Photo of Highlands Cafe
Heights of Change
Plenty to see up and down Vliet Street in Washington Heights – Meritage Restaurant, still wearing a holiday garland; and Rainbow children’s bookstore, its entrance as entrancing as the first page of a fairytale. A bit further west, check out the new Highlands Café (1413 N. 60th St.). The café has morphed from small counter-service coffee joint to full-service restaurant. Almost. The little cafe in back is still there. But there's now close to 50 seats in the new dining room, windows facing the corner of 60th and Vliet. For now, the menu is limited to breakfast and lunch (such as a sweet and smoky barbecued pork sandwich, $6.99). Next week, Highlands adds dinner service. You thirsty? The shiny new bar shown above is stocked with various wines and beers. (414-727-1799)
Friday Night Light
It’s not often you can experience Blue’s Egg (317 N. 76th St.) after the sun goes down. But the breakfast/lunch joint is doing something new for 2013 – a monthly Friday night dinner club (January to May). You can join the club’s ranks – and have a place setting at all five dinners – for $300. (But limited spots are available.) The dinners are as follows: Tenth and Blake Beer Dinner (Jan. 25), Fish House on the Edge (Feb. 22), A Slice of Ancestral Favorites (March 22), A Stone’s Throw Wine Dinner (April 26) and We “Roast” the Start of the Farmer’s Year (May 31). The meals include a beverage with each course, tax and gratuity. You’ll also get a $50 gift card to use at Blue’s or its sister restaurant, Maxie’s Southern Comfort. What about getting in on one dinner, not committing to all four? If any seats are still available this Monday (Jan. 14), Blue’s will offer them up individually ($65 each, with a $10 gift card). Highlights for the Jan. 25 dinner: crispy roasted veal breast with stewed black-eyed peas, saffron noodles and kale; and seared Niman Ranch flat-iron beef with caramelized Brussels sprouts, duchess potato and Stilton butter. 6:30 p.m. appetizer and cocktail; dinner served 7-7:30 p.m. For tickets, contact Sarah Ash: firstname.lastname@example.org or 414-659-1900.
Better Than Slices
Every now and then, Classic Slice will throw a special dinner just to show you this pizza joint is more than a pie emporium. One such meal is coming this way on Feb. 12. It’s four courses, with options including caramelized carrot soup with mint, seafood terrine with gianciale, handmade orecchiette with sausage ragu, leg of lamb with polenta and sweet winter sprouts and vin cotto. (There’s a menu for vegetarians as well.) The meal is $30 or (with wine pairings) $45 per person. Call Classic Slice for a reservation now: 414-238-2406. (2797 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.)
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