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Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Weekly Roundup: Everything You Need To Know About Noma Mexico, Shorty Tang Sesame Noodles Are Back and The Best West Village Restaurants


  • Sean Brock, David Chang, and Richard Melman Unite for 2017 Welcome Conference: On June 5, the fourth annual Welcome Conference unfurls in New York at Alice Tully Hall, the hospitality summit created by Will Guidara of Eleven Madison Park and Anthony Rudolf of Journee. Tickets go on sale today for a lineup includes Sean Brock of Husk/McCrady’s/Minero in Charleston/Nashville/Atlanta along with David Chang and Richard Melman of Lettuce Entertain You.
  • Why Locol’s $1 Coffee Brand Matters: A perhaps unexpected signature of Locol, Roy Choi and Daniel Patterson’s fast-food chain with a soul, was its one-dollar cup of coffee, which was not like most other one-dollar cups of coffee: Engineered by Tony Konecny and Sumi Ali, two veterans of the fancy coffee universe, it’s made with some pretty nice coffee beans, and it is probably vastly better than any coffee you would get anywhere else for a buck. 
  • Everything You Need to Know About Noma Mexico: Briefly, this is third-ever Noma pop-up, wherein Redzepi and company decamp to a new city, set up shop, and open a restaurant for a predetermined amount of time. The idea is to bring the Noma ethos of hyper-locality (you know, like, what some, maybe, might call “a sense of time and place”) to tasting menu dining in different regions.


  • West Village Butcher Investigated for Hate Crime After Giving Black Man a Noose:Police are investigating a butcher at West Village institution Ottomanelli & Sons Meat Market for a hate crime after he allegedly handed a black delivery man a noose. The Daily News reports that Joe Ottomanelli reportedly gave Victor Sheppard the noose as a “gift,” the victim told the News.
  • How Murray’s Cheese Ended Up Being Sold to a Grocery Chain From Ohio: This year, the business — comprising, among other assets, the shop, a Grand Central Terminal outpost, and extensive aging caves — was sold to the Cincinnati-based Kroger grocery chain, which currently operates 2,796 stores. Now, Murray’s has the means to grow, but will expansion turn it into something like the Shake Shack of cheese shops, or will it wind up sacrificing quality for size, like Sbarro?
  • Best West Village Restaurants To Dig Into.  BEST KEPT SECRET: Palma. This indoor sanctuary of a resturant has fantastic lighting and makes you feel like you are indeed actually eating in an outdoor garden.

  • Custom-pizza chain Pieology signs for first two NYC shops: The California-based fast-bake pizza chain is opening its first two restaurants in the city, in Manhattan and Brooklyn. The company signed a lease late last week at 285 Broadway in Williamsburg and earlier this year at 168 Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village.

  • Gansevoort Street redevelopment plans temporarily halted yet again: Just when you thought the back and forth over the Gansevoort Street redevelopment had ended, the troubles have resurfaced. Developers William Gottlieb Real Estate and Aurora Capital Partners’s plans to transform five building within the Gansevoort Market Historic District will have to be put on hold yet again after a group opposing the development won an emergency stay in court this week.
  • New York’s Most Famous Sesame Noodles Are Back at the New Shorty Tang Noodle Shop: Among a certain generation of New Yorkers, Shorty Tang’s cold sesame noodles are an object of endless fixation and fascination. The late chef is credited with turning the Sichuanese dish into a New York staple at his restaurant Hwa Yuan, and it’s now ubiquitous.

  • The Absolute Best Charcuterie in New York: Just as good sushi needs no wasabi, certain Italian salamis and whole-muscle cuts should stand on their own without mustard. Nowhere in New York is this more evident than in one of the high seats up front at Il Buco Alimentari, where a cured-meat selection for two people is a board laden with prosciutto, culatello, mortadella, and lonza — all deftly made in-house. 
  • Zia Esterina Opens Thursday From the Most Famous Pizzaiolo in Naples: Italophiles and pizza nerds, get ready: Zia Esterina is opening on Thursday at 112 Mulberry Street, the pizza fritta and fried calzone spot from Naples very own Gino Sorbillo. He’s one of Italy’s most public food figures, an Italian TV regular whose reputation was enhanced when he defied the Camorra when it allegedly torched his restaurant. And he was recently was immortalized as a cartoon.
  • Enrique Olvera Takes It Easy with Atla: So for his second NYC entry, Atla, you can forgive Olvera for dropping his guard just a tad.  With little else to prove, he’s taken a cue from other fine dining stalwarts by going (if not exactly quick) decidedly casual, opening an eatery that aims to be a destination for its NoHo neighbors, as opposed to globe-trotting, charge card-toting prestige seekers.

  • Why It’s So Hard to Revamp Classic Restaurants: When Wilson Tang took over from his uncle Wally Tang in 2011, he gently renovated the original space and took the opportunity to expand the Nom Wah brand, opening a location in Philadelphia and a fast-casual, counter-service Nom Wah in New York’s Nolita neighborhood.

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