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Friday, November 8, 2013

The Weekly Roundup: Emporio's on Bleecker, Goodbye Hybird, History of Pumpkin Spice Latte

+NYC NEWS+
  • Sushi’s New Vanguard: Mr. Daley at work. “Sushi to me is the zenith,” he said. “It’s pristine. It’s the one punch, one kill. It’s the karate of foods.”
  • 100 Blocks, 100 Bites: A Must-Try Dish on Every Street: We all know that Manhattan's chock-a-block with restaurants, but with such an array of options, how do you choose? To help you narrow it down a bit, we pounded the pavement to find our favorite bite on each of the numbered streets, from First to 100th.
  • Obama Declares Brooklyn "Cool," Buys Two Cheesecakes At Junior's: After a failed attempt at shutting down Prospect Park, President Obama snaked his way through Brooklyn to tour a Crown Heights high school and throw out affection on many local fixtures. And it all culminated in Obama declaring Brooklyn "cool" and paling around with Bill de Blasio at Junior's.
  • Bryant Park Holiday Market is Back: The Bryant Park Holiday Market is open and with it comes some some more lunch options in Midtown West. Old favorites like Mmm… Enfes, Wafels & Dinges, Daisy’s Grits, and TopArepa are back and they’re joined by some exciting new kiosks.
  • A Closer Look At The Statue Of Liberty Before It Was Green: We've looked at a lot of old photos of the Statue of Liberty when it was being built, and of course we knew it wasn't always green... but since those old photos are black & white we've never really seen Lady Liberty in her original copper brown hue (she naturally oxidized and turned green around 1920).
  • Steven Soderbergh's "The Knick" Set Transforms New York Lower East Side: Amazing pictures show how Lower East Side has been transformed into the set for a new TV series based in the early 1900s

+INDUSTRY NEWS+
  • F.D.A. Ruling Would All but Eliminate Trans Fats: The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday proposed measures that would all but eliminate artificial trans fats, the artery clogging substance that is a major contributor to heart disease in the United States, from the food supply.
  • Thirsty? There's a global wine shortage: The industry is experiencing an "undersupply of nearly 300 million cases" a year, according to a report from Morgan Stanley Research, despite the fact that there are one million wine producers globally, making 2.8 billion cases each year. 
  • Chang, Atala, and Redzepi on the Cover of Time: Chefs David Chang (Momofuku), Alex Atala (D.O.M.), and René Redzepi (Noma) are on the cover of the Nov. 18 issue of Time Magazine in Europe, Africa, Asia.The issue is titled: "The Gods of Food: Meet the People Who Influence What (and How) You Eat." It focuses on "influencers" in food.
  • History of the Pumpkin Spice Latte: The pumpkin spice latte is the most popular seasonal beverage of all time in Starbucks stores, with Starbucks estimating they have sold more than 200 million Pumpkin Spice Lattes since its rollout. And as the drink becomes more popular, more and more imitators are unveiled, from Coffee Bean & Tea Leafs' Pumpkin Spice Latte to McDonald's McCafé. So how did the coffee flavor go from random Starbucks offering to nationwide phenomenon? 

+NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS+

GREENWICH VILLAGE
  • Emporio Restaurateur to Open Baker & Co. on Bleecker:  Elena Fabiani, one of the owners of Emporio and the Aurora restaurants, is opening a new project in the old Pizza Roma space at 259 Bleecker St. called Baker & Co. Fabiani is teaming up with her group's general manager Markus Dorfmann for this new West Village restaurant. Dorfmann tells Eater that Baker & Co. is slated to open in January with a menu of "seasonal Italian dishes" and baked goods. Pizza Roma closed in June after less than a year and a half in business. 
  • Sietsema Visits Four New Micro-Focused Restaurants (including Bantam Bagels): Another modern way to make money in restaurants is to micro-focus, on the theory that making just one or two things well means you can mount a much smaller kitchen, and save by buying ingredients in bulk. We've seen this over the last decade as cafes have specialized in meatballs, toasted cheese sandwiches, peanut butter sandwiches, and lobster rolls. Simplifying even further and focusing even more narrowly may be the wave of the future, sometimes even inventing new dishes just for novelty's sake. 
CENTRAL VILLAGE/SOHO
  • Ne-Yo and friends rack up $800 restaurant tab at Negril Village: Then reportedly leave with no payment or tip: The Grammy winner spent an evening dining with a group of 10 earlier this month at West Village restaurant Negril, where he sipped on multiple Grey Goose screwdrivers and ordered mac and cheese and chicken plates, racking up an $800 bill. But the “Sexy Love” singer allegedly walked out without paying a dime — or giving his overworked waitress a tip.
  • Bark Hot Dogs Inks Deal for Former Back Fence on Bleecker Street: Park Slope’s Bark Hot Dogs will expand to Greenwich Village after signing a 1,200-square-foot long-term lease at 155 Bleecker Street. The hot dog, french fry and milkshake spot will take over the space recently vacated after 68 years by The Back Fence music venue. Founder and chef Josh Sharkey intends to honor the old club by retaining much of its original decor.
CHELSEA MARKET/ MEATPACKING
  • Simon Doonan on the Relationship Between Salami and Fashion: We swung by Chelsea Market this morning to chat with the one and only Simon Doonan, prince of New York window dressing, author, who was there making over the front window of butcher shop Dickinson's Farmstand Meats as part of American Express' Small Business Saturday.
  • Questlove's Fried Chicken Stand Is DunzoHybird, Questlove's Chelsea Market fried chicken stand, has shuttered after less than six months in business. The Roots drummer opened the stand with mega restaurateur Stephen Starr back in May, selling $4 drumsticks and $41 chicken buckets, plus biscuits, dumplings, slushies, and "Questolicious" cupcakes.
  • Victoria Beckham plants her label on High Line: Victoria Beckham is high on the High Line. Her eponymous fashion label has just inked a lease for office space in a building overlooking the story-high greenspace in the West Chelsea neighborhood that has become a major destination for the creative and hip in recent years.
  • Cull & Pistol Nails the Classics and Creates Some New Ones: Cull & Pistol, a New England-style seafood shack of sorts, goes far beyond that, offering some of the city's most solid renditions of classic coastal fare, along with a few surprises on the menu by Chef Dave Seigal.
NOLITA
  • Best Shaving Soaps: New York Shaving Company Old St. Patrick's Shaving Soap: John Scala's New York Shaving Company also makes a line of small-batch products in Brooklyn, including three types of hard shaving soap. He points out that they're glycerin and coconut oil based, and free of parabens, sulfates, detergents, and preservatives – ingredients that keep soap from going bad but are generally scorned by advocates of organic products. We particularly like the Old St. Patrick's shaving soap, named for the Gothic Revival cathedral near Scala's shop in New York City's Nolita. It's a mild, green, and fresh-smelling soap, with an old-world profile reminiscent of the English soaps yet slightly less intense, The rich lather is an organic triumph.
  • 9 Haunted Restaurants and Bars Around the U.S.: Il Buco’s wine cellar, New York, NY: Edgar Allen Poe spent many hours in the building that houses Il Buco on Bond Street, which was a tavern during Poe’s time, and it’s said that the space inspired him to write The Cask of Amontillado. Today, the wine cellar is over 200 years old and is said to be haunted. Owner Donna Lennard can attest to that: after an experience she had herself following a visit from a team of real-life ghost busters, who felt a serious presence. “At the bottom of the steps, they had a vision of a struggle between a man and a woman. They followed the ghosts into the wine cellar and heard a baby crying,” Lennard said. “They sensed that the woman had been murdered downstairs, and the ghost busters spent hours downstairs clearing the space of spirits.” Later, Lennard was downstairs with her partner, Alberto, when she felt strange energy. “There was a picture in a frame propped against the side of the wall. We were standing there to get a sense of the space and suddenly the frame crashed onto the floor. We jumped out of our skin and ran upstairs. For the next few months, I was not comfortable going down to the cellar at night!”
CHINATOWN

  • Flipping Supreme in Chinatown: Inside a run-down mall off of Elizabeth Street in Chinatown, down an escalator to the basement and past a raft of empty storefronts, is a minuscule store, the size of a walk-in closet, that’s quietly at the center of a peculiar global fashion empire. It has no sign and it’s not on the mall directory. It’s impossible to find on Google. The enterprise, which its owner refers to as Unique Hype Collection, is in the business of buying clothing from the skate-inspired men’s fashion brand Supreme at retail prices, waiting until the items have sold out at Supreme’s physical stores and online shop, and then putting those items up for sale in the mall and on eBay at significant markups. 

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