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Steakhouse’s Ambience Takes a Hit After Poisonous Snake Bites Customer

Source: Grub Street NY

This sounds like a scene involving Chevy Chase at a backwoods diner from a National Lampoon movie titled Dixieland Road Trip, but unfortunately this was no Hollywood horror: A Virginia woman who tried having dinner at an outpost of LongHorn Steakhouse in Fredericksburg, Virginia, was bitten by a poisonous …

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Italy’s Most Famous Pizzamaker Takes on NYC

Source: Eater NY

He fought the mob and turned around a neighborhood

Though he’s unknown to most Americans, Gino Sorbillo is one of the most famous pizzaioli in Italy, with regular guest appearances on MasterChef Italia, and three restaurants in Naples, the birthplace of pizza. In October, Sorbillo will open the first overseas outpost of his namesake pizzeria at 334 Bowery, following his low-key, fast-casual calzone spot Zia Esterina that opened in Little Italy over the summer.

Inside his flagship pizzeria on Via dei Tribunali in Naples, the lean Sorbillo, who looks much younger than his 43 years, works in an open ...

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Who’s Ready for Pink ‘Sparkling’ Milk?

Source: Grub Street NY

In today’s extremely competitive beverage market, you essentially have two options to make your product succeed: add bubbles, or add booze. Carbonate some water, and people will commemorate it with works of art. Make root beer alcoholic, and it’s no longer a grandpa drink. Since …

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David Chang’s Ando Looks Like a Delivery App Come to Life

Source: Eater NY

Inside the simple, sleek white space

Now that David Chang’s delivery-only restaurant Ando has turned into a straight-up fast-casual spot, it’s time to take a look inside. The Momofuku creator hired on a former Pret executive to run operations at the not-yet-profitable brand, and the result is a Pret-like store that offers grab-and-go options alongside made-to-order hot items.

The new space near Union Square at 31 West 14th Street looks like a delivery app come to life, with a lot of clean, white space punctuated by neon signs, bright red splashes, and a few stools. In other words, it’s ...

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David Chang’s Ando Looks Like a Delivery App Come to Life

Source: Eater NY

Inside the simple, sleek white space

Now that David Chang’s delivery-only restaurant Ando has turned into a straight-up fast-casual spot, it’s time to take a look inside. The Momofuku creator hired on a former Pret executive to run operations at the not-yet-profitable brand, and the result is a Pret-like store that offers grab-and-go options alongside made-to-order hot items.

The new space near Union Square at 31 West 14th Street looks like a delivery app come to life, with a lot of clean, white space punctuated by neon signs, bright red splashes, and a few stools. In other words, it’s ...

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What to Order at Byggyz, NYC’s Quirky New Sandwich Shop

Source: Eater NY

A first look at Dewey Dufresne’s LES entry

Those who hung around WD-50 in the early days — say, 2003 — will be well acquainted with chef Wylie Dufresne’s dad, Dewey Dufresne. In addition to having a hand in designing the place, he worked the room as his son labored in the kitchen, going from table to table greeting and jollying up the guests.

It turns out Dewey Dufresne owned a Providence sandwich shop called Joe’s, open since 1969, with the young Wylie working there when he was a kid. Fast forward 40-plus years and Dufresne pere now has a ...

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What to Order at Byggyz, NYC’s Quirky New Sandwich Shop

Source: Eater NY

A first look at Dewey Dufresne’s LES entry

Those who hung around WD-50 in the early days — say, 2003 — will be well acquainted with chef Wylie Dufresne’s dad, Dewey Dufresne. In addition to having a hand in designing the place, he worked the room as his son labored in the kitchen, going from table to table greeting and jollying up the guests.

It turns out Dewey Dufresne owned a Providence sandwich shop called Joe’s, open since 1969, with the young Wylie working there when he was a kid. Fast forward 40-plus years and Dufresne pere now has a ...

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Amazon May Soon Bring Shake Shack to Your Door

Source: Grub Street NY

After less than a month as Whole Foods’ overlord, Amazon is making another big food grab. It’s teaming up with Olo, a large food-ordering company that counts Danny Meyer as an investor and does catering orders for Chipotle. Olo says the partnership will put its current raft …

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Donald Trump Descends on Ritzy Le Cirque This Week

He loves that place

President Donald Trump continues his terror on New York City traffic with a visit tomorrow to Le Cirque, the longtime Midtown East French fine dining restaurant. Trump will descend on the bankruptcy-addled restaurant for a private fundraising dinner with “major GOP donors,” the Washington Post reports, in an effort to rouse some money out of the group for the Republican National Committee.

The president has visited the stalwart frequently in the past, both for meals and as a place for fundraisers. Last year, a Le Cirque rep said that Trump likes the Dover solea common dinner dish for him — and the pasta primavera, an unlisted menu item.

Le Cirque has a long history in NYC, opening in 1974 before moving to its current location in the Bloomberg building in May 2006. It’s pumped out big-name chefs like Daniel Boulud and David Bouley, but in more recent years has had its share of troubles, including filing for bankruptcy, a punishing one-star review from the Times, a sexual harassment lawsuit, and an unpaid wages lawsuit.

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Donald Trump Descends on Ritzy Le Cirque This Week

Source: Eater NY

He loves that place

President Donald Trump continues his terror on New York City traffic with a visit tomorrow to Le Cirque, the longtime Midtown East French fine dining restaurant. Trump will descend on the bankruptcy-addled restaurant for a private fundraising dinner with “major GOP donors,” the Washington Post reports, in an effort to rouse some money out of the group for the Republican National Committee.

The president has visited the stalwart frequently in the past, both for meals and as a place for fundraisers. Last year, a Le Cirque rep said that Trump likes the Dover sole...

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How a Bangkok KFC Inspired One of the Most Interesting Dishes at Uncle Boons Sister

Source: Grub Street NY

Most of the dishes at Ann Redding and Matt Danzer’s brand-new fast-casual spot, Uncle Boons Sister, take their cues from traditional Thai street food. Not so the fried chicken larb. That one was inspired by KFC — a food-court KFC, no less, inside a Bangkok mall. “We were eating …

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New York Singles Drink Too Much, Critic Says

Source: Eater NY

Plus, the city’s best new pizza is now available for delivery

Drinking is a singles problem, Cuozzo says

The youth are bothering Steve Cuozzo, whose cantankerous side comes out in a rant against “noisy young drunks.” It’s in response to the man suing the city for allowing bottomless brunches to exist: “I’m no psychiatrist or sociologist,” Cuozzo writes, “but over-drinking strikes me mainly as a condition of the single.” He goes on to cite numbers that show eligible women outnumber men in NYC, coming to this conclusion: “When gender expectations are wildly out of sync, anxiety is soothed with ...

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NYC Wahlburger Locations Are Flatlining

Source: Eater NY

One closed and another can’t get it together to open

Looks like the Coney Island location isn’t the only Wahlburgers that’s in trouble: After closing the franchise last month, it looks like the chain from the acting-reality star Wahlburger brothers is sputtering, Page Six reports.

The Brooklyn location for the notoriously mediocre burger chain hadn’t been paying the rent, and they “were on the verge of being locked out” of the Coney Island location, according to Page Six. The company says the location will reopen.

The Times Square location is also slow going, having signed a lease on 725 ...

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John Fraser Is Opening a Gimmick-Free Brasserie in the West Village

Source: Grub Street NY

The inspirations for John Fraser’s new American brasserie, the Loyal, slated to open this Wednesday, are many: Blue Ribbon and Raoul’s (“because they’re timeless, and places you go to knock back a martini at five o’clock but also celebrate something at midnight when you get off of …

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At Metta, Open-Flame Gaucho Cooking Meets Brooklyn Locavorism

Source: Grub Street NY

Like many of the polished little DIY dining establishments blooming all around the borough these days, Metta looks almost too much like a harried Manhattanite’s fantasy of what a twee, homegrown “New Brooklyn” restaurant is supposed to be. The tables in the cozy corner space on Adelphi Street, near …

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Review: A Cast of 87 Sounds a Climate Change Alarm

Source: NY Times Food

Bringing together wrestlers, a food cart, a cellist and a bandstand, Pig Iron Theater Company takes on catastrophe in “A Period of Animate Existence.”

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Eat Uncle Boons Thai Takeout on the Couch Tomorrow

Source: Eater NY

Get pad thai and tom yum soup to go

One of New York City’s essential Thai restaurants expands with an entirely takeout operation starting Saturday, September 22. Uncle Boons, the Nolita runaway hit from chef-owners Ann Redding and Matt Danzer adds Uncle Boons Sister to the family.

This slim, counter-service space is a simple operation of popular dishes like pad Thai and tom yum soup, plus large plates like a crab omelet with a yellow curry sauce. Everything, though, cannot be found on the original Uncle Boons menu. The full menu is here.

Redding and Danzer originally opened here ...

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How Mexico City’s Restaurant Community Is Rallying to Offer Free Food and Comfort

Source: Grub Street NY

Food is an essential part of the Mexican identity, so it makes sense that in the days following Tuesday’s devastating earthquake, chefs and home cooks sprang into action, taking their place on the front lines of disaster relief in the country’s capital.

A man set up his al pastor stand …

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