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Thursday, May 12, 2016

The Weekly Roundup: Al Fresco Dining In NYC, 10 Best Cheap Rye Whiskeys and Bone Marrow Doughnuts Are Back

  • Chang Plots Strategic Chicken Tender Maneuver as Project Ando Nears Launch Date: Take everything you knew about lunch delivery and throw it out the window — regardless of what is down below — because David Chang and his Momofuku brigade are about to launch Ando, a restaurant that has no dining room. Like Maple, the start-up that counts Chang as an investor, this is a delivery-only enterprise, and it’s launching very soon.
  • Raw Food Star Sarma Melngailis Finally Arrested After Disappearing During Wage Lawsuit: Raw food restaurateur and fugitive Sarma Melngailis has finally been arrested — about a year after disappearing in the midst of unpaid wage lawsuits at her hot spot restaurant Pure Food and Wine.
  • Where to Dine Al Fresco in NYC: Granted, the chairs may require a bit of a wipe down after all of the rain we’ve had, but now that it’s spring, there’s little to keep us from the long-awaited enjoyment of eating and drinking outside!  So here are eight great spots for sipping rosé in the sun the whole season through, from the High Line Hotel’s Alta Linea, inspired by a chic Italian piazza, to an oyster bar on a boat, Grand Banks, gently bobbing astride the Hudson River…
  • The Offal Truth: Six NYC Chefs Redeem Six Gnarly Ingredients.  Food is different all over the world: People eat things based on what is available to them or what they grew up eating. You might turn your nose up at something that is another person's traditional food. People would scoff at bone marrow or pig's blood, which I use to coagulate a custard. Like tripe, it is in the spirit of using the entire animal, so there is no waste.

  • Whole Foods’ Scaled-Down 365 Store Has Robots, but No Tattoo Parlor: Rather, it is 365, the much anticipated new grocery concept from Whole Foods Markets, that is banking on the robotic kiosk and a host of other bells and whistles to reverse the company’s waning fortunes. The first store, here in Silver Lake, a neighborhood in the East Side of Los Angeles, opens in two weeks.
  • The Benefits of Eating Without a Map: Thanks to social media platforms like Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Yelp—as well as the countless magazines, TV shows, and websites dedicated to food (this one included)—we are constantly being told where to eat.  It's all so easy, so convenient. But are we missing out on something?
  • Eataly Fined by Italian Authorities Over Wine Label Fraud: According to Italian site Il Fatto Quotidiano, Eataly has been fined $50,000 Euros by the country's Antitrust Authority after it produced and sold wines with the country's "Free Wine" label, which is meant to signify a wine which contains less than 50 mg/l of added sulfites.
  • German Beer Sellers Fined $100 Million for Price-Fixing Scheme: German beer retailers have been slapped with big fines after being caught colluding with beer giant AB-InBev in a price-fixing scheme.  According to the Wall Street Journal, "Germany's Federal Cartel Office has fined several retailers a combined total of €90.5 million ($103.2 million)" over the price-fixing scandal.
  • The 10 Best Rye Whiskies Under $35: There's more great rye whiskey on the market than ever before, which is excellent news for fans of the category. Yet, with the near-insatiable demand for it, prices have also soared to match.  But, that doesn't mean there aren't deals to be found. Here are the top affordable American rye whiskeys for $35 or less, from longstanding, classic brands, to new releases and unique entrants.


  • The Absolute Best Chocolate-Chip Cookie in New York: Dominique Ansel’s stunty cookie milk “shots” get all the Instagram attention, but it’s his unassuming chocolate-chunk cookie that’s won us over. Puffy and pillow-soft, it’s endowed with that critical thin, crisp shell that provides the perfect foil for slightly underbaked innards.
  • Bone-Marrow-Chocolate Is the Latest Luxe Doughnut Flavor: The $5.25 yeast-raised doughnut is filled with chocolate pastry cream that's whipped with roasted bone marrow, making it taste extra rich and velvety. Plus, the clementine glaze, with orange-infused chocolate shavings, is the perfect complement.

  • THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO EATING IN NYC'S MEATPACKING DISTRICT: This tiny slice of Manhattan real estate got its name from the commercial meat markets that used to line its streets, although nowadays it more accurately conveys the eating habits of ravenous foodies filling their bellies with foie gras ravioli. To that end, we scoured all 44 acres of this 'hood and found the nine best restaurants for your gustatory perusal -- prepare for the chorizo mac & cheese of your dreams!

  • Parisian Restaurateurs Tap Philippe Starck For Multilevel Nolita Health Food Boîte: French restaurateur Claude Louzon and his daughter, Julie — in collaboration with famously idiosyncratic architect Philippe Starck — will finally be unveiling their NYC version of Parisian health-focused restaurant Le Paradis du Fruit in July. They recently unfurled a huge, nude painting ad on the bilevel space at 47 Prince St. for the restaurant, Miss Paradis.
  • REVIEW: Uncle Boons.  Uncle Boons has not traditionally been one of “our spots.” We love this Nolita Thai restaurant, and gave it a very high rating not long after it opened. But for some reason, it hasn’t been a place we’ve spent the last few years recommending frequently to friends.

  • This Is the World’s Most Expensive Ramen: Chef Yuji Wakiya (who was a winner on Japan’s version of Iron Chef) is raising the bar. At Koa, in NYC’s Flatiron District, a bowl of chef Wakiya’s ramen sells for $180, rendering it the world’s most expensive—a title previously held by chef Shoichi Fujimaki’s ramen in Tokyo for $120 a bowl.

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