Thursday, December 11, 2014
- Wylie Dufresne Introduces His First Burger, With Side Of French Onion Soup Rings: Chef Wylie Dufresne has created myriad inventive and sometimes kooky dishes in his career, but surprisingly has never offered a burger on the menu of any of his restaurants. That changes starting now, with the chef debuting his first ever burger at his fun neighborhood eatery Alder.
- The Ultimate Guide to Eating in NYC, All in One Place: Whether you've lived in New York all your life or you're just in town to see Rockefeller Center and the Christmas Tree, our goal at Serious Eats is to point you towards something delicious. That's why we've compiled the best of our New York stories into a comprehensive guide to eating out all across the city.
- Inside The Tenement Museum, A "No Photo" Zone: The Tenement Museum has a strict "no photo" policy, as they believe it takes away from the visitor experience—"We are trying to facilitate an interactive experience with our visitors. It really is what makes us unique," the Museum's Jon Pace told us. "All the tours we offer are led by an educator."
- 16 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT THE NYC SUBWAY: If you take the subway every day in NYC, you probably know the basics: put $19.05 on your MetroCard, don't block the left side of the escalator, let everyone off the train before you barge in, and never -- under any circumstances -- get on the empty subway car during rush hour. Still though, there are probably a few things you don't know, like, say, which historic buildings have secret subway entrances...
- How America’s only water sommelier justifies his restaurant’s 44-page water menu: Riese is the general manager at Ray’s & Stark Bar, a restaurant at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He’s also the “water sommelier”—the only one in America, he says.
- The ‘World’s Largest’ Truffle Sold for $61,250: In real life, the so-called world's largest truffle is the size of a healthy cauliflower. It was unearthed in Umbria late last month and, as promised, arrived in New York City last week after a 4,330-mile plane trip.
- Joy From the World; Diverse Holiday Feasts From Five New York Families: Our December traditions define us, from wherever we hail. We celebrate the last of the autumn harvest. We cheer the arrival of the solstice and the knowledge that the nights will grow shorter.
- Scammers Are Ruining the Integrity of America’s Crab Cakes: To fight shenanigans like these, Maryland recently ramped up its True Blue certification program, and more chefs say they no longer trust anyone but local watermen, so not all of the consequences of the slackage are bad — there's more local seafood on your plate.
- Gluten-Free Italian Restaurant Risotteria Opening UWS Outpost: The West Village-based Italian restaurant and bakery Risotteria, which describes itself as a "gluten-free heaven," is opening a new outpost on Amsterdam Avenue this spring.
- Cook Duck Like a Pro With Chef Anita Lo: Chef Anita Lo of Annisa in New York, known for her foie gras soup dumpling handiwork, demonstrates how easy it is to break down a duck. She also offers up a bunch of ideas on how to cook with the whole bird from skin to bones.
- Visiting Caffe Reggio, A Timeless Classic In A Changing Greenwich Village: Bleecker Street, MacDougal Street, and Greenwich Village as a whole certainly isn't what it used to be, back when bohemians ruled the roosts and Dylan was strumming his guitar at Cafe Wha?. These days, in place of the Village Gate you'll find a CVS, and over where The Bleecker Street Cinema was? A Duane Reade. The area does still have its charms, however, and a few businesses have survived the times-a-changin'. Caffe Reggio, which opened its doors at 119 MacDougal Street in 1927, is one of them.
- HANUKKAH FRIED CHICKEN LATKA FINGERS ARE FOR EVERYONE: Available now through Dec 24th, both of NYC's Sticky’s Finger Joint locations -- the city's first gourmet chicken finger restaurant chain -- will be doling out the world's first Hanukkah-inspired chicken finger, the Latka Finger, because honestly, regular latkes just aren't cutting it anymore.
- Christmas In New York: Top 13 Things To Do In NYC During The 2014 Holiday Season. The 6,000-square-foot indoor market has something for everyone. From a smorgasbord of delicious food options (our personal favorite is Cull & Pistol) to a variety of stores, Chelsea Market just might become your favorite New York destination -- especially during the holidays.
- How the Cookie Crumbles, The city's best chocolate chip cookies: The Smile ($3.50), A little sea salt goes a long way at this cult Noho café. Brenna White puts a little crunch in each bite, nicely accentuating the slightly bitter chocolate chunks.
- A New Yorker's guide to Chinese food for Christmas: It's an unofficial Jewish (and therefore New York) tradition to eat Chinese food on Christmas. Perhaps it's a cultural love of a good egg roll, or perhaps the custom roots from Chinese restaurants around the country staying open on Dec. 24-25 when almost everything else in America seems to be closed.