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Thursday, June 16, 2016

The Weekly Roundup: The World's 50 Best Restaurants, The Best Iced Coffee in NYC and Foods of NY Tours In The News

  • My Weekly Obsession: Foods of New York Tours: Thanks to Foods of New York tours, we’ve had the opportunity to learn about the history, culture, and food in districts of the city that we may have not been able to explore as deeply without this tour company. We’ve had the pleasure of learning from the best tour guides in NYC, and experiencing restaurants that are local and family owned.
  • Greenwich Village Food Tour: Our tour guide was Joanna, who was very lively and helpful. She walked us around the place giving us food and telling us the stories of the restaurants and shops we visited. 

  • Sunday Funday Drunch Now Begins At 10 A.M. On Sundays: If anyone believed one lone assemblyman would stop New Yorkers from having their Sunday brunch and drinking it too, they clearly underestimate the state's zest for alcohol. Since earlier this spring, some lawmakers have been trying to lift the archaic blue laws that prevented alcohol sales before noon on Sundays. Yesterday, Governor Cuomo announced a successful completion of this task, with the new booze-forward legislation happening as soon as this weekend.
  • NYC’s Food Cart System Is Preying On Working Class Immigrants, Report Finds: The regulations surrounding food cart vendor permits has led to a black market that leaves many vendors — mostly working class immigrants — earning less than minimum wage, according to a report from Crain’s.
  • The Absolute Best Iced Coffee in New York: For many people, the arrival of warm weather also means the return of iced coffee, but this is a landscape fraught with peril, since so many places offer subpar versions. When done right, though, cold coffee is a wonderfully smooth, subtly aromatic staple of summer. These four spots definitely won’t disappoint.
  • Behind the Brisket: A Night With the Pit Masters Before the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party.  The sixteenth annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party would be loud and hot, and frantic. But for now, the third-generation pit master from North Carolina’s Skylight Inn and Sam Jones BBQ didn’t seem concerned.

  • FDA Warns Whole Foods to Fix ‘Serious’ Food-Safety Violations: The FDA has delivered a rather severe letter to the grocery chain demanding it address, ASAP, a long list of problems inspectors uncovered at a food-prep plant in Massachusetts. Among their documented health hazards are ready-to-eat foods stored (and even prepped) under a ceiling leaking condensation, dirty dishes piled up near food, drums of "unidentified" chemicals, employees packaging quinoa cakes without washing hands, as well as Listeria welshimeri just hangin' out in the frankly very important sounding Veg Prep Room. 
  • You Want Tastier Coffee? Freeze Beans, Then Grind.  Colder beans produce smaller, more consistently sized particles when ground, yielding more flavor from less coffee, according to a study published in Scientific Reports.
  • The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016: The Full List of Winners: The annual rankings, which have been criticized for their lack of female-run restaurants, their tendency to favor expensive European-style tasting menus, and their lenient attitude toward judges accepting free meals, were announced at a ceremony in New York this evening.


  • Wilfie & Nell Team Taking Over Massive Former Oliver’s City Tavern Space in West Village: The people behind trendy bars-with-good-food Wilfie & Nell, The Wren, and The Penrose will soon be making their mark on one of the West Village’s biggest bar spaces. The Bua Bar Group, which runs six bars city-wide, has taken over the former Oliver’s City Tavern space at 190 West Fourth St. for a new bar with former Ai Fiori chef PJ Calapa.
  • Vinyl Mania Can’t Save the Greenwich Village Record Stores: “Music stores encapsulate a moment in history,” said Emily Judem, co-director of “For the Records,” a documentary about the demise of the Manhattan music mecca Bleecker Bob’s in 2013. “When you walk into one, they bring you back to a time that seems to be disappearing.”  That’s especially true in Greenwich Village.

  • Where to Find the Best Mochi Desserts in New York: Sweet, soft, pillowy and addictive, mochi is like a marshmallow, but so much better. The popular Japanese sweet rice cake has become a dessert sensation in New York, finding its way into sundaes, pastries and even donuts. Here’s your guide to the greatest mochi desserts the city has to offer.  

  • REVIEW: Frankel's Delicatessen. Frankel’s is not another Russ & Daughters. And it’s not even close to Sadelle’s. But it’s just as worthy of your Saturday morning.

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