Dig in to any of Luxury Attaché’s Top 5 Large Format Feasts in NYC, and take your palate on an adventure in dining from nose to tail.
1 The Breslin
April Bloomfield is one of the biggest powerhouses in the culinary world, and it doesn’t take a trip to her perpetually packed Spotted Pig to prove it. Take a seat at the long, wooden rectangular chef’s table in the center of the Breslin, and prepare to be amazed. Choose one of several large format meals, based on the season at The Breslin (our favorite, hands down, is the whole roasted suckling pig with salsa rosa and salsa verde) and take a walk on the foodie wildside. After seeing the entire animal, nose-to-tail, start your meal off right with a creamy-meets-crunchy ceasar salad. Unctuous sides like duck fat fried potatoes and roasted Brussels sprouts are served alongside the freshly parcelled pig, ideally complementing the smoky tenderness of the succulent entreés.
2 Momofuku Noodle Bar
David Chang’s hold on the veritable New York City culinary empire is highlighted in many different ways in each of his unique Momofuko outposts. Here, where pork buns and ramen are re-invented to dazzle and delight, it’s the Fried Chicken Dinner that has really stolen our hearts. Standing mightily as the only chicken to take on the meatier versions of our large format heavy-hitters, two whole fried chickens, one southern style, the other Korean, are served with mu shu pancakes, bright spicy peppers, carrots and radishes. The fun continues as diners are encouraged to make their own lettuce wraps with perfectly portioned bibb lettuce cups and the choice of four different sauces and potent herbs. Chicken has never been so luxurious. Ever.
Crostinis and small bites wet the palate and lead the way into Maialino’s epic nose-to-fail five course feast designed for 18 of your closest friends. Following suit, delve into the next course of salad and cured meats, as well as a stellar pasta dish at Danny Meyer’s private dining gem. Enjoy Maialino’s tour-de-force whole hog, presented with seasonal sides like roasted sunchokes and charred garlicky broccoli rabe before simply indulging in hearty helpings of sweet nirvana. Meyer’s chocolate croissant bread pudding rounds out this unforgettable dining experience and truly makes it unforgettable.
In what is perhaps the most unique pick on our list of Top 5 Large Format Meals, this feast is built around what you (and up to nineteen others), feel like eating when you sit down. Pick from proteins such as milk-fed lamb, baby goat, or seasonal fish from one of the many farms they source from each day, and sit back as Chef chooses from over ten different preparations to compose a multi-course, several hours long meal in which it’s promised that every bit from head to tail will be included in some way, shape or form. Once you’ve wrapped your head (and stomach) around the fact that they also choose wines and beers to complement the notes of whichever protein is featured, there is no way you’ll leave hungry after this one.
Daniel Bouloud’s bustling French brasserie-meets-American Tavern has consistently remained one of our go-to’s for over the top, gourmet burgers and a contemporary twist on classic flavors; plus, with the vibrant hustle, bustle and flow of the space, we didn’t think it could get any better. Well, we were wrong. The Whole Hog Dinner, served in either the main or private dining room is the ultimate crowd-pleaser. House-made Fromage de Tete sets the stage for the slow roasted whole suckling pig stuffed with Provencal style pork loin, grilled onions, wild mushrooms and garlic. Lighter sides like baby lettuce and tomato-chili braised beans add a much needed acidic tang and play well with slightly heavier accoutrements like roasted potatoes and fricassee. Indulge in the addition of Pig’s Nose Whiskey and a bite (or five) of their famed flaming Baked Alaska.