Labor Day – summer’s last hurrah – is around the corner with a crisp autumn ahead. Hold onto the final days summer as you would hold a cold cocktail in hand.
Wednesday, August 30th
Boozy Gelato and Sorbetto at Sottosuolo
The new, casual sister restaurant to Flatiron’s i Trulli launched a Gelato Corretto Cart serving Italian alcohol-infused gelato and sorbetto. The Cart – named after “caffe corretto,” a popular Italian drink that combines a shot of espresso and dash of liquor like grappa or sambuca – is open from 12:00PM to 11:00PM every day, and stands inside the restaurant upon entry (outside on occasion).
Choose from a variety of liquor infusions, in pre-packaged, 5oz cups for $6 each. There’s Negroni gelato made with Campari, gin, vermouth and a layer of orange sorbet, and Amara sorbetto made with Sicilian Blood orange amaro.
122 E. 27th St, 646-610-9695, www.sottosuolonyc.com, @sottosuolonyc
Friday, September 1st
Star Chef Pizza Collaboration Series at Eataly
Rossopomodoro, the West Village Neapolitan restaurant and pizza partner of Eataly continues to debut its Star Chef Pizza Collaboration Series in partnership with notable chefs who showcase exclusive monthly pizza specialties through November.
Starting Friday, Einat Admony’s Shakshuka pizza will be offered at Rossopomodoro within Eataly Flatiron and Downtown. Her pizza will be made with spicy tomato sauce, feta cheese, spinach, egg and za’atar; it pairs well with either Peroni or spritz.
NYC locations, www.eataly.com, @eataly
Saturday, September 2nd
Mad. Sq. Eats Returns for Fall
Take in views of the Flatiron Building and the beautiful Madison Square Park while chowing down New York City’s top food vendors. From now until Friday, September 29th, Mad. Sq. Eats, the pop-up culinary market produced by Urbanspace will bring back veterans, Roberta’s Pizza, Melt Bakery, and Vendy Award winner Mr. Bing; and welcome newcomers, Chick’n Cone and Trapizzino to Worth Square – Open daily from 11:00AM to 9:00PM.
Worth Square, Fifth Ave. (between 25th & 26th Sts), @urbanspacenyc
Sunday, September 3rd
Visit the Hamptons in Manhattan
You considered a pricey AirBnB because you don’t have a Hamptons home. Still, you don’t have a car to trail behind a crammed Jitney in traffic.
And honestly, you are too pale to “bake” in the sun – What do you do? Opt for the following East End-inspired spots in Manhattan to say ‘so-long’ to summer.
Crudo plates, summery drinks, and pink banquettes
Two locations = Two walls of “Daily Landings”
For a nautical (and naughty) night out…
Labor Day Deals
Monday, September 4th
Hudson’s will offer a $40 2-hour beer package, plus pano-views so you make every final minute of summer count.
Ethyl’s Alcohol & Food will be open from noon to 4:00 am featuring a Schaller & Weber hot dog cart, live rock bands, and food and drink specials all day. FYI: $5 buys you a dog and beer.
Cocktails and Omakase 2.0 at Belly Korean Bacon Shop
Venture on more pork-related journeys with a cocktail in hand. The Omakase 2.0 features hot new dishes like Ricotta Cheese Ravioli stuffed with pork belly and pork butt, soaked in pork jus and pickled red chili; and Grilled Bacon topped with salted shrimp garlic aioli and katsuobushi.
Wash it all down with a drink from Belly’s new cocktail menu like the signature Belly House Cocktail – Choice of sake or soju, plus chocolate nibs and candied bacon; or Cherry & Lime – sake or soju with crushed cherry and lime.
219 Grand St, 888-777-0087, www.bellynyc.com, @bellynyc
Cocktails and Bites at Nickel & Diner
The upgraded diner announced the addition of a beverage program powered by Head Bartender Marc Soto (Black Tail) and General Manager Mark Estrada (LandMarc). The cocktail list highlights classic ‘tails with a twist that pays homage to the surrounding ‘hood of Chinatown and its bounty of seasonal produce.
Taste the Irish Cold Brew with whiskey, Nobletree cold brew coffee, cream and chocolate; the Bloody Mariko with vodka, tomato, ponzu, lemon, bacon, pickled shishito; and Old Folks with orange-thyme-star anise infused bourbon, bitters, cane sugar and brandy cherry. Draft beer and wine by the glass or bottle is available, too.
With booze comes bites… Sample the new small plates menu of globally-inspired diner fare – from Fried Chicken made with a tempura-battered boneless thigh, cashews and a sweet and sour chili sauce to Vegetable Tempura that changes seasonally.
1 Howard St, 646-870-6100, www.nickelanddiner.com, @nickelanddiner
Happy Hour at Vandal
Pre-dinner in Nolita, or post-visit to The New Museum – Either way stop by the splashy restaurant for solid happy hour deals. From 5:00PM to 7:00PM, Sunday through Friday, enjoy $9 drinks like Rio de Froze, sangria, rose, Pinot Noir (and more), or $24 La Vita Coco Cocktail (serves 2).
Nibble on food items like $1 oysters and $12 light bites like Crispy Cauliflower Tacos, Bao Buns, Wild Mushroom + Margherita Pizza, Crab Cake Corn Dogs and Shishito Peppers.
199 Bowery, 212-400-0199, www.vandalnewyork.com, @vandalnewyork
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