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Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Weekly Roundup: Schiller's Liquor Bar Says Goodbye, 4 Excellent Pastrami Tacos and Where To Eat At The Canal Street Market

  • This Is How You Do a Pho Tour of NYC: It is often my pleasure to welcome food writers from elsewhere to New York, and arrange to conduct them on culinary tours. In many cases these jaunts cover the subject the writers specialize in, cramming many restaurants into a few hours of concentrated eating. Thus it was that I recently took Northern California-based Andrea Nguyen, author of The Pho Cookbook on a tour devoted to the Vietnamese noodle soup.
  • Rents for No-Doorman Apartments in Manhattan Reach a Record: Manhattan apartment rents are on the decline -- unless you’re living in a no-frills building without a doorman. For those units, rents just hit a record. 
  • All the Goodbyes to Schiller's Show Exactly What Kind of Neighborhood Restaurant It Is: News that Keith McNally’s Lower East Side trendsetter Schiller’s will be closing in August has already struck a chord with diners — and the kind of commentary popping up shows just what kind of restaurant it was.
  • Bourdain on Queens: ‘This is a Wonderland’ Because of Street Food.  Celebrity TV chef/author Anthony Bourdain ventures home to New York City for Sunday’s episode of his CNN show “Parts Unknown” and this time, he takes the 7 train to explore Queens. The Manhattan resident used the opportunity to talk about street food, sitting down with Street Vendor Project attorney Sean Basinski in Corona to hear about the issues that vendors face.

  • Why One of New York’s Most Respected Chefs Decided to Expand to Long Island’s North Fork: For nearly two decades, Frank DeCarlo has run Peasant, the Elizabeth Street Italian restaurant with a wood-fired oven and a very devoted following. While DeCarlo has expanded, he’s hardly an empire builder. In fact, a new restaurant opening in a couple weeks will be only his third. That restaurant, Barba Bianca — “White Beard” — won’t even be in New York City. It’s in Greenport, on Long Island’s North Fork.
  • What You Need to Know About America’s Brand-new Nutella Café: America is finally getting rewarded for its obsession with Italy’s most famous jarred product: It will soon be home to the world’s only official stand-alone café devoted to Nutella. Ferrero says in a press release that its Nutella Cafe — potentially the first of many — will be located in Chicago’s Millennium Park.
  • STAY WOKE: INSIDE THE THIRD-WAVE COFFEE REVOLUTION.  Not so long ago, New York City coffee was almost uniformly no-nonsense: commodity-grade brown stuff proudly purchased from the deli or diner, and consumed more for maintenance than pleasure. But in a shift that seemed to take place almost overnight (but in reality took a decade), specialty coffee shops have nearly saturated the city, spreading out into all five boroughs with single-origin espressos, $5-and-up filter brews, and poignant stories about the coffee farmers’ families.
  • APRIL BLOOMFIELD AND THE ART OF CUTTING MEAT: In October, Bloomfield, along with her business partner Ken Friedman, opened White Gold Butchers, a restaurant in a butcher shop, on Amsterdam Avenue. The whole-animal butchery, which carries only pasture-raised, grass-fed meats, also supplies the pair’s renowned restaurants, the Breslin and the Spotted Pig.


  • Ambitious Indian Restaurant Glides Into Former Tapestry Space in Greenwich Village: The restaurateur behind short-lived Suvir Saran restaurant Tapestry is trying his hand at another upscale Indian restaurant. Roni Mazumdar has hired chef Chintan Pandya, formerly of Michelin-starred Junoon, to run a new restaurant in the space called Rahi.
  • The Beatrice Inn’s Angie Mar Brings Badass Attitude To The NYC Steakhouse: Mar, a former commercial real estate agent turned chef, made quick work of revamping the menu and making the vibe at “the Bea,” as she calls it, feel more inviting and less stuffy than in its previous incarnation. That meant mining the classic steakhouses of yore for inspiration, but combining those masculine tropes with her own vision of a more composed, romantic approach to meat.

  • J.G. Melon’s Iconic Griddled Burgers Are Headed for the Upper West Side: Home to one of the city’s most iconic burgers, J.G. Melon, is opening a third location — at 480 Amsterdam Avenue on the Upper West Side.
  • Pork Is Only the Starting Point at Pig Bleecker: Pig Bleecker takes the second half of its name from its Greenwich Village address and the first from Pig Beach, a beer garden and barbecue stand on the idyllic shores of the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn. The two places share a chef, several owners, some sauces and recipes, and a fondness for wood smoke. They have pigs in their names for a reason, but one appealing thing about Pig Bleecker is how often it gravitates toward cooking that has nothing to do with barbecued pork.

  • Cat Cora’s Upcoming Fatbird Looks Like It Might Be Celebrity Bait: Iron Chef Cat Cora’s Meatpacking District restaurant in the former Diner space — is ready to pop, with open calls for the front of the house staff this week at the Kardashian-approved Sugar Factory.
  • Beyond Sushi Tries to Make Vegan Sushi More Than Fast Food at Fourth Location: What started as one grab-and-go vegan sushi shop on 14th Street has now grown into its fourth location, the first full-service Beyond Sushi in New York City — with alcohol on the way, too. It might sound like an improbable success story: In a town full of top-notch, fish-filled sushi, a vegan sushi joint has somehow pushed its way into the already crowded space.
  • 4 Excellent Pastrami Tacos to Try in NYC: Delicatessen Taco. The name says it all at this new stall in the Gansevoort Market. Pastrami tacos are dressed in the style of Pueblan tacos, with chopped raw onions and cilantro — but then pickled mustard seeds are also dumped on top, making for an especially tasty, cross-cultural taco. 

  • What It Was Like Growing Up In McSorley's, One Of NYC's Oldest Bars: If you've been to McSorley's at any point in the past four decades, there's a good chance you were served by Geoffrey "Bart" Bartholomew. The longtime bartender of the venerable East Village watering hole—which counts Abe Lincoln, Boss Tweed, and Houdini among its former patrons—Bart began working the taps in 1972, just two years after the bar finally started serving women.
  • The 11 Best Falafel Spots In NYC: TAIM; Of all the countless falafels I've wolfed down in this town over the decades, these are the ones I've craved most frequently and ferociously. Everything's always fresh and delicious at both the Waverly Place original and the slightly-more-spacious Spring Street shop, but it's the near-peerless falafel trio that's the soul of this place.

  • Canal Street Food Hall Slides Into Chinatown Monday With New Nom Wah: The newest food hall in town officially swings open on Monday — including with a brand spanking new fast-casual restaurant from Chinatown heavy-hitter Nom Wah Tea Parlor.  Canal Street Market at 265 Canal Street opened its retail portion in December, and the 12 vendor food hall next door is making its debut this week.
  • Where to Eat at the Canal Street Market: Though its retail shops cleverly opened to coincide with Christmas, the food hall portion of the year-old Canal Street Market was slated to debut this spring.  And right on cue, 12 edible vendors now occupy the former flea, paying homage to the neighborhood’s lively culinary history (most have an Asian bent, and a relationship to the immediate area), while embracing a modern aesthetic. 

  • 2017 AMERICA'S CLASSIC: SAHADI’S.  Atlantic Avenue, between the waterfront and the terminal, is Brooklyn’s fertile crescent, a cluster of Middle Eastern restaurants, groceries, bakeries and sundry shops. Sahadi’s, at the heart of this micro-neighborhood, has a New York root system that dates to the late 19th century, when Abrahim Sahadi first set up shop in downtown Manhattan. 
  • Massive New Kitchen 21 Will Revive Coney Island’s Landmarked Childs Space: Coney Island institution of yore Childs may no longer exist, but its iconic, landmarked frame lives on and will house Kitchen 21, a massive restaurant space with five concepts in one. Legends Hospitality (Yankee Stadium) and Craveable Hospitality Group (David Burke Kitchen) are reviving the space.

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