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Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Weekly Roundup: FONY In The News, 20 Best NYC Restaurants Right Now And A Croissant Battle In The West Village

  • THE 20 BEST RESTAURANTS IN NYC RIGHT NOW: You can spend pretty much every minute of every day chasing down something new to eat in NYC. We know, we do it. But that can get tiring, like, running-on-an-elliptical-set-to-difficulty-20 tiring, so we’re introducing Eat Seeker, our list of our current favorite restaurants in the city, new, old, whatever. When in doubt these are the ones you need to get to.  Oh, and we’ll be updating this thing throughout the year to make sure they're a real-time 20 best, so bookmarking this page probably isn't a bad idea.
  • Sasha Petraske (1973-2015): The Bar World's Greatest Contemporary Conductor.  Petraske was 42 years old when he passed away last Friday in Hudson, New York. In addition to blazing a path that forever changed the cocktail landscape, he inspired and mentored a generation of bartenders, like Sam Ross, the guy who dreamed up the Penicillin and now operates Attaboy in place of the original Milk & Honey.  According to The New York Times, Petraske was recently married and had started a consulting job in Hudson, New York. He had plans to open a third incarnation of Milk & Honey, as well as a new bar in Brooklyn called The Falconer.
  • Barclays Center Will Host Its First-Ever Beer Festival: When you build a giant arena, you have to keep finding new events to put in it: So, Brooklyn's Barclays Center has high hopes for its first-ever beer festival, Tapped, which will take place on October 25. The plan is for many lauded craft brewers — including Florida's Cigar City, Michigan's Founders, and New York's own War Flag — to attract beer lovers to the event's two, three-hour-long sessions.
  • Edible Events: September 2015.  There are all manner of fun food events taking place in New York on a daily basis — from lavish, charity-driven galas to crowded, walk-around tastings and an endless array of pop-ups.  But unless you have the time and money to party seven days a week, you’ll have to be somewhat discerning about what goes into your calendar.  So here are just a few, worthy food celebrations we recommend getting tickets (or making reservations) for now!

  • Is There a Difference Between Hoagies, Heroes, Subs, and Grinders? Depending on where you live, you may know this long, packed sandwich as a sub, hoagie, hero, or grinder. Or perhaps there's even another name you know it by: a blimp, zeppelin, torpedo, spuckie, bomber, or Dagwood, maybe? While these names refer to the same general type of sandwich, they each have their own distinct origins and nuances that set them apart.
  • How the Social Mission of Ben & Jerry’s Survived Being Gobbled Up: When Unilever, the Anglo-Dutch consumer goods conglomerate, offered to buy the company in 2000 for a rich 25 percent premium, neither Mr. Cohen nor Mr. Greenfield wanted to sell. They worried that Unilever would abandon the progressive aspects of the business and run it as a soulless subsidiary.
    • Ben & Jerry's Is Bringing Back Pumpkin Cheesecake Ice Cream: Ben & Jerry’s confirmed today on its website that the company is officially bringing back its Pumpkin Cheesecake ice cream. In case you haven’t tried it in seasons past, the limited-batch flavor features pumpkin cheesecake ice cream (made with real pumpkin!) and a graham cracker swirl. Yum.
  • Seasonal Eats: Melons. Did you know that melons, squash and cucumbers are all part of the same gourd family?   If you think about it, most melons have a very similar structure to winter squash, with thick flesh and an inner seed-filled midsection.  That being said, squash are classified as vegetables, while melons are sweet and juicy fruit — which is why you’ll seldom see people chowing down on raw wedges of zucchini, and playfully spitting out the pits on a hot summers day.
  • 25 REGIONAL AMERICAN FOODS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW (BUT SHOULD): From meat pies favored by miners in Montana, to deep-fried slugburgers in northern Mississippi, here we take a deep dive into America’s culinary archives to unveil 25 hidden gems that fly off-the-radar, but remain integral to this country’s cuisine.


  • THE TEN BEST ICE CREAM SHOPS IN NYC, 2015 EDITION.  Cones: The handmade Argentine-style ice cream served from this barebones West Village shop has a pronounced buoyancy that's similar to its Italian relative, gelato.
  • Jack’s Wife Freda West Village: If you’ve been to the original Jack’s Wife Freda in Nolita, you know the formula: simple, almost healthy Mediterranean food, served to and by attractive people who are all crammed into a very, very small space.
  • A New Park for Greenwich Village: A $10 million park will open on Friday on the triangular lot across from what used to be St. Vincent's Hospital on Seventh Avenue. It was constructed by the Rudin and Ofer families, developers of the Greenwich Lane luxury residential project on the hospital site, who are turning the 16,000-square-foot park over to the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.
  • Battle of the West Village Croissants: Which Is the Best? No neighborhood offers more varieties of croissants (pronounced "kwa-saahnt," with no "s" at the end) than the West Village, which, since beatnik days, has been associated with all things French. In fact, the classic West Village hideaway restaurant was French, and a smattering of old-fashioned croissant bakeries still exist there, in addition to some newcomers. One morning, Eater editor Hillary Dixler and I set off on a croissant binge, seeking to taste every one we could find, and even tried one that is slated to hit the neighborhood soon. Here are the ones we sampled along with our tasting notes.

  • Digging Into Carbone: The popular New York transplant promises to elevate the Vegas dining experience with individualized service and tableside preparations—but will it deliver?

  • A Guide To Craft Chocolate & Where To Find It In NYC: Chelsea Market Baskets Amid all the high-end culinary goodies, find a solid selection of bean-to-bar chocolate (as well as truffles, candies, and other delights). In particular check out the bars from French maker Pralus, raw chocolate from Brooklyn maker Fine & Raw, and gritty chocolate from Taza, which grinds its beans the traditional Mexican way, using giant stones with secret, hand-made carvings.
  • Gasps over Gansevoort plan as developer calls historic street ‘blighted’: Construction on a large-scale redevelopment in the landmarked Meatpacking District could start as soon as next spring, according to the developer who plans to demolish and replace some of the historic brick buildings on the south side of Gansevoort St.

  • City Moving Forward With Affordable Housing at Elizabeth Street Garden: The city is moving forward with a controversial plan to build affordable housing on the site of a community garden on Elizabeth Street, DNAinfo New York has learned.  The city's Department of Housing Preservation and Development applied for $6 million from the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation to build affordable housing at 21 Spring St., the site of the volunteer-run Elizabeth Street Garden.

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