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Thursday, November 19, 2015

The Weekly Roundup: 2015 Eater Awards, Court Street Grocers Takes On Manhattan and Daily Coffee Will Help You Live Longer

  • An Acclaimed Sushi Chef’s Fight Against the DOH Cost Him His Job: Sushi chef David Bouhadana is now out of a job at Sushi Dojo, four days after he launched a petition asking New York City's Department of Health to reconsider its no-bare-hand-contact rule. Sushi Dojo reopened over the weekend for the first time since October 22, when it was shut down by the DOH for Bouhadana's refusal to wear gloves or post his health inspection grade, among other reasons, but it did so without the vocal chef in the kitchen.
  • First Look: Combina Opens in SoHo Merging Spanish and Israeli Flavors.  On Tuesday, November 17, chef Einat Admony (Taim, Bar Bolonat, Balaboosta) will open Combina in SoHo. The restaurant takes influences both from Admony's native Israeli cuisine (which she has made famous at her other eateries Taim, Balaboosta and Bar Bolonat), as well as Spanish cuisine, hence the name, Combina.
  • The 2015 Eater Awards for New York City: Here are the winners for Chef of the Year, Restaurant of the Year, So Hot Right Now, Stone Cold Stunner, and Bartender of the Year.
  • Where to Eat the Best Sushi in NYC: In many ways, sushi bars have become the ultimate high-roller dining experience in New York. The past decade has seen the city's raw-fish ranks swell with a wave of excellent omakase spots and a rising tide of truly talented chefs. Whether you want a classic midtown experience or a boundary-pushing meal downtown, or you're just in search of the most reliable cheap supermarket sushi in town, these are the best places to eat raw fish right now.

  • The House That Julia Built: It may come as a surprise to learn that Julia Child, America’s quintessential French chef, lived in France for only a short time. But from her first breathless arrival in the fall of 1948 to her departure less than six years later en route to her husband’s diplomatic posts in Bonn and Oslo, few Americans had immersed themselves so deeply in the country’s cuisine.
  • Urban Outfitters Will Buy One of America’s Most Celebrated Restaurant Groups: Over the last few years, Urban Outfitters has been making a big push to integrate food and dining into its stores — see, for example, Ilan Hall's the Gorbals, which opened in Urban Outfitters' massive Williamsburg complex, citing increased spending in the food world and the difficulty of getting shoppers who rely on e-commerce inside the actual stores.
  • Drink To Your Health: Study Links Daily Coffee Habit To Longevity.  "In our study, we found people who drank three to five cups of coffee per day had about a 15 percent lower [risk of premature] mortality compared to people who didn't drink coffee," says one of the study authors, nutrition researcher Walter Willett of the Harvard School of Public Health. Decaf drinkers also saw benefits.
  • Our 11 Favorite Winter Squashes (& How to Cook Them).  Because the texture of a squash can and should impact how you prepare it, we thought it would be handy to break down some of the most common edible squashes by texture—soft squashes, hard squashes, and those squashes that can only be described as weird but lovable. Here's what to make with each...


  • Paul Scheer Believes in the Power of a ‘Pizza Nightcap’: There’s only one way to make a good night in NYC absolutely great, and that’s by stopping at Joe’s Pizza late night (after 3 a.m.) for a “pizza nightcap.”* You might know this spot as the place Peter Parker worked in the Sam Raimi Spider-Man movies. His spider senses told him this was the best slice of pizza in Manhattan, and he was right! 

  • By Chloe Gets Poetic With Vegan in the West Village: Everything at By Chloe is designed to be adorable, including the old-fashioned black-and-white-striped awning, the puns on the menu (“Kale us maybe!”), and those pert little spot illustrations, like a fallen ice-cream cone pouting at its doom. 
  • Bark Hot Dogs Closes Greenwich Village Location After Just Six Months: The Bark team had signed a lease for the space at 155 Bleecker St. more than two years ago, and even though sales were growing, it wasn't quite enough to keep pace with the "very high rent," Sharkey tells Eater. "It’s pretty unfortunate," he says. "We love being here. It was going pretty well. The economics just weren’t working out."
  • West Village Indian Favorite Surya Reopens After Three Years Away: Popular West Village Indian restaurant Surya is reopening today — this time in nearby Greenwich Village and with a more casual vibe. Surya closed its original location at 302 Bleecker Street in 2012 due to both rising rent and Sandy damage after more than a decade in the neighborhood, says co-owner Abishek Sharma, whose father Lala Sharma is the chef.
  • Court Street Grocers is Raising Manhattan’s Sandwich Game: One of Brooklyn’s most dependable, between-the-bread wizards has expanded its reach into Manhattan — Court Street Grocers — opening its first borough 41707outpost on Greenwich Village’s LaGuardia Place.  Well known for combining cut-above cold cuts with esoteric, gleefully trashy condiments (such as Mississippi’s own “comeback” sauce; a combo of chili sauce and mayonnaise), the owners have fleshed out their menu of favorites, like The Pork Roll (scrambled eggs, American cheese & Taylor ham), The Droopy (roast beef, fried onions, & horseradish), and the oddball Yam & Cheese (roasted sweet potatoes, whipped goat cheese, pickled beets), with a wide variety of signature selections.

  • Dana Cowin Stepping Down as Food & Wine Editor: Dana Cowin, who has been the editor in chief of Food & Wine magazine for 21 years, is stepping aside. But she will maintain a connection with Food & Wine.  Her new post, as of mid-January, will be chief creative officer of Chefs Club International, the parent of Chefs Club by Food & Wine, a restaurant group with locations in Manhattan and Aspen, Colo.

  • Manhattan's Last Coin-Operated Arcade Memorialized In New Documentary:  When the city's beloved Chinatown Fair arcade shuttered in February 2011, beset by rising rents and a shifting gaming industry, it disbanded a tightly-knit group of people who found both solace and acceptance among its packed rows of game towers. The arcade and its impact on its community, both the one inside its walls and the neighborhood it stands in, is the subject of new documentary The Lost Arcade by Kurt Vincent and Irene Chin. 

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