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Thursday, September 24, 2015

The Weekly Roundup: 8 Best NYC Jewish Delis, 2016 Bib Gourmands Announced and The History Of Food Trucks

  • The 8 Best Jewish Delis In NYC: Once upon time, a deli, or delicatessen, was a restaurant with large booths, huge menus, celebrity photos on the walls, and the smell of pickle brine in the air. In a city that was once littered with real Jewish delis, too many have been lost to time and we are now down to fewer than 20. Lift your can of Dr. Brown's to the remaining few and look at our picks for the best of a dying breed.
  • Michelin Confounds New York Again With its Maddening 2016 Bib Gourmands: The Bibs, as much as they deserve credit for putting great neighborhood spots on everyone's radar, can at times feel like a scattershot list of aluminum foil medals. And as much as they're an ode to establishments large and small that cut diners a break, the Bibs can take on the appearance of consolation prizes.
  • New York City's Foam Ban Is Scrapped After Less Than Three Months: Restaurants can use as many foam containers for take-out and delivery orders as they want, because a New York Supreme Court judge over-turned NYC's foam ban earlier this week. The ban went into effect on July 1, however officials weren't going to enforce it until early next year. So, basically, not much has changed at all, but restaurants big and small will not have to swap out their packaging at any point in the near future.
  • A Guide to New York’s Best Street Eats: NYC is undoubtedly one of the finest dining cities in the world, but that’s in no way limited to traditional, sit-down restaurants.  So that being said, here’s just an exceedingly small taste of some of the most noteworthy vendors out there, serving Indian dosas in Manhattan, all-American burgers in Brooklyn, and Chinese congee in Queens!

  • The Oreo Boom: Behind the Surge in Sales for the Corn-Syrup-Laden Classic.  In the past decade, sales of the humble Oreo are up 60 percent, passing $2.5 billion a year. Its success defies two major food-world trends: toward the healthy and unprocessed, and toward the pumped-up and Xtreme. Somehow, this ancient brand has taken off in its second century.
  • We Don't Need Another Cronut: Most trend forecasting, whether well-funded corporate reports or idle journalistic speculation, focuses on the what, rather than the why. Any real work that goes into identifying and codifying food trends is largely in service of flagrant consumer manipulation, but it's anodyne and risk-averse, equal parts stating the obvious to out-of-touch boardroom suits, and wildly flailing puck-chasing.
  • AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF FOOD TRUCKS: From primitive chuck wagons to a Korean taco taco truck that sparked a revolution, we look at how the mobile food unit made its mark on the culinary world.
  • The Real Deal With White Chocolate, Dessert's Delicious Underdog: There's bad white chocolate and good white chocolate, and the good stuff, when treated right, is one of the most versatile and useful ingredients in the pastry kitchen. It can even taste delicious on its own, a creamy, milky pleasure wholly different from milk and dark, but just as worthy of obsessive attention.


  • The New York Public Library Lions Are Getting Their Own Cookie: Amy’s Bread — the 23-year-old bakery with shops in Hell’s Kitchen, Chelsea Market, and Greenwich Village — is expanding by opening cafés at two locations of the New York Public Library: the landmark Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street (on September 21) and at the Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center (on September 28).
  • These are the craziest pizzas crafted just for the pope: Some people see images of Jesus in toast, but Bleecker Street Pizza chef Tony Salihaj saw the pope in pizza. Salihaj (at right) spent three hours crafting the image out of mozzarella and ricotta cheeses, using anchovies for the papal staff, and tomatoes and peppers to adorn his hat and vestments.
  • The Best Cheesecakes in America:  It’s hard to say no to a slice of dense and creamy New York–style cheesecake, but that doesn’t stop pastry chefs from reinventing the American favorite. From fruity to ultra-light to sugar-free, here are our favorite cheesecakes from across the country.

  • Little Lebowski: VANISHING.  The Little Lebowski Shop on Thompson Street in the Village is closing, probably at the end of the month.
  • Artist draws attention to drone strike casualties: In a powerful display on Monday, a group of artists arranged 2,500 paper cups full of water in Washington Square Park in an effort to draw attention to the deaths caused by unmanned drone strikes in Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen since 2004.
  • Status Tables: Where VIPs Sit at 20 New York Restaurants: Minetta Tavern; The booths along the back wall of the second dining room (the one connected to the kitchen). They make the bustling restaurant feel tiny and intimate, and it's not strange to see many, many celebrities perched there on any given night.

  • Popular New York food market hosts Georgian cultural event: Visitors to the Chelsea Market this September 25-27 will get the opportunity to indulge in some traditional Georgian culture at Discover Georgia – a three-day occasion incorporating a wide array of events, presentations and opportunity to sample the national food and wine.

  • Michelin Announces NYC's Bib Gourmand Awardees: Michelin's list of New York City's best restaurants will be unleashed next week, but the French tire company announced their selections for the Bib Gourmand distinction today. Contenders for the list must offer two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less before tax and gratuity, with 133 restaurants making the cut this year.

  • How Has Chinatown Stayed Chinatown?  Chinatown’s restaurant culture established itself more than a century ago, when early generations of Chinese immigrants was working low-wage jobs across the five boroughs. On Sundays and Mondays, they flocked to Chinatown restaurants for a reprieve from the exclusion and racism they felt in the diaspora, according to the historian Jack Tchen, a co-founder of the Museum of Chinese in America. Even before tourists discovered it, the food defined the neighborhood.
  • America's best Chinese restaurants: Xi’An Famous Foods, New York; Try any of the eight locations around the city, you’ll be glad you did: Go for any of the hand-pulled noodle dishes, like the spicy and tingly beef, or try the spicy cumin lamb or stewed pork “burgers,” which are more like chopped spiced meat on buns.


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