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'Game of Thrones'-Inspired Dinner to Be Served at East Village Restaurant

By Lisha Arino | November 12, 2014 8:35am | Updated on November 14, 2014 4:29pm
  East Village restaurant L'Apicio will host a "Game of Thrones"-inspired four-course dinner on Nov. 18, 2014.
East Village restaurant L'Apicio will host a "Game of Thrones"-inspired four-course dinner on Nov. 18, 2014.
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EAST VILLAGE — “Game of Thrones” geeks will find plenty to chew on when L’Apicio hosts a four-course dinner inspired by the popular show and book series next week.

The restaurant, on East First Street between Second Avenue and the Bowery, will serve new dishes inspired by the Great Houses of Westeros — the ruling families that often battle for power — at an event on Nov. 18.

“I’m just trying to make a menu that maybe they would eat if they were hosting a feast, what they might serve as their main course,” said Executive Chef Gabe Thompson. None of the event’s dishes appear on the restaurant’s regular menu, he said.

Thompson, who described himself as a big “Game of Thrones” fan, said he came up with the idea after talking to a sous chef about the HBO show and Song of Ice and Fire book series.

“We were talking about all the food in the books and how cool it would be to do a dinner,” he said.

He drew inspiration from the houses’ sigils, or banners, as well as the series’ plot, he said.

A bacon-wrapped trout with chicories and lemon, for example, is a nod to House Tully’s sigil, which features a silver trout, he said. The House Lannister dish, meanwhile, references a main character’s death by incorporating the animal that killed him — a wild boar.

“I think it’s going to be a fun dinner,” said Thompson, who reads the books on his commute to and from work each day.

The restaurant has also paired each course with beers from Brewery Ommegang, an upstate New York beer-maker that has teamed up with HBO to create a line of “Game of Thrones”-themed brews, Thompson said.

Tickets are currently available online for $95 plus gratuity, taxes and fees, which includes the beer pairing, according to the restaurant. For more information or to see the complete menu, visit the event’s website.