Thursday, February 26, 2015
- A Five Borough Guide To NYC's Impressive Craft Beer Scene: It's Beer Week once again; time to celebrate all of the delicious craft beers lovingly made within the five boroughs. With all the beer-related festivities happening at local bars and restaurants, we're talking a look at some of our favorite breweries currently making us tipsy with their handcrafted suds.
- Tipped Workers Get A Raise In New York: The State Labor Department has approved a wage increase for tipped workers, who will earn a minimum of $7.50 per hour. Currently restaurant servers, hotel housekeepers and other employees who rely on tips earn about $5 an hour, well below the state minimum wage of $8.75.
- GQ Selects Shuko and Santina for ‘25 Most Outstanding Restaurants of 2015’: Food critic Alan Richman has released his annual list of his favorite restaurants around the country.
- Tea Tuesdays: The Chemis-Tea Of Pouring The Perfect English-Style Cuppa: In 1946, George Orwell wrote an essay in which he claimed to have cracked the code to putting together the perfect cup of tea with milk. But taste preferences can be very individual, so his solution may not be your ideal brew.
- Specialty Glassware As the New Garnish: Until recently, drinkware has been a largely predictable affair. But amidst the cocktail renaissance, bars are using drinking vessels—be it a vintage coupe, a light bulb or a bespoke tiki mug—to alter the drinker's expectations.
- Your Beer and Cheese Pairing Cheat Sheet: When it comes to beer and cheese, some matches turn out tastier than others. A few basic guidelines can help guide your choices. The general principle for pairing beer and cheese is the general principle for pairing, period.
- The Secrets of Aging Cheese: A Tour of Murray's Cheese Caves. Murray's, the iconic Greenwich Village cheesemonger, has been aging their own cheeses since 2004 when they first built a modest 600-square-foot aging facility under their Bleecker Street store. In 2013, Murray's built a new set of caves, twice the size of the Manhattan facility, in Long Island City, Queens.
- THE 10 NYC GRILLED CHEESES YOU HAVE TO EAT RIGHT NOW: When the cheesemongers at Murray’s say they’ve perfected a blend of the best meltable cheeses for their house grilled cheese, you believe them. Be a damn pro and add Nueske’s crispy bacon and get ready to dip the whole thing in the bowl of creamy tomato soup that comes on the side.
- NIMBYs Fear Dominique Ansel's West Village Bakery Will Draw Early Morning Crowds: Some of Dominique Ansel's new neighbors in the West Village, where he plans to open his new bakery Dominique Ansel Kitchen and dessert tasting concept Unlimited Possibilities, aren't happy that the Cronut wizard is moving in.
- Dominique Ansel Not Skimping on Butter While Testing for Dominique Ansel Kitchen: Now, don't freak out or anything, but Dominique Ansel is really taking a no-holds-barred approach to butter at his forthcoming West Village bakery, Dominique Ansel Kitchen.
- First Look at Van Leeuwen’s Newest Ice-Cream Shop, Now Open in the West Village: Van Leeuwen — New York's O.G. of artisanal ice cream — has expanded to the West Village, with a brand-new parlor at 152 West 10th Street (at the corner of Waverly Place, conveniently right near the darling Three Lives bookstore). This location will offer the full range of Van Leeuwen's classic and vegan flavors (all made locally in Greenpoint), plus sundaes, milkshakes, Toby's Estate coffee, and pastries.
- Renderings Out for Greenwich Village's New Triangular Park: The design competition of the AIDS Memorial planned for Greenwich Village garnered a lot of press, but little attention was paid to the design of the park that it would be part of.
- The 10 Best Happy Hours With Food In NYC: The Mermaid Empire is abundant with good deals on great food, and the happy hour deals at all three of its locations are no exception. Happy hour generally runs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., though it's an all-night deal on Mondays and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the weekends in the East and Greenwich Villages.
- Korean Restaurant and Jazz Club Closing in Greenwich Village: Choga, a Korean restaurant and jazz club at 145 Bleecker St., is shutting down because the landlord would not renew the venue's lease, and because club has failed to turn a profit for the past few years
- NYC's Cull & Pistol Oyster Bar One of the Best Restaurants in Chelsea Market: Cull & Pistol is always a happy place, loud as you might expect, and by being as small as it is, the guarantee of freshness and creativity is evident in every dish.
- You Don't Have To Be Jewish To Love Manischewitz's Cornucopia Of Kosher Delights: March 12-13th in Chelsea Market, New York City, the company will host the first ever Manischewitz Pop Up Experience. This two-day festival will feature celebrity chefs, live demonstrations, and product sampling. Jamie Geller, dubbed “Queen of Kosher,” celebrity chef and author of "Joy of Kosher," will host live cooking demonstrations throughout the first two days of the event.
- Korean Stew Meets Japanese Ramen at Chelsea Market’s Mokbar:At Chelsea Market’s Mokbar, chef-owner Esther Choi has managed to brilliantly straddle both trends —using springy Sun Noodles as a canvas to showcase otherwise traditional Korean flavors and dishes.
- The 10 Best Bagel Sandwiches In NYC: Black Seed's eensy bagels wowed us when they debuted last year (and we're not easily impressed). And while they serve up a slew of praiseworthy sandwiches—Two Eggs, Beet Cured Salmon, and Ricotta, to name a few—our favorite is the spectacular Sable.
- Classic Chinatown Dive Winnie's Is Closing: Located at 104 Bayard Street, Winnie's has been serving up cheap drinks in a divey atmosphere for nearly three decades—try their Hawaiian Punch, which features rum, vodka, amaretto almond liqueur, creme de bananes, orange juice, pineapple juice, and grenadine.