Thursday, July 31, 2014
The Weekly Roundup: NYC Chef's Skip Town, A 157 Year Old Foundry in Greenwich Village and a Garden Grows in Columbus Park
- THE 12 BEST NYC RESTAURANT OPENINGS FROM JULY: Since you've probably spent the first half of Summer lounging around on beaches and rooftops instead of slavishly tracking the best July restaurant openings in NYC, we’ve put together a cheat sheet to help get you up to speed.
- Chefs Move Beyond New York: Traditionally, chefs trained in New York and then stayed, with the goal of running big kitchens or opening their own places. No more. Smaller cities are increasingly attractive for New York chefs; there, they find savvy audiences who support innovative restaurants.
- Chefs Weigh In: Does Culinary School Get Cooks Hired? It's no secret that culinary school is expensive, and that the pros and cons of attending have long been a subject of disagreement amongst members of the culinary community.
- How menus trick you into spending more: The next time you’re perusing a menu, treat it with the same caution you would a pot of last month’s stew. That’s because higher priced and unhealthy items are strategically presented to look the most appetizing.
- Correcting a Tour Guide’s Errors: You never know who may be listening…
- Revamped West Village Eatery Bar Sardine Is "Crazy" About Cocktails: Restaurateur Gabe Stulman has pulled a mulligan on his year and a half old restaurant Chez Sardine, reopening the former Izakaya into a cocktail-focused watering hole with some fancy bar bites, known henceforth as Bar Sardine.
- Obicá, Ugly Duckling, Hamilton's and More Now Open: Hamilton's Soda Fountain & Luncheonette is now open in the old Tremont space on Bank Street. It dubs itself an "homage to the New York of the 1940s, when automats dotted the streets and a perfect day involved a rollerskate through the park followed by a pop into the local soda fountain."
- Wong to Become Vuong in Vietnamese Transformation: Simpson Wong sends word that his eponymous West Village restaurant Wong is closing for a total summer revamp.
- An Age-Old Foundry in Greenwich Village: Established in 1857, P.E. Guerin, located at 23 Jane st., specializes in ornate 18th-century—door knockers, cabinet door pulls, towel rings and sink basins—that are custom made by hand.
- Why The Heck Does Carbone's Caesar Salad Cost $21?: "It's hardly a salad," said Eater's Nick Solares when I asked him about the Caesar at Carbone, a Greenwich Village hotspot that tips its hat to the Italian-American chophouses of yesteryear, giant portions, tuxedoed waiters and all.
- Perla’s New Burger: As of this past Tuesday, Perla has a new burger, offered from 5:30 to 7 p.m. — or until it runs out…for only $15!
- Google Searches Out Space in Its Own Building: Google appears poised to jump on the $2 billion worth of Manhattan real estate it bought almost four years ago. The Internet search giant will be able to move into as much as 500,000 square feet of office space at 111 Eighth Ave.—the almost three million-square-foot office building it bought in 2010 as its New York headquarters—by the first quarter of next year
- Pastis Likely Won't Reopen in Its Original Home: It looks like Keith McNally's Pastis won't be moving back into its original location in the heart of the Meatpacking District after all.
- Nine-Story Building May Overtake Squat Bleecker Street Corner: When news broke that two long-time occupants of the building on the northwest corner of Bleecker and Lafayette streets would be leaving their posts by August, curious onlookers were eager to learn what was happening on the site.
- Garden Grows Fresh Veggies in Columbus Park: A new garden is growing in Columbus Park. The Charles B. Wang Community Health Center began tilling the freshly carved-out green space this spring, and now the butterfly garden and planters are in full bloom. A miniature greenhouse, just big enough to reach inside to water the plants, is filled with growing tomatoes, strawberries and cucumbers.
- B'klyn Brewery eyes Staten Island for big plant: The $70 million facility would focus on increasing production of beer for sale in overseas markets. Site needs to be close to the ports of New York and New Jersey, and between 20 acres and 25 acres.
- Bushwick's 'Grittier' Chelsea Market May Happen, Get Addition: The industrial-chic mall proposed two years ago to overtake a single-story factory building bounded by Morgan Avenue and Bogart, Harrison, and Ingraham streets is still trying to become a reality.
- It's The Mud Truck's Last Day On The Road: The mobile unit of popular coffee shop MUD will vacate its longtime spot in Astor Place after this evening.
- Trattoria Toscana, Ding Dong Lounge, and More Shutter: Old school West Village Italian-American restaurant Trattoria Toscana on Carmine Street appears to have closed.
- Homestyle Union Square Restaurant Chat ’n Chew Served Its Final Pork Chop: Word on the street is that Chat n' Chew, which opened 20 years ago opposite Union Square Cafe sporting old barn siding on its dining-room walls and a menu of things like chicken-fried steak, has closed for good.