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A collection of dishes from Mushroom & Beer from Overthrow Hospitality.

A Mushroom Restaurant Sprouts in the East Village With Wares Grown in NYC

Overthrow Hospitality capitalizes on peak mushroom with a pop-up on track to last through the summer. Or will it be longer?

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Melissa McCart is the editor for Eater New York.

Ravi DeRossi of Overthrow Hospitality loves mushrooms so much he is spearheading a three-month, all-mushroom restaurant in their newly christened pop-up space, &Beer, a 14-seat space adjacent to Proletariat, at 21 E. Seventh Street, between Second and Third Avenue in the East Village, starting May 2.

Mushrooms & Beer, which runs through at least the summer — potentially longer, says DeRossi — points to our having hit peak mushroom, with California rainstorms resulting in a mushroom boom; an HBO zombie ant fungus show, The Last of Us; and a nationwide revival in the interest in foraging for at least a decade.

Now there’s also a crop of urban warehouses hosting spaces for growing mushrooms in hydroponic farms — such as the city’s Mushroom Queens in Ozone Park since 2015, along with Smallhold mushroom farm, headquartered in Williamsburg since 2017. The latter two are where Overthrow gets their mushrooms, pretty much exclusively.

A chef sits among a spread of mushrooms. Cole Saladino/Overthrow Hospitality
The exterior of an East Village restaurant. Cole Saladino/Overthrow Hospitality
A long table in a small wood-framed room. Cole Saladino/Overthrow Hospitality

The 14-seat pop-up space from Ravi DeRossi, &Beer.

DeRossi, co-founder of Death & Company — whose vegetable-centric hospitality group which also includes Cadence with Shenarri Freeman, Amor y Amargo, The Fragile Flour, Rabbit, Ladybird, and Soda Club among others — didn’t always like mushrooms. In fact, “I hated them,” he says, until about a decade ago, when he was introduced to the hen-of-the-woods entree at Avant Garden, served with kohlrabi and pickled beech mushrooms. He says it has become a bestseller and has been on the menu since the restaurant opened.

Overthrow’s Avant Garden chef, Juan Pajarito, loves mushrooms, too, so it makes sense he’s creating the a la carte menu with dishes highlighted by the kind of mushroom: oyster (tempura with ponzu hot sauce); beech, (cauliflower cheese, nori butter, breadcrumbs); lion’s mane (dumplings with daikon sauce), and so on. Pajarito will continue to be executive chef at Avant Garden as well as oversee the pop-up.

Beer is a constant in the newly acquired space, with Ramon Manrique Hung of Proletariat overseeing the rotating selection European and local cans, bottles, and taps. Look for pours like Closer from Root and Branch brewing or Happy Medium lager from Threes Brewing, along with Oerbier, a Belgian dark ale from Brouwerij De Dolle brewers.

&Beer will be open Tuesday to Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m. with reservations available via Resy.

Beech mushrooms over vegetables.
The beech mushroom dish with cauliflower cheese, nori butter, and herbed breadcrumbs.
Cole Saladino/Overthrow Hospitality
A mushroom stands next to greens as it’s smoked.
A smoked mushroom dish at Mushroom & Beer.
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