Bourdain’s Lower East Side episode airs this weekend
The much-anticipated Lower East Side-focused episode of the late Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown series will air this weekend. Several restaurants will make an appearance in the episode: Bourdain visits dessert institution Ray’s Candy Store, the iconic Ukrainian diner Veselka, red sauce Italian joint John’s of 12th Street, LES art bar Max Fish, and old-school Italian restaurant Emilio’s Ballato. The episode — the final one of the season — airs Sunday, November 11, at 9 p.m. on CNN. You can catch a preview here.
Two Spanish winemakers join Sen Sakana for happy hour
Sen Sakana — a $7 million Midtown restaurant that focuses on Nikkei cuisine — is bringing in two Spanish winemakers for happy hour this Friday. Fernando Garcia of Bodega Marañones and Olivier Rivière, whose wine carries the same name, will be pouring samples of their wines for the happy hour special, in which a glass will cost $9. The event happens Friday, November 9, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m at 28 West 44th St., between Fifth and Sixth Avenues.
Dumplings and fondue arrive at Brother Jimmy’s
Barbecue-focused sports bar and restaurant Brother Jimmy’s is shaking things up with a new menu featuring dumplings, fondue, jalapeño poppers, and chicken and waffle skewers. The restaurant plans to roll out the new dishes at its Murray Hill location at 181 Lexington Ave. this week, and they’ll arrive at its second location, near Penn Station at 416 Eighth Ave., soon after. Brother Jimmy’s menu traditionally offers barbecue sandwiches, burgers, Southern fried chicken, and bar snacks.
A 15-year-old ramen chef will bring his skills to Ramen Lab
Nolita restaurant Ramen Lab is teaming up with anime convention Anime NYC for a weeklong pop-up series featuring ramen bowls from rising chefs around the country, including 15-year-old Josh Reisner from Queens. Diners can swing by Ramen Lab at 70 Kenmare St., between Mott and Mulberry Streets, for a taste from November 13 to 17. The actual anime festival starts Friday, November 16, and will also feature a panel on American ramen culture on its last day, Sunday, November 18. Speakers include ramen chefs Keizo Shimamoto of Ramen Burger and Kenshiro Uki of Sun Noodle, and the panel is included in the Anime NYC admission ticket, available for purchase here.