NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Thursday, December 10, 2015, 6:16 PM
New to the scene …
Now you can sing in between enjoying Korean courses in Brooklyn. Insa, a Korean barbecue restaurant and karaoke lounge, opens Tuesday in Gowanus (328 Douglass St.). The 86-seat dining space will feature five private karaoke rooms, each designed with kitschy themes like “jungle” and “space odyssey.” The husband-and-wife team of owners — chef Sohui Kim and interior designer Ben Schneider, both of the Good Fork in Red Hook — will serve up seafood and scallion pancakes ($ 17), spicy squid with udon noodles ($ 22) and Insa fried chicken ($ 18). The restaurant will have a no-tipping policy and instead tack on a 20% “administration fee.”
The Bleecker St. Indian staple Surya (154 Bleecker St.) is back after shuttering three years ago thanks to a rent hike and damage caused by Superstorm Sandy. The revamped menu by chef Lala Sharma features scallops pan-sauteed with sweet and tangy tamarind coconut sauce; and dalcha machchi — salmon tikka cooked in the tandoor with lentils in a light sauce flavored with turmeric, bay leaf mustard seed and curry leaves. Vegan options include roasted eggplant with onion, tomatoes and spices.
Lower East Side Chinese restaurant Fung Tu (22 Orchard St.) has a new menu to celebrate its two-year anniversary. It features updated soups, noodle dishes and steamed buns. Chefs Jonathan Wu and Matt John Wells churn out standouts like fresh bamboo with water spinach and bacon; and the vegetarian curry pot pie made with a coconut milk stew of celery root, cauliflower, broccoli, onions and potatoes.
First it was the PieCaken — a pie baked inside a cake — now there’s the Holiday PieLogen. Pastry chef Zac Young constructs the massive three-layer pie-cake hybrid that includes a toffee pecan pie, eggnog cheesecake and a chocolate caramel yule log decadently layered together with chocolate buttercream frosting. The pie serves eight to 14 people and each slice is 600 calories. Available for $ 65 at thepiecakenshop.com.
If you’re looking for a liquid lunch, Soylent follows up its powdered meal replacement mix with a sippable 2.0 version. The milky-flavored beverage is 400 calories and comprises fiber, fats, carbohydrates and soy protein made to keep you feeling full. $ 29 for a case of 12.
Happening this week …
Mission Chinese Food restaurant founder Danny Bowien, known for his creative takes on Sichuan food like kung pao pastrami and beef jerky fried rice, is teaming up with Kellogg’s to craft a cereal-filled brunch available Dec. 18 to 20. Wacky combinations include Frosted Flakes and matcha; and a Frosted Mini-Wheats cashew jam.