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Thursday, January 26, 2017

The Weekly Roundup: Foods Of NY In The News, USA Wins Gold At Bocuse d'Or and The Best Chicken Wings In NYC

  • The Absolute Best Chicken Wings in New York: You may, as many people do, associate wings with football, and fair enough — they’re one of the all-time most satisfying finger foods, easy to snack on while keeping your eyes glued to a screen. ’Tis the season, so we’ve rounded up the very best wings New York has to offer, but make no mistake: You don’t need an excuse to eat them, and in fact, these are so good they may distract you from the game.
  • ALL THE BEST DEALS DURING NYC WINTER RESTAURANT WEEK: It’s back again! The biannual celebration of New York City’s food scene known as Restaurant Week returns January 23rd through February 10th. (Just like last time, the “week” actually lasts for two weeks -- though some restaurants are known to extend their specials even longer.) During that time, participating restaurants offer three-course lunches for $29 and three-course dinners for $42, which can be a great deal if you plan your reservations right.
  • 50 of the Best Places to Eat Brunch in NYC: Brunch is a big deal in New York City. On the weekends, restaurants in the five boroughs contain an endless sea of midday dining options, so it's not easy to tell which restaurants actually care about the food and the experience, or which ones are just serving some eggs and other brunch-y stuff to appease the masses.  With that in mind, here is a guide to 50 excellent brunch options across New York City. Whether you're looking for something ritzy or affordable, creative or straightforward, this map has got you covered.
    • Rise and Dine: From Seattle to Boston, these are the nation's top diners.
  • Trending: Real-Deal Vietnamese Restaurants Boom in NYC.  Vietnamese food, laden with its herbaceous soups and fresh ingredients, has long been lacking from NYC's culinary landscape. But not anymore. In the past month alone, countless new spots have opened up, introducing city-goers to more highly regional dishes with roots in home-style cooking. Take a look at some of the latest and greatest Vietnamese restaurants to hit New York. 

  • How Punishing Sanctuary Cities Will Destroy the Restaurant Industry: Without employing undocumented immigrants, who are generally paid significantly less than on-the-books restaurant labor, restaurants would see their overhead costs increase, leading to raised menu prices — which, given the already tight margins of most restaurants’ business models and customers’ well-established aversion to paying more, could translate into widespread closures. 
  • How Restaurants Prepare for VIPs: Though restaurants aim to give everyone good service, regulars, big spenders, and friends of the staff often get special treatment in the form of a better table, free cocktails at the bar, or maybe even a few surprise courses courtesy of the chef.
  • Now Climate Change Is Destroying California’s Pistachio and Almond Trees: Watch out, pistachio and almond lovers — climate change is coming for your nuts. Literally almost all of both in America (99 percent for pistachios, 100 percent for almonds) are grown in California because of the state’s near-perfect weather for the trees. Now, though, warming temperatures are starting to “dramatically reduce the yield” for them in particular, NPR says.
  • The Little Kitchens That Could: Nothing says American ingenuity like the eager food entrepreneurs who think their scrumptious concoctions can make it in a culinary landscape that favors big corporations. Earlier this week, 1,400 exhibitors set up shop at the Winter Fancy Food Show in the cavernous Moscone Center here, including some mom-and-pop operations determined to defy the odds.
  • USA Wins Gold Medal at 2017 Bocuse d'Or: It's the first time in the competition's 30 year history Americans have won.


  • This Is the Difference Between Extra-Virgin and Regular Olive Oil: It seems we're always grabbing for a bottle of "good" olive oil. For the most part, cookbook authors are referring to extra-virgin olive oil, the almighty elixir that sits a bit higher on the supermarket shelf than the regular version. But what exactly makes a bottle of EVOO so much more prized—and expensive—than its paler, more affordable brother?
  • Hold Onto Your Deep Dishes; Emmy Squared is Opening in Manhattan: Owners Emily and Matt Hyland of hit Brooklyn pizzerias, Emily and Emmy Squared, are opening a Manhattan location of their Detroit-style pizza restaurant, Emmy Squared. The couple is taking over the 35 Downing St. space that is currently home to Blue Ribbon Bakery Kitchen, set to close at the end of January. 

  • Eat This Now: 25 Essential Dishes to Try in NYC.  The geniuses behind a highly rated taqueria, the aptly named Los Tacos No. 1, debuted this seafood-laden spin-off just behind the original in Chelsea Market in late 2016. The crispy fried fish tacos are topped with a tangy slaw, spicy aïoli and fresh tomatoes. The shrimp ceviche tostada is also one of our favorites.

  • 5 different things to do in New York City: The food tour we’ve done with Foods Of NY was such a pleasant surprise and a great way to get to know and taste what the NoLita (stands for North of Little Italy) neighbourhood is all about.

  • It Looks Like Chinatown Karaoke Dive Winnie’s Will Return From the Dead: Attention, karaoke-loving New Yorkers: You can stop mourning the shuttering of Winnie’s now. Not because it’s been almost two years since the business closed, but because it looks like it may return. The shuttered bar’s owners have applied for a liquor license for a Chinatown space at 58 East Broadway, in what will reportedly be a brand-new space without many elements from the original bar.
  • 8 Must-Try Dumplings in NYC: Nom Wah Tea Parlor has long been one of the most famous dim sum spots in New York; just a little while ago, the restaurant opened a brand-new outpost with a fast-casual focus in NoLita. The new place has a slew of different offerings, like rice bowls and salads; but the most-loved selections are the dumplings, specifically the shrimp and pork sui mai: small, umami-packed pouches that come stuffed to the brim with filling.  
  • Chinatown 2.0: The Next Generation of Restaurants Redefining the Historic Nabe.  Chinatown has long been a destination food neighborhood — but up until a little while ago, the must-hit spots were mostly the historic, classically Chinese joints. Now, with its prime location downtown, Chinatown is home to some of New York’s hottest dining real estate. Intermixed among mini-malls and specialty grocery stores, you’ll find a wide range of new restaurants — from poke spots to vegan cafes — many of which pay homage to the neighborhood’s storied history of Chinese immigration. Next time you’re winding through Canal Street, add one of these new places to your Chinatown rotation.  

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