Treat yourself to champagne and chocolate
Surviving a Monday always calls for a treat, and tonight it’s a $15 champagne and chocolate tasting in Midtown West. Laurent Tourondel’s casual American-Italian spot L’Amico (849 Avenue of the Americas) hosts a biweekly Meet the Craftsman series, and on April 11 Francois Gigandet of H. Blin Champagne will be pouring samples of the winemaker’s entire collection, from bruit to demi-sec, paired with Freaky Health Co.’s raw, herb-infused organic chocolates. The event takes place from 6-8 p.m. in the Hidden Bar tucked behind L’Amico; tickets available at the door.
One-off dishes for Thai Restaurant Week
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The Tourism Authority of Thailand is bringing the Songkran Festival to NYC, with a week’s worth of special menu items at restaurants around the city that celebrate the Thai new year. These dishes are traditionally lighter fare with strong flavors and fresh aromas, so expect spice and lots of herbs. Just a few of the options, available from April 11-17, are Galanga’s Chiang Mai-style curry noodles, a spicy papaya salad with crispy salmon at Kiin, and Puff Cha’s stewed pork hocks over rice. Other restaurants like Qi will offer entire one-off prix fixe menus. Here is the full list of participating restaurants and their unique dishes.
Yooeating?! brings a Korean twist to Detroit classics
When home is two places, food gets interesting.Irene Yoocontinues her quest to teach New Yorkers that Korean food is more than barbecue with her latestYooeating?!pop-up dinner, bringing the dishes she and her partner loved in Detroit with a Korean twist toButter & Scotch(818 Franklin Ave., Crown Heights) on Monday, April 11, from 6-11 p.m. They’re topping Detroit-style pizza with bulgogi, corn and ranch, spicy fried chicken with pickled white daikon, Swiss & American cheeses and gochujang kewpie aioli on a pita and more; Butter & Scotch bring the cocktail pairings and a few of their own Korean/Detroit dessert ideas.
Cochon tour of France
There are more ways to serve suckling pig than off a barbecue pit slathered in sauce. Every Tuesday during the month of April, chef Phillipe Bertineau at Parisian bistroBenoit(60 W. 55th St.) will lead a tasting tour of his native France, preparing a 16-pound hog in regionally specific ways. This week highlights Brittany, with a Paimpol-style cranberry bean casserole, artichoke hearts confit in butter and the main event au jus with Pommereau. The dinners are $39 per person; reservations are recommended by calling 646-943-7373.