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After more than 30 years of serving up inexpensive food and drinks on West 72nd Street, the chain’s original restaurant will close for good on Wednesday night.
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Plus, Daniel Boulud’s team keeps it stylish.
LOWER EAST SIDE — With a little planning, ramen fans can now skip the lines at Ivan Ramen downtown. Reservations are available for parties up to six people. [GS]
ALL OVER TOWN — Still looking for a table for dinner tonight? Check out Eater’s last-minute reservation guide, plus Nightengale 9, Almanac, and Little Park send word that there are a few open slots. [EaterWire]
UPPER EAST SIDE — Daniel Boulud’s team at Daniel proves that a good tux is always in style. [Instagram]
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The official report of what happened at McFadden’s on Dec. 27 seems pretty damning: After five people were stabbed near the back bar, including a 20-year-old, security allowed an individual “who appeared to have blood on his hands” to leave. Police say the security guards “were initially not cooperative in the investigation.” No weapon was […]
Plus a new Family Meal.
FROYO FOLLIES—Pinkberry Mid-Atlantic LLC has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, reports Washington Business Journal. The LLC operates stores in several locations in D.C. proper and beyond. It’s unclear what exactly will happen to those locations as a result of the bankruptcy filing, but they remain open for now. [WBJ]
FUN & GAMES—The Washington Post Express has put together a convenient little game to help readers catch back up on the biggest food news stories of 2014: a board game. Covered stories include cat cafes, Momofuku and the theft of the Popped! Republic truck (among many others.) [WaPo Express]
BALTIMORE—Bryan Voltaggio’s newest restaurant opens on Friday in Baltimore, reports Baltimore City Paper. The latest location of Family Meal was supposed to open in the middle of January, but has since moved up to Jan. 2 for lunch and dinner, Jan. 5 for breakfast. [Baltimore City Paper]
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Now is the last chance to make two crucial dining decisions, where to eat the final meal of 2014 and the first of 2015.
Eater scanned through all NYC restaurants on OpenTable with reservations for two still available for early super tonight and tomorrow. Here’s the best of the bunch:
· Carbone (6:30, 7:00, 9:00)
· Smith & Wollensky (5:00, 10:45)
· The Modern (6:15)
· Torrisi Italian Specialities (9:15)
· Gotham Bar and Grill (5:00, 9:00)
· The Musket Room (6:15)
· Union Square Cafe (9:30)
· Chef’s Club by Food & Wine (6:00, 7:00, 7:45)
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There will be grilled cheese, of course.
The Morris Grilled Cheese mobile is going brick and mortar on January 2, just in time to kill the really wretched two-day hangover. Michael Jacober, who also owns Caribbean favorite Glady’s is opening the shop right around the corner and is bringing back some of the sandwiches he offered back when Glady’s was a sandwich shop. The opening menu offers the “big trouble in little China” (Sichuan braised pork, pickled cabbage, hoisin, on a house-made flatbread bun) and “the bubie” (pastrami spiced corned beef, charred onion mustard, raclette, and sauerkraut). There’s also a ...
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As is the tradition at Eater, our closeout of the year is a survey of friends, industry types, and bloggers. This year, we asked the group questions running the gamut from meal of the year to top restaurant newcomers, and will be sharing their responses this week. Responses are related in no particular order; all are cut, pasted, and (mostly) unedited herein. Readers, please do add your survey answers in the comments.
Q: What were your restaurant standbys in 2014?
Drew Lazor, freelance writer:
American Sardine Bar, Vernick, Pizzeria Beddia, Cheu Noodle Bar, Kanella, ...
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As soon as this weekend.
Lima Lounge and Fujimar Restaurant are closing this weekend — Jan. 3rd to be exact, reports Young & Hungry. The 10-year lease is up, and while some of the events will move to Barcode and The Park on 14th, though owner Masoud Aboughaddareh may eventually re-open Lima somewhere else in DC (and has Greenhouse Bistro opening in the fall in Tysons Corner.) [Young & Hungry]
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By and large, the $20 Diner is not a fan of click-baity lists and what they’ve done to our collective reading habits and the online journalism business, which can best be described as a cesspool of naked celeb photos and hedgehogs. It doesn’t help, I guess, that I’ve worn the fingernail on my index finger to the quick from punching up all those lists. (Does anyone really click anymore?)Read full article >>
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By and large, the $20 Diner is not a fan of click-baity lists and what they’ve done to our collective reading habits and the online journalism business, which can best be described as a cesspool of naked celeb photos and hedgehogs. It doesn’t help, I guess, that I’ve worn the fingernail on my index finger […]
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Looking back on 2014, it was another stellar year for craft beer.
To prove it, here are some compelling headlines and statistics from the Brewers Association, the not-for-profit trade association of small and independent American brewers:
U.S. brewery count returns to historic levels. In November, the United States passed the mark of 3,200 brewers in the country and the number of brewery licenses reached the highest ever, topping 4,500 in the first sixth months of the year. Thirteen states (California, Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Florida, Wisconsin, Illinois, North Carolina and Ohio) now have more than 100 ...
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The look back on Atlanta’s year in food continues.
As is the tradition at Eater, our closeout of the year is a survey of restaurant industry folks. We’ve already covered the restaurant standbys, top newcomers, 2014 in one word, best dining neighborhood, and the biggest dining surprises. Now it’s time for the single best meal of the year. Readers, please leave your thoughts in the comments.
Krista Miller, Atlanta Eats director of content
The “Hired Gun” dinner at Gunshow with Jeremiah Bacon was just flawless from beginning ...
From New York’s high end restaurants, to sushi bars in Tokyo, to a family feast in Nairobi, these are some meals for the books.
As is the tradition at Eater, our closeout of the year is a survey of friends, industry types, and bloggers. This year, we asked the group eight questions running the gamut from meal of the year to top restaurant newcomers. Their answers will appear throughout the week. Responses are related in no particular order; all are cut, pasted, and (mostly) unedited herein. Please, add your answers in the comments.
Erik Torkells, Tribeca Citizen founding editor:
Semilla. I went two weeks ago and I can still describe every dish, including the bread.
Bret Thorn, Nation’s Restaurant News senior food editor:
The whole pig roasted in a Caja China by chef José Enrique during a pork crawl in Puerto Rico, made into a sandwich with farmer cheese and pickled onions on a fluffy roll.
Robert Sietsema, Eater NY restaurant critic:
A meal at Pok Pok with enough friends to eat at least half the menu.
Mitchell Davis, Executive Vice President of the James Beard Foundation:
Cosme. Everyone’s been saying for years that Peruvian food is going to be the next big thing. Then along comes a new Mexican restaurant that blows everything out of the water.
Tejal Rao, Bloomberg restaurant critic:
A massive feast of paya, the goat trotter curry, at my aunt’s house in Nairobi. We ate it squashed around a too-small, wobbly table with lots of family and lots of crusty bread, which is the best way to eat paya.
Not one of the fancier places I tried, but Glady’s, the Caribbean spot in Crown Heights
Jordana Rothman, food writer and editor, cocktail expert:
Al pastor tacos eaten on a sidewalk outside an auto body shop in Mexico City. The shop turns into a taqueria called El Vilsito in the evening, and it serves what is probably the greatest taco I’ve ever had in my life. I think I ate 10 of them.
Michael Kaminer, New York Daily News restaurant critic:
Not one of the fancier places I tried, but Glady’s, the Caribbean spot in Crown Heights. Great food, but also huge heart.
Charlotte Druckman, food writer:
Danyelle Freeman, Restaurantgirl.com:
While I’m totally loyal to New York’s dining scene, my best meal of 2014 was Trois Mec in Los Angeles. It reminded me of Ferran Adria’s Tickets in Barcelona, which is one of my most unforgettable meals to date. You buy a ticket online for a set tasting menu served that night. You get to this strip mall and you have to figure out that it’s tucked inside a storefront with a sign that reads “Rafallo’s Pizza” over the entrance. A funky, oddball collaboration between Ludo Lefebvre, Vinny Dotolo, and Jon Shook, Trois Mec is simultaneously fun and ambitious. There’s curiously delicious dishes, like buckwheat nuggets, Dijon mustard creme brulee, grilled baby corn with leche de gigre, and Carolina rice pudding, scented with coffee and cardamom.
Darin Bresnitz, Snacky Tunes/Finger on the Pulse:
Maude (sorry NYC) morels dinner.
Ben Leventhal, Resy co-founder; Eater co-founder:
Final meals at Ko 1.0 and wd~50 were equally tremendous.
Ryan Sutton, Eater NY restaurant critic/data lead:
My single best meal of the year was at Del Posto. That doesn’t necessarily mean it was the most mind-blowing from a strict culinary perspective; I awarded four stars to Atera in an Eater review; I thought Forage in Salt Lake City knocked it out of the park; and I still can’t stop thinking about my visit last January to Elizabeth in Chicago. But Del Posto made me the happiest. We taxied over from the Cubism exhibit at The Met, we grabbed a few seats at the bar, and we ate and drank well for a few hours. There were amuses that tasted like gourmet Cheetos. There was spaghetti with Dungeness crab. There was orecchiette with lamb sausage grilled in such a way that the meat tasted like the exterior on a Shake Shack burger. And, of course, there were the restaurant’s famous Vesper martinis, which I argue are among the best in the city, though when you’re in a quiet room with dim lighting and a piano playing it’s easy to be swayed. And, as much as I’m a fan of the new, stripped down dining rooms with “designer food at off the rack prices,” as they say, sometimes it feels nice to do it old-school, and this didn’t just feel nice it felt outstanding. And my plus one dug it too, which made me “two parts relieved” and “three parts stoked,” which is a pretty good ratio in my book.
Hillary Dixler, Eater associate reports editor:
Fall sushi omakase at Sushi Dojo blew me away.
Lockhart Steele, Vox Media editorial director; Eater co-founder:
A year of eating across the country and the globe proved again that we’ve got the best of it in New York City. My meal of the year came unexpectedly in November, when a group of old friends gathered for a new monthly tradition of enjoying dinner at a restaurant deemed special by one member of the group. Our first month’s organizer deemed that we’d dine at the original Blue Ribbon on Sullivan Street, for all the reasons that are obvious to anyone who’s ever dined there. They gave us the big circular booth near the front of the room, and oysters, and from there it unfolded into the kind of night that confirms why we dine out so often in this crazy, beautiful city.
Helen Rosner, Eater, features editor:
I didn’t think anything could top the casual brilliance of my first dinner at Take Root back in June. But I’ve been back twice since, and each meal was successively better. I don’t know how to even put into words how much I love that restaurant: It’s the anti-tasting-menu tasting menu. There’s no rigmarole. There’s no ostentatious, high-concept showmanship. There’s no bullshit. There’s just a gorgeous series of flawlessly prepared, totally exciting dishes, all beautifully plated and deeply delicious. I’d eat there every week if I could. Every day.
A tie between Betony’s lamb two ways and the large-format black goat feast at Ban Ga Ne.
Devra Ferst, Eater NY associate editor:
I’ve eaten at Smitty’s in Somer’s Point probably every single year of my life, and I still love it dearly. Clams come from the bay to the plate very quickly. A few raw clams, followed by the house’s stellar chowder, fried oysters, and Key lime pie, eaten at the outdoor bar about 12 feet from the bay. Pure pleasure.
Amanda Kludt, Eater editor-in-chief:
Blue Hill at Stone Barns, no question.
Joe DiStefano, Chopsticks and Marrow:
Tough call, a tie between Betony’s lamb two ways and the large-format black goat feast at Ban Ga Ne, which one Pete Wells just spotlighted in his romp through Queens’ vast K-tropolis.
Matt Rodbard, Food Republic contributing editor:
Omakase at Kura. Everything was pretty much perfect. Norihiro Ishizuka is 70 and a presence in the tiny dining room. I recall starting with red miso soup and something with nori dust followed by horse mackerel, uni x 2, toro and an ethereal green tea ice cream to end. It was my top meal in NYC this year, and even included a visit from the stone-faced health inspector as an intermezzo.
Kat Odell, Eater editorial producer:
Sushi Sawada, a six seat sushi bar in Tokyo. Domestically, Saison in San Francisco.
Andrew Steinthal, The Infatuation co-founder:
Tie between every restaurant I ate at in New Orleans this year. Le Petit Grocery, Cochon, Willie Mae’s Scotch House etc.
Nick Solares, Eater NY senior editor:
Greg Morabito, Eater engagement editor:
A sun-dappled three-course lunch in the back corner of Gotham Bar and Grill last June.
Marguerite Preston, Eater NY editor: A summer meal at the Mission Chinese Food pop-up at Frankies. That was the most good food I’ve gotten for $40 in a long time, and it totally renewed by excitement for the return of Mission Chinese.
Foster Kamer, Complex / First We Feast senior editor:
In Florence, at a place called Trattoria Sostanza. But, rather than try to explain (and possibly over-fetishize) the glory that is housing a bottle of Chianti, some chicken, some steak, and some bread at a table full of Italians-including one who kept jabbering at me and pointing to a picture of a white cow on his phone — I guess the more pertinent answer here is that time my girlfriend’s mom had her birthday at Estela for twelve, and we ordered the entire menu, and I walked into work the next morning smelling like the bottom of a sherry barrel, hands swollen like hammers. That was fun.
Get your bottle service while you can, because nightlife hangouts Lima Lounge and Asian-Latin Fujimar Restaurant are closing on Jan. 3.
Owner Masoud Aboughaddareh writes in a note posted on Facebook that his 10-year lease came to an end. Some of the lounge’s events will move to The Park on 14th and Barcode, and Aboughaddareh says he’s not ruling out the possibility of eventually reopening Lima elsewhere in D.C.
Meanwhile, the restaurateur says he’s also planning to open Greenhouse Bistro in Tysons Corner next fall. The restaurant was initially supposed to move into the downtown space that previously belong to Hudson at 2030 ...
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Do delicious fast-food burgers equal big bucks?
Shack Shack’s upcoming IPO is very exciting (and not just for people like Danny Meyer and CEO Randy Garutti who stand to make a lot of money). But will the stock, potentially traded under the ticker symbol SHAK, actually be worth buying for the layperson once it’s available? To find out, Grub asked an expert: Aasim Khwaja, a managing member and portfolio manager at KL Investment Partners. Here’s what he has to say.
The positives are that SHAK has very strong global growth opportunities via its unique positioning as a fine-casual, quick-service ...
Eater’s resident beef expert Nick Solares rounds up the best burgers of the year. Don’t worry, they will still be good in 2015.
The immutability of the hamburger continues. While the death knell of the boutique burger has often been declared, the trend was going strong in 2014. The year saw more high-minded chefs than ever turning their attention to the humble hamburger. And it wasn’t just meat-centric places like Cherche Midi and Bowery Meat Company that turned out quality hamburgers. They also appeared at less obvious places, like the lounge at Matt Lightner’s fine dining hit, Atera, and on the lunch menu at critical darling All’Onda. Plus, an increasing number of chefs are “rolling their own” – custom grinding beef in-house.
Another big trend this year is the wide spread adoption of dry aged beef to steak up the flavor hamburgers. While the trend is not new, it has never been as pervasive as this year: Six of the burgers listed below use dry aged beef. And of the burgers that don’t contain dry aged beef short rib is also making a big step up in popularity, eclipsing brisket as the favored cut amongst chefs for their custom blends. Here, then, are the notable burgers of 2014.
Pan seared burger at GG’s: Chef Bobby Helen serves the most classic burger featured here: nuthin’ fancy, just an honest, skillet cooked, roadside style burger topped simply with a mild white Cheddar under a tangle of caramelized onions with a smear of “secreto” sauce nestled between the perfect white squishy bun. American zen. $16, comes with fries.
Cheeseburger at Bowery Meat Company: Of course Josh Capon, winner of many a Burger Bash, makes a strong showing at his newly minted meat emporium off of the Bowery. Structurally the burger is similar to his offerings at Lure and Burger and Barrel but this one amps up the flavor with dry aged beef. The rest of the burger is quite similar to the one at GG’s, with onions and raclette cheese (mild like Helen’s white American) on top. It only gets “cheffy” with the inclusion of a tomato aioli. $22, comes with fries.
Burger at The Nomad Bar: Chef James Kent infuses his dry aged patty with bone marrow and suet, giving it what Eater critic Ryan Sutton describes as a “soft, pate-like texture and a gentle, dry-aged funk.” It comes adorned with cheddar and a disk of sweet red onion, with tangy pickles on the side. $17 served al la carte, fries $8.
Prime Rib Burger at Cherche Midi: With the specter of the Minetta Tavern Black Label burger looming large. chefs Shane McBride and Daniel Parilla knew they had to deliver on the burger front. They went through dozens of blends and combinations before arriving at the dry aged prime rib burger, a commendable addition to the burger universe. The funky flavored eight ounce patty is served with a bacon marmalade and roasted mushrooms under a blanket of molten aged gruyere cheese, with a side of some of the best fries in the business. $23, comes with fries.
“The Burger” at Alder: This burger was originally conceived for the Burger Bloodbath that was hosted by Eater founder Ben Leventhal a few years back. Inspired by the ocean, Wiley Dufresne infused his patty with shio kombu to give it a “umami punch.” Now the idea is back and Dufresne and chef Ryan Henderson are grinding brisket and chuck in house and blending in the seaweed themselves. It comes served on a beef fat brushed potato bun with beer infused American cheese, and it’s only available at the bar, Monday through Wednesday and all day Sunday. $13 a la carte, $21 with onion soup rings and a beer.
All’Onda burger at All’Onda: Perhaps inevitably, a burger made it onto the lunch and brunch menu at All’Onda, Eater chef of the year Chris Jaeckle’s acclaimed Union Square restaurant. While the cuisine at All’Onda is described as modern Venetian with Japanese influences the economics of operating in NYC sometimes dictate such menu items. Fortunately the burger is hardly an afterthought – a buxom short rib patty is grilled, then topped with an earthy truffled Sottocenere cheese, shredded treviso and caramelized onions on a Pain d’avignon sesame bun. $17, comes with parmesan potatoes.
Dry aged burger at The Gander: Chef Jesse Schenker serves up a loving homage to both Shake Shack and the classic California style of burger. The pan seared, dry aged patty has a deep beefiness and tang from the aging. It is topped with a large dose of molten cheddar and served on a buttered potato roll. It comes with a garden’s worth of vegetables on the side, but only really needs the house made bread and butter pickles. Note that it’s only available for lunch and brunch. $16 comes with fries.
The Atera burger: Chef Matthew Lightner blends dry aged short rib, strip loin, and top round with bone marrow and tendon to make a truly unique patty. Seared in a pan and topped cheese, it achieves what Ryan Sutton described as “a soft terrine-like creation where every bite tastes like the greasy, griddled exterior of a Shake Shack burger.” The burger is only available Tuesday through Saturday, and reservations are recommended. $20 comes with fries.
Skillet burger at Narcissa: Chef John Fraser puts a heavily seared crust on a short rib heavy burger patty before dolloping on a healthy dose of guacamole, a flurry of shredded Manchego cheese and a watercress garnish. The evocation is certainly Southwestern but the burger, which is only available for lunch and brunch, feels right at home in the East Village. $18 comes with fries.
The 21 burger at 21 Club: While most of the hamburgers listed here are from new establishments, the venerable 21 Club also got in on the act, updating America’s first gourmet burger for the modern era. Chef Sylvain Delpique has dropped the meatloaf-like patty that was infused with herbs and spices and opted for a dry aged blend that highlights the beef itself. Served on a challah bun, it comes topped lettuce, tomato, onion and pickle. It’s a much simpler version of the burger than previously served, but also far better. $36, comes with fries.
LBT burger at Little Beet Table: If it was served on a traditional bread bun, chef Franklin Becker’s short rib patty topped with a tangy cheddar cheese, special sauce, roasted tomatoes and thick planks of extra crisp bacon would be easy to recommend. The fact that it is served on a bun that is entirely gluten free makes it remarkable. You will of course be able to tell the difference, as gluten free bread lacks the springiness and “life” of traditional bread, but for those that can’t (or won’t) eat gluten, this burger is the best option. $16, comes with fingerling potatoes.
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Say hello to The Pitch.
The Pitch, a new sports bar and eatery in Petworth, is opening on Monday, Jan. 5 reports POPville. The space — located at 4015 Georgia Ave. NW — is decked out with big-screen TVs and sports memorabilia (with a distinct focus on international sports) but The Pitch owners say that’s not all the venue will be for. There is a focus on the food (game-day standbys like wings and sausage alongside fried chicken and shrimp curry) and soon The Pitch plans to offer weekend brunch and nighttime entertainment, like live music and karaoke. [POPville]
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Plus, there’s a $45 fondue burger on the menu.
Instead of going up entirely in parmesan-infused flames, Murray Hill restaurant Artisanal quietly changed hands six months ago and got a refresh. Terrance Brennan, who also runs Picholine, is officially out and the new owner, Sarid Drory tells Eater via email that the place “was in a bad condition from the previous owner, and I do not want to begin to tell you as a professional restaurateur, what I found here.” Other gems from the email include: “I hired the number one bartender in the world who made us an ...
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This one opened in 1995.
Eater confirms that the first Heartland Brewery, opened by Jon Bloostein in 1995 at 35 Union Square West, will close after tonight. The tourist-friendly brewpub has four other locations, of course, and Bloostein is behind the booming Flatiron Hall and Houston Hall in addition to being a managing partner at megalithic Guy’s American Kitchen and Bar in Times Square. Still, the news is something of a bummer: It may be a long time since you had a pint at Heartland, but its exodus from the neighborhood seems like a particularly bad omen for its ...
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O what a year it’s been for kitchen equipment fueled by tree parts, what a dream within a dream for those of us who thrill to crispy edges.
Pretty much everyone seems in agreement that 2014 was one of the best years for dining in Philly in recent memory, and with a slew of new restaurants came a number of promising trends — perhaps chief among them, a reverence for honest, rustic cooking over wood-fed flame.
Sure, this year was not the first time someone around here installed a wood-burning pizza oven, but it was certainly the year that we ...