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Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Weekly Roundup: Foods Of NY Tours On The Travel Channel, Best NYC Restaurants For Every Budget and Danny Meyer Opens Daily Provisions

  • Travel Channels Cool Jobs Series:Check out tour guide Raheem and our Chinatown tour featured on Travel Channels “Cool Job Series”!
  • GETAWAY: GOURMET FOOD TOURS.  Nothing gives you a greater understanding of a city or country than by indulging in its food. Foods of New York Tours document the influence of generations of immigrants; walk through the various neighborhoods of New York City and try hand-made Italian pasta and cannoli, Polish kielbasa sausage or experience the hustle of Chinatown as you snack on a traditional Chinese pastry. 

  • These Are New York City’s James Beard Semifinalists: The James Beard Foundation has released the semifinalists for the 2017 Restaurant & Chef James Beard Awards. On March 15th, the list will be narrowed down to the finalists for all award categories during a press conference at Suzanne Goin’s A.O.C. in LA. 
  • Guide to New York Beer Week 2017: Whether you’re a fanatical homebrewer or just a sometime imbiber, who wouldn’t want to lose themselves in the bottom of a pint glass for nine straight days?  Thanks to New York Beer Week — an annual, out-out celebration of suds — there’s an opportunity to do just that, through tap takeovers, festivals, pairing dinners and more!
  • THE ABSOLUTE BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANTS IN NYC: These restaurants, many of which are helmed by women with extensive experience in Italy, look across the Atlantic for inspiration to deliver seasonal, ingredient-driven, conservatively portioned (and ideally digestible; in Italy, this is a prerequisite for a successful meal) dishes to the city's tables.
  • Danny Meyer Serving Up Sandwiches & Doughnuts In New Spot Next To Union Square Cafe: The re-opening of Danny Meyer's beloved Union Square Cafe, just a few blocks up and over from its location of 30 years, has definitely been a glittering highlight of this winter restaurant season. If, that is, you feel comfortable dropping $27 for a plate of pappardelle. But now there's good news in Meyerland for those of us of more modest means: the recent unveiling of Daily Provisions, a coffee- doughnut- sandwich-shop located right next door to (and sharing the kitchen with) the new mothership.



  • A Dumpling Master is Now Cooking at a New Soho Restaurant: Talk to any self-respecting dumpling snob about xiao long bao, and you’ll inevitably land on the subject of Din Tai Fung. The Taiwan-founded chain has maintained a sterling reputation while spreading the soup-dumpling gospel from Indonesia to Los Angeles, even earning a Michelin star at two Hong Kong locations along the way. You can’t blame first-time restaurateur Sean Tang, then, for taking advantage of family connections to poach a veteran chef from the chain to run Pinch Chinese, a new restaurant opening in Soho tonight.

  • The Best Restaurants for Every Budget in New York City: Inexpensive: Los Mariscos; This Chelsea Market sibling to Los Tacos No. 1 (actually voted Zagat's no. 1 taco in NYC this past year) focuses on Mexican seafood unlike its meaty counterpart, including fish and shrimp tacos ($3–$3.50), ceviche ($4–$6), aguachiles and a raw bar, supplemented by libations like palomas, margaritas ($12 each), aguas frescas and more. 

  • In Chinatown, a Go-To Thai Grocery: Mr. Pongsopon is accustomed to specific, and sometimes desperate, customer requests. His bright and tiny store, next to a dumpling stand on blocklong Mosco Street in Chinatown, is a standby for people passionate about Thai food, including some of the city’s top chefs.
  • Chinatown’s Lalo Keeps Its Sense of Humor: In 2016 the bearded and mustachioed chef from San Diego left El Rey, vowing to start his own restaurant. He traveled to Europe and Mexico first, then opened Lalo in Chinatown, supplanting what had been a battered but much-loved karaoke tavern. 

  • Why Brooklyn’s Take Root Will Close at the Peak of Success: Take Root — a tiny, one-of-a-kind restaurant in Carroll Gardens that has 12 seats, one Michelin star, and only two staffers: chef Elise Kornack and her wife, Anna Hieronimus. On March 17, they will permanently close their four-year-old restaurant, but it’s a decision that they’ve made from a position of strength — business is better than ever. 
  • Where To Eat In Crown Heights & Prospect Heights: Crown and Prospect Heights make up the area south of Bed-Stuy and north of Flatbush. Look at a map. It’s a big area - and there’s a lot to eat. Soul food, Caribbean, Korean, and more. Much more, actually. But if we listed every type of food you could find out there, it would be a long, boring list, and you’d resent us for making you read it. Read this guide instead. It has 22 places where you'll like what you eat and have a good time.

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