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Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Weekly Roundup: NYC Burgers, How To Talk Like A Chef and Smorgasburg Pops Up in Central Park

  • New York City's 13 Iconic Burgers: New York City has some of the nation's oldest and most storied hamburgers. Here is a guide to 13 of the city's true icons, which are as diverse in form as the New York burger scene is broad.
  • Nighttime Smorgasburg Coming To Central Park: Brooklyn's line friendly foodie paradise Smorgasburg will be coming to Central Park for a one-night-only extravaganza next month.
  • German Artists Did The Brooklyn Bridge White Flag Stunt: A pair of German artists tells the NY Times that they are responsible for planting two white flags atop the Brooklyn Bridge, and they've provided compelling video evidence to support their claim. Mischa Leinkauf and Matthias Wermke have come forward to explain that the incident had nothing to do with terrorism, and was instead a nod to John Roebling, the German-born engineer who designed the bridge.

  • Is Industry City the next Chelsea Market?:Developer Jamestown Properties is hoping to accelerate gentrification in Sunset Park by teaming with the purveyors of the popular Mister Sunday dance party and redeveloping Industry City.
  • THE HIDDEN LANGUAGE OF RESTAURANT KITCHENS: In the Hidden Language, Nat Towsen interviews an insider of a particular subculture in order to examine the terms and phrases created by that subculture to serve its own needs. This is language innate to an insider and incomprehensible, if not invisible, to an outsider.


  • Greenwich Village Stalwart Po is Currently Closed: Po, the 20-year-old Greenwich Village trattoria that put Mario Batali on the map, is currently closed. A sign in the window reads: "Due to a kitchen mechanical failure, Con Ed has temporarily shut off our gas main."
  • Find Affordable Round-the-Clock Nostalgia at Hamilton's Luncheonette in the Village: Recently, the owners of West 4th's Cafe Minerva opened a shiny new corner luncheonette and soda shop called Hamilton's (51 Bank st.). Forget the usual flair and picture menus, this is the good old days filtered through a runway lens. Celadon accents offset bare white walls for an almost sterile feel, but the behatted, perky young soda jerks are eager to please. We checked in on lunchtime service to slurp up some manufactured nostalgia with the neighborhood.

  • The Death of the "Sex and the City" Restaurant: In a 2004 episode of Sex and the City, Carrie Bradshaw refers to Pastis as “the only restaurant that seemed to exist” in NYC. Today, the Keith McNally bistro is closed, the windows papered over, the front door locked. The shuttering of the iconic bistro was a blow to Downtown revelers, who could depend on Pastis for a textbook steak frites at midnight, but it also marked the end of another era — the Sex and the City restaurant.

  • Landmarked Bowery Mansion On The Market: Even if the address "190 Bowery" doesn't ring a bell, you have most likely stopped and noticed the building at some point—it's the one with all that graffiti on the corner of Spring Street. Its exterior has remained somewhat of a tribute to the Bowery as it was decades ago. There's no boutique hotel inside, no Starbucks on the ground floor, and it has pretty much looked abandoned for years. And now for the first time in five decades, it appears to be on the market.
  • OpenTable Gets in on the Mobile Payment Game: Open Table is launching an app for mobile payment at over 45 restaurants in New York today including Il Buco Alimentari

  • Shark Fin Soup Is Going Extinct: According to a new report from WildAid, sales of shark fin have fallen by 50 to 70 percent in China—a drastic decrease by any calculation. While many people polled said that awareness campaigns and fears over fake fins and high mercury levels played a big role in their decision to stop consuming shark fins, more than a quarter of respondents cited China’s 2013 ban on shark fin from state banquets as a key motivator.

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