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Friday, September 20, 2013

The Weekly Roundup: Chelsea Market Cookbooks, Silent Suppers, Well-fed Chickens


+NYC NEWS+
  • Tishman Speyer to Reopen Rainbow Room in Fall 2014: The chef and the management team have not been named yet, but today Tishman Speyer announces plans to reopen the fabled Rainbow Room at the top of 30 Rockefeller Plaza next fall. The main part of The Rainbow Room will be available for private dining and events five days a week, but it will also be open to the public at least one night a week and during brunch on Sunday. An outdoor terrace that was previously unused will be combined with an indoor space to form a bar and lounge that will be open to the public at least five nights a week as well.
  • Brooklyn Foodies Supper in Silence: Dinner was served, minus the din. As a pilot run for what it hopes to make a monthly event, Eat, a restaurant in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn, served a capacity crowd of 17 people a $40, four-course dinner (plus palette cleansers) of organic locavore fare in 90 minutes of total silence on Sunday night.
  • Susur Lee to Open Restaurant in World Trade Center: Susur Lee is not done with New York yet. The former Shang chef has partnered with the China Center to open a restaurant on the 66th floor of One World Trade Center. This is actually the first restaurant that has been officially announced for the building, if you can believe it.
  • Halloween Parade in jeopardy?: The Halloween Parade, which was scrubbed by Hurricane Sandy last year, is in jeopardy this year thanks to loses from the storm plus new demands for expensive insurance to protect sponsors in the event of new problems. Organizers of the 40th anniversary Greenwich Village event are so desperate that they’ll launch an online fundraising campaign on Monday to raise at least $50,000.

+INDUSTRY NEWS+
  • In Pursuit of Tastier Chickens, a Strict Diet of Four-Star Scraps: The rust-colored birds are pecking away at vegetable peelings and day-old bread from some of Manhattan’s most elegant restaurants, like Per Se, Daniel, Gramercy Tavern, the Modern and David Burke Townhouse. The goal: to see whether American restaurants can turn back the culinary clock and rediscover “what a chicken should taste like,” said Ariane Daguin, the pioneering businesswoman who is behind the idea.
  • Shack Fans and Cronut Enthusiasts Form Monster Line: These people threw on their winter coats in the wee hours of the morning and trudged to Madison Square Park to be the first in line for the Shake Shack Cronut Hole Concrete, a one-day-only dessert made of Shake Shack butter-caramel custard, Cronut holes from Dominique Ansel Bakery, and eggs laid by a golden goose.
  • Batali's Eataly Chicago Will House Eight Restaurants: Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich's 63,000-square-foot, much-anticipated Eataly Chicago will feature an eight-restaurant polpo in addition to the previously confirmed butcher, market, and grocery. Chicago Magazine brings first word of six of the eight concepts: a 150-set Neapolitan-style pizzeria, an "enoteca with a mozzarella bar," a seafood restaurant (called Pesce), a meat-focused restaurant (Le Carne), a flatbread concept, and a spot serving nothing but fried food.

+NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS+

GREENWICH VILLAGE
  • Pagani, Massimo Lusardi's Village Italian Restaurant: Last week, Uva restaurateur Massimo Lusardi opened Pagani, a casual Italian restaurant in the Bleecker Street space that formerly housed the O. Pagani & Bros. music store. Lusardi enlisted Taavo Somer's design group Friends & Family to create the dining room — they kept many of the details from the old music store intact. The menu from Tabla and Babbo alum Mark Barrett includes things like a poached farm egg with oyster mushrooms, rigatoni with braised rabbit, slow roasted veal shoulder with potato puree, and seared scallops with fennel. Sean McClure, of Craft and Daniel, consulted on the drinks menu. Take a look around:
  • Crumbs Bake Shop Launches Gluten-Free Store: Looks like the gluten-free movement is gaining enough traction to go mainstream; Crumbs Bake sSop has just announced its first-ever gluten-free store, opening in New York's Greenwich Village this October. The new gluten-free Crumbs will open at 37 E. Eighth St.,  and will also ship gluten-free options throughout the United States. 
  • Il Cantuccio NYC Closes: The Christopher Street Italian coffee shop and bakery promised to post a new location soon.
  • Ido Sushi Closes: The 7th-Avenue sushi restaurant offered free live performances, including rock and jazz, every night, and was truly packed on Wednesday and Saturday, the opera nights. 
CENTRAL VILLAGE/SOHO
  • Pino's Saved!: Back in May, we heard the upsetting news that Pino's Prime Meats might be evicted from Sullivan Street after several decades in business. You rallied around, gave support, and signed the petition (over 1,600 signatures). And now there is good news.

CHELSEA MARKET/ MEATPACKING
  • Cream of the Crop at Chelsea Market: What's truly surprising about "The Chelsea Market Cookbook: 100 Recipes from New York's Premiere Indoor Food Hall," which will be published on Oct. 1, is the fact that it's never been written before. The book features 100 recipes from a wide range of chefs—from those who sell their wares at Chelsea Market's kiosks and restaurants to participants in the venue's annual Sunday Supper event (held in collaboration with the James Beard Foundation) to friends of the market. Ms. Sarabeth Levine spends most days at the market. "I just love it here," she said. "I love the salmon at Buon'Italia, the guacamole at Manhattan Fruit Exchange, the New England clam chowder at the Lobster Place. Dickson's Farmstand Meat's fresh-killed chicken from Pennsylvania is truly amazing."

NOLITA
  • The Italian-Americans of Mulberry Street, Long Before ‘The Godfather’: Strolling along Mulberry Street in Little Italy during this year’s Feast of San Gennaro, visitors passed stands selling zeppole and sausage and peppers as vendors hawked “Fuggedaboudit” T-shirts and “Godfather”-themed trinkets. But when they reached St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral at the corner of Prince Street, the atmosphere changed, the booths thinned and visitors encountered large banners with historical photographs of the neighborhood hanging on the church cemetery walls.

CHINATOWN
  • Mooncakes are on the rise in Chinatown as Mid-Autumn Festival puts spotlight on pastries: The last time man reached the moon it cost $30 billion. Thankfully, New Yorkers can get a taste of the lunar body for about $5 in Chinatown. Sinfully delicious pastries called mooncakes are flying off the bakery shelves in Chinatown in the days before the Mid-Autumn Festival — a Chinese lunar holiday that falls on Sept. 19 and commemorates the end of the summer harvest. The perfectly round cakes — and the yolks encased in their filling — represent the full moon that rises on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar.

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