Danny Meyer's new pizzeria Martina hosts Stefano Callegari of Trapizzino for "Rome Night" Monday evening from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. The restaurant will be serving a special menu of pizzas—Brussels Sprouts Cacio e Pepe, Trippa alla Romana, and Saltimbocca—along with fried risotto croquettes (suppli) with ingredients found in classic pasta dishes. Pizzas are $7-12 and suppli are $4.50 per order with magnums of champagne offered by the glass.
Dine In Queens (née Queens Restaurant Week), when some restaurants in the borough offer special dining deals, begins Monday and runs through November 2nd. Nearly 80 spots are participating this year, most of which will be offering three course dinners for $28 per person and three course lunches for $14 per person. Befitting its status as the city's most diverse borough, there are Italian, Colombian, American, Argentine, Nepalese, Mexican, Vietnamese, Uruguayan and dozens of other cuisines represented.
New Nordic spot Norman in Greenpoint debuts a new Monday Night Prix Fixe special that offers a three course dinner for $35, which, considering the pedigree (Claus Meyer and Fredrik Berselius) is a pretty sweet deal. There are two choices for each course; charred cabbage or a young lettuce salad to start, followed by red corn porridge with mushrooms, silver hake or a pork collar as an entree. Dessert is either a cucumber-lemon sorbet or a buttermilk curd with rhubarb honey. Reservations available here.
Cacio e Calabrese Pepe (courtesy The Sosta)
Grab a big bowl of noodles on Tuesday in observation of National Pasta Day. Nolita newcomer The Sosta will be marking the occasion with a brand-new pasta priced at $12 on the day and continuing through October 25th. Chef Ali LaRaia created the Cacio e Calabrese Pepe (pictured above) for the holiday, riffing on the classic Cacio e Pepe by adding ricotta cheese and Calabrian chili.
The Rick & Morty dishes at Nom Wah Tu
Nom Wah Tu has a cure for disappointed Rick & Morty and McDonald's fans who weren't able to get the very limited edition Szechuan sauce when it came back to the fast food chain. Stop by the Lower East Side restaurant for Szechuan chicken nuggets ($7.95), "Pickle Rick" garlic cucumbers ($5.25), "Concentrated Dark Matter" hot and sour soup ($5.95) and "Bobbish" ube chips and guacamole ($6.25).
Season of Luck cocktail at aRoqa (Michael Tulipan)
Celebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival of light, at two Manhattan restaurants offering enticing specials for the holiday. aRoqa in Chelsea offers a buffet of sweets, mithai, that are free to dinner guests on both October 18th and 19th. The restaurant also offers a chance to win a free Season of Luck cocktail if you draw the joker from a deck of cards. In the West Village, Chef Chintan Pandya of Rahi created some special dishes including Delhi Pakodi Chaat, Spinach and Goat Cheese Tikki and Goat Cheese Shrikhand & Puri—saffron goat cheese, pistachio, almonds and flour crisps—available in the dining room or bar on Thursday.
Consider making Chipotle your stop for lunch or dinner in Brooklyn on Wednesday, when the burrito chain will be donating 50% of the day's sales to Brooklyn Public Library. From 10:45 a.m. to 10 p.m., mention the Brooklyn Public Library during checkout and half the price of your order will be donated to the library. The fundraiser will only take place at Brooklyn locations of Chipotle, which can be found here.
Hamburger Di Salsiccia (courtesy Antica Pesa)
Try a Quentin Tarantino-approved burger starting Wednesday at Williamsburg's Antica Pesa, which is celebrating five years in the neighborhood. The Hamburger Di Salsiccia ($14) originated at the restaurant's first location in Rome, where the chef created a burger on the fly using sausage for the director when he said he was craving one. Now the creation debuts in NYC, this time made with a Pat LaFrieda blend with cheese and a side of fries.