On Monday, March 7th, a day known as Fat Tuesday, Joonbug.com was honored to sit at Chef Dave Santos’s table in his West Village restaurant, Louro, where we had the privilege of experiencing his Mardi Gras-themed “supper club” dinner. Consisting of 7 fabulous cocktail-paired courses inspired by authentic New Orleans cuisine, the dinner lived up to every expectation, and the inviting atmosphere kept us warm on the cold winter night.
Every Monday, Santos creates a dinner menu tailored to a theme he is inspired by. This fabulous idea revolutionizes the restaurant experience and stems from the success of his Um Segredo supper club, which he originally held in his home in Roosevelt Island. When Santos wanted to bring his Nossa Mesa supper club dinners to Manhattan, he considered the weekend, but rethought it after seeing the dinner rush it typically entailed, and eventually decided on Monday nights. He also decided he would feature 5 to 7 courses, inspired by everything from specific ingredients like uni, to cultural touchstones such as Game of Thrones, Captain America, and Mad Men. The dinners are BYO and typically range in price from $65 to $75. On this particular Monday night, in honor of Mardi Gras, Santos chose a menu that consisted of traditional New Orleans flavors, and paired it with fantastic cocktails designed by his talented mixologist, Muyur Subbaro.
Our stomachs are growling in anticipation for this Monday, March 3rd 2014, at 7 PM, as JoonBug has the privilege of attending a Mardi Gras-themed Nossa Mesa Supper Club Dinner, hosted by Chef David Santos at his West Village restaurant, Louro, located at 142 West 10th Street.
Inspired by his Um Segredo Supper Club, which became popular at his home in Roosevelt Island, Santos holds his Mesa dinners every Monday night at Louro, with each week’s menu featuring 5 to 7 courses themed to enhance whatever Santos is uniquely inspired by—everything from specific ingredients like uni, to popular culture touchstones, such as Game of Thrones and Mad Men. Dinners range from $65-$75 each, and guests often dine together at a communal table, much like if they were attending one of Santos’s private restaurants.
It’s no surprise that The Park in Chelsea is dubbed as one of Manhattan's trendiest restaurants. Helmed by Eric Goode and partner Sean MacPherson, this West Village eatery is a restaurant and night club hybrid — it is a culmination of five different worlds: the garden, the penthouse, the red room, the atrium and the main room.
Each area has its own distinct charm and character — the garden is complete with Japanese maple trees and vines of Wisteria; the penthouse is capped by a glass ceiling and displays a gorgeous view of the High Line (perfect for sunset-watching too); the red room impersonates an old Asian speakeasy with wicker scoop-backed chairs and banquettes covered in raw silk; the atrium is a glass-enclosed area backed by a glazed brick fireplace and the main room is the typical dining room furnished with a 900-year-old red wood root bench and a 30-foot-tall cluster of bamboo.
When post-happy hour cravings bring you to a restaurant as fun as this, you know that you’re in for a good night.
Don’t let the name fool you, this isn’t just some taco shack. April Bloomfield, executive chef and owner of the Spotted Pig, the Breslin, and the John Dory Oyster Bar, has collaborated with her business partner, Ken Friedman, to once again provide us with a restaurant and bar which is worth taking the time to visit. Salvation Taco, located at 145 E. 39th Street in Murray Hill, offers a unique and creative dining experience which is sure to be on your mind long after your meal has ended.
This one's for all those who are tough enough to brave out the snow storm in the name of booze! Gotham Bar and Grill, nestled in Greenwich Village, is a charming spot known for its elaborate and one of a kind dishes. But tonight, the guest of honor is alcohol.
If you've never heard of Paint Nite, it's pretty awesome. Here's the scoop: the event provides supplies like brushes, smocks, and canvases while you listen to a professional artist give lessons on painting...at a bar. You can nurse a beer while letting your creative inhibitions run wild, which is our idea of a good time. At the end, you'll take your masterpiece home to hang up on your wall, or bury in your closet, depending on how well it turns out (or how drunk you got).
The event occurs in several places every day, so you can find one in your neck of the woods at a time that works for you. Keep in mind that they sell out fast, though! No art experience is necessary, as the instructor will give a step-by-step guide on how to paint a specific picture. Check out their event calendar, where they show you a photo of the painting you'll be re-creating at the event, along with a skill level for the piece.
Love drinks? Like pomegranate? How about mixing the two? The Museum of Sex is hosting a booze-friendly competition where bartenders from New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and New Orleans are mixing up cocktails with PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur. The first-ever event is happening on Wednesday, January 22, and there will be sensuous fare from Chef Ben Roche (Moto) along with drinks. The food includes pizza-puffed pasta, red curry beef, and rabbit foccacia.
What better way to bring you and your loved ones together for the holidays then with some good old fashioned alcohol? Take a swing at crafting some of these creative holiday cocktails. Some are green like the Grinch, some are as red as Rudolph's nose, and some even taste like gingerbread cookies! Happy Holidays and enjoy!
1. Santaquila Sunrise
Get on Santa's naughty list this year with this sinful cocktail.
Ingredients: 3 oz. Orange Juice
3 oz. Pineapple Juice
1 oz. Jose Cuervo® Cinge™ - Cinnamon Infused Tequila
BEST SWEET TREAT
BEST USE OF ORDINARY SNACK FOOD
Isaac Toups, of Toups Meatery, New Orleans, LA
Cracklins Choudin (Pig Stomach with Boudin, served with a Pickled Jalapeño on a Saltine Cracker)
Southern cooking has traditionally utilized the basic available ingredients at hand, and though those basically available ingredients have changed in the modern urban landscape (as you’re more likely to find a box of Mac and Cheese than a bundle of collard greens in the average bodega), the theme remains important. That’s why we wanted to point out this homage to traditional offal meat cuts and common modern pantry staples alike. The dish combines expertly prepared pig stomach and boudin (a shout-out to Creole cooking) with the spice of house-pickled Jalapeño, all finished off with the familiarly satisfying crunch of a Saltine.