Thursday, August 4, 2016
The Weekly Roundup: A First Look At FiDi Eataly, Union Fare's Croissant Ice Cream Sandwich and How To Eat Korean BBQ
- First Look Inside The Gigantic New Eataly Location At 4 World Trade Center: Eataly, hellbent on turning New York into a Rome with streets that are easier to cross, will open its second location in New York this month in the Financial District at 4 World Trade Center. We got a sneak peek at the 48,000 square foot food emporium today, and it was basically like diving into a beautiful sea of bread.
- New York City’s Last Remaining Dairy Plant Is Closing: A little-known fact about New York City is that a good amount of milk was once produced here. The area’s dairy heartland is upstate, but for centuries — literally since the Dutch were calling it New Amsterdam — somebody in this city has been bottling milk, and for most of that time even raising the dairy cows. Sadly, that era will come to an end on October 30, when Elmhurst Dairy, the last remaining producer inside city limits, closes its 80-year-old plant in Jamaica, Queens.
- 12 New Desserts That Are Essentially Deluxe Childhood Favorites: Chocolate spheres and conceptual cakes can be great. More often than not, though, what you really want is a dessert you know and love. Nothing more complicated then an old-fashioned sundae or a couple of slices of a classic butter cake. Thankfully, chefs at many spots around town are turning out their own takes on the sweets they, and you, grew up adoring. Here, a dozen for your sweet tooth.
- Union Fare’s Bakery Turns Super-Creative Croissants Into Lobster Rolls and Ice-Cream Sandwiches: They did it by eschewing novelty techniques and instead focusing on flavors, rolling out croissants that would probably feel out of place in Paris: birthday cake, matcha, cookies and cream, red velvet, and crème brûlée. And, as of today, they’re taking those flavors and also using them as the base of some brand-new ice-cream sandwiches.
- Fifty Finalists Are… An onigiri-slinging food truck, a pintxos party in the Rust Belt, an absolutely zero-frills taqueria, a French-Mexican brunch hangout, and 46 more of the most memorable restaurants we ate at this year. Check back August 16 to find out which spots earn a coveted place in the Hot 10.
- What It Takes to Run an Oyster Farm: On this episode of Shokunin, host and sushi chef David Bouhadana dons rubber pants and wades into the Pacific to learn more about oyster farming — specifically, the work of Moro Bay Oyster Company owner and manager Neal Maloney and his team.
- A Beginner's Guide To Eating Korean BBQ: Korean BBQ is one of the most fun and delicious communal dining experiences one can have, but for a newbie who doesn't know their banchan from their bulgogi, or their soju and their ssambap, it can be a little intimidating the first time.
- Northeast Braces for Devastating Peach Shortage: New England’s freak-show weather earlier this year — 40 degrees below zero on Valentine’s Day, 70 degrees above it a few weeks later — is having precisely the toll forecasters feared on the region’s fruit supplies.
- Seabird, a Seafood Restaurant from the Mountain Bird Team, Opens With Mediterranean Vibes: The team from critically acclaimed Harlem restaurant Mountain Bird is now serving seafood in the West Village at Seabird, a casual cafe with a raw bar and comfort food like burgers and sandwiches.
- Inside Casa Apicii, A Gorgeous New Restaurant In A Greenwich Village Townhouse: In an era of minimalist Edison bulbs and reclaimed wood, a restaurant that selects a bold, dramatic design aesthetic deserves a round of applause, at least. Casa Apicii, which opened on West 9th Street last week in a historic townhouse, deserves plenty of claps for its embrace of the dramatic.
- Fellow Barber opening fourth NYC location at Chelsea Market: Fellow Barber is celebrating its 10th anniversary by opening its new location at the Chelsea Market. The new 400 s/f branch is the barbershop’s sixth location and fourth in New York City.
- Morgenstern's Finest Ice Cream Launches New 'Heavy Hitters' Flavor Series: Nick Morgenstern rounded up five famous New York City chefs to create their own ice cream flavors for his "Heavy Hitters" series launching Aug. 1 at 2 Rivington St., giving each talent the opportunity to put their unique spin on the frozen favorite.
- Vic’s Sun Gold–Tomato Salad Is the Ultimate Summer Greenmarket Dish: Peak tomato season is upon us, and Vic’s Hillary Sterling has set the bar high for chefs whose goal it is to spotlight summertime’s No. 1 Greenmarket ingredient in ways that go beyond a drizzle of olive oil, a sprinkle of sea salt, and a strewing of basil.
- Chinatown Residents Speak Out about the Area’s Influx of Art Galleries: In the heart of Chinatown last Tuesday evening, some three dozen New Yorkers filed into the neighborhood’s oldest store, Wing On Wo & Co., to discuss the recent influx of galleries to the area.
- Here’s a Tour of the World’s First Commercial Rooftop Vineyard in Brooklyn: Oenophiles with bad hay fever, your day has finally come: The world’s first-ever commercial rooftop vineyard has fully ensconced itself on 15,000 square feet atop the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where it’s already growing rows of grapes.