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Friday, February 28, 2014

Pete's Dish - February 28

What's going on in and around town!

In anticipation of Fat Tuesday on March 4th, there's a lot else going on--still, bring your beads.

Alobar (46-42 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City, 718-752-6000) celebrates Mardi Gras Queens-style with a Fat-tastic Tuesday beer pairing dinner. Five courses paired with beers is $50 per person from 5:00pm until 10:00pm. Live jazz starts at 7:00pm. Chef Greg Profeta will be serving up dishes complemented by beers brewed in the Big Easy. Expect oysters with Restoration pale ale, fried okra with Spring IPA, andouille sausage with Bayou barking Turbodog, crayfish with Andygator, and finish it up with beignets and Purple Haze! 

Marco Polo Ristorante and Chef/Owner Marco Chirico introduce a new happy hour bar menu with new dishes and drinks, as well as their classics. Aperitivi include a chef's selection of cheese and salumi platters, crostini topped with speck, mozarella and fig jam as well as a tempting hanger steak with shaved parmigiano or taleggio, portobello and truffle oil. Special raw bar items include clams, oysters, shrimp, house-made meatballs and arancini. Knock it back with a Blueberry Cosmopolitan made with fresh blueberries, vodka, Saint Germain elderflower liqueur, lemon juice, a dash of cranberry, and blueberry simple syrup. For something more bracing, put on the Black Tie made with Chivas, rum, port wine, raspberry syrup, and shaved nutmeg. Select cocktails, wines, and beer are 2-for-1. Happy hour runs Monday - Friday, from 5-7pm.  Marco Polo is located at 345 Court Street in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. Go to for more info. 

The Doe Fund will host its third annual sweet: New York tasting event at The Bowery Hotel (335 Bowery, btwn 2nd/3rd Streets) on March 13th from 6pm-10pm in support of NYC's homeless. Participating restaurants include Telepan, BLT Prime, Magnolia Bakery, Dinosaur BBQ, Payard Pattiserie,  Greenwich Project,  Loi, Fatty Cakes, and Commerce. Cocktail sponsors include Kopali Wines, Manon, Union Beer, Spud Vodka, Flora Springs, and NY Distilling Company. Proceeds will go to The Doe Fund’s Ready, Willing & Able program which assists 1,000 individuals per day to better their circumstances through paid work, educational tools, and career development. Go to for more info.

San Francisco-based hospitality communications agency, Andrew Freeman & Co. and Hall Company, a global lifestyle and hospitality agency headquartered in New York City, recently announced a collaborative partnership, expanding their positions in the hospitality, restaurant and luxury industries. This new partnership will cover San Francisco, New York and other national and international markets.


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