What's Cookin': October, 2013
Katch Brewery & Grill
Home-style Punjabi cooking is ready to go at recently opened Patiala (371 W 34th St, 212-564-8255, PatialaNY.com). Though the restaurant is the size of a street cart, the fresh, slow-cooked cuisine is hardly fast food. Traditional dishes such as chicken tikka and biryani come with vegetables, dal, rice and Indian bread and may be boxed up for about $9. The à la carte menu is available all day.
Katch Brewery & Grill (31-19 Newtown Ave, Astoria, 718-777-2230, KatchAstoria.com) opened last month, offering 50 craft brews on draft as well as specialty “kocktails” such as Our Kadillac, their version of a margarita. Pub grub nachos and burgers get a sophisticated lift at the 450-seater, which also has a picnic-inspired outdoor “kourtyard.” Breakfast pizza at weekend brunch, anyone?
In a neighborhood that used to be mostly industrial buildings and parking lots, artist and restaurateur Dario Oleaga has put up paradise at Vacca Grill & Lounge (416 W 203rd St, 212-544-0070, VaccaNYC.com), further paving the way in the development of Sherman Creek uptown. The former garage is now a soaring home to a raw bar, lots of steak and seafood with Euro-Latin-Caribbean influences suitable for Champagne and cocktail pairings—all in a funky, artistic environment.