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Friday, December 13, 2013

The Weekly Roundup: More NYC Tourists, More Santas, More 4-Stars, More Sugar!

+FOODS OF NY TOURS NEWS+


+NYC NEWS+
  • NYC tourism hits another record: The city is on track to draw 54.3 million tourists in 2013, or 1.6 million more than in 2012, the Bloomberg administration announced on Tuesday. This year, tourism will have generated a $58.7 billion overall economic impact, compared with $55.3 billion in 2012, and $39.4 billion in direct spending, versus $36.9 billion a year earlier. It accounts for more than 370,000 jobs at the city’s hotels, restaurants and other attractions.
  • Hell on Shoe Leather: William B. Helmreich, armed with a pedometer and a tape recorder, explored a “city with 120,000 blocks” and came out with “The New York Nobody Knows.”
  • Brookfield Place: The Floor Plans: Parm, Mighty Quinn's, Dos Toros, Umami Burger, Num Pang, and Little Muenster are all coming to Brookfield Place, a new mall in the old World Financial Center space in Battery Park City. Tribeca Citizen has a look at the sweet, sweet floor plans for the revamped dining/retail center. It looks like most of the restaurants will be on the second floor.
  • Buy These Katz's Deli Kicks for $5K: Katz’s Delicatessen has teamed up with custom sneaker outfit Absolelute to create a pair of Air Force 1s complete with cutlery and legendary Katz’s signage. The Nike Air Force 1 “Katz’s Deli” Custom sneakers pay tribute to the iconic NYC restaurant, known for its incredible pastrami and knoblewurst sandwiches. The kicks also come in a fancy wooden box with an iPod Nano stocked with the soundtrack of When Harry Met Sally.
  • SantaCon organizers working with politicians, police to turn naughty event nice: The annual pub crawl — which can find Santa Clauses fighting, vomiting and urinating in public — is working its way on to the nice list by providing a map of the route to the NYPD and elected officials ahead of the event, and by having volunteers help wrangle revelers to behave themselves and stay on the right path. Santacon 2013 falls on Saturday, December 14th. 
  • "Merry Everything" at Gramercy Tavern: A look at how the famed New York City restaurant prepares for, and transforms itself during, the busy holiday season.
  • David Bouley Launches 'Urban Farm' Event Space: David Bouley has just launched a new event space in the space. It's a big, airy, plant-filled place called Bouley Botanical, which the website bills as an "urban farm performance kitchen." The function of Bouley Botanical is similar to the Bouley Test Kitchen, designed for business events and participatory private parties. Like the Test Kitchen, it's outfitted with all kinds of A/V equipment and a usable kitchen alongside the dining area. 


+INDUSTRY NEWS+
  • In Food Cravings, Sugar Trumps Fat: An intriguing new study suggests that what really draws people to such treats, and prompts them to eat much more than perhaps they know they should, is not the fat that they contain, but primarily the sugar. “We do a lot of work on the prevention of obesity, and what is really clear not only from this study but from the broader literature over all is that the more sugar you eat, the more you want to consume it,” said Dr. Stice, a senior research scientist at the Oregon Research Institute. “As far as the ability to engage brain reward regions and drive compulsive intake, sugar seems to be doing a much better job than fat.”
  • Home and Hearth? Try Bar and Grill: It turns out that around the holidays, bars do exactly what they are always supposed to do: provide a place to blow off steam far from the demands of home or office. This season may be the most treasured time to spend with family, but it can also foment discord. Expectations are high. Our homes are supposed to be festively decked out. Our cooking should be perfectly timed and unimpeachably delicious.
  • Kitchen Slang 101: How to Talk Like a Real-Life Line Cook: In addition to swearing like a sailor, these are the essential back-of-house terms you need to know if you want to survive in a restaurant.
  • 'Sriracha' Documentary Debuts Online: "Sriracha," a 33-minute film all about everyone's favorite condiment, debuted online Wednesday. What started as a Kickstarter campaign turned into a movie that takes filmmaker Griffin Hammond from the Huy Fong Foods factory, where the ubiquitous rooster sauce is made, to the town of Si Racha, Thailand, where Srirarcha hot sauce originated.
  • Sign of the Times | Under the Spell of Old Restaurants: When dining options run from faux retro bistros to sharing a distressed farmhouse table with strangers, there is something wonderfully enchanting about old restaurants that seem preserved in amber — white tablecloths, old-fashioned menus and all.


+NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS+

GREENWICH VILLAGE
  • Four Stars: Sushi Nakazawa: The Student Does the Master Proud: Finally, Daisuke Nakazawa walked in the front door. Then he picked up a palmful of rice and began to serve one of the four most enjoyable and eye-opening sushi meals I have ever eaten. I had the other three at Sushi Nakazawa over the next few weeks. Fascinating video interview with Nakazawa.
  • Ed Schoenfeld & Joe Ng Launch Phase 1 of Decoy: For the last few weeks, Ed Schoenfeld and Joe Ng have been using the recently acquired space below the original location of Red Farm as an extension of the dining room. But starting tonight, they will begin to turn this space into Decoy, the Peking duck and cocktail-centric spinoff of Red Farm. The regular menu will be served in the downstairs space until about 9 p.m., then it will turn into a bar with snacks starting around 9:30 p.m. The Red Farm team has created new drinks for Decoy, including a version of a Manhattan made with duck fat-washed whiskey, and the bartenders will also make bespoke cocktails upon request.
CENTRAL VILLAGE/SOHO
  • For a Village Troubadour, a Late Encore: The Singer Who Inspired Coen Brothers’ New Film: He was the big fish in the small pond that was the Greenwich Village folk music scene circa 1960, sought out and emulated by newcomers like Bob Dylan and Tom Paxton. But by the time his memoir, “The Mayor of Macdougal Street,” was published posthumously in 2005, Dave Van Ronk had been relegated almost to a footnote in the history of American popular music, better known for the many singer-songwriters whose careers he had fostered than for his own work.
  • Soho Location of Maison Ladurée Coming Soon: The new Ladurée will be a much bigger operation than the small Upper East Side shop, where there's only room for a pastry counter. The Soho outpost, billed as "the most beautiful location in the world," takes up the former Barolo space, and will include a full-service restaurant and a large outdoor area, as well as a retail shop. 
CHELSEA MARKET/ MEATPACKING
  • Jingle: A Pop-Up Store extravaganza returns to Chelsea Market for a seventh straight year: Jingle: A Holiday Pop-Up Store, founded and curated by jewelry and home accessory designer Jill Schwartz ofElements, returns to Chelsea Market for a seventh straight year, running from December 17th at 12pm through December 23rd at 3pm with daily hours of 10:30 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. Jingle is the original NYC pop-up, created before seasonal pop-up stores were even common practice. This non-traditional pop-up shop is ablaze with lights, ornate decoration, and holiday spirit, plus intermittent performance art that will knock your socks off! 

NOLITA

CHINATOWN

  • Last Chance Foods: Talking Ramen with Ivan Orkin: “It’s all in one bowl — it all gets eaten together,” he says. “There’s a lot of different flavors. There’s fat and salt. And I think it just hits all those different points we need to make us feel good. And it’s simple.” Orkin opened his first ramen shop in 2007 in Tokyo, and went on to launch his own instant ramen brand. Not bad — for a Jew from Long Island.

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