Lidia’s cuts the ribbon on new event space, releases latest cookbook
A Pot, a Pan, and a Bowl serves as a companion to her new public television show.
This week, Lidia’s expanded their massive railroad house restaurant with an outdoor event space.
With a capacity of 150 people, the enclosed patio will serve as a designated spot for private parties. Patrons needn’t wait for the summer to use the outdoor venue, thanks to an extensive system of heating units and a series of all-weather curtains.
The restaurant’s namesake, Lidia Bastianich, cut the ribbon to celebrate the new area’s reveal, alongside the restaurant’s executive chef, Cody Hogan.
The day also served to celebrate the release of Bastianich’s new cookbook Lidia’s A Pot, a Pan, and a Bowl—featuring only dishes that require (at most) a pot, pan, and bowl to prepare. The book serves as a companion to her upcoming public television series Lidia’s Kitchen: Home Cooking.
In an interview with The Pitch, Bastianich discussed the joys of a back-to-basics cookbook, and the potential to rekindle the skills that serve as the foundation for any good cook.
“The one thing I want people to focus more on is an understanding of their ingredients,” Bastianich says. “I want people to be able to understand what it is that these ingredients are doing, so that they can deviate and change things up. The secret is just mastering the timing—what should go in and when it should happen. If you can do that, you can cook anything.”
Bastianich hopes that this outdoor event area can help with the rebirth of the city’s culinary experiences, post COVID-19.
“Restaurants are at the forefront of a city’s energy,” Bastianich says. “We don’t want to be in a spot where people feel the need to leave a restaurant to socialize. As human beings, we need to be able to sit in front of each other, share food, and be together. My daughter, Tanya [Bastianich Manuali], has taken over the business after my 50 years in the restaurant industry. She brings all this new energy. This event space brings new energy, more jobs, and more people having a place to be together.”
Lidia’s is located at 101 W 22nd St.
Visit their website for more details and reservations.