If you’re looking to get in on some Sardinian food, you need not book a flight: a new Sardinian restaurant just opened on the UWS, and it does Sardinian home cooking formidable justice. Arco Cafe is the newest creation of Sardinian native Sebastiano Cappitta (of Acqua, Bettola, Bettolona, Buca, Coccola, and Isola, all of which feature regional Italian foods). The restaurant is designed as a casual, inexpensive, and accessible place to introduce and celebrate Sardinian food. Working with Executive Chef Roberto Ruiu (also a Sardinian native, and a veteran of many popular Sardinian restaurants), Cappita designed a menu that revolves around Sardinian dishes offered affordably: no dish will run you more than $16. It features traditional soups and stews (like Zuppa Gallurese, a hearty cheese-and-bread thickened soup, and Cozze alla Marinara, a spicy mussel soup with a tomato and Vermentino wine broth), as well as pastas like the Maloreddos alla Montanara, a classic Sardinian preparation with mushroom, sausage, and tomato. If you’re looking for something light, the menu also provides small plates, such as a serving of Pane Frattau, a thin Sardinian bread served with tomato sauce, parmesan, and a poached egg. Arco Cafe also extends the Sardinian theme to their wine list, which features wine pressed from native Sardinian grapes.
Bigger and better than ever, the third annual sweet: New York tasting event is a food occasion you do not want to miss! Presented by The Doe Fund, an organization known for their dedication to helping the homeless in New York, the night showcases savory and sweet bites by students from their culinary employment training program, as well as chefs from some of the city's top restaurants. Enjoy delectable sweets and you sip on tempting cocktails and dance to the music of celebrity DJ Chelsea Leyland.
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.
Caffè Storico, located in the beautiful building of the New York Historical Society (170 Central Park West), opened its doors to us here at Joonbug.com this past Monday, March 3rd, to provide us with a delicious tasting menu of Italian cuisine, as well as exciting information about all of the events which are scheduled to occur this coming year!
Guys, this is kind of a big deal. One of the most famous chefs since Emeril is opening a new restaurant tonight! We're talking about talented man Bobby Flay and the debut of his Spanish/Mediterranean bistro Gato. Food Network fans in New York have been chomping at the bit in anticipation of this eatery's grand opening.
Featuring a large wooden bar, Spanish tiles, and exposed brick walls, Gato will not only host undoubtedly delicious food, but will also climb quickly as one of New York City's hottest go-to spots. For anyone wishing to attend tonight's opening, call ahead at 212-334-6400 to confirm availability.
The restaurant scene in NYC is constantly in flux, what with multiple restaurants announcing closures and exciting new venues making their culinary debuts each week. Today, we got some sneak peak images of chef Cedric Tovar, who is working hard for the forthcoming Tessa restaurant on the Upper West Side.
This venue, located at 349 Amsterdam Avenue, promises to be a modern tavern with French- and Italian-inspired food and Mediterranean roots. A few highlighted dishes include Braised Pork Cheeks with Orecchiette with guanciale and a parmigiano emulsion; Whole Squid a la Plancha with piquillo pepper coulis; Porcini Crusted Scallops with mushroom polenta and a black truffle sauce; and Grilled Wild Boar with braised cabbage and roasted root vegetables, served with a rosemary jus. The restaurant will also serve cheese and salumi offerings, for which Chef Tovar is seen picking out French Walnut wood boards.
This past Saturday night, we headed down to the Lexington Avenue Armory to check out the event that capped off all the festivities of NYC Craft Beer Week: namely, the Spring Seasonals expo. Brewers from all reaches of the NY and national craft beer scene came down and displayed their wares, offering us a seriously exciting sneak peek into what we have to look forward to in the spring. Here are our top five favorite debuts:
Left Hand Brewing (Safety Round, Fade to Black)
Ferran Adrià is a superstar of the culinary world. He revolutionized the way we approach food with his contributions to molecular gastronomy (creating, among other things, culinary foam), and his deconstructivist methodology and food philosophy is globally renowned. If you're a foodie, his name is probably already familiar to you, but if not, definitiely check him out: he's a powerhouse and a deeply talented artist.
If the name hasn’t already captured your heart, have no fear, there’s a lot more where that came from.
If you're looking to give this spot a try, check out the "bacon-themed" event happening on March 15. Chef Fed will be kicking off the 2014 private dining series with a six-course meal centered completely around bacon! Best of all, tickets are available to non-members as well, so everyone is welcome while there is still availability!