Now trending at NYC restaurants: Large-format feasts
The next time you’re out for a birthday dinner, consider forgoing the a la carte menu in favor of one of these mega-meals:
• Every Wednesday at Arlington Club (1032 Lexington Ave., 212-249-5700) chef Laurent Tourondel offers his Cowboy Rib Eye — 72 ounces of U.S.D.A. hand-selected, 28-day dry-aged prime beef, bone-in. It comes with a 16 oz. lobster tail, creamed spinach, truffle gnocchi and rosti (Swiss hash browns). Only eight will be served each night, and leftovers are sent home with you in a doggie bag, along with potato rolls for sandwiches the next day. $555, recommended for four or more people. Reserve 24 hours in advance.
• Monday means Lunes Asador at Tertulia (359 Sixth Ave., 646-559-9909). At the cozy Spanish spot, chef Seamus Mullen serves up a whole animal, roasted, with family-style sides, dessert and cider. The menu changes monthly; June’s offering is suckling pig. $75 per person for four or more guests; parties of four or fewer can opt for a $40 prix fixe with portions of the animal. Reservations required at least one week in advance.
• Riverpark (450 E. 29th St., 212-729-9790) uses seasonal produce straight from its farm for its three-course group dinners. Right now, chef Sisha Ortuzar has items on her menu like marinated summer squash blossoms with mint, whole roasted dorade with ramps and fluke carpaccio. While there, take in the views of the East River and on-site farm. $75, reservations required.