Thursday, December 4, 2014
- New York Becomes Fertile Hub for Tours Entrepreneurship: Foods of NY Tours was started by Todd Lefkovic fifteen years ago and today sells more than 30,000 tickets per year. Lefkovic says there are “many many many” more entrepreneurs starting walking tours today and credits the increase in tour entrepreneurship to similar tools as well as low barriers to entry.
- Gourmet Chinatown Food and Culture Walking Tour! Whether you have lived in NYC all your life, are visiting for the first time, or are a local looking for a fun and unique activity to entertain out of town guests, I can’t think of more worthwhile daytime activity than going on a Foods of New York Tours’ Gourmet Chinatown Food and Culture Walking Tour — which I took a couple weekends ago and had the best time ever!
- The Explore Chinatown Food And Culture Walking Tour: See (And Taste) Chinatown As You Never Have Before!
- NY FOOD TOURS - FoodsOfNY.com (MsNerdyChica)
- Inside Chef's Club, Where You Can Dine Under A Giant Hunk Of Salt: Of all the places to sit at Food & Wine's newly debuted Chef's Club, the ones directly below the enormous hunk of Himalayan crystal salt are probably the least appealing. For one, it's an intimidating art piece to sit beneath; but mostly, you'll want to be able to stare at it from wherever you're enjoying your meal.
- New York's 8 Hottest New Pizza Joints: NYC needs more pizza joints like it needs another Duane Reade, but 2014 introduced innovative new toppings and varieties like Roman-style and Chicago-style deep dish to the local scene. Here are eight killer pies to try.
- Danny Meyer’s Marta in NoMad: Marta, opened in September, is a continuation of that project, a spinoff that might have found a space next door if Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group had not decided to place it about a half-mile away in the soaring, stately lobby of the Martha Washington Hotel. Marta has Roman appetizers and entire Roman dishes repurposed as toppings for pizzas with thin crusts in the Roman style.
- How Cost of Train Station at World Trade Center Swelled to $4 Billion: With its long steel wings poised sinuously above the National September 11 Memorial in Lower Manhattan, the World Trade Center Transportation Hub has finally assumed its full astonishing form, more than a decade after it was conceived.
- Per Se to Join Restaurants Charging in Advance: The system, called Tock, has been used since 2012 at the Chicago destinations Alinea and Next, where the co-owner, Nick Kokonas, devised the proprietary software. Diners at those restaurants reserve tables and pay online, in full, weeks or months in advance for nonrefundable tickets. Service charges are included, leaving only liquor charges to be added at the end of the meal.
- Once an Icon, Per Se Is Showing its Age: Per Se, Keller's East Coast analogue to the (marginally cheaper) French Laundry, helped set the bar dramatically higher for how much money and time New Yorkers were willing to spend in dining rooms. Per Se's nine-course, three-hour feasts helped usher in our American era of extended tasting menus, paving the way for Blanca, Brooklyn Fare, Atera, Momofuku Ko, and other venues serving 16-30 courses for hundreds of dollars or more.
- Amid Bugs, Hail, Floods and Bacteria, Italian Olives Take a Beating: The devastation has already translated into rising prices in Italy for a family staple, and will soon be felt by consumers worldwide. The commodity price for Italian extra virgin olive oil has doubled since last year, and the outlook is also very bad for Spain, the world’s biggest olive oil producer.
- Greenwich Village Senior Center Threatened By Pastor Trying To Cash In With Film Shoots: Our Lady of Pompeii Church serves dual purposes—not only is it the site of the Greenwich House Senior Center, it's also a popular location for film shoots—so popular, in fact, that church pastor Father Walter Tonelotto opted not to renew the senior center's lease when it ends in 2015, preferring instead to convert it into a full-fledged movie set.
- Soho Brunch Favorite Jack's Wife Freda to Open New Outpost in the Old West Village Fatty 'Cue: Jack's Wife Freda, the perennially popular Soho brunch spot, is planning to open a second location in the former Carmine Street home of Fatty 'Cue, which shuttered back in May.
- The New West Village Toby’s Estate Is Very Instagram-Worthy: The idea behind Toby's Estate's newest location — its third in New York — is that the coffee shop resemble a West Village townhouse. After all, it's housed in a landmarked building that was constructed in 1921, and it was once used as a collaborative working space for artists.
- Bark Hot Dogs Opening Second Location on Bleecker Street: No one can ever take the place of the recently shuttered Greenwich Village Gray’s Papaya. But you can find solace in the fact that the folks at Park Slope’s excellent ecofriendly hot-dog shop are bringing their lard-butter-basted frankfurters to Bleecker Street.
- Bruno Bakery Ends Decades-Long Run in Greenwich Village: An Italian bakery that's become a Greenwich Village institution closed its doors for good this weekend due to rising rent.
- 100 Montaditos Sandwich Shop to Close LES Branch Two Months After Opening: The chain’s first NYC location opened on Bleecker Street between MacDougal and Sullivan streets last year. Mini Hospitality had planned to open five 100 Montaditos branches in the city this year, and have a total of 30 locations in the area by 2017.
- The 13 Best Sandwiches In NYC: The sandwich is the greatest culinary invention of all time. Sandwich chain Num Pang knows what it's doing when it comes to cooking up tender, melt-in-your mouth, fatty pork.
- The Everything Guide to Last-Chance New York: Here, we offer a spotlight on the places that belong to a dying breed of shop (or mobile knife sharpener, or roller rink), which are in many cases the very last of their kind. Get to these glove-makers, fleabag hotels, Chino-Cuban eateries, dirt roads, and seltzer men while you still can.
- Martha Stewart to open a café in Chelsea: Martha Stewart Cafe will open in the Starrett-Lehigh Building in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood, where the domestic maven's company headquarters are located. Cafe managers now are hiring baristas.
- Finding a New York Replacement for Poilâne, the Celebrated Parisian Sourdough: “Every good family in Paris has poilâne bread at home,” Mr. Dutko said on a recent afternoon over lunch at the Tartinery, the one-of-a-kind Nolita restaurant devoted to tartines—French open-faced sandwiches now popular in fashionable places—he founded four years ago with the model Alicia Rountree.
- Kimchi Parties Are Real, And They Keep The Kimchi Flowing All Year Long: Ain't no party like a kimchi party. Seriously. Once a year in Korea, communities spend an entire day (and sometimes longer) making kimchi together. The special day is called Gimjang.