Deals & Events

Dining Deals and Events: January 20-24

By Bao Ong  |  January 20, 2014

Truffle Overload
This year’s seemingly never-ending truffle season has been a good one to fans of the precious fungus. At Locanda Verde, Andrew Carmellini’s temple to Italian cuisine, a Black Trufflepalooza dinner is worth checking out—and it won’t break the bank, either. The menu for the three-course dinner ($69.99) isn’t out yet, but it’s sure to showcase Carmellini’s casual yet refined cooking. Call 212-925-3797 to make reservations. More info here.

Cappannelle Winery Dinner at SD26
Barolos and Chiantis are more likely to come to mind when you think of Italian wines. But Chardonnay? SD26’s latest wine dinner ($250 per guest) with Capannelle Winery shows off how the elegant white wine varietal pairs with refined Italian cooking. Manuele Verdelli, the vineyard’s wine director, will guide diners through the tasting beginning at 7 PM. The five-course dinner, which includes a 2000 vintage, features executive chef Matteo Bergamini’s dishes of baby octopus, braised veal cheeks and more. Call 212-265-5959 or e-mail for reservations.

A Talk With Zak Pelaccio
It wasn’t long ago that Zak Pelaccio took over New York with his min-empire of Fatty Crab and Fatty ’Cue restaurants. But now the chef is ensconced upstate in Hudson and focused on Fish & Game, where diners have been flocking to nab reservations in the past year. If you want to know more about the restaurant, Pelaccio will join Michael R. Davis to discuss how a blacksmith shop built during the Civil War was restored into a Hudson Valley dining destination. They’ll be at the 92nd Street Y at noon. Reserve tickets ($21) online.

Aska Launches Monthly Wine Dinners
The Williamsburg dining crowd is no longer all about beer. Tonight at Aska, a monthly wine dinner launches with chef Fredrik Berselius cooking a five-course dinner and sommelier Doreen Winkler picking the wines. The Scandinavian-meets-Brooklyn menu will be paired with wines and apple cider from winemaker Andreas Spreitzer of Weingut Spreitzer and Hans Reisetbauer of Reisetbauer Spirits, both of whom will be at this 18-seat affair ($195 per person) starting at 8 PM. An after party at Kinfolk Studios, which is open to the public, follows at 10 PM with music and special cocktails for $10. Reservations can be made by calling 718-388-2969 or e-mailing

South Street Pop-Up
The South Street Seaport keeps on growing, and the latest installment is a temporary indoor space known as FRONT/ROW CUBE offering a mix of food, drinks and entertainment. Open daily 2 PM to midnight through March, it features the Beekman Beer Garden, Governors Beach Club and Watermark Bar will offer up a selection of craft and local beers, hot chocolate for kids and a rotating menu. More info here.