If the idea of drinking on a Monday morning appeals to you, than your prayers have been answered by The Sunburnt Cow and Bondi Road. Next Monday, January 26, these two restaurants will be open early for a special so-called “Drunken Brunch.” It will only cost $15 for an entrée and unlimited drinks. Making the deal even more lucrative, just in case you didn’t get your fill at the drunken brunch, afterwards the restaurants are offering “Two Hours of Happiness,” a two-hour happy hour special that will be all you can drink for a mere twenty dollars.
The Sunburnt Cow is an Australian themed restaurant with an exciting array of mojitos and martinis located at 137 Avenue C, while Bondi Road specializes in seafood and has a formidable drink selection itself – it’s nearby at 153 Rivington Street. So check it out next Monday, enjoy a quality meal, and drink ‘til the cows come home.
The Village Voice is following through with its annual restaurant tasting event. Tickets for ‘Choice Eats’ go on sale tomorrow, for a mere $35. The March 31 event has moved from the Puck Building to the 69th Armory. Buzz surrounding the event holds promises of a larger spectacle than last year, irregardless of any current economic setbacks.
Restaurants as varied as Motorino, Pinche Taqueria, Momofuku Milk Bar, and Fette Sau are expected to make a showing. The list of participating venues is expected to grow as The Village Voice’s own Robert Sietsema searches the boroughs for unique and original ethnic cuisine.
Barack Obama’s inauguration speech ended right around lunchtime, so celebrate the new era with an Obama cheeseburger and Obama fries from Ray’s Candy Store on Avenue A. An Obama supporter since the primary season, Owner Ray Alvarez has sold a variety of fast food items for over 35 years.
“Obama is my favorite,” says Alvarez. “He's going to be good for the country. Around the world, they look at Americans as fair people. They say they are not prejudiced, not racist.” The Obama branding will remain even after today, Alvarez promises. “That's my trademark now. Obama brings me business. He's personality, he's imagination, he's action. His name is going to stay here a long time.”
Before I even get into the food, let me just say that the name of this establishment is completely, totally and utterly made of win. What does the name have to do with Chinese food? I have no idea, and that makes it even better.
Located on the second floor of an unremarkable building, this Chinese restaurant, specializing in Dim Sum, is anything but nondescript. With an assortment of perfectly prepared foods, this banquet style establishment boasts a full array of classic Chinese eats.
For lack of a better word, the menu is huge. Whether you are in the mood for staples like ha gow (shrimp dumplings) or have a sweet tooth for more traditional Chinese items like daikon cake (made from a radish like vegetable which, believe it or not, tastes amazing), Perfect Team Corporation has you covered.
Cuisine: American Nouveau
Price Range: Expensive
375 Greenwich St.
(at Franklin Street)
New York, NY 10013
With an A-list cast of owners, Tribeca Grill has folks lining up to dine among the stars. Everyone from Robert DeNiro to Sean Penn has had a hand in crafting the exclusive country club feel of the Tribeca Grill, whose green trimmed coat check is lined with trophies and plaques. DeNiro family paintings hang on the exposed brick walls, which enclose around the mahogany center bar where an extensive and impressive list of cocktails awaits. Their 1,800 bottle wine list has earned the Tribeca Grill the Wine Spectator's Grand Award every year since 2002, but its specialty drinks like the snowflake, a Grey Goose, Godiva white, crème de cacao white, and simple syrup mix, that keeps the bar pumping just about every night of the week.
Upper West Side
103 W. 77th St. (Columbus Ave.)
Manhattan, NY 10024
The brainchild of Chef, John Fraser, Dovetail graces the upper west side with a gourmet selection of American Nouveau cuisine. Fraser is a veteran of some of the world’s great kitchens, including the French Laundry, in Napa Valley, and Taillevent, in Paris. His new enterprise is located seven blocks north of Compass, just off Columbus Avenue.
Fraser designed the cozy visual aesthetic to be unassuming. In doing so, he allows for far more emphasis on the style, preparation and ambition of his food. The brown palette, exposed brick and bare wood tables exist in contrast to the 5 star gourmet qualities of the meals available. The menu, which changes daily, features refined but hearty dishes. Seek solace from winter temperatures with the earthy gnocchi topped with veal short-rib ragu and foie gras butter or tender lamb heightened by exotic Indian spices, yogurt, and winter tabbouleh.
Instead of continuing to list the rapidly expanding list of closing restaurants, how about we discuss Gwyneth Paltrow’s latest sage advice to her GOOP.com subscribers? The expatriate star found it in her authority to list her top New York restos and hotels. She lists 24 restaurants as her faves, and the list ranges from famed Babbo to “hole-in-the-wall” Israeli joint Taim (which is fairly well known, anyway). The article is meant for tourists, filed neatly away in the website’s “GO” section. The question is: Will Gwyneth’s little promo for the establishments help their bottom line?
This month in Tokyo a 128 kilogram Japanese bluefin tuna fetched 9.63 million yen, or $104,800 on the auction block, the highest price paid for bluefin tuna in eight years, according to the Wall Street Journal. It works out to nearly $819 per kilogram (1 kg equals rough 2.2 lbs).
Two restaurants split the bid and the booty at Toyko's first fish auction of the year - Kyubey, a posh sushi den that counts Steven Spielberg and Howard Stringer as customers, and Itamae Sushi, a casual Hong-Kong dining chain. At Kyubey a single sliver of the prized bluefin was going for $22, while Itamae Sushi included the catch of the day into its tuna lunch set - ten pieces of various tuna for $32 offered to the first 22 customers, according to the WSJ.
How’s that New Year’s workout resolution coming? We hope you’ve worked it so far because it is time to indulge once again. NYC’s Winter Restaurant week begins this Sunday, January 18. More and more restaurants joined the list this year as consumers have cut back on eating out. Over 250 restaurants are participating, from upscale haunts like Café Bolud and Gramercy Tavern to more casual affairs such as Crema Restaurante and Bar Stuzzichini. Eater has gone so far to declare 2009 “Restaurant Year” as they believe, “Any restaurant who thinks they can go back to a no-deals type menu when the stunt is over is kidding themselves.”