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A Public Effort

Meryle Evans / November 9th, 2012

Lending a helping hand to Sandy victims is a no-brainer for local restaurants, even for those shuttered for days after the storm. The AvroKO Hospitality Group’s Public in lower Manhattan reopened during the weekend—just in time to hold their long-planned ninth anniversary celebration. But the event became a fund-raiser for friends: three former employees whose new restaurant in Brooklyn’s Dumbo neighborhood, Governor, was devastated. Public was jammed with well-wishers who tucked into a five course tasting menu that never hinted that the kitchen had been closed for days. Chef Brad Farmerie’s festive dinner, featuring favorites from the restaurant’s Sunday Suppers, began with mushroom seviche, miso eggplants and ginger/ponzu sauce, followed by grilled diver sea scallops with spiced bread pudding, Mangalitsa ham, and cranberry relish; then chicken fried sweetbreads with Brussels sprouts, sweet potato waffles, and chile maple syrup. The main course, Australian lamb loin, was served with goat’s milk feta, Romanesco, pistachio vinaigrette, and black baba ganoush. Spiced carrot cake with yuzu cream cheese and ginger ice cream concluded the meal. Sommelier Erin Scala provided a selection of cocktails like Spicy Rye Tea, along with New Zealand wines. There were Champagne toasts and fervent wishes for a swift recovery from the historic storm.