Weekly inspiration for last-minute dining by Eater Staff Nov 17, 2017, 10:13am EST
Welcome to your weekend planner, where Eater editors recommend restaurants, cafes, and bars — whether they’re new and hot or the old standbys. As always, please let us know if you’d like to see something specific.
For stylish Sichuan in Flushing: There are a raft of new Sichuan restaurants in Flushing more expensive and stylish than their predecessors. Szechuan Mountain House and DaXi are examples of this phenomenon, and now we also have Alley 41. Located on 41st Avenue, it’s not really an alley, but a place that looks like an underground rock club from the ’90s, with concrete floors, rec room light fixtures, and tables and chairs scattered seemingly at random. The core of Sichuan standards is impressive, but there are also many invented dishes, including a wacky plate of mashed potatoes with spicy meat sauce, and another of sautéed cauliflower with whole Sichuan peppercorns — but skip the steamed okra with peanut butter. 136-45 41st Avenue, Flushing — Robert Sietsema
For an unfussy Brooklyn date night: If you’re a fan of restaurant/wine bar hybrids like Wildair, Four Horsemen, and Estela, I can safely say you’ll love Otway. Aside from the space being wildly aesthetically pleasing, and the staff so lovely you’ll want to move in, the food stands on its own as a reason to visit any day of the week. Snack on aged beef fat chickpeas throughout your entire meal, which should also include the carrots, raw venison, and most certainly a cocktail to start. If the kitchen is running anything special, just get it. 930 Fulton Street, Clinton Hill — Patty Diez
For Ukrainian comfort food in a classic setting: Open since 1954, Veselka is a true New York treasure. The Ukrainian diner serves up rib-sticking fare like pierogis, beef stroganoff, stuffed cabbage, and potato pancakes — the kind of food that feels just perfect come winter. Warm up and support a classic spot all at the same time, at any hour of the day, since it’s open all 24. 144 Second Avenue, East Village — Stefanie Tuder