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Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Weekly Roundup: It's White Truffle Time, Momofuku's Pork Bun Deconstructed and Your NYC Octoberfest Guide

  • 9 Best Walking Tours in New York City: Learn about Greenwich Village's rich history while you taste your way around the neighborhood's many delicious stores and restaurants. The tour covers many of Greenwich Village's popular attractions and includes enough food samplings for most people not need lunch afterward.


  • 2014 Is on Track to Be the Best Year Yet for White Truffles: For a certain breed of high-caliber restaurant, fall means white truffles, and white truffles, of course, mean money. So even though it's still technically summer for another few days, the first few shipments of this year's truffle crop have boarded jets and cleared customs all over the world, and Grub's sources in Northern Italy say Umbrian authorities are already busting truffle thieves ahead of the season's official start, which won't start for at least a few more days.
  • Bluefin Tuna Could Be NYC's Next Banned Seafood: Just as the inhumane "delicacy" of shark fins was banned in New York City, soon too could bluefin tuna be ousted from city menus. A new measure being introduced today by City Council member Alan Maisel would ban selling anything "advertised or labeled" as bluefin in an effort to conserve the depleted populations of the prized fish.
  • A Day in the Life of April Bloomfield in 33 Photos: Chef April Bloomfield let Eater follow her around for a day with a camera. This is what she got up to.


  • Pho Vietnam 87, A Cut Above Chinatown's Vietnamese Restaurants: Pho Vietnam 87, a new café that recently erected a bright sign among the cut-rate interstate bus depots of Chrystie Street, just below Grand. It occupies the same space that once held Ninh Kieu, which I'd declared my favorite Vietnamese restaurant in town this past January. It promptly closed, after being in business only a few months. But the wacky décor remains: a train track runs around the ceiling of the stylish, bare-brick interior, which is also niched with miniature delivery bicycles and laughing Buddhas, holding their bellies as if having overeaten.

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