Monthly Archives: July 2013

Astor Mediterranean, Rosslyn

Source: DCDining

I can happily say that I got a non-Egyptian pizza at Astor Mediterranean that was every bit as good as the Egyptian: a Regular Pizza ($10.95) with red pepper, kalamata olives, eggplant, and mushrooms ($1.50 per topping) was a vegetarian’s delight. I actually preferred this to the Egyptian because the jalapeños on the Egyptian are a bit much for me (after the 7th piece).

Astor, if you’re reading this, your online ordering system does not have a checkbox for eggplant – thus, I had to order on the telephone. Also, get cho shit together, homies!

I would compare this pizza favorably with The Original Ledo Restaurant in College Park, Joe Squared in Baltimore, etc. – different styles, of course, but the same genre of pig-out pie, football pie, or whatever you want to call it, both being wonderful representatives of working-man’s pizza without slipping into the foul depths of mass-production, sixteen-wheeler-delivery crap-o-la.

This pizza was expensive (over $18), but easily enough for two adults – eight bountiful pieces with a thick, bready crust, and very generous toppings.

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New Bistro, The American, Coming to Downtown Boxing Club Space in Blagden Alley

Source: PoPville

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1209 – 1213 10th Street, NW (actually in Blagden Alley)

Major development coming to Blagden Alley. A liquor license posted out front (on the awesome mosaic) says The American is coming:

Classic American Bistro with 70 seats with recorded music and Summer Garden with 75 seats. Total ...

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A Day’s Strike Seeks to Raise Fast-Food Pay

Source: NY Times Food

From New York to several Midwestern cities, thousands of fast-food workers have been holding one-day strikes during peak mealtimes, drawing attention to their demands for much higher wages.

    

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CASA’s Sunsets and Safe Harbors Event Recap

Source: Baltimore Eats

Saturday, July 27, 2013 Baltimore Eats had the pleasure of attending the Maryland CASA Association’s Sunsets and Safe Harbors Fundraising Gala at the Penthouse at Silo Point. This event was in its second year, to raise funds for high-risk children in foster care. With the help of CASA, these children have a voice and have higher chance of finding safe, permanent homes. The turnout was incredible, so it is evident that this organization has many generous supporters.

 

We brought our appetites, knowing that the menu included a Maryland-style surf and turf, so upon checking in and receiving our ...

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Defensive Tackle: The Messiest Restaurant Dispute in Georgetown Keeps Getting Messier

Source: Washington City Paper Young & Hungry

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Last Thursday, lawyers for Bandolero and Tackle Box, their Georgetown landlord, and a neighboring property owner sat down for a mandatory mediation meeting in an attempt to reach a compromise over clashes that go back nearly two years. At stake: the restaurants’ ability to sell alcohol, which is critical to their survival.

The landlord, 2441 Bond Street Equities LLC, which owns the adjoining properties of 3241 and 3245 M St. NW, is protesting the renewal of its tenants’ liquor licenses. The property owner next door to Tackle Box at 3429 M St. NW, F&M Enterprises, is also protesting Tackle ...

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EaterWire: Farmer’s Dinner at Fat Radish; Last Minute Eatin’ Launch

Source: Eater NY

2011_02_fatradishWIR1.jpgLOWER EAST SIDE — Next Wednesday, August 7, The Fat Radish will host a “farmer’s dinner” prepared by chefs Nicholas Wilber and Phil Lewis. The menu will include five courses plus wine pairings for $110. Wilber and Lewis are going to cook a whole pig for the occasion. To make a reservation, email reservations@thefatradishnyc.com. [EaterWire]

LAUNCHES AND RELEASESA new service called Last Minute Eatin’ offers information about day-of reservation availability at the city’s hottest restaurants. Just follow @LastMinuteEatin to check out which tables are available, and follow the links to OpenTable. The service is totally free. [EaterWire]

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House Proud: Life on the Farm: E-I-E-I …Oh?

Source: NY Times Food

Tara Smith and her husband, Craig, knew nothing about farming. But that didn’t stop them from buying and operating a 300-acre spread in Northern California.

    

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Pig Dinner at the Fat Radish; Monday Night Barbecues at Achilles Heel

Source: Grub Street NY

The Fat Radish is hosting a farmer’s dinner next Wednesday, August 7, from 8 p.m. to midnight. Chefs Nicholas Wilber and Phil Lewis will collaborate to create a five-course menu using a whole pig. Tickets are $110 per person; e-mail for seats. [Grub Street]

Achilles Heel is throwing Monday night barbecues for the rest of the summer, with a selection of sausages from Marlow & Daughters, housemade bread, and Clinton Hill Pickles. [Grub Street]

• On Monday, August 5, the Musket Room will offer a special tasting menu featuring cold smoked scallops, black garlic, and sea beans, ...

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The Shutter: Court Street’s Beloved Mastellone’s Deli Is Closing

Source: Eater NY

2013_deli_closing_Carroll_gardens_%2123.jpgMastellone’s Italian Deli, a neighborhood institution in Carroll Gardens, is closing for good after business today. It will be replaced by Pacific Green Gourmet, an upscale grocer from up the street, which was itself just recently pushed out of its current location by an incoming J. Crew.

Locals and loyal regulars are lamenting the loss of the old-school deli’s homemade mozzarella and classic Italian-American prepared foods, but the owner, Vincent Mastellone, is relatively unshaken by the closing. “Life keeps turning,” he tells the Carroll Gardens Patch, and after today he plans to do “as little ...

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Fundraising: City Grit Is Raising Money for a New Location

Source: Eater NY

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[Daniel Krieger]

Sarah Simmons, the founder of City Grit, is looking to move her culinary salon to a bigger, better location, but still needs the money to do it. Currently City Grit’s themed tasting dinners, which often feature guest chefs from across the county, take place in a shared space inside a 200-year-old former schoolhouse with no air conditioning and bad acoustics. Now they’ve found a place with more of the “amenities of a state-of-the-art restaurant,” and have just started a Kickstarter campaign to raise the $100,000 needed to put down a deposit on the ...

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OddFellows Introduces Foie Gras Ice Cream

Source: Grub Street NY


Damn straight.

Sam Mason’s been slowly rolling out kookier ice cream and sorbet flavors: strawberry tomato; beet pistachio honey; celery; sesame kumquat pumpernickel; and now foie gras, peanut butter, and cocoa. OddFellows tweeted the news with a very discreet #secretmenu hashtag, announcing that it’s only available as a single scoop in house. That limitation only fuels the urge to sit around in silk pajamas and eat a pint of this with a gold spoon. [OddFellows/Twitter]

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Filed Under: we all scream, brooklyn, ice cream, new york, oddfellows, oddfellows ...

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Eater Test Kitchen: El Toro Blanco at Merkley+Partners

Source: Eater NY

[All photos by Sam Horine]

The Eater Test Kitchen team rolled onto the Merkley+Partners rooftop yesterday to celebrate a glorious evening with appropriately glorious fare. To do that, we called on the one and only Josh Capon and his crew from El Toro Blanco. They served up some escuela vieja tacos, chilled shrimp ceviche, elote de calle, braised short rib empanandas and guacamole for days. Chile-rubbed mango margaritas washed it all down to make for a perfect summer evening in New York. A huge thanks goes out to the El Toro Blanco team who, after ...

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Here’s How to Help the Excellent City Grit Keep on Being Excellent

Source: Grub Street NY


Sarah Simmons founded City Grit in 2011 with the idea to provide a warm, welcoming space for lauded, out-of-town chefs to serve set menus at a fraction of a cost (typically $75 to $95 per meal) of pop-up dinners elsewhere. In the last two years, everyone from Sean Brock of Husk, John Currence of City Grocery, L.A.’s Ricardo Zarate, Edward Lee, and Ned and Jodi Elliott of Foreign & Domestic in Austin have made limited-engagement appearances. Thing is, however, City Grit has outgrown its Prince Street location, and Simmons has already found a new, more modern space to relocate. ...

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EaterWire: Meat Returns to Galaxy Hut; Capitol City’s Birthday Party

Source: Eater DC

galaxyhutfb.jpgPENN QUARTER— It’s the Summer of Gin over at Central Michel Richard. They’re offering more than 20 gins behind the bar, as well as special cocktails and D.C.-inspired rickeys made with them. Martinis and highballs are priced $8-$15; specialty cocktails are $12. [EaterWire]

COLLEGE PARK— Every locality seems to have a Restaurant Week-style promotion. The latest is College Park, which will kick off its first version Aug. 11. Restaurants such as Fishnet and The Jerk Pit are participating. [EaterWire]

ARLINGTONGalaxy Hut’s grand vegan experiment is over. Meat is back on the menu at the ...

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Sietsema: Sietsema’s Jury Duty Guide, Downtown Jamaica Edition

Source: Eater NY

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13134111232008_10_hasmaps%20%283%29%20%281%29.jpgQueens jurors often find themselves serving at a pair of formidable-looking gray buildings, one old, one modern, that stand stolidly side-by-side on Sutphin Boulevard: the Queens Supreme Court, handling criminal cases, and Queens Civil Court, which takes on lawsuits and the like. These structures lurk a few blocks west of Jamaica’s central business district, which looks something like the downtown of a small Midwestern city.

[All photos by Robert Sietsema unless otherwise noted]
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Fortunately for foodie jurors, these august institutions stand in the middle of the city’s greatest neighborhood for Central American food. Within a few blocks of the courts ...

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Eater Apps: Have you downloaded the brand-new, super-shiny…

Source: Eater DC

kinshophighres2.pngHave you downloaded the brand-new, super-shiny Eater App, available right now in the iTunes Store and Play Store? It’s nothing short of the best way to find the hottest and most essential restaurants in America’s most vital food cities. But don’t just take our word for it: Lifehacker called the app “a great tool to find an excellent place to eat.” [-E-]

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Expansions: International ultra lounge VIP Room is…

Source: Eater NY

2013_07_VIPROOM.jpgInternational ultra lounge VIP Room is expanding into the Meatpacking District. The club, which has outposts throughout France and in Dubai, has partnered with local operators and will be opening in the former Kiss & Fly space on West 13th Street. VIP Room is totally renovating the old club and will be shooting for an opening coinciding with Fall Fashion Week in September. Sexy time! [NYP]

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Openings: Danny Mena Opens Sembrado, an East Village Taqueria

Source: Eater NY


Sembrado en Nueva York is the new East Village restaurant from Danny Mena of Hecho en Dumbo. The menu focuses mainly on grilled meat tacos known tacos al carbon, but tacos al pastor are also available. Those are made the traditional way, with pork slow-roasted on a spit that can be seen turning, shawarma-style, next to the grill in the open kitchen. The bar features an extensive mezcal selection, and the make-your-own ice cream sundae menu for dessert was developed by Fany Gerson of La Newyorkina. Sembrado is now open all day, starting at 11 a.m. Take a ...

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Williamsburg Pizza Coming to Lower East Side

Source: Grub Street NY


Bad name. Good pizza.

It hasn’t even been a year since Williamsburg Pizza opened, but Bowery Boogie reports that the team is already expanding the operation. They’re partnering with the owners of Hotel Chantelle to open a second location at 87 Allen Street, which will ideally have pizza, a full liquor license, and longer hours. It’s about time that somebody opened a pizza-centric nightclub. [Bowery Boogie]

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Filed Under: opening soon, hotel chantelle, lower east side, new york, new york restaurants, pizza, williamsburg pizza

    

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MasterChef Finalist Josh Marks ‘Turned Into God’ by Gordon Ramsay, Arrested by Police

Source: Grub Street NY


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University of Chicago police confronted MasterChef season-three runner-up Josh Marks on Monday after he was spotted trying to make a phone call on an emergency phone. After officers asked about cuts on his face, Marks allegedly “lunged” at one officer and attempted to grab his gun, TMZ reports. It reportedly took five officers and a lot of pepper spray to arrest Marks, who later told authorities he had been possessed by Gordon Ramsay, whom he described as an “asshole” who had “transformed him into God.” The investigation is ongoing, but the gossip site reports there was no evidence ...

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Chef Shuffles: Chef Filippo Gozzoli has left Sirio…

Source: Eater NY

121232012_10_sirio.jpgChef Filippo Gozzoli has left Sirio Ristorante in The Pierre hotel. The Maccionis have hired Massimo Bebber to be the new chef at the restaurant. He previously worked at Caravaggio and the Cipriani restaurants. Bebber’s fall menu will debut in September. [EaterWire]

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