Thursday, January 22, 2015
- Souper Stars, A brief guide to the best soups in NYC: Something happens, biologically speaking, around this time of year: Your body begins to demand sustenance in the form of hot liquid. It might start as a craving for something as simple and comforting as matzo ball soup, but soon, you will wake in the night, crying out for spicy hand-pulled noodle soups and thick Persian vegetable stews.
- Not Just Any Piece of Meat: Prime Rib Regains Its Place as a Restaurant Centerpiece
- Momofuku’s Christina Tosi Joins MasterChef Junior and Original MasterChef: …Momofuku Milk Bar chef and owner Christina Tosi will join the judging panel.
- Jean-Claude Baker Dies at 71; Restaurateur Honored a Chanteuse: Jean-Claude Baker, the flamboyant restaurateur who created the popular Manhattan nightspot Chez Josephine in memory of Josephine Baker, the exotically beautiful dancer and mesmerizing chanteuse who had cared for him as a lonely child in Paris and whose biography he published to acclaim in 1993, was found dead on Thursday at his home in East Hampton, N.Y. He was 71.
- Why Some Chefs Just Can't Quit Serving Bluefin Tuna: In November, the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List moved Pacific bluefin tuna from "least concern" to "vulnerable," which means that the fish is now threatened with extinction. It joins the southern bluefin, which is "critically endangered" — the third, and most threatened IUCN designation — and the Atlantic bluefin, which is "endangered," the second level. In all cases, overfishing is making it nearly impossible for the spawning stock to rebuild the population.
- Food Trends to Watch for in 2015: When predicting the dining trends that would take over New York’s restaurant scene in 2014, we have to say, we proved uncannily accurate — cauliflower and ancient grains where simply everywhere last year! So let’s see if we can successfully spot the burgeoning trends of 2015, from the rise of Spanish cuisine to the hottest new condiment; harissa!
- We've Got the Beef: Since the 1970s, when we first started raising it, American Wagyu has been shunned as an inferior version of the Japanese original. But a new crop of quality-obsessed American Wagyu farmers are out to change all that.
- In Her New Book, Ex-NYT Critic Mimi Sheraton Reveals the Ultimate Food To-Do List: Despite her 2006 memoir Eating My Words: An Appetite for Life, former New York Times restaurant critic Mimi Sheraton calls her latest book 1,000 Foods To Eat Before You Die: A Food Lover's Life List her actual autobiography.
- First Look: Café Clover Opens in Greenwich Village. Can a new, health-conscious American menu turn around a cursed space like 10 Downing Street? (Previously 10 Downing, La Villette, and many others.) Partners David Rabin of The Lambs Club, Kyle Hotchkiss Carone, and executive chef David Standridge (Market Table, L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon) certainly think so, as they're opening Café Clover, a 70-seat American restaurant, this Monday.
- Manhattanites Can Now Go Sip Matcha Tea at the West Village's ChaLait: Last year, New Yorkers saw the first shop dedicated to matcha (a powdered green tea from Japan) open up in Williamsburg. While matcha hasn't taken the city by storm -- yet -- we've seen the product creep on to the menus of national chain brands (Teavana, Peets) as well as into foods (matcha-infused pastries) and health food drinks (Liquiteria added a matcha smoothie to its roster of seasonal concoctions).
- Inside California-Style Otto's Tacos New West Village Shop: Like the original, the new shop will be on the small side, geared to the on-the-go meal and takeout. The few tables inside overlook a cool mural by artists David Brown plus wood paneling that echoes the other location.
- Some small Greenwich Village businesses struggle with rising rents: As Greenwich Village continues to go up in price, the inevitable shuttering of long-time small businesses is occurring.
- Avignone Chemists, Village Staple Since 1929, Closing After Rent Hike: A longtime Village business owner who last year vowed to DNAinfo New York that his shop was there to stay is shutting down after his new landlord hiked his rent.
- Sushi Master Daisuke Nakazawa Is Planning a Sushi-Free Restaurant on Grove Street: Scoring a seat at Daisuke Nakazawa's prized Sushi Nakazawa counter requires planning, lots of it, preferably far in advance. But, Nakazawa told Community Board 2 he hopes to open a restaurant that will be (at least slightly) more easily accessible, just next door to Via Carota.
- 44 Amazing NYC Places That Actually Still Exist: Caffe Reggio has a crucial role in the development of coffee culture in the United States — it was the first establishment to sell cappuccino in America back in the 1920s.
- This 1920s Washington Square Garret Was More Racist Than Bohemian: This wasn't quite the freewheelin' bohemian lair it may sound like, however—Godwin was not welcoming all with open arms. In May of 1921, the NY Times reported that she "has been found guilty of breaking the statute which forbids the refusal to serve negroes in a restaurant."
- GANSEVOORT MARKET GUIDE: 6 VENDORS YOU NEED TO CHECK OUT. Just a few blocks over from Chelsea Market and The High Line you will find Gansevoort Market, an amazing 8,000 square foot hub made up of food vendors of all styles. Inside you’ll encounter a wide range of eats, spanning from sushi, crêpes, lobsters rolls– basically, whatever your little heart desires.
- THE 8 BEST UNDER-THE-RADAR RAMEN SPOTS IN NYC: Deep inside Chelsea Market you'll discover this gem of a ramen ya run by Chef Esther, who infuses her Korean roots into amazing (and decidedly unique) bowls of ramen, including her kimchi ramen, which's based off of a popular Korean stew called jjigae.
- THE 14 BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANTS IN NYC: Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria…
- Pete Wells Awards Two Stars to Upland, Where Justin Smillie Is a 'Pasta Savant’: This week Pete Wells visits Upland, to see how Justin Smillie's doing now that he's under the wing of Stephen Starr. Back when Smillie was the chef at Il Buco Alimentari, Wells shocked quite a few people by bestowing three stars on the rather unassuming cafe.
- Rubirosa Owner and Third-Generation Pizza Maker AJ Pappalardo Died Friday at Age 40: Here's some very sad news from over the weekend: Angelo "AJ" Pappalardo, who along with his father, Joe Pappalardo, owned Nolita favorite Rubirosa, passed away Friday at the age of 40.
- Rare Photos Of New York's Chinatown In The 1980s Captured A Revolution: Bud Glick was a photographer tasked by the the New York Chinatown History Project (now the Museum of Chinese in America) with documenting this transition from an older, primarily male community to one of young, newly immigrated families.