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Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Weekly Roundup: Restaurant Workers Get A Raise, Essential Guide To Brooklyn Pizza and The Best Steak Tartare In NYC




  • 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.

  • 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.

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