Next Week’s NY Happenings: Luau At The Dutch, Charlie Bird, Month Of Clicquot

MONDAY: Dutch Treat
Andrew Carmellini’s Soho smash The Dutch will make sure you have a transporting Memorial Day, even if you never make it off the island. Go whole hog on summer’s start with a tropical luau on Monday. Ribs, wings, and tuna poke get things started, followed by suckling pig cooked in a Caja China. There will be tiki cocktails and halo-halo for dessert, too.
Memorial Day luau at The Dutch (131 Sullivan St., Soho) runs from noon to 9pm on Monday, May 27th. The lunch prix fixe is $40, family-style dinner is $65. To learn more about the restaurant, check out the listing at BlackBook Guides. Photo by Evan Sung.

WEDNESDAY: Bird Lives 
Soho newcomer Charlie Bird takes its inspiration from Charlie Parker while getting creative on an Italian-accented menu. Chef Ryan Hardy of Aspen’s The Little Nell turns out a Greenmarket array. Robert Bohr (Colicchio & Sons) handles the stellar wine program.
Charlie Bird (5 King St., Soho) opens Wednesday, May 29th. To learn more about the restaurant, check out the listing at BlackBook Guides.

SATURDAY: Sport of Kings
The Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic returns to Liberty State Park, and while you may not score tickets to the match, you can partake in the citywide “Month of Clicquot.” The Four Seasons Hotel is running “Bubbles and Bites” happy hours at the bar on Fridays in May, Willow Road has a Yellow Label lunch special, and the revamped Bar d’Eau at Trump SoHo is hosting a water ballet pre-party this Saturday at 6pm.
Month of Clicquot runs through May, leading up to the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic on Saturday, June 1st. Water ballet at Bar d’Eau (246 Spring St. Soho) is this Saturday, May 25th. To learn more about the bar, check out the listing at BlackBook Guides.

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Seasonal Small Plates Take a Trip to Chelsea by Way of Willow Road

Located right in front of the High Line in the old John Dory space, Chelsea residents can now rejoice over the opening of Willow Road, a brand new “gastrobar” that offers craft cocktails and, as is the food fashion of the day, rustic, seasonal small plates.

"We are incredibly excited to be located in Chelsea, it’s such a vibrant and creative neighborhood,” said Will Malnati, who co-owns the restaurant with Doug Jacob. “We’re offeringa more elevated casual spot with a great vibe that people can enjoy throughout the day, and we really want it to be a neighborhood place with a focus on food."

Chef Todd Macdonald, formally of the now closed Cru and Clio in Boston, runs the kitchen and turns out flavorful twists on American classics including fried chicken with jerk seasoning, lamb sliders with sumac aioli, mussels with kumquat butter, and macaroni and cheese laced with lemon, sausage, and fennel pollen.

The bar side of the gastro is run by mixologist Greg Seider, a partner at Summit Bar who has also turned out cocktails at Minetta Tavern and Le Bernardin, before settling here to make up the drinks menu, which included tipples like the Japanese Old Fashioned with Yamazaki 12.

The space pays homage to the old Nabisco Factory that occupied it oh-so-many years ago, and includes a giant neon sign sporting the old slogan for Triscuit crackers, “Baked by Electricity.” Subway tiles and exposed brick give it an urban-rustic feel, and the large cartoonish mural of Chelsea by James Gulliver Hancock helps complete the ode to the neighborhood.