a taste of the city

The Modern New Yorker Lunch at no35 Restaurant Thu & Fri, From Sat 9 Jun, 12–2pm Inspired by MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art, this unique experience allows guests to imagine themselves dining in a New York high-rise whilst tasting Manhattan-style dishes. Cost $55 Venue Sofitel Melbourne on Collins
No35, Level 35, 25 Collins Street, Melbourne
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Momofuku Ko x Marion Wed 8 & Thu 9 Aug, 5pm New York restaurant group Momofuku's first adventure to Australia was part of Melbourne Food & Wine Festival 2010 so it's only fitting that Chef Andrew McConnell once again plays host. This time around to Chef Sean Grey and Su Wong Ruiz from Momofuku Ko at Fitzroy’s Marion. COST $110 VENUE Marion, Fitzroy PAST PROGRAM STARWARD Whisky celebrates the Five Boroughs Sun 12 Aug, 5–8pm Each of New York's five boroughs have been celebrated by a classic cocktail bearing their name; join Starward Whisky as they name their Five Boroughs of Melbourne as represented by five bespoke cocktails capturing the flavours, sights and spirits of our home city. COST $93 VENUE Starward Whisky, Port Melbourne PAST PROGRAM Meet Me Under The Clock Wed 8 Aug, 5–10pm Both are in iconic buildings that have stood as a meeting point for generations - for one night only Greenlight Diner in Flinders Street Station transforms into the Grand Central Station Oyster Bar! COST $40–$70 VENUE Green Light Diner, Melbourne PAST PROGRAM The Best Meal of the Day Sat 11 Aug, 9am & 11.30am Is brunch really the best meal of the day? Find out as Atlas Dining offers a three-course menu taking influence from the tastiest dishes served in NYC's iconic delicatessens. COST $43 VENUE Atlas, South Yarra PAST PROGRAM Modern Movements Wed 8 Aug, 6.30–9pm Chef Oliver Gould will take inspiration from four movements of the modern art era - pop art, cubism, surrealism and abstract expressionism to create a menu where art meets produce. COST $123 VENUE Palermo, Melbourne PAST PROGRAM The New York Classic Sat 28 Jul, 12pm, 12.15pm, 12.30pm, 2.30pm, 2.45pm & 3pm Looking back to the great New York steakhouses of the 1970s, San Telmo will be serving up a big plate of nostalgia with a baked potato on the side as Melbourne's favourite Argentinian steak house takes a trip to the Big Apple. COST $123 VENUE San Telmo, Melbourne PAST PROGRAM An Italian-American Love Story Sun 5 Aug, 12pm, 12.15pm, 2.30pm & 2.45pm Expect waiters liveried in white blazers and clothed tables piled with shared family-style dishes and carafes of wine as Tipo 00 re-imagines a traditional Italian-American Sunday lunch. COST $90 VENUE Tipo 00, Melbourne PAST PROGRAM Bomba Presents Art in a Glass Sun 29 Jul, 1–5pm Bomba’s iconic and newly renovated Rooftop hosts four former Black Pearl legends as they reunite to pour a range of cocktails encapsulating some of modern art's greats. A Mondrian Martini? A Gauguin Gimlet? Your ticket includes two cocktails, with the team at Bomba matching these tipples with a menu that celebrates and demonstrates Melbourne’s love of tapas. COST $69 VENUE Bomba Bar & Rooftop, Melbourne BOOKED OUT MEL vs NYC – Battle of the Whiskies Wed 1 Aug, 6.30pm Some fascinating whiskies are made in Melbourne and New York, and to celebrate the rich heritage of distilling in the two cities, Whisky & Alement will host a tasting showcasing some of their finest drops. There will be six whiskies available, three from Melbourne, three from New York City. COST $53 VENUE Whisky & Alement, Melbourne BOOKED OUT Back to Home Wed 8 Aug, 6pm In a celebration of Chef Jessi Singh's home town, the Babu Ji NYC team is taking over Horn Please restaurant bringing his NYC tasting menu to Melbourne. Featuring New York style Indian pizza and more in tasting menu with a matched cocktail. COST $68 VENUE Horn Please, Fitzroy North BOOKED OUT An Evening Inspired by Le Bernardin Wed 1 Aug, 6–11pm Inspired by Le Bernardin, QT Melbourne's Pascale Bar & Grill will take you on a culinary journey through the French-influence of a NYC icon. COST $150 VENUE Pascale Bar & Grill, Melbourne BOOKED OUT NYC, TE AMO Sun 12 Aug, 12pm For the final day of MEL&NYC by Melbourne Food & Wine Festival, Mamasita presents a laid back Sunday lunch inspired by Mexico’s most celebrated artists - Rivera, Orozco, Covarrubias, Siqueiros and Kahlo. COST $78–$123 VENUE Mamasita, Melbourne PAST PROGRAM Di Fara Pizza x Harley and Rose Sun 29 Jul, 12pm, 12.30pm, 1pm, 1.30pm & 2.30pm A pie from Di Fara is not your average NYC slice – but it is the best. The cheap and cheerful late-night New York staple is replaced here with the best quality ingredients and some know-how crafted over 50 years. This is a pizza with a cult following.
Domenico De Marco established Di Fara in 1965 in Midwood Brooklyn, a traditionally Orthodox Jewish neighbourhood, and can still be found turning out the famously delicious, blistered pies from the same ancient oven. It’s a labour of love for ‘Dom’ who imports his ingredients from Italy. Dom is still crafting each of the sometimes 150 pies a day by hand, with his kids in tow helping to run the kitchen. His daughter – and right-hand – Maggie will be making the trip out to Melbourne to recreate the Di Fara experience.
She’ll collaborate with chefs Josh Murphy and Rory Cowcher, (Two Melbourne based chefs looking to build their own pizza institution) at Harley & Rose, the West Footscray neighbourhood hangout that, like Di Fara, keeps both local families and serious foodies happy.
COST $73 VENUE Harley & Rose, West Footscray PAST PROGRAM
The Sweet Slice at Press Club Project Fri 27 Jul, Fri 3 Aug & Fri 10 Aug, 7pm, 8pm & 9pm Many cities claim to be the dessert capital of the world, but the big apple truly takes the cake. New York City is the birthplace of some of the world’s greatest sweet treats such as cookies and cream, the New York cheesecake and the cronut to name just a few. Using these desserts and more as inspiration, George Calombaris and The Press Club team are turning Press Club – Projects, their developmental kitchen, into a NYC Dessert Bar Pop-Up for three nights only. They will create Press Club versions of New York’s world-famous desserts, accompanied by a classic NYC style cocktail with a modern twist.
Please note: This is a stand up event.
COST $33 VENUE Press Club - Projects, Melbourne PAST PROGRAM
Fancy Hank’s Pastrami on Rye Fri 27 Jul–Sun 12 Aug, 12pm What’s more iconic in New York City than the Empire State Building, Central Park, the Statue of Liberty and Times Square combined? Katz’s Deli. Stop by Fancy Hank’s to try their famous pastrami on rye inspired by Katz’s Deli. COST $13 VENUE Fancy Hank's, Melbourne PAST PROGRAM Hot Dog Eating Competition Sat 21 Jul, 11am–6pm Luna Park Melbourne, built in 1912 and based on the original Luna Park, which opened in 1903 at Coney Island, New York, hosts the annual Hot Dog Eating Competition as part of International Hot Dog Month. Enjoy a fun day with rides, music and entertainment and great prizes for the winners of the competition. Come along, you’d be a silly sausage to miss out! Cost $2 Venue Luna Park Melbourne
18 Lower Esplanade, St Kilda
A Taste of New York at Café Vic Mon 2 Jul – Wed 29 Aug Inspired by the MEL & NYC program of events, the team at Café Vic have created a menu to celebrate with new lunch and dinner options including New York-inspired salads, sandwiches and substantial evening meals. Venue Café Vic
Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Rd