Celebrated downtown eatery The Musket Room, which earned its Michelin star with globally-inspired, innovative bites and an impressive chef's choice tasting menu, has certainly managed to adapt to this year's new terrain. Owner Jennifer Vitagliano was one of the first to outfit her chic space with state-of-the-art air filtration technology when indoor dining was back on the horizon, installing an HVAC system with Merv 8 filters and a futuristic "Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization system." The restaurant also, luckily, boasts a spacious garden for outdoor dining.
But Vitagliano felt that they could do more, especially as a way to engage with the community. So she borrowed a vintage 1962 International Harvester truck from her friend (fellow female owner Jenny Friedberg of Rhinebeck’s Greenlawn Farm) and launched MR All-Day, a fun and creative way to make the coveted eats of the Musket Room more accessible.
The photogenic food truck, parked on the Nolita street outside of the restaurant, operates as an all-day cafe, serving up some of the Musket Room's signature dishes, such as the popular pork katsu sando, with offerings for breakfast and lunch, and even cocktails-to-go for Happy Hour.
Vitagliano has also brought in rising star pastry chef Camari Mick, a vet of five-star staples including Le Bernardin and Eleven Madison Park, to showcase her famed pastries, breads, and sweet treats (guava cream cheese doughnuts, anyone?).
And while the daily menu of locally-sourced, housemade eats offers plenty of options, we can't help but be drawn to the perfectly high-low, casually luxurious order of take-away caviar and potato chips. Sure, it's on the pricier side of the list, but where else are you going to snag caviar from a food truck?! Take advantage of this, people.
[Photo by Jason Greenspan/via The Musket Room]