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Thursday, May 11, 2017

The Weekly Roundup: The 12 Best Ice Cream Shops In NYC, David Bouhadana Lands In Gansevoort Market and 10 Mother's Day Brunches She'll Love

  • Unstoppable Poke Trend Has Infiltrated Kosher Dining Scene: The indomitable poke trend is now also available to observant Jews — at least three certified kosher restaurants in New York have started to serve poke or will soon.
  • Katz’s Is Taking Its Pastrami Global: The legendary restaurant is opening a place in New Jersey so that it can ship pastrami around the world.
  • Death of the porn king may finally end the sex industry in Times Square: Richard Basciano was a fighter. For decades he resisted calls to close his adult entertainment store on Eighth Avenue in Times Square, which anchored the city’s once-formidable XXX industry for 40 years. He was a stubborn holdout against the transformation of the neighborhood from a center of sleaze to a G-rated family destination and the hub of multibillion-dollar white-collar office towers and luxury hotels.
  • Maple’s Delivery Service Will Cease Operations in New York City: Maple — the delivery darling of the New York food industry — is closing as of today. The company emerged a little over two years ago, in the spring of 2015, with high-profile backing from David Chang. It pioneered a new business model: Instead of a storefront, Maple operated out of a commissary kitchen, and then delivery-kitchen hubs. 
  • NEW YORK CITY'S 100 MOST IMPORTANT FOODS: To come up with our definitive list of the 100 most important dishes in NYC, we polled some of our favorite NYC chefs, prominent New Yorkers, and our food-obsessed colleagues here at Thrillist, about the local foods that matter the most. We then whittled that list down to those dishes that truly made the greatest impact on the city’s dining culture, or otherwise helped to define what makes the NYC experience so unique and special in the first place.

  • To make money, restaurants need to think beyond the plate: Despite the romantic notions of owning your own joint, it's far too easy to lose dough in the restaurant business. Still, there are a few proven strategies to fill seats, preserve margins, and thrive. One thing is certain: good food alone won't pay the bills. To make money in 2017, restaurants have to think beyond the plate.
  • Naming rights: Who decides what a neighborhood is called and where it starts and ends?  An ongoing brouhaha over what to call a section of Harlem is the latest battle in a long-running war over neighborhood naming rights.
  • Restaurants survive minimum-wage hike: New York's increase in the minimum wage is squeezing restaurants, The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this month, with a "spate of closings and higher prices raising concerns about the effects of the increase.’’ It is true that restaurateurs have been warning for months that the wage hike will harm their business.


  • New Affordable Omakase Options Flood NYC: Two more affordable omakase options are on the way for New York City: A second location of Sushi on Jones in the West Village, along with the imminent arrival of embattled sushi chef David Bouhadana’s similar, separate concept. Bouhadana and Sushi on Jones teamed up last July to create what has become a mega-popular, 12-piece omakase for $50, served in under 30 minutes.
  • Nakazawa Restaurateur Alessandro Borgognone Plots Third West Village Restaurant: Hitmaker restaurateur Alessandro Borgognone, the guy behind Sushi Nakazawa and Chumley’s, is plotting a third, mysterious restaurant in the West Village. Borgognone will appear before Community Board 2 this evening to talk about a concept at 63 Bedford Street, though he says nothing has been finalized about the restaurant — even the concept.
  • Best Burgers in the U.S.:Little Owl, Chef Joey Campanaro gets his beef from famed Manhattan purveyor Pat LaFrieda and serves each burger on a house-baked bun, with just a hint of molasses. Pickles from legendary purveyor Guss’ Pickles are served on the side.

  • ‘The Alienist’: Daniel Brühl & Luke Evans Cast In TNT Drama Series.  Based on the international best-selling novel by Caleb Carr, The Alienist is a psychological thriller set in the Gilded Age of New York City in 1896, a city of vast wealth, extreme poverty and technological innovation.
  • Check Out These Previously Unpublished Diane Arbus Photos Taken In NYC Parks: Diane Arbus, one of the most daring and controversial photographers of the 20th century, is perhaps best known for her portraits of the freakish, the deranged, and the marginalized. A lifelong New Yorker, Arbus also had the great fortune of living next to two of the city's best public spaces—Central Park in the in the 1940s and '50s, then Washington Square Park in the 1960s—where she found many of her most memorable subjects.
  • THIS NYC ITALIAN SPOT IS MAKING GROWN-UP HOT POCKETS: Mr. Panzerotto claims to be the first place in NYC to serve panzerotto, a popular Italian street food similar to a calzone, made by stuffing dough pockets with a number of sweet or savory combinations, then frying them until perfectly crisp and fluffy.

  • Chelsea Market at 20: My, how you've gentrified: When investor Irwin Cohen bought the warehouse that became Chelsea Market in 1997, 75 Ninth Ave. was a notorious address in a desolate area.  “There were three murders in the basement. You couldn’t walk here. It was controlled by prostitutes 24 hours a day,” Cohen explained to the Center for an Urban Future in an October 2005 interview. “My goal was to have an 8-year-old child come here by public transportation, shop and go home, and his or her parents would feel safe.”
  • David Bouhadana Drops Sushi Counter Next Week With Space for Pop-Up Chefs: Former Sushi Dojo captain and gloveless crusader David Bouhadana will debut his next Japanese engagement next Monday, May 15. Sushi by Bou claims an eight-seat counter within Meatpacking’s Gansevoort Market, although Bouhadana will only serve his omakase to diners at the bar’s front four seats. At the remaining four, a rotating roster of guest sushi chefs will pop-up and present an entirely different menu to customers along the bar’s left side. That area will be Sushi by Bae.
  • Chef Emily Seaman Has Left Dizengoff: As the chef of Michael Solomonov and Steve Cook’s hugely popular Dizengoff, Emily Seaman helped turned the Philadelphia restaurant into a budding chainlet and the hottest name in hummus on the East Coast. But after three years of baking pita and blending chickpeas, a rep for the restaurant confirms that Seaman has left Dizengoff to attend graduate school.
  • Fried Chicken-Stuffed Waffle Cones Are Now at Gansevoort Market: Please welcome NYC’s newest novelty food, the Chick’nCone, a fried chicken-stuffed waffle cone counter in Gansevoort Market. What started as a food truck in the Poconos has made its way to NYC via a pop-up this winter at Bryant Park’s Winter Village — now a permanent location in the Chelsea food hall.
  • The 12 Best Ice Cream Parlors In NYC: Ample Hills has been around for a half dozen years now, but judging by crowds that regularly run out the door at their Prospect Heights and Gowanus locations, no Brooklynites are even remotely tired of these unabashedly sweet, more-is-more concoctions. 
    • Bubby’s Embraces the Southern Meat & Three: 25-year-old Bubby’s has long been a haven of feel-good, all-American eats, such as mac and cheese, apple pie, fried chicken and matzoh ball soup.  And now, the collection of finer diners are delving even further into red, white and blue territory, by taking on the hallowed, southern-styled “meat + three”.

  • Zabar Footprint Expands With All-Day Nolita Cafe on the Horizon: The Zabar food legacy in New York City continues, with 25-year-old Oliver Zabar venturing out on his own for an all-day cafe in Nolita. Oliver is the son of Eli — who, keep up, is behind E.A.T. and various Eli’s-branded markets and bars, but not Zabar’s grocery store — and learned the business from his father. Together, they opened Upper East Side craft beer bar Eli’s Night Shift in 2015.
  • A Naples Legend Brings His Floppy Fried Pizza To Little Italy: At first glance, Zia Esterina looks like the most average sort of NYC slice joint, with a generic design scheme, slapdash seating (and no counter space for standing), and industrial-size cans of tomato sauce stacked wherever. Even less alluring, it's located on a tourist-clogged block in Little Italy, where you would normally never, ever consider eating pizza.

  • 10 Mother's Day Brunches She'll Love: Nom Wah Tea Parlor still claims the best dumplings in Chinatown, but its new outpost Nom Wah NoLita is making its own mark on modern Chinese cuisine. For Mother’s Day, check out their Dim Sum Brunch featuring classics like scallion pancakes and pork soup dumplings, plus specials like the kid-friendly Hong Kong-style French toast.
  • The 8 Best Arcades In NYC: If the arcade scene from Lost in Translation makes you swoon, then get a little taste of Tokyo at Chinatown Fair. The place's cramped assortment of fantastic games are so loud and noisy you might just forget where, or even who, you are.

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