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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.
  • 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.


  • 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. 

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