Thursday, February 9, 2017
The Weekly Roundup: Murray's Cheese Sold To Kroger, 60 NYC Cheep Eats and The History Of Marshmallow Fluff
- 12 Restaurants Where Your Valentine’s Day Dinner Will Actually Be Good: New Yorkers are resolved to head out into this annual minefield of heart-shaped pizzas, prix-fixe meals, and cheesy chocolate sweets. Some restaurants, however, resist the temptation to go Hallmark, and keep their normal menus — all the better, because that’s what customers really want. Here, 12 places sticking to their usual routine for Valentine’s Day.
- Bourdain Doesn’t Want His Big NYC Market to Be Just For ‘Gringos’: For one, he doesn’t want it to be a place only for food world obsessives (including the “Eater-reading cognoscenti”), American-born Asians, and “gringos.” He wants street food that will also draw Asian-born locals who want to eat like they do at home.
- 60 Cheap Eats Destinations You Should Know About in NYC: As restaurant prices continue to soar, finding a cheap restaurant meal becomes more of a priority. And if the inexpensive feed is not only delicious but also interesting, and maybe even outside your previous dining experience, all the better. From time to time, I post about cheap restaurants I’ve stumbled on in the five boroughs and adjacent metropolitan areas, devoting a paragraph or two to each and making a few menu recommendations. Here is a collection of those restaurants, listed alphabetically.
- Artisanal Twinkies and Fish-Shaped Ice Cream Cones Battle for Your Instagram Post at This Dessert Festival: Prepare for a festival highlighting dollhouse desserts and Instagrammable treats as Dessert Goals returns to New York for a second run. The dessert-themed gathering, which will take place on March 25th and 26th, comes from founders Miraya Berke and Liang Shi, who reportedly sold-out last year’s event in 10 minutes.
- Dominique Ansel Will Expand His Empire to Los Angeles: Since riding Cronuts to international pastry fame, Dominique Ansel has opened Dominique Ansel Kitchen in New York, complete with a dessert-tasting menu upstairs, and taken his company across waters to London and Tokyo. But he’s so far limited his fondant influence in the United States to New York. That will change later this year, when Ansel expands to Los Angeles with a branch of Dominique Ansel Bakery and his first full-service restaurant.
- How Does a Neighborhood Restaurant Keep Locals Happy After Receiving National Acclaim? Olmsted, a 50-seat spot in Prospect Heights that Baxtrom conceived as a neighborhood restaurant, is actually on a similar trajectory to Rose’s — topping countless lists of openings in 2016. While this is, of course, exciting for both of these chef-owners, it also poses a challenge: How do you stay true to your local, regular customers — operating the restaurant in a way that’s accessible and relaxed — while still catering to diners who may have flown in for dinner? If a sense of warmth and intimacy is critical to your success, how do you expand? Here, they explain.
- 11-Hour Lines for a New Ale? Fans Wait, Breweries Worry: The fan base for these special-edition ales has been growing since the early 2010s, creating excitement and a new revenue stream for the craft-beer business. But the waiting lines for each new release have become so unwieldy that many brewers are taking steps to contain or manage them.
- The Sweet, Gooey History of Marshmallow Fluff: Peer into a kid’s lunchbox anywhere in America and you’re likely to find one of a few classic sandwiches: As food trends come and go, ham and cheese and peanut butter and jelly remain enduringly popular year after year. In New England, though, such a search is just as likely to turn up a fluffernutter, the sweet pairing of peanut butter and Marshmallow Fluff slathered on white bread that’s long been a favorite in the region’s lunchrooms.
- Murray’s Cheese bought by grocery giant Kroger Company: The bespoke Bleecker St. cheese shop that's catered to locals for more than 75 years was sold to grocery chain giant Kroger Company, the Daily News has learned.
- Julieta Ballesteros Adds Spice to the West Village with Tavo: Julieta Ballesteros is one of the most accomplished Mexican chefs in NYC, having helped open Mexicana Mama back in 1998, and gone on to launch Crema, Los Feliz and La Loteria besides. But while she’s considered a master of flavors from her hometown of Monterrey, she’s also known for infusing globally-inspired influences throughout her cooking, as with her 2012 project, China Latina.
- The Cornelia Street Cafe: Nearing 40, And In Need of Help: The Cornelia Street Cafe which opened its doors in July 1977 needs your help. In 1998, the Cafe was one of the restaurants recognized by GVSHP with one of our annual Village Awards presented to “Cornelia Street Restaurants”.
- America's Best Vegan Restaurants: By CHLOE, New York, This counter service Greenwich Village gem has become one of the most popular restaurants in New York since it opened less than a year ago. Co-founders Chloe Coscarelli and Samantha Wasser are serving some truly inspired creations there
- First Look: DŌ, a Dessert Shop Where Cookie Dough Dreams Come True. After two years of ecommerce sales, Kristen Tomlan, founder and CEO of DŌ, has brought her cookie dough confections to a brick-and-mortar shop in Greenwich Village. Serving scoops of handcrafted, safe-to-eat raw cookie dough (featuring a pasteurized egg product and heat-treated flour) and other cookie-themed treats, the opening has been well-received by dessert lovers in NYC, with lines of customers down the block despite freezing temperatures.
- Historic Gansevoort Market redevelopment on hold pending court hearing: The contentious redevelopment of a block-long stretch of Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District has hit a snag. A judge has granted a temporary restraining order against the project’s developers, with work on the project halted until a court hearing takes place later this afternoon.
- 5 Great East Coast Food Markets: Foods of New York Tours offers private, three-hour Chelsea Market tours with eight tastings (enough for lunch) and time in the neighborhood, including the High Line.
- Chelsea Market’s Mokbar Will Open by Barclays Center: After three years in Chelsea Market, Esther Choi will expand Mokbar with her first freestanding restaurant set to open Wednesday at 212 Flatbush Ave.
- A Hip Cafe by Women, for Everybody: As the saying goes, Too many cooks in the kitchen spoil the broth. But not at De Maria, a stylish new restaurant on the edge of NoLIta. “Even though we are all very new friends, it was very clear from the start that we all shared a common aesthetic and vision, both in design and a way of providing thoughtful dining experiences,” offers De Maria’s culinary director and executive chef Camille Becerra. Her collaborators comprise a mostly female group of creatives and trailblazers from various industries.
- Nickel & Diner Gives the Old-School Five-and-Dime a Gourmet Upgrade: This past October, Nickel & Diner opened on Chinatown's Howard Street in homage to the classic Woolworth counter, skipping the extras (no sandpaper for sale) and focusing on the food.
- Cajun, Far From Home, at the Gumbo Bros: Adam Lathan, the chef of the Gumbo Bros, lays no claim to the one true gumbo. “I can’t make it like your grandmother did,” he said apologetically. “I’ll try my best.” The restaurant is in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, but its red sign was painted by hand on Magazine Street in New Orleans. Inside, a golden football helmet with a fleur-de-lis overlooks portraits of Napoleon, hand thrust inside waistcoat, and the blues pianist James Booker, called the Bayou Maharajah, in eye patch and halo.