October 30 - November 5, 2014
wd~50's Final Dinners
wd~50's Final DinnersDon't pour out your 40 just yet. wd~50, Wylie Dufresne's Lower East Side temple to molecular gastronomy, will stay open for a little longer than a month, and the chef is making the most of it. Tickets go on sale today for his final feasts: Then and Now ($225 per person) takes diners through a culinary whirlwind of wd~50's influential 11 years, Turkey Day ($85 per person) is a traditional Thanksgiving feast (including a sandwich made leftovers to take home) and Last Call ($275 per person) is a menu of Dufresne's greatest hits. 50 Clinton St.; See schedule here. Photo: Travis Huggett
Date Night: Decided
Looking for a new addition to your neighborhood restaurant rotation? Check out the new Soho West hotspot Union Bar + Kitchen. For a casual bite, sit at the bar and feast on fish tacos, salmon tartare and pork belly sliders (see the menu). Or reserve a romantic corner booth for date night and sip on house cocktails like the Trouble Maker or the Geisha. Make your reservation!
Welcome to Upland, the tiny Northern California city where citrus and grapes abound–and the inspiration behind Justin Smillie's newest restaurant. The former Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria chef (and Upland native) draws upon his California roots for his Flatiron venture with restaurateur Stephen Starr, weaving in the rustic cooking he's well known for. He pairs a pork chop with charred onions and persimmon ($34), grinds pecans into a pesto for stracciatella, pear and arugula pizza ($18) and marries sesame and scallions with uni in farro spaghetti ($23). How's that for a comeback? 345 Park Ave. S.
Keep Your Eye on the Pies
Bacon makes everything better. Yes, even pies! Prove it by whipping up an Apple-Bacon Pie with Gingersnap Crust while sipping on a refreshing Stella Artois. This seasonal staple is finished with a heaping pile of bacon-streusel topping. Wash your sweet and savory masterpiece down with a refreshing glass of your favorite Belgian beer. Get cooking!
Skip the parade and do Halloween Dale Talde style. Head to Pork Slope tomorrow for Jack Boogi and DJ Mike Nyce's rowdy takeover. They'll be pouring pitchers of pumpkin ale ($10) and punch ($9), and giving away Nets tickets for the best costumes. Missing your candy haul? Go back the next day for a special Halloween Candy brunch with M&M pancakes and doughnut French toast ($11 each). 247 Fifth Ave., Brooklyn
Recover from tomorrow's spooky and spirited festivities by hitting up a couple of new brunches. Soak up all the booze with creamy, blueberry-laden burrata French toast ($19) at Trattoria Il Mulino in Flatiron. Or keep the party going (read: $15 for bottomless cocktails) at Miss Lily's 7A daily brunch, where you can dig into breakfast roti ($12) bursting with scrambled eggs and jerk pork sausage, or satisfyingly greasy pork steak and eggs ($14).