NYC restaurant news and notes
Foodie reasons to hit the Flower Show
The Macy’s Flower Show, an annual celebration of all that blooms in the botanical world, is underway through Sunday. While stopping to smell the roses, give your taste buds some love with a Hibiscus Champagne Cocktail at Macy’s Cellar Bar & Grill, to go with this year’s show which pays homage to South Asia. Upstairs, stop by new gelato parlor Vivoli for Jasmin Riso & Zenzero Candito (jasmine rice with candied ginger), a twist on third-generation gelato maker Silvana Vivoli’s popular rice pudding flavor.
Celebrate Tartan Day
Scottish gastropub Highlands NYC (150 W. 10th St., 212-229-2670) is bringing in Chef Michael Smith of Scotland’s renowned The Three Chimneys to prepare a three-course Tartan Day prix fixe menu tonight ($65). And Tavern 29 (47 E. 29th St., 212-685-4422) is offering Bowmore & Auchentoshan Single Malt Scotch Whisky drink specials, plus private tastings of Auchentoshan 12 Years Old and Auchentoshan 3 Wood paired with cured meats and cheeses.
Take me out
Nowadays, ballpark cuisine is going beyond standard burgers and dogs. At Citi Field, Blue Smoke is offering some new dishes this season, including beef brisket sandwiches and corn bread with chipotle butter and beans. New to the Mets’ stadium this year is El Verano Cantina, an extension of taco joint El Verano Taquería, which will serve frozen cocktails and snacks. And legendary meat man Pat LaFrieda is bringing Pat LaFrieda’s Chop House to the Delta Sky360° Club.
If you can’t get to Citi Field, Neely’s Barbecue Parlor (1125 First Ave., 212-832-1551) is serving unique takes on hot dogs (Try the Japanese variety, with Kobe beef hot dog, teriyaki glaze and tempura style green beans), plus fries loaded with brisket and cheese, through tomorrow.
41 Park Ave. South, 212-758-5555
A new lunchtime option for unique takes on sandwiches. The veggie BLT, for instance, swaps bacon for smoked coconut — but you wouldn’t notice the difference.
Luna Sur Latin Bistro
802 Ninth Ave., 212-262-1299
Latin American flavors and live music six nights a week.