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Thursday, January 21, 2016

The Weekly Roundup: An Inside Look At Smorgasburg, Acme Gets A Facelift and UberEATS Launches

  • Inside the Smorgasburg Vendor Taste Test: Since Smorgasburg launched in 2011, the tastings themselves have been held in relative secrecy — they're private to keep the pressure as low as possible for the already nervous new vendors. "For them, it's their dream," co-founder Eric Demby says. "You see their hands shaking." This year, Demby and co-founder Jonathan Butler invited Eater into a day with three tastings to see what it's like. 
  • Danny Meyer's Maialino Will Eliminate Tipping in February: Danny Meyer's plan to eliminate gratuities at all of his New York restaurants continues. Maialino, the always-packed Roman trattoria in the Gramercy Park Hotel, will increase wages, hike prices, and eliminate tipping on February 25, making it the second of thirteen Union Square Hospitality Group establishments to switch. The rest are scheduled to follow suit by the end of 2016.
  • Paired with Oysters, This Wine Is Cleaning Up the New York Harbor: For every bottle sold, Proud Pour pays to restore 100 oysters to local waters.
  • NYC’s Coziest Restaurants: Lucky for you, there are lots of NYC restaurants that are best enjoyed in the colder months. From restaurants that feel like cabins upstate, to the best spots to get down with a bowl of noodles – here are some of our favorite cozy restaurants in NYC.
    • NYC’s Coziest Bars: As soon as the temperature drops below fifty degrees in NYC, a city-wide search for “cozy bars” commences. What makes a cozy bar? A fireplace certainly doesn’t hurt. (You people LOVE fireplaces.) But there are many bars without a burning flame inside of them that are also particularly enjoyable to hang out in when it’s absolutely terrible outside. And we’re here to tell you about the best ones.

  • Bleakest Seafood Study Yet Says There’s Even Less Fish Left Than People Thought: Another day, another depressing study about life in the ocean. Researchers from the University of British Columbia say that the global seafood catch has been underestimated by more than 50 percent over the last 60 years, and that 32 million metric tons of fish go unreported every year. That figure is nearly half of the 86 million metric tons that was reported in 1996, which was the highest catch reported since 1950.
  • Uber’s Food-Delivery App Is Launching in 10 U.S. Cities: Uber is finally ready to launch UberEATS, its food-delivery app, as a full-scale service in the U.S., The Wall Street Journal reports. The app-based ordering platform will debut by March in ten large cities — New York, Chicago, L.A., San Francisco, Austin, Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C. — expanding a service the company has been tinkering with to serve as a competitor to GrubHub and DoorDash.
  • Seasonal Eats: All Things Oranges.  Pickings are definitely slim when it comes to winter produce.  So if you’re already over apples and pears, you might as well ride out the winter season with citrus. We’re talking about vitamin C-abundant oranges, clementines, and more; whose vibrantly colored, supremely juicy flesh adds a welcome jolt of freshness to an otherwise ultra-rich cold weather diet.
  • Jacques Pépin’s Life Advice for Young Cooks: At 80 years young, the culinary master is one of the last living legends to have pulled off the challenges that come with Michelin-starred kitchens, presidential palates, and culinary television shows. He’s also been cooking for 60 years longer than most chefs today. I sat down with the kitchen guru to discuss his memoir, The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen, get his thoughts on what it takes to become a great chef, and to find out what he thinks of the changing culinary landscape that we live in today.
  • Where Foodies Should Go in 2016: The renowned chef René Redzepi of the two-Michelin-starred Noma in Copenhagen wasn’t exaggerating when he said, “People will travel anywhere for good food — it’s crazy.” Indeed, food lovers are now trooping around the world to both accessible and remote destinations. 


  • You Don't Want To Know How Much A Greenwich Village Apartment Cost In The Year 2000: If you were to purchase a 700-square-foot one bedroom now, for instance, you could expect to fork over as much as $1.3 million for a condo, or upwards of $857,000 for a co-op, according to median sales prices. In 2000, you could have bought that condo for a median price of $432,000 and a co-op one-bedroom for a median price of $380,000, and used that extra cash on *NSYNC tour tickets.
  • HOW TO MAKE TRUFFLED POPCORN: This fancy, truffle-infused popcorn recipe from JBF Outstanding Chef award winner Patrick O'Connell is so delicious you'll want to make enough to last well beyond the end credits of any movie night. His secret? Adding a pinch of sugar to bring out the rich truffle flavor. 
  • An Insider’s Guide to Manhattan’s West Village: Manhattan’s West Village is one of the city’s most treasured neighborhoods and was  recently highlighted by NYC & Company in its most recent installment of the NYCGO Insider Guides. The series shines a spotlight on an individual neighborhood and, in this edition, the West Village took center stage.  

  • Sandwicherie of New York Scores Second Manhattan Location: When Sandwicherie of New York opens next month, it will be replacing a deli at the base of the four-story, 9,000-square-foot residential building at 78 West Third Street.
  • Port Cocktails Are Back: At Dante, my restaurant in New York’s Greenwich Village, I’ve put a port cobbler on our winter menu using Fonseca Late Bottled Vintage 2009. To kick it up a notch, we add small measures of clear, unaged Armagnac, dry orange Curaçao, and maraschino liqueur, as well as marmalade, lemon juice and a few dashes each of Peychaud’s and the aforementioned Dale’s bitters.

  • Baja Fish Tacos and Micheladas Coming to New Chelsea Market Eatery in June: New Yorkers craving the culinary flavors of Baja California and Tijuana can head to Chelsea Market this summer to get their fix.  A Mexican seafood restaurant called Los Mariscos is set to open at 409 W. 15th St. on June 1
  • NYChiliFest 2016 is back at Chelsea Market: Chelsea Market, New York's premier indoor food hall, announced the return of NYChiliFest for 2016. The event is back in Chelsea on Sunday, January 31st for its fifth year since creation. A celebration of chili, beer and all things spicy, guests of the event will have access to an 800-foot concourse of chili stations served by dozens of New York City’s best restaurants and chefs. 

  • Cafe Grumpy Opening In Ground Floor of John Legend's Nolita Building: Cafe Grumpy, the Brooklyn-based coffee shop made famous by the HBO show "Girls," is opening a new location in Nolita.  The building at 177 Mott St. is also home to musician John Legend, the realtors who arranged the Grumpy deal said. Legend lives in one of the building's nine loft-style luxury condos with his wife, Chrissy Teigen.
  • Vandal NYC: 5 Things to Know About Tao Group's Bowery Behemoth: Last weekend, the team behind mega-popular clubstaurants Tao and Lavo opened a sprawling new restaurant on The Bowery called Vandal. Here are some crucial details about the new project from Tao Group's Marc Packer and Rich Wolf, and Stanton Social chefs Chris Santos and Jonathan Kavourakis.
  • Acme’s New Bistro Menu Includes Clams Casino, Veal Agnolotti, and Skirt Steak: Last night, following Mads Refslund's departure, Acme quietly reopened as a French-meets-Italian restaurant, helmed by former db Bistro Moderne chef Brian Loiacono. His menu is much simpler than his Scandinavian predecessor's — food that the fashion set (Acme's target clientele) can eat nightly.
    • Acme's Dining Room Gets a Refresh With Artwork by Close & Schnabel: Here is a look inside the latest incarnation of Jon Neidich and Jean-Marc Houmard's Acme, which relaunched this week as a "contemporary bistro."  While the essential design of the room remains largely unchanged, the artwork is all new and focuses on local artists and a brighter color palate. Artist featured include Chuck Close, Robert Longo, Jean-Kallina, and Julian Schnabel.

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