Popular Takeaway Counter Taste of Persia Reopens After Fire Damage

Source: Eater NY

Locals have raised money for the Flatiron spot

One of New York’s best Persian restaurants is back in business after a brief hiatus. Owner Saeed Pourkay was forced to close Taste of Persia, the small takeaway counter tucked inside of Pizza Paradise, after a fire broke out in the pizzeria’s oven.

Pourkay closed the popular spot on November 3, 2017, and shortly after, a GoFundMe campaign was launched to help the restaurant overcome the damages and reopen. Eater has reached out to Pourkay for additional comment.

Since November 4, 2017, the GoFundMe campaign to save Taste of ...

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Adam Sachs No Longer With Saveur

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Saveur editor-in-chief Adam Sachs‘s tenure at the food magazine is over. Tech website Recode reported that 70 employees from the publishing conglomerate Bonnier’s U.S. staff were laid off, a number that also included Saveur digital editor Dan Dao. Rumors quickly swirled that Sachs was no longer with the …

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What to Order at Bo Ky, One of Chinatown’s Most Interesting Restaurants

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It serves Teochew cuisine, a reflection of Cantonese, Fujianese, and Vietnamese fare

Late in the last century, Chinatown abounded with Teochew restaurants. Also spelled Chaozhou and Chiuchow, this cuisine represented the cooking of the Chaoshan region of eastern Guangdong. For centuries, members of this group have traded with Southeast Asia and immigrated there too, and their unique cuisine reflects this diaspora. Signs on Teochew restaurants are often in both Chinese and Vietnamese, and Southeast Asian dishes populate the menus, next to recognizably Cantonese and Fujianese stuff.

What to Order at Bo Ky, One of Chinatown’s Most Interesting Restaurants
Bo Ky dining room

Among the few remaining Teochew restaurants in Greater Chinatown are ...

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New Video Shows Restaurateur Joe Bastianich Making Racist, Sexist Comments on Italian TV

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In the wake of investigations into Mario Batali’s sexual misconduct, reporters have taken a closer look into the problematic leadership and culture of B&B Hospitality Group, which stands for “Batali & Bastianich.” Joe Bastianich is at the top of the company hierarchy, and an episode of MasterChef …

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Noma Catered Justin Timberlake’s Man of the Woods Listening Party

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Though just weeks away from Noma’s grand reopening, René Redzepi’s team agreed to quit pickling octopus last night to cater a listening party for Justin Timberlake’s new forest-themed album, Man of the Woods. The exclusive shindig brought music execs, media, and some lucky American Express cardholders to …

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Where To Find NYC’s Top Middle Eastern Food

Memorable mezze, unparalleled falafel, and much more

There’s no shortage of delectable Middle Eastern and Mediterranean meals to be had in NYC, for the most part scattered around the city rather than clustered into cultural enclaves. Whether it’s a big, boisterous group dinner where shareable plates reign supreme or a quick but truly satisfying take-out scenario, there’s an impressive roster of top notch destinations for exceptional food from Lebanon, Persia, Turkey, Israel, Morocco, Tunisia, and more.

Some spots stick to faithfully concocted, authentic recipes passed down generations, while others explore multiple geographic areas’ cuisines on one menu — or even take a fusion approach, nodding at different culinary traditions in a single dish. Find reliable standbys like hummus and falafel executed in slightly different, nuanced ways at a number of the places outlined ahead, as well as harder-to-find dishes that are worth seeking out. Ahead, 19 great places in NYC to eat the best pita, kebabs, spreads, and much more.

Note: This map is arranged geographically, south through Manhattan and north through Brooklyn and Queens.

Japanese City Activates Emergency Alert System After Store Sells Deadly Blowfish

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Residents of Gamagori, Japan, are off to a worse week than even the poor people of Hawaii. Officials yesterday activated the city’s emergency broadcast system, blanketing the city in a blaring alert. The loudspeaker message didn’t warn them of an impending nuclear disaster, though; it was because a …

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Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup Has a New Home at Ho Foods

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It is peak soup season. The time of year for broccoli-cheddar, chicken-noodle, you name it. But then, there are also soups that you want to eat all year, hot weather be damned. One of these is Taiwanese beef noodle soup, among the island nation’s most famous and popular dishes. Until …

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Bobby Flay Shutters Bar Americain in Midtown Today

Source: Eater NY

The celebrity chef said the restaurant could not afford necessary renovations

Bobby Flay’s Midtown West American bistro Bar Americain serves it last meals today. Eater New York reported back in the fall that the celebrity chef’s restaurant, known for its Kentucky hot brown, would be closing due to a new lease and “prohibitively costly” renovations. After lunch service on Wednesday, it will shutter forever, employees confirm.

Located at 152 W 52nd St., between 6th and 7th avenues, Bar Americain opened in 2005 and became a bit of a tourist destination due to its location and celebrity chef cred. Critic ...

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Dumbo Grimaldi’s Is Temporarily Closed After Run-In With Health Department

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Management refutes initial reports that the iconic pizzeria was closed for health violations

The iconic Dumbo location of Grimaldi’s is closed after a dispute with the Department of Health. According to public records, the popular thin-crust pizzeria had three violations, including evidence of mice or live mice, failure to vermin-proof, and not properly installing or maintaining plumbing systems.

But Gina Peluso, daughter of Grimaldi’s owner Frank Ciolli, is refuting the veracity of the DOH inspection. According to her, only two violations were found during the inspection: a missing door sweep and mouse droppings found in an area “completely ...

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The Absolute Best Pho in New York

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Boiled down to its soulful essence, the Vietnamese dish pho is rice stick noodles, delicately but intricately seasoned broth, and meat, plus a veritable garden of greenery alongside for garnish. All of these components combine to create a soup that’s spiced but not spicy, beefy (in its traditional pho bac …

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Mar-a-Lago Racked Up 15 More Food-Safety Violations

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For the second time in ten months, President Trump’s Florida resort has been hit with health-code violations. The Miami Herald reports that his Mar-a-Lago Club — where the fee to join is a hefty $200,000 — was slapped with several “high priority lodging violations” during a November health inspection.

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NYC’s Hottest Chinese Noodle Craze Is Getting a Big New Player

Source: Eater NY

South of the Clouds comes from a son of the Yun Nan Flavour Garden owner

A chef whose family opened one of New York’s best Yunnan restaurants is striking out on his own — bringing the increasingly locally popular rice noodle mixian to a new shop in Greenwich Village called South of the Clouds.

Chef Lihen Geng’s father Side is behind Yun Nan Flavour Garden, a Sunset Park restaurant that for years was one of the sole representations of Yunnan cuisine in New York City. But more recently, the fare often represented by sour-spicy flavors and mixian ...

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McDonald’s Says All Its Packaging Will Be Recyclable by 2025

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To make customers feel better about eating the food, McDonald’s has come up with a plan to make its bags, cups, and wrappers better for the environment. It will take seven years, and Big Macs will probably still have 500 calories by then — but, assuming they still require …

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An All-Day Restaurant With West Village Cred Opens in Flatiron’s Freehand Hotel

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A first look at two new restaurants and a cocktail bar from empire builder Gabriel Stulman

Gabriel Stulman — who made his name as a neighborhood restaurateur in the West Village with cozy, all-day spots like Joseph Leonard — isn’t trying to go a different direction with his three new projects in the new Freehand Hotel in Flatiron. In fact, his primary goal at the new restaurants is to keep much of the same vibes from his other ones.

There’s the all-day restaurant on the second floor of the Sydell Group hotel, located at 23 Lexington Avenue, between East 23rd ...

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Gabriel Stulman’s First Hotel Restaurant Opens Today — Here’s Why He Wants It to Feel Like a Sleepover

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New York restaurateur Gabriel Stulman has carved out a niche for himself in the West Village, the neighborhood that houses his collection of laid-back spots that also tend to be what you might call cozy: Joseph Leonard, his first restaurant, is a tight 620 square feet, and Bar …

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Is Trump to Blame for the West Village’s Tortellini Shortage?

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This has been a turbulent time for connoisseurs of stuffed pasta. For months, they’ve been deprived of the reassuring presence and superb handiwork of Caterina Schenardi, the 70-year-old Bologna native and mother of Massimo Galeano, who runs Gradisca trattoria on West 13th Street. Fifteen years ago, Schenardi came …

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Fuku Bulldozes Into Brookfield Place With Beef Tallow Jalapeño Fries

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David Chang’s chain opens its second Financial District location

Fuku, Momofuku head David Chang’s spicy fried chicken sandwich fast food restaurant, continues on its expansion tear. The seventh location of the chain has opened at Hudson Eats, the food court at the Brookfield Place shopping mall in Battery Park City, making it a prime lunchtime prospect for the downtown office workers. The outpost is just a few doors down from the headquarters of Goldman Sachs.

Expect all the signature Fuku offerings, including the classic crispy thigh meat sandwich with pickles, boneless white meat chicken fingers, chicken shiitake rice ...

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Pro-Family Chick-fil-A Ejects Diner for Breastfeeding Her Baby

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Chick-fil-A’s second location in all of North Dakota made a memorable grand entrance on Saturday by kicking out a diner who was breastfeeding her infant inside the restaurant. Macy Hornung says she, her husband, and their baby were eating at Fargo’s very highly anticipated new location — about …

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