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Thursday, October 8, 2015

The Weekly Roundup: Southern Dishes Take Over NYC, Stumptown Coffee Sells Out and The Best Late Night Food in NYC

  • Restaurants Follow Consultants’ Advice to the Letter for an A Grade: The lecture focused on following best kitchen practices, said Leon Lubarsky, a founder of the company Letter Grade Consulting. It charges $250 to $400 a month to inspect restaurants and point out potential problems that could rack up violation notices on a real inspection and lead to a B in the window, or even a C — and fines.
  • Where to Eat the Best Late-Night Food in NYC: It's a fact: Some food is just better after midnight. New York City has a surplus of places that serve long into the night, but as high-level chefs continue to open more and more casual places, the quality of late-night food has only improved. Here are the best spots…
  • A Look At Michelin’s 10 New Honorees for 2016: The 2016 Michelin guide for New York is officially out, and while it was mostly business as usual (ritzy spots like Le Bernardin and Per Se remained at the top with three stars, Aquavit and Momofuku Ko held strong at two, and Babbo, The Spotted Pig and Picholine — despite being currently closed — retained one), there were some surprising new additions.  Ten of them, in fact!
  • 10 Southern Dishes Trending in NYC Right Now: Fried chicken is the coolest thing in New York City dining right now, due in no small part to the wave of fried chicken sandwiches at both David Chang's Fuku, Shake Shack and the opening of Southern chain Chick-fil-A this past weekend (arguably the OG). In a bucket or on a potato roll, fried chicken's popularity points to another dining trend: Southern food, which is blowing up in a number of ways all over the city. Here are 10 Southern dishes trending in NYC right now.

  • Taking The Heat: Is Foodie Culture Making Room For Female Chefs?  Women have historically been told their place is in the kitchen — but not as chefs: According to statistics from the U.S. Labor Department, to this day, only about 20 percent of chefs are women.
  • The Book That Took Mimi Sheraton 10 Years to Write: The venerable food writer’s thoughts on regional American food, why some New York restaurants stand the test of time and her favorite Austin BBQ.
  • Peet’s Buys Stumptown Coffee Roasters: Peet’s Coffee & Tea gave the coffeescenti something to buzz about with the announcement on Tuesday that it was buying Stumptown Coffee Roasters, a high-end specialty coffee company that has developed a cult following.  The two companies were careful to say that Stumptown coffee would not be sold in Peet’s cafes or vice versa, and that consumers would most likely see very little sign of their alliance.
  • The enigma behind America’s freak, 20-year lobster boom: Unlike almost anything else that gets eaten on a bun, Maine lobster is wild-caught—which typically makes seafood pricier. So how has lobster gone from luxury eat to food-truck treat?


  • How to Make Your Cheesemonger Happy: Buying and trying specialty cheese can seem pretty intimidating, especially if you aren’t used to shopping at a cheese counter. Behind every counter you’ll typically find cheesemongers bustling back and forth as they cut, wrap, break down giant wheels of Parmigiano Reggiano and—most importantly—help customers. These gatekeepers are the key to expanding your cheese knowledge, through information and sampling.
  • 17 Places To “Grab A Drink” That Actually Serve Good Food: A cocktail bar first and restaurant second, The Happiest Hour is where you go when you need an A+ burger and an A+ cocktail. This place has a fun, party-time vibe – don’t bring anyone who might inhibit you from partaking in tiki drinks and getting down with a meat sandwich.
    • THREE NYC TIKI BARS TO TRY: 1) The Happiest Hour: This Greenwich Village bar and restaurant is an ode to vintage tiki bars past. Taking décor and menu inspiration from the feel of old school soda fountains and country clubs, it has a relaxed vibe with palm tree wallpaper.

  • Closed West Village Eatery Reopening in Greenwich Village Three Years Later: Indian restaurant Surya is making a comeback after almost three years since closing its West Village location, Commercial Observer has learned.  The eatery has signed a 2,277-square-foot lease for space at a residential condo and commercial building at 154 Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village near New York University. Surya is expected to open in the Broad Street Development-owned retail space between Thompson Street and LaGuardia Place in December. 
  • A Membership-Based Coffee Shop in Greenwich Village: First, the bad news: Fair Folks & a Goat offers coffee, but no pumpkin spice. Then, the much better news: $25 a month gets you unlimited coffees, teas, lattes, espressos and lemonades.  This unusual membership-based coffee shop, which also sells art, clothes, home design pieces, and beer and wine, opened in an English basement on Houston Street in Greenwich Village in fall 2012. 
  • Bathe In Bubbly At New Underground Champagne Bar Riddling Widow: A new bar focusing on the delightful effervescence of sparkling wines opens this evening in a small subterranean space on MacDougal Street. Ravi DeRossi, the restaurateur who's been opening places left and right, takes on bubbly at Riddling Widow, which is offering an ever-changing list of wines plus some nibbles to accompany them.
  • New Video Takes Us Inside Anderson Cooper’s Converted Village Firehouse: At first you may wonder what this video featuring David Beckham and Kevin Hart advertising H&M’s new menswear collection has to do with Anderson Cooper….but the backdrop for the film is actually Cooper’s home, the firehouse at 84 West 3rd Street that the news anchor purchased for $4.3 million in 2010. 
  • BY CHLOE: by CHLOE is quite possibly the most popular restaurant for millennial females to sit, eat, and stay for a while in the West Village right now. Boys on the other hand will only be seen popping in for pick-up and then immediately evacuating the sorority house like scene. Why on earth are all of these ladies rushing to a new vegan restaurant and why is every fashion blogger going to make this the new Jack’s Wife Freda?

  • How Tower Records Forever Changed Downtown NYC, Via Colin Hanks’s All Things Must Pass: Tower Records undoubtedly changed the record-store game, but the California-born chain also had an impact on New York City's lower stretch of Broadway in the mid-'80s. Located at East 4th Street and Broadway, Tower's first Manhattan store broke hearts when it closed in 2006, and is now the site of something called MLB Fan Cave and an open-air market where tourists can buy some of Noho's cheapest souvenirs.
  • Art on the Plate: New York's Hottest New Nordic Chefs.  Not since Ikea entered foreign markets in the 1980s has a movement from Scandinavia influenced the world quite like the “new Nordic” food movement.  It started about a decade ago with the chef René Redzepi at Noma in Denmark, whose philosophy of foraging, pickling, cooking and plating not only earned it the title of best restaurant in the world from 2010 to 2014, but also quickly influenced kitchens from Copenhagen to New York.In New York, this has meant the white-hot popularity of Acme, in NoHo, with Mads Refslund, a co-founder of Noma, at the helm.
  • FAVORITE DISHES #9: PEASANT'S RISOTTO.  Frank DeCarlo built his kitchen with his bare hands, and his wood-fired ovens brick-by-brick. At Peasant, his rustic Nolita restaurant going 15 years strong, the seasoned chef and a small crew cook a lineup of traditional — and, in many cases, ancient — Italian recipes learned through his time spent cooking throughout the country. 

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