Thursday, July 2, 2015
The Weekly Roundup: Commerce Restaurant Closes, Famous Nathan's Facts and A Few Fourth Of July Sides
- How New York's Peter Luger Chooses Its Steak: Watch as professional carnivore Nick Solares rides along with Jody Storch of New York's classic steakhouse Peter Luger and learns how she hand selects the best cuts for her family's legendary restaurant.
- Introducing the J-Cone, New York’s Kookiest New Novelty Ice Cream: There are plenty of great, distinctive ways to eat ice cream in New York, of course, but there's now yet another new treat that makes everyone's favorite summer sweet seem fresh again: the J-shaped cone sold at J-Play Ice Cream, a new food truck roaming around Soho.
- City Landmarks Commission Maps 150 Years of LGBTQ History In The Village: New York City is "taking pride" in its storied LGBTQ history, with an interactive online map showing the historic gay landmarks around the Village over the past 150 years. Produced by the city's Landmarks Preservation Commission, which just declared the Stonewall Inn the city's first official cultural landmark, the map is a geographic history of places where gay New Yorkers lived their lives.
- Thomas Keller’s Per Se Agrees to Pay $500,000 After Withholding Servers’ Tips: According to this legal agreement with the New York State Attorney General, brought to light by Times labor reporter Noam Scheiber, the restaurant will pony up half a million dollars after an investigation uncovered practices that, the AG's office says, withheld tips from service employees.
- 15 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT NATHAN’S: Ah, Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs. That place where they... make famous hot dogs? On Coney Island, I think? Isn’t that where they do the hot dog eating contest? Weirdly enough, despite the fact that it’s a nearly-100-year-old NYC institution that hosts the world’s most famous nationally televised competitive eating contest every single year, you still know basically nothing about Nathan’s.
- A Visit to the Le Creuset Factory: Today, Le Creuset remains a popular brand, not just in France, but around the world, including across Europe, in the United States, and in Japan. (The last two are the largest buyers of their cookware in the world.) The original foundry was started in 1925 in the North of France, in Fresnoy-le-Grand, and is still making cookware today the same way they’ve been doing it for nearly a hundred years. The factory isn’t open to the public, because it’s an actual working foundry and isn’t set up for visitors.
- Whole Foods Executives Admit to Overcharging Customers: In a two-minute-long video posted to YouTube, Whole Foods co-CEOs Walter Robb and John Mackey have 'fessed up in the wake of charges by New York City officials that the company "routinely" overcharges customers. The statement is a complete 180 from the company's initial stance.
- Ben & Jerry's Renames Beloved Flavor To 'I Dough, I Dough' To Celebrate Gay Marriage Legalization: Equality has never tasted so sweet. On Friday, Ben & Jerry's renamed its iconic "Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough" ice cream flavor to "I Dough, I Dough," in celebration of the historic Supreme Court decision to legalize gay marriage nationwide.
- 18 Sides and Salads for Your July 4th Festivities: Meat tends to get all of the glory at summer grill-outs, but that doesn't mean it shouldn't be accompanied by equally tantalizing side dishes. I'm talking flavorful grilled vegetables, cooling salads, and saucy baked beans. We've got 18 recipes to complete your Fourth of July feast that'll almost make your guests forget about those smoky, savory ribs.
- Eat These Incredible Singaporean Chicken Wings At Chomp Chomp In The West Village: Between Anthony Bourdain's forthcoming international market at Pier 57 and the Queens International Night Market, we're in the beginning of a hawker-style trend in New York City. It may not have the same Blade Runner-style vibe, but you'll find similar flavors and dishes at Chomp Chomp, a new eatery from Chef Simpson Wong. And oh boy—his chicken wing game is strong.
- At the Happiest Hour, a Cheeseburger Does a Star Turn: But oh, that burger. There are several on the menu, but the $12 Happiest Burger, a blatant homage to the California-born In-N-Out burger, is the showstopper.
- FLORENCE MEAT MARKET IS THE QUINTESSENTIAL NEW YORK BUTCHER SHOP: Opened on March 6, 1936, by Italian immigrant Jack Ubaldi, Florence Meat Market has been serving the greater Village community in the same postage-stamp-size location for almost 80 years.
- Harold Moore's Commerce Restaurant Forced to Shutter over Legal Technicality: four-year legal struggle with the landlord over the use of "common space" has culminated in the closure of Harold Moore's Commerce Restaurant in the West Village. According to Moore, the restaurant had to endure major renovations in the building during the time frame, but due to a missed filing "we lost the restaurant over a technicality." Commerce opened in 2008 and soon became a neighborhood favorite.
- "Legal Technicality" Robs NYC Of One Of Its Best Steaks: Like so many institutions of higher eating in this great city, admired West Village staple Commerce has shut its doors due to landlord-related drama.
- NYU Is Finally Cleared to Expand Greenwich Village Campus: Today, New York State's highest court of appeals ruled in favor of NYU, granting the university the right to proceed with the long-planned expansion. The Court of Appeals found that the land NYU wants to build on is not, as opponents argued, parkland, and therefore, the university can move forward with development without needing special approvals from the state.
- COCKTAIL CULTURE: Highball Season. The Hudson Cooler, Courtesy of Brian Matthys, from Corkbuzz in New York City. At the wine-centric Corkbuzz bar in Chelsea Market, the barman Brian Matthys designed a summery highball over a combination of whiskey and Wolffer verjus, rounding out the mixture with a homemade peach soda.
- Master pastry chef Jacques Torres is a fan of the Bruffin: In 2011, Bagley began working with Algerian-born chef Medy Youcef and the idea for the Bruffin was born. Bagley says it took about six months to perfect the recipe, particularly the dough, so that it would be hearty enough to stand up to sauces and stuffing but light enough to eat without a knife and fork.
- Michael Chernow’s New Seafood Restaurant, Seamore’s, Will Save You the Trip to Montauk: For Meatball Shop co-founder Michael Chernow's first independent project, he's applied a similar sensibility to seafood: high-quality, well-sourced ingredients paired with a relaxed atmosphere and ordering structure. At Seamore's, Chernow's goal is to spotlight under-utilized local fish, and he's built a menu around his "Reel Deal" plate — $21 for a piece of fish (often, something like monkfish, porgy, and flounder), three side dishes, and a choice of sauce.
- First Look: Michael Chernow Opens Seamore's in Nolita. Michael Chernow of The Meatball Shop will open Seamore's tonight, a new Montauk-inspired NolIta eatery highlighting local, sustainable seafood.
- New York Foodies Crown the City’s Best Asian Restaurants at Taste Asia Food Fest: On June 26, the best of New York City’s Asian culinary scene came together at Taste Asia Asian Food Fest, a food and cultural festival hosted by Epoch Times and its sister media company, New Tang Dynasty Television.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Your NYC Fourth of July Guide:As the days consistently creep into the 80's, and then the dreaded 90's, we know that the even hotter Fourth of July is near. It doesn't matter if you are a local who missed out on that beach house share this year, or a visitor looking for an alternative to the backyard BBQ and sparklers, we all need some help in navigating the Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks. Unless you plan on watching them on TV from the comfort of your home and cool A/C.
We've decided to help you, since we wont have tours that day and it's the 'merican way! Below are a few helpful links on restaurants to eat with a view, and where to stand so your view is not blocked by that high-rise that wasn't there last year.
Thursday, June 25, 2015
The Weekly Roundup: Foods of NY Tours In The News, The Stonewall Inn Gets Landmarked And Your NYC Hot Dog Guide
- Food Tour of New York: New York is huge and it sure has a lot to offer for a hungry traveller. To maximize my time here, and to ensure I didn’t miss anything, I wanted to explore the famous Greenwich Village with locals. Someone that knows the area and most importantly, where to find the most delicious food . West Greenwich is an old Italian village and many charming restaurants, family owned specialty shops and delicatessens are very good at what they do. I searched online for the best food tour in New York City, and all signs pointed to these guys, Foods of NY Tours.
- Does Di Fara Pizza In Brooklyn Make The Best Pizza In The Country? When DeMarco is in the kitchen, it’s like watching a strange sort of ballet. He moves lightly, shaping dough, spreading sauce, and ever so slightly shifting each pizza’s position in the oven. For a finishing touch, he cuts basil, grates Parmesan, and drizzles olive oil over each pie.
- Where to Eat Hot Dogs in New York: Frankfurters, wieners, red hots, floaters, hot dogs, or tube steaks — call them what you will, weenies are enjoying a vogue right now, perhaps because they often contain offal, or perhaps because they’re so cheap, even the gourmet ones. Here are 18 awesome hot dog restaurants.
- Time's wd~50 Mini-Doc Offers One More Memorial of the Late and Great Icon: For those still in mourning over the loss of wd~50, Time just dropped its 15 minute documentary about Wylie Dufresne's trailblazing molecular Mecca. The mini-doc, which features a scruffy bespectacled Wylie riding his bike around NYC, is a pretty good (if not a little strange) primer for the ups and downs of the restaurant.
- Three Simple Rules for Eating Seafood: The United States exports about three billion pounds of what we catch. Which brings me to seafood rule No. 2: If we are going to default to eating American fish and shellfish, we will need to eat a much greater variety of it.
- Inside the Intensely Secretive, Ultracompetitive World of Restaurant Foragers: The recent foraging phenomenon is most closely associated with restaurants like Noma and chefs' desire to create dishes that are both figuratively and, sometimes literally, rooted in the idea of a return to the land, a simpler, more primitive approach to eating.
- Investigators Say Whole Foods Has Been Ripping Us Off More Than We Realized: An investigation by the city's Department of Consumer Affairs has uncovered some shady price tags at our fleet of Whole Foods stores that show customers have been overcharged for their already pricey pre-packaged goods.
- Panel Upholds Liquor License for Storied West Village Tavern: A group of retired firefighters can keep a liquor license as they attempt to restore Chumley's, the landmark West Village bar made famous during the Prohibition era by its literary clientele, the Appellate Division, First Department, said Tuesday.
- Boots & Saddle and Its Legendary Drag Show Returns in Time for Pride 2015: Legendary drag club Boots & Saddle finally opened earlier this month in its new home in the old Actors Playhouse — just in time for this weekend's pride parade.
- Stonewall Inn Is Now a Designated Landmark: The Landmarks Preservation Commission has just voted unanimously to make the legendary LGBT bar an official New York landmark. This has long been in the works, and it couldn't come at a better time, with the NYC Pride March happening this Sunday, June 28.
- J.G. Melon's Younger Brother Is Almost Ready to Mingle With Greenwich Village Burger Nerds: Soon, the southwest corner of Bleecker and MacDougal will be home to the second Manhattan location of storied East Side tavern J.G. Melon. This is an area that already has plenty of old, clubby burger taverns, but if the owners nail the decor, the burger, and the cottage fries, this could be a very big hit indeed.
- Beignets and Chicory Coffee Bring Taste of New Orleans to MacDougal Street: Cafemarie, the latest newcomer to the block, opened just last week, and is doling out New Orleans-style beignets and chicory coffee from the storefront at 120 MacDougal St. The space was formerly (and briefly) occupied by a bubble tea shop. Cafemarie is an offshoot of the TriBeCa eatery, Delimarie, at 106 Duane St.
- BEST PAV BHAJI IN NYC AT MASALA TIMES: We often hear the california verus New York convcersation. If you come from one of the cities, you will always favor and argue in it’s defense. In India, we have the exact debate between Delhi and Mumbai. To every Delhite, Delhi would be better and vice a versa for Mumbaiya’s. The cities differ at the same points as a California and New York.
- Lower Manhattan's 10 Best Specialty Food Stores: It wouldn’t be specialty foods without mentioning Chelsea Market, home to many unique food stores. Dickson’s Farmstand, located inside the market, sells hand-selected artisanal meat and meat products. Their natural, ethical and organic products are what makes them distinct, and all meats are sourced from local farms. They can tell you the farm and farmer that each slice of meat came from to ensure the highest quality products.
- NoHo East Historic District Turned 10 Yesterday! Yesterday, the NoHo East Historic District turned ten years old! Yes, on June 24, 2003, the area that encompasses parts of Bleecker, Mott, and Elizabeth Streets and the Bowery was officially given local landmark protections
- Chefs We’re Watching: King Phojanakong. We revisit a Chinatown tour we took a few years back with the new Jimmy’s No. 43 chef.
Thursday, June 18, 2015
The Weekly Roundup: Father's Day Food Gifts, NYC Icon Ouest Closes, But Legendary (Caffe) Dante Is Reborn
- Gramercy Tavern Serves The Platonic Ideal of the 'Chef Burger’: I have always looked at the off menu burgers at restaurants with cynicism, mostly because they generally seem to involve slapping a preformed beef patty on a Martin’s Potato Roll, adding a special sauce, and calling it a day. Because of this, I have a great deal of respect for the process behind chef Michael Anthony’s Gramercy Tavern burger ($20); even more so for the way it tastes.
- NYC’s Newest Must-Try Ice Cream Is Babu Ji’s Kulfi: The latest contestant in this frozen-treat frenzy isn't even ice cream as Americans understand it, but is instead the ultradense kulfi. New York is certainly no stranger to this classic Indian treat, which can be easily found in the freezer aisles of Indian grocers in Queens and at restaurants like Junoon and Tamarind.
- Regulars Mourn Closing of Ouest, Another New York Restaurant Lost to Escalating Rent: Ouest, on Broadway near 84th Street. The news that Ouest’s owners had decided to give up provoked a say-it-isn’t-so reaction from regulars like Ms. Leitzes, who promptly started doing what she does for a living, which is raise money for nonprofits.
- The Value of Vintage: 7 Cookbook Picks from Bonnie Slotnick: The inventory on her shelves changes every single day, which is reason enough to come back for regular visits.
- F.D.A. Gives Food Industry 3 Years to Eliminate Trans Fats: The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday gave the food industry three years to eliminate artery-clogging, artificial trans fats from the food supply, a long-awaited step that capped years of effort by consumer advocates and is expected to save thousands of lives a year.
- A Study Says Eating Pickles Could Help You Feel Less Anxious: Researchers at William & Mary and the University of Maryland say that they found a connection between eating pickled foods and feeling less anxious. The findings, which are being published in the August issue of Psychiatry Research, came after studying the dietary habits of 700 college students — an anxiety-provoking task unto itself — and learning that people partial to things like kimchi and sauerkraut suffered less social anxiety.
- Nocturnal Nosh: Americans Get A Taste Of Night Markets: Many American towns put the "Closed" sign up by 6 p.m. But night markets are drawing people out in Minnesota, Oklahoma and Virginia, with food, art and music from the local community. The model for the nocturnal markets is the Asian night market, where people eat, shop and socialize and tourists discover delicacies like live scorpions and roasted sea horse until the wee hours of the morning.
- Father's Day Gift Ideas From Mouth, Because Dad's Gotta Eat: Finding a Father's Day gift that will knock dad's socks off is tough, especially when he insists that being close to you is all he really wants. But love and affection alone isn't going to make you his favorite. The folks at indie food site Mouth know that to really bowl dad over, you've got to speak to his stomach first.
- Photographer Bob Estremera Shows Us That Greenwich Village Is Still Full of Character: Photographer Bob Estremera captured this essence of the neighborhood in an impromptu rainy-day photo shoot that reminds us to take the time to look around and appreciate the small things.
- Dylan Thomas biopic stars pay homage to the poet's favorite New York haunt: In a back room of Greenwich Village’s White Horse Tavern, the after-work crowd mixes with tourists thirsty for Coronas on an unseasonably hot night. In these unlikely confines, the actor Celyn Jones is reciting some Dylan Thomas.
- Belgian fries stayin’ alive with MacDougal St. move: It still feels weird for Omer Shorshi. For 18 years, he and business partner Suzanne Levinson ran a petite East Village eatery specializing in Belgian-style fries paired with dozens of original sauces. Then, suddenly, it was all gone.
- The Caffe Dante Reboot Looks Like a Charming Aperitivo Bar: Revamping a historic restaurant is quite a tricky business, but it appears that owner Linden Pride has succeeded in his effort to "retain and reinvigorate the concept and the brand" of 100-year-old Caffe Dante.
- Hulu To Unveil Sponge-Worthy Seinfeld Apartment In Manhattan Next Week: “Seinfeld: The Apartment” will be a full replica of the iconic apartment set up at 451 West 14th Street, near the Chelsea Market and the High Line. It will open on June 24th, the same day that Seinfeld will start streaming on Hulu.
- New York’s Best Barbecue: The Pig Guy; Any guesses as to what this caterer-turned-sit down BBQ spot serves? Although if you don’t have the crowd to go in for a whole pig, you’ll be equally satisfied with one of the overstuffed sandwiches like the Pulled Pork; served on Texas toast with Thai chili barbecue sauce and house-made Red Hook slaw.
- The best barber shops in New York: Your cramped bathroom may not quite be the gentlemen’s refuge found at the New York Shaving Company’s two Manhattan locations, with their mahogany paneling, crystal chandeliers and 1940s big-band soundtracks.
- RUN TO WO HOP FOR 'THE BEST LATE-NIGHT FOOD' IN NYC: Wo Hop is the best late-night food you’re going to find in the city. I go with friends after work — the classic chef-eating-at-three-in-the-morning. It’s the kind of restaurant that’s disappearing from the city.
Thursday, June 11, 2015
- 50 Cheap Eats Destinations You Should Know About in NYC: As restaurant prices continue to soar, finding a cheap restaurant meal becomes more of a priority. And if the inexpensive feed is not only delicious but also interesting, and maybe even outside your previous dining experience, all the better. Here is a collection of those restaurants, listed by location, beginning with Lower Manhattan.
- Swiped a Card at Eataly This Spring? Check Your Bank Account: group of hackers managed to worm their way into Eataly's credit card system earlier this year. The Flatiron location was hit with some creepy identity stealing malware from January 16 to April 2. That program has of course been disabled, but pretty much everyone who swiped a card at the market (but not the restaurants) could potentially be vulnerable to identity theft.
- Fast Food Employment in NYC Has Risen 87 Percent, While Wages Dropped: As the state's Wage Board considers raising the minimum wage for fast food workers, more information about the fast food industry and how it would be impacted is coming to light. Research that will be presented to the Wage Board today from the National Employment Law Project says that employment in the fast food sector in the city grew 87 percent from 2000 to 2014.
- New York Restaurants Might Have to Start Composting: The NYC Sanitation Department is seeing whether it can expand a little-known composting program — currently available to certain outer-borough residents (about 3 percent of the city) — to the entire food-industry sector.
- Master Chef Roger Vergé Has Died — This Is His Legacy: Roger Vergé — an influential chef and restaurateur who famously shunned the spotlight, but who nonetheless was instrumental in creating the modern era of celebrity chefs — died at home in Mougins, France, on June 5. He was 85.
- This App Uses Your Genes to Tell You What Beer to Drink: You’re at a bar, agonizing over which of the 50-odd beers you should choose. An IPA, something bitter and hoppy, or a straight-up Pilsner? Bars can be thrilling—the cherished after-work watering holes, where you can imbibe and blow off steam (among other things). But the selection of drink choices can be daunting, now more than ever. Even beer—the go-to basic booze—has become more refined, thanks to the rise and popularity of microbreweries worldwide.
- Fette Sau’s Joe Carroll Writes ‘Feeding the Fire,’ a Worthy Barbecue Primer: Joe Carroll’s “Feeding the Fire” (Artisan, $29.95), written with Nick Fauchald, may be the most useful book of the current season. A collection of strategies and lessons as much as one of recipes and pronouncements, the book offers a helpful primer to those seeking guidance on an elementary question that bedevils many: how to use a grill or a smoker to their best effect under varying circumstances, all summer long.
- Trader Joe's Ex-President Opens Store With Aging Food And Cheap Meals: The nonprofit grocery store is in the low-to-middle income Boston neighborhood of Dorchester. It's selling canned vegetables two for $1 and a dozen eggs for 99 cents. Potatoes are 49 cents a pound. Bananas are 29 cents a pound.
- Move Over, Whole Foods: Costco Is the New King of Organic Groceries. According to an analysis released Wednesday by financial firm BMO Capital Markets, the free-sample-slinging grocery chain is projected to sell just over $4 billion in organic products this year, edging out $3.6 billion by Whole Foods to take the national lead.
- Legendary Slice Joint Joe's Pizza Expands to Williamsburg This Month: Joe's Pizza will open at 216 Bedford Avenue, owner Joe Pozzuoli Jr. tells Eater. Joe's has a storied history dating back to 1975 on Carmine Street, and is widely considered one of the finest examples of the NYC slice joint. The Brooklyn shop will be the pizzeria's third location, following the East Village outpost that opened back in 2013.
- Anita Lo vs. the Sea Creature That Refused to Die: Anita Lo has defeated Mario Batali on Iron Chef America and competed on Top Chef Masters, and she's the author of the gorgeous book Cooking Without Borders, but her real love is cooking refined, exciting dishes at her restaurant, Annisa, in Manhattan's West Village. Actually, scratch that — her real love is probably fishing, but cooking at Annisa is pretty high up there. Lo hasn't lead a typical life in restaurants, and her food reflects that.
- Inside Dominique Ansel Kitchen: Since the moment he opened his first bakery, Dominique Ansel has been a food news fixture. After all, it’s of utmost importance to stay abreast of the latest flavor of Cronut — or even more noteworthy — the pastry master’s newest, groundbreaking creations — from Magic Soufflés to Frozen S’mores to Milk and Cookie Shots.
- The ’61 Beatnik Riot and music in Wash. Sq. Park: The park was once seen as the epicenter of the burgeoning folk music and beatnik scene in the late 1950s and early ’60s. There was even a popular folk group called the Village Stompers, who, after gaining a following drumming and stomping live in the park, got their 1963 single “Washington Square Park” onto the Top 20 of the pop charts.
- Gansevoort Market Owner Chris Reda and Designer Charlie Baker Discuss Design Aesthetic: Fast forward to today and the market at 52 Gansevoort Street continues to convey the authentic architecture and spirit of old New York, offering individuals an interactive shopping experience while enjoying the offerings of modern food purveyors. Within the space, visitors are invited to taste exclusive dishes from a range of cuisines and dine under the skylit seating area, filled with beautifully installed natural vines and foliage.
- Drawn to Estela but Not by a ‘50 Best’ List: Estela, a small, beverage-driven restaurant from Thomas Carter, the former beverage director of Blue Hill at Stone Barns, and Ignacio Mattos, a chef mentored by Alice Waters. While Estela is new to the list, coming in at No. 90 — naturally, the 50 Best list goes to 100 — it is not new to New York City, having occupied a space on East Houston Street in NoLIta for a couple of years.
- Why Breakfast Is the Meal of the Moment: Avocado toast began invading menus a few years back as part of the Australian coffee-shop influx (down under they call it an "avocado smash"). Now its ubiquity rivals the kale salad, even though the origin of the dish's popularity is still debated. In NYC, many point to NoLita standby Cafe Gitane as an early adopter; they sprinkle theirs with chile flakes, lemon juice and olive oil.
- Restaurant Review: Mission Chinese Food on the Lower East Side. At its new address on East Broadway, there is a host behind a lectern instead of a dude handing out plastic cups near the beer keg. While the old space looked as if it had been built by Mr. Bowien and his friends with two-by-fours, a staple gun and a paper dragon, the new two-level dining room with half-moon booths of brushed red velvet under bistro mirrors was inherited from an earlier restaurant that seemed to have employed a licensed architect and a professional designer.
- THE NYC CHINATOWN DIM SUM CHALLENGE: We tracked down Oscar Nilsson -- the dude behind the incredible San Francisco Mission Burrito Challenge -- and gave him a list of the 19 best dim sum-eries in Chinatown, then he went to work, laying them out in a hybrid map/checklist. Your job? To house down on dumplings, scallion pancakes, buns, pork ribs, and must-haves at ALL 19 SPOTS by the end of the year.
Thursday, June 4, 2015
The Weekly Roundup: Dominique Ansel Crazy Ice Cream Flavors, The World's 50 Best Restaurants and Foods of NY Tours In The News
+FOODS OF NY TOURS NEWS+
- Foods of New York, World's Largest Food Tour Company, Began "By Accident”: Today, food tourism is big business. But, twenty years ago, food tourism was an unknown term. Todd Lefkovic, the gregarious owner of Foods of New York, the largest food tour company in the world, half-laughed as he told me that his company began "kind of by accident" almost twenty years ago.
- The Complete Guide to the 2015 Big Apple Barbecue Block Party: Now in its thirteenth year, the event is one of the city's biggest celebrations of real wood and charcoal smoked barbecue, and as always promises to bring in pit masters and styles from across the city and the nation. Though originally established by Danny Meyer's Union Square Hospitality Group, the BABBP is now managed by an Austin, TX based event company and celebrity chef Tim Love, who will be cooking at this year's event.
- Where to Pack a Picnic Basket in New York: Drinking on rooftop bars and lunching at backyard patios is great, but now that it’s the height of spring-summer season, we want to get as close to nature as humanly possible. Which is why we’re more than happy to take an occasional break from restaurant dining, by picnicking at one of New York’s many outdoor spaces or awesome parks.
- With Over 42 Years in the Business, Eli Zabar Isn't Slowing Down: Eli Zabar is dressed in his usual uniform – a pair of khakis and a perfectly pressed white oxford from his shirt maker in Paris, over a another perfectly pressed blue oxford shirt – sitting in the balcony of his latest project Eli's Essentials Wine Bar, on upper Madison Avenue.
- Oyster Farms, Sushi Pop-Ups and a Fulton Fish Market Tour: Sustainable Seafood Week Kicks off June 22: From June 22—28 they’re putting together events that range from an oyster farm tour to a sushi pop-up. “With hundreds of types of fish available daily at a thousand restaurants and fish markets around New York City, charting a course to a responsible decision can be daunting,” admitted Sean Dixon, co-wwner of Village Fishmonger NYC, the founding organization behind Sustainable Seafood Week.
- Italy’s Treasured Olive Oil, at the Source: We sat around a massive wooden table in Mr. Sartori’s tasting room, the famously golden Tuscan sunlight spilling over our shoulders, three bottles resting on a tray in the middle, waiting for judgment. Every few months, these gentleman farmers — all of whom favor crisp, button-down shirts and elegantly trimmed facial hair — meet at one of their farms to discuss machinery, bottling, whatever is going on in their business.
- These Are the World's 50 Best Restaurants for 2015: Spain's El Celler de Can Roca has again unseated Noma, Rene Redzepi's New Nordic establishment, for the coveted (if controversial) title of World's Best Restaurant 2015. The award, sponsored by S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna, was announced tonight at a ceremony in London.
- World’s 50 Best Restaurants Defends Its List: A slow-burning squabble in the culinary world heated up on Friday, when the website for Occupy 50 Best, a movement started this month to protest favoritism, opacity and sexism in an influential annual list of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, was briefly shut down at the request of the 50 Best organization.
- The World's 50 Best Restaurants List (and Its Flaws), Explained: The World's 50 Best Restaurants list for 2015 will be unveiled this evening in London. In advance of the announcement, Eater chief critic and data lead Ryan Sutton discusses the makeup of the list and its flaws, including the curious underrepresentation of female chefs.
- Restaurants Add Reservation Cancellation Fees to the Menu: Before you can write down the time and address, you will have to dig into your wallet for a credit card number. Then you are told that if you need to cancel without adequate notice — anywhere from a few hours to a full week before — you will have to pay a cancellation fee, which may be as low as $30 or as high as $200 a person.
- 8 Spices Truly Worth the Splurge: When it comes to a spice cabinet, I'd rather have fresh, well organized spices than a tumbling tower of top-shelf stuff so old I can't remember when I bought it. No matter how good a spice is, it doesn't do you any good unless you use it, and in most cases good spices don't cost much. Visit the right online shop or specialty grocery and you can usually find higher quality spices—and more fresh, too—for less than what you pay at your local supermarket.
- Stonewall Inn, famous Greenwich Village gay bar, being considered for landmark status by NYC: The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation is cheering the city for considering landmarking the famed Stonewall Inn. The Society has lobbied the Landmarks Preservation Commission to protect the Stonewall, often called the cradle of the gay rights movement since patrons in 1969 fought back against police raids targeting the bar based on the sexual orientation of its customers.
- CAFE CLOVER REVIEW: I’d like to thank Cafe Clover on behalf of all the West Village eateries in the range of Houston Street and Bleecker Street. This cursed space has finally been blessed with an awesome restaurant that just so happens to serve organic and healthy food that is actually exciting.
- Dominique Ansel and Ice & Vice Flood NYC With Crazy Ice Cream Flavors Tomorrow: Dominique Ansel has added an ice cream window at his new Dominique Ansel Kitchen in the West Village. There are just two flavors of soft serve to start, but true to Ansel form, these are not your standard chocolate and vanilla options. There's a burrata soft serve that comes with balsamic caramel and a confit strawberry tucked inside, and a gianduja flavor with salted hazelnut brittle, a sprayed-on orange mist, and sea salt.
- Dominique Ansel Kitchen Unleashes Burrata Ice Cream Tomorrow: The soft-serve ice-cream window at Dominique Ansel Kitchen opens tomorrow, with two different sundaes to start. Burrata — yes, as in the cheese! — comes with balsamic caramel and a whole confit strawberry, while Gianduja — a riff on the chocolate-hazelnut spread — boasts salted-hazelnut brittle, orange mist, and sea salt as its toppings.
- Village CB May Ban Loud Music in Washington Square Park: Community Board 2 in Greenwich Village will soon consider measures that may curb noise in Washington Square Park. The Villager reports that the CB's Executive Board has been discussing possible procedures, including a "'quiet area" in the park, possible limits on hours when music can be played and banning certain types of instruments from particular parts of the park."
- Washington Square Arch Receives 'Green' Lighting Update: NYC Parks is pleased to announce an energy-efficient lighting upgrade to the iconic Washington Square Arch in Manhattan's Greenwich Village. The NYC Parks Energy and Sustainability Team, charged with helping the City achieve 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, led the project to install LED fixtures at the historic Arch.
- Artichoke Basille Will Open Its First-Ever Brooklyn Location This Summer: Soon, Artichoke Basille will bring its famous (or, depending on whom you ask, infamous) artichoke-spinach slices to Park Slope — its first foray into Brooklyn.
- 6 ice cream sandwiches to try this summer: The French bakerys popular mashup is back for the season, featuring house-made macarons and ice cream. Choose from espresso brownie (new for this year), pistachio raspberry, salted caramel and coconut mango flavors. Find the summer treat at all NYC locations of Francois Payard Bakery & Patisserie.
- Jamestown Pioneer: Michael Phillips is Hungry for NYC Retail: Mr. Phillips, who attended American University in London and grew up in Palo Alto, Calif., is the creative leader behind Chelsea Market “and is responsible for establishing the vision and execution strategy for Jamestown’s real estate projects,” his bio indicates.
- Step back 25 years in time to the gritty days of New York City's Meatpacking District: It’s almost hard to conceive how much New York City has changed over the past 25 years. Derelict industrial zones and abandoned buildings have been transformed into a hub of industry; what was once a wasteland now is a clean, safe, and very expensive city.
- Here’s How New York’s Finest New Chocolate-Chip Cookie Is Made: "People always underestimate a cookie," says Miro Uskokovic, the pastry chef at both Gramercy Tavern and the newly opened Untitled at the Whitney. It's true: While there are some truly great ones in New York — Maman's being the newest addition to the all-star list — they can seem a bit boring, especially in the age of Cronut-inspired, over-the-top hybrid desserts. But Uskokovic's chocolate-chip cookie at Untitled is, without a doubt, one of the most impressive desserts in New York right now.
- NoHo’s Cinderella Moment: These days, however, NoHo — which stands for north of Houston Street — is having a Cinderella moment. More and more new buildings are popping up, some of them sleek high-rises, while 19th-century industrial buildings are being transformed into glossy luxury residences. Old and new architecture, artists and Wall Street executives, graffiti-splattered doorways and chic boutiques exist side by side in this rapidly changing neighborhood, where civic groups are trying to keep the historic and bohemian flavors as intact as possible.
- The Smile's Matt Kliegman Wants to Keep Winnie's a Chinatown Karaoke Bar: Matt Kliegman, the co-owner of popular Nolita cafe The Smile, apparently has his eye on the recently shuttered karaoke icon Winnie's in Chinatown, and wants to keep it a karaoke bar.
Sunday, May 31, 2015
Where to Eat in times Square
As NYC locals we know that Times Square can be an endless void of below average food offerings, mostly by national and international chains with the only aspect connecting them to NYC is the building in which they sit. Bubba Gump may be the only option in a self contained airport, but here in NYC you have endless options!
So after your food coma from your Foods of NY tour gently fades away like the hudson river morning fog, check out this great article by Zagat.com for some of the best hidden food and drink gems near Times Square.