Some expanded hours and special menu announcements from our inbox, as well as a few headlines, to kick off your week of restaurant news.
- Pig & Khao now offers Suckling Pig “Lechon” Dinners. Serving six to 10 people at $45 per person, they include a whole pig, which is brined for two days, slow cooked and then finished at a high temp to ensure a crispy skin, as well as two vegetable sides and unlimited rice. A deposit and a reservation are required one week in advance (212-920-4485).
- Wood-oven baked eggs, shrimp and grits and cocktails with a hint of New Orleans all star in Rosette’s new weekend brunch menu, launching March 29. The East Broadway restaurant will open from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, and accepts reservations for parties of five or more.
- Gourmet shop Malt & Mold and neighbor Eastwood continue their “Liquid Lent” series on Saturday, March 29, with back-to-back Belgian Abbey tastings. Sample Orvalle, Westmalle and Rochefort at Malt & Mold from 4 to 6 p.m.; the beer exploration continues next door from 6 to 8 p.m. with different samples from the same three abbey breweries.
- New York magazine’s spring restaurant roundup includes lots of LES tidbits, including a preview of Tijuana Picnic, due to open in May in the old Laugh Lounge space on Essex Street, along with a write-up about the Russ & Daughters’ cafe, coming next month.
- An NYT Dining & Wine writer visits Fung Tu and likes it, mostly.
- East Village Greek fave Boukies is apparently closed for good, according to EV Grieve.