Monthly Archives: December 2013

EaterWire: New Year’s Brunch at Nightingale 9; The Year in Cronuts

Source: Eater NY

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[Nightingale 9 by Krieger]

CARROLL GARDENSNightingale 9 will be open for lunch tomorrow starting at 10 a.m. with a special menu that will include pho, steamed pork dumplings, spring rolls, and free Vietnamese coffee. The restaurant is reserving a few tables for walk-ins, but you can also make a reservation on OpenTable. [EaterWire]

CRONUT MANIAEater National rounds up the greatest moments in Cronut Mania this year, from the early lines to the impostors to the TV appearances by Dominique Ansel. Take a sugar-coated trip down memory lane. [Eater National]

LOWER EAST SIDE...

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Year in Eater 2013: Friends of Eater Offer Headline Predictions for 2014

Source: Eater NY

As is the tradition at Eater, our closeout of the year is a survey of friends, industry types, and bloggers. We’ve already covered best standbys, top newcomers, biggest dining surprises, best meals, and break-ups. Now, headline predictions for 2014.
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Q: What Are Your Headline Predictions for 2014?
Kat Kinsman, Eatocracy managing editor:
· Fieri to Open Multi-Level Party Barn Adjacent to Barclays Center
· Wells Awards Three Stars to New Missy Robbins-Helmed Restaurant (I have no idea what she’s actually doing next, but I can dream)
· Year of the Female Chef

Kate Krader, ...

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Dry 85: Bringing bourbon and beer to downtown Annapolis

Source: Washington Post Going Out Guide

Dry 85, 193B Main St., Annapolis. www.dry85.com. Opens Jan. 1 at 4 p.m. Brian Bolter, the former Fox 5 news anchor turned Annapolis bar owner, tells me his new whiskey bar Dry 85 was inspired by a modern, industrial take on a speakeasy. Then he says it’s nothing like “a theme-park speakeasy. Our staff’s not […]

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EaterWire: Free Rare Beer at Standard Tap; Year in Lunch

Source: Eater Philly

standard%20pils%20logo.jpgNOLIBS — Still not sure what you’re doing tonight? Plenty of our suggestions are still viable options, but Zagat Philly’s got the details on one more event that includes free basement beer. Sounds like Standard Tap turned up a surprise cask of Standard Pils 2011, and they’ll be tapping it tonight at 9 p.m. and giving it away for free. Head over to Zagat for the full story and details on some more drink specials in effect for NYE. [Zagat]

PHILADELPHIA — With just a few hours left to 2013, sneak in one more very worthy year-end ...

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Cocktail Wire: Eben Freeman to Serve Classics & ‘Solid Cocktails’ Tonight

Source: Eater NY

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[Photo: Krieger]

Cocktail shaker extraordinaire Eben Freeman sends word that he’s got a few last-minute surprises planned for New Year’s Eve at The Butterfly in Tribeca. Freeman will be behind the bar all night serving some off-the-menu specials from the vault like The Crumble, Butternut, and Falernum, as well as “solid cocktails.” These concoctions come in flavors like Absinthe Gummy Bears, White Russian Breakfast Cereal, and Margarita Marshmallows. Freeman also notes: “I will be serving two drinks which I have never done in the U.S. before.” The Butterfly is offering a packaged deal for $85 ...

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EaterWire: Best and Worst Dishes; The Year in Beer

Source: Eater DC

bluejacket500.jpgCOURTHOUSE&#8212 No specifics yet. But the DC Internationalist notes that Shawafel has designs on the Courthouse neighborhood of Arlington. [TI]

BEER HERE&#8212 DCist takes a trip down memory lane to reflect on the year in beer. This year saw the opening of Bluejacket, the expansion of 3 Stars and more. [DCist]

THE CRITICS&#8212 Divine pepper-crusted tuna. Simple celery salad. Terrible roast chicken. Killer chestnut soup. Washingtonian’s Todd Kliman and the publication’s staff reminisce about the best and worst dishes of the year. [Washingtonian]

U STREET&#8212 Make it back (in black) to Solly’s in the new ...

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Year in Eater 2013: Industry Tastemakers on Their 2013 Restaurant Breakups

Source: Eater NY

As is the tradition at Eater, our closeout of the year is a survey of friends, industry types, and bloggers. We’ve already covered best standbys, top newcomers, biggest dining surprises, and best meals. Now, Breakups. Readers, please add your thoughts to the comments.
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[Umami Burger by Krieger]

Q: Were there any restaurants that you broke up with in 2013?
Mimi Sheraton, former Times restaurant critic: Much-hyped newcomer that I broke up with after two tries…Umami Burger…They’re kidding, right? Totally unremarkable, overpriced burgers and trimmings that add nothing to the NYC scene.

Kate ...

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Just Something To Keep In Mind Tonight: 10 Scientifically Proven Hangover Cures

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

hangover1Something tells me that a few of you out there are going to be drinking tonight. And do you know what follows a night of drinking? Awesomeness, obviously. But after that generally comes the hangover. And hangovers are the exact opposite of awesome.

So, because we’re always looking out for you, we here at Foobooz World HQ figured that what might serve you best is a nice list of scientifically proven hangover cures–something to read before the drinking starts. It includes such advice as eating asparagus, going for a run (seriously?) and fortifying yourself with pickle juice. But do ...

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Week in Reviews: Wells Gives Two Stars to Oringer and Bissonnette’s Toro

Source: Eater NY

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[Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette by Krieger]
Pete Wells is impressed by the variety of dishes coming out of Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette’s kitchen at Toro in Chelsea. It’s a huge space, and the long menu has a few weak spots. But overall, Wells digs Oringer and Bissonnette’s version of tapas:

I was happy to sink into the profoundly Spanish flavors of a vegetable stew called escalivada, with smoked eggplant in olive oil that carried the sweetness of simmered red peppers and onions. I immediately wanted more of the hot blowfish tails seared in a crust of ...

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Year in Cronuts: Roll your eyes all you want,…

Source: Eater Philly

theyearincronuts.jpgRoll your eyes all you want, but no 2013 wrap-up coverage would be complete without a thorough look at the Year in Cronuts. So, of course, Eater National is on the case with an exhaustive (or exhausting, depending on your point of view) look back over just about every cronut-related thing that’s ever happened. [-EN-]

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The Shutter: Jeremiah Moss rounds up the year’s…

Source: Eater NY

1vvv2010_02_blarneycove.jpgJeremiah Moss rounds up the year’s notable “vanished” establishments, including Joe’s Dairy, 9th Street Bakery, Blarney Cove, and Max Fish. And to commemorate the end of the Bloomberg era, he offers a complete “Master List” of places that have folded since 2001. Moss writes: “If you look only at this list and add up all the years in business represented, we lost approximately 6,826 years of New York City history in only a dozen years. ” [JVNY]

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Plywood Report: No. 82 Steakout, Coffee Shop, More Coming

Source: Eater DC

no82.png1) Shaw: No name for it yet, but the Washington Business Journal spots a permit for a coffee shop. The cafe, from developer Douglas Development, will be located at 924 N St. NW. [Plywood]

2) Rockville: There’s a craigslist ad up looking to hire a sous chef for a new steakhouse coming to Rockville Town Square. No. 82 Steakout appears to be the name. Expect a January opening. Here’s a blurb from the development’s web site: “82 Steak Out will offer a truly unique dining experience that has been a long time european tradition…now done with true american flair! ...

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Ivy & Coney: A taste of Detroit and Chicago in Shaw

Source: Washington Post Going Out Guide

Ivy & Coney 1537 Seventh St. NW. 202-670-9489. Opens Wednesday, Jan. 1 at 10 a.m. From the murals of Sparky Anderson and Harry Caray to the “autographed” photos of Kwame Kirkpatrick and Barry Sanders, Ivy & Coney is a Shaw bar for people who miss Detroit and Chicago. That’s not to imply this bar, located […]

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Caliyogurt is now Spoon (Me) – Frozen Yogurt Spot

Source: PoPville

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A few weeks ago some some confusing signage was posted outside Caliyogurt in Adams Morgan. Turns out it is becoming Spoon “Frozen Yogurt Spot”. The Adams Morgan BID also reports:

“Spoon Me offers frozen yogurt, smoothies, juices, waffles and oatmeal. The company serves over 30 flavours ...

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Seasonal Specials: Both locations of Red Farm are…

Source: Eater NY

2013_red_Farm_Dumplings12.jpegBoth locations of Red Farm are now serving Joe Ng’s popular, limited-time-only black truffle soup dumplings. And in case you want to nurse your hangover with spicy crispy beef tomorrow, both Red Farm outposts will be open for lunch/brunch. Also, of note: Ed Schoenfeld’s Chinese restaurants are taking reservations for 10 p.m. tonight. [EaterWire]

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We’re Headed Off to Chill Some Champagne

Source: Grub Street NY


Happy New Year.

The following things may make your next few holiday hours go by a little smoother: A method with which to chill bubbly in a suitably speedy way, a blueprint for building giant Champagne towers (NB: This works equally well with plastic goblets and a 12-er of Natty Light), a step-by-step tutorial on sabering bottles, and a foolproof plan for keeping leftovers effervescent. (If you’re dealing with wine tonight, by the way, you can open it without a corkscrew — just don’t try this with Champagne.)

It’s been a memorable year for New York City ...

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Week in Reviews: Philly Weekly’s Brian Freedman filed a…

Source: Eater Philly

taqfelizsignhang.jpgPhilly Weekly‘s Brian Freedman filed a review this week for Manayunk’s Taqueria Feliz, and it’s another rave for the Lucio Palazzo-run kitchen. Freedman went crazy for the tacos de chapulines, which make no attempt “to disguise the reality of tortillas stuffed with bugs,” but gave equally high marks to “more approachable” dishes like lamb barbacoa, the margaritas, and “one of the most accommodating, professional staffs in Manayunk.” [PW]

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Wine: NYC’s Top Sommeliers on 2013 and the Year Ahead

Source: Eater NY

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[Top row: Erin Scala, Thomas Pastuszak,Linda Milagros Violago; Middle Row: Jeff Porter, Pascaline Lepeltier, Jordan Salcito; Bottom row: Patrick Cappiello, Grant Reynolds, Lee Campbell.]

What wines are undiscovered and what has been oversold? In part two of our sommelier year end Q & A, we ask sommeliers and wine directors where the conversation may be headed in 2014, and what talking points may have become too much in 2013. And to keep the conversation going, we also inquired about favorite wine feeds on Twitter and Instagram. Here is what we found out.

What wines do you think we should ...

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Eater Features: Union Kitchen’s Spin-Off Success Stories

Source: Eater DC

curbsidecafe.jpg2014 could very well be the year of the food startup. A number of DC chefs and small business owners are planning to make the move from concept to storefront next year. But, that wouldn’t have happened without some hard work and sweat, says Meredith Tomason, the founder of a new bakery, RareSweets.

On top of the city’s expensive lease rates, real estate negotiations can be tricky, and there are upfront building costs. “Finding the right space for our product has been difficult,” Tomason says. “Rents can be ridiculous in some places, and we want the right ...

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The New Tavern on the Green Will Be Really Locally Focused

Source: Grub Street NY


Reopening soon.

“The more I can excite people with the product and less layers of technique and overlays of garnishes, the better. So that means sourcing great raw materials in season is going to be a huge component of the cuisine. But then it’ll also have my touch, which is global as well as local. Having worked in New York for 25 years essentially, I cannot not be inspired by other ethnic cuisines; it’s just not possible. It won’t be fusion, it won’t be ethnic, it’ll just be New York.” — Chef Katy Sparks says the new Tavern, which was ...

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Expansions: Jody Williams recently opened a Parisian…

Source: Eater NY

2013_buvette_%21234.jpgJody Williams recently opened a Parisian spinoff of her West Village hit Buvette called Buvette Gastrothèque. Writer David Lebovitz files a report: “[I]t was obvious that they have carefully chosen the wines and the ingredients that the kitchen was using. Since it’s open from morning ’til night, non-stop (and non-Paris style), if I lived in the area, I’d be inclined to stop in mid-morning for a coffee and pastry.” [David Lebovitz]

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