Tadhana Showcases Filipino Cuisine With a 16-Course Tasting Menu



With no shortage of ambition, Frances Tariga, 42, who came to New York from the Philippines in 2011 as the chef for a diplomat, is opening her first restaurant. Dinner, a 16-course tasting divided in seven categories, is $185. Intended to showcase her native cuisine, it progresses from a special mountain bread to vegetable preparations, including a spring roll, then several ceviches, street food items like okra tempura and, with a touch of gastronomic luxury, a traditional duck egg custard topped with caviar. There is soup followed by salo-salo, an array of grilled and steamed items, then dessert. With the chef Mark Nobello at her side in the kitchen and a staff that’s entirely Filipino, she’s running a tight, 24-seat ship in a mere 700 square feet. (Friday)

151 Allen Street (Stanton Street), 617-858-0420,


The largest and now flagship for this chain of quick-serve Indian American spots, where customers layer their ingredient choices in bowls, has opened. Curries, vegetable sides, chutneys and other sauces and toppings like pickled chiles and onions are some of the choices. It also has a chai bar and serves cocktails, beer and wine.

1 Rockefeller Plaza (entrance on West 48th Street),

Summer at the Rink Rock Center

Dining al fresco in the central rink area of Rockefeller Center involves extensions of two established Rink Level restaurants, Naro and Jupiter. Naro has a new casual menu that includes Korean fried chicken and pork chop sandwiches, an omelet with kimchi fried rice and a strawberry creamsicle. In addition to its regular menu, Jupiter is serving lobster with zucchini fries and a 30-layer chocolate cake.

Naro, 212-202-0206,, Jupiter, 212-207-0060, Rink Level, 30 Rockefeller Plaza.

Due Madri

Jocelyn Guest and Erika Nakamura, who run this stand on the James Beard Foundation’s Market 57 at Pier 57, have opened a new outpost in the plaza of the Park Tower Group’s building near a sculpture garden by Christie’s. The kiosk serves assorted Italian sandwiches layered with meats and vegetables, and also a salad and meatballs.

535 Madison Avenue (54th Street),

Nan Xiang Express

The fifth location and the first in Manhattan for this growing chain of spots for Xiao Long Bao has opened just off Restaurant Row. A kiosk takes your order. The Upper West Side, Philadelphia and Lawrenceville, N.J., are coming; other locations can be found in Brooklyn, Queens and Boston.

654 Ninth Avenue (46th Street),

Pizza Fun House

Pizzas here come topped with “disco meatballs” and “Boogie Boogie pepperoni,” pulling from the childhood memories of “Happy Days” by Fabio Granato, a co-owner of Serafina Hospitality. Several Parms, lasagna, salads and pastas are also on the menu in the bright space.

402 Avenue of the Americas (West Eighth Street),

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