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Thursday, December 22, 2016

The Weekly Roundup: 10 Best New NYC Meat Dishes Of 2016, Shake Shack Goes Gluten Free and New York City's World Of Sausage

  • 10 Most Important NYC Restaurant Openings of 2016: With rents perhaps the highest they've ever been and the dining public more fickle and distracted, restaurateurs in NYC played it safe in 2016, focusing mostly on hotel concepts and French and Italian fare. Forget about foam, smoke and other hocus-pocus, this past year was all about earthy Euro classics reinterpreted. But of course, there were a few surprises. Below, in no particular order, we recount 10 of the most important dining experiences of 2016.
  • The Eight Craziest Hanukkah Latkes in NYC: You’ve got to love a holiday (Hanukkah) that advocates for the consumption of deep-fried food (latkes). But anyone could lose their taste for sour cream-cloaked potato pancakes after eight straight days, which is why we’re showcasing a host of chef-inspired options; from zaatar hummus-adorned rounds at Mile End to turkey and latke sandwiches at Ellary’s Greens!
  • New Year's Eve NYC Dining Guide: Where to Ring in 2017: What better way to move past the complete and total mess that was 2016 than with very, very delicious food? We rounded up the spots around New York where we are most excited to spend New Year’s Eve. Ranging from low-key tasting menus to all-out dance parties, let us help to find the new year’s dinner that’s right for you. 
  • The 10 Best New Meat Dishes of 2016: Eater’s resident carnivore picks his favorite new dishes of the year.

  • Shake Shack Rolls Out Gluten-Free Buns Nationwide: No more resorting to lettuce-wrapped Smoke Shacks for you, wheat-averse burger fiend. Danny Meyer’s burger chain Shake Shack has introduced gluten-free buns for the first time (just as it’s taken its mobile-ordering app national). 
  • This New Restaurant Chain Exclusively Serves the Homeless at Dinnertime: The most interesting thing is the unique business model: breakfast and lunch revenue, paid for by guests, cover the nightly cost of free dinners. The idea is a setting — servers in uniforms, proper cutlery, etc. — that “gives you back some dignity,” García Rodríguez says, crediting the inspiration to Pope Francis, “who’s spoken again and again about the importance of giving people dignity.”
  • It's Last Call On The Shift Drink In Some NYC Restaurants & Bars: But the restaurant industry has one of the highest rates of alcohol and drug abuse and in recent years, the tradition has come under increased scrutiny. Concerned about liability, employee health, and productivity, some restaurant owners have moved to end the practice.
  • Ugly" Winter Veggies and Where to Eat Them in NYC: Some winter vegetables may not be the prettiest-looking ingredients (in raw form) but around town, chefs are thinking of creative ways to bring out their inner beauty. 


  • Pearl And Ash Closes After More Than Three Years On Bowery: Acclaimed small plates parlor Pearl & Ash closed on Saturday after more than three years on Bowery. Flo Flab reports that owners Branden McRill and Patrick Cappiello will keep the space at 220 Bowery for private events, and that they plan to open a similar concept in the West Village next year.
  • The Absolute Best Pub in New York: Twenty-one-year-old beer pioneer Blind Tiger is almost always crowded, but it’s also almost always worth braving the crowds, particularly if you’re a suds geek headed there for tap takeovers by 21st Amendment or Carton.

  • Da Silvano, Celebrity Hot Spot and Local Legend, Closes After 41 Years: Legendary Greenwich Village Italian restaurant Da Silvano has closed for good after more than 40 years in business. The Post reports that owner Silvano Marchetto could no longer keep up with rising operating costs, from higher minimum wages to a $41,000-per-month rent. The restaurant opened in 1975 and was best known for being a celebrity magnet, counting people like Rihanna, Katherine Heigl, Sean Penn, Owen Wilson, Madonna, and Anna Wintour as diners.
    • Remembering Da Silvano, A Real-Deal NYC Icon: Da Silvano was a Greenwich Village institution. It opened in 1975 and stayed in the same spot, with the same owner, Silvano Marchetto, the entire time. It closed on Tuesday, which Marchetto blames on rising labor costs and rent of $41,000-per-month. Sometimes just lasting that long will gain you icon status in New York, but Da Silvano went beyond that. Here’s what we’ll remember about the legendary restaurant at 260 6th Ave.

  • New York City’s Wonderful World of Sausages: New York City seems to have an infinite variety of "tube steaks" from dozens of different cultures. We have our venerable frankfurter, just as we have our gyuma, a sausage newly arrived from the Himalayas. Here is a very partial list of sausages available here, organized by country of origin. Even newer is the approach to wursts taken by Berlin Currywurst (75 9th Ave, 646-827-3689) in Chelsea Market, where you can get a breakfast sandwich topped with a sausage of your choice, including a brat. 
  • The 14 Best Pies In NYC: The Guinness Steak and Mushroom from Tuck Shop Tuck Shop slings out Aussie quick bites in a laid-back little joint in the East Village. The Guinness Steak and Mushroom Pie has a hearty, stew-like filling of steak chunks and horseradish gravy, seasoned with green peppercorns and all enclosed by a thick crust. 

  • 8 Pizzas That Haunt My Dreams, 2016: Prince Street Pizza in Soho made my list last year, and has appeared on previous 8PTHMD lists since its 2012 debut. The Spicy Spring, an airy and crisp crust topped with spicy, garlic-spiked sauce and an absurd number of curled, grease-bearing pepperoni, is a deeply satisfying piece of pizza and among the best of the New York–Sicilian pies in the city.

  • Why do Jews eat Chinese food on Christmas? How the tradition has evolved over 100 years.  It's Thursday, Dec. 25, 2015, and the streets of lower Manhattan are packed. Dredging through the slush on Doyers Street, I can barely push by a family lined up outside Chinatown's Nom Wah Tea Parlor to reach an understated noodle shop to see if they have open seats in the basement. They don't. 

  • A First Look at the New Branch of Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare: Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare, a celebrated restaurant in a Brooklyn supermarket where the chef César Ramirez serves his tasting menus, has finally opened an outpost in the grocery’s Midtown Manhattan store.  It’s a warmer setting than the original, industrial layout. A polished walnut countertop with seating for 18 faces a well-equipped kitchen, and at one end, against a wood backdrop, there are black banquettes and tables that can accommodate up to another 18 guests.

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