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Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Weekly Roundup: Praise of the Patty Melt, Tomato Debate and Il Buco's New Chef(s)

  • Because of popular demand, starting September 29th, Foods of NY Tours will be offering our Nolita/Noho food tour on Mondays at 11:45.  Chase away those Monday blues with a Brooklyn Blackout Cupcake from Little Cupcake Bakeshop and Salted Caramel Gelato from Il Buco Alimentari, while being serenaded by our lovely tour guide Anny on a quaint cobblestone street.  Tickets are now available!

  • Booze Production Booming In New York: Bottoms up, New Yorkers, because we're in the midst of a significant surge in alcohol produced within the city and the state. Wine, beer and now cider-making facilities within the city have tripled in the past three years, according to data found by the Post, with farm distilleries state-wide increasing 450% in the same time period.
  • Drinking for the Season: A Few Locally Made Beers to Seek Out This Fall: As temperatures begin to drop, and qualities like “refreshing” and “sessionable” become less important, a whole new world of flavor opens up to us: Beers become richer, heartier, more complex; they’re warming and comforting, the kind you want to enjoy alone in the calm of your living room late at night, or with friends and family over big holiday meals. Fortunately, many of our finest local breweries are churning out beers that will be a perfect match for the season.
  • In Praise of the Patty Melt: A patty melt is not quite a burger, which is why burger nerds stomp their feet and refuse to categorize it as such, denouncing it as an impostor, a sort of aspirational grilled cheese.  The good news is that in New York, a patty-melt trendlet is afoot. Here, a few variations, from humble to haute, listed in order of preference and rated on a scale from one to five.



  • Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick Re-List $22M House: Celebrity super-couple and serial real estate shoppers Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick are on the house hunt once again—the actors just re-listed their Greenwich Village townhouse at 20 East 10th Street for $22 million. 

  • Upstairs, a Walk on the Wild Side: When the High Line at the Rail Yards, the final section of the elevated park, opens on Sept. 21, we will no longer have to stop at 30th Street and stare longingly through the construction gate at the Queen Anne’s Lace blooming in wild profusion along the old tracks.  We can walk out on a wide plaza made of the familiar concrete planks, tapered so that plants appear to be pushing up out of the crevices.

  • Steven Spielberg Is Transforming DUMBO Into Cold War-Era New York: The Steven Spielberg-directed Cold War era movie is currently taking over the DUMBO section of Brooklyn. Signs for the previously untitled project, now going by St. James Place, began popping up around the area surrounding the Manhattan Bridge this week, and this morning about two blocks have been taken over by the production.

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