Coniglio Alla Caprese, Masseria dei Vini
Labor Day celebrates workers and New York City is comprised of a multi-ethnic workforce that has made “The Big Apple” the dining capital of the world.
A culinary organization that perfectly expresses NYC’s diversity, and was founded by immigrants, is WoodSpoon.
For those wanting to try a new dining experience, WoodSpoon has put together a network of home chefs and made their dreams come true: “I can work from my home kitchen and share my homeland’s cuisine that I love with fellow New Yorkers.”
WoodSpoon’s user-friendly service offering cuisines from around the globe, can be accessed directly via their proprietary application or website, sorts by location providing customers with hyper-local options, which allows chefs to build a following within their communities. Customers have the option to schedule an order, order on demand, or place catering and family style orders.
Available now for just in time for the long weekend, WoodSpoon is offering a discount of 20% when using the promo code “laborws” at checkout.
Additionally, I would also like to suggest the following multi-ethnic restaurants that are open on Labor Day Monday, September 5th, as well as Saturday and Sunday of the long weekend, for those wishing to dine out:
Parma Nuova is a new, casual fine dining Italian restaurant from Owner Manager Giorgio Manzio, who has partnered with La Masseria Group,Giuseppe “Peppe” Iuele, Vincenzo “Enzo” Ruggiero andExecutive Chef Giuseppe “Pino” Coladonato of La Masseria Group. Together, they have taken over the space of Parma an Upper East Side stalwart that opened in 1977. Parma Nuova, meaning the new Parma, will retain the trademark fine dining quality service of La Masseria with a focus on the flavors of Parma, Italy in a more relaxed environment. Rather than recreate the original Parma, Giorgio has chosen to use flavors that emphasize staples from the city of Parma in a modern interpretation using local staples like Prosciutto di Parma, Parmigiano Reggiano, and handmade pasta. To complement the cuisine, the restaurant has an extensive wine program with more than 400 different labels, with approximately 90 percent of the catalog coming from Italy and the other 10 percent from around the world. On Labor Day Weekend, Parma Nuova will be open for dinner on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from 5 pm – 10 pm. Diners can enjoy also enjoy favorite menu items via takeout and delivery.
Masseria dei Vini, the second Manhattan restaurant from La Masseria Group, is named for the pugliese word for fortified farmhouses that also serve as hotels or restaurants that use only farm fresh ingredients to create classic Italian dishes. The 9th Avenue restaurant is a more contemporary take on its predecessor and features daily crudos, a large selection of house made pasta, traditional dishes from Puglia, where Executive Chef Pino Coladonato was born, and a large selection of wines mainly from Italy. The restaurant will be open on Labor Day Weekend the Saturday from 12 pm – 12 am, and Sunday and Monday from 12 pm – 10 pm with their menu available for takeout and delivery.
ICHIRAN is one of New York City’s top dining destinations when it comes to ramen. The restaurant provides solo dining booths for those who may not be gathering with family and friends, however, for those celebrating the long weekend in a group, these partitions can be removed for guests to enjoy the company of loved ones.
ICHIRAN’s classic Tonkotsu broth is created with the purest filtered water and pork bones, which normally produce a stronger aroma, but using specific technology and extraction methods, this scent has been eliminated. The broth is rich in natural collagen and ICHIRAN is the first ramen company to use Trans Fat free natural oil. The family-owned business started as a simple ramen stall in 1960 and created the Five Original ICHIRAN principles which are: Original Spicy Red Sauce, aromatic Tonkotsu broth, solo dining booths, order forms and the Kae-Dama ordering system. The Hakata-style homemade thin noodles are prepared daily factoring in the humidity and temperature that day at ICHIRAN’s Brooklyn Factory.
With locations in Times Square, Midtown, and Brooklyn, ICHIRAN will be open on Labor Day Weekend on Saturday and Sunday from 12 pm – 9 pm and on Monday from 12 pm – 8 pm at their Times Square and Midtown locations, and at their Brooklyn location, they will be open Saturday and Sunday from 12 pm – 9:30 pm and on Monday from 2 pm – 9:30 pm,with their menu available for both takeout and delivery.
Hortus NYC, the fashion-forward Michelin-recognized Modern Asian restaurant in NoMad, highlights flavors from China, Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia that will take guests on a culinary journey at an approachable price point. On the restaurant’s second level, Hortus NYC features a hidden garden that creates the perfect environment for intimate gatherings. On Labor Day Weekend, the restaurant is open Saturday, Sunday, and Monday for lunch from 11:30 am – 3:30 pm and for dinner from 5:30 pm – 11 pm, with their menu available for both takeout and delivery.
Mollusca is the recently opened high-design seafood-centric restaurant in the Meatpacking District. The restaurant’s exquisite menu designed by Executive Chef Gianmaria Sapia features extensive raw bar selections, an Italian-inspired pasta and risotto course, seafood-centric main courses, and the signature dish and namesake, mussels served in 35 unique sauces. The restaurant also showcases a beautifully designed and well-stocked taupe marble cocktail bar where Beverage Director Kate Uglova, formerly of The Aviary in Chicago—part of the Alinea Group—creates cocktails with intricate flavors and uncommon ingredients. Mollusca will be open on Labor Day Weekend on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday for brunch from 11 am – 4 pm and on Saturday for dinner from 5 pm to 12 am, and from 5 pm – 11 pm on Sunday and Monday, with the recently opened outdoor patio is the perfect place to celebrate.
Fresh onto the Long Island City dining scene, Rang NYC is the latest project from Executive Chef/Owner Abishek Sharma (Madam Ji, Swagat, and Badshah To-Go). For his new concept, Chef Abishek has designed a creative menu featuring small plates full of punch and flavor meant to be shared. The Beverage Program features signature cocktails by Mixologist Pete Stanton perfectly paired with the small bites menu that include the Rang-de-Basanti, Bacardi coconut rum with house made blueberry syrup and lime cordial garnished with fresh mini; and Sari Not Sari, Patron Reposado Tequila, Aperol, yellow chartreuse, Crème de Cacao, grapefruit juice, and orange bitters. Additionally, Rang features a small, yet well selected wine program designed by Yash Shah of Baar Baar and Earthen. Rang NYC will be open on the long weekend Saturday, Sunday, and Monday for lunch from 12 pm – 3 pm and for dinner from 5 pm – 10 pm, with their menu available for both takeout and delivery.
Simply Skirt Steak, an Argentinian pop-up, created to celebrate Rainhas Churrascaria’s 10- year anniversary, islocated on Rainhas Churrascaria’s premise in Corona, Queens where they transformed part of their large private parking lot into a resort like oasis. At a more price conscious $29.95 per person, Simply Skirt Steak offers its tasty Skirt Steak Platter which includes as a starter Caesar salad made with baby romaine and signature Caesar dressing and a side of homemade cheese bread and then finishes with a juicy and tender 6-ounce skirt steak with fresh chimichurri sauce accompanied with hand-cut French fries from Idaho potatoes fried in peanut oil. Simply Skirt Steak offers an extensive beverage program that includes Specialty Cocktails andoffers wines by the glass and by the bottle, as well as beers by the bottle. The outdoor dining space is expansive, featuring table seating generously shaded by umbrellas that provide coverage from the summer sun and live plants, as well as a tented lounge with outdoor couches, a miniature putting green, and games like Jenga and Cornhole. Lively music and an outdoor bar complete the resort-like vibe. The pop-up will be open on the long weekend for dinner on Saturday from 5 pm – 12 am, and then on Sunday and Monday from 5 pm – 10 pm.
For a Labor Day Weekend Staycation:
The Concorde Hotel New York is a four-star boutique luxury hotel located in the Park Avenue Plaza district.
The intimate, modern structure recently underwent an extensive transformation of its 122 minimalistic rooms, elegant lobby and expansive use of public space. The building’s architectural captures the brilliancy of natural light that enters the rooms and takes advantage of the exceptional North-South perspective, capitalizing on the glittering panoramic views of the New York City skyline.
The design creates a Zen-like encounter with all rooms being light and airy, minimally decorated with furniture that appears to be floating, and some of the most spacious bathrooms available in Manhattan hotels.
Each floor houses a maximum of four guest rooms granting near private access to the rooms, with a residential feel. From the 5th to the 14th floor, each has one front facing suite including the Terrace One Bedroom Suite on the 10th floor, which offers sweeping views of the city. Inside the Concorde Hotel’s lobby is BonSaii Café and Tapas Bar, serving breakfast and lunch that transforms into a tapas and wine bar at 5pm.
In the vicinity of the hotel is the world-renowned 5th Avenue Shopping district, Central Park and Park Avenue corporate offices making the Concorde Hotel New York a destination for a wide variety of travelers; from diplomats and business executives, to shoppers, families, and those who want to have a true New York experience. The hotel has been a favorite among luxury brand executives such as Rolex and Sotheby’s auction clientele, as well as designers participating in New York Fashion Week.