Thursday, August 25, 2016
The Weekly Roundup: NYC "Dining Out With Kids" Guide, Blue Hill Bar Menu, Noodle Sandwiches and Corn Ice Cream
- A Guide to Dining Out With Children in NYC: As the millennials have grown up and started having babies, many have changed their minds about the suitability of taking offspring along on a dinner date. Not only have they come to tolerate children in restaurants — their own and those of others — but they learned to look forward to a chance to go out and savor what can be a rewarding intergenerational experience.
- Kids Eat Free at Thomas Keller’s Per Se for One Intense Day This Fall: Per Se, an ultra-expensive restaurant that has taken a few blows from the critics in recent years, is offering a special kids eat free deal on September 18. On this rare occasion, guests under 16-years-old who have never been to Per Se before will be served seven-course meals free of charge, so long as they are accompanied by parents or guardians who pay the $215 grown-ups price for that lunch.
- 6 Noodle Sandwiches To Stuff Your Face With In NYC: Baked ziti pizza may have been New York City's original carb-loaded mash-up, but noodle-loaded sandwiches are bringing even more starchy goodness to the five boroughs. Used as bread, in between bread or both, noodles are slowly becoming the key to creating a kick-ass sandwich. Here are some of the best carb on carb-on-carb creations this sandwich-centric city has to offer.
- 14 New Bars and Nightlife Spots Opening This Fall: BlackTail, This spot from the founders of the Dead Rabbit is meant to recall Cuba during America’s Prohibition. There’s décor culled from Havana antiques shops, palm plants, and (like the bar’s Irish-American sister) a menu that resembles a beautiful book.
- 10 Best Dishes for Curing Hanger in NYC: Hanger, the physiological love child of hunger and anger, is something that most of us have experienced. But in a city like NYC there's no reason to let hanger get the best of you, with so many delicious quick-bite options around every corner. Here are 10 delicious ways to keep hanger at bay in 10 different NYC neighborhoods.
- Someone Probably Just Revealed Colonel Sanders’s Top-Secret KFC Recipe: The Chicago Tribune may have just stumbled upon a food-industry scoop for the ages. It sent a reporter to visit the Harland Sanders Café and Museum in Kentucky for what started out as a standard travel piece, but ended with a fried-chicken recipe containing “11 spices” and utter disbelief.
- The Biggest New Cookbooks of 2016: This year's fall cookbooks appeal to budding restaurant historians, technique-obsessed cooks, pop culture enthusiasts, and even novice chefs.
- Tucson Becomes an Unlikely Food Star: Coaxing a vibrant food culture from this land of heat and cactuses an hour’s drive north of the Mexican border seems an exhausting and impossible quest. But it’s never a good idea to underestimate a desert rat. Tucson, it turns out, is a muscular food town.
- Risky Baking: It’s Hard to Make a Perfect Bagel Without Lye. The bubbling caldron was the final step in a three-month baking saga that was as maddening as it was gratifying. The good news is it only took me 300 bagels to nail it. The frustrating news is that the key to nailing it had been just across the Bay Bridge all along.
- Finish Summer Strong by Eating As Much Corn Ice Cream As You Can: At Cones, an underrated South American parlor in the West Village, owner Oscar D’aloisio actually claims that he was the first to ever sell corn ice cream in New York. “My customers from Brazil were asking for the flavor nine years ago, and we didn’t think it was going to be good,” D’aloisio says.
- ‘Late Night’ host Seth Meyers nabs a Greenwich Village co-op for $7.5M: Funnyman Seth Meyers has just scored himself a sprawling duplex spread in Greenwich Village. According to city records released this afternoon, the comedian and his wife Alexi dropped $7.519M on the 3,200-square-foot co-op at 32 Washington Square West, a prewar construction that sits at the northwest corner of the beloved Washington Square Park.
- Dan Barber’s New Blue Hill Bar Menu Will Reinterpret Fast-Food Classics: “It seems like every chef is taking on fast-casual these days,” says Blue Hill’s Dan Barber, “so we thought we’d throw our hat in the ring.” Not by opening a new restaurant or spinning off a fried-chicken chain, but by concocting a new bar-menu option riffing on iconic fast foods and serving the entire meal (except dessert) on a tray at once.
- 'Mornings at Dante' May Become Your Favorite NYC Breakfast Tradition: Dante is that casual cool spot in Greenwich Village where you want to saddle up to the bar for a night of craft cocktails… or savor some Italian-American fare with friends surrounded by old world European atmosphere… or maybe just stake out one of the coveted outdoor tables for some prime MacDougal Street people watching.
- Meatpacking District Clubstaurant Spice Market To Close In September: Acclaimed French chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten's fantastical bi-level homage to Southeast Asian street food Spice Market enters the clubstaurant history books when it closes at the end of September.
- Two New Stops for Middle Eastern Food: Dizengoff and Gyro96. At Dizengoff, a hummus stand that opened in May in Chelsea Market, this glory is achieved not in a traditional wood-fired clay taboon but in a gas oven built for pizza. The chef, Emily Seaman, has to be patient. Every morning she throws the first dozen loaves away. “They don’t have the right finish,” she said.
- Logan Hicks's Spectacular Bowery Mural Is Now DONE: After a false start in July, artist Logan Hicks spent the last five days (and nights) completely redoing his epic stencil mural on the Bowery Wall. Yesterday afternoon he finished the work, and the result was pretty amazing.
- Xi’an Famous Foods Is About to Get Even Bigger: The additional kitchen space frees Xi’an to expand to more busy New York "hot spots," like the Financial District and the Flatiron.
- LEARNING TO MAKE HAND-PULLED NOODLES IN XI'AN, CHINA: New Yorkers love Xi'an Famous Foods, but check out where it all started with Trevor James as he makes his way over to the motherland, Xi'an, China, in the latest installment of The Explorers.
- Go Fish at Osakana, an Awesome, New Brooklyn Seafood Market: Osakana aims to set itself apart still further from your average fishmonger by launching a regular lineup of discussions, tastings, workshops and classes; from demos on breaking down whole fish and sharpening knives, to how-to’s on constructing sushi and poke.
Thursday, August 18, 2016
The Weekly Roundup: Bon Appetite's 10 Best New Restaurants, Murray's Cheese Takes Bronze and NYC's Most Anticipated Fall Openings
- 5 New Takeout Windows Where You Can Grab Great Food on the Go: Aside from being fast and convenient, these spots are also a great way to taste an acclaimed chef’s food at a much lower cost. Here are five new and notable takeout spots that have become destinations in their own right.
- NYC'S BEST CHEAP (AND FREE!) COFFEE SUBSCRIPTIONS & DEALS: You’d be surprised to find that the city is actually full of various subscription services and loyalty programs that can help keep your coffee budget lower than your dining-out and drinking-out budgets. Here’s how to get actually good coffee on the cheap in NYC.
- Famed Breadmaker Orwashers Expands West: The beloved baker is turning 100 and celebrating with a new outpost on the UWS.
- The 45 Most Anticipated NYC Restaurant Openings of Fall 2016: From new concepts from celebrity chefs like Jean-Georges Vongerichten to revivals of classic spots like Blue Water Grill and Chumley's, fall 2016 is offering up a juicy crop of openings worth sinking your teeth into.
- Why a Control State Liquor Store Might Be Your Best Bet for Finding Rare and Interesting Spirits: Control states like Oregon, North Carolina, Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania are frequently blasted on online whiskey forums, and probably rightly so.
- A Chicago Food Tour for the New York Skeptic: Once you realize these places are quite excellent, it might entice you to explore the rest of this diverse, vibrant culinary capital.
- America's Best New Restaurants 2016: They’re right. Every year, we scour the country and eat ourselves silly searching for the best new restaurants in America. This is the most eclectic, geographically diverse, and delicious Hot 10 we’ve ever compiled.
- What You're Really Getting When You Buy Parmesan Cheese in America: In the United States, it's often grated and used as a topping, but if that's the only way you've ever tried it, you're missing half the fun—in Italy, Parmesan cheese is routinely broken into nuggets and popped straight into the mouth, sometimes with a drizzle of aged balsamic vinegar as a bonus.
- Chumley’s May Finally Reopen Its Historic Doors Next Month: Legendary West Village speakeasy Chumley’s may finally be open to business next month, after nearly a decade out of commission and years of false starts. Restaurateur Alessandro Borgognone — who’s best known for the upscale Sushi Nakawaza — tells the Times that his revival of the bar will be opening on September 6.
- Murray's Cheese's Greensward Wins Third Place at Best in Show: New York City’s Murray’s Cheese’s won third place in the American Cheese Society’s five best-in-show for their Greensward cheese. Every year since 1983, The American Cheese Society hosts a cheese competition where cheeses from all over North America are ranked. This year, the competition was held from July 27-30 in Des Moines, Iowa.
- A Peek at Mah-Ze-Dahr, The New Bakery From Cult Favorite Chef Umber Ahmad: Beloved pastry chef Umber Ahmad is finally close to opening the doors on the first brick-and-mortar location of her bakery Mah-Ze-Dahr — currently a wholesale operation that’s a favorite of people like Tom Colicchio and Oprah. Ahmad and executive pastry chef Shelly Barbera now only await gas for the cafe at 28 Greenwich Ave. and expect to open in the next few weeks.
- Greenwich Village With the City’s Best Clam Pizza: The most exciting pie at the original Denino’s is the clam. I’m delighted to report the Village version ($29) is every bit as good, a molten mass of briny minced clams and mozzarella on a crisp, nicely tanned crust. Generously furnished with bivalves, it’s easily the best clam pie in New York City.
- Oysters NYC: Best places to eat bivalves. The Lobster Place offers the chance to sample different varieties of oysters before picking the best to take with you. Oysters typically range from $2 to $3 each. And if you don't want to leave home, the Lobster Place is offering an Oyster Sampler Kit that can be ordered online.
- Pasquale Jones' Tim Caspare Brings an Umbrian Pork Shank to Nolita: One of the first, and also the simplest, dishes chef Tim Caspare learned to cook while apprenticing in a Italy was an Umbrian-style pork shank. That was back in 2004, at the beginning of a career that would take him from cooking rustic foods in the rolling hills that surround the Umbrian capital of Perugia to the haute California cuisine of Quince and Cotogna in San Francisco. Now, he helms the kitchen of avant garde pizzeria Pasquale Jones in NYC.
- The Best Chinese Restaurants in Downtown NYC: New York City has a reputation for some of the best Chinese food in the country, and if you dine at any of these seven restaurants listed below, you’ll know why. Forget chicken with lemon sauce and fried rice order, because the menu options at these fine dining establishments are so much more fun.
- A Big Barbecue Bash Blows Into Brooklyn Flea This Weekend: This Saturday at the Fort Greene Flea and Sunday at the DUMBO Flea, eight barbecue purveyors will be slinging 'cue amidst the vintage collectibles, offering an around-the-country array of delectable smoked foods.
Thursday, August 4, 2016
The Weekly Roundup: A First Look At FiDi Eataly, Union Fare's Croissant Ice Cream Sandwich and How To Eat Korean BBQ
- First Look Inside The Gigantic New Eataly Location At 4 World Trade Center: Eataly, hellbent on turning New York into a Rome with streets that are easier to cross, will open its second location in New York this month in the Financial District at 4 World Trade Center. We got a sneak peek at the 48,000 square foot food emporium today, and it was basically like diving into a beautiful sea of bread.
- New York City’s Last Remaining Dairy Plant Is Closing: A little-known fact about New York City is that a good amount of milk was once produced here. The area’s dairy heartland is upstate, but for centuries — literally since the Dutch were calling it New Amsterdam — somebody in this city has been bottling milk, and for most of that time even raising the dairy cows. Sadly, that era will come to an end on October 30, when Elmhurst Dairy, the last remaining producer inside city limits, closes its 80-year-old plant in Jamaica, Queens.
- 12 New Desserts That Are Essentially Deluxe Childhood Favorites: Chocolate spheres and conceptual cakes can be great. More often than not, though, what you really want is a dessert you know and love. Nothing more complicated then an old-fashioned sundae or a couple of slices of a classic butter cake. Thankfully, chefs at many spots around town are turning out their own takes on the sweets they, and you, grew up adoring. Here, a dozen for your sweet tooth.
- Union Fare’s Bakery Turns Super-Creative Croissants Into Lobster Rolls and Ice-Cream Sandwiches: They did it by eschewing novelty techniques and instead focusing on flavors, rolling out croissants that would probably feel out of place in Paris: birthday cake, matcha, cookies and cream, red velvet, and crème brûlée. And, as of today, they’re taking those flavors and also using them as the base of some brand-new ice-cream sandwiches.
- Fifty Finalists Are… An onigiri-slinging food truck, a pintxos party in the Rust Belt, an absolutely zero-frills taqueria, a French-Mexican brunch hangout, and 46 more of the most memorable restaurants we ate at this year. Check back August 16 to find out which spots earn a coveted place in the Hot 10.
- What It Takes to Run an Oyster Farm: On this episode of Shokunin, host and sushi chef David Bouhadana dons rubber pants and wades into the Pacific to learn more about oyster farming — specifically, the work of Moro Bay Oyster Company owner and manager Neal Maloney and his team.
- A Beginner's Guide To Eating Korean BBQ: Korean BBQ is one of the most fun and delicious communal dining experiences one can have, but for a newbie who doesn't know their banchan from their bulgogi, or their soju and their ssambap, it can be a little intimidating the first time.
- Northeast Braces for Devastating Peach Shortage: New England’s freak-show weather earlier this year — 40 degrees below zero on Valentine’s Day, 70 degrees above it a few weeks later — is having precisely the toll forecasters feared on the region’s fruit supplies.
- Seabird, a Seafood Restaurant from the Mountain Bird Team, Opens With Mediterranean Vibes: The team from critically acclaimed Harlem restaurant Mountain Bird is now serving seafood in the West Village at Seabird, a casual cafe with a raw bar and comfort food like burgers and sandwiches.
- Inside Casa Apicii, A Gorgeous New Restaurant In A Greenwich Village Townhouse: In an era of minimalist Edison bulbs and reclaimed wood, a restaurant that selects a bold, dramatic design aesthetic deserves a round of applause, at least. Casa Apicii, which opened on West 9th Street last week in a historic townhouse, deserves plenty of claps for its embrace of the dramatic.
- Fellow Barber opening fourth NYC location at Chelsea Market: Fellow Barber is celebrating its 10th anniversary by opening its new location at the Chelsea Market. The new 400 s/f branch is the barbershop’s sixth location and fourth in New York City.
- Morgenstern's Finest Ice Cream Launches New 'Heavy Hitters' Flavor Series: Nick Morgenstern rounded up five famous New York City chefs to create their own ice cream flavors for his "Heavy Hitters" series launching Aug. 1 at 2 Rivington St., giving each talent the opportunity to put their unique spin on the frozen favorite.
- Vic’s Sun Gold–Tomato Salad Is the Ultimate Summer Greenmarket Dish: Peak tomato season is upon us, and Vic’s Hillary Sterling has set the bar high for chefs whose goal it is to spotlight summertime’s No. 1 Greenmarket ingredient in ways that go beyond a drizzle of olive oil, a sprinkle of sea salt, and a strewing of basil.
- Chinatown Residents Speak Out about the Area’s Influx of Art Galleries: In the heart of Chinatown last Tuesday evening, some three dozen New Yorkers filed into the neighborhood’s oldest store, Wing On Wo & Co., to discuss the recent influx of galleries to the area.
- Here’s a Tour of the World’s First Commercial Rooftop Vineyard in Brooklyn: Oenophiles with bad hay fever, your day has finally come: The world’s first-ever commercial rooftop vineyard has fully ensconced itself on 15,000 square feet atop the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where it’s already growing rows of grapes.
Thursday, July 28, 2016
The Weekly Roundup: A Dining Guide To City Island, Zagat Changes It's Ratings and NYC's Best Summer Dishes
- NYC’s Best Summer Dishes – 2016: Here’s a list of eateries that are putting that cornucopia of goodies to especially good use. From Nix and its Toybox Melon, topped with housemade cottage cheese, to Blue Hill and their Zucchini Carbonara, sauced with pullet egg yolk and pancetta!
- A Dining Guide To The Seafood Utopia Of City Island: A summer in New York City is incomplete without a visit to City Island, the closest thing you'll get to a New England seaside town without actually leaving the city. Never been? Grab an UberPool or borrow your cool friend's car and drive out to the former fishing village connected by bridge to the mainland of the Bronx. Parking isn't a problem—almost every restaurant has complimentary parking lots and ample street parking is easily available.
- Me and Magnolia: Life Before and After the Cupcake Bomb Went Off. I live a block away from the original Magnolia Bakery on Bleecker Street in the West Village, so I definitely noticed when it opened 20 years ago. But nobody paid much attention until it was popularized by an episode of Sex and the City in 2000.
- Where To Find The Best Classic NYC Dishes: New York, a town bought by the Dutch for a handful of Ess-A-Bagel dough, has long since been a City Of Food, boasting the universe's finest pizza, hot dogs, steaks, bagels, and more. We've rounded up some of the city's best classic dishes, and note that while a number of the standbys stand strong, the twenty-first century has introduced quite a few new takes on old favorites, along with some original foods that have already made it into the canon.
- Scientists Engineered a Tomato That Doesn’t Get Mushy: Welcome Frankentomatoes to the class of perishable foods tweaked to become indestructible: un-bruisable potatoes, apples that can’t oxidize, and salmon that grow twice as fast on 75 percent as much food.
- Zagat Is Changing the Way It Rates Restaurants: For as long as Zagat has been publishing restaurant guides, readers have had to ask themselves whether there’s really a difference between food with a 21 and 22 rating. No longer. Google has expressed hostility toward Zagat’s traditional rating system since acquiring the company in 2011, and now the longtime restaurant guide has done away with it.
- Why Do People Want Veggie Burgers That Bleed? Meat alternatives aren’t new — after all, vegetarianism has its roots in ancient Greece — but the newest crop of products meant to replace animal protein is more high-tech than hippie. The modern meat-free burger or steak gets its flavor from scientists in lab coats, rather than Birkenstock-wearing cooks thoughtfully forming patties from beans, quinoa, and carrots.
- How to Make Fried Chicken: People argue over what starch is used to coat the chicken, about the fat used to fry it, about the temperature at which it cooks. But really all you want is what the great Southern chef Bill Neal called “chicken that tastes like chicken, with a crust that snaps and breaks with fragility.”
- Happy Trails to You, Fatty Crab, it Was Fun While it Lasted: Fatty Crab, the Hudson Street cafe that spawned a mini-empire of casual Southeast Asian-inspired restaurants, is now closed for good. Chef Zak Pelaccio opened the restaurant back in 2005, but he left the Fatty Group a few years ago to focus on Fish & Game, his restaurant in Hudson, NY. On Friday, the management posted an announcement on the restaurant’s Facebook page about the closure.
- Glazed and Amused: Savory doughnuts are dominating bakeries, and they're delicious
- Slain pizzeria owner isn’t the first pizza-related feud: Today, Vitale’s Web site bears the disclaimer, “Joe’s Pizza on Hollywood and Joe’s Pizza on sunset are not affiliated with Famous Joe’s Pizza, Inc. DBA Joe’s Pizza at 7 Carmine Street, NY.”
- Storied Restaurant Space Reopens As Fifty In The West Village: Perhaps more than many restaurants, Fifty has a lot to live up to. The restaurant, which opened mid-July, occupies the site of several well-regarded restaurants, most recently Chef Harold Moore's Commerce, which shuttered a year ago following a dispute with the landlord.
- Another Stylish Vegetarian Restaurant Has Opened in New York: At Ladybird — located on a bustling block of Macdougal Street and open until 2 a.m. — chef Daphne Cheng (who also oversees the menu at Mother of Pearl and Cienfuegos) is making vaguely virtuous dishes like coconut quiche with “beet chorizo,” charred eggplant with crispy rice and feta, sweet-potato fries with miso butter, and a burrata dessert.
- Growing Pains: Banker Relationship Helps Cookie Empire Expand From Upper East Side Apartment. This cookie empire began with her mother’s oatmeal raisin cookie recipe and the oven in her Upper East Side apartment kitchen. By building a close relationship with a local banker, she was able to secure the necessary financing to move the business out of her home and achieve the prominence she now holds in the industry.
- Chelsea Market’s Buon’Italia Sets Sights on Jersey City: One such company is Buon’Italia, an Italian food importer and distributor with a shop in Chelsea Market, who is moving their warehousing operations into a 27,500 square foot warehouse at 109 Port Jersey Blvd Jersey City. There’s also talk of opening a Buon’Italia location in downtown.
- Museum of Ice Cream Pop-Up Opens With Sprinkles Galore: The museum featuring all things ice cream will open its doors to the public tomorrow (FRIDAY) with a life size pool of sprinkles, an ice cream playground, and art inspired by summer’s coldest, creamiest sweet treat. The Museum of Ice Cream will only be around for a month at 100 Gansevoort St., and tickets have already sold out. But people can try their luck on Friday, when the space will be open to the public between 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for free on a first come, first served basis.
NOLITA/NOHO FOOD NEWS
- Haircut in a time machine: My first advice for outside of Turkey is the New York Shaving Company. In a word, it is a barber shop designed for the men who imagine that they were lords in their past life and who like baroque architecture.
- Pasquale Jones Brings a Little Novelty to Little Italy: Pasquale Jones is the second restaurant from the Charlie Bird team, led by the chef Ryan Hardy and two wine scholars, Robert Bohr and Grant Reynolds. The three of them squeeze so many of the prevailing casual New York-Italian tropes into this glass-walled dining room on the corner of Kenmare and Mulberry Streets that it’s virtually a showroom of the genre, circa 2016.
- The Best Places to Eat in NYC on a Budget: Spicy Village; This bare-bones Chinatown Henanese joint is a chef favorite for its Spicy Big Tray Chicken and hand-pulled noodles in lamb broth. It’s BYOB, so bring your own wine opener.
- Is This The Most Instagrammed Spot In Brooklyn? If you stand on Washington Street in DUMBO, you will never be alone. The stretch between Plymouth and Front streets is often filled with people—standing on cobblestone and surrounded by old brick buildings—pointing their phones at the Manhattan Bridge.
Thursday, July 14, 2016
The Weekly Roundup: The Best Frozen Treats In NYC, Denino's Pizza Lands In The Village and The Dominique Ansel & Alex Stupak Ice cream Taco
- The Best (New) Cheap Eats in New York: If you thought New York held no new surprises in the realm of discount dining, this year’s edition of the budget-gourmet guide will set you straight.
- Why Legendary Chef Gray Kunz Has Returned to New York — With an Upstate Steakhouse: It was a bit of a shock last December when it was announced that Gray Kunz, the hugely influential chef behind Manhattan’s groundbreaking Lespinasse, would return to New York. Well, sort of. As it turned out, Kunz would be returning upstate, to Saratoga Springs, with, in a sign of the times to all of the naysayers, a steakhouse called Salt & Char.
- Great Restaurants For A Last-Minute Date Night: Whether you got out of work earlier than expected and thought it'd be nice to go out for dinner or are just generally bad at making plans but still committed to romance, planning a date night last minute can be tricky. To solve that problem, the following are places that are walk-in only (but not places that will have a three-hour wait) as well as great restaurants where you can usually get a reservation fairly last minute.
- Where To Find The Best Frozen Treats In NYC: Bagels and pizza might be a New Yorker's main source of sustenance, but when summer rolls around, people in this city really love ice cream.
- Beer Industry Agrees to Start Slapping Calorie Counts on Bottles: The labels on domestics like Bud and Miller High Life are about to change: The country’s top brewers — Anheuser-Busch InBev, MillerCoors, Constellation Brands, and Heineken — have all agreed to finally add so-called “serving facts” labels, finally providing people with quantitative data on calories, carbs, protein, fat, alcohol content, and even a freshness date.
- Every Question You Have About GMOs, Answered: Surveys show that people overwhelmingly want to know if their food contains GMOs — and restaurants like Chipotle have catered to those demands with anti-GMO marketing pushes — but most of them aren’t really sure why. So what exactly are GMO foods, why are they so controversial, and what’s this GMO labeling debate all about?
- How to Avoid the Most Common Fake Foods on Restaurant Menus: Restaurants have been taking it tough lately when it comes to food fraud. Traditionally, such scandals have involved supermarket staples like domestic Parmesan cut with high levels of cellulose, extra-virgin olive oil that failed to meet the extra-virgin standard, honey diluted with corn syrup, or dried spices "extended" with chopped weeds.
- The Most Iconic Restaurant in Every Single U.S. State: Chicago deep-dish pizza. New York bagels. Maryland crab cakes. Food is a big part of a place’s identity. And over the years, certain restaurants have emerged as the ultimate representation of each and every state. From Alabama’s Dreamland Bar-B-Q to Wyoming’s Bubba’s, these are the restaurants (and, OK, fast-food joints) that make America so tasty.
- Dominique Ansel and Alex Stupak Dreamed Up This New Ice-Cream Taco: Not to be outdone by Daniel Boulud and Nicholas Morgenstern’s hot-dog ice cream, Dominique Ansel and Empellón’s Alex Stupak have collaborated on an ice-cream taco, with sweet-corn ice cream, a masa-waffle cone “taco shell,” a swirl of roasted corn caramel, lime zest, sea salt, and smokey salsa verde on the side.
- Staten Island-Born Denino's Pizzeria Opens In Greenwich Village This Week: On Wednesday, the first Manhattan offshoot of outstanding Staten Island pizzeria Denino's will open on MacDougal Street, nearly a year after the family revealed the new franchise location. The grand opening celebrations begin on July 13th and run until Saturday, July 16th, when a new borough learns the excellence of one of the restaurant's savory thin crust pies.
- At Mimi, French Food Is a Celebration of Appetite: Mimi barely ruffled the waters of the crowded pond of New York dining when it materialized on a quiet Greenwich Village block last fall. The partners had never owned a restaurant before. The chef, Liz Johnson, was 25 years old. Although she had been cooking for a decade, it was hard to draw a bead on her busy work history.
- Museum of Ice Cream to Rock New York This Summer With Pool of Sprinkles: New museum dedicated to all things ice cream is popping up in the Meatpacking District in August — featuring art installations, history, ice cream samples, and an ice cream-themed playground of interactive exhibits like a life size pool of sprinkles. The Museum of Ice Cream, to pop up at 100 Gansevoort St., wants to be "a lick-able, likable, shareable ice cream-centric experience," co-founder Maryellis Bunn says.
- New Mini-Food Hall Bowery Market Opens Thursday With Alidoro, Butcher’s Daughter: New, permanent outdoor food mart featuring vendors like Italian sandwich shop Alidoro and hip fashion crowd veggie restaurant The Butcher’s Daughter is opening on the Bowery this week. The Bowery Market, real estate developer Scott Marano’s first food venture, was built on the site of a former auto-body shop at 348 Bowery, with each of the five vendors occupying a "mini-house" on the plot.
- 10 Essential NYC Dishes to Eat (and Instagram) According to EatingNYC: Rolled Ice Cream with Oreos at 10Below, The latest NYC dessert craze is Thai rolled ice cream."People have been going crazy for rolled-ice cream since it hit NYC last summer," Alexa shares.
- A New Park Slope Spot Specializes in Wood-Fired Dishes and Fresh-Milled Grains: Jake Novick-Finder is only 26, but his business in the kitchen has already helped him build up an impressive résumé. Raised in Park Slope and then the Hudson Valley, he’s returned to his hometown with his first restaurant, Gristmill, which will open tonight at 289 Fifth Avenue.
Thursday, July 7, 2016
The Weekly Roundup: NYC Tourist Trap Survival Guide, Meat Popsicles & Activated Charcoal Food Trends and The Best French Fries In NYC
- 12 New Lunch Dishes To Eat When You Sneak Away From the Office: It’s high time to enjoy the summer and get out of the humidity and into a great restaurant’s air-conditioned dining room. Here, 12 dishes to choose from for your next lunch — just don’t forget the martini.
- Activated Charcoal: NYC's Next Big Drinks Trend. Black is the new green: activated charcoal, a substance made by burning carbon at a high temperature, is now overtaking kale as the next big-time beverage ingredient.
- NYC Tourist-Trap Survival Guide: Just because you're stuck in a tourist trap doesn't mean you can't find something good to eat. Which is where we come in: Here are ten of the most visited tourist-y restaurants and what to order and/or avoid at each.
- The Best French Fries In NYC: French fries may be the most magical food in the universe, from the simplest shoe-strings to a loaded-up mess of tots. They're a delightful snack. They're the perfect side dish. They're a glorious meal on their own. I ate dozens of different fries in all their different iterations these past couple of months, at places both fancy and decidedly less so. Here I present the 12 absolute best.
- It's official: Raw cookie dough is a no-no. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced it is no longer safe to eat raw cookie dough or batter — even if you're using a recipe that doesn't use raw eggs.
- America’s Pesticides Are Threatening Organic Honey: As if honeybees weren’t handicapped enough already, it looks like America’s overuse of pesticides now taints so much pollen that honey can’t be called organic anymore. Farmers’ carpet-bomb approach to using pesticides and weedkillers has become ubiquitous, and some beekeepers in the U.S. have actually started advising consumers who seek high-quality organic honey to buy from somewhere else, like Brazil or Mexico.
- The World Is Eating More Fish, and That May Not Be a Good Thing: According to a new report from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, global fish consumption per capita has reached a record high. Fish consumption now exceeds 44 pounds per person per year, the BBC reported, and the authors of the report included a word of caution that marine resources are being over-harvested at unsustainable levels.
- The 50 best burger joints in America, ranked: To ensure that you get the truly best burger, we ranked the list based on Foursquare's data, which includes ratings, reviews, and popularity. Keep scrolling to see which joints serve the juiciest burgers in America.
- See’s Candies to open first New York store: A candy institution is finally coming to New York City after 95 years in business. See’s Candies, founded in Los Angeles in 1921, will open its first retail location in NYC in the Greenwich Village neighborhood.
- Meat Popsicles From Springbone Kitchen In New York City Are Not Your Average Summer Treat: Finally — a new summer confection to tempt your inner carnivore: meat-infused popsicles. A health food restaurant in New York City’s West Village is generating a significant amount of buzz by turning its signature beef broth into (refreshing?) ice pops.
- Nix Is On-Trend, But All Over the Map: One star for John Fraser's meat-free Greenwich Village restaurant.
- At Nix, Vegetables Get a Dash of Sex: Not long ago, vegetarian restaurants in the United States were the last place you’d expect to see people who looked as if they couldn’t wait to go home and have non-tantric sex. The crackle in the air at Nix and other recent meatless restaurants is what you get when you liberate vegetables from vegetarianism. Stripped of ideology, Nix is freed up for hedonic pursuits.
- What's New This Summer at New York City's Chelsea Market? Unsure where to eat? Don't know what you want to eat? Do you love ramen, tacos, pad thai, or barbecue? Craving ice cream? Doughnuts? Well Chelsea Market has the answers to all those questions for you! With a huge variety of delicous foods, and both sit-down and to-go eateries available, this upscale, urban food hall has everything you need to be satisfied.
- Luke’s Lobster, Gotham Poké, and More Premiere at the New Gansevoort Market: After opening in 2014, Gansevoort Market was unceremoniously booted earlier this year so that Keith McNally could take over the food hall’s space for a revival of his Meatpacking District longtimer Pastis, which itself had become homeless due to development. If you’re keeping score in this game of musical chairs, Gansevoort Market has quietly reopened on 14th Street and 9th Avenue with a host of new vendors in addition to some returning favorites.
- Del Posto Is America's High Church of Pasta: The linguine alla scampi at Del Posto, Manhattan's grand theatre of Italian dining, looks like a version you'd get at one of those New York institutions straight out of The Godfather: ribbons of flat noodles snaring crustaceans in a buttery gloss. From the first twirled forkful, though, it's clear that Mark Ladner, Del Posto's executive chef, has transformed the classic dish from the inside out.
- Jean-Michel Basquiat Gets a Plaque in NoHo: To immortalize the artist’s legacy, and the near-mythical era he represents, the GVSHP will be unveiling a plaque on the property on July 13.
- How Tiger Beer's N.Y.C. Pop-Up Challenged The Stereotypes Of "Made In Asia”: Designer James Dive talks about creating a space in the heart of Canal St. for the best in Asian art, fashion, technology, and design.
- Joey Chestnut is Nathan’s Famous hot dog eating champ once again after scarfing down record-breaking 70 franks in 10 minutes: Joey "Jaws" Chestnut regained his championship title and set a new record by downing a gut-busting 70 hot dogs in 10 minutes Monday at the Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest at Coney Island.
- At Nathan’s Hot Dog Contest, 15 Women Challenge the Gluttony Ceiling: For decades, men have flocked to Coney Island on the Fourth of July to test their stomachs and their will against the likes of Takeru Kobayashi and Joey Chestnut, and scarf down the most Nathan’s Famous hot dogs in 10 minutes. The competition on Monday was no different. But before Mr. Chestnut took the first of his many winning bites, before the green confetti fell and the cameras surrounded him and his competitors, a group of less celebrated women tried the same feat.
Thursday, June 30, 2016
The Weekly Roundup: Your 4th Of July Weekend In The City Guide, 12 Perfect Summer Session Beers and The 17 Best Iced Coffee Drinks In NYC
- 14 Ways To Eat, Drink, And Party This 4th Of July Weekend: On top of the East River fireworks, this long Fourth of July weekend will feature some of the best parties of the year. Whether you're looking to chow down on delicious grilled food, get a patriotic buzz, or just dance your patriotic ass off, here's what NYC has to offer for America's 240th birthday.
- The 17 Best Iced Coffee Drinks In NYC: Iced coffee is not as simple as it used to be. Gone are the days you could just fire up the Mr. Coffee and pour the hot stuff over some ice. Now, every sort of brewing contraption and extraction method exists, from cold brew to Kyoto, frappe to flash brewed. Here, the many different varieties of cold coffees and the best places to try them in the city.
- This Cool Time-Lapse Video Shows a Rooftop Garden’s Entire Growing Season: Ever wondered what it’s like to grow boutique lettuce on a New York rooftop? Urban farm Brooklyn Grange has documented the construction of an entire first growing season at their Brooklyn Navy Yard location — their second rooftop farm — in a short time-lapse video that’s surprisingly captivating.
- Great Northern Food Hall Opens in Grand Central Terminal: Danish food guru Claus Meyer recently brought his first-ever concept to NYC with Agern, a tasting menu experience in Grand Central Terminal. Now, the adjacent Great Northern Food Hall, an homage to some of Meyer's hometown foods is now open in historic Vanderbilt Hall.
- How Chef Ayako Kurokawa Makes Burrow's Sensational Cheesecake: Burrow, a tiny little pastry shop in the middle of Dumbo, could be called the Arcade Bakery of Brooklyn. Just like that acclaimed destination for viennoiseries, pizza, and very good bread, Burrow is tucked away in the lobby of an office building and so easy to miss from the street, you may find yourself double-checking your Google Maps directions.
- Jack Daniel’s Embraces a Hidden Ingredient: Help From a Slave. This year is the 150th anniversary of Jack Daniel’s, and the distillery, home to one of the world’s best-selling whiskeys, is using the occasion to tell a different, more complicated tale. Daniel, the company now says, didn’t learn distilling from Dan Call, but from a man named Nearis Green — one of Call’s slaves.
- Eater Young Guns 2016: Meet the Winners: The winners are leading the charge for development and progress while making a mark in their respective fields. Eater Young Guns recognizes these individuals for their hard work and toasts their future plans.
- 12 Session Beers That Are Perfect for Summer Guzzling: So that drinkers needn’t sacrifice taste and aroma for lower alcohol by volume, brewers have embraced session beers, so-called because you can down several in a drinking session.
- Stonewall Inn officially named a national monument: The National Park Service hailed the historic Stonewall Inn on Monday, putting it in the same class as American treasures like Yosemite and the Statue of Liberty.
- Indian Fried Chicken & Savory Cocktails Excel At Tapestry In The West Village: Tapestery, as its name implies, weaves together colorful strands of global foods to create one harmonious dish, or dishes, as the case may be. It's chef Suvir Saran at the loom, who uses the globalization of food as a lens through which to view the cuisines of his Indian heritage. Saran refuses to be limited by preconceptions about what is or is not Indian food, but just don't call it fusion.
- NYC's 10 Craziest Ice Cream Flavors: The sole ice cream offering at vegan hotspot by CHLOE incorporates the traditional cookies-and-cream flavor with a pretty unconventional ice cream ingredient: kale. The trendy lettuce is barely detectable, but does lend a nice green color to the ice cream, which is, of course, made with an all-vegan almond and coconut-milk base.
- New Law Would Help Keep Mom-and-Pop Businesses in Neighborhoods: From Meatpacking’s Hogs & Heifers to the East Village’s Other Music and Prospect Height’s Empire Mayo, the list of beloved small businesses being forced out due to rising rents keeps growing — and so have the calls for greater protections for mom-and-pop shops.
- What We Ate in June: Pancakes at The Wild Son (53 Little W 12 St.). “It's hard to reinvent pancakes but the stack at The Wild Son is different. Made with buckwheat (read: they're gluten-free) the hotcakes are topped with wildflower honey and turmeric butter (!) and berries by request.
- Bergen Hill Relocates to Noho With a Seafood-Heavy Menu: A sign of the times: Carroll Gardens neighborhood favorite Bergen Hill has moved to Manhattan’s Cooper Square, because owners Ravi DeRossi (of Death & Co, among other spots) and Daniel Kessler (Interpol’s guitarist) wanted more space.
- Why Fruits and Veggies Are So Crazy Cheap in Chinatown: Chinatown’s 80-plus produce markets are cheap because they are connected to a web of small farms and wholesalers that operate independently of the network supplying most mainstream supermarkets.
- Meat Hook to Plant New Restaurant Inside Threes Brewing: The Meat Hook may be closing its critically acclaimed sandwich shop, but the team is actually about to open something even bigger. The proprietors of the Williamsburg butcher and sandwich shop will soon be permanently taking over the kitchen at Threes Brewing, the massive Gowanus bar and brewery that previously only had pop-up food options.