A Sarcastic Appetite


Restaurant Round-Up for the Week of May 14
May 14, 2009, 8:06 am
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I canvass the food blogs so you don’t have to. Here are some highlights:

Looking to hit the bottle early this weekend? Here are nine places you won’t feel out of place for doing it.

From Grub Street: Aldea opened on Wednesday after more than 2 years in the making. George Mendes toiled under the likes of David Bouley, Alain Ducasse, and Alain Passard, and at well-regarded restaurants Wallse and Tocqueville. Aldea is all his own – a “Modern Iberian” menu, with – you guessed it – a selection of small plates. And enter the pig, in the form of Jamón Serrano, Benton’s Country ham, and Bev Eggelston’s pork shoulder.

From Serious Eats, here’s a blow-by-blow of the process to create Momofuku Milk Bar’s infamous Volcano. I was hesitant to try it at first, and now I’m downright terrified – which means it has to happen, and soon.

Listen up, GG fans: from Grub Street, a new outdoor lounge in the Courtyard of the Palace Hotel will open in June, called, um, Palace Gate. The food comes courtesy of Gilt – though something tells me all the Blair and Serena wanna-bes won’t be snacking on the suckling pig tacos. No, no, that’ll be me instead – and eyeing the 20 wines by the glass, thanks.

Hotly anticipated restaurant opening of the week – or next week, anyway: Eater tells us that Locanda Verde, formerly known as Ago, in Robert De Niro’s Greenwich Hotel, will start serving next week. The chef is Andrew Carmellini, formerly of A Voce and author of very highly regarded cookbook Urban Italian.

As usual, Grub Street gets the lowdown when Frank Bruni dines at Smith’s and The Smith….and favors The Smith, for its reasonable price point, comfortable menu, and appealing wine list. But don’t neglect Smith’s – on Monday and Tuesday nights, their $35 roast chicken dinner for two can’t be beat. (It’s not on the menu so be sure to ask.)

Word from TastingTable is that Recipe is now open on the UWS. Yet another new restaurant to serve the ‘hood, this one’s devoted to, surprise, “rustic, new American cuisine.” Recipe is open as we speak; get there early to snag one of its only 26 seats.

This Saturday, be sure to check out Chelsea Wine Vault’s free wine tasting from 2 to 5 pm, featuring the “Top Ten” wines for May.

Now you can take your patriotic liver on the road: Esquire’s June issue  features a list of the Best Bars in America – state by state for your handy reference.

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