Thursday, October 2, 2014
The Weekly Roundup: Michelin 2015 Winners and Losers, Morimoto gets Magical and Great $1 Pizza for Charity
- Mama Mia! An Italian Filled Day at the Greenwich Village Foods Of NY Tour: Since 1999, Foods Of NY Tours has been giving food tasting and cultural walking tours through New York City's most delicious and historic neighborhood (it's a hard job... but somebody's got to do it!). The company offers a variety of neighborhood tours, but I decided to go with the tour that started it all – the Original Greenwich Village Food Tour.
- It takes a village: Last Wednesday my sister and I, together with a handful of Australians, Brits, Canadians, and a pair from Sacramento, ate up most of New York City’s West Village. Sorry about that. My sister Amanda is the PR rep for Foods of New York Tours. She totally twisted my arm to bring me along on this odyssey, which started with pizza.
- Michelin Unveils Its 2015 Winners (Blanca, Aquavit) and Losers (Daniel, Nakazawa) for New York: Michelin, the European tire maker that publishes what could be the world's most recognized guide for dining out, unveiled its 2015 list of New York's best restaurants today, and the famously anonymous inspectors made some big changes to their list of favorites.
- Handicapping Michelin: Will Nakazawa Get Three Stars? Michelin, the European tiremaker that also publishes what's arguably the world's most famous restaurant guide, will unveil its annual list of the best places to eat out in New York next week, and the big question is whether the guide will award its highest rating -- three stars -- to any of the city's most ambitious culinary institutions.
- Bavarian Brats, Burgers & Beers For Shake Shack's Shacktoberfest Celebration: We're smack dab in the middle of Oktoberfest, with the beer-centric celebrations set to conclude in Germany this coming weekend. There are still plenty of parties to attend and now some more ways to get your fill of brats and wursts and other Deutschland fare at Shake Shack's annual Shacktoberfest celebration, which kicks off on Friday, October 3rd and continues through October 12th.
- IS IT SOMETHING IN THE WATER?: Countless New Yorkers insist the secret to perfect pizza and beautiful bagels lies in our H20. Others say it’s simply technique. One ex-Brooklynite seeks a definitive answer.
- A New York Classic Returns: The Rainbow Room was born with good bones, but that was 80 years ago. So when Tishman Speyer, the company that owns and manages Rockefeller Center, decided to reopen it after five years, the goal was to restore the glitter to one of New York’s most romantic settings.
- A Peek Inside The Rainbow Room, Which Reopens This Weekend: The legendary Rainbow Room on the 65th floor of 30 Rockefeller Center will waltz into a new era this weekend, reopening on Sunday to reclaim its former glory.
- Chefs Club Is Shaping Up to Be One of the Strangest Dining Rooms in New York City: Yesterday the paper came down from the windows of Chefs Club, the restaurant where Food & Wine will soon host a rotating roster of some of its favorite chefs from across the country for guest stints. An inquisitive tipster took the opportunity to peer inside the Puck Building, and came back with a thorough look inside the David Rockwell-designed space.
- Brewing Beer Has Always Been a Woman’s Game:The brewing industry might still be seen by many as a bearded boy’s club, but “brewsters”—the medieval term for a female brewer—have been killing it forever.
- Joy Behar Goes Solo; Next Stop, Greenwich Village: Me, My Mouth And I, Joy Behar’s one-woman tour through the life and times of Joy Behar, will begin previews November 6 at the historic, intimate (i.e. small) Cherry Lane Theatre in the NYC’s West Village. It’s slated to open November 23 and run through December 21.
- Where to Dine During the Jewish High Holidays: You don’t often associate Mexican flavors with Jewish cuisine. But chef Julian Medina, who grew up Catholic in Mexico City, converted to Judaism when he married his wife of 10-years, a good Jewish girl from the Upper East Side. That means, Mexican-inflected Rosh Hashanah meals are commonplace at his restaurant, Toloache, and this year is no exception.
- How To Eat Di Fara & More Top Pizza For Just $1: The annual fundraising frenzy known as Slice Out Hunger returns next Wednesday to feed frugal pizza lovers with slices from some of the city's top pie joints. Now in its 6th year, the event not only offers up bargain basement slices to the hordes who descend on St. Anthony's Church, but also raises big bucks for Food Bank For New York City.
- The Secret to Levitating Uni at Morimoto in Chelsea: Chef Erik Battes of Morimoto in Chelsea isn't plating a stellar uni bite. Rather, inspired by a TED Talk on quantum levitation, he's floating an umami-packed uni butter-filled cracker in mid air. How's this all going down? Check out the video.
- CORKBUZZ WINE BAR OPENS A NEW LOCATION IN CHELSEA MARKET: For the spin-off of her popular New York City wine bar and restaurant, Corkbuzz, master sommelier Laura Maniec turned to Stephanie Goto to design an 850-square-foot location in Chelsea Market.
- Late Night Prep for Il Buco’s Sidewalk Pig Roast: The city’s best block party required all night pig prep starting at 1 a.m. A rare sight in the middle of Manhattan, these photos contain graphic imagery and might not be for everyone.
- An Impresario Shines His Light on the Customer: The restaurateur Keith McNally opened Cherche Midi in June on the corner of Houston Street and the Bowery, in a neighborhood where you don’t go out to dinner unless you are prepared to shout over some Pavement song the chef loved in college. But we were talking, with no recorded soundtrack, as if we were in some Continental restaurant off Sutton Place in 1964 eating veal Orloff by candlelight.
- Yakitori Tora, Now Cooking with Charcoal from the Mother Country in Nolita: Charcoal from Japan lends the skewers a smoky flavor that's hard to find in New York.
- Budget-Friendly Dining at Michelin’s Newest Bib Gourmands: Nom Wah Tea Parlor, Although this seminal, 95-year-old dim sum parlor been around much longer than the Bib Gourmands (which were created in 1995), it’s certainly nice to see them finally make the list.