The Bow/FINALE spread now has a legit restaurant, too. The General follows EMM Group’s sibling spot Catch by putting Top Chef Hung Huynh in a buzzed-about room. Huge garage doors welcome you to a space done up with black and white floors and popping red seats. Bites are made for sharing, cribbing Chinese inspirations in Peking duck and Philly cheesesteak sticky buns. Salute.
DETAILS: The General (199 Bowery, Lower East Side) is open now. To learn more about the restaurant, check out the listing at BlackBook Guides.
NOW: Swiss Meatz
The annual meat fest that is known as Metzgete has begun at Trestle on Tenth. Acolytes of Dr. Atkins can dig in guilt-free to a feast of brats, sausages, and pork bellies. Swiss beers and wines stand by for pairing.
DETAILS: Metzgete at Trestle on Tenth (242 Tenth Ave., Chelsea) runs nightly through Saturday the 20th. To learn more about the restaurant, check out the listing at BlackBook Guides.
WEDNESDAY: French Twists
Atera is at the vanguard of the micro restaurant trend. This week, the restaurant expands its horizons with David Toutain, late of Paris’s Agapé Substance, who will collaborate on a four-night stand as guest chef.
DETAILS: David Toutain at Atera (77 Worth St., Tribeca) will run Wednesday through Saturday, with two seatings each night. To learn more about the restaurant, check out the listing at BlackBook Guides.
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No matter where you go, everyone has local and seasonal food on the brain. Whether that means it’s a crappy sports bar you walk into where they claim they use these ingredients (but really they are trying to capitalize on a trend), or places that are actually committed to the cause. This week, don’t bother trying to weed out the fakers; for a truly local food experience, hit up one of the establishments featured at Edible’s Eat Drink Local festival, which runs until June 30.
Not only can diners try truly local foods, but also beer, wine, and booze, all made in or near New York state. Some restaurants, like Northern Spy Food Co., Good Restaurant, and The Green Table, have always focused on local and seasonal fare and will be dishing out goods not far from their normal menu. The real treat is to try spots that aren’t known for concentrating on local goods and seeing what they are doing. For example, The Bowery Diner has a special dish each night, like tonight’s clams with spinach, Chinese sausage, and corn. You can get Swiss food made with local ingredients at Trestle on Tenth, locally sourced Peking duck at Bobo, and feel-good pizza from Nick and Toni’s Café on the Upper West Side.
Naturally, Brooklyn is in on the game, too, with restaurants like the Saul Bolton’s popular eatery Saul, fresh Italian food from Osteria il Paiolo in Williamsburg, and both of George Weld’s joints,Egg and Parish Hall. But wait, what about the drinks I mentioned before? Stop by Jimmy’s No. 43 for regional brews paired local meats and cheese, Almond for a glorious selection of New York craft beers, and for you wine lovers, on Thursday City Grit hosts a dinner that features rose from New York wineries. If that’s not enough, on Wednesday the Fifth Annual Taste of Greenmarket commences in the event space at 82 Mercer and includes chefs and bartenders from all over the city (Dan Barber, Julie Reiner, Michael Anthony, and more!) cooking up bites and making cocktails with food from, obviously, the Greenmarket. Also, as if eating locally didn’t make you feel good enough about yourself, all the proceeds from this tasting event go to support the Greenmarket Youth Education Project.