NY Vegetarian Food Festival, Brunch Eats, Last Minute Mother’s Day Picks

By Annie Wu, Epoch Times
May 6, 2016 1:01 am Last Updated: May 6, 2016 6:34 pm
A caviar tasting platter from Olma Caviar. (Jason Greenspan)
A caviar tasting platter from Olma Caviar. (Jason Greenspan)

Olma Caviar

At Olma Caviar Boutique & Lounge, diners can walk in and order a single serving of caviar on an egg white or blini, ranging from salmon red to beluga. They can also purchase tins of caviar to take home. 

The lounge serves a variety of pizzas (covered in caviar!) and sandwiches, like arctic char on a French baguette with cream cheese, arugula, and tomatoes. 

Olma Caviar Boutique & Lounge
420 Amsterdam Ave.
olmacaviar.com

Grilled Langostino. (Courtesy of Il Mulino)
Grilled Langostino. (Courtesy of Il Mulino)

Il Mulino 35th Anniversary

The Italian restaurant Il Mulino is celebrating its 35th anniversary with a special three-course prix fixe menu. Diners may choose between a menu of “classic” or “contemporary” dishes, the former being dishes on the original 1981 menu at the Greenwich Village location, and the latter new dishes created specifically for the anniversary. Options include Langostino served in the shell with Tuscany risotto; Short Bucatini with tomatoes, red wine, and guanciale in amatriciana sauce; and Shrimp Française with spinach and a white wine reduction sauce. $81 per person.

Through Tuesday, May 31
Il Mulino
Manhattan locations
ilmulino.com

(Courtesy of Watermark Bar)
(Courtesy of Watermark Bar)

Kentucky Derby Viewing Party at Watermark Bar

The Watermark Bar, located at Pier 15, offers stunning views of the waterfront. For the Kentucky Derby, the bar will show the race on its large flat screens, while serving specials like fried chicken and biscuits, shrimp salads, and mint juleps. There will be a best dressed contest, balloon sculpting, face painting, and horseshoe games. Packages start at $19.98.

Saturday, May 7
Noon
Watermark Bar
78 South St.
watermarkny.com

Attendees at the 2015 Vegetarian Food Festival. (Courtesy of Vegetarian Food Festival)
Attendees at the 2015 Vegetarian Food Festival. (Courtesy of Vegetarian Food Festival)

NY Vegetarian Food Festival

The Vegetarian Food Festival is back, now in its sixth year. The two-day event includes talks with health experts, cooking demonstrations, and tastings from vegetarian restaurants and companies. $35 to $60 per person.

Saturday, May 7 & Sunday, May 8
Metropolitan Pavilion
125 W. 18th St.
nycvegfoodfest.com

Donuts from Dough. (Courtesy of Dough)
Donuts from Dough. (Courtesy of Dough)

Brunch Eats

Village Voice is hosting its first food festival devoted to brunch. Local favorites like Underwest Donuts, Solber Pupusas, Mr. Purple, Streets BK, and Osteria Cotta will be serving brunch for dinner. Coffee, bloody marys, bellinis, and other cocktails will also be provided. $60 to $85 per person.

Wednesday, May 11
8 p.m.–11 p.m.
Flight deck, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
(12th Avenue & 46th Street)
bruncheats.com

A spread of dishes from El Luchador Taqueria. (Courtesy of El Luchador Taqueria)
A spread of dishes from El Luchador Taqueria. (Courtesy of El Luchador Taqueria)

Dish on Downtown 

The W Hotel in downtown Manhattan is hosting a one-night culinary tour of downtown’s eateries. The first course starts at the W Hotel’s private rooftop with El Luchador Taqueria’s Mexican street food, then moves on to Schilling for Mediterranean-inspired Austrian fare, followed by Italian-American cuisine at Parm, and finally, French pastries from Maman Tribeca (served back at the W Hotel). $238.27 per person.

Thursday, May 12
6 p.m.–11 p.m.
W New York – Downtown
8 Albany St.
dishondowntown.eventbrite.com

Spring Taste NYC

Over 60 restaurants, eateries, and breweries will serve bites and drinks at the Spring Taste festival. Participants include 5th and Mad, Antidote Chocolate, Bayside Brewery, Belgian Beer Cafe, Ben and Jerry’s, Hendriks, Magnolia Bakery, Juniper Bar, and more. $40 to $199 per person. 

Friday, May 13
7 p.m.–10 p.m.
Metropolitan Pavilion
125 W. 18th St.
springtastenyc.com

New York Cake Show

If you love to bake, the New York Cake Show will satisfy your cake making itch. Celebrity cake artists and pastry chefs like Vanessa Greeley, Lisa Mansour, and Nicholas Lodge will teach classes and baking demos. Attendees can enter the cake decorating competition, with the Best in Show winner receiving a prize of $1,000.

Sunday, May 15
9 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
New York Mariott Marquis
1535 Broadway
thenycakeshow.com

(Courtesy of Clement)
(Courtesy of Clement)

Clement Dinner Series

Clement, the restaurant inside The Peninsula Hotel, is serving seasonally themed dinners in time for spring and summer. Eight guests are seated for intimate conversations with the culinary team, led by chef Remi van Peteghem. For May, the theme is Spring Vegetables. In June, the theme will be Stone Fruits. $95 per person.

Thursday, May 19 & Thursday, June 16
7 p.m.
Clement at The Peninsula New York
700 Fifth Ave.
newyork.peninsula.com/en/fine-dining/clement

Osteria Del Principe

Osteria del Principe, the restaurant by Italian prosciutto makers Principe di San Daniele, is hosting an aperitivo party featuring groovy music by DJ Ricky Russo. All grappa-based cocktails will be half off, including their specialty cocktail Grapito, with Gra’it Bonollo Grappa, basil, and fresh lime.

Thursday, May 12
6 p.m.–10 p.m.
Osteria del Principe
27 E. 23rd St.
principenyc.com

Last Minute Mother’s Day

Brunch dishes at Wine Disciples Enoteca. (Courtesy of Wine Disciples Enoteca)
Brunch dishes at Wine Disciples Enoteca. (Courtesy of Wine Disciples Enoteca)

Mother’s Day Brunch and Weekend Specials at Wine Disciples Enoteca

Treat Mom to a delicious brunch at Wine Disciples Enoteca and enjoy a bottle of red, white, or sparkling wine at a great price. Diners enjoy savings on bottles throughout Enoteca, which are offered at retail prices rather than at restaurant markup. Additionally, on weekends, there’s no corkage fee for bottles purchased at the Wine Disciples shop next door and enjoyed at Enoteca. For those who are more inclined toward craft spirits and craft beers, a noteworthy selection is also available. Other notable weekend highlights include the Sunday three-course prix-fixe dinner for $35 (with wine pairings for an additional $15) and free weekend wine tastings at the shop.

Sunday, May 8
Wine Disciples Enoteca
129 W. 29th St. (between Sixth & Seventh avenues)
winedisciplesenoteca.com

Mother's Day flowers at Nerai. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)
Mother’s Day flowers at Nerai. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

Nerai

The Greek restaurant Nerai is serving a three-course prix fixe menu for Mother’s Day, with options like Spanakopita (Greek Spinach Pie) with ouzo yogurt; Cretan Meatballs with tomato sauce and whipped goat cheese; Pan Seared Ora King Salmon with crispy leeks and spanakorizo (spinach and rice); and Whole Grilled Lavraki (Mediterranean sea bass) with wilted greens. $48 per person.

Sunday, May 8
Nerai
55 E. 54th St.
nerainyc.com

(Courtesy of Dante)
(Courtesy of Dante)

Dante

At this Greenwich Village institution, moms will get a complimentary beverage and dessert with the restaurant’s a la carte brunch menu. Highlights include the Strawberry Rhubarb Bellini and Plum Tart with Oddfellows Blueberry Buttermilk Ice Cream.

Sunday, May 8
Dante
79-81 Macdougal St.
dante-nyc.com

Dutch baby pancakes at Chefs Club. (Liz Clayman)
Dutch baby pancakes at Chefs Club. (Liz Clayman)

Chefs Club

At Chefs Club by Food and Wine magazine, a special prix fixe brunch will be served, including an appetizer, an entree, and a cocktail. Chef Didier Elena has created dutch baby pancake dishes like Ham & Cheese with comte cheese, jalapeño, and dijon mustard; Mushroom & Fines Herbs with apple and truffled tapenade; and Lobster & Baby Spinach with oranges, daikon, and pickled onions. $28 per person.

Sunday, May 8
Chefs Club
275 Mulberry St.
chefsclub.com

(Courtesy of François Payard)
(Courtesy of François Payard)

Francois Payard Macaron-Making Kit

With pastry chef François Payard’s Makecaron kit, you can make the sweet French treats at home with mom. The kit comes with 40 baked macaron shells and ganache recipes to make your own custom combinations.

Available online at payard.com