Italian Culinary Week, Last-Minute Thanksgiving, New Restaurant Dishes

By Annie Wu, Epoch Times
November 17, 2016 9:55 am Last Updated: November 17, 2016 9:55 am

Upcoming food and drink events in New York City:

Weekend Picks

Meyers Bageri Baking Class

This Sunday, take a baking class with Danish bakery Meyers Bageri. You’ll learn how to make kanelsnurrer, traditional Danish cinnamon swirls, from scratch. You’ll also bring home the recipe and an apron. $95 per person.   

Sunday, Nov. 20
1 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
Meyers Bageri Commissary
38-40 10th St. (between 38th & 40th avenues), Queens

Italian Culinary Week

The Emilia Romagna tourism board is hosting a series of tasting events at Eataly Downtown to promote food products from the northern region in Italy. Guests will learn about traditional balsamic vinegar, mortadella (an Italian cold cut), stuffed pastas, and more. 

Thursday, Nov. 18–Sunday, Nov. 20
Eataly Downtown
101 Liberty St. (between Church & Greenwich streets)

Tuna-Cutting Ceremony at Amami 

Tuna tartare. (Courtesy of Amami Japanese Cocktail Bar)
Tuna tartare. (Courtesy of Amami Japanese Cocktail Bar)

This Saturday, Greenpoint Japanese restaurant Amami will host a traditional tuna-cutting ceremony at 5 p.m., with chef Nick Wang slicing a 200-pound bluefin tuna from Maine. The first 30 guests can enjoy complimentary samplings of tuna, small bites, and cocktails. At 6 p.m. Amami will offer a four-course prix fixe, with dishes like tuna poke, tuna chirashi (rice bowl), Cajun tuna tataki (seared tuna), green tea tiramisu, unlimited sake, and more. $60 per person.  

Saturday, Nov. 19
5 p.m.
57 Nassau Ave. (between Guernsey & Lorimer streets), Brooklyn

Martinis at Dante 

This Greenwich Village restaurant is serving martinis for the low price of 99 cents. Beverage director Naren Young, who oversaw the award-winning cocktail program at Saxon + Parole, will be stirring Plymouth gin and Absolut vodka martinis, with an option of adding a caperberry or lemon knot. Limit one per person.
5 p.m.–6 p.m.
79-81 MacDougal St. (between Bleecker & West Houston streets)

New Vegetarian Dishes at Bodega Negra

Veggie Tostada. (Courtesy of Bodega Negra)
Veggie Tostada. (Courtesy of Bodega Negra)

Mexican restaurant Bodega Negra has a new slate of vegetarian dishes. Choose from a veggie “ceviche,” like the Beets and Carrots, served with jicama, avocado, and beet chips; black bean hummus made with 11 different vegetables on a blue corn tostada; or enchiladas with spaghetti squash, black beans, kale, Chihuahua cheese, and guajillo salsa. 

Bodega Negra
355 W. 16th St. (between Eighth & Ninth avenues)

Baita at Eataly Opens for Second Season 

The ski lodge decor inside Baita. (Ron Capistrano)
The ski lodge decor inside Baita. (Ron Capistrano)

The rooftop pop-up at Eataly returns for the winter season in its new incarnation as Baita. Serving a menu of small bites, seasonal dishes, and hot cocktails, the restaurant, inspired by the Italian Alps, will be decked out in ski lodge decor. Cozy up with a bowl of warm polenta, mixed with Long Island cheese pumpkin, thyme, and Parmigiano Reggiano; fluffy, light “strangolapreti,” a type of gnocchi-like dumpling made of bread and spinach, cooked in butter and sage; or buttery Snake River Farms Wagyu beef, grilled with braised radicchio. Groups of up to 10 can reserve Baita’s cabin for a festive meal of 13-hour braised beef shank, antipasti, and sides.

Through April 2017
Baita at Eataly
14th Floor
200 Fifth Ave. (between West 23rd & West 24th streets)

Discounted White Truffle Dishes at Eataly

This white truffle season, both Eataly locations in New York City will be offering the fungi dishes at affordable prices. At Eataly Downtown, all dishes at the Orto e Mare restaurant can be supplemented with four grams of truffle shavings for $39, while the southern Italian restaurant, Osteria della Pace will add shavings for $10 per gram.

At Eataly Flatiron, the Manzo restaurant will serve a special seasonal menu of truffle and mushroom dishes and a truffle prix fixe lunch for $50. Guests ordering to-go sandwiches can supplement them with a housemade Parmigiano Reggiano fondue with white truffle butter. On Truffle Day, Nov. 20, both locations will sell whole truffles at the lowest prices of the season.

101 Liberty St. (between Church & Greenwich streets)
200 Fifth Ave. (between West 23rd & West 24th streets)

Atoboy Launches Lunch 

Modern Korean restaurant Atoboy has launched a lunch service. You can choose from banchan small plates; a lunch set, consisting of a daily soup, kimchi, salad, cooked vegetable, market fish or meat, and rice; a noodle soup dish with beef, garlic, and bean sprouts; and rice bowls, including wild barley with herb salad, double-cooked pork belly, and foie gras with braised brisket.

Noon–2 p.m. 
43 E. 28th St. (between Madison & Park avenues)

Brunch Menu at Chomp Chomp 

Chomp Chomp's Chili Crab Cheese Fries. (Courtesy of Chomp Chomp)
Chomp Chomp’s Chili Crab Cheese Fries. (Courtesy of Chomp Chomp)

For a new brunch service, Chomp Chomp is serving Singaporean dishes with an American flair, as well as street food classics. Chef Simpson Wong’s menu includes the Ayam Masak Merah, a Malaysian dish of fried chicken braised in a spicy tomato sauce, with shredded kaffir lime leaves and coriander; the Chilli Crab Cheese Fries, a riff on a traditional crab dish; and Mee Rebus, egg noodles in tamarind-peanut gravy, with tofu, tempeh, papadum crackers, hard-boiled egg, and kangkung (Chinese watercress).

Saturdays & Sundays
11 a.m.–3 p.m. 
Chomp Chomp
7 Cornelia St. (between Bleecker & West Fourth streets)

Last-Minute Thanksgiving

Le Coq Rico

Le Coq Rico's heritage breed turkey. (Courtesy of Le Coq Rico)
Le Coq Rico’s heritage breed turkey. (Courtesy of Le Coq Rico)

At this French restaurant dedicated to American heritage breed poultry, you can enjoy a Thanksgiving menu featuring a turkey from the Good Shepherd Turkey Ranch in Lindsborg, Kansas. The multicourse meal will feature a main course of heritage turkey stuffed with egg, herbs, bread, chestnuts, and onions, and served with a red cabbage and chestnut fricassée, celery confit, and a butternut squash and citrus purée. The menu also includes turkey consommé with Hudson Valley shiitake mushrooms, and duck foie gras terrine with cranberry chutney. $85 per person. 

Thursday, Nov. 24
Le Coq Rico
30 E. 2oth St. (between Park Avenue & Broadway)

Quality Eats

Quality Eats' fried turkey with sides. (Courtesy of Quality Eats)
Quality Eats’ fried turkey with sides. (Courtesy of Quality Eats)

The modern steakhouse is serving several turkey specials for Thanksgiving: turkey schnitzel with creamed cabbage and lingonberries; roasted turkey monkey bread sandwich with Faicco’s sausage stuffing and cranberry mostarda; a fried turkey bucket served with charred Brussels sprouts salad, buttermilk biscuits, sweet potato brulée, sautéed greens, brown butter-sage gravy, and hot honey; and Turkey and Turf, which includes everything in the turkey bucket, plus a 32-ounce tomahawk ribeye. 

Thursday, Nov. 24 & Friday, Nov. 25
Quality Eats
19 Greenwich Ave. (between West 10th & Christopher streets)

Gotham Bar and Grill

Beet salad with roquefort cheese, orange, toasted hazelnuts, shaved fennel, and citrus vinaigrette. (Courtesy of Gotham Bar and Grill)
Beet salad with roquefort cheese, orange, toasted hazelnuts, shaved fennel, and citrus vinaigrette. (Courtesy of Gotham Bar and Grill)

At this Michelin-starred restaurant, you’ll get to enjoy a contemporary American twist on the holiday meal, featuring plenty of fall produce. The prix fixe menu includes kabocha squash soup with honeycrisp apples and cinnamon-maple crème fraîche; heirloom carrot salad with clementines, feta cheese, and cumin-citrus dressing; Nova Scotia halibut with romanesco cauliflower, leeks, hen-of-the-woods mushrooms, and verjus emulsion; and roast venison with butternut squash, Jerusalem artichoke, and rosemary sauce. If you’re craving turkey, the restaurant serves it roasted with duck confit-cherry stuffing, root vegetables, cranberries, potato purée, and rosemary juniper jus. $145 per person.  

Thursday, Nov. 24 & Friday, Nov. 25
Gotham Bar and Grill
12 E. 12th St. (between Fifth Avenue & University Place) 


Paulaner's Thanksgiving. (Courtesy of Paulaner)
Paulaner’s Thanksgiving. (Courtesy of Paulaner)

Paulaner is serving a German-influenced Thanksgiving turkey dinner. From the prix fixe menu, you can choose appetizers like the Salmon and Horseradish Terrine or the Apple-Celery Salad; and with the turkey dinner, choose from side dishes like braised red cabbage and Paulaner-style stuffing. If you want something other than turkey, Paulaner is also serving sauerbraten (a German-style pot roast), or the Squash and Barley Risotto. Dessert is pumpkin tart, pear-quince strudel, or yogurt crème brûlée. $39 per person.

You can also order a whole roast turkey with sides to go; $150 to serve six people.

Thursday, Nov. 24
265 Bowery (between East Houston & Stanton streets)


The raw bar at Agern. (Evan Sung)
The raw bar at Agern. (Evan Sung)

At the Nordic restaurant Agern, Thanksgiving classics will be prepared with local ingredients and the signature pickling and smoking techniques of Nordic cuisine. Dishes include lobster with head sauce, smoked butter, and pine; turkey leg with cauliflower, mustard, New York brie, and hay cream; and sweet potatoes with smoked buttermilk and pickled cranberries. $195 per person for a five-course menu; additional $125 for wine pairings.

Thursday, Nov. 24
Agern at Grand Central Terminal
89 E. 42nd St. (between Madison & Lexington avenues)