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Thursday, April 6, 2017

The Weekly Roundup: Eleven Madison Park Wins Best Restaurant In The World 2017, Anthony Bourdain Launches New Travel Website and Smorgasburg Comes To SoHo

  • Cosme Lands on World’s 50 Best Restaurants List For First Time: In total, the New York region had four restaurants on the top 50 list this year, three of them in Manhattan. The awards come from a 1,500 person voting panel composed of food writers, chefs, restaurateurs, and general gastronomes.
  • Eleven Madison Park Named ‘World’s Best’ Restaurant: Humm and Guidara’s tasting menu destination is just the second-ever American restaurant to hold the honor. The only other American restaurant to top the list was Thomas Keller's French Laundry back in 2004.
  • Smorgasburg Sails Into SoHo With New Daily Market: Smorgasburg and the Brooklyn Flea celebrated a big season kickoff at their two Brooklyn outposts this past weekend, and it looks like the team's next big conquest will be Manhattan. Jonathan Butler and Eric Demby have signed a two year lease at 76 Varick Street, Eater reports, where they'll be operating a daily market that'll be a combination of food, drink and non-edible products.
  • See the Line Up: The Big Apple Barbecue Block Party — one of the nation’s premiere barbecue events — is slated to return to Madison Square Park on June 10 and 11. In celebration of the 15th year, the charity event benefitting the Madison Square Park Conservancy will host 15 pitmasters from nine different states this summer. The free event is a chance for New Yorkers to sample some of the country’s finest barbecue right, and it’s incredibly popular.

  • Here are Food & Wine’s 2017 Best New Chefs: For the first time in over 20 years, a new editor stepped into the role of restaurant editor at Food & Wine this year, replacing longtime staffer Kate Krader — the talented Jordana Rothman, who says she clocked 45,000 miles scouting the country’s new cooking talent.
  • Anthony Bourdain Launches New Travel Site To Explore Parts Unknown: After years of wandering and eating and drinking...and more drinking...Anthony Bourdain has racked up one hell of a global travel portfolio. Field notes and tips from his years hosting his CNN show Parts Unknown (among others) are now being made available on a newly-launched companion website, Explore Parts Unknown, a multimedia-driven upgrade to the show's previous online component.
  • Stop Putting Cream in Your Carbonara: Carbonara has egg yolk, Pecorino Romano, guanciale, black pepper, and pasta. Under no circumstances can be there be any other additions, and that goes double for cream.
  • Google and Local Sustainable Seafood Distributor Partner to Improve Traceability: Dock to Dish’s daily catch will become digitally traceable so consumers can follow their seafood’s journey from boat to plate.


  • A Bookstore With High Concepts, Low Prices and Tight Quarters: Walk through a certain colorful, Old World section of Greenwich Village and the sign is hard to miss: Unoppressive Non-Imperialist Bargain Books. The shop, at 34 Carmine Street, between a Nepalese crafts store and an Asian tapas restaurant, has been in the same building for 25 years.
  • Batter Up: Here Come Four New Fish and Chip Restaurants.  The latest food import to hit New York City is a well-liked Icelandic fish and chips shop, appropriately called Icelandic Fish & Chips. It’s a 90-seat restaurant on 7th Avenue South between Bleecker and Carmine, set to open in late May. 
  • How a Bartender at Fifty Created an Award-Winning Cocktail Inspired by His Dominican Heritage: At Fifty in the West Village, bar manager Darnell Holguin turns out Latin-influenced cocktails to match chef Luis Jaramillo’s take on New American cuisine—and he knows what he’s doing. The Bronx native has been working behind the stick since he was just 18 years old. 
  • First Look: The Spaniard, a Hot New Whiskey Gastropub in the West Village.  The team behind nightlife neighborhood standbys (The Bonnie, Sweet Afton in Astoria) and (Bua, The Wren, The Penrose, Wilfie & Nell in Manhattan), are ready to unveil their newest gastropub, The Spaniard, in the West Village on April 3. Mark Gibson, Mikey McFerran and PJ Calapa pay homage to old-school New York nightlife – think Keens Steakhouse, P.J. Clarke’s and Old Town Bar – from decor to drinks and menu. 

  • Court Street Grocers, One of New York’s Favorite Sandwich Shops, Has Created Its Own Line of Classic Soda:When push comes to shove, the best sodas come in recognizable flavors — instead of, say, a lemongrass-basil-rye-berry concoction that’s made to order — and serve to maximize its own soda-ness. The folks at New York’s Court Street Grocers know this, and will this week start serving their own version of the classic American beverage.
  • The Absolute Best Pizza on Staten Island: Denino’s, which looks a bit like a 1950s social club, is one of the originators of Staten Island’s pizzeria-pub hybrid, and also helped pioneer the borough’s thin-crust style. The cheekily named Garbage Pie goes all or nothing by loading up the pizza with a bounty of sausage, not crumbled but in chunks, as well as sliced button mushrooms, onions, and — because why stop at one meat? — pepperoni.
  • Watch the Best Negroni in New York Made in Elegant Slow Motion: The perfect Negroni is all about proportions, and a bar in the West Village has mastered the recipe.  The bar — formerly Caffe Dante, a storied Village coffeehouse — has fashioned itself an Italianate aperitivo-style bar. There’s a whole page of Negroni variations. The standard, served on tap, is spot on.
  • Adventure (Try a Goat’s Head?) Is Still on the Menu at Babbo: Mr. Batali and his business partner, Joe Bastianich, now own about two dozen restaurants in the United States and Asia. Babbo remains the empire’s spiritual home, where the original formula of adventure and pleasure and curious-minded indulgence is still intact, where you can still try recipes that sprang from Mr. Batali’s forehead when he was only a minor celebrity.

  • Chelsea Market Cracking Down on Tour Groups to Ease 'Congestion’: The owners of Chelsea Market are cracking down on tour groups in a bid to combat crowding and better accommodate local residents.  Tour groups will only be allowed inside the market on Ninth Avenue between 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. and after 4 p.m. — its "non-peak traffic hours," owner Jamestown said in a release.
  • THE 12 BEST TACOS IN NYC: The line for this Chelsea Market taco stand tends to snake around the room on weekdays, when hordes of nearby office workers line up for house-made tortillas. 
  • Sushi: It’s What’s for Breakfast.  At NYC's The Lobster Place in Chelsea Market, you can get 12 pieces of nigiri, plus a hand roll, soup and appetizer, for $68—and all before 10 a.m. The deal is a steal, and the best part is you don't have to wait 'til dinner to eat a great meal.
  • From the Westside Cowboys to the Oreo cookie: 10 Secrets of Chelsea Market: New York City history buffs likely know that this is where a certain famous cookie was invented, but there are plenty of other fun facts about the location that are much less well known. Therefore, 6sqft has rounded up the top 10 most intriguing secrets of Chelsea Market.

  • With Couscous, Einat Admony’s Patience Pays Off: Some cooks spritz the flour as they would a rare and delicate orchid, but the chef Einat Admony, who owns several restaurants in New York, doesn’t bother with all that.  “I like to have the feel of it in my hands,” she said in the kitchen of her NoLIta restaurant, Balaboosta.
  • This LA import is changing the breakfast sandwich game: The chef behind Eggslut is 33-year-old Alvin Cailan. He’s just one of a rotating cast of chefs that will be featured at Chef’s Counter Club, a “fine-fast” outpost of Chef’s Club that opened Friday.

  • 10 Great Bowls of Congee, the Soothing Chinese Soup You Need to Try: Yet congee isn’t available everywhere. In fact, you pretty much have to go to Chinatown to get it. Here are ten favorite bowls, and details about a perfect accompaniment, the youtiao — a stick of fried dough that’s akin to a lighter, more airy, and unsweetened version of a doughnut.
  • NYC REVIEW: Lalito. For many years before Lalito took over 104 Bayard Street in Chinatown, the space was a karaoke dive bar called Winnie’s. It was one medium-sized room, with a stage at the front. 

  • A Coney Island Hot Dog Legend Returns: Feltman’s, which has an outpost in the East Village on St. Mark’s, is known for slinging one of the city’s best hot dogs, as well as its rich history as a restaurant on Coney Island.

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