Monthly Archives: February 2014

EaterWire: New Birdbath Bakery; Molecular Cooking on Portlandia

Source: Eater NY

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GREENWICH VILLAGE — A location of Birdbath Bakery is replacing Nicky’s magazine shop (former site of Nikos), on the corner of Sixth Avenue and 11th Street. As Jeremiah Moss recently noted, this will be the ninth location of the chain. [EaterWire]

MIDTOWNFormer Veritas chef Sam Hazen will open a new restaurant on the third floor of the Park Hyatt in Midtown this summer. Hazen will bring the wine collection from Veritas to this new, as-yet-unnamed restaurant. [WSJ via Grub Street]

VIDEO INTERLUDEOn last night’s season premiere of Portlandia, Fred Armisen and ...

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Thirty Acres’ New Brunch Menu; Late-Night Jell-O Shots at the Meatball Shop

Source: Grub Street NY

Thirty Acres introduces a batch of new brunch items this weekend. Items include a pork-shoulder sandwich with yellow mustard, dill pickle, Cheddar, and a fried egg, as well as a Dutch Baby, the Jersey City restaurant’s take on the German-style pancake. The complete, updated brunch menu can be found here. [Grub Street]

• Food and Finance High School has announced the lineup for its fifth annual gala fund-raiser, “Small Plates, Big Heart.” Confirmed restaurants include Blue Ribbon Sushi, Blue Smoke, L’Apicio, the Smith, and Union Square Café. Bobby Flay will oversee the event’s ...

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Crunch Time: The Last-Minute Friday Night Reservation Guide

Source: Eater NY

alder228.jpgEater scanned through all 1,423 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:

· Juni (6:30, 7:00, 7:15)
· Dovetail (6:15)
· Gallaghers (6:30, 6:45, 7:00)
· Brushstroke (8:15, 8:45)
· Aquavit (8:00)
· The Modern (8:30, 9:00)

· Soto (9:00)
· Lincoln (7:30, 7:45)
· Quality Meats (7:00, 8:30)
· Hearth (6:30)
· Telepan (8:30)
· Le Philosophe (6:30)
· Kin Shop (6:15)
· db Bistro Moderne (8:00, 9:00)
· Amali (6:30, 6:45, 7:00)
· The Cleveland (6:30, 6:45)
· Alder (6:30)

· NYC ...

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Sueños Is Closing at the End of March

Source: Grub Street NY


The incredibly delicious shredded-beef mini-tacos at Sueños.

Chef and partner Sue Torres sent out a brief note today announcing the closure of her 11-year-old Sueños, Eater reports. The Chelsea restaurant has had its share of loyal admirers, April Bloomfield and Frank Bruni among them, during the last decade. In his 2003 review, New York critic Adam Platt praised Torres’s pork tamales and “superior” chorizo quesadillas; not much, down to the excellent margarita list, has changed since. “We could go on for hours about the plight of small businesses in these economic times,” Torres writes in her statement announcing the ...

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Sports Bars: Alex Witchel, a non-sports fan, recounts…

Source: Eater NY

clydefrazier.jpgAlex Witchel, a non-sports fan, recounts an evening spent watching a Knicks game at Clyde Frazier’s Wine and Dine, the massive sports bar restaurant owned by the basketball star-turned-sportscaster. Rhyming cocktails, like the “Stumbling and Bumbling” or the “Dancing and Prancing” are not good, and there’s no sound on the TVs, but there’s a half court for shooting hoops, and the chance that, on a winning night for the team, Frazier himself might show up. [NYT]

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Queens Starbucks Accused of Leaving Open Garbage Bags on Street

Source: Grub Street NY


Give a hoot, don’t pollute.

Jackson Heights residents say a local Starbucks has been leaving open bags of food waste and coffee grounds on 79th Street “for several years,” and despite attempts to get through to the coffee shop’s management and corporate headquarters, there’s been no change. Councilmember Danny Dromm held a rally with a few locals this morning — one of whom brandished a broom — to protest the situation. “Enough is enough,” he said, reports DNAinfo. “We have had it.” A Starbucks spokesperson tells the site that “being a good neighbor is really important” to the company and ...

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EaterWire: Bacon and Beer Festival Coming; BLT’s Birthday

Source: Eater DC

baconbeer.jpgPENN QUARTER&#8212 D.C. is getting its own Bacon and Beer Festival come April 12. The new event will feature 25 restaurants and breweries; proceeds will benefit Food & Friends. More info here. [EaterWire]

FARRAGUT SQUARE&#8212 BLT Steak’s 10th birthday is next Monday, and diners will get access to several specials as a result. They’re offering drinks for $3.03, discounts on appetizers, sides and desserts, and some $33.04 entrees as well. [EaterWire]

MCPHERSON SQUARE&#8212 The beloved, no-frills dive bar Stan’s is the featured location on WAMU’s recurring DC Dives feature. One regular even met his ...

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The Shutter: Sue Torres to Shutter Sueños After Service on March 23

Source: Eater NY

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[Suenos by Krieger]

You have less than one month to visit Sue Torres‘s excellent Chelsea Mexican restaurant Sueños before it shutters for good. In a statement sent to friends and fans of the restaurant today, the chef announces that Sueños will close after service on March 23. From the announcement: “We could go on for hours about the plight of small businesses in these economic times, but we are sure you have heard enough of that in the news. This is a decision that we, ultimately, had to make for ourselves.”

Sueños always got good reviews, and ...

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Chef Shuffles: Chef Devin Bozkaya of the Westend…

Source: Eater NY

20140228-%20bozkaya-001.jpgChef Devin Bozkaya of the Westend Bistro in Washington D.C. is leaving the nation’s capital to work at an “unnamed restaurant in Westchester County with the New York-based Altamarea Group,” the Washington Post reports. Representatives for AMG confirm that the chef has joined the organization but deny that he is attached to a specific project or indeed that there is a restaurant planned for Westchester County. [The Washington Post]

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Kim Kardashian Dines at Cipriani; Kings of Leon Party Hard at Bagatelle

Source: Grub Street NY


Kim Kardashian apparently stole someone’s plush bathrobe.

With Academy Awards festivities gearing up in sunny Los Angeles this weekend, many A-listers seem to have taken the opportunity to skip out on the never-ending polar vortex for warmer festivities. Few braved the chill in New York this week: The Kings of Leon partied at Bagatelle after their MSG performance, Kim Kardashian jetted in for her best friend’s birthday lunch, and a newly single John Mayer caught some live music. Read all about it, straight ahead.

Bagatelle: The Kings of Leon, plus 20 guests, kicked it after their show at MSG. ...

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Week in Reviews: Le Cheri Serves Sneaky Testicles; High St. on Market Is Not Boring Enough

Source: Eater Philly

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Le Cheri. [Photo: Eater Philly/Alyssa Maloof]

It’s a Trey Popp twofer this week, with the Philly Mag critic’s take on both Le Cheri and High Street on Market, a pair of places that kept him on his toes. At Le Cheri, there was just one dish Popp didn’t like (the lamb offal pot au feu), but even it had one saving grace: the “pistachio fries.”

What culinary jewels, those mild and tender ovals bearing mosaics of crunchy nuts!

Only later did I discover the source of my captivation. “Ah, pistachio fries!” [chef Pierre] Calmels chuckled over the ...

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Opening Report: Arco Cafe, Maizal, Colonia Verde, and More Now Open

Source: Eater NY

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[Photo: Michael Tulipan]
1) Upper West Side: Sebastiano Cappitta of Acqua, Bettola, and others, opened Arco Cafe this week. It’s now serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and offers a Sardinian menu of dishes like vegetable fritters, mussel and tomato soup, and various fresh pastas. Status: Certified Open. 886 Amsterdam Ave., 212-665-0033.

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[Photo: Maizal/Facebook]
2) Astoria: Staten Island-based Mexican restaurant Maizal has opened a second location in Queens. The menu, which includes tacos, short ribs braised in tomatillo sauce, and grouper steamed in plantain leaves, is similar to the original. DNAinfo reports that the restaurant is still waiting ...

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Garden District Reopens Tomorrow at Noon

Source: Washington City Paper Young & Hungry

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Here’s the first sign of spring: Garden District is firing up its smoker and reopening tomorrow at noon after a three-month hibernation. Assuming the sun is out, you might want to get there early. In spring openings past, crowds have been known to line up before the doors opened for first pick at a picnic table.

The 14th Street NW beer garden will be closed on Mondays until the weather warms up in April. In the meantime, there will be heaters to keep you comfortable while you scarf down your first pulled pork and Hofbrau of the season.

Garden District, ...

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John Kerry Has Great Taste in Restaurants

Source: Grub Street NY


Someone get the new commis an apron.

One of the last few times he was in Paris, Secretary of State John Kerry was photographed gifting two comically large Idaho potatoes to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. This time out, he apparently opted to be the recipient of some food and visited Chicago-born chef Daniel Rose’s acclaimed 40-seat restaurant, Spring, for a meal. We’re still waiting for the Twitter review. [Spring Paris/Twitter, Earlier]

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The Price of Pizza By Neighborhood

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

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NPR has been crunching pizza numbers today and yesterday. Today they layout how much pizza costs by neighborhood in five cities, including Philadelphia. The data comes from Grubhub/Seamless and interestingly, Graduate Hospital is the most expensive neighborhood for a cheese pizza. An average pizza in G-Ho comes in just under $15. Elmwood and Oak Lane are the cheapest neighborhoods for pizza with a plain pie being available for under $8. Of course with this data coming from Grubhub and Seamless, places like Osteria, Pizzeria Beddia and many others are not included.

As for the most expensive pizza in the country, ...

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Second Igloo Opens on Walnut Street

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

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Tomorrow, March 1st will see a 20 degree jump in temperature. Certainly not balmy but a lot better than 24°. It’s also the grand opening of The Igloo at 1205 Walnut Street. The frozen yogurt spot will throw open its doors at noon. In addition to the frozen yogurt that their 23rd and Grays Ferry location is known for, they will also be offering a Greek yogurt and skim milk protein shake.

Igloo – Washington Square West [Foobooz]

The post Second Igloo Opens on Walnut Street appeared first on Philadelphia Magazine.

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Eater Moving Pictures: 60 Second Tasting Menu: The Little Elm, Winter 2014

Source: Eater NY

Welcome back to 60 Second Tasting Menu, a fast-paced visual tour of stunning, elaborate, and technically advanced menus currently on offer across the city. This week, take a gander at the eight-course menu at The Little Elm, the eight-seat tasting counter within chef Paul Liebrandt’s Williamsburg restaurant The Elm. Turn up the volume, and see below for the full menu description.

Tasting Menu, Winter 2014 (items change daily)
Price: $135

Black Bass | Hon Shimeji
Foie Gras | Black Trumpet
Nantucket Bay ...

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GrubHub Files for $100 Million IPO

Source: Grub Street NY


Tip in cash?

The time has come for the food-delivery behemoth briefly known as GrubHub-Seamless to go public, and the company’s planned $100 million IPO affords a surprising look at the power it derives from the combined force of its several thousand vendors: GrubHub’s revenue for last year was a walloping $137.1 million, derived from some $1.3 billion in “combined gross food sales.” The earnings for 2013 are a 67 percent increase from the prior year, and the merged companies have a base of “3.4 million active diners.” All of this goes to say that you should keep feeling bad ...

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Open Stove XXI: Now We’re Legal

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

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It is hard to believe sometimes that we have been doing Foobooz Open Stove Nights at COOK for as long as we have. But by the somewhat suspect accounting of the COOK staff, Wednesday night was our 21st outing and we celebrated it with two great teams, a potato-based challenge, shots of potato vodka, and cases of beer from those potato-loving Czechs behind Pilsner Urquell.

It was a wild night, full of drinking and rivalry and potato chip garnishes and coxcombs. But when the dust settled and the scores were tallied, there could be only one victor. And while ...

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Learn to Cook Guinea Pigs at Del Campo

Source: Washingtonian Best Bites Blog

Those who remember their childhood guinea pigs fondly may want to sit this one out. Chef Victor Albisu, fresh off a trip to Peru with pals Mike Isabella and Spike Mendelsohn, will prepare the traditional street food cuy, or guinea pig, during a cooking class at Del Campo this

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Eater Guides: A Guide to Navigating the Steakhouses of New York City

Source: Eater NY

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[Delmonico’s. All Photos by Nick Solares unless otherwise noted.]

2013_cocktail_heatmap1.jpegSteakhouses are not like other restaurants and New York City steakhouses are not like other steakhouses. Over the last century and a half, New York City steakhouses have developed their own rules and customs that are distinct from other types of restaurants. They can be intimidating to the novice and baffling to even the most seasoned restaurant diner. With that in mind, here’s a guide to navigating New York City steakhouses, with everything you need to know to get the most out of your experience:

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