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Thursday, June 11, 2015

The Weekly Roundup: Joe's Pizza Takes Brooklyn, 50 NYC Cheep Eats and Composting is Cool

  • 50 Cheap Eats Destinations You Should Know About in NYC: As restaurant prices continue to soar, finding a cheap restaurant meal becomes more of a priority. And if the inexpensive feed is not only delicious but also interesting, and maybe even outside your previous dining experience, all the better.  Here is a collection of those restaurants, listed by location, beginning with Lower Manhattan.
  • Swiped a Card at Eataly This Spring? Check Your Bank Account: group of hackers managed to worm their way into Eataly's credit card system earlier this year. The Flatiron location was hit with some creepy identity stealing malware from January 16 to April 2. That program has of course been disabled, but pretty much everyone who swiped a card at the market (but not the restaurants) could potentially be vulnerable to identity theft.
  • Fast Food Employment in NYC Has Risen 87 Percent, While Wages Dropped:  As the state's Wage Board considers raising the minimum wage for fast food workers, more information about the fast food industry and how it would be impacted is coming to light. Research that will be presented to the Wage Board today from the National Employment Law Project says that employment in the fast food sector in the city grew 87 percent from 2000 to 2014. 
  • New York Restaurants Might Have to Start Composting: The NYC Sanitation Department is seeing whether it can expand a little-known composting program — currently available to certain outer-borough residents (about 3 percent of the city) — to the entire food-industry sector.

  • Master Chef Roger Vergé Has Died — This Is His Legacy: Roger Vergé — an influential chef and restaurateur who famously shunned the spotlight, but who nonetheless was instrumental in creating the modern era of celebrity chefs — died at home in Mougins, France, on June 5. He was 85.
  • This App Uses Your Genes to Tell You What Beer to Drink: You’re at a bar, agonizing over which of the 50-odd beers you should choose. An IPA, something bitter and hoppy, or a straight-up Pilsner?  Bars can be thrilling—the cherished after-work watering holes, where you can imbibe and blow off steam (among other things). But the selection of drink choices can be daunting, now more than ever. Even beer—the go-to basic booze—has become more refined, thanks to the rise and popularity of microbreweries worldwide.
  • Fette Sau’s Joe Carroll Writes ‘Feeding the Fire,’ a Worthy Barbecue Primer: Joe Carroll’s “Feeding the Fire” (Artisan, $29.95), written with Nick Fauchald, may be the most useful book of the current season. A collection of strategies and lessons as much as one of recipes and pronouncements, the book offers a helpful primer to those seeking guidance on an elementary question that bedevils many: how to use a grill or a smoker to their best effect under varying circumstances, all summer long.
  • Trader Joe's Ex-President Opens Store With Aging Food And Cheap Meals: The nonprofit grocery store is in the low-to-middle income Boston neighborhood of Dorchester. It's selling canned vegetables two for $1 and a dozen eggs for 99 cents. Potatoes are 49 cents a pound. Bananas are 29 cents a pound.


  • Legendary Slice Joint Joe's Pizza Expands to Williamsburg This Month: Joe's Pizza will open at 216 Bedford Avenue, owner Joe Pozzuoli Jr. tells Eater. Joe's has a storied history dating back to 1975 on Carmine Street, and is widely considered one of the finest examples of the NYC slice joint. The Brooklyn shop will be the pizzeria's third location, following the East Village outpost that opened back in 2013.
  • Anita Lo vs. the Sea Creature That Refused to Die: Anita Lo has defeated Mario Batali on Iron Chef America and competed on Top Chef Masters, and she's the author of the gorgeous book Cooking Without Borders, but her real love is cooking refined, exciting dishes at her restaurant, Annisa, in Manhattan's West Village. Actually, scratch that — her real love is probably fishing, but cooking at Annisa is pretty high up there. Lo hasn't lead a typical life in restaurants, and her food reflects that.
  • Inside Dominique Ansel Kitchen: Since the moment he opened his first bakery, Dominique Ansel has been a food news fixture.  After all, it’s of utmost importance to stay abreast of the latest flavor of Cronut — or even more noteworthy — the pastry master’s newest, groundbreaking creations — from Magic Soufflés to Frozen S’mores to Milk and Cookie Shots.

  • The ’61 Beatnik Riot and music in Wash. Sq. Park: The park was once seen as the epicenter of the burgeoning folk music and beatnik scene in the late 1950s and early ’60s. There was even a popular folk group called the Village Stompers, who, after gaining a following drumming and stomping live in the park, got their 1963 single “Washington Square Park” onto the Top 20 of the pop charts.

  • Gansevoort Market Owner Chris Reda and Designer Charlie Baker Discuss Design Aesthetic: Fast forward to today and the market at 52 Gansevoort Street continues to convey the authentic architecture and spirit of old New York, offering individuals an interactive shopping experience while enjoying the offerings of modern food purveyors. Within the space, visitors are invited to taste exclusive dishes from a range of cuisines and dine under the skylit seating area, filled with beautifully installed natural vines and foliage.

  • Drawn to Estela but Not by a ‘50 Best’ List: Estela, a small, beverage-driven restaurant from Thomas Carter, the former beverage director of Blue Hill at Stone Barns, and Ignacio Mattos, a chef mentored by Alice Waters. While Estela is new to the list, coming in at No. 90 — naturally, the 50 Best list goes to 100 — it is not new to New York City, having occupied a space on East Houston Street in NoLIta for a couple of years.
  • Why Breakfast Is the Meal of the Moment: Avocado toast began invading menus a few years back as part of the Australian coffee-shop influx (down under they call it an "avocado smash"). Now its ubiquity rivals the kale salad, even though the origin of the dish's popularity is still debated. In NYC, many point to NoLita standby Cafe Gitane as an early adopter; they sprinkle theirs with chile flakes, lemon juice and olive oil.

  • Restaurant Review: Mission Chinese Food on the Lower East Side.  At its new address on East Broadway, there is a host behind a lectern instead of a dude handing out plastic cups near the beer keg. While the old space looked as if it had been built by Mr. Bowien and his friends with two-by-fours, a staple gun and a paper dragon, the new two-level dining room with half-moon booths of brushed red velvet under bistro mirrors was inherited from an earlier restaurant that seemed to have employed a licensed architect and a professional designer.
  • THE NYC CHINATOWN DIM SUM CHALLENGE: We tracked down Oscar Nilsson -- the dude behind the incredible San Francisco Mission Burrito Challenge -- and gave him a list of the 19 best dim sum-eries in Chinatown, then he went to work, laying them out in a hybrid map/checklist. Your job? To house down on dumplings, scallion pancakes, buns, pork ribs, and must-haves at ALL 19 SPOTS by the end of the year.

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