Weekly Chef and Menu Report: The Week of August 8, 2013

Staff Writer
A look into this week's new chefs and restaurant menus
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Every week, we take a look at some new chefs and menus that have appeared across the country. Here’s this week’s roundup:

New York
Num Pang: Num Pang, New York’s signature Cambodian sandwich spot, is debuting a new drink and bar snacks menu at their flagship NoMad store on Broadway at 26th Street, according to a release. The new drink menu features craft beers, both on tap and canned, red and white wine, and what they’re calling “Num-tails,” like Cambodian Sangria and Num-Chilada. The snacks menu features items like spicy chicken wings with a sweet and spicy sauce, roasted okra, and glazed baby back ribs.

Bill’s Bar & Burger: The newest Bill’s Bar & Burger at the New York Marriot Downtown has breakfast, lunch, and dinner, serving their famous CNN Top 10 Burger and campfire shakes, according to a release. They have also starting serving new items like their steak salad and slow-roasted pork tacos.

Miss Lily’s: According to a release, in New York City’s NoHo neighborhood, Miss Lily’s Caribbean restaurant has added a healthy “Body Good” menu to its lineup. The menu, inspired by the “Body Good” green juice from Miss Lily’s juice bar, has items like a quinoa seaweed salad with miso dressing, brown rice and callaloo with roasted garlic tofu, and Miss Lily’s signature “Body Good” salad.

Museum of the City of New York: On Thursday, August 15 at 6:30 p.m., the Museum of the City of New York will be hosting a tasting event, according to a release. Tickets for the event, which is co-sponsored by Harlem One Stop and the Institute of Culinary Education, Time Out New York and HowAboutWe.com, requires tickets, which are $25 for museum members and $30 for the general public. Just a couple of the participating kitchens include Hot Bread Kitchen, El Paso Mexican Restaurant, and Beth’s Farm Kitchen.

Bill’s Food & Drink: Bill’s Food & Drink in Midtown now has a $45 prix fixe menu, according to a release. Some of the items on the menu include crab gazpacho, beef tartare, and dry aged ribeye, and it’s available from Sunday through Friday from 5:30 p.m. till close.

Measure at Langham Place: According to a release, Measure at Langham Place is now offering a Three-Martini Lunch for $16. The menu includes three cocktails and you can choose from the seasonal menu, the café inspired drinks, or you can try the by George cocktail, made with Bulldog gin, sugar, lime juice, and cucumber.

Ocean Grill: For Labor Day Weekend, Ocean Grill will be having brunch and dinner specials, according to a release. You can get a brunch cocktail on the house and enjoy sangria and dancing.

NYC Restaurant Week: For NYC Summer Restaurant Week this year that runs until August 16, try Isabella’s and Wildwood for a prix-fixe lunch or dinner. To make a reservation, check out all of the restaurants and times here.

Hawker Bar: Hawker Bar in Brooklyn is now offering a Southeast Asian inspired menu on Saturdays and Sundays, according to a release. Some of the new dishes include egg foo young made with bean sprouts, cabbage, carrots, and bamboo shoots, served with rice, and roasted chicken and egg congee with ginger and scallions. Hawker also offers a brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., so stop by when you’re in Brooklyn to see everything they have to offer.

Jules Bistro: According to a release, Jules Bistro is now doing a Saturday Jazz Brunch from noon to 3:00 p.m. Jazz bands that will be performing include Ray Blue on Saturday, August 10, and The Flea Circus on Saturday, August 17, and some of the dishes that will be on the menu include croquet monsieur ou madame and a nutella tartine.

Delicatessen: On Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.at Delicatessen, there will be a happy hour where all draft beers are $4 and glasses of wine are two for one, according to a release. Small bites of cheeseburger spring rolls, tuna tartare, and New England lobster sliders are also available for lunch and dinner daily at Delicatessen.

Arlington Club: According to a release, Arlington Club will bring back their The Swan Social, a black and white themed party, on Tuesday, August 13 at 8:30 p.m. Some dishes will includes Chef and Partner Laurent Tourondel’s corn with crème fraiche, lime zest, cotija cheese, and fresh cilantro, and a dessert of honeycomb with strawberries.

Brunch Month: From August 3 to August 25 on Saturdays and Sundays, chefs at Wildwood and Blue Water Grill are putting together brunches, according to release. Some dishes you can expect to find are pulled pork and cheddar frittatas, as well as Maine lobster & heirloom tomato benedicts; reserve a table here.

Wildwood and Bill’s: For the Fantasy Football Draft, come to Wildwood or Bill’s for a first round of cold draft beer, or tequila shots at Dos Caminos, all on them. These restaurants are great for watching the draft and celebrating with friends, so book a table here.

San Francisco
Alex Italian: According to a press release, Riccardo Bilotta has been named the new executive chef at Alex Italian in Napa Valley. Bilotta, originally from Trieste, Italy with over 13 years of experience, hopes to bring new Italian inspiration to the restaurant. Dishes on his new menu include Lingua Tonnata, made with veal tongue, tuna, and capers, and White Caciucco, a take on seafood chowder.

Massachusetts
The Cottages & Lofts at the Boat Basin: According to a release, The Cottages & Lofts at the Boat Basin, perched right above the Nantucket Harbor, will now be hosting a happy hour for snow cones every day from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The flavors that will be available are watermelon, banana, piña colada, and their Nantucket Red, which is a mixture of cranberry and cherry flavors.

Chicago
HotChocolate: Chicago’s HotChocolate, owned by James Beard Award winner Mindy Segal, has a new menu, according to a release. The menu is simpler take on items that they have done in the past, like the All American Chocolate Cake, which is now the only item on the pastry menu, as well as tons of salads, their bestsellers like the burger and mac-and-cheese, and also “jars” of smoked white fish rillette and “bowls” of items like  soup or mussels.

Charleston
Mixson Market: According to a release, Mixson Market in Charleston, South Carolina will be hosting a block party on August 24 to benefit Pet Helpers, co-hosted by The Flats at Mixson. The event will have face painting, a dunking station, and tons of a food truck dedicated to dogs, The Lucky Puppy Truck. Básico, a gourmet taqueria, will be serving street corn and fresh produce, as well as there will be draft and craft beers from Holy City Brewery.

We’re always looking for tips about new chefs and seasonal menus, so if you think there are any that we missed, let us know!

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