Weekday Planner: New Menu Edition
For this week’s planner, we’re highlighting some new menus that have launched around the city.
Bread & Wine Reopens With New Cocktails
After a brief closure that included menu development, Irving Park’s Bread & Wine is back in action and they’ve got a brand spankin’ new cocktail menu to show for it. The list is filled with re-imagined takes on classics, like the Jah-groni with cinnamon smoked rum, B&W rosé vermouth, Campari, Jamaican jerk bitters and orange. The Night Flower contains Valentine’s Liberator gin, Green Chartreuse, Jasmine tea, lemon, rose water, and angostura. One of the most interesting (and savory) ones is the Pickle the Beast, a tequila-based drink outfitted with Guajiro pepper, dill, mustard, and soda. For something a little more straightforward, try the Bungalow Manhattan with Buffalo Trace, house rosé vermouth, B&W bitters, and cherry.
Sample the New Menu at La Storia
In line with the seasonal change, La Storia has rolled out a new menu befitting late spring and the summer transition. By utilizing fresh ingredients from local farms, the Gold Coast restaurants offers the best of the Midwest with an Italian accent. Example items include an updated insalata made with frisee, watercress, Burrata, pecorino, melon, rhubarb mostarda vinaigrette, and crispy candied guanciale. For entrees, try the ippoglosso, a halibut preparation with zucchini, tomato, charred pimiento, marjoram, and citrus, or the prawns with arugula, basil, pesto, and lemon. These new additions are best enjoyed on La Storia’s new sidewalk cafe and courtyard patio.
The Heavy Feather Debuts New Drink List
Just in time for warmer/hotter weather, The Heavy Feather is cooling things down with a cocktail menu refresh, abundant with quenching flavors like lavender, apricot, and sparkling wine. There’s a Basil Julep made with Canadian whiskey, Fernet Branca, blackberry, lemon, and basil, the Day Tripper with lemongrass- and lavender-infused vodka, suze, and lemon, and a delicious Paradise Punch featuring gin, Aperol, allspice liqueur, apricot, orange, and lemon. You can even drink your dessert with the Orange Whip, an Orange Julius-like libation made with rum, vodka, orange Curacao, liquor 43, orange, and ice cream.
- Matt Kirouac