Thursday, January 22, 2015
- Souper Stars, A brief guide to the best soups in NYC: Something happens, biologically speaking, around this time of year: Your body begins to demand sustenance in the form of hot liquid. It might start as a craving for something as simple and comforting as matzo ball soup, but soon, you will wake in the night, crying out for spicy hand-pulled noodle soups and thick Persian vegetable stews.
- Not Just Any Piece of Meat: Prime Rib Regains Its Place as a Restaurant Centerpiece
- Momofuku’s Christina Tosi Joins MasterChef Junior and Original MasterChef: …Momofuku Milk Bar chef and owner Christina Tosi will join the judging panel.
- Jean-Claude Baker Dies at 71; Restaurateur Honored a Chanteuse: Jean-Claude Baker, the flamboyant restaurateur who created the popular Manhattan nightspot Chez Josephine in memory of Josephine Baker, the exotically beautiful dancer and mesmerizing chanteuse who had cared for him as a lonely child in Paris and whose biography he published to acclaim in 1993, was found dead on Thursday at his home in East Hampton, N.Y. He was 71.
- Why Some Chefs Just Can't Quit Serving Bluefin Tuna: In November, the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List moved Pacific bluefin tuna from "least concern" to "vulnerable," which means that the fish is now threatened with extinction. It joins the southern bluefin, which is "critically endangered" — the third, and most threatened IUCN designation — and the Atlantic bluefin, which is "endangered," the second level. In all cases, overfishing is making it nearly impossible for the spawning stock to rebuild the population.
- Food Trends to Watch for in 2015: When predicting the dining trends that would take over New York’s restaurant scene in 2014, we have to say, we proved uncannily accurate — cauliflower and ancient grains where simply everywhere last year! So let’s see if we can successfully spot the burgeoning trends of 2015, from the rise of Spanish cuisine to the hottest new condiment; harissa!
- We've Got the Beef: Since the 1970s, when we first started raising it, American Wagyu has been shunned as an inferior version of the Japanese original. But a new crop of quality-obsessed American Wagyu farmers are out to change all that.
- In Her New Book, Ex-NYT Critic Mimi Sheraton Reveals the Ultimate Food To-Do List: Despite her 2006 memoir Eating My Words: An Appetite for Life, former New York Times restaurant critic Mimi Sheraton calls her latest book 1,000 Foods To Eat Before You Die: A Food Lover's Life List her actual autobiography.
- First Look: Café Clover Opens in Greenwich Village. Can a new, health-conscious American menu turn around a cursed space like 10 Downing Street? (Previously 10 Downing, La Villette, and many others.) Partners David Rabin of The Lambs Club, Kyle Hotchkiss Carone, and executive chef David Standridge (Market Table, L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon) certainly think so, as they're opening Café Clover, a 70-seat American restaurant, this Monday.
- Manhattanites Can Now Go Sip Matcha Tea at the West Village's ChaLait: Last year, New Yorkers saw the first shop dedicated to matcha (a powdered green tea from Japan) open up in Williamsburg. While matcha hasn't taken the city by storm -- yet -- we've seen the product creep on to the menus of national chain brands (Teavana, Peets) as well as into foods (matcha-infused pastries) and health food drinks (Liquiteria added a matcha smoothie to its roster of seasonal concoctions).
- Inside California-Style Otto's Tacos New West Village Shop: Like the original, the new shop will be on the small side, geared to the on-the-go meal and takeout. The few tables inside overlook a cool mural by artists David Brown plus wood paneling that echoes the other location.
- Some small Greenwich Village businesses struggle with rising rents: As Greenwich Village continues to go up in price, the inevitable shuttering of long-time small businesses is occurring.
- Avignone Chemists, Village Staple Since 1929, Closing After Rent Hike: A longtime Village business owner who last year vowed to DNAinfo New York that his shop was there to stay is shutting down after his new landlord hiked his rent.
- Sushi Master Daisuke Nakazawa Is Planning a Sushi-Free Restaurant on Grove Street: Scoring a seat at Daisuke Nakazawa's prized Sushi Nakazawa counter requires planning, lots of it, preferably far in advance. But, Nakazawa told Community Board 2 he hopes to open a restaurant that will be (at least slightly) more easily accessible, just next door to Via Carota.
- 44 Amazing NYC Places That Actually Still Exist: Caffe Reggio has a crucial role in the development of coffee culture in the United States — it was the first establishment to sell cappuccino in America back in the 1920s.
- This 1920s Washington Square Garret Was More Racist Than Bohemian: This wasn't quite the freewheelin' bohemian lair it may sound like, however—Godwin was not welcoming all with open arms. In May of 1921, the NY Times reported that she "has been found guilty of breaking the statute which forbids the refusal to serve negroes in a restaurant."
- GANSEVOORT MARKET GUIDE: 6 VENDORS YOU NEED TO CHECK OUT. Just a few blocks over from Chelsea Market and The High Line you will find Gansevoort Market, an amazing 8,000 square foot hub made up of food vendors of all styles. Inside you’ll encounter a wide range of eats, spanning from sushi, crêpes, lobsters rolls– basically, whatever your little heart desires.
- THE 8 BEST UNDER-THE-RADAR RAMEN SPOTS IN NYC: Deep inside Chelsea Market you'll discover this gem of a ramen ya run by Chef Esther, who infuses her Korean roots into amazing (and decidedly unique) bowls of ramen, including her kimchi ramen, which's based off of a popular Korean stew called jjigae.
- THE 14 BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANTS IN NYC: Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria…
- Pete Wells Awards Two Stars to Upland, Where Justin Smillie Is a 'Pasta Savant’: This week Pete Wells visits Upland, to see how Justin Smillie's doing now that he's under the wing of Stephen Starr. Back when Smillie was the chef at Il Buco Alimentari, Wells shocked quite a few people by bestowing three stars on the rather unassuming cafe.
- Rubirosa Owner and Third-Generation Pizza Maker AJ Pappalardo Died Friday at Age 40: Here's some very sad news from over the weekend: Angelo "AJ" Pappalardo, who along with his father, Joe Pappalardo, owned Nolita favorite Rubirosa, passed away Friday at the age of 40.
- Rare Photos Of New York's Chinatown In The 1980s Captured A Revolution: Bud Glick was a photographer tasked by the the New York Chinatown History Project (now the Museum of Chinese in America) with documenting this transition from an older, primarily male community to one of young, newly immigrated families.
Thursday, January 8, 2015
The Weekly Roundup: Cronut free Ansel Bakery, High Prices = Zero Stars and Major Food Group Closes Torrisi...Opens Santina
- EXPLORING NYC WITH FOODS OF NY TOURS: One of the most incredible aspects of living in NYC is having access to so many unique and varied food choices. However, with there being so many restaurants and cultural neighborhoods it can be challenging to see and experience everything! Enter, Foods Of NY, an interactive and fun tour experience that started in 1999 by Todd Lefkovic whose goal was to introduce locals and visitors to the ultimate, off-the-beaten-path, food and cultural experiences.
- Veggie Fight: The Lengths Chefs Go to Secure New York’s Finest Produce. With all the veggie love going on today, though, it's become more important and more difficult than ever for chefs to get the exact produce they need — which means they do everything they can to give themselves an advantage.
- Restaurant Review: Kappo Masa on the Upper East Side. The cost of eating at Kappo Masa is so brutally, illogically, relentlessly high, and so out of proportion to any pleasure you may get, that large numbers start to seem like uninvited and poorly behaved guests at the table.
- Streit’s Matzo Factory Is Leaving the Lower East Side: Streit's Matzo Factory, the 90-year-old Lower East Side bakery currently owned and operated by fifth-generation family members, will cease operations as soon as the last orders for Passover are completed. The parcel that has been home to the bakery since 1925 consists of four tenement buildings, and has been purchased by an unidentified real estate developer.
- Penn Station: A Place That Once Made Travelers Feel Important. Completed in 1910, the original Penn Station was intended to symbolize not only its powerful corporate owner but also New York’s status as the most vital city in a nation that was becoming a political and economic superpower.
- How the Restaurant Game Is Played: Mastering the rules of a famously punishing industry in an exceptionally expensive city.
- Ferran Adrià Feeds the Hungry Mind: The Former El Bulli Chef Is Now Serving Up Creative Inquiry.
- Foie Gras Is Once Again Legal in California: The ban on the sale and trade of foie gras, the luxury product made from duck livers enlarged by a process of force-feeding, has just been overturned in federal court. The details of the legal development will no doubt flummox animal-rights and welfare groups everywhere, but dozens of chefs have been euphorically tweeting the news. A lobbying group involved with the case says that U.S. District Court for California's Central District Judge Stephen Wilson ruled that the ban "went too far and encroached upon the domain of federal law.”
- City flipped on foam ban, industry official charges: The administration's decision means that as of July 1, food-service establishments, stores and mobile food commissaries can’t use single-service foam products. Some restaurant owners fear this will increase their costs. The ban also extends to the sale of polystyrene loose-fill packaging, better known as packing peanuts, in the city.
- Dominique Ansel Won’t Serve Cronuts at His New Bakery: Stop the laminated dough presses: In addition to debuting a Tokyo bakery later this year, it turns out that Dominique Ansel will also open in the West Village, at 137 Seventh Avenue South in the short-lived Landbrot space. Notably, when it opens this spring, he tells the Times, there will be no Cronuts.
- Lawsuit-Happy Americans Are Ruining King Cake Trinkets for Everyone: François Payard bakeries this year will bury whole magnets shaped like Le Creuset cookware in the folds of its galettes des rois.
- What to Eat at Santina, Major Food Group’s New Spot, Opening Monday at the High Line: When Major Food Group won the bid to operate a restaurant attached to the High Line’s new headquarters, partners Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi, and Jeff Zalaznick took culinary cues from their surroundings. Before the area became the meatpacking district, it was a farmers’ market, and before landfill expansion, the plot had been coastline. And so Santina, named after Carbone’s Sicilian-immigrant grandmother, focuses on coastal-Italian food, primarily fish and vegetables.
- Torrisi Closes Its Doors to Make Way for a New Shiny 15-Seat Fine Dining Restaurant: After precisely five years and one night of red sauce, Torrisi Italian Specialties quietly shut its doors following dinner service on New Year's Eve.
- From Chicken Parm Heroes to 10 Course Tastings: A Torrisi Italian Specialties Retrospective: On New Year's Eve, exactly five years and one day since opening its doors on Mulberry Street, Torrisi Italian Specialties as we know it closed for good. The Torrisi boys will replace it later this year with a new, 15-seat fine dining restaurant, which shouldn't really be too much of a surprise to anyone familiar with the history of the diminutive restaurant. So, in honor of the end, here's that history now, in timeline form.
- Watch Mission Chinese Food's Angela Dimayuga Talk Creativity and Face-Melting Food: Director and cinematographer Drew Reilly trailed Mission Chinese Food's executive chef Angela Dimayuga as she and Danny Bowien prepared to open the restaurant's doors for a second time in New York, and came up with this short documentary.
Friday, January 2, 2015
- Six Professional Food Guides Share Their Favorite Restaurant Experiences: Foods of New York tours shares their favorite food experiences with The Daily Meal from their unique “insider” perspective.
- Foods of New York Tours: I had a super tourist moment, food tour in downtown Manhattan. My brother in law proposed this activity for my sister's birthday outing. If you know me, I love anything that involves New York and culture so I was all for it. However, I was initally skeptical because although I've taken a BYOB painting class as well as cooking class, the thought of eating and touring, especially in the dead of the winter, seemed improbable.
- Foods of NY Tour: Chinatown! Food Tours are a fabulous way to explore a borough or section of a large city. When it comes to the big apple, the array of cuisines and restaurants can be overwhelming even to a New Yorker like myself. I stumbled upon Foods of NY Tours: a walking food tour company filled with tons of delectable options.
- At Wineries from the Finger Lakes to Long Island, New York’s Flute Runneth Over: The Finger Lakes have become well known for riesling, but before there was riesling there were bubbles. Upstate-made sparkling wine even predates Prohibition: The Pleasant Valley Wine Company, in Hammondsport at the south end of Keuka Lake, began producing sparkling wine in 1860 and is in fact U.S. Bonded Winery #1.
- Tacos Al Pastor's Story Of Origin May Surprise You: Thanks to Empellón Al Pastor, a new restaurant catching everyone's attention in New York City, we recently rediscovered the glory of tacos al pastor. You know what happened next. We started reading up on this Mexican pork dish, and we were delighted to discover the surprising origin of tacos al pastor.
- Sietsema's Five Best Burgers, Soups, Pizzas, and Tacos of 2014: Plain Cheese Slice at Joe’s — Yeah, Joe cloned himself last year up on 14th Street, and the plain cheese slice remains a paragon of its type at both places — of the humble neighborhood variety, with a nice sauce slightly on the sweet side, good cheese, and most important of all a perfect crust.
- The Elk Channels Pacific Northwest Cafe Culture in the West Village: The Elk's full name is "The Elk: A Specialty Coffee Shop & General Store." But the "general store" area is really just a wall of well-curated artisanal products, like Prospector Co. beard oil and Bees Knees Spicy Honey.
- The Bars That Made America Great: With the likes of Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and Bill Cosby peddling their wares on the legendary stage of Cafe Wha?, it’s no surprise the Greenwich Village bar has taken on a reputation of legendary proportions.
- Sietsema Pays One Last Visit to the Old El Quijote in the Chelsea Hotel: Last June news surfaced that the real estate group that now owns the Chelsea Hotel also acquired El Quijote, the ancient Spanish restaurant situated on the ground floor. And early in December the announcement came that chefs Lee Hanson and Riad Nasr would helm the restaurant — the pair formerly worked at Balthazar, Pastis, Schiller's Liquor Bar, and Minetta Tavern. Even though the new owners claimed the menu and feel of the place would remain intact, cynics had their doubts.
- EMM Group to Fill Ill-Fated La Cenita Space Once Again, This Time With a Tony's Di Napoli: The EMM Group's most troubled restaurant space, last home to Akhtar Nawab's La Cenita and its short-lived, Nawab-less remake, La Cenita Steak, and before that, Abe & Arthur's, finally has a new tenant. This time around, EMM has teamed up with Tony's Di Napoli, so that the Midtown Italian restaurant can bring its heaping platters of red sauce to the Meatpacking District.
- A Salumi Lover's Tour of Italy: Chef Christopher Lee, who helmed the kitchen at Chez Panisse between 1987 and 2003 and helped put Alice Waters’s locavore haven on the map, first immersed himself in Italian salumi-making in 1988.Today, he oversees the in-house salumi program at New York City’s il Buco Alimentari e Vineria, the only restaurant in the city permitted to cure its own meats on-site.
- 4 Modern Spins On General Tso's Chicken: New Yorkers probably have their go-to spots for General Tso's Chicken, and while the sticky-sweet dish is a familiar sight in just about every Chinese restaurant, its origins are murky: who was General Tso and what did the guy know about fried poultry?
Friday, December 26, 2014
The Weekly Roundup: A Few Best Of 2014 Lists, History of Bleecker Street and Monthly Music in Chelsea Market
- Ryan Sutton's 18 Best Dishes of 2014: Choosing the best new restaurants of the year is a somewhat philosophical endeavor. The critic wonders: What are the culinary establishments that best represent where we're going, or where we should be going, as gastronomic community? But picking out the top new (or relatively new) dishes is easier: These are the items we crave.
- What The Hell Is Umami, Anyway? Most of us were taught as children that there are four kinds of tastes: sweet (which we love), sour, salty and bitter. But there has been a gaping hole in all of our educations. One of the most important and most glorious flavors we experience daily -- the one that makes brothy soups so heart-warming, seared meats so satisfying and aged cheeses so delightful -- has long been ignored. That flavor is what we now refer to as umami.
- NYC Culture Guide: The 10 Best Italian Restaurants & Trattorias. With a motto of ‘L'appetito viene mangiando’ - Italian for ‘food that makes you want more’ – it is no wonder that Rafele is popular with food lovers looking for cuisine that teases the palate.
- Bleecker Street's Evolution From Sleepy Suburb to America's Left Bank: Every generation has defined Greenwich Village differently—sleepy suburb, elite residential enclave, America's Left Bank, Sex in the City streetscape—but the one constant for over two centuries has been the neighborhood's tangle of streets, which defy logic and sometimes surprise even longtime residents.
- Soho Charmer Jack's Wife Freda Opens in the West Village with a Slightly New Menu: Beloved Soho brunch spot Jack's Wife Freda is opening its second location today, over in the West Village. The goal is for the new outpost to have the same laid back vibe as the original.
- Best bakeries in America: With three François Payard Bakery locations throughout New York City, New Yorkers know this is the place to go when they’re craving a delicate and perfected French macaron.
- Artichoke Basille Pizza Is Coming to Astoria: Pizza cousins Francis Garcia and Sal Basille will bring the seventh outpost of their wildly popular chain Artichoke Basille Pizza to 31 Street in January 2015. They will take over the space formerly that housed 50-year-old institution Frankie’s Pizza, which shuttered back in October.
- 'Chelsea Nights' Series Brings Indie Music to Chelsea Market: Every month, Chelsea Market's main drag will echo with the sounds of indie Brooklyn. Local musicians will host free concerts inside the market as part of "Chelsea Nights" on the first Friday of every month from 6:30 to 9 p.m., to draw customers to the market at night.
- Pastis Speculating on a Plywood Tour of the Meatpacking District: Robert Sietsema takes a stroll down Gansevoort Street, which is primed to become the next big restaurant row, and places bets on where the new Pastis might go.
- Downtown NYC Smackdown, SoHo vs. Nolita: Each week, Yahoo Travel pits rival destinations against each other to determine once and for all which place is the best. This week it’s SoHo vs. NoLiTa, in a New York neighborhood showdown.
- The 10 Best New Restaurants of 2014: Keith McNally says he builds the kind of restaurants where he’d like to eat. Anyone seeing how well Cherche Midi has turned out will wonder why all other restaurateurs don’t do the same.
- A Chef Regains His Focus: For a chef with busy restaurants on both coasts, motionless moments are rare. But this was October 2013, and Mr. Bowien had just received word that Mission Chinese Food, the Lower East Side palace of psychedelic-Sichuan cuisine that had hurled him into the international spotlight, had been shut down by New York City’s health department for an array of sanitary violations, including the presence of mice.
- Off the Beaten Path, and Well Worth a Visit: Taste of Northern China, The Manhattan Bridge heaves above this shallow storefront, which is around the corner from 88 East Broadway on Forsyth Street but takes the two lucky 8s as its address.
Thursday, December 11, 2014
- Wylie Dufresne Introduces His First Burger, With Side Of French Onion Soup Rings: Chef Wylie Dufresne has created myriad inventive and sometimes kooky dishes in his career, but surprisingly has never offered a burger on the menu of any of his restaurants. That changes starting now, with the chef debuting his first ever burger at his fun neighborhood eatery Alder.
- The Ultimate Guide to Eating in NYC, All in One Place: Whether you've lived in New York all your life or you're just in town to see Rockefeller Center and the Christmas Tree, our goal at Serious Eats is to point you towards something delicious. That's why we've compiled the best of our New York stories into a comprehensive guide to eating out all across the city.
- Inside The Tenement Museum, A "No Photo" Zone: The Tenement Museum has a strict "no photo" policy, as they believe it takes away from the visitor experience—"We are trying to facilitate an interactive experience with our visitors. It really is what makes us unique," the Museum's Jon Pace told us. "All the tours we offer are led by an educator."
- 16 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT THE NYC SUBWAY: If you take the subway every day in NYC, you probably know the basics: put $19.05 on your MetroCard, don't block the left side of the escalator, let everyone off the train before you barge in, and never -- under any circumstances -- get on the empty subway car during rush hour. Still though, there are probably a few things you don't know, like, say, which historic buildings have secret subway entrances...
- How America’s only water sommelier justifies his restaurant’s 44-page water menu: Riese is the general manager at Ray’s & Stark Bar, a restaurant at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He’s also the “water sommelier”—the only one in America, he says.
- The ‘World’s Largest’ Truffle Sold for $61,250: In real life, the so-called world's largest truffle is the size of a healthy cauliflower. It was unearthed in Umbria late last month and, as promised, arrived in New York City last week after a 4,330-mile plane trip.
- Joy From the World; Diverse Holiday Feasts From Five New York Families: Our December traditions define us, from wherever we hail. We celebrate the last of the autumn harvest. We cheer the arrival of the solstice and the knowledge that the nights will grow shorter.
- Scammers Are Ruining the Integrity of America’s Crab Cakes: To fight shenanigans like these, Maryland recently ramped up its True Blue certification program, and more chefs say they no longer trust anyone but local watermen, so not all of the consequences of the slackage are bad — there's more local seafood on your plate.
- Gluten-Free Italian Restaurant Risotteria Opening UWS Outpost: The West Village-based Italian restaurant and bakery Risotteria, which describes itself as a "gluten-free heaven," is opening a new outpost on Amsterdam Avenue this spring.
- Cook Duck Like a Pro With Chef Anita Lo: Chef Anita Lo of Annisa in New York, known for her foie gras soup dumpling handiwork, demonstrates how easy it is to break down a duck. She also offers up a bunch of ideas on how to cook with the whole bird from skin to bones.
- Visiting Caffe Reggio, A Timeless Classic In A Changing Greenwich Village: Bleecker Street, MacDougal Street, and Greenwich Village as a whole certainly isn't what it used to be, back when bohemians ruled the roosts and Dylan was strumming his guitar at Cafe Wha?. These days, in place of the Village Gate you'll find a CVS, and over where The Bleecker Street Cinema was? A Duane Reade. The area does still have its charms, however, and a few businesses have survived the times-a-changin'. Caffe Reggio, which opened its doors at 119 MacDougal Street in 1927, is one of them.
- HANUKKAH FRIED CHICKEN LATKA FINGERS ARE FOR EVERYONE: Available now through Dec 24th, both of NYC's Sticky’s Finger Joint locations -- the city's first gourmet chicken finger restaurant chain -- will be doling out the world's first Hanukkah-inspired chicken finger, the Latka Finger, because honestly, regular latkes just aren't cutting it anymore.
- Christmas In New York: Top 13 Things To Do In NYC During The 2014 Holiday Season. The 6,000-square-foot indoor market has something for everyone. From a smorgasbord of delicious food options (our personal favorite is Cull & Pistol) to a variety of stores, Chelsea Market just might become your favorite New York destination -- especially during the holidays.
- How the Cookie Crumbles, The city's best chocolate chip cookies: The Smile ($3.50), A little sea salt goes a long way at this cult Noho café. Brenna White puts a little crunch in each bite, nicely accentuating the slightly bitter chocolate chunks.
- A New Yorker's guide to Chinese food for Christmas: It's an unofficial Jewish (and therefore New York) tradition to eat Chinese food on Christmas. Perhaps it's a cultural love of a good egg roll, or perhaps the custom roots from Chinese restaurants around the country staying open on Dec. 24-25 when almost everything else in America seems to be closed.
Thursday, December 4, 2014
- New York Becomes Fertile Hub for Tours Entrepreneurship: Foods of NY Tours was started by Todd Lefkovic fifteen years ago and today sells more than 30,000 tickets per year. Lefkovic says there are “many many many” more entrepreneurs starting walking tours today and credits the increase in tour entrepreneurship to similar tools as well as low barriers to entry.
- Gourmet Chinatown Food and Culture Walking Tour! Whether you have lived in NYC all your life, are visiting for the first time, or are a local looking for a fun and unique activity to entertain out of town guests, I can’t think of more worthwhile daytime activity than going on a Foods of New York Tours’ Gourmet Chinatown Food and Culture Walking Tour — which I took a couple weekends ago and had the best time ever!
- The Explore Chinatown Food And Culture Walking Tour: See (And Taste) Chinatown As You Never Have Before!
- NY FOOD TOURS - FoodsOfNY.com (MsNerdyChica)
- Inside Chef's Club, Where You Can Dine Under A Giant Hunk Of Salt: Of all the places to sit at Food & Wine's newly debuted Chef's Club, the ones directly below the enormous hunk of Himalayan crystal salt are probably the least appealing. For one, it's an intimidating art piece to sit beneath; but mostly, you'll want to be able to stare at it from wherever you're enjoying your meal.
- New York's 8 Hottest New Pizza Joints: NYC needs more pizza joints like it needs another Duane Reade, but 2014 introduced innovative new toppings and varieties like Roman-style and Chicago-style deep dish to the local scene. Here are eight killer pies to try.
- Danny Meyer’s Marta in NoMad: Marta, opened in September, is a continuation of that project, a spinoff that might have found a space next door if Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group had not decided to place it about a half-mile away in the soaring, stately lobby of the Martha Washington Hotel. Marta has Roman appetizers and entire Roman dishes repurposed as toppings for pizzas with thin crusts in the Roman style.
- How Cost of Train Station at World Trade Center Swelled to $4 Billion: With its long steel wings poised sinuously above the National September 11 Memorial in Lower Manhattan, the World Trade Center Transportation Hub has finally assumed its full astonishing form, more than a decade after it was conceived.
- Per Se to Join Restaurants Charging in Advance: The system, called Tock, has been used since 2012 at the Chicago destinations Alinea and Next, where the co-owner, Nick Kokonas, devised the proprietary software. Diners at those restaurants reserve tables and pay online, in full, weeks or months in advance for nonrefundable tickets. Service charges are included, leaving only liquor charges to be added at the end of the meal.
- Once an Icon, Per Se Is Showing its Age: Per Se, Keller's East Coast analogue to the (marginally cheaper) French Laundry, helped set the bar dramatically higher for how much money and time New Yorkers were willing to spend in dining rooms. Per Se's nine-course, three-hour feasts helped usher in our American era of extended tasting menus, paving the way for Blanca, Brooklyn Fare, Atera, Momofuku Ko, and other venues serving 16-30 courses for hundreds of dollars or more.
- Amid Bugs, Hail, Floods and Bacteria, Italian Olives Take a Beating: The devastation has already translated into rising prices in Italy for a family staple, and will soon be felt by consumers worldwide. The commodity price for Italian extra virgin olive oil has doubled since last year, and the outlook is also very bad for Spain, the world’s biggest olive oil producer.
- Greenwich Village Senior Center Threatened By Pastor Trying To Cash In With Film Shoots: Our Lady of Pompeii Church serves dual purposes—not only is it the site of the Greenwich House Senior Center, it's also a popular location for film shoots—so popular, in fact, that church pastor Father Walter Tonelotto opted not to renew the senior center's lease when it ends in 2015, preferring instead to convert it into a full-fledged movie set.
- Soho Brunch Favorite Jack's Wife Freda to Open New Outpost in the Old West Village Fatty 'Cue: Jack's Wife Freda, the perennially popular Soho brunch spot, is planning to open a second location in the former Carmine Street home of Fatty 'Cue, which shuttered back in May.
- The New West Village Toby’s Estate Is Very Instagram-Worthy: The idea behind Toby's Estate's newest location — its third in New York — is that the coffee shop resemble a West Village townhouse. After all, it's housed in a landmarked building that was constructed in 1921, and it was once used as a collaborative working space for artists.
- Bark Hot Dogs Opening Second Location on Bleecker Street: No one can ever take the place of the recently shuttered Greenwich Village Gray’s Papaya. But you can find solace in the fact that the folks at Park Slope’s excellent ecofriendly hot-dog shop are bringing their lard-butter-basted frankfurters to Bleecker Street.
- Bruno Bakery Ends Decades-Long Run in Greenwich Village: An Italian bakery that's become a Greenwich Village institution closed its doors for good this weekend due to rising rent.
- 100 Montaditos Sandwich Shop to Close LES Branch Two Months After Opening: The chain’s first NYC location opened on Bleecker Street between MacDougal and Sullivan streets last year. Mini Hospitality had planned to open five 100 Montaditos branches in the city this year, and have a total of 30 locations in the area by 2017.
- The 13 Best Sandwiches In NYC: The sandwich is the greatest culinary invention of all time. Sandwich chain Num Pang knows what it's doing when it comes to cooking up tender, melt-in-your mouth, fatty pork.
- The Everything Guide to Last-Chance New York: Here, we offer a spotlight on the places that belong to a dying breed of shop (or mobile knife sharpener, or roller rink), which are in many cases the very last of their kind. Get to these glove-makers, fleabag hotels, Chino-Cuban eateries, dirt roads, and seltzer men while you still can.
- Martha Stewart to open a café in Chelsea: Martha Stewart Cafe will open in the Starrett-Lehigh Building in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood, where the domestic maven's company headquarters are located. Cafe managers now are hiring baristas.
- Finding a New York Replacement for Poilâne, the Celebrated Parisian Sourdough: “Every good family in Paris has poilâne bread at home,” Mr. Dutko said on a recent afternoon over lunch at the Tartinery, the one-of-a-kind Nolita restaurant devoted to tartines—French open-faced sandwiches now popular in fashionable places—he founded four years ago with the model Alicia Rountree.
- Kimchi Parties Are Real, And They Keep The Kimchi Flowing All Year Long: Ain't no party like a kimchi party. Seriously. Once a year in Korea, communities spend an entire day (and sometimes longer) making kimchi together. The special day is called Gimjang.
We are now smack dab in the middle of the “season of giving”, so we wanted to share with you how Food of NY Tours is giving back to the community.
As a small company that pounds the pavement with our customers every single day, we're in a unique position to receive feedback from visitors to the neighborhood. In the past 15 years, we've toured thousands of hungry tourists and New Yorkers through the picturesque and historic Greenwich Village.
We officially began the Keep the Neighborhood Clean Campaign in 2012, and we are committed to keep this initiative going by partnering with ACE clean up crews, to whom Foods of NY Tours donated $1,500. Other local establishment contributors included Faicco's Pork Shop, The Blind Tiger, and Rocco's.
|Director of Operations Amy Bandolik gets hands on.|
Our Keep the Neighborhood Clean campaign includes the following:
- We've asked all local shops and restaurants to clean up in front of their establishments by 10:15am (picking up garbage, sweeping, hosing down the sidewalk).
- Some shops are not open every day or not always able to spare someone to clean up outside, in which case the staff of Foods of NY Tours will be there to lend a hand.
- If a shop is having trouble accommodating our requests, we're going to work with them to come up with a solution that will work for everyone.
- We'll also be working in conjunction with the ACE clean up crews.
|Tour guide Heather and Amy work together to pick up trash.|
We realize that keeping streets clean that accommodate thousands of visitors a day is no small task, especially for the smaller businesses that have only one or two people working at a time. But with our direct help and the entire neighborhood working together in this concerted effort, we know that keeping Greenwich Village beautiful will have a direct positive impact for all involved. Additionally, we'll be reducing the amount of waste that ends up in the sewage system and our waterways as a result of runoff when it rains.
It's not a glamorous effort that will have any kind of fancy one-time payout, but it's one that we find well worth our time. Many of the businesses in the neighborhood are already great stewards of the space outside their storefronts, so it is our hope that we'll do an even better job when we are all working together to keep the streets clean.
|It's a tough job, but someone's gotta do it!|
If you've been a part of a successful cleanup campaign in the past, please contact us and let us know how it went! We're happy to hear any suggestions, tips, or comments you might have.