New York: Emmy Squared Opens in Manhattan
This beloved Brooklyn pizza shop has made a name for itself by slinging square, Detroit-style pies that come with an alluringly crispy, butter-meets-cheese “frico” crust. This week, chef Matt Hyland brings his pizza techniques across the river, opening Emmy Squared’s first Manhattan location in the East Village.
The Manhattan outpost’s menu will be similar to the ones in Brooklyn and Nashville, pairing red and white pies with a miso-soy dressed broccoli and pear salad, a spicy chicken sandwich with homemade ranch and salsa pico, and Hyland’s burger, Le Big Matt. The pizzas will include favorites as well as a few pies exclusive to the new location. Think: the New Orleans-inspired Emmyletta with mortadella, Ezzo pepperoni, and olive salad, and Curry Row, topped with veggies tossed in achaar sauce and served with dipping chutneys. Diners can enjoy cocktails like the Papa Don’t Peach (vodka, peach puree, lemon, and soda) or the Oaxaca Sunset (mezcal, Aperol, jalapeño, grapefruit, and lime) with their pizza.
Los Angeles: dineL.A.
From July 13 through 27, Discover Los Angeles will partner with more than 300 L.A. restaurants to showcase the city’s unique and diverse dining landscape. No tickets are required to enjoy lunch or dinner at the participating restaurants (though reservations are strongly encouraged), but diners looking for the next-level experience can join dineL.A.’s Exclusive Series, presented by American Express.
The series offers guests a chance to enjoy exclusive meals at more than 15 of the city’s most beloved restaurants, from Providence and Melisse, to Spago and Jean-Georges at the Waldorf Astoria. At Umeda, chef Takuya Umeda will reach back centuries to offer a menu inspired by the Japanese Edo period (circa 1603 to 1867). Expect hand-made inaniwa noodles and edomae-style sushi and sashimi. Meanwhile, José Andrés’ The Bazaar’s 14-dish Exclusive Series menu includes papas canarias, paella-style “rossejat” negra with squid ink, and baby Japanese peaches with burrata and hazelnuts. Multiple locations.
Maldives: Once Upon a Table at Soneva Fushi
Located within a dense jungle on a secluded island in the Maldives, Soneva Fushi evokes ultra-luxe Robinson Crusoe vibes. Now, the villa-laden resort and spa has added a unique dining opportunity: an intimate dinner series hosted at their Out of the Blue restaurant complex–a two-story structure set in the middle of the Indian Ocean. (A curved water slide deposits adventurous diners directly into the glistening, aquamarine water.)
Once Upon a Table has tapped more than 30 of the world’s top chefs to host and prepare the dinners throughout 2018. From July 19-30, the series will welcome Benoit and Bernard Dewitte, Michelin-starred chefs (and brothers) from Belgium. True to form, the chefs’ menu of refined, vibrantly colored dishes will be determined by seasonal ingredients and only be revealed to diners at the private, horseshoe-shaped table. Overhead, countless stars glow through the retractable roof.