Thursday, March 24, 2016
The Weekly Roundup: Brisket King 2016 Winners, David Chang's New Ando Is Delivery Only and Chelsea Market's Top 10
- Brisket King NYC 2016 - The Coachella of 'Cue: Kings County, NY (Brooklyn) seems like the logical place to hold the annual meat love fest “Brisket King”, and this years mouth watering event left smiles on our face and belly’s full of this BBQ gold!
- David Chang Is Launching a Delivery-Only Momofuku Restaurant Called Ando: David Chang has a secret subterranean space in Midtown where he's developing a delivery-only restaurant called Ando along with chef J.J. Basil. The restaurant will offer things like chicken cheesesteaks and tofu bowls via an app that's currently in development, and UberRush will handle the delivery.
- Bill O'Donnell, Owner of Burger Legend Corner Bistro, Passes Away: Bill O'Donnell, owner of more than 45-year-old West Village restaurant Corner Bistro, passed away this week. O'Donnell, 80, created one of the city's most iconic burgers, launched to fame after a 1977 article from Mimi Sheraton in the Times.
- Celebrated Chef Christopher Kostow Will Preview Dishes From His Upcoming Restaurant in New York: Christopher Kostow is, by all accounts, an extremely talented chef. The Restaurant at Meadowood, in Northern California, where Kostow runs the kitchen, is often cited as being among the best restaurants — if not the best — in the country.
- Rainbow Bagels and Crazy Milkshakes: What Happens When a Dish Goes Viral: Nobody expected a video about bagels to shut down the bakery, but that’s what happened. The Bagel Store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, had been making rainbow bagels for 20 years when a Business Insider video about the candy-colored carbs went viral on Facebook.
- California’s Crab Is Finally — Finally — Safe to Eat Again: California has been grappling with a crab crisis since the beginning of November. Early that month, the state's Department of Public Health warned residents, and shellfish enthusiasts preparing for annual pilgrimages, that local Dungeness crab needed to be avoided at all costs.
- A Brief History of the Table Crumber, the Unsung Hero of Fine Dining: Table crumbers are part of an "ancestral service tradition." But who invented the familiar version we know today?
- Scientists Have Figured Out How to Make Electricity Out of Unused Tomatoes: Floridians are not making enough marinara sauce. According to a team of scientists, Florida wastes 396,000 tons of tomatoes every year — but this doesn't have to be the case. These enterprising researchers say they now have a solution: using the damaged tomatoes, deemed useless, for electricity.
- Starbucks Vows to Donate 100 Percent of Its Leftover Food to Charity: Starbucks has officially joined the fight against America's monumental food waste. It's announced a new plan to donate all unsold pastries, sandwiches, salads, and other food boxes to charity, combining the industry's push to curb waste with a brilliant way to feed hungry Americans.
- They See Me Rollin’: Why Tableside Carts Are Making a Comeback: Slowly, restaurants and bars all over the country are taking food and drink tableside, enlivening dining rooms with throwback cocktail carts and making dinner theater cool again.
- The New Perla Cafe Doubles As Gabriel Stulman’s Art Gallery: This week, Gabriel Stulman reopened Perla — now Perla Cafe — at 234 West 4th Street, a space that's much lighter and airier than its previous home on Minetta Lane.
- Tuck Into NYC's Best Fried Chicken At The New Bobwhite West Village: Bobwhite West replicates the menu and the laid-back attitude of the original, with maybe a stab at a more romantic atmosphere by lighting a few candles once the sun goes down. Most important: all of that fried chicken goodness is now available within a couple of blocks of seven subway lines.
- Chef Dan Silverman IN at Minetta Tavern: Dan Silverman is the new executive chef at Minetta Tavern. He takes over from Bill Brasile who announced his departure last week. Silverman previously ran the kitchens at Union Square Cafe, Lever House, The Standard Grill, and The Regency Bar & Grill. He left his position at the restaurant in the Loews Regency New York last year.
- Is Chelsea Market the City’s Best Food Court? Robert Sietsema noshes around and finds the 10 best things to eat at the Westside market.
- Iconic NYC Foods Everyone Should Try: Eileen’s Special Cheesecake in Nolita has a great selection.
- Elizabeth Street Garden Safe For Now As City's Request For Funds Is Denied: Nolita's beloved Elizabeth Street Garden is safe for a bit longer. On Friday, the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation announced the recipients of funds from a $50 million settlement, for which the Housing Preservation Corporation applied for $5 million to construct affordable housing on the site of the community garden.
- Inhale Savory Chinese Crepes At This Bowery Pop-Up: The Old Bowery Station has been host to dozens of food-related pop-ups over the years, from french fry explainers to Korean-Southern barbecue and now, it'll host Mr. Bing, serving jianbing, Chinese savory crepes. The pop-up operates as a preview for an NYC outpost of the eatery; owner Brian Goldberg operated two Mr. Bing's in Hong Kong and has done a few preview pop-ups in NYC recently.
- The Rise and Fall of Smith Street: Smith Street, the storied, well-to-do shopping strip largely referred to as Brooklyn’s original Restaurant Row has been on a noticeable decline in recent months. Extending from the far reaches of Carroll Gardens all the way to Boerum Hill, where it turns into Jay Street in Downtown Brooklyn, the thoroughfare wends its way through some of Brooklyn’s priciest neighborhoods, yet its sidewalks are currently lined with vacant storefronts.