Momo Crawl, Fall Menus, Halloween Galore

By Annie Wu, Epoch Times
October 27, 2016 1:31 pm Last Updated: March 8, 2018 5:23 pm

Upcoming food and drink events in New York City:

Hester Street Fair’s Closing Festival

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

Hester Street Fair, featuring design, art, fashion, and food, will be concluding its 2016 season with a festival highlighting fall harvest goods. Vendors will include The Awkward Scone, offering baked goods like activated charcoal and pumpkin seed shortbread paired with spiced sorrel jam; Don Don NYC, serving Japanese-style sweet potato and mozzarella croquettes; and Enlightenment Wines, pouring meads made from wild yeast, foraged herbs, and local fruit. Visitors may also enjoy a beer garden and live musical entertainment.

Saturday, Oct. 29
11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Seward Park (at Hester & Essex streets)

Halloween Parties

W New York Times Square

The bar inside the W Hotel at Times Square. (Courtesy of W Hotel Times Square)
The bar inside the W Hotel at Times Square. (Courtesy of W Hotel Times Square)

The W Hotel at Times Square is kicking off Halloween festivities with an “Orange Is the New Black” party on Oct. 28. Actress Taryn Manning of the Netflix series will guest DJ. Attendees are encouraged to dress for a mugshot and the costume competition. Events over the weekend include a masquerade ball on Oct. 29 and a costume party hosted by stars from the Broadway shows “Hamilton,” “Memphis,” “Book of Mormon,” “Wicked,” and more on Oct. 31.

W New York Times Square 
1567 Broadway (at 47th Street)

Industry Kitchen

(Courtesy of Industry Kitchen)
(Courtesy of Industry Kitchen)

The waterfront restaurant Industry Kitchen is hosting a pirate ball featuring an open bar and hors d’oeuvres. DJ Grand Atrium will spin. $99 per person.

Saturday, Oct. 29 
9 p.m.–3 a.m.
Industry Kitchen
70 South St. (at Maiden Lane) 


(Michael Tulipan)
(Michael Tulipan)

Dress up for a Jazz Age-themed Halloween party at cocktail bar Analogue. The party will feature live jazz music and classic cocktails, including the rum-spiked Punch Romaine, Hemingway Daiquiri, Old Fashioned, and Sazerac. Email to reserve a table and get the password to gain entry to the speakeasy. No cover charge; drinks are $15.

Monday, Oct. 31
8 p.m.–midnight
19 W. Eighth St. (between Fifth & Sixth streets)


Brooklyn’s latest Thai restaurant, Samui, celebrates Halloween with a six-course brunch. The meal includes an Eggs Benedict with curry and avocado replacing traditional hollandaise and bacon; Chicken and Waffles with Thai fried chicken that’s been marinated in cumin, cinnamon, and cardamom; and Savory Thai Crepe with a rice-flour-and-egg crepe stuffed with shrimp, bean sprouts, toasted peanuts, and coconut. $35 per person, including a lychee Bellini.

Saturday, Oct. 29
noon to 2:30 p.m.
15 Vanderbilt Ave. (at Flushing Ave.), Brooklyn
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Dia de los Muertos Special at Fonda

(Juan Carlos Castaneda)
(Juan Carlos Castaneda)

To celebrate the Mexican “Day of the Dead,” Fonda will be preparing a four-course dinner inspired by the region of Tlaxcala, Mexico’s smallest state. Dishes include Gorditas de Queso con Chiles Pasilla, potato-stuffed pastries topped with artisanal cotija cheeses and sweet-pickled pasilla peppers; and Pipian de Tizatlan, chicken cooked in pipian (a sauce made with pumpkin seeds, peanuts, and sesame seeds) and served with salsa verde and rice cooked with chicken offal and serrano peppers. $70 per person.

Wednesday, Nov. 2
7:30 p.m.
Fonda Chelsea
189 Ninth Ave. (between 21st & 22nd streets)

Momo Crawl

Patrons at last year's Momo Crawl. (Sahadev Poudel)
Patrons at last year’s Momo Crawl. (Sahadev Poudel)

Spend a day enjoying all the different Tibetan momos (dumplings) that Jackson Heights has to offer. For $5, you can purchase a map of over 20 Tibetan restaurants in the neighborhood that offer momos, and then set off for each eatery to try them for $1. In the evening, vote for your favorite and crown the winner. 

Sunday, Nov. 6
2 p.m.–5 p.m. 
Diversity Plaza (at 74th Street & 37th Road), Queens

New Menus at Bustan

Burekas at Bustan. (Jason Greenspan)
Burekas at Bustan. (Jason Greenspan)

Under newly appointed executive chef Rafael Hasid, a graduate of the French Culinary Institute, modern Israeli restaurant Bustan has revamped its menu. A newly added “mazettim” section features shareable plates like charred octopus, heirloom cauliflower, and housemade hummus made with roasted sesame and tahini imported from Nazareth, Israel. A new brunch menu, available all week, includes dishes like mallawach (Yemenite fried dough) served with crushed tomato and “zhug” hot sauce; potato latkes served with smoked salmon, eggs, and labneh (thick yogurt); and burekas, phyllo dough pastries filled with feta cheese and olives, baked in a wood-fired oven. 

487 Amsterdam Ave. (between 83rd & 84th streets)

Fall Menu at Viceroy Central Park 

During the fall season, the rooftop bar’s new covered terrace will allow guests to enjoy a view of Central Park while staying warm indoors. The bar also has a new seasonal food and drinks menu, with options like artichoke hummus with pita and market vegetables; the Huckleberry Whiskey Sour, with Knob Creek Bourbon, huckleberries, and lemon juice; and a frozen Mexican hot chocolate, with Casamigos Reposado Tequila, orange liqueur, cinnamon hot cocoa mix, hazelnut milk, and a pinch of cayenne pepper.

The Roof at Viceroy Central Park New York
124 W. 57th St. (between Sixth & Seventh avenues)
29th Floor

New Menus at Metrograph 

Metrograph's breakfast dishes. (Courtesy of Metrograph)
Metrograph’s breakfast dishes. (Courtesy of Metrograph)

Metrograph Commissary, the restaurant inside a movie theater complex on the Lower East Side, is launching a daytime service. Breakfast dishes include a six-minute egg sandwich with feta and mayo pistou, and scrambled eggs with marscapone and wild mushrooms. Lunch includes soups like buckwheat chicken noodle with pecorino, egg, kale, and chili; and sandwiches like turkey with caciocavallo cheese, olives, pickled cherry peppers, and broccoli rabe.

The writer’s menu features dishes designed to be eaten with one hand, so patrons can type away at their next creative project at the same time. Items include mixed apples with almond butter, honeycomb, bee pollen, and brie; Caesar potato chips with anchovies and pecorino; and roasted Tallegio cheese with porcini mushroom, thyme, saba grape sauce, and toast. Available all day.

Metrograph Commissary
7 Ludlow St. (between Hester & Canal streets)

Presidential Palates Menu at Delmonico’s 

Since opening in 1837, Delmonico’s has served a long line of U.S. presidents, beginning with Thomas Jefferson. To celebrate this election season, executive chef Billy Oliva has teamed up with former White House chef John Moeller for a special a la carte menu of presidential greatest hits, from President Martin van Buren’s favorite Roast Duck and Sweet Potato Bisque, made with smoked duck breast, duck dumplings, and root vegetables; to President Richard Nixon’s Goulash with wagyu beef cheek, pearl onion, smoked paprika, and mustard spaetzle; and first lady Laura Bush’s favorite dessert, Warm Flourless Chocolate Torte with raspberry sauce and almond tuile. 

Tuesday, Nov. 1–Tuesday, Nov. 8
Delmonico’s Restaurant
56 Beaver St. (at South William Street)

Burger Bar Pop-Up at American Cut 

(Courtesy of American Cut)
(Courtesy of American Cut)

Marc Forgione’s American Cut steakhouse will now serve a weekday lineup of off-the-menu burgers during its lunch service. Choose from the fried chicken on an “everything biscuit”; the American Cut Burger with an eight-ounce patty (brisket, short rib, and dry-aged rib eye), topped with bourbon onions and beer cheese; and the five-ounce Competition Burger with lettuce, tomatoes, Jarlsberg cheese, and secret sauce. For dessert, you can enjoy a milk chocolate malt milkshake with housemade candy honeycomb and vanilla whipped cream.

Through Saturday, Dec. 31
11:30 a.m.–2 p.m.
American Cut Tribeca
363 Greenwich St. (between Franklin & Harrison streets)

Dinner and Cocktail Menu at The Wild Son

Raw Walnut Pate. (Victoria Morris)
Raw Walnut Pate. (Victoria Morris)

The health-conscious Wild Son is finally launching a dinner service. Dishes include Raw Walnut Paté with cashew cheese, crudités, and seven-grain croutons; Tuscan Kale, charred with coconut oil and vegan breadcrumbs; smoked and roasted whole trout with celery slaw and griddle bread; and mussels with house-cured guanciale and serrano peppers in smoked trout broth. A low-alcohol cocktail menu provides drink pairings, such as the Smoked and Flipped, with hickory-smoked tawny port, lemon, chipotle agave, angostura bitters, and egg; and the Osiris, with Amontillado sherry, East India Solera sherry, Cardamaro, and cinnamon bitters.

The Wild Son
53 Little West 12th St. (between Washington Street & Tenth Avenue)