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Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Weekly Roundup: Restaurant Workers Get A Raise, Essential Guide To Brooklyn Pizza and The Best Steak Tartare In NYC




  • The Absolute Best Steak Tartare in New York: Victoria Blamey, who spent time as the sous chef at Atera before taking over the kitchen at the lavish Chumley’s 2.0 reboot, constructs her perfectly sized, intensely flavorful tartare with a modest chop of top round steak, mixed with mustard, shallots, confit tomatoes, anchovy paste, lemon juice, olive oil, and a speckling of crushed hazelnuts.

  • See Vintage Photos of the Teens Who Ran Washington Square Park in the 1950s: The images are all black and white, and though strictly speaking they fall into the category of “street photography,” they’re close-cropped and intimate: Looking at them, you can feel the quiet energy of each encounter. 
  • Cake shop Piece of Velvet to open flagship in Greenwich Village: Eastern Consolidated’s Retail Leasing Division has arranged a 10-year, 325 s/f lease at 101 Macdougal Street for Piece of Velvet, a cake and cupcake shop that will be opening its flagship store in the space.  Named by GQ Magazine as one of the top 10 food places to visit in Brooklyn, Piece of Velvet operates four other locations in Brooklyn and one in Manhattan.

  • Number of food halls grew by 37.1% in first 9 months of 2016: The report, which was released with an accompanying video series, tracks the explosive growth of food-centered retail since the recession and ranks the top 10 food hall concepts in New York City and the top 20 nationally.
  • Eat This Now: 25 Essential Dishes to Try in NYC.  Fish tacos at Los Mariscos; Who says December isn't a month for killer fish tacos? The geniuses behind number-one rated taqueria, the aptly named Los Tacos No. 1, debuted this seafood-laden spin-off just behind the original in Chelsea Market. 

  • Sushi on Jones: So when we say Sushi On Jones breaks conventions, we don't mean it in the sense of, "This restaurant only serves small plates!" This "restaurant," an outdoor, four-seat, omakase-only sushi bar where you're limited to 30-minutes and have to make a reservation by text message, pretty much just says f*ck you to all the things that normally make a restaurant a restaurant.

  • The Essential Guide to Brooklyn Pizza: Brooklyn is home to hundreds of pizzerias, from classic corner slice shops to historic coal-burning icons. And adding to the already long list of beloved pizzerias, Brooklyn has experienced a second wave of pizza dominance: new-school spots placing a premium on quality dough and local ingredients, and in turn added a new and delicious dimension to the pizza scene. Old or new, we think that you need to know (and eat) them all. Put this list in your back pocket on your next BK pizza crawl.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Rolling Stones EXHIBITIONISM Rocks The West Village!

Get Ready To Rock!

Ladies and how you are greeted into the home of The Rolling Stones for the next few months as EXHIBITIONISM rock and rolls a its way into the the west village. From die hard Stones fans to the weekend music enthusiast this experience has it all!  From early history candid pictures, signed contracts, instruments, posters, costumes  and an actual reproduction of the bands first apartment together…this exhibit couldn’t immerse you into their legendary career any better!

From the first moments of EXHIBITIONISM you are transfixed on the video wall flying through a multi media journey from the bands early black and white home videos to the monstrous live concert productions they are known for today, you quickly realize that you are in for a ride.  Who knew that two childhood friends Mick and Keith would randomly reunite on a train over a shared love of blues albums, and that they would later go on to create one of the best rock and roll bands in history.

First Band Photo

We walk through the early years and a reproduction of the bands first apartment together, which is so believable you can smell the stale cigarette butts and beer bottles.  Early artifacts are at every turn like their first record deal contract and fan club bio’s that they wrote themselves.  Hand written lyrics so personal it felt like we were snooping in Mick’s old diary.

Recreation Of The Bands First Apartment

Mick Jagger Lyric Book

We stumble upon the recording studio set up like they just left the room with a slight haze still lingering around and guitar reverb echoing off the walls.  Scroll through quick video snippets explaining the entire recording process from each band members perspective.  We even get to play producer by mixing a selection of Stones songs on a touch screen mixing board.

Recreation of Studio

Around the corner is a collection of the bands guitars that would bring any axe player to tears.  Mick’s 1963 Hummingbird Gibson and harmonicas, Keith’s 1957 Gibson Les Paul hand painted by him during an acid trip.  This room was more of a shrine with out the angelic music playing, but rather “Sympathy for the Devil”.

Mick's 1963 Hummingbird Gibson

Keith's 1957 Hand Painted Gibson Les Paul

From there we travel upstairs to a visual journey through the Stones years starting with the many forms the tongue logo has taken over the years.  One of the most prolific logo’s of rock and roll history you can see how it kept the band on the tip of everyone’s tongue!

Tongue Art By Shepard Fairey

We stroll by walls of concert posters, record albums and the stories behind them.  Like a bird perched at the top of a stadium, we gaze at the mega concert stage models that really show you how spectacular of a production they really were, even if you weren’t there in person.

The costume room was like the Met Gala of Rock and Roll.  Some of the most intricate and fashionable clothes Mick and the guys ever wore.  You could see how these musicians also influenced the fashion world and created their own trends.

From there we get the VIP access to “backstage” for the inner workings of live concert…which we get to experience first hand!  To end your journey you virtually attend a live concert from 2013 filmed in Hyde Park (complete with lights, smoke and 3-D glasses) to cap of the ultimate Rolling Stones experience!

EXHIBITIONISM located right around the corner from our Chelsea Market tour at 775 Washington St., is running now thru March 12th and is the perfect alternative to the area museums for the music fan, new and old.  Check it out for some truly amazing rock and roll “Satisfaction”!

By: Mason Kardon
Foods Of NY Tours Operations Manager

Thursday, November 17, 2016

The Weekly Roundup: FNYT Featured On, Michelin Star And Eater Awards and The Best Apple Pie In NYC

  • 4 Fun Bachelorette Party Ideas for Foodie Brides in NYC: What better way to absorb all that New York City has to offer than explore some of the Big Apple's most delicious local hotspots? From private cooking parties to local walking tours, it's no doubt that any bachelorette party will be well-fed and happy. Here are four bachelorette party ideas for foodie brides.

  • These Are NYC's Michelin Bib Gourmand Awardees For 2017: Michelin's list of New York City's best restaurants will be unleashed next Thursday, but the French tire company announced their selections for the Bib Gourmand distinction today. Contenders for the list must offer two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less before tax and gratuity, with 132 restaurants making the cut this year.
  • Eater Awards 2016: NYC Winners.  Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, it’s time now to announce the — drumroll, trumpets, gongs, Drudge sirens — winners of the 2016 Eater Awards. They comprise a diverse group of the finest and most interesting chefs, operators, and characters on the continent that have defined this year in dining. We applaud them. 
  • Doughnut Plant’s New Inception-Style Pastry Will Light Up Your Instagram: At his 22-year-old bakery, Mark Isreal makes some of the city’s greatest doughnuts, and tomorrow at 11 a.m., he’s launching his latest creation: “the Ripple.” The three-layer megadoughnut boasts a ripple of complimentary flavor, all married together.
  • The Absolute Best Apple Pie in New York: For many people, apple pie is a nonnegotiable part of Thanksgiving, a star of the dessert table — and, unlike pumpkin, it’s got legs the rest of the year, too. That’s why we restricted our picks to pie specialists who offer their wares beyond the narrow late-November window. The top contenders, below (you’ll notice that Petee’s Pie Company, our No. 1 pick for pie in general, is not included; their apple filling just doesn’t hold up to the others), can be ordered whole for a gathering — at least 48 hours in advance, and often longer before a holiday — or enjoyed by the slice with a scoop of ice cream, a dollop of whipped cream, or, best of all, a hunk of sharp cheddar.

  • How This Pastry Pro Made Herself Invaluable to a Demanding Chef: What makes Pickowicz’s pastries so compelling is that they manage to land in the zone where comfort and familiarity are balanced with a slight novel twist. There’s black cardamom in her sticky buns, sesame seeds in her vanilla-bean pound cake, buckwheat flour in her chocolate-chip cookies, and granola in her shortbread.
  • A Former Noma Chef Is Putting a Pop-up Restaurant on Mount Everest:Are restaurants where the food is served inside a dumpster or by waitresses carrying Glocks just not “extreme” enough for you anymore? A chef who’s worked under René Redzepi and Tom Aikens may have just the thing: For the next leg of his One Star House Party — a traveling food extravaganza T magazine describes as “a mix of culinary anthropology and light construction” — James Sharman will offer one lucky set of adventurers dinner on … Mount Everest.
  • Canadian Brewery Cuts a Retiree Perk: Free Beer for Life. For decades, a job at Labatt, one of Canada’s two major breweries, came with an unusual perk: free beer for life. But now, the company’s retirees have been cut off.
  • The 2016 Eater Gift Guide: It's that time of the year again: holiday giving season. And Eater's holiday gift guide is here to help; this year's guide is the only thing you need for the food enthusiasts in your life. It focuses on food and the kitchen, with all products tested by Eater editors. Below, check out the four categories — food, drink, home, and fun — as well as city-by-city recommendations and our 2016 cookbook guide.


  • Blue Ribbon Bakery Kitchen Extends its Farewell Performance Till January: Diners now have two more months to enjoy the matzo bread and roasted bone marrow at this Soho legend.
  • Kushner tenant: Greenwich Village building is a death trap. Eran Wasjwol, who ran a grilled cheese Meltkraft franchise at Kushner’s 101 MacDougal Street until this past summer, filed a lawsuit against the landlord claiming the building had a shady electrical hookup and a faulty sewage system that backed up under the restaurant’s floorboards.
  • An Italian Bar Fit for Romance in Greenwich Village: Earlier this decade, there were few downtown restaurants hotter than the Lion, a celebrity-packed canteen run by John DeLucie in a Greenwich Village townhouse. But the restaurant got sold and the crowd moved on. In July, a quieter restaurant, Casa Apicii, took over in the space, and a second-floor chamber was turned into an intimate cocktail annex called Bar Fortuna with just 20 seats.

  • How the Rolling Stones Became Fashion Icons: The band’s vast fashion legacy is on full display at a show opening Saturday in New York, “Exhibitionism — The Rolling Stones,” billed as the largest collection of the Stones’ stage outfits, musical instruments and memorabilia ever assembled. The show takes place at Industria, a sprawling studio and event space in the West Village, after a five-month run at the Saatchi Gallery in London that drew more than 350,000 visitors.

  • It's All About Nachos & Mezcal At Ghost Donkey In NoHo: Two things there can never be enough of in the world (especially now): nachos and mezcal. The duo take center stage on Bleecker Street at Ghost Donkey, a newly-opened bar that doubles down on the two Mexican staples.

Pre-fixes and Pie - A Guide to Thanksgiving in NYC

Are you coming to NYC for the Thanksgiving holiday? We think that's a great idea! The parade, the Central Park fall foliage, the FOOD! Below are some of our top picks for Thanksgiving Day feasts - mostly pre-fixe menus with one takeout option thrown in (mess-free, stress-free holiday!).

Need to bring something to a homemade feast? Pie is ALWAYS the answer! We've got you covered below.

After you feast, come visit us over the holiday weekend to walk off your meal and learn a bit about the city! (And there will still be food - it's Thanksgiving weekend after all!)

With New York City being the food mecca that it is, you have many options when it comes to enjoying a beautiful Thanksgiving meal outside of the home. From traditional turkey feasts to unique takes on delicious holiday fare, here are a few of our favorite options.

For an Italian twist on traditional: Rafele

Rafele is offering up a delicious menu for Thanksgiving. They do have a turkey with stuffing, with the added bonus of some delicious pasta dishes to start. Beet pappardelle, as well as butternut squash and ricotta ravioli. Italian Thanksgiving fare, done right. My belly is warm just thinking about it. Let the heat from the restaurant’s wood-fired oven and the smoke from Chef Raffaele’s good looks warm your heart and soul this year.
$65 per person


29 7th Ave S, New York, NY 10014
(212) 242-1999

Rafele Dining Room

Chef Raffaele in Action

For a true feast, Italian-style: Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria

Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria is doing a beautiful Thanksgiving menu, with a combination of decadent family-style sides and starters, and your choice of first and second courses. Smashed Yukon gold potatoes and sweet potatoes, carmelized brussel sprouts, buckwheat stuffing – traditional sides done way better than I could manage at home. And beautiful extends to the space as well. In short, Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria does everything right. Both the cuisine and the space are reminiscent of a rustic market straight out of Tuscany.
$85.00 per person


53 Great Jones St, New York, NY 10012
(212) 837-2622

For a traditional turkey feast with all the fixins: The Smile

The Smile is a beautiful space in Nolita offering a LOT of food to satisfy all of your deep Thanksgiving day desires.  Alongside their apple-cider brined turkey, you’ll get a delectable array of sides from stuffing to cranberry to brussel sprouts. The classics done right. Top it off with a bourbon pumpkin pie or a maple pecan pie and you’ll be guaranteed to roll home full and happy. P.S. Only the cool kids need apply: This place is hipper than Brooklyn.
$60 per person


or be the family hero and get:

26 Bond St, New York, NY 10012
(646) 329-5836


Cornelia Street Cafe

Silky pumpkin pie at Dominique Ansel

A great gift for your hosts, or to tuck into back in your hotel room.

Bubby's - Bubby means grandmother in Yiddish so you know this place will have you covered in the 'comfort pie' department. Traditional pumpkin, apple and pecan, as well as sour cherry and peanut butter chocolate - you can't go wrong, especially with locations in Tribeca and near the Highline!

Amy's Bread - located all over the city, including the West Village and inside Chelsea Market. Amy's has got you covered in the bread department, of course (pumpkin walnut cranberry bread - swoon). They also have a 'special' pumpkin pie - made with love and tons of flavor, as well as an apple crumb pie.

Dominique Ansel Bakery - located in Soho and the West Village. A French bakery offering up unique twists on traditional desserts. Their pumpkin pie is billed as 'extra silky'.
Or try their spin on traditional apple pie - the apple tart tatin. Made with whole caramelized fall orchard apples, warm cinnamon spice, and a buttery, flaky puff pastry crust with a hint of sea salt. Yes please!

Victory Garden - this is a unique twist and the one I'm planning to bring to my family feast. How does a salted caramel gelato pie in a pecan crust sound? Different and amazing? Yes, I agree. They're located on Carmine Street in the West Village and judging from the inventiveness of their goat milk ice cream sundaes, I'm pretty excited to try this.

And we'd be remiss not to give a special shout-out to the perfect gift for your host or hostess.
A true show-stopper and possibly even the centerpiece for the Thanksgiving table.
A giant chocolate turkey from Li-lac Chocolates - locations in the West Village and Chelsea Market.

Enjoy! Let us know what you decide!
Happy Thanksgiving from our home to yours!

Danielle, Foods of NY Tours

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

The Weekly Roundup: Where In NYC To Get Your Thanksgiving Supplies, Best Cocktails Under $10 and The Best Theater District Restaurants

  • Foods of New York Tours! I found something called "Foods of NY Tours." The reviews all said it was amazing and not too touristy, so I checked it out a little more. There's 6 different tours to pick from, so I went with the Original Greenwich Village tour. The cool thing about these tours is that if you're like me, you can't decide on just one thing to eat. The tour lets you eat a little of everything.

  • The Absolute Best Theater District Restaurant in New York: There are many, many places to eat in and around the Theater District, but here are the absolute best for having exactly the right kind of dinner there.
  • Cousin of H&H Bagels Opens Near Site of Upper West Side Original: The Upper West Side will once again be home to H&H Bagels. H&H Midtown Bagels East made its debut at 526 Columbus Ave., between 85th and 86th Street, on Thursday. It’s not the original H&H that was once a mainstay in the neighborhood, but as hands have changed and lawsuits happened, H&H Midtown Bagels is the closest relative to the famous bagel recipe. Like the outpost on the Upper East Side, the UWS location offers bagels, a slew of flavored cream cheese, fish, and sandwiches.
  • Where to Get Your Thanksgiving Turkey, Sides, and More in NYC:   Yes, it’s nice to be chef for the day and make everything for Thanksgiving from scratch. But, also, it’s hard. That’s a lot of food, and sometimes you need a helping hand — or don’t feel like cooking at all — but still want a great meal at home.
  • THE BEST COCKTAILS UNDER $10 IN NYC: But there are a select few places in New York City where you can have your booze and more money in your wallet, too. We searched across the city to find the best cocktails for less than $10 -- none of which require rushing to happy hour.
  • 12 Impressive New Noodle Dishes That Will at Least Make You Feel a Little Better: Winter is right around the corner, both literally and metaphorically, which means: It is noodle season. New York’s ramen obsession hasn’t abated yet, and new shops continue to open, while some of the city’s top spots introduce new and often very creative bowls. But there’s a good chance you’re going to need more in the noodle-soup department than just ramen to get to the finish line this year. With that in mind, here are 12 new noodle soups to check out.



  • New York’s Best Fall Dishes: Gabe Stulman’s cozy trattoria, Perla, may have relocated to West 4th St. (and added “Café” to its name), but you’ll still find the same brand of simple, honest, unpretentious Italian fare, such as Squash Salad with cloumage, pumpkin seeds and brown butter vinaigrette, cabbage-stuffed Agnolotti strewn with hazelnuts, Strip Steak paired with jewel yams, and Chicken over barley and brussels sprouts, seasoned with salty guanciale.
  • French Fare, Sans Meat: Mushroom Snails and Seitan Steak in the West Village: Located in a tiny, brick-walled space on a tree-lined stretch of Christopher Street just off Sheridan Square, Délice & Sarrasin is the Platonic ideal of a cozy French bistro, if Plato had been a vegan more concerned with comfort and atmosphere than epicurean adventure.

  • Her Big Idea, Season 1: Watch a great video about Sarabeth's founder and baker Sarabeth Levine’s “Big Idea”.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

The Weekly Roundup: The Best Veggie Sandwich In NYC, Le Coucou Gets Three Stars and Where To Find Free Bar Food

  • The Absolute Best Vegetarian Sandwich in New York: Putting aside the falafel sandwich, which is ubiquitous enough to be its own category, and the veggie burger, which arguably doesn’t count as a sandwich (and also is its own category), here are five of the city’s most exciting meat-free, veggie-centric options, so good you might choose them over ham and cheese.
  • 9 Excellent Pie Shops Around New York City: Pie is a great dessert because it offers more variety than maybe any other baked good. There is a type of pie for everyone: fluffy cream pie, dense custard pie, tart lemon meringue, nutty pecan, or not-too-sweet good old fashioned fruit pie. And of course, there’s no shortage of any of these types of pie in New York City. So here are nine of the city’s essential pies from some of its best pie purveyors. 
  • Here Are All the Sweets You Can Eat at Chef Gabriel Kreuther’s New Chocolate Emporium:An annex to Gabriel Kreuther (the restaurant), where Aumont is pastry chef, the new shop will have 15 seats for those who can’t help but feast on the bonbons they were supposed to give out as holiday presents. Bonus points: You can watch chocolate being made, Willy Wonka style. 
  • Le Coucou Pays Rich Homage to Old-School French Cuisine: Le Coucou’s cooking is more informed by old-school traditions and focused on animal parts, like the bands of fried tripe, crunchy on the outside and wonderfully creamy within. Or the eel fried in a sheath of rye batter, sauced with a vinaigrette that has a subtle and somehow very French flavor of curry.
    • Eating At A Restaurant The Day It Gets A Rave Review From The Times: "We're all feeling pretty cocky," a beaming Le Coucou staffer told me last night, a fitting sentiment for a restaurant whose mascot is a strutting chicken. Earlier that day, the restaurant learned it had been awarded three stars by the Times's Pete Wells, a notable distinction for a new restaurant.

  • What It’s Like to Be a Turkey Farmer: For farmers, the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving are like a marathon. They start training months before the big day, and until they make the final push across the finish line, anything—erratic weather, predators, equipment breakdowns, knives freezing to the butcher block, foxes, you name it—could happen.
  • Knife Skills: How to Slice and Dice an Onion. No matter how you slice 'em, I'd estimate that onions are used in a good 30 to 40% of any cook's savory-dish repertoire, if not more. They are the first thing you should learn how to cut when you pick up a knife, and, at least for me, still one of the most pleasurable foods to take a sharp blade to.
  • Brew-haha — Millennials are drinking all of what’s left of the world’s coffee supply: The new report notes that young U.S. adults make up 44% of the country’s coffee drinkers, and they’re jonesing for a cup of joe earlier and earlier. In just eight years through 2016, daily coffee consumption rose from 34% to 48% among 18 to 24-years-olds, and jumped from 51% to 60% for those ages 25 to 39, according to the National Coffee Association in New York.
  • Opening a Restaurant Is Hell. So Here I Go Again.  Last week, the Food section published an article detailing, in hard numbers, how daunting the financial climate is for restaurateurs in New York. But Keith McNally, who has opened more restaurants than most, and kept most of them open, believes that money is only part of the equation.


  • 9 New Noodle Spots to Try This Fall in NYC: Mew Men, This new music-themed West Village ramen shop from an Ippudo vet specializes in a lighter chicken-based ramen, offering five varieties in total including the signature Shoyu Chintan. Grab a seat at the chef's counter or at one of the communal tables.

  • Mimi Chef Liz Johnson Shows Us How to Make Salt-Baked Venison for 18: On a Sunday night in mid-October, a group of mostly young chefs is gathered in a Soho loft, watching as Stephan Bogardus, the chef at the North Fork Table, whips out the crossbow that he used to kill a deer 11 days earlier — the same deer that is sitting on a bed of hay in the kitchen, waiting to be carved. The deer and the guests are all here because Liz Johnson, the 26-year-old chef at the tiny, much-adored new French bistro Mimi, has requested their attendance. 
  • 9 Toasty Subterranean Bars To Hide In 'Til Spring: RIDDLING WIDDOW Also on MacDougal Street, this spot is dedicated to the delightful effervescence of sparkling wines. The "underground champagne parlor" is quite small, with just 16 seats for sampling their selection of bubblies. 

  • Where To Find Free Bar Food In NYC: EMPORIO; If you've noticed Italian food's heavy on this list, it's with good reason: they know how to live over there. But they've brought those traditions here, at places like this Nolita eatery, who put out a daily spread of nibbles between 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

  • THE BEST THING WE ATE FOR UNDER $10 THIS WEEK: PHO BANG'S $9.75 BUN CHA HA NOI.  Nestled on Mott St in that not-quite-Little Italy, not-quite-Chinatown area is a nondescript storefront with a bright-red awning. Pho Bang goes almost unnoticed on the street, getting lost in the sea of restaurants and markets that surround it, but it deserves attention solely because it serves hard-to-come-by Bun Cha Ha Noi. 

  • Adventures in Upscale Brooklyn: Over a weeklong period, I searched out a side of Brooklyn that scarcely existed two decades ago. I visited boutiques and bistros, spas and cocktail lounges, dine-in cinemas and creative new waterfront parks. It was a quest that would not have been complete without at least one afternoon in Williamsburg.
  • Smorgasburg Will Relocate to Downtown Brooklyn for the Winter: This weekend, perennially popular food bazaar Smorgasburg will make its annual pilgrimage indoors. It’s returning alongside sister market Brooklyn Flea to Downtown Brooklyn’s Skylight One Hanson, where 75 Flea and 25 Smorgasburg vendors will set up shop from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday through March, 2017. 

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