Thursday, December 1, 2016
The Weekly Roundup: Restaurant Workers Get A Raise, Essential Guide To Brooklyn Pizza and The Best Steak Tartare In NYC
- NYC's Best Restaurants, According To OpenTable: Michelin, Zagat, the New York Times: all venerable sources for finding a city's "best" restaurant. But with the rise of social media and peer review sites, spots like Yelp, Trip Advisor and even OpenTable now release their own top restaurant lists, with the latter debuting their 2016 list yesterday.
- Anthony Bourdain Supports Law That Would Double the City’s Food Carts: Anthony Bourdain wants to see more street food vendors in New York City, the globe trotting TV star declares in a new video.
- 11 Restaurants That Couldn't Survive 2016: After a so-so 2015 for restaurant openings, 2016 turned out to be a pretty great year in dining — giving us gems like Le Coucou and Olmsted. Unfortunately, this being New York, there were a fair amount of flops as well. Pour one out for these 11 closures, many of whom had a lifespan even shorter than the election...
- The World’s First Global-Local Beer Just Landed in New York: Bira91, a beer “imagined in India,” has aspirations to be one of the top 10 craft beers in the world in just five years.
- How Tour Guides Abroad Learn to Cater to Exotic Americans: If you’re an American traveler fascinated by the foreign and exotic, understand this: Your tour guide probably finds you equally strange and otherworldly. Just ask the people who train the guides.
- See What’s at the Union Square Greenmarket with This App: If you’re like me, going to the farmers market evokes a feeling that lies somewhere between Christmas morning and Black Friday shopping. Fortunately, GrowNYC kept shoppers like me in mind when they debuted their Union Square Greenmarket app nearly two seasons ago. The app, free to both iPhone and Android users, is updated each morning with the market’s available items to quell some of the anticipation of shopping blind.
- New York’s Proposed Overtime Overhaul Would Give Restaurant Workers Hefty Raises: Starting next month, salaried hospitality workers earning less than $42,900 could qualify for overtime.
- Why You Should Crack an Egg Into Your Coffee Grounds: I remember watching my grandmother make us egg coffee when we’d visit her summertime cabin home on the orange-tinged shores of Lake Esquagama, Minnesota. She’d crack an egg into a small bowl and beat it until thoroughly blended, then mix the egg into dry coffee grounds.
- This Japanese Spork Revolutionized the Way I Slurp Ramen: The Ramen Spoon + Fork’s designer Masami Takahashi was tasked, in 2007, with updating the cumbersome spork offered at the Sugakiya Japanese ramen chain.
- The Absolute Best Steak Tartare in New York: Victoria Blamey, who spent time as the sous chef at Atera before taking over the kitchen at the lavish Chumley’s 2.0 reboot, constructs her perfectly sized, intensely flavorful tartare with a modest chop of top round steak, mixed with mustard, shallots, confit tomatoes, anchovy paste, lemon juice, olive oil, and a speckling of crushed hazelnuts.
- See Vintage Photos of the Teens Who Ran Washington Square Park in the 1950s: The images are all black and white, and though strictly speaking they fall into the category of “street photography,” they’re close-cropped and intimate: Looking at them, you can feel the quiet energy of each encounter.
- Cake shop Piece of Velvet to open flagship in Greenwich Village: Eastern Consolidated’s Retail Leasing Division has arranged a 10-year, 325 s/f lease at 101 Macdougal Street for Piece of Velvet, a cake and cupcake shop that will be opening its flagship store in the space. Named by GQ Magazine as one of the top 10 food places to visit in Brooklyn, Piece of Velvet operates four other locations in Brooklyn and one in Manhattan.
- Number of food halls grew by 37.1% in first 9 months of 2016: The report, which was released with an accompanying video series, tracks the explosive growth of food-centered retail since the recession and ranks the top 10 food hall concepts in New York City and the top 20 nationally.
- Eat This Now: 25 Essential Dishes to Try in NYC. Fish tacos at Los Mariscos; Who says December isn't a month for killer fish tacos? The geniuses behind number-one rated taqueria, the aptly named Los Tacos No. 1, debuted this seafood-laden spin-off just behind the original in Chelsea Market.
- Sushi on Jones: So when we say Sushi On Jones breaks conventions, we don't mean it in the sense of, "This restaurant only serves small plates!" This "restaurant," an outdoor, four-seat, omakase-only sushi bar where you're limited to 30-minutes and have to make a reservation by text message, pretty much just says f*ck you to all the things that normally make a restaurant a restaurant.
- Video: How Wilson Tang Uncovered the Culinary Treasures of Chinatown.
- Chinese Tuxedo Opens in Chinatown Tonight With Mapo Lo Mein and Sweet-and-Sour Pork Cheeks: Entering this fray is Chinese Tuxedo, a new restaurant that opens tomorrow on the always-cinematic Doyers Street. While Hao Noodle and Tea reflects modern China, Chinese Tuxedo is inspired in part by the cooking of the Chinese diaspora and, more specifically, Australia.
- The Essential Guide to Brooklyn Pizza: Brooklyn is home to hundreds of pizzerias, from classic corner slice shops to historic coal-burning icons. And adding to the already long list of beloved pizzerias, Brooklyn has experienced a second wave of pizza dominance: new-school spots placing a premium on quality dough and local ingredients, and in turn added a new and delicious dimension to the pizza scene. Old or new, we think that you need to know (and eat) them all. Put this list in your back pocket on your next BK pizza crawl.