Monthly Archives: May 2014

Iced Gems food truck takes top title at Taste of Three Cities event

Source: Baltimore Sun -- Baltimore Diner Blog

Food trucks from Baltimore, Washington and Philadelphia selling everything from crab cakes and cheese curds to cupcakes and cookies were the featured attraction at Baltimore’s third-annual food truck festival, held on Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium.

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Crunch Time: The Last-Minute Saturday Night Reservation Guide

Source: Eater NY

2011_last_minute_resy_guide1.jpg Eater scanned through all 1,426 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:

· Alder (9:00, 9:15)
· American Cut (7:00, 8:30)
· Au Za’atar (7:00, 7:30)
· Balaboosta (6:00, 6:15)
· The Cecil (7:15, 7:30)
· The Cleveland (7:15, 7:30)
· DBGB (9:15)
· Del Posto (6:15)
· dell’anima (8:30)
· Hearth (7:00, 9:30)

· Neta (9:30)
· Otto Enoteca Pizzeria (9:30)
· Racines (7:00, 7:30)
· Recette (9:30)
· Ristorante Morini (9:00, 9:15)
· Rouge Tomate (9:00, 9:15)
· Toro (6:00)
· Wallflower (9:30)
· wd-50 (9:30)

· NYC Restaurants on OpenTable [Official Site]

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Book Deals: Joey Campanale and Gabe and Katherine…

Source: Eater NY

Thompson_Cookbook.jpgJoey Campanale and Gabe and Katherine Thompson, the team behind the consistently solid Italian spots dell’anima, L’Artusi, and L’Apicio, are publishing their first collection of recipes from their restaurants. Amazon describes Downtown Italian as a presentation of “100 contemporary Italian-inspired cocktails, antipasti, pastas, main courses and desserts—made approachable for the home cook.” The cookbook, set to release in October, is available for pre-order at Amazon now. [Amazon]

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End of an Era: Tonight is Gavin Kaysen’s Last Night at Cafe Boulud

Source: Eater NY

This is it folks. Tonight is officially Gavin Kaysen’s last night at Cafe Boulud. Kaysen, who has been the executive chef at this Boulud Empire restaurant for seven years, is headed back home to Minneapolis to start his own restaurant, which will be called Merchant. Current chef de cuisine Aaron Bludorn is set to step into the executive chef role, and he’ll roll out a new summer menu later in the season. To bid him farewell, some familiar faces recently popped into the restaurant pay respects as seen on Kaysen’s Instagram. Check out Kaysen with his well-wishers ...

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Openings: Fonda Chelsea, the third outpost of…

Source: Eater NY

fondachelsea.jpgFonda Chelsea, the third outpost of the concept from chef Roberto Santibanez, has been plying the west side with guacamole and margaritas for about two weeks now. Fans of the Park Slope and East Village locations will find menu favorites like duck zarape, carne asada tacos, and braised chicken and mole tacos. Keep this spot in mind for summer Fridays as they will start serving lunch later this season. [EaterWire]

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Listicles: Over on Eatocracy burger aficionado…

Source: Eater NY

2013_4_OzerskyQL1.png Over on Eatocracy burger aficionado Josh Ozersky lists his ten favorite burgers of the year. His New York City picks are somewhat outlandish: a patty melt filled with béarnaise sauce and creamed spinach from Montmartre, and the Smoked Meat Burger from Mile End, but he is the expert. [CNN/Eatocracy]

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Meanwhile in the Hamptons …: Delivery Services, Taste of the Hamptons, and More

Source: Eater NY

With the summer fast approaching, things are getting busy in the Hamptons. With weekend getaways in mind, here’s a roundup of all the foods news from Eater’s sister site Curbed Hamptons this week.
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[Photo: PRNewswire/Drizly]

1) Delivery in the Hamptons: Two new delivery services are making summer living in the Hamptons that much easier. South Fork & Spoon offers a full range of groceries and ready-to-cook meals. There is also Drizly, a new smartphone app for beer, wine and spirits delivery. You’ll never have to go out for food or booze again.

2) Bridgehampton/East Hampton: Dan’s Taste ...

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Video Interlude: The Joey Campanaro episode of Munchies…

Source: Eater NY

JoeyC_Munchies.jpgThe Joey Campanaro episode of Munchies is one heck of a tequila-and-beer-fueled evening. Campanaro and his buddies eat their way through Market Table, The Harrison, N.Y. Noodletown, and Peix. For a nightcap, the group heads to Little Owl for a serving of clams and the restaurant’s famous meatball sliders. Watch all the way through for a Rocky theme song karaoke session.
[Vice]

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I Dream of Primi: Early Twitter dispatches from Andrew Carmellini’s…

Source: Eater NY

2014_primi123_150px.jpgEarly Twitter dispatches from Andrew Carmellini’s new Italian joint Bar Primi are trickling in, and it appears the Bowery spot is firing on all cylinders. Gael Greene likes the stuffed meatballs while Jessica Seinfeld goes as far as to deem it “NYC’s next food institution.” Have any reports from the Primi field? Be sure to send them our way.
[Twitter]

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Eater Inside: Black Ant, a Contemporary Mexican Spot in the Village

Source: Eater NY

[All photos by Bess Adler]Here’s a look inside Black Ant, the new East Village restaurant from the same team behind Ofrenda. The contemporary Mexican menu from chef Mario Hernandez sports items like chia seed tostada, blood clams with avocado, jerk roasted chicken, as well as a selection of tacos—including the cod cheek variety. Black Ant has a sleek looking bar in the front as well as a private dining room and back garden. Check out the space, which boasts a giant ant mural, and the menu below.

BlackAnt CompleteMenus 5.28.14 by Eater NY

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The Shutter: Nolita Japanese Restaurant MaisonO Calls it Quits

Source: Eater NY

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Nolita Japanese restaurant MasionO and its basement club The Stardust Lounge have quietly closed for good. Restaurateurs Lou Ceruzzi, Matt Abramcyk, and Serge Becker teamed up to open MaisonO last July with acclaimed chef Tadashi Ono, formerly of La Caravelle and Matsuri, in the kitchen. Most of the critics skipped MaisonO, but the restaurant generated some decent buzz online, with much of the praise directed at Ono’s cooking.

Here’s the official statement from Team MaisonO:

Owner Lou Ceruzzi with partners Matt Abramcyk, Serge Becker, Jason Volenec and Genc Jakupi have closed their ...

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Coming Attractions: It looks like Dirty French,…

Source: Eater NY

ludlow-hotel-exterior-620x465.jpg It looks like Dirty French, the new Torrisi venture that will be located in The Ludlow, is supposed to soft open in July. This French Bistro marks Rich Torrisi, Mario Carbone and Jeff Zalaznick’s first real departure from Italian cooking. Expect lamb carpaccio with apricots and goat cheese, and roast chicken served with crepes. [Bowery Boogie]

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Something for the Weekend: Best of the West, Ethiopian Brunch, Outdoor Fairs, More

Source: Eater NY

Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are five choice dining events going on around the city:
alksjdflaksdjflaskjdf.jpg 1) Best of the West
When: Tonight at 7 p.m.
Where: Columbus Avenue between W.76th and W.77th Streets
What: This culinary event celebrates chefs of the West Side. Some of the participating chefs include Jean-Georges, Jacques Torres, and John Fraser of Dovetail, with Daniel Boulud as the special honoree of the evening. Tickets cost $135 and include all food and drink.

asdfasdfasdf.jpg 2) Taste of Ethiopia
When: Sunday, 1 p.m.
Where: Bati
What: This Ethiopian brunch will be serving dishes like berbere ...

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Greatest Hits and What You Missed: Wine Fight, Craft Beers, Shake Shack, Diner En Blanc, Beer Week, Volver Reviewed, The Treemont and So Much More Stuff

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

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It was a crazy week this week. Between the fights over wine, the new way we’re bringing you restaurant reviews, Beer Week and all our normal news coverage, it’s understandable if you missed a few things in the chaos. So, just in case you weren’t watching Foobooz every second of this past week, here’s what you might’ve missed.

Cheesesteak Performance Art No, really

Restaurant Review: Volver Trey Popp’s first ever 4-star review

A Second Look At Petruce et al: The State Of The Markup One of the biggest debates of the week

A Letter To Trey Popp From wine guy ...

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EaterWire: New Tenant for Après Space; Taste of Summer Fundraiser

Source: Eater NY

2013_apiary_scott_bryan.jpgEAST VILLAGEA new location of Unidentified Flying Chicken (UFC) will open in the space that housed Apiary and Après. Jenny Moon, the managing partner of those restaurants, tells Paper: “We thank all of our valued Apiary customers who supported us through the opening of Après and all those who came to experience the restaurant…Mazen Mustafa is a very talented chef and we wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.” No word yet on where Mustafa is headed next. The new chicken restaurant will open next month with 18 to 20 ...

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Morels at New Amsterdam Market; the Ace Hotel’s Punch Mondays

Source: Grub Street NY

&#149 The Ace Hotel’s Lobby Bar has debuted Punch Mondays: Guests can order a glass of the week’s featured punch at the bar for $14. [Grub Street]

&#149 A few weeks after opening and putting a ramp cocktail on its menu, Après has closed. [Eater NY]

&#149 Tomorrow’s New Amsterdam Market will offer fresh dayboat scallops from Maine, wild morels, oysters, and pheasantback mushrooms. [Grub Street]

&#149 Achilles Heel now serves an excellent-sounding Muffuletta sandwich every day. [Grub Street]

Filed Under: leftovers, ace hotel lobby bar, achilles heel, apres, new amsterdam market, new york


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Crunch Time: The Last-Minute Friday Night Reservation Guide

Source: Eater NY

20140529-001-RistoMorini.jpg Eater scanned through all 1,459 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:

· Ristorante Morini (6:14, 7:15, 8:45)
· Del Posto (6:00)
· Jean Georges (7:45)
· Bouley (9:45)
· Gotham Bar and Grill (6:00, 10:00)
· Mas (Farmhouse) (6:30, 9:15)
· Annisa (10:00)
· Dovetail (7:30, 8:00, 8:30)
· Perry Street (6:30, 8:30, 9:00)
· Lincoln Ristorante (8:30, 9:00)
· Hearth (7:00, 9:30, 10:00)

· Bâtard (7:00, 8:00, 9:00)
· Edi and The Wolf (6:45, 9:30)
· El Toro Blanco (6:30, 9:45)
· Freemans (6:00)
· Commerce (7:30, 9:00)
· db Bistro Moderne (8:00, 9:00)
· Feast (7:15, 9:00)
· Recette (6:45, 8:45)
· Rosette (7:30, 8:00, 8:30)
· Telepan Local (6:45, 8:00, 8:30)
· The Dutch (6:30)
· The Gander (6:15, 9:45)

· NYC Restaurants on OpenTable [Official Site]
[Ristorante Morini by Nick Solares]

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Dairy Queen Madness: Manhattan’s Dairy Queen Is a Hit Right Out of the Box

Source: Eater NY

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At around 2:30 p.m. today, there was a line out the door for the day-old Dairy Queen Grill and Chill location on 14th Street, and the restaurant wasn’t even giving anything away. People love Blizzards. First We Feast chatted with some of the line-waiters yesterday, and Animal NYC has all the details on the restaurant’s bathroom, including the push-button code you need for entry.
· All Coverage of Dairy Queen [~ENY~]

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Jim Meehan Joins Tasting Table As Drinks Editor

Source: Grub Street NY


Pass the wheat beer.

The writer and proprietor of PDT will from here on out be dispensing “tips, recipes and thoughts on everything related to cocktail culture and the well-curated drinking life” at Tasting Table. First up is a cold drink made from cassis, Byrrh, and wheat beer that can be made in pitchers, which the site (very plausibly) has dubbed its Official Drink of Summer. You’re going to need some citrus. [Tasting Table]

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Filed Under: cocktail hour, bars, jim meehan, tasting table


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EaterWire: Tour De Fat; Testicle Festival

Source: Eater DC

tourdefat.jpegMULTIPLE LOCATIONS&#8212 Shake Shack’s Great American Shake Sale wraps up this weekend. Donate at least $2 to No Kid Hungry and get a coupon for a free shake. [EaterWire]

NAVY YARD&#8212 New Belgium’s Tour de Fat is this weekend. Expect beer, bikes, hipsters, live music, snacks and more. [EaterWire]

ARLINGTON&#8212 If eating bugs sounds appealing, what about testicles? The Montana State Society’s Tenth Annual Testicle Festival of Washington, D.C. is this Saturday. Tickets are $25 in advance for those “Rocky Mountain Oysters,” plus beer and Crown Royal. [EaterWire]

FALLS CHURCH— So Taco Bamba ...

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EaterWire: Laurel’s Nick Elmi Takes on the Fishtown Taco Exchange; A Bing Bing Dim Sum Preview

Source: Eater Philly

sanchosextFB2.jpgFISHTOWNNick Elmi of Laurel and Top Chef fame will be the next guest chef up at Sancho Pistola’s Fishtown Taco Exchange. It’s going down on Monday, June 2 and since it’s Beer Week, Lagunitas will be there too (on the docket: Lagunitas Sucks, Pilsner, IPA, Maximus, Waldo, and Sumpin’ Sumin’ Extra). Elmi tells Eater he’s “pretty sure” he’ll be making an oxtail double decker with fermented black bean and epazote, if you need more convincing.

MEALS ON WHEELS — The Cow and the Curd truck has found enough success with its fried cheese curds to spawn a ...

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MoMo’s Nepalese Food, Springfield

Source: DCDining

I had several things here the other evening, among them Lamb Choila ($7.99) which was one of the oddest plates of food I’ve had in awhile. It’s possible they’d forgotten this dish, and rushed to prepare it, but what I got was a trilogy of lamb cubes, seemingly roasted, then perhaps warmed via wok, and coated in a turmeric-y curry paste. That was the normal part.

But the two items on the side were Funkville: dry rice, and marinated soybean seed.

I’ve had a variation of the dry rice at Himalayan Heritage, but this was perhaps even more extreme. Essentially, it was a pile of paper, each piece about the size of a squashed-flat rice kernel. The appearance, texture, and flavor all were that of … paper. If someone had handed me this, and told me to eat it, then told me I had just eaten paper, I would believe them if I didn’t know what it was. What is the function of this dry rice?

“Watch out for the texture,” my server told me about the marinated soybean seed. This looked like a marinated couscous salad, except that the “couscous” had a texture somewhere in between unpopped kernels of popcorn and black watermelon seeds. The flavor was perfectly fine, but these were *so* resilient that if you had a loose filling, it would be possible to lose while using your molars (the only teeth you could possibly use to chew this). I think I could get used to these soybean seeds because the flavor was really very nice, but it might take a bit of time.

Do we have any resident Nepalese experts who can answer a simple, one-word question: Why?

The menu at Momo’s skews strongly towards Indian over Nepalese, but the Nepalese undercurrent is a strong one. A word of warning: Don’t come in here looking for beef. :)

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Rumormongering: It looks like the restaurant that…

Source: Eater NY

robertas-rockaway.jpgIt looks like the restaurant that the Roberta’s team was rumored to be opening in Rockaway Beach might just be their pop-up pizza stand. The mobile oven is now up and running at Beach 96th Street, the abandoned property where Roberta’s had supposedly signed a lease. This doesn’t rule out the possibility of a restaurant down the road, but for now it’s just a plywood counter. [B+B]

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How Arby’s 13-Hour Brisket Ad Ruined Barbecue for the Rest of Us

Source: Grub Street NY


Hope you’re happy.

Over at Texas Monthly‘s TMBBQ, Daniel Vaughn weighs in on how on the Smokehouse Brisket Sandwich that prompted Arby’s epic 13-hour ad “isn’t as bad as some I’ve had at joints claiming to serve authentic barbecue,” but he’s not filing a fast-food review.

“I really wanted to know how much of the country’s brisket supplies are going to Sadler’s” — the 300,000-square-foot Texas facility that smokes the eponymous brisket — “then on to Arby’s,” he writes. The cut of beef is more popular than ever, but of course there are only two per cow, which is ...

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