Todd English to serve refined Greek fare and $3,500 wines by the glass


New York City’s prodigal chef Todd English has returned to open his first Big Apple restaurant in additional than twenty years, Side Dish has realized.

English – who made waves with Olives NY on the W Hotel in Union Square when it opened in 2000, and who launched a nationwide meals court docket pattern together with his eponymously named Plaza Hotel meals corridor – will helm Pappas Taverna in Greenwich Village.

The wood-fired Greek restaurant, which opens its doorways Feb. 15, will present a contemporary, playful tackle Mediterranean delicacies, supply a $275-per-person 40-seat chef’s tasting room and serve $3,500 bottles of wine by the glass, English Told Side Dish.

“I try to give it a little bit of a twist with some layers, like torched tuna — adding flavors and textures on top of tradition. That’s the exciting part,” mentioned English, who’s partnering with restaurateur Stratis Morfogen on the enterprise.

The 11,000-square-foot eatery will open in a landmark constructing at 103 Macdougal Street, with seating for 220 inside and 50 on the sidewalk. It can even have a Chefs’ Room with 40 seats — and no menu — costing $175 per individual, or $275-a-plate if lobster and porterhouse steak are included.

“The chefs will cook until the table gives up,” Morfogen mentioned. “They can have eight courses. Chef English and [chef de cuisine] Pavlos Devaris will consult with the guests and cook based on their preferences, more meat, or fish, or vegetarian.”

Pappas Taverna can even supply any of its wines by the glass — together with from a 2009 Chateau Margaux, which prices $3,470 a bottle on the restaurant. Each glass will run a wine lover to $870.

Once “uncorked,” the bottle will probably be listed on a chalkboard menu for others to order.

“It becomes a very social thing,” mentioned Morfogen, including that the wine record will supply a big selection from Greece, France, Portugal, Spain and California.

“We are disrupting. It’s a very social thing and will work well in the Instagram world we live in.”

The wood-fired Greek restaurant opens its doorways Feb. 15.

Stratis Morphogen and Todd English
English is partnering with restaurateur Stratis Morfogen on the enterprise.


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“The chefs will cook until the table gives up,” Morforgen mentioned.

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The 11,000-square-foot eatery will open in a landmark constructing at 103 Macdougal Street, with seating for 220 inside and 50 on the sidewalk.


To protect the wine from souring, the restaurant turned to the high-tech firm Coravin, which has developed a technique for inserting an “extremely thin” needle into the cork. After the wine is poured, the cork will naturally shut up with out damaging or destroying the seal, defending the wine and serving to it breathe.

“Using inert argon gas, the machine dispenses wine from the bottle while protecting it from oxygen entering the bottle, so every glass tastes as good as the first,” mentioned Greg Lambrecht, the founding father of Coravin, including that there are additionally two extra fashions requiring the cork to be eliminated.

The system can protect a wine for weeks, months and even years, the corporate claims. It’s out there for dwelling use, for $119 to $399 per system.

The restaurant – named for the Pappas restaurant Morfogen’s grandfather ran for 65 years till 1975 on W. 14th St. – can even present takeout or supply with a contactless system of lockers outdoors the restaurant.

Delivery drivers, or diners, are notified by cellphone when their orders are prepared, and so they use a QR code to open their lockers, that are individually adjusted for temperature and labeled accordingly. Cold meals are in blue coloured lockers; scorching meals are in purple. Morfogen makes use of the same system at his Brooklyn Dumpling Shop.

A sneak peak on the Pappas Taverna menu reveals dishes together with mini-clay pots with tzatziki trios of whipped avocado and carrot hummus. Small plates characteristic filet mignon, torched crudo, wooden roasted mussels, grilled halloumi and oak-roasted chili feta. There can even be basic oak-wood grilled fish and meats, together with dishes like duck schwarma and pita pizzas of the day.

“Mediterranean food is delicious and healthy and what people really want to eat now,” Morfogen mentioned. “Todd and I have the same thinking. Greek has been overexplained. We just want a fresh outlook on what Greek food can be.”

The opening has been delayed by the pandemic, in addition to provide points.

“Two and a half years of headaches and obstacles,” Morfogen mentioned.

During the pandemic, Morfogen reconnected with English at a buddy’s Halloween occasion and so they determined to work collectively.

Pappas Taverna can even supply any of its wines by the glass — together with from a 2009 Chateau Margaux, which prices $3,470 a bottle on the restaurant. Stefano Giovannini

“He’s so talented. He needed to come back, put an apron on, and reclaim New York City,” Morfogen mentioned. “English’s market exploded all over the world, and that’s pretty sexy. But it was time for him to go back to being an artist. New York City is the mecca of dining and his roots are here.”

Born within the Big Apple, the 62-year-old Englishman was as soon as named one among People’s 50 most lovely individuals — and dubbed a “culinary lothario” by Page Six — nearly a decade in the past. English mentioned these days are lengthy behind him.

“I’ve learned a lot since then,” English mentioned.

Like many cooks, a few of English’s initiatives wound down in the course of the pandemic — the meals corridor on the Plaza Hotel, for instance, closed and by no means reopened, nor did eateries in locations like Dubai, Manilla and Abu Dhabi, though English is in talks to open new spots in a number of of these cities.

His present portfolio spans the US, together with a lodge in Las Vegas, and his staple eating places Olives, Figs and others are nonetheless thriving in a number of areas, as is a restaurant within the Bahamas. However, the Olives in New York closed in 2012. But different New York City initiatives are within the works, sources instructed Side Dish.

“New York is the best food city in the world. I love the energy. It’s exciting to be back in New York in a great situation with a great partner. I’ve been doing this for 30-plus, 35 years, and it’s like anything. You always have to reinvent what you are doing and keep it fresh,” English mentioned.

***We hear…that Lincoln Ristorante is internet hosting a tribute dinner for the late pastry chef Richard Capizzi on Feb. 19, to boost funds for his widow, Phyllis, and their two kids. For $1,250 per individual, diners will take pleasure in a cocktail hour adopted by a six-course meal with wine pairings ready by a star-studded solid of cooks, together with Thomas Keller, Shea Gallante, Jonathan Benno, Artem Orlovskyy and Chad Palagiwhereas pastry cooks sebastien rouxel, Stefanie Morgado, kara blitz, katie backlund and Scott Cioe rule the dessert collaboration.

Capizzi suffered from glioblastoma, an aggressive kind of mind most cancers. He died in September at age 45.

Patina Restaurant Group conceived of the tribute dinner, which can even launch a scholarship in his honor at his alma mater, The Culinary Institute of America.

“Richard was a tremendous talent and tremendous human being who graced our teams at Per Se and Bouchon Bakery. We owe to Richard how we make our Bouchons, how we make our confections, and so much else at the bakery. His legacy from him is everywhere,” Keller mentioned in a press release.

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