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Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Weekly Roundup: The Best Hot Dogs And Burgers In Manhattan, Dominique Ansel Ice Cream Season Starts and Chelsea Market Turns 20


  • Announcing the Eater Young Guns 2017 Semifinalists: Eater Young Guns is Eater’s annual search to recognize the best and brightest talent in the restaurant industry. Since 2012, Young Guns has recognized front- and back-of-house newcomers who exhibit tenacity and desire to succeed through food, drink, and service.
  • What Movie Theaters Are Learning From Restaurants: In the age of mobile devices, streaming, and on-demand movies, cinemas are not only competing with one another, they’re battling smartphones, home entertainment, and the Internet. One solution: lure customers with better food, and transform the traditional concession visit into something more upscale and restaurant-esque.
  • Thousands Of Nathan's Hot Dogs Recalled Thanks To Metal Shards: Just in time to save Joey Chestnut's life, the government has recalled over 200,000 pounds of Nathan's and Curtis hot dogs after metal fragments were found in the meat.


  • Dominique Ansel’s Latest Soft Serve Is Cold-Brew-Flavored: On Wednesday, May 24, the soft-serve window outside Dominique Ansel Kitchen will open for the season (on Wednesdays through Sundays only), and in addition to his signature burrata soft serve, Ansel’s serving a cold-brew flavor, topped with crunchy anise biscotti and milk foam that’s dusted with cocoa powder.
    • Mah-Ze-Dahr Bakery Gets in the Soft-Serve Game: Just in time for the unofficial start of summer, Mah-Ze-Dahr Bakery in the West Village has added soft serve ice cream to its menu starting Thursday, May 25. Vanilla bean and dark chocolate are the two flavors to start, but will rotate throughout the summer. It’s served in housemade waffle cones with toppings like dark chocolate brownie bites, vanilla meringue kisses, candied hazelnuts, and more.

  • Cafe Clover Branches Out to East Hampton: Downing Street’s Cafe Clover owners Kyle Hotchkiss Carone and David Rabin are diving into Hamptons real estate this season having partnered with Jenny Baker at Maidstone Hotel in East Hampton. Cafe Clover's David Standridge will be the consulting chef of the restaurant, which will now be called The Maidstone instead of The Living Room.

  • Standard High Line hitting the market: Standard International is putting the trendy, 338-room Standard High Line up for sale after paying $400 million three years ago, sources told The Real Deal.
  • Smorgasburg Extends Manhattan Footprint With Seasonal Restaurant on High Line: The High Line Hotel will swing open its outdoor restaurant for the season tomorrow, this time with Smorgasburg operators Eric Demby and Jonathan Butler running a restaurant dubbed 180 Tenth, Flo Flab reports. The garden restaurant is taking over previous summertime tenant Alta Linea, which closed for the season on October 9.
  • How One Popular Café Owner Reopened After a Potentially Business-Destroying Real-Estate Disaster: After just hitting the milestone of its one-year anniversary, Chalait, a matcha-centric café on a picturesque West Village corner, faced every New York business owner’s nightmare. The CVS next door had decided to expand into Chalait’s tiny space, and because of a clause in its ten-year lease, the café was forced to move. 
  • 20 Years Later, Chelsea Market Is a Kaleidoscope of Culinary Choices: Twenty years ago today, Chelsea Market opened its doors. It moved into the old Nabisco factory, an abandoned complex of around 20 buildings that fit together like a jigsaw puzzle, occupying an entire city block. The facility had been situated there since the late 19th century, to take advantage of the bargain lard the Meat Packing District could provide. Oreos, Lorna Doones, and Ritz Crackers were invented there.

  • Eggslut Pop-Up Becomes Permanent — With a New Name. What started as a temporary residency for Eggslut at the newly opened Chefs Club Counter is transitioning to a permanent one. LA’s Alvin Cailan will mark the occasion with a new breakfast menu on June 1, with opened faced sandwiches like SoHo salmon on a French tartine, PB&J toast, avocado toast, and more from $6 to $12 — but no more sandwiches you’d find on the LA menu. As a matter of fact, the NYC location is dropping the Eggslut name — for something like “Chef Alvin Cailan's Breakfast at Chefs Club Counter,” says a spokesperson.
  • Nolita All-Day Restaurant Egg Shop Is Expanding to Williamsburg: Nolita all-day favorite Egg Shop is expanding to a second location, a Williamsburg outpost slated to open in June. Husband and wife team Sarah Schneider and Demetri Makoulis are sliding into the space at 138 North Eighth Street that was previously home to Cherry Izakaya before it closed last year. Egg Shop’s Brooklyn location is also opening near that other egg restaurant, Egg.

  • Dale Talde’s New Chinatown Rooftop Bar Has an Incredible View: New York City and its locals are versed in the city’s many rooftop lounges. That is, they know most of them are awful. Still, the desire to drink cooling cocktails on a warm evening is a strong one, and New York’s biggest chefs have been picking up on it. First was Andrew Carmellini and his Noho crew, who last fall flung open Westlight, their sky-high bar and restaurant inside the William Vale Hotel.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Weekly Roundup: Schiller's Liquor Bar Says Goodbye, 4 Excellent Pastrami Tacos and Where To Eat At The Canal Street Market

  • This Is How You Do a Pho Tour of NYC: It is often my pleasure to welcome food writers from elsewhere to New York, and arrange to conduct them on culinary tours. In many cases these jaunts cover the subject the writers specialize in, cramming many restaurants into a few hours of concentrated eating. Thus it was that I recently took Northern California-based Andrea Nguyen, author of The Pho Cookbook on a tour devoted to the Vietnamese noodle soup.
  • Rents for No-Doorman Apartments in Manhattan Reach a Record: Manhattan apartment rents are on the decline -- unless you’re living in a no-frills building without a doorman. For those units, rents just hit a record. 
  • All the Goodbyes to Schiller's Show Exactly What Kind of Neighborhood Restaurant It Is: News that Keith McNally’s Lower East Side trendsetter Schiller’s will be closing in August has already struck a chord with diners — and the kind of commentary popping up shows just what kind of restaurant it was.
  • Bourdain on Queens: ‘This is a Wonderland’ Because of Street Food.  Celebrity TV chef/author Anthony Bourdain ventures home to New York City for Sunday’s episode of his CNN show “Parts Unknown” and this time, he takes the 7 train to explore Queens. The Manhattan resident used the opportunity to talk about street food, sitting down with Street Vendor Project attorney Sean Basinski in Corona to hear about the issues that vendors face.

  • Why One of New York’s Most Respected Chefs Decided to Expand to Long Island’s North Fork: For nearly two decades, Frank DeCarlo has run Peasant, the Elizabeth Street Italian restaurant with a wood-fired oven and a very devoted following. While DeCarlo has expanded, he’s hardly an empire builder. In fact, a new restaurant opening in a couple weeks will be only his third. That restaurant, Barba Bianca — “White Beard” — won’t even be in New York City. It’s in Greenport, on Long Island’s North Fork.
  • What You Need to Know About America’s Brand-new Nutella Café: America is finally getting rewarded for its obsession with Italy’s most famous jarred product: It will soon be home to the world’s only official stand-alone café devoted to Nutella. Ferrero says in a press release that its Nutella Cafe — potentially the first of many — will be located in Chicago’s Millennium Park.
  • STAY WOKE: INSIDE THE THIRD-WAVE COFFEE REVOLUTION.  Not so long ago, New York City coffee was almost uniformly no-nonsense: commodity-grade brown stuff proudly purchased from the deli or diner, and consumed more for maintenance than pleasure. But in a shift that seemed to take place almost overnight (but in reality took a decade), specialty coffee shops have nearly saturated the city, spreading out into all five boroughs with single-origin espressos, $5-and-up filter brews, and poignant stories about the coffee farmers’ families.
  • APRIL BLOOMFIELD AND THE ART OF CUTTING MEAT: In October, Bloomfield, along with her business partner Ken Friedman, opened White Gold Butchers, a restaurant in a butcher shop, on Amsterdam Avenue. The whole-animal butchery, which carries only pasture-raised, grass-fed meats, also supplies the pair’s renowned restaurants, the Breslin and the Spotted Pig.


  • Ambitious Indian Restaurant Glides Into Former Tapestry Space in Greenwich Village: The restaurateur behind short-lived Suvir Saran restaurant Tapestry is trying his hand at another upscale Indian restaurant. Roni Mazumdar has hired chef Chintan Pandya, formerly of Michelin-starred Junoon, to run a new restaurant in the space called Rahi.
  • The Beatrice Inn’s Angie Mar Brings Badass Attitude To The NYC Steakhouse: Mar, a former commercial real estate agent turned chef, made quick work of revamping the menu and making the vibe at “the Bea,” as she calls it, feel more inviting and less stuffy than in its previous incarnation. That meant mining the classic steakhouses of yore for inspiration, but combining those masculine tropes with her own vision of a more composed, romantic approach to meat.

  • J.G. Melon’s Iconic Griddled Burgers Are Headed for the Upper West Side: Home to one of the city’s most iconic burgers, J.G. Melon, is opening a third location — at 480 Amsterdam Avenue on the Upper West Side.
  • Pork Is Only the Starting Point at Pig Bleecker: Pig Bleecker takes the second half of its name from its Greenwich Village address and the first from Pig Beach, a beer garden and barbecue stand on the idyllic shores of the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn. The two places share a chef, several owners, some sauces and recipes, and a fondness for wood smoke. They have pigs in their names for a reason, but one appealing thing about Pig Bleecker is how often it gravitates toward cooking that has nothing to do with barbecued pork.

  • Cat Cora’s Upcoming Fatbird Looks Like It Might Be Celebrity Bait: Iron Chef Cat Cora’s Meatpacking District restaurant in the former Diner space — is ready to pop, with open calls for the front of the house staff this week at the Kardashian-approved Sugar Factory.
  • Beyond Sushi Tries to Make Vegan Sushi More Than Fast Food at Fourth Location: What started as one grab-and-go vegan sushi shop on 14th Street has now grown into its fourth location, the first full-service Beyond Sushi in New York City — with alcohol on the way, too. It might sound like an improbable success story: In a town full of top-notch, fish-filled sushi, a vegan sushi joint has somehow pushed its way into the already crowded space.
  • 4 Excellent Pastrami Tacos to Try in NYC: Delicatessen Taco. The name says it all at this new stall in the Gansevoort Market. Pastrami tacos are dressed in the style of Pueblan tacos, with chopped raw onions and cilantro — but then pickled mustard seeds are also dumped on top, making for an especially tasty, cross-cultural taco. 

  • What It Was Like Growing Up In McSorley's, One Of NYC's Oldest Bars: If you've been to McSorley's at any point in the past four decades, there's a good chance you were served by Geoffrey "Bart" Bartholomew. The longtime bartender of the venerable East Village watering hole—which counts Abe Lincoln, Boss Tweed, and Houdini among its former patrons—Bart began working the taps in 1972, just two years after the bar finally started serving women.
  • The 11 Best Falafel Spots In NYC: TAIM; Of all the countless falafels I've wolfed down in this town over the decades, these are the ones I've craved most frequently and ferociously. Everything's always fresh and delicious at both the Waverly Place original and the slightly-more-spacious Spring Street shop, but it's the near-peerless falafel trio that's the soul of this place.

  • Canal Street Food Hall Slides Into Chinatown Monday With New Nom Wah: The newest food hall in town officially swings open on Monday — including with a brand spanking new fast-casual restaurant from Chinatown heavy-hitter Nom Wah Tea Parlor.  Canal Street Market at 265 Canal Street opened its retail portion in December, and the 12 vendor food hall next door is making its debut this week.
  • Where to Eat at the Canal Street Market: Though its retail shops cleverly opened to coincide with Christmas, the food hall portion of the year-old Canal Street Market was slated to debut this spring.  And right on cue, 12 edible vendors now occupy the former flea, paying homage to the neighborhood’s lively culinary history (most have an Asian bent, and a relationship to the immediate area), while embracing a modern aesthetic. 

  • 2017 AMERICA'S CLASSIC: SAHADI’S.  Atlantic Avenue, between the waterfront and the terminal, is Brooklyn’s fertile crescent, a cluster of Middle Eastern restaurants, groceries, bakeries and sundry shops. Sahadi’s, at the heart of this micro-neighborhood, has a New York root system that dates to the late 19th century, when Abrahim Sahadi first set up shop in downtown Manhattan. 
  • Massive New Kitchen 21 Will Revive Coney Island’s Landmarked Childs Space: Coney Island institution of yore Childs may no longer exist, but its iconic, landmarked frame lives on and will house Kitchen 21, a massive restaurant space with five concepts in one. Legends Hospitality (Yankee Stadium) and Craveable Hospitality Group (David Burke Kitchen) are reviving the space.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

The Weekly Roundup: The 12 Best Ice Cream Shops In NYC, David Bouhadana Lands In Gansevoort Market and 10 Mother's Day Brunches She'll Love

  • Unstoppable Poke Trend Has Infiltrated Kosher Dining Scene: The indomitable poke trend is now also available to observant Jews — at least three certified kosher restaurants in New York have started to serve poke or will soon.
  • Katz’s Is Taking Its Pastrami Global: The legendary restaurant is opening a place in New Jersey so that it can ship pastrami around the world.
  • Death of the porn king may finally end the sex industry in Times Square: Richard Basciano was a fighter. For decades he resisted calls to close his adult entertainment store on Eighth Avenue in Times Square, which anchored the city’s once-formidable XXX industry for 40 years. He was a stubborn holdout against the transformation of the neighborhood from a center of sleaze to a G-rated family destination and the hub of multibillion-dollar white-collar office towers and luxury hotels.
  • Maple’s Delivery Service Will Cease Operations in New York City: Maple — the delivery darling of the New York food industry — is closing as of today. The company emerged a little over two years ago, in the spring of 2015, with high-profile backing from David Chang. It pioneered a new business model: Instead of a storefront, Maple operated out of a commissary kitchen, and then delivery-kitchen hubs. 
  • NEW YORK CITY'S 100 MOST IMPORTANT FOODS: To come up with our definitive list of the 100 most important dishes in NYC, we polled some of our favorite NYC chefs, prominent New Yorkers, and our food-obsessed colleagues here at Thrillist, about the local foods that matter the most. We then whittled that list down to those dishes that truly made the greatest impact on the city’s dining culture, or otherwise helped to define what makes the NYC experience so unique and special in the first place.

  • To make money, restaurants need to think beyond the plate: Despite the romantic notions of owning your own joint, it's far too easy to lose dough in the restaurant business. Still, there are a few proven strategies to fill seats, preserve margins, and thrive. One thing is certain: good food alone won't pay the bills. To make money in 2017, restaurants have to think beyond the plate.
  • Naming rights: Who decides what a neighborhood is called and where it starts and ends?  An ongoing brouhaha over what to call a section of Harlem is the latest battle in a long-running war over neighborhood naming rights.
  • Restaurants survive minimum-wage hike: New York's increase in the minimum wage is squeezing restaurants, The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this month, with a "spate of closings and higher prices raising concerns about the effects of the increase.’’ It is true that restaurateurs have been warning for months that the wage hike will harm their business.


  • New Affordable Omakase Options Flood NYC: Two more affordable omakase options are on the way for New York City: A second location of Sushi on Jones in the West Village, along with the imminent arrival of embattled sushi chef David Bouhadana’s similar, separate concept. Bouhadana and Sushi on Jones teamed up last July to create what has become a mega-popular, 12-piece omakase for $50, served in under 30 minutes.
  • Nakazawa Restaurateur Alessandro Borgognone Plots Third West Village Restaurant: Hitmaker restaurateur Alessandro Borgognone, the guy behind Sushi Nakazawa and Chumley’s, is plotting a third, mysterious restaurant in the West Village. Borgognone will appear before Community Board 2 this evening to talk about a concept at 63 Bedford Street, though he says nothing has been finalized about the restaurant — even the concept.
  • Best Burgers in the U.S.:Little Owl, Chef Joey Campanaro gets his beef from famed Manhattan purveyor Pat LaFrieda and serves each burger on a house-baked bun, with just a hint of molasses. Pickles from legendary purveyor Guss’ Pickles are served on the side.

  • ‘The Alienist’: Daniel Brühl & Luke Evans Cast In TNT Drama Series.  Based on the international best-selling novel by Caleb Carr, The Alienist is a psychological thriller set in the Gilded Age of New York City in 1896, a city of vast wealth, extreme poverty and technological innovation.
  • Check Out These Previously Unpublished Diane Arbus Photos Taken In NYC Parks: Diane Arbus, one of the most daring and controversial photographers of the 20th century, is perhaps best known for her portraits of the freakish, the deranged, and the marginalized. A lifelong New Yorker, Arbus also had the great fortune of living next to two of the city's best public spaces—Central Park in the in the 1940s and '50s, then Washington Square Park in the 1960s—where she found many of her most memorable subjects.
  • THIS NYC ITALIAN SPOT IS MAKING GROWN-UP HOT POCKETS: Mr. Panzerotto claims to be the first place in NYC to serve panzerotto, a popular Italian street food similar to a calzone, made by stuffing dough pockets with a number of sweet or savory combinations, then frying them until perfectly crisp and fluffy.

  • Chelsea Market at 20: My, how you've gentrified: When investor Irwin Cohen bought the warehouse that became Chelsea Market in 1997, 75 Ninth Ave. was a notorious address in a desolate area.  “There were three murders in the basement. You couldn’t walk here. It was controlled by prostitutes 24 hours a day,” Cohen explained to the Center for an Urban Future in an October 2005 interview. “My goal was to have an 8-year-old child come here by public transportation, shop and go home, and his or her parents would feel safe.”
  • David Bouhadana Drops Sushi Counter Next Week With Space for Pop-Up Chefs: Former Sushi Dojo captain and gloveless crusader David Bouhadana will debut his next Japanese engagement next Monday, May 15. Sushi by Bou claims an eight-seat counter within Meatpacking’s Gansevoort Market, although Bouhadana will only serve his omakase to diners at the bar’s front four seats. At the remaining four, a rotating roster of guest sushi chefs will pop-up and present an entirely different menu to customers along the bar’s left side. That area will be Sushi by Bae.
  • Chef Emily Seaman Has Left Dizengoff: As the chef of Michael Solomonov and Steve Cook’s hugely popular Dizengoff, Emily Seaman helped turned the Philadelphia restaurant into a budding chainlet and the hottest name in hummus on the East Coast. But after three years of baking pita and blending chickpeas, a rep for the restaurant confirms that Seaman has left Dizengoff to attend graduate school.
  • Fried Chicken-Stuffed Waffle Cones Are Now at Gansevoort Market: Please welcome NYC’s newest novelty food, the Chick’nCone, a fried chicken-stuffed waffle cone counter in Gansevoort Market. What started as a food truck in the Poconos has made its way to NYC via a pop-up this winter at Bryant Park’s Winter Village — now a permanent location in the Chelsea food hall.
  • The 12 Best Ice Cream Parlors In NYC: Ample Hills has been around for a half dozen years now, but judging by crowds that regularly run out the door at their Prospect Heights and Gowanus locations, no Brooklynites are even remotely tired of these unabashedly sweet, more-is-more concoctions. 
    • Bubby’s Embraces the Southern Meat & Three: 25-year-old Bubby’s has long been a haven of feel-good, all-American eats, such as mac and cheese, apple pie, fried chicken and matzoh ball soup.  And now, the collection of finer diners are delving even further into red, white and blue territory, by taking on the hallowed, southern-styled “meat + three”.

  • Zabar Footprint Expands With All-Day Nolita Cafe on the Horizon: The Zabar food legacy in New York City continues, with 25-year-old Oliver Zabar venturing out on his own for an all-day cafe in Nolita. Oliver is the son of Eli — who, keep up, is behind E.A.T. and various Eli’s-branded markets and bars, but not Zabar’s grocery store — and learned the business from his father. Together, they opened Upper East Side craft beer bar Eli’s Night Shift in 2015.
  • A Naples Legend Brings His Floppy Fried Pizza To Little Italy: At first glance, Zia Esterina looks like the most average sort of NYC slice joint, with a generic design scheme, slapdash seating (and no counter space for standing), and industrial-size cans of tomato sauce stacked wherever. Even less alluring, it's located on a tourist-clogged block in Little Italy, where you would normally never, ever consider eating pizza.

  • 10 Mother's Day Brunches She'll Love: Nom Wah Tea Parlor still claims the best dumplings in Chinatown, but its new outpost Nom Wah NoLita is making its own mark on modern Chinese cuisine. For Mother’s Day, check out their Dim Sum Brunch featuring classics like scallion pancakes and pork soup dumplings, plus specials like the kid-friendly Hong Kong-style French toast.
  • The 8 Best Arcades In NYC: If the arcade scene from Lost in Translation makes you swoon, then get a little taste of Tokyo at Chinatown Fair. The place's cramped assortment of fantastic games are so loud and noisy you might just forget where, or even who, you are.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

The Weekly Roundup: Instagrammable NYC Desserts, Wylie Dufresne "Du Doughnuts" Opens and Pó Closes After 24 Years

  • The Absolute Best Tearooms in New York: A few businesses that started by selling their tea to luxury restaurants (Té Company, Kettl) have recently opened brick-and-mortar spaces, where you can taste their niche offerings, find peace and comfort away from the hustle and bustle of New York, and maybe learn a thing or two, as well. 
  • Trump Soho Restaurant Koi Will Close After Regulars Ditched It Post-Election: The Trump Soho location of celebrity hotspot and pan-Asian clubstaurant Koi is closing its doors after business declined post-election. Grub Street reports that the LA-based chain plans to keep the Bryant Park location open but is shutting down the outpost in the Trump Hotel in Soho because they’re no longer making money on it. Regulars — including celebrities like the Kardashians — simply stopped going when Donald Trump was elected president, staff say.
  • Daniel Humm and Will Guidara Will Debut Fast-Casual Chicken-Frites Dinners at Made Nice: At Made Nice, EMP alums Kirk Kelewae and chef Danny DiStefano will serve $11 to $15 salads, $6 soft serve, and homemade sodas to a mostly lunch crowd. The menu, which references some of Humm’s signatures, features options like confit pork shoulder with grains and roasted carrots, a khao salad with grilled hanger steak and crispy rice, and curried cauliflower with tofu and coconut.
  • 11 Insta-Worthy Desserts to Eat This Spring and Summer: Warmer weather is finally upon us (with summer around the corner), which means one thing...colorful hand-held desserts will be all over your Instagram feed. To help you get ahead of the game, we put together a list of some of the tastiest and most photo-friendly treats in town. Check them out…

  • Here Is the Full List of 2017 James Beard Foundation Media Award Winners: At a ceremony in New York City tonight, the James Beard Foundation announced its Media Award winners for 2017. Formerly known as the Book, Broadcast, and Journalism Awards — the broad categories the Foundation still recognizes — tonight’s festivities saw big wins for cookbook author Ronnie Lundy, hit Netflix show Chef’s Table, Portland Monthly food critic Karen Brooks, Cooking Light, writer Francis Lam, and Roads & Kingdoms.
  • An Innovative Culinary Program Mixes Compassion With Kitchen Training: The Doe Fund’s Chef-in-Training program is an eight-week, hands-on course that teaches students to work on a New York City restaurant’s line. It was introduced in December 2015 as an extension of the Doe Fund’s Ready, Willing & Able transitional work program, and it’s the brainchild of Doe Fund employees John Kirkland, Jennifer Dillon, and Gino Dalesandro. 
  • 9 Restaurant Families You Need to Know in NYC: The New York restaurant scene is built on the backs of family-run establishments, many of which have been in business well over a century and gone through multiple generations of ownership. So today we're telling the stories behind some of the most historic and delicious family-owned hot spots in town that are still going strong in 2017.
  • For Wylie Dufresne, It’s Time to Make the Doughnuts: The innovative chef’s latest creations are surprisingly technical, seriously fun, and extremely Instagrammable.


  • After 24 Years, Pó Closes in the West Village: Pó, the Italian restaurant in the West Village co-founded by Mario Batali is now closed. Owner Steven Crane said that he would not be able to sustain the 120 percent rent increase from his landlord — a 120 percent increase to his $10,000 a month rent.
  • COCKTAIL-FLAVORED DOUGHNUTS TURN BREAKFAST INTO HAPPY HOUR: On April 21, The Doughnut Project is launching the "Cocktail Series." For five straight weekends, the team there will honor five of its favorite NYC bars with doughnuts made to emulate a specialty cocktail from each bar. It would great if you could buy one in the bar and compare it to the cocktail, but you'll have to hoof it with a boxful of doughnuts from the shop on Morton Street to the bar each week if you want to do pairings.

  • Where to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo: Enrique Olvera’s new Nolita restaurant is considerably more casual than his Flatiron flagship, Cosme; making it a suitable spot to celebrate the irreverent Cinco de Mayo.  Open from early morning to late night, you can eat or drink your way straight through the day, segueing from Poached Ranchero Eggs Hoja Santa, to Nopal Tostadas, to White Ayocote Hummus with blue corn crisps, paired with Oaxacan Coffee, Overproof Margaritas and Moctezumas Revenge, featuring tequila, sherry and Mexican brown sugar.

  • Sunset Park’s Made in NY hub seeks developer to build a food hall: In one of the first steps towards making Sunset Park a future fashion and media hub for the city, the Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) has released a Request For Expressions of Interest (RFEI) today, to develop the 7,500-square-foot Food Building at Bush Terminal.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Weekly Roundup: NYC's Best Egg Sandwiches And Prime Ribs, A Brief History Of The Cheesecake Factory and What To Eat At Citi Field This Season

  • Grand Central Tour Guide Out Amid Reported Investigation Into Possible Unsanctioned Tours: The MTA tour guide who showed legions of visitors the off-limits underbelly of Grand Central Terminal is out of a job, possibly because he gave unsanctioned tours during his time off.
  • Day Trip: 6 Restaurants Worth a Drive From NYC.  NYC has so many world-class restaurants — including the number one restaurant in the world according to 2017’s San Pellegrino “World’s 50 Best Restaurants” list — there’s really no need to leave. But when temperatures start to warm up, the urge to hit the road starts to creep in. Over bridges and under tunnels, here are six restaurants worth a day trip.
  • Exploring How Balthazar Became One of NYC’s Essential Restaurants: The Page Six rumors are true— Eater New York’s viewing the world through a golden-toned and brass lens this week as we plant ourselves at iconic Soho brassiere Balthazar all day on Friday in celebration of the restaurant’s 20th anniversary. The legendary French restaurant from Keith McNally opened on April 21, 1997 and was the hottest spot in town for years. Over time, it’s warm interior and classic brasserie fare reverberated to restaurants across the city, and 20 years later, Balthazar is still one of New York’s essential restaurants.
  • WHAT TO EAT AT CITI FIELD THIS SEASON: If a sports team is only as good as its concession stands, it would appear the New York Mets are in for a fantastic season this year, judging by the menus available throughout Citi Field. We’ve broken the stadium’s offerings down by the newbies and the old standbys -- from DŌ’s raw cookie dough to Fuku chicken sandwiches -- so you can make the most out of your baseball watching.



  • Photos: A Disarmingly Happy Bob Dylan Inside His First NYC Apartment.  It's that Dylan who is the subject of Ted Russell: Bob Dylan NYC 1961-1964, a new show opening this week at the Steven Kasher Gallery in Chelsea. It's an exhibition of exceptionally early photographs of the legendary singer at the age of 20 before he blew up. You'll see him inside his first NYC apartment at 161 W. 4th Street—holding groceries, hanging with girlfriend Suze Rotolo, writing on his typewriter—and performing at local clubs such as Gerde’s Folk City.
  • Cheap Eats to Know: Manousheh, Flautas, and Po’ Boys. Manousheh — An offshoot of East Village restaurant Au Za’atar, this Greenwich Village fast casual specializes in Lebanese flatbreads, styling itself “a real taste of Beirut.” These breads fly from a gas-fired brick hearth that dominates the small room, which is equipped with a modest amount of counter seating.
  • Sushi Doughnuts Are Back: Apparently poke shop Pokee likes toying with New Yorkers’ emotions, because after introducing the sushi doughnut — a ring of sushi rice draped with a rainbow of fresh fish — to the city, Pokee took it off the menu. Except now it’s back, only as a “secret” menu item, perhaps in a bid to make it even cooler. Should you want one, whether it’s to eat or Instagram, head to 121 West Third Street.

  • Here’s where you can get satay without breaking the bank: After bringing satay to hordes of hungry celebs at Philippe Chow, restaurateur Stratis Morfogen is bringing it to the Big Apple’s chicken-and-peanut-obsessed masses.  Skinny’s Satay Bar, launching in the Gansevoort Market on May 21, promises to charge less than $12 per person for three buttery, addicting and gluten-free chicken satays that Martha Stewart once called “culinary crack.” Compare that to the typical, $100-per-head tab at Philippe.

  • The Absolute Best Prime Rib in New York: Cherche Midi, the tender, 45-day dry-aged wheel of prime rib is trimmed of the bone and excess fat and gristle, in the relatively modest “English” style, which makes it a palatable choice, especially for dainty carnivores who are put off by the classic brontosaurus-size chops that are served around town. 
  • Bowery Restaurant Saxon + Parole Takes Flight with JetBlue: Since 2014 the Bowery Restaurant has had “99 percent creative control” (chef Brad’s stipulation) of JetBlue’s Mint dining experience. For those of us coach rats with dreams, JetBlue’s Mint is an affordable business class for which everyone pays a flat rate to experience.

  • NEW YORK'S BEST OLD-SCHOOL PIZZERIA IS MAKING SOME BIG CHANGES: In a city that’s overflowing with pizza joints, it is precisely this scene -- a lifelong pizza maker crafting each pie by hand, day by day -- that has made Di Fara New York’s most fabled slice destination. But now, for the first time in the restaurant’s 51 year history, things are starting to change: The Di Fara experience is no longer one that always centers around DeMarco.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Weekly Roundup: Everything You Need To Know About Noma Mexico, Shorty Tang Sesame Noodles Are Back and The Best West Village Restaurants


  • Sean Brock, David Chang, and Richard Melman Unite for 2017 Welcome Conference: On June 5, the fourth annual Welcome Conference unfurls in New York at Alice Tully Hall, the hospitality summit created by Will Guidara of Eleven Madison Park and Anthony Rudolf of Journee. Tickets go on sale today for a lineup includes Sean Brock of Husk/McCrady’s/Minero in Charleston/Nashville/Atlanta along with David Chang and Richard Melman of Lettuce Entertain You.
  • Why Locol’s $1 Coffee Brand Matters: A perhaps unexpected signature of Locol, Roy Choi and Daniel Patterson’s fast-food chain with a soul, was its one-dollar cup of coffee, which was not like most other one-dollar cups of coffee: Engineered by Tony Konecny and Sumi Ali, two veterans of the fancy coffee universe, it’s made with some pretty nice coffee beans, and it is probably vastly better than any coffee you would get anywhere else for a buck. 
  • Everything You Need to Know About Noma Mexico: Briefly, this is third-ever Noma pop-up, wherein Redzepi and company decamp to a new city, set up shop, and open a restaurant for a predetermined amount of time. The idea is to bring the Noma ethos of hyper-locality (you know, like, what some, maybe, might call “a sense of time and place”) to tasting menu dining in different regions.


  • West Village Butcher Investigated for Hate Crime After Giving Black Man a Noose:Police are investigating a butcher at West Village institution Ottomanelli & Sons Meat Market for a hate crime after he allegedly handed a black delivery man a noose. The Daily News reports that Joe Ottomanelli reportedly gave Victor Sheppard the noose as a “gift,” the victim told the News.
  • How Murray’s Cheese Ended Up Being Sold to a Grocery Chain From Ohio: This year, the business — comprising, among other assets, the shop, a Grand Central Terminal outpost, and extensive aging caves — was sold to the Cincinnati-based Kroger grocery chain, which currently operates 2,796 stores. Now, Murray’s has the means to grow, but will expansion turn it into something like the Shake Shack of cheese shops, or will it wind up sacrificing quality for size, like Sbarro?
  • Best West Village Restaurants To Dig Into.  BEST KEPT SECRET: Palma. This indoor sanctuary of a resturant has fantastic lighting and makes you feel like you are indeed actually eating in an outdoor garden.

  • Custom-pizza chain Pieology signs for first two NYC shops: The California-based fast-bake pizza chain is opening its first two restaurants in the city, in Manhattan and Brooklyn. The company signed a lease late last week at 285 Broadway in Williamsburg and earlier this year at 168 Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village.

  • Gansevoort Street redevelopment plans temporarily halted yet again: Just when you thought the back and forth over the Gansevoort Street redevelopment had ended, the troubles have resurfaced. Developers William Gottlieb Real Estate and Aurora Capital Partners’s plans to transform five building within the Gansevoort Market Historic District will have to be put on hold yet again after a group opposing the development won an emergency stay in court this week.
  • New York’s Most Famous Sesame Noodles Are Back at the New Shorty Tang Noodle Shop: Among a certain generation of New Yorkers, Shorty Tang’s cold sesame noodles are an object of endless fixation and fascination. The late chef is credited with turning the Sichuanese dish into a New York staple at his restaurant Hwa Yuan, and it’s now ubiquitous.

  • The Absolute Best Charcuterie in New York: Just as good sushi needs no wasabi, certain Italian salamis and whole-muscle cuts should stand on their own without mustard. Nowhere in New York is this more evident than in one of the high seats up front at Il Buco Alimentari, where a cured-meat selection for two people is a board laden with prosciutto, culatello, mortadella, and lonza — all deftly made in-house. 
  • Zia Esterina Opens Thursday From the Most Famous Pizzaiolo in Naples: Italophiles and pizza nerds, get ready: Zia Esterina is opening on Thursday at 112 Mulberry Street, the pizza fritta and fried calzone spot from Naples very own Gino Sorbillo. He’s one of Italy’s most public food figures, an Italian TV regular whose reputation was enhanced when he defied the Camorra when it allegedly torched his restaurant. And he was recently was immortalized as a cartoon.
  • Enrique Olvera Takes It Easy with Atla: So for his second NYC entry, Atla, you can forgive Olvera for dropping his guard just a tad.  With little else to prove, he’s taken a cue from other fine dining stalwarts by going (if not exactly quick) decidedly casual, opening an eatery that aims to be a destination for its NoHo neighbors, as opposed to globe-trotting, charge card-toting prestige seekers.

  • Why It’s So Hard to Revamp Classic Restaurants: When Wilson Tang took over from his uncle Wally Tang in 2011, he gently renovated the original space and took the opportunity to expand the Nom Wah brand, opening a location in Philadelphia and a fast-casual, counter-service Nom Wah in New York’s Nolita neighborhood.

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