Tickets live for Wd~50 pop-up
Reservations are now open for chef Wylie Dufresne’s stint at the South Street Seaport Food Lab, where he’ll be reviving dishes from his famed restaurant Wd~50 that shuttered in 2014. The molecular gastronomy pioneer will be serving dishes like a scrambled egg ravioli with charred avocado and hamachi and a duck breast with curds n’ whey, sweet potato, and rice noodle. He will have four seatings a night from September 29th through October 11th. Tickets cost $125 per person and include a copy of his new cookbook. Reservations can be made here.
The NoMad Bar Brings Back Mamma Guidara’s
After a bit of a hiatus, Will Guidara and Daniel Humm’s popular Sunday night Italian-American feasts are returning to The NoMad Bar this weekend. The prix-fixe meal, called Mamma Guidara’s, is a love letter to red sauce restaurant classics like chicken parm, calamari, and caesar salad. Dinners from the Eleven Madison Park pair cost $68 for four courses, and reservations can be made by calling (347) 472-5660 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. See the full menu at the bottom of this post.
Newest Wagamama opens next month, and other openings and closings
London-based pan-Asian chain Wagamama will open its second location on October 4th. The East Village outpost at 55 Third Avenue, near East 11th Street, has signage up now. The restaurant is popular in the UK, but critic Robert Sietsema was not impressed with the offerings. Elsewhere downtown, healthy food chain Dr Smood opened its fifth location at Houston and Orchard Street. Plus, now-shuttered Marm Cafe at 79 Clinton Street, near Rivington Street, will soon be turning into a restaurant called Bricia Lower East Side. Finally, slider restaurant Mark Burger at 33 Saint Mark’s Place, open since 2009, is now closed.
Bowery outdoor food market flips vendors
Mini-outdoor food hall Bowery Market has switched its vendors yet again, this time flipping Parantha Alley for Dosa Royale, a popular Brooklyn-based restaurant serving dosas filled with options like masala potato and paneer. The market has also added a Smorgasburg alum called Kokus, which will be available there as a pop-up from October 4 to October 8. It serves vegan soft-serve made with coconut cream, coconut water, coconut oil, and honey, with flavors like lemon-vanilla tart.
Critic loves icy hot chocolate
The Post’s lovable curmudgeon Steve Cuozzo has a new obsession: the iced hot chocolate at Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate. The chocolate drink, made by pouring a chocolate ganache blended with milk over ice, isn’t super sweet. And at $6.75, he says it’s far better than the popular frozen hot chocolate a Serendipity, a $10.95 “slurpy sugar bomb aimed at kids and third-daters.”
Hear from the chefs opening restaurants at Hudson Yards
The multimillion dollar Hudson Yards development on the west side will have restaurants from chefs like Thomas Keller, Jose Andres, and David Chang, and now on the Hudson Yards’ website, each of them has a little profile with videos about what they’re trying to do as restaurateurs. It’s all vague and sweeping, though — Keller wants to make memories; Chang wants to “offer something more experiential;” Andres wants to “tell stories.” Keller has been spearheading restaurant selection. Once the Midtown West complex opens, it will have more than 100 shops and restaurants.
For those now craving some Italian-American fare, take a look at this nutty chicken parm pizza: