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Thursday, June 9, 2016

The Weekly Roundup: NYC's Hottest Pizzerias, 50 Best Restaurants Runners-up and Carla Hall's Southern Kitchen Opens

+NYC NEWS+
  • David Bouley Plans to Retool His Restaurants, and Himself: The long-influential chef, snowy-haired and preternaturally vigorous at 63, looked up from the pad to make sure he was getting through. Then he continued. “Bouley is Relocating,” he scribbled, to a new space that will accommodate only 20 to 25 seats and open only five days a week.
  • Jackson Hole UWS Location Closes After More Than 40 Years: The Upper West Side of local diner burger and diner chain Jackson Hole has closed after more than 40 years in business, according to a report from West Side Rag. The neighborhood blog spotted a sign on the papered up windows at the restaurant at 517 Columbus Ave., announcing the closure and thanking locals. "It is with great regret that we have decided to close our doors after 42 years in business," the sign says.
  • Lawmakers Are Fighting to Prevent a Plastic-Bag Fee in NYC: New Yorkers may be saved from the city's grocery-bag tax before even paying a cent on it. The surcharge, which was passed by City Hall a month ago, is proving massively unpopular with lawmakers up in Albany, the Daily News reports.
  • New York City's Hottest Pizzerias, Spring/Summer 2016: While it seems that we already have an abundance of pizza options here in NYC, not just representing our own clearly defined style, but also numerous regional variations, there's always room for more.


+INDUSTRY NEWS+
  • Here’s the ‘World’s 50 Best Restaurants’ List of Runners-up: Despite the name, the minds behind the controversial "World's 50 Best Restaurants" list remain unable to actually narrow it down to 50 entries. Today the organization released its list of runners-up, numbers 51 through 100, in advance of the full lineup's reveal next week on June 13.
    •  Thomas Keller's Per Se and French Laundry Drop Off World's 50 Best List: Chef Thomas Keller, whom some regard as one of the godfathers of the modern American tasting menu scene, saw both of his pricey venues, the French Laundry and Per Se, fall into the back fifty. That's a heck of a drop given than the Laundry, now coming in at No. 85, occupied the No.1 spot in 2003 and 2004, while Per Se, now No. 52 was No. 6 in 2013. 
  • Drinker’s Dozen: Sweet Treats Get a Boozy Boost.  Putting alcohol in a dessert seems like a great idea until you're staring down a gut-bomb rum cake or sickly-sweet bourbon balls at a family dinner. When it comes to these classics, too much of two kinds of a good thing is less than wonderful. 
  • How To Make An Egg White Omelet Actually Taste Good: Egg white omelets don’t have the best reputation.  More often than not, an egg white omelet is a bland, rubbery, sad excuse for a breakfast, but not always.  There is a way to make egg white omelets actually taste good, and we’re going to share it with you.


+NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS+

  • The Absolute Best Restaurant in the West Village: It is all of those things combined, filtered through the singular vision of Rita Sodi, a self-taught chef who opened the place as an extension of her own home table and a tribute to her mother’s country-Tuscan cooking.
  • NYC's Rebel Rebel Records To Close Due to Rent Hike: Hot on the heels of the news that influential East Village record store Other Music will shut its doors next month, Greenwich Village's Rebel Rebel Records has announced that it's going to call it quits, too. The news marks a sad closing chapter after almost 28 years in business at 319 Bleecker Street.
  • THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT BIG GAY ICE CREAM: Here are 10 things you didn’t know about the phenomenally popular soft-serve outlet.

  • 9 Secret Streets in New York City: Washington Mews, Greenwich Village One block north of Washington Square Park, this cobblestone street is lined with horse stables and homes dating from the 19th century.

  • Historic Gansevoort Street Revamp Advances With LPC Approval: A low-slung stretch of landmarked Gansevoort Street will begin a new chapter in its history. The Landmarks Preservation Commission has approved developers William Gottlieb Real Estate and Aurora Capital Partners' proposal to recast the south side of Gansevoort between Greenwich and Washington streets as high-end retail, offices, and eateries. 
  • At La Sirena, the Pleasures and Pitfalls of a Big Restaurant: Descending from a room in the Maritime Hotel upstairs and settling in for pancakes made with mascarpone and crushed almond cookies after the kitchen opens at 7 a.m. Casing the bar at night. Backing up to frame a picture that will prove they ate at Mario Batali’s new restaurant, his first in New York City since Eataly came along.



  • Inside Carla Hall's Southern Kitchen, a Brooklyn Chicken Shack With a Country Vibe: Many TV chefs like to go big when they open their restaurants — see Gato, La Sirena, or even Guy's American. But for her first-ever proper restaurant, The Chew's co-host Carla Hall decided to go small. The tiny space that was once Whiskey Soda Lounge is now a fast-casual restaurant dedicated to Nashville-style hot chicken — available in several different spice levels — and hearty side dishes. 




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