Thursday, September 11, 2014
+FOODS OF NY TOURS NEWS+
- 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.
- La Colombe Coffee Plans 100 New Cafés Over the Next 5 Years: Philly-based third-wave coffee darling La Colombe will be the latest specialty-coffee roaster to embark on an all-out expansion tear. Co-founder Todd Carmichael says he inked a $28.5 million deal with private investors at the end of last month and will now get cracking on an ambitious East Coast-based growth plan that includes "upwards of 100 new cafés."
- Netflix's First Docu-Series From 'Jiro Dreams Of Sushi' Director Will Profile Famous International Chefs: On the heels of bringing on successful original series like Orange is the New Black and House of Cards, Netflix announced today they're getting their first original docu-series—and it'll be about famous international chefs.
- Long-Awaited New Series ‘Food Forward’ Makes Its Debut on PBS: In 2007, Greg Roden and Brian Greene met in Buenos Aires, Argentina at a poker game and batted around the idea of a new type of food television show. Seven years later, that idea is coming to life as a 13-episode series examining our food system called Food Forward, premiering on PBS stations across the country and streaming on PBS.org beginning this week.
- Why You Should Refrigerate Tomatoes and Ignore Anyone Who Says Otherwise: Every time I went to the farmers market, I'd buy as many tomatoes as I could carry, then leave half on the counter and half in the fridge for at least a day before tasting them. Well, today, I'm here to gloat share my results, and they're pretty clear: The refrigerator is frequently your best bet for storing tomatoes.
- Historic Jazz Club Arthur's Tavern Is Not Closing, Will Outlive Us All: In late August, a listing for the building housing Arthur's Tavern popped up, declaring the building could be delivered vacant to a buyer. This would mean the end of the historic Grove Street jazz club, right? Not exactly. Jordy Freed of the Blue Note Entertainment Group (which runs Arthur's) stated…
- Don Hill's Set to Rise From the Ashes as The Hills NYC: A plan is in place to revive legendary rock bar Don Hill's as The Hills NYC. The new team is appearing before the community board next week, but according to Grub Street, there are already permits in place for renovations and "reconstruction.”
- Rarity Returns: Jazz Club for Duos. Johnny O’Neal was smartly dressed for formalities on Wednesday night, in a tuxedo vest, for the first official set at Mezzrow, a spruce new addition to the Greenwich Village jazz circuit. Mezzrow is a long, narrow grotto at basement level, furnished with Italian marble floors and a Prohibition-era mahogany bar.
- Otto’s Tacos Expands to the West Village: The East Village taqueria, beloved for its fresh-made corn tortillas and off-menu deep-fried Gorgon, tells Grub that a second location is in the works: Otto's Tacos will open at 131 Seventh Ave. S., near W. 10th St., this fall.
- How Borgognone Won the Lotto With Sushi Nakazawa: By now the origin story of Sushi Nakazawa is legendary. Alessandro Borgognone, a restaurateur from the Bronx, watched the documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi and was immediately taken with the idea of opening a sushi restaurant.
- 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.
- Il Buco Will Celebrate 20th Anniversary With an Incredible Lineup of Guest Chefs: Donna Lennard opened il Buco as an antiques store in 1994, and now her esteemed Italian restaurant is 20 years old. To honor the occasion, a few notable alumni will return to the Bond Street kitchen for a series of special dinners.
- Il Buco Alimentari Names New Chef: It's been a few months since Justin Smillie parted ways with il Buco Alimentari, and now owner Donna Leonard has named a new executive chef: Roger Martinez, who's a Barcelona native.
- 9 Restaurants That Are Focusing On Our Favorite Foods: Rice to Riches; This New York establishment offers 18 flavors of rice pudding at all times. Guys, this is amazing. Rice pudding heaven.
- 45-Year-Old Phebe’s, the ‘Sardi’s of Off-Off Broadway,’ Gets Another Facelift: Phebe’s Tavern & Grill in the East Village has been derided for its less than classy clientele, and tends to blend into the background, but it’s actually been around since 1969, and was once considered the “Sardi’s of Off Off Broadway.” The bar on Bowery has just reopened after renovations that began just days before Labor Day weekend.
- This Is How Fortune Cookies Are Made: If you've ever wondered how those paper words of wisdom get tucked into a fortune cookie, How It's Made has got the answer.
- 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.