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Thursday, March 9, 2017

The Weekly Roundup: Best Steakhouses In NYC, Brussels Sprout Doughnuts and Lucy's Whey Says Goodbye to Chelsea Market

  • The Absolute Best Steakhouses in New York: The definition of this sacred New York dining institution has changed over the years, but the top ten on our list share certain time-honored qualities. 
  • Per Se Is Trying To Lure Millennials With Discounted Meals: Thomas Keller has launched a brand new strategy in hopes of recovering from less than stellar Per Se reviews — inviting millennials in for a discounted meal. The ultra-luxe French-Californian restaurant at the Time Warner Center has started a new program called “30-for-30 Dining Experience,” a one-night special where 30 tables are reserved for people under the age of 30. 
  • In Lower Manhattan, a Museum Dedicated to Chocolate: Eddy Van Belle has set up Choco-Story chocolate museums in Belgium, France and Mexico, and it took very little for him to convince the master chocolatier Jacques Torres that New York needed one, too. 
  • Ivan Orkin's New Pizza Could Be the Next Best Thing in NYC: Just as ramen maven Orkin — of Ivan Ramen on the Lower East Side and Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop — knows the importance of noodles to a bowl of ramen, Bergemann has taken to heart that a good pizza starts with knowing how to bake bread.

  • Get Ready for a Maple-Syrup Shortage: February’s heat wave has tricked America’s crops into thinking it’s spring — there are confused blueberries growing in Michigan, and peaches surfacing in Kentucky. But not all crops cope so well with weird weather, and one of those at risk, thanks to the crazy temperatures, is the country’s maple syrup. 
  • How the Butchers at White Gold Break Down an Entire Animal: The crew at Upper West Side restaurant and butcher White Gold deal with several whole animals a week — sometimes ten steers, five lambs, six pigs, and a whole bunch of chickens. But the space is used both as a restaurant as a butcher, meaning that room is limited to break all those animals down.
  • Just a Buck Invested in Reducing Food Waste Can Save Companies $14: Strange as it might sound, one reason that over a billion tons of food are thrown out each year is that, somehow, businesses don’t see reducing waste as cost-effective. 
  • Drugstore Candy From Around the World (That You Can Buy on Amazon).  When exploring a foreign country, there’s perhaps no easier way to take a crash course in local culture than by perusing the drugstore candy aisle, which can speak volumes about the palate and aesthetic of a place — plus, surprising sweets make the best souvenirs. In the age of internet shopping, of course, you can recreate that experience from the comfort of your own home.


  • New York Restaurateur Hans Pauli Has Died: The brand was revived with the opening of the Greenwich Village location in 2003. “Sant Ambroeus is in its element,” wrote Marian Burros, shortly after the reopening. It attracts “X-ray thin women (and men) who prefer to eat in stylish surroundings with like-minded diners.”
  • Would You Eat a Brussels Sprout Doughnut?  The Doughnut Project has done it again with its latest foray into the weird, but potentially tasty.  In partnership with chic SoHo eatery Hundred Acres, the bakery known for its Everything Bagel Doughnut, has created a Brussels sprouts, feta cheese and fire-roasted almond-topped doughnut filled with homemade fig jam and glazed with sumac.

  • Lucy's Whey Cheese Shop Leaving Chelsea Market, Owners Say: “We cannot say enough great things about our seven years in Chelsea Market,” they wrote. "Our big mission was and is to showcase something that most other cheese shops don’t: a cheese case prominently advocating for American farmstead cheese makers."

  • The Ultimate Chinatown Dumpling Crawl: When someone offers to tour you around one of Manhattan's best culinary neighborhoods, you say yes—especially when that neighborhood is Chinatown and the someone is the New York state senator who has represented the historic district for nearly a decade.  On a recent Sunday morning, we followed the very generous Senator Squadron to some of his current favorite dumpling spots, and got some buns and noodles while we were at it.
  • Jason Wang Opens Disappointing New Dumpling Spot In Chinatown: When Wang announced that he was transforming his Bayard Street restaurant into something called The Dumpling Spot (the Xi'an Famous outpost that was here can now be found in a much larger location a few storefronts away), this was obviously pretty exciting news.
  • HOW NOM WAH TEA PARLOR KEEPS OLD CHINATOWN OLD: My dad has this crazy story of swimming down from Guangzhou, China, to escape the communists and making his way to Hong Kong, where he met my mom. They came to the U.S.A. in 1974. At the time, Nom Wah Tea Parlor belonged to my Uncle Wally. He was 16 when he got here in 1950, and he started working as a dishwasher at Nom Wah. Wally ended up buying the building two decades later.

  • Dan Delaney Talks About The End Of BrisketTown, Nostalgia & Burger Obsessions.  This Sunday, Williamsburg's BrisketTown, one of the city's finest BBQ restaurants, will close. The building that has housed the restaurant since 2012 has been sold to developers, who have plans to tear it down—along with adjacent buildings. It's unclear what exactly will rise in its place, but the condo construction boom continues to scorch Williamsburg's Southside.

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