CITY GRIT presents: Louisa Shafia of The New Persian Kitchen

Y’all know I’ve always wanted to be Jewish, there’s something about kvetching and noshing that really suits me, which is why it should be no surprise that we’re riding Moses’s coat tails all the way to Passover. And what better way to enjoy a Passover seder than one cooked by the Princess of Persian cuisine? 

That’s right y’all, Louisa Shafia, author of the critically acclaimed cookbook, The New Persian Kitchen, winner of Food52’s The Piglet 2014, and mastermind behind the menu at Café Nadery, is all up in this food sanctuary. Her Silk Road inspired cooking has helped put Persian food on the culinary map, gaining nods and praises from Chefs April Bloomfield and Yotam Ottoenghi, as well as Martha Rose Shulman of The New York Times and Shauna Lyon of The New Yorker.

So throw out all of your matza and jarred gefilta, cause this meal, with all of it’s jeweled rices, herbaceous and aromatic stews and braised meats, is for everyone.

Go on, up your mitzvah count, and call your aunt’s friend’s daughter and her boyfriend’s best friend’s cousin’s niece that you’ve been meaning to get together with, because the 3rd night of Passover just got crazy delicious.

When: Wednesday, April 16th at 7:30 pm 
Where: 38 Prince (between Mott and Mulberry) 
Price: $85 for one with 1 cookbook, $155 for two with 1 cookbook


We wait all year for this-- the one night where we put our best dishes from our best dinners over  the past 12 months into one not to miss tasting menu for one unforgettable night. 

For all of those who’ve asked us “Can we get another bite of this?”

Or for those who email us to see if “We’ll be serving that dish again at any of our upcoming dinners?”

This one is for you.

This entire menu is comprised of the dishes you just can’t get enough of, and luckily, we can’t either. Thanksgiving dinner, shamrock shakes, and this meal only come around once a year— so don’t miss out!!!

When: Thursday, April 17th at 7:30 pm 
Where: 38 Prince (between Mott and Mulberry) 
Price: $75 for one, $135 for two

CITY GRIT presents: CITY SPOTLIGHT: Nashville Chef Tandy Wilson of City House

Before Nashville was even a blip on the culinary radar, Chef Tandy Wilson was opening up City House in its historic Germantown district. To say he was on the forefront of cultivating the city’s electric restaurant scene is an understatement-- he was the forefront. And now, we can’t shut up about him or his food! Thankfully he’s our next CITY SPOTLIGHT: Nashville chef. 

But Tandy isn’t your typical southern chef cooking your typical southern fare. After graduating from culinary school and working for Nate Appleman, Tandy high-tailed it to Italy to gain experience cooking authentic Italian cuisine.

In 2007, City House opened its doors and the rest is history, or should we say delic-istory? What’s featured on Tandy’s menu at City House is what he calls “Italian Food with Southern Ingredients” but y’all, it’s so much more than that – House Made Belly Ham & Mozzarella pizza, Frico with buttermilk cheddar, broccoli, chiles and garlic, and the Carolina trout with breadcumbs, peanuts, raisins, lemon and parsley! And don’t even get us started on their bourbon & whiskey list.

This is southern food like you’ve never had before; we’ll see you there. 

Update! Update! Chef Tandy Wilson is a James Beard Finalist for Best Chef: Southeast. 

When: Tuesday, April 22nd at 7:30 pm 
Where: 38 Prince (between Mott and Mulberry) 
Price: $75 for one, $135 for two

CITY GRIT presents: Libbie Summers of Sweet & Vicious-- SOLD OUT

We met Libbie Summers back in October of 2011 after the launch of her first book The Whole Hog Cookbook launched. It’s not secret why we immediately had a cook’s crush on her! Any woman who writes a cookbook about a whole hog is our kinda woman. Turns out, she’s more than just a hog lover, she’s a top-tier baker who challenges all sorts of traditional baking norms. Now we’re beyond crushing, she may be our soul mate!

When she gave us the scoop on her second book, Sweet and Vicious: Baking with Attitude, we knew we had to have her at CITY GRIT to serve a multi-course menu of her tasty treats from savory to sweet. If she throws in a twist from The Whole Hog, then we may just get down on one knee and propose!

When: Thursday, April 24th at 7:30 pm 
Where: 38 Prince (between Mott and Mulberry) 
Price: $85 for one with 1 cookbook, $155 for two with 1 cookbook

CITY GRIT presents: CITY SPOTLIGHT: Nashville Chef Carey Bringle of PegLeg Porker BBQ

Nashville may be refining its signature cuisine, but there’s one thing that they’ll always own: BBQ. And guess what, they’re even refining that, well at least pitmaster Carey Bringle of PegLeg Porker is. But Carey cooks more than just BBQ, his low country southern fare has surpassed the taste test of every high-brow Southerner we know. 

But we couldn’t go any further on our CITY SPOTLIGHT: Nashville series without bringing y’all some good ole Tennessee barbecue. From Memphis to Nashville, there are hundreds of barbecue joints, and they’re all as different as can be. 

Down south, where your barbecue loyalty lies is almost as important as who yo’ daddy is, and urban legend says it’s passed down generation to generation through your DNA. That’s certainly the case with Carey Bringle, otherwise known as PegLeg! Barbeque has been in his blood as far back as his daddy’s daddy’s daddy.

His Dry Ribs make us want to pack-up and move-in. And his Yardbird Platter made us swoon. But he had us at Pulled Pork Nachos.

So join us for dinner, because by April it’s going be warm, and nothing pairs better with sunshine than bbq.

When: Friday, April 25th at 7:30 pm 
Where: 38 Prince (between Mott and Mulberry) 
Price: $65 for one, $125 for two

CITY GRIT presents: Chef Asha Gomez of Cardamom Hill

You haven’t eaten well until you’ve eaten Asha Gomez’s food. We know that’s a bold statement, but it’s the truth. We’ve been dreaming of her coming to cook at CITY GRIT ever since we sat down for a tasting with her at her Atlanta-based restaurant, Cardamom Hill. 

Her opening lunch at the Southern Foodways Alliance Syposium last fall was one of the best meals we’ve had in our lives. We swooned over her Kerala Fried Chicken and Waffles and we can’t stop thinking of her spicy fritter version of Fried Green Tomatoes, Vegetable Biryani with Mint, Cilantro and Green Chili Masala, and Coastal Fish Curry with Malabar Smoked Tamarind.

We’ve been courting/begging/stalking her to come and share it with you at CITY GRIT since.

Well good things come to those who wait! Because she’s making our dreams come true with a culinary journey where the Indian South meets the American South. This one’s going to be epic y’all.


When: Saturday, April 26th at 7:00 pm 
Where: 38 Prince (between Mott and Mulberry) 
Price: $85 for one, $155 for two


We wouldn’t be CITY GRIT without giving you our monthly dose of our Southern Sunday Supper.

Regardless if you’re a regular or a first timer, this dinner is constantly evolving with new sides and twists. But one thing is always the same, our FRIED CHICKEN, and we’re thankful for that.

So come one, come all, well not all of you because seating is limited for this monthly dinner. So snag your seats, because you know this one sells out in a flash. 

When: Sunday, April 27th at 7:00 pm 
Where: 38 Prince (between Mott and Mulberry) 
Price: $45

CITY GRIT presents: The Next Big Thing with Sara Kramer

What happens when Eater’s 2013 NYC Chef of the Year leaves her current kitchen with a plan to step out on her own? We make sure she’s kicks off our annual NEXT BIG THING series!

We’ve had our eye on her since this native New Yorker started her professional cooking career at Blue Hill at Stone Barns, keeping tabs on her while she spent several years working with Andrew Tarlow and his empire in Brooklyn (Marlow & Sons, Roman’s, Reynards, Marlow and Daughters,) but we fell in love with her Mediterranean fare boasting Middle Eastern flavors when she was leading the kitchen at Glasserie. Ahhhhh – we dream about those carrots!

After leaving Glasserie, Sara is teaming up with her former sous chef Sarah Hymanson, on a new project that is certain to be one of the most highly anticipated openings in NYC this year. Don’t miss the chance to hear first hand what they’re up to and get a sneak peak (or taste) at the dishes they’re working on.

We’re beside ourselves with excitement for this one – though we may be a little biased towards having Sara(h)s in our kitchen!   

When: Wednesday, April 30th at 7:30pm and Thursday, May 1st at 7:30pm
Where: 38 Prince (between Mott and Mulberry) 
Price: $75

Cooking Class: French Macarons 101 with Kristen Joerger

If you are a foodie in NYC, then you know that the French macaron is becoming the next trendy treat. But the price per cookie -- quelle horreur -- can be upward of $2.50. In this class, you will learn how to successfully bake your own French macarons at home, which make a showstopping dessert at a dinner party or an excellent gift. And of course, if you just want to enjoy them all yourself, nobody is stopping you! Each person will leave class with a small box of macarons to take home!

This is a hands-on class, so come prepared to bake! Please note that macarons are made with almond flour -- if you have any allergy concerns, feel free to message Kristen before signing up!

When: Saturday, May 3rd 11:00am - 3:00pm 
Where: 38 Prince (between Mott and Mulberry) 
Price: $45

To sign up for this class, click here!

CITY GRIT presents: CITY SPOTLIGHT: Nashville Chef Trey Cioccia of The Farm House

We know that farm-to-table is as overused as truffle mac and cheese, but we can’t think of a chef who represents farm to table cooking better than our next CITY SPOTLIGHT: Nashville Chef, Trey Cioccia of The Farm House. With a restaurant name like that, need we say more? Probably not, but we will…

We first heard amazing things about Trey from our good friend, and first CITY SPOTLIGHT: Nashville Chef, Tyler Brown of The Capitol Grill, when he was working as his sous chef. With our first bite of his Hot Chicken with Biscuit Puree, we knew what Tyler was talking about.    

It blew us away. As did his Cobia with Asiago Citrus Broth, Skillet Cornbread with Pork Butter, and some secret House Cured Ham he sliced up for us. Come see for yourself what the fuss is all about with the not at all fussy new chef from Nashville. 

When: Wednesday, May 7th at 7:30 pm 
Where: 38 Prince (between Mott and Mulberry) 
Price: $75 for one, $135 for two


Oh Spring Flings-- a time where puffy coats are a distant memory and flirty floral skirts are out in full force. That may be the case for some, but in this kitchen our love affair is bee lining straight for the green market, because spring vegetables will soon be sprouting!

We love potatoes and brussels as much as the next guy, but the arrival of spring vegetables have us so excited that we’ve almost forgotten that the Polar Vortex ever happened… twice. Ok that may be a stretch. We’ve barely started to defrost.

In honor of the bounty of vegetables, we’re going to throw the ultimate celebration of spring and all of the season’s tasty, delicate and verdant veggies – Ramps! Morels! Asparagus! – will be on the menu, and paired with some of our favorite spring proteins!

Spring has sprung folks, don’t miss this garden party. 

When: Thursday, May 8th at 7:30 pm 
Where: 38 Prince (between Mott and Mulberry) 
Price: $55

CITY GRIT and Visit California present: CITY SPOTLIGHT: San Francisco Chef Kyle Itani of Hopscotch

It’s no secret how much we love Japanese flavors. But when a chef perfectly accents those flavors with classic American dishes, we’re nothing short of OBSESSED. Our NoCa food tour fed us some great dishes, but the entire meal at Chef Kyle Itani’s Hopscotch was one of our favorite from the trip.  

And everything tastes better when you share it with your friends, so naturally we, along with our friends at Visit California, had to bring Kyle to CITY GRIT as our next CITY SPOTLIGHT: San Francisco & surrounding areas chef.

Kyle’s riffs on American dishes with Japanese notes have earned Hopscotch nods as Best New Restaurant 2012, Top 100 Restaurants in 2013 and Kyle ‘Rising Star Chefs’ from the SF Chronicle.

But we aren’t surprised, because before opening Hopscotch he learned from the best, perfecting his culinary skills at Yoshi’s in SF and Oakland, and The Meatball Shop in NYC.

And at Hopscotch, the Soba Ragu, Pork Chop and Bento Box were among our faves, but every dish on that menu made our tastebuds dance all the way back to New York.  

This dinner can’t come soon enough!

When: Friday, May 9th at 7:30 pm 
Where: 38 Prince (between Mott and Mulberry) 
Price: $85 for one, $155 for two

*Tickets to this dinner are available for pre-sale for 10 days exclusive to American Express cardmembers prior to the general public. 

American Express Pre-Sale Date: 3/26/2014
Public Sale Date: 4/8/2014 

CITY GRIT presents: The Next Big Thing with Claire Handleman

The next chef in our NEXT BIG THING, another truly talented woman, has what we call some serious cooking chops.

Chef Claire Handleman has worked in New York City’s greatest restaurants - Jean-Georges, Eleven Madison Park and Del Posto. No. Big. Deal.

Over the past ten years, when she wasn’t sharpening her classic French and Italian skills, or winning Food Network's Chopped, she was immersing herself in the Southeast Asian culture traveling for months at a time through Bangkok and the surrounding areas. 

She has learned from locals to harvest rice and cook ancient desserts, and studied under David Thompson, chef of Nahm, number 1 on San Pellegrino’s 2014 best restaurants in Asia. 

Even more serious cooking skills!

We’re delighted to host Claire at CITY GRIT—as a part of our Next Big Thing Series—as she serves dishes for her new concept and blows your minds with her technique and masterful flavors! 

When: Thursday, May 15th at 7:30pm and Friday, May 16th at 7:30pm
Where: 38 Prince (between Mott and Mulberry) 
Price: $75

CITY GRIT presents: CITY SPOTLIGHT: Richmond Chefs Caleb Shriver and Phillip Perrow of Dutch & Company

You can’t talk about the hot Richmond dining scene without talking about Dutch & Company chefs Caleb Shriver and Phillip Perrow - which is why we weren’t at all surprised to see them on this year’s list for Food & Wine’s People’s Best New Chef: Mid-Atlantic!! 

They are the real deal. So is their Perfect Egg with Rye Crusted Cured Salmon and Sprouted Quinoa.

And Sarah has added their Rabbit with Loin & Belly Roulade, Meatball, and Braised Cabbage to her “My Last Supper” menu. 

Oh, and the Honey Pot! We dream about that Milk and Honey Pudding!

Fingers crossed they make our dreams come true when they’re in the CITY GRIT Kitchen. 

When: Tuesday, May 20th at 7:30 pm 
Where: 38 Prince (between Mott and Mulberry) 
Price: $65 for one, $125 for two

*Tickets to this dinner are available for pre-sale for 10 days exclusive to American Express cardmembers prior to the general public. 

American Express Pre-Sale Date: 4/2/2014
Public Sale Date: 4/15/2014 

CITY GRIT presents: The Next Big Thing with Shanna Pacifico

For the past eight years, Shanna Pacifico has been heading up the kitchen with the Back Forty team and, after stepping out on her own in January, is ready for her next big thing. To us, she’s the NEXT BIG THING (or one of three) and we’re excited to see what this snout-to-tail chef is cooking up next.  

Shanna is not only an amazingly accomplished chef, but also a passionate butcher, and we love this about her. She takes so much pride in her work and utilizes all parts of the animal – it’s truly her work of art.

Shanna has been hitting the pavement and cooking up a storm and working out the concept for her new market driven restaurant. We hear that she will certainly continue to use the concept of the whole animal in her new kitchen!

Having appeared on Chopped, been chosen to compete in Cochon 555, garnered Two Stars from the New York Times, she has been on our one-to-watch list for a while. Guests are not going to want to miss out on what this Next Big Thing will be bringing to the table. 

When: Wednesday, May 21st at 7:30pm and Thursday, May 22nd at 7:30pm
Where: 38 Prince (between Mott and Mulberry) 
Price: $75


Need an excuse to miss watching Uncle Morty’s shuffleboard tournament but don’t want your Mother to lay on that Jewish guilt? We’ve got the perfect get-out-of-guilt card… our Southern Shabbat dinner! You know Mom can’t stay mad at you if you’re going to a Shabbat dinner with friends. 

Luckily this is more than just an excuse, it’s the Holy Grail of Shabbat dinners (wait…). Our perfectly doughy Challah, tender Brisket and savory Matzo Ball soup will leave you so in love you’ll be searching for your perfect match by midnight on J-date. (You’re welcome, Bubby.)

And if you’re not jewish, it's ok! Sarah will show you the ropes on appreciating the finer things in Jewish life like noshing with friends, hating on manischewitz and complaining about everything, including how full you are.

When: Friday, May 30tb at 7:30pm 
Where: 38 Prince (between Mott and Mulberry) 
Price: $55

CITY GRIT presents: CITY SPOTLIGHT: Nashville Chef Pat Martin of Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint

The weekend of the Big Apple BBQ is one of our favorites each year. Who doesn’t love a weekend full of smoked meat, good friends, and one too many sips from tucked away flasks of Pappy? We thought the weekend couldn’t get any better. But we were wrong.

As part of our CITY SPOTLIGHT: NASHVILLE series, our good buddy and legendary Tennessee Pit Master, Patrick Martin, thought he’d jump start the pork party early by rolling into town a few days early with his 40-foot Hogzilla smoker and cook y’all a tasting menu like you’ve never seen.

We’re talking Smoked Gazpacho, Red Potatoes with Alabama White Sauce, Brisket Sliders, and his famous Redneck Taco.  Wait, y’all never had a Redneck Taco?!  We are talking cornbread hoe-cake topped with smoked meat, slaw and sauce---Yes Please!

If he serves up slices of his coconut cake, we can officially die and go to BBQ heaven!!

When: Wednesday, June 4th at 7:30pm
Where: 38 Prince (between Mott and Mulberry) 
Price: $65 for one, $125 for two

*Tickets to this dinner are available for pre-sale for 10 days exclusive to American Express cardmembers prior to the general public. 

American Express Pre-Sale Date: 4/16/2014
Public Sale Date: 4/29/2014 

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