Small bites: Dining goings-on
Sushi Samba's sashimi platter
Brooklyn Restaurant Week starts Monday: Brooklyns Restaurant Week begins Monday, March 23 and will last through April 2. More than 175 Brooklyn restaurants will offer three-course menus for $23. Some such as Fort Greens General Green are doing even better $23 for two patrons. To view a complete list of participants and menus go to VisitBrooklyn.org or 718-802-3846
Inaugural First Sunday Supper at Chelsea Market: On March 29, from 7-11 p.m. 40 chefs from across the country will serve food and wine to 240 guests at one long supper table. Tickets are $220 and $176 for James Beard members. Proceeds go to James Beard Foundation and the Robert Fulton Houses Culinary Scholarships. For more, go to JamesBeard.org/chelseamarket. To make reservations call 212-627-2308.SushiSamba tasting menu: Until March 20, SushiSamba* on Park Avenue (245 Park Avenue S., 212-475-9377) will be serving a five-course tasting menu inspired by their recent dinner at the famous James Beard House. The meal begins with ceviche-like tiradito served with hot aji pepper, followed by olive-oil poached prawn, and then a beef fusion of Kobe and Wagyu, a variety of sushi before ending and, finally, an arugula sweetened pear, fresh cream spheres, and yuzu custard. Seating is at 11:45 a.m. and costs $80/person ($110 with sake and wine pairings).
*If you really love a SushiSamba dish, explain why in 150 words or less and become eligible for a $500 SUSHISAMBA gift card and two tickets to the restaurants 10 year anniversary party this November. Submit entries to email@example.com before midnight on March 31st.
Veritas launches a la carte bar menu: In response to guests increasing desire for a casual meal and a couple of glasses of wine, executive chef Gregory Pugin of Veritas (43 E. 20th St, 212-353-3700) has created a more accessible alternative to his refined $88 prix-fixe dining room menu. The menu features items such as escargot sautÃ©ed in butter and garlic and topped with mushrooms and brioche, seared cod with La Ratte potatoes and squid ink and Kobe beef cheeks braised in red wine and served with celery root puree and sauce daube. All items on the menu range from $9-$30. Still want the prix-fixe? A new morel mushroom-focused menu will be unveiled March 23rd.
Wine lessons from the best: This Saturday, study Chardonnay with Le Bernardins sommelier, Aldo Sohn, recently dubbed Best Sommelier in the World by the World Sommelier Association. The class, which will run from 3- 4:30 p.m., costs $125. Seminars will also be held on April 4th and April 25th. Le Bernardin, 155 W. 51st St., 212-554-1108
All-you-can-eat Sundays at Georgia Eastside BBQ: Beginning at 3 p.m. on Sundays, the Lower East Sides Georgias Eastside BBQ (192 Orchard St., 212-253-6280) is offering all-you-can-eat crab for $25, ribs for $28, and crab and ribs for $35.
A seminar on Asian cuisine: The Asia Society and New Asian Cuisine will co-present "An Evening with Star Chef Martin Yan, Ambassador of Chinese Food and Culture" on Thursday, March 26, 2009 at 6 p.m. at the Asia Society and Museum in New York. Chef Martin Yan will be joined in conversation with New York Times reporter and author of "The Fortune Cookies Chronicles," Jennifer 8 Lee.