A Sarcastic Appetite


Restaurant Round-Up for the Week of June 11
June 11, 2009, 8:04 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

I canvass the food blogs so you don’t have to. Here are some highlights:

Word on the street is a new cocktail lounge will soon grace the ground floor of the Empire State Building. Ok, ok, so yes, in fact, it will be on the ground floor and not on, say, the 102 floor….but it’s by the same guy who owns Campbell Apartment and you know that Prohibition Punch gets me every time.

Newest East Village charmer Spina is now open for dinner, on 12th and B. They call themselves a “fresh pasta house,” in case you were wondering, and will soon be open for brunch. Click on the link above to check out the menu and a slideshow of the interior.

Since extended, revised, and revamped happy hours apparently aren’t enough, restaurants are doing the best to lure all you late-night owls. I’m in bed before dark every night, so I wouldn’t know that very soon, Scarpetta will be serving a late-night menu from 10pm until 1am. You’ll just, uh, have to tell me how it is.

If Dad’s in town for Father’s Day (June 21!), Restuarant Girl‘s got you covered with a list of options, some tried and true and others a little more interesting. Or you could take him to the Mets game that Sunday if you still haven’t checked out Citi Field…

If you love beer like I do, and are looking for something to do this Saturday, check out Manhattan’s only active brewery – the Chelsea Brewery Company. Tours are offered all afternoon, but get there early since it’s on a first come, first served basis. And then have the Checker Cab Blonde Ale, and call me and tell me how it is.

If you haven’t yet made it to Recipe, the teensy new restaurant that slipped in and opened up on Amsterdam about a month ago, well, now you’ll just have to wait in line: it got a nice review in the Times yesterday, in the $25 and under section.

The weather this weekend is supposed to be nothing less than stellar, so take that as an excuse to plan that picnic in the park you’ve been talking about for months. Oh, I was the one talking about that? Well, whatever, maybe this weekend will be the weekend that it happens. So, courtesy of the New York Times, here’s an oldie but a goodie: Mark Bittman’s 101 Picnic Dishes in 20 minutes or less.

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