Thursday, November 20, 2014
The Weekly Roundup: Thomas Keller's Turkey Tips, 2014 Eater Awards and A Pork Rib Lovers Guide to NYC
- TRAVEL | FOODS OF NEW YORK TOURS:A few weeks ago, I took a couple days off to unwind in New York with a few friends. While there, I had the pleasure of taking a Foods of NY Tour. We decided on the Original Greenwich Village Tour since is was a part of New York that we have not fully explored yet and wanted to discover its rich Italian history and culture. I had the best time trying delectable bites from all the "mom and pop" restaurants and learning about the neighborhood.
- New York City in 10 exciting tours: Foods of New York Tours promises you an off beat experience, giving you tantalizing glimpses into the ethnic food culture of the average New York resident. And really, its not just about the food, it is a blend of the cultures, the history, the architecture and the various influences that have brought into existence the quintessential New York City food.
- The 2014 Eater Awards for New York City: It is time now-drumroll, trumpets, gongs-to announce the winners of the 2014 Eater Awards. In over a dozen categories in 24 cities, the winners comprise a diverse group of the finest and most interesting chefs, operators, and characters on the continent that have defined this year in dining.
- Thanksgiving in New York City; 20 Great Places to Dine Out: Thanksgiving is a mere two weeks away, and reservations are booking up fast. So if you want to eat out in the city, it's time to start planning. Here's a guide to 20 excellent New York restaurants, at a range of price points, that will be serving something special on Thanksgiving.
- The Ultimate, Unabridged Pork Rib Lovers Guide to New York City: The pork rib was once considered to be an off-cut, relegated to the economy section of the butcher's case. But its popularity has risen dramatically in recent years, so much so that some ribs can compete in price and demand with those "high on the hog" cuts like loin chops.
- Hudson River Park Gets $100 Million Launch: Barry Diller Leads Private Funding for Pier, Amphitheater Planned on Hudson
- How Thomas Keller Makes His Juicy, Crispy Thanksgiving Turkey: From high-heat roasting to clarified-butter basting, Chef Keller's easy techniques will make your holiday bird legendary.
- Momofuku Taught Me How to Not Be a Total Hack: How to make famous Momofuku brussel sprouts at home.
- Newark Airport Lands Big-Name Chefs: Alex Guarnaschelli and Jacques Torres to Open Restaurants in Newark Airport.
- Get Ready for Pie-Flavored Whiskey: The holidays are approaching, and despite all odds, the flavored-whiskey trend is exploding, so Diageo decided to get all synergistic and cash in on a drink meant to evoke your very first taste of "Grandma’s pies fresh from the oven," but in 70-proof form.
- Via Carota, the Joint Project From Jody Williams and Rita Sodi, Is Now Open in the West Village: Queens of the West Village restaurant scene Jody Williams and Rita Sodi opened their Italian charmer, Via Carota very quietly earlier this week, just down the street from Williams' restaurant Buvette and around the corner from Sodi's I Sodi.
- Via Carota Now Serving Stupendously Good Bunless Burgers on Grove Street: If you happened to be in the vicinity of Sheridan Square this past rainy Monday night, you might have seen Rita Sodi and Jody Williams very quietly unlock the door of their new joint venture, the double-wide, glass-fronted Via Carota, where they have since been welcoming locals and passersby for dinner and drinks.
- Beloved Village Shop Bonnie Slotnick Cookbooks Being Forced Out Of Space: Bonnie Slotnick Cookbooks, the beloved little cookbook store on West 10th Street, will be closing up shop in January. Slotnick told Vanishing NY, "I can't believe I'm turning into one of your sad stories, but I've just lost my lease.
- Where to Find an Oyster Happy Hour in All 5 Boroughs: All three Mermaid Inn locations offer $1 oysters Monday through Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. The oysters are paired with a drink special: All draft beers are $5, wine is $6 and cocktails are $7.
- The Best Lease In NYC: $10/Month For 50 Years In West Village: We've seen things you people wouldn't believe: $1,000/month rent-stabilized Upper West Side apartments; $331.76/month four-bedroom Village apartments; $55.01/month SoHo pads; $287/month Prospect Park co-ops. But nothing could prepare us for West Village tenant Jud Parker's deal: $10/month for a 1,400 sq ft apartment on Minetta Street ...for the next 50 years.
- Grazing Through the Gansevoort Market in the MePa: Eater critic Robert Siestema eats his way through the Meatpacking District's new high-end food hall.
- Someone Finally Combined the Best Parts of a Bánh Mì and a Cuban Sandwich: Num Pang reopens in Union Square tomorrow, right across the street from its original location. In honor of the opening, there's a special new "Num Cubano" sandwich, with slow-cooked pulled pork, ham, Swiss cheese, spicy pickled kirby cucumbers, yellow mustard, and the signature toppings of pickled carrots, cilantro, chili mayo, and toasted semolina bread.
- What to Eat at El Colmado Butchery, Opening in the Meatpacking District: Seamus Mullen has brought his Gotham West Market tapas-bar concept to the meatpacking district and added a twist. To augment the lineup of tasty morsels like pan con tomate, Ibérico-ham croquettes, and lamb meatballs to nibble on at the bar or at a table, there’s an equal emphasis here on prepared foods to go and a full-fledged butcher’s counter.
- Keith McNally’s Cherche Midi Is a Meaty Time Machine: The light at Cherche Midi, restaurateur Keith McNally’s latest in Nolita, is exceptionally flattering -- a clutter of glowing orbs, dangling overhead like so many midsummer moons, their warm light glossing off massive angled mirrors.
- The 10 Best Art Galleries In NYC: Art & Architecture, a 32-year-old triangular slice located in that SoHo/Little Italy no-man's land. Storefront's an all-around art "institution," a non-profit dedicated to supporting emerging and local art.
- THE 10 BEST PHO SPOTS IN NYC: NYC's 10 best places to get the slurp-worthy noodle soup that is pho, from Manhattan, to Ridgewood, to the always-reliable Sunset Park.
- Inside Chinatown's Dim Sum Dance Party Scene: An after-hours Chinese restaurant adventure always raises a few eyebrows among friends I implore to tag along, but it's not a new premise, as promoters MeanRed and Travis Bass have been hosting pop-up parties in these spaces since 2008.