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Thursday, December 17, 2015

The Weekly Roundup: Best of 2015 Lists Drop, by CHLOE Mushroom Bacon Recipe and Top New Food Words


  • The Best New Bites Of 2015: Gothamist food writer Scott Lynch lists his favorite foods of 2015.
  • Where to Eat on Christmas Day in New York City: While many restaurants are closed on Christmas Day, there are still plenty of good options for those who prefer to leave the cooking to someone else. Here is a guide to 15 great New York restaurants that will be open on Christmas Day. This map includes everything from a classic Christmas goose to a seven-course omakase tasting menu.
  • The 15 Best New Burgers of 2015: A hamburger on the menu no longer defines a restaurant as strictly American, but it can define a restaurant as one from NYC. Take this year's list as an example: we have two French restaurants, a Portuguese one, a cozy East Village New American, a Brooklyn seafood shack, and a Brooklyn pizzeria all serving burgers worthy of high praise. Here then, in alphabetical order, are the best new burgers of 2015.
    • 13 New NYC Burgers To Try Right Now: New York is full of tried and true burgers, and you could easily spend the next 20 years frequenting the uptown J.G. Melon in Nantucket Reds. But now that there’s a downtown J.G. Melon, would you at least try that? Or, live a little and try some of the city’s best other new (and new-ish) burgers, updated for the end of 2015.
  • The Latest Wave of New York’s Food Districts: You almost don’t notice at first, then suddenly you realize you’re living in an artisanal ice-cream district, or you’ve wandered into a Korean-taco precinct. Food neighborhoods emerge in mysterious waves. Here, we track some of New York City’s more interesting developments in 2015.
  • Top New York Restaurants of 2015: The new restaurants I reviewed this year gave me a very deep bench from which to pick this year-end list. Ruthlessly, this ranking of my favorites was capped at 10, but I could have stretched it to 15 without any noticeable drop-off in quality.

  • These Are the 10 Best Restaurants in the World: With support from the French government, a new group has graded the world’s greatest restaurants. Plus: the top 100 in the United States.
  • Famed Culinary School Le Cordon Bleu Is Shutting Down U.S. Operations: Le Cordon Bleu, the culinary school whose alums include Julia Child and Mario Batali, has announced that it's pulling the plug on all 16 U.S. locations. Operations will shutter for good in September 2017. This news is big, since Le Cordon Bleu is the world's biggest cooking and hospitality school, and arguably its most famous, best known for the flagship campus in Paris, where a young Julia Child decided to take classes.
  • Global supermarkets selling shrimp peeled by slaves: Pervasive human trafficking has helped turn Thailand into one of the world's biggest shrimp providers. Despite repeated promises by businesses and government to clean up the country's $7 billion seafood export industry, an Associated Press investigation has found shrimp peeled by modern-day slaves is reaching the U.S., Europe and Asia.
  • ‘Hangry’? Want a Slice of ‘Piecaken’? The Top New Food Words for 2015: Here are the 10 most interesting food words that arrived (and stayed) on our radar this year.


  • 5 Things to Know About High Street on Hudson: Hot Philly import High Street on Hudson is days away from opening, and even though the windows are still papered up, the space looks just about ready to make its big reveal. The team, led by restaurateur Ellen Yin and chef Eli Kulp, has kept the core of High Street on Market — a love of grains, a neighborhood feel — in the New York location, but High Street on Hudson has some unique aspects, too.
  • At U.P., Dominique Ansel Moves Beyond the Cronut: We were at the threshold of U.P., a West Village showcase for the pastry chef Dominique Ansel, who offers multicourse $87 displays of his sugary arts to 48 people a week. Before we would taste the first sweet spoonful, though, our host wanted to remind us how close we had come to missing out.

  • Cuomo Gives an Enthusiastic Thumbs Up to Bourdain Market: All the pieces of the Bourdain Market puzzle are falling into place. Governor Andrew Cuomo recently gave a stamp of approval to the redevelopment plan for Pier 57 — that's the massive project that will house Anthony Bourdain's food hall. 
  • How Sweet It Is: New York’s Top Holiday Treats.  Eleni’s; This Chelsea Market sweet shop embraces the classics, with a traditional, best-selling set of hand-iced Sugar Cookies, shaped like snowmen, reindeer, candy canes, Christmas trees, presents, and of course, Santa Claus himself!  
  • WHAT'S THE SECRET SAUCE BEHIND NEW YORK'S THRIVING FOOD MARKETS?  Market owner Chris Reda believes the Gansevoort's success comes from creating community on both sides of the business model: “Our community includes a bunch of vendors who are mostly all from different areas of New York, and they all work directly in the market,” he says. “You get what New York is really about here: the food, the service, and the attitude.” His 8,000 square-foot space opened in 2014 and features around 40 vendors.

  • Award-Winning Chef Danny Bowien Sets First Breakfast Service At Mission Chinese Food: The most important meal of the day is about to become the most innovative. Chef Danny Bowien, a James Beard Rising Star Chef award winner, is introducing breakfast for the first time at his Mission Chinese Food location in New York on Dec. 18-20. The twist? Kellogg's® cereal is the main ingredient of all the items featured on the innovative breakfast menu.

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