Unapologetic Foods, the team behind Adda, Dhamaka, and Semma, have launched Biryani Bol, a new delivery service, where you can get same-day orders of one of the dishes that helped catapult the restaurant group to acclaim. The at-home meal kit requires cooking the biryani for about 45 minutes, according to its website. The restaurant group does not offer delivery at any of its locations except Adda in Long Island City. The Biryani Bol can also be picked up from any location of Unapologetic Foods in Manhattan and Brooklyn.
A kooky Feast of the Seven of the Fishes
Cafe Mars, the futuristic Italian restaurant that opened in May in Gowanus from alums of Wd~50 and Aska, is hosting a Feast of the Seven Fishes. While the restaurant is not open on Christmas Eve and Day, it will host the dinner on Friday, December 22, and Saturday, December 23. Think: fried calamari with sweet potato, endive salad with caviar vinaigrette, and oysters with tomato relish. The full menu is available online and can be ordered a la carte or as a set menu; reservations are up.
A decade-old Japanese restaurant is closing
Cagen, a Japanese restaurant that first opened on East Ninth Street back in 2013, announced on Instagram that it would be closing its doors by the end of December. Cagen was started by Toshio Tomita, a long-time disciple of the world of Nobu, before breaking off on his own to open a restaurant that was much more low-key than the clubstaurant where he earned his stripes. “Selections from the 18-course omakase menu are flown in from Japan each day, like a recent flash-fried soft-shell crab atop a delicate tangle of yuzu-pickled red onions or a firm grilled sea bream,” New York Magazine wrote.
Palestinian restaurant Ayat expands in South Brooklyn
There’s a new Ayat opening this week; the latest is slated to open in Ditmas Park at 1616 Cortelyou Road, at East 17th Street, according to Brownstoner. The Palestinian restaurant first opened in Bay Ridge in 2020, before expanding to locations all over the city, including Sunset Park and the East Village. The team also operates several locations of Al Badawi, a more full-service version of their restaurant.