Ask any local for a lunch recommendation, and chances are they will point you toward Meeting Street and FIG. Resident chef Mike Lata is known for his farm-to-table philosophies and both Lowcountry and French specialties. His love of travel and food brought the Charleston Chef to New York as part of a “chef exchange”. In December, Lata staffed the kitchen of George Mendes at Aldea–a Portugese-Mediterranean establishment known for innovation combos in his paella, consomme, and duck specialties. Lata served up four courses of Lowcountry flair, and now it’s the New York chef’s turn to wow southern palates. Expect simple with a twist, as well as the euro touches that both chefs deliver.
Cocktail kickoff at 6:30pm with Lata-style hors d’oeuvres followed by Mendes’ four-course Portuguese inspired menu with wine to boot. (843) 805-5900. Reservations required. http://www.eatatfig.com