Hill Country’s Pit-Smoked Easter; Commerce Bartender No FoolEast Village: The dishes in Rhong-Tiam’s spice challenge (the prize for finishing the tasting menu is free dinner at a different Thai restaurant) aren’t as unbearably spicy as you’d expect, and the chef will give you a beer when you’re finished. [Gothamist]
Flatiron: Hill Country’s serving up a pit-smoked Easter dinner this Sunday. [Strong Buzz]
Fort Greene: A boatload of restaurants in the neighborhood are offering prix fixe dinners for $23 next week for Dine in Brooklyn, including Chez Oskar, Olea, and Scopello. [Clinton Hill Blog]
Harlem: A reader feels that Slice NY severely underrates Patsy’s. [Slice NY]
West Village: Commerce’s bartender deals adeptly with douche bags. [Bottomless Dish/Citysearch]
Just in Time: Brunch in a Clinton Hill GardenChez Lola, barely two months old and already a Clinton Hill standby, has now taken its single-handed gentrification of Myrtle Avenue to a new level: The bistro, sister to Fort Greene’s Chez Oskar has started serving brunch. Chez Lola has been drawing diners with its heated garden, and though the weather will get chilly this weekend, expect much of the brunch crowd to sit outside. There will be a full menu of omelettes, salmon, slow-roasted pork loin, burgers, and croque madame available from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Chez, Lola, 387 Myrtle Ave., nr. Clermont Ave.; 718-858-1484.