Spring Menus Launch Downtown: Spring Rolls, Scallops, & Panna Cotta Await

While it does not…quite… feel like spring in NY (is there such a thing?), two restaurants are doing a very good job at playing along with Mother Nature by rolling out their new spring menus, characterized by light, cold, smooth bites and fruity, bitters-filled cocktails.

Feast  East Village’s whitewashed brick, dim, and woody restaurant – debuts their nine-course scallop seafood spread for the scallop fanatic in most/all of us, priced at just $49. Fried Nantucket bay scallops? Oh yeah. Citrus scallop ceviche and a seared smoked-scallop pot pie? You betcha. At Feast, there are no limits to the variety of those bivalve mollusks. And the culminating dessert: the vanilla yogurt panna cotta. Feast has also kicked-off their Sunday brunch, offering diners massive, flat, and sweet Swedish pancakes, shrimp and grits, and a big ol’ basket of bakery goodies to overstuff yourself on before the food arrives.

L’Amant – the West Village’s French-Southeast Asian, wallpapered cocktail nook – debuts baby crab spring rolls in a ginger soy sauce, alongside such bubbly spring cocktails as "The Big Gun" – with whiskey, pear brandy, bitters, and homemade cinnamon syrup – and "The Business Man" made with rye, byrhh, maraschino, and orange bitters. And to temper the buzz, their menu staple: the creamy, in-a-skillet truffle mac & cheese.

Ah, spring. Thanks for coming.

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This Week’s NY Happenings: Taste Of The LES, Maison Premiere, Greenpoint Brunchtacular

THURSDAY: Taste Of The Lower East Side
As benefits with bites go, it’s hard to beat the Taste of the Lower East Side for both breadth and depth. Fifty top neighborhood joints will come together at 82MERCER for an all-you-can-eat extravaganza. Newer hands like Pig and Khao, Jeepney, and The Leadbelly rub shoulders with established pros like Alias and wd-50. There’s craft beer and wine to wash it down, and a danceable soundtrack from DJ AndrewAndrew. A silent auction will tempt you too, with everything from SoulCycle classes to a Rao’s reservation, all to benefit the Grand St. Settlement.

Taste of the Lower East Side starts at 7pm on Thursday, April 25th, at 82MERCER (82 Mercer St., Soho). General admission tickets are $195 ($125 is tax-deductible). To learn more about the event space, check out the listing at BlackBook Guides.

NOW: One More Trafalgar Julep
Spring has sprung at Williamsburg’s Maison Premiere. A new chef (Lisa Giffen, late of Daniel and Blue Hill) plies the kitchen, and the spring cocktail menu has been unveiled. Enjoy a full lineup of refreshing juleps like the Trafalgar (gin, sherry, crème de menthe, and lemon).

Spring cocktail menu now available at Maison Premiere (298 Bedford Ave., Williamsburg). To learn more about the bar, check out the listing at BlackBook Guides.

SATURDAY: Honeyed Brunch
To raise money for Sandy recovery, Greenpoint’s t.b.d. is hosting an epic brunch in the yard this Saturday. Neighbors as diverse as Anella, Action Burger, and Selamat Pagi will lay out a spread, accompanied by that most indispensible of brunch items—bottomless mimosas.

Rally Downtown’s Greenpoint Brunchtacular starts at noon on Saturday, April 27th, at t.b.d. (224 Franklin St., Greenpoint). Tickets are $30, or $50 for two. To learn more about the bar, check out the listing at BlackBook Guides.

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