Thursday, June 18, 2015
The Weekly Roundup: Father's Day Food Gifts, NYC Icon Ouest Closes, But Legendary (Caffe) Dante Is Reborn
- Gramercy Tavern Serves The Platonic Ideal of the 'Chef Burger’: I have always looked at the off menu burgers at restaurants with cynicism, mostly because they generally seem to involve slapping a preformed beef patty on a Martin’s Potato Roll, adding a special sauce, and calling it a day. Because of this, I have a great deal of respect for the process behind chef Michael Anthony’s Gramercy Tavern burger ($20); even more so for the way it tastes.
- NYC’s Newest Must-Try Ice Cream Is Babu Ji’s Kulfi: The latest contestant in this frozen-treat frenzy isn't even ice cream as Americans understand it, but is instead the ultradense kulfi. New York is certainly no stranger to this classic Indian treat, which can be easily found in the freezer aisles of Indian grocers in Queens and at restaurants like Junoon and Tamarind.
- Regulars Mourn Closing of Ouest, Another New York Restaurant Lost to Escalating Rent: Ouest, on Broadway near 84th Street. The news that Ouest’s owners had decided to give up provoked a say-it-isn’t-so reaction from regulars like Ms. Leitzes, who promptly started doing what she does for a living, which is raise money for nonprofits.
- The Value of Vintage: 7 Cookbook Picks from Bonnie Slotnick: The inventory on her shelves changes every single day, which is reason enough to come back for regular visits.
- F.D.A. Gives Food Industry 3 Years to Eliminate Trans Fats: The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday gave the food industry three years to eliminate artery-clogging, artificial trans fats from the food supply, a long-awaited step that capped years of effort by consumer advocates and is expected to save thousands of lives a year.
- A Study Says Eating Pickles Could Help You Feel Less Anxious: Researchers at William & Mary and the University of Maryland say that they found a connection between eating pickled foods and feeling less anxious. The findings, which are being published in the August issue of Psychiatry Research, came after studying the dietary habits of 700 college students — an anxiety-provoking task unto itself — and learning that people partial to things like kimchi and sauerkraut suffered less social anxiety.
- Nocturnal Nosh: Americans Get A Taste Of Night Markets: Many American towns put the "Closed" sign up by 6 p.m. But night markets are drawing people out in Minnesota, Oklahoma and Virginia, with food, art and music from the local community. The model for the nocturnal markets is the Asian night market, where people eat, shop and socialize and tourists discover delicacies like live scorpions and roasted sea horse until the wee hours of the morning.
- Father's Day Gift Ideas From Mouth, Because Dad's Gotta Eat: Finding a Father's Day gift that will knock dad's socks off is tough, especially when he insists that being close to you is all he really wants. But love and affection alone isn't going to make you his favorite. The folks at indie food site Mouth know that to really bowl dad over, you've got to speak to his stomach first.
- Photographer Bob Estremera Shows Us That Greenwich Village Is Still Full of Character: Photographer Bob Estremera captured this essence of the neighborhood in an impromptu rainy-day photo shoot that reminds us to take the time to look around and appreciate the small things.
- Dylan Thomas biopic stars pay homage to the poet's favorite New York haunt: In a back room of Greenwich Village’s White Horse Tavern, the after-work crowd mixes with tourists thirsty for Coronas on an unseasonably hot night. In these unlikely confines, the actor Celyn Jones is reciting some Dylan Thomas.
- Belgian fries stayin’ alive with MacDougal St. move: It still feels weird for Omer Shorshi. For 18 years, he and business partner Suzanne Levinson ran a petite East Village eatery specializing in Belgian-style fries paired with dozens of original sauces. Then, suddenly, it was all gone.
- The Caffe Dante Reboot Looks Like a Charming Aperitivo Bar: Revamping a historic restaurant is quite a tricky business, but it appears that owner Linden Pride has succeeded in his effort to "retain and reinvigorate the concept and the brand" of 100-year-old Caffe Dante.
- Hulu To Unveil Sponge-Worthy Seinfeld Apartment In Manhattan Next Week: “Seinfeld: The Apartment” will be a full replica of the iconic apartment set up at 451 West 14th Street, near the Chelsea Market and the High Line. It will open on June 24th, the same day that Seinfeld will start streaming on Hulu.
- New York’s Best Barbecue: The Pig Guy; Any guesses as to what this caterer-turned-sit down BBQ spot serves? Although if you don’t have the crowd to go in for a whole pig, you’ll be equally satisfied with one of the overstuffed sandwiches like the Pulled Pork; served on Texas toast with Thai chili barbecue sauce and house-made Red Hook slaw.
- The best barber shops in New York: Your cramped bathroom may not quite be the gentlemen’s refuge found at the New York Shaving Company’s two Manhattan locations, with their mahogany paneling, crystal chandeliers and 1940s big-band soundtracks.
- RUN TO WO HOP FOR 'THE BEST LATE-NIGHT FOOD' IN NYC: Wo Hop is the best late-night food you’re going to find in the city. I go with friends after work — the classic chef-eating-at-three-in-the-morning. It’s the kind of restaurant that’s disappearing from the city.