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Thursday, September 22, 2016

The Weekly Roundup: Taco Truck Wins Vendy Awards, Los Tacos No. 1 Branches Out and Dizengoff Goes Family Style

  • Sunset Park Taco Truck Crowned NYC's Best Mobile Food Vendor: The 12th annual Vendy Awards unfolded on Governor's Island once again on a spectacularly beautiful Saturday afternoon this past weekend. The fete, which crowns winners in a variety of categories related to mobile food vending, is both a competition and a fundraiser for the Street Vendor Project, which supports all types of vendors operating on city streets and sidewalks. As has become routine, the bees also enjoyed the day's bounty.
  • Seven Courses at Per Se with a 3-Year-Old: On Sunday, September 18, the high-backed, cushy seats at Thomas Keller’s famed Per Se restaurant were filled not with couples celebrating anniversaries, but with the future generation of foodies. The restaurant's premiere First Timers Lunch was already underway when my Ralph Lauren blazer-clad three and a half-year old, Teddy and his Mickey Mouse stuffed friend and I settled into a cozy two-top overlooking Columbus Circle. The plan: a seven-course meal, where kids under 16 eat free and the ticket price is slightly reduced for adults. 
  • Celebrated Gypsy Brewer Evil Twin Will Open a Brewery and Taproom in New York: Evil Twin’s new home will be in a former banquet hall with 10,000 square feet of production room, enough to brew an additional 5,000 to 8,000 barrels of beer. “This is a place where we can play around, experiment, do one-off batches,” Jarnit-Bjergsø says; he also notes that they’ll be working more with the restaurants, like Mission Chinese Food, the NoMad, and Blanca, with which Evil Twin often collaborates.
  • 20 Great Restaurants In The Theater District: Unfortunately for the people who appreciate sailor costumes and a good Cole Porter number, this is exactly where the theater district is. The thing is, you can find good food here - it’s just harder to locate. It might not be as good as the stuff downtown, but that’s just something you have to come to terms with. Here are twenty places to get an actually-good meal before you see Wicked for the tenth time.

  • The Global Street Food Chefs Rack Up Miles For: If you really want to know the right way to season a blood sausage in Seoul, what to do when you get the munchies in Bilbao, or where to get your hot dog slathered with a mound of shrimp salad in Norway, you have to ask a chef.
  • 100 Best Restaurants for Foodies in America: OpenTable Releases Its 2016 List: OpenTable has just released another of its popular and much-anticipated lists: The 100 Best Restaurants for Foodies in America.  This year’s honorees are located in 30 states and Washington D.C., with California topping the list (it’s home to 17 restaurants).
  • Fred Armisen and Bill Hader Made the Perfect Prestige Food-Porn Parody: Juan Likes Rice & Chicken, the title of the faux doc, follows the chef and owner of a remote restaurant in Colombia — “a 40-minute walk from the nearest road” — who has earned three Michelin stars on the strength of his rice and chicken.
  • High-fat cheese: the secret to a healthy life? A diet rich in cheese might actually be good for our health, according to a new study.  A group of researchers from the University of Copenhagen found that eating cheese could help to improve health by increasing our levels of "good" high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol - thought to offer protection against cardiovascular and metabolic diseases.


  • Mah-Ze-Dahr Bakery Is Now Kicking Out the Jams on Greenwich Avenue: Doughnuts, brownies, and vanilla choux are ready to go at chef Umber Ahmad’s long-awaited first brick-and-mortar bakery Mah-Ze-Dahr. The cafe and bakery at 28 Greenwich Ave. has been in the works since she raised more than $35,000 on Kickstarter two years ago, and Ahmad finally swung open the doors to the public at 7 a.m. on Thursday morning.

  • Owners of Los Tacos No. 1 Embark on Maritime Odyssey With Opening of Los Mariscos: The purveyors of some of the city's finest tacos and breakfast burritos are planning a new restaurant inside Chelsea Market specializing in fish tacos, seafood salads, and cocktails. Dubbed Los Mariscos, the new spinoff of Los Tacos No. 1 is slated to open this weekend near the original taqueria. 
  • Dizengoff Launches Israeli Family-Style Dinner Next Week: The hummus and pita aficionados at Dizengoff will finally be making their debut of dinner next week, the first time the hitmakers from Philly be offering a menu of more than just hummus in New York. Michael Solomonov and Steve Cook’s Chelsea Market outpost will be the first Dizengoff to serve dinner, run by chef Emily Seaman.

  • God Bless Mr. Donahue's Retro Comfort Food: In a cubby above the vintage Pepsi-branded letter board menu at Mr. Donahue's, a vintage peaked policeman's cap nests next to a photograph of the man who wore it, Purple Heart veteran and former NYPD detective Frank Donahue. The brim of this family heirloom faces out toward this throwback Nolita lunch counter, which chefs Ann Redding and Matt Danzer built in his memory.

  • Nom Wah Tea Parlor Is Opening A Second NYC Location: Longtime popup spot Old Bowery Station will be transforming into a full-time restaurant in the coming months when it's converted into the second NYC location of historic dim sum restaurant Nom Wah Tea Parlor. A new location for the restaurant will be coming to the 10 Kenmare space sometime soon, according to Bowery Boogie; a new Twitter account also confirms the move.
    • Nom Wah Is Opening a Counter Service Spinoff in Nolita: Dim sum legend Nom Wah Tea Parlor is opening a second New York location after more than 100 years in Chinatown. Owner Wilson Tang and his team started posting on social media over the weekend about Nom Wah Nolita, a new location at 10 Kenmare St.

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