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Thursday, May 5, 2016

The Weekly Roundup: NYC Mother's Day Brunch For Every Mom, Urbanspace Food Pop-Ups Lineup and The Pie Sundae

  • Boat Bars Are Back For The Season: It's time to drink and eat on the water again. Restaurants and bars on barges and boats are slowly reopening for the season. Already, The Frying Pan at Pier 66 in Chelsea has been open for a couple weeks. 
  • Fairway, Unable to Fend Off Rivals, Files for Bankruptcy: The parent company of the struggling New York grocery chain Fairway Market filed for bankruptcy on Monday, just three years after taking the company public, after an ambitious expansion plan failed to generate enough sales to pay down the company’s debt.
  • 8 Mother's Day Brunch Options for Every "Type" of Mom: Selecting a Mother's Day brunch venue in NYC can be as stressful as showing up single to your (younger) sister's wedding. This year, don’t take a one-brunch-fits-all approach. From the “cool” mom to the new mom, here are eight places to brunch for every "type" of mother. 
  • Urbanspace Outdoor Food Pop-Ups Start This Month With New Vendors: The warm weather food hall pop-ups of Urbanspace return this month, with new vendors like Ice and Vice, Beatrice Inn, and Emmet's Deep Dish Pizza joining the lineup this year. Urbanspace, which also runs the brick-and-mortar Vanderbilt food hall, has been bringing the food pop-ups to the city for years now, each time with a outdoor version of a mini-food hall. 

  • The Full List of 2016 James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Winners: The James Beard Foundation announced its winners in the categories of Restaurant and Chef for awards season 2016.
  • Refugees Discover New Opportunities in the Food Industry: Look inside any kitchen in the United States and you're likely to see a number of people who didn't grow up speaking English: According to the Restaurant Opportunities Center, the restaurant industry is the second largest employer of immigrants in the United States.
    • After The Battle, The Harvest: Programs Help Vets Move Into Farming.  Arcadia, like dozens of organizations across the country, is training veterans to be farmers. And farming seems to be a good fit for vets, says Pam Hess, who directs Arcadia, judging by how fast the new greenhouse went up.
  • The U.S. Is Sitting on a Mountain of Cheese: European dairy products are so cheap right now that the U.S. itself has become the new No. 1 customer for some products -- imports of EU butter doubled last year and rose 17 percent for cheese, according to the European Commission. All that excess supply is building up in U.S. refrigerators, especially as American dairy production heads to a record this year. 
  • 16 Lessons I Learned from a Year of Traveling (and Eating) Around the World: In 365 days of face stuffing, we tucked into thousands of meals, the lion’s share of which were incredible (and we didn’t get sick once!). But you don’t have to travel for a full year, or even close to that, to get more out of your gastronomic adventuring. Let our journey be your guide.


  • IFC Center threatens to leave Greenwich Village if expansion plans fall through: A zoning variance is all that stands in the way of the IFC Center's plans to begin a $10 million-plus expansion to nearly double its Greenwich Village footprint. But if the Board of Standards and Appeals denies the art-house movie theater its zoning change, IFC says it may leave the neighborhood when its lease ends, even passing on its upcoming renewal option.

  • The Best Bacon, Egg, & Cheese Sandwiches In NYC: There are three Court Street Grocers locations these days, but only the outposts in Carroll Gardens and Greenwich Village offer up these superb sandwich-makers' version of the BEC. I always order the B+B ($8), which comes with crisp Burger's Bacon between the creamy scrambled eggs and gooey cheese.

  • Black Label Burger Pops Up on the Menu at McNally's Bowery Beauty, Cherche Midi: Starting this Wednesday, Minetta Tavern's Black Label Burger — arguably one of the most influential hamburgers of all time — will be available at Keith McNally's two-year-old French charmer, Cherche Midi. Mr. McNally sends word the Black Label is replacing the prime rib burger, which also garnered quite a bit of acclaim during its run at the restaurant.

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