Monthly Archives: September 2013

Pizza Coming Back to 634 Florida Ave, NW

Source: PoPville

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Back in May we learned that Italy Pizza had closed at 634 Florida Ave, NW just east of 7th St/Georgia and near the Howard Theatre. Some may have noticed the front was painted – I finally was able to talk to some workers at the space and they tell me ...

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Fall Flavors

Source: Baltimore Eats

When the air turns crisp and the leaves start to change in Baltimore, there is no denying that most urbanites are ready to trade in their shorts and O’s tees for jeans and Ravens jerseys. However, the seasonal change doesn’t only inspire a clothing metamorphosis. The cool air seems to transform locals’ food and drink cravings, as well. While we may never really be ready to put down the crab mallet, it is the time to ask: where are Baltimoreans going to get their autumnal food fixes?

 

It is certainly no secret that any good fall day can be ...

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Shutter Shockers: John McDonald to Close MercBar After Service Tonight

Source: Eater NY

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[Photo: Foursquare]
After more than 20 years in business, restaurateur John McDonald is shuttering his Soho tavern MercBar. Tonight is the bar’s very last night. McDonald tells Grub Street: “After 7,519 nights of non-stop nightlife the wear and tear on the building has taken its toll….To every person who worked here, to every customer that walked in for the last two decades, I thank you for it all.” No word yet on what will happen to the space, but it sounds like McDonald will not be involved.
· MercBar Closing for Good Tonight [GS/NYM]
· All Coverage of ...

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EN Japanese Brasserie’s Benefit Brunch; St. Lucian Chef Comes to City Grit

Source: Grub Street NY

EN Japanese Brasserie is hosting a benefit brunch on October 6 from 11:30 a.m to 3:30 p.m to save John Coltrane’s Long Island home. Ravi Coltrane will be performing, Cornel West and Ashley Kahn are speaking, and there will be Japanese food on hand, of course. Tickets are $215 and can be purchased online. [Grub Street]

• St. Lucia’s Craig Jones, the chef at Cliff at Cap, will be cooking up a dinner of French West Indian–inspired dishes at City Grit on Friday, October 11, and Saturday, October 12, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $85 for individual tickets ...

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Cookbook author Marcella Hazan dies at 89

Source: Washington Post Food Section

Marcella Hazan, the cooking instructor and best-selling author who propelled mid-20th-century America beyond canned beefaroni to a world of homemade pastas and what she called the “simple, true” cuisine of her native Italy, died Sept. 29 at her home in Longboat Key, Fla. She was 89.

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UPDATED: More Government Shutdown Dining and Drinking Deals

Source: Washingtonian Best Bites Blog

There’s at least one small upside to the impending government shutdown: Restaurants and bars are stepping up the hospitality game, offering specials and discounts to furloughed workers and the dispirited public alike. Deals will be offered over the course of the closure and last until the House and Senate

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EaterWire: Bar Food Blowout at Pork Slope; Sherryfest 2013

Source: Eater NY

Barfood_Blowout.jpgPARK SLOPE — Finger on the Pulse is launching a series of events called Bar Food Blowout, where they invite various chefs to prepare their version of bar food. The first Blowout takes place at Pork Slope on Tuesday, October 8, with chef Robby Cook of Morimoto. It’s $20 for beer and a plate of food, and tickets are available online.

GOWANUS — Frankies Spuntino just announced that it will partner with the Brooklyn Whole Foods, which is set to open on Third Avenue later this fall, to sell a few different baked goods. The Franks ...

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MercBar Closes for Good

Source: Grub Street NY


Owner John McDonald, outside MercBar in 2011.

Soho’s MercBar has been going strong for more than twenty years, so it’s somewhat surprising to learn that tonight will be its last. John McDonald, who also owns Lure Fishbar, El Toro Blanco and Burger and Barrel, is shuttering his first New York venture, located at 151 Mercer Street. “After 7,519 nights of non-stop nightlife the wear and tear on the building has taken its toll,” he says. “To every person who worked here, to every customer that walked in for the last two decades, I thank you for it all.” ...

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‘Kosher Speakeasy’ Chef Opening Prospect Heights Restaurant

Source: Grub Street NY


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The chef and founder of the only “kosher speakeasy” in Ditmas Park has teamed up with the former F&B director at the 92YTribeca and will open Mason & Mug, a 30-seat kosher small-plates restaurant in Prospect Heights. The duo are currently raising funds on Indiegogo and plan to open this fall, serving vegetarian “global street food” as well as bánh mì, fish tacos, and a whole range of craft beer, wine, and cocktails. The Jew and the Carrot is calling it a “very ‘Brooklyn’ kosher restaurant.” [Jew and the Carrot, Indiegogo, Earlier...

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Crunch Time: The Last-Minute Monday Night Reservation Guide

Source: Eater NY

themodern-9-30.jpgEater scanned through all 1,371 NYC restaurants on OpenTable with reservations for two still available for tonight. Here’s the best of the bunch. Get ’em while they’re hot:

· Jean Georges (6:30, 8:45)
· The Modern (6:30)
· Aquavit (6:30, 6:45, 7:00)
· Annisa (8:30)
· Kajitsu (8:45)
· Union Square Cafe (6:30, 7:45, 8:30)
· Lincoln (8:00, 8:45)
· Cafe Boulud (8:30)
· Soto (8:45)
· Raoul’s (6:45)

· Neta (6:30, 6:45, 7:00)
· Red Cat (8:00, 9:00)
· Quality Meats (6:30, 8:30, 9:00)
· Telepan (6:30, 7:00, 9:00)
· Boulud Sud (8:15, 8:45)
· Lupa (8:15, 8:30)
· ...

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New York chefs put chicken to the test. But does what the birds eat affect what we taste?

Source: Washington Post Food Section

Chickens will eat just about anything — grains, grass, small lizards, even mice. But what if their meals featured moist bread and gourmet salad trimmings? Would they taste different — better — when it was their turn to be on the plate? New York’s top chefs are addressing that question in an experiment that’s either ingenious or preposterous (or both).

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First Word: Stephen Starr Eyes Bowery Space Next to Pearl & Ash

Source: Eater NY

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[Stephen Starr photo]

The latest Community Board 2 agenda lists a new liquor license application from the Starr Restaurant Group at 222 Bowery, which is the space directly next to Noho hot spot Pearl & Ash. A rep for mega-restaurateur Stephen Starr tells Eater that he is looking at the space for a potential new restaurant with Joe Carroll, of Fette Sau and St. Anselm. As you may recall, the two restaurateurs opened a location of Fette Sau in Philly not too long ago.

No word yet on what the theme of this new place ...

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Monday Opening Report: Pizzetteria Brunetti, Hill and Bay, More Certified Open

Source: Eater NY

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[All photos by Marguerite Preston]
1) West Village: The first Manhattan outpost of Westhampton Beach pizzeria Pizzetteria Brunetti opened today. It’s owned by Jason Brunetti and his father Michael Brunetti, who recently worked at Motorino, and it serves a menu of Neapolitan pizzas, salads, and a few sides. Status: Certified Open. 626 Hudson St., 212-255-5699.

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2) Kips Bay: Hill and Bay, a new restaurant from the owners of E & E Grill House opened recently, serving a menu of casual comfort food dishes like burgers, roasted chicken, and fish and chips. The restaurant is open for lunch, ...

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Hardee’s Plots Massive Expansion to Northeast

Source: Grub Street NY


The parent company of hamburger chain Hardee’s today announced some downright ambitious plans to open 200 new stores in the next five years, including a bunch in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. In a press release, CKE Restaurants Holdings Inc. goes on to say it’s more or less angling for total burger domination and is looking to add 1,000 locations in the Northeast altogether. If Wikipedia serves, the last of New York’s Hardee’s locations closed in the nineties, shortly after the chain went through a brief, experimental period with the fried-chicken recipe from Roy Rogers and some drumsticks. But ...

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The Essential Guide to Food and Drink Government Shutdown Specials (Updated)

Source: Washington City Paper Young & Hungry

shutdown-27Look at it this way: a government shutdown equals more time—and reason—to drink. And whether you are furloughed or not, there are plenty of food and drink specials around town. We’ll continue to update this list as long as the shutdown lasts. If you know of other promotions, email us at hungry@washingtoncitypaper.com.

This post was updated Oct. 2 to reflect the most current deals.

Bar TNT

2413 Columbia Pike, Arlington

The cocktail bar will offer Furlough Foolery—a fall-inspired punch with bourbon, apple, and celery—for $4 a glass during happy hour from 5 to 7:44 p.m. weekdays.

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The Week in Food Events: More Oktoberfest Parties, Taste of Bethesda, and the Final Truckeroo

Source: Washingtonian Best Bites Blog

José Andrés-style road trip: Though we’d love to see Andrés at a drive-through McDonald’s, Zaytinya’s dinner is more of a metaphorical journey. ThinkFoodGroup’s wine director, Lucas Payá, and Zaytinya’s beverage manager, Daniella Senior, recently traveled through Greece, and share their favorite wines during a five-course dinner on Monday starting

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Eater Interviews: Daniel Boulud and Jim Burke on Creating db Bistro 2.0

Source: Eater NY

2013_daniel_boulud_12.jpgDaniel Boulud‘s Midtown restaurant db Bistro Moderne just got a major facelift and a complete menu revamp from the chef/restaurateur and his new executive chef Jim Burke. Eater recently chatted with the two about the reasons for the renovation, the things that changed, and the things that will always stay the same:

Why did you decide to do this revamp now?
Daniel Boulud: It’s part of a cycle of revamp — we redid Daniel at the 10-year mark — and also to take a new path. Of course, it is what it is. It’s still db Bistro here. ...

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Fast Food Getting Slower, and Not in a Good Way

Source: Grub Street NY


Blame speciality items like this.

Despite the number of complaints one might have against McDonald’s — halfhearted health food, dollar-menu inflation, wing displays that look like actual shit — at least the food comes out quickly, right? Not anymore.

According to a report in fast-food trade publication QSR, McDonald’s has hit its slowest average drive-thru time to date. And it’s not alone. The whole industry is getting slower, says the report, largely thanks to all those complicated menu items in the Great Game of Fast-Food One-Upmanship, which take longer to assemble than just tossing some McNuggets ...

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Georgetown Whole Foods Capitalizing on Government Shutdown Stress

Source: Washington City Paper Young & Hungry

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Tensions are running high with the looming government shutdown, and Whole Foods is on it.

The Georgetown location of the grocery chain tweeted a photo this afternoon of its Whole Body Assistant Team Leader Kyle Brown showing off a number of de-stressing products, including St. John’s Wort and something called Nerve Tonic, just in case “the #shutdown is getting you down.”

Georgetown Whole Foods Marketing Team Leader Katie Wolfe says there are not currently any plans for special placement of “shutdown salvation” products. But keep an eye on the store’s Twitter feed, where the grocery’s in-store nutritionist will be ...

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