Yes, we have been quite busy over here at the Underground Eats HQ in DUMBO. Since launching the site just over a year ago we’ve produced or promoted over 250 culinary events! We’ve had the privilege of working with some amazing talent and creative individuals throughout the last year and we look forward to bringing you many more unique dining experiences. In case you’ve missed out on all the eating, drinking, laughing, and reveling over the past year, here is a look at what we’ve been up to. We hope to see you at a UGE event soon!
Last night Chef Seamus Mullen (Tertulia) joined Chef David Santos in his kitchen at Louro to prepare an epic meal of 11 dishes over 6 courses. This Irish chef who is known for his modern Spanish cuisine traded in jamon, queso, y paella for Asian spices and ingredients like shiso, togarashi, uni, bok choy, and myoga. Each dish was bursting with umami flavor and the pairings by wine importer A.I. Selections served as great companions, balancing the boldness on the plate with bold wines from around the world. Browse the above gallery for a photo recap of some of the incredible dishes these two talented chefs sent out last night.
Happy Friday, errbody! It’s almost the weekend, so breathe easy. Plus, here is a round-up of some great events to check out in the upcoming week.
On Saturday, visit The East Ville de Folies event at Webster Hall. Sample four floors of rare beers and whiskeys for $35. Also check out a burlesque show, trapeze artists, swing jazz bands, circus performers, and a spinning prize wheel. Now that’s what we call entertainment. Buy tickets here.
On Monday the 21st, the next edition of Chef David Santos‘ new Nossa Mesa Supper Club at Louro will be modeled after the Sopranos. For those of you who were into the six season long drama – arguably the best series ever to be on TV – this event is for you. Enjoy house-made “mootzarel,” chicken parm sammies, “next-day lasagne” with homemade rigot, and more Italian specialties that will leave you wanting to go home and rewatch your favorite episodes of the Sopranos. Learn more and buy tickets here.
On Tuesday, eat for a good cause at the Global Kitchen fundraising dinner and launch party. Global Kitchen is an organization that celebrates vibrant cultural exchange by offerinng immigrant-led cooking classes all over the city. It’s certainly true that many of the meals cooked in New York’s best restaurants are cooked not by the chef listed on the menu but by the prep cooks and line cooks (often times immigrants) that perform all of the essential functions in a restaurant kitchen. Taste the creations of cooks that hail from Egypt, Senegal, and Guyana. This event costs $45 and will be held at Projective Space from 7-11pm on Tuesday night. Buy tickets here.
Next Friday the 25th, celebrate Mardi Gras early at Porter House. Enjoy a four course meal, Italian carnivale style ($145, not including tax and tip), followed by live jazz. Enjoy a final party before the Ash Wednesday and the subsequent restrictions of Lent. To make a reservation, call (212) 823-9500 and be prepared to give your credit card info.
Guns and Butter returns to New York City this Sunday for a three-night dinner series (1/20, 1/21, 1/22) at Brooklyn’s Palmer’s. The roving pop-up restaurant is the brainchild of young, up-and-coming chef Craig Lieckfelt. Craig, who has been a professional chef since the age of 15, has worked under esteemed chefs including Jean-Georges. In December Guns + Butter debuted in NYC with a sold-out 40-person six-course dinner. For his second New York installment Craig is keeping things more intimate with three seatings of 11 people on each of the three nights. Take a look at the menu and purchase your tickets here.
Today, Alex Garcia opens AMIGAS, a Mexican pop-up, featuring a rotating roster of other chefs, including Aarón Sánchez (co-star of two Food Network Series, Chopped and Heat Seekers and chef/owner of Mestizo and Tacombi Taqueria) and Roberto Santibañez (Fonda). Sánchez and Santibañez will be contributing their specialty dishes to the scene. Get it while it’s hot, because this is only projected to last 4 months. 2888 Broadway (112th Street), (212) 864-1143.
Tonight marks the New York Distilling Company’s one year anniversary as well as the 79th anniversary of Repeal Day, marking the end of the Prohibition Era. To commemorate this glorious day, the New York Distilling Company is holding a fundraiser party to benefit the Brooklyn Recovery Fund. A ticket to this event gives you the awesome oppertunity to take part in a distilling session, which is being opened to the public for the very first time. You’ll get the chance finish a run of rye and take home one bottle fresh out of the still, and then receive another bottle from the run once it’s aged. Doors open at 7 p.m. Find additional tickets and information here (code New York Distilling Company – Sandy Relief Benefit).
Caskers is your guide to discovering the best craft distilleries in the nation and tomorrow, Dec. 6th, is their grand tasting event of the year. Experts from some of the top distilleries in the nation will be on-site to present their unique craft spirits that you may not find elsewhere. As a guest, you will get to break off into small groups and enjoy a mixology class with Steve Shneider, the principal bartender of cocktail hotspot Employees Only. Not only will special drinks from various distilleries be offered for you to try, but 15% of proceeds will be benefiting Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. Tickets and additional information can be found here.
Hanukkah is fast approaching, which means it’s time to get ready for latkes. Latkes will be served at The Brooklyn Academy of Music when 16 chefs and restaurants compete at this one-of-a-kind latke festival. A portion of the proceeds will help benefit the Sylvia Center, a food education organization that works with children. The latkefest will be taking place Dec 10 at 6:30 p.m. To find tickets, $55, click here.
If you are looking for a good time on the 4th night of Hanukkah, then check out 92Y‘s Latke Sizzle! Celebrate with “Top Chef” judge Gail Simmons, as she gives a cooking demonstrate of our favorite crispy holiday treat. She will also be discussing with cookbook author/food journalist Mitchell Davis their connection to their Jewish heritage. Of course all attendees will be enjoying international samplings of latkes paired with tasty vodkas. The night will be held at 92Y – Buttenwieser Hall, starting at 8:15 p.m. Tickets, $29, can be purchased here.
You know how much we love Chef David Santos, and on Mondays, his critically-acclaimed supper club will continue as “Nosa Messa” through his new West Village restaurant, Louro. Next Monday night’s dinner will showcase Santos’s culinary creativity as he prepares a set menu for a limited number of dinner guests. We encourage you to come enjoy Ocean’s Bounty, his five course seafood meal, on Dec. 10th where foodies can get a taste of the supper club we all know and love. For tickets and additional information click here.
Dipsology, the curated online cocktail guide to New York’s best cocktail destinations, will be providing you with an exceptional line-up of bartenders and drinks, as they collaborate with hot newcomer, Pouring Ribbons, Evelyn, and the folks from New York Distillery to celebrate this holiday season. On Dec 12 at 7:00 p.m., come join the festivities, which will include an open bar, featuring specialty cocktails, tasty snacks, raffle, and music by DJ Tamer. There will also be a toy drive on-site so feel free to bring items to donate. Each donated item will get you one raffle ticket. Proceeds will go towards Hurricane Sandy Relief efforts. It’s going to be a great night. For tickets and additional information click here.
On Saturday the 1st, the NYC Craft Beer Festival will open its doors to all you beer lovers. A general admissions ticket will get you unlimited beer tastings, a souvenir tasting glass, access to beer seminars, and approximately 150 American harvest craft beer samplings.
Cure your Monday blues on the 3rd at our featured event, The Greatest Meal Ever Cooked. The all-star team of chefs includes Tom Colicchio, Michael Symon, Linton Hopkins, Jonathan Benno, Michael White, Christina Tosi, Rich Torrisi, and Mario Carbone. Culinary cooperation will reach a whole new level at an elegant six-course meal at the famed Bowery Hotel. Buy tickets here.
On Wednesday, December 5th, join Culintro and Nespresso as chefs tackle the hot topic of restaurant expansion. Hear stories and get advice from Chef Michael White of Altamarea Group, Chef Danny Bowien of Mission Chinese Food, and Andy Ricker of Pok Pok Restaurants. Following the panel event, there will be an after-party at Asellina from 8-10pm. Buy tickets here.
‘Tis official the season of holiday parties and plenty of cocktail consumption. On December 12th Dipsology invites Underground Eats members to attend their exclusive “Let’s Get Dipsy” holiday cocktail party. Dipsology is your ultimate online guide of New York’s best cocktail destinations. If anyone can throw a good cocktail party it’s these guys. Join them for an evening of specialty cocktails including an egg nog and sorrel punch with Brugal Anejo Rum. Learn more and purchase tickets here.
Throughout the month of December, join Chef David Santos on Monday nights at Louro, his new restaurant. This Monday night supper series, inspired by his supper club, Um Segredo, will be called Nossa Mesa (“Our Table”). Learn more and R.S.V.P. to the first dinner here.
And now for some pop up news:
Nom Wah Tea Parlour, a 100-year old staple in Chinatown dim sum, announced yesterday that it will open pop up brunches and dinners starting next year, in collaboration with Openhouse at 168 Bowery. In the mean time, they are opening up a cafe before this Christmas that will sell goods made on the premises.
The Landhaus, a Brooklyn Flea regular, has temporarily opened shop in Park Slope’s People’s Pops. In the cold winter months when few are hankering for People’s Pops local fruit ice pops, The Landhaus will prepare farm-to-sandwhich goods that will keep you warm and satisfied.