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Friday, September 6, 2013

The Weekly Roundup: Ladies Lunching, Magic Soufflés


+NYC NEWS+
  • New York is the world's favorite city: Poll: The Big Apple is the top banana. New York ranks as the world's favorite city, beating out the likes of London, Paris, Sydney and everywhere else, according to a new poll from Ipsos MORI, which surveyed more than 18,000 people in 24 countries.
  • Some Hot Dog Vendors Pay the City Over $200K a Year: Call it the half-million-dollar hot dog cart. Mohammad Mastafa pays the city’s parks department $289,500 a year just for the right to operate his single cart near Central Park. The zoo entrance drew the highest bid among the 150 pushcart sites in public parks, but the operators of four other carts in and around Central Park also pay the city more than $200,000 a year each. In fact, the 20 highest license fees, each exceeding $100,000, are all for Central Park carts.
  • The Summer of Cronut (And 6 Other Food Trends We Saw in New York This Summer): Each summer sees its food trends: last summer Pok Pok took the city by storm and all anyone could talk about was the hipster exodus to Montauk. The summer before that it was the Rockaways, specifically the Rockaway Beach Boardwalk, and even more specifically, Rockaway Taco (well worth the hype, in my opinion.) So what were this summer's biggest trends in New York?
+INDUSTRY NEWS+
  • ScienceShot: A Shot of Coffee That Gets You Drunk: Now you can get a new kind of buzz from coffee. Researchers have found a way to turn used coffee grounds into an alcoholic beverage.
  • Whiskey and Hotels Stir the Drinkers: The rising tide of high-end bartending is lifting every type of spirit, but whiskey seems to be riding a slightly higher crest. A quick scan of the names of New York’s new and expected openings — American Whiskey, Barley & Grain, Whiskey Bar, Whiskey Soda Lounge NY — will make that point.
  • Leaving a Tip: A Custom in Need of Changing?: Writes Pete Wells: "I could go on against tipping, but let’s leave it at this: it is irrational, outdated, ineffective, confusing, prone to abuse and sometimes discriminatory. The people who take care of us in restaurants deserve a better system, and so do we."
+NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS+

GREENWICH VILLAGE
  • Dolce Gelateria's Spaghetti Ice Cream Exists, Looks Like Heaven: The delightful German novelty dessert is now available in NYC. Spaghetti-Eis looks like spaghetti; is actually ice cream made by pressing vanilla ice cream through a potato ricer to create “noodles.”
  • The 9 Best Cheese Shops In NYC: Cheese might be killing us one curd at a time, but it's also well-nigh irresistible, whether you prefer it semi-soft, mild, stinky or creamy. And though some of us may spend a little too much time wading in the Velveeta sea, the top shelf stuff is readily available at the city's many top-notch cheese shops, stacked high with pungent wheels and wedges and lovingly curated down to each aged crumble. Here are a few of our favorites. No surprise here: Murray's makes the list. 
CENTRAL VILLAGE/SOHO
  • Chef Dominique Ansel Introduces the Magic Soufflé: Chef and Cronut creator Dominique Ansel revealed a new pastry today that is likely to take the food world by storm and spawn legions of imitators: The Magic Soufflé, a Grand Marnier chocolate soufflé encased inside orange blossom brioche. A rep at Dominique Ansel Bakery tells Eater that it was "a very difficult recipe to figure out" and that no one except the "chef de partie and up" touches the recipe. There's also a non-disclosure agreement for the technique. 
  • Melvin's Juice Box Expands to the Dream Downtown: Greenwich Village juice parlor Melvin's Juice Box is expanding with a new location in the Dream Downtown Hotel. Along with Melvin's beloved juices, the new cafe will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. The "Melvin's-inspired" menus, designed by the hotel's executive chef Michael Armstrong, will include some all-day items and some breakfast only dishes, plus to-go wraps and "Body Good" salads, based on the juice of the same name.

CHELSEA MARKET/ MEATPACKING
  • Intelligentsia's Coffee Truck: Intelligentsia Coffee now has a coffee truck. Dubbed the Intelligentsia Mini Bar, it will feature a limited menu of small drinks. For now the truck will be parked in the garden outside The Highline Hotel every day between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m

NOLITA
  • Ladies Who Power Lunch: Wander into ABC Kitchen on any given weekday and the nature of that transformation will be abundantly clear: There’s a new generation of power-lunch spots in downtown Manhattan, and women are the most devoted regulars. For culinary, aesthetic and economic reasons, some of the most influential editors, fashion designers, filmmakers, actresses, media executives and thought leaders in the city can reliably be found at a sisterhood of restaurants scattered in and around Greenwich Village and TriBeCa, NoHo and SoHo—including Public

CHINATOWN
  • A Dim Sum Outpost Far From Chinatown: A Review of Dim Sum Go Go, in Beacon, NY. Going to Dim Sum Go Go is a combination of urban and rural experiences. As is often the case in Chinatown, as soon as you sit down, you are given a listing of the dim sum offerings, written in Mandarin and English, along with a pencil to mark off the items you would like. The loud swoosh of a foot-pedaled wok sounds throughout the restaurant when it isn’t full, and much of the staff comes from Chinatown. But the restaurant, a former bank, has a grander and warmer feel than many city spots.

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