In a glass half-full kinda’ way, New York area restaurants have responded to the destruction from Super Storm Sandy with all the pluckiness and hope that makes Gotham an island of dreams.
It’s a special place, needless to say, where artisans and entrepreneurs of every ilk come to make their dreams come true – to find that street paved with gold.
Ok – the streets were more waterlogged than gilded – not that long ago.
Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn, Staten Island, and New Jersey restaurants and food service businesses were hit especially hard.
Good food depends on fresh, local ingredients. With no power and transportation at a Civil War-era standstill – there was not a lot of food deliveries. Downtown restaurants had to compost their own comestibles. And with downtowners heading uptown to eat – this was surely the Tale of Two Cities.
The New York Times reported that nearly 3,000 jobs were lost in the aftermath.
“New York City, restaurants and food-service operations in Lower Manhattan were hit particularly hard, said James Brown, principal economist for the Labor Department. He said the leisure and hospitality sector lost about 8,500 jobs in November, a month when those businesses would normally be adding workers.
“Restaurant closings and layoffs were widespread in impacted neighborhoods, and the relocation of workers from damaged downtown office buildings is hurting holiday catering and corporate cafeterias,” Mr. Brown said.
So in the spirit of having a good time, eating the best food, and helping support local restaurants, following is a curated list of downtown restaurants to better celebrate New Year’s Eve and usher in 2013.
Sandy-Hit Restaurants that are back for the Party
Drew Nieporent’s Tribeca Grill had its share of problems including a flooded basement, and loss of power, as did his other Myriad Restaurant Group restaurants, Corton and Nobu.
So it is all the more bracing that Tribeca Grill is ebullient about it’s spectacular New Year’s Eve celebration, including a decadent 5-course menu and a live 10-piece band. There are seating from 9 to 10:30 PM & includes 5-Course New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner. View Menu
$195 per guest. There will be live entertainment by Ron Sunshine and his 10-piece Orchestra, Dancing until 2 AM & holiday party favors. Call (212) 941-3900 to reserve.
Nobu New York will be featuring two special New Year’s Eve omakase (tasting) menus for $145 and $195 per person. Beverages, tax and gratuity are not included
There will be a Japanese percussion performance and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight.
Please note that Nobu New York will be closed on New Year’s Day.
First Seating:, 5:30 – 7 PM, $120 per guest / view menu
Second Seating:, 8:15 – 10:30 PM, $195 per guest / view menu
All guests in the second seating receive access to Tribeca Grill’s New Year’s Eve Gala after 11 PM.
239 West Broadway (between Walker & White Streets – former site of much-revered and missed Montrachet restaurant) New York, NY 10013 (t) 212.219.2777
Northern Spy Food Company
New Year’s Eve
Monday, December 31
$75, four courses
Wine pairing, $30 (TBD)
Brussels sprout salad
sunchokes, pear, bulgur wheat
A special kale salad
cauliflower, almonds, quail egg
Celery root bisque
Peconic Bay scallops
parsnips, green apple
Grass-fed beef sirloin
red onion, potatoes, bordalaise
farro, arrowhead spinach, matsutake
Chocolate cranberry sacher torte
Truffled floating islands
pear-ginger anglaise, grapefruit
A contemporary Thai restaurant opened by Chef Harold Dieterle and Alicia Nosenzo. the duo chose the name, kin shop because “kin,” is the Thai word for “to eat” _and the restaurant is the “kin“ to their acclaimed restaurant perilla, a mere seven-minute walk away. Kin shop‘s menu features both contemporary reinterpretations of traditional Thai dishes and wholly new items inspired by Thai ingredients. Complementing kin shop‘s menu (which is meant to be shared), are Thai-influenced specialty cocktails, a 75-label, spice-friendly international wine list with many bottles priced under $50, and _a diverse globe-spanning selection of beers, many from small, craft producers.
Empellon Cocina and Taqueria
This Examiner reviewed the opening of Empellon Cocina and remains enchanted with chef Alex Stupak: http://rootshed.com/review/discover-new-restaurant-time-for-cinco-de-mayo-the-push-is-on-at-empellon
For New Year’s Eve, chef Alex is offering a six or eight-course tasting menu elixir.
It’s the First time they are celebrating at Empellon Cocina for the New Year.
There are two seatings and the menu is screamingly fantastic!
Empellon Taqueria features three seatings: $95, $125 and $150 per person with combinations of unlimited vear, margaritas and hose wine and the heavenly, not to be missed menu.
Taqueria on New Year’s Day offers a limited menu from 4 – 10 PM. There’s no better recovery trick than tacos and margaritas.
For reservations, you can simply email email@example.com or visit the links below.
Willow Road, a new gastro pub/bar (85 10th Ave, 646.484.6566)
The restaurant is doing two seatings and will be serving until 4am, so it’s a great option for late-night festivities.
6:30pm-7:30pm: four-course menu + bottle of Veuve Clicquot. $125/person.
9pm – 10pm: four-course menu + bottle of Veuve Clicquot. Table is yours for the night. $175/person.
**For reservations: firstname.lastname@example.org
– Nantucket Bay Scallop Crudo with Tomato Essence, Mustard Oil, Sweet Herbs
– Vermont Burrata with Oven Dried Tomatoes, Spiced Broccoli Puree
– Chanterelle Mushroom Risotto with Golden Raisins, Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
– Chestnut Stuffed Quail with Herb Barley, Sweet Orange Garlic
– Braised Beef Short Rib with Aligote Potatoes, Persimmon and Celery Slaw
– Turbot ‘en Papillote’ with Minnesota Wild Rice, Braised Leeks, Carrot Sauce
– Sticky Toffee Pudding with Salted Caramel, Vanilla Bean Gelato
– Crème Fraiche Panna Cotta with Wild Huckleberry Compote, Candied Citrus
Ward III in TriBeCa – Hosts a “True Romance” – inspired night in honor of the 20th Anniversasry of the film. Ward III will play the move al night. But the real show stopper will be the Open Bar, special movie cocktails and food – and an in-house DJ. $175 per person for their select open bar, unlimited food J and champagne toast.
After all, New Year’s Eve is all about the drink, right?!
Ward III could just be the ultimate New Year’s Eve go-to hot spot.
With House Cocktails, Classic Cocktails, beer, wine and sparkling wine – and food – what else do you need?
Check out the House and Bespoke Cocktails.
You deserve to start 2013 on the happy, made-in-America cocktail culture.
It’s our birthright.
Where else to go?
If you are not sure what restaurants are open in Sandy’s aftermath, there is an enterprising website that claims to post news of the eateries open post-Sandy, via zip code: http://www.hurricanesandyeats.com
Bless you, creative Alex Ingram…
Shame on Sandy
The party continues January 12, 2013 – this time for a benefit cause. Melanie Dunea, (www. examiner
Photographer and creator of the “My Last Supper” book series and web blog, is hosting Shame on Sandy: a variety show for Sandy relief featuring an all-star chef and entertainer line up.
Tickets are $150 and all proceeds from ticket sales go directly to the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City to help families hurt by Superstorm Sandy.
The invitation says guests will see “pieces and performances by the city’s most prestigious creative…”
Best part is the Sample and Enjoy with “Bites from some of New York City’s finest chefs and artisans. Drinks courtesy of Southern Wine and Spirits.” Thanks a bunch for being so generous for such a good cause. Cheers.
What chefs will guest rub elbows with? The list is extensive and includes many of this Examiner’s favorites and previous story features: Abigail Breslin, Bruce & Eric Bromberg: Blue Ribbon, Eric Ripert, Floyd Cardoz-North End Grill, Jay McInerney, Jonathan Waxman-Barbuto, Mario Batali, witchcraft – and Susan Sarandon.
Invitation and link to purchase tickets: http://www.mylastsupper.com/shame-on-sandy-a-benefit/
Happy New Year 2013. Cheers to good food and drink.