Thursday, January 5, 2017
The Weekly Roundup: Keith McNally Latest Spot Augustine Instant Classic, Shake Shack Gets A Raise and Big Bleecker Elevates BBQ In Greenwich Village
- The Best Tour in NYC: We rarely take guided tours, but this seemed different and involved food. It was honestly one of the best "sightseeing" experience I've EVER had. I highly, highly recommend checking this out on your next trip to New York City. Our tour was led by the lovely and witty, Robin.
- Augustine Is an Instant Keith McNally Classic: Eater’s restaurant critic awards two stars to the new French restaurant from Keith McNally.
- The 10 Best Hangover Foods In NYC: If you prefer your hangover dishes restaurant-sourced, though, there are plenty of panaceas around town to keep your stomach lining from shedding in the nearest toilet and/or subway platform. Here are our 10 favorites; leave yours in the comments, and note that though we've typically run Gothamist's Best Hangover post on New Year's Day, I'm still recovering from Saturday night, so these tips are still applicable.
- 40 Most Anticipated NYC Restaurant Openings of 2017: From new concepts from celebrity chefs like Jean-Georges Vongerichten and José Andrés to hotly anticipated food halls, 2017 is bringing along a slew of new restaurants to look forward to in the new year.
- Sugarfish, L.A.'s Cult Sushi Mecca, Debuts in the Big Apple: In 1987, at the age of 42, Nozawa opened his eponymous sushi restaurant in Studio City, California. (An intimate venue in a nondescript strip mall, it boasted a sign on the wall that read, "Today's Special: Trust Me.") "It was one of the proudest and most nerve-racking moments of his life," Mok said. The place developed a Soup Nazi–like reputation among L.A. foodies, becoming known as the sushi spot where you eat what you're given, immediately and without question.
- Starbucks Is on Track to Become the World’s Biggest ‘Restaurant’ Chain: Influential industry analyst Mark Kalinowski predicts Starbucks is on pace to become the world’s most valuable restaurant company soon, naming it his top restaurant stock pick for 2017 despite recent labor problems, disappointing earnings, and Howard Schultz’s departure as CEO.
- Restaurant Industry’s Sales Were Somehow Even More Horrible in December: A really bad year for restaurants ended on an appropriately sour note: Analysts predict December will be the only month in a particularly terrible year where the entire industry generated negative sales growth.
- Shake Shack Hikes Burger Prices to Increase Worker Wages: As fast food labor practices continue to spark nationwide protests and prompt lawmakers to raise the minimum wage, Danny Meyer’s billion-dollar burger chain continues to stake its reputation on consumers who don’t mind spending an extra dollar or two for critic-approved fare and fairly paid workers. Case in point: Shake Shack, famous for its long lines and griddled burgers, hiked some of its menu prices by up to 36 cents last month so it could better compensate its staffers.
- The Perils of Being the People’s Critic: What happens when traditional restaurant criticism meets a revolutionary restaurant.
- This Beer Is Made Specifically for Drinking in the Shower: Anyone who's ever been 22 understands the special refreshing taste of a shower beer enjoyed during the traditional Saturday-night pregame. (Or for some of us, the hair-of-the-dog Sunday-morning shower beer with less-than-optimal results.) Yet, in all its glory, the shower beer sometimes falls flat. You're forced to chug most of the beverage before finishing your shower, not to mention the steam escalates your brew's temperature a little too quickly.
- Tio Pepe: Very Tasty Shades of Spain in Greenwich Village. Tio Pepe has prospered since 1970, and considering this Greenwich Village hot spot is right in the middle of one of the most competitive restaurant neighborhoods in the world, it must be doing something right. It is, in fact, doing many things right.
- Dreamy Winter Dishes in NYC: While hotel restaurants tend to skew all-American, refined Italian or French, Fifty flirts with South American flavors — think Fluke Ceviche with sweet potato in leche de tigre, tomato-braised Goat Ribs over honeyed plantain, and an assortment of Grapes, Watercress and Roasted Maitake Mushrooms, mingled with truffle and celery root puree.
- Good Stock Opens in the West Village: Good Stock started in Smorgasburg in 2014 as a solo soup project for Ben LeBlanc, a native of Louisiana with a taste for gumbo. After a twice-weekly lunchtime kiosk at the West Elm in Dumbo, Brooklyn, he teamed up with the chef David Santos, formerly of Louro in the West Village.
- Pig Bleecker Plans to Elevate Barbecue in Greenwich Village: PIG BLEECKER; How about a newcomer with a striking approach to put on your list for 2017, a year that may match 2016 for good dining options? At his new Greenwich Village restaurant, opening in mid-January, Matt Abdoo, the former chef de cuisine at Del Posto and the chef and partner in the rustic, mostly outdoor Pig Beach in Gowanus, Brooklyn, is making barbecue with high-end flourishes.
- Creamline to open new Chelsea shop with free hot chocolate, fried Oreos: Creamline -- the Chelsea Market purveyor of locally sourced comfort foods -- is celebrating its first standalone location with free hot chocolate and fried Oreos.
- REVIEW: Los Mariscos. The people behind our favorite tacos in Manhattan (Los Tacos No. 1) have done it again, this time with with seafood.
- 11 Excellent Things to Eat, Drink, and Do in January: Check Out Il Buco Alimentari’s New Menu. In the fall, Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria announced it had hired a new chef in Garrison Price, who previously worked for Jean-Georges, Curtis Duffy, and José Andrés. This month, the restaurant will debut his revamped menu with dishes like riso nero ($17), a paella-like black-rice dish made with pork sausage and blue prawns, and agnolotti ($28) stuffed with roast duck and caramelized chestnut purée.
- The Absolute Best Thai Restaurants in New York: Ann Redding and Matt Danzer, the married chefs behind Uncle Boons, seem to have a goal similar to Andy Ricker’s: to transform the way the average American (or at least New York) diner thinks about Thai food, as not just an interesting, exotic “ethnic” option but in fact one of the great cuisines of the world, on par with French or Italian.
- Best Restaurants In SoHo/NoHo/Nolita Area: Whether you live in the neighborhood, have a shopping problem in SoHo, or are looking for the new trendy restaurants, the downtown area that encompasses NoHo (north of Houston), Nolita (north of Little Italy), and SoHo (south of Houston) own a big piece of the dining scene here. Here is a list of my favorite places for each occasion.
- The Best Thing At This Bao Shop Is The Philly Cheesesteak: After a couple of years hawking their tricked-out baos on Steinway Street in Astoria, the Bao Shoppe crew decamped to the eastern end of Canal Street a couple of weeks ago, an area already thick with casual, stoner-food spots.