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Friday, August 16, 2013

The Weekly Roundup: Bagel Bites on Bleecker, Ramen Burgers, The Narrow House Sells

  • Tiny restaurants turn into small wonders: Honey, I shrunk the café! Across Manhattan, local food entrepreneurs, eager to open their own storefronts, are squeezing into tiny, shoebox-shaped retail properties less than 200 square feet in size. Traditionally, such nooks were reserved for jewelry or scarf sellers, or the occasional magazine and newspaper stand. Food operators, subject to stringent rules and regulations from the city's Department of Health, usually steered clear.
  • U.S. Tennis Association puts a roof on it for US Open: USTA unveils designs for its transformed facilities in Flushing Meadows, Queens. The main attraction is a new roof for Arthur Ashe Stadium which will protect matches at the U.S. Open from the rain delays.
  • Activity Gives Orchard Street New Bloom: Small businesses and larger developments are taking the place of garment stores. Once home to dozens of garment stores, the three-block stretch of Orchard Street between Grand and Division streets is seeing a flurry of deals spanning from small entrepreneurs renting storefronts to large-scale property sales and development.

  • No Cheesecake for You!: Owner of Junior's Is Launching Enduro, Which Won't Feature a Longtime Favorite: On Friday, dinner service begins at his Enduro, a $6 million modern American grill in Manhattan's Midtown East neighborhood. Close observers will notice many differences between the sleek, modern space and Junior's upscale-diner vibe, but one stands out: There is no cheesecake on the menu.
  • Ramen Burger’s Inventor Talks About the Food Craze Eclipsing the Cronut: A meat patty sandwiched between two fried ramen noodle buns, the ramen burger debuted in Brooklyn, last Saturday. Its inventor, Keizo Shimamoto, tells Marlow Stern the story of this succulent creation. “The juices from the patty soak into the ramen noodles and it resembles a ramen soup,” Shimamoto told The Daily Beast.
  • Shake Shack to mix things up in Dumbo: A Brooklyn neighborhood already famous for its foodie queues is about to sprout a new one, with the planned opening next year of the popular burger and ice cream joint.
  • Zagat NYC Salad Smackdown: Inspired by Sweetgreen, a new chain that just opened adjacent to the NoMad Hotel, we decided to get in line with the lettuce lovers and test out some leafy options for our midday meal in the West Village and beyond.  


  • Filling a Hole in New York's Bagel World on Bleecker Street: In the next few weeks, Bantam Bagels will open on Bleecker Street. They will sell mini bagel holes—similar in size to a Dunkin' Donuts Munchkin—with all kinds of fillings. "Our flavors span the gamut." There are dessert flavors and late night flavors; 15 varieties will be sold at a time. One is devoted specifically to Bleecker Street, made of pizza dough with a slice of pepperoni as well as mozzarella from Murray's Cheese and marinara from John's Pizza.
  • A Former Apprentice of Jiro Ono Is Coming to the Village: A former apprentice of Jiro Ono (the subject of the documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi), will be the chef atSushi Nakazawa, an omakase restaurant opening soon in the West Village. 
  • New York City's Narrowest House Sells for $3.25 Million: Here’s the skinny on the city’s narrowest town house: It just sold for a fat $3.25 million. The historic, three-story home at 75 1/2 Bedford St. — near Sixth Avenue and Houston Street — weighs in at an underfed 990 square feet.
  • 11 Great New Places to Get Ice Cream During the August HeatDolce “Sweetness in Life” Gelateria: The scene: This is the former L’Arte del Gelato space, rechristened by Salvatore Potestio, a former L’Arte del Gelato co-owner, who got the shop in an amicable split with his partner. Pedigree: Potestio is a native Sicilian; Sicilians love gelato so much they make brioche-bun sandwiches out of the stuff and eat them for breakfast. Don’t miss: Some tasty new texture-forward flavors, like Almond Bliss, Oreo, and Rocher, that would do Ben and Jerry proud.

  • South of West Fourth Street: Tracking the ‘Ghosts of Bohemia’: By turns raffish and intimate, boisterous and quaint, Greenwich Village below Washington Square Park and West Fourth Street has such a distinct local feel that it might best be described with one self-referential word: “Villagey.” And he meets friends around the corner at the 98-year-old Caffe Dante, across Macdougal Street from a row of neo-Federal-style town houses, landmarks whose facades are painted in candy-shop colors. Old World food shops still thrive on Bleecker west of Sixth: O. Ottomanelli & Sons meat market, Faicco’s Italian Specialties, Pasticceria Rocco.

  • Morimoto Taking Over Japonais in Chicago, Sign of What's to Come in Vegas?: Here's an interesting twist in the Masaharu Morimoto empire. True, he's already announced his restaurant coming to the Mirage in 2014. And true it is taking over the Japonais space. Now comes word that Morimoto of Iron Chef fame is helming the kitchen of Japonais in Chicago and changing the name to Japonais by Morimoto. Could this be a sign for what's really to come at the Mirage?

  • World Chefs: Silk Road journey of noodles, dumplings and family: Jen Lin-Liu, a U.S.-born resident of China, was taking a pasta-making course in Rome when she began wondering whether the tale of Marco Polo bringing noodles to Italy from China was actually true. Her curiosity led her along the Silk Road, the ancient trade route linking Asia and Europe, eating the different kinds of pasta she found and speaking candidly with women as they cooked together in kitchens along the way. Lin-Liu, who runs a Beijing cooking school and now lives in the Chinese city of Chengdu, spoke with Reuters about noodles, dumplings and her just-published book "On the Noodle Road".


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