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Thursday, October 27, 2016

The Weekly Roundup: FNYT in the News, Zagat 2017 NYC Winners and Best New Burger Lands In Greenwich Village

  • Walking Among the Mob - NoHo and Nolita as Told by Food: “NoHo and Nolita”. For the uninitiated, it doesn’t make sense. For those who know of the places, NoHo is “North of Houston Street” while Nolita is “North of Little Italy”. For those who’ve taken part in the famed Foods of NY walking tour, it’s an amazing combination of mouthwatering food and gangster stories. If that didn’t sound too appealing to you, read on and you’ll be surprised.




  • At the Beatrice Inn, Cuisine for Animals: The restaurant hired its fourth chef later that year. Her name is Angie Mar. A dinner there not long after she took over convinced me that the kitchen was moving in the right direction, but it did not hint that she would eventually make the Beatrice Inn into a meat lover’s palace with a menu unlike any other in the city.
  • The Best New Burgers In NYC: BACON CHEESE BURGER AT SEABIRD ($15) - Sure, the seafood is tempting at this nautically themed restaurant, but let your eyes and heart veer towards the burger on the menu for true beefy bliss. 

  • A 3rd Location of Jack’s Wife Freda Will Open Next Year: Considering the restaurant’s popularity, it’s almost surprising that Jack’s Wife Freda has remained a local, downtown brand. (A second location, on Carmine Street, opened two years ago.) Next year, owners Dean and Maya Jankelowitz will open inside Bio, a new retail concept at 375 West Broadway (near Broome), with more than 30 shops.
  • Lady Gaga Returns To Greenwich Village Bar Where She Launched Her Career: Gaga sang tracks from “Joanne,” released Friday, at The Bitter End late Thursday, going from piano to guitar. She was backed by a band that included Mark Ronson, who produced the new album, and Hillary Lindsey, who co-wrote with Gaga.
  • NYC’s Last Old-Fashioned Chocolate Shops: Li-Lac Chocolates — Even the antique orthography testifies to the venerable age of this chocolatier, founded in 1923 on Christopher Street, and moved to its current main location in the West Village a few years ago. 

  • From Fish Tacos to a Palace of Pickles, Chelsea Market is Tastier Than Ever: It’s no wonder that Chelsea Market has emerged as a formidable dining destination.  And its definitely not resting on its laurels; the last half year saw the debut of Berlin Currywurst (selling German sausages) Filaga (Sicilian pizza) and of course, Mike Solomonov’s Israeli hummusiya, Dizengoff — to supplement over 30 other established market staples, such as Mokbar, Friedman’s Lunch, Lobster Place and Sarabeth’s.
  • A Butcher Adds a Pickle Stand to His Portfolio: Jake Dickson’s butcher shop in Chelsea Market now has a sibling: a little shop for pickles and other fermented products, more than 30 of them. Bright containers of everything from standard half-sours to Italian eggplant pickles, mole carrots, pickled eggs and kimchi are set out in containers and tubs on a counter, with toothpicks for sampling.

  • Take a bite out of the Big Apple with this surprise-stuffed NYC food tour: Who knew that one of the most memorable moments for me, a foodie, in my three-hour walking culinary tour of NoHo (that’s North of Houston street) and Nolita (North of Little Italy) with Foods of NY wouldn’t be centered around a dish, but would be right at the end when Anny decided to sing us a goodbye song?

  • Nickel And Diner Successfully Updates The Diner Model In Chinatown: Nickel and Diner is destined to be a hit. You can still walk in and get a table even during prime brunch hours, but don't count on that lasting much longer. And when they start dinner service and get their liquor license? I can only hope it won't be completely overrun with the partying masses of Nolita and Soho. If things stay sane, though, this could be my total go-to in these parts for a long time to come.

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