Dine Around Downtown: Cooking at Home Edition

Dine Around Downtown: Cooking at Home Edition

The “Dine Around Downtown: Cooking at Home Edition” series connects audiences and chefs to support local restaurants from the comfort of your home or office.

Launched during the height of the pandemic and hosted by James Beard Award-winning chef and New York Times bestselling author Rocco DiSpirito, the series features chefs from Lower Manhattan restaurants to cook up signature recipes and share tips for crafting everything from complex gastronomic delights to go-to comfort foods. With the reopening of many restaurants in 2021 and the return of our in-person event programming in 2022, we now continue to produce these virtual popular programs seasonally.

The series is FREE, and all donations go directly to a food-security charity of the restaurant’s choice. And if your inner chef is calling you, whip up your best version of a featured recipe and post a picture of your plate to Instagram with #DineAroundAtHome and tag @DowntownNYC to enter to win a 30-minute private virtual cooking class with the chef! 

Missed an episode and want to catch up on previous cooking demonstrations? The entire series is just a click away here

And don’t be a stranger!  Visit your old favorite haunts and make new discoveries, or check out a place you’ve been meaning to try forever, to enjoy a celebratory meal with friends and family. Our Lower Manhattan restaurant community will be happy to serve you!


MEZZE ON THE RIVER: Learn to Make Mezze on the River’s Signature Grilled Octopus + Grilled Marinated Lamb Chops with Tzatziki

THU, AUG 10 | 4:00 PM

Executive Chef Antelmo Ambrosio – Chef Antelmo is one of Merchants Hospitality’s award-winning culinary experts who oversees the menus for several of the company’s restaurants. Antelmo joined Merchants Hospitality years ago. He started out at the critically acclaimed SouthWestNY after its reopening from the 9/11 attack. Credited with raising the quality of the menus and through his years of experience, Antelmo takes great pride in his unique recipes and the opportunity arose for him to become executive chef. Born in Mexico’s culinary capital Oaxaca, Antelmo grew up surrounded by world-famous chefs and unique natural ingredients. Now Antelmo uses those very influences to create incredible flavors and menu experiences for Merchants Hospitality.