Thursday, April 28, 2016
The Weekly Roundup: Where To Eat Outdoors In NYC, Big Apple BBQ Official Lineup and The Best Sandwich Ever
- Where to Eat and Drink Outdoors Now That It's Finally Warming Up: After spending months hanging out indoors, New Yorkers are collectively (very) ready for the sun. There are, of course, already lots of great places to eat and drink outside, but more and more keep opening up. Here, 18 patios, sidewalk cafés, and backyards you can check out this spring, summer, and into the early fall, both brand-new ones and dependable spots that have opened in the last couple of years.
- Grab Your Summer Sunglasses and Make These 28 Sandwiches: Portable, self-contained, and filling enough to fuel every impromptu football and frisbee game warm weather may have in store—it's the magic of a summer sandwich. These 28 will go with you everywhere you are.
- Queens Taste 2016 brings explosion of 60+ best eateries in the borough: We hope you’re really hungry, because the food festival Queens Taste 2016 has a long lineup of the best our borough’s food scene has to offer. For the 14th year in row, the Queens Economic Development Corporation and the Queens Tourism Council are teaming up to bring the best of Queens food under one giant roof for us to taste it all.
- Here Is the Official Line Up for The Big Apple Barbecue Block Party 2016: The 14th annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party will take place on June 11 and 12, in and around Madison Square Park. The event is a benefit for the Madison Square Park Conservancy, who will be directly managing the event this year.
- Inside Amada, Jose Garces's Philly Hit Reimagined for Downtown Manhattan: Here is a look around Jose Garces's Amada, now open in Battery Park City. This marks the third location of the Spanish restaurant that got its start back in Philadelphia a decade ago, and earned the chef a James Beard award.
- Dominique Crenn Wins This Year’s ‘Best Female Chef’ Award — Here’s How She Feels About It: Since the group behind the World's 50 Best Restaurants ranking created the Best Female Chef award in 2012, the honor — previously received by Elena Arzak, Nadia Santini, Helena Rizzo, and Hélène Darroze — has been met with controversy.
- Research Shows Uglier Produce Could Actually Be Healthier: When people see a tomato that's sprouting five miniature tomatoes from its stem, or a carrot that looks like the foot of Sasquatch, it seems like a Little Shop of Horrors situation. But NPR says at least some scientific evidence suggests that weird-looking fruits and vegetables will not hurt you, but that they could actually deliver greater nutritional value than the prettier stuff.
- Everyone Really Is Just Picking Their Wine Based on the Label: Wine.net surveyed 2,000 wine drinkers about their buying and consumption habits, asking them to choose between three bottles of red wine and three bottles of white wine without providing any information besides images of each bottle.
- Meet the Server Turned Florist Who Draws Inspiration From Chefs: Flowers used to be an important aspect of restaurant décor, but as a minimalist aesthetic has gained popularity, wallpaper and bouquets have given way to white walls and fiddle-leaf-fig plants. Now, though, elaborate flower arrangements are starting to creep back into cool restaurants.
- Jesse Schenker To Close West Village Restaurant Recette: Chef and restaurateur Jesse Schenker is closing his West Village restaurant Recette due to rent increases, the chef has announced and tells Eater. He opened neighborhood modern American restaurant six years ago, and though not all critics initially loved it, he ended up earning a positive two stars from Sam Sifton at the Times.
- The New Takeout: Restaurants Open Retail Markets Right Inside. Suprema Provisions: This Greenwich Village wine bar serves a menu of pan-European dishes featuring impeccably sourced ingredients such as Ramón Peña sardines—“the world’s best,” says owner Joshua Wesson, and a favorite of Spain’s top chefs for their old-style preparation and silky texture.
- Russian Dumplings, Like Grandma’s, at Two Village Spots: On icy nights this winter, bare-chested men could sometimes be spied clustered by Anton’s Dumplings, a food cart on the corner of West Third Street and Avenue of the Americas. The 26-year-old chef, Anton Yelyashkevich, had promised free dumplings to anyone who dared eat them shirtless, in the style of Vladimir Putin commandeering a horse across Siberia.
- Barry Diller's Pier55 park cleared for takeoff: With final regulatory approval, construction of Meatpacking District park is expected to begin next week.
- If You're Going to Vandal, It's Not for the Food: ere's a little truth for all the young chefs out there who want to change the world with big culinary ideas: Vandal on the Bowery is more popular than the latest Brooklyn-Italian spot selling hard-to-pronounce pasta shapes, the newest pastrami pizza joint with two hour waits, the chicest brunch-centric restaurant that gives out free cookies, or the most ethical chicken sandwich stand at Citi Field.
- PUBLIC Toasts 13 Years with New Things Like a 'Liquor Laboratory’: How is PUBLIC marking 13 years on the NYC dining scene?
- Still Got It: Nom Wah Tea Parlor. Nom Wah Tea Parlor, Chinatown's longstanding dim sum cornerstone, has been tucked into the "Bloody Angle" of Doyers Street for 96 years. And in that time, all that's really changed is the way in which you order.
- The Best Sandwich Ever: You can find that sandwich at Defonte’s Sandwich Shop, on Columbia Street in Brooklyn, near the exit to the Hugh Carey Tunnel that leads from Red Hook to the Battery in Manhattan. It is a beautiful torpedo of food — crunchy, silken, sweet and spicy all at once.