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Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Weekly Roundup: NYC Food Delivery, 100-51 Ranked World's Best Restaurants and Save the Striped Bass

  • Amazon Now Offers One-Hour Grocery Delivery From D’Agostino and More:  Because you need something to eat while you binge-watch Transparent, Amazon is expanding its Prime Now one-hour delivery service to include local groceries and premade meals in select parts of Manhattan. As of yesterday, anything Prime members want, basically, from D'Agostino, Billy's Bakery, and Gourmet Garage can be ordered from the app.
  • 12 Places to Find Delightful Frozen Drinks in New York City:  When warm weather hits, the best kind of cocktail is a frozen cocktail, since nothing says summer fun like a brain freeze and a buzz. Many bars only offer too-sweet, pre-batched beverages, and though a cut-rate margarita can certainly do the trick, there are better options out there. So here, for your summer to-do list, are 12 places taking frozen drinks to the next level.
  • Urban Gardening on the Third Floor:  Kerry Trueman and Matt Rosenberg began by growing tomatoes on the roof of their third-floor walk-up in the West Village more than 20 years ago.  “We didn’t know anything — we used Miracle-Gro,” said Ms. Trueman, 54, who blogs about the politics of food for Civil Eats and writes about climate change for Moms Clean Air Force. “But it changed the way I viewed things in cities. 
  • Restaurant Review: Aquavit in Midtown.  Time to cheer for Aquavit and its power to defy the forces of gravity.  Time drags down restaurants in New York. It turns hot spots into castoffs and grand dining rooms into whispery museums. Hakan Swahn opened Aquavit in 1987. Over the last 27 years, it made the reputation of one Marcus Samuelsson and transferred from a light-drenched atrium with a defining waterfall to a more prosaic space in a pink-granite tower in the East 50s.



  • Why Are There So Many Shuttered Storefronts in the West Village? The fate of the House of Cards & Curiosities is just one example of something odd that’s happening in some of New York’s richest and best-known neighborhoods—a surge in closings and shuttered shops. Consider, in particular, the West Village, the place that Jane Jacobs once described as a model for a healthy neighborhood, in her classic book “The Death and Life of Great American Cities.”
  • Cheddar Keeps the Lights on for Kentucky’s Cheesemakers: Murray’s Cheese Bar is located in New York’s West Village. It’s a small, moody restaurant that opens to Bleecker Street, nestled cozily between a ruddy brick trattoria, its windows littered with ice-blue menus and orange letters that had been cut from construction paper. Inside, cheesemongers work behind the bar opposite a collection of photography. 

  • Turnstyle to Populate Columbus Circle Subway Station With Trendy Food Vendors This Year: More food vendors for the market, which runs under 8th Avenue from 57th to 58th Street, have been decided now, and the market is shaping up to be alright, but nothing out of the box. The food court, which will host live music performances, will sport Ignazio's Pizza, Gelato Ti Amo, grilled cheese spot MeltKraft, Bosie Tea Parlor, and organic cafe Ellary's Greens. There's also a lease out for a cupcake shop, since Magnolia Bakery apparently won't be moving in after all.
  • Caffe Dante's New Owners Promise It's 'Coming Back' as Dante: Caffe Dante, the 100-year-old West Village institution, has been closed since March, when it changed hands and landed in the care of former AvroKo executive Linden Pride. It will never be what it used to be, but now it looks like Pride has decided to hang on to at least some of that identity in his revamp of the restaurant. 
  • The Tricky Business of Revamping a Historic Restaurant for a New Audience: It's only a matter of time until New York is just one big juice bar, right? That's the thinking every time a once-valued, now out-of-favor New York institution is forced to close its doors, either because business has dried up, the owner wants to sell, a developer envisions a great new condo, or rising rents have simply become untenable.

  • Is the Bruffin the New Cronut?  All hail the Bruffin, that latest linguistic mash-up baked good to find the spotlight in the swanky new Gansevoort Market (The Bruffin Café, 52 Gansevoort Street, NYC). A hybrid brioche/croissant smothered with fillings, it's rolled up like a cinnamon bun and baked in a muffin tray so that the edges are crisp and flaky while the center stays soft and pillowy.
  • Rafael Viñoly's Next NYC Project Is A Chelsea Office Building: It was a different kind of Chelsea when wood depot Prince Lumber, on the corner of Ninth Avenue and West 15th Street, thrived. Its end has been a long time coming, with rumors abut site-replacing structures swirling since at least 2013.

  • Street Artist Wraps Lower East Side Building in 'Gentrification' Tape: A Brooklyn-based street artist and activist who's been cordoning off city streets and buildings with yellow caution tape reading "GENTRIFICATION IN PROGRESS" struck again in Nolita and Williamsburg.  Ann Lewis, who goes by the artist name Gilf!, started her night wrapping tape around the J. Crew and the soon-to-be Apple store in Williamsburg before heading over the bridge to Nolita and wrapping both entrances of landmarked 190 Bowery in her signature tape at about 2 a.m. Tuesday morning.
  • At Last, Frozen Yogurt Spots Are Dying Like Flies: Eater reports that two frozen yogurt spots—one in Park Slope, one in NoLita—have shuttered for good of late, following a string of fro-yo joint deaths all over town. Is the Fro-Yo 'splosion finally following in the footsteps of Big Cupcake?

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