PLAN DATE: TUES / AUG. 27
Luthun, named after co-owner and chef Nahid Ahmed’s mom whom he lost when he was young, has heart, soul and global ingredients in the two tasting menus offered for $68 each (one with meat, the other vegetarian). There is also an extended tasting menu (10 courses rather than five) at the chef’s counter, and both have the same favorite dessert staple – frozen yogurt; this one made with berries, some sansho peppercorns and Kasmiri chili to throw your tastebuds for a delicious loop. Having both worked in some of the world’s finest restaurants, like The French Laundry and The Fat Duck, Ahmed and co-owner Chef Arjuna Bull change out the menus frequently in order to tap the best ingredients and their broad talents. They’ve created a really homey space for Luthun’s 29 seats with exposed brick and wood beams, a book nook and open kitchen.
Head to Pouring Ribbons, a cozy cocktail lounge for some creative after dinner drinks. Every six months the drinks menu changes to reflect a new theme such as Route 66, Revolutionary Artists, or the current one: Midnight Movies, which boasts drinks including “Escape From New York” with Woodford rye whiskey, Chief Gowanus gin, Barking Irons Applejack, Strega and passion fruit or the “Nightmare Before Christmas” with Plantation 3 rum, Boukman Rhum, lemon, orange-Champagne reduction and lavender Lillet. The cocktails are developed by an all-star beverage team, helmed by Joaquín Simó, formerly of the speakeasy Death & Co., and are helpfully plotted on a matrix on a scale of refreshing to spirituous and comforting to adventurous.
Inspired tasting menu and unique cocktails
Craft dishes and cocktails in cozy settings.
432 East 13th Street, Manhattan
idk tip: Luthun is BYOB for now, so pick up your favorite libation on your way over.
225 Avenue B, Manhattan
idk tip: The door at Pouring Ribbons is regulated so it never gets too crowded, but you may have a short wait to get in.