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Friday, May 16, 2014

The Weekly Roundup: Top 10 NYC Bagel Shops, High Line Snacks and Beer, Beer, Beer.

  • Fare Thee Well Friend:  After 6 years and more than 900 tours, our fabulous tour guide Heather Refvem is moving back to the West Coast. THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING, HEATHER!  We'll miss you (duh) and wish you nothing but the best in Seattle! The Emerald City is lucky to have you!
  • How to Eat for $30 (or less) at 8 Great Restaurants:  Maybe you've resolved to save money in 2014, or maybe you're just feeling strapped for cash. Fear not: you can still dine out - keeping your tab around the reasonable $30 mark - by hitting up restaurants around town that offer deals or are simply well-priced all the time. 
  • The 10 Best Bagel Shops in NYC:  An outstanding bagel starts and ends with proper technique and a near-continual cook, ensuring a fresh product throughout the day. It's this dedication to quality and respect for the practice that makes for a superior bagel shop.  Here are the 10 Best in NYC.
  • What the Hell Happened to All of New York’s Breweries?:  New York City used to be the brewing mecca of the United States.  These days, cocktails and wine bars dominate the libation scene of New York, with pockets of trendy beer bars scattered around the boroughs. We’ve also got some killer labels like Brooklyn Brewery and Six Point, so why isn’t New York City this nation’s beer center in 2014.
  • The 14 Best Happy Hours In NYC:  Cash strapped and thirsty?  Check out these Happy Hours that will stretch your dollar a looooong way.
  • Moms at these New York restaurants inspire their kids and work in the kitchen:  On the heals of Mothers day here are a few restaurants where “Mom know’s best” is the golden rule to success…and taste testing!
  • Four New Beers You Should Drink Right Now:  The seasons are changing and so should your drinking routine. If you're looking for some new brews for your warm-weather escapades, check out three recent releases and a special one-off for inspiration.
  • New York Chefs Reveal Where They Secretly Like to Dine Outside in Nice Weather :  Now that spring has finally arrived, some of New York's top restaurants to reveal their own favorite outdoor spots to enjoy a bite to eat. But we’ve held them to one rule: responses must include a venue or two that’s not their own.
  • Man in the Kitchen Is Hungry for Love:  Food, glorious food! Whatever else it does or doesn’t do, “Chef,” Jon Favreau’s good-natured culinary comedy, works as an appetite stimulant. And where there’s delicious food — plenty is shown being prepared, served and devoured — there’s life.

  • Horchata Brings Mexican Fanfare to Greenwich Village:  New York City is witnessing a major Mexican food moment: Horchata (470 Sixth Avenue), which opened last night in the former BLT Burger space, makes a fourth new concept touting glamorized south-of-the-border fare this spring, and it comes on the heels of El Vez, Gato, and Cafe El Presidente.
  • An incredible map of 1930s Greenwich Village:  Greenwich Village Stories is a lovely new book from the folks at the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation. It’s an evocative read that also captures how much the Village has changed over the years. Driving that point home is a wonderful map of Greenwich Village circa 1934 by puppeteer and illustrator Tony Sarg that has been reproduced in the book. While the street grid is the same, the landmarks Sarg depicts with such affection don’t always exist anymore. Jefferson Market prison, the Washington Square Bookshop, the Village Barn, Luchow’s, and Wanamaker’s department store are all long gone.
  • Snack These Bites on the High Line: Last week, food returned to the High Line for the fourth season with many familiar bites.
  • Down Kimchi Disco Fries With Ramen Gravy At Newly Minted Mokbar:  The city's ramen cravings simply cannot be satiated so put your hands together and welcome another addition to the soupy noodle family. Mokbar opened at the beginning of the month inside Chelsea Market, offering their own unique Korean bent on Japan's popular comfort food plus some riffs on North American classics like gravy-smothered french fries. The eatery makes their version of Disco Fries ($12) and tops the taters with melted cheese curds, a pork "ramen gravy," kimchi and nori. That should come in handy after a few glasses of soju. They'll open daily at 11 a.m. to lunch with dinner service beginning at 5 p.m.
  • Russ & Daughters Cafe, a Sit-Down Version of an Icon: Here's look around the new Russ & Daughters Cafe, which opened last week on Orchard Street. The all-day restaurant is just a few blocks from the 100-year-old appetizing store, and serves a menu that's based around the same smoked fish, pickled herring, and caviar that the store is renowned for. 
  • Paulaner Brauhaus 2.0 Reopening on the Bowery June 2:  Last Friday, the Paulaner Brauhaus epic-fail pried its kitschy signage from the marquee of 265 Bowery. It was yet another maneuver to help rebrand the flailing brewery, which closed last month for the makeover treatment. One employee recently told us that it looked too much like an Applebee’s to succeed. Nevertheless, we are told that version 2.0 of Paulaner Brauhaus will reopen to the public on June 2.
  • Bottles From 19th Century German Beer Garden Found at Bowery Hotel Site: Beneath a construction site for a glassy, 22-story hotel at 50 Bowery, archaeologists have unearthed a centuries-old history of drinking, eating and lodging — dating all the way back to George Washington.
  • The Best Chinese Bakery Sweets in Manhattan's Chinatown:  Over a few weeks, the Serious Eats staff and I found out, hitting the streets to taste over a hundred pastries, buns, and tarts. This guide focuses on Chinese sweets, but we couldn't leave out a few savory items that are a quintessential part of the Chinese bakery line up. The results are below, but first let's take a quick look at what you'll find in a Chinese bakery.
  • Noodle master Ivan Orkin will open his long-in-the-works Lower East Side Japanese restaurant, Ivan Ramen:  The menu includes snacks like a "1000 year old deviled egg," fried chicken hearts & livers, crispy prawns with smoked chili, braised ox tongue, and dirty rice with monkfish liver. Ivan Ramen is also serving six types of noodles, including the shoyu and shio ramen varieties offered at Gotham West Market, as well as "triple pork/triple garlic" and "four cheese" mazemans.


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