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Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Weekly Roundup: New Tasting, Chi Town vs. NYC and Rocco's Knows Cheesecake


  • Last week we added a new tasting to our Nolita food tour, Salted Caramel Gelato from Il Buco Alimentari on Great Jones Street.  This is a beautiful space, which used to be a lumbar yard, with many specialty goods, treats and delicacies on display.  Stop by and say Ciao!


+NYC NEWS+


+INDUSTRY NEWS+
  • Brooklyn Brewery at forefront of overseas' interest in American craft beer: Helping to quench a growing thirst for American craft beer overseas, some of the United States' largest craft breweries are setting up shop in Europe, challenging the very beers that inspired them on their home turfs.
  • 21 Crumbs stores have no chance of reopening: Crumbs Bake Shop has identified 21 stores that will not be coming back — regardless of who assumes ownership of the bankrupt cupcake chain.
  • Now You Taste It, Now You Don’t: There are many good reasons why restaurants cast off their classics: Chefs tire of making the same things over and over. Costs rise. Banh mi (or crudo or kale) go in, then out of fashion. But diners like me, left with nothing but memories and longing, often have a hard time letting go.


+NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS+

  • From Vinyl to Starbucks: The Starbucks that took the place of Bleecker Street Records has got its signage up, sans Mermaid.
  • Where to Find New York's Best Cheesecake: Can a cheesecake make it into the top seven with no crust? Well, the sainted D'Aiuto's achieved just that distinction with its "Baby Watson" cheesecakes in its heyday, and so does Rocco's. 
  • Greenwich Village’s gentrification would flatten any city’s charms: In Greenwich Village, famous for its charmingly crooked streets and Bohemian history, the artists and writers who gave the Village its character are long gone, driven out by relentless rent increases that are the consequence of what is sometimes euphemistically called “gentrification”.
  • Don't Tell Owners Their Buildings Are Set for Landmarking: Preservationists are pushing the city to do a better job of protecting historic buildings that are on the verge of being landmarked.  More than 20 buildings across the city have been demolished or substantially changed over the past 12 years after city officials tipped off the owners that the city was considering landmarking them


  • Meatpacking District thrives as chic hot spot: Former industrial area has been transformed into neighborhood of hotels, fashion and art.
  • Catch NY Is a Must-Go: Catch NY, a 3 story restaurant, located in the heart of NYC's Meatpacking District, has something for everyone. With a nice, modern, wooden, comfortable ambience, it's great for a date, drinks with a friend, and dinner with a party.

  • The best ice cream in NYC: You might visit Il Buco Alimentari and Vineria, this restaurant-market hybrid to pick up a loaf of crusty filone or house-cured salumi, but on a scorching day, you’ll be hard-pressed to make it past the front counter without ordering one of the ethereally light sorbetti.

  • High Rents Push NYC's Chinatown Merchants to Think Creatively: Thanks to skyrocketing rents in recent years, this eerie contrast – shops crammed into tiny spaces next door to vacancies of spacious storefronts -- has become a fixed image in Chinatown. Small businesses are struggling to make ends meet, and residents are worried the neighborhood with more than a hundred years of history may be sunsetting.


NOTABLE CLOSINGS
  • El Paso Restaurant: El Paso restaurant on West Houston Street has closed…no more dirt cheap Lobster!

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