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Thursday, November 5, 2015

The Weekly Roundup: FNYT in the News, NY States Best Breweries and Newest Pizza's

  • 7 SECRET SPOTS YOU’LL DISCOVER ON A NEW YORK CITY FOOD TOUR: You’ll find many options for New York food tours on Trip Advisor. In particular,  I’ve savoured all of the tours offered by Foods of New York Tours. Most of the tastings on their tours are in affordable, family run eateries – – places you might never find otherwise.  I’ve liked many of them so much, I’ve gone back a number of times.
  • 10 walking tours to try in NYC:  It's no secret that New York City is a force to be reckoned with in the culinary world. Treat yourself to delicious cuisine in the neighborhood of your choice on one of these tours offered by Foods of New York. 

  • Parsing the Newest Trends in New York Pizza: It’s not just about New York versus Neapolitan anymore. Here, an introduction to the city’s latest pizza styles.
  • NEW YORK STATE’S BEST BREWERIES, ACCORDING TO BEER EXPERTS: New York State may not have invented the phrase “go big or go home,” but we sure as hell own up to up it. That’s probably why a state with some of the most storied beer tradition is constantly exploding with new breweries (while continuing to support some long-time players). The list can be daunting, so we’ve asked 10 beer experts to rank their favorite Empire State breweries and explain why. Here are the results.
  • Peter Luger, Au Cheval Rank Among Best U.S. Burgers: Report.  Zagat, the Google-owned guidebook that ranks restaurants based on a scale of 0-30, published its nationwide burger survey today, and many of the usual suspects more or less came out on top. Peter Luger, America's most iconic steakhouse, won for Brooklyn; Bowery Meat Company, helmed by Burger Bash champion Josh Capon, won for Manhattan.

  • Whole Foods Shares Have Dropped Nearly 50 Percent: Whole Foods isn't feeling the love on Wall Street anymore: Despite the sales of organic food being through the roof, shares in the company are down almost 50 percent from their value nine months ago. The Times explains that investors are "almost uniformly negative on the company" because they don't see a bright future for Whole Paycheck in a world full of upscale Targets and where Costco sells more organic food at much lower prices.
  • AN ANIMATED HISTORY OF BEER IN AMERICA:  America loves it some beer. Tailgates, the Fourth of July, Super Bowl Sunday, and more holidays than we can name are celebrated with cans of Bud, games of beer pong, and bottles of craft brews. But has our country always been this beer-obsessed? 
  • The Story of Barbecue Chicken Pizza: That now-universal pizza began with one guy: Ed LaDou. LaDou was Wolfgang Puck’s first pizza chef in the vaunted kitchen of Spago when it opened in January 1982. In 1985, when attorneys Larry Flax and Rick Rosenfield co-founded California Pizza Kitchen, Ed created the menu.


  • Singapore Treats at Chomp Chomp in Greenwich Village: Singaporean food courts, better known as hawker centers, are lined with stalls whose proprietors make a small number of dishes, or just a single one, over and over. The appeal of Chomp Chomp, which the chef and owner, Simpson Wong, named after one of the country’s most magnetic hawker centers, is that you can eat your way from stall to stall without leaving your seat.

  • TOAST THE DAMES OF CHAMPAGNE AT RIDDLING WIDOW'S GLAM UNDERGROUND LOUNGE: The subterranean space, formerly Spanish restaurant Sol, also opened by DeRossi, makes more sense as an evening boîte than dinner spot. He’s outfitted the gritty, twenty-person room with red stools, a velvet couch, and palais black velvet wallpaper, creating an intimate space for drinking.

  • Chelsea Market's New Additions, Water's Edge Reopening, and More Intel:  Last month, Philadelphia-based hit-makers Steve Cook and Michael Solomonov signed a lease in Chelsea Market for a new restaurant. As suspected, this will be a location of the duo's hit hummus restaurant Dizengoff. Flo Fab reports that it's slated to open early next year in the old Ruthy's Bakery space.

  • Chef Mads Refslund Leaving ACME: Executive chef Mads Refslund is leaving the Scandinavian-inspired hotspot, ACME at the end of this year, according to a press statement. The chef, who has been at the helm for four years, was integral to the NoHo eatery's concept from the get-go, meaning that ACME's menu will likely change drastically.
    • Chef Mads Refslund to Leave Acme at the End of the Year: Danish chef Mads Refslund helped kick off the Nordic food craze in NYC with the opening of Acme in Noho back in 2012. His opening menu includes dishes like hay-roasted sunchokes, roasted carrots topped with lardo, and scallops & clams dressed with sea foam. And now, after almost four years in the kitchen, Refslund is leaving the restaurant to pursue other projects. 
  • Hooked on Cheese: Greecologies: A Very Urban Creamery.  What’s unique about Greecologies is that it’s a dairy as much as a coffee shop; they make their own yogurt and butter in the heart of lower Manhattan where Little Italy, Chinatown and SoHo converge.

  • Meet the Hong Kong Treat That's Taking New York by Storm: While a brick-and-mortar shop is currently under construction, Eggettes NY is due to open in Chinatown soon and will sell gai daan jai (otherwise known as eggettes), a traditional Hong Kong street treat similar to a Belgian waffle in texture, with a unique bubbled shape. 

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