Thursday, August 20, 2015
The Weekly Roundup: Bon Appetit's 10 Best New Restaurants, NYC Vendy Awards and History of the Sundae AND The Cannoli
- April Bloomfield Will Open Salvation Burger in October: Salvation Burger, Ken Friedman and April Bloomfield’s second collaboration with the Pod hotel chain (the first was Salvation Taco), just might be the burger joint to end all burger joints.
- Transforming Food Waste into Cutting Edge American Cuisine: Americans waste tons of food—about 70 billion pounds a year. In fact, an estimated 25 to 40 percent of the food that we grow, process, and transport in the U.S. is never consumed. These stats have become an obsession for Dan Barber, executive chef and co-owner of Blue Hill at Stone Barns, the Michelin rated restaurant in Sleepy Hollow, New York. Walk through his kitchen with him, and he'll point out food waste that you never even thought of—everything from organ meat to the liquid in a can of garbanzo beans.
- A Crustacean Crawl Through City Island: City Island is one of the best not quite kept secrets among New Yorkers — a quaint fishing village improbably situated on the far-flung banks of the Bronx. And for landlocked urban dwellers, hoping to make the most of the final, fleeting weeks of summer, it’s an ideal weekend day trip; requiring an hour or less drive to Long Island Sound, or a simple subway ride on the 6 train to Pelham Bay Park.
- A Very Brief Tour of the Met Through Food: To celebrate the recent 140th birthday of New York’s most magnificent museum, we selected some of our favorite food-related pieces in the Met’s collection.
- The Mystery of San Marzano…Tomatoes that is.
- Take the Cannoli: One Pastry’s Rise From Sicilian Treat to Iconic Dessert. Cannoli were lionized, if not invented, in Sicily. They and other pastries were typically associated with annual Christian rites. Cassata, a ricotta cake in the disk shape of the sun, was an ode to Easter and spring’s renewal. A ricotta-cream cake with a candied cherry on top called Minne di Sant’ Aita resembled women’s breasts and was served on Catania’s February festival day commemorating the martyrdom of St. Agatha.
- America's Best New Restaurants 2015: For his annual Hot 10 list, Andrew Knowlton dined at hundreds of restaurants, traveled thousands of miles, and devoured something like a million calories—all in search of the country’s best new places to eat. Here are the breakout spots you should be planning your next trip around.
- The Barely Legal History of the Ice Cream Sundae: While the exact history of the ice cream sundae is contested, one theory points to a crafty legal loophole. Blue laws are religious laws that once banned (and in some states continue to ban) certain activities on Sundays, from selling liquor to visiting a neighbor’s house to “misbehavior” of any kind. One such law in the late 1800s forbade the sale of soda on the Sabbath.
- Quality Eats Coming to Former Whitehall Space in the West Village: The space that until recently housed popular British-inspired restaurant, Whitehall, is being replaced by Quality Eats, a steak-focused neighborhood restaurant from the folks behind Quality Meats and Quality Italian.
- New York's Favorite Baker Has Something New for Discerning Tastes: Gourmet Pantry Treats. Amy Scherber, the owner of the acclaimed Amy's Bread bakery, has opened a new specialty shop featuring locally sourced delights that pair deliciously with her much loved crusty breads. One of the original vendors in the popular Chelsea Market, Amy's Bread has won notice from the New York Times, Bon Appétit and numerous other national publications.
- Dante Review on Theinfatuation.com: Dante is a new restaurant that’s not entirely a new restaurant. This space on MacDougal Street was home to Caffe Dante for over 100 years, only to recently close, much to the dismay of many Village residents
- Which Mobile Food Vendor Serves The Best Dessert In NYC? I opened Doughnuttery October 2012. After a 12 year career in finance, I decided to follow a dream I always had to own my own business. I had some exposure to the bakery business through my wife's family (my in-laws owned a bakery).
- Keith McNally's MePa MasterPiece Pastis Will Reopen in Gansevoort Martket Building: Last year, the Meatpacking District was robbed of its soul. But now — like magic — its heart will beat again.
- Where To Eat Near The High Line: Yes, the High Line can be unpleasant, especially when you find yourself elbow fighting with tourists for a spot in line at one of the few food vendors that are up on the park itself. The good news is that the High Line can be an excellent part of some summer afternoon activities on the west side – as long as you know how to do it right.
- The First Timer’s Guide to Eating in New York City: The Smile: The perfect place to see some of our coolest looking people while eating a practical breakfast. Just don’t expect them to be up before 11.
- Smashed Cucumber Salad Takes Manhattan: Smashed cucumbers have long been found at local Chinese restaurants, like Xi’an Famous Foods. But this summer, they are suddenly everywhere: At Mr. Bowien’s Mexican-influenced restaurant Mission Cantina, dressed with an intensely flavored, lime-, cumin- and oregano-spiked sesame paste; at the new Untitled at the Whitney, in a dish of soba noodles, baby turnips and tuna tartare; at the Ippudo ramen restaurants, where the cucumber is lightly smashed and dressed with sesame oil and garlic.