Thursday, October 16, 2014
- Food of New York Tours-Chelsea Market/High Line Experience: Always one to try new foods and better yet new experiences coupled with those new foods I had the opportunity to find out about Food of New York Tours and decided that the Chelsea Market/Meatpacking District Food Tasting Tour looked both tasty as well as historically interesting.
- What Happens When Second Graders Are Treated to a Seven-Course, $220 Tasting Meal: One Saturday afternoon last month, six second graders from P.S. 295 in Brooklyn got a head start on the fine-dining life when they visited the acclaimed French restaurant Daniel. There, five waiters presented them with a seven-course tasting menu
- Restaurant Review: Élan in the Flatiron District: If you remember David Waltuck’s cooking at Chanterelle, eating at his new restaurant, Élan, can be a little unnerving. Chanterelle, a downtown pioneer when it opened in 1979, was an institution by the time it went out of business, just a few months short of its 30th anniversary.
- Greenwich Village Mainstay Po Is Back in Business After Troubling Hiatus: After a long closure forced upon the restaurant by a gas leak, Po has finally reopened.
- At Chumley’s, a Former Speakeasy, the Password Doesn’t Work: It has been seven and a half years since the wall collapsed, and Chumley’s is still at least months away from being ready to reopen. Originally, the timetable was a month or two.
- The Caffe Cino: Lanford Wilson, Bette Midler and Everyone in Between. “The Story of Caffe Cino”, the story of a small storefront studio that turned into an Italian caffe, which turned into the incubator for some of the greatest theater talent of the 20th century.
- 11 Places to Find Fancy Hummus: Bar Sardine; New to the menu at Gabe Stulman's West Village bar is a dish comprised of roasted carrots, hummus, pepitas, and crowd-pleasing sriracha. It's a nice, light antidote to the excellent barbecue-mayo-topped cheeseburger.
- Is Minetta Tavern's $61 Strip Steak Worth It? Welcome to Suttonomics, where Eater Data Lead Ryan Sutton looks at facts, figures, and interesting data across the restaurant industry. This week, Ryan takes a look at why Minetta Tavern's strip steak costs almost $80 after tax and tip.
- NYU May Renege on Promise to Build Public School: One of the promises that NYU made to the Greenwich Village community in order to soften the blow of its massive expansion was a new seven-story public school on Bleecker Street. But now the University may be getting the opportunity to go back on that promise as the Department of Education has until the end of this year to commit funding for the school and they're not so sure they want to.
- Bleecker Street Music , New York City: Bob Dylan definitely wouldn't recognize the Bleecker Street of today, but back in the '60s, the strip in New York's West Village (often dubbed "the Left Bank of America") served as the birthplace of the folk scene. Smoke-filled dive bars and coffee shops offered intimate spaces for Dylan and Joan Baez to find their voices — not to mention jazz legends like Miles Davis and John Coltrane.
- Once Upon A Tart Is Re-Opening – Welcome back, Jerome! A true marketer, word has already spread around SoHo that the beloved store at 135 Sullivan Street will re-open officially November 7th, this time with longer hours.
- Former Home Of Meatpacking District's Pastis To Become A Restoration Hardware: Nearly a year to the day, word came down that Keith McNally's long-running Meatpacking District restaurant Pastis would close and we now know who the space's new tenant will be, a Restoration Hardware.
- Keith McNally Confirms Pastis Will Return to the Meatpacking District Where it Belongs in 2016: Now that a Restoration Hardware is confirmed for the original Pastis space at 9 Ninth Avenue, bistro kingpin Keith McNally finally drops some crucial information on the beloved restaurant's return, telling the Wall Street Journal that it will reopen somewhere on Gansevoort Street hopefully in September of 2016.
- YouTube to open professional studio for creators in New York City: The 'YouTube Space' will open Nov. 6 at its offices in Chelsea Market. Online video artists who have at least 5,000 subscribers will be able to utilize the studio space and professional equipment free of charge.
- CB4 Approves Expansion of Special West Chelsea District: After the kerfuffle caused by Jamestown Properties’ wildly unpopular expansion atop the Chelsea Market, CB4 has been eager to prevent similar situations. To that end, the Chelsea Land Use Committee has applied to incorporate areas into the Special West Chelsea District (SWCD), to ensure that new buildings adhere to the character of the neighborhood.
- Airbnb Is Illegal, Rapacious, & Swallowing Lower Manhattan: The Lower East Side/Chinatown, Chelsea/Hell's Kitchen, and Greenwich Village/Soho account for one third of all the listings, and 41% of host revenue city wide ($186.9 million).
Thursday, October 9, 2014
The Weekly Roundup: "Homemade Cronuts", The History of Cel-Ray and Another Market in the Meatpacking District
- Alyssa takes on New York in 36 hours! After brunch, we went to Greenwich Village for a food walking tour! A coworker of mine recommended Foods of NY tours, and I’m so glad I took her recommendation. For just over $50, we got to walk and talk with our awesome tour guide Bari.
- City Restaurants Multiply, Despite High-Profile Closures: The industry, despite higher rents, a more demanding clientele and additional layers of red tape, including a letter-grade health-rating system from the city. The number of permits for restaurants, bars and cafes rose more than 27% to 23,705 at the start of fiscal year 2015 this July from 18,606 in fiscal year 2006, according to the city Department of Health.
- Restaurant Cocktails That Aim Too High: New York City’s restaurants are in the midst of an epidemic of not-goodness. Sit down in any new dining room, and you are handed a cocktail list. Each drink on this document will have one ingredient you have heard of and seven that were apparently named after distant planets.
- Where to Splurge on White Truffles in New York: In addition to humble, hearty produce like apples, pumpkin and squash, autumn is known for a decidedly more luxurious ingredient — White Truffles. And the supremely delicate, highly prized, and intoxicatingly aromatic fungi have arrived in New York early this year (warm and rainy weather conditions in Northern Italy produced a bumper crop), with prices down to a mere $1,000 a pound.
- Dominique Ansel's Original Cronut Recipe Is Now Online: The recipe for the original Cronut — the pastry that almost instantly launched a million fans, still inspires lines of epic proportions, and created waves of copycats across the globe — is now online.
- Celery Forever: Where America's Weirdest Soda Came From and How It's Stuck Around: Dr. Brown's Cel-Ray soda, the herbaceous, bitter, and peppery soft drink that, yes, is still in production, with a zaftig perfume that's equal parts beguiling and refreshing. Look hard enough and you can still find it in some old school delis and the odd bodega.
- 234 BREWERIES CELEBRATE MEDALS AT 2014 GREAT AMERICAN BEER FESTIVAL: The 2014 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition awarded 268 medals to some of the best commercial breweries in the United States, plus three GABF Pro-Am medals. Presented by the Brewers Association, GABF is the largest commercial beer competition in the world and a symbol of brewing excellence. In its 28th year, the 2014 competition surpassed all previous participation records.
- THE DEFINITIVE TOP 7 NYC PIZZA SHOPS, AS CHOSEN BY 11 PIE EXPERTS: Joe's has been serving classic NY-style and Sicilian square 'zas since 1975. Their plain slice is delicious and easily one of the best in the city, despite being so simple.
- These Chocolate-Covered Japanese Potato Chips Might Actually Be Worth $17: Like pretzels before them, potato chips are getting into the chocolate game, and we recently sampled a bag from Japan's Royce' confectionary, which has been producing chocolate products since the early '80s. Friends, the chocolate-covered potato chip is where it's at.
- Café Angelique’s West Village Shop Closes, Neighboring Café Immediately Tries to Capitalize: The ten-year-old restaurant — prized in the neighborhood for its no-fuss coffee, Belgian waffles, and truly excellent chicken-curry sandwich (and recent location for a Taylor Swift commercial) — has closed its original location on Grove and Bleecker. It seems, once again, a rent spike is blame: this time said to be a dramatic increase from $16,000 to $42,000 a month.
- Famed Graffiti Artist 'Cost' Arrested in Greenwich Village: A graffiti artist who was a major player in the city's street art world in the 1990s was arrested in Greenwich Village last week and is now facing a felony charge, police said. Adam Cole, 45, was nabbed by an officer who had been tracking him for months, after noticing his wheat paste posters popping up in the neighborhood earlier this year, police said.
- Gansevoort Market Will Unleash Sushi Dojo To Go and The Bruffin on High Line Walkers Monday: The massive food complex Gansevoort Market, near the southern tip of the High Line, is opening on Monday.
- Photographing the Extreme Transformation of the Meatpacking District: Images from 1985 and last year show viewers just how much the Lower West Side neighborhood changed from Koch to Bloomberg.
- Joel Hough Now In Charge of Both Il Bucos, as Alimentari's New Chef Swaps Kitchens: There is some chef shuffling happening under the Il Buco umbrella. Just last month, Barcelona native Roger Martinez was brought in to run the kitchen at Il Buco Alimentari, replacing Justin Smillie who left to pursue his own project. But now, Il Buco reps tell Eater that owner Donna Lennard has moved him over to head up the kitchen at the original on Bond Street.
- For James Marsden, a Close Shave (Not the Movie Kind):The actor James Marsden rolled into town on Wednesday to promote his new movie, “The Best of Me,” and quickly made his way to the New York Shaving Company on Elizabeth Street. He had a 5 o’clock shadow that he wanted erased before his “Tonight Show” appearance the next day.
- Bubble Tea, No bursting the drink’s popularity: Call it tapioca milk tea, bubble milk tea, boba (pronounced “ball [without the L sound] bah”) or zhenzhu naicha (“jen jew nigh cha”) . Within the last 30 years, the drink has spread from its native Taiwan to Chinese communities throughout the world.
Thursday, October 2, 2014
The Weekly Roundup: Michelin 2015 Winners and Losers, Morimoto gets Magical and Great $1 Pizza for Charity
- Mama Mia! An Italian Filled Day at the Greenwich Village Foods Of NY Tour: Since 1999, Foods Of NY Tours has been giving food tasting and cultural walking tours through New York City's most delicious and historic neighborhood (it's a hard job... but somebody's got to do it!). The company offers a variety of neighborhood tours, but I decided to go with the tour that started it all – the Original Greenwich Village Food Tour.
- It takes a village: Last Wednesday my sister and I, together with a handful of Australians, Brits, Canadians, and a pair from Sacramento, ate up most of New York City’s West Village. Sorry about that. My sister Amanda is the PR rep for Foods of New York Tours. She totally twisted my arm to bring me along on this odyssey, which started with pizza.
- Michelin Unveils Its 2015 Winners (Blanca, Aquavit) and Losers (Daniel, Nakazawa) for New York: Michelin, the European tire maker that publishes what could be the world's most recognized guide for dining out, unveiled its 2015 list of New York's best restaurants today, and the famously anonymous inspectors made some big changes to their list of favorites.
- Handicapping Michelin: Will Nakazawa Get Three Stars? Michelin, the European tiremaker that also publishes what's arguably the world's most famous restaurant guide, will unveil its annual list of the best places to eat out in New York next week, and the big question is whether the guide will award its highest rating -- three stars -- to any of the city's most ambitious culinary institutions.
- Bavarian Brats, Burgers & Beers For Shake Shack's Shacktoberfest Celebration: We're smack dab in the middle of Oktoberfest, with the beer-centric celebrations set to conclude in Germany this coming weekend. There are still plenty of parties to attend and now some more ways to get your fill of brats and wursts and other Deutschland fare at Shake Shack's annual Shacktoberfest celebration, which kicks off on Friday, October 3rd and continues through October 12th.
- IS IT SOMETHING IN THE WATER?: Countless New Yorkers insist the secret to perfect pizza and beautiful bagels lies in our H20. Others say it’s simply technique. One ex-Brooklynite seeks a definitive answer.
- A New York Classic Returns: The Rainbow Room was born with good bones, but that was 80 years ago. So when Tishman Speyer, the company that owns and manages Rockefeller Center, decided to reopen it after five years, the goal was to restore the glitter to one of New York’s most romantic settings.
- A Peek Inside The Rainbow Room, Which Reopens This Weekend: The legendary Rainbow Room on the 65th floor of 30 Rockefeller Center will waltz into a new era this weekend, reopening on Sunday to reclaim its former glory.
- Chefs Club Is Shaping Up to Be One of the Strangest Dining Rooms in New York City: Yesterday the paper came down from the windows of Chefs Club, the restaurant where Food & Wine will soon host a rotating roster of some of its favorite chefs from across the country for guest stints. An inquisitive tipster took the opportunity to peer inside the Puck Building, and came back with a thorough look inside the David Rockwell-designed space.
- Brewing Beer Has Always Been a Woman’s Game:The brewing industry might still be seen by many as a bearded boy’s club, but “brewsters”—the medieval term for a female brewer—have been killing it forever.
- Joy Behar Goes Solo; Next Stop, Greenwich Village: Me, My Mouth And I, Joy Behar’s one-woman tour through the life and times of Joy Behar, will begin previews November 6 at the historic, intimate (i.e. small) Cherry Lane Theatre in the NYC’s West Village. It’s slated to open November 23 and run through December 21.
- Where to Dine During the Jewish High Holidays: You don’t often associate Mexican flavors with Jewish cuisine. But chef Julian Medina, who grew up Catholic in Mexico City, converted to Judaism when he married his wife of 10-years, a good Jewish girl from the Upper East Side. That means, Mexican-inflected Rosh Hashanah meals are commonplace at his restaurant, Toloache, and this year is no exception.
- How To Eat Di Fara & More Top Pizza For Just $1: The annual fundraising frenzy known as Slice Out Hunger returns next Wednesday to feed frugal pizza lovers with slices from some of the city's top pie joints. Now in its 6th year, the event not only offers up bargain basement slices to the hordes who descend on St. Anthony's Church, but also raises big bucks for Food Bank For New York City.
- The Secret to Levitating Uni at Morimoto in Chelsea: Chef Erik Battes of Morimoto in Chelsea isn't plating a stellar uni bite. Rather, inspired by a TED Talk on quantum levitation, he's floating an umami-packed uni butter-filled cracker in mid air. How's this all going down? Check out the video.
- CORKBUZZ WINE BAR OPENS A NEW LOCATION IN CHELSEA MARKET: For the spin-off of her popular New York City wine bar and restaurant, Corkbuzz, master sommelier Laura Maniec turned to Stephanie Goto to design an 850-square-foot location in Chelsea Market.
- Late Night Prep for Il Buco’s Sidewalk Pig Roast: The city’s best block party required all night pig prep starting at 1 a.m. A rare sight in the middle of Manhattan, these photos contain graphic imagery and might not be for everyone.
- An Impresario Shines His Light on the Customer: The restaurateur Keith McNally opened Cherche Midi in June on the corner of Houston Street and the Bowery, in a neighborhood where you don’t go out to dinner unless you are prepared to shout over some Pavement song the chef loved in college. But we were talking, with no recorded soundtrack, as if we were in some Continental restaurant off Sutton Place in 1964 eating veal Orloff by candlelight.
- Yakitori Tora, Now Cooking with Charcoal from the Mother Country in Nolita: Charcoal from Japan lends the skewers a smoky flavor that's hard to find in New York.
- Budget-Friendly Dining at Michelin’s Newest Bib Gourmands: Nom Wah Tea Parlor, Although this seminal, 95-year-old dim sum parlor been around much longer than the Bib Gourmands (which were created in 1995), it’s certainly nice to see them finally make the list.
Thursday, September 25, 2014
The Weekly Roundup: It's White Truffle Time, Momofuku's Pork Bun Deconstructed and Your NYC Octoberfest Guide
- 9 Best Walking Tours in New York City: Learn about Greenwich Village's rich history while you taste your way around the neighborhood's many delicious stores and restaurants. The tour covers many of Greenwich Village's popular attractions and includes enough food samplings for most people not need lunch afterward.
- Michelin Guide Announces NYC's 2015 Bib Gourmands: The Michelin Guide has just released its "Bib Gourmand" picks for the forthcoming 2015 edition of its New York City dining guide. These are the restaurants chosen for offering high quality on a budget
- Examining the Momofuku Pork Bun, a 10 Year NYC Favorite: Everything you've ever wanted to know about David Chang's iconic pork buns at Momofuku Noodle Bar.
- Grossinger: A name, and cake, that has stood the test of time: The cake was invented by Ernest Grossinger, a Jewish Hungarian immigrant who opened the bakery in 1935 with his wife, Isabella. The cake has a base of vanilla pound cake, covered by alternating layers of coffee ice cream and a hazelnut paste that freezes into an intense candy. The cake is crowned with mocha whipped cream. It is rich and sophisticated, a very adult ice cream cake.
- Oktoberfest celebrations, Brooklyn Pour, beer tastings and more: Tis the season for authentic Oktoberfest brews. Enjoy different drinks at the Village Voice's Brooklyn Pour, various Oktoberfest celebrations and beer tastings in the city.
- 2014 Is on Track to Be the Best Year Yet for White Truffles: For a certain breed of high-caliber restaurant, fall means white truffles, and white truffles, of course, mean money. So even though it's still technically summer for another few days, the first few shipments of this year's truffle crop have boarded jets and cleared customs all over the world, and Grub's sources in Northern Italy say Umbrian authorities are already busting truffle thieves ahead of the season's official start, which won't start for at least a few more days.
- Bluefin Tuna Could Be NYC's Next Banned Seafood: Just as the inhumane "delicacy" of shark fins was banned in New York City, soon too could bluefin tuna be ousted from city menus. A new measure being introduced today by City Council member Alan Maisel would ban selling anything "advertised or labeled" as bluefin in an effort to conserve the depleted populations of the prized fish.
- A Day in the Life of April Bloomfield in 33 Photos: Chef April Bloomfield let Eater follow her around for a day with a camera. This is what she got up to.
- August to Reopen on the Upper East Side: In late June, the ten-year-old Bleecker Street restaurant lost its lease — apparently the latest restaurant to fall victim to a massive rent hike. But in the next month or so, August will reopen on the Upper East Side, at 791 Lexington Avenue (near 62nd Street), with original chef Josh Eden at the helm.
- New Greenwich Village eatery is like a fountain of youth: Decades melt away in Hamilton’s Soda Fountain, where soda jerks mix Fox's syrups from Brooklyn with bubbling seltzer and scoop Jane's Ice Cream fresh from upstate Kingston cows into Hamilton Beach mixers circa 1950.
- A Passage Through Georgia (the Republic), Old Tbilisi Garden in Greenwich Village: If there is one Georgian dish that could bring Manhattan to its knees, it is adjaruli khachapuri, a thick flatbread with the ends tapered into blunt handles and the middle a caldron of near-volcanic cheese. A yolk slowly sets on top, like a giant gold pupil. Admire it, then beat the egg and cheese together and tear off bread to ladle it up.
- Fifth Avenue Restaurant's Application for Sidewalk Cafe Rankles Neighbors: Neighbors of an acclaimed Fifth Avenue restaurant are fighting its push to get a sidewalk café permit — saying the eatery's owners promised not to apply for one when it opened last year.
- NYC Boasts the Most Expensive City Hotel in the USA: With an average rate of $1,189 per night, the Soho House, located in the heart of New York’s buzzing Meatpacking District, is the most expensive city hotel in the United States.
- The Best 'Cheap Eats' In New York City: Nolita's Cafe Habana is always busy and the space is tight, but that's because locals know how good it is. Plus it doesn't hurt that the most expensive thing on the menu is a $17 grilled skirt steak sandwich (prices for entrees hover closer to $11 and $12).
- Five Points to Return from Revamp as Vic's, an Italian Restaurant: Renovations have taken longer than expected, but Five Points will finally reopen next month. And when it does, it will no longer be the same old Five Points Noho brunchers know and love.
- Pho Vietnam 87, A Cut Above Chinatown's Vietnamese Restaurants: Pho Vietnam 87, a new café that recently erected a bright sign among the cut-rate interstate bus depots of Chrystie Street, just below Grand. It occupies the same space that once held Ninh Kieu, which I'd declared my favorite Vietnamese restaurant in town this past January. It promptly closed, after being in business only a few months. But the wacky décor remains: a train track runs around the ceiling of the stylish, bare-brick interior, which is also niched with miniature delivery bicycles and laughing Buddhas, holding their bellies as if having overeaten.
- The Doughnut Plant Is Coming To Long Island City: Purveyor of the world's most incredible Tres Leches treats, Doughnut Plant, is heading to Long Island City for its next iteration, opening up an enormous production and retail facility inside the newly minted Falchi Building.
- Berg'n Brings Smorgasburg Offerings to Crown Heights: Berg'n, Brooklyn's new beer hall and food court, brings the vibe of the popular outdoor markets, the Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg, to a permanent home in Crown Heights. And, come November, the Flea will have a new indoor home next door at 1000 Dean St.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
- How the New York City Meatball Helped Build Italian-American Cuisine:They're all meatballs. But nine times out of ten, when we talk about meatballs in New York, we're only referring to one. It's coated in red sauce and sits over bread or pasta. It's often flecked with dried oregano and hails, clearly, from Italy.
- Cinnamon Snail and Calexico Triumph at Vendy Awards: The annual Emmys of the street food world, the Vendy Awards celebrated its 10th anniversary this weekend with a big gathering of food trucks on Governor's Island. Despite a bit of rain, guests seemed to have a good time sampling food from the nominees and previous favorites and winners like Solber Pupusas, King of Falafel, and NY Dosa.
- The 18 Best Pizza Places In NYC: We've taken the painstaking effort to compile all the best pizza places in the city, be they fancy artisanal pies, casual slice joints, old school pizzerias or (gasp!) non-New York style (though we still firmly believe that there is no such thing as "New York style," there is merely Pizza and there is Not Pizza)
- A Closer Look At The Nuts 4 Nuts Carts, A NYC Staple: The Nuts 4 Nuts carts around the city may seem like a forever-staple of our streets, but the first cart didn't get out there until 1993. At that time, it was called Nuts About Nuts, which was changed to Nuts 4 Nuts in 1998.
- Discover Your New Favorite Brew At The Brooklyn Local Craft Beer Festival: Arch Rowan, one member of the Five Borough Beer Corp, who are producing the event, tells us the team made sure to look for as many breweries as they could, and the tinier the better. "The main thing was we really wanted to target guys who were lesser known, who are new, who are trying to focus on small-batch, artisanal ales," Rowan said.
- A Sobering Future for New York’s Dive Bars: It has become a familiar sight in New York: legendary bars shut down or forced to move, often replaced with new construction or trendy shops. Even if a dive is able to relocate, it’s hard to recreate decades-old atmosphere.
- Restaurant Review, Claudette in Greenwich Village: Claudette’s charms are many and begin with those doors, which replace the woebegone sidewalk enclosure that used to make it look as if nobody were home. Losing a few seats has made reservations harder to land, but the reward is that the doors have let in the atypically cool breezes all summer, along with a view of lower Fifth Avenue’s wide, leisurely sidewalks, where somebody is always walking a bichon frisé.
- How a Butcher Captured the Meatpacking District's Gritty Past: A butcher in the Meatpacking District in the late 1970s, Richard Ovaduke once borrowed his roommate's 35-millimeter camera and shot the meat market and the surrounding cobblestoned neighborhood. At the time, it was chock-full of other workers whose day-to-day existence involved being elbow-deep in animal parts as well as topless dancers and crossdressers.
- Greenpoint's Champion Coffee Heads West to Meatpacking: This fall, owner Talitha Whidbee finally decided to expand in a big way with a second coffee shop. Champion is heading west to the Meatpacking District, where it's slated to open on September 23 with 20 other food vendors in the 7,500-square-foot open-air Gansevoort Marketplace
- Bond Vivant: Donna Lennard Reflects on Il Buco's Two Decades: Twenty years ago, when Donna Lennard opened Il Buco on Bond Street, she wasn't planning to become a restaurateur. Il Buco wasn't even a restaurant then.
- How a Beloved Restaurant Moves Forward With a New Chef: At Il Buco Alimentari, which lost chef Justin Smillie earlier this year, owner Donna Lennard decided to take a risk: She recently named Roger Martinez — a Barcelona native who's worked for Ferran Adrià, opened his own restaurant in Spain, and most recently, cooked at Bouley — as her executive chef. Martinez started three weeks ago, and while the changes that he's making to the restaurant seem subtle, they're significant. We sat down with him and Lennard to talk about how things are going.
- Landmarked Bowery Mansion To Become... Condos?: Last month word got out that 190 Bowery, that massive building on the corner of Bowery and Spring, was on the market. The owner, Jay Maisel, purchased the building for $102,000 in the 1960s, and has pretty much kept all 72 rooms for himself and family ever since (though at one point Roy Lichtenstein rented out a studio space there).
- The Making of Cherche Midi's Funky Slab of Prime Rib: "We wanted to do a very luxurious steak," says Cherche Midi co-executive chef Daniel Parilla. "We do the cote de boeuf at Balthazar and Minetta Tavern, so we thought it would be nice to do something different." Rather than serving the rib as steaks, the decision was made to serve prime rib. Co-executive chef Shane McBride continues "the original idea of the restaurant was that it was the feminine Minetta, but we still wanted something for the boys to eat, so we went big."
- Parm's Game Day Package: Starting this weekend, Parm will offer a game day package, which includes two dozen buffalo wings, baked ziti for six and a giant sub sandwich of your choice.
- A Mystery of Chinatown: It’s easier to stumble on Taste of Northern China than to find it. The address is 88 East Broadway, but the storefront is around the corner, on Forsyth Street, with a mysterious 106 above the door (a suite number, it turns out).
Thursday, September 11, 2014
+FOODS OF NY TOURS NEWS+
- Because of popular demand, starting September 29th, Foods of NY Tours will be offering our Nolita/Noho food tour on Mondays at 11:45. Chase away those Monday blues with a Brooklyn Blackout Cupcake from Little Cupcake Bakeshop and Salted Caramel Gelato from Il Buco Alimentari, while being serenaded by our lovely tour guide Anny on a quaint cobblestone street. Tickets are now available!
- Booze Production Booming In New York: Bottoms up, New Yorkers, because we're in the midst of a significant surge in alcohol produced within the city and the state. Wine, beer and now cider-making facilities within the city have tripled in the past three years, according to data found by the Post, with farm distilleries state-wide increasing 450% in the same time period.
- Drinking for the Season: A Few Locally Made Beers to Seek Out This Fall: As temperatures begin to drop, and qualities like “refreshing” and “sessionable” become less important, a whole new world of flavor opens up to us: Beers become richer, heartier, more complex; they’re warming and comforting, the kind you want to enjoy alone in the calm of your living room late at night, or with friends and family over big holiday meals. Fortunately, many of our finest local breweries are churning out beers that will be a perfect match for the season.
- In Praise of the Patty Melt: A patty melt is not quite a burger, which is why burger nerds stomp their feet and refuse to categorize it as such, denouncing it as an impostor, a sort of aspirational grilled cheese. The good news is that in New York, a patty-melt trendlet is afoot. Here, a few variations, from humble to haute, listed in order of preference and rated on a scale from one to five.
- La Colombe Coffee Plans 100 New Cafés Over the Next 5 Years: Philly-based third-wave coffee darling La Colombe will be the latest specialty-coffee roaster to embark on an all-out expansion tear. Co-founder Todd Carmichael says he inked a $28.5 million deal with private investors at the end of last month and will now get cracking on an ambitious East Coast-based growth plan that includes "upwards of 100 new cafés."
- Netflix's First Docu-Series From 'Jiro Dreams Of Sushi' Director Will Profile Famous International Chefs: On the heels of bringing on successful original series like Orange is the New Black and House of Cards, Netflix announced today they're getting their first original docu-series—and it'll be about famous international chefs.
- Long-Awaited New Series ‘Food Forward’ Makes Its Debut on PBS: In 2007, Greg Roden and Brian Greene met in Buenos Aires, Argentina at a poker game and batted around the idea of a new type of food television show. Seven years later, that idea is coming to life as a 13-episode series examining our food system called Food Forward, premiering on PBS stations across the country and streaming on PBS.org beginning this week.
- Why You Should Refrigerate Tomatoes and Ignore Anyone Who Says Otherwise: Every time I went to the farmers market, I'd buy as many tomatoes as I could carry, then leave half on the counter and half in the fridge for at least a day before tasting them. Well, today, I'm here to gloat share my results, and they're pretty clear: The refrigerator is frequently your best bet for storing tomatoes.
- Historic Jazz Club Arthur's Tavern Is Not Closing, Will Outlive Us All: In late August, a listing for the building housing Arthur's Tavern popped up, declaring the building could be delivered vacant to a buyer. This would mean the end of the historic Grove Street jazz club, right? Not exactly. Jordy Freed of the Blue Note Entertainment Group (which runs Arthur's) stated…
- Don Hill's Set to Rise From the Ashes as The Hills NYC: A plan is in place to revive legendary rock bar Don Hill's as The Hills NYC. The new team is appearing before the community board next week, but according to Grub Street, there are already permits in place for renovations and "reconstruction.”
- Rarity Returns: Jazz Club for Duos. Johnny O’Neal was smartly dressed for formalities on Wednesday night, in a tuxedo vest, for the first official set at Mezzrow, a spruce new addition to the Greenwich Village jazz circuit. Mezzrow is a long, narrow grotto at basement level, furnished with Italian marble floors and a Prohibition-era mahogany bar.
- Otto’s Tacos Expands to the West Village: The East Village taqueria, beloved for its fresh-made corn tortillas and off-menu deep-fried Gorgon, tells Grub that a second location is in the works: Otto's Tacos will open at 131 Seventh Ave. S., near W. 10th St., this fall.
- How Borgognone Won the Lotto With Sushi Nakazawa: By now the origin story of Sushi Nakazawa is legendary. Alessandro Borgognone, a restaurateur from the Bronx, watched the documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi and was immediately taken with the idea of opening a sushi restaurant.
- Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick Re-List $22M House: Celebrity super-couple and serial real estate shoppers Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick are on the house hunt once again—the actors just re-listed their Greenwich Village townhouse at 20 East 10th Street for $22 million.
- Upstairs, a Walk on the Wild Side: When the High Line at the Rail Yards, the final section of the elevated park, opens on Sept. 21, we will no longer have to stop at 30th Street and stare longingly through the construction gate at the Queen Anne’s Lace blooming in wild profusion along the old tracks. We can walk out on a wide plaza made of the familiar concrete planks, tapered so that plants appear to be pushing up out of the crevices.
- Il Buco Will Celebrate 20th Anniversary With an Incredible Lineup of Guest Chefs: Donna Lennard opened il Buco as an antiques store in 1994, and now her esteemed Italian restaurant is 20 years old. To honor the occasion, a few notable alumni will return to the Bond Street kitchen for a series of special dinners.
- Il Buco Alimentari Names New Chef: It's been a few months since Justin Smillie parted ways with il Buco Alimentari, and now owner Donna Leonard has named a new executive chef: Roger Martinez, who's a Barcelona native.
- 9 Restaurants That Are Focusing On Our Favorite Foods: Rice to Riches; This New York establishment offers 18 flavors of rice pudding at all times. Guys, this is amazing. Rice pudding heaven.
- 45-Year-Old Phebe’s, the ‘Sardi’s of Off-Off Broadway,’ Gets Another Facelift: Phebe’s Tavern & Grill in the East Village has been derided for its less than classy clientele, and tends to blend into the background, but it’s actually been around since 1969, and was once considered the “Sardi’s of Off Off Broadway.” The bar on Bowery has just reopened after renovations that began just days before Labor Day weekend.
- This Is How Fortune Cookies Are Made: If you've ever wondered how those paper words of wisdom get tucked into a fortune cookie, How It's Made has got the answer.
- Steven Spielberg Is Transforming DUMBO Into Cold War-Era New York: The Steven Spielberg-directed Cold War era movie is currently taking over the DUMBO section of Brooklyn. Signs for the previously untitled project, now going by St. James Place, began popping up around the area surrounding the Manhattan Bridge this week, and this morning about two blocks have been taken over by the production.
Thursday, September 4, 2014
The Weekly Roundup: A New Chelsea Market Tasting, Tomato Season is Fantastic and You Have "Chef" Mail Now
+FOODS OF NY TOURS NEWS+
- New Tasting on Chelsea Market Tour: Last week Dickson’s Farmstand Meats started serving a delicious beef tartar to our tour guests. This delicacy is based on the traditional French style, but with some added Dickson flair. They take raw dry aged beef shoulder, which is a working muscle and has a lot of flavor (fat) as opposed to filet, which is passed through a medium sized dye to break up meat without over grinding. That meat is all mixed together with some Minced Cornichon (tiny French pickles), Worcester Sauce, Red Wine Vinegar, Japanese Mayo (sweeter than american mayo), Salt and Pepper and Spicy Mustard. Enjoy!
- Katz's Is Selling Its Air Rights, But Promises Pastrami's Safe: The much beloved 126-year-old Katz's Delicatessen has sold the air rights over its corner location, but co-owner Jake Dell, promises "at no point will anyone value the corner of Houston and Ludlow for anything other" than the holy seat of pastrami.
- Tomato Season Brings Beautiful Bounty To NYC Greenmarkets: There's a whole world beyond the cherry and beefsteak tomatoes abundant at grocery stores, where you're lucky to find a tomato not devoid of flavor and marred by a grainy texture. Like all flora, there's a season for these things, and that season is now for the incredibly varied and beautiful tomato.
- Lobsters Dying Out In Long Island Sound: Before you contemplate stealing a bunch of live lobsters from your local Shop Rite, keep in mind that the Long Island Sound is suffering from a serious lobster die off, threatening $40 lobster rolls areawide.
- Science Crowns Mozzarella The King Of Pizza Cheese: The signature of a great American-style pizza is not the toppings du jour but the cheese: hot, gooey mozzarella, with big, dark splotches of caramelization.
- 40 Percent of Restaurant Workers Live in Poverty: It's no secret that the restaurant industry doesn't pay all that well, but a new report from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) reveals that nearly 40 percent of all restaurant employees live in poverty.
- New USPS Stamps Feature James Beard & Other Chefs: Five celebrity chefs will be honored on a new set of USPS stamps. According to the United States Postal Service, the chefs were chosen because they "revolutionized our understanding of food." James Beard is confirmed, and Linns reports that Chinese food champion Joyce Chen, legendary cookbook author Julia Child, Southern cooking ambassador Edna Lewis, and South American chef Felipe Rojas-Lombardi will also be honored.
- Gelato shop brings authentic Italian treats to the West Village: Dolce Gelateria makes authentic Italian recipes daily and is well worth the short trek from Washington Square during the first week of classes. Formerly called L’Arte Del Gelateria, the store at 33 Barrow St. has been scooping up frozen Italian treats since 2007. Last summer, the shop underwent a rebranding featuring new menu items.
- Arthur”s Tavern: The building that houses Arthur's Tavern, one of the last standing great old jazz clubs of the Village, is on the market for $6.25 million.
- Aldo Sohm Wine Bar Opened With Ceremony Last Night: To pair with the wine, there is a very simple French inspired menu of small plates like mini boudin blanc, a variety of "Brooklyn Charlie's" charcuterie including a lardo "dip," and a selection of cheeses from Murray's.
- At Play in the Cardboard Jungle: On a recent weeknight in Greenwich Village, amid the circus of New York University dive bars, comedy-show hecklers and the drummers of Washington Square Park, there was a different sort of chaos. It was at the tables of the Uncommons, a board-game coffee shop just south of the park that claims to be Manhattan’s first.
- Dish Spotting, Bubby’s High Line $100 Sundae: Come summer, who isn’t a sucker for ice cream? No, seriously. But a $100 dollar ice cream sundae? Bubby’s High Line just unveiled a new, over-the-top creation with homemade ice cream you’ll want to know the scoop on (get it, scoop?).
- Landlords ditching big chains, seek quirkier retailers: Rather than the usual national chains, they’re looking for “a quirkier, less predictable mix of retail tenants, one that can bring more energy,” according to Crain’s. This trend comes as big landlords have millions of square feet of retail space available. Jamestown Properties was one of the first to pioneer the idea at Chelsea Market in the late nineties.
NOLITA NEWS THIS WEEK
- There Is No Secondi Choice: One of several reasons to like Bar Primi, Andrew Carmellini’s new restaurant at East Second Street and the Bowery, is that there is almost nothing on the menu but appetizers and pasta. You can eat all the things you go to Italian places for without ordering a $35 grilled salmon simply to prove that you know fusilli is not considered a main course in Milan.
- Late-Night Egg Shop Opening in Nolita: Here’s one of those ideas that fall under the heading Why Hasn’t Anyone Done This Before? — a casual spot devoted almost exclusively to serving eggs around-the-clock, from 8 a.m. to midnight on weekdays and till 1 a.m. on weekends.
CHINATOWN NEWS THIS WEEK
- New Chinese Mothers Feast on Pickled Pigs’ Feet: According to traditional Chinese beliefs, geung cho warms the body and stimulates the production of breast milk. The hardboiled eggs also symbolize birth, and the yolk and white represent the ideal balance of yin and yang. “When a woman has given birth it’s said that she has exposed herself to the cold. The worry is that your body will remain cold, and this will invite sickness,” Young explains. “Eating geung cho restores balance.”
BROOKLYN NEWS THIS WEEK
- Anatomy of a Dish, Burger Ramen: Meet the burger ramen. It's noodles topped with a beef patty, American cheese and bacon. And it's just one of the must-try things at Berg'n, the much-anticipated and finally open 9,000-square-foot parking garage turned epic food hall in Crown Heights, Brooklyn from Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg guys Eric Demby and Jonathan Butler