The Aviary’s Cryptic Menu Points to Kitchen Wizardry


Tickets are now live for The Aviary’s New York City debut, the highly experimental cocktail bar import from Chicago from three-Michelin-starred Alinea duo chef Grant Achatz and partner Nick Kokonas. The restaurant, located on the top floor of the Mandarin Oriental in Columbus Circle, opens Wednesday evening, making the Alinea Group’s entry into NYC complete.

The food and drink menus — in full below — are equal parts perplexing and fascinating, with some dishes giving enough of a description to suss out, while others are much more cryptic. “Not Ramen” lists mushroom dashi, nori, and a soft-poached egg as the ingredients, while “Pineapple” has mole, passion fruit, and black mint. Then there’s the more straightforward ones like a pork belly curry with banana, cashew, and iceberg.

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Le Sajj Is a New York Hidden Gem of Middle Eastern Cuisine


You could spend a week eating nothing but kibbeh at Le Sajj. This Brooklyn stalwart — open 11 years — is an anchor of the neighborhood’s Lebanese community, providing a bit of Beirut in Bay Ridge. In the evenings, the front of the restaurant swings open to ocean breezes. Local residents promenade outside or relax on benches provided on every block, as the sun sinks over the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.

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