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.
- Michelin Guide Announces NYC's 2015 Bib Gourmands: The Michelin Guide has just released its "Bib Gourmand" picks for the forthcoming 2015 edition of its New York City dining guide. These are the restaurants chosen for offering high quality on a budget
- Examining the Momofuku Pork Bun, a 10 Year NYC Favorite: Everything you've ever wanted to know about David Chang's iconic pork buns at Momofuku Noodle Bar.
- Grossinger: A name, and cake, that has stood the test of time: The cake was invented by Ernest Grossinger, a Jewish Hungarian immigrant who opened the bakery in 1935 with his wife, Isabella. The cake has a base of vanilla pound cake, covered by alternating layers of coffee ice cream and a hazelnut paste that freezes into an intense candy. The cake is crowned with mocha whipped cream. It is rich and sophisticated, a very adult ice cream cake.
- Oktoberfest celebrations, Brooklyn Pour, beer tastings and more: Tis the season for authentic Oktoberfest brews. Enjoy different drinks at the Village Voice's Brooklyn Pour, various Oktoberfest celebrations and beer tastings in the city.
- 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.
- August to Reopen on the Upper East Side: In late June, the ten-year-old Bleecker Street restaurant lost its lease — apparently the latest restaurant to fall victim to a massive rent hike. But in the next month or so, August will reopen on the Upper East Side, at 791 Lexington Avenue (near 62nd Street), with original chef Josh Eden at the helm.
- New Greenwich Village eatery is like a fountain of youth: Decades melt away in Hamilton’s Soda Fountain, where soda jerks mix Fox's syrups from Brooklyn with bubbling seltzer and scoop Jane's Ice Cream fresh from upstate Kingston cows into Hamilton Beach mixers circa 1950.
- A Passage Through Georgia (the Republic), Old Tbilisi Garden in Greenwich Village: If there is one Georgian dish that could bring Manhattan to its knees, it is adjaruli khachapuri, a thick flatbread with the ends tapered into blunt handles and the middle a caldron of near-volcanic cheese. A yolk slowly sets on top, like a giant gold pupil. Admire it, then beat the egg and cheese together and tear off bread to ladle it up.
- Fifth Avenue Restaurant's Application for Sidewalk Cafe Rankles Neighbors: Neighbors of an acclaimed Fifth Avenue restaurant are fighting its push to get a sidewalk café permit — saying the eatery's owners promised not to apply for one when it opened last year.
- NYC Boasts the Most Expensive City Hotel in the USA: With an average rate of $1,189 per night, the Soho House, located in the heart of New York’s buzzing Meatpacking District, is the most expensive city hotel in the United States.
- The Best 'Cheap Eats' In New York City: Nolita's Cafe Habana is always busy and the space is tight, but that's because locals know how good it is. Plus it doesn't hurt that the most expensive thing on the menu is a $17 grilled skirt steak sandwich (prices for entrees hover closer to $11 and $12).
- Five Points to Return from Revamp as Vic's, an Italian Restaurant: Renovations have taken longer than expected, but Five Points will finally reopen next month. And when it does, it will no longer be the same old Five Points Noho brunchers know and love.
- 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.
- The Doughnut Plant Is Coming To Long Island City: Purveyor of the world's most incredible Tres Leches treats, Doughnut Plant, is heading to Long Island City for its next iteration, opening up an enormous production and retail facility inside the newly minted Falchi Building.
- Berg'n Brings Smorgasburg Offerings to Crown Heights: Berg'n, Brooklyn's new beer hall and food court, brings the vibe of the popular outdoor markets, the Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg, to a permanent home in Crown Heights. And, come November, the Flea will have a new indoor home next door at 1000 Dean St.