Spawn of Macao: Ward III and Pod Café Open for Drinks and Dinner

Pod Café's outdoor terrace.
Pod Café’s outdoor terrace. Photo: Courtesy of Pod Café

We’ve just gotten word that Michael Neff of Macao Trading Co. will open his cocktail lounge, Ward III, on Thursday night. And here’s news of another Macao–Employees Only spinoff: Devon and Grace Gilroy, the son and daughter of Macao owner Billy Gilroy, have just opened a modest outdoor-indoor café in midtown’s Pod hotel (Papa Gilroy is backing this venture as well). Grace, who is 25, was previously a manager at two of Sean MacPherson’s places (B Bar and the Maritime), and Devon, who is 23, trained at Chanterelle before moving to the kitchen of A Voce (he’s the one who connected David Waltuck with Macao). The two are getting their coffee from La Colombe, their breads from Brooklyn’s SCRATCHbread, and other ingredients from local farms. When dinner service starts July 1 (when the beer-and-wine license is expected), don’t expect fancy E.O.-style cocktails. This is more of a casual hang — it opens at 6:45 a.m. and closes at 10 p.m., and the dinner and lunch menus will initially be the same. See them below.

Smoked salmon plate $8.00
cream cheese, mustard vinaigrette

Poached eggs $8.00
mixed greens, sourdough bread

Brown butter waffles $8.00
caramelized banana butter

Irish steel cut oatmeal $6.00
black bear honey

Yogurt & fruit $7.00
nut granola

By scratchbread

Bread basket $8.00
Cherry whole wheat sprouted spelt $2.00
South slope sourdough $2.00
Chocolate & currant scone $3.00
Candied orange and rosemary scone $3.00
Toby’s brick oven focaccia $4.50
Shortbread $3.00
Add berries & cream $4.00

Coffee by la Colombe

Espresso $3.00 Cappuccino $3.50
Latte $3.50
Coffee/Iced $3.00
Tea/ Iced $3.00
Smoothie $5.00
Aranciata/Limonata $3.00
Water small/large $2.75/5.75
Sparkling water small/large $2.75/5.75

Goat cheese, endive, walnuts $9.00
citrus vinaigrette

Chicken Caesar salad $9.00
anchovy, parmesan vinaigrette

Panzanella $9.00
Joe’s dairy mozzarella, tomato

Mixed summer greens $7.00
cherry tomatoes, balsamic vinaigrette

Rustic nut roast beef $9.50
gruyere, horseradish aioli

Sliced chicken $9.00
avocado, cilantro mayonnaise

Roast turkey $9.50
lettuce, tomato, parsley

Joe’s dairy mozzarella & tomatoes $9.00
olives, focaccia

Choice of bread:
Cherry whole wheat sprouted spelt
South slope sourdough
Black pepper and fennel hand roll

Chocolate of the day $7.00
Chocolate & currant scone $3.00
Candied orange and rosemary scone $3.00
Shortbread $3.00
Add berries & cream $4.00
Farmer’s market fruit plate $5.00

Cheese of the day $7.00

Pod Café, in the Pod Hotel, 230 E. 51st St., nr. Second Ave.; 212-355-2547