Food & Drink


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.