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Thursday, May 26, 2016

The Weekly Roundup: Your Memorial Day NYC Dining Guide, Walt Disney Worlds Food Theme Park and This Season's Beach Restaurants

  • Memorial Day Dining Guide 2016: While we’re in no real hurry to see the end of spring, it’s hard not to get excited for the seafood-slurping, beach-going, barbecue-scented onslaught of summer.  And since Memorial Day weekend is essentially the gateway to the season, you’ll want to celebrate it in style!  From a crawfish boil at John Fraser’s Narcissa to fish tacos and rum punch at Brooklyn’s Barge Bar…
  • NYC Beach Restaurants 2016: The Newest Eats at The Rockaways, Coney Island, Jacob Riis: It may not feel like it quite yet, but it's almost beach season here in New York. Some seasonal vendors have already started opening up for the summer, and many more will make their debuts in the coming weeks. Tons of new eating and drinking options have popped up since last year.  Here's a preview of what to eat at the beach this summer…
  • 8 Secret Off-the-Menu Dishes in NYC: Evidenced by the bevy of unmarked storefronts and speakeasy-style bars, NYC's dining scene thrives on insider info. In partnership with Bravo's new digital series, Going Off the Menu (hosted by Liza de Guia and Russell Jackson), we're delving into some of the city's tastiest off-menu treats. From hidden fish 'n' chips to a secret burger, impress your pals during your next meal out by ordering one of these hot off-the-menu dishes. 
  • And GQ's 12 Best New Restaurants of 2016 Are...A year spent eating our way across America to find the chefs pushing food forward, the trends that we hope become classics, and the new restaurants that we’re sure will become old favorites in due time. All chosen by our freshly minted eater-in-chief, Brett Martin.

  • The Future of Vegan Food Could Include Artificial Oysters and Veggie-Based Blue Cheese: It's been a banner year for meat-free proteins, with Silicon Valley investors dropping millions into bunches of promising vegan-friendly start-ups. And now a new report from Bloomberg says the vegan-food-tech world could soon have its first billion-dollar company in Hampton Creek, the maker of Just Mayo vegan spread. 
  • Walt Disney World Basically Just Opened A Theme Park For Food: If you vacationed at Walt Disney World in the past few years, you probably wound up at Downtown Disney, grabbing a table at Planet Hollywood or eating dinner beside a larger-than-life dinosaur in a Mesozoic Era-themed restaurant. While the old classics still remain (yes, T-Rex is as busy as ever), so, so much has changed since your past visit.
  • Memorial Day Grilling Checklist: Summer is unofficially upon us, and what better way to welcome it than with a spectacular Memorial Day cookout? Here’s everything you need to know to lift your grilling game, pick the perfect hot-weather beers and more. Your summer is going to be just delicious.


  • Amazon Begins Food Delivery From Top Restaurants For Prime Customers In NYC: Blue Ribbon, Juniors, John’s Pizza, Umami Burger And More:  Amazon has begun food delivery to customers in Manhattan from some of the borough's top restaurants as part of its new Prime Now food delivery service. Among the trendy eateries on the menu are Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken, Umami Burger, John's of Bleecker Street and Junior's Restaurant & Cheesecake.

  • The Hangman's Elm: The oldest living tree in Manhattan comes shrouded in sinister legend.
  • New Greenwich Village Location of Pommes Frites Finally Opens: Major reopening alert: Pommes Frites is back. After months of delays, the popular East Village French fry counter that was destroyed in the Second Avenue gas explosion reopened TODAY at its new location in Greenwich Village. The owners announced the grand opening plans on Sunday night. The new outpost at 128 MacDougal St. features more seating and more deep fryers than the old one, co-owner Omer Shorshi said. 

  • Restaurant/Orange Pajama Pants Emporium Spice Market to Leave its MePa Home: Spice Market — a restaurant where the servers are dressed like they're attending a slumber party sponsored by Fanta — is being forced to leave its home at 403 West 13th Street. The Real Deal reports that the building's new landlord, Midtown Equities, is planning to boot  Jean-Georges Vongerichten's 12-year-old restaurant and its neighbor, the furniture store Vitra, when their leases are up next year. 
  • First Look: Dizengoff, the Philly Hummusiya, Opens in Chelsea Market.  The duo behind Philly's acclaimed Zahav and Federal Donuts finally opened their long-awaited outpost of their casual Israeli concept Dizengoff, in Chelsea Market. "We’ve always been sort of interested/terrified of New York," says partner Steve Cook, one half of Cook n Solo (along with famed chef Michael Solomonov), "but it's only natural that we'd be curious about it. It’s the food capital of the world and where I fell in love with food.

  • Ich&Kar Opens French Cheese Board, a New Concept Store in Nolita:  Located just down the street from McNally Jackson Books along a quiet stretch of Spring St., French Cheese Board has opened, a concept store in a corner of town that has always bubbled with retail experiments. Helena Ichbiah, one half of Ich&Kar, the French design duo who created the store, was quick to assure that the concept was not just about selling—she wants guests to take their time and enjoy an authentic experience of the culture from the moment they enter.

  • The Absolute Best Ramen in New York: Since the first craze of the 2000s, the city’s scene has expanded well beyond its original territory in the East Village and midtown, raising the stakes, introducing new styles, and increasing New Yorkers’ expectations. Here, the city’s five best ramen spots as defined by the excellence of their broths, the quality of their noodles, and the thoughtfulness of preparation. 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

The Weekly Roundup: David Chang's Ando Launches, Restaurant Workers Get Overtime Raise and The Best Dim Sum Restaurants In America

  • Super-Chill Governor Cuomo Wants to Let Brunchers Drink Before Noon: The rule's been around since Fiorello La Guardia was New York City's mayor, and it turns out Cuomo himself maintains a pretty forceful dislike of it: "The law was created 80 years ago right after Prohibition," he told reporters yesterday. "It is the most bizarre, arcane, frustrating, maddening law that you could imagine."
  • Meet the Author Whose New Novel Is All About New York Restaurant Culture: Like many writers, Stephanie Danler has also held more than a few restaurant gigs, working in well-regarded places like Tía Pol, Buvette, and Union Square Cafe. But unlike other authors, who treat their day jobs as nothing more than a way to pay the bills, Danler channeled her experience into a debut novel, Sweetbitter, which is out next week
  • Upper West Side Charmer Telepan Closes After 10 Years in Business: The Upper West Side just lost a bit of its culinary soul. Bill Telepan sends word that last night was the final service at his excellent farm-to-table restaurant, Telepan. The chef explains: "Like most restaurants, we operate with very small margins. As our costs go up each year and our revenue has not kept pace, we have been operating at a loss and cannot sustain the business."  
  • AndoWatch 2016: Cheesesteak Bibs, $60 Order Cap, Vegetarian Dishes on the Way.  David Chang's enigmatic new restaurant Ando launched earlier this week with service for 200 people, and a delivery range limited to Midtown East.  Throughout the week, Team Ando has been sending access codes to more customers, and now, bits of information are starting to leak from the Momo Mothership that suggest that Chang has some very big surprises in store for this new venture.

  • Amazon Will Launch Its Own Private-Label Foods: Amazon couldn't stand everyone else getting their own cool meal-delivery kit, but apparently that's not the only new push it wants to make into the food world. The company will reportedly launch several new lines of private-label brands with an emphasis on food and household items and a potential lineup including baby food, coffee, cooking oil, nuts, snack foods, spices, tea, and vitamins.
  • Obama’s New Overtime Rules Will Give Restaurant Workers Much-Deserved Raises: President Barack Obama is raising wages unilaterally because he can't raise wages through Congress. It's pretty incredible when you think about it: In the face of staggering income inequality, wealth inequality, and stagnant pay — even during a time of economic growth, when workers should be getting raises — Republicans in Congress have blocked the president's effort to increase the minimum wage from $7.25 per hour, a paltry $15,000 a year, to $10.10 per hour. 
  • The First Role for Many Actors: Waiter.  While waiting for their big break, many performers put in time as waiters and at other food service jobs. They may not be on Broadway yet, but they often toil in tantalizing proximity, either at restaurants in or near the theater district or as servers at glitzy parties with boldface guests.
  • Ben & Jerry’s New Flavor ‘Empower Mint’ Is More Political And Punny Than Ever: Called Empower Mint, the creamy peppermint ice cream was launched as part of the brand’s Democracy Is In Your Hands campaign, a yearlong effort to bring attention to social issues, such as voter ID laws in North Carolina that Ben & Jerry’s says “disproportionately keep African-Americans and other minorities from casting their ballots, confusing registration processes and shorten[ing] early voting periods.”


  • Bleecker Street locals weigh in on empty storefronts and commercialization: It’s manifested in more than 15 empty storefronts between Christopher Street and LaGuardia Place and the juxtaposition of small businesses with big-box brands and high-end fashion boutiques in the shopping district.  Locals would love to see the strip returned to its mom-and-popglory, when institutions like Bleecker Street Records and Aphrodisia Herb Shoppe attracted throngs of tourists and community patrons. But challenges stand in the way, none bigger than commercial rent prices.
  • The Absolute Best Doughnut in New York: The Doughnut Project: The “everything” doughnut, sesame seeded with a whiff of dehydrated garlic, seems like a shameless bid for a particular kind of Instagram fame. Same to the jumbo chocolate-bone-marrow, a holdover from the West Village shop’s recent “Meat Week,” which seems like a hybrid PR stunt and Dickensian punishment but still ends up fairly delicious. 

  • Vegan Hotspot By Chloe Opening New Location In South Street Seaport: Uber trendy veggie burger destination By Chloe is opening a huge new outpost in the Seaport District — the third big name to announce restaurant locations in the Howard Hughes Corporation's downtown development plan. The West Village restaurant will take over 2,500-square-feet of space on Front Street by 2017, and diners will be able to eat food in the restaurant or to-go.

  • How One Business Owner Grew to Be the Big Apple’s Go-To Cookie Shop: Eleni Gianopulos is celebrating the 20th anniversary of her company, Eleni’s New York. What started as a classic cookie company run out of Eleni’s kitchen is now well-known in the Big Apple and across the country as the go-to place for adorable and intricately decorated sugar cookies, homemade classic drop cookies, and eye-catching and delicious cupcakes.
  • Hummus Sensation Dizengoff Will Open in New York Next Week: As of now, the Chelsea Market stand will open officially May 25 — and, just maybe, earlier — serving five types of hummus and three salatim, or vegetable salads, all day every day, and breakfast shakshuka until 11:30 a.m. The beer will be local, the wine Israeli, and the frozen mint lemonade spiked with bourbon, if desired.
  • High Street on Hudson, A Review: High Street on Hudson draws crowds at most hours of the day, some for their excellent breakfast, many for the amazing sandwiches they offer during lunch, and dinner is usually bumping too, when the menu turns more advanced and adventurous. We've been various times for various meals, and we like High Street a lot. They certainly do a lot of things, and they do a lot of them well.

  • The 16 best dim sum restaurants in America: Given Doyers Street’s notoriously grisly gang wars in the early 20th century, it’s a surprise that the original owners of Nom Wah decided to set up a dainty tea shop there in 1920, turning out reputation-making moon cakes. Today, the biggest fight on the block is the weekend wait for Nom Wah—now the oldest dim sum parlor in the city. 
  • Taste-Testing Durian, The World's Smelliest Fruit: ’Tis the season for durian, the large, notoriously pungent fruit native to Southeast Asia. If you’ve never tried durian before, the experience is pretty unlike that of eating any other fruit—or food, for that matter. 

  • Brooklyn Brewery To Open Huge Brewery, Rooftop Restaurant at Brooklyn Navy Yard: Following in the footsteps of Russ & Daughters and the Mast Brothers, Brooklyn Brewery confirmed this weekend that they, too, will be planting a massive production facility at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The Williamsburg-based brewery signed a 40-year lease for 75,000-square-feet at the Navy Yard — space to be used for offices, a brewery, and a huge rooftop beer garden and restaurant. 

Thursday, May 12, 2016

The Weekly Roundup: Al Fresco Dining In NYC, 10 Best Cheap Rye Whiskeys and Bone Marrow Doughnuts Are Back

  • Chang Plots Strategic Chicken Tender Maneuver as Project Ando Nears Launch Date: Take everything you knew about lunch delivery and throw it out the window — regardless of what is down below — because David Chang and his Momofuku brigade are about to launch Ando, a restaurant that has no dining room. Like Maple, the start-up that counts Chang as an investor, this is a delivery-only enterprise, and it’s launching very soon.
  • Raw Food Star Sarma Melngailis Finally Arrested After Disappearing During Wage Lawsuit: Raw food restaurateur and fugitive Sarma Melngailis has finally been arrested — about a year after disappearing in the midst of unpaid wage lawsuits at her hot spot restaurant Pure Food and Wine.
  • Where to Dine Al Fresco in NYC: Granted, the chairs may require a bit of a wipe down after all of the rain we’ve had, but now that it’s spring, there’s little to keep us from the long-awaited enjoyment of eating and drinking outside!  So here are eight great spots for sipping rosé in the sun the whole season through, from the High Line Hotel’s Alta Linea, inspired by a chic Italian piazza, to an oyster bar on a boat, Grand Banks, gently bobbing astride the Hudson River…
  • The Offal Truth: Six NYC Chefs Redeem Six Gnarly Ingredients.  Food is different all over the world: People eat things based on what is available to them or what they grew up eating. You might turn your nose up at something that is another person's traditional food. People would scoff at bone marrow or pig's blood, which I use to coagulate a custard. Like tripe, it is in the spirit of using the entire animal, so there is no waste.

  • Whole Foods’ Scaled-Down 365 Store Has Robots, but No Tattoo Parlor: Rather, it is 365, the much anticipated new grocery concept from Whole Foods Markets, that is banking on the robotic kiosk and a host of other bells and whistles to reverse the company’s waning fortunes. The first store, here in Silver Lake, a neighborhood in the East Side of Los Angeles, opens in two weeks.
  • The Benefits of Eating Without a Map: Thanks to social media platforms like Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Yelp—as well as the countless magazines, TV shows, and websites dedicated to food (this one included)—we are constantly being told where to eat.  It's all so easy, so convenient. But are we missing out on something?
  • Eataly Fined by Italian Authorities Over Wine Label Fraud: According to Italian site Il Fatto Quotidiano, Eataly has been fined $50,000 Euros by the country's Antitrust Authority after it produced and sold wines with the country's "Free Wine" label, which is meant to signify a wine which contains less than 50 mg/l of added sulfites.
  • German Beer Sellers Fined $100 Million for Price-Fixing Scheme: German beer retailers have been slapped with big fines after being caught colluding with beer giant AB-InBev in a price-fixing scheme.  According to the Wall Street Journal, "Germany's Federal Cartel Office has fined several retailers a combined total of €90.5 million ($103.2 million)" over the price-fixing scandal.
  • The 10 Best Rye Whiskies Under $35: There's more great rye whiskey on the market than ever before, which is excellent news for fans of the category. Yet, with the near-insatiable demand for it, prices have also soared to match.  But, that doesn't mean there aren't deals to be found. Here are the top affordable American rye whiskeys for $35 or less, from longstanding, classic brands, to new releases and unique entrants.


  • The Absolute Best Chocolate-Chip Cookie in New York: Dominique Ansel’s stunty cookie milk “shots” get all the Instagram attention, but it’s his unassuming chocolate-chunk cookie that’s won us over. Puffy and pillow-soft, it’s endowed with that critical thin, crisp shell that provides the perfect foil for slightly underbaked innards.
  • Bone-Marrow-Chocolate Is the Latest Luxe Doughnut Flavor: The $5.25 yeast-raised doughnut is filled with chocolate pastry cream that's whipped with roasted bone marrow, making it taste extra rich and velvety. Plus, the clementine glaze, with orange-infused chocolate shavings, is the perfect complement.

  • THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO EATING IN NYC'S MEATPACKING DISTRICT: This tiny slice of Manhattan real estate got its name from the commercial meat markets that used to line its streets, although nowadays it more accurately conveys the eating habits of ravenous foodies filling their bellies with foie gras ravioli. To that end, we scoured all 44 acres of this 'hood and found the nine best restaurants for your gustatory perusal -- prepare for the chorizo mac & cheese of your dreams!

  • Parisian Restaurateurs Tap Philippe Starck For Multilevel Nolita Health Food Boîte: French restaurateur Claude Louzon and his daughter, Julie — in collaboration with famously idiosyncratic architect Philippe Starck — will finally be unveiling their NYC version of Parisian health-focused restaurant Le Paradis du Fruit in July. They recently unfurled a huge, nude painting ad on the bilevel space at 47 Prince St. for the restaurant, Miss Paradis.
  • REVIEW: Uncle Boons.  Uncle Boons has not traditionally been one of “our spots.” We love this Nolita Thai restaurant, and gave it a very high rating not long after it opened. But for some reason, it hasn’t been a place we’ve spent the last few years recommending frequently to friends.

  • This Is the World’s Most Expensive Ramen: Chef Yuji Wakiya (who was a winner on Japan’s version of Iron Chef) is raising the bar. At Koa, in NYC’s Flatiron District, a bowl of chef Wakiya’s ramen sells for $180, rendering it the world’s most expensive—a title previously held by chef Shoichi Fujimaki’s ramen in Tokyo for $120 a bowl.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Queens Taste 2016 Is The Worlds Fair of Food!

Queens has a rich history of multi cultural foods offered all throughout the borough, and has been long considered the go to place for great, cheap ethnic eats!  You can literally travel all over the culinary world within a few block radius in many parts of Queens.  So it would only make sense that Queens taste 2016 would be the most diverse food experience of the year.  And it definitely did not disappoint!

We tried everything from burgers to bakeries, fusions like Carribbean-Chinese and Eurosoul, and drinks to match.  Held at the New York Hall of Science, this was the perfect venue to sample the best of Queens, and below are some of our favorites!

Right from the start we had to check out the heavy hitters like F. Ottomaneli’s amazing bacon cheese burger, with the bacon and cheese mixed in the patty, served on a mini potato roll.  This perfect bite was so full of flavor, we had to go back for seconds…a few times!

Bacon Cheeseburger

Bareburger, also known for their unique burger meat selections, brought their A game with a beer braised “pulled bacon” slider served on a grilled pretzel roll with stout onions and spicy mustard.  The chewy roll really soaked up the bacon juices, and easily took our vote for best sandwich of the night!

Beer Braised Bacon on Pretzel Roll

And sticking with the Bacon theme (why not?) The Astor Room  at Kaufman Astoria Studios, served up some great candied bacon, the ultimate “Salty Sweet” treat!  Paired with their own libation, the “Astor Sundowner” with Galliano, lemon and orange juice, ginger and brandy, it was the best compliment cutting through that fatty slab of smokey pork.

Candied Bacon

Alobar was serving up some savory pan fried pierogies with a scallion dijonaise.  Crunchy and creamy at the same time, our tastebuds were having a party with this twist on a classic bite!

Scallion Pierogi 

Zenon Taverna offered up a few delicious bites with poached octopus, hummus in a fill cup and grilled Cypriot Halloumi cheese on pita.  With deep Greek roots in Queens, this tasting really captured the essence of this event and the restaurant.  Of course we had to go back for seconds!

Gilled Halloumi on Pita, Hummus and Octopus

Thai Rock from Rockaway Beach brought their signature Thai crepe dumpling filled with turnip and peanut, which was light, simple and full of flavor.  A definite winner if you are beach bound this summer.

Thai Rock Turnip and Peanut Dumpling

Onto the sweeter side of Queens Taste we tried classic cakes, sweet cookies, paleo mousse and something called a “buckle tart” (similar to a crumble, but creamier!).  The Rose House Tea Room from Flushing brought their delicate crepe layer cakes and beautiful china plates.  

8-Bit Bakeshop brought their A-game and comic book inspired cookies with playful designs pleasing to the eyes…and bellies.

8-Bit Bakeshop Cookies

There were also bundt cakes from NYC Bundts   Really tasty coconut and chocolate chip mini bundt cakes which were crumble moist on the inside and a crunchy ring on the outside.

Coconut and Chocolate Chip Bundts

So what did we wash down all this amazing food with?  We tried some local wines from Brooklyn Winery and hometown beer OG Brooklyn Brewery.  Good to see they let some Kings County commoners in to join in the fun.  Astoria Distillery was mixing up their twist on a Tom Collins with some fresh raspberry puree, lemon juice with their own gin.  The gin on its own was fragrant of juniper and smooth going down.

Astoria Distillery

But probably the biggest hit of the night was brought by Shake Shack with their Abita Root Beer Float!   Mixing this sweet, hard root beer with their creamy vanilla ice cream brought out the kid in all of us.

Shake Shack Root Beer Float

By the end of the night we had our fill of Queens food and drink, without having to leave room.  With all of these different offerings of cultural food under one roof, it really was representative of the worlds fair held there back in 1964.  And now we have even more reasons to go back to explore all of the delicious foods that Queens has to offer!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

The Weekly Roundup: NYC Mother's Day Brunch For Every Mom, Urbanspace Food Pop-Ups Lineup and The Pie Sundae

  • Boat Bars Are Back For The Season: It's time to drink and eat on the water again. Restaurants and bars on barges and boats are slowly reopening for the season. Already, The Frying Pan at Pier 66 in Chelsea has been open for a couple weeks. 
  • Fairway, Unable to Fend Off Rivals, Files for Bankruptcy: The parent company of the struggling New York grocery chain Fairway Market filed for bankruptcy on Monday, just three years after taking the company public, after an ambitious expansion plan failed to generate enough sales to pay down the company’s debt.
  • 8 Mother's Day Brunch Options for Every "Type" of Mom: Selecting a Mother's Day brunch venue in NYC can be as stressful as showing up single to your (younger) sister's wedding. This year, don’t take a one-brunch-fits-all approach. From the “cool” mom to the new mom, here are eight places to brunch for every "type" of mother. 
  • Urbanspace Outdoor Food Pop-Ups Start This Month With New Vendors: The warm weather food hall pop-ups of Urbanspace return this month, with new vendors like Ice and Vice, Beatrice Inn, and Emmet's Deep Dish Pizza joining the lineup this year. Urbanspace, which also runs the brick-and-mortar Vanderbilt food hall, has been bringing the food pop-ups to the city for years now, each time with a outdoor version of a mini-food hall. 

  • The Full List of 2016 James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Winners: The James Beard Foundation announced its winners in the categories of Restaurant and Chef for awards season 2016.
  • Refugees Discover New Opportunities in the Food Industry: Look inside any kitchen in the United States and you're likely to see a number of people who didn't grow up speaking English: According to the Restaurant Opportunities Center, the restaurant industry is the second largest employer of immigrants in the United States.
    • After The Battle, The Harvest: Programs Help Vets Move Into Farming.  Arcadia, like dozens of organizations across the country, is training veterans to be farmers. And farming seems to be a good fit for vets, says Pam Hess, who directs Arcadia, judging by how fast the new greenhouse went up.
  • The U.S. Is Sitting on a Mountain of Cheese: European dairy products are so cheap right now that the U.S. itself has become the new No. 1 customer for some products -- imports of EU butter doubled last year and rose 17 percent for cheese, according to the European Commission. All that excess supply is building up in U.S. refrigerators, especially as American dairy production heads to a record this year. 
  • 16 Lessons I Learned from a Year of Traveling (and Eating) Around the World: In 365 days of face stuffing, we tucked into thousands of meals, the lion’s share of which were incredible (and we didn’t get sick once!). But you don’t have to travel for a full year, or even close to that, to get more out of your gastronomic adventuring. Let our journey be your guide.


  • IFC Center threatens to leave Greenwich Village if expansion plans fall through: A zoning variance is all that stands in the way of the IFC Center's plans to begin a $10 million-plus expansion to nearly double its Greenwich Village footprint. But if the Board of Standards and Appeals denies the art-house movie theater its zoning change, IFC says it may leave the neighborhood when its lease ends, even passing on its upcoming renewal option.

  • The Best Bacon, Egg, & Cheese Sandwiches In NYC: There are three Court Street Grocers locations these days, but only the outposts in Carroll Gardens and Greenwich Village offer up these superb sandwich-makers' version of the BEC. I always order the B+B ($8), which comes with crisp Burger's Bacon between the creamy scrambled eggs and gooey cheese.

  • Black Label Burger Pops Up on the Menu at McNally's Bowery Beauty, Cherche Midi: Starting this Wednesday, Minetta Tavern's Black Label Burger — arguably one of the most influential hamburgers of all time — will be available at Keith McNally's two-year-old French charmer, Cherche Midi. Mr. McNally sends word the Black Label is replacing the prime rib burger, which also garnered quite a bit of acclaim during its run at the restaurant.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Weekly Roundup: Where To Eat Outdoors In NYC, Big Apple BBQ Official Lineup and The Best Sandwich Ever

  • Where to Eat and Drink Outdoors Now That It's Finally Warming Up: After spending months hanging out indoors, New Yorkers are collectively (very) ready for the sun. There are, of course, already lots of great places to eat and drink outside, but more and more keep opening up. Here, 18 patios, sidewalk cafés, and backyards you can check out this spring, summer, and into the early fall, both brand-new ones and dependable spots that have opened in the last couple of years.
  • Queens Taste 2016 brings explosion of 60+ best eateries in the borough: We hope you’re really hungry, because the food festival Queens Taste 2016 has a long lineup of the best our borough’s food scene has to offer.  For the 14th year in row, the Queens Economic Development Corporation and the Queens Tourism Council are teaming up to bring the best of Queens food under one giant roof for us to taste it all.
  • Here Is the Official Line Up for The Big Apple Barbecue Block Party 2016: The 14th annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party will take place on June 11 and 12, in and around Madison Square Park. The event is a benefit for the Madison Square Park Conservancy, who will be directly managing the event this year.
  • Inside Amada, Jose Garces's Philly Hit Reimagined for Downtown Manhattan: Here is a look around Jose Garces's Amada, now open in Battery Park City. This marks the third location of the Spanish restaurant that got its start back in Philadelphia a decade ago, and earned the chef a James Beard award.

  • Dominique Crenn Wins This Year’s ‘Best Female Chef’ Award — Here’s How She Feels About It: Since the group behind the World's 50 Best Restaurants ranking created the Best Female Chef award in 2012, the honor — previously received by Elena Arzak, Nadia Santini, Helena Rizzo, and Hélène Darroze — has been met with controversy.
  • Research Shows Uglier Produce Could Actually Be Healthier: When people see a tomato that's sprouting five miniature tomatoes from its stem, or a carrot that looks like the foot of Sasquatch, it seems like a Little Shop of Horrors situation. But NPR says at least some scientific evidence suggests that weird-looking fruits and vegetables will not hurt you, but that they could actually deliver greater nutritional value than the prettier stuff.
  • Everyone Really Is Just Picking Their Wine Based on the Label: surveyed 2,000 wine drinkers about their buying and consumption habits, asking them to choose between three bottles of red wine and three bottles of white wine without providing any information besides images of each bottle.
  • Meet the Server Turned Florist Who Draws Inspiration From Chefs: Flowers used to be an important aspect of restaurant décor, but as a minimalist aesthetic has gained popularity, wallpaper and bouquets have given way to white walls and fiddle-leaf-fig plants. Now, though, elaborate flower arrangements are starting to creep back into cool restaurants.


  • Jesse Schenker To Close West Village Restaurant Recette: Chef and restaurateur Jesse Schenker is closing his West Village restaurant Recette due to rent increases, the chef has announced and tells Eater. He opened neighborhood modern American restaurant six years ago, and though not all critics initially loved it, he ended up earning a positive two stars from Sam Sifton at the Times.
  • The New Takeout: Restaurants Open Retail Markets Right Inside.  Suprema Provisions: This Greenwich Village wine bar serves a menu of pan-European dishes featuring impeccably sourced ingredients such as Ramón Peña sardines—“the world’s best,” says owner Joshua Wesson, and a favorite of Spain’s top chefs for their old-style preparation and silky texture.

  • Russian Dumplings, Like Grandma’s, at Two Village Spots: On icy nights this winter, bare-chested men could sometimes be spied clustered by Anton’s Dumplings, a food cart on the corner of West Third Street and Avenue of the Americas. The 26-year-old chef, Anton Yelyashkevich, had promised free dumplings to anyone who dared eat them shirtless, in the style of Vladimir Putin commandeering a horse across Siberia.

  • Still Got It: Nom Wah Tea Parlor.  Nom Wah Tea Parlor, Chinatown's longstanding dim sum cornerstone, has been tucked into the "Bloody Angle" of Doyers Street for 96 years. And in that time, all that's really changed is the way in which you order.

  • The Best Sandwich Ever: You can find that sandwich at Defonte’s Sandwich Shop, on Columbia Street in Brooklyn, near the exit to the Hugh Carey Tunnel that leads from Red Hook to the Battery in Manhattan. It is a beautiful torpedo of food — crunchy, silken, sweet and spicy all at once.

Monday, April 25, 2016

2016 Bacon And Beer Classic at Citifield Wrapup!

There have been many duo’s over the years meant to play together.  Sonny and Cher, Simon and Garfunkle, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dog.  But none have ever been as tasty as Bacon and Beer!

On Friday, April 22, we were lucky enough to be invited to the Bacon and Beer Classic at Citifield. Held in seven cities throughout the US, this event welcomes breweries and restaurants to set up stalls and provide tastings of beer and bacon-infused food to hungry attendees. 

With a beautiful ballpark as backdrop, and blasting music setting up a party-like atmosphere, we set about getting our sampling on. We were provided with a ceramic take-home shot glass that each brewery we stopped at generously filled right to the very top. To add to the good vibes, a brass band welcomed you at check-in and a bacon-eating contest happened halfway through, which was broadcast on jumbotrons throughout the stadium. There were merchandise stands throughout, one of which had a pig mascot with a piece of plush bacon to really bring on the porky vibes. Overall, a great event with a fun atmosphere and delicious tastings. All of the vendors were excited about their products which resulted in happy customers throughout the stadium.

Here are a few of our favorites:

Chicken Liver Crostini from Hunter’s on Smith Street in BK - bacon-infused chicken liver with a cornichon, olive and pepper on top of a crostini. Smooth, velvety, crunchy. 

S’mores from 240sweet - a marshmallow first toasted and then rolled in bacon bits, and then graham cracker dust, and then chocolate. Truly a decadent twist on sweet and savory. 

Bacon-infused meatball with dipping sauce from The Avenue - a juicy, decadent, melt-in-your mouth meatball with a cheese dipping sauce. 

Other favorites were “This Little Piggie” chocolate caramel and “Pig Candy” (chocolate covered bacon) from Roni-Sue’s Chocolates  the name pig candy pretty much says it all. Sweet, crunchy, divine. 

And now for the BEER!

Great Adirondack Brewing Co. was pouring some deliciously extra-creamy Cream Ale, a great pairing with the sweeter bacon offerings.

Black Hog Brewing from CT, and Magic Hat Brewery from VT also came with their game hats on, pairing their best bacon friendly beers with the nights offerings.

Black Hogs “Ginga Ninja”, an IPA beer brewed with fresh ginger that really cut through the fattiness of the bacon. With a beer name like that, and art work to follow, you really can’t help checking out their cans!

Magic Hat’s “Electric Peel” is an IPA brewed with fruit, this time grapefruit, that really elevates the bitter hop taste to a level which can stand up to a bacon armegeddon.  Or a breakfast anytime meal!

Some other great “Beer Alternatives” was Bad Seed Cider with their small batch dry cider made with local Hudson Valley apples.  Also Spiked Seltzer was on hand pouring these refreshing spritzers, which is a lot better than the Zima we grew up with!

If you are Bacon and Beer lovers like us, join us next year when we do it all over again!

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