This week's tablehopper: it's definitely rocktober.

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The Kuch Kuch Hota Hai at Besharam, which comes with pani-puri water! Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Whooosh! How you doin’? I feel like I have flames coming off me, the past few weeks have been non-freaking-stop. I had an outstanding visit to New York: the weather was truly epic, my friends’ wedding was so sweet and special, and I was fortunate to squeeze in a few visits with some of my beloved pals out there. I got nailed with a nasty stomach bug while I was out there (how’s that for the worst timing—there is definitely something going around), but I did manage to get a few sweet meals in, like Lalou and La Mercerie. It was also fun to check out Montesacro’s fab location (and full bar and kitchen!) in Williamsburg, toss back some East Coast oysters, and got my cruffin on at Supermoon Bakehouse. If you’re into new food and beverage and wellness products, don’t miss a visit to the well-curated Pop-Up Grocer, which is running through this month in the Bowery.

Now, what are your plans this weekend? This Saturday October 12th is the 10th anniversary of the La Cocina Street Food Fest, and you can use this link or my code (Tablehopper) for free entry (or $20 off VIP)! It’s going to be such a great event (it always is), don’t miss a single bite!

You a fan of breakfast for dinner? Me too! Monday evening, I’ll be at the Hilda and Jesse pop-up at Marla Bakery, get your ticket!

Mark your calendar/get your ticket for the WCR (Women Chefs and Restaurateurs) Spotlight Event on Monday November 4th, honoring the one and only Joyce Goldstein, with some amazing tastes curated by chefs Kelly Fields (NOLA), Amanda Cohen (NYC), Elizabeth Falkner, and more (the lineup is amazing)! I just found out I’m going to be co-emceeing with Liam Mayclem, so it’s going to be a rowdy good time. Join us!

Lastly, I have to do a special thank you to everyone who joined us for the tablehopper spirited supper at Besharam a couple weeks ago. It was such an incredible meal! Chef-owner Heena Patel blew our minds, from our first bite of drunken pani puri to the spectacular Andhra fish stew, what a heartfelt Gujarati feast. Thank you, Heena, and the fab Besharam team!

If you couldn’t make it and want to experience an abridged version of our event menu, Besharam is offering a family-style menu for just $50. Incredible. Get some friends together and check it out before they come to their senses.

Our generous sponsor, Mount Gay Rum, cooled us down with the GLIF (Good Looking Indian Friends) welcome punch with Mount Gay Black Barrel, Besharam-spiced iced tea, peaches, and citrus (I want a glass of it right NOW) and Besharam’s Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (Mount Gay Rum Black Barrel, cilantro syrup, lime, pani-puri water) was the party hit I expected it to be. Don’t miss that cocktail!

Now I’m thirsty. Cheers, gang.
Marcia Gagliardi

View tablehopper Newsletter from Tuesday, Oct 8 2019