Let's file this under things that are awesome: The folks at Tuk Tuk Tap Room (1702 Broadway), which as of late includes front of the house badass Winnie Mak (formerly with Arcade Midtown Kitchen and Lüke), are expanding their hours of operation to include Monday nights from 5 p.m. to midnight with off-menu board and pint specials. The Southeast Asian eatery is also hosting a November Full Moon dinner that will double as a birthday bash for Saint Arnold Brewing Co. area rep Nicole George. Tickets for the November 6 dinner with beer pairings are $55 and available through eventbrite.com.
Over in Pearlville, Cured keeps raking in those accolades. This time via Meatopia mastermind Josh Ozerky and Esquire, which deemed Steve McHugh's first solo venture as a runner-up for this year's Best New Restaurant in America list. If you haven't been to Cured yet, then you must really like that rock you're living under.
NAO New World Flavors (312 Pearl Pkwy) has launched a Puerto Rican-inspired three-course menu, available through Monday, December 1. The menu, $42, includes a choice of "piñones" sampler with land crab alcapurrias, fried beef plaintain pies, lobster pastelillo and bacalaito; or Sorullitos, cheese-stuffed corn sticks and pink sauce. The choice of entrees includes a lightly fried red snapper with basil and sweet plantain mofongo or beef steak encebollado with grilled and marinated heirloom tomatoes and pickled avocado; and rum-braised pineapple for dessert. Wash it all down with a Coquito, which uses extra-aged Puerto Rican rum, coconut crème anglaise, St. Elizabeth allspice dram and grated nutmeg.
New menu items are available at The Esquire Tavern (155 E Commerce), which recently tapped into fall flavors to incorporate autumnal favorites like shepherd's pie, curried chicken and pork pozole crafted by chef Brooke Smith, along with cozy and, more importantly, boozy cocktails such as the rosemary-honey and apple-laced Where Your Eyes Don't Go.
Zöe's Kitchen, a Mediterranean chain that hones in on Southern comfort food flavors, is adding a third location in SA, this time inside Sonterra Village at 427 N Loop 1604 W, Building 2, Ste 210. The restaurant opens November 6 and will operate 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
Finally, Chipotle, everyone's favorite "No, really, this burrito bowl is so healthy" chain, is hosting their annual Halloween fundraiser, "Boorito." Guests who stop by anytime after 5 p.m. on Friday, October 31 in full costume can purchase a burrito, bowl, salad or tacos for $3. It's pre-game fuel for the evening's festivities.
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