatoes and salsa verde. 568 Amsterdam Ave., 212-799-7401
From brown rice bowls filled with steamed greens and spiked with spicy kimchi to noodle soups full of tofu, Le Botaniste is all about healthful eating. Le Pain Quotidien’s founder Alain Coumont is aiming for this “botanical-based, apothecary-inspired” restaurant, located inside one of the Belgian chain’s former Upper East Side restaurants, to promote the benefits of eating an organic, plant-based diet. Guests will also be able to design their own hot and cold dishes to eat in the restaurant or to go. 833 Lexington Ave., 917-262-0766
The Flamboyan Theater in the Lower East Side hosts a series of interactive dinners as part of the 90X Arts Festival that includes everything from live singers and dancers to gourmet bites from catering company Great Performances. The first night of performances takes place on February 10 from 7:30-10 p.m. with another on February 13 at the same time. Tickets ($25, which includes one drink) are available on 90squarearts.brownpapertickets.com. 107 Suffolk St.
Serious oenophiles won’t want to miss an Opus One wine dinner hosted by Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House New York on February 11 at 6 p.m. Four vintages will be highlighted during this five-course meal ($495 per guests), which will include dishes such as braised oxtail and Wagyu sirloin. Call the restaurant for reservations. 1221 Ave. of the Americas, 212-575-5129
Bring home sweet treats from Breads Bakery (18 E. 16th St.) for your Valentine’s date this weekend. The eatery will offer specials such as heart-shaped baguettes and raspberry macarons. If you’d rather sit down, head to The Gander (15 W. 18th St.), where pastry chef Vanarin Kuch is serving up delights like Tinder Love (curry ice cream with coconut dacquoise and passion fruit palm seeds) and the Sundae Kinda Love (a fudge brownie sundae with vanilla crème fraiche gelato swathed in chocolate sauce) as part of its Dessert Month at The Gander.
Between 5 and 7 p.m. at the Hotel Americano, you can do as the French do with Cinq à Sept. It’s comparable to a happy hour menu for the French, who drop into bars for drinks and snacks. This menu, however, has a more Latin flair with chipotle-spiced popcorn and tacos to pair with special cocktails, Mexican wines, and a Peruvian beer. 518 W. 27th St., 212-216-0000