Thursday, October 9, 2014
The Weekly Roundup: "Homemade Cronuts", The History of Cel-Ray and Another Market in the Meatpacking District
- Alyssa takes on New York in 36 hours! After brunch, we went to Greenwich Village for a food walking tour! A coworker of mine recommended Foods of NY tours, and I’m so glad I took her recommendation. For just over $50, we got to walk and talk with our awesome tour guide Bari.
- City Restaurants Multiply, Despite High-Profile Closures: The industry, despite higher rents, a more demanding clientele and additional layers of red tape, including a letter-grade health-rating system from the city. The number of permits for restaurants, bars and cafes rose more than 27% to 23,705 at the start of fiscal year 2015 this July from 18,606 in fiscal year 2006, according to the city Department of Health.
- Restaurant Cocktails That Aim Too High: New York City’s restaurants are in the midst of an epidemic of not-goodness. Sit down in any new dining room, and you are handed a cocktail list. Each drink on this document will have one ingredient you have heard of and seven that were apparently named after distant planets.
- Where to Splurge on White Truffles in New York: In addition to humble, hearty produce like apples, pumpkin and squash, autumn is known for a decidedly more luxurious ingredient — White Truffles. And the supremely delicate, highly prized, and intoxicatingly aromatic fungi have arrived in New York early this year (warm and rainy weather conditions in Northern Italy produced a bumper crop), with prices down to a mere $1,000 a pound.
- Dominique Ansel's Original Cronut Recipe Is Now Online: The recipe for the original Cronut — the pastry that almost instantly launched a million fans, still inspires lines of epic proportions, and created waves of copycats across the globe — is now online.
- Celery Forever: Where America's Weirdest Soda Came From and How It's Stuck Around: Dr. Brown's Cel-Ray soda, the herbaceous, bitter, and peppery soft drink that, yes, is still in production, with a zaftig perfume that's equal parts beguiling and refreshing. Look hard enough and you can still find it in some old school delis and the odd bodega.
- 234 BREWERIES CELEBRATE MEDALS AT 2014 GREAT AMERICAN BEER FESTIVAL: The 2014 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition awarded 268 medals to some of the best commercial breweries in the United States, plus three GABF Pro-Am medals. Presented by the Brewers Association, GABF is the largest commercial beer competition in the world and a symbol of brewing excellence. In its 28th year, the 2014 competition surpassed all previous participation records.
- THE DEFINITIVE TOP 7 NYC PIZZA SHOPS, AS CHOSEN BY 11 PIE EXPERTS: Joe's has been serving classic NY-style and Sicilian square 'zas since 1975. Their plain slice is delicious and easily one of the best in the city, despite being so simple.
- These Chocolate-Covered Japanese Potato Chips Might Actually Be Worth $17: Like pretzels before them, potato chips are getting into the chocolate game, and we recently sampled a bag from Japan's Royce' confectionary, which has been producing chocolate products since the early '80s. Friends, the chocolate-covered potato chip is where it's at.
- Café Angelique’s West Village Shop Closes, Neighboring Café Immediately Tries to Capitalize: The ten-year-old restaurant — prized in the neighborhood for its no-fuss coffee, Belgian waffles, and truly excellent chicken-curry sandwich (and recent location for a Taylor Swift commercial) — has closed its original location on Grove and Bleecker. It seems, once again, a rent spike is blame: this time said to be a dramatic increase from $16,000 to $42,000 a month.
- Famed Graffiti Artist 'Cost' Arrested in Greenwich Village: A graffiti artist who was a major player in the city's street art world in the 1990s was arrested in Greenwich Village last week and is now facing a felony charge, police said. Adam Cole, 45, was nabbed by an officer who had been tracking him for months, after noticing his wheat paste posters popping up in the neighborhood earlier this year, police said.
- Gansevoort Market Will Unleash Sushi Dojo To Go and The Bruffin on High Line Walkers Monday: The massive food complex Gansevoort Market, near the southern tip of the High Line, is opening on Monday.
- Photographing the Extreme Transformation of the Meatpacking District: Images from 1985 and last year show viewers just how much the Lower West Side neighborhood changed from Koch to Bloomberg.
- Joel Hough Now In Charge of Both Il Bucos, as Alimentari's New Chef Swaps Kitchens: There is some chef shuffling happening under the Il Buco umbrella. Just last month, Barcelona native Roger Martinez was brought in to run the kitchen at Il Buco Alimentari, replacing Justin Smillie who left to pursue his own project. But now, Il Buco reps tell Eater that owner Donna Lennard has moved him over to head up the kitchen at the original on Bond Street.
- For James Marsden, a Close Shave (Not the Movie Kind):The actor James Marsden rolled into town on Wednesday to promote his new movie, “The Best of Me,” and quickly made his way to the New York Shaving Company on Elizabeth Street. He had a 5 o’clock shadow that he wanted erased before his “Tonight Show” appearance the next day.
- Bubble Tea, No bursting the drink’s popularity: Call it tapioca milk tea, bubble milk tea, boba (pronounced “ball [without the L sound] bah”) or zhenzhu naicha (“jen jew nigh cha”) . Within the last 30 years, the drink has spread from its native Taiwan to Chinese communities throughout the world.