Chef Shaun Connolly (Presidio, Gilt Bar) will helm this food-focused French wine bar, opening early next week. The space is named after Empress Joséphine de Beauharnais, Napolean’s first wife and an avid wine collector, known for her vast and impressive cellar. The curated wines and cocktails will accent Connolly’s menu of shareable plates (think: fromage frais with canary melon, cucumber, and sweet corn vinaigrette, black mission figs with Clemson Blue mousse, and hand-cut egg pappardelle).
Connolly will be joined by wine director and advanced sommelier Ashley Broshious (Acacia House, Charlie Palmer Steak), whose wine list features both classic and edgy vintages, including 20 by-the-glass options. The bar will reflect Joséphine’s chic but relaxed vibe, with a black, white, and gold color scheme and paintings by local artists. 64 Spring St.
Denver: Rye Society
On July 19, the Mile High City will welcome an artisanal Jewish deli to its burgeoning restaurant scene. Rye Society will hearken back to the golden age of the Jewish deli–not surprising, considering owner Jerrod Rosen has Jewish food in his DNA. (His great-grandfather owned a dry goods store, his great-grandmother ran a kosher café, and his grandfather also opened a restaurant–all in Denver.)
Rosen’s menu will include classics like towering pastrami sandwiches, locally-baked bagels, and pickles made in-house, following his family’s recipe. Diners can also expect updated takes on iconic dishes, like potato latkes flavored with rye flour and kimchi, or topped with sweet and spicy ginger-apple compote. Grain bowls, salads, and soups made with produce grown at local farms round out the menu. 3090 N. Larimer.
New York City: Sunday Seafood Supper
The James Beard Foundation is known for hosting epic dinner parties in Beard’s gorgeous and intimate former Greenwich Village townhouse. On July 22, chefs William Dissen (The Market Place, Billy D’s Fried Chicken, Haymaker), Kerry Heffernan (Grand Banks and Island Oyster, Pilot) and Hari and Jennifer Pulapaka from Cress will team up for a seafood feast.
The meal will begin with a bevy of hors-d'oeuvres in the Beard House garden, like scallop ceviche and smoked trout fritters with preserved lemon aioli. Guests will then head inside for dinner, seated at tables set up around the house. The menu features grilled albacore tuna with white-anchovy-black olive pistou, family-style dogfish tacos with corn, and Mangalore seafood curry with fragrant rice and Papadum. Saffron-rose croissant pudding with whipped mango yogurt and cashew crumble will finish off the meal. All events at the Beard House are memorable, but this meal is sure to be a highlight of the summer. 167 W 12th St; 212-627-2308.
London: Bombay Bustle Sundae Bar
From now through the end of July, diners can beat the heat with a decadent ice cream sundae bar at Bombay Bustle, Mayfair’s beloved Indian restaurant. Curated by culinary director Surender Mohan, the menu features towering, vibrantly-colored ice cream creations, inspired by the ice cream parlors Mohan enjoyed as a child in Mumbai.
Diners can choose from a Royal Falooda made with traditional Indian no-churn ice cream called rabri, or a chocolate fudge sundae layered with spiced coffee ice cream. There are also ice cream creations flavored with fennel, rose petals, and cardamom, and an innovative take on a banana split, that pairs the sliced fruit with sweet jaggery ice cream. 29 Maddox St.