Restaurant Commemorates Notorious B.I.G.’s Death with Menu Inspired by his lyrics


Today (3/9) marks the 18th anniversary of the shooting death of Christopher George Latore Wallace, better known as rap legend The Notorious B.I.G.

Fans of the rapper who want to commemorate his passing can do so by visiting All’onda, an Italian restaurant in Manhattan’s Union Square, where chefs Chris Jaeckle and Dale Talde have created a six-course menu inspired by some of the renowned wordsmith’s rap lyrics.

For starters, diners will get a spiced tomato soup inspired by the lyrics “V8 juice drinkin’, Slimfast blendin’.”

Up next is a cracked pepper jerk crab and lobster toast, from the lyrics of Biggie’s “I Love the Dough:” “Country house, tennis courts, and horseback ridin’, decidin’ cracked crab or lobster.”

The third course is a butter poached escargot served with salsa verde and a parsley root puree, taken from the lyrics of Big’s massive hit “Hypnotize:” “Excargot, my car go, 160, swiftly, wreck it buy a new one, your crew run run, your crew run run.”

The fourth course pays homage to Biggie’s love of spicy Jamaican-style patties, with a dish of “curried oxtail patties, pickled scotch bonnet and ginger relish,” while the fifth course consists of steak à la fiorentina served in a red wine grape veal jus, an ode to the rapper’s pickup of a “T-bone steak, cheese, eggs and Welch’s grape,” on his way to an afterparty in the song “Juicy.”

For desert, diners can nosh on the “G.O.A.T. milk cheesecake with strawberry jam and cola caramel,” a tribute to the rapper’s love of Junior’s cheesecakes. The restaurant also promises cocktails inspired by the artist’s lyrics.

The prix-fixe menu is $85, not including drinks, tax, and tip. The restaurant’s one-night only menu begins tonight with seatings at 6:30 p.m. The 7:30 and 8:30 seatings are already sold out. Tickets for the event can be picked up here.