before brad mcdonald joins chefs from ko, ssäm and milk bar at booker and dax this saturday, he chatted with long play about his restaurants, the chef community and his dirt (or lack there of) on momofuku chefs.
piggybacking on the #dineoutnyc movement, are there any restaurants you want to promote?
BM: two places come to mind. mile end deli, they were crushed in red hook, just crushed. their commissary just drowned during hurricane sandy. people should be aware they got a raw deal. noah and his team are good friends of ours. the other company is the red hook winery, i know mark snyder [owner] very well and chris nicolson [winemarker] quite well, too. we lost our kitchen, but they lost years of work that can’t be replaced. they can’t go purchase an ’09 vintage. it’s like writing a book and seeing your manuscript go up in flames. what can i say? buy red hook wines. drink red hook wines. help them out.
a few tickets are still available for saturday’s lunch on 11/17. click here for a ticket or donate directly to save governor!
Governor Pops Up at Eleven Madison Park, 11/20
Next Tuesday, Will Guidara and Daniel Humm will donate their private dining room and various kitchen resources to the Brad McDonald and his team at Governor for a one-night-only pop-up. 50 seats only. Details:
GOVERNOR AT ELEVEN MADISON PARK 11/20/12
DOORS 7 PM, DINNER 7:30
7-Course Dinner with Wine Pairings
$250 PER PERSON MINIMUM DONATION
All proceeds go to the rebuilding of Governor
To book, please call 212-889-0905
Here’s the menu:
+Poached Oyster Toast, Lobster Emulsion
+Nasturtium, Buttermilk, Trout Roe
+Prawn Crackers, Sea Urchin
1 - Caviar, Brown Butter Ice Cream, Sunchoke
2 - Beef Tartar, Pickled Garlic Crisps, Chilies
3 - Celery Root, Clothbound Cheddar, Preserved Egg Yolk
4 - Striped Bass, Kale, Fish Sauce, Cilantro
5 - Oxtail, Salsify, Oyster Sauce
6 - Pumpkin Seed Ice Cream, Mulled Wine, Oat Crumble
7 - Bittersweet Ganache, Maple, Buckwheat Ice Crea
Eat out, give back! All week long, opportunities to #dineoutNYC for a good cause:
11/12 Tonight, both Acme and Indochine will donate half of every check to New York Cares Hurricane response efforts. 11/12 only.
11/12 Also tonight, Cobble Hill’s Battersby is hosting a buffet dinner to benefit Red Hook NYC Recovers. $75 gets you food, beer, wine and cocktails. For info and tickets, email Battersby. 11/12 only.
11/13 Here’s the plausible excuse you’ve been waiting for to try Guy’s American Bar and Kitchen, Guy Fieri’s behemoth Times Square restaurant. 50% of all proceeds go to the Red Cross. 11/12 and 11/13.
11/14 Sarah Simmons brings back her Tour of the Five Boroughs dinner for two nights only. Each course is inspired by one of the five boroughs and 50% of proceeds will go to the Tunnel to Towers Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund. Tickets can be purchased here for $65pp. 11/13 and 11/14 at 7:30 PM.
11/14 Tasting Table hosts a $100/head dinner at their Soho tasting kitchen, with proceeds plus a matching donation going to the Food Bank for NYC. Open bar, too. 6:30 to 9 PM. Tickets are here.
11/15 All week long, Boqueria is running a pay what you want dessert fundraiser (minimum $10), featuring their Tarta “La Gran Manzana.” $100 gets you a bottle of cava, too. All proceeds go to Project Hospitality, benefiting residents of Staten Island. Ongoing.
11/16 Riverpark, which closed for 12 days as a result of Sandy, is welcoming back customers with Dark ‘n Stormys, with 100% of proceeds from the cocktail going to the Mayor’s Fund for NYC Hurricane Relief. Until 11/18.
11/17 On Saturday, Momofuku will throw a lunchtime fundy to benefit the rebuilding of Governor. $325 for a 6-course tasting. Lunch features dishes from Brad McDonald, Sean GrayMatt Rudofker, plus beverage pairing by Beth Lieberman and a featured cocktail from Tristan Willey. For tickets, click here.
11/19 At Otto, the Batali & Bastianich family come together for “Friends of Frank,” a fundraiser to benefit Babbo executive chef Frank Langello and his family, who lost their home during Hurricane Sandy. $95 per ticket for all-you-can-eat pizza, antipasti, beer and wine or $195 for all that plus a Pane Frattau Pizza “with generous shavings of white truffle.” There will be live music, too. Advance admission available on http://ottopizzeria.com/friendsoffrank. Tickets will be available for purchase on site the night of the event. Every single dollar will go directly to Frank and his family. Next Monday, 5:30-8 PM.
Auction and Fundraiser at Joseph Leonard, 11/11
As evidenced by this killer poster, West Village 30-seater Joseph Leonard will host a fundraiser and auction on Sunday night from 5-7 PM, to benefit the American Red Cross. Auction starts at 6:30 PM. From the note Little Wisco owner Gabe Stulman circulated to neighbors:
We all know that people who are just a few miles away, in New Jersey or Far Rockaway, have been heavily impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Every day, thousands of people are standing in lines for food, clothing, and other basic supplies. Their homes have been flooded, their belongings scattered, and still, they live without power, without heat, and in need of help. Let’s help them.
The auction will include:
+A dining tour of all four Little Wisco restaurants, and related gustatory and booze fueled explosion, hosted by Gabe
+Dinner for 2 at DBGB, donated by DBGB
+2 tickets to the Colbert Report
+One (1) baller bottle of Barolo, donated by a wine collector friend and neighbor
And much more.
Auction items are still needed, too. So if you’ve got court-side Knicks seats or have a box at Barclays or have a Chang-autographed first edition of Lucky Peach taking up needed space on a bookshelf, drop us a line and we’ll get you in touch with Gabe.
5 Ways to Help the Restaurant Industry Today
Little things add up. And while charities like the Mayor’s Fund and Rebuild Redhook move mountains, what the restaurant industry really needs is you. Right now. Here are five quick things you can do to help.
1. Tonight, go to a restaurant you’ve never been to before. Here’s a list of bars and restaurants with fireplaces, to get you thinking.
2. Tip well, tip often, and tip in cash.
3. Order something extra. Another round of drinks, a side dish, an app for the table.
4. Party of four? Invite a few more and make it a six-top! (But call ahead.)
5. Take a breakfast meeting tomorrow.
Got another idea? Put it in the comments!
Thank you to everyone for your support. The creativity of the chef volunteers has been amazing. We served 1000+ people a hot meal for a cost of ~$1 / person.
Our chefs served people out in the Rockaways and Red Hook real food. We served: chili, cornbread, South Asian stew, and ribs among other things. It’s heartening to know that even in a dire situation, a good, hot meal can bring smiles.
Thank you to all our chefs for volunteering their time. We’re going to keep doing this until we run out of funds.