The Grove’s main restaurant space used to be a French bistro and fine pastry shop and now, perhaps in its most useful incarnation, Alma, a casual taco and cocktail place downstairs with a larger menu of dishes from several regions of Mexico upstairs. The upstairs menu was designed as a festive experience by the chefs from Grupo Hunan in Mexico City. Besides traditional preparations like chicken mole, grilled steak, lobster Ensenada, and lamb barbacoa, don’t miss the hard-to-find escarole. Known as Mexican caviar, black ant eggs have a delicious, nutty flavor and are paired with epazote and guacamole for a bucket list tasting experience. Alma stocks over 100 varieties of tequila and mezcal, best for cocktails such as fruity, pirinola balanced with tequila, tamarindo and lemon. 189 The Grove Dr., Suite H-10, Los Angeles
The chef comes to you
Chef Curtis Stone in partnership with rattlesnakes To introduce the Home Chef app in Los Angeles before rolling it out in other US cities. Like Stone, owner of Maude and Gwen in Los Angeles, she started a catering service at Down Under, and lets customers choose a chef or caterer to create anything from a charcuterie cocktail gathering to a bespoke sit-down dinner. “What distinguishes Guathar is the quality,” Stone tells Miscellaneous. “We review the finer details of the vet and select the best chefs who provide only the freshest, local ingredients.”
Milkshake from Upside Down
Noah Schnapp charms fans in the final season of Netflix’s “Stranger Things”, and is also the “chief snack officer” of the faithfully Its healthier version of Nutella’s famous hazelnut and cocoa spread. TBH has partnered with Gopuff Kitchen on a limited-time selection of TBH-loaded milkshakes in espresso, strawberry and chocolate flavors. The shakes are available for nationwide delivery – unlike the teens in Stranger Things, you don’t have to visit Scoops Ahoy to try one. gopuff.com
New in New York: Beachy Ken
Despite the hordes of theater-goers, finding a proper restaurant around Times Square isn’t always easy. Peachy I stepped in to fill the need for a place for kids and teens to enjoy that also works for a festive and boisterous brunch. Decorated in an Instagrammable-inspired pastel ’70s décor, the Theater District features Southern-influenced comfort foods like chicken, dumplings, truffle mac and cheese with a welcome proliferation of fresh mushrooms and a crushed burger with pat lafrida beef. Should you also order Disco Sally – cocktail rum served in a flashing disco ball? definitely. 321 W 44th Street, New York
Tickets are now on sale for Girls’ golden kitchen, a Beverly Hills pop-up restaurant overseen by Chef Royce Burke. Try the “Miami-style” Cuban sandwich or Sophia’s lasagna, and catch a Drag Brunch on select Sundays. Tickets, $39-$55.