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Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Weekly Roundup: Dickson's Meats Brings Brines To Chelsea Market, Affordable Tasting Menus and Katz's Deli Questions Answered

  • A FOOD TOUR OF GREENWICH VILLAGE, NEW YORK: On a recent visit back to my adopted city, I embraced my touristy side and took The Original Greenwich Village Food and Culture Walking Tour hosted by Foods of New York Tours. It was three hours full of learning about local food institutions, exploring mom and pop shops, tasting goods in specialty food shops, discovering the old Italian neighborhood and learning a whole lot of history sprinkled with pop culture.

  • NYC'S BEST TASTING MENUS THAT AREN'T A RIP-OFF: In New York City, “tasting menu” may as well be code for spending a lot of money. But in 2016, it’s not just Goldman Sachs execs who can afford the chef’s prix fixe. Plenty of restaurants have started realizing they don’t need to charge obscene prices to give you a taste of the chef’s best dishes. 
  • THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT KATZ'S, NYC'S MOST BELOVED DELI: But as widely publicized as Katz’s may be, there’s still so much about the deli you don’t know. Like, can you really get in trouble for losing your ticket? We sat down with Katz’s youngest-ever owner, Jake Dell, whose family inherited the store in 1988, to find out everything you need to know about the deli.
  • Food on Demand Is Evolving, Again: New Yorkers want a food delivery service that’s smart, unique and above all compelling—it’s a tough crowd.
  • Nirvana, Nordic Style, at Grand Central’s New Food Hall: The food hall opened in June in Grand Central Terminal’s former waiting room, Vanderbilt Hall, a half-hidden demi-cathedral of Tennessee pink marble and gold chandeliers that turn everything the color of honey.

  • Why Starbucks Is Doubling Down on Fancy Coffee: CEO Howard Schultz says today that they’ve decided to double the number of fancier Reserve cafés planned for 2017 basically in an effort to be taken more seriously. Instead of 500, there will now be 1,000 of the chain’s over-the-top Reserve “bars” that serve the “rarest coffees” by the end of next year.
  • Ignore the Headlines: Sometimes Tomatoes Belong in the Fridge: "Never refrigerate your tomatoes!”.  You hear it every single year, starting in summer and repeated into fall, as gardens across the country give up the last of their fresh tomatoes. The problem is, it's not good advice—when it comes to tomato storage, best practices are significantly more nuanced.
  • The Return of Ranch Dressing, a Great American Condiment: Many Americans put ranch dressing on everything — including ranch dressing — like it’s an American salsa. Others love to hate it. Despite some attempts to drive it underground, ranch is experiencing a revival among the sort of chefs who, a few years ago, would’ve turned up their noses at it.
  • Two Short Self-Guided Wine Tours on the East End: Depending on how far east you want to go, it’s easy to hit three wineries and have a good lunch in just a couple of hours.


  • New West Village Vegan Restaurant Comes With A Downstairs Soul Lounge: Blossom du Jour, the city's largest vegan chain, adds a new restaurant to their lineup of cruelty-free dining on Wednesday with Urban Vegan Kitchen, part restaurant, part lounge, all animal-friendly (well, leave your pets at home). Like the other locations, UVK seeks to make traditionally meat-centric dishes into vegan-friendly fare. Dainty vegan tapas this is not.
  • A Murray’s Cheese Fondue and Cider Pairing, Featuring 25 Different New York Producers: The event is also both a fundraiser for the New York Cider Association, as well as a highlight of the city’s annual Cider Week.
  • Historic Speakeasy Chumley’s Finally Reopens as a Restaurant Tonight: Renowned West Village speakeasy Chumley’s will reopen its doors tonight after nearly a decade out of commission. Restaurateur Alessandro Borgognone, who’s best known for opening upscale sushi house Sushi Nakazawa, took over the space last December and has turned the former literary pub into a full-fledged restaurant, with food from Atera alum chef Victoria Blamey. Dinner is reservation-only for now, though people can walk-in for drinks at the bar.

  • Bob Dylan’s NYC: Defining spots for the Nobel Prize winner.  Greenwich Village locals were thrilled to hear that Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature Thursday, “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.”
  • Inside The Transformation Of A Gorgeous Greenwich Village Residence:Back in 2013, architect Adam Kushner (of KUSHNERstudios) and his wife bought the gorgeous residence at 16 Minetta Lane for $3.75 million from famed event designer Robert Isabell. In the years since, Kushner has been hard at work remaking the home—and yesterday, New Yorkers got a chance to get a glimpse inside of the Greenwich Village work-in-progress as part of OHNY.

  • NYC Wine & Food Festival 2016: Chelsea Market Live Recap: Chelsea Market opened its doors to NYC foodies on Thursday, Oct. 13, for exclusive tastes of what its permanent vendors have to offer. A deceptively large entrance line moved quickly as fellow foodies filtered through the various stalls, restaurants, and booths, nabbing bites and drinks provided by Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits of New York.
  • A New Pickle Shop Is Coming To Chelsea Market: Jake Dickson, owner of Dickson's Farmstand Meats in Chelsea, is opening a second business venture at Chelsea Market next week called Dickson's Fine Brines. According to Eater, Dickson's Fine Brines is an homage to the pickle stands that used to be scattered throughout the Lower East Side, particularly the nearly-100-year-old Guss' Pickles, which Dickinson said was a huge part of his childhood.

  • Donna Lennard Brings a New Chef to Il Buco Alimentari in Noho: Lennard recently hired chef Garrison Price, an alum of several Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurants and the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group restaurant Asiate. He’s been in the kitchen for about a month, and soon, the menu will be changing more than it has in the last two years. "We’ll be working on all cylinders this fall," Lennard says.
  • Omakase, on a Deadline, at Sushi on Jones: At Sushi on Jones, the price is $50 for 12 pieces, which gives you two and a half minutes to contemplate and devour each, a more leisurely pace than Jiro’s. If the sushi is not quite as transcendent, it may be the best ever made in the equivalent of a tollbooth.
  • Dumpling Hot-Spot Mimi Cheng’s Opens in Nolita This Week: Sisters Hannah and Marian Cheng struck a chord when they opened Mimi Cheng’s in the East Village two years ago, featuring Taiwanese dumplings made from healthy, locally sourced ingredients. At their second outpost, which opens on Broome Street on Wednesday, they’ve slightly expanded their menu to include bento boxes and scallion pancakes, but they’re still focusing their operation on what they do best: made-to-order dumplings, based off their mother’s secret recipe.

  • HOW TO NAVIGATE A FILIPINO RESTAURANT MENU: For years, there's been buzz in the US food world that's had Filipina grandmothers fiercely guarding their recipes. Now, it's official: Pinoy food has finally hit the American mainstream. We're not at peak ube yet (that's purple yam, for the cheap seats), but the Philippines is making its mark on the American dining scene.

  • How Brooklyn Winery Turns 54 Truckloads Of Grapes Into Fine Urban Wine: The Brooklyn Winery, which opened in 2010, is unique in that its location is not in the vicinity of the vines that supply it with grapes. Indeed, unlike a winery in Napa or the Finger Lakes, the grapes, sourced from all over the country, must be sent in refrigerated trucks to Brooklyn. 

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