Spicy Pickles and Ramp Fusilli to Bring to Your Labor Day Host

Source: Grub Street NY

Labor Day weekend, your last chance to make sure you’re invited back next summer, is here. Below, the Brooklyn-based taffy, cult hamburger buns, and strawberry jam that will clinch it.

SALTY

Salty Road Salt Water Taffy
For some lazy poolside chewing. Brooklyn-based Salty Road’s hand-pulled taffy incorporates a unique …

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Three Dapper Gents Are Pickpocketing in LES Bars, Police Say

Source: Eater NY

And they’re good at it, according to NYPD

The NYPD is warning Lower East Side and Nolita restaurant and bar owners of a team of “well dressed” men who have been on a pickpocketing spree. In an email on Tuesday to nearby bars and restaurants, Crime Prevention Officer Rodney Rosado writes that the three men have been targeting customers:

They wait until roughly [the] 12:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. time period (your most crowded time periods) and watch, pick, and distract. Three man team very good at what they do. Please have all employees on the lookout.

According to the ...

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Philadelphia’s Famed Federal Donuts Will Be Available in NYC for One Day Only

Source: Grub Street NY

Since Philadelphia-based Michael Solomonov opened his hummus concept, Dizengoff, in Chelsea Market earlier this year, it’s not crazy to hope that New York will one day get an outpost of Solomonov’s Federal Donuts, too. But for now, New Yorkers will have to settle for a pop-up …

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Russian Burger King Finally Honors the Artist Who Nailed His Scrotum to Red Square

Source: Grub Street NY

Burger King’s first St. Petersburg location is turning six this year. To celebrate, the chain has unveiled some limited-edition burgers — a completely standard, if often forgettable, tactic. The problem is the theme BK chose for this festive occasion is just downright weird: It’s a series of four …

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23 New York City Bars With Great Happy Hour Deals

Source: Eater NY

Most happy hours in this city have a bad rap, and for good reason. It’s easy to be lured by the prices into drinking something horrible, and watered down well liquor with a cheap mixer does not a cocktail make. Here, you have 23 bars around New York City offering wonderful deals for happy hour. You’ll find everything from a great burger and beer deal to dollar oysters and cocktails that are actually boozy and tasty. Did we miss your favorite go-to happy hour? Drop it in the comments, or send a note to the tipline.

Note: Restaurants are ...

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The Best Cooler Is an Indestructible Cooler That Everyone in Salt Lake City Is Going Nuts For

Source: Grub Street NY

Labor Day is nigh, and so are our final beach weekends, which means you want to make these last ones count. One way to do that is with the ideal cooler.

The Yeti Hopper will survive everything (and for $260, it damn well should). The pleasantly curved leak-proof, …

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Man Caught Stealing Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Arrested for Trying to Burn Down Convenience Store

Source: Grub Street NY

This is going to sound made-up, but the St. Louis police say it’s not: A man named Joshua Crook tried setting a gas station on fire this weekend in order to punish a manager who stopped Crook from stealing a bag of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.

The store’s manager …

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Get Ready for Organic Gatorade

Source: Grub Street NY

In a test of just how nominal a product label can get, Gatorade has released America’s first USDA-certified organic sports drink. It took parent company PepsiCo’s mad scientists two years to do it, but a company exec tells Bloomberg that something called G Organic is now available at …

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Is This Sprinkle-Topped Blue Cheese the Goofiest New Dessert in Brooklyn?

Source: Grub Street NY

“We were trying to figure out a composed cheese plate,” says chef Brian Leth of his purposefully concise dessert menu at Faun, the now-month-old Italian restaurant in Prospect Heights. “It was my sous-chef’s idea — let’s put some sprinkles on it.” It’s an outlier on the …

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The 30 Most-Anticipated Restaurant Openings of Fall 2016

Source: Eater NY

Fall is the greatest time to be a food lover in New York City. Between now and the end of the year, many local heroes will debut new projects, and culinary superstars from other cities will open dining establishments around the town. Here’s a guide to the restaurants to pay attention to this fall.

30) Mingy Rose

Address: 1710 Second Ave, Upper East Side

Major Players: Erika Chou and Doron Wong

What to Expect: : The duo behind Yunnan Kitchen and Yunnan BBQ head uptown for a casual Chinese restaurant.  Chou tells Eater: “We are just keeping ...

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TsuruTonTan Already Slammed With Eager Udon Lovers Waiting Hours For Noodles

Source: Eater NY

Good luck trying to get in

Japanese udon chain TsuruTonTan’s new Union Square outpost is already being swarmed by the noodle loving masses. The restaurant that slings house made udon noodles and non-traditional udon bowls has quoted hours long wait times since it opened. Eater staffers have tried — and failed — to get in on both Monday and Tuesday. One was politely turned away on Monday after being told an hour and a half wait, which would have gone past the restaurant’s closing time. Yesterday, a different Eater staffer was quoted two hours around 7:30 p.m., while ...

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Burger Chain’s New Promotion Might Actually Be a Secret Plan to Help Curb Population Growth

Source: Grub Street NY

With repeated, incessant warnings that everything is going to hell, it’s obvious the world needs help. Earth’s population continues to grow, unchecked, and our natural resources simply can’t keep up with the toll it’s taking on this planet. Even coffee might go …

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Downtown Brooklyn Food Hall Delay, Greenpoint Ice Cream, and More Intel

Source: Eater NY

Plus: How has Mr. Chow managed to survive with bad food?

— Downtown Brooklyn’s City Point development has delayed the opening of its highly anticipated DeKalb Market Food Hall, a project with more than 50 vendors like Katz’s and Ample Hills. It was originally supposed to open this fall, but the debut has been pushed back to 2017. New York’s first outpost of Alamo Drafthouse, a popular Austin-based movie theater-and-restaurant chain, has also been delayed indefinitely.

— The owner of Rockaways pizzeria Whit’s End who was arrested for growing weed is now doubling down on how he ...

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Chris Christie Vetoes $15 Wage Bill for New Jersey Restaurant Workers

Source: Grub Street NY

New Jersey fast-food workers who got warm fuzzies when their state introduced a bill similar to New York’s living wage have had those hopes dashed by their governor. Chris Christie vetoed a bill yesterday that would have made Jersey one of only three states with a …

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Shibar Journal: In Afghanistan’s Farm Belt, Women Lead Unions and Find New Status

Source: NY Times Food

The farmers’ unions have helped ensure a more reliable and diverse food supply in an often famine-struck region, while also empowering its female leadership.

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Welsh Food From a La Vara Vet, Panda Express Hell’s Kitchen, and More Open

Source: Eater NY

Essential info on 7 new restaurants around NYC

1) Cobble Hill: Sunken Hundred is New York’s newest Welsh restaurant, one of less than five in the City. Its owner is Illtyd Barrett, a Welsh artist who opened the restaurant with his brother Dominic. In the kitchen is Tom Coughlnan (Txikito, La Vara, Seamtress), who has been working on receipes from Illtyd and Dominic’s mother to create a traditional Welsh menu. Options under mains include hake with laver (seaweed), and steamed mussels served with pork belly and lemon zest. Status: Certified Open; 276 Smith Street, 718-722-1069

2) ...

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Americans Finally Waking Up to the Idea That Orange Juice Is Not Some Magical Morning Elixir

Source: Grub Street NY

Once upon a time, in a more innocent age of jumbo corn burgers and jello salads, ailing Americans knew they didn’t have to visit the doctor, they just needed to guzzle some orange juice. How times have changed. Despite the valiant efforts of industry stalwarts like Tropicana and Minute Maid, …

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Experts Say McDonald’s Preservative-Free McNuggets Are Still Full of B.S.

Source: Grub Street NY

McDonald’s has once again dumbfounded health advocates, this time with a TV ad promoting the new preservative-free McNuggets. The spot’s theme is basically that being a kid today is different from being one in the ’80s. In short: Bikes got sleeker, video-game controllers became …

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A Grand Experiment Straight From China at Hao Noodle in Greenwich Village

Source: Eater NY

Chinatown is dying. Well, not really, but in our primary Chinatowns of the Lower East Side, Sunset Park, and Flushing, the restaurant population has remained relatively static and even dwindled over the last few years, as the most interesting new Chinese restaurants have sprung up in non-traditional settings. The reason? Regional Chinese has gone mainstream — as Chinese-American did a century ago — and developed a real fandom among the general population. Thus we find, for example, food from Shaanxi Province easily accessible at the multiple locations of Xi’an Famous Foods, while Hunan cuisine has gained traction in the East ...

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Off the Menu: Westlight, a Brooklyn Debut for Andrew Carmellini

Source: NY Times Food

The chef is opening a hotel aerie in Williamsburg, a new Orwashers bakery expands to the Upper West Side, and more restaurant news.

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Plummeting Corn, Meat, and Dairy Prices Are Plaguing Farmers

Source: Grub Street NY

Three-dollar-a-pound ground beef and $1.50 egg cartons mean deliciously cheap dinners, but the low prices attracting shoppers are fast becoming a nightmare for supermarkets and farmers. Analysts predict the slump will soon count as the worst stretch of food-price declines since 1960 — great for anyone

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