Who's Hot, Who's New & Who's Hiring: Featuring Florian Cafe, Via Carota, Montmartre, Lafayette & Dirty French

A few friends of Harri have been highlighted recently by the likes of Eater, Tasting Table and the New York Times. Find out what people are saying about Florian Cafe, Via Carota, Montmartre, Lafayette & Dirty French.

Via Carota 51 Grove St, New York, NY 10014

Image by Dina Litovsky

Chef-owner power couple Jody Williams and Rita Sodi, recently held a small gathering before the official opening of their latest concept Via Carota, a low-key Italian spot on Grove Street. About 100 friends, family members and staff were invited to baptize the new space. “We always cook for people we don’t know,” Sodi says. “So it was very nice to cook for our friends.”

The Menu consisted of food was described by Williams as "universal and hearty: things that we love, while also celebratory". Williams also noted that they didn't want to do "anything too boring, like a block of cheese." They were strictly against having a buffet. "It’s no fun to be in line and watch everybody eat all the food and leave you nothing.”

The evening featured 6 courses (view the full menu below), Aperol spritzes and Americanos and even a live performance by the Baby Soda Jazz Band.

Via Carota Private Event Menu:

Salt-baked branzino

Grilled quail with pancetta and grapes

Roasted fennel

Spaghetti aglio e olio

Whole roasted pears in red wine and cinnamon

Classic zabaglione

Via Carota is about to open. If you'd like to become a part of their team, current openings include: Bartender, Server, Sous Chef & Line Cook. Apply here

[Featured on Grubstreet]

Florian 225 Park Avenue South New York, NY


The first new concept in years from Shelly Fireman, creator of Trattoria Dell’Arte and Cafe Fiorello. Florian will feature antipasti and Mr. Fireman’s own sculptures in the former Park Avalon spaceThere's also a sculpture of a large woman called "Miss Hospitality" and a gold painted "Selfie Chair". Guests are encouraged to take pictures of themselves and the statue.

The menu is similar to the one at Fiorello. It boasts an extensive selection of antipasti, along with thin crust pizzas and house-made pastas. Breakfast is not being served at the moment but it will be added soon.

Current openings include: Barback, Antipasto Server, Host/Hostess, Server, Line Cook & Food Runner. Apply here

[Featured in the NY Times]

Montmartre 158 8th Ave, New York, NY 10011


Montmartre is a contemporary French-inspired bistro located in Chelsea. Chef & Owner Michael Toscano shares his distinctive take on French classics throughout the menu, highlighting favorite bistro fare interpreted through his emphasis on seasonality, sourcing and technique.

Montmartre recently made Tasting Table's 10 Best Steak Frites in New York City list. Montemartre's steak frites were described by Tasting Table as:

"Tied up, cooked sous-vide, then seared to order, ensuring even doneness every time. It's a bit of a cheat, but the meat's tasty enough that we're not complaining."

Montemartre is currently seeking a Beverage Director. Apply here

[Featured on Tasting Table]

Lafayette 380 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

Lafayette Restaurant

Lafayette is an everyday grand café and bakery in ceremony of French cooking at the corner of Lafayette Street and Great Jones Street in downtown Manhattan. The market-driven bistro menu is a worldly homage to the genre that spans a variety of regions, from Provence to Normandy to neighboring Mediterranean coasts, offering a re-mastery of traditional dishes and some signatures.

Lafayette also made Tasting Table's 10 Best Steak Frites list. It's offering was described by Tasting Table as:

"Grilled strip with crisp, thin-cut bistro fries in an enlightened bistro setting: There's very little to argue with here."

Current employment opportunities include: Baker, Pastry Cook & PM Captain. Apply here

[Featured on Tasting Table]

Dirty French 180 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002

Dirty French

The product of Major Food Group’s Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi and Jeff Zalaznick, Dirty French remains one of the hottest restaurants in NYC. It prides itself on taking its culinary cues from the timeless dishes and preparations of the classic French bistro and enlivens them utilizing modern techniques and bold flavors.

The NY Times recently spotlighted this concept in it's article about the revival of French Brandy in the New York restaurant scene. Thomas Waugh, the director of bar operations, is trying to bring back the "faded tradition of an after-dinner glass of brandy." Dirty French offers seven Cognacs, 11 Armagnacs and two types of Calvados by the glass. Waugh has said that customers have been responding well.

If you'd like to join the team at Major Food Group, Dirty French is currently seeking Food Runners and Line Cooks. Apply here

[Featured in the NY Times]

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Employment & Eats: Labor Day Weekend Edition

E&E2 Summer is coming to a close and while it's sad to see it go, we still have Labor Day Weekend to make the most out of.  There are a plethora of events going on in and around NYC including several music festivals, the US Open, the beach and of course Labor Day BBQs.

The nice thing about long holiday weekends like LDW is that the city is virtually empty and the inhabitants who choose to "staycation" have it all to themselves. There's plenty to do so for our second installment of our ongoing series "Employment & Eats" we put together a list of a few fantastic places to find good eats or employment.

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1. Rustic Tavern - 471 Dekalb Ave. Brooklyn NYC

Whether you're searching for libations, live music or a sweet brunch, Rustic Tavern is a good bet.  For $30 you get a "boozy brunch" which is a surefire way to set the holiday weekend off right.  The have an outdoor patio and incase you were wondering, they're looking for servers & bartenders.


2. Franny's - 348 Flatbush Ave Brooklyn

This beloved neighborhood spot recently reopened after moving down the block and getting a make over.  The restaurant now seats twice as many as before and there is a lounge downstairs which can be reserved for private events.   If Italian cusine is your thing, Franny's is definitely a place to check out and they are currently hiring. Click here to check out what positions are open.


3. The Jane - 100 West Houston Street NYC

#TeamHarri recently checked out the brunch here and it was phenomenal.  Must haves include the the Breakfast Corndogs and Ladyfingers Tiramisu. It does get crowded so it's best to make reservations in advance.  There are several employment opportunities available at the Jane, including some open calls. Find out more here.


4. The Smith - Multiple locations: East Village, Lincoln Center & Midtown

The Smith boasts a full brunch and cocktail menu. Items on their menu also come with a free drink that will either help your hangover from the night before or be the beginning of another day drinking session usually associated with Labor Day Weekend.  Fresh squeezed juices, house made sodas and even oysters are available to order. You can always opt out of brunch and grab a juicy burger, after all it is Labor Day Weekend.

If you'd like to work at the Smith, find out what opportunities are available for you.


5. The Meatball Shop - Multiple Locations

Meatballs are a comfort food usually associated cold weather months, but when they are this good you don't care. Treat yourself to the Naked balls, one of their signature hero sandwiches or if you're not in the mood for that, you can always opt for a salad.  Whatever you do, don't forget to finish off your meal with one of their infamous ice cream sandwiches. You'll be glad you did.

If you're looking to work at cool place that serves delicious comfort food and has a hot boss, check out which positions are available by clicking here.

Do you know a place we should check out? Would you like your business to be featured? Connect with us on Facebook or Twitter. Have a happy and safe Labor Day Weekend everyone!