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Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Weekly Roundup: Super Bowl Wings Recipe, Where To Find This Poké Trend and The 13 Best Beer Bars In NYC

  • The Explosive History Of Kossar's, NYC's Most Famous Bialy Bakery: Puffy and floury, oniony and garlicky, the perfect vehicle for butter—bialys are one of the city's great carbohydrate treasures and there are none so important to our city's history than Kossar's, the longtime Lower East Side shop that's been baking them up for 80 years.
  • 18-HOUR SHIFTS, SEX & FIGHTS: THE INSANE LIFE OF AN NYC BARTENDER.  "If you talk to anyone with bar experience, they will probably agree they didn't know how to do half the stuff they know now after working in a bar," says Rick Sanders*, a bartender who has been in the industry for 16 years.
  • Carnegie Deli Vows Return Following Illegal Gas Hookup: Touristy pastrami palace Carnegie Deli is still closed nine months after Con Edison inspectors found improper gas piping installed in the Midtown eatery's basement. The discovery led to a stop work order by the Department of Buildings that has remained in place despite repairs by the ownership to get the building up to code. In light of the longtime closure, the 79-year-old deli has vowed that it will reopen.
  • April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman’s Salvation Burger Will Open Next Week: Fried fruit pies. Fish sandwiches. Boozy shakes. Special sauce. Burgers and fries. Hot dogs and jalapeño poppers. Must be a new Hardee's or a TGI Fridays coming to town. No, sir, it's April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman's deep dive into all-American fast food at the Pod 51 hotel.



  • Louis C.K. and Ex-Wife Buy Fourth Greenwich Village Apartment: Brutally and hilariously self-deprecating comedian Louis C.K. and his ex-wife, portrait painter Alix Bailey, have paid $564,900 for an itty-bitty studio apartment in the same co-operative-style brownstone building at the northern border of New York City’s West Village where this property gossip’s research indicates they already co-own three other small and not-necessarily contiguous units.
  • Poké Reaches the Shores of Manhattan: Since November, Mr. DiMartini has been working out of the Coffee Foundry in Greenwich Village. Ostensibly he serves poké Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., but his shipments of fish from Hawaii don’t always arrive or meet his standards, so it’s safer to call ahead.
    • Poké Nopé: I Dropped $50 At Wisefish & Still Left Hungry.  Prediction: the poké boom is doomed.  This bit of soothsaying isn't prompted by the quality of food I ate last week at the brand new Wisefish Poké in Chelsea, the latest in a sudden eruption of poké shacks on the Big Island (of Manhattan), with more looming on the horizon. To be clear, the poké at Wisefish tastes good, but the poké portions are lacking.
  • The 13 Best Beer Bars In NYC: Here we are in 2015, and my favorite beer bar in NYC is still Blind Tiger Ale House. 

  • Gansevoort Market Is Moving to its New Location on 14th Street This Spring: Gansevoort Market is moving to its new location in the Meatpacking District in the next few months, according to owner Chris Reda. The food hall's current location at 52 Gansevoort St. is being transformed into a new version of Keith McNally's restaurant Pastis. Meanwhile, the market, which doesn't have to leave the space until the fall, will move down the block to 353 West 14th St. in March or April, Reda says, though it may make the transition earlier.
  • Out and About in the East Village: Profile on Niall Grant, Owner of Tuck Shop in the East Village and Chelsea Market.
  • The Lively Brings Retro '70s Vibes To The Meatpacking District: To walk into The Lively is to experience extremes of light and shadow, polish and grit. The new Meatpacking District club has plenty of dark corners and gnarled, arched brick ceilings. Then again, it features bright technicolor lighting and a massive disco ball at its center. The Lively aims to capture a retro vibe that's part CBGB subterranean, part Studio 54. It's as seedy as it is sheeny, and for the most part it succeeds.

  • Cafe Grumpy moving into Brewster Carriage House in Nolita: Café Grumpy is taking 800 s/f on the ground floor, and a co-operative for tech/consulting company is taking 4,500 s/f on the lower level, a unique space featuring 15-foot barrel-vaulted ceilings and light streaming through skylights embedded in the sidewalk surrounding the corner building at Mott and Broome Streets.
  • Opening Soon: Salvation Burger, Pasquale Jones and Mr. Donohue’s.  The folks behind the much-beloved SoHo staple Charlie Bird are opening a second Italian-inspired eatery in Nolita on February 16. Chef Ryan Hardy will be joined by chef Tim Caspare (of SF's Quince and Cotogna) at the Stefano Ferrara brick ovens (which heat up to 900 degrees) to char up pizzas they're dubbing "Neo-NY" style pies as well as wood-fired pork shoulder and other dishes. 

  • Russ & Daughters Team to Open Huge New Space in Brooklyn Navy Yard: New York icon Russ & Daughters is opening a huge manufacturing center and retail shop at Brooklyn Navy Yard's planned new food hall, its first retail foray outside of Manhattan. The bagel and fish purveyor is leasing a whopping 14,000-square-feet in Building 77, including space for the company's new bakery, wholesale food production, shipping, catering, and an outpost of its classic bagel sandwich shop for the public. The more than 100-year-old business will be the anchor business for the property, which will house many other smaller food vendors and manufacturers.

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