Italienne Succeeds Most When It Keeps Things Simple

Source: Grub Street NY

At first glance, there’s not much about the deceptively sophisticated dining operation Italienne to distinguish it from the great rabble of nouveau Italianate joints that seem to open around this pasta-saturated town on an almost hourly basis. There’s the slightly bland, lost-in-translation name (French for “Italian”), …

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Nobu’s Last Night of Service is Saturday

Source: Eater NY

The downtown location will debut the first week of April

One of the most influential restaurants in New York and beyond, Nobu — which has resided at 105 Hudson St. for 23 years — will hold its last day of service on Saturday. By April 6, partners Drew Nieporent, Robert DeNiro, Meir Teper, and Nobu Matsuhisa will open in a new location in the former AT&T building at 195 Broadway, with lunch service slated for April 10.

To celebrate the move, Nobu has been offering an OG omakase, an eight-course tasting menu (for $140) with classics from ...

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Comet Ping Pong Gunman Pleads Guilty to Weapons Possession

Source: Grub Street NY

The North Carolina father who took an AR-15 to “self-investigate” the claim that the popular D.C. pizzeria Comet Ping Pong was a clandestine Hillary Clinton pedophilia ring has pleaded guilty today to weapons possession. As part of his plea deal, 28-year-old Edgar Maddison Welch …

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Where to Eat Persian Food in NYC

Source: Eater NY

Jujeh, barg, basmati with candied orange peel, and beautiful sangak — flatbread baked in a stone-lined oven

The best Persian food you’ll ever eat will be in the home of a great Iranian home cook. The second best Persian food you can eat in the U.S. is probably in Los Angeles: California’s biggest city is sometimes referred to as Tehrangeles because it’s home to the largest population of Iranians — and Iranian restaurants — outside of Iran. Barring both of those options, here are a few restaurants in the New York City area where traditional Persian food is served daily. ...

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Queens Bakery Workers Could Soon Be Fired and Deported

Source: Eater NY

The Department of Homeland Security has flagged 31 workers at Tom Cat Bakery

A Queens bakery has told 31 of its employees that it must procure valid working papers by Tuesday, March 28, or be fired. Tom Cat Bakery is responding to an audit by the Department of Homeland Security, which flagged 31 employees, demanding documentation proving they are legally allowed to work in the United States, NY1 reports.

In response, the workers have teamed up with Brandworkers, a nonprofit “bringing local food production workers together for good jobs and a sustainable food system,” to fight back. The ...

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This is How You Do a Taco Crawl Through Bushwick

Source: Eater NY

A tortilla-wrapped, chile sauce-soaked run across 10 taquerias with “Ask A Mexican” author Gustavo Arellano and Eater NY critic Robert Sietsema

It was with some apprehension I learned that my friend and colleague Gustavo Arellano would soon be visiting from Orange County, California and wanted to go on an extreme taco run.

Arellano is the editor of alternative newspaper OC Weekly and the author of the celebrated column, ¡Ask a Mexican! — a tongue-in-cheek but also straight-serious, syndicated advice column. He’s also a go-to authority on Mexican food, having published Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America in which he ...

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All-Automated Restaurant Chain Sued for Not Being Friendly to the Blind

Source: Grub Street NY

Eatsa, the Automat throwback that serves healthy quinoa bowls instead of cherry pies, is being sued by disability-rights advocates who argue the trendy cashierless chain’s setup is inaccessible to the blind. Its seven Bay Area, New York, and D.C. restaurants are futuristic spaces where …

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A Wendy’s Employee Got Fired for Yet Another Predictably Racist Receipt

Source: Grub Street NY

An Orlando Wendy’s had to fire an employee this week after a state trooper sent the local news a picture of a receipt baring a conspicuous racial slur. The trooper, who’s black, says he was getting dinner Tuesday night when his eye caught the receipt sitting next to …

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Female-Run D.C. Distillery Releases Rye Inspired by Hillary Clinton

Source: Grub Street NY

The owners of Republic Restoratives, a female-run craft distillery in D.C., spent months concocting a spirit worthy of celebrating their next president’s inauguration. Then, well, the election happened, and Rodham Rye sort of made no sense. But now, after “a period of self-described mourning,” Rachel Gardner and …

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A Celebrity Chef Pop-Up Restaurant for Seaport — And More Intel

Source: Eater NY

Plus, a fundraiser for Angelica Kitchen as it plans to close

— Looks like Seaport continues to pump up its dining scene. A pop-up restaurant called Food Lab may be opening in Seaport this summer — with celebrity chefs cooking in the space for two weeks at a time. DNAinfo reports that part of a two-story space in the neighborhood will be dedicated to the restaurant, while the rest of it has amenities like a game room, a cocktail bar, and an outdoor picnic area. No chefs are signed on to the project yet, but the team is eyeing people ...

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NYC’s 2017 James Beard Awards Finalists, Mapped

Source: Eater NY

Where to find these almost-award-winning restaurants

The James Beard Awards has named its 2017 finalists, and — as per usual — the New York City inclusions are many. Varying from best new restaurant to outstanding service to design icon, NYC reps hard on the list. Considering the James Beard Awards are an industry standard-bearer in the awards department, it is an honor just to be nominated, and 21 area establishments have already made it this far.

To make your life easier, here is the full list of local nominees, mapped out for dining convenience, as well as contextualized. ...

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Tony Danza Eats Breadsticks Before Tap Dancing

Source: Grub Street NY

You definitely know Tony Danza from his acting career — he famously starred in Taxi and Who’s the Boss? — but if you spend time in New York’s Little Italy, you’ve also likely seen him working the cash register at Alleva Dairy, the cheese shop he co-owns. A …

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Michelin-Starred Semilla in Williamsburg Will Close

Source: Eater NY

The last day of service is Saturday

Semilla in Williamsburg, the vegetable-forward chef’s counter restaurant that opened to acclaim in 2014, will close after service on Saturday. In a city overrun with overpriced omakase offerings and overindulgent tasting menus, Semilla was a rare bastion of relative affordability and restraint. The price of the ten-course menu is $97. When it opened, it was $75.

The restaurant was born out of the roving pop-up dinners that chef-owners Pam Yung and Jose Ramirez-Ruis used to host. But the couple split last year and Yung left Semilla.

Ramirez-Ruis said his decision to close the ...

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Hide Chan Ramen Opening New Outpost of Tonkotsu Chain

Source: Eater NY

This is the second stateside location

The restaurateur behind Totto Ramen and the Anthony Bourdain-endorsed Yakitori Totto, Bobby Munekata will open the second NYC location of Hide-Chan on Saturday, March 25 at 314 W. 53rd St.

While his other restaurants are independently-owned, Hide-Chan was founded in Hakata by Hideto Kawahara in 1993 — with an emphasis on tonkotsu ramen, characterized by a rich, creamy pork broth, served with thin noodles; Munekata is a franchise-owner.

The new Hide-Chan will offer a similar menu of ramen and appetizers like gyoza, pork buns, and fried chicken. There is also a special, “suprimp ...

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Where to Find Cocktails That Won’t Get You Hammered

Source: Eater NY

Drink up

These days, it’s not terribly challenging to find sophisticated cocktails made from lower-proof liquors, part of a growing pursuit of a mellower buzz. Here’s a collection of New York’s top haunts that dedicate entire (or partial) cocktail menus to low-abv (alcohol by volume) drinks.

Note: Restaurants are listed based on geography, starting with lower Manhattan and then down through Brooklyn.

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After a 40-Year Run, Angelica Kitchen Is Closing

Source: Eater NY

The East Village stalwart will serve its last meal April 7

Angelica Kitchen is closing on April 7 after a 40-year run. The East Village vegan-friendly, vegetarian restaurant was a pioneer in the genre and typified the long-gone, anti-establishment vibe that enveloped the neighborhood decades ago.

Owner Leslie McEachern cites the changing dynamic of the neighborhood and real estate why she’s having to close. “Making the numbers work week in and week out is just not viable for us anymore,” says McEachern.

The restaurant has been struggling for the past couple years, with McEachern reaching out for help back in ...

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Top Chef Will Decamp to Colorado for Season 15

Source: Grub Street NY

Top Chef‘s next contestants will be packing their knives for the Centennial State. Bravo says Season 15 of the Emmy-winning series will take up residence in Colorado. In a statement about the new location, the channel’s VP Shari Levine says: “We are always on the hunt for the …

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