Thursday, June 4, 2015
The Weekly Roundup: Dominique Ansel Crazy Ice Cream Flavors, The World's 50 Best Restaurants and Foods of NY Tours In The News
+FOODS OF NY TOURS NEWS+
- Foods of New York, World's Largest Food Tour Company, Began "By Accident”: Today, food tourism is big business. But, twenty years ago, food tourism was an unknown term. Todd Lefkovic, the gregarious owner of Foods of New York, the largest food tour company in the world, half-laughed as he told me that his company began "kind of by accident" almost twenty years ago.
- The Complete Guide to the 2015 Big Apple Barbecue Block Party: Now in its thirteenth year, the event is one of the city's biggest celebrations of real wood and charcoal smoked barbecue, and as always promises to bring in pit masters and styles from across the city and the nation. Though originally established by Danny Meyer's Union Square Hospitality Group, the BABBP is now managed by an Austin, TX based event company and celebrity chef Tim Love, who will be cooking at this year's event.
- Where to Pack a Picnic Basket in New York: Drinking on rooftop bars and lunching at backyard patios is great, but now that it’s the height of spring-summer season, we want to get as close to nature as humanly possible. Which is why we’re more than happy to take an occasional break from restaurant dining, by picnicking at one of New York’s many outdoor spaces or awesome parks.
- With Over 42 Years in the Business, Eli Zabar Isn't Slowing Down: Eli Zabar is dressed in his usual uniform – a pair of khakis and a perfectly pressed white oxford from his shirt maker in Paris, over a another perfectly pressed blue oxford shirt – sitting in the balcony of his latest project Eli's Essentials Wine Bar, on upper Madison Avenue.
- Oyster Farms, Sushi Pop-Ups and a Fulton Fish Market Tour: Sustainable Seafood Week Kicks off June 22: From June 22—28 they’re putting together events that range from an oyster farm tour to a sushi pop-up. “With hundreds of types of fish available daily at a thousand restaurants and fish markets around New York City, charting a course to a responsible decision can be daunting,” admitted Sean Dixon, co-wwner of Village Fishmonger NYC, the founding organization behind Sustainable Seafood Week.
- Italy’s Treasured Olive Oil, at the Source: We sat around a massive wooden table in Mr. Sartori’s tasting room, the famously golden Tuscan sunlight spilling over our shoulders, three bottles resting on a tray in the middle, waiting for judgment. Every few months, these gentleman farmers — all of whom favor crisp, button-down shirts and elegantly trimmed facial hair — meet at one of their farms to discuss machinery, bottling, whatever is going on in their business.
- These Are the World's 50 Best Restaurants for 2015: Spain's El Celler de Can Roca has again unseated Noma, Rene Redzepi's New Nordic establishment, for the coveted (if controversial) title of World's Best Restaurant 2015. The award, sponsored by S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna, was announced tonight at a ceremony in London.
- World’s 50 Best Restaurants Defends Its List: A slow-burning squabble in the culinary world heated up on Friday, when the website for Occupy 50 Best, a movement started this month to protest favoritism, opacity and sexism in an influential annual list of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, was briefly shut down at the request of the 50 Best organization.
- The World's 50 Best Restaurants List (and Its Flaws), Explained: The World's 50 Best Restaurants list for 2015 will be unveiled this evening in London. In advance of the announcement, Eater chief critic and data lead Ryan Sutton discusses the makeup of the list and its flaws, including the curious underrepresentation of female chefs.
- Restaurants Add Reservation Cancellation Fees to the Menu: Before you can write down the time and address, you will have to dig into your wallet for a credit card number. Then you are told that if you need to cancel without adequate notice — anywhere from a few hours to a full week before — you will have to pay a cancellation fee, which may be as low as $30 or as high as $200 a person.
- 8 Spices Truly Worth the Splurge: When it comes to a spice cabinet, I'd rather have fresh, well organized spices than a tumbling tower of top-shelf stuff so old I can't remember when I bought it. No matter how good a spice is, it doesn't do you any good unless you use it, and in most cases good spices don't cost much. Visit the right online shop or specialty grocery and you can usually find higher quality spices—and more fresh, too—for less than what you pay at your local supermarket.
- Stonewall Inn, famous Greenwich Village gay bar, being considered for landmark status by NYC: The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation is cheering the city for considering landmarking the famed Stonewall Inn. The Society has lobbied the Landmarks Preservation Commission to protect the Stonewall, often called the cradle of the gay rights movement since patrons in 1969 fought back against police raids targeting the bar based on the sexual orientation of its customers.
- CAFE CLOVER REVIEW: I’d like to thank Cafe Clover on behalf of all the West Village eateries in the range of Houston Street and Bleecker Street. This cursed space has finally been blessed with an awesome restaurant that just so happens to serve organic and healthy food that is actually exciting.
- Dominique Ansel and Ice & Vice Flood NYC With Crazy Ice Cream Flavors Tomorrow: Dominique Ansel has added an ice cream window at his new Dominique Ansel Kitchen in the West Village. There are just two flavors of soft serve to start, but true to Ansel form, these are not your standard chocolate and vanilla options. There's a burrata soft serve that comes with balsamic caramel and a confit strawberry tucked inside, and a gianduja flavor with salted hazelnut brittle, a sprayed-on orange mist, and sea salt.
- Dominique Ansel Kitchen Unleashes Burrata Ice Cream Tomorrow: The soft-serve ice-cream window at Dominique Ansel Kitchen opens tomorrow, with two different sundaes to start. Burrata — yes, as in the cheese! — comes with balsamic caramel and a whole confit strawberry, while Gianduja — a riff on the chocolate-hazelnut spread — boasts salted-hazelnut brittle, orange mist, and sea salt as its toppings.
- Village CB May Ban Loud Music in Washington Square Park: Community Board 2 in Greenwich Village will soon consider measures that may curb noise in Washington Square Park. The Villager reports that the CB's Executive Board has been discussing possible procedures, including a "'quiet area" in the park, possible limits on hours when music can be played and banning certain types of instruments from particular parts of the park."
- Washington Square Arch Receives 'Green' Lighting Update: NYC Parks is pleased to announce an energy-efficient lighting upgrade to the iconic Washington Square Arch in Manhattan's Greenwich Village. The NYC Parks Energy and Sustainability Team, charged with helping the City achieve 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, led the project to install LED fixtures at the historic Arch.
- Artichoke Basille Will Open Its First-Ever Brooklyn Location This Summer: Soon, Artichoke Basille will bring its famous (or, depending on whom you ask, infamous) artichoke-spinach slices to Park Slope — its first foray into Brooklyn.
- 6 ice cream sandwiches to try this summer: The French bakerys popular mashup is back for the season, featuring house-made macarons and ice cream. Choose from espresso brownie (new for this year), pistachio raspberry, salted caramel and coconut mango flavors. Find the summer treat at all NYC locations of Francois Payard Bakery & Patisserie.
- Jamestown Pioneer: Michael Phillips is Hungry for NYC Retail: Mr. Phillips, who attended American University in London and grew up in Palo Alto, Calif., is the creative leader behind Chelsea Market “and is responsible for establishing the vision and execution strategy for Jamestown’s real estate projects,” his bio indicates.
- Step back 25 years in time to the gritty days of New York City's Meatpacking District: It’s almost hard to conceive how much New York City has changed over the past 25 years. Derelict industrial zones and abandoned buildings have been transformed into a hub of industry; what was once a wasteland now is a clean, safe, and very expensive city.
- Here’s How New York’s Finest New Chocolate-Chip Cookie Is Made: "People always underestimate a cookie," says Miro Uskokovic, the pastry chef at both Gramercy Tavern and the newly opened Untitled at the Whitney. It's true: While there are some truly great ones in New York — Maman's being the newest addition to the all-star list — they can seem a bit boring, especially in the age of Cronut-inspired, over-the-top hybrid desserts. But Uskokovic's chocolate-chip cookie at Untitled is, without a doubt, one of the most impressive desserts in New York right now.
- NoHo’s Cinderella Moment: These days, however, NoHo — which stands for north of Houston Street — is having a Cinderella moment. More and more new buildings are popping up, some of them sleek high-rises, while 19th-century industrial buildings are being transformed into glossy luxury residences. Old and new architecture, artists and Wall Street executives, graffiti-splattered doorways and chic boutiques exist side by side in this rapidly changing neighborhood, where civic groups are trying to keep the historic and bohemian flavors as intact as possible.
- The Smile's Matt Kliegman Wants to Keep Winnie's a Chinatown Karaoke Bar: Matt Kliegman, the co-owner of popular Nolita cafe The Smile, apparently has his eye on the recently shuttered karaoke icon Winnie's in Chinatown, and wants to keep it a karaoke bar.