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Thursday, May 26, 2016

The Weekly Roundup: Your Memorial Day NYC Dining Guide, Walt Disney Worlds Food Theme Park and This Season's Beach Restaurants

  • Memorial Day Dining Guide 2016: While we’re in no real hurry to see the end of spring, it’s hard not to get excited for the seafood-slurping, beach-going, barbecue-scented onslaught of summer.  And since Memorial Day weekend is essentially the gateway to the season, you’ll want to celebrate it in style!  From a crawfish boil at John Fraser’s Narcissa to fish tacos and rum punch at Brooklyn’s Barge Bar…
  • NYC Beach Restaurants 2016: The Newest Eats at The Rockaways, Coney Island, Jacob Riis: It may not feel like it quite yet, but it's almost beach season here in New York. Some seasonal vendors have already started opening up for the summer, and many more will make their debuts in the coming weeks. Tons of new eating and drinking options have popped up since last year.  Here's a preview of what to eat at the beach this summer…
  • 8 Secret Off-the-Menu Dishes in NYC: Evidenced by the bevy of unmarked storefronts and speakeasy-style bars, NYC's dining scene thrives on insider info. In partnership with Bravo's new digital series, Going Off the Menu (hosted by Liza de Guia and Russell Jackson), we're delving into some of the city's tastiest off-menu treats. From hidden fish 'n' chips to a secret burger, impress your pals during your next meal out by ordering one of these hot off-the-menu dishes. 
  • And GQ's 12 Best New Restaurants of 2016 Are...A year spent eating our way across America to find the chefs pushing food forward, the trends that we hope become classics, and the new restaurants that we’re sure will become old favorites in due time. All chosen by our freshly minted eater-in-chief, Brett Martin.

  • The Future of Vegan Food Could Include Artificial Oysters and Veggie-Based Blue Cheese: It's been a banner year for meat-free proteins, with Silicon Valley investors dropping millions into bunches of promising vegan-friendly start-ups. And now a new report from Bloomberg says the vegan-food-tech world could soon have its first billion-dollar company in Hampton Creek, the maker of Just Mayo vegan spread. 
  • Walt Disney World Basically Just Opened A Theme Park For Food: If you vacationed at Walt Disney World in the past few years, you probably wound up at Downtown Disney, grabbing a table at Planet Hollywood or eating dinner beside a larger-than-life dinosaur in a Mesozoic Era-themed restaurant. While the old classics still remain (yes, T-Rex is as busy as ever), so, so much has changed since your past visit.
  • Memorial Day Grilling Checklist: Summer is unofficially upon us, and what better way to welcome it than with a spectacular Memorial Day cookout? Here’s everything you need to know to lift your grilling game, pick the perfect hot-weather beers and more. Your summer is going to be just delicious.


  • Amazon Begins Food Delivery From Top Restaurants For Prime Customers In NYC: Blue Ribbon, Juniors, John’s Pizza, Umami Burger And More:  Amazon has begun food delivery to customers in Manhattan from some of the borough's top restaurants as part of its new Prime Now food delivery service. Among the trendy eateries on the menu are Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken, Umami Burger, John's of Bleecker Street and Junior's Restaurant & Cheesecake.

  • The Hangman's Elm: The oldest living tree in Manhattan comes shrouded in sinister legend.
  • New Greenwich Village Location of Pommes Frites Finally Opens: Major reopening alert: Pommes Frites is back. After months of delays, the popular East Village French fry counter that was destroyed in the Second Avenue gas explosion reopened TODAY at its new location in Greenwich Village. The owners announced the grand opening plans on Sunday night. The new outpost at 128 MacDougal St. features more seating and more deep fryers than the old one, co-owner Omer Shorshi said. 

  • Restaurant/Orange Pajama Pants Emporium Spice Market to Leave its MePa Home: Spice Market — a restaurant where the servers are dressed like they're attending a slumber party sponsored by Fanta — is being forced to leave its home at 403 West 13th Street. The Real Deal reports that the building's new landlord, Midtown Equities, is planning to boot  Jean-Georges Vongerichten's 12-year-old restaurant and its neighbor, the furniture store Vitra, when their leases are up next year. 
  • First Look: Dizengoff, the Philly Hummusiya, Opens in Chelsea Market.  The duo behind Philly's acclaimed Zahav and Federal Donuts finally opened their long-awaited outpost of their casual Israeli concept Dizengoff, in Chelsea Market. "We’ve always been sort of interested/terrified of New York," says partner Steve Cook, one half of Cook n Solo (along with famed chef Michael Solomonov), "but it's only natural that we'd be curious about it. It’s the food capital of the world and where I fell in love with food.

  • Ich&Kar Opens French Cheese Board, a New Concept Store in Nolita:  Located just down the street from McNally Jackson Books along a quiet stretch of Spring St., French Cheese Board has opened, a concept store in a corner of town that has always bubbled with retail experiments. Helena Ichbiah, one half of Ich&Kar, the French design duo who created the store, was quick to assure that the concept was not just about selling—she wants guests to take their time and enjoy an authentic experience of the culture from the moment they enter.

  • The Absolute Best Ramen in New York: Since the first craze of the 2000s, the city’s scene has expanded well beyond its original territory in the East Village and midtown, raising the stakes, introducing new styles, and increasing New Yorkers’ expectations. Here, the city’s five best ramen spots as defined by the excellence of their broths, the quality of their noodles, and the thoughtfulness of preparation. 

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