LES Bites: Restaurant Amnesty Week, Wylie Dufresne Q&A, Pig & Khao No. 2


Recipe secrets from LES chefs, the grain bowl trend and more in your midweek restaurant and bar roundup.

  • If you’ve ever purloined an item from a restaurant and then been haunted by your guilty conscience, take heart: You have four more days to return it, no questions asked. Soon-to-be LES restaurant Dirt Candy, along with the East Village’s Redhead and Hearth, have launched NYC Restaurant Amnesty Week, hoping to encourage sticky-fingered diners to repent. It runs through Oct. 11.
  • Chef Wylie Dufresne talks to Reuters about the approaching end of wd~50 and his search for a new restaurant space–and shares his recipe for squash-roasted peanut soup.
  • Maxim dissects the summer pig sandwich from Black Tree.
  • After several months in soft-launch mode and a nice shout-out in The Irish Times this week, new East Houston Street bar The Late Late hosts its official grand opening party on Oct. 14, featuring cocktail and beer tastings, live music by soul singer Curtis Harding and a DJ set by Rob Ackroyd of Florence and the Machine. RSVP is required: info@thelatelate.com.
  • Why are NYC bagels so much better than bagels anywhere else? The secret lies the city’s Catskills watershed, Quartz magazine says.