If your list of must-try destinations in New York City is dwindling, it’s time to rejigger how you think about dining out. Consider skipping your usual restaurant haunts for a supper club-style dinner in a stranger’s home—or even a dumpster (keep reading).
Paleo: Whether you are a hard-core paleo follower or just want to try eschewing grains and dairy for one evening, Cave Kitchen is for you. While Linh Kieu and David Gull appreciate the paleo resources found around town (think Hu Kitchen), they realized that it is still “very hard to be paleo and social in New York City.” To remedy their own problem, the couple launched the club “to share our love for good food while building relationship with like-minded people” from the comfort of their own dining room table. Get in on the action by filling out a membership form. From there, booking one of the twice-monthly three-course dinners (suggested donation of $45, or $60 with a wine pairing) is a snap.
Waste Not: Meet up with the folks behind Salvage Supperclub and you could be feasting with 15 others at a table in a dumpster—albeit one set under twinkly lights and scrubbed within an inch of its life. Salvage Supperclub blossomed from Josh Treuhaft’s masters thesis at the School of Visual Arts in New York when he “started thinking about how to use food experiences to get people to waste less food” and make it an enjoyable experience to boot.
Treuhaft and chef Celia Lam, who was educated at the Natural Gourmet Institute, source food that normally is forsaken (think edible weeds from the Queens County Farm Museum, bruised apples from Migliorelli Farm, day-old bread from Bien Cuit and aesthetically unsellable carrots from Norwich Meadow Organic Farm) and keep it from ending up in the trash by crafting six course meals from the bounty. To stay up-to-date on the happenings, send firstname.lastname@example.org an email.