Cuisine: Spanish, Tapas
Price Range: Expensive
53 W. 19th St.
(between 5th and 6th Avenue)
New York, NY 10011
The regional tastes of Barcelona have come to Manhattan. Boqueria offers the Mediterranean inspired tastes of Spain and the tranquility of the sandiest beaches, all within the vicinity of the N train. A white marble bar stretches back along the toffee, beige, and sandy brown tiled walls. Chunky, bar-sized tables surround the narrow, mahogany colored communal table situated in the center of the elongated dinning room. Toward the back is a section of tightly woven cul-de-sacs, perfect for sipping a few of the 50 Spanish wines with an intimate dinner partner.
Many restaurants across the city are now offering what they call recession proof menus, allowing people to go out and enjoy themselves without breaking the bank. Naples 45, 200 Park Ave. at E 45th has a special for one free topping on any large pizza. Modern American restaurant Eighty One located on the UWS at 45 W 81st is now offering a pre fixe menu on Sunday nights from 5:15-10:30 p.m. The menu ranges from two and three course menu choices and prices ranging from $29-$35 per person.
Picholine, located at 35 W 64th Street, will be expanding their menu d’ economie indefinitely. The menu d’ economie offers dinners smaller portions for smaller prices like half portion entrees or three small plates for $20. The special menu will available in the main dinning room Monday-Thursday after 9 p.m. and at all other times in the wine and cheese room.
The Rink at Rockefeller Center is helping create a perfect date night. From January 12th until early April they will be offering a Skate-A-Date package. The package includes a rink side two course dinner for you and your date and VIP skating admission which allows you to cut the line and have unlimited ice time. Menu options include Toasted Farro and Beef Soup with Pumpkin and Pepitos, Swiss Chard and Smoked Bacon in a Roasted Tomato Reduction and Seared Organic Chicken with soft Marcapone Polenta and Roasted Root Vegetables. Make reservations by calling 212-332-7620, this package is not available on Valentines Day and cost $80 plus tax and a tip.[thestrongbuzz]
Apiary in the East Village has announced that they will be getting a new head chef after just five months within opening. Neil Mannacle, who was Bobby Flays right hand man will be replaced by Scott Bryan, former Veritas chef. Chef Bryan has earned three stars from the New York Times at Veritas and has worked at Gotham Bar & Grill, Bouley, Le Bernardin, and Lespinasse. Bryan plans on redesigning the whole kitchen and will be creating a chef’s tasting pre-fixe. [Eater]
A new restaurant is under way in Brooklyn; the owners of Frankies Spuntino are set to unveil Prime Meats in Carroll Gardens. The new restaurant is made up of three rooms; a dinning room, a tap room and retail room. The décor of the hope to be hotspot takes us back to the late 1800’s and features plank solid wood floors and an 1890’s style bar.
Citymeals-on-Wheels have lost over a million donations over the last year, and with no end in sight for the poor economy, 2009 could be even worse. In a relief effort, photographer Jan Bartelsman has created a new book called Dining in New York City. The book will feature pictures of food from restaurants across the city like Per Se and Gramercy Tavern.
Momofuku Ssäm Bar
Price Range: Moderate
207 Second Ave
(at 13th Street)
New York, NY 10003
Momofuku Ssam Bar represents the second stage of David Chang’s restaurant evolution. Following the casual Noodle Bar and preceding the ultra exclusive, high-concept Momofuku Ko, Ssam Bar offers Chang’s signature eclectic cuisine at moderate prices. If you think you’ve heard Chang’s name before, you’re probably right. He’s been featured in several magazines over the past year including The New Yorker, and he was named Chef of the Year by Bon Appétit in ’07. All the press means the narrow, wood paneled Ssam Bar (which does not take reservations) is regularly packed with guests clamoring for a taste of Chang’s renowned cooking.
After being shut down two days ago by the Department of Health, Kefi will reopen tonight after getting the necessary paperwork and surviving the grueling inspection this afternoon. Owners Michael Psilakis and Donatella Arpaia did their due diligence to ensure its reopening. It appears to be an all-systems go and their month-old restaurant will once again be delighting their patrons who have moussaka and meatballs on the brain. [NY Mag]
Pricing: $2.50 - $3.50 per slice
328 E 14th Street
(between 1st Ave and 2nd Ave)
New York, NY 10003
Bleecker Street Pizza
Pricing: Nonna Maria slice, $2.75
69 7th Ave South
(between S 7 Ave & Bleecker St)
New York, NY 10014