French Restaurant Week, Pinknic, Hester Street Fair at Bryant Park

By Annie Wu, Epoch Times
June 23, 2016 11:50 am Last Updated: March 8, 2018 5:23 pm
Sushi on Kosaka's Omakase Lite menu. (Courtesy of Kosaka)
Sushi on Kosaka’s Omakase Lite menu. (Courtesy of Kosaka)

Kosaka Omakase Lite Menu

The Japanese omakase restaurant is now offering a lighter version of its signature omakase menu, artfully presented and prepared by sushi chef Yoshiko Kousaka. The menu includes seven pieces of sushi and a toro (tuna) roll topped with uni and caviar. $80 per person.

220 W. 13th St.

Freud Lunch Menu

This Austrian-influenced brasserie is now serving lunch on weekdays. Dishes include the Kasekreiner Sandwich, inspired by the popular Austrian cheese sausage, and served with ramp salsa and mustard on a bacon cheese roll; Chilled Sorrel Soup with cumin, spring onions, and buttermilk granita; and Black Bass with white asparagus, ramps, and lemon-thyme sabayon sauce. 

506 LaGuardia Place

Donguri Summer Menu

Japanese restaurant Donguri is celebrating the season with a slate of new, refreshing summer dishes, like Sweet Corn Tempura, Grilled Black Cod with White Miso, and Traditional Clear Soup. On the sweet side, there’s Mochidoki mochi ice cream, in matcha green tea, salted caramel, and passion fruit flavors.

309 E. 83rd St.

Luzzo’s Pizza at 310 Bowery Bar

Luzzo’s Pizza is now serving its sweet and savory pies for brunch inside 310 Bowery Bar in the East Village. The menu includes a BLT Pizza Cone with bacon, arugula, and tomato; Honey Bunches Pizza with mozzarella, Honey Bunches of Oats cereal, blackberries, and strawberries; and Breakfast Pizza with tomato, egg, and truffle pâté. 

Daily, from 1 p.m.
Luzzo’s Pizza at 310 Bowery Bar
310 Bowery

Seafood Risotto with lobster, mussels, and clams. (Courtesy of Tocqueville)
Seafood Risotto with lobster, mussels, and clams. (Courtesy of Tocqueville)

Tocqueville Summer Greenmarket Menu

With the restaurant’s close proximity to the Union Square farmers market, Tocqueville has served a seasonal summer menu since its opening 16 years ago. This summer until Labor Day, executive chef Julien Wargnies is once again preparing a three-course menu that changes daily according to the produce available at Union Square. Dishes served so far include Zucchini Soup with squash blossoms; Seafood Risotto with lobster, mussels, and clams; and Mint Semifreddo with peaches. $48 for lunch and $64 for dinner (additional $30 for flight of local wines).

1 E. 15th St.

Small plates and rosé at Scarpetta. (Courtesy of Scarpetta)
Small plates and rosé at Scarpetta. (Courtesy of Scarpetta)

Scarpetta Aperitivo 

Scarpetta is now open in the afternoon on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, serving an aperitivo menu best suited for dining al fresco. The menu includes fresh crudi (raw seafood), cheeses, and charcuterie, as well as small plates like tomato basil spaghetti and olive ascolane (fried olives stuffed with housemade sausage)—paired with beverages of your choice. 

Fridays–Sundays, from 3 p.m.
355 W. 14th St.

(Courtesy of Kingsley)
(Courtesy of Kingsley)

Kingsley Wine Wednesdays

On Wednesdays, the French-American restaurant Kingsley will waive its $35 corkage fees all evening, to let patrons put their money to better use—enjoying its spring menu. The seasonal offerings include Roasted Bone Marrow with shallot, tarragon, and braised beef tongue; Celeriac Agnolotti with seared foie gras, sunflower, mesquite cake, and black pepper gastrique; and Wild King Salmon with crispy salmon skin, stinging nettles, spring vegetable medley, and lemon.

190 Avenue B

(Courtesy of Hester Street Fair)
(Courtesy of Hester Street Fair)

Hester Street Fair at Bryant Park Film Festival

During the Bryant Park Film Festival this summer, Hester Street Fair will be serving delicious eats and drinks for moviegoers. Participating vendors include Black Tap (burgers), Mikey Likes It (ice cream), Renegade Lemonade, and En Brasserie (fried chicken). 

For screening times, visit 

Screening of ‘Famous Nathan’ 

Lloyd Handwerker, grandson of Polish immigrant Nathan Handwerker, founder of Nathan’s Famous hot dog company, has published a new book about his grandfather’s legacy. At the Brooklyn Historical Society, Handwerker will discuss his book, following a screening of his 2014 documentary on the history of Nathan’s Famous. Free.

Monday, June 27
6:30 p.m.
Brooklyn Historical Society
128 Pierrepont St., Brooklyn

(Paul Wagtouicz)
(Paul Wagtouicz)

Sushi Seki Tanabata Festival Dinner

The Tanabata Festival, which celebrates a folktale about two star-crossed lovers, takes place on July 7 on the lunar calendar. Sushi Seki is celebrating with a special seven-course omakase dinner by chef Seki Shi, paired with seven handpicked sakes from the Asahi Shuzo Brewery in Yamaguchi, Japan. $220 per person.

Tuesday, June 28
Sushi Seki
365 W. 46th St.

French Restaurant Week

Now in its seventh year, French Restaurant Week features more than 40 restaurants around the city that will offer discount prix-fixe menus, with La Sirene, Le Cirque, Bistro Cassis, Le Coq Rico, and Maison Hugo among them. The prices are $17.89, $35.78, or $178.90 for two or four people.

Monday, July 4–Sunday, July 17


Pinknic will debut on Governors Island as the city’s largest rosé-themed picnic and music festival. Attendees can bring their own food, or order picnic baskets made by chef Chris Santos (VANDAL). Rosés will include Moët and Chandon, Château D’Esclans, and more. Artists like Claptone, Slow Hands, and Tube & Berger will perform live music. $45 to $95. 

Saturday, July 9 & Sunday, July 10
Noon–6 p.m.
Governors Island