The air is getting more crisp, the weather is (kind of) getting colder, and the leaves are changing color—we have reached peak fall, folks. And seasonal foods—like, real food, not a pumpkin spice latte—are the perfect way of fighting your post-Halloweekend hangover. Here's what's on the menu this week:
New York's diverse culinary landscape means you can find just about any food if you look hard enough, but wild game isn't often on the menu at NYC's restaurants. On TuesdayRacines NY will be hosting a four-course wild game dinner by Chef Frédéric Duca that includes pheasant served two ways; wood pigeon with honey butternut squash ravioli and foie gras; and venison saddle with porcini, celery root, and huntsman's sauce made of game stock and red currants. If you arrive between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., be sure to stop by the restaurant's bar for happy hour, featuring French wines for just $7. The four-course feast costs $135, and reservations are required and can be made by emailing email@example.com or by calling 212-227-3400.
All-you-can-eat buffets usually prioritize quantity over quality, but New York Taste isn't a typical stuff-your-face buffet. On Tuesday, more than 40 of the city's best bars and restaurants, including 2nd City, Le Coq Rico, and Bodega Negra will be showing off their best food and drink during the two-hour-long event. Purchase tickets ($108 - $212) here.
On Wednesday, Portuguese chef Rui Paula will be taking over the kitchen at Aldea and serving a four-course meal representing the best food and drink from his native Douro Valley. The menu includes squid "macarons"; lobster with pork, oyster, and apple; seabass; and a dessert of charred quince, cinnamon, and lemon verbena. Check out the full menu and purchase tickets ($135) here.
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And finally, on Friday, Hannah Kirshner of Sweets & Bitters and Jessica Joly, the current reigning Miss Sake USA, will be hosting a sake dinner party with six different sakes, each brewed using yeast collected from a different flower and paired with seasonal Japanese food. The dinner menu includes roasted chicken with sunflower-miso pipian, sake-steamed kabocha squash, and shiso flower rice balls. Purchase tickets ($85) here.