What's on Jean-Georges Vongerichten's veggie-forward abcV menu, and how is a bar adding a cool, modern update to the landmarked Woolworth Building? That and more in this week's food news....
Jean-Georges Vongerichten's abcV Puts an Emphasis on Vegetables
Vanilla chia bowl at abcV.
Fans of Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s abc kitchen now have more vegetable-centric dishes to adore with the opening of abcV. At this sleek, airy 75-seat restaurant, guests can start the day with breakfast options like a vanilla chia bowl or order silky tofu with crispy yuba and ponzu for lunch. An array of cold-pressed juices, kombucha, tea, and shakes are also on the very green menu. 38 E. 19th St., 212-475-5829
A quartet of esteemed chefs will gather on March 23-24 at Armani/Ristorante 5th Avenue for a culinary event dubbed “A World Journey: Four Chefs from Four Corners.” Armani chefs from Dubai, Milan, and Tokyo will join NYC chef Michele Brogioni. Together they’ll prepare a five-course degustation menu with dishes featuring everything from langoustine tartare to dry-aged angus steak—all playing on the refined theme of the Armani brand. Tickets are $150 per guest. 717 Fifth Ave., 212-207-1902
The Wooly Public offers a fun bar menu and drool-worthy drinks inside the historic Woolworth Building. Owners David Tobias and Eric Adolfsen had kept the space as a private party venue that lured the stylish set downtown for years, but with this opening, a slice of old and new Manhattan come together to create a welcoming vibe. You can play board games while feasting on Peking duck tots, avocado toast, or burgers as vintage records spin all night. 9 Barclay St., 212-571-2930
For one night, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House New York will let seafood take center stage. A five-course dinner on March 10 at 7:30 p.m. (there’s also an optional cash bar before the dinner starting at 6:30 p.m.; dinner is $150 per person), allows guests to start with charred octopus before sampling a range of fish, from skate to swordfish. 1221 Ave. of the Americas, 212-575-5129
Chef Akhtar Nawab Brings His Take on Mexican Food to Alta Calidad in Prospect Heights
Tacos at Alta Calidad.
Chef Akhtar Nawab (Craft, Craftbar, La Esquina, and Elettaria) brings his popular take on Mexican food to open Alta Calidad in Prospect Heights. Here, he showcases his personal take on the cuisine with a variety of tacos, snacks, and vegetable-focused dishes with an emphasis on quality ingredients. Brunch service is expected to start on March 11 (10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.) and lunch will launch on March 13 during the week (11 a.m.-3 p.m.). 552 Vanderbilt Ave., Brooklyn, 718-622-1111
Fans of mezcal, the smoky agave-based spirit, won’t want to miss a tasting dinner at El Vez Burrito on March 7 from 6:30-9 p.m. ($80 per person). Executive chef Darren Carbone will team up with his wife Sue Torres (formerly of Suenos) to create a seven-course menu (including tostones with tropical guacamole and chile-roasted leg of lamb) to pair with the mezcal cocktails. 259 Vesey St., 212-233-2500
A variety of local wineries from across New York will participate in NY Drinks NY Grand Tasting on March 7 from 6-8 p.m. at The Altman Building (135 W. 18th St.). Wines from more than 40 wineries will be poured for tastings and food will be provided from the Finger Lakes-based New York Wine & Culinary Center. Tickets are $55 online on nydrinksny.com.