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Queens Pizzeria Owner Who Smuggled 55 Kilos of Cocaine Gets 20 Years Behind Bars

Source: Eater NY

His family brought the drugs in through the restaurant

The owner of a pizzeria in Queens will spend the next 20 years in prison after he got busted for smuggling 55 kilos of cocaine from Costa Rica through the restaurant.

DNAinfo reports that Angelo Gigliotti of the shuttered Italian restaurant Cucino a Modo Mio in Corona was convicted for bringing millions of dollars worth of drugs into the country through yucca shipments. His mother Eleanor was sentenced to seven years last month, and his father Gregorio could get up to 18 years behind bars.

In fall of 2014, the Gigliottis ...

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23 Chelsea Restaurants to Try During Pride Week

Source: Eater NY

Eater’s senior critic highlights where to get donuts, noodles, tacos, and more

In the latter half of the 19th century the neighborhood industrialized, with smoke-belching factories lining the Hudson River, of which the old Nabisco complex (now Chelsea Market) is one of the last remaining examples. But the infill of tenements and townhouses, and eventually that of housing projects and high-rise condos, has made Chelsea one of the city’s premier residential neighborhoods, where rich and poor alike live side-by-side.

The precise borders are a matter of controversy, but for the purposes of this survey we’ll consider them to run from ...

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Watch: David Chang Personally Handed Off Some of Thursday’s Momofuku Nikes

Source: Eater NY

People started lining up at 6:30 a.m. on Thursday

The longest line in New York this week was for the Momofuku-branded Nike sneakers being sold at Fuku. Changheads and sneakerheads alike camped out on Thursday for the limited edition shoe with Momofuku’s peach logo on it — with some arriving as early as 6:30 a.m. Check out the experience in the video below:

Momofuku Nike Sneakers

These sneakers are for the biggest David Chang fans in town

Posted by Eater NY on Friday, June 23, 2017

For those who couldn’t show up in the East Village, chef and ...

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Inside Jean-Georges’ Public Kitchen and Louis, His New Hotel Restaurant and Café

Source: Grub Street NY

Does Jean-Georges Vongerichten sleep? It’s not clear. Last fall, he closed his original restaurant, JoJo, for a year-long overhaul. Earlier this year he opened his vegetarian restaurant abcV, his third in ABC Carpet & Home‘s Union Square store. And in the last two years, he’s had two …

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Study Says Minimum Wage Hike Kills NYC Restaurant Jobs — But It’s Suspect

Source: Eater NY

The report is funded by a restaurant industry lobbyist group

A recent report out of the Post sounds pretty bad for restaurants in the city — it claims that the minimum wage hike has already screwed up growth in the industry. The number of jobs at full-service restaurants grew just 1.3 percent in 2016, while fast-food restaurants saw 3.4 percent job growth, according to the report.

But while rising labor costs have indeed been impacting restaurants, don’t look to this study as proof. The group quoted in the story, the Employment Policies Institute, is actually a thinly-veiled front ...

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25 West Village Restaurants to Try During Pride Week

Source: Eater NY

Eater’s senior critic offers choices from cheap to expensive in the West Village

No doubt the West Village is one of the city’s loveliest neighborhoods, composed of stately brownstones dating from the 1840s through the 1880s, trim storefronts, a country church with a flower garden, and reclaimed port and industrial architecture turned into lofts, galleries, and coffee shops. Two centuries ago it was a remote farming village that became a refuge for city dwellers fleeing cholera. But gaze at it now! Hordes descend every weekend to see Carrie’s townhouse from Sex in the City and the homes of authors like ...

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These May Be the Biggest Japanese Restaurant Openings of the Year

Source: Eater NY

Midtown’s Mifune and Sushi Amane bring in two Michelin-starred chefs

Mifune (245 East 44th Street), the Japanese restaurant which houses the most important sushi counter to hit New York this year, is slated to debut in the next two weeks. In the same building there’s Sushi Amane, the 8-seat subterranean omakase counter helmed by Shion Uino— second-in-command at Tokyo’s Sushi Saito, the bar with three Michelin stars many regard as the best sushi in Tokyo — will follow. Both are current hosting friends and family.


Split between a ground floor dining room and a lower level, Mifune ...

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Club Drugs May Be Inside Your ‘100% Natural’ Chicken

Source: Grub Street NY

Your all-natural breast fillets might be coming from a bird that secretly clubbed all night to EDM. According to a new lawsuit filed by consumer-advocacy groups, ketamine is one of several “other pharmaceuticals” that recently turned up in USDA tests of Sanderson Farms’ supposedly “100% Natural” chicken. Three consumer groups — …

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Seamore’s Basement Rum Bar Rocks Open Today — and More Intel

Source: Eater NY

Plus, Japanese restaurateurs eye the East Village

Rum bar below Chelsea Seamore’s makes its debut

Seamore’s owner Michael Chernow is opening the basement bar below the Chelsea Seamore’s tonight. Called Fishbone, it focuses on rum, with cocktails, frozen drinks, and a by-the-glass list. Bar-below-restaurant is a favored move for the restaurateur see: Underballs beneath his Chelsea Meatball Shop. Check out the full menu below.

Nur’s bread is becoming a star in its own right

With the Breads Bakery team behind new Middle Eastern hot spot Nur, it’s no surprise the bread is already getting recognition. Besides having ...

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Media Maven Hillary Kerr Feasts on Red Sauce in L.A.

Source: Grub Street NY

As the co-founder of Clique Media Group — the parent company behind Who What Wear, Byrdie, MyDomaine, Obsessee, and College Fashionista — Hillary Kerr has been on a mission to democratize and modernize the fashion industry since starting her company in 2006. (She just launched a …

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‘Pizzagate’ Shooter Is Sentenced to 4 Years in Prison

Source: Grub Street NY

The North Carolina man who drove up to Comet Ping Pong on the edge of D.C. so he could check out a rumor that the family-oriented pizzeria was harboring a child sex ring run by Hillary Clinton was sentenced today to four years in prison. That’s essentially the exact …

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See the Snazzy Renderings for DaDong, China’s High-Profile Roast Duck Chain

Source: Eater NY

The Bryant Park outpost of the Michelin-starred restaurant opens this year

One of the most anticipated openings of the year will likely be the first U.S. location of DaDong, a roast duck chain in China that’s known for delivering one of the best versions of the classic Beijing dish — and now, some renderings of the bi-level space in Bryant Park are out.

The chain, which has multiple locations with Michelin stars, is not opening the New York outpost until mid- to late-December, according to chef and owner Dong Zhenxiang, but the drawings of the dining room ...

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Where to Find Great Taiwanese Food in NYC

Source: Eater NY

Noodles, pork chops, bento boxes, and bubble tea

Gradually, Taiwanese food is becoming more prominent. While a decade ago there were only a few restaurants in NYC identified with the cuisine, now there are dozens. The menus offer an eclectic mix of regional Chinese fare, plus, for geographic and historical reasons, dishes showing Japanese, Korean, American, European, and Southeast Asian influences. The traditional menu is a grab bag of culinary wonders, favoring pork chops, chicken with basil, elliptical rice cakes, crisp tempura, hearty noodle soups, oyster omelets, and pickled mustard greens in varying roles.

But Taiwanese food is being remade ...

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Ikea Admits That a Couple of Its Serving Bowls Might Catch Food on Fire

Source: Grub Street NY

Ikea says it’s investigating a claim that its Blanda Blank — a rather innocuous-looking $4 serving bowl — has the ability to set things on fire. A Swedish man claims he was in the yard eating grapes out of his bowl this weekend when he smelled smoke and thought …

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Brooklyn’s Newest Outdoor Bar Features Breezy Cocktails and First-rate Tacos

Source: Grub Street NY

When the owners of Gowanus performance space Littlefield, Julie Kim and Scott Koshnoodi, were given the boot by their now former landlord, they decided to find a new home in the neighborhood. But when they set out to search, they found an old printing warehouse with a 4,000-square-foot outdoor …

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Colonial-Themed West Village Restaurant Monument Lane Closes After Six Years

Source: Eater NY

The new American restaurant was filled with historical themes

Monument Lane — a West Village new American restaurant with Colonial-inspired decorhas closed its doors after about six years.

Restaurateur Josh Früm opened the Colonial-themed restaurant at 103 Greenwich Avenue in 2011. It was named after former name of the corner, a road that New Yorkers used to go from the city to the countryside in the 1700 and 1800s.

Chefs at the restaurant changed, but it maintained a seasonal menu of dishes like roasted trout with broccoli rabe and roasted chicken. A Times review of the restaurant ...

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Colonial-Themed West Village Restaurant Monument Lane Closes After Six Years

Source: Eater NY

The new American restaurant was filled with historical themes

Monument Lane — a West Village new American restaurant with Colonial-inspired decorhas closed its doors after about six years.

Restaurateur Josh Früm opened the Colonial-themed restaurant at 103 Greenwich Avenue in 2011. It was named after former name of the corner, a road that New Yorkers used to go from the city to the countryside in the 1700 and 1800s.

Chefs at the restaurant changed, but it maintained a seasonal menu of dishes like roasted trout with broccoli rabe and roasted chicken. A Times review of the restaurant ...

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