Thursday, April 20, 2017
The Weekly Roundup: NYC's Best Egg Sandwiches And Prime Ribs, A Brief History Of The Cheesecake Factory and What To Eat At Citi Field This Season
- Grand Central Tour Guide Out Amid Reported Investigation Into Possible Unsanctioned Tours: The MTA tour guide who showed legions of visitors the off-limits underbelly of Grand Central Terminal is out of a job, possibly because he gave unsanctioned tours during his time off.
- Day Trip: 6 Restaurants Worth a Drive From NYC. NYC has so many world-class restaurants — including the number one restaurant in the world according to 2017’s San Pellegrino “World’s 50 Best Restaurants” list — there’s really no need to leave. But when temperatures start to warm up, the urge to hit the road starts to creep in. Over bridges and under tunnels, here are six restaurants worth a day trip.
- Exploring How Balthazar Became One of NYC’s Essential Restaurants: The Page Six rumors are true— Eater New York’s viewing the world through a golden-toned and brass lens this week as we plant ourselves at iconic Soho brassiere Balthazar all day on Friday in celebration of the restaurant’s 20th anniversary. The legendary French restaurant from Keith McNally opened on April 21, 1997 and was the hottest spot in town for years. Over time, it’s warm interior and classic brasserie fare reverberated to restaurants across the city, and 20 years later, Balthazar is still one of New York’s essential restaurants.
- WHAT TO EAT AT CITI FIELD THIS SEASON: If a sports team is only as good as its concession stands, it would appear the New York Mets are in for a fantastic season this year, judging by the menus available throughout Citi Field. We’ve broken the stadium’s offerings down by the newbies and the old standbys -- from DŌ’s raw cookie dough to Fuku chicken sandwiches -- so you can make the most out of your baseball watching.
- How the Cronut Opened the Door to Better Desserts: The Cronut’s debut did start an escalating game of hybrid rainbow pastry one-upmanship. But the Cronut also helped revive an interest in serious pastry, which now is working its way into both bakeries and restaurant pastry programs.
- Olive Garden’s Dark Secrets Exposed on First Date: A date with a former manager turned into a hilarious exposé of the chain restaurant.
- Anthony Bourdain Gives Chef Jeremiah Tower His Due in New Documentary: Tower helped shape Berkeley’s Chez Panisse into a revered institution before leaving in 1978, and went on to open San Francisco’s seminal restaurant Stars in 1984 (it closed in 1999); in 1996, he won the James Beard Award for Best American Chef. Isn’t it odd, then, that most people haven’t heard of him?
- A Brief History Of The Cheesecake Factory, Which Started In Beverly Hills: The Cheesecake Factory, that ubiquitous purveyor of casual meals that exceed an average person's daily caloric intake, has an improbable origin story: It started as a mom-and-pop shop in Beverly Hills.
- The Absolute Best Egg Sandwich in New York: Murray’s Cheese’s Breakfast Melt, your basic drippy, greasy, hangover-soothing egg sandwich elevated by top-notch ingredients: a farmstead egg, Nueske’s bacon, and a brash young Fontina that melts like Velveeta.
- Brooklyn’s Sushi Katsuei Rolls Its Affordable Omakase Options Into the West Village: Sushi Katsuei has long been a popular option for affordable omakase in Park Slope — Times Hungry City columnist Ligaya Mishan called the omakase “one all-star after another” in a 2014 review — and it’s now capitalizing on that success with a second location in the West Village.
- Photos: A Disarmingly Happy Bob Dylan Inside His First NYC Apartment. It's that Dylan who is the subject of Ted Russell: Bob Dylan NYC 1961-1964, a new show opening this week at the Steven Kasher Gallery in Chelsea. It's an exhibition of exceptionally early photographs of the legendary singer at the age of 20 before he blew up. You'll see him inside his first NYC apartment at 161 W. 4th Street—holding groceries, hanging with girlfriend Suze Rotolo, writing on his typewriter—and performing at local clubs such as Gerde’s Folk City.
- Cheap Eats to Know: Manousheh, Flautas, and Po’ Boys. Manousheh — An offshoot of East Village restaurant Au Za’atar, this Greenwich Village fast casual specializes in Lebanese flatbreads, styling itself “a real taste of Beirut.” These breads fly from a gas-fired brick hearth that dominates the small room, which is equipped with a modest amount of counter seating.
- Sushi Doughnuts Are Back: Apparently poke shop Pokee likes toying with New Yorkers’ emotions, because after introducing the sushi doughnut — a ring of sushi rice draped with a rainbow of fresh fish — to the city, Pokee took it off the menu. Except now it’s back, only as a “secret” menu item, perhaps in a bid to make it even cooler. Should you want one, whether it’s to eat or Instagram, head to 121 West Third Street.
- Here’s where you can get satay without breaking the bank: After bringing satay to hordes of hungry celebs at Philippe Chow, restaurateur Stratis Morfogen is bringing it to the Big Apple’s chicken-and-peanut-obsessed masses. Skinny’s Satay Bar, launching in the Gansevoort Market on May 21, promises to charge less than $12 per person for three buttery, addicting and gluten-free chicken satays that Martha Stewart once called “culinary crack.” Compare that to the typical, $100-per-head tab at Philippe.
- The Absolute Best Prime Rib in New York: Cherche Midi, the tender, 45-day dry-aged wheel of prime rib is trimmed of the bone and excess fat and gristle, in the relatively modest “English” style, which makes it a palatable choice, especially for dainty carnivores who are put off by the classic brontosaurus-size chops that are served around town.
- Bowery Restaurant Saxon + Parole Takes Flight with JetBlue: Since 2014 the Bowery Restaurant has had “99 percent creative control” (chef Brad’s stipulation) of JetBlue’s Mint dining experience. For those of us coach rats with dreams, JetBlue’s Mint is an affordable business class for which everyone pays a flat rate to experience.
- Giant Chinatown Dim Sum Restaurant To Open Upper West Side Outpost: The Amsterdam Avenue Jing Fong Dim Sum spot is expected to open in two months, but it won't be as large as the 800-seat Chinatown location.
- NEW YORK'S BEST OLD-SCHOOL PIZZERIA IS MAKING SOME BIG CHANGES: In a city that’s overflowing with pizza joints, it is precisely this scene -- a lifelong pizza maker crafting each pie by hand, day by day -- that has made Di Fara New York’s most fabled slice destination. But now, for the first time in the restaurant’s 51 year history, things are starting to change: The Di Fara experience is no longer one that always centers around DeMarco.