Taking over the world requires striking as soon as the opportunity arises, especially if you've loaded Kamchatka with artillery, and have your eye on Irkutsk. For the newest spot from a noted risk taker, check out District, opening Wed.
From the guy who's already occupying hella territories by opening Mission Cantina, Delancy, Tamarind Avenue Deli, the Bowery, and next-door's Mercantile, District's his latest dominating prize: a gastro-bistro dappled-up with antique light fixtures, a massive aged wood bar, and occasional bursts of exposed brick meant to evoke a Gangs Of New York-era dining hall, all in all, a fine place to spend part of your day-lewis. Food's from the vaunted former Blue Velvet/Casa guy, with a rotating menu including crazily-unique apps like spicy pork meatballs w/ clams in curry broth & green onion, sea urchin gratin w/ bay scallops, sunchokes, & mushroom, and shrimp w/ grits, garlic, & aleppo pepper; entree-wise, they've got guinea hen w/ baby carrots, pearl onions, & honey-sherry reduction, roasted hanger steak w/ asparagus, potato pave & thyme jus, and bacon-date puree/black lentil/banyul-abetted crispy sweet breads -- making it an ideal place to bring your vegetarian GF, if you just want her to become your vegetarian. As far as boozin', they've got a concise vino list from the Langham's former wine director, as well as a cocktail program w/ small-batch booze aiding both classic and unusual drinks like the Spicy Whisky (w/ Fresno chili & muddled blackberries), Another Man's Rhubarb, which's a bourbon cocktail topped w/ rhubarb foam, and guilt.
In addition, they'll be doing pitchers of made-to-order alcoholic punch, because even Australasia knows the importance of fortifying your stuff.