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Former Philippe Chow Restaurateur Bets Big on Fast-Casual Satays

Source: Eater NY

Stratis Morfogen is opening three Skinny’s Satay this year

A founder of Chinese-ish celebrity hangout Philippe Chow is betting that masses wanting to eat a version of the restaurant’s signature dish — satays.

Stratis Morfogen, now an owner at Chinese restaurant Jue Lan Club and the forthcoming Carmelo Anthony restaurant “Mr. Big Shot” made his career as the restaurateur behind the upscale Philippe Chow. He’s no longer involved in the restaurant, but his newest venture is a fast-casual restaurant called Skinny’s Satay that will be primarily selling a version one of Philippe Chow’s most popular dishes, the chicken satay.

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Cafe Clover Branches Out to East Hampton

Source: Eater NY

It has partnered with a restaurant in The Maidstone Hotel

Downing Street’s Cafe Clover owners Kyle Hotchkiss Carone and David Rabin are diving into Hamptons real estate this season having partnered with Jenny Baker at Maidstone Hotel in East Hampton. Cafe Clover’s David Standridge will be the consulting chef of the restaurant, which will now be called The Maidstone instead of The Living Room.

Standridge likens the menu to California meets the Hamptons, with vegetables and shellfish the focal points. “Even when coming up with dishes I think of as indulgent vacation foods, I’m keeping in mind that most people ...

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Eggslut Pop-Up Becomes Permanent — With a New Name

Source: Eater NY

Chef Alvin Cailan will also host a pop-up Filipino spot through the summer

What started as a temporary residency for Eggslut at the newly opened Chefs Club Counter is transitioning to a permanent one. LA’s Alvin Cailan will mark the occasion with a new breakfast menu on June 1, with opened faced sandwiches like SoHo salmon on a French tartine, PB&J toast, avocado toast, and more from $6 to $12 — but no more sandwiches you’d find on the LA menu. As a matter of fact, the NYC location is dropping the Eggslut name — for something like “Chef Alvin ...

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Mission Cantina Investor Sues the Shuttered Restaurant for $426,000

Source: Eater NY

More lawsuits may be coming

A Mission Cantina investor is suing the now-shuttered Lower East Side restaurant to recoup the $426,000 he says he lent the restaurant.

In a complaint filed on May 8, Scott Kasen alleges that as a 33 percent owner of Mission Cantina, LLC, he lent a total of $425,940.82 to the restaurant, where chef Danny Bowien was a partner and public face. A note attached as an exhibit to the complaint shows Bowien agreed that the restaurant would repay the money, as first reported by Bedford and Bowery.

Mission Cantina has not yet responded to ...

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Restaurant Owner Says ICE Agents Grabbed Breakfast Before Detaining Her Employees

Source: Grub Street NY

The restaurant industry relies heavily on immigrant labor, and it’s become increasingly common to hear stories about ICE agents, working under an administration that promised to crack down on undocumented immigrants, sniffing around professional kitchens. According to a new report, though, some Michigan agents made sure to grab …

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Campbell Found a Meal-Kit Service That Will Unironically Deliver Its Cans

Source: Grub Street NY

Campbell announced today that it’s investing $10 million in Chef’d, a meal-kit service — or a “leading online meal store,” if you prefer Campbell’s label. The maker of canned soups, Prego sauces, V8, Pepperidge Farm cookies, and Goldfish calls it a “strategic partnership” that gives the company a …

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What to Expect at the New Food Hall From Jose Andres and the Adria Bros.

Source: Eater NY

Multiple restaurants and counters will allow visitors to “taste Spain in just one space”

Over on Eater National, Albert Adria Explains it All — revealing new details about the 35,000-square-foot Hudson Yards Food Hall with a Spanish bent that he will steer with his brother Ferran and D.C.-based chef José Andrés. The brothers are among the most well-known modernist chefs in the world, and it will be the first time they will be in NYC.

Expect several restaurants in the space — potentially one specializing in rice, a Spanish-style fried food restaurant, and one serving hot chocolate and old-school ...

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A Mission Cantina Investor Is Suing Danny Bowien for $426,000

Source: Grub Street NY

Danny Bowien’s Mexican-ish restaurant Mission Cantina never caught on the way his bicoastal smash hit Mission Chinese has, and after three shape-shifting years, the chef closed it in December. Running a profitable business in that pricey Lower East Side location proved to be a …

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Street Food Carts Will Soon Have Health Letter Grades [Update]

Source: Eater NY

The Health Department has 270 days to put the law into effect

The City Council Health Committee voted unanimously on Tuesday in favor of a bill requiring street food carts and trucks to post letter grades, which New York City restaurants have been doing for years. Today, the vote goes to the full City Council for approval. If passed, the Health Department will have 270 days to put it into effect. Update: The bill passed, meaning the Health Department has 270 days to put the law into effect.

This bill, number 1456 sponsored by Queens City Councilwoman Karen ...

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The Absolute Best City Hall Wedding Restaurants in New York

Source: Grub Street NY

According to the Knot, a Manhattan wedding averages $78,464, which is insane. So though there will always be grand receptions — with catering and cake and passed hors d’oeuvres, customized napkins, and a twee bluegrass band playing Beyoncé covers — a City Hall wedding with a modest reception of …

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The Best Bar in Bushwick Serves Up Great Cocktails, Burlesque

Source: Grub Street NY

Part Burning Man, part burlesque, and totally glitter-queer, this gorgeous, roomy bar combines great cocktails with a roomy performance venue. The Bushwick hot spot offers a dazzling array of events, from sweaty dance parties, bingo, bottomless brunch, and even an amateur burlesque night. Oh, yeah, and there’s a delicious …

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New York City Food Carts Are One Step Closer to Getting Letter Grades

Source: Grub Street NY

So far, so good, officials say of their plan to stick letter grades on New York’s 5,000 food carts. The City Council’s Health Committee voted yesterday on the bill Queens councilmember Karen Koslowitz introduced back in January, and the Post reports that the committee’s nine members …

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Where to Eat and Drink on Memorial Day in New York City

Source: Grub Street NY

If you’re having early onset FOMO about not being able to escape to the beach this weekend, reconsider: The great thing about New York during Memorial Day is that everyone else bounces, emptying the city. But the city’s many great restaurants and bars, obviously, aren’t going anywhere — and while …

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Danny Meyer-Backed Fast-Casual Chain Tender Greens Plots First NYC Outpost

Source: Eater NY

The lunch chain will be in Flatiron

The Danny Meyer-invested Southern California-based healthy eating chain Tender Greens is finally making its way to New York City. Commerical Observer reports that the fast-casual salad restaurant, where former fine dining chefs run the kitchens, has signed a lease in Flatiron.

The exact location of the first New York outpost, expected to open in late 2018, is not yet out. More locations of Tender Greens are expected to follow. Eater has reached out to Meyer and Tender Greens for further information.

Tender Greens first opened in the Los Angeles area in ...

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How One Popular Café Owner Reopened After a Potentially Business-Destroying Real-Estate Disaster

Source: Grub Street NY

After just hitting the milestone of its one-year anniversary, Chalait, a matcha-centric café on a picturesque West Village corner, faced every New York business owner’s nightmare. The CVS next door had decided to expand into Chalait’s tiny space, and because of a clause in its ten-year lease, the …

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Smorgasburg Extends Manhattan Footprint With Seasonal Restaurant on High Line

Source: Eater NY

180 Tenth is the outdoor restaurant at The High Line Hotel

The High Line Hotel will swing open its outdoor restaurant for the season tomorrow, this time with Smorgasburg operators Eric Demby and Jonathan Butler running a restaurant dubbed 180 Tenth, Flo Flab reports. The garden restaurant is taking over previous summertime tenant Alta Linea, which closed for the season on October 9.

At 180, Demby and Butler — who also run Brooklyn Flea and food hall Berg’n — are bringing along Aaron Taber, a vet of the now-dead, David Chang-invested delivery service Maple. Taber is focusing on ...

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‘Soup Nazi’ Company CFO Charged With Avoiding Thousands in Taxes

Source: Eater NY

No soup for you!

While the Soup Nazi earned a reputation for requiring customers to follow strict rules, apparently the company didn’t think rules applied to them. The CFO of Soupman Inc. — which sells soup and licenses franchises based on Al Yeganeh’s former restaurant, Soup Kitchen International — Robert Bertrand has been charged with tax evasion for avoiding “hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax payments” by paying employees off the books, The New York Times reports.

Yeganeh, who has been adamant in expressing how offended he was over the “Soup Nazi” nickname coined on Seinfeld back in 1995, ...

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Wahlberg Brothers Unleash Burger Monstrosity Wahlburgers on UES

Source: Eater NY

The first Manhattan location is now open

The notoriously mediocre burger chain Wahlburgers from the singing-acting-reality star Wahlberg brothers now has a location in Manhattan. The newest outpost of the restaurant with a TV show made its debut earlier this month at 1633 Second Avenue on the Upper East Side. Brother Donnie Wahlberg — the one who was in New Kids on the Block — has already made an appearance. Mark, the more famous brother, hasn’t been spotted yet, and Paul, the third brother, is the chef for the chain.

It’s the second New York City location for the ...

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Even Pope Francis Thinks President Trump’s Diet Is Funny

Source: Grub Street NY

Doctors have already warned Pope Francis to cool it on the carbs, so he probably has special compassion for those souls who subsist on abysmal eating habits. Either that, or he’s been waiting with bated breath to tell this one joke when he got to meet …

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Mah-Ze-Dahr Bakery Gets in the Soft-Serve Game — and More Intel

Source: Eater NY

Plus, E’s Bar is back after a February fire

Cult favorite pastry shop adds ice cream

Just in time for the unofficial start of summer, Mah-Ze-Dahr Bakery in the West Village has added soft serve ice cream to its menu starting Thursday, May 25. Vanilla bean and dark chocolate are the two flavors to start, but will rotate throughout the summer. It’s served in housemade waffle ...

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Blue Hill’s Bone-Ash Cheese Is Now Available for Retail Sale

Source: Grub Street NY

Pound for pound — or, at a quarter-pound each, make that ounce for ounce — Saxelby Cheesemongers’ new Bone Char Pearl might be the poster cheese for this particular caseo-culinary moment. It’s got a chef collaborator (Blue Hill‘s Dan Barber, who commissioned it), a dedicated affineur (

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22 Terrific NYC Chinese Restaurants

Source: Eater NY

A list of restaurants that are perfect for any night

Here is a list of 22 restaurants that Eater editors love.  This is not a comprehensive guide to New York City’s best Chinese restaurants — there are some heavy-hitters and critical darlings that are definitely not on this list. But herein you will find over two dozen restaurants that reliably serve comforting, delicious food. You might consider going to one on Christmas, or any day after that. Collectively, the editors of Eater have been to these establishments hundreds — maybe even thousands! — of times. Please share your favorite neighborhood ...

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Meet E.A.K. Ramen, the Japanese Chain Trying to Make Waves in the U.S.

Source: Eater NY

It serves iekei-style ramen, a tonkotsu-shoyu blend

New York’s crowded ramen market will have a new player to try starting next week as E.A.K. Ramen — an American outpost of a prolific Japanese chain — makes its debut in the former Kin Shop space in Greenwich Village. It’s part of a larger plan to convince Americans that the restaurant’s style of ramen, called iekei, should be the next big ramen obsession.

The original Japanese name of the chain is Iekei Ramen, named after the style of broth that’s a blend of fatty pork-based tonkotsu and the chicken and soy-based ...

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